The New Museum is honored to present “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” the first New York survey of the artist and his first major exhibition in the US in over twenty-five years. An expansive presentation of Burden’s work, “Extreme Measures” was touted as “one of the most highly anticipated of the fall” by the New York Times and “beautifully articulates the evolving continuity of one of the most profound careers in contemporary American art” by the Los Angeles Times.
Burden’s epoch-defining work has made him one of the most important American artists to emerge since 1970. Spanning a forty-year career and moving across mediums, “Extreme Measures” presents a selection of Burden’s work focused on weights and measures, boundaries and constraints, where physical and moral limits are called into question.
Occupying all five floors of the Museum, “Extreme Measures” offers an extraordinary opportunity to examine the ways in which Burden has continuously investigated the breaking point of materials, institutions, and even himself. The exhibition also features an ambitious installation on the exterior of the Museum.
Join Assistant Curator, Margot Norton, who worked on the exhibition in conjunction with Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, and Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, for an exclusive, private tour of “Extreme Measures” while the Museum is closed to the public.
About the artist
Chris Burden (b. 1946 Boston, MA) attended Pomona College and received his MFA from the University of California in 1971. He had a retrospective exhibition (organized by Paul Schimmel) at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA, in 1988 and at MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, in 1996. His work was presented in the 48th Venice Biennale and at the Tate Gallery in 1999. In 2008, the Public Art Fund presented WHAT MY DAD GAVE ME, one of his skyscraper sculptures, at Rockefeller Center in New York City.