Can't touch this - Live nudes at the MoMA

Marina Abramovic began live nude art in 1977 in Italy.  She recently re-created the pieces for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.  There are nude people in different pieces.  The whole exhibit is called "Marina Abramivic: The Artist is Present"

The most intriguing seems to be the piece that is called "Imponderabilia".  Two nude people stand face to face in a doorway and visitors need to decide whether they will walk through them to get to the next room.  There is also a nude with a skeleton lying on top as well as a naked woman on a bicycle seat.
However, the exhibit itself isn't the controversy.  Apparently a number of patrons have had to be escorted by security out of the building.  The "art" is being poked, pulled and squeezed.  So, is this really art, or just a publicity stunt?  The exhibit continues through May 31st.

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  • Oh my! Only in New York. I can't believe they call that art, because you're right, you can't purchase it...and it wouldn't travel from museum to museum as other pieces of art would (in a specially packaged crate). I've never heard of art flying coach. Do you think it will come to Chicago?

  • P.S. I have to say if these were mannequins I may be tempted to touch (just kidding, sort of). Anyway, what would happen to the male model if say Jessica Simpson walked through? Would his anatomy move? And what if the female model got cold? I think I would walk through just to see if I could get one of them to move or something...I've always wanted to do that to the Buckingham Palace guards.

  • In reply to jtithof:

    That's funny (mannequin). I am way too modest to go near them. I just have no guts I guess. When I read about the artist, she can't understand people's hangups on nudity. Well, call me crazy, because I guess I have some hang ups. Although I would just love to sit there all day to see people's reactions.
    I think that about the Buckingham guards too...

  • In reply to jtithof:

    I thought the cold issue only affects man shrinkage. What happens to women when it gets cold? Are you just referring to nips hardening or something else? The "observer" in the last photo is definitely eye banging that young dude hard. He's all up in his business. If that was me I'd tell him to step off. He probably walked by him just to get a penis graze.

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    this posting is going to get a lot of hits!

  • In reply to jtithof:

    Actually Marina has been to Chicago many times to speak and present work. I met her twice at SAIC and have two fabulous books on her life and performances from the MCA. This touch piece is well know among most contemporary artists and supporters today. What the article doesn't explain is that you can't really just sit and watch you are made to pass between the two figures as you enter and exit the gallery. They are not positioned to be manipulated, but there for an intimate encounter in space. Just like if you were to be served by a hot wait staff at a bar, but you weren't allowed to touch or harass them. I hope you all get to learn more about Marina and experience her work.

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