Videos by and about Chris Burden

  • Tuesday June 18, 2019 7:00 PM

In 1971, Chris Burden disappeared for three days without a trace. That work, entitled Disappearing, gives its name to this exhibition, which examines the theme of disappearance in the works of Burden and his contemporaries in 1970s Southern California, Bas Jan Ader and Jack Goldstein. Philipp Kaiser, Disappearing — California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein

For this Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films program, Glasstire Editor Christina Rees enlightens us on the work of the artist Chris Burden as she introduces the following videos by and about the artist.

The Big Wheel, 1980; 29 minutes, 2 seconds
Director: Willoughby Sharp. Camera/Editor: Robert Burden. Audio/Video: Alfred Vazquez Jr. Produced by Sharpcom in association with NVI. With: Chris Burden, Ronald Feldman.

Big Wrench, 1980; 15 minutes, 12 seconds
Producer: La Mamelle

The TV Commercials 1973–1977, 1973–77/2000; 3 minutes, 46 seconds
Edit: Peter Kirby, Media Art Services

Willoughby Sharp Videoviews Chris Burden, 1973–75; 27 minutes, 45 seconds
A Willoughby Sharp Production in Association with the San Jose University Television Lab. Edited by Willoughby Sharp & John Trayna. Editing Facilities Provided by Electronic Arts Intermix, Inc. This Program is a Presentation of Electronic Arts Intermix, Inc.


Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films this summer focuses on filmmakers and films that have some direct or indirect relationship with the issues and circumstances of time, philosophy, and/or form found in Disappearing—California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein. To create a full experience, these presentations include a brief introduction and opportunity for discussion following the films when time allows. As a special addition, this summer some of the films will be selected and introduced by guest presenters.

This program begins at 7 pm. Seating is available in the Modern’s auditorium at 6:30 pm. The museum’s galleries are open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the run of Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films. This program is free and open to the public. Up to two free tickets can be obtained at the admission desk beginning at 5 pm the day of the screening.

Image credit: Chris Burden, Still from Full Financial Disclosure, digital transfer of a video, 0:38 seconds, color, sound, 1977. Copyright 2019 Chris Burden / licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York