2010 – Anne Bernays – Mira Schor

Mira Schor
“Women now have access to do enormous works themselves. The Pipilotti Rist multimedia installation in the atrium at MoMA in 2008–9 would be an example, since it is operating within the rules of the Society of the Spectacle. But she is also someone who has done very modest and powerful interventions into space, such as her little video, Selfless in the Bath of Lava, inserted in a small crack in the floor at P.S.1. I apply the idea of the modest to take a feminist approach to the study of a male artist, like Tworkov, who would seem to have been part of the male ambition, yet had an ascetic, sensual poeticism. His ambition was more for the art than for himself. Within the frame of Abstract Expressionism, you have de Kooning, Kline and Pollock, Barnett Newman and Reinhardt, who are not modest in the scale of their work or the boldness of their gesture. Other figures in that group, who were men, seem feminized in that context.”

– Mira Shor

Anne Bernays
Bernays’s fictional characters work, as the author herself has, in the publishing industry, schools, and universities. Married for over fifty-five years, the mother of three and grandmother of six, Bernays knows family dynamics well—although her novels, inventive and imaginative, set up domestic situations she’s never experienced. Her greatest theme is relationship: husbands and wives, parents and children, writers and editors, friends, coworkers, neighbors. She brings her life experience to work—with a whole lot of twists. “Conflict, conflict, conflict,” she says in class, “that’s story.”

– Deborah Milestein


– Anne Bernays
The Curious Urge to Write
by Deborah Milstein

– Mira Schor
Close Listening:  Mira Schor and Charles Bernstein August 23, 2009
by Charles Bernstein

A Mind in a Body in a Landscape
by Naomi Fry

The Archeology of Remembering Lives
by Justin Kaplan

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