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THE DENNIS HOPPER ONE MAN SHOW, VOLUME II, NO. 7

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

THE DENNIS HOPPER ONE MAN SHOW, VOLUME II, NO. 7

Artist: Bruce Conner (Born in McPherson, Kansas, 1933-2008)
Culture: American
Date: 1972
Medium: Photogravure, artist's proof
Dimensions:
Image/plate: 5 11/16 x 8 3/8 inches (14.4 x 21.3 cm)
Frame: 20 5/16 x 17 5/8 x 7/16 inches (51.6 x 44.8 x 1.1 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Kristine Stiles
Label Text:In 1960, Bruce Conner met actor and artist Dennis Hopper, marking the beginning of a long friendship. At the time, Conner was working on collages that included imagery from nineteenth century wood engravings. Having completed the series, he submitted them to the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles under Dennis Hopper’s name with the intention of keeping his own authorship and identity a secret from Hopper. Conner also held that this body of work would not be complete until Hopper himself walked into the gallery and encountered “his own” collages (made by Conner). Conner’s plan never came to fruition, as the gallery was unwilling to exhibit the work under Hopper’s name. For Conner, attributing the work to Hopper played with the fact that Hopper, as an actor, made his living by impersonating others. Conner finally realized his project in another form in 1973 when he was invited to make prints at Crown Point Press. There, he produced twenty-six etchings, bound in three books entitled THE DENNIS HOPPER ONE MAN SHOW VOLUMES I-III. Conner enjoyed playing such conceptual games, and this body of work serves as an important instance in understanding his character and his prevailing interest in issues of identity and authenticity. EH
Provenance: From the artist to Kristine Stiles, Durham, North Carolina; loan 2012 to Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 2018.18.2