From Deadman, November 12, 1972 inscribed and signed 'Thanks Chris Burden' (upper right) gelatin silver print mounted on board 15 1/2 x 19 3/4in (39.5 x 50cm)
The Chris Burden performance Deadman took place outside of Riko Mizuno Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California on November 12th, 1972. In an interview with Robert Horvitz published in Artforum magazine, Volume XIV No. 9 (May 1976), pages 24-31, Burden describes the piece:
At 8pm I lay down on La Cienega Boulevard and was covered completely with a canvas tarpaulin. Two fifteen minute flares were placed near me to alert cars. Just before the flares extinguished, a police car arrived. I was arrested and booked for causing a false emergency to be reported. Trial took place in Beverly Hills. After three days of deliberation, the jury failed to reach a decision.
James Butler was Chris Burden's attorney and represented him in this case.