Eva Hesse: Longing, Belonging and Displacement (New Encounters: Arts, Cultures, Concepts)
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to this research. In New York my continued engagement with Hesse scholarship is also indebted to the kindness and friendship of Dorothy Levitt Beskind and Douglas Johns. I should like to thank Kitty Crone, Tom and Jane Doyle, Sam and Ruth Dunkell, Hannah Hess, Manfred and Gloria Kirchheimer, Victor Moscoso, Elisabeth Sussman and William Smith Wilson for their assistance in the early stages of this research. I should like to thank Alison Rowley for her response to Hesse’s No title, 1960/1961 that
Action and acting are semi-illusory phenomena; they include not only the actor’s hallucinations of mistaken identity but the inherent misapprehensions of their audiences. Harold Rosenberg, The Act and the Actor: Making the Self1 Addendum 1967, (plate 5) was first exhibited in Serial Art at Finch College in November 1967. It is the only sculpture made by Hesse currently in the collection of Tate Modern. On the wall beside it the gallery contextualises the piece with a caption that begins: This
the Jewishness of Hesse’s background does not, therefore, fulfil a desire to read her studio practice as the production of ‘Jewish art’ even though this is a burgeoning territory in art history today.14 I do not want simply to exchange the identity of ‘woman artist’, for another, ‘Jewish artist’, or ‘Jewish woman artist’, or even ‘German-JewishAmerican woman artist.’ As Alice Yaeger Kaplan remarks ‘the way someone says hello, holds a pencil, wears a scarf—tells more about race, class, and gender
remainder of this external energy that is passed on to these deeper layers: By its death, the outer layer has saved all the deeper ones from a similar fate – unless, that is to say, stimuli reach it which are so strong that they break through the protective shield. Protection against stimuli is an almost more important function for the living organism than reception of stimuli. The protective shield is supplied with its own store of energy and must above all endeavour to preserve the special
the geographical attractions of the area, a ‘chain of migration’ began after the first German-Jewish settlers left Germany for economic reasons after the World War One. More often than not these early migrants supplied the affidavits of support necessary to those members of their families who had previously remained in Germany but were now desperate to escape Nazi persecution. Lowenstein tells us that ‘once a core group had been attracted to a neighbourhood, their friends, relatives and former