March 26, 2014: Brian Wallace

Curator and Academic Liaison for Art and Artifact Collections, Bryn Mawr College

“Traits of the Artist: Narrative and Form in Early and Current Works of Carolee Schneemann”

What distinguishes Carolee Schneemann’s investigations—and what characterizes the varied and interconnected works that constitute them—is their insistent challenge to powerful cultural mechanisms that define a mind-body split. With drawing, painting, installation, performance, writing, and hybrid media, Schneemann mourns, and, at the same time, celebrates, a kind of founding cultural tragedy—the sundering of shape and story—that is central to the narratives and forms of her work and thought.