Exhibitionist Exhibits

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WNYC Arts & Culture contributor Carolina Miranda describes the many live nudes in performance art around the city and the city's reaction to them. Check out other New Yorker's reactions at the WNYC Culture Page. Artist Brian Reed discusses his recent piece "Through the Heart of It All" which involved naked models in a storefront window.

How do people feel after confronting Marina Abramović’s nudes at the MoMA?

Watch more reactions on the WNYC Culture page here, and share your own in the comments below!


Carolina A. Miranda and Brian Reed

Comments [26]

Linda from LES

I agree with Jane. Seeing live naked women generally makes the rest of us feel inferior. Why? Because the women chosen for these types of installation tend to be young and thin, in other words, not the average person. Why is that? I haven't seen the installation, so I don't know if that's actually the case, and I'm waiting for someone to comment on the TYPES of models chosen for this installation. I'm guessing there aren't any mature or overweight women, because they tend to be the least physically desirable for any sort of public viewing. And by that measure, if that is the case for this exhibit, then it's really NOT any better or any more significant than viewing such bodies in magazines or at a strip club.

Mar. 24 2010 05:09 PM
ditmas from Brooklyn

Mike C. from Tribeca - I agree, narcissism can be an interesting topic. The trouble is, I don't think it is being used as a topic. She just seems to believe that what she does is inherently interesting. Even the title of the show hints at that: "The Artist is Present."

Fine. Be present. Now do something that makes me want to be present.

Mar. 24 2010 02:17 PM
kbinps from park slope

In response to Noah of Brooklyn, I think it's nonsense that we are becoming more prudish. Where is the evidence of that? You have so much titilating entertainment being presented in main stream venues. Everyone is pole dancing and acting in a sexualized manner. See 15 year old Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga. Entertainment and reality shows are showing all sorts of provocative behaviour. Last night's show Parenthood was about a 14 year old boy who spends his time in the bathroom masterbating. You wouldn't have seen that 10 years ago. Just the fact that this "art" is being shown in museums and galleries disproves that. Do you not remember how Mapplethorpes shows were the source of huge controversy and much media attention and ultimately shut down?

Mar. 24 2010 12:08 PM
Mike C. from Tribeca

ditmas from Brooklyn -- Narcissism is the name of the game in the art world, and has been for some time. Nothing at all wrong with that as a subject worth exploring, but most artists today don't delve into at the subject very deeply. Vladimir Nabokov was the great explorer of the subject. Pardon the pun, but you could say he wrote the book about it.

Mar. 24 2010 12:07 PM
Dale from Brooklyn

#20 Nudity causes sex crimes? Really? I thought we had buried these old wives tales.

Mar. 24 2010 12:05 PM
kbinps from park slope

Everything changes but the avant garde. It has so been done. It is really evidence of the barreness of creativity in the art world today. When you don't have anything to say or the tools to say it be provocative. There are two common responses, some people will be upset in a way that "enlightened" people will sneer and there are the peple who will talk about how it challenges you, makes yo see things differently, question our attitudes about sexuality blah blah blah. They are people who were trained to be open minded by their education. But that's a form of indoctrination. They aren't thinkinng for themselves but merely parroting what they were taught in college. And it's a reflexive reaction on their part so they aren't prudes who are offended. It seems to me more of a spectacle- kind of bread and circuses, but ultimately boring.

Mar. 24 2010 12:00 PM
the truth from BKNY

With sex crimes on the rise, I don't think the country needs to add fuel to the fire in the name of "art"!

Mar. 24 2010 11:59 AM
walter from poughkeepsie

I have spent most of my young and middle adulthood as a naturist and find this without merit or shock value...boring,to say the least.

Mar. 24 2010 11:58 AM

#13 I'm betting very few people commenting have spent time on a nude beach.

Mar. 24 2010 11:56 AM
ditmas from Brooklyn

Never mind the nudity, how is Marina Abramović having staring contests in the MOMA atrium considered interesting in any way?

She seems to think that anything she does is art and worthy of notice. This isn't art; it's just narcissism.

Mar. 24 2010 11:56 AM

My work my work, a snorgasm.

Mar. 24 2010 11:55 AM

#6 Teresa, a lot of them seem to be.

Mar. 24 2010 11:55 AM
jk from NYC

What is art? He's a friend of mine in Yonkers. 'Nuff said.

Mar. 24 2010 11:54 AM
Love it!

Do these art bodies have special guards and if so how much does it cost to become one?

LOVING these comments!

I have a feeling the shock level of visitors is distinctly divided between those who have spent time on a nude beach and those who have not.

Mar. 24 2010 11:53 AM
Estelle from Austin

Clearly it is us the visitors, not the models, who generate the art here.

Mar. 24 2010 11:53 AM
Amy from Brooklyn

This is the Daily News Bloomberg rxn shot:

Gormley's work is often eerie, wonder what the effect is here.

Mar. 24 2010 11:53 AM

Yeah, we're all so damn silly about nudity. what's with that? I'm taking my pants off right now because I'm not having this anymore. I'm freeing myself.

Mar. 24 2010 11:53 AM
David from UWS, NYC

. . . but is it art?

Mar. 24 2010 11:52 AM
Mike C. from Tribeca

How does paying an admission fee to see nude people "challenge" anyone? It's just the same old academic post-modernist wanna-be subversive humbug.

Mar. 24 2010 11:51 AM
Dale from Brooklyn

For what it's worth. I've been noticing more nudity in the burlesque scene in the past couple years. Whether if you think it's art or not, I'll leave up to you.

Mar. 24 2010 11:50 AM
Teresa from New York

Are all the individuals in the exhibit women? If so, why is that?

Mar. 24 2010 11:48 AM
Marion Lane from west village

Getting attention has become the most important aspect of making it in the art game.

Mar. 24 2010 11:30 AM
Noah from Brooklyn

I think the basic reason is that artists are reading that society is becoming more and more prudish and that much of art is commentary on society. Making nude art pieces in a society that is indifferent to nudity would have little to no impact. Hopefully these art pieces make us rethink our society's ridiculous negative standpoint towards nudity.

Mar. 24 2010 11:10 AM

I hate sh*t like this. I do. I never feel liberated seeing nude women. I think :"my boobs aren't as big as hers" or "my ass has way more cellulite". You can't look at a naked woman without it being about sex. I walked by the girl in the window near Soho one Sunday afternoon. People weren't talking about art, or being inspired to redefine themselves. No. MEN were having their photo taken in front of the window, flashing the ol' sideways peace sign that I guess means "I'm gangsta and in NYC" These people couldn't believe their great good fortune in suddenly finding themselves in front of a vagina and boobs on a random street corner. AND AAAND, there were little kids walking around with their families. I mean HOW liberated are we supposed to be? It's silly. SIlllyyyyyy and exploitative of women.

Mar. 24 2010 11:05 AM

The uncomfortable feeling during the MoMa exhibit reminded me of something else: 15 years ago I was at an art exhibition in Berlin (Hamburger Museum) "Sensations" where they put up a tent with a sign that read "here you can f*** as much as you want." A couple took that seriously and had sex in the tent while art lovers/tourists filmed and peeked, but also kept walking quickly. It makes you feel uncomfortable in that environment, while in other contexts you would probably would try to enjoy it more.

Mar. 24 2010 09:55 AM
Librarian Smidely

Do they do libraries?

Mar. 24 2010 09:16 AM

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