Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
Schneider’s process requires working in the dark of night to avoid exposing the paper to sunlight, and she cuts the paper from long rolls by feel alone. The imperfect shapes and uneven edges give her images a sense of movement as well an object-ness that the artist continues to build on. Her current body of work pushes the photographs more fully into the sculptural realm. Working with rolls of paper hundreds of feet long, she takes on the scale of the museum’s architecture, letting the unwieldy lengths unfurl across and down the walls in a series of undulating folds that bring to mind intestines pouring out from a body. These newer works focus on images from the proverbial “big screen,” which, paradoxically, can be held in the palm of one’s hand. Influenced by early feminist film theory, the culmination of the exhibition is a 16mm film crafted from still frames of Austrian actress Romy Schneider – a work the artist likens to a lost Warhol Screen Test and a deflected self-portrait.
About the Artist
Carrie Schneider (b. 1979, Chicago) is based between Hudson, New York, and New York City. She has exhibited her photographs and videos at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; The Art Institute of Chicago; and The Kitchen, New York; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Galería Sendros, Buenos Aires; santralistanbul, Istanbul; and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, ArtForum, VICE, Modern Painters, and The New Yorker. She received a Creative Capital Award and a Fulbright Fellowship, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Her work is in numerous public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; Art in Embassies, Mbabane, Swaziland; University Galleries, Illinois State University; and DePaul University Public Collection, Chicago. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
You can download a PDF of the exhibition guide here.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust with additional support from Creative Capital, CHART, Eric Encarnacion, Tessa Ferreyros, Jan Greenberg, Andrea Hazen, Jennifer Lees and Christopher Avedon, Glenn Ligon, Valeria Napoleone, Anne Parke, Elizabeth Tenenbaum and Art Wise Inc., and an anonymous donor.
Dominant Eye, 2021
Unique chromogenic print made in camera
Image: approx. 25 x 20 inches (63.5 x 50.8 cm)
Framed: 29 1/2 x 24 inches (74.9 x 61 cm)
Collection of Charline von Heyl