Motivated by Linda Nochlin's 1971 historical text “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,” Carrie Schneider: Rapt features Schneider’s ongoing photographic series Reading Women. From 2012-2014 the artist approached one hundred friends—including artists, writers, and musicians—to read a text of their choice, written by a woman author, while she captured the process on film. The exhibition includes a number of the works from the series and invites the public and the student body to read the featured titles in the galleries. Schneider also exhibits large-scale and intimate black-and-white works that reveal a focused exploration of photo-based printing techniques while pointing to the exhibition's larger thesis of women's access and entry into traditionally male-dominated fields.
Carrie Schneider was born in 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. She is a visual artist working in photography and film, based in Brooklyn and Hudson, New York.
Selected solo exhibitions and screenings include Moon Drawings at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (2017); Reading Women at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Florida (2017); at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, California (2015); and at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2013); Burning House/Chapas, with composer Cecilia Lopez, at Galería Alberto Sendrós in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013); and Slow Dance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois (2009).
Selected group exhibitions include Still Life at September Gallery in Hudson, New York (2018); Changjiang International Photography & Video Biennale at the Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art in Chongqing, China (2017); The Making of a Fugitive at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois (2016); Pipe Dream, co-presented by Rachel Uffner Gallery & Night Gallery in New York City (2016); and On Photography, curated by LaToya Ruby Frazier, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey (2013).
Awards and honors include a Creative Capital Grant (2015); the Jerome Foundation New York City Film & Video Grant (2011); and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency Fellowship (2009). Schneider received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2001) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007); the Whitney Independent Study Program (2015–16); and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki as a Fulbright Fellow (2007–8).
The exhibition and publication are supported by the UAlbany Office of the President, Office of the Provost, The University at Albany Foundation, and University Auxiliary Services (UAS).
Still of Vicky reading Gloria Fuertes (Historia de Gloria: Amor, Humor y Desamor, 1980) from Reading Women (detail), 2012–14
6K video installed 4K on loop
37 minutes; color; sound
Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche, Chicago