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MoMA's Naked Models Complain About Being Groped by Visitors

By Test Reporter | April 16, 2010 8:22am | Updated on April 16, 2010 9:00am
In the 'Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present' exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, patrons must pass between two nude models.
In the 'Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present' exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, patrons must pass between two nude models.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Some Museum of Modern Art-goers have apparently been grabbing more than souvenirs.

Performers in Marina Abramovic's "The Artist is Present" exhibit have complained about being groped by visitors, a statement by the museum said. The exhibit features a rotating group of eight nude or nearly nude men and women poising in a gallery space on the museum’s sixth floor.

"In organizing the exhibition, MoMA was well aware of the challenges posed by having nude performers in the galleries," museum representatives said in the statement. "Any visitor who improperly touches or disturbs any of the performers is escorted from the Museum by MoMA Security."

The incidents have been rare, according to the museum, and there have been no arrests and or calls to 911.

The exhibit, the first in MoMa's history to feature nude performers, started March 14 and runs through May 31.