Earlier this year, the artist Carolee Schneemann was awarded the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. She said in an interview with Hyperallergic that she was “incredulous.” “My work was acknowledged for its historical significance,” she went on, “but it was nevertheless treated in a marginal way for many years.” Indeed, the first comprehensive retrospective of her work is only happening now, in Kinetic Painting at MoMA PS1.
To coincide with this long overdue exhibition, Metrograph will be screening the 2012 documentary on the artist, Breaking the Frame, directed by Marielle Nitoslawska. This is not your typical documentary, however — there are no talking heads and the biography is sparse. Wandering the rooms of the artist’s country home, the film instead offers poetic fragments, from closeups of Schneemann’s old diaries to footage of her feminist (and at the time scandalous) performances — including “Fuses” (1965), which revolves around a sex scene between her and her then-partner.
If you can make it to this one-time-only screening at Metrograph, you’ll also have the unique chance to hear Schneemann herself in conversation with Nitoslawska.
When: Saturday, December 9, 3:30pm
Where: Metrograph (7 Ludlow St, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
More info here.