Produced by: Creative Time
February 1-28, 2010
Throughout the month of February, Creative Time will present film works by Bruce Conner—the legendary multimedia artist best known for his work in film—on MTV's gilded, outdoor, HD screen in the heart of Times Square. The films At 44 1/2 include TEN SECOND FILM, and excerpts from CROSSROADS and EASTER MORNING. The first was commissioned by the New York Film Festival and subsequently rejected for being “too fast”—it is, as the title implies, only ten seconds long. CROSSROADS is Conner’s gorgeous, hypnotic meditation on a atomic bomb explosion, and EASTER MORNING is the artist's final masterpiece. This rare opportunity to see Conner’s film work in New York City brings together film from over 40 years of his output.
About the Artist
Bruce Conner (1933-2008) was born in Kansas but spent most of his active career in San Francisco, California. Conner worked in multiple mediums and often combined collage, prints, tapestries, and film in a single piece. He was one of the first to fuse popular music and video and collaborated in his later career with several musicians including Terry Riley and David Byrne. He often incorporated found footage into his films as a way of dealing with media and its effects on culture and society as a subject.
About Creative Time 44 1/2
Creative Time kicked off At 44 1/2 with the overwhelmingly successful presentation of Shallow by Malcolm McLaren in June 2008, and was followed by selections from Mark Tribe’s Port Huron Project; early work by the legendary Gilbert & George; a series curated by artist Marilyn Minter; the work of acclaimed artist Steve McQueen; and two series by young artists.
The high definition 44 1/2 screen is located on Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets, directly across the street from MTV’s offices and studio. At 44 1/2 is part of Creative Time’s long history of presenting public art in Times Square.