SHULIE: A FILM BY ELISABETH SUBRIN

NEW MEDIA CENTER EXHIBITION

Shulie (1997) is a shot-by-shot remake of an obscure documentary about '60s feminist Shulamith Firestone. Author of the treatise The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, Firestone was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967 when four male directors selected her as a subject for a film about the so-called Now Generation.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Jewish Museum in New York, United States.
From Sunday 12 September 2010 to Sunday 30 January 2011

Published by anonymous on Sunday 29 August 2010.
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Shot in the style of direct cinema, the original Shulie featured Firestone discussing the limitations of motherhood, racial and class issues in the workplace, and her Orthodox Jewish roots. Thirty years later, Elisabeth Subrin recreated Shulie using actors in many of the original locations. The resulting film is a nostalgic and somewhat cynical reflection on the legacy of second-wave feminism. Subrin writes, “in the compulsion to remake, to produce a fake document, to repeat a specific experience I never actually had, what I have offered up is the performance of a resonant, repetitive, emotional trauma that has yet to be healed.” Shulie is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism.