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Performance Artist Carolee Schneemann Dies at 79
The bold, confident performance artist Carolee Schneemann died on March 6 at the age of 79. Her controversial performances explored themes of women’s lives, bodies, and their roles in society. One of her most notorious performances, Meat Joy (1964), involved men and women stripped down to undergarments smearing a variety of raw meats on each other in a manner grotesque yet sensual. About her work, Schneemann said, “By the year 2000 no young woman artist will meet the determined resistance and constant undermining which I endured as a student. Her studio and history [sic] courses will usually be taught by women; she will never feel like a provisional guest at the banquet of life or a monster defying her ‘God-given’ role; or a belligerent whose devotion to creativity could only exist at the expense of a man, or men and their needs. Nor will she go into the ‘art world,’ gracing or disgracing a pervading stud club of artists, historians, teachers, museum directors, magazine editors, gallery dealers—all male, or committed to masculine preserves. All that is marvelously, already falling around our feet.”
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Ancient Mayan Ritual Objects Discovered in Sealed Cave
Archaeologists discovered over 150 Mayan ritual objects, untouched for 1,000 years, in the caves beneath the ancient Mayan city Chichén Itzá on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. These caves, known as Balamku (“Jaguar God”) were discovered in 1966 and are thought to hold information on the rise and fall of ancient Mayan civilization. Shortly after their discovery, archaeologist Victor Segovia Pinto discovered within them an abundance of ancient objects, however, upon his discover he ordered the caves seals. In 2018, National Geographic explorers reopened the cave to begin explorations of the Balamku cave system. The explorers intend to uncover and study the ancient objects from Pinto’s writings.
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Sarah Kennel Appointed Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art
Currently curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, beginning July 1, Sarah Kennel will assume the role of curator of photography at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. The High Museum holds one of the largest photography collections from the Civil Rights Movement, and with the museum’s photography gallery’s recent expansion of 3,000 square feet, Kennel’s first exhibition is sure to be a big show in many respects.
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