Long before feminism and performance art became cultural commodities, Schneemann pioneered using her own body to actively explore beyond the boundaries of the then-current Abstract Expressionist art world. Connected with and surpassing the early experimental Happenings, Schneemann embraced the political and erotic battleground of female identity. Almost all of the works here use photography as a component. Schneemann wants the viewer to see "how photos extend the reference from the touch of the hand to the technical."
Eighteen silver gelatin prints of "Eye Body 1963/2005" document one of her famous early performance pieces, where she integrated her paint-splattered body in a studio environment of painted panels and constructions. A fragmented portrait highlights mesmerizing Picasso-esque eyes, and a languid Carolee sprawls naked against an expressionist wall (CORPOREAL by Ilka Scobie).