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After Carolee: Tender and Fierce
On view in the Hudson Showroom, “After Carolee: Tender and Fierce” was conceived for Artpace’s 25th anniversary year to give tribute to one of its most iconic former residents, Carolee Schneemann, and to welcome to Artpace for the first time more than a dozen women artists with Texas ties. In striking and dynamic ways, these artists’ works can be seen in dialog with Schneemann’s intellectual, performative, and erotic artistic legacies.
Carolee Schneemann was a pioneering artist whose long career, beginning in the 1960s and continuing until her passing in 2019, significantly influenced the trajectory of contemporary art and the possibilities for women working in the cultural realm. Renowned for performative works such as “Meat Joy” and “Interior Scroll,” Schneemann’s painterly aesthetic mobilized gestures, movements, objects, film, installation, publication, and performance in a radical exploration of the politics of female sexuality and spirit. In 1999 she participated in Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence program, creating the multi-media installation, “Vesper’s Pool,” whose notions guide this show.
After Carolee: Tender and Fierce partners “Carolee’s Room,” a curatorial reflection on Vesper’s Pool and Carolee’s time at Artpace, with a multisensory exhibition of 30 works by a new generation of artists exploring the power and expansiveness of the feminine, a pursuit more urgent now than ever. The exhibition features artists who, like Carolee, work across mediums and platforms, marrying intellectual rigor with deeply empathetic explorations of personal politics and current concerns. Featured artists are Amber Bemak & Nadia Granados, Kristen Cochran, Liss LaFleur, Yuliya Lanina, Beili Liu, Paloma Mayorga, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Lovie Olivia, SAINTLORRAINE (Britt Lorraine & Kristy Perez), Megan Solis, and Julia Claire Wallace.
Because contemporary art can explore powerful issues, some of the work in this exhibition may not suitable for younger viewers.
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