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Breaking the Frame (18) + Short +Introduction by Helen De Witt

Carolee Schneemann Film Series

Breaking the Frame (Marielle Nitoslawska, 2012)

A rare chance to catch this unconventional, impressionistic portrait of Carolee Schneemann.

Rather than a simple survey of Schneemann’s life and work, Breaking the Frame is structured thematically, as a kind of collage, and aims to capture the artist in her own words and images.

Contemporary interviews with Schneemann are interwoven with excerpts from her film works, documentation of performances – including Meat Joy (1964) and Interior Scroll (1975) – and more recent museum commissions and exhibitions. Schneemann’s philosophical observations on spatial theory, nature and politics of the human body – drawn from her diaries and read in voiceover – offer insights into the process and execution of some of her most famous pieces.

Dreamlike and meandering in tone and structure, some of the film’s most thrilling sections ramble through Schneemann’s 18th-century Hudson Valley farmhouse.

108 min

Breaking the Frame screens here with Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor (2018), a short, tripartite documentary profile of Schneemann and fellow artist-filmmakers Barbara Hammer and Gunvor Nelson.

This screening is locally classified 

© Marielle Nitoslawska; courtesy the artist; Possible Movements; Picture Palace Pictures


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