Woman gives birth in museum as part of art exhibit

Marni Kotak Birth in Gallery

A 36-year-old woman has given birth to a healthy baby boy inside a New York art gallery, but not because she couldn’t make it to the hospital on time.

Performance artist Marni Kotak, who says that giving birth is the “highest form of art,” spent each day of the last month of her pregnancy inside the Microscope Gallery in Bushwick as part of her latest exhibition, which she called “The Birth of Baby X.”

The infant, named Ajax, was 21 inches long and weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces. Time.com has more details on the unusual exhibit:

For anyone who missed the event, the exhibition runs through November 7 and will feature a video of the whole ordeal, along with “remnants” from the birth. For Kotak, it seems her performance is just beginning, as she appears to view Ajax’s entire upbringing to be an art project in itself. Her next project is called “Raising Baby X” and, as she outlines on her website, will be a long-term undertaking in which she’ll write and publish an “anthology of memoirs” of her experiences with motherhood, encompassing Ajax’s life “from birth through attending college and developing an independent life.”

The gallery has a Vimeo account, but it’s unclear if they will post the childbirth video there.