Marina Abramovic spent virtually every day of her six-week retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art sitting motionless at a table, gazing at any visitor who dared take her on. She outlasted all comers in this ultimate stare-a-thon.
But former Atlantan Anya Liftig, dressed as a carbon copy of the superstar performance artist, managed to get through one whole day of face-to-face combat. In a way, she bested her hero by making her own performance, titled “Anxiety of Influence,” out of Abramovic’s.
Liftig, now a New Yorker, will talk about this excruciating and exhilarating experience at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center at 7 p.m. June 10. She will also screen some of her video performances.
In a neat little coincidence, you can also see two live performances in Atlanta this weekend. On Saturday, Hormuz Minina will present “Promontory” as part of “Art on the BeltLine,” the temporary exhibit of public art. The Atlanta artist will dig a hole and embed himself among the roots of an oak tree, where he will stay through the night as an offering for the success of the BeltLine project. The performance begins at 8 p.m. on Copenhill, west of Freedom Parkway, and will end at dawn. Minina has a good map of the location on his website.
Cecelia Kane explores her identity in performances amid her exhibition “How Am I Feeling Today?” at Henley Studios. Typical of her serial practice, the Atlantan photographed herself and recorded her thoughts and feelings on the pictures daily for 89 days. She then embroidered, printed or drew the images onto vintage handkerchiefs similar to those of her school uniform. The studio is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through June 26, and Kane will perform at 3 p.m. on each of those days. 280 Elizabeth St., Suite A-109.