DONALD GODDARD ON BEHALF OF HANNAH WILKE

Biographies:

Donald Goddard was born in Cortland, NY, studied art history at Princeton, Columbia, and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. He served as managing editor of ArtNews from 1974 to 1978 and as senior editor for Wildlife Conservation Society from 1982 until 1996.

Donald met Hannah Wilke in 1975 and subsequently they lived together and married. Wilke was a sculptor and considered herself one throughout her life, even in her graphics, photographic, video and performance work. From the 1970s until her death, Wilke produced work that examined sex and sexuality, feminism and femininity, the body and its representation.

In the 1970s and early 1980s Wilke made a series of performance videotapes, in which she explored issues of gender and power through posturing, posing, and gesture. Other tapes document her performances, such as Through the Large Glass, in which she performs a striptease behind Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Wilke was born in 1940 and died in 1993. She studied at the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has had solo exhibitions at the P.S.1 Institute and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York, and the Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen.

The “IntraVenus Tapes”

A video grid of 16 monitors, each of them showing almost two hours of video shot during the last two and a half years of Hanna Wilke’s life. She died of lymphoma on January 28, 1993 in Houston. “The IntraVenus Tapes” contain episodes from summer 1990 through January 1993 that were recorded on about 30 hours of videotape by Hannah, Donald, and others. She planned to show the tapes chronologically and simultaneously in two-hour segments on a grid of 16 monitors, with the earliest scenes appearing in the upper left-hand corner and the last in the lower right. The tapes include images of people, birds and other animals, swimming, music, wind, traffic, phone conversations, dancing, making art, cooking, eating. They take place in New York, East Hampton, Los Angeles, Arizona and during her final days in Houston.