Carolee Schneemann is one of the most important artists of the post-war period. Her work in a range of media—painting, film, video, dance and performance, constructions and installations, the written word, and assemblage—presents an unparalleled catalogue of radical aesthetic experimentation. Throughout the last 50 years, Schneemann has participated in some of the most significant formulations of the avant-garde, having made crucial contributions in Fluxus, happenings, expanded cinema, and performance cultures, while complicating any generic definitions that might cohere to her work.
Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable celebrates the release of a new book of the same name with an exhibition of film and materials from Schneemann’s expansive oeuvre. The exhibition presents ten films, from pioneering experiments in personal cinema, Fuses, 1964–1966, and Plumb Line, 1968–1971, to works based on her now canonical performances, Meat Joy, 1964–2010, Up To and Including Her Limits, 1976, and Interior Scroll, 1975–1995, and her explorations of feline companionship,Infinity Kisses—The Movie, 2008, and Kitch’s Last Meal, 1973–1976.
The films are presented alongside rare items of ephemera collected during the research for the book: invitation cards, posters, contact sheets and photographs document a restless and transgressive life and career. The exhibition is completed with intimate photographs of Schneemann’s nineteenth century farmhouse in New York state—where works like Meat Joy andUp To and Including Her Limits were conceived and where Schneemann shot Fuses and Kitch’s Last Meal.
Schneemann (b 1939) lives in Springtown, New York. She has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications throughout her career, and her work is in the collections of Tate Modern, Commune di Milano, Centre Georges Pompidou, Muzeum Wspóczesne Wrocaw, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable is published by Black Dog Publishing. It is edited by Kenneth White and features contributions from Stéphane Aquin, Emily Caigan, R Bruce Elder, Ron Hanson, Juan Carlos Kase, Brett Kashmere, Anette Kubitza, Erica Levin, Scott MacDonald, Thomas McEvilley, Ara Osterweil, Melissa Ragona, Maura Reilly and Kristine Stiles.