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Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics

Carolee Schneemann, Meat Joy, 16–18 November 1964

Opening in autumn 2022, this will be the first survey of American artist Carolee Schneemann’s (1939-2019) work in the UK and the first major exhibition since her death in 2019. Tracing the diverse, transgressive and interdisciplinary expression of Schneemann over six decades, the show celebrates a radical artist who remains a feminist icon and point of reference for numerous contemporary artists.  

Addressing urgent topics from sexual expression and the objectification of women to human suffering and the violence of war, Schneemann’s work is concerned with lived experience. The exhibition will feature the artist’s early paintings; her experimental sculptural assemblages and kinetic works; her pioneering performance work in which she used her own body as a medium; her ground-breaking group performances; as well as her lyrical films and immersive multi-media installations. With over 200 objects and rarely seen archival material, this exhibition positions Schneemann as one of the most relevant, provocative and inspiring artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.