Bettering Society Rendition 2: The Power Couple

That’s right people, it’s time for more shameless advertising as I continue to attempt to make you people more “cultured?” This time I bring you two pieces of information: Julia Walker’s Talk at Trinity University & Kevin Hatch’s new book:  Looking for Bruce Conner.

Assistant Professor Julia Walker will give a talk titled “O’Neil Ford and the Architecture of Trinity University: A Sentimental Journey” on Saturday, February 18, as part of a symposium convened to discuss the future of the Trinity campus. Ford worked on Trinity’s so-called “Skyline Campus” from the 1940s through the 1970s and has long been considered one of the most important modernist architects of the region. In her lecture, Walker (who received her BA in English and Art History at Trinity) will argue that Ford’s contribution to the campus amounts to a complete visualization of the liberal arts curriculum in architectural form.

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Need a new book to read? Like books with flaps on the cover? Fan of Bruce Conner?

Modified Description: In a career that spanned five decades, most of them spent in San Francisco, Bruce Conner (1933–2008) produced a unique body of work that refused to be contained by medium or style. Whether making found-footage films, hallucinatory ink-blot graphics, enigmatic collages, or assemblages from castoffs, Conner took up genres as quickly as he abandoned them. His movements within San Francisco’s counter-cultural scenes were similarly free-wheeling; at home in beat poetry, punk music, and underground film circles, he never completely belonged to any of them. Bruce Conner belonged to Bruce Conner. Twice he announced his own death; a deep anxiety pervades the work of Conner, his works reflecting a struggle between private, unknowable, interior experience and a duplicitous world of received images and false appearances. Looking for Bruce Conner proceeds in roughly chronological fashion, from Conner’s notorious assemblages ( BLACK DAHLIA and RATBASTARD among them) through his experimental films (populated by images from what Conner called “the tremendous, fantastic movies going in my head from all the scenes I’d seen”), his little-known graphic work, and his collage and inkblot drawings.

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