Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

Panel Biographies

Katherine Behar is a media and performance artist based in New York who works with video, performance, and interactive installation. Her projects mix low and high technologies, creating hybrid forms that are by turns humorous and sensuous. Katherine's work has been presented at festivals, galleries, performance spaces, and art centers worldwide, in Dresden, Amsterdam, Leeds, Rome, Mooste, Halifax, Cluj-Napoca, New York City, Chicago, and numerous other cities throughout the U.S. Her art and research include two long-term collaborations: the performance art group Disorientalism with Marianne M. Kim, and RSI, an art and technology team with Ben Chang and Silvia Ruzanka. Katherine is Assistant Professor of New Media in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, City University of New York, and is the Digital Fellow at Art Journal.

Wayne Hodge is a 2007 Franklin Furnace Fund winner whose work combines elements of performance, video and photography. His practice explores the relationship between history, media and fantasies of race and desire. He received an M.F.A. from Rutgers University and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School. His work has been shown at The Bronx Museum, P.S.1 and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has shown internationally in Germany, Brazil and China.

Between 1981 and 1994, Iris Rose wrote, directed, and performed dozens of original works, alone or in collaboration with the performance group Watchface. She was a frequent performer at the Pyramid Club, 8BC, P.S. 122 and La MaMa, among other venues. The subjects of these pieces ranged from serial killers to the history of Woolworth's, from cultural perspectives on the end of the world to housewives in 1962. Her shows were also seen in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Houston, where Of Little Women (created for Franklin Furnace) was the first work of performance art presented at the Alley Theatre. Artforum once said of her signature piece, Camden: "This is important work." The members of Watchface are currently hard at work on an archival website documenting the group's history which they plan to launch in 2012. Iris has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants from the Jerome Foundation and Art Matters, and received an award for Best Dramatic Radio Program from American Women in Radio and Television for Society of Mothers, her only piece for radio. She devoted most of the years from 1995 to 2007 to parenting and writing, but returned to directing and performing with the creation of Theater of the Grasshopper in 2008. Since that time she has created three theatrical works presented in spaces ranging from the tiny basement of Silent Barn to the cavernous second floor of the Brooklyn Lyceum.

Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. In 1989 his work became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a BFA. In 2006, the Whitney Biennial included his art in the Down by Law section. His work was included in recent exhibitions at the PS1/MoMA, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and MoCADA. He has received a Creative Capital Foundation grant, fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and was a resident at Art Omi.

Saya Woolfalk is a New York artist who re-imagines the world in multiple dimensions (sculpture, installation, painting, performance and video). She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Momenta Art; Performa09; and has been written about on Art21's blog. With funding from the NEA, her solo exhibition The Institute of Empathy, ran at Real Art Ways from the fall of 2010 to the Spring of 2011. She is currently working on a solo project for the Montclair Art Museum.