Operation Catsuit May Be The Best Performance Art Of All Time

If you’ve been reading my posts lately, more specifically my stuff about movies, you’ll know that I recently watched Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, a documentary about the “Grandmother of Performance Art” Marina Abramović (aka the lady who was forehead to forehead with Jay-Z in the “Picasso Baby” video). The movie was cool because it introduced me to the world of performance art. I’m still not sure what classifies what as performance art, but if Operation Catsuit is performance art, it’s the best art I’ve ever seen.

Operation Catsuit is a performance series in which installation artist/handbag designer Ayana Evans wears a neon zebra print body stocking to various art events across New York City. At each event friends of the artist secretly video tape the reaction of patrons in the galleries and around the surrounding neighborhoods. Those with the strongest responses are interviewed after the artist has left the area. A handful of those who have absolutely no response at all are interviewed as well.

As the saying goes, “I don’t know art, but I know what I like” and Ayana Evans in a neon zebra print body stocking is a beautiful thing. But what about the woman I saw last week at the bus stop who was wearing similarly the same thing (Her’s were shorts)? Was she also doing a “performance series”? At the end of the day I really don’t care, but I’ll keep looking.