Dennis Hopper

decade

1930s

1936

Dennis Hopper is born in Dodge City, Kansas.

decade

1950s

late 1950s 1958

Bruce Conner creates a body of paper collages using fragments of nineteenth-century engraved illustrations that he attributes to his friend Dennis Hopper.

decade

1960s

1964

Dennis Hopper, Billy Al Bengston, 1964. Gelatin silver print; image: 16 × 24 in., framed: 23 × 30 ½ in. © Dennis Hopper. Courtesy of The Hopper Art Trust.
Dennis Hopper, Ed Ruscha, 1964. Gelatin silver print; image: 20 × 29 ½ in., framed: 26 × 36 in. © Dennis Hopper. Courtesy of The Hopper Art Trust.

1964

Dennis Hopper takes pictures of some of the “Ferus gang,” with whom he is friendly.

1964

Ed Ruscha has a solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery. At the opening he meets actor Dennis Hopper, whose 1961 photograph Double Standard, taken on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Melrose Avenue through his car windshield, is used in the show’s announcement. Hopper buys Standard Station, Amarillo Texas (1963), which was featured in the exhibition. After the opening, Hopper and Ruscha become lifelong friends.

1965

Dennis Hopper, Bruce Conner (in tub), Toni Basil, Teri Garr, and Ann Marshall, 1965. Gelatin silver print; image: 24 × 16 in., framed: 28 ½ × 20 ½ in. © Dennis Hopper. Courtesy of The Hopper Art Trust.

1965

Dennis Hopper photographs his friend Bruce Conner.

1968

Bruce Conner advises Dennis Hopper on his film Easy Rider (1969).

decade

1970s

1971–73 1971

Bruce Conner uses the Dennis Hopper collages as source material for a series of photo etchings produced at Crown Point Press in Oakland, with founding Director Kathan Brown. They are published in three volumes as The Dennis Hopper One Man Show. Conner originally proposed the collages for an exhibition of the same name at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles in 1967, but Wilder rejected the proposal given the false attribution.

1971

1972

Daria Halprin, the daughter of Anna Halprin and Lawrence Halprin, marries Dennis Hopper. They divorce four years later.

1972

Larry Bell has a solo exhibition at Dennis Hopper Gallery in Taos, New Mexico.

1973

The Dennis Hopper One Man Show opens at the James Willis Gallery in San Francisco.

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