gallery Interview with artist Linda Connor, part of the More Than 700 Years Faculty Exhibition on view at Fort Mason and 800 Chestnut Campus of the San Francisco Art Institute

Linda Connor (American, b. 1944) lives and works in San Francisco, California. Celebrated photographer Linda Connor has had a long and distinguished career in photography and has traveled extensively to produce her work to places such as India, Turkey, Peru, Iceland, and Southeast Asia. Her work has been the subject of several monographs including: On the Music of the Spheres (Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1996); Luminance (Woodrose, 1994); and Spiral Journey (Columbia College, 1990). A compendium of her work, Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor (Chronicle Books, 2008) includes over thirty years of photographs and was accompanied by a nationally traveling exhibition.

Connor’s peripatetic practice demonstrates a longstanding interest in the relationship between systems of belief and the natural world, and has seen her photographing wide-ranging subjects, from sacred sites and intricately jagged cliff faces, to antique plate-glass negatives from San Jose’s Lick Observatory and petrified bodies from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii. She has recently begun printing some of her most iconic images as shimmering sublimation prints on aluminum plates, lending an ethereal quality to already exquisite prints.

A recipient of, among other awards, the National Endowment for the Arts grant (1994, 1988, 1976), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1979) and the Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Arts (2001-02), Connor was recognized with the Society of Photographic Education’s Honored Educator Award in 2005. She has had solo exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL. Her work can be found in the collections of distinguished institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K.

Via Haines Gallery

More Than 700 Years includes 28 artists:

At SFAI—Fort Mason Campus: Johnna Arnold, Elizabeth Bernstein, Timothy Berry, Brad Brown, Luke Butler, James Claussen, Kerry Laitala, Mads Lynnerup, Felicita Norris, Jordan Reznick, Kate Rhoades, and Meredith Tromble.

At the Walter and McBean Galleries: Chris Bell, Mark Brest van Kempen, Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton, Linda Connor, Sofía Córdova, John de Fazio, Ivan Iannoli, Tony Labat, Ryan Peter, J. John Priola, Brett Reichman, Kal Spelletich, Leila Weefur, Lindsey White, and Wanxin Zhang.

This exhibition was curated by Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción

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