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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
May 15, 2006

1. Celebrating Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace at 30, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, May 17, 7 pm
2. Cary Peppermint, FF Alumn, now on DVBlog
3. Dorit Cypis, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Yonemoto, FF Alumns, at LA County Museum of Art, thru Jan 15, 2007
4. Barbara Pollack, FF Alumn, at Participant, Inc., NY, opening May 21
5. Tom Leeser, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, in Viralnet.net
6. Laurie Anderson, Jennifer Monson, FF Alumns, in Portland Time Based Art Festival, Sep 7-17
7. Willoughby Sharp, FF Alumn, at Kunstpunk Gallery, Berlin, opening May 19
8. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at WOW Café, May 27, 8 pm
9. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, opening TODAY
10. Jim Johnson, FF Member, at Studio 258, and online at discopie.com
11. Helène Aylon, FF Alumn, at American University, Washington, DC, thru July 30
12. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at Bard, opening June 24 – new bus information
13. Stacy Makishi, FF Alumn, at Whitstable Biennale, UK, June 2-18
14. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at CUNY Grad Center, May 30 7-9 pm
15. Alien Comic, FF Alumn, the Club at La Mama, May 16, 8 pm
16. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at Newark Museum, opening May 19, 5:30-9 pm, and more
17. Eleanor Heartney, Irving Sandler, at Cue Art Foundation, May 18, 7-8:30 pm

1. Celebrating Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace at 30, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, May 17, 7 pm

Dialogues in the Visual Arts
Performance Art in Tribeca:
Celebrating Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace at 30

Presentation Curator: Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace
Series Curator: Susan Fleminger of The Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement

Martha Wilson founded Franklin Furnace in 1976 in her storefront living loft on Franklin Street and the lively avant-garde performance space quickly became known as the "bellybutton of Tribeca". For two decades, it operated as the center of the downtown performance art scene before it became "virtual" on its 20th year anniversary. Pat Oleszko was already well-established in 1976, a Tribeca resident who performed for Franklin Furnace's Arties Awards on its 10th anniversary celebration. Tehching Hsieh lived outside for one year in the Tribeca neighborhood where he lived, and documentation of this one-year performance was exhibited at Franklin Furnace at the event's conclusion in the spring of 1983. Julia Heyward, also a Tribeca resident and now a highly acclaimed cyber artist, performed in the early days of Franklin Furnace on April 26, 1977 using a drum, fingernail polish, and her incredible voice. 

Meet Martha Wilson and the three artists who will discuss the golden age of performance art in Tribeca in an informative yet entertaining onstage dialogue, and how Franklin Furnace and the three artists' careers have evolved.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 @ 7pm
All tickets $5

For tickets or more info, call the Box Office at (212) 220-1460 Tuesday-Saturday from 12noon - 6pm, or visit www.tribecapac.org. Email: info@tribecapac.org.

Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers St. NYC (btwn Greenwich and West St.)
Subways:1,2,3,A,C,J,M,Z to Chambers St.; N,R to City Hall; 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge


2. Cary Peppermint, FF Alumn, now on DVBlog

Cary Peppermint announces that three more Chapters from the database DVD "A Series of Practical Performances In The Wilderness - Summer 2005" are now up on DV Blog
including "Digging for Chicory," "Doable," and "Home Economics." Take a

Chapters 4, 5, and 6

To view Chapters 1, 2, and 3

A Series of Practical Performances In The Wilderness, Summer 2005 is a video performance work made in the woods and on rural back-lots. Performative chapters on the DVD include, Move This Rock, Waiting On Bob, DoAble, Home Economics, Sticks Like Snakes, Digging for Chicory, and Springwater Finale. This video is the first in a series of forthcoming performance-art videos by Peppermint & Nadir which engage issues, ideas, and mythologies of the American concepts of wilderness, space, the frontier, and humans' ethical relation to animals, forestlands, and nature.

This project is part of Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir's series of performance-art videos begun in 2002. Peppermint is an artist who works with new media technologies to create networked environments incorporating the internet, physical installations, experimental music and sound, and live performance. Until recently, Cary directed the Digital Art and Design program of Hartwick College, and in Fall 2006 he will assume the digital media position at Colgate University's Department of Art and Art History. Christine Nadir teaches literature at State University of New York College at Oneonta and is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University where she is completing her dissertation. Its working title is "The Future of the World: Sacrifice, Economy, and Ethics in Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism."

Christine feels that these videos capture some of the energy, activities, and thoughts that she and Cary have experienced as New Yorkers living in the wilderness for four months every year: trying to establish a functional home without running water, electricity, or maintained roads; developing relationships with locals; un-learning the romanticization of nature while re-learning humanity's dependence on the environment for survival; and researching the details of the history of the land and the surrounding area (its previous deforestation, its logging, its near use for an auto salvage yard, its use as farmland and grazing ground one hundred years ago, the precolonial possession by Native Americans for centuries before that).

Cary says: The North American concepts of wilderness are informed by nationalist ideologies and concepts of freedom as a wild, un-checked frontier of possibility. I don't believe there is any such thing as wilderness as we Americans are inclined to see it. How could one know or understand that which is truly wild much less employ it toward nation-building? Also, I find a certain intellectual humor in the offering of performances that purport to be both practical and wild.



3. Dorit Cypis, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Yonemoto, FF Alumns, at LA County Museum of Art, thru Jan 15, 2007

Newly commissioned art installation “Sightlines”, by Dorit Cypis , is part of the exhibition Consider This…, produced by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA LAB, April 9, 2006-January 15, 2007. Other artists include Mark Bradford, Bruce Yonemoto, Mario Ybarra, Margaret Honda, Phillip Ratzner, with exhibition design by Barbara Kruger.

Sightlines was inspired by a 2001 New York Times article about Dr. Irma Rodriguez, chief forensic scientist on the unsolved murders of young women in the desert near Juarez, Mexico as well as a 2002 Newsweek cover story about the first female Palestinian suicide bomber and her victim. Sightlines, is an immersive environment layered with mythologies, psychologies, and politics, where the viewer becomes partner to cross-historical and cross-cultural variables, where relations are manifestly interdependent and cultural identities are not separate from one another. Who is seeing and who is seen? Whose memory? Whose history? Where is reciprocity between oneself and another, between history, memory, myth and desire?

"Foreign Exchanges"
bridging equality and difference

Dorit Cypis
Los Angeles, California


4. Barbara Pollack, FF Alumn, at Participant, Inc., NY, opening May 21

Barbara Pollack
Model UN
May 21 – June 25, 2006
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 21, 2006

From May 21 – June 25, 2006 PARTICIPANT INC presents Model UN, an exhibition of new photographs and videos by Barbara Pollack. Like much of Pollack's work, Model UN is a collaboration with her son, Max Berger, with whom she has been making work since he was a small child. Now 18-years-old, this project takes as its subject the annual international conference of Model UN, a program in which high school students from around the world convene and test their skills as diplomats. Model UN examines the impossibility of utopian models of internationalism within the very structure that embodies this belief system: the United Nations headquarters in New York City. In 2004, Pollack was granted permission to photograph in this historic and highly security-conscious site. The resulting images of teenagers filling the General Assembly or voting on propositions in the Security Council provide a portrait, at once poignant and humorous, that reflects a current moment in which world peace and international cooperation seem not only unlikely, but potentially futile, pursuits. Also on view is War Dance, a video in which Max and his friends, amidst their simulation of a mosh pit, enact an unfortunately familiar tableau from Abu Ghraib. Together, Model UN and War Dance can be seen as the culmination of an intensive, long-term collaboration that portends its logical resolution with the onset of Max’s adulthood and increased agency as a collaborator. A video made by Max alone will also be on view, Everything in Its Place, which envisions the world that might have been had the Columbine massacre never occurred.

Throughout Pollack’s extensive body of work with Max, the somewhat problematic parental appropriation of child as subject has functioned both as method and implicit meaning in her photography, video, and installation. The development of this collaboration, or what Carlo McCormick, in his catalogue essay, calls “a shifting artist/subject relationship,” began with the 1999 exhibition, The Family of Men, at Thread Waxing Space. Modeled after Edward Steichen’s now iconic 1955 MoMA exhibit, The Family of Man, Pollack’s version replaced the sweeping statements and monumental gestures of modern humanist curatorial premises of the 1950s with a contemporary art practice that is resolutely deconstructive and anti-heroic--that is, with photographs of her husband and son from his birth until age 8. As the artist has noted regarding The Family of Men: “The subject of this installation is not the family, or even this family, but the obvious intrusive imposition of the camera on the family. This installation is intended to create a sense of alienation and disorientation, just as much as Steichen intended to create a sense of resolution and unity.” Not surprisingly, images of the UN’s halls of peace and justice were “the very photographs that Steichen used as the sentimental conclusion to the Family of Man exhibition.” (McCormick) Model UN stems from this earlier project that examined the limitations of terms such as “universalism” and “internationalism” as heralded by Steichen, and traces a cautionary trajectory regarding the current manifestation of such optimistic concepts, epitomized by terms such as “globalism.”

This project also culminates a ten-year artist/curator relationship between PARTICIPANT INC director, Lia Gangitano (formerly curator of Thread Waxing Space) and Barbara Pollack, and more recently punctuated by events co-authored by Pollack and Max Berger, including Max’s fifteenth and sixteenth birthday parties. Staged at PARTICIPANT INC, these events formed the basis of works such as War Dance.

Barbara Pollack lives and works in New York. She has had solo exhibitions including War Dance, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (2005); The Max Files, Center for Visual Arts and Culture, University of Connecticut, Stamford and Storrs (2004); Hall Mark, TRANSarea, New York (2003); Dance Party, Esso Gallery, New York (2001); The Family of Men, Thread Waxing Space, New York, Meyerson Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, and Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University (1999); and Strangers and Other People, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York (1999). She has participated in group exhibitions including DiverseWorks, Houston, TX; Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT.

Max Berger is graduating from Brooklyn Tech High School and will be attending USC-Cinema and Television Department in the fall.

Model UN was made possible with the generous support of James Dart AIA and Steve Shane.

PARTICIPANT INC.’s exhibitions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

PARTICIPANT INC. has received generous support from the Harriett Ames Charitable Trust, Bloomberg, The MAT Charitable Foundation, Peter Norton Family Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and numerous individuals.

PARTICIPANT INC is located at 95 Rivington Street, between Ludlow and Orchard Streets on the Lower East Side.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-7pm.


5. Tom Leeser, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, in Viralnet.net

The Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts is pleased to announce the release of the 2006-7 version of Viralnet, the Center's online journal of media, art and politics. Dan Richert is featured in Viralnet with his new online text based project called SCRI. Dan's project looks into the "disruption of relationships between the dimensions of text perception" and explores a "hypothetical reading practice that breaks logical linearity."


Tom Leeser dedicates the new release to the independent spirit of filmmaker, diarist, curator and journalist Jonas Mekas, while answering the question "What Viralnet?"


Viralnet 2006 includes essays by Sean Dockray, Norman Klein, Martha Wilson, Mariam Ghani, Holly Willis, Christina Yang and Emily Lacy. Sean Dockray's essay investigates the supposed injustices done to sound at the hands of visual culture with embedded audio by James Orsher. Norman Klein writes about the issues of childhood, play and the "Era of Global Paranoia." Martha Wilson discusses the path Franklin Furnace took from its brick and mortar Tribeca space to the alternative space's current new online and virtual incarnation. Holly Willis explores the recent experiments with temporality in the films and videos of Christopher Nolan, Tom Tkywer, Liisa Lounila, Michel Gondry, Doug
Aitken, Chris Cunningham and others. Mariam Ghani explains the role of collecting "warm data" in context with her work "Points of Proof." Christina Yang examines the miniature in media, as she reveals her curatorial ideas for her recent show at the Pratt Institute in New York. Emily Lacy looks at the digital nature of things only to find them looking right back at her.

Beth Rosenberg and Tom Leeser interviews Mariam Ghani about her project " Kabul: Reconstructions." Tom also interviews and profiles Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer
and their new dvd project "Drift." Matias Viegener introduces the new Viralnet project site called "Mapping" which includes British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey and Southern California based artist Louisa Van Leer.


Viralnet can only be found online at
Viralnet is produced with generous support from The Daniel Langlois Foundation and the Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts.

Special thanks to Vivian Selbo, Doug Goodwin and Kelly Sears.

Viralnet and the Center for Integrated Media can be reached at im (at) calarts.edu


6. Laurie Anderson, Jennifer Monson, FF Alumns, in Portland Time Based Art Festival, September 7-17

PICA announces the lineup for the 2006 Time-Based Art Festival (TBA:06) happening September 7-17, 2006.

2006 Time-Based Art Festival (TBA:06), September 7 – 17, 2006 | Portland, Oregon USA Passes on sale May 8, 2006 | Individual Tickets on sale July 1, 2006 | 503.242.1419 | www.pica.org Locations and venues to be announced.

Artists to date include: Music Population Orchestra, Taylor Mac, dancepod, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, New Humans, Scout Niblet, Shakey Hands, Universes, Fleshtone, Sissyboy, 10 Tiny Dances, and Cynthia Hopkins/Gloria Deluxe.


The 2006 Time-Based Art Festival (TBA:06) now in its fourth year, is a contemporary art festival of regional, national, and international artists presenting theatre, dance, music, film and—new this year—visual exhibition and installation. Curated by Guest Artistic Director Mark Russell, PICA presents moments of movement and imagery under bridges, over rivers, on stages and throughout the city—all in Portland, Oregon USA. The TBA Festival examines and celebrates every form of contemporary art and is the only festival of its kind in North America. Join us for TBA:06 September 7 - 17, 2006.

The new addition of the Visual Arts into TBA:06 will be mounted through the lens of the Festival, September 7 - 17, but will continue to be open to the public throughout October. In addition to the performance work, film and other installation projects on the Festival curated by Russell and Performing Arts Program Director Erin Boberg-Doughton, Kristan Kennedy, PICA’s Visual Art Program Director, is curating several exhibitions, video installations, walking projects, a radio program, and puppet show to be presented in a variety of industrial warehouses and galleries throughout Portland’s Central Eastside, Downtown Portland and the Pearl District. This year’s Festival not only crosses over artistic media, but also the neighborhoods of Portland. PICA has invested in several collaborations with other organizations and artist initiatives as part of this effort, with activities building up into the fall Festival program. In addition, all TBA artists actively participate in our educational outreach program of salons, lectures and workshops, called the TBA Institute.

Since 1995, PICA has been committed to presenting diverse works by artists in various disciplines from all over the world. We develop exhibitions and residencies, stimulate conversation, commission new work and encourage the simmering of new ideas.


TBA:05 Festival audiences reached 20,000 people with 6,000 alone packing downtown Portland’s central Pioneer Courthouse Square for our opening night performance of New York “pop-action” dance company STREB.

The Time-Based Art Festival presents the works of over 250 artists—many having come from as far away as Australia, Mexico, Japan, The Netherlands, Israel, France, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and the United Kingdom.

Past Festival performers have included musical alchemist Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, legendary singer/performance artist Diamanda Galás, hip-hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, and modern Japanese Butoh dancer Akira Kasai. Previous PICA visual artists have featured Raymond Pettibone, Xu Bing, Justine Kurland, Ryan McGinness, and Dinh Q. Lê.

PICA and The TBA Festival also commission and initiate new work such as TBA:05’s Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug Hug’s world premiere of Rise:Rose and Wally Cardona Quartet’s Everywhere. Both productions continued onto national and international tours.

The TBA Festival also attracts an increasing number of tourists, artists, curators, and artistic professionals to Portland for the Festival; this national and international outreach continues to further position the cultural identity of Portland as a creative center. Preliminary figures show that TBA audiences spent over $610,800 at non-TBA sites and activities during the 10-day event in 2005.


John King
Extreme Guitar Orchestra
Composer John King leads 50 local electric guitar players in a piece composed especially for TBA. Sponsored by the National Performance Network.

Stan’s Café: Of all the People in all the World / United States
For this beautifully simple performance installation, UK artists Stan’s Cafe bring 4,930 kg of rice to Portland, a grain for everyone in the US, weighing out a huge range of human statistics in rice. Supported by the British Council USA.

Laurie Anderson: The End of the Moon
One of today’s premier performance artists, Anderson presents a special evening of new work. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.

Tim Etchells / Forced Entertainment
Two pieces by UK’s innovative performance group. Instructions for Forgetting uses home movies, interviews and letters from friends alongside recordings of world events to weave an intimate documentary. In Quizoola, three performers in shabby clown make-up interrogate each other with a text of 2000 questions over the course of six hours.

Philippe Quesne / Vivarium Studio
The Itching of the Wings
Using readings, sound recordings, simulated flight suits, and make shift rocket chairs, these French artists both celebrate and playfully dissect man’s ambition to fly. Sponsored by Etant Donne.

Jerry Quickley: Live from the Front
Quickley reports on the Iraq conflict and war from a hip-hop perspective, and his own experience as an unembedded journalist.

Leftover Stories to Tell
Spalding Gray died in January 2004, leaving behind an enormous amount of work, both published and unpublished. This piece, from journals, poems and monologues and read by a small cast, highlights the unique intelligence and humor of his performances.

Jennifer Monson / iLand: Flight of Mind
In collaboration with artists Bob Braine, Leslie Reed and composer David Kean, Monson’s dance work addresses the urban environment as an integrated system. Sponsored by the National Dance Project. A co-commissioning project by PICA, Dance Theatre Workshop, the Myrna Loy Center, and the National Performance Network.

Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper
Poetics: a ballet brut
A ballet created by people who have never seen ballet before, in a performance that strips theater down to its barest essentials. The NY-based ensemble’s work is composed of the everyday movements we take for granted: sitting, waiting, gesturing and listening.

Deborah Hay
The post-modern dance pioneer returns with two works featuring NW artists. Inspired by Hay’s impressions of the Cascade Range, Mountain features Gaelen Hanson, Peggy Piacenza and Amelia Reeber ( Seattle.) A co-commissioning project by PICA, On the Boards, Western Washington University and the National Performance Network. Room features Tahni Holt and Linda Austin ( Portland) performing individual adaptations of a solo work choreographed by Hay.

Yubiwa Hotel: CANDIES Girlish Hardcore
A key force in Tokyo’s alternative performance scene, this all-female group examines what it means to be a woman in Japan. Presented in cooperation with the Japan Society in New York. www.yubiwahotel.com

David Eckard: Float
Eckard takes to Portland’s waterways at dusk in a “Rococo raft,” speaking to the opposing shores through a formation of gilded megaphones.

Crispin Spaeth Dance Group Dark Room
Seattle based CSDG performs in a lightless room for a small audience equipped with night vision apparatus, revealing a world completely unavailable to the naked eye.

Bebe Miller: Landing / Place
Miller uses motion capture to amplify and add texture to her dancer’s movements. Inspired by a residency in Eritrea, it explores sensory, spatial and cultural dislocation.

Mack McFarland / Dennis Nyback
The Portland That Was
Film archivist Nyback and artist McFarland illuminate Portland’s cultural past with outdoor film projections and interactive web-based videos.

Matthew Day Jackson: Paradise Now!
A proposal for the beginning of an ideal world in the form of a site-specific installation including photographs, sculpture and drawing. Working in residence the artist will use research of the Multnomah Falls myth, collected images of anthropomorphic land masses, and a new vision of mother nature in the hopes to re-order the world.

Brad Adkins: OH Yeah OK
As artist in residence for the duration of the Festival, Adkins will engage with anyone who shows up at TBA Central every day at 2pm. Participants will take part in his ongoing projects that instigate, reenact and observe everyday magic.

Johanna Billing: Magical World
Shot in an after-school center in Croatia this work presents a glimpse of a country in transformation. Never ending footage of children rehearsing the 1968 Rotary Connection song Magical World acts as an anthem for a hopeful yet uncertain future.

Harrell Fletcher: The American War
While in Ho Chi Minh City, Fletcher re-photographed “The War Remnants Museum” including its wall tags and supporting documents. This exhibition presents over 100 photographs as evidence of atrocities, decimated land and people, a mirror of our own perceptions and a reflection of the US’s role in this still-debated war.

Edie Tsong
Telecommunity Portrait
Tsong’s studio is connected to the gallery through a video-conference system, enabling the viewer and artist to draw portraits of each other. Through these accumulated drawings, Tsong proposes that one’s identity is an open question answered through interactions with others.

Red76: Travelers & Record Sound System
This pirate radio station and a walk-in jukebox devoted to auditory pick-me-ups is housed in a storefront, and created by the songs people bring to it. Updated daily from the CD’s that people drop off, these songs are transmitted to an open frequency on the radio dial. What song will you bring?

Marina Abramovic: Balkan Erotic Epic
This major new work and multi-channel video installation explores how sexuality was defined in Balkan pagan traditions. Along with amateur actors, Abramovic is dressed in traditional folk costumes and re-enacts ancient rituals re-animating myth.

Beth Campbell: Some things change
Campbell ’s single-channel video is a cinematic and voyeuristic view into a personal history playing out with multiplying endings. Over time, the simple and routine actions of a day decompose, suggesting it is possible for your environment to betray you.

Theo Angell: Tongues and Snowk
A video installation shot in Eastern Oregon, where the artist recorded “the burn”, a massive section of forest destroyed by natural fires in 2003. Angell gives the trees “a voice that knows no regret”, turning them into spirit staffs that speak wisdom and morph into glowing pillars that hold up the forest.

The Untold Misadventures of Lewis&Clark
Utilizing hand-constructed puppets made from various thrift store cast-offs, artists Bruce Conkle and Marne Lucas present a bumbling cast of explorers by reading between the lines of Lewis & Clark’s infamous expedition.

Sutapa Biswas: Birdsong
PICA and The Cooley Gallery, Reed College present the US premiere of Birdsong, Biswas’s immersive film installation produced with inIVA, London. Biswas culls material from historical paintings, myth and her own cultural history, crafting complex narratives and exploring notions of imperialism. Curated by Cooley Gallery director Stephanie Snyder.

Illegal Art
This traveling exhibition presents art and ideas on the legal fringes of intellectual property. Presented by the Feldman Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and initiated by Carrie McLaren of StayFree! Magazine. Featuring work by David Byrne, Ray Beldner and Heidi Cody.

On the Screen
Come to the Guild Theatre for a steady diet of media works related to TBA Festival artists and ideas, including works by Sutapa Biswas, Johanna Billing and artists from the Illegal Art Show. Programmed in collaboration with Cinema Project, the NW Film Center, Reed and PNCA.

TBA Institute
Go behind the scenes to find out how and why artists do what they do. Through a daily program of artist talks, workshops and lectures, the TBA Institute provides a platform for connection and exchange between TBA artists and audiences. Featured speakers include RoseLee Goldberg and Mark Russell.

This year TBA’s late-night hub makes its home at AudioCinema under the Hawthorne Bridge. Mingle with TBA artists and audiences, enjoy food and drink, and take in music and dancing late into the night. Program offerings run the gamut from electro/acoustic to hip-hop, alt-country, pop, punk, cabaret, “pyrate puppet rock opera” and everything in between. Artists include: Music Population Orchestra, Taylor Mac, dancepod, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, New Humans, Scout Niblet, Shakey Hands, Universes, Fleshtone, Sissyboy, 10 Tiny Dances, and Cynthia Hopkins/Gloria Deluxe.

To schedule advance interviews with TBA:06 artists, Guest Artistic Director Mark Russell, Performing Arts Program Director Erin Boberg-Doughton, Visual Art Program Director Kristan Kennedy; organize press passes, and inquire about travel plans, please contact:

Brian Costello | Public Relations & Development | PICA
503-242-1419 x224 | brian@pica.org | www.pica.org

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art | 224 NW 13 th Avenue, #305 | Portland, OR 97217


7. Willoughby Sharp, FF Alumn, at Kunstpunk Gallery, Berlin, opening May 19

Willoughby Sharp, FF Alumn, will be showing at Kunstpunkt Gallery in Berlin.

The opening is May 19 and the exhibition continues thru June 10, 2006
For more information please visit www.kunstpunkt.com


8. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at WOW Café, May 27, 8 pm

The idiot King
The Tragedy of Greediness in the name of God
Written and Directed by Susana Cook

Everything you always wanted to know about the sanctity of marriage and how it can lead up to war. The Idiot King will take you inside the palace to witness God's visits and the discussions on government policies that are defining the future of the world.
You can be with him, against him or laughing at him.  

The Idiot King
Written and directed by Susana Cook
Original score: Julian Mesri
Featuring: Consuelo Arias, Lucy Mackinnon, Anni Amberg, Soraya Odishoo, Karen Jaime, Julian Mesri, Jennifer Fomore and Susana Cook.

Saturday May 27th, 8pm at WOW Cafe, 59 East 4th street, between 2nd and 3rd Ave, Ph:212-777-4280
June 1-3, 8pm at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, Between Houston and prince, New York, NY 10012,
Ph: 212-219-0736
info: www.susanacook.com


9. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, opening TODAY

I will be showing work at the Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, Texas, opening May 15th.
Thank you.
Nina Sobell, FF Alumn


10. Jim Johnson, FF Member, at Studio 258, and online at discopie.com

Studio 258 featuring the works of Jim Johnson has new brick and mortar hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:00PM to 5:00PM. The current exhibition, Three Drawn Conclusions and Other Literalisms with "The Itinerants" has been extended indefinitely.

Two new sections have been added to the online Studio site. Several pages of Large Scale Paintings can now be viewed from the main page as well as a new section of the Current (Extended) Exhibition. This new section includes a page of Gouache Paintings on Paper.

Where Art Happens


11. Helène Aylon, FF Alumn, at American University, Washington, DC, thru July 30

Helène Aylon
Bridge of Knots II
A facade installation at
The Katzen Arts Center
of American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
thru July 30th 2006

For info: 202-885-2787
Open: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-4pm
Friday and Saturday 11am-7pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm
Free admission

Jack Rasmussen, Director
Katzen Arts Center, American University

As part of "Against War and Violence," the museum exterior features Helène Aylon's ongoing Bridge of Knots II, derived from Bridge of Knots I (now a permanent installation at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY), in which Ms. Aylon and other women filled pillowcases with earth gathered from Strategic Air Command military sites and traveled them across country in an “Earth Ambulance” for the United Nations Disarmament Rally of 1982. Aylon’s project was generated by fear of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union, which was particularly keen in the Reagan era.

Six months later, Aylon delved deeper into this theme by traveling to the Soviet Union where she asked women in four cities to write personal dreams and nightmares regarding nuclear war on their own pillowcases. In 1983, the artist launched a similar project among women protesting escalation of defense systems at the Seneca Army Depot in New York State. In 1985, Aylon went to the twin symbols of nuclear horror, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where a dying-out generation of survivors, in Japanese, also wrote dreams and nightmares on their own pillowcases. Bridge of Knots II presents these three projects as one piece. This showing at the Katzen marks its first façade installation since 1995 and its first ever in the mid-Atlantic region. The artist likens its effect to escaping from a burning building.

Helène Aylon
The Earth Ambulance ’82-’92-’02 and Bridge of Knots I
A permanent installation at
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main St.
Peekskill, NY

For info: 914-924-7465
Open: Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm
Admission $5

Excerpted from:
January 15, 2006
The New York Times
Magic Ambulance Seeks To End Warfare
By Benjamin Genocchio

"In 2002 (Aylon's) “Earth Ambulance” was re-created as a long-term installation at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Viewers are invited to sit inside the ambulance, which is outfitted as a kind of interior meditation space with photographs and video documentation of several previous “Earth Ambulance” projects, along with neat piles of clean white pillowcases, ready for future possibilities.
...after weeks of very troubling newspaper headlines, it struck me that it might be time for the “Earth Ambulance” to get back on the road...These days, perhaps, she could no longer take it to “safety” at the United Nations."


12. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at Bard, opening June 24 – new bus information

The bus to bard opening now leaves from chelsea....please note that you need to make a reservation on luimited seating free
bus and that it is a bigggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg show with
45 artists from nyc in it......so reservation is necessary..number
to call is below

Uncertain States of America
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
June 24­-September 10, 2006
Opening Reception, Saturday June 24 th, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Gunnar Kvaran

Allora & Calzadilla, Edgar Arceneaux, Devendra Banhart, Frank Benson, Mike Bouchet, Matthew Brannon, Anthony Burdin, Paul Chan, Sean Dack, Trisha Donnelly, Jim Drain, Piero Golia, Hannah Greely, Taft Green, Guyton\Walker, Karl Haendel, Christian Holstad, Shane Huffman, Jiae Hwang, Matthew Day Jackson, Matt Johnson, Miranda July, Nate Lowman, Daria Martin, Matt McCormick, Rodney McMillian, Ohad Meromi, Kori Newkirk, Seth Price, Adam Putnam, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Aïda Ruilova, Matthew
Ronay, Mika Rottenberg, Paul Sietsema, Josh Smith, Mika Tajima, TM Sisters, Mario Ybarra Jr., Aaron Young, Jordan Wolfson.

This exhibition was organized by the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo Norway.The CCS Bard presentation is made possible through generous support from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation and Patrons, Supporters, and Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies.

Travel to CCS Bard: Bard College is located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, about 90 miles north of New York City. Amtrak provides train service from New York's Penn Station and other points to Rhinecliff, which is nine miles south of Annandale; taxi service to the College is available at the Rhinecliff station. By car, Bard can be reached from the Taconic State Parkway, or the New York State Thruway. Limited Free Seating on a chartered bus is available to and from the opening reception from New York City. Please call CCS Bard at 845.758.7598 for details.

Jaime Henderson
Administrative and Development Coordinator
Center for Curatorial Studies
Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Tel. 845.758.7874
Fax. 845.758.2442
e-mail. henderso@bard.edu


13. Stacy Makishi, FF Alumn, at Whitstable Biennale, UK, June 2-18

The Mess Tent presents ...
... performance at the Whitstable Biennale, 2–18 June 2006. Artists, theatremakers, musicians, comedians, magicians and composers produce and present in venues around Whitstable over three weekends. Events include performances, lectures, slide shows, script readings, an art & humour symposium and a speed cabaret. A full programme is attached.

Suzanne Andrade
Edwina Ashton
Adam Bloom
JJ Charlesworth
Adam Chodzko
Paul Clark
Ali Cook
Helen Frik
Ryan Gander
John Hegley
Will Hunt
Stacy Makishi
Victor Mount
Simon Munnery
Rachel Pantechnicon
Nathan Penlington
Matt Rudkin
Ian Saville
Bob & Roberta Smith
Gary Stevens
Tim Wells

There will be a coach from London for the preview evening, Fri 2 June, setting off from Bethnal Green at 17:00 and returning from Whitstable at 22:30. Let me know ASAP if you would like to book tickets at a reduced price.

Trains run regularly from London Victoria and if you travel in groups of 3 or 4 the Network Away Break tickets are up to half price (£20.90 full price).

Bed and breakfast can be found at www.bedandbreakfast-directory.co.uk

World cup viewing has been catered for, with a giant screen, prize draws and pints of beer.

The Whitstable Biennale performance programme has been devised and organised by Mel Brimfield and Sally O’Reilly, and will be operating from The Mess Tent on the beach, next to the Old Neptune pub.

The Whitstable Biennale 2006
Festival of Contemporary Art
3 – 18 June
Extensive programmes of performances and screenings, with new commissions including Anna Best, Charlotte Cullinan + Jeanine Richards (Artlab), Simon Faithfull, Estelle Jourd, Matt Rudkin and Gary Stevens, as well as an art & comedy symposium and a finale event.  

See www.whitstablebiennale.com for more information


14. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at CUNY Grad Center, May 30 7-9 pm

Contesting Images of Political Conflict
Examining recent artistic practices that explore media representations of war and conflict.
May 19 - June 25, 2006
OPENING RECEPTION Friday, May 19, 6-8pm

Organized by the 2005-06 fellows of the Whitney Independent Study Program:Benjamin Godsill, Stamatina Gregory, Katy Rogers, Susanne Ø. Sæther

The Art Gallery of the Graduate Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Ave @ 34th Street
gallery hours: Wed-Sun 12-6pm

IMAGE WAR brings together artistic responses to the mediation of images of war and conflict in our current digitized media culture. It focuses on strategies of appropriation of mass-disseminated images of conflict, many of which have received an iconic status due to the mass media's extreme packaging and filtration of images since the first Gulf War. The works in Image War remix, transform, or mimic images from the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans, hijackings, popular uprisings, recent American military interventions, and other violent political events.

Willie Doherty; Claire Fontaine; Coco Fusco; Rainer Ganahl; Joy Garnett; Johan Grimonprez; Jon Haddock; Amar Kanwar; An-My Lê; Dinh Q. Lê; RSG; Tamiko Thiel & Zara Houshmand

Saturdays 2 pm

Alex Galloway and Joy Garnett
The artists will discuss strategies of media appropriation related to their own practices.

Tuesday, May 23 7-9 pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre

Coco Fusco's Operation Atropos
The artist screens her new video Operation Atropos and leads a question-and-answer session. This video, making its New York debut, documents Fusco and several of her students participating in the activities of a field course in U.S. military interrogation techniques, which involves an immersive simulation of the POW experience.

Tuesday, May 30 7-9 pm
Martin E. Segal Theatre

The artist collective leads a locative radio performance through sites of mainstream media production in midtown Manhattan. Bring a portable radio and your walking shoes.

Thursday, June 8 5:30 pm
Departs from the lobby of The Art Gallery of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York.

All events take place at
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Ave @ 34th Street


15. Alien Comic, FF Alumn, the Club at La Mama, May 16, 8 pm

And now for something completely different . . .


Alien Comic (Tom Murrin) will demonstrate his workshop games and techniques, share his performance experiences, and reveal the secrets of an art that anyone can practice.

Tuesday - May 16 - 8 P.M.
The Club at La Mama, ETC
74-A East 4th St.
(212) 475-7710

This program has been made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field


16. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at Newark Museum, opening May 19, 5:30-9 pm, and more

Dear all
I have some work on view: hope you can make it..
3+3 Artists-in-Residence 2005/2006 (May 20th – July 30th)
Ellie Ga, Andrew Demirjian, Fred Holland, Jenny Polak, Nathalie Pham, Jason Watson
Opening Friday May 19th 5:30 - 9:00 pm
At the Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
973 596 6550 (or call me if you are lost!: 917 803 3187)
To get there: (25mins from Manhattan) Take Path train or more picturesque NJ Transit (http://www.njtransit.com/) to Newark PENN Station and a short cab ride to the Museum (3 blocks from NJPAC) OR take NJ Transit  to Newark BROAD STREET station, turn right under bridge and walk on Broad to Washington, then veer right and 4 short blocks on Washington to the museum.

Also coming soon:
June 15th opening of Cultural Drift
Photos by Alice Arnold, drawings by Jenny Polak
At the International Resource Centre Gallery
(The amazing multi-lingual resource of Queens library)
Flushing Library
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
(7 train to Flushing Main Street


17. Eleanor Heartney, Irving Sandler, at Cue Art Foundation, May 18, 7-8:30 pm

Please Join Eleanor Heartney and Irving Sandler at Cue Art Foundation on Thursday May 18 for a discussion and signing of their new books:

By Eleanor Heartney

By Irving Sandler

When: Thursday, May 18th from 7:00 to 8:30pm

Where: CUE Art Foundation
511 West 25th Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
New York, NY

FREE, however reservations are required. To RSVP, please call:
212-206-3583 or email info@cueartfoundation.org

Look forward to seeing you there.


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