Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, and Cindy Sherman have been born in differentcountries, in several generations ;Cahun in France in 1894, Deren inRussia in 1917, and Sherman within the usa in 1954. but theyshare a deeply theatrical obsession that shatters any concept of aunified self. All 3 attempt identities from various socialclasses and geographic environments, expand their temporal diversity intothe previous and destiny, and remodel themselves into heroes andvillains, mythological creatures, and intercourse goddesses. the idea ofInverted Odysseys is this elevated inspiration of theself ;this playful urge to "try on" different roles-is greater than afeminist or mental factor. it truly is imperative to our worldwide culture,to our definition of human id in a global the place the individualexists in a multicultural and multitemporal setting. This publication isan "odyssey" via historic, theoretical, serious, and literaryperspectives at the 3 artists seen within the context of theseissues. individuals contain Lynn Gumpert, Lucy Lippard, Jonas Mekas,Ted Mooney, Shelley Rice, and Abigail Solomon-Godeau.Central to the e-book is Claude Cahun's "Heroines" manuscript, a seriesof fifteen stream-of-consciousness monologues written within the voices ofmajor girls of literature and heritage, akin to the Virgin Mary,Sappho, Cinderella, Penelope, Delilah, and Helen of Troy. Translatedby Norman MacAfee, those perverse and hilarious vignettes make theirEnglish-language debut the following. this can be additionally the 1st time that Cahun'stext has seemed in its entirety.The e-book accompanies an express cocurated through Lynn Gumpert and ShelleyRice on the gray artwork Gallery, manhattan University.Published in cooperation with the gray artwork Gallery, New YorkUniversity.EXHIBITION SCHEDULE:Grey paintings GalleryNew York, New YorkNovember sixteen, 1999 - January 29, 2000Museum of up to date ArtNorth Miami, FloridaMarch - may well 2000
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