Carolee Schneemann. Up to and Including Her Limits. 1973–76. Crayon on paper, rope, harness, 16mm film projector, video (color, sound; 29 min.), and six monitors, dimensions variable. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Drawings Funds and Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds. © 2015 Courtesy of Carolee Schneemann and PPOW Gallery, NY. Digital image © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

MoMA PS1 presents the first US retrospective of the work of Carolee Schneemann, spanning the artist’s prolific six-decade career. As one of the most influential artists of the second part of the 20th century, Schneemann’s 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. Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting begins with rarely seen examples of the artist’s early paintings of the 1950s and their evolution into assemblages made in the 1960s, which integrated objects, mechanical elements, and modes of deconstruction. In the late 1960s Schneemann began positioning her own body within her work, performing the roles of “both image and image-maker.” As a central protagonist of the New York downtown avant-garde community, she explored hybrid artistic forms culminating in experimental theater events. By tracing the developments that led to Schneemann’s groundbreaking innovations in performance, film, and installation in the 1970s, as well as her increasingly spatialized multimedia installations from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, the exhibition embeds Schneemann’s oeuvre within the context of painting.

Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting is organized by the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

The exhibition is curated by Sabine Breitwieser, Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg; and consulting curator Branden W. Joseph, Frank Gallipolli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Columbia University, New York.

Organized at MoMA PS1 by Erica Papernik-Shimizu, Assistant Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art; with Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

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