Rest in Peace & Power Carolee Schneemann
Nude on Tracks (1974) by Carolee Schneemann (photo by Charles Stein)
Carolee Schneemann had a tremendous impact on me as a young artist during my first few years in New York City.
When I think about her piece “Nude on Tracks” (1974), photographed by Charles Stein, it reminds me of my first trip ever to Europe with her on a performance art tour in 1978. In a dusty old Belgium museum (Antwerp or Tournai) she performed a similar piece for me alone on top of a white, smooth, marble statue of a nobleman. No camera. The Museum was dim, dank and empty, as they used to be, and Carolee just slipped out of her cloths, handed them to me, and hopped onto the sculpture. She did it for herself, really, yet I was amazed and delighted to have been there to see it.
Carolee was a wonderful friend, artist and person. Her bodily bold sense of freedom has since then continued to nourish and inspire my art and writing. All poetic praise to brave smart sexy Carolee.