Bruce Conner was an American conceptual artist and member of the San Francisco Beat movement. His diverse range of films, collages, and sculptural assemblages are defined by the artist’s fascination with the grotesque and mortality. Conner’s inspiration often came from Surrealist artwork and Victorian-era aesthetics, resulting in a unique juxtaposition of form and content, fact and fiction. Born on November 18, 1933 in McPherson, KS, Conner received his BFA from Nebraska University before studying at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and the University of Colorado. Like other artists of his generation such as Robert Rauschenberg and Eva Hesse, he would be influenced by in different contemporary and historical movements, including Abstract Expressionism and Dada.