MILKING THE ARTIST
Artist: Lori Baldwin, OONA
Date of Action: 12/7/2022
Region: North America
Location: Miami, FL
Subject: Explicit Sexuality
Medium: Performance Art
Confronting Bodies: Art Basel Miami Beach
Description of Artwork: The duo Lori Baldwin and OONA, an anonymous conceptual artist, performed "MILKING THE ARTIST" at SCOPE Gallery's Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition. The performance included OONA producing breast milk. The glasses of milk were then put up for auction among the crowd. OONA's breasts appeared to be prosthetic. On the stage, the artists spoke about the fetishization of female breasts.
The Incident: On the first day, an audience member purchased the glass of milk for $64,000, and a second person bought a glass of milk the following day for $200,000.
Results of Incident: The artists were escorted off the premises by security. The particularities of the event were unknown to the event organizers.