Directed by Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan
88 min | 2016 | USA/UK/Belgium/Sweden | Not Rated
Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in 1971 with a period of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself shot, locked up in a locker for five days, electrocuted, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own, to an assemblage of antique streetlights rewired for solar energy and illuminated outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In Burden, Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends, fellows students and colleagues, critics’ comments and latter-day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years.
Following the film the there will be a screening of recently recovered lost footage of a performance Chris Burden did at the museum in 1974:
Directed by Unknown
26 min | 1974 | USA | Not Rated
The performance is not well known, living on mostly in people’s memories and represented only by a handful of black and white photographs, until we uncovered this documentary footage a few years ago. We sent the archaic form of video tape out-of-state to be transferred to a viewable format and are thrilled to debut the documentation this evening. The unknown filmmaker, perhaps a university student, also captured behind-the-scenes details, the old museum building, and wonderfully candid interviews to reflect on this incredible, durational performance. – UMFA
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