MoMA Asks Visitors to Leave After Touching Nude Performers

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A patron squeezes past people performing “Imponderabilia,” on display during the “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Museum patrons know that touching the art is a no-no, and that means live, naked performers too. Several nude models who are featured in Marina Abramovic’s new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art have complained of being groped by some patrons. The museum has declined to talk about specific incidents, but acknowledged that it has had problems with some visitors touching performers. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.

NEW YORK, NY (AP).- Some visitors to a new exhibit at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art are being asked to leave because they are touching nude performers.

The performers featured in Marina Abramovic’s new exhibition have complained of being pushed, prodded and poked by some patrons.

The museum acknowledges that it has had problems with some visitors touching the live art. It is declining to talk about specific cases, but says visitors caught doing it are escorted out.

The exhibition opened March 14 and presents a view of Abramovic’s career over four decades.

It includes nude performers standing in a narrow doorway that visitors can pass through. Elsewhere, a naked woman reclines with a fake skeleton on top of her. Other live performers are clothed.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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