Photo by Edward Alan Feldman
Fact: Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year to eat in a restaurant. Fact: You are broke. Fact: Moms are suckers for goopy Hallmark card-type sentiment, while you prefer a more rigorous, inventive expression of universal feelings. Performance artist Brian Feldman’s 24 Minute Embrace
may just meet all of your requirements for a Mother’s Day observation. The conceptual artist (formerly local, though he moved to D.C. a few years ago) is remaking his 2011 Orlando work, 24 Hour Embrace (After Young Sun Han)
, in which he hugged his father for all of Father’s Day. For this Mother’s Day variant, he will hug Marilyn Wattman-Feldman for 24 minutes (a minute for each hour of Mother’s Day! There’s that goop moms love). This is actually only one-third of Feldman’s latest piece of time-based art – he plans to repeat the 24-minute hug in two other cities, as he and his mother travel to D.C. and then Philadelphia – but as far as you and your own mom are concerned, it’s plenty. Take a picnic to nosh on Seneff Arts Plaza after the performance and skip the busy restaurant buffets altogether.
11 a.m. Sunday, May 10 | Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | facebook.com/brianfeldmanprojects