Friday, May 07, 2010

Artist As Art

I am fascinated by this exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York right now - The Artist is Present. The Serbian artist Marina Abramović sits in a chair and the public is invited to sit across from her for as long as anyone would like. There is a live webcam of the exhibit as well as a photographer who takes photos of every participant. In the photo slideshow, if you click "show info" you can see how long each participant sat with Ms. Abramović

I'm sure the participants come to her for various reasons and get all sorts of results from it. Some may come out of curiosity. Some may be seeking connection. Some may want to "get" something from the artist. As for Abramović - can you imagine how exhausting that would be? To sit and look into the eyes of countless people...the energy involved, the stamina. But also the reward of sharing something powerful, of inspiring something within the participant. Just, wow. I love this.

1 comment:

Stacy said...

Wow, this is fascinating! I loved the slide show of the people looking at her.

It reminds me a bit of the recent exhibit in New Orleans, where the musician Quintron installed himself in one the museum galleries five days a week and worked on recording a new album. Museum visitors observed him as he and his creative process were on display.