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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
March 20, 2003

1. Max Gimblett, FF member, at Haines Gallery in San Francisco, opening April 3rd
2. Aaron Landsman, FF Alumn, extended at Dixon Place, now through March 26th.
3. Charles Dennis, FF Alumn, presents three events, March, 2003.
4. Jill Scott, FF Alumn, presents new bi-lingual book/DVD, Coded Characters.
5. Danny Tisdale, FF Alumn, presents film screening and panel discussions, March 21-22.
6. Elizabeth Cohen, FF Alumn, at Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, reception April 6th.
7. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, solo exhibition in Austin Texas, April 3rd.
8. Kyong Park, FF Alumn, first talk about his Detroit project, Mar. 24th, 6 pm, Pratt Institute.
9. Susan Leopold, FF Alumn, at Lebanon Valley College, through April 13th.
10. Peter Cramer/Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at Chelsea Art Museum, March 14 & 29
11. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Athena Tacha, FF Alumns, at National Museum of Woemn in the Arts, through November 30, 2003
12. Neill Bogan, FF Alumn, at NY's Place Matters, Municipal Art Society, thru April 30.
13. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, curates at White Box, opening April 10, 6-8 pm.
14. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, on WKCR, March 23rd, 9-10 pm
15. Havana Under the Sea at INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, thru April 13th.
16. Peggy Shaw, Charles Dennis, Jennifer Monson, Lucy Sexton, FF Alumns, at BAX.
17. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Symphony Space, all day, Saturday March 22nd,
18. Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, presents The Flushing Cycle, March 21 and 22nd.
19. Warren Neidich, FF Alumn, at Whitney Museum, March 27th; and at UCLA.
20. Mary Beth Edelson, Shelley Rice, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, at SVA, Mar. 27, 7pm.

1. Max Gimblett, FF member, at Haines Gallery in San Francisco, opening April 3rd

Haines Gallery, Nicole Miller
49 Geary Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.397.8115 fax

MAX GIMBLETT: True Mirror, April 3 - May 17, 2003
OPENING RECEPTION: First Thursday, April 3rd, 2003: 5.30 - 7.30pm
BOOK SIGNING: April 3rd, 2003: 5.00 - 6.30pm

Coinciding with the release of Max Gimblett's major monograph (Craig Potton Publishing in association with Gow Langsford Gallery), Haines Gallery is honored to present a solo exhibition of new paintings - True Mirror. These abstract and deeply resonant paintings promise to be a portal into one's daily contemplative practice.

True Mirror is a grouping of highly reflective paintings that emphasize a metaphysical effect through the use of an extraordinary range of materials. To create these surfaces, Gimblett applies several coats of colored gesso, which are sanded and then painted with layers of polyurethane resin. The artist associates this distinctive luminosity with both the history of American painting and the atmospheric qualities of his native New Zealand - dark wetness, thermal pools and shady forests. The surface of these works are often gilded with precious metals or marked by expressive black painterly gestures inspired by Asian calligraphy.

The paintings also have a strong sculptural quality brought forth by the deep shaped panels that give them high relief from the wall. This exhibition features Gimblett's signature shape, the quatrefoil, as well as a new shape, the screen or rounded square. The piece entitled St. George and the Dragon, after Paolo Ucello, is a luscious triptych of screen forms in white, black, red and silver. Also included are two large diptychs comprised of square abutting panels with contrasting surfaces that form a harmonic union.

Gimblett has a highly active international exhibition schedule. Margaret Thatcher Projects in New York City presents a one-person exhibition of new paintings opening on May 1, 2003. Gimblett also has two solo exhibitions at Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland and Sydney opening June 3rd and July 5th respectively. A major touring exhibition of the artist's oeuvre is scheduled to open in June 2004 at the Auckland Art Gallery curated by Wystan Curnow.

For more information please visit www.hainesgallery.com.


2. Aaron Landsman, FF Alumn, extended at Dixon Place, now through March 26th.

I'm happy to say that Family Establishment, the new show I've been running for the past two Wednesdays is being extended for one more show on Wednesday, March 26. If you haven't seen it already, I'd love for you to. It's a short play about disappearing urban histories, storytelling among strangers, and a pen that comes back from the dead.

We've had full houses so far (which is easier when the space is very very small, and it is), so if you're planning on coming, be sure and make a reservation or show up early. Details follow:

Dixon Place Presents FAMILY ESTABLISHMENT - Extended
A new play written and directed by Aaron Landsman
Wednesdays in March: the 19th and 26th
8PM / 21 and up (because it's a bar)
Dixon Place at Patio Bar
31 2nd Avenue (1st and 2nd)
Subways: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker Street
$12 door / $10 advance
For reservations and information: 212-219-0736 / dixonplace.org
Featuring the unique talents of:
Gardiner Comfort
Jean Ann Garrish
Kevin Hurley
Assistant Director: Amanda Crater
Ashtray. Window. Hustler. Dust. Peacoat.


3. Charles Dennis, FF Alumn, presents three events, March, 2003.

Dear Friends, I am writing to inform you about some exciting events that I involved with that are coming up this month.

Sunday March 23 at 6 pm - Screening of excerpts from my forthcoming film,
"Homecoming - Celebrating 20 Years of Dance at P.S. 122" at the Brooklyn Arts
Exchange, 421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, info: 718-832-0018. Present to discuss the film with me
will be choreographers Jennifer Monson, Lucy Sexton, Sally Silvers and P.S. 122 Executive
Director Mark Russell. Featured in the film are choreographers: Ron Brown, Ann Carlson,
Yoshiko Chuma, Dancenoise, Mark Dendy, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jennifer Monson, Charles
Moulton, Sally Silvers and Doug Varone.

Thursday March 28 at 8 pm Charles Dennis performs his critically acclaimed dance/video
work, "Mr Remote" (2000) at Performance Mix at the Joyce Soho, 155 Mercer Street,
NYC, info: 212-226-7624. " ... closer to club art than art video, the piece has the dynamic
energy of dance itself, a rare thing in videodance and Mr. Dennis plays with real, imagined and
video time with quietly dazzling wit and comfortable humanity. "Mr. Remote" looks beautiful
and is a great deal of fun."
- Jennifer Dunning - The New York Times. "Brilliant… the piece perfectly and scarily captures
the demonics of our increasingly virtual world - Deborah Jowitt - The Village Voice.

Thursday- Friday March 21-22 and Saturday-Sunday March 29-30 at 7 pm - "TWO
by Neil Greenberg, video design by Charles Dennis at Dance Theater Workshop, 219
West 19th Street, NYC., reservations: 212-924-0077. "TWO" is a beautiful dance piece with
lots of live and pre-recorded video that I mix live during the show.

Hope to see you,
Best wishes,
Charles Dennis

Latest News:
Premiere Book Launch with lecture by the artist Jill Scott: 19.03.03 - 19.00h - ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie,
Lorenz Tr 19, Karlsruhe, Germany


4. Jill Scott, FF Alumn, presents new bi-lingual book/DVD, Coded Characters.

Announcing an important new bi-lingual book for your media art reference and library collection: "CODED CHARACTERS -Media Art by Jill Scott"

The book "CODED CHARACTERS" and the DVD with related film documents carry the reader through three chapters and continents: 'Analog Figures' (USA 1975-82), 'Digital Beings' (Australia 1982-92) and 'Mediated Nomads' (Europe 1992-2002). From surveillance-performance-events to video art onto new computer art and interactive cinema: Leading theorists analyse the development of the Australian artist Jill Scott whose work has pointed to a new concept of the mediated body. (Marille Hahne, Editor)

"CODED CHARACTERS" provides a challenging perspective on a singular vision and gives access to an art that infuses its technology with humanity. (Roy Ascott)

Scott's models of interaction probe new ways of learning which could easily become part of the classrooms of the twenty-first century. (Anne Marsh)

for further information logon to http://www.jillscott.org
English / German | 240 pp | 400 illus. | 200 in color | 20 x 25 cm | hardcover | with DVD | ISBN 3-7757-1272-0 | Euro 29.80 © 2003 | Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag | Texts: Roy Ascott (UK), Robert Atkins (USA), Anne Marsh (Australia), Jill Scott (Australia / Germany), Yvonne Spielmann (Germany) | Graphic Design: Claudia Stöckli, Stefanie Herrmann (Switzerland) | Reproduction: Repromayer, Reutlingen | DVD: Marcel Lenz, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany | Printed by Dr. Cantz'sche Druckerei, Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany
Order online by logging on to http://www.hatjecantz.de or http://www.jillscott.org
To order direct please contact your nearest distributor:
Europe: contact@hatjecantz.de
Hatje Cantz Publishers / Verlag (Stuttgart, Germany)
USA & South America: dap@dapinc.com
D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. (New York)
Australia: towerbks@zipworld.com.au
Tower Books Pty. Ltd. (Sydney)


5. Danny Tisdale, FF Alumn, presents film screening and panel discussions, March 21-22.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with the Harlem Tenants Council (HTC) and the National Visual Artists Guild (NVAG)

present "Mapping New Terrain: Communities in Transition"
Join us at the Adam Powell State Office Building
163 West 125th Street (2nd Floor Art Gallery)
March 21st & 22nd, 2003
"A City in Transition: The Impact of Class, Race, and Culture on Gentrification"
A Program of Seven Film Shorts
Friday, March 21, 2003, 6:00 - 9:30 pm
"Harlem: A History Segment" directed by Naeema Muhammad for Children's Art Carnival News [2003, 5 min.]
"Sam & Sam and Harlem", directed by Sam Walton [1975, 28 min.]
"Eyes on Harlem" produced by Urban Video Project at the Satellite Academy [1987, 30 min.]
"Harlem Stories: A Community in Transition" directed by Duana Butler [work in progress, 20min]
"MART 125: The Redevelopment Story" directed by Rachelle Gardner [work in progress, 7 min]
"E. 96th St." directed by Molly Hein [2001, 45 min.]
"Chinatown Not for Sale!" directed by the Youth Organizers, Chinatown Justice Project of CAAAV [2002, 43 min.]

This screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
2 Panel Discussions
Saturday, March 22, 2003, 12:00 to 4:00 pm
"Harlem: Housing & Culture"
1st Panel: 12 noon to 2 PM
Daniel Tisdale, Artist, Acting President, National Visual Artists Guild (NVAG)

Dorothy Désir, Director, Community Arts Initiatives, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Jeremiah Drake, Artist, Drake Studio
Bill Perkins, City Councilman
Jose Serrano Jr., City Councilman, Chair, Arts & Culture Committee
Scott Stringer, NY Assemblyman

This panel will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
"Impressions from the Gentrification Trenches:
Two Communities Under Siege - Harlem and Chinatown"
2nd Panel: 2 PM to 4 PM
Nellie Bailey, Executive Director, Harlem Tenants Council
Duana Butler, Harlem-based filmmaker, producer, "Harlem Stories: A Community in Transition"
Vance Rawles, Children's Art Carnival, student
Meirong Liu, Chinatown Justice Project

#2 or #3 train to 125th Street, walk west, corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Blvd. or
the A, B, C, D to 125th Street and walk east to Adam Clayton Powell Jr, Blvd.

"Mapping New Terrain: Communities in Transition," is an initiative of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, conceived and managed by Dorothy Désir, Director of Community Arts.

This program was generously funded by the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and the Ford Foundation with additional support from the Rockefeller Foundation. LMCC also would like to thank IAMAA - Harlem Arts Council in particular and the Urban Video Project at Satellite Academy for their assistance in coordinating this event.

For more information about the
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) 212.219.9401, the
Harlem Tenants Association (HTA), 212.316.2240 and the
National Visual Artists Guild (NVAG), 212.665.4414 or by e-mail nva_guild@yahoo.com


6. Elizabeth Cohen, FF Alumn, at Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, reception April 6th.

Elizabeth Cohen, FF alum, is in a group show at Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Riverdale Bronx, through May 11, 2003 entitled "Hybrid". The reception for the show is April 6 and there is a free roundtrip bus from Manhattan call 718 549 3200.


7. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, solo exhibition in Austin Texas, April 3rd.

"SHELLIFE" - A solo exhibition by Regina Vater
Women & Their Work 700 Lavaca - Austin, Texas
Thursday April 3
Contact: http://www.womenandtheirwork.org
"SHELLIFE" or Art as an Experience of Awareness

"When creative art is truly inspired, it comes close to being sacramental." Paul Brunton

"A poem is a mystery; the reader must find the key." ("Un poème est un mystère dont le lecteur doit chercher la clef.") Stéphane Mallarmé

"Let the soul of man take the whole universe for its body."
Simone Weil

Since "Magi(o)cean", her very first installation, in 1970, to the present day, Brazilian born and Texas based artist Regina Vater has consistently developed an important, powerful, and impressive body of installation works. She started her artistic career in the sixties at a very young age and was already an established artist in Brazil and abroad before moving to the USA. Her art has a life of its own and is definitely not concerned with reproducing the past, applying any kind of aesthetic 'recipe' or 'formula' to present human and artistic issues, or trying to unveil the 'mystery' of these issues through any 'special effects' for the future. On the contrary, Vater's art is a sincere celebration of the mystery of Space, Time, Life, Art, Poetry, and the related Human Myths and Cosmologies. And here resides her unique approach to Art as an integral experience of awareness.

The pieces exhibited in the present show, "Shellife," are the most recent examples of this compelling life-long celebration. Affirming her reverence for life and nature, honoring the fruitful reflections of the human spirit and constructing works conducive to the appreciation of the beauty of creation, she accomplishes a sacred function ('sacred' being defined as 'participating in the divine creation,') in accordance to the hermeneutics of Art.

These pieces, which could also be described as "awareness" pieces, or "metaphors of awareness," are created as a way to materialize what is behind and beyond their physical and aesthetic presence or material manifestation. Their ultimate goal is to offer the viewers a deep motivation to stimulate and raise their own state of consciousness, aesthetic latitude, and sensibility. Poignantly and concisely sharing with the viewer not only a 'finished object or artistic product,' but the (embodiment of) the process of her own philosophical concerns, existential reflections, as well as her perspectives on life, art, culture, poetry, and spirituality, Vater's ultimate interest is to create works that best express her soul, fulfilling masterfully the definition of a work of art as given by Maurice Barrès in his "Mes cahiers" (My notebooks): "A work of art is the medium of a soul" ("Une oeuvre d'art c'est le moyen d'une âme.")

The installation "Shellife" is the main piece of the exhibit and extends its title to the entire show. Like the other pieces, it overwhelms the viewer by its conciseness, strength, meaningfulness, and beauty. The images and installations created by the artist reveal a surprising economy in terms of the visual elements employed - real or depicted eggshells, a fossil shell, the image of an ear (or, rather, an 'acoustic shell',) stones, petals, different fabrics, and verses -, commonplace elements in our everyday lives; yet the works created with these few and common elements have an extremely powerful presence, which in turn empowers the viewer's soul and his/her knowledge of the created things. They intelligently point to the fact that the sacred dwells precisely in the commonplace of our everyday lives, in the simple things, in Nature.

In "Shellife," the artist invokes the mystery of the primordial egg - genesis of the universe, symbol of life and the renewal of nature - causing enchantment and amazement, and provoking a myriad of sensations, reflections, and meditations. The artist transforms the tangible reality of the piece - a yellow fabric in the background evoking the oneness of the egg yolk, a transparent screen composed of countless eggshells resembling the roof of heaven, and a white ceramic bowl containing the compact paste of life - making us see the unseen, creating a magical and timeless space that leads us to an intangible meditation on the spirituality and the mystery of life. We are transported from the material to the immaterial; from the visible to the invisible; from the Total Fragmentation to the Total Unity, where every single piece of shell or every verse disposed among the objects contributes to mirror and enlighten the "unus mundus", the one world, the Uni-verse. As a Space and Time capsule, it is inside the space of the eggshell that time operates generating life, as a synthesis of the duality, as a conciliation of the dichotomy. In a similar way, the use of the artistic force in metamorphosing the objects into a ritual of high art or high magic is a way for the artist to convey her own experience, share the many gifts she received, and also refine and renew her own investigations and state of consciousness.

Vater condenses the myth of the primordial egg, present in so many cosmologies, in the 'paste' of life located inside the bowl, rendering homage to all cosmologies, and more specifically to the Yoruba goddess Oshun, that immigrated to the Americas with the African Diaspora. In effect, during the Afro-American rituals, eggs are offered to Oshun and the yoke paste is considered to be the recipient of the Ashé, or the vital energy. In previous installations, Vater has also made a striking and remarkable use of food as the main artistic material of her work. Just to mention a few of the most recent works where this occurs, the artist used rice, corn, and black beans in "Vervê," a 1997 installation with the shape of a spiral mandala; nuts in the 1997 'God gives nuts to some who have no teeth" installation; honey in "The Inominable," a 1998/99 installation; and popcorn in "Amon/Amen," a 1999 installation. In this frequent and highly creative use of food as raw material for her installations, Vater has dignified both the food, as a fundamental vehicle of life and the divinity, and art, as a supreme offering of spiritual nourishment.

It is interesting to observe how Space and Time have always been a central and constant concern to Vater, in terms of her own personal investigations and work, leading her initially to research and study the myths of the Amazon, and then the other Brazilian and World cosmologies as well. Through her work, the artist constantly reminds us of how much in need the contemporary world is of the knowledge contained in these cosmologies. To Vater, they are the real repositories of the ancient wisdom, an invaluable source that broadens the horizon of our souls. The knowledge transmitted by these mythologies revealed to her the importance of a spiritual vision where the human being is an integral part of nature, and not an external entity meant to subjugate it at his own will. So, from her concern with Time and Space, and her investigations of ancient mythologies and cosmologies, Vater realized the urgency to incorporate ecology as one of her primary artistic concerns. In effect, to her credit, she was one of the first artists to deal with the subject of ecology, having participated in the first major international event ever dedicated to the issue, the 1976 Venice Biennale.

If the motif of the egg is also central to other pieces of the show: "Cosmic Egg 1" (1980), "Cosmic Egg 2" (1980), and "Tempo or Time Folds" (1987), and if these pieces also stress the artist's concern with Time and renewal, they privilege, however, slightly different implications. Cosmic Egg 1 and 2 are prints representing an entire egg and a broken egg, respectively. The word TIME is written on the eggshell, revealing that for the artist the egg is an image of the threshold of time, but also highlighting the need in our contemporary societies to verbalize the obvious, since we are quickly losing the mythical signification of beings and things, and nowadays TIME seems to have become essentially an artificial construct. Time Folds, on the other hand, introduces yet another enigmatic element: the coexistence of different 'chronographies' or multiple times, in other words, how different spaces (an eggshell and a fossil shell) become metaphors for different concepts of time, and how time leaves its marks on different spaces- which become, in turn, different metaphors for time.

In "Milarepa," a print inspired by oriental scrolls, Vater uses the image of an ear (or 'an acoustic shell') as the central feature, surrounded by selected fragments of poetry. Milarepa, a Tibetan poet/saint, was depicted with a hand pointing to the ear, as a sign that it was through perceiving the murmurs of Nature that he became enlightened. Here, Vater reaffirms her belief in the sacredness of Nature, and she also emphasizes the importance of an acute Perception and Awareness to better perceive the "inner" manifestations of Art.

In "Sentence or Lampião" (Lamp or Lantern), a circle of nine lime stones illuminated by a central lamp composes the basis for the visual poetry work. Over each stone, a piece of Plexiglas carries a word forming the following verse of the eleventh century Persian poet Hafiz: "WHAT WE SPEAK BECOMES THE HOUSE WE LIVE IN" Besides revealing the importance of Poetry in Vater's work, this installation, like other works created by the artist, reminds us of the symbolic importance of stones in every religion and cosmology. In other installations, Vater has already used stones as the main visual element of the piece. For example, in the 1993-95 "ITA-OTA" installation ('ita' meaning 'stone" in the Tupi-Guarani language of the native Brazilians, and 'ota' also meaning 'stone,' in the African Yorubá language.) In that installation, Vater spoke directly about the sacredness of stones in all cosmologies, and wrote I PLACE IN YOUR HAND A STONE A SANDY GRAIN AND MY OWN HANDS ALL COMING FROM THE STARS Therefore, every stone, as every word emitted by human creatures should generate appreciation, reverence, renewal, and love for our entire planet, because we are literally the houses we live in.

The artist - in the piece titled "Tope," meaning 'shrine,' in Tibetan - expresses and avows the hope for this high state of awareness. Inspired by the aesthetics of Eastern religions, a cascade of dry petals falls in a golden bowl, which is full of fresh rose petals of the same color, suggesting grace, miracle, and renewal. The piece is like an abstract and intense Annunciation, an incitement to emulate the attitude of wonder of the philosopher (lover of wisdom,) letting the flower(s) blossom within oneself, in our existence of mirrors and containers for the whole universe.

According to Regina Vater's very words: "My work has to do with ideas, with poetry and with a shamanistic approach to art. For me, any artwork, even in an unconscious way, is a form of reaching out to the creative and regenerative forces of the universe."

As one of the many admirers of her work, I can only conclude by saying that in the middle of so much 'terminal art' and 'terminator attitudes,' Vater has my deepest gratitude for sharing her provoking insights, and the gifts she was given, contributing to an Art that grabs us for its power of organic inclusion to the web of life."
Mario S. Mieli
New York, Spring 2003

Regina Vater, who last year designed and curated the remarkable show "Brazilian Visual Poetry" for Mexic-Arte Museum, which received a six page color feature story in "Art In America" magazine , has lived in Austin since 1985. She is the winner of important national and international art prizes and has works in many international collections including the Austin Museum of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Arts . Photography, digital art, video, visual poetry, installations, artist's books and graphic design are among the media Ms. Vater has employed throughout her career.


8. Kyong Park, FF Alumn, first talk about his Detroit project, Mar. 24th, 6 pm, Pratt Institute.

Monday, March 24 at 6pm
International Center for Urban Ecology /A Nomadic Laboratory for Future Cities
projects,installations and videos
A Lecture by Kyong Park
At Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

An abandoned house from detroit was cut up so that it could be moved To anywhere in the world.since,it has travelled to archilab 2001 Exhibition/conference in orléans,france;to sindelfingen,germany For the exhibition "one site/two places "at the galerie der stadt Sindelfingen;to the exhibition "art and economy "in the deichtorhallen Museum in hamburg;to den haag,the netherlands for the exhibition "ways out "at stroom;and to the exhibition "para-site "at badischer- Kunstverein in karlsruhe,germany.

Architecture of resistance 1999
An international workshop on various studies and proposals for the near Eastside of detroit,with students,artists,architects and others from United states,the netherlands and germany.

Detroit:making it better for you 2000
A 2-channel video,with its "drive-by-shooting "video technique,offers Street level views of the cultural clash between the inner city emptiness And suburban bliss through the gritty tapestry of the destruction of Detroit.

Words,images and spaces: A language for a new city 2002
A series of works in the near eastside of detroit where18 words were Posted on telephone poles and empty houses,3 image boards were placed On vacant lots,and a new floor was built with 1,500 linear feet of Woods scavenged from demolished houses.could a new city be borne out Of these words,images and spaces?


9. Susan Leopold, FF Alumn, at Lebanon Valley College, through April 13th.

Susan Leopold
Tornado Tower and Other Eccentric Spaces
February 28 - April 13, 2003

Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery
Lebanon Valley College

Wednesday 5-8 pm
Thursday - Friday 1 - 4:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

tel: (717) 867-6445
101 N. College Avenue
Annville, PA 17003-1400

Susan Leopold will install "Tornado Tower" as the dynamic centerpiece of a unique exhibition at Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery. The exhibition will also feature eight small scale mixed media sculptures and nine drawings by the artist from the past 10 years. These works explore the worlds of vision, memory, and private and public space.

Susan Leopold's recent work explores the urban predicament of apartment and office buildings, windows of which city dwellers may peer into, but whose interiors they likely will never enter, or zigzagged fire escapes that can been seen from street level, clinging to exteriors of buildings, but whose stairs are rarely traversed. By way of her sculpture, Leopold has transferred everyday experience of urban spatial curiosity to the act of viewing her miniature environments. Many of Leopold's small sculpted boxes from the 1990s, on which the artist has built her reputation, address notions of interior and exterior space, perception, and curiosity. By way of mixed media microcosms, often constructed of wood, lenses, mirrors, and collaged photographs and color photocopies, she invites observers to explore what she calls the "uncanny emotional state of desiring to penetrate these spaces."


10. Peter Cramer/Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at Chelsea Art Museum, March 14 & 29

DanceTube "The Experimental End of The New Burlesque"
A cross-fertilization of sound and visual art manifested in digital installation, video projection, DJ sampling and sound/performance art.
Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
Friday March 14th 2:00 - 6:00 PM and Saturday March 29, 2003. 5 - 8 PM



11. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Athena Tacha, FF Alumns, at National Museum of Woemn in the Arts, through November 30, 2003

Insomnia: Landscapes Of The Night Reveals The Effects Of Nightfall On Artists' Perceptions And Imagination, at The National Museum Of Women In The Arts March 10 - November 30, 2003

Louise Bourgeois, May Stevens, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Athena Tacha, and Hollis Sigler are among the 30 artists who interpret the many sources of sleeplessness in Insomnia: Landscapes of the Night, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), March 10 through November 30, 2003. The 51 distinctive paintings, drawings, assemblages, and artists' books in the exhibition detail the artists' heart-pounding realms of nightmare, their yearning for bliss and other nocturnal meditations.

Insomnia: Landscapes of the Night is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, with funds provided by the NMWA Library Fellows and Lorraine Grace. Krystyna Wasserman, NMWA curator of book arts, is curator of the exhibition. A color catalogue will be available in the museum shop for $8.95. During the summer and fall, a film series will accompany the exhibition. Please call 202.783.7370 for more information, or check the museum's website at www.nmwa.org for a complete listing of programs and events.

The museum is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5 p.m.


12. Neill Bogan, FF Alumn, at NY's Place Matters, Municipal Art Society, thru April 30.

FF Alumni Neill Bogan at New York's Place Matters/Municipal Art Society

Didja know‹somewhere between 40 and 80 thousand musicians have played CBGB¹s (almost as many as the artists that have appeared at FF!). FF Alumni Neill Bogan and Tom Klem, his partner in Klem/Bogan Art and Communication, uncovered that fact while making work for an exhibition called "New Views on Favorite Places" for the Place Matters program at New York's Municipal Art Society, in its Urban Center Gallery, 451 Madison Avenue from March 20th to April 30, with a gallery talk on Wednesday, April 9, 6 pm. Klem/Bogan will exhibit an 8-foot model of a historical marker for the CBGB rock club, featuring a large hand-shaped aluminum safety pin, with plans for "Hard Work and Hard Play on the Bowery," a project to mark CBGB and other labor and entertainment sites along New York¹s "Great Grey Way."

Neill has also been serving as content advisor for an issue of The Public Art Review concerning public art and activism under the shadow of war. This issue will also feature work by cultural activist/analyst Caron Atlas, artists Suzanne Lacy, Ernesto Pujol, and Gwylene Gallimard, landscape theorists Purinton and Potteiger, a profile of The Surveillance Camera Players, and art historian Grant Kester's quick history of activist visual art. (It's amazing how many differing histories of activism and art there are; it's a good idea to keep collecting them, like baseball cards). Out in late spring. Public Art Review, 2324 University Ave., Ste. 102, St. Paul, MN 55114.


13. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, curates at White Box, opening April 10, 6-8 pm.

Miguel Angel Rios-Ni me busques....No me encuentras
curated by Raul Zamudio
April 8-29, opening April 10 6:00-8:00 pm.

White Box 525 W. 26th St. NY, NY

Ni me busques ....No me encuentras is an exhibtion consiting of a three-channel DVD projection and works on paper. The DVD projection, from which the exhibition takes its name, was shot in the desert region of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The panoramic landscape under a mesmerisingly bright, Mexican sun exudes an aura that is concomitantly real and artificial. The amorphous narrative concerns the artist's search for the sacred, indigenous cactus otherwise known as peyote, in the desrt geography. In a whole different spin on the flaneur not as cosmopolitan but as botanist, the artist is confronted by a plethora of philosophical idiosyncracies: A house is split down the middle, a band of folk musicians materialize and parade in single file while playing a funeral march, and the Doppler effect of an audible yet invisible train are some the poetic incongruities that appear in the work.


14. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, on WKCR, March 23rd, 9-10 pm

Save the date!! A rare appearance by "outrageous vocal explorer" Lynn Book
She is joined for this concert by the inimitable composer/percussionist, Kevin Norton and director Valeria Vasilevski, altogether subverting notions of what a vocal concert can be. The three, last seen together at The Kitchen in Book's Gorgeous Fever in 1997, mark this performance evening as a significant reunion collaboration.

Kevin Norton's "nuanced and impressive" work, according to one reviewer is "nothing short of remarkable." www.kevinnorton.com. Valeria Vasilevski is an uncommon writer, director and well, just about everything else. Her vision for concert theater (or theatrical concerts) continues to break new ground worldwide.

you can get a tease and a taste of Lynn Book's cake on Sunday, March 23 on WKCR's Studio A, hosted by Janie Iadipaolo interview and performance preview from 9 - 10 pm, 89.9 FM.

Lynn Book's Voicelab
~where voice gets reinvented~


15. Havana Under the Sea at INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, thru April 13th.

INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center presents
Havana Under the Sea
a musical treasure trove
The ghost of an aristocratic lady, condemned to wander for eternity
among the sunken ruins of Havana, sings to the former glory of
her city. She is the human incarnation of the immortal spirit
of Cuba, speaking to our hearts in words and music.
Written by Abilio Estévez
English Version by Caridad Svich
Doreen Montalvo
Meme Solís
Directed by Max Ferrá
Previews from February 28th to March 5th
Regular performances from March 6th to April 13th 2003
Admission: $25 for previews, students, seniors and groups over 10
$40 for regular performances
At INTAR 53 Theater
508 West 53rd Street
Between 10th and 11th Aves.
To Purchase Tickets
TICKET CENTRAL (212) 279-4200
special discount through Ticket Central


16. Peggy Shaw, Charles Dennis, Jennifer Monson, Lucy Sexton, LFF Alumns, at BAX.

Don't Miss Week 2 Of Bax/Brooklyn Arts Exchange's
12th Annual Women's Performance Festival

Featuring work by Pene McCourty, Peggy Shaw, and a new film by Charles Dennis, Homecoming- Celebrating 20 Years of Dance at P.S. 122
For information or reservations please call (718) 832-0018 or
info@bax. Friday and Saturday March 21-22 at 8:00PM
Created and performed by seven women between the ages of 25 and 70, BAX Space Grant Recipient Pene McCourty and the Continuum Dance Collective present a multi-generational performance entitled The Love Project: Phenomena, Realties and Other Related Stories.

To My Chagrin, written and performed by Peggy Shaw in collaboration with Vivian Stoll, explores Shaw's relationship with her mixed race grandson. It weaves James Brown, a passion for vintage cars and live percussion to investigate the effect of gender and race on the information we pass down through the generations.

Sunday March 23 at 6:00PM
Homecoming- Celebrating 20 Years of Dance at P.S. 122
Film Screening by Charles Dennis
BAX artist-in-residence, choreographer/video artist Charles Dennis will screen excerpts from his forthcoming dance film, Homecoming - Celebrating 20 Years of Dance at P.S. 122 at BAX.
Homecoming is a one hour film that chronicles 20 years of dance at the venerable East Village performance space. Present to discuss both their own work and the film will be Charles Dennis, Jennifer Monson, Lucy Sexton of Dancenoise, Sally Silvers and P.S. 122 Executive Director Mark Russell. This film was made possible with funds received from the National Initiative to
Preserve America's Dance (NIPAD).

BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE is Brooklyn's leading not-for-profit professional community arts organization providing classes,
performances, and artist services.
BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE is located at 421 Fifth Avenue (at 8th Street) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. By subway, take the F
train to 4th Avenue.
arts and artists in progress
421 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 832-0018/FAX (718) 832-9189


17. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Symphony Space, all day, Saturday March 22nd.

Nora York sings Joni Mitchell
(The Fiddle and The Drum / Both Sides Now / Sex Kills)
Wall to Wall Joni Mitchell
Symphony Space New York City
around 5pm
Steve Tarshis -- Guitar
Dave Hofstra -- Bass
Allison Miller -- Drums
Claire Daly -- Baritone Sax
Blaise Dupuy -- Digital Samples

for more information and updates: www.symphonyspace.org
Come to Symphony Space -- It's FREEE
95th Street at Broadway in Manhattan.
Listen to the whole day on WFUV online
or in New York City WFUV 90.7 FM Public Radio from Fordham University:

whole day will include ( rough list)
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sylvia McNair
Chelsea Morning
Little Green
Lauren Flanigan
Furry Sings the Blues
Jason Moran
The Priest
Lorinda Lisitza
Song for Sharon
Cherokee Louise
Ray's Dad's Cadillac
Lucy Kaplansky
Garland Jeffreys
You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio
Other People's Parties
Jane Ira Bloom
Woman of heart and mind
Chinese Café
This Flight Tonight
Helga Davis
God Must Be a Boogie Man
The Beat of Black Wings
Laurie Anderson
Both Sides Now
Gail Ann Dorsey
Passion Play
The Wolf That Lives in Lindsay

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ivy Austin
Little Green
Christine Lavin
Urge for Going
Suzzy and Maggie Roche
Cactus Tree
A Case of You
For the Roses
Bob Holman
Sally Fingerett
I Don't Know Where I Stand
Same Situation
Luciana Souza
All I Want
David Krakauer
The Fiddle and the Drum
Tin Angel
Theo Bleckmann
Sisotowbell Lane
Sunny Sunday
Refuge of the Road
Greg Tate
The Jungle Line
A Strange Boy

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Edie Carey
Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Come in from the Cold
Anne Heaton
For Free
Elliott Sharp's Terraplane
Shadows and Light
Nora York
Both Sides Now
The Fiddle and the Drum
Sex Kills
Melba Joyce
Harlem in Havana
Carole Pope
Down to You
Raised on Robbery
Four Bags
Help Me Polka
Turbulent Indigo
Songs for Aging Children Come
Wild Things Run Fast
Fred Hersch
All I Want
My Old Man
Greg Osby
Tax Free
Silky Veils of Ardor
Julian Fleisher
The Last Time I Saw Richard
The Circle Game
Sussan Deyhim
Brandon Ross
Off Night Backstreet

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Mingus Big Band
Sweet Sucker Dance: with Dana Hanchard
Edith and the Kingpin: with Julian Fleisher
The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines: with Melba Joyce
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat: with Melba Joyce
A Chair in the Sky: with with Andy Bey
Jenifer Jackson
That Song About the Midway
The Gallery
Don Byron & Music for Six Musicians +1
The Priest
Martha Wainwright
Roses Blue
Big Yellow Taxi
Bebel Gilberto
Blue Motel Room
Woman of Heart and Mind
Dana Hanchard
The Wolf That Lives in Lindsay
Marc Anthony Thompson
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
Ute Lemper
Black Crow
Last Chance



18. Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, presents The Flushing Cycle, March 21 and 22nd.

Alvin Eng will be reading from "The Flushing Cycle" @
Friday, March 21 - 6 PM
City University of New York's
Asian American /Asian Research Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Room 1805 (betw. 5th and 6th Aves.)
as part of AAARI's "Friday Night Lecture Series"
Info: 212.869.0182, www.aaari.info
(This reading will also be webcasted at 6:15 PM at www.aaari.info)

FLUSHING - Saturday, March 22, 2003, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Queens Borough Public Library, Flushing Branch
International Resource Conference Room,
41-17 Main Street,
Info: 718.661.1229

Presented by Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA), in association with Thirteen/WNET New York & Asian American Writers' Workshop, with a special preview of "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience" a three-part Bill Moyers special premiering on Thirteen on March 25-27, 9-10:30 pm.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Chinese in the Americas' exhibit Main Street, Flushing, USA, the product of a three-month photo-documentation project and a visual exploration of the Chinese/Asian American community in Flushing, Queens. The exhibit opens February 26, 2003, and runs through May 24, 2003, at the Flushing Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library.


19. Warren Neidich, FF Alumn, at Whitney Museum, March 27th; and at UCLA.

Hi Everyone, I wanted to also let you know about my talk with Jeff Koan Baysa at the Whitney Museum on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 pm. The video artist Frank Gillette has made a film about Jeff making a studio visit which is called Art Addict (s) Redux. We will show it in our presentation. Note that I am chairing the panel at UCLA mentioned below. best warren

The UCLA Department of Art is proud to sponsor an interdisciplinary panel entitled,

"Movies, Buildings and Brains" to be held Saturday, April, 5, 2003 from 9 am - 4 pm in he UCLA Kinross Building,11000 Kinross Avenue, located in Westwood, in the EDA, Kinross North 104.

Panel participants include: Warren Neidich, Panel chair, artist and co-founder of artbrain.org; Susan Bookheimer Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Conerly Casey Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, UCLA; Colin Gardner Ph.D., Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Interdisciplinary Media, UCSB; Jonathan Green, Director, California Museum of Photography, UCR; Ralph Greenspan Ph.D., Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow in Experimental Neurobiology, The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, CA; M.A. Greenstein Ph.D., Graduate Faculty, Art Theory and Criticism, Art Center College of Design; Visiting Faculty, Department of Art, UCLA; Marcos Novak Ph.D., Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Art and Media Arts, UCSB; Christiane Paul Ph.D., Adjunct Curator, New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; John Welchman Ph.D., Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History/Theory,UCSD.

More than any other media of the past century photography, cinema and digital media have changed the face of the world in which we live. Originally, they were specialized laboratories in which ideas of time and space were investigated. But eventually these new conceptions of spatiality and temporality leaked out of their unique contexts and spilled into architecture, design, fashion, poetry, performance, painting and music. Together they reconfigured the phenomenological and cultural space through the creation of new elaborate flows and interconnections between themselves and the worlds in which they operated. This panel will explore an important dimension resulting from this continuous remapping and reconstruction of our cultural landscape; the effect it has on our organ of perception and cognition - the brain. Recent advances in the concepts and technology of brain science, such as the Theory of Neuronal Group Selection, PET scans and FMRI, have given us many new tools with which to investigate these relationships.

It is hoped that by bringing together experts from a broad range of fields including brain science, film theory, art history and anthropology, new insights into the following question may be forthcoming. Do these culturally derived networked relations in the world configure/reconfigure network relations in the brain? Please join us for this fascinating discussion.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is suggested. For more information and to register by phone, please call the UCLA Department of Art @ 310.825.3281

The EDA is located at Kinross 104 on the first floor of the new Kinross North Building located near parking lots 32 and 36 at the corner of Gayley and Kinross in Westwood. Parking may be purchased for $7 at the information kiosk. This event was partially funded through the generosity of the Ford Foundation, the UCLA Art Council and the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.


20. Mary Beth Edelson, Shelley Rice, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, at SVA, Mar. 27, 7pm.

Goddesses, Wonder Women, and Riot Grrls
Panel Discussion
Presented by the School of Visual Arts¹ Art History Department
March 27 at 7pm, SVA Amphitheater, 209 East 23 Street (3rd floor)

The Art History Department of the School of Visual Arts presents a panel of renowned artists and critics who will discuss the multifaceted image of women today. Taking its cue from the goddess imagery of the 1960s and Œ70s, the panel will explore, among other topics, the fundamental changes in feminist ideas of power that have occurred over the past two decades. This event will take place March 27 at 7pm, SVA Amphitheater, 209 East 23 Street (3rd floor).

The original generation of goddess artists, like Mary Beth Edelson and Carolee Schneemann (see below), were reacting to an almost completely male-dominated society that offered few outlets for women¹s cultural activity. These groundbreaking artists, in the context of an evolving feminist movement, called upon the forces of nature, the psyche, and the body in a quest to transform modern gender stereotypes. They explored shamanic, sexual, and mystical images--some with ancient and/or esoteric roots--and chose to celebrate the aspects of female subjectivity and difference that had for centuries been viewed with indifference, fear, and disdain. Their efforts have borne fruit in the past few decades, often in surprising and unpredictable ways.

Advances in global travel and media have made us more aware of the role of women in various traditional societies, often highlighting spiritual dimensions in African, Islamic, Native American, and Aboriginal depictions of women. At the same time, the dominance of phallocentric film and TV images of female power in America (as well as in Japan and Hong Kong) since the early 1990s‹e.g., Mulan, Charlie¹s Angels, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Power Puff Girls, and many others--has shifted ideals of women¹s strength away from these more traditional attitudes to the normally male domain of physical strength and action. Undoubtedly there are complex issues and cross-currents at work right now that merit in-depth discussion and dialogue.

This interactive and informal event features a diverse panel whose work is highly relevant to the wonder women of today. Through short statements and multimedia presentations, the panel will air these issues and open up possibilities for new definitions and dissensions.

Panelists include:

Mary Beth Edelson, a goddess figure in early performance art initiated the discourse formulating political and spiritual implications of that movement, has in recent years among other subjects chosen Wonder Women and iconically charged women with guns.

Kathleen Hanna, lead singer for the seminal band Bikini Kill and currently the singer for Le Tigre. She is rock culture¹s role model for the militantly intelligent, kick-ass "Riot Grrl."

Carolee Schneemann, long recognized as the spiritual/sexual priestess of the art world. She is one of the pioneers of feminist performance and multimedia art, often using her own physical and metaphysical body as her primary subject.

Janaina Tschape is a young artist who uses indigenous Brazilian spiritual imagery in her art, and also works collaboratively with women in the slums of Rio to create images of feminine empowerment.

Deb Willis will discuss her recent series of photographs of women body builders in relation to a scholarly work she authored, with Carla Williams, entitled The Black Female Body.

Shelley Rice (moderator), is the co-curator of the Avon Collection of Contemporary Women¹s Photography and the editor/co-author of Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman. Her introduction to the event will include a discussion of films and photographs by Ana Mendieta and Shirin Neshat.

For more information please call the Office of Communication at
212.592.2010, or visit the school¹s website at www.schoolofvisualarts.edu.



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