Seven Easy Pieces
|Location||Guggenheim Museum, New York City|
In an interview in the New York Times in early November, 2005, Abramović explained the impetus for the performances. The interview states that "she felt a strong need to preserve the memory of performances that influenced her as an artist. There's nobody to keep the history straight ... I feel almost, like, obliged. I felt like I have this function to do it.' And this sense only grew stronger when she began to see ideas behind many important performances borrowed with no credit given, or appropriated by advertising and fashion."
Beginning on November 9, Abramović presented Seven Easy Pieces at the Guggenheim Museum. On seven consecutive nights she recreated the works of five artists first performed in the 60s and 70s, in addition to performing two personal pieces.
Here is a full list of the works performed:
- Bruce Nauman's Body Pressure, (1974)
- Vito Acconci's Seedbed, (1972)
- Valie Export's Action Pants: Genital Panic (1969)
- Gina Pane's The Conditioning (1973)
- Joseph Beuys's How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965)
- Abramović's own Lips of Thomas (1975)
- Abramović's own Entering the Other Side (2005)
- Guggenheim Press Release on "Seven Easy Pieces" - Nov.9-15, 2005
- Interview New York Magazine - Provocateur: Marina Abramovic
- Review of Seedbed, Theatre Journal - May 2006