Imaging Her Erotics: Essays, Interviews, Projects available in Paperback
Imaging Her Erotics integrates images from Schneemann's works in painting, collage, drawing, and video sculptures with written material drawn from the artist's journals, dream diaries, essays, and lectures. Encompassing four decades of her work, it demonstrates her profound influence on artists in all media. An opening essay by Kristine Stiles presents Schneemann's major themes and places her work in a historical context. Among other topics, the book covers Schneemann's response to the widespread use by artists of the ideas of theoreticians such as Georges Bataille, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan; her relationship to male artists such as Joseph Cornell, Robert Morris, and Claes Oldenburg; and reminiscences about her friends Ana Mendieta, Charlotte Moorman, and Hannah Wilke. The book also contains essays by Jay Murphy and David Levi-Strauss and interviews with the artist by Kate Haug, Linda Montano, and Aviva Rahmani.
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 Time||2|
|Interview with Kate Haug||20|
|From the Notebooks||46|
|"Maximus at Gloucester": a Visit to Charles Olson||52|
|Eye Body: 36 Transformative Actions||55|
|Solanas in a Sea of Men||90|
|Two London Letters||94|
|Notes from First Viewing of a Film by Dusan Makavejev: W.R. Mysteries of the Organism||98|
|Interview with ND||112|
|Feminist Erotic Iconography|
|Interview with Linda Montano||130|
|Istory of a Girl Pornographer||136|
|American I Ching Apple Pie||140|
|Cezanne, She was a Great Painter: Unbroken Words to Women--Sexuality Creativity Language Art Istory||144|
|Women in the Year 2000||146|
|Up to and Including Her Limits||162|
|Anti-Demeter: The More I Give the More You Steal||176|
|The Lebanon Series||186|
|Interview with Carl Heyward||196|
|On Censorship: Interview with Aviva Rahmani||210|
|Notes from the Underground: A Feminist Pornographer in Moscow||216|
|Assimilating the Unassimilable: Carolee Schneemann in Relation to Antonin Artaud||226|
|Fresh Blood--A Dream Morphology||234|
|Cats, Dreams, and Interior Knowledge--Cat Scan: Interview with William Peterson||270|
|Homage to Ana Mendieta||276|
|Plague Column: Known/Unknown||286|
|Love Rides Aristotle Through the Audience: Body, Image, and Idea in the Work of Carolee Schneemann||316|
|On My Desk||328|
What People are Saying About This
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, goodnessand 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.
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.
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.
"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
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.