Eleanor was born in New York City in 1935. Eleanor Antin is a narrative artist creating films, photographs, drawings through performance by creating visual stories from history. She dives into ancient Rome, nineteenth-century Europe and her personal Jewish heritage and Yiddish culture to explore the present political and social issues.
The genius of Eleanor Antin is engrained in fantasy, nostalgia and ancient greek mythologies. Her passion with mythology and paperdolls from her childhood were transfered to her photographs and performance art. She uses humor and the aspect of childhood play to create complex narratives, making political statements in her work.
Ballet is a totally ridiculous art form, but I love it because its pathetic and foolish. There’s something beautiful and mortal about it. I’m obviously poking fun at that (sexuality) aspect of it.
Eleanor Antin received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1997 and a Media Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture in 1998. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including an award-winning retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1999. Antin is a highly respected artist and teacher, and has been a professor at the University of California, San Diego, since 1975. She lives with her husband and son in southern California.