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Feb. 21, 2011

Feminist artist Carolee Schneemann to lecture March 2

Groundbreaking feminist artist Carolee Schneemann will visit the University of Iowa campus for a lecture and for screenings of her films as the University of Iowa Museum of Art kicks off its new exhibition of the works of Lil Picard, a contemporary and mentor of Schneemann’s. The exhibition “Lil Picard and Counterculture New York” opens Feb. 24 in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Black Box Theater.

Six of Schneemann’s short films will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building. At 7:30 p.m. March 2, the artist will present a guest lecture co-sponsored by the UIMA and UI Theatre Arts Department at the University Club on Melrose Avenue.

Both events are free and open to the public; however, some material in both the film and lecture may be unsuitable for younger audiences. Parental guidance is advised.

In her lecture, Schneemann will show 45 personal images from throughout her career, dating back to 1964, when she became best friends with Picard in Paris. Schneemann was just 24 years old and working on her performance art piece and film, “Meat Joy,” when she met Picard. That film, which will be shown in the March 1 screening, was produced for Jean-Jacques Lebel’s “Festival of Free Expression” and depicts nearly nude performers interacting with raw fish, chickens, sausages, wet paint, plastic, rope and shredded scrap paper.

“It was my first time in Europe, struggling to speak French and producing the kinetic theater work ‘Meat Joy’ as Lil guided my pronunciation, took me to the essential cafés and galleries,” Schneemann says. “We would share our art life in New York City in the following years.”

Schneemann notes that Picard inspired her and countless other woman artists in their circle, including Yoko Ono, Alison Knowles, Charlotte Moorman, Shigeko Kuubota, and Kusama. “Despite the traditional marginalization of women artists by the heroic male art world of the 1960s, Lil remained central to those equitable gender events which would shape our world and its future,” Schneemann said.

Schneemann’s works have been shown in New York City’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum, at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and at the Reina Sofia in Madrid, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Pompidou, Paris. Her recent multichannel video installation “Precarious” was commissioned for the Tate Liverpool festival “Abandon Normal“ September 2009.

Visit or call 319-335-1727 for more information. The UI Theatre Arts Department is a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathleen Edward, 319-335-1729,; Steve Parrott, University News Services, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Meghan Centers