Chris Burden was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1946. He received his BFA from Pomona College in Claremont, California and his MFA from the University of California at Irvine. Burden’s solo exhibitions include “14 Magnolia Doubles” at the South London Gallery (London, 2006); “Chris Burden” at the Baltic Center of Contemporary Art (Gateshead, 2002); “Tower of Power” at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna, 2002); “When Robots Rule: The Two Minute Airplane Factory” at the Tate Gallery (London, 1999); and “Chris Burden: A Twenty Year Survey” at the Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, 1988). His permanent outdoor installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) entitled Urban Light was unveiled in 2008, comprising of 202 restored antiques streetlights. Later the same year, What My Dad Gave Me, a 65-foot skyscraper made entirely of Erector Set parts was installed at Rockefeller Center in New
York City. His work is featured in prominent museum collections such as the LACMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; the Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium; the Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporanea, Brazil; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. Burden currently lives and works in Topanga, California.