The first entry in the series of contemporary philosophers that the NY Times is running was Simon Critchley (discussed here and here). The second is philosopher and art critic Arthur Danto, who provides reflections on a piece of performance art at MoMA. The work is “The artist is present,” and it is created and performed by Marina Abramović, with various members of the audience also entering into the work. Here’s a clip of what the work looked like at one stage. Later the table was removed:
I was puzzle by Danto’s piece. It was good to be reminded of some of the obvious features of performance art. I think I had expected some more discussion of what one might bring as a philosopher to such a work. Still, let us know what you think.
A fascinating set of pictures of those sitting with Marina is here. There’s an interesting piece on the work at the New York Review of Books. Here’s a brief profile from the New Yorker and its short commentary on the show.