Augment and Vinculum II are included in Harald Szeemann's highly influential exhibition When Attitudes Become Form at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; the exhibition travels to Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, West Germany, and to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (where Sans III is added).
Hesse undergoes her first operation for a brain tumor.
While convalescing, Hesse goes in a wheelchair to the opening of Anti-Illusion, curated by Marcia Tucker and James Monte, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Exhibited there are Vinculum I, Expanded Expansion, and Untitled ("Ice Piece").
She spends the summer in Woodstock with her friends Grace Wapner and Gioia Timpanelli, drawing extensively
Hesse undergoes a second operation on the brain tumor.
Hesse's Right After is shown at The Jewish Museum in the exhibition A
Plastic Presence, organized by the Milwaukee Art Center (the exhibition travels to Milwaukee and San Francisco). In the companion show Plastic
in Editions several of the elements of the work Connection are exhibited and are placed for sale individually, but none are purchased. The Museum of Modern Art acquires both Repetition
Nineteen I and III.
Contingent is exhibited at the Finch College Museum's Art
in Process IV show.
Hesse participates in the exhibition String and Rope at the Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, with Ennead. Accretion is included in 955,000, an exhibition curated by Lucy Lippard at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Over three sessions, Cindy Nemser conducts an interview of Hesse for Artforum. Hesse begins work on her last pieces, Untitled (“Rope Piece”) and Untitled (“Seven Poles”).
Contingent is photographed in Hesse's studio by Artforum for the cover of the May issue featuring Nemser's interview. A photo essay on new art appears in Life, where Hesse's works appear alongside pieces by Lynda Benglis, Richard Van Buren, and Richard Serra.
Hesse reenters the hospital and soon after has a third operation on the tumor. At the same time, she asks her assistant, Bill Barrette, to destroy three works: Untitled (1965), Long Life, and Total Zero.
Eva Hesse: New Drawings opens at Fischbach Gallery and includes the sculpture Tori.
Hesse's Untitled (“Seven Poles”) is shown with works by Tony DeLap and Frank Gallo in an exhibition at the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Center, New York. The first version of Nemser's interview with Hesse is published in Artforum. On May 29, having been in a coma for several days, Hesse dies at New York Hospital.