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Chris Burden
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Performance Artist
    (April 11, 1946-May 10, 2015)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Performance pieces include ''Five Day Locker Piece' (1971), 'Shoot,' (1971) 'Deadman' (1972), 'BC Mexico' (1973), 'Fire Roll' (1973), 'Doomed' (1975) and 'Honest Labor' (1979)
    He became famous for incorporating personal danger into his art.
    He received his MFA for a performance in which he was confined in a two-foot by two-foot locker for five days.
    For later works, he has crawled shirtless on broken glass, had a friend shoot him in the arm, and has been crucified on top of a Volkswagen.
    For a piece dubbed 'TV Hijack,' he held an unsuspecting interviewer at knifepoint for several minutes (1972).
    Ironically, given the notoriety he achieved with 'Shoot,' he resigned from the faculty of UCLA to protest their failure to immediately suspend a student who played Russian roulette in class with a fake, but real-looking, gun (2005).
    He said, 'I'm sure the student was referencing the work I did. He was also trying to co-opt and demean and parody it.'
    For 'Shoot,' he originally wanted the bullet to graze his rib cage, but his wife talked him out of it.
    He said people should not try to emulate his more dangerous performances.
    He gave up self-endangerment for art after lying motionless for 45 hours for 'Doomed.'
    He argues that his resignation from UCLA is not hypocritical since there is a difference between doing a stunt at a gallery as a scheduled performance and doing it without warning in the middle of a class.

Credit: C. Fishel

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