MoMA presents Marina Abramovic
From March 14 to May 31, Marina Abramović will be escorted to and from MoMA every day for "The Artist is Present", spending all opening hours sitting at a small table in the bustling atrium. Visitors will be invited to take the seat across from her and to “engage in the gaze” for as long as they like, but she will not speak with them.
Also on hand for the length of the exhibition, which will present more than 50 works that Abramović created over four decades, will be 36 performers personally trained by the artist to stage “reperformances” of five of her pivotal works. These are Imponderabilia, in which two performers stand nude in a narrow entryway so that visitors must choose which to face while passing through; Relation in Time (1977), in which two people with their long hair twisted together quietly sit back to back; Point of Contact (1977), in which a pair keeps eye contact while trying to just barely touch the points of their index fingers; Nude with Skeleton (2002–05), in which a nude performer lies beneath a skeleton, animating it with his or her breath; and Luminosity (1997), in which another nude performer is suspended in a changing beam of light.
In contrast to Abramović, these participants will work in shifts of a few hours at a time, and while Abramović performed the works all alone or with former partner and collaborator Ulay, the reperformances will be updated to vary the genders of the performers. Abramović also took care to reproduce only durational works, rather than her famous experiments with bleeding, bodily harm, or other physical dangers.