MoMA's Latest Exhibition: You, Staring at a Performance Artist

Really, though. When is performance art never not funny?

The Museum of Modern Art's latest exhibition is hysterical, and awesome, and bound to produce hysterically awesome results. Essentially, there's the artist -- Marina Abramović -- sitting in a chair. You, the participant, sit across a table from her, also in a chair. And you stare at her. And stare at her. And stare at her.

In addition, a new, original work performed by Abramović will mark the longest duration of time that she has performed a single solo piece. (Please note: Abramović will not perform during MoMA Nights.) All performances, one of which involves viewer participation, will take place throughout the entire duration of the exhibition, starting before the Museum opens each day and continuing until after it closes, to allow visitors to experience the timelessness of the works.

So, essentially, you can go to MoMA and stare at this famous performance artist. Even better, during museum hours, you can watch other people doing it from the comfort of your computer, live. No word on whether or not this is like going to Buckingham Palace and ripping ass in front of a royal guard really, really hard, or what'll happen if you spoil that week's Lost for her, or if you can offer her a Frappuccino, or if she's going to try and make your head explode like in Scanners. But you know something great's bound to come out of this.

[fkamer@villagevoice.com]

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