1. The Artist is Present by Marina Abramovic, 2010

Abramovic's performance The Artist is Present reads like life itself. Everyday from March 14 to May 31, 2010, as the museum awoke, Abramovic would be perched firmly on the second floor mezzanine of the MoMA in New York City. She would remain motionless in the same seat for the duration of the day until the museum closed and slipped into dormancy. The piece included viewer participation in which museum guests could sit opposite from Abramovic for as long as they desired. The Artist is Present performance accumulated to an unprecedented 736 hour and 30 minute performance. Staging the piece at MoMA was ambitious on the part of all involved. This piece, especially accompanied by the surrounding exhibition, will forever be remembered for reminding us of performance art's continued relevancy, in its ability to elevate the artist to a new level and allow art to exist within a museum in such an important way.

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