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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
June 12, 2006

1. Alex Killough, FF Future of the Present recipient 2006, announces META[CC]
2. Lisa Frigand, FF Visionary, named Business Volunteer of the Year
3. Alan Moore, Gregory Sholette, FF Alumns, new book, Collectivism after Modernism
4. Reverend Billy, FF Alumn, at St. Mark’s Church, June 14, 8 pm
5. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Headbones Gallery, Toronto, thru June 26, and more
6. Ron Athey, FF Alumn, at Hayward Gallery, London, England, July 3, 7 pm
7. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, in Budapest, thru September 6
8. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, reviews Hans Bellmer exhibit in Gay City News.
9. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, opening June 10, and more
10. Dan Graham, FF Alumn, honored by Storefront for Art and Architecture, June 19
11. Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn, receives French medal of the Order of Arts and Letters
12. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Huntington Public Library, NY, June 17, 2-4 pm
13. Wooloo Productions, FF Alumns, announce online and offline opportunities for artists
14. Michael Asente, Peggy Diggs, FF Alumns, at Schroeder Romero, opening June 29
15. Gloria Holwerda-Williams at Macy Gallery, Columbia Univ., opening June 16
16. Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Warren Neidich, FF Alumns, at Kunsthaus Zurich, June 16 –September 3
17. Daniel Rothbart at Exit Art, opening June 15, 6-9 pm
18. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, in TDR, Summer 2006

1. Alex Killough, FF Future of the Present recipient 2006, announces META[CC]

Conglomco Media Network is pleased to announce the official beta release of the META[CC] video engine at http://meta-cc.net.

META [CC] seeks to create an open forum for real time discussion, commentary, and cross-referencing of electronic news and televised media. By combining strategies employed in web-based discussion forums, blogs, tele-text subtitling, on-demand video streaming, and search engines, the open captioning format employed by META[CC] will allow users to gain multiple perspectives and resources engaging current events. The system is adaptable for use with any cable or broadcast television network.

We hope that you will take a moment from your viewing time to add the RSS feed of a blog you find noteworthy. As more information sources are supplied to META[CC], the more intelligent the system becomes. As such, the META[CC] search engine is apolitical and influenced only by the news and information sources supplied by its viewers/users. We apologize, but at this time podcasts and vlogs are not supported.

Many thanks for your interest and participation,
The META[CC] team

META [CC]: Another fine CONGLOMCO project!


2. Lisa Frigand, FF Visionary, named Business Volunteer of the Year

Lisa Frigand, FF Visionary, will receive of the Arts & Business Council of New York’s
”Business Volunteer of the Year Award” in recognition of her exemplary work as a volunteer from the business community. Lisa has been named for her efforts on behalf of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/ New York. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 as part of the 41 st Annual “Encore” Awards, at Cipriani 42 nd Street beginning at 11:30 am. Congratulations to Lisa, who serves as Director of Economic Development for Consolidated Edison. For tickets or more information please visit www.artsandbusiness-ny.org


3. Alan Moore, Gregory Sholette, FF Alumns, new book, Collectivism after Modernism

The University of Minnesota Press announces the publication of Collectivism after Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945

Blake Stimson and Gregory Sholette, editors Collectivism after Modernism provides the historical understanding necessary for thinking through postmodern collective practice, now and into the future.

Contributors: Irina Aristarkhova, National U of Singapore; Jesse Drew, San Francisco Art Institute; Okwui Enwezor, U of Pittsburgh; Rubén Gallo, Princeton U; Chris Gilbert, Baltimore Museum of Art; Brian Holmes; Alan Moore; Jelena Stojanovi´c; Reiko Tomii; Rachel Weiss, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Blake Stimson is associate professor of art history at the University of California Davis, the author of The Pivot of the World: Photography and Its Nation, and coeditor of Visual Worlds and Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology.

Gregory Sholette is an artist, writer, and cofounder of collectives Political Art Documentation/Distribution and REPOhistory. He is coeditor of The Interventionists: Users’ Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life.

304 pages | 80 halftones | 7 x 10 | January 2007

To order, http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/S/stimson_collectivism.html


4. Reverend Billy, FF Alumn, at St. Mark’s Church, June 14, 8 pm

With the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir
St. Mark's Church 10th St and 2nd Ave, East Village, NYC
Wednesday June 14, 8 PM, $5 Reserve: REVBILLY.COM

Featuring a new song from the choir --

The Rev and singers return from the Northern California, from Switzerland and from Columbus, Ohio, which is like the Lake of Hellfire, only less interesting, In Columbus the church confronted Victoria Secret shareholders at their meeting. The paper for their A MILLION (stupid semi-porn) CATALOGUES A DAY comes from clear-cut virgin boreal forests.

Back here in New York for the summer: We joined the Carnival of Gardens, honoring Carmen Rubio and Francoise Cachelin, and we sang for Alicia Torres, founder of the Esperanza Garden, who blessed us from her window.

In this Fabulous Worship, we plan to reflect on The Shopocalypse Tour. We crossed the country together in two buses last December, preaching and singing against the DEVILISH FRENZY OF CONSUMING!



5. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Headbones Gallery, Toronto, thru June 26, and more

Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, has work included in the exhibition "Situation, Position, Location" through June 26th. Works on paper at the Headbones Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. For more information www.headbonesgallery.com

and, the current exhibition at The Philoctetes Center, which includes her work has been extended to the 22 nd of June.

Objects in Mind: works by Hallie Cohen, Eleana Sisto, Robin Tewes
April 1-June 10, 2006
The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisplinary Study of Imagination
at the NY Psychoanalytic Institute
47 East 82nd street, NY , NY 1002
works may be viewed Thurs, Fri 12noon-5PM or by appt. call 646-422-0544


6. Ron Athey, FF Alumn, at Hayward Gallery, London, England, July 3, 7 pm

The Monster in the Night of The Labyrinth.
Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre. London
Monday July 3rd. 7pm

Ron Athey (FF Alumni) & Lee Adams ( http://www.leeadams.net) curate a live art event reflecting on the dark vision of dissident surrealist Georges Bataille.

Featuring a special re-mounting of Ron Athey’s seminal performance Solar Anus, Lee Adams’s The language of Flowers, a new work by Stav B Realising the Marvellous in the Mundane, Ernst Fischer’s Anus Domini & Flight of Fancy (performed with Helen Spackman)

With introductory music courtesy of Black Sun Productions

Presented as part of Undercover Surrealism

Tickets £12.50
Advance booking essential: 0870 169 1000

Please note entrance to this event is via Belvedere Road


7. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, in Budapest, thru September 6

Robbin Ami Silverberg & András Böröcz
"Home Sweet Home"
at the N & n Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
May 31 - September 6th, 2006:

The artist couple, András Böröcz & Robbin Ami Silverberg, turn to the theme of the home in this exhibition.

Silverberg focuses on text. A series of architectural blueprints. Home Work depicts imagined house and room plans that are layered with proverbs from cultures around the world that focus on the woman in the home. Each saying is located in the appropriate room of the home that is referred to by that text.  Proverbial Threads II is an installation also working with proverbs about women’s work. In Text-iles large translucent sheets, back lit and in glass, have been pulp-painted with texts from historical figures (such as Freud, Darwin, etc) with their informed perspectives on women and their work.  The calligraphy on both sides of the paper merges visually into a tangle, and the hand cutting between the lines of the text creates space, emphasizing a reading between the lines. Both the proverbs and the quotes depict a prevailing misogyny that is as funny as it is painful.

Böröcz continues to develop his post-Pop iconography in gallows-humored cartoons. His previous series in different medium presented barrels, light bulbs, pencils, gallows, watermelons, matchboxes, cactuses, dominoes, etc.: This time Böröcz focuses on the Outhouse. In a series of 24 drawings in pen & ink, he has created An Outhouse World where outhouse figures cavort and live anthropomorphic lives of humor and absurdity. The narratives are both autobiographical and cliché.


8. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, reviews Hans Bellmer exhibit in Gay City News

Please follow the link below to read:
Volume 5, Number 23 | June 8 - 14, 2006
Hans Bellmer
“Petites Anatomies, Petites Images”
Ubu Gallery
416 E. 59th St .
Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Through Jul. 28
Very best,
Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn


9. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, opening June 10, and more

Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, in "Inside Out," curated by Richard Timperio, at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, N.Y. AKA "The 5th Annual Byrdcliffe Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition," this year’s exhibition consists of 26 artists that usually create indoor installations. INSIDE OUT will be taking these indoor works and presenting them in the extraordinary outdoors of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony.

The Participating Artists include: Thomas Broadbent, Susan Brietsch, Rosemarie Castoro, Ursala Clark, John Clement, Paula Deluccia, Dan Devine, Stephen Gerberich, Elaine Grove, David Hatchett, Tadashi Hashimoto, David Henderson, Phillip Howie, Norm Magnusson, Norma Markly, Vallessa Monk, Portia Munson, Frank Marshall, Chris Martin, Eung Ho Park, Larry Poons, Judy Richardson, Laurel Schute, Leon Smith, TODT and Christopher Yeatman.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 10, 4-8 PM
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, June 10 - Monday, October 9th
Exhibition Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Location: Villetta Inn at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Upper Byrdcliffe Rd. Woodstock, NY

Call The Guild at: 845-679-2079 for more information or visit their site at www.woodstockguild.org

And check out this blog about one of my recent works


thank you.


10. Dan Graham, FF Alumn, honored by Storefront for Art and Architecture, June 19

2006 Annual Benefit

In Honor of Dan Graham and Terence Riley and to bid farewell to Storefront's outgoing Director Sarah Herda

Date: Monday, June 19, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza
Details: Cocktails and light fare.  Festive attire.
You can purchase tickets by going to our website

This year Storefront will pay tribute to Dan Graham and Terence Riley, two individuals who have made invaluable contributions to local and international art and architecture communities. We will also bid farewell to our outgoing director of eight years, Sarah Herda. Both Graham and Riley have been involved with Storefront activities throughout its twenty-three year history. The 1986 exhibition Exhibition of Environmental Aesthetic by Dan Graham was the inaugural show at our current 97 Kenmare Street address, and Riley's work was featured in one of the first architecture shows at Storefront in 1983: Portfolios in Architecture: Display of Drawings and Portfolios by Young Architects.


DAN GRAHAM is one of the most influential Conceptual Artists who first emerged in the mid 1960s alongside the Minimalists. While the Minimalists critiqued the physical context of art, Graham began to question the art system more fundamentally, and from 1965-69 produced much of his work outside gallery contexts. In the 1970s Graham worked primarily with performance, film, and video. These works evolved into the installations and pavilions for which Graham is most famous internationally. All of his projects are democratically rooted in everyday urban life and activity, and have included a Skateboard Pavilion, 1989, the Children's Pavilion, 1989-91 (with Jeff Wall), the Rooftop Urban Park Project for Dia Center for the Arts, New York, 1981/91, the Caf Bravo for Kunst-Werke, Berlin 1998, and recently Bisected Triangle Inside Curve 2002 for Madison Square Park in New York.

His work has featured in four Documentas (1972, 1977, 1982 and 1992) and has been exhibited widely: at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Skulptur Projekte '87 and '97, Munster; the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo. The work of Dan Graham is the subject of a major US retrospective scheduled to open in 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and traveling to the Whitney Museum of American Art.

TERENCE RILEY assumed his role as Director of the Miami Art Museum in March of 2006. In his new post, Riley is developing an ambitious permanent collection strategy and spearheading the its fundraising program, as well as overseeing the planning and development of a new state-of-the-art facility and sculpture garden at Museum Park, a site currently under development in downtown Miami.

Riley was named the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA in 2002, after serving as a chief curator for 10 years. During his tenure at MoMA, Riley played a key role including the successful launching of the expanded and renovated museum facility which recently opened to international acclaim. Riley studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University and subsequently founded an architecture practice, K/R, with John Keenen. Riley began his museum career in 1987 while teaching at Columbia. Most recently at MoMA, he organized On-Site: New Architecture in Spain. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor to journals and other publications on design, and has served as a visiting critic at numerous schools.  He is currently teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Riley has also been
involved on many competition juries, including the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon, the Praemium Imperiale, and the Motown Museum.

SARAH HERDA has, since 1998, produced Storefront's dynamic internationally recognized program, featuring over 40 exhibitions. She joined Storefront after the departure of Storefront Founder Kyong Park, and was instrumental in revitalizing the organization.

Herda is leaving Storefront to become the director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. It is the mission of the Graham Foundation to nurture and enrich an informed and creative public dialogue concerning architecture and the built environment. Founded in 1955, the Graham offers project-based grants which support a range of programs internationally and which annually amount to over one million dollars, in addition to producing a program of exhibitions, lectures, and other events. The Foundation is headquartered in the Madlener House, an historic Chicago Landmark. Herda is the first woman to hold this position.


Since 1982 Storefront has presented the work of more than a thousand architects and artists who challenge conventional perceptions of space from aesthetic experiments, to explorations of the conceptual, social, and political forces that shape the built environment. Storefront creates an open forum to help architects and artists realize work and present it to a diverse audience in a program that includes an exhibition, film, publication, and conversation series. In 1993 Storefront commissioned artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holl to collaborate on a new facade. The ground breaking project, a series of 13 rotating panels, extends the gallery into the street and brings innovative work to new audiences everyday.

For more information please call 212-431-5795 or see

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012
tel 212.431.5795 fax 212.431.5755


11. Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn, receives French medal of the Order of Arts and Letters

The Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, Kareen Rispal, has conferred the medal of the Order of Arts and Letters upon visual artist Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn.

A native of Ohio, Jenny Holzer has received worldwide recognition for her conceptual installation pieces, which imposed thought-provoking texts on every kind of surface, from Franklin Furnace’s front window to the Louvre.

The coveted award was established in 1957 to recognize notable artists and writers, and those who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Awarded twice annually to a limited number of recipients worldwide, the Order of Arts and Letters includes the following recent American recipients among its members: Agnes Gund, FF Member, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Meier, Robert Paxton, Robert Redford, and Meryl Streep.


12. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Huntington Public Library, NY, June 17, 2-4 pm

Huntington Public Library / Art Gallery
338 Main Street , Huntington, NY 11743
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9-9:00pm. Sat: 9-5pm/Sun: 1-5pm
For directions, phone the Reference Desk at 631-427-5165, x252.

Vernita Nemec aka N’Cognita
“Endless Junkmail Scroll”, a collage installation & Multi-media performance Reception: Saturday June 17, 2:00—4:00PM

performance at 3:00PM

with the artist N'Cognita & musician Sean Carolan

In Vernita Nemec’s Endless Junkmail Scroll, the viewer is confronted with a tapestry of textures and symbolic meanings: the artist’s answer to all that junk mail we receive that tries to convince us to borrow money, open more charge accounts or accept services we don’t need. The 100 foot artwork is also a creative reflection on the information overload and complexity of life in 21 st century America will be at the art gallery of the Huntington Library through July. In conjunction with the exhibition, Nemec will present an adaptation of a new performance first presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris on Saturday June 17, th at 3 PM with composer and musician Sean Carolan who has created original music for this event. The library is located at 338 Main Street in Huntington.

The artist’s process is ongoing in the creation of this “cutting edge” collage (with more tearing & burning than cutting). As sections of the scroll are sold (by linear inch), the scroll is closed, re-collaged and re-connected, keeping the work in constant transition. Nemec transforms the scroll for each exhibition. The scroll's torn fragments and burned edges gives the impression of an aged document, saved for posterity. The value we attach to ephemera is explored both aesthetic and philosophically in this scroll of security envelopes that the artist has 'snaked' around the gallery.

Critic Ed McCormack calls Nemec’s scroll “a defining, career-crowning achievement… Encapsulating the philosophy of aesthetic ecology that prompted her to found the Art from Detritus movement (art made from recycled materials), …it is a major statement which seems slated to extend this artist’s influence beyond the underground where it has too long languished as one of the better kept secrets of the avant-garde."

The artist created her first installation artworks in the mid-70’s, transferring fragments of notes, ideas and the detritus of her artmaking from the walls of her studio to the walls of the gallery like a giant sketch. She has continued creating these installations both as site specific works and as a backdrop for performance artworks in Mexico, Europe and the U.S. A sense of autobiography has continuously permeated Nemec’s art since an early feminist performance in which she swept the corner at Spring & Wooster Streets in Soho where she still lives and works.

Vernita Nemec aka Vernita N’Cognita has been active in the art world as visual artist, performance artist and curator since the late 1960’s when she co-curated X-12, the first feminist art show of the period, and worked with such political art organizations as Artworkers Coalition (AWC), Women Artists in Revolution (WAR), Artists Meeting for Cultural Change . In the 90’s, Nemec served as Director of Artists Talk On Art, interviewing many art world luminaries, and as independent curator at the Henry Street Settlement for the Arts. For the past decade, Nemec has been organizing and independently curating exhibitions of art made from recycled materials called “Art from Detritus.” She is currently director of Viridian Artists, a contemporary art gallery in New York City's Chelsea.

A recipient of grants from the Jerome Foundation, Artists Space, Franklin Furnace and the Field, Nemec has presented her visual and performance art in the U.S., Mexico, Hungary, Germany, France and Japan. The Endless Junkmail Scroll's next stops will be Fountain Street Gallery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and the Schacknow Museum of Art in Plantation Florida.

The library is a red brick building on the corner of Main St & Prospect St. Parking is on the street or in free town parking lots. For directions, please phone the Reference Desk at 631-427-5165, x252.


13. Wooloo Productions, FF Alumns, announce online and offline opportunities for artists

Wooloo is New
Wooloo version 3.0 is now available with both online and offline opportunities for artists. After more than a year in the making, the new website introduces refined features such as catalogues for organizing images, work specific discussion forums and extensive search mechanisms for all mediums.

Physical Exhibitions
To further advance the exposure of our users, Wooloo is also opening the exhibition space wooloo.berlin in Germany. Centrally located in Berlin's art district, the space will function as the main physical venue for the Wooloo community. Via dynamic content displays and curated exhibitions, wooloo.berlin will form a vital platform for community projects and individual artists.

Community Project: AsylumNYC
Wooloo community projects always invite participation from our users. AsylumNYC, our most recent project, took place at White Box in New York last month. Wooloo invited artists to apply for "creative asylum" and out of the hundreds of applicants, ten were finally selected to live and exhibit at White Box for the last week of April. The exhibition was both heavily visited and widely reviewed, and by the conclusion of the week, Wooloo could award free legal immigration services to artists Dusanka Komnecic and Antonio O'Connell. If successful, both artists will receive a 3-year work visa to the U.S.

Premier Presentation
In addition to our many exhibition opportunities - and thanks to the support of our partners! - Wooloo version 3.0 now features dynamic flash by Byss.pl and Partlyhuman Design, as well as a powerful Media Rich image server. Developed by Equilibrium, the state-of-the-art Media Rich technology (used by both the MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art) will ensure the best possible presentation of your artworks at all times.

Get Started Now
All of the images that you uploaded to your old Wooloo account prior to June 1, 2006, have been transferred to your new account. Your username and password are the same as before. If you don't remember your account login information, you can retrieve it via e-mail by filling out the following form:

To begin using Wooloo version 3.0,
please go to:
You must have Flash 8 or higher.
Click here to download Flash 8 for free:

Click here for a Quick Guide to get you started:

Comments? Criticism?
We are very interested in learning about your experiences with Wooloo version 3.0. Only through your input can we ensure that Wooloo remains the premier online showcase for contemporary art.

If you have any comments about your experience, please email: contact@wooloo.org
For all technical support, please email: support@wooloo.org


14. Michael Asente, Peggy Diggs, FF Alumns, at Schroeder Romero, opening June 29

Schroeder Romero
637 West 27th Street
Ground Floor New York, NY 10001
(212) 630-0722 www.schroederromero.com

Money Changes Everything

Michael AsenteRay Beldner Barton Lidice Benes Robin Clark Peggy Diggs Jed Ela Stuart Elster ERRE Kim MacConnel Elizabeth Sisco David Avalos Louis Hock Ken Solomon Oriane Stender Mark Wagner C.K. Wilde

June 29 - July 28, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 29th, 6-8pm
Schroeder Romero is pleased to announce the group exhibition Money Changes Everything. The exhibiting artists have chosen to use currency as the medium itself, captivated by the image and symbolism of money as the ultimate representation of power. Money as a raw material is loaded with a political, social, and emotional charge. And raises the question of the monetary worth of a work of art. Using money in their art further blurs the boundaries among cash, commodity, and culture.

Michael Asente embroiders flames onto dollar bills. While reading Dante's The Divine Comedy, Asente was struck by The Inferno's relevance to the current political and military climate in the United States. In certain passages of Cantos 26 and 27, one can substitute Ulysses and Diomede, who planned the Trojan horse, for President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Asente sees Bush and Cheney as our contemporary "Counselors of fraud" or "Sinners" who would be held in the lowest pits of the inferno.


15. Gloria Holwerda-Williams at Macy Gallery, Columbia Univ., opening June 16

June 12-23, 2006
Chris Blythe, Robin Rule, Ethan Andrews, Melissa Oden, Helen Dennis, Ritchard Rodriguez, Gloria Holwerda-Williams, Josh Harris, Evi Abeler, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn, Ogechi Chieke, Tamara Gayer

Opening: Friday, June 16, 2006 6P-8P

at Teacher’s College, Columbia University
525 West 120 th Street
NY , NY 10029

Directions: #1 Train to 116 th Street
Gallery Hours: Mon.9A-8P Tues.-Fri. 9A-6P
Weekends by appt. only


16. Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Warren Neidich, FF Alumns, at Kunsthaus Zurich, June 16 –September 3

Kunsthaus Zürich shows 'The Expanded Eye'
From 16 June until 3 September 2006 Kunsthaus Zürich is showing 'The Expanded Eye', an exhibition looking at the ever-widening horizons of the human eye in the age of its physiologically and technologically extended faculties. The exhibition will comprise around 120 kinetic objects, paintings, film- and video installations from the 1940s to the present day. Alongside works by the Op Artist Bridget Riley, the Surrealist Salvador Dalí and the video artist Nam June Paik, there will also be newer works by artists such as Pierre Huyghe and Sam Taylor-Wood. 'The Expanded Eye' directs the viewer's gaze to the adventurous, exploratory side of art. Four decades after 'The Responsive Eye' in the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1965), which presented Op Art to the viewing public, the artist's eye is urging ever onwards, untrammelled and with open relish. It reaches to the heights and to the depths, it probes micro and macro realms, and with its newly liberated gaze uncovers the new and the supposedly familiar. The title of the exhibition, chosen by Curator Bice Curiger, also recalls the book 'The Expanded Cinema' (1970), which explored new departures in experimental cinema and undertook a new form of structural analysis as cinema did away with timeworn clichés of seeing and experiencing.

Marcel Duchamp and Hans Haacke are represented in the exhibition with kinetic objects; films by Maya Deren and Jud Yalkut are screened alongside video installations by Pipilotti Rist and Paul Pfeiffer. In addition to paintings by Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, drawings by Henri Michaux, Markus Raetz and Thomas Bayrle, and spatial installations by Gianni Colombo, Otto Piene and Olafur Eliasson, there will also be premieres of works created especially for this exhibition by Jules Spinatsch and David Renggli. Works such as François Morellet's '40,000 Squares' (1963), specially reconstructed for the exhibition, turn the spotlight on a form of art that, instead of providing a vehicle for idealistic contemplation, invites the viewer to enjoy a purely physiologically induced visual experience. In the programme of accompanying events, the Kunsthaus will screen 16-mm films by Stan Brakhage, Tony Conrad, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Peter Tscherkassky and others.

THE EYE AND THE CHALLENGE TO OUR SENSE OF REALITY The eye is the dominant organ of our time; culture pays homage to our sense of sight, constantly increasing visual access and expanding into the most diverse universes - geographical, physical, astral, cultural, social, physiological. The eye is the measure with which we assess the world around us in the first - and often the last - instance. Satellite images, websites, livecams, microscopes and telescopes: vehicles that mobilise our sight and devices that aid our seeing have become second nature to us. Our capacity to virtually and in reality extend our physical reach and to enhance our organs of perception has instigated a fundamental, far-reaching change in our understanding of reality.

Concepts such as active/passive, subject/object, public/private, individual/ collective have ceased to be distinctively different. Modern art underwent a similar process at the turn of the 20th century, when it found itself following a parallel track to the then latest scientific discoveries in fields ranging from physics (Cubism) to psychoanalysis (Surrealism), reflected in the exhibition with works by Marcel Duchamp and Josef Albers. There has always been art that responds to the sharpened vision of the contemporary sciences, that pressed forwards and posed questions. Kunsthaus Zürich is taking stock of the current state of affairs. For the delimitation of the eye has implications for the artists' understanding of their role, as long as they are actively empathetic towards their addressees. Art itself is always contemplated from outside. Its game is about exchange: the changing roles that result from changing perspectives. The 'expanded eye' becomes the 'collective I' and, as such, draws the viewer into its circle.

Josef Albers, Thomas Bayrle, Monica Bonvicini, Gianni Colombo, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Olafur Eliasson, Karl Gerster, Ruprecht Geiger, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Birgit/Wilhelm Hein, Garry Hill, Pierre Huyghe, Carsten Höller, Jon Kessler, Peter Kubelka, David Lamelas, Malcolm Le Grice, Julio Le Parc, Max Matter, Christian Megert, Jonas Mekas, Henri Michaux, François Morellet, Ronald Nameth/Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik,Warren Neidich, Philippe Parreno, Markus Raetz, David Renggli, Pipilotti Rist, Gerry Schum, Robert Smithson, Jean Tinguely, James Turrell, Victor Vasarely, Jud Yalkut, Jean-Pierre Yvaral.

* Subject to change

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with texts by Bice Curiger, Ina Blom, Diedrich Diederichsen, Kurt W. Forster, A.L. Rees and Rüdiger Wehner. Available in German and English, this publication - in the form of an anthology - contains artists' statements by Lucio Fontana and Josef Albers, as well as theoretical essays by authors including Rudolf Arnheim, Georg Kubler and Teilhard de Chardin, reflecting on art and perception research: 250 pages, 110 in colour, published by Hatje Cantz.

The exhibition is supported by Swiss Re - Partner for contemporary art.

Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, CH - 8001 Zurich, www.kunsthaus.ch
Opening times Tues - Thurs 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
closed on Mondays
Public Holiday: 1 August, open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission CHF 16.- / 10.- (concessions) / 12.- per head for groups of 20 or more

Advanced Ticket Sales
Switzerland: Kombi-Ticket RailAway/SBB with 10% reduction on rail travel and entrance to the exhibition available at SBB stations and by calling Rail Service on 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min.). Groups rates also available. Magasins Fnac, Tel. +33 1 4157 3212, www.fnac.ch France: Magasins Fnac, Carrefour, Tel. 0892 684 694 (0.34 ?/min.), www.fnac.com Belgium: Magasins Fnac, Tel. 0 900 00 600 (0.45 ?/min.), www.fnac.com

For further information and visual materials, please contact
Kristin Steiner
Tel. +41 (0)44 253 84 13


17. Daniel Rothbart at Exit Art, opening June 15, 6-9 pm

Daniel Rothbart is among the artists exhibiting in the RISD Biennial 2006. Robert Storr, former senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (and curator of the 2007 Venice Biennale) selected the work.

Opening Reception: Thursday June 15
When: 6 – 9 P.M.
Where: Exit Art, 475 Tenth Avenue (corner of 36th Street), NYC

Daniel Rothbart will give a gallery talk on Saturday June 17 at 2 P.M. at Exit Art

For more information see:




18. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, in TDR, Summer 2006

Dear friends, family, colleagues:

I am happy to report that my essay, "Follow the Money? Location, Community, and Artist Funding" appears in TDR/The Drama Review, Summer 2006 (issue 50:2 T190).
Several of you helped me with the research on this article, and I look forward to hearing your response to the result.

I hope this finds you thriving!


Jeff McMahon
School of Theatre and Film
Arizona State University
POB 872002, Tempe, AZ 85287-2002
(480) 965-9444


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