Event Title

Chris Burden: Body and Sculpture

Presenter Information

John Michael Morein, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A209

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-26-2013 4:00 PM

End Date

4-26-2013 5:00 PM

Abstract

In his most famous work, Shoot, artist Chris Burden had himself shot in the upper arm with a .22 caliber rifle fired by an assistant. While scholars have concentrated on the broader social and political ramifications of this violent and confrontational work, Burden himself has called Shoot and his other early performances "sculptures." My research explores what it means to call a bodily performance a sculpture and what sculpture tells us about the broader social and ethical implications of this art.

Notes

Session III, Panel 15: The Bourgeois, the Bicep, and the Abject: Anomalous Gazes in Painting, Sculpture, and Cinema
Moderator: Erik Inglis, Associate Professor of Art History

Major

Art History

Advisor(s)

Sarah Hamill, Art History

Project Mentor(s)

Sarah Hamill, Art History

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Apr 26th, 4:00 PM Apr 26th, 5:00 PM

Chris Burden: Body and Sculpture

Science Center, A209

In his most famous work, Shoot, artist Chris Burden had himself shot in the upper arm with a .22 caliber rifle fired by an assistant. While scholars have concentrated on the broader social and political ramifications of this violent and confrontational work, Burden himself has called Shoot and his other early performances "sculptures." My research explores what it means to call a bodily performance a sculpture and what sculpture tells us about the broader social and ethical implications of this art.