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CARDS

© Conner Family Trust, San Francisco. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

CARDS

Artist: Bruce Conner (Born in McPherson, Kansas, 1933–2008)
Culture: American
Date: 1970–1971
Medium: Lithographs on paper, fabric-covered box
Dimensions:
Card box (closed): 5/8 x 4 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches (1.6 x 11.1 x 10.5 cm)
Sheet (Each card): 3 7/16 x 3 7/16 inches (8.7 x 8.7 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Kristine Stiles
Label Text:CARDS is the result of a collaboration between Bruce Conner and the Beat poet Michael McClure, who met in high school in Wichita, Kansas, before eventually both moved to San Francisco. The work consists of twenty-five individual cards with unique Conner mandala drawings on one side. On the other side, McClure selected one word for each of the four sides of the card, and considered these units to be “word sculptures.” The words range from names for various objects, body parts, and aspects of nature to descriptive poetic terms. No two words are repeated. When the artist Jean Conner, Bruce Conner’s wife, asked McClure how these words were selected, he responded, “The words were mine. They were simply intuitive.” Removing the cards from the box, a player may arrange them in different poetic units, combined with different mandala images. TZ
Provenance: From the artist to Kristine Stiles, Durham, North Carolina; loan 2012 to Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 2018.18.1