Chris Burden, Light of Reason

photo by mike lovett / brandeis university.


Exhibitions Opening and Lighting and Dedication with Artist Chris Burden

5:00 PM: Galleries open

6:30 PM: Dedication and Lighting of the Sculpture with Chris Burden and the Lydian String Quartet

Reception and Concert by The Antlers to follow

The Rose has commissioned a major installation by Boston native and critically acclaimed artist Chris Burden. Heralded as a creator of “epoch-defining work” and “one of the most important American artists to emerge since 1970” by New York City’s New Museum, Burden has designed a work inspired by the three torches, three hills and three Hebrew letters in the Brandeis University seal. 

The installation’s title, “Light of Reason,” borrows from a well-known quote by the university’s namesake, Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis: “If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.”

In Burden’s design, antique Victorian lampposts and concrete benches form three branches that fan out from the Rose Art Museum’s entrance. The sculpture will create an inviting gateway to the museum and a dynamic outdoor space for the Brandeis community. The work will become an integral part of the image of the Rose Art Museum and the university, and is already being discussed as a potential setting for a broad range of student and community activities.

The installation will be completed in 2014. More information on Burden's installation can be found in the University's press release. You can follow the progress of the sculpture's installation by visiting the Rose Art Museum's Instagram feed.

Light of Reason was made possible through a special museum endowment committed solely to the acquisition of works of art.

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