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Chris Burden Ode to Santos Dumont

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Late Chris Burden’s monumental performance sculpture, Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont pays homage to ingenuity, optimism, and the persistence of experimentation, failure, and innovation. Inspired by Brazilian-born pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, widely considered the father of aviation in France, the kinetic airship sculpture was completed in 2015 after a decade of research and work by Burden.

Artist Ed Moses talks about influences and thoughts that guided him and the processes he used to create drawings in the 1960s and 70s.

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Fellow artists and former students describe what it was like to learn from photographer Larry Sultan and his work.

Find out more about the exhibition here.


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