The first museum presentation of the late Chris Burden’s recently completed 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 recently completed after a decade of research and work by Burden.
The highly balanced and refined mechanism—modeled after Santos-Dumont’s 1901 dirigible that flew around the Eiffel Tower—achieves indoor flight in 15-minute intervals throughout the day. An examination of weight and gravity, the work is powered by a quarter-scale version of a 1903 De Dion gasoline motor handcrafted by machinist and inventor John Biggs. Ode to Santos Dumont offers a palpable and emotional expression of the density of air, gravity, and energy required to move about in our earthly environment.
Ode to Santos Dumont performs for 15-minute intervals several times a day and is included in the price of general admission. Join now and see it free, or reserve a ticket. Visitors may access the exhibition space between performances during museum hours.
MEMBER PREVIEW SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
OPENING DAY ON MONDAY MAY 18, 2015 (11AM - 5PM)
ENDS JUNE 18, 2015
Performance times are as follows (no reservation required):
Mondays and Thursdays: noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm
Fridays: 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm
VENUE & MAP
LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (click to launch map)