"GRUPO 609 WILL NOT BE APPEARING THIS EVENING"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"GRUPO 609 WILL NOT BE APPEARING THIS EVENING"
Tuesday, March 23, 8 to 10 PM
Shorin Performance Studio, room #802
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. and the Program Board of New York University are pleased to announce their collaboration in a presentation of the work of Grupo 609, and round-table discussion of the social and political context in which Cuban artists are working today.

In June 2003, Franklin Furnace's esteemed peer review panel selected six artists/collaborations including Grupo 609 to receive a $5,000 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art awards. Artists are required to present their work in New York; letters of invitation and funds have been couriered to Cuba and visa applications made to the Department of State. But the artists will not be present on March 23rd. Instead, Franklin Furnace will screen the videotape of Grupo 609 work prepared by Conrad Gleber and Duff Schweninger as part of a larger documentary film, and Franklin Furnace's founding director, Martha Wilson, will moderate a round-table discussion among Holly Block, Maria Finn Dominguez, Conrad Gleber, Sandra Levinson and Diana Taylor.

The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art is supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. "Grupo 609 Will Not Be Appearing This Evening" is additionally supported by the Cuban Artists Fund.