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    Interior Scroll

    • Artist: Carolee Schneemann, American, born 1939
    • Medium: Photograph
    • Dates: 1975/2004
    • Dimensions: 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Photography
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 2005.35.1
    • Credit Line: Gift of Marc Routh by arrangement with the Remy-Toledo Gallery
    • Rights Statement: © Carolee Schneemann
    • Caption: Carolee Schneemann, American (born 1939). Interior Scroll, 1975/2004. Photograph, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marc Routh by arrangement with the Remy-Toledo Gallery, 2005.35.1. © Carolee Schneemann
    • Image: overall, 2005.35.1_PPOW_Gallery_Schneemann_11.jpg. Courtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY
    • Record Completeness: Good (72%)

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    00:32 07/16/2009
    The power of ovum.
    14:53 04/10/2010
    Just watched the artist talk video. It gave me a much better sense of this work's background and context. (To be honest, around my house we used to just refer to this photograph as "My Vagina is a Pocket.") As someone who doesn't have much experience with the art world, Schneeman's talk was also a nice reminder that the pieces we see aren't always firm statements; they may be explorations, attempts to understand and struggle with ideas an artist feels are her own even though they've come from a place partly outside herself and her own conscious, deliberate thought process. It's so easy for me to recognize this approach in literature, yet I have a hard time remembering it when I'm looking at art.

    Finally, though, I have to ask: did she say she used a secret family recipe to help the scroll unfurl smoothly? Is that really true? I can only, or perhaps can't even, imagine growing up in a family with a recipe like that. They are much cooler than my family. There's really no comparison.

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