Carolee Schneemann was born in 1939 in Fox Chase, PA and holds a BFA from Bard College and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois. She currently lives in New Paltz, NY and works in New York City. Her distinguished exhibition history includes a retrospective at New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1997, curated by Dan Cameron, as well as solo shows at the Kunstraum, Vienna, Austria; Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany; and the Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY. Her works have been included in many group exhibitions including Anima, Animal, Animus at P.S.1., Long Island City, NY; Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (which traveled to Vienna, Barcelona and Tokyo); Film as Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Feminin/Masculin: le sex de l’art at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and Beat Culture and the New America: 1950-65 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Emerging in the early 1960s world of experimental film, music, poetry, dance and Happenings, Carolee Schneemann’s multimedia work addresses the interrelationship between postmodern issues and broader cultural concerns. Her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos and the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body. Using a vivid range of materials and sources, she has incorporated painting, drawing, performance, video and installation in her work. Throughout her long and influential career, Schneemann has consistently attempted to transform the definition of art, especially in regard to the body, sexuality and gender.