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"I AM BRUCE CONNER" BUTTON

© Conner Family Trust, San Francisco

"I AM BRUCE CONNER" BUTTON

Artist: Bruce Conner (Born in McPherson, Kansas, 1933-2008)
Culture: American
Date: 1964 (reissued 1983)
Medium: Offset lithograph on metal pin button
Dimensions:
1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 inches (3.2 x 3.2 x 0.3 cm)
Classification: Mixed Media
Credit Line: Gift of Kristine Stiles
Label Text:Bruce Conner spent considerable effort to find all the people named “Bruce Conner” in the United States. He also amassed a list of these individuals. Upon finding a gymnasium in Los Angles named “Bruce Conner’s Physical Services,” the artist began imagining a “Bruce Conner Convention.” As Conner explained:

On the marquee it would say WELCOME BRUCE CONNER. You would walk in and get a button that said, “Hello! My name is Bruce Conner” and you would have a program with a person named Bruce Conner who would introduce the main speaker, whose name was Bruce Conner.

Conner never realized the convention but he did have the buttons made: “I AM BRUCE CONNER” and “I AM NOT BRUCE CONNER.” Shortly after making the buttons, Conner delivered “I AM NOT BRUCE CONNER” buttons to the Bruce Conner gym in Los Angeles. Conner also sent Christmas cards containing both buttons to all of the people in the United States that he had found with the name Bruce Conner. EH

Provenance: From the artist to Kristine Stiles, Durham, North Carolina; loan 2012 to Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 2018.18.15