For NYC artist, child birth a performance piece

Brooklyn-based performance artist Marni Kotak, who gave birth to her first child in front of a public audience at the Microscope Gallery in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, is shown leaning on a birthing pool at the gallery, which has been converted into a birthing room, in New York, Oct. 17, 2011. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

NEW YORK - A performance artist who said giving birth is the "highest form of art" has delivered a baby boy — inside a New York City art gallery

The Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn said Marni Kotak gave birth to a healthy infant, weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 21 inches long.

The 36-year-old artist had set up a home-birth center at the gallery, turning the space into a brightly decorated bedroom with ocean blue walls and photo-imprinted pillows.

The gallery said in a statement that "Baby X" was born at 10:17 a.m. Tuesday. It didn't say how many people witnessed the birth or give any other detail.

The gallery said a video of the birth will be added to its upcoming exhibition.

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