Post-Partum Document

Mary Kelly, Post-Partum Document: Documentation V, Classified Specimens, Proportional Diagrams, Statistical Tables, Research and Index, 1977 © Mary Kelly


Lecture series

4.11 2008 – 26.11 2010


This series presents the artists behind the works acquired recently for the Moderna Museet collection through The Second Museum of our Wishes and the current research project In the Shadow of…, a gender-oriented study of the women modernist artists acquired for the collection. The lecture series started in the anniversary year 2008.

Highlighting: Dorothea Tanning

4 November 2008

Lecture about Dorothea Tanning and the work with The Second Museum of Our Wishes.

Participants: Lars Nittve, Moderna Museet and  Cecilia Sjöholm, Södertörn University.

Moderators: John Peter Nilsson and Jonathan Habib Engqvist, Moderna Museet.

Highlighting: The Second Museum of Our Wishes

21 April 2009

Lecture by Martin Sundberg, research assistant at Moderna Museet, about

In the shadow off.

With support from The Friends of Moderna Museet.

Carolee Schneemann
Carolee Schneemann, Eye Body # 20, 1963 Acquired with funds from the Second Museum of our Wishes, Moderna Museet. © Carolee Schneemann/ Bildupphovsrätt 2016

Highlighting: Carolee Schneemann

Stockholm 23 October 2009

In the lecture series Highlighting, a part of the research project In the Shadow of. Women artists from a gender-oriented art history perspective, in connection with Moderna Museet’s project The Second Museum of Our Wishes, the museum now presents an afternoon focusing on the artist Carolee Schneemann. Apart from Schneemann herself, we have invited two lecturers: Kathleen Bühler, curator at the Kunstmuseum Bern, who has published a doctorate thesis on Schneemann’s experimental films; and Hans Sternudd, researcher at Malmö University, who has written on performance and published a doctorate thesis on Hermann Nitsch’s Orgien Mysterien Theater. Welcome by Ann-Sofi Noring, chief curator at the Moderna Museet, and introduction by Martin Sundberg, research assistant at the Moderna Museet.

Language: English
The Auditorium
Admission free!

The seminar is supported by Wenner-Gren Stiftelserna.


13.00 – 13.10 Ann-Sofi Noring: Welcome
13.10 – 13.20 Martin Sundberg: Introduction
13.20 – 14.00 Kathleen Bühler: Autobiography as Performance. Carolee Schneemann’s Experimental Films
14.15 – 15.00 Hans Sternudd: The Private (Parts) is Political. Body, Sexuality, and Feminism in the Work of Carolee Schneemann
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 16.30 Carolee Schneemann: Mysteries of the Iconographies… (performative lecture)

Lee Lozano, No title, 1963 © Lee Lozano. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

Highlighting: Lee Lozano

Stockholm 16 April and 24 april 2010

The third part of the Highlighting lecture series coincides with Moderna Museet’s Lee Lozano exhibition. After her death in 1999, Lee Lozano disappeared from art history. Unlike her contemporary male colleagues on the American art scene, Lee Lozano never got proper recognition and is still, therefore, relatively unknown. In recent years, she has been rediscovered and there is a steadily growing international interest in her oeuvre.

NOTE! Regarding the seminar, Highlightning: Lee Lozano, key note speakers Jo Applin och Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer will not be able to attend due to cancelled flights.

Programme for the lecture 16 April 2010

13–13.15 Ann-Sofi Noring: Welcome
13.15–14 Iris Müller Westermann: About Lee Lozano
14–14.30 Hans Isaksson: An artist’s intervention
Q & A Free coffe and tea for all guests!

Programme for the lecture 24 April 2010

13.00 – 13.10 Anna Tellgren: Welcome
13.10 – 13.50 Jo Applin: Not Working
13.50 – 14.00 Break
14.00 – 14.40 Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer: Text in the work of Lee Lozano
14.40 – 15.00 Discussion led by Iris Müller-Westermann

In the Highlighting lecture series, we wish to achieve a deeper understanding of Lee Lozano’s oeuvre by discussing the contemporary relevance of her work. The idea behind Moderna Museet’s retrospective exhibition is to highlight Lee Lozano and present her work for the first time to the Nordic public.

The Highlighting lecture series, is part of the research project In the Shadow of. Women artists from a gender-oriented art history perspective, in connection with Moderna Museet’s project The Second Museum of Our Wishes. In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Lee Lozano, the museum presents an afternoon focusing on the artist Lee Lozano. Two scholars, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer and Jo Applin, both of whom have contributed articles to the Lee Lozano catalogue, have been invited as speakers, together with artist Hans Isaksson who was recently appointed artistic director of the educational youth project, Zon Moderna, for this spring.

Jo Applin is a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of York, UK. She was recently a research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Jo Applin has recently completed the manuscript for a book titled The Encrypted Object: The Secret World of Sixties Sculpture, which focuses on the work of Lee Bontecou, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, H.C. Westermann and Bruce Nauman. Her articles have been published in journals including Art History, Sculpture Journal, Art Journal and parallax. Her current research project, titled Not Working, focuses on a small group of women artists who were active — or inactive — in New York City in the 1960s.

Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer is an independent writer and scholar. He is currently affiliated with the research programme “Notational Iconicity” at the philosophy department of the Freie Univerität Berlin. In his practice, he combines working in the field of art criticism, theory and exhibitions with academic research on related topics. After having published a book on the Swiss artist Dieter Roth, he is now studying text/image relations in the arts and in cognitive processes.

Anna Tellgren, curator of photography at Moderna Museet and project manager of the research project In the Shadow of.

Iris Müller-Westermann, curator of international art at Moderna Museet and curator or the Lee Lozano exhibition.

Highlighting: Mary Kelly

Stockholm 26 November 2010 at 1-4 pm

Mary Kelly is one of the most influential contemporary artists today. Her project-based work is created in dialogue with the women’s movement of the 1970s as a series of ongoing questions informed by feminism, and she is a vital inspiration to younger artists. Over the years, Mary Kelly has developed a unique way of combining personal narratives with a subtle humour and a critically analytical approach in her large–scale installations.

In connection with Moderna Museet’s project “The Second Museum of Our Wishes”, one part of Mary Kelly’s major ground-breaking work Post- Partum Document (1973-79) was acquired for the Moderna Museet collection. Post-Partum Document was completed over a period of six years and shows how a child, the artist’s son, gradually masters language in a mutual process of socialization between mother and child in the first few years of life. This is the first time Post-Partum Document will have been shown in its entirety in an exhibition in Sweden.


Ruth Noack, Cecilia Widenheim, Anna Tellgren and Catrin Lundqvist

In the Cinema, in English
Admission free!

Contact: Catrin Lundqvist

Ruth Noack is an art historian, critic and exhibition maker. She was the curator of Documenta 12 in 2007. Other exhibitions include: Scenes of a Theory (Vienna 1995), Things we don’t understand (Vienna 2000), Organisational Form (Lüneburg, Ljubljana, Leipzig 2002-3), The Government (Lüneburg, Miami, Vienna, Rotterdam 2003-2005). From 2000 to 2010 she taught courses on film, contemporary art and curating at art schools and universities in Vienna, Lüneburg and Kassel. Her numerous texts and lectures cover feminist theory and contemporary art. She is writing a book on Sanja Ivekovic and researching trans-local museums. Currently, she is working on an exhibition called Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life.

Cecilia Widenheim is director of Iaspis (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program for Visual Artists) until January 2011. She is currently on absent leave as curator with responsibility for Swedish and Nordic art of the collection of Moderna Museet. She is curator of the exhibition Mary Kelly – Four works in dialogue, which is at display between 16 November 2010 – 23 January 2011. Cecilia Widenheim has contributed with several significant exhibitions to the Moderna Museet; Utopia and Reality. Modernism in Sweden 1900-1960 (2000/2002 in New York), Martha Rosler (2002), 10 stories (2007) and several solo exhibitions, amongst others with Ann-Sofi Sidén (2005) and Cecilia Edefalk (1999).

Anna Tellgren is curator of photography of Moderna Museet and responsible for the research project In the Shadow of.

Catrin Lundqvist is curator of learning with responsibility of programmes in conjunction to the exhibitions of Moderna Museet. Co-ordinator of the lecture series Highligting.


1-1.15 Introduction by Anna Tellgren: The Second Museum of Our Wishes
1.15-2 Lecture by Cecilia Widenheim: Changing perspectives: Post-Partum Document entering the collection of Moderna Museet
2-2.30 Coffee break
2.30-3.30 Lecture Ruth Noack: From Inhibition to Love
3.30-4 Discussion. Moderator: Catrin Lundqvist