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  • Biographical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Separated Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Carolee Schneemann papers
    Date (inclusive): 1959-1994
    Number: 950001
    Creator/Collector: Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-2019
    Physical Description: 60 Linear Feet (123 boxes)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    reference@getty.edu
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: 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 manuscripts; 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; manuscripts by others about Schneemann's work; and photograph albums which provide visual documentation of much of her performance work.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical Note

    Carolee Schneemann actively engaged in performance art, experimental film-making, the Fluxus movement and feminist theory in the 1960s and 1970s. She 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.
    Schneemann made many films, some of an experimental nature and others which documented her performances. "Fuses" (1964-67), her most notorious film, presents a woman's perspective of intimacy and eroticism. The film was edited for two years, during which time Schneemann burned, scratched, painted, glued, and layered its images to create a fluid sense of sexuality. In the 1970s, Schneemann conducted research on earth goddesses and ancient mythology in search of female power structures. She realized that a certain component of her work had always explored these themes, such as the use of snakes in "Eye Body" (1963). Schneemann's studies permeate her writings and her classes on art and theory. After the mid-1970s, Schneemann performed infrequently, preferring instead to concentrate on painting, exhibiting, lecturing and teaching. She died in 2019.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Carolee Schneemann papers, 1959-1994, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 950001.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa950001

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1995.

    Processing History

    Lynda Bunting unpacked, processed and wrote the box list and catalog record from August 1995 to March 1996. Kelly Nipper assisted by processing Series IX. Writings about or by Schneemann and describing some albums in Series X. Performance Albums.

    Separated Materials

    Fourteen titles were separated from the archive August 1995 and transferred to the Library's General Collections:
    Brakhage, Stan. Brakhage Scrapbook: Collected Writings, 1964-1980 . New Paltz, New York: Documentext, 1982. 3 copies. Kelly, Robert. Cat Scratch Fever: Fictions. Kingston, New York: McPherson, 1990. Desani, G.V. Hali and Collected Stories. Kingston, New York: McPherson & Co., 1991. Baruchello, Gianfranco. How to Imagine: a Narrative on Art and Agriculture. New Paltz, New York: McPherson, 1983. Ascher/Straus... et al. Likely Stories: a Collection of Untraditional Fiction. New Paltz, New York: Treacle Press, 1981. The Music of James Tenney . Edited by Peter Garland. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Soundings Press, 1984. McEvilley, Thomas. North of Yesterday, or, Flowers of Waz: a Novel . New Paltz, New York: McPherson, 1987. Rose, Howard. Oak Street Beach: a Novel. Olive Bridge, New York: Raymond Saroff, 1990. Rose, Howard. The Pooles of Pismo Bay: a Novel . Olive Bridge, New York: R. Saroff, 1990. Rose, Howard. Twelve Ravens; a Novel. Olive Bridge, New York: Raymond Saroff, 1990. Baruchello, Gianfranco. Why Duchamp: an Essay on Aesthetic Impact. New Paltz, New York: McPherson, 1985.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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 manuscripts; 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; manuscripts by others about Schneemann's work; and photograph albums which provide visual documentation of much of her performance work.

    Arrangement note

    The archive is arranged 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.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Art, Modern -- 20th century
    Experimental films -- United States
    Body art
    Sex in art
    Feminism and art
    Performance art -- United States
    Censorship in art -- United States
    Happening (Art)
    Fluxus (Group of artists)
    Dreams in art
    Women artists -- Archives
    Women artists -- Archives

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs, Original
    Photographic prints
    Notebooks
    Drawings

    Contributors

    Burns, Gerald
    Constantinides, Kathy, 1936-
    Bergé, Carol, 1928-2006
    Brakhage, Stan
    Eshleman, Clayton
    Friedman, Ken, 1949-
    Copp, Fletcher
    Corner, Philip
    Hendricks, Geoffrey
    Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998
    Giorno, John
    Hendricks, Bici
    Kultermann, Udo
    Lebel, Jean-Jacques
    Kaprow, Allan
    Ay-o, 1931-
    Andersen, Eric
    Vostell, Wolf, 1932-1998
    Wikarska, Carol
    Tillman, Lynne
    Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965
    Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-2019
    Sondheim, Alan
    Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931-
    Sayre, Henry M., 1948-
    Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-
    Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995
    Rogala, Miroslaw
    Moore, Peter, 1932-1993
    Moorman, Charlotte
    McCall, Anthony
    McPherson, Bruce R. (Bruce Rice), 1951-
    Lerner & Turner
    Malloy, Judy, 1942-