Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Going for it

A few years back, the phrase "girl crush" came to the fore. Well, I have a girl crush on Marina Abramovic. "Girl crush" is way too vapid a reaction to the self-described "Grandmother of Performance Art," who remains silent throughout the hurlyburly—or whose pieces help cause the hurlyburly—of her MoMA performance (the nude performers standing in for Abramovic and Ulay on the top floor are fascinating on a number of levels). Back to the crush: what really strikes me is Abromovic's fearlessness. Even the literally cleaned up cow bones at MoMA's presentation of "Balkan Baroque"—done originally and in the stinky flesh for the 1997 Venice Biennale—are alarming, disgusting, provocative, brilliant, and successful in making a point. Some of Abramovic's pieces are weird, some scary, and some are downright goofy to me, but all are done with conviction and concentration.


Suzanne Dell'Orto said...

Here's a fab photo set of the celebrities who have been taking the seat across from the Divine Miss A.


Have you done it?

Beth Tondreau said...

That's some photo set. Lou Reed didn't last very long. And where's Laurie Andersen? Paco Blancas, the guy who keeps coming, back is almost more of a performance artist than the performance artist from Brooklyn. Of course, while I'm talking about girl stuff, the photo I found the most touching was the one with Ulay (very Jane Austen meets Joan of Arc).

As for Have I done it? No. In my inimitable way, I'm contemplating it. We'll see if I go beyond the typical contemplatin' and really participate.

Suzanne Dell'Orto said...

The picture with her and Ulay is heartbreaking. And so romantic. Sigh!

Suzanne Dell'Orto said...

I'm loving the web commentary almost as much as the show:

Marina Abromovic Made Me Cry...


Suzanne Dell'Orto said...

Live feed!