Post-Partum Document

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Conceived as an installation in six consecutive sections, Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document has been widely exhibited and intensely debated since its first scandalous appearance in the 1970s. Now, more than twenty years later, the Document's initial challenge to conceptual art and its impact on the emerging discourse of sexual difference have taken on a new significance. For many younger artists and critics, the republication of Kelly's artwork in book form will provide the opportunity to engage directly with the...

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Overview

Conceived as an installation in six consecutive sections, Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document has been widely exhibited and intensely debated since its first scandalous appearance in the 1970s. Now, more than twenty years later, the Document's initial challenge to conceptual art and its impact on the emerging discourse of sexual difference have taken on a new significance. For many younger artists and critics, the republication of Kelly's artwork in book form will provide the opportunity to engage directly with the visual and intertextual strategies that spawned a generation of "thinking bad girls."

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What People Are Saying

Hal Foster
Not only the point of departure of a signal artistic oeuvre, but also a historic crux in feminism, art, and theory.
Maurice Berger
One of this century's most significant and influential artistic statements on identity, represents the ultimate merging of feminism and minimalist performativity....It is an extraordinary work that is viscerally experienced rather than statically received. -- New School for Social Research
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219410
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kelly is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her project-based artwork, Post-Partum Document (1973-79),
Interim
(1984-89) and Gloria Patri (1992) is represented in such public collections as London's Tate Gallery, the Zurich Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Australian National Gallery, the Helsinki City Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is author of Imaging Desire (1996) and her writing is included in the monograph Mary Kelly (1997).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Documentation I Analyzed Fecal Stains and Feeding Charts
(Experimentum Mentis I Weaning from the Breast)
Documentation II Analyzed Utterances and Related Speech Events
(Experimentum Mentis II Weaning from the Holophrase)
Documentation III Analyzed Markings and Diary-perspective Schema
(Experimentum Mentis III Weaning from the Dyad)
Documentation IV Transitional Objects, Diary and Diagram
(Experimentum Mentis IV On Femininity)
Documentation V Classified Specimens, Proportional Diagrams, Statistical Tables, Research and Index
(Experimentum Mentis V On the Order of Things)
Documentation VI Prewriting Alphabet, Exergue and Diary
(Experimentum Mentis VI On the Insistence of the Letter)
Notes
References
Selected Bibliography
Appendix
Post-Partum Document Review
Our Mother Tongue: The Post-Partum Document
The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Own Desire: Reading Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document
Mother as Site of Her Proceedings: Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document
On the Post-Partum Document
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