“Mama” Cass Elliot (Sept 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974)

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“I’ve always been so apathetic. I figured okay, maybe the world is going to fall down around me. Now I feel… maybe that’s motherhood, too. I want to make a better world, I want to make sure she has some place to walk around.”

“Everything I’ve learned in life I’ve learned either by doing it or watching the changes other people go through.”

“I’ve heard that story about kids are high naturally, but I’ve seen kids that aren’t high, kids who’ve had the high taken out of them.”

“So many people in show business go into politics, and I used to say ‘What the heck do they know about it?’ But when you travel around, you really do get to feel the pulse of the country and what people want. I’m concerned and it’s not good to be unconcerned and just sit there.”
“Mama” Cass Elliot (Sept 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974)

 

“She was the unsung hero who was quite willing to stand back and pull the strings — and though everyone thinks someone else had done it. It was like the Wizard of Oz you know… she’s back there behind the curtains: “Ignore that woman behind the curtain”…
Bandmate Denny Doherty

 

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Eva Hesse (Jan 11, 1936 – May 29, 1970)

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Eva Hesse was a German-born American artist whose innovative sculptural installations composed of textiles, latex, and fiberglass ushered in a new conceptual era of sculpture in the 1960s. Considered one the founders of Post-Minimalism, Hesse was inspired by her peers Sol Lewitt and Joseph Beuys and worked tirelessly to reject the status quo definitions of form and spatial relationships. “Chaos can be structured as non-chaos,” she once declared. Among her most important works is Hang Up (1966), a seminal exploration of space in the form of a long metal loop attached to an empty stretcher frame that broke the traditionally sacred role of the picture plane. The artist was born on January 11, 1936 in Hamburg, Germany and fled World War II due to her family’s Jewish heritage, settling in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood by 1939. Hesse studied at Cooper Union until 1957 and then she pursued her BFA from Yale University in 1959, studying under then-head Josef Albers. She emerged from the avant-garde scene in 1966 with her inclusion in Lucy Lippard’s landmark “Eccentric Abstraction” exhibition. Tragically, Hesse died on May 29, 1970 in New York, NY from a brain tumor at the age of 34, ending a brief but luminous career that only spanned ten years.
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“There’s not been one normal thing in my life.”

“Maybe if I really believe in me, trust me without any calculated plan, who knows what will happen?”

“Art is the easiest thing in my life, and that’s ironic. It doesn’t mean I’ve worked little on it, but it’s the only thing I never had to… I have no fear. I could take risks.”

“I am ultimately convinced that people must first be told that so and so is great ,and then, after a period of given time, they come to believe it for themselves.”

“Art and work and art and life are very connected and my whole life has been absurd. There isn’t a thing in my life that has happened that hasn’t been extreme – personal health, family, economic situations…absurdity is the key word…”

 

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Eva Hesse and close friend Sol LeWitt

 

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Eva Hesse. Addendum, 1967

 

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Marcie Begleiter, director and co-producer with Karen S. Shapiro of the documentary film, Eva Hesse, discusses her journey in the making of the documentary with Irit Krygier