Marina Abramović is one of the founders of performance art, using her body in a multitude of ways, often painful, dangerous, and naked. Labeled the "grandmother of performance art," she personifies suffering for art. A lecturer at Bard College, she is the recipient of the Golden Lion Award at the XLVII Venice Biennale in 1997.
MoMA organized the 2010 exhibition and retrospective titled Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present. The exhibition includes re-performances of historical works by the artist.
Ms. Abramović has purchased the Community Theater at the corner of Columbia Street and Seventh Avenue in Hudson with the intention of opening in 2012 the Marina Abramovic Foundation for Preservation of Performance Art, using the space to work and develop ideas. A second Hudson property is planned to house resident artists.