Brooklyn Performance Artist to Give Birth in Gallery

The performance artist has set up a birthing room for visitors to watch her give birth to her first child.

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    "The Birth of Baby X" is an exhibit by artist Marni Kotak at the Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

    A performance artist  is planning a month-long piece on her pregnancy that she hopes will end with her delivering the baby before an audience at a Brooklyn art gallery.

        
     "The Birth of Baby X" is an exhibit from Brooklyn artist Marni Kotak, and she is setting up a birthing room at the Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, equipped with a bed, an inflatable birthing pool, a shower and a rocking chair.  
        
    With the baby's due-date uncertain, the gallery is putting together a list of visitors to notify when she goes into labor.
        
    Kotak will be surrounded by an audience, but will also be supported by a midwife, a doula, and her husband, according to the New York Postt.
    She told the paper that she sees human life as "the most profound work of art," and she is "no more worried than I would be if I were having the baby at home or in a hospital."
        
    The performance begins Saturday, with an exhibit featuring a variety of art related to her pregnancy.
    Kotak says she plans to follow up after the birth of her baby -- whose sex is unknown -- with an exhibit called "Raising Baby X", which the gallery says she will "re-contextualize the everyday act of raising a child into a work of performance art."