Art for your inner Earth Mother: Pipilotti Rist at MoMA.

Channelling pachamama: Pipilotti Rist’s Pour Your Body Out. (Photos by C-M.)

If my vagina could appreciate art, what would it want to see? Something earthy, I imagine. Images of damp soil, lush flowers, and gigantic, wall-sized boobs. Oh, and lots and lots pink. Well, today was her lucky day, because I spent a good portion of the afternoon experiencing Pipilotti Rist’s Pour Your Body Out in the atrium at MoMA, perched inside the embracing shag-rug confines of a giant circular couch (hello, womb!), with my head resting on a rather labial-looking pink pillow. It was like being back at Smith.

As girly as this 25-foot high video is (and it’s girly), it’s also spectacularly stonerrific. (Especially good for an I-can’t-move-my-facial-muscles strain like Trainwreck.) There’s slow-mo images of fertile earth, luscious tulips, lily pads, pigs and a frolicking strawberry blond, all set to a medley of gooey, abstract tones that seem like the sorta soundtrack you might hear if you’re parked in utero. I have to confess: I was skeptical at first. I’m not big into vag art. But this was quite refreshing. By the time I set aside my labial pillow, fixed my hair and put on my shoes, I felt very rested — and ready to take on the rest of the museum. Rock on, Pipilotti.

You’ve got ’til Monday, Feb. 2 to see the show. More images — and video — after the jump.

I think I saw something like this in a Woody Allen movie once.

Pink curtains blocked the daylight.

Cue the video.



  1. Brian

    I saw a Rist exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum here in Houston a couple of years back and was really impressed with her work and the show’s installation. There was a small room with two video projections covering adjacent walls, cushions on the floor, and Rist singing “Wicked Game”. It now seems to have been a precursor of sorts to this MoMA installation. Thanks for sharing pics and the video.

    and love that opening line, btw.

  2. Jeff Geib

    “If my vagina could appreciate art,
    what would it want to see?”

    For a second there, I thought this was another of your contests.

    C’est la vie,


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  4. Freese

    C-Mon - do you go to Smith?

    I want to nominate someone as an honorary L-Mon.

    Love the showgirl’s legs on your dad’s painting.


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