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Goings On: posted week of October 10, 2006

1. Evening to honor the life and career of Arlene Raven at Cooper Union, Great Hall, Oct 16, 6-8 pm
2. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY, opening Oct 14, 7-9 pm
3. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Woodstock Film Festival, Oct 14, 3 pm
4. Marie Sester, FF Alumn, new online interview
5. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Spencertown Academy, NY, opening Oct 28
6. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at Cornell University, NYC, Jan 12-19, 2007
7. Ame Gilbert, FF Alumn, now online at www.susceptibletoimages.com
8. Andrea Cote, FF Alumn, in DUMBO festival, Oct 14
9. David Khang, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, FF Alumns, in Deformes Biennale, Santiago, Chile, Oct 29-Nov. 4
10. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, at UNC Chapel Hill, thru Oct. 15, and at Duke, Oct 16
11. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Fieldgate Gallery, London, England, Oct 13, 8 pm
12. Alice Eve Cohen, FF Alumn, at PS 199, Manhattan, Oct 20, 6:30 pm
13. Shirin Neshat, FF Alumn, receives 2006 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize
14. Willie Cole, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumns, at Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Oct 15-Dec 31
15. Gearoid Dolan, FF Alumn, in DUMBO Festival, Oct 14, 9-midnight
16. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, in Rome, Potenzia, and Campagna Italy, Oct 12-15, and Madrid, Spain, Oct 18
17. Feral Childe, FF Alumn, at Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA, Oct 14
18. Coracle Press, FF Alumns, in Small Publishers Fair, London, UK, Oct 20-21
19. Juana Valdes, FF Alumn, at Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, opening Oct 12
20. Micki Watanabe, FF Alumn, in Smack Mellon Open Studios, DUMBO Festival, Oct 14-15

1. Evening to honor the life and career of Arlene Raven at Cooper Union, Great Hall, Oct 16, 6-8 pm

Please join family and friends for an evening to honor the life and career of our friend.   Monday, October 16, 2006, 6-8 pm.   At Cooper Union, in The Great Hall, 7 East 7 Street, New York City   This event is co-sponsored by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery and Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs.


2. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY, opening Oct 14, 7-9 pm

Jonathan LeVine Gallery presents...
New Paintings

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14th from 7pm-9pm
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th St. 9E
New York NY 10011


Isabel Samaras: Ex Animo

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Ex Animo, Isabel Samaras’ first solo exhibition in New York. In her series of narrative paintings, Samaras focuses on a new direction in her work, re-imagining gothic romances with happy endings. Ill-fated journeys turn into enchanting honeymoons and surprising love connections.

For Ex Animo, Samaras replaces her recognizable TV characters with new personal models of expression. A hand, an abandoned and forgotten part of humanity, takes on a life of its own, or gets into mischief. Love and attraction, a reoccurring theme in Samaras’ work, are illuminated through symbols and storytelling. “I’m still presenting idyllic images since I still believe in the power of love to conquer all,” explains Samaras, “but it’s tinged with a bit more darkness.” For Samaras these alternate endings are pleasant antidotes to fictitious stories. She invites the viewer to be part of her humorous and heartfelt storytelling process.

To explore the depths of human connection and creation of life, however terrifying, Samaras lures us into an uncharted world, both exciting and fearsome. Challenging the status quo of a typical fairytale, Samaras plays the part of sane scientist, creating works both tender and mysterious. Each painting functions as a portrait, whose seductive nature plays upon viewers inhibitions, reactions and natural impulses. Painting in an early 19th century style, Samaras attributes romantic and mischievous traits to her characters, incorporating symbols and portraiture that elaborate on traditional fairy tale motifs and recreate fantastic realms. A handsome man who holds the skull of a wolf replaces a menacing animal in Samaras’ version of Little Red Riding Hood.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design, her works of erotic, TV-related pop culture characters have been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine, The San Francisco Examiner, NextMonet.com, USA Today, Reflex, Axcess Magazine, Art Prostitute, Carbon 14, and International Tattoo Art Magazine. Works have also been published in the books Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, and Weirdo Deluxe: the Wild World of Pop Surrealism and Lobrow Art as well as Vicious, Delicious and Ambitious: 20th Century Women Artists.



3. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Woodstock Film Festival, Oct 14, 3 pm

Barbara Hammer, FF Alum, Lover Other: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 2006, screens Oct. 14 @Woodstsock Film Festival, 3pm, Town Hall, Woodstock. Director, in person.

"Cements Hammer's place as a heroine worthy of the counterculture's mantle." RedCat
"Weaves together more hooks than a drunken angler . . .", Variety.
"Masterful. Lover Other brings art, politics, and gender identity to the fore in a thought- provoking investigation of artists and resistance." Boston LGBT Festival.

In her latest work, Lover Other, Prolific filmmaker, archivist and commentator, Barbara Hammer examines an intriguing chapter in lesbian cultural history.  Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore cut mythic figures in the art world: They were stepsisters and lovers who, as key participants in the Parisian Surrealist movement in 1920's and '30's, collaborated on collages, photographs and installations exploring cross dressing and lesbian eroticism. The pair settled on the Isle of Jersey, where they went on to perform heroic acts of resistance against the Nazi occupation during WWII.


4. Marie Sester, FF Alumn, new online interview

FYI: this interview just came up online


best regards,
marie sester


5. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Spencertown Academy, NY, opening Oct 28

Saturday, October 28 - November 26, 2006
October 28, 4:00–6:00PM - Opening reception
Artists gallery talk - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006 2PM
Solo exhibition of work by Robin Tewes curated by John Weber, special guest curator.
Gallery hours: Thursday–Sunday, 1:00-5:00PM and by appointment.
Gallery website for directions:
Route 203 P.O. Box 80 |  Spencertown, New York 12165
Telephone: 518-392-3693 | Fax: 518-392-8694


6. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at Cornell University, NYC, Jan 12-19, 2007

Giant 'C' sculpture of Cornell humanities books to depict the breadth of the university's scholarship . The world will soon "C" the humanities at Cornell as never before.

In a first-of-its kind project, Cornell art Professor Buzz Spector will create one of the largest and most inclusive artworks in the university's history: an installation composed entirely of thousands of books by current Cornell faculty members that will illustrate the extraordinary reach of Cornell scholarship.

"The installation will be both a physical manifestation of the depth and breadth of Cornell scholarship in the humanities and arts," says Spector, "and be itself a beautiful and evocative form."

The Humanities Book Art Project will rise in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning's New York City space ( 50 W. 17th St.), and be on display from Jan. 12-19, 2007; the installation may be reinstalled on the Ithaca campus in the spring.

Spector envisions the structure in the shape of a giant letter "C": a curving, rising-and-falling, ziggurat-like sculpture of books that invites viewers to use their imaginations to browse among the volumes of the metaphorical library.

He plans to document the final work from a raised platform with a large-format Polaroid camera -- the same camera used by William Wegman, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Joyce Tenneson and other artists. A show of photographs by artists using the large-format Polaroid camera is on exhibit at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art through Oct. 22. The large-format Polaroid is being retired due to competition from digital formats, and one of Spector's images will be donated to the Johnson Museum.

The image also will appear on posters, on the Internet and elsewhere. Construction of the installation will be filmed, and the video streamed online at http://cornell.edu/humanities/. A companion index, generated from the database of information on books loaned for the project, will be published.

"I've been using the 20x24 camera since 1999," says Spector. "My first project was to photograph arrangements of all the books in my personal library by or about particular artists or writers who have influenced me intellectually."

Spector, who chairs AAP's art department, will engage students in his 2007 winter session class, "Inspiration to Exhibition," held in New York City, in constructing the book installation. Students also will be hired to collect, archive and return books.

"The Humanities Book Art Project is a wonderful idea, one I am pleased to support, because it highlights not only the scholarly work of our humanists and artists, but also the book as an object and its continuing importance to us all," says Cornell Provost Biddy Martin. "The project will create awareness of the impact of humanities scholarship at Cornell, support the creative activities of faculty and students and also highlight the Ithaca campus's many links to the New York City art scene."

Spector's large-scale book constructions have been exhibited in such museums as the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Rome's Palazzo Falconieri and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. He was featured in the PBS series "Imagining America: Icons of 20th-Century American Art."

"In 1988 I constructed the Library of Babel, an installation of 2,000 found books at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a 36-foot-long arc of stacked volumes. The Cornell installation could end up being far larger if all faculty decide to participate," Spector says.

Loan Buzz your books
Provost Biddy Martin will invite Cornell faculty authors to loan their published works to the Humanities Book Art Project later this semester. Books eligible for the project can be in any area of the arts or humanities, broadly defined: biography, imagery, criticism, theory, plays, scripts, memoir and the history of science. Scientific textbooks or books about scientific research are not eligible. A complete bibliography will be produced, and books loaned to the project will be returned in the same condition as received at the end of the spring 2007 semester. Instructions for submission will be detailed in the provost's invitation.


7. Ame Gilbert, FF Alumn, now online at www.susceptibletoimages.com

Ame Gilbert, FF Alumn, has an article (combining food and art) at www.susceptibletoimages.com


8. Andrea Cote, FF Alumn, in DUMBO festival, Oct 14

Andrea Cote featured Performance at d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge festival

Saturday, October 14, 1:30-3 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park , Dumbo, NY
BodySite, a mobile performance

The work explores the artist and the artwork as nomad. A collapsible and installable drawing attached to the artist's body, and secured on site by fixing to the ground with tent stakes, BodySite reflects the artist’s need to adapt, to transport one’s vision to a multitude of places. The performance debuted in July at –scopeHamptons 2006.



9. David Khang, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, FF Alumns, in Deformes Biennale, Santiago, Chile, Oct 29-Nov 4

Hello All,

Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa and I are both participating in this upcoming event.
I'll be stopping by in NYC on my way down to Santiago, so I'll see you soon!


David Khang
Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa

in Deformes Biennale, Santiago, Chile
Oct. 29th- Nov. 4th, 2006

The 1st INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL, DEFORMES 2006 is a national and international meeting of performance and action art that gathers artists and specialists of the discipline. The Biennial will feature artists whose works have been chosen to represent the theme of the event, "the body and the other."

Contemporary Art Museum of the University of Chile MAC
FACTORIA, Arcis University Santiago/Valparaiso
Ojo de Buey Gallery of ARCOS communication Institute.
Santiago's Library of DIBAM



10. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, at UNC Chapel Hill, thru Oct 15, and at Duke, Oct 16


also DUKE UNIV Oct  16!

Hi Folks,

I'll be back in Chapel Hill & Durham, North Carolina Oct 8-16! I will be doing a weeklong residency at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Oct 8-15. I will be making a piece with a fierce group of UNC students during the week which will be performed in Studio 6 of Swain Hall Oct 14 at 8PM and I will be performing my show  based on my new book 1001 BEDS at UNC Swain Hall , Studio 6  Oct 12 (post show dialog with amazing novelist Allan Gurganus that night). I am also doing a lecture/rant with lots of performance excerpts called SEX/BODY/SELF at Duke Uni Oct 16 at 8PM in their newly renovated Brody Theater on East Campus -- Brody Theater backs up onto Markham Avenue between Broad and Buchanan. The event at Duke is FREE!

Swain Hall
Studio 6
UNC Chapel Hill
101 E Cameron Ave Chapel Hil

Curtain is at 8:00 pm

Number for tix is 919-843-3333

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


11. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Fieldgate Gallery, London, England, Oct 13, 8 pm

David Medalla, FF Alumn, will perform in the Fieldgate Gallery at Whitechapel, London. on October 13, 2006, at 8 p.m.. The performance is entitled "Poly-Homages to the artists of SIGNALS London". From 1964 to 1966 David Medalla collaborated with Paul Keeler in directing SIGNALS London, which became the most dynamic and celebrated showroom of the international avant- garde. The name SIGNALS was inspired by a group of sculptures by the Greek artist Takis. Other artists who showed at SIGNALS included Naum Gabo, Lygia Clark, Sergio de Camargo, Mathias Goeritz, Helio Oiticica, Li Yuan-Chia, Mira Schendel, Liliane Lijn, Mary Martin, Antonio Calderara, J. R. Soto,  Alejandro Otero and David Medalla himself who edited the newsbulletin SIGNALS which have been re-published by InIVA - the Institute of International Visual Art. David Medalla's performance in the Fieldgate Gallery will be during the opeining of an exhibition there about leading art galleries in London during the Swinging Sixties. The exhibition is curated by Pierre Coinde and Paul O'Dwyer of the Centre of Attention.

Everyone welcome. For further information: http://www.thecentreofattention.org


12. Alice Eve Cohen, FF Alumn, at PS 199, Manhattan, Oct 20, 6:30 pm

PS 199 Presents: A Practical Cats Theatre production
Benefit Performance for UNICEF!

Written and performed by Alice Eve Cohen
12 characters, 1 actor, masks, puppets and music
A comic solo play, based on an Italian folk tale

Friday, Oct. 20 at 6:30pm
P.S. 199 Auditorium, 270 W. 70 St.
Adults $10; Children $5
Recommended for ages 5 to 12 & adults. 45 minutes.
Tickets will be sold in the lobby before the show.

The Parrot is a solo play based on a fascinating and unusual Italian folk-tale. The performance combines acting, puppetry, music, comedy and drama. A story within a story, a romantic parrot befriends a peasant girl and outwits the evil king through his brilliant storytelling. The parrot’s remarkable story is of a courageous girl who travels the world performing brave deeds, saving princes and bringing joy to every kingdom she visits. The play moves fluidly between the two fantastic stories: the story about the parrot, and the incredible story the parrot tells. The story of The Parrot was immensely popular in the Middle Ages, and was translated into many languages throughout Europe and the Middle East. The story is included in Italo Calvino’s collection of Italian Folk Tales.

The school will be donating every penny earned to UNICEF. UNICEF, the United Nations Fund for Children, supports child survival, protection and development around the world. The Parrot is a fun family performance as well as a great opportunity for our school to raise money to help children worldwide. This performance is donated by Practical Cats Theatre and by the artist, a PS 199 parent. Practical Cats Theatre’s previous benefit performances for P. S. 199, “Wall to Wall Frog” and “Beanstalk Jacques,” raised over $4000 for tsunami relief and for hurricane relief.

Practical Cats Theatre has created 31 original theatre works for young people and for adults, which have received acclaim on four continents, at venues including New York Theatre Workshop, Dance Theatre Workshop, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Galway International Theatre Festival and many others. The company has been honored with grants and awards for artistic excellence from the New York State Council on the Arts and the NEA, among others.

This performance is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.


13. Shirin Neshat, FF Alumn, receives 2006 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Iranian-born visual artist Shirin Neshat, known for her explorations of Islam and gender roles, is recognized with one of the largest prizes in the arts the 2006 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, October 12, 2006, New York City

“ It is my desire, by establishing this prize, to give recipients...the recognition they deserve, to bring attention to their contributions to society and encourage others to follow in their path.”—Lillian Gish

Iranian-born visual artist Shirin Neshat, known for her hauntingly beautiful explorations of Islam and gender relations, will be recognized for her work with one of the largest awards in the arts— the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. Over the past 15 years, Neshat has created provocative expressions drawn on her personal experiences in exile, and on the widening political and ideological rift between the West and the Middle East. Her potent statements in still and moving images evoke the struggles that define her. Neshat will receive a silver medallion and approximately $300,000 at an awards ceremony to be held October 12, 2006, at the Hudson Theatre, Millennium Broadway, New York City. A preview of scenes from her latest work will be screened at the event— Women Without Men is her first feature-length film, marking a new phase in her career.

Now in its 13th year, the Gish Prize pays tribute to trailblazers who have redefined their art and pushed the boundaries of excellence in their field. Recipients have shaped the cultural landscape in drama, music, dance, art, architecture, lighting design, film, and literature. With a strong female voice, Neshat reflects the spirit of the Gish sisters, who brought their unique sensibilities to bear on an art form then in its infancy. The impact Dorothy and Lillian Gish made on silent films continues to be felt on the big screen, and in the strong images of women produced by Neshat and other artists working today.

Shirin Neshat is the latest to join the select assembly of Gish Prize winners that includes theater/opera/festival director Peter Sellars (2005), jazz innovator Ornette Coleman (2004), dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones (2003), theater director Lloyd Richards (2002), lighting designer Jennifer Tipton (2001), dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham (2000), author/playwright Arthur Miller (1999), author Isabel Allende (1998), singer/songwriter Bob Dylan (1997), artist/director Robert Wilson (1996), film director Ingmar Bergman (1995); and architect Frank Gehry (1994).

“I am honored with this recognition and am grateful for the support it will afford me to continue my work,” says Neshat. “In art, one is able to untangle complicated ideologies, demystify group and self identity, observe humanity, and interpret memory. Issues that cannot be solved on the political stage might somehow find workable solutions when condensed into a work of art. This Prize is an important acknowledgement of the power of art.”

Born in Qazvin, one of the most religious cities in Iran, Shirin Neshat is perhaps the most famous contemporary artist to emerge from that country. Neshat left Iran just before the Islamic revolution (1979) and the fall of the Shah. Her consequent visits to Iran after the revolution led to creation of a body of work which launched Neshat’s artistic career. However since 1996 she has not been able to return to her country due to the controversial nature of her art. After receiving her degree in art from the University of California at Berkeley, Neshat moved to New York, where she continues to live and feel the pull and push of her roots. She examines her homeland from a distance, as well as in closer perspective on her travels across the Middle East.

On today’s complicated global stage, Neshat’s voice is unmistakably relevant. She first gained prominence with Women of Allah (1993-97), a series of photographs depicting women in veils carrying guns with their skin covered in Islamic poetry. These arresting images reflected Neshat’s sense of how the revolution had changed the Iran that she knew, especially the lives of women seeking freedom, rebelling in martyrdom and militancy.

By 1996, Neshat began experimenting with film, producing a trilogy— Turbulent (1998), Rapture (1999), and Fervor (2000)—about gender roles in the restrictive Islamic society. In the first two cinematic statements, she immerses the viewer literally in the middle of the works, which are projected on two screens, each occupied by actors of one sex. The men and women are physically separated here in art, as in real life. In Turbulent, Neshat explores singing as a metaphor for freedom, inspired by an Iranian ban on women singing. In Rapture, she continues her theme with a story about women moving across the desert, and how a few eventually break free to leave on a small boat. Fervor expresses the passionate yearning of a couple who can only make contact with their eyes, closing the trilogy with an emphasis on the common ground shared between the sexes.

On a more personal note, Neshat explores her own displacement in Soliloquy (1999). Again using duo projections, she places an image of herself in the Middle East on one screen, and an image of herself in the West on another, visually revealing the split between the two very different cultures that are both a part of her life. Her latest work and first feature-length effort Women Without Men, based on a novel by Iranian female writer Shahrnush Parsipour, will be released in 2007-2008.

Shirin Neshat is the winner of numerous awards, including the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art Peace Award (2004), the Infinity Award of ICP in New York (2002), the Grand Prix of the Kwangju Biennial in Korea (2000), and the Golden Lion Award, the First International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennial (1999). She has exhibited widely around the world at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Leon, Spain; and the Tate Gallery in London.

The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize is one of the largest awards in the arts. It has no application process and is not determined through a competition. The Gish Prize committee, a group that changes every year, chooses each recipient. Composed of leaders in the arts community, the committee for this year includes chairman Kenneth Brecher, executive director, Sundance Institute; Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president, The American Academy in Rome; Arthur Danto, professor, author and art critic at The Nation; Osvaldo Golijov, composer ; Walter Mosley, author.


14. Willie Cole, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumns, at Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, October 15-Dec 31

Intersections: Shifting Identities in Contemporary Art
October 15-December 31

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Phone 920-458-6144
Fax 920-458-4473

Our increasingly migratory world has produced an infusion of intersecting cultures. Relocation, travel and the rise of globalization necessitate adaptation-to new environments, new ideas, and perhaps, new values. The artists featured in "Intersections" mine unique personal narratives from their diverse backgrounds by utilizing culturally specific aesthetics, symbolism, and materials or processes. These elements are reconfigured and reinterpreted in light of contemporary issues to create a novel visual language. Striking a balance between honoring their heritage and accepting a new sense of identity, the artists evoke the individual pan-cultural experience.

In intricate photographs, Lalla Essaydi (MA) recalls childhood memories of Morocco with flowing Arabic calligraphy, subverting Western and Arab notions of the decorative, femininity, and identity. Transforming found objects such as high-heeled shoes and bicycle parts into tribally influenced forms, Willie Cole (NJ), constructs a cultural mythology while referencing the formal and spiritual aspects of traditional African Imagery. By literally fusing together flags from the Dominican Republic and America, Nicolás Dumit Estévez (NY) explores both the historical context of patriotic symbols and his own multiculturalism. Other artists featured include: Simon Sparrow (1925-2000); Hung Liu, Lori Newkirk (CA); Bernard Williams (IL); Siona Benjamin (NJ), Rina Banerjee, Luis Gispert, Yun Fe Ji, Brad Kahlhamer, Pan Xing Lei (NY); Anita Bhatt, Robert Pruitt (TX); Truman Lowe (WI); Wang Qingsong (China). All of these artists find new ways to hold onto their heritage while accepting the foreign in shifting societies where cultures sometimes clash.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez' "The Flag," 2002, is also on exhibition as part of "This Skin I'm in: Contemporary Dominican Art from El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection," September 29, 2006 - January 21, 2007, www.elmuseo.org


15. Gearoid Dolan, FF Alumn, in DUMBO Festival, Oct 14, 9-midnight

screaMachine presents:

a performance & installation @ DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival 2006
Saturday October 14th 2006, 9pm to midnight
Pearl St. between York and Front

"Videos, slides, loops, and motion graphics illuminate the night. Gearoid Dolan utilizes the arches of the Manhattan Bridge in Passage, an interactive projection with live performance." D.A.C.


16. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, in Rome, Potenzia, and Campagna Italy, Oct. 12-15, and Madrid, Spain, Oct 18

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce 59 Seconds Video Festival's next screening tour. It will focus on Italy with an additional stop in Madrid:

Stu Dio Ra
Thursday October 12 th at 7pm
Via Bartolomeo Platina 1F, Roma , Italy
Hosted by Raffaella Losapio; Thanks to Sassu Antonio

AmnesiacArts Home Gallery - Second Day of Contemporary Art
Saturday October 14 at 7:30pm
Corso XVIII Agosto 36, 85100 Potenzia, Italy
Hosted by Masimo Lovisco and Barbara Improta

Space Utopia - ContemporaryArt
Sunday October 15 at 11:30am and 5:30pm
Via Cesarano 17, 84022, Campagna, Italy
Hosted by Angelo Riviello, Alan Frenkiel, Renato Salit, and Gino Scannapieco.
Thanks to Sassu Antonio

Liquidación Total AC
Wednesday October 18 with opening at 8pm
San Vicente Ferrer 23, Madrid 28004
Hosted by Mariano Sanz and Ivan Perez. Thanks to Manuel Saiz.

Please spread the word to friends and colleagues and stop by yourself, if you are in the neighborhood. A copy of the program will be posted on the Festival website http://www.project59.org/59seconds/screenings.html in the Future Screenings section.

Irina and Hiram
Project 59


17. Feral Childe, FF Alumn, at Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA, Oct 14

Saturday October 14 at Swarm Gallery, Oakland: Feral Childe's Bay Area Bonanza

Dear Friends, please join Feral Childe at Swarm Gallery for an exclusive evening of art, fashion and music. Feral Childe's traveling roadshow comes to town for a Trunk Show, Sample Sale, Greatest Hits Lending Library, and Photo Opportunities Galore.  Love, Feral Childe
Feral Childe's Bay Area Bonanza
Saturday October 14, 6-10pm
Swarm Gallery & Studios
560 2nd Street (Jack London Square)
Oakland CA 94607

Admission $10; please contact mail@feralchilde.com to be placed on Feral Childe's guest list.

Feral Childe's BAY AREA BONANZA is presented as part of TILT, Swarm Gallery's "gathering for the creatively inclined."The evening also features music performed by La Calle, Andrew J. Doubek and Philip Doubek, video projections curated by Lauren Woods, the opening reception for Swarm's Juried Digital Print Competition, "Storm": a collaboration installation by Erik Friedman & Ema-Harris Sintamarian, and refreshments + cash bar.




18. Coracle Press, FF Alumns, in Small Publishers Fair, London, UK, Oct 20-21

20th & 21st OCTOBER
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1
Open daily 11am - 7pm Admission Free
(Nearest Tube: Holborn)


The Fair will display some of the best of recent small press publishing, featuring work by contemporary artists, writers, and poets. Around forty publishers will be participating from UK, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, & USA

“Now in its fifth year, the Small Publishers Fair has established itself as the national forum for the activities of many small presses from Britain, and further afield internationally. The extraordinary range of published material has been produced by artists and writers, composers and poets.....often such work needs particular and careful examination and distribution, and may not immediately fit the shelves of existing bookshops and libraries.”

Readings & Booklaunches will take place on Saturday 21st – see panel for details
Latest programme details, participants, events and updates can be found at www.rgap.co.uk/spf.php

The Small Publishers Fair is co-ordinated by RGAP
tel: 07789 338952 (contact: Martin Rogers)
email: fair@rgap.co.uk

Ambeck + Nicholson
Bad Press
Boekie Woekie
Essence Press
Five Seasons Press
Floating World
Tony Hayward
In House Publishing
Libellum Press + Vanitas magazine
Natsuko Nakamura
Mark Pawson
Mockett & Moquette
Moschatel Press / Cairn Editions
Perdika Press
Per se press / Lotte Little + Felix Zakar
Poetic Practice Group / Royal Holloway ( University of London)
Reality Street Editions
Red Fox Press
Colin Sackett
Salt + Shaw
Tufnell Art Press
Veer Books
West House Books
yt communication

Readings and events - Saturday 21st

2.30 Bad Press:
Kai Fierle-Hedrick & Emily Critchley
3.00 ‘A Reading in memory of Stuart Mills’
4.00 Vanitas & Libellum: Vincent Katz
4.30 Coracle Press:
John Bevis & Simon Cutts
5.00 Five Seasons Press:
Gavin Selerie & Glenn Storhaug
5.30 Reality Street :
Ken Edwards & Jeff Hilson
6.00 West House Books:
Alan Halsey & Geraldine Monk
6.30 Veer Books: Adrian Clarke, Ulli Freer,
Piers Hugill, Aodhan McCardle

All readings are free and will take place in the Brockway Room, adjacent to the Main Hall


19. Juana Valdes, FF Alumn, at Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, opening Oct 12

Diaspora Vibe Gallery Presents

The Land That Time Forgot

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12, 2006, 6-10 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 14, 2006, 2-4 pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, October 12–November 20, 2006

(Miami, Florida)- Diaspora Vibe is pleased to announce The Land That Time Forgot, a solo exhibit by Juana Valdes, featuring site-specific installation, sculpture and text, Valdes will transform the gallery into a magical landscape. Valdes is interested in the search for her own identity in the spaces of representation defined by the modernist tradition. Elements of the installation include a floor to ceiling dress titled “Farewell to the sea”, images of classical woman silk-screened on the wall, and poetic excerpts of text.
Juana Valdes’s work manages to balance a combination of atmospheric storytelling, insistent feminist inquiry and an ongoing interest in the semiotics of commercial, mass produced imagery. Valdes states, “My art condenses and reconfigures the many experiences that have formed the person I am today”. “My identity and artwork combine my Cuban upbringing with its African traditions, its historical colonization and the experience of growing up in the United States”. Born in Cuba, Valdes was raised in Miami. Valdes has a MFA from the school of Visual Arts and a BFA in sculpture from Parsons School of Design in New York.
Diaspora Vibe Gallery is located in Miami’s Design District at 3938 North Miami Avenue, Second level. An opening reception takes place on Thursday, October 12 from 6-10 pm, followed by an artist talk and slide presentation on Saturday, October 14, from 2-4pm. The exhibition, reception and artist talk are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 305.573.4046 or log onto www.diasporavibe.net

About Diaspora Vibe Gallery
Diaspora Vibe Gallery is a multi-disciplinary art space serving as a laboratory for emerging artists of the Caribbean Diaspora and other artists of color, providing them with a contemporary sensibility to explore and experiment with new forms and cultural themes.  DVG programs include: the Caribbean Crossroads Series, the International Cultural Exchange Program, and Off the Wall Experimental Lab Series. Diaspora Vibe is supported in part by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Dade Community Foundation, the Knight Foundation, City of Miami/ FACE Office, and Artography: Arts in a Changing America, a grant and documentation program of Leveraging Investments in Creativity, funded by the Ford Foundation, Carl and Toni Randolph; The Garner Foundation, The Bill and Beverly Parker Family Foundation; The Miami Herald; and Dr. Michael Hill. Founded by its current Director/Curator, Rosie Gordon-Wallace in 1996, Diaspora Vibe is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Miami Design District | 3938 North Miami Avenue | Miami, Fl 33127

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20. Micki Watanabe, FF Alumn, in Smack Mellon Open Studios, DUMBO Festival, Oct 14-15

Smack Mellon Artists Studio Program
during DUMBOFEST, 10th annual art under the bridge festival
October 14 &15, Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm
25 Washington Street, 3rd floor, Dumbo Brooklyn

2006 Smack Mellon Studio Artists:
Amy Bennett, Eduardo Cervantes, Gautam Kansara, Joanna Malinowska, Kako Ueda & Micki Watanabe

The Artist Studio Program was launched in  2000 in response to the crisis in availability of affordable  workspace for artists living and working in New York City.  The Artist Studio Program provides free studio space with unlimited  access and fellowships to artists for a one-year  period. Studio Artists are selected by the quality of their work by noted arts professionals.  Past selection panels consisted of  internationally recognized artists and curators from the Whitney, Aldrich, MOMA and New Museum.

Also on view, across the street from the Studio Program
Smack Mellon Gallery
92 Plymouth Street, @ the corner of Washington and Plymouth Street

F Train to York. Left on York. Right  on Washington Street.
25 Washington is 2 blocks down. 92 Plymouth is at the corner of Washington Street.

AC Train to High Street. Exit Adams Street.
Cross the street (Cadman Plaza  West) and follow curved pathway in park to
Washington Street. Walk down  Washington towards river, 3 blocks to 25 Washington. 92 Plymouth is at the corner of Washington Street.

d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) presents
the 10th annual art under the bridge festival
October 13-15, 2006

The d.u.m.b.o arts center (dac) gets a kick out of announcing its 10th annual art under the bridge festival from October 13-15, 2006. The free three-day festival spans 30 blocks of DUMBO, Brooklyn, when an anticipated 200,000 visitors descend on the locality to celebrate the creative ferment of a unique terrain. No neighborhood in the United States, let alone New York City, could host a public space art event of such scale and intervention without the full and enthusiastic support of the local community: artists, residents, and local business, not to mention the unprecedented model of art patronage by local developer, Two Trees Management, which puts its numerous properties, inside and out, at the disposal of artists. Then again, no neighborhood is quite like DUMBO: created by an accident of urban planning, the area is circumscribed by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and the East River waterfront, where colossal warehouses, vestiges of 19th century industrial manufacturing, are set against a breathtaking backdrop of iconic engineering and skyline.

The art under the bridge festival has come a long way since 1997, when it was launched by Joy Glidden and cohorts one fall weekend to bring public attention to a neighborhood that nobody knew and a populace of thousands of artists, living and creating in the abandoned factories they had invaded and colonized. In a mere decade, DUMBO is no longer an untamed frontier, but an ultra-chic residential enclave, where artists share the sidewalks with strollers, dog-walkers and Wall Street suits.  DUMBO has outgrown the infamous acronym, “Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” as luxury condo towers now soar way above the bridge.

Against this cycle of transformation and stunning architectonic arena, the 10th annual art under the bridge festival honors artistic endeavor as the progenitor of the DUMBO we know today, while sadly acknowledging that hundreds of artist pioneers, who discovered its beauty are now forced to flee their skyrocketing studio rents. In the spirit of its founders, the festival sustains DUMBO as an experimental field for the visual arts. The event challenges artists from near and far to explore the neighborhood’s nooks and crannies and invade the streets, facades, elevators, lobbies, parks and waterfront with temporary art works, while neighborhood artists open their private studios to the public.

 Thousands of artists have participated in the festival since its inception in 1997. For most, the occasion has been their first New York exposure and first experience of public space potential. No artist has ever received a fee. It is a tribute to the self-reliance and resourcefulness of the artists, who respond to an open call by d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) that their inner compulsion to discover and create overrides the absence of a production budget. The success of the art under the bridge festival and the extraordinary following it has amassed is propelled by the infectious enthusiasm and creative fervor it generates, devoid of market-driven ambition.

FESTIVAL KICK-OFF: Friday, October 13th,6-9pm: this year’s milestone festival begins with the opening of the group exhibition, Ultimate Destination, curated by Martina Batan, in the d.u.m.b.o. arts center gallery and festival headquarters at 30 Washington Street. Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, will pronounce the festival open. On Saturday, October 14th at noon: monks from the Dorje Ling Buddhist Center in DUMBO, which inaugurated the very first festival in 1997, will give their blessing to the 10th anniversary in the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park.


VIDEO_DUMBO: October 13 - 15, 16 Main Street, Friday 9pm-2am, Saturday 2:30pm-2am, Sunday 2:30pm- 9pm ($5 admission /$10 weekend pass). Curated by media artists Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy. VIDEO_DUMBO primarily showcases new video art from the Greater New York area. Along with four new international programs featuring artists from Beirut (curated by Nat Mulller, Rotterdam), and Mexico City plus special live video/music events by renowned Mexican media artists, Arcangel  Constantini and Manrico Montero as well as LoVid (NY). In addition, former festival short film and video curator duo, Les LeVeque and Daniella Dooling, will present a special anniversary program with a selection of films and videos screened over the first ten years of the festival, accompanied by a compilation of archival video documentary by Fred Brehm. Plus: a Montréal video program, "Tracks and Gestures" guest curated by Brett Kashmere and Robert Greenwald's brand new documentary "IRAQ FOR SALE - The War Profiteers". VIDEO_DUMBO sponsors: Wiselephant, Mexican Cultural Institute of New York , Corona, ETC (Experimental Television Center), Scharff Weisberg

STREETS, LOBBIES, ELEVATORS, LOADING DOCKS, FACADES, UNDER THE MANHATTAN BRIDGE, STOREFRONTS, SIDEWALKS, PARKS, TREES, GRASS, BILLBOARDS, ROOFTOPS, SKY, CORRIDORS, WALLS, WATER, RIVERBANK, WINDOWS, IN FACT, EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE IN DUMBO: a multitude of site-responsive projects by a rising generation of visual artists: pro-situ art performance trio, TRYST, stage Assisted Street Crossings and Line, a monumental street happening that accentuates the formal aspects of mass collaboration. Patrick Cadenhead plants his menacing Rat Race track (rats made from dried vegetables), in the corridors of 45 Main Street’s 5th floor. Chloe Douglas’ Cupcake Suites parodies film-noirish criminal investigations with baked goods, while Lizzie Scott investigates wearable art possibilities with East River Stairway Parade, an interactive art procession in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Vydavy Sindikat’s Good Evening Mon Ami TV emits weird sounds beneath an elusive image from the loading dock on 10 Water Street. Graffiti Research Lab, Christine Kelly, Katsu & Rambo and Swoon form Graffiti Dispersion, and introduce to the streets of DUMBO new projects that stem from the old graffiti tradition. Videos, slides, loops, and motion graphics illuminate the night. Gearóid Dolan utilizes the arches of the Manhattan Bridge in Passage, an interactive projection with live performance. Keith Ellenbogan projects images of Malaysian coral reefs on the walls of the Underwater Lounge in the Water Street Restaurant in Under One Thousand Waves, and from the window of Ha Rhin Kim’s Studio on 55 Washington, Bridge of Dreams features eight experimental videos projected on the side of the Manhattan Bridge. Art works which employ light as a medium illuminate the waterfront at the Empire Fulton Ferry State and Brooklyn Bridge Parks: Buhm Hong’s Signal, a moving reflecting beacon for extraterrestrials in orbit and Sparkling Air by chandelier artist NATSU, mimic the subtle movements of wind and water. In Glowing Object Project, Sung Jin Choi scatters fluorescent objects and body parts on the rocky shoreline alongside Jae Hi Ahn’s Night in Bloom, an illuminated blow-up of plant life exotica. Matthew Callinan’s incandescent Tee-Pee sits atop the hill of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, alluding to the riverbank’s long-gone native-American inhabitants. Jamie Kruse & Elizabeth Ellsworth a.k.a. Smudge Studio use a miniature fleet of kayaks to illustrate the momentary shifts in the tide with East 'River' Reverses: Becomes New York.

OPEN STUDIOS: Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm: over 200 neighborhood artists open their studios to the public  – a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the essential

DUMBO, normally behind closed doors and experience art in the making. (dac)’s next door neighbors Smack Mellon, will feature 7 current artists in their critically acclaimed artists studio program. New this year: the international 2006 Triangle Artists’ Workshop, whose participants assemble from all corners of the globe, will culminate its three-week workshop by opening the entire ground floor of 20 Jay Street to the public.

ART ON BOARD: 7-9 pm, October 13, 14 and 15: in collaboration with the New York Water Taxi, a VIP lounge will carry visitors from the Fulton Ferry landing along the waterfront to view the Project Glow art works. On board, guests will be entertained by hilarious live performance troupe, Theater Ouf! in French and English and video-dumbo will present a live video performance by New York video collective LoVid.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Friday, October 13, 6-9 pm: openings throughout the neighborhood at non-profit and commercial venues: Smack Mellon, Jan Larsen, LAND (League Artists Natural Design), Brooklyn Arts Council, Howard Schickler Fine Art and newcomers to DUMBO, Artcore and MATCH artspace, at 111 Front Street. At 99 Front Street, Katrina Remembered – The Coast Is Not Clear, is a presentation of new works by six Mississippi artists as well as a pictorial essay of the hurricane’s devastation by Brooklyn photojournalist, Radhi Chakasani. Jane’s Carousel: Friday, October 13, 6 – 9 pm:  the unveiling at 56 Water Street of the monumental restoration project undertaken by Jane Walentas. Built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, (PTC # 61), in 1922, the carousel features 48 magnificently carved horses and will ready to ride for the first time since the restoration.

PANELS: festival sponsor, surroundart inc. present: Framed: The Mechanics of Preparing Art for Presentation: presented by expert professionals for young artists. Steve Pioso will address topics such as preparing artwork for display including framing, mounting, shipping procedures and the general care of artwork. d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) gallery at 30 Washington Street on Saturday Oct. 14, 7-9 pm.

Critics’ Forum: Moderated by Lilly Wei, Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Ask a Critic brings together Stephanie Cash, Art in America; David Cohen, New York Sun; Linda Yablonsky, Time Out and Alexi Worth, painter and critic. The panel discussion takes place at the d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) gallery at 30 Washington Street on Sunday, October 15, beginning at 7 pm.

DANCE: Sunday, October 15, 1-3 pm, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company will present live outdoor performances in the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park.

Stay tuned, more to follow. Expect numerous fringe events, happenings and parties by default. Comprehensive list of all participating artists will be sent in a separate release. Full brochure and map coming soon and will be available from festival headquarters.

The 10th annual art under the bridge festival is produced by the d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac). The original 1997 festival spawned the creation of DUMBO’s first non-profit arts organization, which was founded in December, 1997. d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public registered charity.

Breda Kennedy, Executive Director
Chris Herbeck, Associate Director
d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac)
30 Washington Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
T. 718.624.3772 office
T. 718.694.0831 gallery

To volunteer contact (dac) at: T.718.694.0831 or mail@dumboartscenter.org 

Directions to festival area
A or C train to High Street. Cross the Park and left on Washington Street. F train to York Street.  Left at York St. and right on Washington Street. Visit our website:  www.dumboartscenter.org

Sponsors: The Village Voice, Budweiser, Grolsch, Con Edison, Mionetto, Prosecco, surroundart, New York Water Taxi, Two Trees Management.

The festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts Film and Media Program. (dac) has received funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Independence Community Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

(dac) extends a special thanks to Jed, David and Jane Walentas, Councilmember David Yassky, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, DUMBO Improvement District, and the boys of NYPD’s 84th precinct.


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