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Judith Bernstein and Carolee Schneemann, New York, 2016. Photo: Pola Esther.

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN WAS SUPER FAB! She made her mark early with her definitive performance pieces of the 1960s and ’70s. Her groundbreaking Interior Scroll detonated art history in 1975; it was first performed at the show “Women Here and Now” in East Hampton, New York. She asked Joan Semmel, who organized the exhibition together with Joyce Kozloff, if she knew which type of glue would work best with vaginal fluid. Joan did not have the answer!

Carolee’s work was undeniably outspoken and rageful. She gave birth to a literal and psychological scroll—it was a voice from within.

She was part of the feminist community. We hung out together at art openings and loft parties and went to bars to network. We were included in shows together because of the extremely confrontational and sexual content of our art.

Carolee Schneemann, Meat Joy, 1964. Performance view, Judson Memorial Church, New York, November 1964. Dorothea Rockburne and Carolee Schneemann. Photo: Al Giese.

At the end of the day, it was the nature of our work that truly connected

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