Eva Hesse: Unseen
Before her untimely death in 1970, Eva Hesse had carved out a place for herself in the male-dominated New York art scene. In the 1960s Hesse’s innovative paintings and sculptures, incorporating unlikely materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics, were beginning to show extensively throughout the New York City. As her star was rising at the end of the 1960s, Hesse had more than 20 group exhibitions scheduled for 1970 before a brain tumor took her life at the age of 34. Film director Marcie Begleiter and producer Karen Shapiro will come to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum of March 28 to preview their new documentary, Eva Hesse.
Hesse lived a life full of hardship. At the age of two Hesse and family flew from Germany to escape persecution in the Holocaust, settling in New York. After only a few years in the States, Hesse’s mother, following a painful divorce, took her own life. Years later, as her career was beginning to take off, Hesse’s marriage fell apart and her father passed away. These tragic events, along with her constant struggle to break into the New York art world, caused her work to be viewed through the light of her hardships. Despite her tumult, Hesse was instrumental in the stylistic shift from Minimalism to Postminimalism and is remembered fondly for her indomitable spirit.