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article imageWoman gives birth as performance art piece at public gallery

By Joan Firstenberg     Oct 27, 2011 in Lifestyle
New York - No, it wasn't that she had trouble getting to the hospital on time. A Brooklyn female artist decided to make the birth of her baby performance art at a public gallery and it went off without a hitch. Baby and mom are doing fine.
Maybe it's because she's an artist herself, but 36-year old Marni Kotak decided to make the birth of her baby boy, Alex a public work of art in a public gallery. It was a performance that about 20 spectators watched at the Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She had this to tell the Associated Press,
"The overall message that we will communicate to the child is that he or she was born in an art gallery because, as artists, that is our sacred space, and in doing this we are telling the world and our child that his or her life is a precious work of art."
The New York Daily News reports that Kotak named her performance artwork, "The Birth of Baby X," and videotaped the event, which is a film that will later be added to gallery's upcoming exhibition. And after she had delivered it, a message posted on the gallery's website read,
"BABY X HAS ARRIVED. It's a healthy baby boy!"
The whole thing began on Oct. 8, as Kotak was present at the gallery, talking to visitors about motherhood and art. People who left their contact information were then emailed when she went into labor so they could attend the show.
Whether baby Ajax, who came into the world weighing nine-pounds, two ounces, will appreciate all this when he eventually grows into the man he will become, is still a question.
For this unusual event the gallery was pretty much transformed into a de facto delivery ward. It was complete with soothing, ocean blue-colored walls and photo-imprinted pillows.
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