The Museum of Modern Art, NYC is currently showing Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, the first large-scale scale American museum retrospective of the artist’s groundbreaking performance work. Internationally recognized as a pioneer and key figure in performance art, Marina Abramović (Yugoslav, b. 1946) uses her own body as subject, object, and medium, exploring the physical and mental limits of her being. Abramović has created a new work for this performance retrospective—The Artist Is Present (2010)—that she performs daily throughout the run of the exhibition, a total of over 700 hours. She sits in silence at a table 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 does not respond, participation by Museum visitors completes the piece and allows them to have a personal experience with the artist and the artwork.
And that’s where it starts to get interesting… fan Paco Blanco has, to date, sat across from Abramović fourteen times, and each time his appearance changes. Read more about these strange goings on in Flavorpill.