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"1972 BC" BUMPER STICKER

© Conner Family Trust, San Francisco

"1972 BC" BUMPER STICKER

Artist: Bruce Conner (Born in McPherson, Kansas, 1933-2008)
Culture: American
Date: 1972
Medium: Print in colors on paper, adhesive backing
Dimensions:
Image/.sheet:3 5/8 x 11 15/16 inches (9.2 x 30.3 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Kristine Stiles
Label Text:Bruce Conner’s bumper sticker, as well as his campaign poster featuring a baby picture of the artist, are relics from Conner’s performative bid for San Francisco City Supervisor in 1967. Characteristic of Conner’s ironic actions, his run for candidacy joined his conceptual approach to art with his cynical attitude about politics. In another campaign poster, he appeared with an elephant that he was painting in psychedelic patterns accompanied by the word “LOVE” emblazoned among the patterned lines. For his election speech, Conner read a poem comprised of a list of desserts, suggesting that the typical platform speech is nothing but political rhetoric offering candy-coated proposals to the public that the politician seldom realizes. Although Conner neither expected nor intended to win, he garnered 5,228 votes. EH


Provenance: From the artist to Kristine Stiles, Durham, North Carolina; loan 2012 to Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 2018.18.24