Thursday, February 16, 6 pm
First United Methodist Church at the Unity Temple, 77 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Marina Abramović has changed art. The preeminent performance artist of our time, her pioneering exploration of the genre began in the mid-1970s and continues to this day. Last year, the Serbian-born artist’s work was celebrated in a retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In the title piece, The Artist Is Present, Abramović sat motionless in the museum’s atrium every day for three months; the simple act of confronting her public for the exhibition’s duration, without uttering a word, captivated viewers and brought many of them to tears.
The Smart Museum of Art is pleased to partner with the Chicago Humanities Festival in bringing one of the twenty-first-century’s most widely recognized culture makers to Chicago. In this event, Abramović will give a lecture on performance and its future, reflecting on this provocative and enduring art form.
As part of Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art (on view February 16–June 10), the Smart will present a new version of Communist Body/Fascist Body, an influential work by Abramović and her longterm partner and collaborator, the German artist Ulay.
Presented by the Smart Museum of Art and the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Tickets are now available to University of Chicago students and faculty at the special price of $10. Use the code 20memberyr12. Tickets will be available to the general public on January 16.