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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
April 11, 2006

CONTENTS:
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1. Allan Kaprow, FF Alumn, In Memoriam
2. Franklin Furnace in the New York Times, April 7, 2006
3. Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn, in London, England, thru April 14
4. G.H. Hovagimyan, FF Alumn, updates homepage, and more.
5. James Andrews, FF Intern Alumn, at 125 Maiden Lane, thru May 15
6. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in ArtsJournal.com
7. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, April 20-22, 7 pm
8. Holly Hughes, Carol Jacobsen, Martha Rosler, Clarissa Sligh, FF Alumns, at Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY, opening April 27, 6-8 pm
9. Paul Zaloom, FF Alumn, in Nytheatre.com
10. Roger Shimomura, FF Alumn, honored by University of Washington
11. Jack Waters & Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, at Anthology Film Archives, TONITE
12. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at RPI, Troy, NY, April 19
13. Dan Perjovschi, FF Alumn, at Lombard Fried, opening April 13, and more
14. Feral Childe, FF Alumn, at Rocket Projects, thru May 21
15. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, in London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, TONITE, and more
16. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, opening April 22
17. Carol Jacobsen, Holly Hughes, Carolee Schneemann, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Anthology Film Archives, April 19, 7 pm
18. Ron Athey, Roselee Goldberg, Jennifer Miller, FF Alumns, in Art of Nightlife, NYC, April 28-May 5
19. John F. Simon, Jr, FF Alumn, at Sandra Gering Gallery, NY, April 15, 6-8 pm
20. Yoav Gal, FF Alumn, on WNYC Radio, April 13, 2 pm
21. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, at wburg.com
22.
Sisters in Law at Film Forum, April 12-25

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1. Allan Kaprow, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

Our condolences to the family and friends of Allan Kaprow. Here is his obituary from the New York Times, April 10, 2006, Allan Kaprow, Creator of Artistic 'Happenings,' Dies at 78, by Holland Cotter.

Allan Kaprow, an artist who coined the term "happenings" in the late 1950's and whose anti-art, audience-participation works contributed to radical changes in the course of late-20th-century art, died on Wednesday at his home in Encinitas, Calif., near San Diego. He was 78.

He died of natural causes after a long illness, said Tamara Bloomberg, his studio manager.

Mr. Kaprow was born in Atlantic City and began his career as an abstract painter in New York City in the 1940's, studying with Hans Hofmann. Inspired by the swirling drips and spatters of Jackson Pollock, and focusing on the idea of the painting as a physical event rather than as the production of an object, Mr. Kaprow pushed the "action painting" aesthetic in multimedia directions, at first by bulking up his canvas surfaces with hunks of straw and wadded newspapers and adding movable parts that viewers were invited to manipulate.

He called the results "action collages" and predicted, in a 1958 article in Art News, that in the art of the future action would predominate over painting and an increasing array of materials would come into play, including "chairs, food, electric and neon lights, smoke, water, old socks, a dog, movies, and a thousand other things." His own collages began to develop into room-filling environments that would pave the way for the installation art and performance art of today.

Along with Pollock, Mr. Kaprow's other great influence was the composer John Cage, with whom he studied from 1956 to 1958 at the New School for Social Research. He was particularly interested in Cage's Zen-inspired reliance on chance as an organizing, or disorganizing, element in art. Like Cage, he used a combination of choice and accident as a way of creating nonverbal, quasi-theatrical situations in which performers functioned as kinetic objects, the role of the single artist-genius was de-emphasized, audience members became creative participants, and no clear distinction was made between everyday actions and ritual.

The first such work, "Eighteen Happenings in Six Parts," took place in October 1959 at the Reuben Gallery in Manhattan, which Mr. Kaprow had co-founded. Although later the term "happening" would come to mean spontaneous, celebratory group behavior, Mr. Kaprow's early events were scripted assemblages of movement, sound, scent and light, with instructions given to performers and viewers alike. In the October 1959 version, spectators moved, on cue, to different parts of the gallery to experience a woman squeezing oranges, artists painting and a concert played on toy instruments.

Throughout his career Mr. Kaprow, who referred to himself as an "un-artist," created happenings outside galleries and museums, in lofts, stores, gymnasiums and parking lots. An element of absurdity was never far away: with the assistance of viewer-workers, he built houses from ice in Southern California and, in 1970, constructed a wall of bread with jelly as mortar near the Berlin Wall.

Mr. Kaprow was only one of the several artists involved in inventing happenings as a form: Jim Dine, Red Grooms, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Watts and Robert Whitman continued to use it. But he eventually stopped creating large public events in favor of what he called "activities" — intimate, personal pieces for a small number of participants. People in pairs, for example, would breathe into each other's mouths, or sweep the street, or go shopping.

In some case, Mr. Kaprow himself was the sole participant and audience, as in a 1980's piece that focused on the details of his daily tooth-brushing at home. He documented these private works in small booklets of instructions that read like Concrete poetry.

As an undergraduate at New York University, Mr. Kaprow was much influenced by John Dewey's book "Art as Experience." He did graduate work in art history at Columbia University with Meyer Schapiro, for whom he wrote a master's thesis on Mondrian. He taught at Rutgers University, Pratt Institute, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, California Institute of the Arts and, from 1974 to 1993, the University of California at San Diego.

He was a prolific and personable writer, and much of his work is collected in "Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life," edited by Jeff Kelley and published by the University of California Press in 1993. Mr. Kelley's book on the artist, "Childsplay: The Art of Allan Kaprow," was published by the same press in 2004.

That book has a foreword by the poet and performer David Antin, a longtime colleague of Mr. Kaprow, in which Mr. Antin describes a piece from the late 1980's that required a participant to carry cinder blocks, one at a time, up five flights of stairs, then down again. The number of blocks corresponded to the carrier's age. "I know that Allan sees his work as 'un-art,' " Mr. Antin concludes, "and wants to see its separation from art, envisioning it as simply an articulation of meaningful experiences from ordinary life. I'm sympathetic to this intention, but I find it hard to distinguish the existential power of this piece, which now exists only in the telling, from that of any other great work of art I've ever encountered."

Mr. Kaprow is survived by his second wife, Coryl Crane; two sons, Bram, of Encinitas, and Anton, of Altadena, Calif.; two daughters, Amy, of Berkeley, Calif., and Marisa, of Pacific Beach, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

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2. Franklin Furnace in the New York Times, April 7, 2006

We are happy to report that Frnaklin Furnace is mentioned in the following article:

Arts Review, “When Artists Say We” At Artists Space, an Exploration of Connections by Ken Johnson

With groups like Reena Spaulings, the Bernadette Corporation and The Wrong Gallery included in the Whitney Biennial this year, talk of artist collectives, cooperatives and collaborations has been much in the air. The organizers of "When Artists Say We," a messy sociological experiment of a show at Artists Space in SoHo, reason that most, if not all, artists belong to groups — those who produce objects by themselves no less than those who operate in collectives with names that sound like those of rock 'n' roll bands.

So Andrea Geyer, a German artist who lives in New York, and Christian Rattemeyer, the curator of Artists Space, invited 17 individuals and groups to examine their experience of social networks. Some organized small group shows; Emily Jacir, for example, put together an exhibition of politically tendentious works by her personal acquaintances. But the most telling projects are those that try to chart actual networks of friends and associates.

Mike Ballou, founder of the Four Walls alternative project space, filled a wall with small tags bearing the names of scores of artists who have participated in Four Walls events, and he added curvy painted lines to show which ones were involved in which programs. For his "Poet/Artist/Flowchart," Jeremy Sigler used a black crayon to fill a section of wall with the names of all the people he knows in the art and poetry worlds. These give you a sense of the art world as a kind of Darwinian ecosystem of shifting, overlapping, competing subpopulations.

Several projects are historical. Arianne Gelardin, an artist and former Artists Space intern, used color-coded yarn and fabric to show the various groups involved in Artists Space during its heyday, 1973 to 1980, when it produced important exhibitions like "Pictures" and helped start the careers of many artists, among them Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine and Jennifer Bartlett. Each of the dozens of people named is associated with an institution or group, among them Hallwalls, Cal Arts Mafia, CoLab, Franklin Furnace and Real Life magazine. The chart prompts reflection on how cliques, gangs and other more or less exclusive collectives affect the course of art history as much as the works of individual artists do.

The dancer Yvonne Rainer presents a letter and a diagram explaining the evolution and influences of modern dance since 1950 that she sent to the dance critic Arlene Croce of The New Yorker; Ms. Rainer had accused Ms. Croce of getting it all wrong in a 1980 article about the contemporary dance scene. Her point is that accurately tracking social and artistic affiliations and influences is essential to understanding art at any given point.

But one pair of artists, Liam Gillick and Gareth James, deflect and seem to mock the idea of the show. They present a page printed with a story from Robert Musil's novel "The Man Without Qualities" in which an army general explains how he tried and failed to chart the major ideas of Central European culture. If you are familiar with the careers of Mr. Gillick and Mr. James, both active in some of the most influential social networks of New York's contemporary art world, you can't help seeing this as an opportunity missed. Mr. Gillick shows with Casey Kaplan Gallery, and his friends and collaborators include internationally celebrated artists like Rirkrit Tiravanija and Pierre Huyghe. Mr. James, represented by Elizabeth Dee Gallery, was an administrator of the Whitney Independent Study Program, is an organizer of the alternative gallery Orchard and is chairman of the visual arts division of Columbia University's School of the Arts. If Mr. Gillick and Mr. James were to chart their respective social circles, it would be an illuminating case study in the politics and sociology of art.

The question all this invites is, do we need to know more about art's social connections, or are we just talking about trivial and irrelevant gossip? Would a chart revealing the streams of social and economic influence underlying, say, the Whitney Biennial contribute something valuable to our understanding of contemporary art? Surely it could at least help to explain to outsiders — which is to say, most people who go to see it — why some works of seemingly doubtful quality are included in the show.

Perhaps there is a fear of undermining faith in the system as a meritocracy. If it turned out that the talent that rose to the top was not necessarily the best but only the most advantageously connected, art's intellectual and spiritual credibility — and its monetary value — might be called into question.

Ultimately, the system may not be as corrupt as some think it is, or as pure as others might imagine. Either way, a little more transparency couldn't hurt.

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3. Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn, in London, England, thru April 14

Jenny Holzer: For London
A City-wide project
7 – 14 Apr/06

For eight nights only, iconic buildings across London are dramatically transformed by a series of large-scale light projections by American artist, Jenny Holzer.

Featuring writings from Samuel Beckett, and a selection of works by celebrated poets, light and text flow over the city’s buildings, creating an extraordinary visual experience.

Jenny Holzer: For London is part of the Beckett Centenary Festival, at the Barbican until 6 May.

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4. G.H. Hovagimyan, FF Alumn, updates homepage, and more

I've just spent the last 4 days upgrading my homepage: G.H. Hovagimyan homepage updated April 1, 2006, http://nujus.net/gh

People have been asking me to put up my HD morphs online. I've resisted doing that because they are high definition video and should be seen in person. They are at Sara Tecchia's gallery in New York, 529 West 20th Street. Just go into the back gallery.   I have put up a small HD morph loop on my homepage http://nujus.net/gh_04/gallery10.html that's in H264 codec.

I've also put up an mm page on the rant performances.
http://nujus.net/gh_04/gallery9.html

It seems that the ifc channel has a new rant show called Henry Rollins uncut from new york, http://www.ifc.com/henry/

It's interesting to compare the two ranters (me and henry) and the difference between msm and nm. Yes I am nm. Of course the first rant performance I did was back in the 1970's. I took it back up just recently in 2001 with my palm rants project.

I've also put up a new page with a rough cut of assembled cinema. It's really rough but it's a work in progress. http://nujus.net/gh_04/gallery11.html I'm very excited about this piece. I hope I'll be able to present this in a public exhibition in the US someplace.

Finally, I went back and rescanned some of the original photos for BKPC (Barbie and Ken Politically Correct) . That was the first internet art work I did on the thing in 1993. This was when the thing was a bbs. I uploaded 1 photo a month and people who subscribed downloaded them onto their computers. I've put up links to Hi-Res .psd pix for people to grab. http://nujus.net/gh_04/gallery6.html

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5. James Andrews, FF Intern Alumn, at 125 Maiden Lane, thru May 15

NSUMI : Collective Incubator
You are invited to the opening reception of COLLECTIVE INCUBATOR, a project of
Nsumi Collective. Thru May 15, 2006 at. 125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor.
Photo ID to enter the building.

Subway: 4, 5 to Fulton St. A, C, 2, 3, J, M, Z to Broadway-Nassau

http://www.lmcc.net/art/swingspace/125maidenlane/programs/2006.3.21nsumi
http://nsumi.net

Collective Incubator is a space for art collectives to come into being, change, develop, or mutate into other things. The installation is an extension of Nsumi's consulting work, an ongoing performance whereby the group provides free consulting services for art collectives and anyone who wants to start a collective. Nsumi offers advice, direction, feedback, and services including: ideation and initial concept development, spatial analysis, mediation, conflict resolution, experimental research, architecture, landscape design, networking and referrals.

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6. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in ArtsJournal.com

Please follow this link to read a story on Jay Critchley’s work

http://www.artsjournal.com/herman

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7. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, April 20-22, 7 pm

rae c wright
presents "Vicki Weaver & I" a comedy about hate at Dixon Place 258 Bowery - on April 20,21,22 at 7 p.m. 

What’s a fundamentalist, seer, ‘survivalist,’ & ‘racialist’ – murdered in the doorway of her Idaho home by an FBI sharpshooter in ’89- have in common with a perpetually 40-something downtown performance artiste groovin' in NYC in ‘06? Denim…a prom dress…prescience …EVERY-THING? Join Rae C Wright & Miranda Strand (and another as yet unnamed 10 year old…!) in sorting out “Vicki Weaver and I…..” directed by! the incomparable Merri Milwe.

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8. Holly Hughes, Carol Jacobsen, Martha Rosler, Clarissa Sligh, FF Alumns, at Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY, opening April 27, 6-8 pm

DISTURBING THE PEACE
A Group Exhibition of Photography
by Susan Meiselas, Martha Rosler, Pat Ward Williams, Connie Samaras, Clarissa Sligh, Donna Ferrato, Deborah Bright, Joanne Leonard, Holly Hughes, Carol Jacobsen

Presented by Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 W 20th St., NY, NY 10011
Co-Sponsored by Amnesty International USA, Women's Human Rights, Sheila Dauer, Director
April 20 - June 3, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27, 2006, 6-8 pm
Panel Discussion with the Artists: Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 5-6:30 pm

"Disturbing the Peace," a photography exhibit by 10 artists will be shown at Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 W 20th St., NY, NY 10011, April 20 - June 3, 2006; opening reception April 27, 6-8 pm. Works in the exhibition pose a range of political questions that address disruptions to the peace and tranquility of the status quo, transgress accepted boundaries or histories, and/or challenge established authority through political protest, unruly behavior, prostitution and other unlawful activities.

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9. Paul Zaloom, FF Alumn, in Nytheatre.com

FLASH: GREAT REVIEW IN NEW YORK THEATRE DOT COM: http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/moth3357.shtml

FLASH: QUOTE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES IN THE REVIEW OF THE ART SHOW:

"If you have never seen the great and sincerely scathing Paul Zaloom in action, here's your chance.....You'll laugh till you cry." Holland Cotter, NY Times

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10. Roger Shimomura, FF Alumn, honored by University of Washington

Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus from the University of Kansas, Roger Shimomura has been selected as the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus from the UW College of Arts & Sciences in the Division of Art. The Honorable Tom Lantos, Congressman from California’s Congressional District number 12 will share the spotlight, along with renowned atmospheric scientist Kristina Katsaros and eminent linguist Herbert Lindenberger, when awards are presented at the 15th Annual Celebration of Distinction dinner on Thursday, May 18, 2006.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize the significance of the accomplishments of these distinguished individuals, and we are immeasurably proud of them as representatives of the important role a liberal arts education plays in making a difference to local, national, and international communities,” said Dean David C. Hodge in announcing this year?s honorees.

The mission of the Distinguished Alumnus Award is to honor those alumni who embody a commitment to lifetime learning and active citizenship that the College strives to provide as a foundation for its students. Individual tickets for the 15th Annual Celebration of Distinction are $100 per person, ($60 for Faculty and Students) and tables of ten are available from $1,000 to $5,000.? Information and registration are available by contacting the Celebration office at (206) 616-4469, or online at http://www.artsci.washington.edu/COD2006/ .

Kersont Swartz
Special Events Manager | College of Arts and Sciences
University of Washington
206.543.8905

GREG KUCERA GALLERY
212 Third Avenue South , Seattle WA ?98104
206.624.0770, www.gregkucera.com

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 - 5:30?Closed Sunday and Monday

Exhibiting sculpture, paintings, prints and works on paper. Please check site regularly as inventory changes frequently: http://www.gregkucera.com

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11. Jack Waters & Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, at Anthology Film Archives, TONITE

"Berlin/New York"
Jack Waters with Peter Cramer and Brad Taylor
1984-'86
Ruined buildings, the remains of post war Berlin are juxtaposed with similar settings in New York’s pre-gentrified mid ‘80s Lower East Side.
16 MM Blowup From S8 original
2001 preservation print by Estate Project for Artists With AIDS

Tuesday, April 11 at 8:00.
RESULTS YOU CAN'T REFUSE: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF BB OPTICS
Anthology Film Archives, 2nd Avenue at 2nd St, NYC
http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/schedule/?festival_id=17

Full program:
Jeff Preiss BOY TOWN (1987, 13 minutes, 8mm to 16mm)
David Wojnarowicz A FIRE IN MY BELLY (1986-1987, 13 minutes, Super 8 on 16mm)
David Wojnarowicz HEROIN (1981, 3 minutes, Super 8 on 16mm)
Lewis Khlar HER FRAGRANT EMULSION (1987, 10.5 minutes, Super 8 on 16mm)
Jim Jennings CHINATOWN (1978, 5 minutes, Super 8 on 16mm)
Gordon Matta-Clark OPEN HOUSE (1972, 45 minutes, Super 8 on 16mm)
Jack Waters BERLIN/NY (1984, 20 minutes, Super 8 on 16mm)
Total running time: 100 minutes.

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12. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at RPI, Troy, NY, April 19

iEAR Presents! Nao Bustamante in a live multi-media performance on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM in West Hall Auditorium on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Admission is FREE and doors will open at 7:00 PM for seating. A reception with the artist and catered by Shake Shake Mamas of Troy, NY will take place immediately after the performance. All are invited to attend. For more information on iEAR Presents! call (518) 276-4829. For disability services for this event, including wheelchair access to West Hall, please call 276-2746 or email dss@rpi.edu for information and assistance.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Nao Bustamante, an internationally known performance artist originating from the San Joaquin Valley of California. Utilizing live-performance, video projection and karaoke, Bustamante takes the audience on a bizarre journey, Frankensteining a patchwork of fables to create a meandering and warped morality tale. ( http://www.naobustamante.com < http://www.naobustamante.com/ )

Bustamante’s work encompasses performance art, installation and video. Her work has been presented, among other sites at, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. She has performed in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico and of course the United States. Currently she is living in Troy, New York and is an assistant professor of New Media 
and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

"Very postmodern, thrillingly daring and radically demented." The Sydney
Morning Herald

"Her casual contempt effectively dismantles our voyeurism even as we
experience it." Carol Burbank, The Chicago Reader

"Bustamante holds her audience spellbound... " Coco Fusco, Bomb magazine

iEAR (Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer) Presents! is a series of public performances, exhibitions and lectures featuring pioneering and emerging artists who explore the boundaries of electronic art. Curated by the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, iEAR Presents! offers a unique local forum for some of today's most world-renowned electronic media artists. Visit http://www.arts.rpi.edu for more  information or call (518) 276-482

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13. Dan Perjovschi, FF Alumn, at Lombard Fried, opening April 13, and more

I would very much to invite you at my opening on april 13 at Lombard Freid Projects 6-8 pm (and after) and on april 15 to a lecture at Romanian Cultural Institute 200 East 38 street at 4pm (will be fun...). Thank you. Dan Perjovschi, FF Alumn

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14. Feral Childe, FF Alumn, at Rocket Projects, thru May 21

Dear Friends,
FERAL CHILDE presents new work at Rocket Projects in "The Social Body," curated by David Gibson

The opening is this Saturday 4/8, 6-9 PM and the show runs through 5/21 We have a new installation: FERAL CHILDE'S WHEEL OF DEATH. There will be a performance, "Girls & Beards," on opening night!

ROCKET PROJECTS
3440 N. Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
Tele: 305.576.6082

xo,
Feral Childe

http://www.feralchilde.com
http://www.rocket-projects.com/
http://www.knifethrower.com

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15. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, in London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, TONITE, and more

Diane Torr, FF Alum - premiere of her film, CIGARETTES, READING, MASTURBATION AND BOYS, at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival April 11 and on until festival ends.
www.llgff.org.uk

Performance at the Shtudio Show, April 15 at 9pm
www.miguelgutierrez.org/shtudio.html

Man for a Day Workshop at Hope Martin Studio, 39 West 14th Street Room
508 - April 16 - noon-10pm. To register email: dragkingdt@aol.com

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16. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ, opening April 22

Molten Brothers presents "DECK", a show of custom painted skateboard decks including work by Shepard Fairey, Mark Mothersbaugh, Isabel Samaras, KRK Ryden, Andrew Brandou, SEEN, and many others.

At the historic ICEHOUSE
429 W. Jackson St.
Phoenix, AZ
http://moltenbrothers.com/
www.theicehouseaz.com

Benefits Free Arts oF Arizona
Live music by Just Because, Apollo Black, The Dames, Dust Jacket

Opening Saturday, April 22, 3pm- midnight

Isabel Samaras
izzycat@aol.com
http://www.devilbabe.com

Monster Illustration!
http://www.monsterillo.com

Posters @ Poster Planet:
http://www.posterplanet.com

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17. Carol Jacobsen, Holly Hughes, Carolee Schneemann, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Anthology Film Archives, April 19, 7 pm

"Censorious", a film on the culture wars directed by Carol Jacobsen will be shown Wed. April 19, 7 pm, at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., NY NY 10003. Censorious is narrated by Martha Wilson, Holly Hughes, Renee Cox, Carolee Schneemann, Anita Steckel, others. Carol Jacobsen will be present for Q & A following the screening.

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18. Ron Athey, Roselee Goldberg, Jennifer Miller, FF Alumns, in Art of Nightlife, NYC, April 28-May 5

Where Art and Life Collide:
Ron Athey - Franko B - Vaginal Davis
April 28 - May 5, 2006

www.artofnightlife.net

From April 28 through May 5 2006, Ron Athey, Franko B, and Vaginal Davis come to New York for a series of premiere performances, lectures and events focusing on the unique way in which the work of all three artists challenges the separation between art and life.

In modern societies, the power of private experience is often filtered through the norms of social convention and the repression of difference. Ron Athey, Franko B, and Vaginal Davis challenge these constraints, sharing a commitment to artistic practices which transcend the boundaries of career, or marketplace and move into the space of life, or �who they are.� All three artists consider themselves marginalized for reasons ranging from race, to class, to sexuality, and have subsequently used their involvement in subcultural movements to develop and propel their work. As an integral part of their performance work, Ron Athey, Franko B, and Vaginal Davis all subject themselves to physical, cultural, and psychological challenges as a means to transform the conditions of the present, thus their work is able to function simultaneously as exorcism and an opportunity for healing.

Performances:
Monday, May 1, 5:00-10:00 PM
Ron Athey will premiere "Incorruptible Flesh: Dissociative Sparkle", a durational performance.Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, ($10)

Tuesday, May 2, 4:00 PM-Midnight
Franko B will present his first ever performance in the U.S.
"Aktion 893: Why are you here?"
One-to-one personal performances with the artist by appointment
(212-254-4334).
Participant Inc., 95 Rivington Street, ($10)

Thursday, May 4, 10:00 PM
Vaginal Davis will host a one night only revival of this 1920's themed showstopper extravaganza of old-timey glamour as "Bricktops Takes Manhattan," with salons, shacks and speakeasy installations built by Future Art Stars from the NYU Department of Art and Art Professions in collaboration with Obie and Bessie award winning set designer Michael Casselli. Produced by Earl Dax Presents, with performances by the DJ Billy Miller of Straight to Hell, John Blue, Jennifer Miller, Julie Atlas Muz, and
Surprise Guests. Siberia, 356 West 40th Street, ($10)

Related Events:

Friday, April 28, 6:00-8:00 PM
PERFORMA founder and director Roselee Goldberg hosts "NOT FOR SALE: WE ARE
STILL APPALLED" panel discussion with critic C. Carr, Professor Susan
Jarosi, the artist Orlan.
Einstein Auditorium, NYU Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, FREE
Reception sponsored by the Sullivan Street Bakery.

Saturday, April 29, 5-7PM
Jennifer Doyle will give a reading at a celebration of the release of her new book Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire, in which she examines the reception and frequent misunderstanding of highly sexualized images, words, and performances, including the work of Vaginal Davis.
NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 12th floor, Dean's Conference
Room. FREE

Wednesday, May 3, 6:30PM
LesbiansToTheRescue presentation of special edition poster project, followed by screening of Simeon Hutner's documentary film about Ron Athey, "Martyrs and Saints," including Q+A with film maker.NYU Barney building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, FREE

Friday, May 5, 6:00-8:00 PM
Artist lectures by Ron Athey, Franko B, and Vaginal Davis, followed by panel discussion with the artists moderated by Jose Munoz.Einstein Auditorium, NYU Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, FREE

Visit www.artofnightlife.net for up-to-date information and a full listing
of events

Biographies:

Ron Athey's work weaves together the baroque visuals and ecstatic experiences of the fundamentalist Christian rituals of his youth with those found in the contemporary, then underground, cultures he found solace in as an adult. Athey lives through real physical extremes on stage as a means to acknowledge, own, and move beyond them, finding resolve in life�s harsh truths and beauty in the honesty and ownership of pain.

Franko B is best known for his stark, blood-loss performances and has also developed a large bodies of work in sculpture, painting, and photography. He is the subject of four artist monographs and has been presented by numerous venues throughout Europe, including the Tate Modern, London and the Palais des Beaux-Artes, Brussels.

Vaginal Davis's work encompasses drag, performance art, music, writing, experimental filmmaking, acting, and painting. She has become her own self made legend, living and working full time as Vaginal Davis, "Award Winning Blacktress." In 2002 Davis began also embodying the persona of Ada "Bricktop" Smith, self-described "performer and salon" keeper who was a confidant of Cole Porter, mentor to Josephine Baker and Duke Ellington, and pioneered important night life spaces in Paris, Mexico City and Rome. Davis hosted her hugely successful Club Bricktops Los Angeles at the Parlor Bar from 2002-2005 when the Parlor closed.

Co-Sponsored by:
New York University Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Art and Art Professions, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Performance Studies, NYU Center for Religion and Media, Department of Applied Psychology, Department of Drama Therapy, NYU Humanities Council, and NYU Office of Lesbian Gay and Transgender Student Services in association with Artists Space, Earl Dax Presents, Participant Inc., PERFORMA, Performance Space 122, The Durfee Foundation and Visual AIDS

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19. John F. Simon, Jr, FF Alumn, at Sandra Gering Gallery, NY, April 15, 6-8 pm

A solo drawing show? Opening soon
That's right - a drawing show!
The show is called 'Nonlinear Landscapes' and opens on Saturday, April 15 with an opening party from 6-8.
The Sandra Gering Gallery is at 534 West 22nd Street, NYC.
A drawing show has been a goal of mine for a long time but my 'art appliances' have always taken center stage. As luck would have it, last July I decided to start a series of large drawings that would not be sketches for software but finished pieces.

I quickly realized they were the best works on paper I have ever done.

Sandra Gering agreed!

Can you see why I'm excited? www.numeral.com/nonlinear
You can have a sneak peek at some of the work in the show.

I hope you can come and see the new work.

John F. Simon, Jr.
FF Alumn

www.numeral.com

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20. Yoav Gal, FF Alumn, on WNYC Radio, April 13, 2 pm

Hi friends, thank you all who made it to the premiere of MOSHEH.  I will be on the radio next Thursday, Passover day, talking about the opera, about Passover, about Exodus, about god, about Jewish history, about life and the meaning of it all, and also playing short excerpts. Please tune in, it’s going to be aired live form the wnyc studio, and I think you might even be able to call in. The program is John Schaefer’s Soundcheck, 93.9 FM in New York, the time is Thursday, April 13, 2:00 PM. I’m told that my slot will be in the second part of the show, around 2:40.

While we were working on MOSHEH, we missed the airing of the Bang on a Can people’s Commissioning Fund Concert from Feb. 22. However, it is now available for listening on the WNYC website, including my fumbling through an on-stage mini interview. Click on the “listen to the whole show” button. Dr. King starts at the 16:39 minute.

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/newsounds/episodes/2006/03/27
< http://www.wnyc.org/shows/newsounds/episodes/2006/03/27


Finally, the new CD, Bit by Bit/Cell by Cell is out on the Innova label.
It can be purchased at http://innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=258

Happy Pesach!

Yoav
Yoavgal.com

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21. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, at wburg.com

By-and-by Has No End
Leor Grady’s Mapping – Crossroads Café and Gallery
September 10 to September 30, 2005
By Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn

http://www.wburg.com/0502/articles/article2.html

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22. Sisters in Law at Film Forum, April 12-25

Screened at more than 120 festivals worldwide...SISTERS IN LAW Comes to New York’s Film Forum for Two Weeks Only: APRIL 12-25

Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened at more than 120 festivals worldwide, SISTERS IN LAW is the latest work from internationally acclaimed Kim Longinotto and co-directed by Florence Ayisi. This totally fascinating, often hilarious doc is set in a small courthouse in Cameroon where two women determined to change a village are making progress that could change the world. Tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba are working to help women in their village fight difficult cases of abuse. With fierce compassion, they dispense wisdom and wisecracks in fair measure. A cross between Judge Judy and The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, SISTERS IN LAW has audiences cheering when justice is served.

Purchase tickets at www.filmforum.org. Read more about SISTERS IN LAW and get information about its release in other cities at www.wmm.com/sistersinlaw. Learn more about Women Make Movies at www.wmm.com

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