Medium: Performance
Date: Feb. 18, 1972 - March 3, 1972

Bed Piece, another early work, consisted of Burden moving a single bed into the gallery space, then living in it for 22 days. He did not speak to anyone during the performance, but the curator Josh Young provided Burden with water, food, and toilet facilities without being asked. Bed Piece reorients assumptions about what a performance entails, making the usually-private bed into a very-public stage. As Burden approached the end of his 22-day performance, he became more and more relaxed and comfortable in the bed, while the people around him became more worried, "Bob Irwin came in and asked me not to do anything crazy, not to let the whole thing come down on my head."