BRINGING UP BABY

Marni Kotak puts motherhood on display

Now that Facebook has decided to publish a timeline that includes all of our online goings-on since birth, we wonder what a tangible chronicle of this would look like. Enter the very pregnant artist Marni Kotak who is transforming the Microscope Gallery into a home-birth center where she will turn the birth of her baby into a work of art. Her exhibit The Birth of Baby X kicks off her long-term project “Raising Baby X,” which will document her child’s upbringing “from birth through attending college and developing an independent life,” according to her website. Starting today, she’ll be making the gallery her home as she waits for the contractions to start. Then, she’ll have her baby right there with the assistance of a midwife and a doula. As Kotak tells us, “I know it will be challenging, but I think if people give birth in the completely inhospitable environment of hospitals, hooked up to IVs and monitors, and strapped with stirrups into a bed, I can give birth in an art gallery.” We dare Mark Zuckerberg to top that!
Mondays-Sundays, 6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 8. Continues through Nov. 7, 2011

 
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