""But it’s also very compelling. People have engaged with this work in ways that are as intense and profound as their interactions with paintings and sculpture. It is especially thrilling that no Mayor Giuliani equivalent showed up to close the institution because it offended us or him. That Abramovic’s show is a hit proves that art is bigger than moralism, and that the audience is more open and more mature than ever. As hokey and self-centered as “The Artist Is Present” sometimes is, it also tells us that when sensationalism takes center stage, it doesn’t have to be flashy, tacky, shocking, and silly. Well, maybe just a little bit silly."""