With a career spanning over 60 years of invention, provocation, and canonical contributions to Postwar Art, Carolee Schneemann was a multidisciplinary artist who worked in painting, photography, performance, film, video, mixed media, and installations. A pioneer of feminist performance who transformed the very definition of art, Schneemann created work that was characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, and the body of the artist in relation to the social body.
Her critically acclaimed retrospective, Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting, debuted at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria and travelled to the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany and MoMA PS1, New York. Other major solo exhibitions include Body Politics at the Barbican Centre, London (forthcoming); the multi-part Carolee Schneemann Residency at The Artist’s Institute at Hunter College, New York;
Carolee Schneemann: Then and Now, which traveled from the Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart, France to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; and Carolee Schneemann: Within and Beyond the Premises at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York, New Paltz. In 2017, Schneemann was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 57th Venice Biennale. 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 Pompidou, France; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Born in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, in 1939, the artist died in New Paltz, New York in 2019.
September 8, 2022 – January 8, 2023
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York
December 29, 2019 – June 28, 2020
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