Chris Burden’s performances & exhibitions
Born Christopher Lee Burden on April 11, 1946, in Boston, Massachusetts, Chris Burden was an American artist known for his shocking body, installation, sculpture, and performance art. His break into the mainstream art world came in the 1970s when he produced his highly-acclaimed performance artwork Shoot (1971), in which he arranged to be shot in the arm with a small gun.
Some of Burden’s outrageous works still puzzle the art community to date. For one, he spent five days in a locker assuming the fetal position while someone pricked pins into his skin. He produced many other eye-raising installations and performance artworks before passing away in California in 2015.