Present Performance

May 3, 2010

Performance artist Marina Abramovic is currently the subject of a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, titled “Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present.” The name is a nod to the physical presence of Abramovic in her artworks, and for the exhibition a number of performers are “reperforming” pieces from Abramovic’s four-decade career. One of the artists present at MoMA for the show is alumnus John Bonafede (BFA 1996 Illustration), who is reperforming two works: Imponderabilia from 1977, in which patrons squeeze through a narrow doorway flanked by two nude performers; and Nude with Skeleton from 2002/2005, for which Bonafede lays prostrate on a table with a skeleton draped on top of him.

“It has been a truly life-altering experience, complete with physical and mental transformations,” says Bonafede. “There has been everything from unbelievable support from the performance art community and MoMA staff to unwanted attention from visitors (and everything in between). Thus far it’s a great learning adventure and it’s not over yet!” “The Artist Is Present” is on view at MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, through Monday, May 31.

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