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Imaging Her Erotics: Essays, Interviews, Projects

Imaging Her Erotics: Essays, Interviews, Projects

by Carolee Schneemann


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900262692976
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Series: Writing Art
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 357
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carolee Schneemann teaches in the MFA Program at Bard College. She is the winner of the Jimmy Ernst Award in Art presented by The American Academy of Arts and Letters. The $5000 prize is given to a "painter or sculptor whose lifetime contribution to his or her vision has been both consistent and dedicated."

Table of Contents

The Painter As an Instrument of Real Time2
Proto-Feminist Body
Interview with Kate Haug20
From the Notebooks46
"Maximus at Gloucester": a Visit to Charles Olson52
Eye Body: 36 Transformative Actions55
Meat Joy60
Solanas in a Sea of Men90
Two London Letters94
Notes from First Viewing of a Film by Dusan Makavejev: W.R. Mysteries of the Organism98
Sexual Parameters104
Interview with ND112
Feminist Erotic Iconography
Interview with Linda Montano130
Istory of a Girl Pornographer136
American I Ching Apple Pie140
Cezanne, She was a Great Painter: Unbroken Words to Women--Sexuality Creativity Language Art Istory144
Women in the Year 2000146
Interior Scroll151
Up to and Including Her Limits162
Dirty Pictures166
Anti-Demeter: The More I Give the More You Steal176
The Lebanon Series186
Interview with Carl Heyward196
On Censorship: Interview with Aviva Rahmani210
Notes from the Underground: A Feminist Pornographer in Moscow216
Dream Morphologies
Assimilating the Unassimilable: Carolee Schneemann in Relation to Antonin Artaud226
Fresh Blood--A Dream Morphology234
Venus Vectors250
Cycladic Imprints254
Infinity Kisses262
Video Rocks266
Cats, Dreams, and Interior Knowledge--Cat Scan: Interview with William Peterson270
Homage to Ana Mendieta276
Mortal Coils278
Plague Column: Known/Unknown286
Vulva's Morphia298
Vespers Pool308
Love Rides Aristotle Through the Audience: Body, Image, and Idea in the Work of Carolee Schneemann316
On My Desk328
Selected Bibliography330

What People are Saying About This

Arthur C. Danto

Carolee Schneemann's legendary early film Fuses undertook to discover whether showing how sexual love looked corresponded to how it felt. But even the art world is organized into systems of resistance against 'imaging her erotics,' and her subsequent art has largely been dedicated to overcoming them. She has done this with humor, courage, tireless imagination, love, smarts, wisdom, goodness—and an amazing cheerfulness. I cherish this book as a portrait of the artist as woman warrior fighting on behalf of us all. When art is free, everyone is freed.

Shelly Rice

Standing alone and often naked, Carolee Schneemann has for the past forty years embodied what Lucy Lippard calls a 'mythological revolution.' Her mythic heroine is the 'eye body': the perceiving organism, simultaneously subject and object, which in itself becomes the refracting mirror of all history and political struggle, nature and culture, biology and religion, art and language. Imaging Her Erotics chronicles, through words and pictures, this artist's attempts to inscribe her own 'eye body' into the materials of painting and sculpture, photography and film, installation works and performances: her rapturous and remarkable quest to fuse with both the shamanic roots of civilization and the physical spaces of contemporary art.

Wayne Koestenbaum

When I need to be reminded of art's sacredness, dignity, and necessity, I turn to the inspiring example of Carolee Schneemann's work. This volume gives beautiful testimony to the range and complexity of her achievement.

From the Publisher

"When I need to be reminded of art's sacredness, dignity, and necessity,
I turn to the inspiring example of Carolee Schneemann's work. This volume gives beautiful testimony to the range and complexity of her achievement."--Wayne
Koestenbaum, Professor of English, The Graduate Center, City University of New York,
and author of Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics

Lynne Tillman

A seminal figure in 20th century art, Carolee Schneemann has produced a body of work that is as capacious as the time it grew up in. Her work is startling, smart, immediate, sensual, and thoughtful. Schneemann's films – especially, for me, the magnificent two-screen 'Kitch's Last Meal' – are, in the best sense, loving experiments in moving pictures. Her performances, like 'Up To and Including Her Limits,' make the living body signify as form and place. Schneemann's writing is delightful, witty, and breathlessly articulate. This new collection is vitally important to understanding Carolee Schneemann's significant and singular contributions to contemporary practices.

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