Marina Abramovic’s Legacy: A Performance Art Utopia in New York

"Rhythm 0" by Marina Abramovic
“Rhythm 0”, one of Abramović’s most famous performances.

World renowned performance artist, Marina Abramović, recently presented plans at MoMa to build the Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (which will essentially function as a museum space, archive, school and theater) in Hudson, New York.

As practiced by Abramović and her peers (those mentioned above, along with Chris Burden, Linda Montano, Lorraine O’Grady, Carolee Schneemann and Ana Mendieta among many others), Performance was born of ideas unbound by traditional media, that could be expressed only through the human body.

“To me, when you die, you can’t leave anything physical — it doesn’t make any sense; but an idea can last for a long time,” she said.

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