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Goings On: posted week of November 1, 2006

1. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Nov 11, 1-4 pm
2. David Hammons, FF Alumn, at Tilton Gallery, NY, Othru Nov 22
3. Karen Finley, C. Carr, FF Alumns,at Tisch School for the Arts, Nov 8, 6 pm
4. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, in Lisbon, Portugal, Nov 2-7
5. Jessica Hagedorn, Lisa Kron, FF Alumns, win new Lortel Playwrighting Awards
6. Ilona Granet, Donald Sultan, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at Chelsea Art Museum, NY, opening Nov 16
7. Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Nov 21, 7 pm
8. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, in Hong Kong, Nov 11, 2006
9. Ben Jacobs, FF Alumn, at Staten Island Museum, Nov 18, 2-5 pm
10. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, permanent exhibition at Atlanta International Airport
11. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at Manuel Artime Theater, Miami, Nov3, 8 pm
12. Betty Beaumont, public forums at 15 Nassau St., Manhattan, thru Nov 21

1. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Nov 11, 1-4 pm

Spirit support skills workshop:
psychic protection from energy vampires
spirit-depleting people, places and predicaments
with Donna Henes, urban shaman

Learn how to protect yourself against the predators and parasites who steal away your personal power and resolve. $60 at the door
Saturday November 11, 1-4pm
Mama Donna’s Tea Garden and Healing Haven, Park Slope, Brooklyn
for directions & info contact: mama donna's tea garden: (718) 857-1343


2. David Hammons, FF Alumn, at Tilton Gallery, NY, Othru Nov 22

David Hammons, FF Alumn, is exhibiting Body Prints at Tilton Gallery, 8 E. 76th St., NYC 10021, 212-737-2221, thru November 22, 2006. www.jacktiltongallery.com


3. Karen Finley, C. Carr, FF Alumns,at Tisch School for the Arts, Nov 8, 6 pm

Seeking the Truth - Family Matters and Memories of Race
Please join the Department of Art and Public Policy
Wednesday, November 8  2006 at 6PM
The Ruth Goldberg Theater
Tisch School  for the Arts
721 Broadway
New York, NY
Cynthia Carr and Thulani Davis speak about their books
Our Town
My Confederate Kinfolk

with Vice Provost E. Frances White as respondent
Introductions by Ellen Willis, the director of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism graduate program and Richard Wesley, Chair of Dramatic Writing
Karen Finley, Arts Professor in Art and Public Policy as moderator

Free and open to the public
Limited Seating- Reserve today 212- 998- 1805
bring photo ID

"Acts of Reconstruction: An Experiment to Realize American History"
Davis and Carr explore the currents of American history and experience around race that are so often repressed even in family memory, particularly in the face of racial violence. They also reveal the cross currents in their own lives and work as writers and cultural critics. Each writer took an extremely personal journey that forced her to examine how she sees herself, how she reflects her family's pasts and how she negotiates race today. Longtime colleagues at the Village Voice, they were working on their books during overlapping periods and began a conversation about their reflections on race during that time. These two writers will speak about their research of seeking and coming to terms with their family history and family memory in these two remarkable books of non-fiction. 

Thulani Davis traces the lives of her black and white ancestors in the Mississippi Delta during the violent overthrow of Reconstruction. Beloved novelist and playwright Thulani Davis takes a journey through her ancestral history-and finds tartan plaid, unlikely lovers, and Confederate soldiers.When Davis's grandmother died in 1971, she was writing a novel about her parents, Mississippi cotton farmers who met after the Civil War: Chloe Curry, a former slave from Alabama, married with several children, and Will Campbell, a white planter from Missouri who had never married My Confederate Kinfolk examines the origins of some of our most deeply ingrained notions about what makes a family black or white and offers an immensely compelling, intellectually challenging alternative.

Thulani Davis is a poet, novelist, journalist, playwright, and librettist. Among her work are two novels, 1959 and Maker of Saints; several plays, including Everybody's Ruby, which premiered at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and, the librettos for Amistad and Malcolm X. She is also the author of two collections of poetry and two PBS documentaries and has published in numerous magazines and journals. She lives in New York City.

Cynthia Carr books investigates the horrific lynching in 1930 in Marion Indiana.  Carr, whose grandfather was a member of the Ku Klux Klan living in Marion at the time of the lynching, confronts the taboo topic to unveil the hidden fears that still plague Americans of every race. In her decade-long search for answers, Carr used archival material and hundreds of in-person interviews with whites, blacks, witnesses, KKK members, and even the man who escaped the lynching to draw a compelling portrait of Marion’s—and by extension, the entire nation’s—unwritten racial history. OUR TOWN is a brave, panoramic, and powerful portrait of America’s stony racial landscape, and a liberating account of the unwritten and unspoken histories that have divided Americans for too long. Cynthia Carr was a columnist and arts reporter for The Village Voice from 1984 until 2003. Writing under the byline C.Carr, she specialized in experimental and cutting edge art—especially performance. The focus of her work began to shift by the early 1990s as some of the artists and venues she’d covered were attacked in Congress. Increasingly, she wrote about censorship and politics, especially about the war raging around the National Endowment for the Arts. Some of these pieces are now collected in On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century, published by Wesleyan University Press. She has won a Best Reporting Award from the Deadline Club (New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) plus the Front Page Award for Best Feature on Deadline and the Jacqueline Z. Radin Memorial Award—both from the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Her new book Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, A Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America was published in March by Crown, a division of Random House.

Dr. E. Frances White is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at NYU where her portfolio includes university-wide issues on diversity. Her past positions include Dean of the Faculty at Hampshire College, where she taught history and black studies, and the Dean of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She has been a Mellon Scholar at the Wellesley College for Research on Women, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Sierra Leone and The Gambia, the Catherine T. and John D. MacArthur Professor at Hampshire College. Her teaching and research topics include the history of Africa and its diaspora, the history of gender and sexuality, and feminist and critical race theory. Her most recent book is Dark Continent of Our Bodies: Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability.


4. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, in Lisbon, Portugal, Nov 2-7

Diane Torr, FF Alum to give course in DRAG EROTICS at RE.AL, Lisbon, Portugal
November 2-7
Performances on November 6.
for more info, email:


5. Jessica Hagedorn, Lisa Kron, FF Alumns, win new Lortel Playwrighting Awards

Today’s New York Times report mentioning Jessica Hagedorn and Lisa Kron, FF Alumns, follows below:
Lortel Playwriting Awards

The Lucille Lortel Foundation, which recently started a program to award fellowships to playwrights every two years, announced the first eight recipients. Melissa James Gibson (“[sic]”), David Greenspan (“She Stoops to Comedy”), Jessica Hagedorn (“Dogeaters”), Julia Jordan (“Tatjana in Color”), Lisa Kron (“Well”), Lynn Nottage (“Intimate Apparel”), Dael Orlandersmith (“Yellowman”) and Adam Rapp (“Red Light Winter”) will each receive $50,000. “To have this kind of money given to playwrights is like a sign of hope for us,” said Mr. Rapp, who said he would use the money to stay in New York and work on new plays rather than picking up writing jobs for television. “It buys me my whole fall,” he said. “I can just sort of say no to other projects.” The winners were selected by a seven-member panel that included the playwrights David Henry Hwang and Paula Vogel. Applicants must have been a resident of New York, Connecticut or New Jersey for at least a year, and have had at least one full-length play professionally produced in the last five years. Campbell Robertson


6. Ilona Granet, Donald Sultan, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at Chelsea Art Museum, NY, opening Nov 16

The Hungry Eye
November 17th – February 24th, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 16th, 6 to 8 pm
Curated by Robert G. Edelman and Gina Fiore

Work by Jan Albers, Donald Baechler, Jay Battle, Betty Bee, John Bowman, George Condo, Sharon Core, Renee Cox, Will Cotton, Peter Dayton, Emily Eveleth, Janet Fish, GisMo (Jessica Gispert And Crystal Molinary), Anthony Goicolea, Ilona Granet, Nancy Grimes, Marcia Grostein, Philip Guston, Julia Jacquette, Nina Katchadorian, Gary Komarin, Roy Lichtenstein, Claire Lieberman, Ed Lipski, Mariana Lopez, Ted Mineo, Priscilla Monge, Vik Muniz, Mimi Oka And Doug Fitch, Nicholas Papadakis, Richard Pasquarelli, Rober t Pettena, Ana Prvacki, Matthew Ronay, Jonathan Seliger, Pierre Sernet, Sandy Skoglund, Mike Solomon, Adam Stennett, Billy Sullivan, Donald Sultan, Scott Teplin, Wayne Thiebaud, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Andre von Morisse, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Franz West

Panel Discussion, “Food for Thought”, November 17, 6:30 pm, moderated by William Grimes. Mr. Grimes is a book critic for the New York Times, and was the restaurant critic for the Times from 1999 to 2005.



7. Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Nov 21, 7 pm

Robert Mapplethorpe
November 21, 2006
Anthology Film Archives
2nd Avenue and 2nd Street
East Village, NY
ART/new york – Inner-Tube Video
138 Prince St. NY, NY 10012 - (212) 966-7446 - www.artnewyork.org - artny@bestweb.net

Invitation to Screening
ART/new york is pleased to announce the release of a seventy-nine minute documentary on the legendary photographer, ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE. A special one-night press screening will take place at Anthology Film Archives, 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street in the East Village, on Tuesday, November 21st, 7 PM.  A limited number of seats are available for the general public at $10 each. 

Accredited media interested in attending the November 21st press screening and receiving a review copy of ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, please contact ART/new york at (212) 966-7446.

The centerpiece of ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE is a never-before-seen interview conducted in his studio on Bond Street in 1983.  On the verge of mainstream art success following a well-received exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery, the interview captures the charismatic artist in the full bloom of his youth and vitality.  As it explores Mapplethorpe the artist, and Mapplethorpe the man, this intimate film resonates with interviews with those who knew him best. Among those featured are:  his father, Harry, brother, Edward, childhood priest, Father Stack, partner, Jack Walls, first art dealer, Holly Solomon, fellow artists, Gilles Larrain, Brice Marden and Louise Bourgeois, curator, Richard Marshall, attorney, Michael Ward Stout, and biographer, Patricia Morrisroe.

Mapplethorpe’s remarkable talent as a photographer shines in this documentary featuring a full assortment of his arresting images, courtesy of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. His portraits of famous people, pictures of flowers, and images of the New York Gay S&M underworld, are all icons of contemporary photography. His erotic work created considerable controversy when his posthumous retrospective “The Perfect Moment” was cancelled at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC and later shut down by police in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Robert’s ground - breaking photographs made him an internationally known and mythic figure in art and photography, His talent, vision and phenomenal success were cut short when he died of AIDS in 1989.

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE is the latest release from Paul Tschinkel. Produced and directed by Paul Tschinkel, ART/new york now includes 61 programs on such art giants as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons to name only a few.   For more information visit: www.artnewyork.org


8. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, in Hong Kong, Nov 11, 2006

City University of Hong Kong, Videotage, and the Hong Kong Arts  Development Council present: on November 11, 2006, Genderfluxxxors Uncoded: the FTM Supornova

Tobaron Waxman presents a performance/lecture on the history of the FTM erotic image in film and video. This presentation will sample moments in film/video history which construct a “trans-sexual” gaze.

Hong Kong: Videotage "Hong Kong Salon Sexxchanges" http://enweb.cityu.edu.hk/sexxchange/mainframeset.htm

a symposium convened by Dr. Katrien Jacobs.

"Hong Kong Salon Sexxchange is a symposium where artists, curators, and scholars discuss new trends in sexuality, digital media networks, and how societal changes are reflected in public culture.

Hong Kong Salon Sexxchange views sexuality as sites of exchange, aiming to present seminal art works and visions by international and local artists.

Why do we need a Sexxchange Salon in Hong Kong? New strands of explicit imaging, pornography, gender fluidity, and sex ‘chat’ have become fashionable through global media networks and international art circuits. Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan yet “sex shy” society in need of public culture and provocative art. This salon is a much needed venue for art and discussion, a novelty space for sharing ideas, stories, performative gestures and audio-visual displays.

Hong Kong Salon Sexxchange will encourage audiences to explore and interact with, and react to, web-romance, transgender identity and sex change, vitality and death wish in sex art, erotic spirituality, double-morality and censorship in government policies. Since these themes are provocative for the “general” public yet popular with the “wired generation,” we will strive for total inclusion and publicize our program widely to art circles, university students and faculties, queer communities, pop audiences, and geriatric bureaucrats."


9. Ben Jacobs, FF Alumn, at Staten Island Museum, Nov 18, 2-5 pm

Diane Matyas 718-727-1135 or dmatyas@statenislandmuseum.org
The Staten Island Museum presents
The International Day of Storytelling
Saturday, November 18
Staten Island Museum
75 Stuyvesant Place
718-727-1135 for reservations
$5 for single admission
$10 for families (ages 12 and up)
Robert “Bobaloo” Basey
Ben Jacobs
Jonathan Leiter
Jack Martin
Nanci Richards

Tellabration!TM is an annual festival for adult audiences. The tradition of storytelling is celebrated by telling stories which are told all over the world at events like this on this day.

Come hear some great stories from some of Staten Island’s foremost storytellers and participate in an open mike story swap featuring members of the listening audience!


10. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, permanent exhibition at Atlanta International Airport

Joni Mabe just completed City of Atlanta Commission for Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Art work will be on permanent display in International Concourse E, Gate 30. This is Joni's third commission with the City. These two new works will be added to Dead Southern Icons of the 20th century.
- commissioned by the Georgia Trust of Historic Preservation for work of art to help restore the City Auditorium in Waycross, Georgia. Work contains Elvis Presley who performed there in 1956 and will be auctioned Nov. 9th at Puritan Hall in Atlanta, Georgia.


11. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at Manuel Artime Theater, Miami, Nov 3, 8 pm

The Steven and Dorothea Green Critics' Lecture Series at Frost Art Museum Presents:

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

Friday November 3 at 8pm
Manuel Artime Theater
900 SW 1st Street
Miami FL

The performance is free of charge and open to the public

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.


12. Betty Beaumont, public forums at 15 Nassau St., Manhattan, thru Nov 21

Boxed In/Boxed Out: The Mobile Studio Project – Public Forum
October 30/November 6/November 21

Betty Beaumont will host a series of public forums as a component of her current exhibition Boxed In/Boxed Out: The Mobile Studio Project at 15 Nassau Street.

A pioneer of the lower Manhattan community, Beaumont first moved to SoHo in 1973 and then to TriBeCa in 1977, along with many of her peers. These artists established a foundation for the cultural meccas of SoHo, Chelsea, and TriBeCa, which eventually became so coveted that the artists are being displaced in favor of tenants who can afford the inflated rents.

City officials, urban planners, artists and lawyers will address the continual displacement of artists and question the city’s will to sustain its artistic communities. The forum will focus on imagining what a sustainable model for an all-inclusive community might look like.

The forums will feature an open discussion moderated by Betty Beaumont. Speakers will include:

November 6
Ted Berger, Former Executive Director of New York Foundation for the Arts
More speakers to follow

November 21
Betty Beaumont will host the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Worldchanging for an event celebrating the release of the book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century. The book is a comprehensive guide to building a sustainable future. Speakers will include:

Alex Steffan , founder of Worldchanging and editor of the new book, will speak about the work of the organization and the book project.
Dr. Michael Ben-Eli , former student and collaborator of R. Buckminster Fuller, will connect today’s ‘bright green’ revolution to the pioneering legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller, and discuss his Five Principles of Sustainability.

Betty Beaumont, award-winning environmental artist, will discuss her project Boxed In/Boxed Out , addressing the continual displacement of artists and imagining what a sustainable model for an all-inclusive community might look like.

Take the 2/3, 4/5 to Wall Street, 15 Nassau Street is located on the corner of Nassau and Pine
Please RSVP to betty@beaumont.org


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