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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
December 15, 2005

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1. Eleanor Antin, Mary Beth Edelson, Lauren Ewing, Joyce Kozloff, Faith Ringgold, Rachel Rosenthal, Martha Rosler, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero, Athena Tacha, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Rutgers, Jan 14, 2006, 7pm
2. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at Artists Space, TONITE
3. Gabriele Leidloff, FF Alumn, in Freiburg, Dec. 19
4. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, at NJ State Museum, Jan 21-Mar 18, 2006
5. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, with Maskuerade Ball & new website
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1. Eleanor Antin, Mary Beth Edelson, Lauren Ewing, Joyce Kozloff, Faith Ringgold, Rachel Rosenthal, Martha Rosler, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero, Athena Tacha, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Rutgers, Jan 14, 2006, 7pm

How American Women Artists Invented Postmodernism: 1970-1975
Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please join us for a Gala Dinner in honor of the artists
on Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 7 pm

Buses will depart from New York at 6 pm
and leave New Brunswick for return to New York at 10 pm.

Please RSVP to tcalvert@rci.rutgers.edu. In your RSVP, please indicate first, second, and third choices of the artists with whom you would like to be seated.

A portfolio of prints by the artists is being published by the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. When completed, the portfolio will be priced at $10,000.Pre-publication price for this dinner only is $3,500

Dinner and portfolio: $3,500 per couple
Dinner only: $125 individual; $200 for two

Please RSVP by January 6, 2006

Gallery Hours: 10 - 4 weekdays
Weekends by appointment
for further information,
please call 732-932-2222, ext. 838

Artists in the Exhibition:
Eleanor Antin
Nancy Azara
Judy Baca
Lynda Benglis
Judy Chicago
Mary Beth Edelson
Harmony Hammond
Joyce Kozloff
Faith Ringgold
Rachel Rosenthal
Betye Saar
Miriam Schapiro
Carolee Schneemann
Sylvia Sleigh
Joan Snyder
Nancy Spero
May Stevens
Athena Tacha
June Wayne
Martha Wilson
Rutgers University Affiliated Artists
Lauren Ewing
Diane Neumaier
Martha Rosler
Joan Semmel

Rutgers University
Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper
Rutgers University Libraries
Mason Gross School of the Arts

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2. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at Artists Space, TONITE

Exposed: Feminism and Queer Politics in Body Art
A roundtable discussion with Julia Bryan-Wilson, Nao Bustamante, Jeanine Oleson, and Amy Sadao

Artists Space
38 Greene St., 3rd Floor, New York
Thursday, December 15
7:00-9:00 PM
FREE to attend

How do contemporary artists utilize nakedness, and to what ends? This presentation and conversation investigates how the bare body has been put to various uses in performance art, particularly by women and queer artists. Bringing together two artists and two critics/curators, the roundtable will also discuss how "exposure" and nudity in body art is often framed by competing discourses, including feminism, narcissism, autobiography, confession, porn, fashion, fame, trauma, HIV/AIDS, and medicalization. Are there generational dialogues between today's practitioners, 1970s feminist performance art, and 1980s activism and art? How do unclothed bodies get inscribed by -- or complicate -- issues of gender, sexuality, race, age, beauty, and health?

Julia Bryan-Wilson is critic and Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Nao Bustamante's work encompasses performance art, installation, video, and pop music and has been presented among other sites at Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki.

Jeanine Oleson is an artist who makes video, installation and photographic work most recently exhibited at Monya Rowe Gallery and Samson Projects.

Amy Sadao is an independent curator and writer and Executive Director of Visual AIDS.

For more information, please contact Artists Space at (212) 226-3970. This program is part of Artists Space’s Empty Space with Exciting Events. www.artistsspace.org

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3. Gabriele Leidloff, FF Alumn, in Freiburg, Dec. 19

Invitation to the colloquy on 19 December 2005 at 14.00 c.t. in the Bernsteinsaal, Universitaet Freiburg PORTRAITS WITH IMAGE GENERATING TECHNIQUES. IMAGE GENERATING TECHNIQUES AND WHAT THEY DO NOT GENERATE.

Presentation of portraits, image and film sequences from the artistic works of Gabriele Leidloff Discussion of the works and the above subject-matter with Prof. Dr. Ad Aertsen (Biology, Freiburg) Prof. Dr. Juergen Hennig (Radiology, Freiburg) Gabriele Leidloff (Artist, Berlin) Prof. Dr. Angeli Janhsen (Art History, Freiburg) HD Dr. Sigrid Schmitz (Biologist, Institute for Information and Society, IIG and Competency Forum Gender Research in Informatics and the Natural Sciences GIN, Freiburg) Prof. Dr. Cornelius Weiller (Neurology, Freiburg) Moderation: Prof. Dr. Britta Schinzel (Computer Scientist, IIG und GIN Freiburg) Gabriele Leidloff works in the media of video, film, photography and image generating techniques, such as radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetoencephalography, and eye-tracking. By manipulating the scientific methods of imaging, she challenges our habits of visual perception. She conceptualized and launched the project l o g - i n / l o c k e d o u t - A Forum of Art and Neuroscience - http://www.locked-in.com. Her installations have been exhibited in galleries, museums and universities in Europe and the United States. Considering art exhibition as an example, the scientific discussion will consider, for example, the definition of a border between science and art, the qualitative characteristics of medicine/technical images, or the relationship between images and produced images.

Universitaet Freiburg Institut fuer Informatik und Gesellschaft Abt. 1: Modellbildung und soziale Folgen Friedrichstr. 50 79098 Freiburg Tel.: +49 (0) 761 203 4925 Fax: +49 (0) 761 203 4960

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4. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, at NJ State Museum, Jan 21-Mar 18, 2006

Michael Bramwell at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition Saturday, January 21, 2006- Saturday, March 18, 2006

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5. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, with Maskuerade Ball & new website

The Maskuerade Ball − Protect/Protest

FEATURES BUSH, CHENEY & SANTA.

The austere surgical mask, recently a visible worldwide emblem of fear and panic, has been employed by artist Jay Critchley in his project, Maskuerade Ball. Asking the question: What is really threatening to us − SARS? Avian Flu? The artist responds with surgical mask-wearing and inscripted stuffed animals: George Bush (Teletubby) − Georgi-flu; and Dick Cheney − Dicki-flu. And what is Santa Claus’ biggest fear besides global warming? Reality.

Images and information about the project are available at www.bigtwig.org/maskuerade.

“The Maskuerade Ball aims to activate people and elicit a deeper understanding of what the real concerns and problems are in our lives,” states Critchley. “But who’s fear? Who’s voice? Should the media’s spoon-fed, Flu-of the-Month scares direct our energy and attention?” he added.

Masking is an ancient practice. Anthropologically, masquerading with costume and mask engenders a ritualized transformation of the self into the spirit world of nature and creates communion with the supernatural − often honoring our ancestors. Culturally, Mardi Gras, Al Hallows Eve and the Day of the Dead have continued our communal need to purge our fears and the evil forces in the world. These rituals reconnect us with our deep emotional and psychic identity and release us from the burdens of the human condition.

Who Is Protecting Whom?

Artistically, masks are a vehicle for visual expression, creating illusions, characters, multiple personalities and disguises − sometimes to protect, sometimes to play. And now, to create fear. In a global environment of war, hunger, ecological collapse, global warming, poverty, pathogenic illnesses and media saturation, the elemental surgical mask has become a sign of both the state of the planet and our inability to address its ailments. It has become a symbol of facelessness, isolation and political silencing. We are being told what the dread of the month is and are expected to step in line. Terrorism? − Stop talking with strangers, don’t trust anyone. SARS? −You better watch out, it’s coming. Avian Flu? − Stop breathing deeply, avoid chickens, farms, birds and nature.

To participate in The Maskuerade Ball:

- Acquire a trove of cheap surgical masks and non-toxic markers or oil sticks
- Create or join a political, cultural or social gathering
- Ask individuals: What are you terrified of? What is intimidating to you?
What threatens you?
- Words are then inscribed on the surgical masks and participants are requested
to wear them, and the playbegins
- The masks and the messages will elicit comments, conversation, and a sense
of connectedness − a new fashion statement! At political gatherings or
demonstrations the masks can make a unified visual statement by activists,
and a great photo op.

Protect/Protest.

For more information contact:
The Maskuerade Ball
Jay Critchley
www.bigtwig.org/maskuerade
reroot@comcast.net

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller

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