Two Tenured Professors Resign From UCLA over performance piece


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Drizzt
January 23, 2005, 05:04 AM
Two Tenured Professors Resign From UCLA

Associated Press

Two tenured art professors have resigned from the University of California, Los Angeles, because the school refused to suspend a graduate student who may have used a gun during a classroom performance art piece.

Chris Burden and Nancy Rubins, internationally known artists who taught at UCLA for more than two decades, filed their retirement papers Dec. 20.

"They feel this was sort of domestic terrorism. There should have been more outrage and a firmer response," said Sarah Watson, a director at a Beverly Hills gallery that represents the couple.

In the brief performance on Nov. 29, the student appeared to point a loaded handgun at his head and pull the trigger, a student and law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times.

The weapon didn't fire, but after the student left the room a noise that sounded like a gunshot was heard outside.

Police said no one was hurt and it wasn't known if the firearm was real. Prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence for charges, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The student was allowed to continue his studies after the dean's office decided that suspension wasn't warranted.

Burden, 58, oversaw a program that includes performance, installation and video art, while Rubins, 52, taught sculpture.

Burden did performance art in the 1970s and his best-known performance featured an assistant shooting him in the arm with a .22-caliber rifle. That work was different because the audience never felt in jeopardy, while the UCLA performance inspired "genuine fear," Watson said.

:banghead:
I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but...

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hso
January 23, 2005, 10:37 AM
So obviously devoid of logic and filled with paranoia that they are not educators.

Kingcreek
January 23, 2005, 10:45 AM
The two perfessors realized thier opinions are irrelevant and they did the right thing by removing themselves. More should do likewise.

PMDW
January 23, 2005, 11:42 AM
Someone beat you to it.

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