Still of Marina Abramovic in Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Matthew Akers
Following performance artist Marina Abramovic during her three-month 2010 MoMA exhibition, this beautifully executed documentary gives the audience an intimate look into the life of one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. Marina Abramovic got her start during the Feminist Art Movement over 40 years ago, pushing the boundaries of performance art by exploring the physical endurance and limitations of the human body. The documentary serves as somewhat of a mise en abyme to her MoMA installation, which consisted of Abramovic sitting silent and motionless from the museum's open to close, six days a week for three months. In addition to the physical challenge, a chair was set up across from Abramovic, and museum patrons were able to individually sit down quietly in front of her as she focused all of her attention on them. Performance art has always been difficult for me to understand and connect with, and I guarantee I'm not alone after seeing the faces of some of the MoMA's patrons captured in the film. However, Director Matthew Akers' inside look at the exhaustive process involved in successfully producing an artistic performance of this caliber, along with reality TV style confessions by Abramovic and those close to her, in-depth background and clips of her work, and incredibly intimate and emotional highlights of the MoMA exhibit, all provide a clearer understanding, or at the very least, appreciation, of Abramovic and her work.
Time: 8:30 pm Date: 1/25/2012 Venue: Library Center Theatre
Time: 9:30 pm Date: 1/26/2012 Venue: Redstone Cinema 8