So, at the Marina Abramovic performance art retrospective there's been some "scandalous" and "offensive" behavior on the part of the museum-goers (so much so that one Museum member had his membership revoked as he was forever kicked off the premises) ...at least from the perspective of the performance artists and the MoMA.
I struggled while reading the article though. Isn't the piece "Imponderablia," where guests are asked to pass through a tight space between two naked bodies, supposed to evoke a strong response from the visitor?
Of course unsolicited groping is inappropriate, but outside of an "art" context, so is nakedness...the very purpose, I presume, of Abramovic's piece....not too mention her video installation in the next room where she and myriad other women shove their vaginas skyward over and over in ritualistic frenzy. She places herself and her audience in uncomfortable, difficult and inappropriate bodily situations, but the museum and performance artist's (and even NYTimes') response to this didn't sit well with me. The performance artist AND the NYTimes felt it pertinent to also mention that the, let's-just-go-ahead-and-call-him-a-perpetrator, was an older man, making sure everyone reading the article knew that he was a dirty old man. Would he have been kicked out if he'd been younger and hotter? Or if he'd groped the performance artist in an "artful" way that was a more obvious (and in my opinion, less interesting) reference to the awkwardness of the piece. I can't help but wonder that if he'd been younger, hotter and said the offensively stated line "You feel good, man" in a nasally, intellectual and "my body speaks a language" performance art accent, then people would have applauded and felt moved.