Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann (October 12, 1939 – March 6, 2019), multidisciplinary artist. Schneemann transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.

Painting, photography, performance art and installation works shown at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and most recently in a retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York entitled “Up To And Including Her Limits”. Film and video retrospectives Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, NY; National Film Theatre, London; Whitney Museum, NY; San Francisco Cinematheque; Anthology Film Archives, NYC.

She has taught at many institutions including New York University, California Institute of the Arts, Bard College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recipient of a 1999 Art Pace International Artist Residency, San Antonio, Texas; Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1997, 1998); 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship; Gottlieb Foundation Grant; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME. Lifetime Achievement Award, College Art Association, 2000.

Schneemann has published widely; books include Cezanne, She Was A Great Painter (1976), Early and Recent Work (1983); More Than Meat Joy: Performance Works and Selected Writings (1979, 1997). Forthcoming publications include Imaging Her Erotics, from MIT Press. A selection of her letters edited by Kristine Stiles is also forthcoming.

Artist Code: 120


Imaging Her Erotics: Four Recent Installations

1992, 10:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Up to and Including Her Limits

1982, 25:00 minutes, colour, silent

Plumb Line

1972, 18:00 minutes, colour


1965, 11:00 minutes, colour


1965, 21:00 minutes, colour, silent

Critical Writing

Part-time feminist
by Anna Watkins Fisher. Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), 2015, v. 4, no. 1&2.
Pipilotti Rist
by Catherine Elwes. Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), 2012, v. 1, no. 2.
Mike Hoolboom In Conversation With Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak
by Mike Hoolboom. One Hour Empire, Summer 2010, no. 3.
The Cat's Eye View: Carolee Schneeman
by M.M. Serra. P.S.1 Newspaper Special Edition, Winter 2008.
Altered Body Maps and the Cinematic Sensorium
by Anna Powell. Cinematic Folds: The Furling and Unfurling of Images, 2008. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 2008.
Border Crossing: Performance Artist Carolee Schneemann Goes Techno
by Gord McLaughlin. EYE WEEKLY, Mar. 22, 2007.
Tender Terror: Carolee Schneemann walks a line
by Bjarke Madsen. NOW, Mar. 28, 2007, v. 26, no. 30.
Chronology Through Cartography: Mapping 1970s Feminist Art...
by Marsha Meskimmon. Wack!: art and the feminist revolution, 2007. Los Angeles: The Mocha L.A, 2007.
Carolee Schneemann: The Implicit Body: Carolee Schneemann walks a line
by Randall Anderson. Immersion Immersive, 2006.
Video Art, A Guided Tour by Catherine Elwes (Books)
by Tom Sherman. Border Crossings, Aug. 2005, v. 24, no. 3.
It's a Womans World
by Uta Grosenic. Women Artists in the 20th and 21st century, 2005. TASCHEN GmbH, 2005.
Carolee Schneemann: Devour. DIA Centre for the Arts. New York
by Randall Anderson. Border Crossings, 2004, no. 89.
Carolee Schneemann
by Randall Anderson. Border Crossings, 2004, v. 23, no. 89.
Video and the Conceptual Body: A cross disciplined spirit
by Micheal Rush. Video Art, 2003. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2003.
Wounds Become Scars
by Barbara Fischer. Love Gasoline, 2001. Toronto: Mercer Union, 2001.
Five Video Artists
by Larry Qualls. Performing Arts Journal, 1996, v. 18, no. 3.
SHAKE IT UP, BABY: Works of Intervention by Ardele Lister
by Lisa Steele. Images Festival of Independent Film and, 1992. Toronto: Northern Visions, 1992.
Tales from the dark side: Dark Rooms
by Robert Morgan. Afterimage, Summer 1987, v. 15, no. 1.
Video Wonderlands Created For Museums and Galleries
by William Zimmer. New York Times, Mar. 6, 1987.
The Long and Short of It: Some Thoughts on Film Length
by Scott Macdonald. Afterimage, Mar. 1981, v. 8, no. 8.
An interview with Carolee Schneemann
by Scott MacDonald. Afterimage, Mar. 1980, v. 7, no. 8.
The Pains and Pleasures of Rebirth: Women's Body Art
by Lucy Lippard. Art in America, May 1976, v. 64, no. 3.