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Pioneering feminist artist visiting campus for lecture

Pioneering feminist artist visiting campus for lecture

Performance artist Carolee Schneeman will speak for the School of Art Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Steinberg Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Schneeman is one of the world's premier performance artists, having helped pioneer the form in the early 1960s; her performances, film and writings on art have exerted international influence for more than 30 years. Her taboo-breaking work of the '60s and '70s -- most famously performances such as "Meat Joy" (1964), "Fuses" (1965) and "Interior Scroll" (1976) -- were touchstones for the politically charged feminist art of the 1970s and '80s.

"Carolee Schneeman is one of the most important performance artists of our time," said Andrew Connelly, lecturer in the art school, who helped organize the artist's visit. "She is one of the major forebears for contemporary woman painters and performers and continues to challenge us on a broad range of issues dealing with gender and discrimination."

Schneeman's importance to the history of both performance and feminist art has been widely documented, both in print and in exhibition. In 1996 she was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Other recent solo exhibitions include shows at the Frauen Museum in Bonn, Germany; the P.S. 1 Museum, New York; and Syracuse University, New York.

The art school and the Saint Louis Art Museum are sponsoring the lecture. For more information, call 935-6500.