Infinity Kisses

The artwork Infinity Kisses, by Carolee Schneeman, consists of multiple self-shot photos of her kissing her cat. (See video below). She worked on it from 1982-1988.

After she completed this work, it evidently didn't receive much attention from the art world, because in a 1991 essay, published in Art Journal (Winter 1991), she complained of its neglect:

Is the critical neglect of my current work a form of censorship? For instance, is the lack of attention to two of my recent works, the 1988 installation, Venus Vectors, in which the unraveling of two (menstrual) dream symbols situates a visual morphology of vulvic form, and Infinity Kisses, a recent photo series of my cat, Cluny, and me that raises the issue of "appropriate eroticism" and interspecies communication, an act of censorship?

As it turned out, Infinity Kisses was acquired and put on display by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1993. So, that was good news for Schneeman.

But now I'm thinking that the art world has been unfairly ignoring my pictures of my cat. This might be censorship!

My cat, Pumpkin

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 08, 2020
     Category: Art | Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No’s | Cats

I always keep in mind what the comic and social commentator Galagher had to say about cats:
"A cat will look past you into the cupboard to see what flavor of cat food is prevalent - and that is the one it won't eat."

"A cat will turn up it's nose at the cat food you place before it. But it will lick its anus - perhaps there should be an anus flavored cat food on the market."
Posted by KDP on 09/08/20 at 11:16 AM
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