Chris Burden “Extreme Measures” at the New Museum
I saw the Chris Burden exhibition, which was all 5 floors of the New Museum filled with his work which explored various mediums and concepts. His work spanned forties years from the 1970s to present, and he puts into question a lot of different social and moral issues, and also works a lot with infrastructure.
As for his videography, he shot numerous small videos in film, usually involving extreme self harm, as I have listed Shoot (1971) which is one of his most famous videos.
As for infrastructure he has a lot of different pieces where he constructed big cityscapes using small toys, or big monuments made up of small childish plastic pieces. As listed above there is, A Tale of Two Cities (1981), where there is a suburb and a city, with different symbols of war around them. The viewer can view the landscape through binoculars to see up close. This piece really stretches the imagination of the viewer when viewing such a grand landscape made up into such a small scale.
The last piece is titled, L.A.P.D. (1993), and is a set of tailored police uniforms made to be 7 feet tall. They are all lined up against the wall, and it is suppose to create the illusion of the police being larger than life, when in reality they are not.
Although this exhibition ended last week, I would really encourage visiting the New Museum. It is a great place to go view art if you are interested in modern art! They also have a sky room that has a great view.