PRINT February 1988

C. Carr


IS: I want to try and get this to the question of aging in a live visual-arts medium. An artist like Carolee Schneemann has worked so much with the naked body. The issue of the body and its age is an enormous topic.

CC: I was trying to think of performance artists who are still performing in their 40s and 50s. Many aren’t, they’re making objects.

IS: Do you think that’s economics, the age, or perhaps a resistance to dealing with age itself?

CC: Probably all three and more. Rachel Rosenthal is an exception. She uses her age. In one piece of hers, slides of her history flash by—photos of her from babyhood, girlhood, and into middle age and beyond. Meanwhile she’s sitting there shaving the peach fuzz off her bald head. I saw her do that piece last year, on her 60th birthday. She painted “60” on the top of her head with lipstick. She has a very powerful presence

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