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Marina Abramovic
Born in Yugoslavia, Marina Abramovi is a pioneer in the world of performance art. Throughout a career that has spanned five decades, her body has been both her subject and her medium. In early works like Rhythm 10, her very first performance, Abramovi played a Russian game in which one rhythmically jabs a knife in between splayed fingers. She recorded the process and repeated it exactly, even including instances where she cut herself. The experience led her to consider the performers' consciousness, and that theme, along with bodily pain, physical limitations and intentions, and the relationship between artist and audience are formative elements in all her work. In 2010, she was the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York entitled "The Artist is Present." A team of trained artists were enlisted to "play" Abramovi in various past performance roles, while Abramovi herself sat at a small table where visitors to the museum waited turns to sit across from her. Her life, and that exhibit in particular, were portrayed in the feature length documentary, "Marina Abramovi: The Artist is Present" which made its premiere in January 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival. The Marina Abramovi Institute was founded by Marina Abramovi and will serve as her legacy and homage to time-based and immaterial art.

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 8:00pm


Hear celebrated writers, artists and thinkers address contemporary ideas and values, often discussing the creative process. Please note: tapes or transcripts are not available.

Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 2:00am


Hear celebrated writers, artists and thinkers address contemporary ideas and values, often discussing the creative process. Please note: tapes or transcripts are not available.

Sun, Oct 5, 2014 -- 1:30pm


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