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Film Screening and Conversation

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Chris Burden / White
Art on Screen presents the Los Angeles premiere of BURDEN (2015, 87 min.), a probing portrait of artist Chris Burden (1946–2015), whose radical performances, monumental installations, and provocative videos consistently pushed the limits and nature of contemporary art.

Known for occasionally violent performances including Trans-fixed (1974) and Shoot (1971), in which the artist was shot in the arm, Burden challenged the restrictions of the 1970s art market by producing fleeting and occasionally terrifying acts of bodily endurance. More recently Burden turned his attention to kinetic sculptures and immersive installations. Featuring intimate footage of Burden at his Topanga studio as well as interviews with colleagues including Larry Bell and Ed Moses, BURDEN traces the artist's career from his early thesis performance Five Day Locker Piece (1971) to his most recent sculptures, including the outdoor installation Urban Light (2008) and his final work Ode to Santos Dumont (2015).

Burden's Urban Light /  Pasamanick
Following the screening, BURDEN directors Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey will join the Getty Research Institute's Rani Singh in a conversation.

One of the most influential artists to come out of Los Angeles, Chris Burden's work was part of several exhibitions sponsored by the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945–1980 initiative, and this screening continues the institution's ongoing commitment to exploring the history of art in Los Angeles. The Getty Research Institute currently holds videos by Burden, including Big Wrench (1980), TV Commercials (1973–77), and documentation of Shoot (1971) in its archives.