Artist's Next Piece: Giving Birth ... in NYC Gallery

Marni Kotak to have first child in front of anyone who wants to see

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 11, 2011 12:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – This one isn't for the squeamish: Performance artist Marni Kotak's next piece involves her giving birth ... live ... in a Brooklyn gallery. The 36-year-old's "durational performance" runs though Nov. 7 at Microscope Gallery, which the Los Angeles Times reports has been altered to fit Kotak's needs: It now features a shower, her grandmother's bed, refrigerator, and rocking chair, along with a framed sonogram. The gallery will be open from 11am to 6pm until the birth occurs, and will extend its hours if need be for the blessed event. (Kotak is 8 months along, and timed the show, "Birth of Baby X," to coincide with her due date.)

"I will be completely engrossed in the act of giving birth before a live audience," Kotak tells the Village Voice. "I will be focused on delivering my child into the world in the healthiest manner possible, rather than on how I look or what the audience may think." She shares plenty more thoughts, on Facebook ("my life ... is not for Mark Zuckerberg"), her influences, and what she'd be doing if she wasn't making art (one option: Russian spy, code name "Marnitov Cocktail"); click to read.

Coming soon to Microscope Gallery: a baby.
Coming soon to Microscope Gallery: a baby.   (©Family O'Ab?)
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