Feminist Artist Makes MoMA A Woman

Pipilotti Rist is currently showing her work Pour Your Body Out at NYC's MoMA, where she turns the atrium of the museum into a womb, making over the masculine space into something inescapably feminine.

In his review from New York Magazine, Jerry Saltz calls the Swiss artist's installation “an impregnation and an incantation. It is also an exorcism.” Using breast-shaped projector pods, Rist superimposes videos of animals, nudes and flowers onto the walls of the MoMA. She even makes the museum menstruate: toward the end of her video, a naked woman appears, blood flowing between her legs, and the whole atrium goes red. Even though Rist's hyper-feminine installation is explicitly about the female body, it has still faced some censorship. Rumor has it that MoMA found period blood too icky for their walls, and asked Rist to edit out the menstruation scene.

MoMA's Sex Change [New York Magazine]

Related: Pipilotti Rist [Official Site]
MoMA Exhibitions: Pipilotti Rist [MoMA]