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Goings On: posted week of September 18, 2006

1. Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, FF Alumn, at I Space, Chicago, thru Oct. 7
2. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6 Gallery, Richmond VA, thru Oct. 1
3. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, at Vooruit Arts Centre, Gent, Belgium, Sept. 27-30
4. Beatriz da Costa, Jaime Schulte, Brooke Singer, FF Alumns, launch new project.
5. Sandra DeSando, FF Alumn, at William Paterson Univ., NJ, reception Sept. 20
6. Jane Dickson, FF Alumn, at Jersey City Museum.
7. Feral Childe, FF Alumn, current projects.
8. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, at MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium, thru Nov. 11
9. Susan Hiller, FF Alumn, at Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, thru Nov. 2
10. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, at Kutztown University, Sept. 18-24
11. Susan Hiller, Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumns, at Newcastle University, UK, thru Nov. 11
12. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at CEPA, Buffalo, opening Sept. 29
13. Ron Athey, FF Alumn, at Western P roject, Culver City, CA, thru Oct. 28
14. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, Sept. 22-23. 10 pm
15. Ex.Pgirl, FF Alumn, at Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY, Sept. 30, noon
16. Heike Roms, André Stitt, FF Alumns, in Wales, beginning Oct. 2006
17. Sandy deSando at William Paterson University, thru Dec. 1
18. Peculiar Works Project, FF Alumn, at 6th Ave. and W. 9th St., Sept. 21-Oct. 7
19. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, in London, England and Austin, Texas
20. Marthe Fortun, FF Intern Alumn, at NYU, opening Sept. 20, 5-7 pm
21. William Scarbrough, FF Alumn, in South Africa, exhibition extended thru Sept. 29.
22. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Oct. 6, 7:30 pm
23. Aaron Landsman, FF Alumn, in Impact Festival, Manhattan, Oct. 16
24. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Barnes and Noble, NY, Oct. 5, and more
25. Larry List, FF Alumn, at The Menil Collection, TX, thru Jan. 7, 2007
26. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at El Museo del Barrio, opening Sept. 28
27. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at PS 122, Sept. 28-Oct. 1
28. 2006 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History, NY, Nov. 8-12
29. George Ferrandi, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, in this week’s Village Voice


1. Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, FF Alumn, at I Space, Chicago, thru Oct. 7

UNDER FIRE at I Space, Chicago, September 8 - October 7, 2006
The Under Fire exhibition at I space and series of events at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are a continuation of the international discussions and publications initiated by artist and writer Jordan Crandall. Under Fire presents a discursive engagement with global militarization and political violence, incorporating perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore the contemporary organization, representation and materialization of war.

EXHIBITION featuring: Annie Abrahams/Clément Charmet, An Architektur, deGeuzen, Joy Garnett, Mariam Ghani, Dara Greenwald, Tsila Hassine, Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, Hillary Mushkin, Trevor Paglen, Joel Ross, Michael Wilson & xurban

I Space
230 West Superior Street
Second Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60610


2. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6 Gallery, Richmond VA, thru Oct. 1

FF Alumn Mitzi Humphrey announces the Second Biennial Members Show at art6 Gallery, the non-profit gallery which she co-founded at 6 East Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia, 23219.  Exhibition dates are September 1 - October 1, 2006.

In addition to Humphrey, exhibiting artists (including poets, musicians, photographers, painters, printmakers, painters, sculptors, and a mime) are: Virginia Tyack, Jude Schlotzhauer, Tricia Pearsall, Melanie Lamaga, Alan Entin, Jennifer Yane, Julie Adler Noyes, David Bromley, Cynthia Erdahl, Laura Heyward, Hazel M. Buys, Suzanne Arnold, Lindsay Brown, Paul C. Muick, R. Eugene Brown, Susan Svendsen, Judy M. Little, Shann Palmer, Liz Sheehan, Sam Hall, Ann Drewing, Lelia Pendleton, Henrietta Near, Wesley Childress, Marian Hollowell, and Harvey McWilliams.

http://www.art6.org. Opening night scheduled for September 1 was delayed due to tropical storm Ernesto. The artists' reception, eventually held on Friday evening, September 8, included poetry and jazz by the Jimmy Warner Orchestra.


3. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, at Vooruit Arts Centre, Gent, Belgium, Sept. 27-30

sint-pietersnieuwstraat 23


all Performances start at 6pm

The 'Inner Eye', described by philosopher Robert Fludd in 1617 as 'oculus imaginationis', does not receive images, it radiates them - projecting them onto a fantasy screen positioned beyond the back of the head, in the process providing a visual architecture for a journey through the transparent body. The notion of an inner eye, coupled with ideas of part perceptual, part cinematic and part observed interior landscapes also forms the basis for this new work, featuring a series of miniaturized film projections falling onto a specially made contact lens, worn by the artist, using the 'eye as a cinema screen'. A reproduction 'posing stand', used to keep subjects still during long exposures in early victorian photographic studios, forms an integral part of the performance apparatus.

A commissioned installation by Phillip Warnell is being presented throughout the festival




4. Beatriz da Costa, Jaime Schulte, Brooke Singer, FF Alumns, launch new project.

Dear Friends,

This Thursday Preemptive Media launches AIR (Area's Immediate Reading). If you will be in the NYC area, please come celebrate with us from 5-7pm at our headquarters in Lower Manhattan (125 Maiden Lane--see map below). The headquarters will also be open from 12-7pm Friday, September 15 through Thursday, September 21. And if you are not in NYC, check out the online data visualization on our project website that goes live after Thursday. Beatriz, Brooke and Jamie

Project website: http://www.pm-air.net
Map to headquarters: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=125+Maiden+Lane+new+ york,+ny&ie=UTF8&om=1
Subway directions: Take the 2/3 to Wall Street. Exit at Wall St. and walk east on Wall St. towards Pearl Street and away from Trinity Church. Turn left onto Pearl, walk 3 blocks north and turn right onto Maiden Lane and look for 125.

AIR is a public, social experiment in which people are invited to use Preemptive Media's portable air monitoring devices to explore their neighborhoods and urban environments for pollution and fossil fuel burning hotspots.

Participants or "carriers" are able to see pollutant levels in their current locations, as well as simultaneously view measurements from the other AIR devices in the network. An on-board GPS unit and digital compass, combined with a database of known pollution sources such as power plants and heavy industries, allow carriers to see their distance from polluters and other AIR devices. In addition, the devices regularly transmit data to a central database allowing for real time data visualization on the project website.

While AIR is designed to be a tool for individuals and groups to self identify pollution sources, it also serves as a platform to discuss energy politics and their impact on environment, health and social groups in specific regions.


5. Sandra DeSando, FF Alumn, at William Paterson Univ., NJ, reception Sept. 20

Ben Shahn Center: East Gallery, William Paterson University September 18- June 2007 Reception September 20, 4 -5:30pm

More Than Meets the Eye: Insight into Artistic Process. How artists imagine, recognize and bring their art to fruition.
Caitlin Berrigan, Maggie Ens, Kelly Darr, Barbara Landes, Paul Sullivan, Marc Sloan,
Designed for the visually impaired.
Curated by Sandra DeSando, FF Alumn
William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, 973 720-2654


6. Jane Dickson, FF Alumn, at Jersey City Museum.

The Jersey City Museum presents
Almost There
by Jane Dickson
at 350 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07303

Jane Dickson's Almost There presents four of her large oil paintings on Astroturf. The images reflect a landscape that is familiar to us: highways, strip malls, roadside motels and tunnels. Never banal, these ordinary places become monumental subjects when seen at night. They are unexpected yet instantly recognizable as they grace the walls of the Project Gallery.

Also on view at the Jersey City Museum:
Tropicalisms - an exhibition of tropical landscape
Then and Now - a new look at the museum's permanent collection
Mass transit from Manhattan


7. Feral Childe, FF Alumn, current projects.

Dear Friends of Feral Childe,

Hello! Please read below for some news on what we have been up to lately, and upcoming events we hope to see you at:

Our fall collection is now available in stores. Look out for Platelettes Dress, Miss Funiculus, Placazoa Pant, Dingo Belts and Stickpins and other items.

Two of our stores host parties this week:
-Thurs 9/14, 6-9 pm: TREEHOUSE 430 Graham Ave betw Frost & Withers (L to Graham)
end-of-summer-sale / fall preview / meet the teachers for upcoming 
craft classes

-Sat 9/16, 5-8 pm: SODAFINE 119 Grand St betw Berry & Wythe (L to 
Bedford) come celebrate the opening of Sodafine's new location!

Now online, "Trans-Siberia Express," our Spring/Summer 2007 collection  presented for New York Fashion Week. Show photos to be posted on our  website soon. Performance by Taigaa! with additional jewelry by Nabi  Design, shoes by Melanie Dizon, and fantastic hairpieces by Ludewigg  (whose collection debuts at Patricia Fields this fall). Presented at  The Canal Chapter. We are mentioned in WWD, Monday 9/11. Also, here is  a great article about us at Meniscus Magazine:  http://www.meniscuszine.com/issue17/fashionweek_spring2007/feralchilde/
photos/index.html -- with photos and video.

As part of Gowanus Artists annual open studio tour, we throw open our  doors on the weekend of 10/21-22. Welcome! Come see what we have made  for you. Hours and directions to follow.

Check out the latest industry news -- Feral Childe is quoted in the  latest Sportswear International magazine in an article about global  independent designers. We are highlighted as "one to watch."  Alas, no  photo!

Feral Childe will be in the Bay Area in mid-October. Some kind of one  day trunk show/party/sale; details coming soon!

Feral Childe recently made an appearance in this past weekend's Deitch  Projects/Paper Mag Art Parade. "Army of Darkness," in collaboration  with Jacob Williams and Blood Manor;  Feral Childe contributed zombie  schoolgirl uniforms and styling. Tons of photos on flicker.

That's it for now. To find out more, please check out the websites 
below. Thanks, and see you soon!

Feral Childe


8. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, at MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium, thru November 11

The Martha Rosler Library in Antwerp
September 15 till November 11, 2006

location: NICC
Museumstraat 35-37,
2000 Antwerp Belgium
MO FRI 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

MuHKA, Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp, NICC and Siemens Arts Program are pleased to announce the opening of the Martha Rosler Library in Antwerp on September 14, 2006 at 8.30 pm, as part of the exhibition ACADEMY. Learning from Art. Comprised of approximately 7,700 titles from the artist's personal collection, the Library was opened to the public by e-flux in November 2005 as a storefront reading room. The contents range from political theory, art history and poetry to science fiction, mystery and children's books; they include periodicals, dictionaries, maps and travel books, as well as photo albums, posters, postcards and newspaper clippings. The bibliography, currently in process, can be accessed online at http://www.e-flux.com/projects/library

A personal library represents the private sphere of an individual, her way of acquiring and combining knowledge. Accumulation is the result of an intellectual inquiry that takes place in parallel with a more random search, which can lead us to unexpected textual, and therefore mental, spaces. The Martha Rosler Library offers the visitor an opportunity to approach this open source of information with her or his own interests, and to create new affinities and connections between the elements of the library that add to more than the sum of knowledge contained in it.

A reading group will be assembled to use the library as the basis for a series of informal discussions around texts chosen by Martha Rosler and members of the group. The meetings were initiated in New York, and are continuing at all locations of the library as it travels. In Antwerp a series of reading groups organised by the NICC and MuHKA will take place in the Martha Rosler Library during its stay in Antwerp. For each meeting, a guest reader will select a text from the library and lead the group. Guest readers include the 'If I can't dance I dont want to be part of your revolution' reading group from Amsterdam which will be led by Frederique Bergholtz and Annie Fletcher and will take place on October 25th at 7pm. All are welcome, for more information please contact: info@muhka.be or take a look at http://www.muhka.be

Martha Rosler will give a talk on October 18th, the inaugeral lecture in a lecture series organised by MuHKA during 2006/2007.

A publication on this project, produced in collaboration with Revolver (Archiv fur Actuelle Kunst) and Frankfurter Kunstverein, which hosted the library this past summer, will be available next year.

Martha Rosler is Brooklyn-based artist who works in video, photo-text, installation, sculpture, and performance, and writes on aspects of culture, with particular focus on everyday life and the public sphere. She is a renowned teacher who has lectured widely, nationally and internationally, and has published ten books of photography, art, and writing. Rosler was awarded the Spectrum International Prize in Photography for 2005 and the Oskar Kokoschka Prize in 2006.

The Martha Rosler Library in Antwerp
September 15 till November 11, 2006
location: NICC Museumstraat 35-37, 2000 Antwerp Belgium
MO FRI 10.00 am - 6.00 pm



9. Susan Hiller, FF Alumn, at Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, thru Nov. 2

All my work deals with ghosts. Ghosts are invisible to most people but visible to a few.  

Susan Hiller 

The Liane and Danny Taran Gallery at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts is pleased to present:  
The J.Street Project, artist Susan Hiller’s first  exhibition in Canada since 1981. The major installation, comprising photography, film and other elements, opens on September 17th.   

There are 303 roads, streets and paths in Germany, whose names refer to a Jewish presence. The J.Street Project originated in Berlin in 2002 with the artist’s startled encounter with one of these street signs. Over the past three years, Susan Hiller has used film and photography to document each of these historically evocative sites. The J.Street Project is an interrogation of landscape’s capacity to memorialize. Ordinary German places, inner-city shopping streets, dreamy lanes, anonymous suburbs and secluded country roads are invested with an eloquent silence.

Susan Hiller was born in the USA. She has lived and worked in London since the early 1970's, where she became known for an innovative artistic practice including group participation works, museological/archival installations and many other works in a range of media exploring automatic writing, ESP, photomat machines, wallpaper, postcards and other denigrated aspects of popular culture. Her stature has been recognized by mid-career retrospectives at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art (1986) and Tate Liverpool (1996) as well as by more recent museum solo exhibitions and monographs, and by inclusion in major international group exhibitions. Hiller cites Minimalism, Fluxus, aspects of Surrealism and her previous study of anthropology as major influences on her work.

October 22nd at 4:00pm

A conversation between exhibiting artist Susan Hiller and Gallery Director Renee Baert.
Followed by reception. 

SYMPOSIUM: Markers and memory, places and ghosts
November 2 at 6:00pm      


5170, Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montréal (Québec) H3W 1M7, (514) 739-2301 x339, www.saidyebronfman.org 

GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 9pm; Friday, 9am to 4pm; Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
The gallery is closed September 24, October 2, 8, 9 and 15.


10. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, at Kutztown University, Sept. 18-24

Hi Folks!
I am off to Kutztown University, Pennsylvania this week!

I am in residency at Kutzown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania where I will be making a piece with the students. I am also performing my show GLORY BOX Sepetmber 21, Schaeffer Auditorium at 7:30PM. On Main Street in the middle of Campus. Performance is FREE! For info call GLBTQ Resource Center  (484) 646-4112.  Press relase for Dallas event is below.

cheers,  Tim  
My new book of essays & performances 1001 BEDS!


11. Susan Hiller, Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumns, at Newcastle University, UK, thru Nov. 11

A Secret Service: Art compulsion concealment
Hatton Gallery Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Thru 11 November

Artists: Sophie Calle, Roberto Cuoghi, Gedewon, Henry Darger, Susan Hiller, Teching Hsieh, Katarzyna Josefowicz, Joachim Koester and Adrian Dannatt, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Mark Lombardi, Mike Nelson, Kurt Schwitters, The Speculatice Archive, Jeffrey Vallance, Oskar Voll.

Curated by Richard Grayson A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition
The human fascination with secrets is explored in A Secret Service: Art, Compulsion, Concealment, a new exhibition organised by Hayward Gallery Touring in collaboration with the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University. The exhibition explores the work of 15 international artists and groups whose practices centre on the creation of secret worlds or the exposure of hidden facts and images. It includes key figures of Modern art, established and emerging contemporary artists and 'outsiders'. Together they address numerous aspects of secrecy: magic, alchemy, sexuality, dreams, religion, political conspiracy, assumed identity and the covert workings of the State.

The exhibition has particular reference to Kurt Schwitters, whose final creation, the Merzbarn is now permanently installed at the Hatton Gallery. The Merzbarn 1947-48 is among the rare surviving examples of Schwitters' four Merzbuildings - complex, architectural constructions created from refuse and found objects. During Schwitters' lifetime the Merzbuildings were seen only by his most trusted friends, today they remain confounding riddles. A Secret Service presents rarely seen documentation of the Merzbuildings in conjunction with a specially commissioned new work by Turner Prize nominee Mike Nelson.

The exhibition explores the work of 'outsiders' and those operating beyond the mainstream. It includes a substantial presentation of work by the reclusive Chicago janitor Henry Darger whose immense body of watercolour illustrations for the fantasy novel In the Realms of the Unreal came to light only at the very end of his life.

A Secret Service is curated by artist and curator, Richard Grayson. His recent exhibitions include Intelligence, 2005 and Messiah, 2004 at Matt's Gallery, London. He was Artistic Director of the Sydney Biennale in 2002 and Arts and Humanities Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle 2003 - 6.

A fully illustrated catalogue featuring essays by Roger Cardinal, Clare Carolin and Richard Grayson will accompany the exhibition. It is distributed by Cornerhouse Publications.

Tour Details:
16 September - 11 November 2006
Hatton Gallery Newcastle
27 January - 15 April 2007
De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill
5 May - 29 July 2007
Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester


12. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at CEPA, Buffalo, opening Sept. 29

"CEPA Gallery is proud to announce the opening of Deviant Bodies 2.0 with a reception for the artists and public Friday, September 29 during Buffalo’s Curtain Up! Celebration from (7:00 - Midnight). This exhibition runs through December 17, 2006 and was curated by Lawrence Brose and J.R. Martin-Alexander.

Deviant Bodies 2.0 is perhaps the most groundbreaking and comprehensive exhibition in the history of contemporary art to explore the margins of gender and representation by presenting work through the multiple lenses of Transgender, Genderqueer and Gender Variant perspectives. A companion to CEPA’s critically acclaimed 2004 project Deviant Bodies, voted Best Art Exhibit of the Year by ArtVoice and earning the Gallery a 2005 Empire State Pride Agenda Community Service Award, this complex exhibition investigates ideas and speaks to issues and perspectives rarely made public."

Lead Image: Diaspora, NYC; Tisha b'Av
Tobaron Waxman, Toronto, Ontario

Diaspora, NYC; Tisha b'Av shows two male bodies as mutually actualizing systems of inscription. The yeshiva haircut and the mastectomy scars are the narratives they are writing on and with their bodies.

Tobaron Waxman’s artwork explores the intersection between Orthodox Judaism and F/M Trans experience. He will be exhibiting a number of photographs from several projects." http://www.buffalorising.com/home/archives/004870print.php


13. Ron Athey, FF Alumn, at Western Project, Culver City, CA, thru October 28

Ron Athey Video Stills: Set Pieces From An Opera
through October 28, 2006

Western Project is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Ron Athey. As one of the most important performance artists in the last twenty years, his work has influenced a generation of younger artists. Athey nose-dives into subjects and content which are visceral, challenging and difficult the corporeal flesh, its possibilities and the knowledge it can reveal. His work can be traced from the historic lineage of Herman Nitsch, the Vienna Action Group, Leigh Bowery and Amy Semple McPherson. The exhibition includes:

Ron Athey’s asshole has its own place in the history of contemporary performance art. In the 1998-2000 Solar Anus, he pulls a string of pearls from the puckered orifice, decorated with an elaborate and appealingly symmetrical black sunburst tattoo. His body is both shown to be holy (inspired by a divine something, its potential transcendence forever yanked back to the immanence of holes and flesh) and enacted as a picture but of what Saying queer body or queer subject is not enough.

--Amelia Jones, Holy Body, TDR 2006

In Ron Athey’s Video Stills, intimate 5x7 photographic works, narratives unfold into quite different disparate directions. In the Sebastian Suspended series, Athey is martyred by Darryl Carlton and frames reveal a dissociated ecstatic. In Solar Anus, an homage to both Georges Bataille and Pierre Molinier, Athey becomes far more garish, transforming his face (and asshole) into something glamorous and unreal.

The individual Set Pieces polarize between rugged (wooden anal torture device) and sparkle (circular frame with solid beaded curtain), both designed and used to perform in physical trance states: transcendent atrocity exhibition through live penetration, ecstatic state through channeling spirit language.

In JC, the highest of high culture (opera) is turned inside out. The habituated body of the heterosexual matrix (exaggeratedly performed in opera) is violently wrenched from its place through the deliberate perversions of sado-masochism the dual poles of which themselves are parodied and overturned as Athey and Snapper continually change roles.

Amelia Jones, Holy Body, TDR 2006

Ron Athey is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. He has recently shown work at the Hayward Gallery in London, and the NRLA in Glasgow. His upcoming November multi-media performance (made in collaboration with Dominic Johnson) inspired by the myth of Philoctetes, will premiere at London?s Chelsea Theatre. He has previously exhibited at, and previously at the Matthew Marks Gallery, NY, The Walker Art Museum, MN, the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and numerous other institutions in France, Germany, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Brazil, Belgium, etc.

Relevant books:

Saint Sebastian: A Splendid Readiness for Death , catalogue from Kunsthalle group show, Wien
Live Culture, catalogue from Tate Modern group show, artist pages and writing

For further information or images, please contact the gallery at

310-838-0609 or cliff@western-project.com


14. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, Sept.22-23. 10 pm

Full Tank is very excited to introduce its new, fifth tanker: German Bratwurst-Girl Simone! Her (as to some extent my) hometown is Duesseldorf, the birthplace of weird, raw German Punk. How fitting. Come yell PROST, AUF HERRN STEUBEN! with us!


12:00 ILL-EASE


15. Ex.Pgirl, FF Alumn, at Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY, Sept. 30, noon

Ex.Pgirl has been selected, among artists such as Will Eno, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, Thomas Bradshaw, and Mabou Mines, to perform at PRELUDE '06.Ex.Pgirl will present an excerpt from their newest creation, 10 Plates , on Saturday, September 30th at noon. We are thrilled to have been selected for this festival of Contemporary NYC Theatre, which hosts "some of New York's most innovative contemporary theatre artists and companies." For full schedule, visit http://web.gc.cuny.edu/mestc/. (MESTC).

The performance will be at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY, which is located at 365 5th Avenue, and will be followed by a talk back led by Rachel Ford, Associate Producer at HERE Arts Center.?

10 Plates:

10 Plates is a 70-minute movement theater piece that explores the culture of fear from the personal perspectives of four international female performers. Treading the line between danger and humor, 10 Plates examines multi-cultural intersections between urban myth, storytelling, and food. Juxtaposing real and imagined horror stories, Ex.Pgirl asks the audience to give into the experience of being scared while revealing the ridiculous, disturbing, and heart breaking aspects of what lies beneath everyday fears.

Conceived and created by Bertie Ferdman and Suzi Takahashi in collaboration with Val Issembert, Soomi Kim, and Kiyoko Kashiwagi


16. Heike Roms, André Stitt, FF Alumns, in Wales, beginning Oct. 2006

“What’s Welsh for Performance?” (Beth yw ‘Performance’ yn Gymraeg?)
– An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales

A two-year series of events devoted to key artists who have shaped the development of performance art in Wales since 1968. Public conversations with Ivor Davies, Roland Miller, Shirley Cameron, Anthony Howell and others will introduce the audience to a hitherto neglected but crucial part of Welsh art history.

Season 1 (2006-7):
Ivor Davies ...............12 October 2006 6pm
(as part of EXPERIMENTICA 2006)
::in conversation about his early happenings in the 1960s , the Destruction in Art Symposium 1966 and the work of the Beca art collective.

Shirley Cameron & Roland Miller ...............23 November 2006 6pm
::in conversation about performance at the legendary Barry Summer School and their joint performance projects in Wales in the 1970s

Timothy Emlyn Jones & John Chris Jones .............. 22 February 2007 6pm
::in conversation about the international performance programme at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham 1977, featuring work by Joseph Beuys, Jannis Kounellis and Mario Merz

Anthony Howell..........15 March 2007 6pm
(as part of CARDIFF ART IN TIME 2007)
::in conversation about his work, Cardiff's performance scene in the 1980s and 1990s, Grey Suit and Cardiff Art in Time

Location: Cardiff School of Art and Design, Howard Gardens, Cardiff CF24 0SP
Admission FREE - to book contact mail@performance-wales.org. In English.

Extensive documentary material (videos, slides, drawings etc) will be screened as part of the event.
A publication is planned for 2007.

The history of performance art in Wales has yet to be written. Over a period of nearly forty years artists have been creating performance, action or time-based art in this country, yet their work remains largely confined to half-remembered anecdotes, rumours and hearsay. 'What's Welsh for performance?' - 'Beth yw 'performance' yn Gymraeg?' is dedicated to uncovering and documenting some of this hidden history and to creating a critical public debate around performance art in Wales. A series of publicly staged conversations devoted to key artists, institutions and events that have influenced the performance art scene in this country over the past 40 years will use the primarily anecdotal nature of much of the current engagement with the art form as the starting point for the development of a performative and interactive archive of performance art in Wales.

Project: Dr Heike Roms

in collaboration with SHIFTwork Time-Based Art Research Group,
Cardiff School of Art and Design (Director: André Stitt)

Funded by: The Arts Council of Wales
With support from: University of Wales Aberystwyth; University of Wales Institute, Cardiff; Chapter.

dr heike roms
what's welsh for performance ? - beth yw ' performance' yn gymraeg ?
performance studies, dept. theatre, film and tv studies
university of wales aberystwyth
aberystwyth sy23 3aj - uk
(+44) (0) 7980 981355; fax (0)1970 62 2831


17. Sandy deSando at William Paterson University, thru December 1

More Than Meets the Eye
Written by Mary Beth Zeman

News from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. - August 24, 2006
Contact: Mary Beth Zeman, 973-720-2444, zemanm@wpunj.edu

--Six artists examine how they "see" and bring their works to fruition

The process by which individual artists imagine, recognize and bring their art to fruition, is the subject of a new exhibit specially designed for the visually impaired at the Ben Shahn Galleries at William Paterson University in Wayne from September 18 through December 1, 2006.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free. A reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, September 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

"More Than Meets the Eye:  Insight Into the Artistic Process," features works by six artists who work in a variety of media.  Sandy DeSando, who curated the exhibit, selected artists who are clear about their individual art-making process.

"For an artist, understanding how to work can be as important as the final product," she says.  "It may take an artist years to recognize the first insight into their art-making process, and years again to follow through on what each new thought, mental image, or inquisitive feeling has demanded.  Perhaps this area of creating new behavior and neural pathways, understanding this new way of seeing, is where artists and visually impaired persons share a cross-over experience.  This exhibit is the beginning of a dialogue on seeing and insight for artists young and old, sighted or not."

Among the works on exhibit is "The Whisper Opera" by Caitlin Berrigan.  An interdisciplinary media artist who works in video, installation, performance, sculpture and tactile art, Berrigan has created a number of small silicon body parts equipped with sensors and speakers.  When removed from their display boxes and held in the hand, the objects whisper and sing to the holder-separately or in unison.

Kelly Darr, an artist who is legally blind, presents her holographic vision paintings, which have a visually rich, tactile surface that is meant to be touched.  Darr, who says the paintings come from images, objects and colors that begin in her dreams, seeks to reveal spectrums of light directly from the canvas, creating works that illuminate and animate with the change of immediate, ambient light conditions.

Maggie Ens, who works with found objects, and Marc Sloan, an electroacoustic musician, collaborate on "The Pelican Tree," an installation that incorporates a wide variety of reusable materials including wood, circuit-bent toys, lights and other found objects fashioned into a large swing that is surrounded by sound.

"The Worcester Fragments" is a large installation created by printmaker Barbara Landes and sculptor Paul Sullivan, who share a studio.  The work features constellations of hand-pulled prints and paint-covered wooden shapes suspended by wire that is kinked and crazily bent.

DeSando has received Pollock-Krasner and E.D.  Foundation grants and has participated in residences at YADDO and the Virginia Center for the Arts, among others.  She received a Vogelstein grant to create drawings of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  Her landscape drawing "Riverbank:  Elegy for Booker Little," toured with the Smithsonian's "Seeing Jazz:  Artists and Writers on Jazz" and appears in the exhibit's accompanying book.  A resident of Jersey City, she served on the board of directors of Pro Arts Jersey City, which worked to form Jersey City's Powerhouse Arts District, which includes low-income living and working space for artists.

The exhibit is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts The Ben Shahn Galleries are wheelchair-accessible.  Large-print handouts are available.  For additional information, please call the Ben Shahn Galleries at William Paterson University at 973-720-2654.


18. Peculiar Works Project, FF Alumn, at 6th Ave. and W. 9th St., Sept. 21-October 7

Peculiar Works Project, Ralph Lewis, Caroline Porter, Barry Rowell presents, Off Stage, the West Village Fragments,
a walking performance celebrating the birth of downtown theater

Thursdays through Saturdays,
September 21 - October 7, 2006
3 tours nightly: 7, 7:30 and 8pm

Opening Night: Sunday, September 24th

the journey begins at Sixth Avenue & West 9th Street
(A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W. 4th St.; 1 to Christopher St.; M5, M6, M8 or M20 buses)

Tickets: $15 $10 students/seniors; TDF accepted

tickets available at theatermania.com or call (212) 352-3101
Featuring scenes from:
Kenneth H. Brown's The Brig directed by David Vining
Diane di Prima's Monuments directed by Renee Philippi
Rosalyn Drexler's Home Movies, music by Al Carmines, directed by Julie Hamberg
Paul Foster's The Recluse directed by Miriam Weiner
Maria Irene Fornes' The Successful Life of 3 directed by Anna McHugh
Robert Heide's The Bed and West of the Moon directed by Tim Cusack
William M. Hoffman's Goodnight, I Love You directed by Casey McLain
Claris Nelson's The Rue Garden directed by Renee Philippi
Robert Patrick's The Haunted Host directed by Jillian Harrison
Richard Schechner and The Performance Group's Dionysus in 69 directed by Chris Mirto
Sam Shepard's Red Cross directed by Elaine Molinaro
Gertrude Stein and Al Carmines' In Circles directed by Jeff Janisheski
Doric Wilson's And He Made a Her directed by Mark Finley Lanford Wilson's The Madness of Lady Bright directed by Gabriel Shanks and Kay Mitchell Performed by: Mike Amato, Benjamin Beckley, Richard Binder, Stephen Blackwell, Franzika Blattner, Janet Bryant*, Sara Buffamanti, Nikki Calonge, Tonya Canada*, Lindsey Carroll, Oscar Castillo*, Jeff Clarke, Siobhan Dougherty, Patricia Drozda*, Evan Enderle, Paul Fiteni*, Rob Gaines, Gillien Goll*, John Grace*, Erik Gratton*, Liz Gutman, Steve Hauck*, Andrew Hurley, Christopher Hurt*, Benjamin Ickies, Derek Jamison, Tom Johnson*, Spencer Katzman, Ben Kopit, Alex Lane, Donna Lazar, Samantha Levitt, Jesse Liebman, Ryan Lillis, Rebecca Lingafelter, Melissa Menzie, Shawn Mahoney, Jerry Marsini*, Jason Martin, Belinda Mello, Gretchen Michelfeld*, Chris Mirto, Joel Newman, Nick Palladino, Stacy Parker*, Catherine Porter*, Lars Preece*, Dan Rabinowitz, Eleanore Scully, Rebecca Sevron, Margi Sharp*, Maggie Steele*, Sarah Stephens, Patrick Taylor*, Stacy Lee Tilton*, Michael Tomlinson*, Connie Van Decker, Chris Weikel*, Bradley Wells, Max Woertendyke
*member, Actors' Equity Association

Production Coordinator: Susan D. Lange*
Press Representative: Jim Baldassare
OFF Stage artwork: Emma Malika and John Zaso
Photographer: Alice Garrard www.peculiarworks.org for the latest project updates
and check out the article on Yahoo News

The OFF Project is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs New York State Senator Thomas Duane, and the Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of A.R.T./New York.


19. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, in London, England and Austin, Texas

Thursday 21st September 6-9pm 
Laura Parnes - ‘Janie 1978-1982’

Alma Enterprises Gallery is proud to present Laura Parnes’ London premiere of ‘Janie 1978-1982’, a video and photographic installation from a series loosely based on the book by punk-feminist Kathy Acker.

23rd September 6.30pm, Alma Enterprises
Laura Parnes will be discussing her work with Jinny Colby.
This event is free

22nd September to 29th October 2006

Read more.... www.almaenterprises.com/current_show.html

Alma Enterprises Gallery 1 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG
T: 07769 686826

Gallery opening times
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
Tube: Bethnal Green


Cinematexas, is pleased to present:
Laura Parnes:
Blood and Guts in High School
opening: Saturday, September 16th, 6-8 pm
on view through September 24th

The Donkey Show | 1706 Poquito Street | Austin, Texas 78702

(two blocks south of MLK and one block east of Chicon)

www.thedonkeyshow.org | puroburro@gmail.com

open: Wednesdays 7-9 pm, Saturdays 12-5 pm and by appointment.

—Kathy Acker, Blood and Guts in High School (1978)

A series of six video installations inspired by Kathy Acker’s novel of the same name, Laura Parnes' Blood and Guts in High School wends its high-gloss narrative through a minefield of feel-bad sex, abject violence and other assorted cultural traumas. Parnes tells the story of Janie, a sullen teen who finds herself trapped in new a form of tortured social relationship in every episode—like a postmodern-day version of The Perils of Pauline, but without the chance for escape. Each chapter is framed within different bits of brutal history: Three Mile Island, the Jonestown mass suicide, the rise of the religious right. Shot with an hallucinatory Kubrickian eye, Blood and Guts brings a sleek cinematic aesthetic to the often ineptly lensed genre of gallery video and offers the form a new role: as Hollywood’s unconscious, peeping into the nightmare from which we cannot awake.


20. Marthe Fortun, FF Intern Alumn, at NYU, opening September 20, 5-7 pm

Department of Art and Art Professions
NYU Steinhardt 

A mass pin-up show including work of all MFA and MA: Art in Media students in the Department of Art and Art Professions.
Opening Celebration and Ping-Pong Fest on Wednesday, September 20 from 5:00-7:00 PM
Work on view through September 30.
Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street
Rosenberg Gallery and The Commons
Department of Art & Art Professions
Open to the public and free of charge.


21. William Scarbrough, FF Alumn, in South Africa, exhibition extended thru Sept. 29.

Exhibition Extended To September 29, 2006
William Scarbrough
Michaelis Gallery, 31 Orange Street. Cape Town, South Africa

Michaels School of Fine Art
University of Cape Town
Tuesday, September 5 – September 29, 2006
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Saturday, 10am – 1pm

For more information please contact William Scarbrough.


22. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Oct. 6, 7:30 pm





23. Aaron Landsman, FF Alumn, in Impact Festival, Manhattan, October 16

Dear Friends,

I have spent the last several months corresponding with a group of dissident theater artists in Belarus, and I'm putting together a reading of their work on October 16, as part of The Culture Project's Impact Festival. I hope you will be able to come.The reading will feature the first English translations of these plays, and will be staged by several fantastic New York City ensembles and artists, including Labyrinth Theater, Naked Angels, Paul Willis and Tinderbox Theater.

Wait, Belarus? Yes, Belarus!?

Belarus is the last remaining Soviet-style dictatorship in Eastern Europe, and these artists are being persecuted for trying to make theater independent of the state system. I got involved with Free Theater because I liked the pictures I saw of their work, because the correspondence I received from them during the recent sham elections in Belarus, where company members were at the forefront of the protest movement, were heartbreaking and profound.

Most of all, I am doing this reading because Free Theater seems like us - scrappy, intelligent, funny, and willing to go to incredible lengths to get their work done. They don't think of themselves as making 'political theater' per se, but the context makes what they do a political act. Often they perform in apartments, parks, and with extreme security measures in place in order to avoid the authorities. While the consequences we suffer for our determination here mostly remain economic, the consequences they suffer in Minsk can include, beatings, jailings and blackmail.

Please come see what our colleagues in Belarus are up to. It would mean a lot to me, and a lot to them.

The Culture Project's Impact Festival presents
Readings of new Belarusian plays
Performed by

Labyrinth Theater
Naked Angels
Tinderbox Theater Company
Paul Willis

Translations by Dina Kupchanka

October 16
Baruch Performing Art Center's Nagelberg Theatre
55 Lexington Avenue (@25th Street)
6 Train to 23th Street


For more information:
Free Theater: http://www.dramaturg.org
Culture Project: http://www.cultureproject.org
Impact Festival: http://www.impactfestival.org
Me: http://www.thinaar.com


24. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Barnes and Noble, NY, Oct. 5, and more

Annie Lanzillotto
announcing the new Italian American Creative non-fiction collection:
Our Roots are Deep with Passion  

Editors:  Lee Gutkind and Joanna Clapps Herman

Here are our New York readings:

Thursday October 5, 7 pm, BARNES & NOBLE , 396 Sixth Ave, New York, NY  10011
Readers: Mary Beth Caschetta, Jim Vescovi, Marianna Torgovnick, Annie Lanzillotto, Phyllis Capello, Stephanie Susnjara, Ned Balbo, Jeanna Canapari

Thursday October 10, 7 pm
MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE   2900 Purchase St, Purchase, NY  10577
Readers: Edvige Giunta, Joanna Clapps-Herman, Stephanie Susnjara, Maria Laurino, Annie Lanzillotto

Thursday, October 12  7:00 PM  EST
reading + launch party CASA ITALIANA - NYU 24 West 12th St, New York, NY 
Readers: Jim Vescovi, Joanna Clapps-Herman, Annie Lanzillotto, Edvige Giunta, Phyllis Capello, Stephanie Susnjara, Regina Barreca, Ned Balbo, Carol Bonomo Albright, Christine Palamidessi, Jeanna Canapari, Maria Laurino, Christine Palamidessi Moore

Tuesday, November 7, 7 pm, KGB READING SERIES, 85 East 4th St, New York, NY 10003
Readers: Peter Selgin, Joanna Clapps-Herman, Annie Lanizillotto, Edvige Giunta


25. Larry List, FF Alumn, at The Menil Collection, TX, thru January 7, 2007

thru January 7, 2007

In 1944, Julien Levy, New York gallery owner and champion of Surrealism, assembled "The Imagery of Chess" with thirty-two invited artists—the same number of pieces one finds on a chessboard. Marcel Duchamp co-curated the exhibition, although he publicly claimed he was abandoning art to devote himself entirely to playing chess. The world was at war, and American and expatriate artists used the occasion to articulate their personal visions through this ancient game of combat and courtly love. After the exhibition’s opening, a spectacle at Levy’s sophisticated and popular gallery, seven simultaneous chess matches pitted participants against a blindfolded grand master (who won six matches with one draw). Just as the political world was in upheaval, the art world too was changing, and the juxtaposition of the older and younger artists who were invited to contribute provided a rare glimpse into that transition.

The Menil Collection explores this moment in art—when Surrealism began to wane and the New York School began its ascent—by showcasing their intersection in "'The Imagery of Chess' Revisited." Sixty years later, that original exhibition has been recreated, and its beauty, excitement, and intellectual power are examined by leading scholars. Included in this re-creation of the original collection are a Bauhaus original chess set by Josef Hartwig, a Brancusi-inspired set by Yves Tanguy, a set made from found wood by Alexander Calder, and pieces made of the newest and most intriguing material of the time, plastic, by Richard Filipowski and Isamu Noguchi. The exhibition will be of particular interest to visitors to The Menil Collection because it includes several artists on view in the Surrealist galleries: Duchamp, Tanguy, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and others.

Organized by the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. Jenny Dixon, Director; Bonnie Rychlak, Curator. Exhibition guest curated by Larry List.

The presentation of this exhibition at The Menil Collection is generously supported by Alice and Risher Randall.


26. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at El Museo del Barrio, opening Sept. 28

This Skin I'm In:
Contemporary Dominican Art from
El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection

September 29, 2006 - January 21, 2007
Opening Reception : Thursday, September 28, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York

New York, NY - September 12, 2006 -- El Museo del Barrio, New York's premier Latino and Latin American cultural institution, will present This Skin I'm In: Contemporary Dominican Art from El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection from September 29, 2006 - January 21, 2007. Organized by Director of Curatorial Programs Deborah Cullen , this exhibition showcases the museum's recent acquisitions of contemporary art, illuminating the first core collection of contemporary work by Dominican artists in any United States museum collection and demonstrating El Museo's first step in its commitment towards building in-depth modern and contemporary holdings of work by Dominican artists.

This grouping of ten diverse and multi-media works -- primarily by New York-based Dominican artists along with some work by artists from the island -- addresses the idea of skin as a metaphor and membrane, mediating between one's inner being and external experience. These cutting-edge works explore the contradictions between isolation and connection, particularly as expressed through the metaphor of an island surrounded by water, as well as both the losses and gains of the migration experience. Other recurring themes within the works are the roles of race, class and gender, and these are echoed by the notion of invention, artifice, and even self-made armors utilized to get through day-to-day life. These artists refer, overtly or subtly, to Dominican history, and to both the celebrated and stereotyped perceptions of Dominicans' contributions to contemporary culture.

Thanks in part to "PROARTISTA: Sustaining the Work of Living Contemporary Artists," a fund from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, El Museo has been enabled to grow and expand its collection, with a special focus on contemporary Latino art. Included in This Skin I'm In are works by artists such as Elia Alba, Tony Capellan, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, iliana emilia garcia, Quisqueya Henríquez, Freddy Rodríguez, Scherezade, Julio Váldez and Limber Vilorio.


Masters from the Dominican Republic Debut in the United States
On View at El Museo del Barrio

September 29, 2006 - January 21, 2007
Opening Reception : Thursday, September 28, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York

New York, NY - September 2006 --El Museo del Barrio , New York's premier Latino and Latin American cultural institution, will present ¡Merengue! Visual Rhythms / Ritmos Visuales from September 29, 2006 through January 21, 2007 . This exhibition, organized by Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes in Santiago, Dominican Republic and curated by Sara Hermann, explores the pictorial representation of merengue, the genre of music and dance that, interwoven throughout the nation's history, has come to define Dominican culture and identity.

Spanning the 20th century, the exhibition features more than 50 works from private and public Dominican collectors -- primarily paintings and also select works on paper, sculpture, photography and video -- by 36 Dominican artists inspired by this prevalent form of musical and rhythmic expression. ¡Merengue! explores the evolving formal styles embraced by artists on the island conversant with global artistic currents, from Realism to Cubism and Expressionism to Post-Modernism, while consistently drawing from a distinctly Dominican iconographic vocabulary. Tracing this great tradition and its intersections with the visual arts, the exhibition translates the energy and festivity of the beloved national music through depictions of both customary rural celebrations and more contemporary profiles of conjuntos, groups of musicians, performing for dancing crowds. A timeline constructed for the show relates the artistic integration of the works on display with historical events such as the Centennial of 1944, marking the commemoration of the country's independence in 1844, and the mid-century political struggles towards democracy.

¡Merengue! Visual Rhythms / Ritmos Visuales has been made possible through the generous support of Altria Group, Inc., the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation and Presidente Beer. Additional support has been provided by Bloomberg LP, GEICO, and American Airlines, with individual support from Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue, María Matilde & Roberto Bonetti and Tony Bechara. El Museo is grateful for the extraordinary opportunity to mount this major exhibition introducing to the New York public Dominican modernist masters such as Jaime Colson, Yoryi Morel and José Vela Zanetti, and contextualizing some of the thematically relevant work of contemporary artists from the island and the diaspora including Freddy Rodriguez, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Chiqui Mendoza and Raúl Recio. ¡Merengue! will be presented along with This Skin I'm In: Contemporary Dominican Art from El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection. These exhibitions mark the first occasion upon which a museum in the United States will showcase the 20 th and 21 st century art and culture of both the Dominican Republic and the diaspora, whose largest population resides in New York City .

Contact : Lauren Van Natten
T. 212 660 7102


27. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at PS 122, Sept. 28-Oct. 1

Women and Power in the New America
a performance by Coco Fusco

Presented by PS 122 in conjunction with Creative Time

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN is Fusco’s performance monologue about the expanding role of American women in the War on Terror. She speaks as a female graduate of interrogator training school. Using power-point and simulated live feed video from actual interrogations, Fusco gives a briefing about how a career in military intelligence offers great opportunities to emancipated women of the 21st century. Her performance explores how the current administration’s rationalizations of detention and prisoner abuse have led to a reconsideration of the possible legitimacy of torture. Fusco also raises questions about feminism in the 21st century and the ways that political conservatives have appropriated the language of women’s liberation.

Thursday, Sept. 28th at 8pm
Friday Sept, 29th at 8pm
Saturday Sept. 30th at 8pm
Sunday, Oct. 1 at 5pm
At: PS 122
150 First Ave at 9th Street


Free screening of Fusco’s film OPERATION ATROPOS, about her training with retired US Army interrogators, plus a panel discussion featuring:

José Muñoz, NYU
Anne Norton, UPenn
Mike Ritz, former US Army Interrogator and co-founder of Team Delta.

Tickets: $20
Students: $15

To purchase tickets call:  212 352 3103 or go to www.theatermania.com



28. 2006 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History, NY, November 8-12

2006 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
a. Save the Dates: Mead Festival Schedule
b. Bring the Mead Traveling Festival to Your Community

The 2006 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and will take place at the American Museum of Natural History from November 8-12. The longest running showcase for international documentaries in the United States, it encompasses a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental non-fiction. The Festival is distinguished by its outstanding selection of titles, which tackle diverse and challenging subjects, and by its forums for discussion with filmmakers and speakers.

Festival Highlights:

Wednesday, November 8
7:00 p.m., Program F1
Immy Humes. 2006. Video. 57 min. (Work in progress)
Before mental illness shattered his promising life, Harold Louis (Doc) Humes co-founded The Paris Review (with Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton), wrote two novels, directed an underground film, and designed prefabricated paper houses for the poor. He was an integral part of the 1950's New York City intellectual scene, a 60's free-speech militant, and a 70's visionary crazy genius. His filmmaker daughter, Immy Humes, recounts her father's extraordinary life through fascinating stories, archival films, and audio recordings, and brings to life three vibrant decades of American cultural history. Timothy Leary, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, the F.B.I., and the C.I.A are all featured in this unsentimental portrait of a man and his times. Discussion, performance, and panel with director Immy Humes, musician and Beat generation ambassador David Amram, and others

Right to Return/Pioneers
Sunday, November 12
7:00 p.m., Program F20
Jonathan Demme, Daniel Wolff, and Abdul Franklin. (Work in progress) Right
to Return/Pioneers is a powerful project about the changing human ecology of some of the New Orleans neighborhoods worst hit by the floods that followed Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It features the pioneering individuals and families who have chosen to exercise their self-granted ‘right to return’ to their devastated homes in an effort to rebuild their lives. Discussion with directors and special guests, plus special performance by New Orleans jazz musicians

Focus on Bonnie Sherr Klein
The Mead Festival spotlights the work of author and award-winning filmmaker Bonnie Sherr Klein, who gained international acclaim as a member of Challenge for Change and Studio D, the Women¹s Unit of the National Film Board of Canada, where she directed the groundbreaking films Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography (Program F3), and Speaking Our Peace: A Film about Women, Peace, and Power. SHAMELESS: The
ART of Disability (Program F19) marks her return to filmmaking after a nearly two-decade absence due to a disabling stroke. The U.S. premiere of SHAMELESS will be followed by a community discussion led by Bonnie Sherr Klein and Simi Linton, director of the New York-based Disability/Arts organization. Moreover, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous documentary Not a Love Story. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker as well as scholars and activists in the fields of women’s studies and sex work.

Inside China
This year's festival features three very different films that focus on the many issues facing China practices to realities of globalization and the AIDS crisis. Micha X. Peled¹s China Blue (Program F2) provides unparalleled access to both the top and bottom levels of a blue jeans factory in Sichuan province; Ruby Yang¹s The Blood of Yingzhou District (Program F21) traces a year in the life of children who have lost their parents to AIDS; and Yang Rui¹s The Bimo Records (Program F14) depicts the disappearing traditions of Bimo clergy among the Yi people.

Games for Change
Video games have come of age, having surpassed Hollywood box-office revenues for the third year in a row. The games featured in this special session have a relationship to documentary filmmaking because of their emphasis on social and political issues. This program features demos of the following games: Ayiti: The Cost of Life, Darfur is Dying, A Force More Powerful, and Tropical America, and will be introduced and moderated by Suzanne Seggerman and Benjamin Stokes from Games for Change.
(Program F15).

Hip-Hop Field Report
Hip-hop culture has become synonymous with youth culture and plays a significant economic role in the political and entertainment markets throughout the world. This program, guest curated by Erika Dalya Muhammad, is conceptualized as a field report of the culture's influence on pop trends. This selection of videos pays tribute to the culture's dominant aesthetic. Presented in collaboration with the Mount Vernon Hip-Hop Arts Center and Muhammad's Hip-Hop Arts Initiative, the program features: Roots, BLING: Consequences and Repercussions, and Sneakers. (Program F8)

Post-Katrina This year, the Festival showcases the work of some of America¹s leading filmmakers who have tried to make sense of the tragedy by seeking out the details behind the headlines. The Festival presents, in marathon fashion, Spike Lee's four-hour documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (Programs F10 & F11). A powerful chorus of witnesses, cutting across racial and class lines, contemplate the uncertain future of the Lower Ninth Ward. Jonathan Demme and his collaborators, Daniel Wolff and Abdul Franklin, also initiated a project that will present a year long record of the human ecology of the New Orleans region. This Closing Night presentation features clips from Right to Return/Pioneers, a work in progress (Program F20). It focuses on the courageous citizens who suffered through this calamitous natural then political communities. This year's post-Katrina programs help to celebrate their spirit.

Visit http://www.amnh.org/mead for Phase I of this year's Festival website that gives the complete festival schedule. Please return in mid-October for the complete 2006 Festival website with ticketing information.


The Margaret Mead Traveling Festival is now available for booking. This year, program themes include worker rights in China, Mexican-American migration, protecting international journalists, the intelligent design debate, and more.

The Traveling Festival is comprised of six thematic programs, each program approximately between 1.5 and 2 hrs, depending on length of films. Venues have the option of renting a full package (six programs, $1800) or a half-package (three programs, $900); this includes background and promotional information on titles, still images, preview videos for publicity purposes, and a guide for conducting film festivals and screenings. The presentation format is in video, in either VHS or DVD. The Traveling Festival can be rented for a weekend marathon or for up to six weeks.

If you are interested in hosting the Traveling Festival, or have any questions, please contact Gisela Fosado at fosado@amnh.org; 212-769-5078.


29. George Ferrandi, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, in this week’s Village Voice

The text of the Village Voice story follows below. For the accompanying photograph please visit http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0638,tudor,74494,15.html

The Village Voice, NYC Life, Loitering
Collection Agency: An ever evolving periscopic museum intended "for the people"
by Silke Tudor
September 19th, 2006 10:53 AM

It started as a street-level display in Dave Herman's former apartment: old bottles and a set of false teeth found on the banks of Dead Horse Bay; souvenir postcards from the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows; a subway placard from a retired No. 7 redbird; a jar of "devil nuts," an aquatic fruit found in the Hudson River—bits and pieces of New York history lovingly offered to the passing world. When Herman noticed a growing number of lost-looking visitors in Williamsburg, he painted a compass rose on the side of his landlord's one-story brick building, along with directions to several major intersections within walking distance. Passersby were invited to take a recorded audio tour of his artifacts by pressing a doorbell. Newcomers naturally assumed that Herman was an eccentric old pack rat with too much time on his hands; longtime residents of the area knew better but still considered Herman's grandly named City Reliquary as little more than sweet and improbable. They were mistaken.

Herman—a young Floridian with a gracious temperament, a tireless work ethic, and an ingenuous enthusiasm for history—started making ambitious forays into the community, encouraging his somewhat baffled neighbors and native New Yorkers from other boroughs to loan their collections to his ever evolving periscopic museum "for the people." It didn't matter if the collections related directly to New York history, insisted Herman; if their owners were New Yorkers, their stuff would be interesting. Herman was right. The rotating "community collection" window quickly became a regular destination for locals. Herman set out benches and invited people to plant small gardens in the large tire and claw-foot bathtub on the sidewalk. His neighbors began drinking their morning coffee under the Reliquary windows, catching up on the day's news. As Herman's longtime friend and Reliquary vice president George Ferrandi likes to say, it became the neighborhood watercooler.

Soon, people were leaving anonymous donations on the windowsill or between the flowers. One neighbor brought over a railroad spike from a long-gone trolley track that had served the bustling retail district at Havemeyer and Grand.

"He told me it had been sitting on his mantel for 20 years," says Herman with a note of appreciation. "I guess that's when I knew we were on the right track, that this might actually work as a bridge between the newcomers and the old-timers."

In spring of 2005, the Reliquary featured the extensive fountain pen collection of Brooklyn natives Steve and Maryann Zucker. As usual, Herman made it a community affair. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who had become a stalwart supporter and occasional visitor to the Reliquary, was invited to the sidewalk reception, where essays by local elementary students on the theme "My Collection" were read. Small exhibition booklets were set in a rack under the window, and an interview with the Zuckers was posted on the Reliquary's online radio station, WCRM, where everyone could learn more about the mysterious world of pen collector shows. Typical of a Reliquary opening, the Zucker display proved that the Reliquary had become a true neighborhood museum—miles away, in every way, from its tony counterparts across the water.

When Herman moved out of his old apartment, his housemates left the window displays and his landlord left the wall as is. A wooden sign now directs visitors to a new City Reliquary location just a few blocks away. It's a big step up: two rooms, two large retail-size picture windows, and a small space for a gift shop, which offers bottles of East River water, soil samples from all five boroughs, City Reliquary pens, vintage gumball-machine toys, and street-sweeper bristles for $1. The Reliquary, Herman assures me, is still very much "for the people . . . not for profit." In fact, last month, his volunteer board of directors pitched in to cover the rent. "We're not very good at PR," admits Herman. "We all just do what we enjoy doing and hope people will find out."

Nik Sokol, the Reliquary's resident geologist, enjoys excavating municipal sites in and around New York City. With his help, the "New Yorker's Geology" exhibits have grown to include bedrock core samples from four of the five boroughs, one of the 175 million bricks used to construct the 19th-century New Croton Aqueduct, stalactites, tap water samples, a cornice from Brooklyn Borough Hall, a Hearst Building baluster, and samples of floor tile from the TWA building at JFK.

The specimens sit like jewels in low glass cases under muted halogen bulbs. A row of vintage seltzer bottles twinkle on the wall. A curtain of yellowing Statue of Liberty postcards is juxtaposed with a mahogany china cabinet filled with statues raising their torches. One case holds first-edition books and records about New York. There are old MTA transfers, subway maps, train car doors, and vintage billy clubs. There are menus from forgotten restaurants and light fixtures from a defunct matzo factory. An enticing walk-in closet is devoted to burlesque and offers a mechanical hula dancer. Brass rings from Coney Island sit near Brooklyn-brand bubble gum and a chunk of paint from a subway station wall. A 2nd Avenue Deli sandwich pick shares velvet with a set of clay dolls from Chinese New Year and a glass ring handmade from the neck of a bottle by children on the Lower East Side, who methodically ground the edges against a curb.

Among the fading memories and revealed histories is a cabinet of new acquisitions gathered by Bill Scanga, which offers present-day things that may soon become relics: A Nathan's fork, snacks from a nearby bodega, a protest pin that reads "We're no Soho."

One of Herman's favorite exhibits is a window, complete with signs and artwork, recovered from Petrella's Point, a much beloved newsstand that once stood on Canal and Bowery.

"That newsstand inspired me to paint directions on the Reliquary," says Herman, still somewhat moved by its loss. "I used to take people there when I was a tour guide."

Tour guide, museum curator, long-haul truck driver, art handler, and sculptor are just a few of the things on Herman's résumé. The latest addition is a New York City fireman, with Hook & Ladder Company 104.

"Ahh, yes, the many worlds of Dave Herman," says George Ferrandi as we watch his company's fire truck pull up to the City Reliquary's "September Tribute" block party. At the University of Florida, Ferrandi was Herman's sculpture professor; she also performed with him in an art circus.

"He probably hasn't told the firemen about the circus yet," says Ferrandi with a chuckle.

"I didn't have any real circus talent," clarifies Herman before hopping on the truck to greet his fellow firemen. "I was just the ringleader. I just made a connection with the crowd. As a sculptor, I did things like construct an old-fashioned barbershop and give people haircuts. It was like performance art presented by a nonperformer. Not very good at all. That's why I had to start the museum."

As Magnolia, a rock duo composed of 11-year-old girls, take the stage, I sit down to a game of Connect Four with a video artist named Gregory Rossi. Harley Spiller, the Reliquary's "Inspector Collector" and the Guinness World Record holder for the largest menu collection, brings us prawns and chile peppers on a stick. A group of neighborhood kids bait us with hide-and-go-seek while the crowd dances to Magnolia. For one moment, everyone seems to be finding pure joy in the city that Herman helps us not to forget.


Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller


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