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Goings On: posted week of December 13, 2006

1. Jenny Polak, FF Future of the Present 2005 recipient, now online
2. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumn, in Venice, Italy, now online
3. Robert C. Morgan, Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumns, at Roger Smith Lab Gallery, opening Dec 15 th, 6:30-9 pm
4. Juana Valdes, FF Alumn, at Clemente Sot Velez, NY, thru Jan 21, 2007
5. Koosil-ja, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, Dec 8
6. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Copro Nason, Santa Monica, thru Jan 9, and more
7. Michel Auder, FF Alumn, at Gene Frankel Theatre, NY, Dec 18
8. Lynne Tillman, FF Alumn, Ding Dong Lounge, NY, Dec 14, 8 pm
9. AA Bronson, FF Alumn, at the Americas Society, NY, TONITE, 6:30 pm
10. Patricia Hoffbauer, FF Alumn, at The Club at La Mama, extended thru Dec 17
11. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, in Pittsburgh, PA, Dec 21, 7-10 pm

1. Jenny Polak, FF Future of the Present 2005 recipient, now online

Exciting News! Design for the Alien Within is now online! Spread the word...
Please visit the new Design for the Alien Within web site at


Come celebrate the launch at this show
Longwood Arts Projects: Then and Now
December 6th - January 12th
Haven Arts - 235 E. 141st St., Bronx
With work by Vito Acconci, FF Alumn, Mark Kostabi, Whitfield Lovell, Algernon Miller, Tim Rollins + KOS, Fred Wilson, eTeam, Mariam Ghani, Jenny Polak, Mary Walling-Blackburn, Manuel Acevedo, Monika Bravo, Gaye Chan, Prema Murthy, FF Alumn, William Crow, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, Kenta Furusho, Shih- Chieh Huang, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz
curated by Barry Kostrinsky, Juanita Lanzo + J.C. Rice
This show is part of the Longwood Arts Projects 25th anniversary celebrations.

Haven Gallery is located at 235 East 141st Street, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY, 10451. The cross street is Rider Avenue. Gallery hours are 12 to 5pm, Mon-Sat. For more information, please contact J.C. Rice or Carol Zakaluk at 718-585-5753, or e-mail info@havenarts.org.

2, 4 and 5 trains go to Grand Concourse and 149th street, Bronx.

This work was made possible in part by Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and Jerome Foundation and by the Longwood Digital Matrix award.


2. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumn, in Venice, Italy, now online

Peter Cramer, Jack Waters and Marc Arthur conclude their artists residency in Venice as guests of the newly established Emily Harvey Foundation. This opportunity is to formulate the beginnings of their new project tiltled "Pestilenza".  Ideas, musings and studies can be viewed at


3. Robert C. Morgan, Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumns, at Roger Smith Lab Gallery, opening Dec 15, 6:30-9 pm

Metaphysics and The Virtual
Joseph Nechvatal and Huston Ripley
Curated by Robert C. Morgan
The Roger Smith Lab Gallery
DECEMBER 14-23, 2006


This exhibition will focus on the works of two artists whose endeavors in the realm of an aesthetic/conceptual practice represents an overlay between the rehabilitation of metaphysics and the virtuality of the information age.

Joseph Nechvatal is one of the leading computer artists working in the realm of virtual telematics today. Beginning in the early eighties, Nechvatal used the alloverness – so prescient at the time in formalist painting – as an inversion of itself in order to evoke the need for an expanded content through virtual thinking and photo-mechanical processes.

Conversely, Huston Ripley’s densely-compacted drawings on 16-ply sheets of folded Japan paper remark on the potential for re-asserting value in the representation of the human body – less in political terms, than in the realm of the metaphysical.

Nechvatal and Ripley would appear to represent two sides of the same phenomenon, antipodes that are revealing themselves within the informational speed and excess of today.

The Roger Smith Lab Gallery is a project based exhibition space located in one of the liveliest business sections of New York City. Sponsored by The Roger Smith Hotel, The Lab is a high traffic, fast paced, converted "storefront" that features conceptual work and provides a venue for experimental national and international artists and curators and their ideas. The Lab Gallery specializes in ten-day exhibitions. For more information, call 212-339-2092, or email rogersmitharts@rogersmith.com.

Matthew Semler, Artistic Director.
D. Dominick Lombardi, Curatorial Advisor.
The Gallery Is Located On The Corner Of 47th Street And Lexington Avenue
Gallery Hours Are: 12pm-7pm Tuesday-Friday (Or By Appointment)


4. Juana Valdes, FF Alumn, at Clemente Sot Velez, NY, thru Jan 21, 2007

5 X 5
Acarigua - New York
Curated by Juana Valdes

Participating artists from Venezuela and USA : Victor Asuaje, Benjamin Arenas, Tulio Diaz, Engelbert Peña, Gregson Zambrano, Anja Brogan, YaQin Betty Chou, Robert Gray, Jessica Hankey, Austin Shull

December 12, 2006 – January 21, 2007
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY. 10002

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Centeris located between Delancey & Rivington Streets

The exhibition was organized by: Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela.
Sponsored by: ACC Insurance Brokers Group and the Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts


5. Koosil-ja, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, Dec 8

Congrats to Koosil-ja, FF Alumn, on the review (below) of her work in the New York Times:

December 8, 2006
Dance Review | Koosil-ja
Watch the Antics on Either Stage, Then Go to the Videotapes

Koosil-ja (she only uses her first name) — born in Japan of Korean parents and based in New York since 1981 — had a fascinating idea for her new “Dance Without Bodies,” seen Wednesday night at the Kitchen. Several interesting ideas actually.

The main one was for her and her dancing partner, Melissa Guerrero (Koosil-ja is the one with glasses), to dance in moment-to-moment emulation of the movements on three video monitors, groups of which were dotted about the space.

She has described this technique as falling between choreography and improvisation and was apparently led to it by her experience of working with the Wooster Group, several leading members of which are listed as donors for this production.

But she also divided the Kitchen into two symmetrical performing areas, back to back. Each audience could see the other stage and audience projected live on its own rear wall. The two dancers dashed from side to side, sometimes leaving one stage empty (but that audience still saw them, projected).

The dancers also worked live with the bass guitarist Geoff Matters, who was the overall composer, except that sometimes the two women donned microphones and sang live duets to electronic accompaniment. Koosil-ja and Mr. Matters are credited for the video installation.

The dancing was vigorous and energetic, and fascinating to check against the three different video offerings. To my eye the women spent more time with the upper-left screen, depicting scenes from feature films, than with the one to its right, of rehearsal footage, or on the bottom, of animated films. But sometimes they would dip into one or the other two sources, and sometimes they managed to combine two or even three.

All of this was carried on in an atmosphere of lighthearted good cheer, reflected in Mr. Matters’s mostly electro-pop music and above all in Koosil-ja’s goofy costumes, 60s-style dresses adorned with doodads and split to reveal what looked like translucent plastic slips, all topped off by aviator caps that seemed to be made of some kind of sparkling Styrofoam-like fabric.

Profound? No. Fun? Yes. And at one hour, it never overstayed its welcome, like so much of downtown dance.

Koosil-ja’s “Dance Without Bodies” will be performed tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 255-5793, Ext. 11 or thekitchen.org.


6. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Copro Nason, Santa Monica, thru Jan 9, and more

Howdy – I have work in Santa Monica at Copro Nason's 15 Year Anniversary Exhibition, on view thru Jan. 9, 2007, as well as the launch of their new book "Copro Nason Fine Art: Catalogue Raissone", which chronicles the art and history of one of the leading galleries in the "Lowbrow" art movement. (They were kind enough to include me in both.) If you're in the area, hope to see you there!

Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn

Copro Nason Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave T5
Santa Monica CA 90404


7. Michel Auder, FF Alumn, at Gene Frankel Theatre, NY, Dec 18

The Gene Frankel Theatre and The City Actors Theater Presents:=
A Gala Benefit Party for the Gene Frankel Theatre
December 18th, 7-11pm
At The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, NYC
(at Lafayette / 6 Train to Bleeker)
The evening will include wine, appetizers & music
Silent Art Auction from 7:30-10:30pm
Artists include:
 Jo Jo Americo
 Robert Appleton
 Per Brahe
 Peter Blomquist
 Denise Boquist
 Neke Carson
 Ric Colon
 Katrina Del Mar
 Alicia Exum
 Nan Goldin
 Steven Hammil
 Anne Hanavan & Michel Auder, FF Alumn
 Hattie Hathaway
 Paul Lee
 Shelley Marlow
 Seth McBride
 Alice O'Malley
 Kembra Phahler
 Rafael Sánchez
 Stephen Tashjian
 Gail Thacker
 Kathleen White

Performance by Rafael Sánchez & Friends: 8:30-8:40
Evening's music mix by Robert Lund

This event is a fundraiser.
If you cannot attend,
donations are 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
 Checks payable to:
 City Actors Theater
 Memo "Gene Frankel Theatre"
 and mail to:
 The Gene Frankel Theatre
 24 Bond St New York, NY 10012

 When received, a receipt with City Actors Theater's tax
 Deductible ID will be mailed to you.
 Please include your mailing address.
 Ph: 212-777-1767
 Web: www.genefrankel.com
 Email: genefrankel@yahoo.com

Gene Frankel is responsible for establishing one of the first Off Broadway theatres in 1947 above the Players Club in Greenwich Village. The present location of The Gene Frankel Theatre at 24 Bond street opened its doors in 1980. In a unique and distinguished career, Mr. Frankel has left his mark on all areas of American theater: Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional theatre; as well as European Theatre and Television. Among the award winning masterwork productions he directed for Off Broadway are Volpone, To be Young Gifted & Black, Machinal, Brecht on Brecht, Enemy of the People, and of course, Jean Genet's "The Blacks" which introduced James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Roscoe Lee Browne, Louis Gossett Jr. and Maya Angelou. His Broadway credits include Indians starring Stacy Keach, Cry of Players with Anne Bancroft and Frank Langella, Once Upon a Russian with Walter Matthau and many more.

Before his passing on April 20,2005, Gene Frankel asked artist Gail Thacker to keep the theatre open as tribute to his legacy. The Gene Frankel Theatre is doing just that as well as building a home to "Pataphysics", a philosophy articulated in the works of Alfred Jarry that encourages expression through a theatrical confluence of art disciplines, science, politics, religion, scholarliness, and a flair for absurdity and adventure.

The Gene Frankel Theatre continues to be home to classes, workshops, and exciting vibrant downtown theatre. We are very excited, though concerned, about the challenges in continuing Gene's legacy in this rapidly changing "new downtown". Presently, Bond Street is being transformed by major real estate ventures including Ian Schrager's "40 Bond St" under construction just a few doors east. Our goal is remain a significant, creative feature while contributing to the new demands of the neighborhood. Our space, with 2 black box theaters, is in need of soundproofing and architectural changes. The Gene Frankel Theatre and The City Actor's Theater is humbly asking for donations to help us achieve our goal of. $25,000. for construction needed to fulfill our lease and keep The Gene Frankel Theatre open.

Peace, love & thanks,
Gail Thacker
Artistic Director


8. Lynne Tillman, FF Alumn, Ding Dong Lounge, NY, Dec 14, 8 pm

December 14th, Uptown:
An Evening with Lynne Tillman
reading from and signing her critically acclaimed new book
"American Genius, A Comedy"
with musical guests
Rachelle Garniez & David Hofstra.
Thursday Dec 14th 8PM
Ding Dong Lounge
929 Columbus Avenue between 105 and 106
$10 cover includes free copy of American Genius, A Comedy.
Drirections via Subway:
1 Train to 103rd, B/C Train to 103rd
New York, NY

More info:
Paul's Imports Presents
Ding Dong Lounge


9. AA Bronson, FF Alumn, at the Americas Society, NY, TONITE, 6:30 pm

Dialogues Between Artists and Curators: AA Bronson and Linda J. Park
Wednesday December 13 6:30 PM

Over a decade after the death of his two artistic partners, AA Bronson has focused on creating work that confronts the experience of personal loss, trauma, and individual identity. Outside of the collaborative group General Idea, which defined his life and work for twenty-five years, AA Bronson continues to traverse the borderline between the private and public domain, to merge life with art, and the social and political with the making of art.

AA Bronson’s work focuses on death and disease, and individual and collective trauma, as well as illusion and identity. His well-known billboard-sized portrait of Felix Partz on his deathbed, exhibited at the 2002 Whitney Biennial, is a poignant example. This image is at once a memorial to his partner, a stark portrayal of the ravages of AIDS, and an art-historical reference to Gustav Klimt and the “fin de siecle”. Combining text and images, the artist’s ongoing series of self-portraits—including “The Hanged Man”, and the diaristic writings of “Negative Thoughts” and “Mirror Mirror”—are intimate inquiries into the connection between body, mind, history and memory. Most recently, AA Bronson’s has increasingly tied aesthetic experience to alternative healing practices as a means of investigating who we are and how we bear witness to the transitory nature of life.

Linda J. Park is a Program Officer at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Prior to joining NYFA, Ms. Park was a curatorial and arts management consultant at Howell Art & Design, NYC. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Park was the Curatorial and Development Associate at Downtown Arts Projects and worked extensively with US and Canadian artists. She has curated and organized individual artist projects, group exhibitions, as well as been involved in developing career resource programs. Ms. Park was the Principal Organizer of Brewster 2003 Collaborations, a public art project in upstate New York, and her writing has been in published in periodicals such as Read Baby (Art & Culture), Latitude 53, and See Magazine.

This public dialogue with AA Bronson will explore the range of the artist’s life and work.

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York , NY 10021
T: (212) 249 8950
F: (212) 249 5868


10. Patricia Hoffbauer, FF Alumn, at The Club at La Mama, extended thru Dec 17

We were extended by popular demand...one more weekend Fri/Sat at 10 PM and
Sunday at 5:30  december 15, 16, 17 at the club at La Mama

La MaMa e.t.c. presents

The Architecture of Seeing: REMIX
Created and performed by Patricia Hoffbauer and George Emilio Sanchez

December 1 thru 11, 2006
Friday and Saturday at 10PM
Sunday at 5:30 PM
The Club at La MaMa, e.t.c.
74 East 4th street (Bowery & 2nd Ave.)
Reservations: 212 475 7710 
Online tickets: www.lamama.org


11. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, in Pittsburgh, PA, Dec 21, 7-10 pm

Thursday, December 21, 7-10pm
LOST AND FOUND Closing Party and Concert
There's still time to see and hear great local independent artists
Admission: a potluck or $donation

Ursula Clark, Dave Cubie, Karni Dorell, John Fox, Ian Green, Maria C. R. Harrington, Toby Kilpatrick, Randall Mastel, Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, Stuart Nicholson, Sue Powers, Bob Powers, Dr. Revolt, Bob Swick, Dennis Warner.

Curated by Sue Powers and Bob Powers
An exhibition of installations, paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, mixed media, and video by artists from New York and
Pittsburgh who use overlooked images and materials that have be taken for granted.

Music Performances by:
Emily Rodgers: indie singer-songwriter
Hallie Pritts: singer-songwriter, Boca Chica
Lohio: singer-songwriter, Greg Dutton
Sue & Bob Powers, Steve Sciulli, Hugh Watkins and Jeff Berman: music from the deep Appalachian dream.
Suburban Dilemma: hard-ambient improv band with Ian Green, Dennis Warner, Amy Murray and friends.
Garfield Artworks Art & Performance Space
4931 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
#412/361-2262 www.garfieldartworks.com

more info contact: Sue Powers: powers-berman@mindspring.com


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