She creates works designed to make you uncomfortable. It is legitimate art, but when she throws her naked self at a pillar over and over again, and then walks back to repeat this gesture of futility, all I can think of is the physical damage she is doing to her body, which is her medium. I know it is her right to do that to herself, but I can't help but feel sorry for the chronic masochism involved.
My sister and I visited the installations at MOMA last weekend, and chose not to walk through the narrow doorway where two nude and nubile young people were stationed, but many did not mind doing so.
There was tension between the two of them that took a little bit of the heat off the audience.
As it is, many people are participating in "The Artist is Present" by sitting across from her in a chair, and being photographed under magnificent lighting.