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
Carolee Schneemann actively engaged in performance art, experimental film-making, the
Fluxus movement and feminist theory in the 1960s-1970s. The artist is best known for the
provocative use of her nude body to explore personal expression, sexual taboos and feminism
in both multi-media performances and solo improvisational work. Born in 1939, Schneemann
studied painting at Bard College, Columbia University, The New School, and the University of
Illinois. Her performance work evolved out of a desire to express more than she could within
the confines of her paintings, and retains some of the gestural qualities of abstract
expressionism and the cluttered look of assemblage. In addition to choreographing her own
scripts, Schneemann participated in some of the most influential events of the 1960s,
including: Philip Corner's "An Environment for Sound and Motion" at the Living Theater
(1962), Claes Oldenburg's "Store Days" (1962), Robert Rauschenberg's theater experiments,
Robert Morris' "Site" (1964), and in Fluxus concerts.
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