Feb 16th 2012

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 Chicago Humanities Festival and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art are pleased to bring one of the 21st 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.

The Smart Museum of Art will present a new version of a seminal work by Abramović and her longterm partner and collaborator, the German artist Ulay. Communist Body/Fascist Body will have its world premiere within the Smart’s exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, which runs February 16–June 10, 2012.

$15 / $10 Smart and CHF members. Tickets available starting January 16 at chicagohumanities.org.

Photography: Reto Guntli. Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

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