Bruce Conner ( American, 1933 - 2008 )

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General Description

Bruce Conner began producing visually complex assemblages of old used objects soon after arriving in San Francisco in 1957. With the deliberate grotesqueness of his works, he ridiculed society's attachment to possessions and things. The title of this assemblage is lifted from the 1944 advertising calendar hanging from the right side of the work; and that was produced by the Knox Porcelain Corporation during the Second World War. The yellowed, creased surfaces of the calendar add to an impression of decay seen in the torn edges of the other affixed materials, many of which are merely fragments whose original appearance is difficult to determine. Browned and decayed fabric scraps, string, bits of refuse, the calendar, and a photo of a nude dancer call into question the interrelatedness of consumerism, media, and desire.

Adapted from

  • "KNOX," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection, ed. Bonnie Pitman (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012), 316.
  • Claire Rieflj, Suzanne Weaver, and Charles Wylie, DMA unpublished material, 2004.
  • Claire Rieflj and Suzanne Weaver, DMA unpublished material, 2005.