Nov 9-13, 2017

Burden

CAST: CHRIS BURDEN, MARINA ABRAMOVIC, VITO ACCONCI, ED RUSCHA, LARRY GAGOSIAN, JOHN MCENROE

Run Time: 90 mins Language:

Synopsis

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.

Chris Burden had a long career of diverse and ambitious work. It gets a fitting appreciation in Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey’s documentary “Burden,” which like its recently deceased subject is coolly disinclined to foist specific meanings on some still- controversial artistic gestures. Despite (or even partly because of) that diffident air, a portrait of the artist emerges that’s complex, somewhat mysterious, but ultimately quite winning.

— Dennis Harvey, Variety

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.

Chris Burden had a long career of diverse and ambitious work. It gets a fitting appreciation in Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey’s documentary “Burden,” which like its recently deceased subject is coolly disinclined to foist specific meanings on some still- controversial artistic gestures. Despite (or even partly because of) that diffident air, a portrait of the artist emerges that’s complex, somewhat mysterious, but ultimately quite winning.

— Dennis Harvey, Variety

Film Details

DIRECTED BY TIMOTHY MARRINAN & RICHARD DEWEY
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY JOE ANDERSON, CHRIS FERGUSON, WARREN KOMMERS, MAR- RINAN, JASON MANN
EDITED BY AARON WICKENDEN, MICHAEL AAGLUND
MUSIC BY ANDREW BIRD
CAST: CHRIS BURDEN, MARINA ABRAMOVIC, VITO ACCONCI, JONATHAN GOLD, ED RUSCHA, LARRY GAGOSIAN, JOHN MCENROE, ED RUSCHA, LARRY GAGOSIAN
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINS

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