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An artist named Marina Abramovic is performing in the Museum of Modern Art, in an installation called The Artist is Present, where she sits in a chair all day, from the museum’s opening to closing. Apparently, that’s all she does, sit in a chair, staring straight ahead, which is apparently art.

Well, shit. I’ve been sitting in a chair at my job, staring blankly, from opening to closing, every weekday for years. I wouldn’t call it art, but I think it could be considered an art form since I haven’t been fired yet.

Some photos of the artist and museum visitors, who are allowed to take turns sitting across from her. Interestingly, a number of them sitting there watching her sit there start crying.

If you came and sat at my job and stared at me sitting and staring at my job, I don’t know if you’d start crying. I might, but you probably wouldn’t.


  1. Crying? what the hell is that about?

  2. I’d pay good money to sit across from you and bawl like a man-child, Chris. Real good money.

  3. Dah Butlah says:

    There’s a similar art project (or whatever you call it) here in Sweden. But I think ours is better because it consisted of a naked chick reading books in a red box all day. And no, I haven’t seen it myself.

  4. Art can be anything. Hell, I remember when I was 10 and it was a day where people could tour the museums around Houston for free – and we needed a break after seeing the Museum of Natural Science and Museum of Fine Art, so we went into the least occupied Museum – the Museum of Contemporary Arts.

    I swear, the crap that people pass off as art is astounding. A series of cups filled with paint attached to a board. A torn up couch. WTF?

  5. Aaron the Baron says:

    Chicago Museum of Art. Contemporary exhibit. A frame. Not a nicely decorated frame. No painting, Just a frame. Made my brain want to explode.

  6. This is hysterical!

  7. you just have to get used to modern art to appreciate the beauty of it ‘;’

  8. Then there’s THIS caption on one of the photos: “Tehching Hsieh sits with Marina Abramovic during her performance. Hsieh is also a pioneering performance artist who is well-known for his own durational performances, such as Cage Piece (1978-79), in which he spent one year locked inside a cage constructed in his Hudson Street loft in New York City.”

    OK so uhhhh, what? So this guy put a cage in his loft and spent a year in it, and that’s art? That’s ART? Well this makes me wonder if he allowed the public into his home that year to see him “perform?” WOW, MAN!

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