This is a CFP for a proposed special session at the 2013 M/MLA Conference in Milwaukee, to be held Nov. 7-10.
In 2010, performance artist Marina Abramović presented a retrospective show at MOMA entitled Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present that included one new performance. From March 14 to May 31, Abramović performed a solo piece in the museum's atrium; she invited visitors to sit silently across from her for as long as they chose. In this way, she was "present" in more ways than one; being present was her piece, she was present in her piece, and she presented her piece all simultaneously. This unique and profound performance, and the title of the show itself, raises questions about the conception of the artist in contemporary art.