Flash: Carrie Schneider

California Museum of Photography

December 6, 2014 - March 14, 2015


Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6pm - 9pm

Flash! contemporary art series presents Reading Women (2012-14), a film by Carrie Schneider.


The page turns; the film cuts to a woman, seated or reclined comfortably in a private interior space. The viewer accompanies her through the psychological journey traversed within the span of two pages of a work by a beloved female author. The observer remains with her until the page turns once again. A series of one hundred vignettes woven together into a thematic whole, Reading Women serves as a meditation on the inner state of the female subjects it features. Schneider offers up rare moments of vulnerability that convey contentment, laughter, sorrow, as well as other, unknowable emotions. Manipulating the tenet of the objectifying male gaze that has been pervasive in the representation of women throughout the history of art, Schneider usurps this mode of portraiture and transforms it into one of empowerment.


Flash! contemporary art series features single works made within the last year. The exhibitions are presented on the third floor of the CMP. Flash: Carrie Schneider is the seventh exhibition in the series.


Image caption:

Carrie Schneider, Abigail reading Angela Davis (An Autobiography, 1974), from the series “Reading Women,” 2012-14 (detail)

Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago