Our love for Tilda Swinton knows no bounds, which is why we’re prepared to ditch everything the minute we hear the actress has resumed napping in a glass box at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The “live performance” titled “The Maybe” was first staged at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995, with subsequent performances in Rome and Paris; Sunday’s performance at MOMA was a surprise to visitors and some museum staff, but MOMA higher ups have apparently been working with Swinton and bringing “The Maybe” to the museum for years. Said the museum about the piece:
An integral part of The Maybe’s incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist’s statement released, no no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real—shared—time: now we see it, now we don’t.
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Earlier this week, Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar was the subject of a Chanel-sponsored Museum of Modern Art event. If that’s not high-profile artsy, I don’t know what the hell is. As anticipated, there was a lot of eye candy — artists, designers, movie stars, musicians … anyone who’s anyone was in attendance, and the outfits didn’t disappoint. Let’s check out the good, the bad, and the eye-searing.
Apparently we are not mature enough or decent enough to view art anymore. At a Marina Abramovic performance art retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, I was shocked and appalled to find out about all of the offensive behaviors by museum-goers. One of the performance pieces, called “Imponderabilia”, features a naked man and woman standing up, facing each other in a narrow passageway, and visitors are encouraged to pass through them. You would assume that civilized people would know to keep their hands to themselves, their mouths closed, and their privates and digital cameras tucked away. Not the case. The performers and security guards have reported a number of egregious acts by visitors during the performance. There have been lots of incidents of inappropriate groping and private grabbing, including a homoerotic butt caress and lewd words that left one man with a revoked membership. But wait, there’s more! Keep reading »
On Sunday afternoon I walked between a naked man and woman in public, through a doorway actually. They stared at me as I tried to avoid her breasts and to not graze his genitals with my oversized handbag. I couldn’t make eye contact with them, though I felt their breath. No, this wasn’t a sex party, nor a strip club. This was the Museum of Modern Art here in New York City, folks. This nude couple was re-enacting “Imponderabilia,” a performance first staged by artist Marina Abramovic and Ulay, her partner, at an art gallery in 1977. This is one of five live performances — three nude ones — of Abramovic’s that is being staged as part of The Artist is Present exhibit, a 40-year survey of the work of the self-proclaimed “grandmother of performance art.” Good timing, MoMA, since it’s National Women’s History Month …
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We all sort of gape in horror at the people on those home organization shows like HGTV’s “Mission: Organization” and TLC’s “Clean Sweep” but sometimes, the overcollection of stuff is no laughing matter. For some, the collection of stuff gets so out of control it becomes a legit compulsion and disease called hoarding. People can hoard stuff, food and even (sadly) animals. The new installation on the main floor of the Museum of Modern Art takes a closer look at one woman’s life as a compulsive hoarder—it’s a public viewing of her life-long collection. Keep reading »
Emily and I went to the MoMA a little while ago, and a few people from Graffiti Research Lab were doing their thing on some of the museum’s walls. They use a projector to draw using light. Way cool.
Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send us a pic at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep reading »