New Moms

NYC Woman Gives Birth on Stage, Calls it Performance Art

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A New York City woman decided to share the birth of her child with a studio audience with the claim that it was performance art.

The New York Daily News reports that Marni Kotak gave birth to a baby boy at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn on Tuesday as 20 people watched. If you missed the live birth, never fear -- it was videotaped and will be added to the gallery's upcoming exhibition.

The project called "The Birth of Baby X" began on October 8 with the 36-year-old Kotak hanging out at the gallery and talking to patrons about motherhood, art and whatever else performance artists talk about.

People who gave Kotak their contact information then got a phone call when she went into labor so they could rush to the gallery to witness the blessed event.

Before she gave birth, Kotak told The Associated Press that she will someday explain to her child how he became a piece of art.

"The overall message that we will communicate to the child is that he or she was born in an art gallery because, as artists, that is our sacred space, and in doing this we are telling the world and our child that his or her life is a precious work of art," she said.

Kotak named her son Ajax. Poor kid.