Friday, May 6, 2011 | 6:00pm

SAVE THE DATE: Art of Dining 2011

The Orange County Museum of Art’s Art of Dining, the museum’s major annual gala and the premier event celebrating creativity and artistic excellence in our community, will take place Friday, May 6th at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Each year, Art of Dining honors an individual of international acclaim who has made an important impact in the art world and this year the museum recognizes legendary Los Angeles artist Chris Burden. Guests will first enjoy a reception at the museum, followed by dinner and dancing at The Island Hotel.

Early in his career, Chris Burden believed that truly important art should address political, social, environmental, and technological change. He burst onto the international art scene with a series of performance works, in which his body became a living canvas for his artistic experiments. In the mid 1970s, Burden abruptly ended his performance pieces and instead, turned toward object-making. Over the past thirty years Burden has produced a multitude of assemblages, installations, kinetic, and static sculptures and scientific models. 

 “Chris Burden’s long involvement with this museum, and his early role in the artistic life of this community, is an essential part of our history and a major point of institutional pride,” stated OCMA Director Dennis Szakacs. “The twenty year survey of Burden’s work presented here in 1988 has become a landmark exhibition in the history of contemporary art and we have continued to focus on his work by regularly presenting Tale of Two Cities and Relic from TV Hijack, two essential Burden works in our collection, as well as featuring him in State of Mind: New Art from California Circa 1970, our upcoming exhibition of groundbreaking conceptual, performance, and new genre art. Chris is without question one of the foremost American artists of our time and we are delighted to celebrate his substantial accomplishments at our gala.”

Burden’s career continues to astonish the art world with recent, high profile projects including the critically acclaimed What My Dad Gave Me (2008), a 65-foot Erector Set skyscraper assembled in Rockefeller Center, as well as the visually stunning work Urban Light (2008) located at the entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York since 1991.

Chris Burden joins a long list of Art of Dining honorees who have contributed substantially to the art and design world. Recent honorees include Sidney B. Felsen, Mary Heilmann, Thom Mayne, Richard Serra, Bill Viola, and Robert Wilson.


Marsha Anderson, Inga Beder, Susan Etchandy, Michelle Janavs, Moira Kamgar, Twyla Martin, Irene Martino, Lilly Merage, Lizette Du Pribus, Jennifer Segerstrom, and Jennifer Van Bergh.


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