The next Bancroft Round Table will take place in the Lewis Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st. Johanna Gosse, PhD Candidate in History of Art at Bryn Mawr College will present “Fallout Films: Bruce Conner’s Atomic Sublime, 1958-1976.”
San Francisco-based artist Bruce Conner made his first short film, A MOVIE, in 1958, at the height of national anxiety about the atomic threat. Over the following two decades, Conner’s film-making practice was framed by the cultural and social fallout of the Cold War. Utilizing his papers at the Bancroft, this talk will examine the films Conner produced during this period–including masterful montages of “found footage,” psychedelic voyages into expanded consciousness, and intimate portraits of friends and collaborators–and will unpack the major influences on his distinctive apocalyptic vision of postwar America.
Hope to see you there.
Lara Michels and Baiba Strads
Bancroft Library Staff