Public Reacts To Nudity In Abramovic Exhibit

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Marina Abramovic's MOMA retrospective, The Artist is Present, doesn't just offer her patrons a place at her table. The exhibit features her 1977 piece "Imponderabilia" -- in which nude performers create a human doorway for visitors to pass through.

In an attempt at the Most Awkward Audience Participation award, Abramovic's visitors are presented with a choice: either narrowly pass through the nude entrance or take a side entrance for those not up to the skin-tight shuffle over the threshold. 

We hit the streets to get first reactions from visitors.  Watch the videos for more.

What do you think? Tell us in the comment section.


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Comments [5]

Matthew from HongKong, China

I did attend the show but I wonder how it is set. Is the gateway made of male/female body set in a completely open space so that it is only the 2 pillars that obstruct outsider's view? Maybe my question is, do anyone pass through the gateway can be seen as part of the participation, like those who are waiting in a long queue looking at the performance "the artist is present" ?

Apr. 19 2011 08:52 AM

hey natalie. funny you should mention. it was st. patricks day when these vids were shot. great attention to detail.

Mar. 26 2010 12:21 PM
tara verheide

Abramovik subverts they whom might enter into a direct, unavoidable confrontation with themselves, their values, comfort levels and reactions. What is the body, space, NAKEDness, honesty, fairness, justice, personal, sacred, profane, vile or obligatory? Better to subvert openly and directly with reality, than surrepticiously, selfishly, and falsely. Whom is more perverse: Abramovik or Disney?

Mar. 25 2010 10:35 AM

almost every video has the same shade of green in a person's outfit like a color placement. Or is this a popular color in nyc now?

Mar. 24 2010 10:20 PM
Jack from Brooklyn

It's nice to see the two people (friends?) in video 2 comfortably present two different takes on the piece, one of discomfort and the other of fascination.

Mar. 24 2010 12:07 PM

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