Marina Abromovic
The Artist Is Present: March 2010 – May 2010




From March 14 to May 31, 2010, the Museum of Modern Art held a major retrospective and performance recreation of Abramović's work, the biggest exhibition of performance art in MoMA's history.[14] During the run of the exhibition, Abramović performed "The Artist is Present," a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum's atrium while spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her.[15] A support group for the "sitters", "Sitting with Marina", was established on Facebook[16] as was the blog "Marina Abramović made me cry".[17] The Italian photographer Marco Anelli took portraits of every person who sat opposite Abromović, which were published on Flickr,[18] compiled in a book[19] and featured in an exhibition at the Danziger Gallery in New York.[20] She said the show changed her life "completely" and claimed that the fact that Lady Gaga came to see it helped boost her popularity among a younger generation: "The public who normally don’t go to the museum, who don’t give a crap about performance art or don’t even know what it is, started coming because of Lady Gaga." [21] Ulay made a surprise appearance at the opening night of the show.[22]

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