Multiple Occupancy Eleanor Antin's "Selves"

From 1972 to 1991, Eleanor Antin (born 1935) created multiple personae of different genders, races, professions, historical contexts and geographic locations. The artist called this motley group – which includes a deposed king, an exiled film director, ambitious ballerinas and hard-working nurses – her "selves". As the selves' manifestations were as diverse as their stories: some were embodied by Antin and captured in photographs and on video; others had paper doll surrogates; at times their existence was known only trough the drawings, texts and films they had ostensibly left behind. As she explored the fleeting nature of the self, Antin used fiction, fantasy and theatricality to examine the ways that history takes shape, scrutinizing the role that visual representation plays in that process.Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's "Selves" is the first project to focus exclusively on this critical body of work.

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Foreword by Deborah Cullen

Text by Huey Copeland, Malik Gaines, Alexandro Segade, Henry Sayre

Interview by Emily Liebert

7.5 x 9.75 in.; 128 pgs; 59 color; 12 b&w

ISBN: 9781884919305



Emily Leibert


The Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University

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Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's "Selves"

Eleanor Antin, born in New York City in 1935, is an influential artist and writer. A pioneer of performance, photography, film, video, installation and Conceptual art, her humorous and often tragic works are grounded in narratives that engage history, identity and feminism.

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