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Carolee Schneemann papers, 1959-1994.

Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-

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  • Title:
    Carolee Schneemann papers, 1959-1994.
  • Author/Creator: Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-
  • Creation Date: 1959-1994.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: American painter and performance artist who uses her body to explore personal expression, sexual taboos and feminist issues in her art.
  • Arrangement: Organized in ten series: Series I. Projects; Series II. Notes; Series III. Correspondence; Series IV. Ephemera and objects; Series V. Teaching and students' work; Series VI. Feminist research files; Series VII. Film and performance files; Series VIII. Other clippings; Series IX. Writings about or by Schneemann; Series X. Performance albums.
  • Physical Desc.: ca. 60 linear ft. (124 boxes).
  • Summary: The archive documents Schneemann's performances, happenings, film and book production, and exhibitions from 1959-1994. It includes original materials relating to performances and publication projects in the form of notes, drawings, performance scripts and mss.; correspondence with visual, literary and performing artists, art critics, and other individuals prominent in the international avant-garde; printed ephemera, artists' books, and Fluxus objects by Schneemann and others; lecture notes and other materials pertaining to Schneemann as teacher and lecturer; research files on performance and feminist topics; mss. by others about Schneemann's work; and photograph albums which provide visual documentation of much of her performance work.
    Series I. Projects (17 boxes, 8.5 lin. ft.), contains typed and handwritten notes, drafts, performance instructions, drawings and some correspondence, pertaining to approximately 70 of Schneemann's performance, film, book and exhibition projects, dating from 1960 to 1994. Most files offer a complete record of a project's progression. Particularly well documented are "Snows," "Illinois Central (Transposed)," "Cezanne: She was a great painter," and "More than Meat Joy." There is also material on Schneemann's controversial performances of "Meat Joy" and "Interior Scroll."
    Series II. Notes (9 boxes, 4.5 lin. ft.), has an extensive quantity of notebooks, address books, and notes typed or handwritten on single sheets. In particular, the notebooks record Schneemann's day-to-day thoughts relating to projects and personal matters with notations such as lists, reminders, schedules, ideas and finances, and have been richly embellished with drawings and sketches. The single sheets are mostly typed, with a substantial portion recording Schneemann's dreams.
    Series III. Correspondence (19 boxes, 9.5 lin. ft.), includes exchanges of both a professional and personal nature between Schneemann and numerous artists, critics, dealers, friends and lovers. Correspondents include: Stan Brakhage, Clayton Eshleman, Ken Friedman, Dick Higgins, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Charlotte Moorman, her second husband Anthony McCall, her former live-in lover Bruce McPherson, Claes Oldenburg, Miroslaw Rogala, her first husband James Tenney, Edgard Varèse, Wolf Vostell and Carol Wikarska. Some files also have printed ephemera, especially by McCall and McPherson.
    Series IV. Ephemera and objects (7 boxes, 3.5 lin. ft.), contains much printed ephemera in the form of announcements, invitations, programs, and artists' books, and also includes drawings and Fluxus objects sent to Schneemann from Fluxus and mail artists, writers and others, such as: Eric Andersen, Ay-O (orange finger box), Carol Bergé, Fletcher Copp, Philip Corner, Dwan Gallery (catalog for the exhibition "Boxes," February 2-26, 1964), John Giorno, Bici Hendricks, Geoffrey Hendricks, Judy Malloy, Charlotte Moorman and Jerome Rothenberg. A substantial quantity of ephemera created by Schneemann can also be found in this series.
    Series V. Teaching and students' work (6 boxes, 3 lin. ft.), documents Schneemann's teaching and lecture activities with lecture notes, students' papers, photographs of student performances and correspondence with universities.
    Series VI-VIII. Feminist research files, Film and performance files, and Other clippings (8 boxes, 4 lin. ft.), contain topical files of clippings, photocopied articles, notes and ephemera.
    Series IX. Writings about or by Schneemann (9 boxes, 4.5 lin. ft.), is mostly mss. and published articles by various art critics, artists, literary figures and students about or relating to Schneemann's work, filed alphabetically by author. Some have been annotated by Schneemann or have photocopies of letters from Schneemann with her comments. Authors include: Gerald Burns, Kathy Constantinides, Dick Higgins, Allan Kaprow, Udo Kultermann, Henry Sayre, Alan Sondheim, and Lynne Tillman. There is a separate box of interviews with Schneemann in typescript form and two other boxes housing journals and anthologies, which contain writings by Schneemann.
    Series X. Performance albums, consists of 48 albums, primarily of photographs documenting approximately 35 of Schneemann's performances and kinetic theater events. Many of the photographs are original prints by Schneemann, or Peter Moore and others who have achieved prominence as photographers of performance art. Some albums also have performance texts, notes, clippings and programs, which complement material in Series I.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Mss. (holographs, typescripts); photoprints; printed matter; drawings; and some objects.
    Ca. 14 titles were separated to the library and ca. 65 others were analyzed.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Performance art -- United States Feminism and art Sex in art Body art Dreams in art Fluxus (Group of artists) Happenings (Art) Censorship in art -- United States Experimental films -- United States Art, Modern -- 20th century
  • Contributors: Andersen, Eric. Bergé, Carol. Brakhage, Stan. Burns, Gerald. Constantinides, Kathy, 1936- Copp, Fletcher. Corner, Philip. Eshleman, Clayton. Friedman, Ken, 1949- Giorno, John. Hendricks, Bici. Hendricks, Geoffrey. Johnson, Ray. Kaprow, Allan. Kultermann, Udo. Lebel, Jean Jacques. Lerner & Turner., Malloy, Judy, 1942- Kane, Henry. McCall, Anthony D. Moore, Peter, 1932-1993. Moorman, Charlotte. Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931- Rogala, Miroslaw. Sayre, Henry M., 1948- Sondheim, Alan. Tillman, Lynne. Oldenburg, Claes, 1929- Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965. Vostell, Wolf, 1932-1998. Wikarska, Carol. Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998. McPherson, Bruce R. (Bruce Rice), 1951- Ay-o, 1931-
  • Collection: Carolee Schneemann
  • Collection Note: Carolee Schneemann
  • ID/Accession Number: 95-A2
  • OCLC Record Number: 82725377
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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