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Can do spirit: Artist to sit naked on a toilet in a 10-hour performance

Can do spirit: Artist to sit naked on a toilet in a 10-hour performance
Photograph: Courtesy The Artist

Some wags have it that art went down the crapper a long time ago. Artist Lisa Levy might agree.

Levy, whose work ranges from paintings to performance art, plans to sit on a toilet for ten hours at Christopher Stout Gallery in Brooklyn this weekend. Did we mention she'll be naked?

Levy's piece, titled The Artist is Humbly Present, is meant as both a parody and homage to Marina Abramovic’s epic 2010 performance at MoMAThe Artist is Present—essentially a staring contest with various museum visitors that went all day, every day during her three-month career retrospective (a durational feat totaling 736 hour and 30 minutes). Levy isn't attempting anything so grand, going instead for a mere 10 hours divided into five-hour segments. As in Abramovic's opus, Levy invites viewers to sit opposite her—on another toilet—but the big difference, of course, is the naked bit (not you, her). For the record, it should be noted that while Abramovic wore a robe for her MoMA show, she's no slouch when it comes to performing in the buff. 

The gallery is located at 299 Meserole St in Williamsburg, where you will find Levy doing her artistic doody Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31, from 1pm to 7pm.  



Joe R M

I hope these aren't functional toilets or they'll need bouncers to throw it anyone looking for a free toilet.

"Aw, come on, the line is out the door at Starbucks!"

richard s

i saw Abramovic's performance at MOMA-THIS doesnt look like its worth the trip into gentrified hipster Brooklyn

Russ N

That performance wouldn't deserve a trip anywhere. She sat quitely. Woooow. Coooool.


Wish the guest also had to sit on the bowl naked as well

Carrie M

Big deal. I do this every time I have Chipotle.