Thursday 9:10 - 10:40pm in Auditorium 7
Friday 1:30 - 3pm in Auditorium 4
In the early 1970s, Chris Burden's provocative, often dangerous performance pieces shook the conventional art world. He had himself shot, crawled through a field of broken glass, and attempted to breathe water. It wasn’t surprising that the press began calling Burden "The Evel Knievel of the art world," a label he would struggle to overcome for most of his career.
Burden quit performance art in the late ’70s and reinvented himself artistically. He went on to create a multitude of installations and sculptures. His work has influenced a generation of artists and been exhibited around the world.
Using unprecedented access to Burden's archive as well as candid footage filmed with the artist in the final years of his life, this film documents Burden's shifting motivations and his transition away from the spotlight of performance toward a quieter and more civic minded art-making practice.