Franklin Furnace News & Events


Franklin Furnace Archive Announces the 2019-20 Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients

Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to early career artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to prepare major performance art works in New York.

[Label This] Exhibition

July 18-December 31, 2019
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave
ISC Building
Brooklyn, NY

Opening: July 18, 2019
from 5-7pm


You’re invited to Franklin Furnace’s intern curated exhibition starring a few wonderful FF Alumns!

The exhibition, titled [Label This] highlights five different artists who have created work which challenges audiences to evaluate their own preconceived notions of how ability, in its infinite configurations, can shape the ways in which we exist in the world.

The exhibition, contained in two museum cases, features documentation of work by artists Lisa Bufano, Gary Corbin, Dustin Grella, Frank Moore, and Linda Sibio from their performances at Franklin Furnace and beyond, and is conceived as a complement to the Disability Rights Timeline which was installed this Spring by Pratt’s Learning/Access center.

Please come to Pratt Institute’s ISC Building on July 18th from 5-7PM for the grand opening, or swing by anytime, Mondays thru Fridays, 9am-5pm through December 31, 2019. For more information please call 718-687-5800 or send an email to mail@franklinfurnace.org.

If you can’t make it, keep an eye out for our [Label This] zine, coming to you soon online!

Curated by FF Interns Rebekah Boggs, Roxy McHaffey, Alyssa Rodriguez, Mari Sato, Alli Schaum, Van Tingley.

Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith, Mirror/Echo/Tilt, 2019 (digital photograph). Multichannel video, sound, color; various durations. Courtesy the artists

Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith: Mirror/Echo/Tilt

June 18 – October 6, 2019
New Museum
235 Bowery
5th Floor
NYC

Mirror/Echo/Tilt is a performance and pedagogical project created by artists Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith to examine the language and gestures used to describe experiences of arrest and incarceration.

Culminating a four-year collaboration between the artists, the exhibition premieres a multichannel video installation that depicts performances they developed with participants in intensive workshops and filmed largely in decommissioned prisons, empty courthouses, and other psychically charged architectural spaces in New York City.

Drawing on principles from speculative fiction, somatic movement, cognitive psychology, and radical theater, the artists and participants use visual storytelling to reframe their experiences and open up new possibilities for resisting systems of control. Fragmented, doubled, and slowed movements defamiliarize mainstream narratives about carcerality. The project’s title, Mirror/Echo/Tilt, is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s famous novel Don Quixote (1605–15), which was written from prison. Much like Cervantes’s novel, Mirror/Echo/Tilt complicates the boundary between fiction and reality, and explores how radically shifting the way we tell stories can challenge dominant power structures.

The project also takes the form of a living curriculum practiced with court-involved youth, formerly incarcerated adults, and individuals otherwise vulnerable to the justice system. The curriculum focuses on undoing the language around culturally embedded conceptions of criminality and will serve as an open resource that lives beyond the artists and the exhibition.

Mirror/Echo/Tilt is the New Museum’s fourth annual Summer Art and Social Justice residency and exhibition. It features private workshops for community partners, public forums and readings, and a resource room with visions for justice contributed by visitors and facilitated by the New Museum Teen Apprentice Program, a summer youth employment program.

This exhibition is curated by Emily Mello, Associate Director of Education, and Sara O’Keeffe, Associate Curator.

Alyson Pou, The Garden, the Fall, the Tea Party, 1987, video still.

Launch of the Franklin Furnace Moving Image Archives

With support from the Council on Library and Information Resources, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Franklin Furnace has made publicly available 140 videos containing audiovisual documentation of events, such as performance art, presented or supported by Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.


Franklin Furnace Archive Announces the 2018-19 Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients

Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to early career artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to prepare major performance art works in New York.