Live Nudity at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC

NEW YORK, NY.- The human form, disrobed and displayed in all its glory, is arguably the most enduring motif in the history of Western art. Museums dedicated to art both ancient and modern are filled with nudes rendered every which way: painted, chiseled, molded, sketched and photographed.

They’re just usually not living and breathing. But New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will host daily performances of five seminal works by Marina Abramović, three of which feature performers in the altogether. In Imponderabilia (1977), two players stand opposite each other, au naturel, in a narrow doorway. Visitors must brush past them to enter the exhibition—an early, if awkward, example of interactive art. On exhibition 14 March through 31 May, 2010.

and if you time your visit right you can also see a rareity from Germany in “World on a Wire”, 1973. Germany. Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Pictured: Barbara Valentin. Courtesy: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.

NEW YORK, NY.- ‘World on a Wire’ (1973), written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (German, 1945–1982) and based on the novel Simulacron-3 by American author Daniel F. Galouve, will have a weeklong run at MoMA, from April 14 through April 19, 2010. Originally made for German television in 1973, Fassbinder’s revolutionary adaptation has only been shown in America once before, in 1997, as part of a comprehensive Fassbinder retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art.

while i’ve never understood all of his films i’ve always found him interesting and knowing that Michael Ballhaus did some of the cinematography is an education in it’s self.

I first fell in love with Fassbinder for his “Berlin Alexanderplatz” done in 14 episodes, 1980 and shown on PBS when PBS filled it’s mandate of bringing quality television to the airways. now PBS is just a shadow of it’s former self especially the new york stations. i think the nyc stations should be taken off the air.



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