Biography

In a career spanning over 60 years of invention, provocation, and canonical contributions to Postwar art, Carolee Schneemann is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in painting, photography, performance, film, video, mixed media, and installations. A pioneer of feminist performance who has transformed the very definition of art, her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, and the body of the artist in relation to the social body.

The recent retrospective, Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting, was held at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, in 2015, and will travel to the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 2017. The Artist’s Institute at Hunter College in New York held a multi-part exhibition in 2015, Carolee Schneemann Residency. In 2013, the artist was the subject of the solo exhibition, Carolee Schneemann: Then and Now, which traveled from the 

Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart in France to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in Spain. In 2010, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, presented the retrospective Carolee Schneemann: Within and Beyond the Premises. Schneemann’s work is included in major museum collections around the world including the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Tate Modern, England; Centre Georges Pompidou, France; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Born in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, in 1939, the artist currently lives and works in upstate New York.

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