Visual Arts Professor Recognized as Contemporary Art Innovator with UCLA Medal

In a career spanning more than six decades, Raphael Montañez Ortiz has destroyed a piano with a pickaxe, crafted collages out of burned shoes and dirt and guillotined a chicken to protest the war in Vietnam – all in the name of art.

Most recently, he and a helper systematically wielded an electric saw and their bare hands to pulverize a shopworn two-seater sofa while the strains of “Pennies from Heaven” wafted through the air.

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Posted March 2017