Here’s Jay-Z Dancing With Marina Abramović

Slate's Culture Blog
July 10 2013 5:05 PM

Here’s Jay-Z Dancing With Marina Abramović

Jay-Z
The Hova is present.

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Jay-Z’s been referencing high art for years, perhaps taking after his former protégé Kanye West, but apparently today he’s decided to try and make some himself.

For his “docu-music video” for “Picasso Baby”—a track on which he name-checks more than a dozen different artists and museums from Jeff Koons to the Tate Modern and declares, “I’m the modern day Pablo Picasso, baby”—he’s currently in the middle of a six-hour performance art piece, rapping face-to-face with visitors one-by-one, in the style of Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present. (Though Abramović’s performance didn’t involve the artist showing off her flow.) The stunt also resembles The National’s six-hour performance of “Sorrow” at MoMA PS1 just a couple months ago, though the indie rock band wasn’t seen moping one-by-one into their fans’ faces.

If there was any doubt left about Jay’s inspiration, Abramović has shown up herself, and has been filmed dancing around with Hova.

Abramović isn’t the only celeb artist in the building. Lena Dunham’s mom has also shown up, to the befuddlement of her daughter.

Advertisement

And presumably it’s only a matter of time before the arrival of James Franco.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Moneybox
Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Altered State
Sept. 17 2014 11:51 PM The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
Dear Prudence
Sept. 18 2014 6:00 AM All Shook Up My 11-year-old has been exploring herself with my “back massager.” Should I stop her?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 18 2014 7:30 AM Red and Green Ghosts Haunt the Stormy Night
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?