Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MoMA Live Art - Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

This is Marina Abramović, she been an avant garde performance artist for decades.  Her current installation at the Museum of Modern Art is titled The Artist is Present.   From the MoMA flickr page:

"Abramović, best known for her durational works, has created a new work for this performance retrospective—The Artist Is Present (2010)—that she will perform daily throughout the run of the exhibition, for 77 days and a total of over 700 hours. For her longest solo piece to date, Abramović sits in silence at a table in the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium during public hours, passively inviting visitors to take the seat across from her for as long as they choose within the timeframe of the Museum’s hours of operation. Although she will not respond, participation by Museum visitors completes the piece and allows them to have a personal experience with the artist and the artwork."

 Pretty intense.  But what's even more intense is that quite a few people are drawn to tears at the experience...You should check out the MoMA flickr page, candid shots are taken of all the people that have participated in the installation.  Some of the people get emotional, some show up repeatedly, and even Sharon Stone and Rufus Wainwright participated, see if you can spot them!

Check it out and tell me what you think...Brilliant or bunk?


  1. Lauren, I just don't get it. So she sits there in a chair and just sits and looks at the other person? Why are they crying? Does she DO anything or is it just a staring contest? I looked up some links to this but I still was confused.

  2. Yeah, I was kinda confused by it, too. But maybe being part of the experience is what is so amazing...Who knows, I'd kinda like to try it out and see how I feel!


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