Carolee Schneeman, Fuses (1964–67). Courtesy Estate of Carolee Schneeman, Galerie Lelong & Co., Hales Gallery, and P•P•O•W / Electronic Arts Intermix.
My introduction to the work of Carolee Schneemann was an ironic rehash of her iconic 1975 work Interior Scroll. It came in a Ms. Lower East Side contest in the early nineties, an era in which I was immersed in Judson Church performance culture, as Carolee had been thirty years prior, when she marshalled 'raw fish, chickens, sausages, wet paint, plastic, rope and paper scrap' and a host of orgiastic naked bodies around the Judson Church stage in her 1964 work Meat Joy. I think that this Ms. Lower East Side contest took place at Fez, in the basement of the Time Café, on Lafayette Street. I can remember clearly the enjoyably stocky, naked body of a young white dyke who announced that she was going to redo Interior Scroll for the talent portion of the evening.