Tomorrow night in Portland (Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 PM), renowned artist Carolee Schneemann will give a free performance lecture at PCC's Performing Arts Center on the Sylvania Campus. A product of the 1960s-70's New York art scene, her work challenged, shocked, and forced her audience to think about their reaction to women's bodies and feelings about physicality, often with her own body as part of the composition.
Above: Still from Fuses. 16mm film transferred to video (color, silent), 18 min. 1964-1966.
Above: Self-shot photgraphic grid. 4' x 4'. 1963.
In this performance titled "Mysteries of the Iconographies", Schneemann will talk about her five decades of artmaking exploring some of the themes and imagery that have informed her explorations of sensuality, the cultural mind-body divide and personal freedom in works as varied as film and video, drawing, painting, performance and photography. (The press release promises she will "travel back and forth through time through her five decades of artmaking..." ensuring it will be as much performance as lecture.)
Schneemann's video, film, painting, photography, performance art, and installation works have been shown in institutions all over the world, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art, New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She's published a number of books, and taught at New York University, Bard College, California Institute of the Arts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This is Schneemann's first visit to Portland, and a rare chance to see a muti-disciplinary art icon if you are so inclined...it's FREE and open to the public.
For those of you not in Portland, you can check out her body of work on her website, listen to a 2010 radio interview with her here, or see work from the New Museum's exhibit "Up to and Including Her Limits".
Here she is behind the scenes at MOMA in 2010, talking about her inspiration and perspective as a painter:
Her book from the show "Up to and Including Her Limits" is available from New York's New Museum archives.