Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2017-18

Panel Biographies

Hector Canonge

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Art, and Social Practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His installations, interactive platforms, and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created and has been organizing independently the annual Performance Art Festival of NYC, ITINERANT. He is responsible for initiatives such as: ARTerial PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB), a transcontinental initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas; PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe; PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America, and since 2015, the monthly programs TALKaCTIVE: Performance Art Conversation Series, and the Performance Art initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum and at other local public institutions. Canonge co-founded QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non-profit arts organization in Queens, and created the monthly film independent Queer Film series, CINEMAROSA. As independent curator, he has organized exhibitions at Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Queens Museum, Space 37 Gallery, and Visual AIDS.

Beatrice Glow

BEATRICE GLOW highlights human interconnectivity while amplifying stories lying in the shadows of colonialism, migration and inequality. Her interdisciplinary practice comprises of sculptural installations, participatory performances and lectures, and experiential technology collaborations.

She has been named 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, American Arts Incubator artist, Honolulu Biennial artist, Wave Hill Van Lier Visual Art Fellow, Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Finalist, Hemispheric Institute Council Member, Franklin Furnace Fund grantee and US Fulbright Scholar. Solo exhibitions include "Beatrice Glow: Spice Routes/Roots" at the Duke House with NYU Institute of Fine Arts; “Aromérica Parfumeur” with Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile; “Lenapeway” and “The Wayfinding Project” at New York University; “Rhunhattan” at Wave Hill; and “Floating Library” — a pop-up public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship —on the Hudson River.

Glow is featured in Duke University Press’ Cultural Politics 13.2, has written for post at MoMA, Art Newspaper and published “Taparaco Myth,” a trilingual artist book (Chinese, English and Spanish). She has presented performance lectures with Asia Contemporary Art Week’s Field Meetings at Asia Society and Venice Biennale 2015. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from NYU.

Rosamond S. King

Rosamond S. King is a creative and critical writer and performer whose work is deeply informed by her cultures and communities, by history, and by a sense of play. She draws on reality to create non-literal, culturally and politically engaged interpretations of contemporary and historical experiences of African and diaspora people.

King’s performance art builds on more than 20 years of training in Afro-Caribbean dance, circus arts, butoh, and ballet, and has been curated in venues including the NY Metropolitan Museum, Movement Research @Judson Church, Dixon Place, the Encuentro Festival (Canada), and the African Performance Art Biennial (Zimbabwe).

King’s poetry appears in the collection Rock | Salt | Stone (Nightboat Books), and in more than two dozen journals, anthologies, and blogs, including the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-of-the-Day.”

King is a Franklin Furnace and Poets House alumnae, and is creative editor of sx salon.

Her goal is to make people feel, wonder, and think – usually in that order.

Julie Atlas Muz

Julie Atlas Muz, one of the most acclaimed and prolific conceptual performers and choreographers in New York, has been a Whitney Biennial Artist, A Valencia Biennial Artist, Ethyl Eichelberger Award Recipient, Lambent Fellow, and a Franklin Furnace Artist, Julie has also been deemed “Royalty of Burlesque” by the New York Times, winning both Miss Exotic World and Miss Coney Island 2006. Fraternizing with artists in Ho Chi Minh City, playing Vivienne Leigh as Blanche DuBois in North Carolina or touring France while dancing inside a giant balloon Julie was recently sainted by Rev Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. In a first for contemporary Burlesque artists, Julie has franchised her award winning acts in Las Vegas (Absinthe and Zombie Burlesque), Dubai (The Act), France (Cabaret New Burlesque) and Australia (Absinthe). Recently Julie appeared in 9 episodes of Ireland’s Longest Running Soap Opera “Fair City” and also directed both the SPAZMS, and Amanda Palmer’s new music videos! Julie proudly co-created ONEOFUS with her one and only true love Mat. Their flagship show “Beauty and the Beast” directed by Improbable’s Phelim McDermott enjoyed sold out runs with standing ovations in London (New Vic), NYC (Abrons), Chicago (MCA)and Australia (Adelaide Theatre Festival). Look out for JACK & THE BEANSTALK this December, a riotous family holiday show at Abrons Arts Center by ONEOFUS.

Theodora Skipitares

Theodora Skipitares is an interdisciplinary artist and theater director based in New York. Trained as a sculptor and theater designer, she began creating personal solo performances in the late 1970's, which revolved around the use of handmade objects that were worn on her body. Gradually, she introduced small 3-dimensional representations of herself into these performances, which she understood (later) to be puppets. She has created 25 works featuring as many as 300 puppet figures, live music, film, video and documentary texts. These projects include UNDER THE KNIFE, a site-specific history of medicine and BODY OF CRIME, a history of women in prison. In 2014, she devised THE CHAIRS, a take-off on Ionesco's absurdist classic, and in 2016, she created SIX CHARACTERS, a response to Pirandello's play.

Skipitares has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, UNIMA, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship and a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, among others. Her visual work has been exhibited widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, most recently at the Whitney Museum. She has worked frequently in India as a Fulbright Fellow, as well as in Vietnam, Cambodia. Korea and Iran. Skipitares is Associate Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.