Carolee Schneemann in "America is Hard to See" at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Hales Gallery is delighted to announce Carolee Schneemann's inclusion in the inaugural exhibition at the new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art, America is Hard to See.

The first exhibition on view at the Whitney's new Renzo Piano-designed home in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District will be an unprecedented selection of works from the Museum’s renowned permanent collection. Setting forth a distinctly new narrative, America Is Hard to See presents fresh perspectives on the Whitney’s collection and reflects upon art in the United States with over 600 works by some 400 artists, spanning the period from about 1900 to the present. 

On display in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater will be the video of Schneemann's iconic performance, Meat Joy (1964). In her 1979 book, More Than Meat Joy, Schneemann describes the piece as having "the character of an erotic rite: the excessive, indulgent, a celebration of flesh as material: raw fish, chickens, sausages, wet paint, transparent plastic, rope, brushes, paper scrap" (p. 63). This provocative performance took place on three occasions during the year of 1964: in Paris, London and New York. 


Carolee Schneemann

America is Hard to See

Whitney Museum of American Art 

1 May - 27 September 2015

99 Gansevoort St

New York, NY 10014

United States


For more information on the exhibition please click here

April 24, 2015