Day 18, Marina Abramović, originally uploaded by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.
The show was compelling, right down to the final minutes. Even as I watched via the Marina Cam. The final visitor stood up shortly before 5pm, moved toward Abramovic, and embraced her. I was shocked. She then stood up and had a long bow, a stretch, before standing up to face the crowd. The camera, trained on the atrium for some weeks now, has no sound, but I could see the ring of hands applauding.
Just take a look at the slideshow over at her Flickr page. It’s amazing. Everything about this show is amazing: watch the slide show of people sitting with Abramovic here. You can see how varied and ordinary, and beautiful these faces are. They are not the steady stream of hipsters one might assume relating to a performance or conceptual artist. They are people. People from all walks of life–another poet dream it seems to me. Speaking outside of one’s small, critical circles.
After returning to Montreal I continued to peak in on the show via the MoMa webcam, and was able to track down the people sitting with Abramovic while I was there. This woman was sitting when we arrived. She sat for some time…it says precisely on the Flickr page actually.
What would it mean to encounter compelling poetry? What is the last book of poetry that you picked up and could not put down? What verse inscribes itself? What line or image makes it impossible to hold back the visceral, the physical response? More on both the specifics of the show, the power of conceptual art/writing for women, and hopefully some equally compelling poetry…