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Goings On: posted week of January 4, 2007

1. Lisa Bufano, 2007 FF Fund for Performance Art recipient, at Judson Memorial Church, Jan 19-20, 8 pm
2. Lenora Champagne, FF Alumn, at HERE, NY, Jan 16-17, 8:30 pm
3. Bertie Ferdman, Suzi Takahashi, FF Alumns, at HERE, NY, Jan 8-9, 8:30 pm
4. Julia Mandle, FF Alumn, at Salon 94, Manhattan, Jan 22, 6:30-8:30
5. Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumn, at Rumpff Gallery, The Netherlands, opens Jan 11
6. Julie Atlas Muz, at PS 122, Jan 27-Feb 11, and more
7. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, at Real Art Ways, Hartford, thru Jan 14
8. Jim Johnson, FF Alumn, at High Energy Constructs, LA, thru Jan 6
9. Erika Yeomans, FF Alumn, at The Tank, NY, Jan 17, 7 pm
10. Eddy Falconer, FF Alumn, at Artists’ TV Access, SF, Jan 20, 8 pm
11. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, at Brewery Art Colony, LA, opening Jan 6 7-10 pm
12. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, in Strange Attractor Journal 3
13. Joshua Fried, FF Alumn, at HERE, NY, Jan 6-9, and more
14. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in Orange County, CA, TONITE, and Jan 6
15. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in Provincetown, Jan 7
16. Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, FF Alumns, at 18 th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, opening March 2, 6-9pm
17. Steven Ausbury, FF Alumn, now online at www.ausburyblogspot.com
18. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, on German public television, January 6, 5:30 pm

1. Lisa Bufano, 2007 FF Fund for Performance Art recipient, at Judson Memorial Church, January 19-20, 8 pm

Lisa Bufano, 2006-07 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art recipient, premiers new work at Judson Memorial Church January 19-20.

Five Open Mouths* will premiere at Judson Memorial Church 8:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday, January 19-20, 2007. Tickets can be reserved via email at HLatskyDance@aol.com or by phone: 917.929.6985.

*Five Open Mouths* is a solo dance performance created in New York September - December, 2006 by choreographer Heidi Latsky http://www.heidilatskydance.net for Lisa Bufano http://www.lbufano.com. This performance is the product of an extensive and life-changing artistic relationship between Lisa Bufano and Heidi Latsky. The title refers to Lisa's experience of unwrapping her bandages and seeing her hands after following surgery - a difficult, yet cathartic experience. In their first week working together, Latsky asked Bufano to write a personal story and to embody movement to tell that story. From this exercise, Bufano created an 'unraveling' gesture by varying the momentum of small circling with her hand at the wrist while creating a larger revolution around the axis of her elbow. Latsky refined and incorporated this gesture into the final section of the piece.

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2. Lenora Champagne, FF Alumn, at HERE, NY, Jan 16-17, 8:30 pm

Dear Friends,
After a year of development, I am pleased to have a work-in-progress showing of my full-length performance work, TRACES/fades, at HERE Arts Center, on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 16 and 17, at 8:30 p.m.The play, which I've written and directed, features music by composer Daniel Levy, video by Lauren Petty and Shaun Irons, and sets and costumes by Liz Prince, in collaboration with the actors.

HERE Arts Center presents

Culturemart 2007 ~ the annual festival of hybrid performance with works by HERE's Resident Artists
ONLY 2 Performances!
Tuesday & Wednesday January 16 & 17 @ 8:30PM
Tickets:  $15 general admission; $10 for HERE Donors

HERE is located at 145 Sixth Ave, below Spring Street, entrance on Dominick Street (subways:  C/E to Spring St.; 1 to Houston or Canal)

written&directed by Lenora Champagne
music by Daniel Levy
video by Lauren Petty & Shaun Irons
set&costumes by Liz Prince
assistant director:  Tricia Cramer

performed by Mary Fogarty, Norman Heidinger, Joanne Jacobson, Amelie Champagne Lyons, Elaine Olesker and Jill Melanie Wirth.

How does one respond to a loved one's mind in decline?  to a nation in decline?  What is left behind? A meditation on Alzheimer's and our national inability to remember history. The echoes of experience reveal a landscape of fragmented memories.

CULTUREMART is a vital part of HERE's Artist Residency Program, which provides development, commissions and full production support.
Hope to see you there!
Best wishes for a wonderful year,


3. Bertie Ferdman, Suzi Takahashi, FF Alumns, at HERE, NY, Jan. 8-9, 8:30 pm

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2007!

I am writing to invite you to the workshop performance of our most recent creation, 10 Plates, which will take place at HERE January 8th and 9th, 8:30pm. We would be delighted if you could make it! All the details follow, including a web link to the trailer.

All the best!

Artistic co-director, Ex.Pgirl

HERE Arts Center presents Culturemart 2007 ~ the annual festival of hybrid performance with works by HERE's Resident Artists:

10 Plates
by Ex.Pgirl

Monday& Tuesday January 8 & 9 @ 8:30PM

HERE is located at 145 Sixth Ave, entrance on Dominick Street (C/E to Spring St.)

CULTUREMART is a vital part of HERE’s Artist Residency Program, which provides development, commissions and full production support.

10 PLATES Conceived, written, and directed by:Bertie Ferdman and Suzi Takahashi
Developed and created with: Valerie Issembert, Kiyoko Kashiwagi, and Soomi Kim
Guest appearance: Luke Strandquist

10 Plates explores the culture of fear from the personal perspectives of five female performers. Treading the line between danger and humor, 10 Plates examines multicultural 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 heartbreaking aspects of what lies beneath everyday fears.


10 Plates will appear on the same evening as GLOSSOLALIA: 8 Pataphysical Questions from The Blue Flower by Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer.


4. Julia Mandle, FF Alumn, at Salon 94, Manhattan, Jan 22, 6:30-8:30

Get Dirty. Engage Political Art. Join us for an extraordinary and memorable winter benefit, hosted by Senator/Father John Kerry and Board Member/Daughter Alexandra Kerry.

The evening will consist of an exclusive viewing of Julia Mandle’s new performance, remarks by the Senator, along with specially concocted Christiania Vodka “Dirty Martinis” and hors d’oeuvres to encourage important dialogue, support and of course, fun!

Proceeds will support the upcoming tour of our performance installation “Come and Have a Chicky Meal, Cuz You’re Gonna Love This Deal.”

Monday January 22, 2007
6:30 – 8:30pm
Salon 94
12 East 94 th Street , between Madison and 5th Avenue

TICKETS: $350 per person
HOW: Please reserve your tax-deductible tickets by e-mail: leonie@jmandleperformance.org
For more information, please call Leonie Kruizenga: 917 345 5757, or visit our website

If you are unable to attend the party, but would like to support J Mandle Performance, please mail your fully tax-deductible contribution to:

J Mandle Performance
232 Third Street, Studio DOA
Brooklyn , NY 11215
917 345 5757


5. Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumn, at Rumpff Gallery, The Netherlands, opens Jan 11

Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumn, part of a group show at Tanya Rumpff Gallery, Haarlem, The Nederlands January 11.


Karin Arink, Elena Beelaerts, Hans Broek, Michael Filez, Jasper Hagenaar, Karin Hanssen, Moshekwa Langa, Bjarne Melgaard, Ruth Meijer, Gerard Polhuis, Andrei Roiter, Matthieu Ronsse, Nedko Solakov, Joost van den Toorn, Ricardas Vaitiekunas, Emo Verkerk, Koen Vermeule, Freya Wisman, Sylvie Zijlmans, Dolores Zorreguieta.

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 14, 4 – 6pm
The show will run from January 11 to February 4

Tanya Rumpff Gallery
Spaarnwouderstraat 74
NL 2011 AE Haarlem, Holland
Tel: 31- 0 23 5359565
Fax: 31-0 23 5354057


6. Julie Atlas Muz, at PS 122, Jan 27-Feb 11, and more

First off on Jan 6 I have cocurated a fine art show with Kembra Pfahler at Deitch Projects called WOMANIZER.  The show includes works by Kembra, Breyer P.Orridge, E.V. Day, Vaginal Crème Davis, Bambi the Mermaid and myself. It's a fine art show and will be up at Deitch's Grand Street Space from Jan 6-Jan 27.

And then on Jan 27 I open "Divine Comedy of an Exquisite Corpse" Wed-Sun 8:30pm

From January 27 ­ February 11, 2007 Performance Space 122 will present Burlesque Queen and Choreographer Julie Atlas Muz¹s first-ever evening length solo work Divine Comedy of an Exquisite Corpse. Including post-mortem dance, ballet, mime, endurance exercises, burlesque and jazz, Muz will purposefully create the worst dance ever in hope that audiences will cheer at her tragic death. Her artful, unique and darkly eccentric performance style delivers tender and terrifying, hysterical and heretical vignettes exploring issues of freedom, fame, mortality and sacrifice.


7. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, at Real Art Ways, Hartford, thru Jan 14

For the show at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut,  Maciej Toporowicz asked the Gallery to purchase him a Motorola L2 cellphone with a Cingular's "Pay As You Go" plan. The cellphone was uploaded with bird sound ringtones and placed inside a birdcage on display in the gallery space.

All the ringtones were sampled and mixed by the artist.

One has to be in the gallery and call the cellphone to hear the bird sing. However, you can call from any place in the world and leave a message for the bird or for the artist. All the text and voice messages will be retrieved and become a part of the show. The show runs from December 21 through January 14, 2007
The bird's cellphone number is: 860 726-8132

Happy Holidays!
Maciej Toporowicz


8. Jim Johnson, FF Alumn, at High Energy Constructs, LA, thru Jan 6


Neo Dolce
a group exhibition of works on paper
December 2, 2006 – January 6, 2007

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2006, 6 – 10 pm 

((( Specal Guest DJ from 8 - 10 pm )))

High Energy Constructs presents Neo Dolce, a group exhibition of works on paper by artLedge ( Brandon Alevendia & Caleb Lyons), Marcus Civin, Arryan Decatur, Marc Herbst, Jim Johnson, Lia Lowenthal, Claudia Nieto, Paul Paiement, James Powers, Daniel Purbrick, and Amy Robinson.  

Neo Dolce highlights the techniques and themes of artists from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco whose works demonstrate laborious, mystical, and playful relations with the lyrical materiality of paper.  

990 N. Hill St. #180  
LA, CA  90012 
gallery hours:  
Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm 
and by appointment
p: 323.227.7920


9. Erika Yeomans, Amy Galper, FF Alumns, at The Tank, NY, Jan 17, 7 pm

Erika Yeomans: Selected Works 1997-2007
Wednesday - January 17, 2007 - 7:00 pm
The Tank - 279 Church Street - New York, NY - 10013

New York Experimental, The Tank's monthly experimental film and video screening series, is pleased to present an evening of works by filmmaker Erika Yeomans.  In addition to two of her previously acclaimed films, the program will feature the premier of her multi frame video Paging Dr. Freud.

Paging Dr. Freud (2007, multi-frame video, 16 minutes)
Comprised of archival materials from Yeomans' tenure as Artistic Director of the experimental theater group Doorika, Paging Dr. Freud is a multi-frame montage that based on image, music and sound bites pulled from various media elements from Doorika performances (1990-1999). It is not intended as a documentary of the theater's history, but rather a new artwork made from  elements of past work combined with source materials such as film clips from Suddenly Last Summer, Cruel Story of Youth and the 35 mm Doorika film Hard Head Flair. As a dense montage - it creates a meta narrative that plays off pop culture and post Freudian analysis in all its messy, mixed message glory.  Featuring Casey Spooner, Ford Wright, Bobby Conn, Jon Langford, Amy Galper, Marianne Potje and edited by Christine Giorgio.

Chubby Buddy ("The Last Castrato") (2003, Super 8, color, 13 minutes)
Originally conceived as a live sound project as part of a sound series at AC Project Room in New York, April 2001. It was later re-imagined as a short "super 8 home movie". A narrative based on the memories of Frances Howard, a man who gave up a career and marriage in order to act upon some peculiar impulses.  Written and directed by Erika Yeomans, edited by Sandra Montiel (Pose Down, Punch Drunk Love), Music by Pierre Foldes (LIE), Performed by Mot Filipowski, post production Truckstop Media, Braden King.

In Search of Bas Jan's Miraculous (1997, Mixed Media, B&W/Color, 39 minutes)
A conceptual documentary about the real life misadventures of 1970's Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader.  The video is part faux documentary - part Hollywood Technicolor Biopic (with stolen bits of films from classics such as: Lust for Life and The Sound of Music, among many others). The project was featured on NPR's This American Life.  Written/Directed by Erika Yeomans Edited by Victoria Plummer.  Voiceovers by Ira Glass, Lizzy Yoder of FischerSpooner, Kate Gleason, Ford Wright, Jim Strahs, Judy Elkan and Kevin Hurley.

Over the years, Director/Writer Erika Yeomans has created an extensive body of work in theater, mixed media and film. As the co-founder and artistic director of the performance company Doorika (1989-1999), she has worked with various artists and musicians such as Jon Langford (Mekons), Bobby Conn, Casey Spooner (FischerSpooner), Andrea Polli, Doug Huston, Ford Wright, Eric Koziol (H-Gun Film Labs), Lizzy Yoder (FischerSpooner), Scott Leuthold, Michael Merino, Marianne Potje, Andrea Stanislav, Ken Kobland (Wooster Group), the Aluminum Group and Pierre Foldesand.  During that time, Yeomans produced and directed over a dozen original theater productions that toured various theatrical venues throughout the US.

In addition to the Doorika productions, she also created many high-profile multimedia projects including an installation titled Cardboard, Vinyl, Rhinestones: The Denim Fiancé (1999), commissioned by Levi's for the Downtown Arts Festival with visual artist Virgil Marti and later presented at the 2000 Delaware Biennial.  In 1995, she directed her first short video, Bunny Boy (1995), adapted from the stage version of Doorika's Japanese trilogy, Akogare No Pari (Paris of Our Dreams) inspired by the Takarazuka Revue and featuring Casey Spooner. Yeomans' next project, In Search of Bas Jan's Miraculous (1997), was a humorous conceptual documentary about the 1970's Dutch visual artist Bas Jan Ader and his mysterious disappearance at sea.

Since 1999, Yeomans has focused primarily on filmmaking. Her videos and films have screened at film festivals and art institutions around the world, including: ICA in London, Lincoln Center's New York Video Festival at the Walter Reade Theater, Los Angeles' Disney Hall/REDCAT Theater, IFP's Buzzcuts, London's Exploding Cinema!, Video Arts Plastique at the Contemporary Art Museum in Normandy, Berlin's Transmediale, Silver Lake Film Festival, Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, Austria's Ars Electronica, Cinematek at the Danish Film Institute, The Soap Factory, Anthology Film Archives, among many others. In 2004, she had a special feature program of her short films at New York's Pioneer Theater. She was awarded a New York State Council for the Arts Media Grant (2004-2005) for her feature film Pose Down (2007), which was shot during the summer of 2006 and is currently in post production. Her film Chubby Buddy is touring as part of the NY-MPLS-LONDON group art exhibit LATITUDE (curated by Andrea Stanislav) and opens at The Fieldgate Gallery (London) in January 2007. Her films and videos are distributed through The Film-Makers' Cooperative.

For more information on the work of Erika Yeomans please visit: www.fortherestofyournaturallifeproductions.com.

For information on New York Experimental at The Tank please contact Susan Agliata at susan@thetanknyc.org and visit www.thetanknyc.org.


10. Eddy Falconer, FF Alumn, at Artists’ TV Access, SF, Jan 20, 8 pm

IBÉRIA premieres Sat. 1/20 at Artists' Television Access

Please come see this film we have all been working on for so long. Tickets are $6, start time is 8 pm.


Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415) 824-3890

IBÉRIA is sponsored by Film Arts Foundation, San

IbÈria is an hour-long, hybrid-genre film whose main ingredients are esoterica, poetry, ethnic pastiche, and camp humor. An atmosphere of paranoid desire builds on the cusp of some demise; a fictional totalitarian empire goes under. The film opens with a non-sequitur, presenting itself as the visual fragments of a spiritual journey made by an inept prophet through foreign lands he perceives as making up the Iberian peninsula. The logic of the sequences that follow is, however, created out of their own over-the-top yet sometimes documentary content. Occasionally ominous and at other moments slapstick, IbÈria forms an exotic landscape out of familiar Bay Area locations and peppers it with deluded aristocrats, unusual ritual celebrants, and improvisationally joyous dancers as if introducing the ethnographically inclined viewer to an alternative world of exotic customs.


This is my second film exploring queer magic and esoterica in general, a lot sillier than Tarot of Berlin (1998) and also something of an adventure in manic art. It owes a lot to poorly dubbed international co-productions, to costume films, 'world' cinema, and the travelogues of surrealist exiles, as well as to all the brave avant-garde eccentrics before me who have worked with non-actors. The script is a collage of favorite over-the-top texts in the poetic and occult vein, and many in the cast are cult figures in the San Francisco scene.


11. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, at Brewery Art Colony, LA, opening Jan 6 7-10 pm

A group show featuring the black and white artworks of 14 artists runs throughout January at i-5 Gallery. A reception for the artists is scheduled for Saturday, January 6th from 7 - 10pm.

Karen Finley
Mark Kostabi
Ed Moses
Rex Bruce
Suzy Hernandez
Jennifer Celio
Andrea Chalekson
Dave Naz
Michael Salerno
David Trulli
Mike Vegas
Paige Wery
Michael Woodcock
Tim Youd

Curated by Mat Gleason

Show Dates:
January 5 - 27
i-5 Gallery
in the Atrium at the Brewery Art Colony
2100 North Main Street, A-10
Los Angeles, California 90031
(323) 342-0717
Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, Noon - 4


12. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, in Strange Attractor Journal 3

The third issue of "Strange Attractor Journal," that sumptuous anthology "celebrating unpopular culture," is now available.  This one is 282 pages, and includes my article "The Dark Man's Dreams": an introduction to the proto-Surrealist Romantic Xavier Forneret, including my translations of two of his dream-based texts, with lovely illustrations by NY artist Betsy Heistand.  And there are, of course, many other fascinating topics covered within; see www.strangeattractor.co.uk for the details.


13. Joshua Fried, FF Alumn, at HERE, NY, Jan 6-9, and more

Starting this Saturday, the steering wheel, laptop, boombox and shoes take a micro-tour of downtown, with a kid-friendly matinee, a duet with David First and a HERE Arts Center homecoming.

Saturday, 6 January 2007, 8:30pm  HERE Arts Center
Sunday, 7 January 2007, 3:00pm Free Matinee
Monday, 8 January 2007, 8:30pm with David First
Tuesday, 9 January 2007, 8:30pm  HERE Arts Center

Details follow.

Saturday 6 January 2007, 8:30pm

with the incredible puppets and dream visions of Kevin Augustine

HERE Arts Center
145 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013
Between Spring and Broome; entrance on Dominick Street


Tickets and directions

Sunday 7 January 2007, 3:00pm FREE matinee

A special kid-friendly show including some play time with the gear.
Curated by one of the forces of good in new music, pianist Kathleen
Supove. Radio Wonderland, Nick Didkovsky, Ritsu Katsumata, and
moderator Preston Stahly.

Music with a View presents Family Sunday!
The Flea Theater
41 White St.
New York, NY 10013
between Broadway & Church, 3 blocks South of Canal
Admission FREE



Monday 8 January 2007, 8:30pm with David First

Radio Wonderland's first-ever musical duet! David First is a virtuoso
guitarist and experimental music innovator.

RW with David First, guitar
also performing:
*SPIN 17 with Ed Chang and Motoko Shimizu
*a new string trio by Judd Greenstein of Free Speech Zone Productions
*Jed Distler meditates with the Masters

CCi's Serial Underground
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY  10014
Off 6th Avenue, between Bleecker and W. 4th

Note that Cornelia Street Cafe UPSTAIRS is really a full restaurant and
rather good.

$10 music charge PLUS one drink minimum
if purchased by SUNDAY Jan 7 ($15 otherwise)
Box office: 212-663-1967
All major credit cards accepted

Tuesday 9 January 2007, 8:30pm
with the multi-culti, multi-funny Ex.Pgirl

HERE Arts Center
145 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013
Between Spring and Broome; entrance on Dominick Street


Tickets and directions

And don't forget "Morning Drive Time":
RADIO WONDERLAND Live Every Wednesday,
mangling morning rush hour radio talk
on free103point9 online radio.


Wednesday mornings
9:00am Eastern Time, 14:00 UTC (or GMT/Zulu) time
Thu, Jan 4, 2007 4:22 PM


14. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in Orange County, CA, TONITE, and Jan 6

Tim Miller Performs in Orange County Jan 5-6 "1001 BEDS" at EMPIRE THEATRE presented by RUDE GUERRILLA!

Hi  Folks!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish everyone a great new year of fierce performances, charged engagement and juicy classroom discourse!

I'll be starting my 2007 tour in Orange County, CA  Jan 5 & 6  performing my new show 1001 BEDS presented by Rude Guerrilla Theatre Company at the Empire Theatre in Santa Ana. The performance  is based on my brand new book of  the same name. 1001 BEDS is a raucous and rowdy exploration of my queer adventures in a performer's life fiercely lived in travels through love, politics, sex and art. 1001 BEDS opens Friday, January 5 and runs for TWO NIGHTS ONLY thru Saturday, January 6 at The Empire Theater, 202 N. Broadway, in Santa Ana. Show times are 8:00 pm. And all tickets are just $20. For tickets please call 714-547-4688.

"Tim Miller sings that song of the self which interrogates, with explosive, exploding, subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and borderlines of selfhood. . . . You think you don't need to hear such singing? You do! You must!"
-Tony Kushner, playwright of Angels in America

From a gay teen's head-on collision with life in a sleazy hotel across the street from the Hollywood Bowl to an ecstatic vision of a sex-positive future on a mattress in a police holding cell, the show is a  kinky and funny journey thru the beds and hotels and life on the road as a traveling salesman- oops I mean a performance artist! I was doing the math recently and I figured that if I continue to tour as a performer for another twenty years, I will end up sleeping in at least 1000 hotel beds in my lifetime on the road. For maximum poetic oomph, let's say 1001 beds! Yikes!

The book "1001 BEDS" came out recently and  is a collection of my essays, performances, manifestos, performance touring stories from Tokyo to Chattanooga and my journals. 1001 BEDS is a fiercely funny, sexy and inspiring story based on excerpts from the book about the transforming power of art and the richness of gay identity lived out loud. Here's a little spiel from my blog.

Here's the book cover followed by Bed #1. 
best, Tim  Miller
My new book of essays & performances 1001 BEDS!


15. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in Provincetown, Jan 7


Please join me for the 24 th! Annual Re-Rooters Day Ceremony, Sunday, January 7, 2007 at the beach/sand flats across from Cape Inn, East End, Provincetown. Gathering at my home at 7 Carnes Lane immediately after the event.

This annual festivity is sponsored by the International Re-Rooters Society, IRS, after the Twelve Days of Stockpiling, and purges the debris and detritus from 2006. Bring something (small and non-toxic) to burn on the tree/boat. Dress warm (?) and wear boots.


PS Check out the video on my website: www.jaycritchley.com


16. Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, FF Alumns, at 18 th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, opening March 2, 6-9pm

The Performing Archive: Restricted Access
By Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz

In a series of contemporary performances and installations on gender, the production of knowledge, and the cyclical nature of political and cultural events, Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz position their considerable archival documents from the decade 1970-1980 as a key actor. The Performing Archive, sponsored in part by The 18 th Street Art Center, is housed in the historic Santa Monica exhibition and artist’s residency space, founded in 1988. What began as a process of reviewing and archiving their work soon became a performative project that raises questions on archiving performance art, the technology of archiving, and the politics of inclusion.

In Restricted Access, the first exhibition from The Performing Archive, which coincides with WACK! Art of the Feminist Revolution at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the artists explore how past and present collide, are considered, and re-emerge through the individual perspectives of young women artists. Inviting participation from a restricted number of practitioners, most born in or around the decade in question, Lacy and Labowitz demonstrate the open-ended inquiry characteristic of Los Angeles conceptual work of the 70s in an installation with video, text, and the archives themselves.

Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz are central to the history of West Coast feminist and performance art movements during the late 60s and 70s, and Lacy continues a vital international practice at the boundaries of art and life today. The partnership of these two artists, between 1977 and 1980 and the years leading up to it as they studied in California and Germany with artists like Joseph Beuys, Judy Chicago, and Allan Kaprow, is documented in this archive. Production notes, performance scores, letters, cultural paraphernalia such as magazines and newspapers, texts on worldwide cultural conditions of women, reports on early feminist organizing, photographs, videos and audio tapes provide a window into how they (and to some extent contemporaries such as Barbara Smith, Nancy Buchanan, Martha Rosler and Paul McCarthy) approached art-making during this formative time.

Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz are best known for their private and public performances that explored women’s bodies, relationships, and cultural representations. In the late 70s they formed Ariadne: A Social Art Project, as a contextualizing concept for a series of large public performances on violence against women in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. In an era when process trumped product, artistic strategies in collaboration, relationship, media intervention and political engagement emerged in a cultural context influenced by the Vietnam war, feminism, civil rights activism, and mass media critique. Lacy and Labowitz’ performances, particularly In Mourning and In Rage ( Los Angeles 1977), were known for their strategic engagement with local politics, community organizing and journalism. They deconstructed coverage of crimes against women on television news and in newspaper feature stories, cleverly inserting a critique of media into mass media itself. Their performances, exhibitions, and published texts expanded the public audience for art and provided strong demonstration of its relevance to political activism.

The Performing Archives serves as an activated space of private and public reflection on how artists preserve their work and how the history of art is told. Currently, the formulation of the historical records on Los Angeles artists, feminist artists, performance artists, video artists and others working between 1965-1985 is taking place through international exhibitions. Given the difficulty of maintaining paper-based archives, those that are selected for preservation and made accessible to the public will play an important role in this formulation, becoming, if not the work, then a stand-in for it. With the advent of digital technology, the nature of artist’s archives will be dramatically different in years to come. However, in this transitional moment, radical artistic thought from the 70s—which, in the case of Lacy and Labowitz, deals with subjects of gender and race erasure, the nature of audience, and the public roles for art—is preserved today through living artists and their paper-based archives.

This summer, The Performing Archives will launch Open Access, an on-line exhibition, a shared reconstruction of the history of feminist performance art in Southern California between 1970-1980 by a group of artists central to this history. Revealed through performance descriptions and personal anecdotes, the history will be contextualized by a timeline of other events in both art and culture. Sue Maberry, Director of the Library and Assistant to the Provost for Instructional Technology at Otis College of Art and Design will design this project, using technology for the collaborative construction of knowledge. Data collection will begin with 13 originating artists in March 2007.

Other events and exhibitions in the series will follow, including a performance commemorating ArtScene Los Angeles Magazine’s 25 th year anniversary by Lacy and Kim Abeles, and an exhibition of informal video interviews with curators, historians, and artists on the subjects of legacy and archives.

The Lacy/Labowitz 1970-1980 archives are available by appointment to scholars and arts professionals.

The Performing Archive: Restricted Access
18 th Street Art Center
1639 18 th Street , Studio 2
Santa Monica , Ca

Opening Friday March 2, 6-9pm
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays through March 25, 1-4pm
For more information call: 310-589-8536


17. Steven Ausbury, FF Alumn, now online at www.ausburyblogspot.com

Please feel free to visit Steven Ausbury, FF Alumn, at his new blog,


Thank you.


18. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, on German public television, Jan 6, 5:30 pm

Harley Spiller, a.k.a. Inspector Collector, will appear with his chewing gum collection in “The Chewing Gum of Mr. Adams,” a documentary airing in Germany on public television, channel SWR, on January 6 at 5:30 pm.

SWR 06.01.2007 um 17.30 Patente und Talente Der Kaugummi des Herrn Adams Ein Film von Tilman Achtnich VPS: 17.30


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