Chris Burden’s Suspended Submarines
For more photos and videos from All the Submarines of the United States of America and more works from “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” explore the #chrisburden hashtag and visit the New Museum location page.
New York City’s New Museum (@newmuseum) is in the midst of hosting “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” a retrospective of the artist’s work that spans more than four decades of installations.
The highlight of the retrospective is a gallery-sized installation of 625 suspended cardboard submarines entitled All the Submarines of the United States of America. A side wall of the gallery also features a list of the names for each of the submarines represented in the exhibition. Taken together, the hanging miniature submarines are reminiscent of a school of fish swimming underwater, and their arrangement has proven irresistible to visiting Instagrammers.
Notably, Burden has refused to give a statement on the political opinion behind the work, leaving visitors to form their own ideas out of the "host of questions and thoughts about security, politics, warfare and history" that the piece raises.
Outside of the works on display, Burden is now perhaps now most popularly known for his Urban Lights installment in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (@LACMA).
"Chris Burden: Extreme Measures" and its All the Submarines of the United States of America installation are on display at the New Museum until 12 January, 2014.