Featuring | NYFA Hall of Fame Honoree Carolee Schneemann

Featuring | NYFA Hall of Fame Honoree Carolee Schneemann

Schneemann (Fellow in Performing/Multidisciplinary ‘87) will be inducted into the NYFA Hall of Fame on April 12, 2018 alongside Paul Beatty (Fellow in Poetry ‘93) and Phil Gilbert – Patron of the Arts and General Manager of Design, IBM.

Carolee Schneemann is one of the most influential artists of the second part of the 20th century. Her pioneering investigations into subjectivity, the social construction of the female body, and the cultural biases of art history have had significant influence on subsequent generations of artists. Recent honors include receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2017, and being celebrated with a career retrospective at MoMA PS1. 

Her MoMA PS1 exhibition, Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting, debuted in Fall 2017 to critical acclaim. Holland Cotter, co-chief art critic of The New York Times, praised Schneemann not only for having star quality and for majorly shaping art history but for being “one of the most generous artists around: generous with her presence, her thinking, her formal and political risk-taking, and her embrace of embracing itself—across genres, genders, and species.” In a New Republic story titled “Carolee Schneemann Finally Gets Her Due,” writer Jillian Steinhauer said Kinetic Painting gives a “fuller and more complex portrait of an artist whose best work remains doggedly vital.”

In addition to MoMA PS1, Schneemann’s painting, photography, performance, and installation work has been exhibited at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Whitney Museum of American Art; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Her work has been screened as part of film and video retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art; National Film Theatre, London; and San Francisco Cinematheque. She has taught at many institutions including New York University, California Institute of the Arts, Bard College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Smith College.

Schneemann has also published widely, authoring books including More than Meat Joy: Complete Performance Works and Selected Writings (McPherson & Co 1979); Correspondence Course: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle, edited by Kristine Stiles (Duke University Press Books 2010); and the soon-to-be published Carolee Schneemann: Uncollected Texts (Primary Information 2018).

For more about Schneemann, visit interviewmagazine.com for a Q&A conducted by artist Pipilotti Rist.

All tickets to NYFA’s 2018 Hall of Fame Benefit come with a limited-edition signed print by Carolee Schneemann. Learn more about NYFA’s Hall of Benefit hereSign up for NYFA’s bi-weekly newsletter, NYFA News, to receive announcements about future NYFA events and programs.

Image: Carolee Schneemann (Fellow in Performance/Multidisciplinary ‘87) in Salzburg, 2015, Photo Credit: Andy Archer

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