Her performances may be timeless feats of endurance, but the millions Marina Abramović raised to build her own art center didn’t last long. A month after scrapping her plans for the Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI) in Hudson, New York, it seems that the $2.2 million raised toward the project were spent entirely on schematics and a model by starchitect Rem Koolhaas — a far cry from the $31-million price tag for the whole project.
According to the New York Post, about $1.5 million of the funds raised came from private donations — including, memorably, from Jay-Z — while another $661,452 were raised from 4,765 backers on Kickstarter. However, because the Kickstarter campaign was specifically earmarked for “the design process” of the MAI, it will not be returned to the project backers.
“The funds were raised not for the renovation itself but specifically for the schematics and the feasibility study,” a spokeswoman for Abramović told the Post. “They were used for exactly that purpose.”
Indeed, at events in Brooklyn and London in the fall of 2014, Abramović made good on her promise to reward $1 backers of the MAI project with a hug. A video shared with Hyperallergic by one such backer shows Abramović hugging hundreds of people over the course of three and a half hours at Kickstarter’s Brooklyn headquarters.
“It’s not unusual for creative projects to change direction over time, or to not work out at all — both on and off Kickstarter,” a spokesperson for the crowdfunding site told Hyperallergic. “This project was to fund the design phase of Marina’s Institute, and it’s unfortunate that the Institute will not be completed. But it’s wonderful that the project’s backers were rewarded for their support of the artist in so many ways.”
Meanwhile, those of us who’d hoped to be rewarded with a visit to a transcendental performance art palace will have to content ourselves with Abramović-flavored macarons.
Two activists from the group Ultima Generazione glued their hands to the base of the ancient Roman statue “Laocoön and His Sons,” dubbed as a “prototypical icon of human agony.”
This week, award-winning nature photography, reviewing Jared Kushner’s new book, Smithsonian NMAAHC hires a new digital curator, Damien Hirst plans to burn paintings, and more.
Choose from over 140 courses for adults and youth ages 13 to 17, including options for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Enroll by August 23 for an early bird discount.
Guston became a witness to the 20th century’s darkest and foulest experiences without closing his eyes or turning away, and enabled us to see and reflect upon this brutality.
William Klein: YES, a career retrospective at the International Center of Photography, is good for aficionados and neophytes alike.
The Brooklyn organization is now accepting new project inquiries for its fee-based fabrication services in printmaking, ceramics, and large-scale public art.
Latinx and Indigenous artists use automobiles to amplify their cultural identity and challenge systems of erasure.
Artist Mona Chalabi’s site-specific installation at the entrance to the Brooklyn Museum foregrounds the importance of urban vegetation and its inequities.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Compared to self-identifying liberals, conservatives were more prone to change their views on COVID-19 vaccinations after they were shown ghastly images of the disease’s symptoms.
“Our bodies are not that cheap,” said one Iraqi artist who signed an open letter to the biennale’s curators.
Museums will have to install “prominently placed” placards alongside the works, according to a new suite of laws signed by Governor Kathy Hochul.