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Goings On: posted week of February 6, 2007

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1. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, ELIZA REDUX in Second Person, release date Feb 28
2. Joan Snyder, FF Member, at Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, thru Mar 17
3. National Review of Live Art, UK, opens Feb 7
4. Allan Kaprow, FF Alumn, at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, opens Feb 2
5. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at Hungarian Cultural Center, NY, Mar22, 7 pm
6. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, in Frank Popper’s newly released MIT Press book
7. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, free online newsletter subscriptions now available
8. Charles Yuen, FF Alumn, received 2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant
9. Marshall Reese & Nora Ligorano, Jaqueline Shilkoff, Brooke Singer, FF Alumns, at Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, Feb 11-May 20
10. Michael Smith, FF Alumn, booksigning at PS 1, Long Island City, Feb 18, 3-5 pm
11. Mary Wollstonecraft at AIR Gallery, NY, opening Feb 16, 6-7 pm
12. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at University of Michigan, Feb 9, 7-9 pm
13. Vernita N’Cognita, Nancy Spero, FF Alumns, at Gallery 128, opening Feb 7, 6-8 pm
14. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, Red Salon, Brooklyn, Feb 10, 12-6 pm
15. Mierle Laderman Ukeles, FF Alumn, at 2007 Armory Show, Feb 23-26, 2007
16. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at RPI, Troy NY, Feb. 14, and in NYC Feb 16
17. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in Arizona, thru Feb 8, and more
18. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Feb 15, 7 pm
19. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Bravin Lee Gallery, NY, Feb 16-March 17
20. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, Feb 12, 9 pm
21. Vernita N’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts, FL, Feb 16
22. Mary Beth Edelson, Vanalyne Green, Mimi Gross, Carrie Moyer, Beverly Naidus, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, in Meaning, now online
23. Nora York, FF Alumn, Feb 2007 newsletter
24. Cheri Gaulke, FF Alumn, at Feldman Horn Gallery, CA, opening Feb 11, 2-4 pm
25. Micki (Watanabe) Spiller, FF Alumn, at Smack Mellon, reception Feb 9, 6-9 pm
26. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Feb 18, 2 pm
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1. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, ELIZA REDUX in Second Person

Publication February 28 of Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media by Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin (Eds), The MIT Press, includes Adrianne Wortzel's article on ELIZA REDUX, an FF and Greenwall Foundation supported telerobotic installation and interactive web project.

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2. Joan Snyder, FF Member, at Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, thru March 17

KENTLER INTERNATIONAL DRAWING SPACE
presents

RE:GENERATION
emerging women artists
WORK ON PAPER

ARTISTS:
Sachiko Akiyama, Pasqualina, Azzarello, Francisca Benitez, Victoria Burge, Mira Dancy, Mareena Daredia, Marni Horwitz, Saeri Kiritani, Claudia Sbrissa, Dasha Shishkin, Tracey Snelling, Molly Snyder-Fink, Rosemary Taylor, Emna Zghal
 
Curated by Joan Snyder and Molly Snyder-Fink, Coordinated by Mira Dancy
A brochure with essays by the curators accompanies the exhibition.

Reception: Friday, February 2, 6 – 9pm
Curators' Talk: Saturday, March 10, 4pm
Exhibition Dates: February 2 – March 17
http://www.kentlergallery.org/pages/current.html
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12 – 5pm

In collaboration with: Re:Generation – Emerging Women Artists –
at SMACK MELLON, 56 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY (718) 834-8761
http://www.smackmellon.org

Kentler International Drawing Space in collaboration with Smack Mellon is presenting a provocative (re)examination of feminist art today through the work of international, emerging women artists.  The exhibition at Kentler will present drawings and works on paper by 14 artists.

Re:Generation , the show's title, alludes to the 1970's Feminist Art Movement and aims to reconnect that time with the dialogue surrounding feminism today. Re:Generation represents the work of women artists from Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, The Philippines, Russia, Tunisia, and the United States. Re:Generation asserts that there is an intrinsic distinctiveness to the work of women artists. Each work in the show is a testament to the artist's desire to develop a means of speaking through her work, whether she is untangling her own cultural history, grappling with a social and political landscape that surrounds her, or aiming to relay an intangible emotional reality.

Re:Generation originated at Douglass College in 2005 with the celebration of the 35th anniversary of that school's Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series, a series Joan Snyder initiated in 1971. Originally, the Women Artist Series provided a much-needed venue for women artists not being shown elsewhere while also exposing students to the groundbreaking work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Ida Applebroog, Faith Ringgold and Nancy Spero. Today it continues as such, provoking the questions: Is there still a need for women-only shows? Are women's voices being heard? Which women are able to tell their stories and which women are not? For the 35th anniversary Snyder asked her daughter, a documentary filmmaker, to join her in collaborating on this examination of feminist art today.

Re:Generation speaks to the regenerative power of developing one's own art-making practice.

Kentler exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

KENTLER INTERNATIONAL DRAWING SPACE
353 Van Brunt St. Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY  11231
718-875-2098
contact: Florence Neal, Executive Director
info@kentlergallery.org
http://www.kentlergallery.org
Map: http://www.kentlergallery.org/pages/map.html

The Kentler International Drawing Space Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit gallery, presenting exhibitions by local, national and international artists as part of the cultural fabric of the community.  The gallery encourages artists to explore, experiment and expand the definitions of Drawing and Works on Paper.  The gallery was founded by artists in 1990.

Exhibitions are sponsored, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Other sponsors include: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Independence Community Foundation; Fort Foundation Trustee Fund; The Golden Rule Foundation; The Gifford Foundation; Council Member Sara M. Gonzalez; 160 Imlay Street Development Partnership; Materials for the Arts, NYC  Department of Cultural Affairs/NYC Dept. of Sanitation; and the many valued friends and supporters of the gallery.

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3. National Review of Live Art, UK, opens Feb 7

Just a reminder that the NRLA opens next Wednesday. Full programme online www.newmoves.co.uk.

Best wishes,
Nikki Milican
Artistic Director
New Moves International Ltd
PO Box 25262
Glasgow G1 1YW
Tel: +44 (0)1404 42544
E: nikki_newmoves@mac.com
W: www.newmoves.co.uk

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4. Allan Kaprow, FF Alumn, at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, opens Feb 2

Van Abbemuseum
Allan Kaprow
Kunst als leven – Art as Life
10.02 – 22.04.07
http://www.kaprow.org

VAN ABBEMUSEUM
TU – SU 11:00 – 17:00
TH 11.00 – 21:00

BILDERDIJKLAAN 10
EINDHOVEN - THE NETHERLANDS
31 [0]40 238 1000
info@vanabbemuseum.nl
http://www.vanabbemuseum.nl
Allan Kaprow, father of ‘happenings’ and ‘the most famous unknown artist’ died in April 2006. In association with the Haus der Kunst, Munich, the Van Abbemuseum organises the largest European solo presentation of the work of this American artist, displaying a development of almost 50 years of artistic work. The concept for this exhibition was developed together with the artist shortly before his death. Much of Kaprow’s art is special because it is interactive, intended to be carried out by people. The exhibition consists of a range of objects from Kaprow’s artistic legacy on view as well as a number of ‘happenings’ in which visitors can participate. The Van Abbemuseum’s artistic policy is to exhibit major overview exhibitions of artists from the sixties and seventies, who are the ‘classics’ of today.

The theme of the Allan Kaprow 'Kunst als leven – Art as Life' exhibition is the paradoxical question of how museums can display art in an appropriate manner in this day and age, while approaching real life with art as closely as possible. A range of objects from Kaprow’s artistic legacy will be displayed: early paintings, environments, video documents and photographs, as well as a fast array of original scores for his ‘happenings’ and ‘activities’.

This special presentation is not intended as an attempt to rewrite or document history, but to encourage visitors to see the ‘museum as mediation’. Kaprow was never interested in passively consumptive viewers but in active participation. The Van Abbemuseum is both a place of mediation and an agency of action. The exhibition will entail a re-enactment of a selection of happenings – on condition, however, that the visitors understand their new role and participate.

ALLAN KAPROW
Towards the end of the 1950s, American artist Allan Kaprow (1927-2006) coined the term ‘happenings’ for a new art form. A decade earlier, Kaprow had studied philosophy and subsequently art history with Meyer Shapiro in New York. At the same time he studied art with Hans Hofmann. It was while following composition classes with John Cage at the New School for Social Research in 1956/57 that he discovered he could use coincidence as well as everyday materials in his art. His work metamorphosed from expressionist scenes of figures through raw assemblies of materials to room-filling ‘environments’. With audiences participating, events took place in these ‘configured’ spaces from the late 50s onwards. Kaprow succeeded in doing what many painters and sculptors had endeavoured to achieve before him: the dissolution of the boundaries between art and reality. He accomplished the move into reality in such a radical fashion that his ‘happenings’ – which he later relabelled ‘activities’ – became indistinguishable from real life. During this process the artist drew back more and more from the institutions. To him, museums were burial chambers of art that no longer had anything to do with life.

HAPPENINGS
During the exhibition various happenings will take place in and outside the Van Abbemuseum. Participation is a must. For more information, dates and reservations, visit http://www.kaprow.org

CURATOR
Exhibition concept: Eva Meyer-Hermann & Stephanie Rosenthal
Van Abbemuseum exhibition curator: Eva Meyer-Hermann

The exhibition Allan Kaprow 'Kunst als leven – Art as Life' is a cooperation with Haus der Kunst, Munich, and co-sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The project has been carried out within the framework of TRANSFORM and with the support of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union.

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5. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at Hungarian Cultural Center, NY, Mar 22, 7 pm

The Hungarian Cultural Center presents

MY COUNTRY
a new installation by Andrea Dezsö and Miwa Koizumi

February 15th-April 13th, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15th, 6-8pm

PLACE: Hungarian Cultural Center, 447 Broadway, 5th Floor, NYC
(T) 212.750.4450
www.culturehungary.org
ADMISSION: Free
Open hours Monday-Friday, 9-5pm or weekends by appointment

ARTISTS RESPOND : with guest artists Coco Fusco, Dasha Shishkin,
and LeeSaar The Company
*SEE BELOW FOR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*

In My Country, New York-based foreign-born artists Andrea Dezsö (born in Transylvania and ethnic Hungarian) and Miwa Koizumi (born in Japan, schooled in France], take on memory, patriotism, childhood, and identity.

There is much wrapped up in reflecting upon about one’s own country—memory, patriotism, childhood, identity. What is exactly is one’s country? For artists working in New York the question can be even more complex. There’s your country of origin, your country of residence, the country of your parents. There’s the place you were born and the place you consider home. The very word “country” can conjure up complicated emotions that are often difficult and challenging but can also be delightfully evocative and even enlightening.

Transforming the Hungarian Cultural Center into a series of winding corridors and intimate rooms, Ms. Dezsö and Ms. Koizumi take visitors on a physical and psychological journey that is at times comic and unsettling. Though quite different artists in many respects, both Andrea Dezsö and Miwa Koizumi are distinctly interested in the theme of memory. It is this theme that acts as the nexus for the ideas of the artists. Ms. Dezsö tells stories through images and creates unique personal narratives that often take on a knowingly nihilistic tone and a love of life’s absurdities. She makes one-of-a-kind artist’s books, paper cutouts, sculpture and embroidery. Ms. Koizumi explores memory through the ephemerality of materials. Using everyday garbage like plastic bags and soda bottles, she designs intricate sculptures and interactive installations to reveal simple wonders about our everyday existence. Continuing the theme of transience, Ms. Koizumi is also a food artist, and often explores taste as an aesthetic experience in her work. Both artists are careful and diligent crafters, creating beautiful and delicate objects that are so almost in spite of their quotidian materials. Weaving through their respective works, viewers will come to points of collaboration between the two artists, as the “borders”, so-to-speak, become blurred.

As My Country presents Ms. Dezsö’s and Ms. Koizumi’s thoughtful perspectives on their countries, it encourages viewers to reflect upon their own given homelands.

GUEST ARTISTS

My Country will feature additional established New York artists responding to the theme of “country” during the run of the show. All events will take place at the Hungarian Cultural Center and admission is free.

Thursday, March 8
7:00 PM
Russian-born artist Dasha Shishkin

Thursday, March 22
7:00 PM
New York-based artist Coco Fusco presents her film Operation Atropos

Friday, April 6
8:00 PM Israeli-born Dance and Theater company LeeSaar The Company present “Moopim” a 50-minute performance

Friday, April 13
8:00 PM CLOSING PARTY
For the closing of My Country, artist Miwa Koizumi will present a food performance

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Andrea Dezsö was born in Transylvania and is ethnic Hungarian. She has resided in New York since 1997. Dezsö has shown her work at the Jack Tilton Gallery, The New York Armory Show, Art Basel Miami, Flux Factory, Galapagos, and her work has been included in prestigious public and private collections. “ Community Garden” Dezsö’s large-scale public art mosaic commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit has been recently installed in NYC in the Bedford Park Boulevard subway station on the # 4 line. Dezsö’s art has been published in The New York Times and on the cover of visual design magazine Print.

Dezsö’s illustrated original fiction, “Mamushka” has been published in the art magazine Esopus, and “Names in a Book in Random Order” appeared in the leading alternative comic publication Blab. The literary journal McSweeney’s featured a series of short stories she wrote drawing from her experiences growing up in Romania. A book about Dezsö’s art, creative process and obsessions titled “Andrea Dezsö Fetish Book” was published in 2006 by Publikum.

Andrea Dezsö is an Assistant Professor of Media Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has also taught at City College, The Hungarian University of Design, The American Museum of Visionary Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. www.andreadezso.com

Luminitza collects the green, star-shaped bellybuttons of oranges. She keeps them in a shoebox which she shakes every now and then to hear their bellybutton music. She says that her father works for the Securitate. They have special stores, people who work for the Securitate, in buildings unmarked from the outside where they enter using secret passes, where oranges, candy bars, and bananas are sold. We are afraid of Luminitza because if she doesn't like you her father can make a phone call, and he can get your parents disappear one day on their way to work, never to come home again, so we swear to give her all the bellybuttons we come by, even the ones we find on the street, but I haven't seen oranges for years and I never find anything valuable on the streets, yet in my dreams I sit under enormous, fragrant, blossoming orange trees in a faraway land filling my pockets with green, star-shaped bellybuttons for Luminitza…

---from Andrea Dezsö’s “The Numbers”, McSweeney's issue 12

Miwa Koizumi was born and raised in Japan. Married to a French-American, she primarily speaks French at her home in Brooklyn. Before moving to New York in 2001, she studied in France for 5 years and in Bali, Indonesia with a group of Ethnographic Researchers.

Koizumi received an MFA from Tama Art-University in Japan, and the DNSAP from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she was honored with the Multimedia Prize upon graduation. Recently she has been studying the pidgin cultures resulting from the clash between the innumerable small tribes present in New York City.

Miwa Koizumi has exhibited internationally in Japan, France, and the USA. Recently at ISE Foundation, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Flux Factory, NGC244, Goliath Visual Space, Corcoran College, Gallerie Caisse des Depots, Chateau d'Oiron, ENSBA, and Parco Gallery. www.miwa.metm.org

In 1989, I was a student in Japan. Our emperor changed, the Second World War criminal was replaced, and I remember thinking, “I'm living in a really nice moment when I don’t know any fear”. At the same time, I saw the Romanian Revolution on TV and all of Eastern Europe shouting and moving. I couldn't understand how people could shout out so much emotion and how so much human energy could move people forward. So I decided to see with my own eyes Romania, Hungary, the new Czech Republic, and East Germany. This was my first trip to another country. I took a ticket on the Russian airline Aeroflot and my journey started in the Red Square in Moscow at night without a passport because the Soviet Border Guards kept the passports of all the travelers in transit.

---quote from Miwa Koizumi on My Country

ABOUT THE GUEST ARTISTS

Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world since 1988. She is the author of English is Broken Here (The New Press, 1995), The Bodies That Were Not Ours and Other Writings (Routledge/inIVA, 2001) and the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (Routledge, 1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (Abrams, 2003). Fusco is a recipient of a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. She is an associate professor in the Visual Arts Division of Columbia University’s School of the Arts. www.cocofusco.com

LeeSaar The Company was established in Israel in 2000 by the actress and writer Lee Sher and The Dancer/Choreographer Saar Harari. The company uses the different disciplines and training of Theater and Dance to create original theater and dance performances. The company members are from England, Germany, Italy, the United States and Israel. In 2004, after a residency in Sydney, Australia, and two seasons in Tel Aviv, the company moved to NYC where it is currently based. Performance Space 122 commissioned and presented the new work of the company "Herd Of Bulls” on October 2005 and in January 2006. Following these two successful seasons and great reviews from the NY Times and the New Yorker, the company has been invited to create new work for a long run at Performance space 122. (September-October 2006)

Dasha Shishkin was born in Moscow and resides in New York City. She received an MFA at Columbia University and shows with Grimm Rosenfeld Gallery. Dasha Shishkin has shown her work internationally and recently appeared in P.S.1’s Greater New York show. www.grimmrosenfeld.com

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6. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, in Frank Popper’s newly released MIT Press book

MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2006, has just released the Leonardo Book: From Technological to Virtual Art by Frank Popper. Frank Popper is Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the University of Paris VIII. In Chapter 2 Rapoport's inclusion is essentially an overview of her technological artwork. Two page size illustrations, Shoe-Field (1986) and The Transgenic Bagel (1994), are representative of her interactive computer installations and her parodic scientific forays into art.

Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts, San Francisco State University, says : . . . his [Frank Popper} latest book offers an expansive survey of technology-inspired work in plastic arts, interactive media, installation, and net art, and explores the ways in which artists integrate aesthetic and cultural concerns to reveal new directions for humanizing technology.

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7. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, free online newsletter subscriptions now available

Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, has added a free online newsletter to her website, www.bethlapides.com called T.W.I.S.E.R.N., an acronym for The World Is So Exciting Right Now!, you can subscribe by going to this link
http://visitor.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?m=1101441792782

thank you.

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8. Charles Yuen, FF Alumn, received 2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant

Congratulations to Charles Yuen, FF Alumn, who has received a 2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant.

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9. Marshall Reese & Nora Ligorano, Jaqueline Shilkoff, Brooke Singer, FF Alumns, at Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, Feb 11-May 20

new media: when
February 11-May 20, 2007

New media: who, what, where, when and why is a five-part exhibition that samples and contextualizes technology-based artwork. New media: when focuses on the temporal aspects of digital art, the concept that an artwork can change intrinsically over time and that perception of time within an artwork is subjective and variable, and features the work of Char Davies, LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus), Marshall Reese and Nora Ligorano, and Brooke Singer Curated by Jacqueline shilkoff, assistant Curator, Neuberger Museum of art.

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10. Michael Smith, FF Alumn, booksigning at PS 1, Long Island City, Feb 18, 3-5 pm

Please join us for a book signing and screening for Michael Smith
Book signing for “Drawings: Simple, Obscure and Obtuse”, artist’s book published by Regency Arts Press Ltd.

Screening of “Portal Excursion”, 2006,
short video produced by the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City , NY 11101
T: 718.784.2084
Sunday, February 18th, 2007
3–5pm
http://www.regencyartspress.org
http://cavs.mit.edu
http://www.ps1.org
http:/www.artbook.com

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11. Mary Wollstonecraft at AIR Gallery, NY, opening Feb 16, 6-7 pm

MARY MOTHER OF MARYS feminist for the future and global activist Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) www.wollstonecraftlive.com
Date: Friday, February 16, 2007 6pm ­ 7.30pm
A.I.R. Gallery 511 West 25th Street Suite 301 NY, NY 10001
Tel + 1 212-255-6651

Anna Birch, director and producer from London, UK and Kaethe Fine, a New York and London based writer will be presenting excerpts from Wollstonecraft Live!, a multimedia history of Mary Wollstonecraft at the A.I.R. Gallery in February to complement the exhibition Daria Dorosh: The Changing Room and recent anniversaries celebrated by the Women's movement in America and the UK.

Fragments & Monuments latest work Wollstonecraft Live! written by Kaethe Fine, celebrates the life and writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, first British feminist, human rights activist, author and mother of Mary Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein.

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12. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at University of Michigan, Feb 9, 7-9 pm

The Values Horror Show
Written, directed and performed by Susana Cook
Friday, February 9,
2007, 7:00 - 9:00 PM The Work Gallery, 306 S. State Street University of Michigan

Susana Cook will also present a talk as part of IRWG's Lesbian, Gay, Queer Research Initiative.

The Values Horror Show
The Real Story Behind Bigotry & Terrorism

A hysterically brilliant meditation on the horrors unleashed under the discourse of Christian and moral values.-Queer Ramblings Magazine

Argentinean-Butch-Political-Performance-Artist Susana Cook deftly combines political satire and dark humor to question the horrors unleashed under the discourse of morality. In this biting social commentary, Cook conjures up the troubled historical ghosts of her native Argentina and compares the rhetoric used by the repressive military regime of Rafael Videla (mid-1970s) with some of American politicians' current discourse. Commissioned by Dixon Place's Mondo Cane! Program and presented as part of the HOT! fest, this brilliant tour de force boasts an all-female cast of performers, singers and dancers with a riveting opera-rock score.

Described by Cook as "The story of a paranoid post-hero in the era of terrorism," The Values Horror Show maps out a suspicious world where a parade of grotesque characters travel through schizophrenic situations with seemingly no control over what they think. Their moments of lucidity are quickly overcome by a growing inability to question the values imposed on them. Characters act out an existence dictated by the Patriot Act and are followed by Santa, a God-like figure who appears to know everything about their activities and behaviors, while beautiful and proud Lady America is an opera singer trying to clean her bloody, Lady Macbeth's hands.

"War is bringing us together. Paranoia makes life all the more exciting.Are you a terrorist? Have you been seeing things? Do you find yourself singing Christmas Carols in the shower? Do you masturbate afterwards? Do you believe in sanctity and global heterosexuality? This is not a show. Do not bring any suspicious package."

Written and Directed by Susana Cook
Music by Julian Mesri

Born in Argentina, NYC based performance artist Susana Cook has been writing and producing original work since 1986. She grew up during the dictatorship in Argentina and moved to the U.S. in 1990. Since then she has presented 11 original plays. Cook writes, directs and performs in her shows, the casts of which include mostly women of color. Her work addresses racism, homophobia, nationalism and imperialism. Recent shows include: Spic for Export, Dykenstein, Hamletango - Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats, and 100 Years of Attitude. Susana is the creator and director of Tango Lesbiango, a series of lesbian performance art at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, which has been airing monthly in Public Access Cable Television since 1997. She was the recipient of the 2003 fellowship in Poetry by NYFA, and received awards from Franklin Furnace Archive, Astraea Foundation and The Puffin Foundation.

Julian Mesri (Composer) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1986. He is Susana's son and came to NY when he was 6 years old. He has composed original music for several of her shows and is the songwriter and lead vocalist for the rock band Blue Velvet, which he founded in 2001.

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13. Vernita N’Cognita, Nancy Spero, FF Alumns, at Gallery 128, opening Feb 7, 6-8 pm

"Funny Women" show at
gallery onetwentyeight 128 rivington st (betw Essex & Norfolk)
reception wed Feb 7, 6-8pm

Funny Women
A mixed media exhibit of funny, sad, strong and opinionated art by female artists
from around the world

February 7 to March 3, 2007

Reception Wednesday, February 7, 6-8

New York City : Gallery onetwentyeight is proud to present "Funny women", a show of funny, sad strong and opinionated art by female artists from around the world. The exhibit was inspired by a visit to Linz Austria and a nearby museum created in an old jailhouse by Londoner, Nicholas Treadwell, whose museum specializes in humorous art. There will be a reception Wednesday, February 7, 6-8pm.

In March 2006, artist & gallery director Kazuko Miyamoto was in a cafe in Linz with several Austrian women artists.  Sensing a conflict among her Austrian friends, Kazuko decided to show them humorous postcards from the museum to ease the tension. They began laughing at one card in particular with a typical male chauvinist joke. From that moment, she decided to create an exhibition of women's art having a sense of humor and now gathered, are the results. Women artists from New York, Munich, Madrid, Japan, Austria & Italy express not only the humorous, but also offer in these artworks, a thoughtful and philosophical visual commentary on today's world.
 
Carol Block Stacey J. Brown Sachiko Cho Astrid Esslinger Tomoko Fujiki Gail Goldsmith Mary Beth Gregg Antije Gummels Phylis Joyner Kazuko Maho Kino Samm Kunce Bibi Lencek Sissa Marquardt Veronika Merl Haruko Mochimaru Barbara Monoian Vernita N’Cognita Sylvia Netzer Sasha Panyuta Agnese Purgatori Helga Schager Mireia Sentis Mary Schiliro Nancy Spero

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14. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, Red Salon, Brooklyn, Feb 10, 12-6 pm

Hello all you lovers,
MAMA DONNA'S SPIRIT SHOP
is delighted to invite you to a
RED SALON
Saturday, February 10, 2007
12-6PM

If you have been meaning to stop by Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven and check us out, this coming Saturday is the perfect opportunity to do so. Come meet Mama Donna and spend a warmhearted afternoon in the Tea Garden drinking red punch, eating cookies, and chatting with others of like-heart.

Gather magical supplies and charms for your Valentine love spells. Find unique spiritual gifts for your special sweet-heart and for yourself.

MAMA DONNA'S SPIRIT SHOP is brimming with all sorts of fantastic magic to attract, keep, appreciate, accept,and reciprocate love.

Here is a sampling of some of the newer items:
Peruvian Wedding/Commitment Milagros for a woman and a man, two women, or two men.
Darling hand painted Couple Candles, again for a woman and a man, two women, or two men.
Quecha love stones from Bolivia. One is for sexual passion and the other for lasting love and fidelity.
Fabulous pheromone spray to enhance your allure. Spritz yourself and make like a butterfly.
Holy Yoni candles to light your fire.
Dragon's Blood incense to pump up your purpose, power, and passion.
Really fabulous goddess jewelry by the talented designer Judith Mullen. These wonderful wearable art pieces feature the Venus of Willendorf and also the Temple Goddesses of Malta.

I hope to see you all there.
With best wishes for love in our lives,
xxMama Donna
Please call to RSVP
and for travel directions.
718-857-1343

MAMA DONNA'S SPIRIT SHOP
www.MamaDonnasSpiritShop.com

What stands this shop apart is the lovely clothing and the fact that it is one of the most ornate stores I have seen.
- NYC Pagan Resource Guide

FOR ALL OF YOUR RITUAL NEEDS: Specializing in an ever-changing selection of unique and hard-to-find ceremonial supplies, rare botanicals and ritual tools from around the world. Multicultural items for spiritual cleansing, purification, protection, prosperity and power.

CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED!
Donna Henes, Urban Shaman, is a contemporary ceremonialist specializing in multicultural ritual celebration of the cycles of the seasons and the seasons of our lives.

She is the author of The Queen of My Self, The Moon Watcher's Companion, Celestially Auspicious Occasions, and Dressing Our Wounds In Warm Clothes, as well as the CD, Reverence To Her: Mythology, The Matriarchy & Me. She is also the editor and publisher of the highly acclaimed quarterly journal, Always In Season: Living In Sync with the Cycles,

In 1982, she composed the first (and to this date, the only) satellite peace message in space: "chants for peace * chance for peace."

Mama Donna, as she is affectionately known, has offered lectures, workshops, circles, and celebrations worldwide for 30 years. She is the director of Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, a ceremonial center, ritual consultancy and spirit shop in Exotic Brooklyn, New York.

For further information, a list of services and publications, a calendar of upcoming events and a complimentary issue of Always in Season: Living in Sync with the Cycles. Contact:
MAMA DONNA'S TEA GARDEN AND HEALING HAVEN
PO Box 380403
Exotic Brooklyn, NY 11238-0403
Phone  718-857-1343 
Email: CityShaman@aol.com
www.DonnaHenes.net
www.MamaDonnasSpiritShop.com

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15. Mierle Laderman Ukeles, FF Alumn, at 2007 Armory Show, Feb 23-26, 2007

The Ronald Feldman Gallery, in cooperation with the New York City Department of Sanitation, will present the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles at the gallery's booth (1116) at Pier 94 in the 2007 Armory Show. 

Open to the public:  February 23 - 26, 2007
Friday - Sunday:  Noon to 8pm; Monday: Noon to 5pm
PRESS: February 13 at Noon:  The Unveiling of "The Social Mirror"

On view will be The Social Mirror, a twelve-ton, twenty-eight-foot-long New York City sanitation truck reconfigured with mirrored glass panels that will occupy the booth.  A highlight of the First NYC Art Parade in 1983, The Social Mirror is a permanent, mobile public-art work that continues to be used by the Department of Sanitation for parades and other special events.

Photographs, videos, and text tracing the arc of Ukeles' career will line the corridor between the booth's wall and the mirrored truck, including The Manifesto for Maintenance Art (1969); documentation of domestic art actions and early performances in art institutions in the ‘70s; the ground-breaking Touch Sanitation city-wide performance with 8,500 Sanitation workers from 1977 to 1980; Unburning Freedom Hall at L.A. MOCA in 1997; and her work on the transformation of closed landfills, including Danehy Park in Cambridge, MA. As the Percent for Art Artist of Fresh Kills, the largest landfill on earth, her proposals to renew people’s connections to the site and make the power of its transformation visible have been published in the NYC Fresh Kills Park Draft Master Plan. A PBS video and a compilation of TV clips of The Social Mirror, the Ballet Mechanique, choreographed for six sanitation mechanical sweepers, and Ceremonial Sweep capture the spirit of these decades of work.

Tuesday, February 13 at Noon: The arrival and unveiling of the Social Mirror will be a special event. The truck, which is covered with a tarp to hide its mirrors for city-driving, will be driven through the vast Armory space. Once it is positioned in the footprint of the Feldman Gallery’s booth, the truck will be unveiled. A driver of distinction will be selected to drive the truck. Contact Pamela Doan at p.doan@thearmoryshow.com for press passes and other press information.

Attached is a press release and an image of The Social Mirror.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best regards,
Sarah H. Paulson

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16. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at RPI, Troy NY, Feb. 14, and in NYC Feb 16

FF Alumn Annie Sprinkle, and her  collaborator and now legal wife, Elizabeth Stephens do New York
February 14--Reneslaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York         
7:30-9:30
THE LOVE ART LABORATORY’S VALENTINE’S DAY ADVENTURE

Our unique love story will delight you as we share some of our radical eXploits living our lives as art.  Come join us in the revolutionary spirit of Yoko Ono and John Lennon to imagine a different kind of world. We will inspire you to join us in our plot to make the world a more peaceful, joyous and love-filled place using weapons of mass seduction. We’ll make you laugh, make you cry, and titillate your senses. Our love story is also about breasts, gay marriage, and cancer.  Everything is absolutely true! Everyone is welcome.

Feb 16th.  College Art Association.  Hilton HOtel, New York City. 2:30 Panel discussion about collaborating around art and illness. LOVE/SICK.  Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, Llinda Montano, Tina Takemoto, Tania Katan, Angela Ellsworth.  

For more info see:
www.loveartlab.org
www.elizabethstephens.org
www.anniesprinkle.org

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17. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in Arizona, thru Feb 8, and more

TIM MILLER in ARIZONA at ASU and U of ARIZONA Feb 5-8, UC Riverside Feb 9!

Hi All,

Very excited to be heading today to Arizona - where my grandfather was a Arizona homesteader 80 years ago- to be performing and lecturing and workshopping! I am at Ariziona State University Feb 5-7.

I will be getting to spend time with my dear friend Jeff McMahon who is a professor at Arizona State Univ. We have been close friends since we were 14 years old. He saw me dress in a cape and nail polish in High School!

Presentation of my lecture and performance SEX/BODY/SELF
for Acting Concentration and School of Theatre and Film.
Also School of Communications. 
Monday Feb 5  3:30-5 PM
(Lyceum Theatre, ASU  Tempe Campus).

Then many other events and workshops at ASU throughout the week.

I am also at University of Arizona Feb 8 doing a talk to Judith Sebesta's class on musical theatre and a public Presentation of my lecture and performance SEX/BODY/SELF at Univ of AZ at 7PM in the directing studio Room 116. Tickets are free but need to be fetched at the Marroney Theater box office M-F from 11-4PM.

Then I am perfoming at UC Riverside Feb 9 as part of their 30th (XXX) WRiters Week.
Presentation of my lecture and performance SEX/BODY/SELF
2:30- 3:30 at UC Riverside Humanities & Social Sciences Building Room 1500. Free and open to the public!

Should be fun! 
Tim  
http://hometown.aol.com/millertale/timmiller.html
http://timmillerperfomer.blogspot.com/
My new book of essays & performances 1001 BEDS!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0299216942/sr=8-1/qid=1142957127/ref=sr_1_1/103-0241494-4217438?%5Fencoding=UTF8

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18. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Feb 15, 7 pm

Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer, FF Alum

Performing Feb. 15th, 7 PM. Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Please RSVP to: bookclub@tenement.org
EarSay and The Tenement Museum present

Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America monologues, images, and sounds portraying the struggles, humor, and pathos of new immigrants and refugees living in the most polyglot place on the planet with character actress/audio artist Judith Sloan & artist/writer Warren Lehrer

About the Performance: As immigration policy is being hotly debated around the country in terms of national and cultural security, Crossing the BLVD presents the very human stories of why new immigrants and refugees have migrated to the United States and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post-9/11. Lehrer is the tour guide providing commentary and perspective as Sloan channels many of the people they interviewed on their three-year journey around the world through the borough of Queens. Judith Sloan is a mesmerizing performer, whose vocalization work and movement bring these characters to life. Their performance is illuminated by projections of Lehrer¹s stunning photographs of the subjects, objects they have carried with them from home to home, and landscapes and maps, along with Sloan¹s soundtrack of original music, sounds, and voices.

Thursday February 15th
7 PM Lower East Side Tenement Museum Visitors Center and Museum Shop
108 Orchard Street (below Delancey)
Please RSVP to: bookclub@tenement.org

Please pass this on to anyone you think is interested. If they do not have internet access, they may call 212-982-8420
$5 suggested donation

About the project: Created by documentary artists Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America forms a portrait of a paradoxical and ever-shifting America. It intimately portrays the lives of new immigrants and refugees living and/or working in Queens, NY, a modern-day Ellis Island where cultures overlap in a choreography of chaotic co-existence. For three years, Lehrer/Sloan traveled the world by trekking the streets of their home borough in search of migration stories and a deeper connection to their diverse community. They began their project in 1999 by conducting storytelling workshops in libraries, high schools, and community centers throughout Queens. Their journey continued through 2002 via photographic portraits and extended interviews in bodegas, family-owned restaurants, places of worship, public housing projects, and private homes. The result is an extraordinary book of photographs and stories (W.W. Norton), an audio CD, public radio documentaries, a reading/ performance tour, and a traveling exhibition of photographic prints, sound stations, and Mobile Story Booth and website www.crossingtheblvd.org allowing visitors to add their own portraits and stories to the Crossing archive.

"Crossing the BLVD boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century..." Eve Ensler, Author the Vagina Monologues

"Immigrant life as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America's big cities..." The Washington Post

"An offbeat ethnic tour of one of the country¹s most ethnically diverse counties... Riveting stories about a new wave of immigrants to America..." The New York Times

" Oral history with a twist." The World, BBC / PRI, Public Radio International
Winner Brendan Gill Prize, Municipal Art Society of New York 2004
Best of Best Award New York Book Show, Trade Photography, for Crossing the BLVD, 2003
Best Books and CDs of Indie Culture Utne Reader, for Crossing the BLVD,
2004

Media That Matters Award New Media, Media That Matters Film Festival, website w/dotsperinch, 2004
Innovative Use of Archives Award, Archivist Roundtable of New York, for Crossing the BLVD

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Warren Lehrer is a photographer, writer, and designer whose pioneering books and theatrical works celebrate the music of thought and speech, the complexity of character, and the relationship between social structures and the individual. His books, acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the traditions of storytelling with the printed page include: The Portrait Series: a quartet of men; GRRRHHH; i mean you know; versations and FRENCH FRIES. He has won numerous grants and fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, and the Ford Foundation, among others. His books and exhibition works have received numerous awards including The International Book Design award, Prix Arts Electronica Electronic Media Award Linz, Austria, the Leff Senior Faculty Research Award/Distinguished Professorship, Purchase College, and three American Institute of Graphic Arts book awards. Lehrer has been a keynote lecturer and presenter an numerous universities and conferences including the Love and or/Terror Book Arts Conference, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson; Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) among others.

Lehrer is a Professor at the School of Art and Design at SUNY Purchase, and a member of the graduate faculty at the School of Visual Arts¹ Designer as Author program.

Judith Sloan is an actress, oral historian and audio artist, whose multi-character solo performances combining humor, pathos, and a love of the absurd include Denial of the Fittest, Responding to Chaos, and A Tattle

Tale: eyewitness in Mississippi. She has received grants from the New York Foundation on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. Her work has been produced throughout the U.S. and abroad in such venues as The Public Theater, The Jewish Museum, the 92nd Street Y, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Pargod Theatre, ( Jerusalem), and The Smithsonian Institution. Her plays, commentaries, and essays have been published by Second Story Press, the Forward, and the New York Times and have been heard on New York Public Radio and National Public Radio. Sloan is a member of the faculty at the Gallatin School at New York University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in documentary art, oral history, theatre, and community projects. She is also the director of Cross-Cultural Dialogue Through the Arts, an arts mentorship and training program creating collaborations between disparate communities. Judith Sloan was honored with the 2005 BAXten artists award for her performance work in Crossing the BLVD. As an independent radio producer Sloan has produced and co-produced numerous documentaries and was one of four producers to be commissioned for the SHORT DOC competition by the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Her SHORT DOC, Tongues Twisting subsequently aired nationally on NPR¹s All Things Considered, on Mario Murillo¹s morning show on WBAI, and on Chicago Public Radio¹s WBEZ Re-sound, 2006.

Lehrer and Sloan are co-founders of EarSay, an artist-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. EarSay¹s projects bridge the divide between documentary and expressive forms in books, exhibitions, on stage, in sound and electronic media. EarSay artists are committed to fostering understanding across cultures, generations, gender, and class through artistic productions and education. EarSay has received support for the Crossing the BLVD project from The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, a Futhermore publishing grant; a program of the J.M. Kaplan fund, the Puffin Foundation, a VDay Award, New York Foundation on the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Challenge Grant and the QueensCouncil on the Arts. The traveling exhibition premiered at the Queens Museum of Art through March 2004 and has been exhibited from 2004 through 2007 at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY; The Hudson Museum, University of Maine; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY; and will be traveling to Museum of Art at the University of Memphis, September

2007 and to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College February through June, 2008.
To contact the artists: email info@earsy.org or call 718-791-4324 or visit the website: www.earsay.org

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19. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Bravin Lee Gallery, NY, Feb 16-March 17

AGNES DENES
Uprooted and Deified – The Golden Tree: Drawings, Photographs and Sculpture
February 16 – March 17, 2007

An artist of international renown, Agnes Denes has had over 360 solo and group exhibitions on four continents, including Documenta VI in Kassel (1977), four Venice Biennales (1978, 1980, 2001, 2003) and the "Master of Drawing" Invitational, representing the U.S., at the Kunsthalle in Nürnberg (1982). She has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in New York, and in 42 other museums on four continents. In l992 she had a major retrospective at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, and in 2003 a retrospective of her public art projects that originated at Bucknell University and traveled for one year across the US.

She has received numerous major awards including four National Endowment Fellowships and four NYSCA grants. She has lectured extensively at universities in the U.S. and abroad and participated in global conferences. Denes is a Research Fellow at the Studio For Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T.

One of the originators of Conceptual Art, Denes was one of the first artists to be engaged with the relationship of science to art, and as a pioneer of environmental art, Denes has addressed ecological, cultural and social issues in her work, often on a monumental scale.

Acclaimed as an artist of enormous vision, Denes has written four books and holds a doctorate in fine arts.

Among her numerous awards are four National Endowment Fellowships, The Watson Transdisciplinary Art Award from Carnegie Mellon University, The McDermott Achievement Award from M.I.T., The Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the DAAD from Berlin, and many others. Denes is a Research Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T.

Selected public collections include: Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA and Whitney Museum in New York; National Gallery of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.; Kunsthalle, Nürnberg,; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University and many others.

For further information/images please contact the gallery: inquiry@bravinlee.com;
ph: 212.462.4404. BravinLee programs is located at 526 West 26 th Street, Suite 211, New York, New York 10001

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20. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, Feb 12, 9 pm

Friends …….. Something a bit different …….. hope to see you!
Ken Butler's Voices of Anxious Objects
For the first time at Ken’s favorite club, he will present:
LOST & SOUND: a multi-media performance (with projections).
with percussionist Matt Kilmer

The voices of anxious objects (hybrid string instruments) are coaxed (and coerced) to sing for their supper (a spicy middle-eastern stew) as the artist/musician pulls out all the stops (and pedals) alongside video projections (spinning rocks, robot parades), some electronic tricks, and (POSSIBLY) the Zebulon debut of the auto-strum audio-visual K-board, which is strummed by a bicycle wheel and plays over 50 lights!

Mon. Feb. 12th 9pm (NOTE THE EARLIER TIME)
no cover no minimum

ZEBULON
258 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn
(Metropolitan & N.3rd) Williamsburg, Brooklyn
http://www.zebuloncafeconcert.com/

Ken Butler
HYBRID VISIONS
427 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

WEBSITE www.mindspring.com/~kbhybrid
MYSPACE www.myspace.com/kenbutlerhybridvisions
PHONE / FAX (718) 782-4383
sculpturemusicbricolagehybridinstrumentsperformance
interactiveaudiovisualmechanicalmultimediainstallation

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21. Vernita N’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts, FL, Feb 16

The Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts Inc  
7080 N.W. 4 th St.   Plantation FLA 33317
phone  954 583 5551 fax 954 583 5557 email the smofa@msn.com www.Smofa.com

for more info: www.ncognita.com 212 9254419

Vernita Nemec aka N’Cognita
“Segments of the Endless Junkmail Scroll”
February 3- March 31,2007
Performance/talk by the artist Friday, February 16 th 7pm
Pizza after with $5 museum admission

Plantation, Florida - In Vernita Nemec’s Endless Junkmail Scroll, the viewer is confronted with a tapestry of textures and symbolic meanings: the artist’s answer to all that junk mail we receive that tries to convince us to borrow money, open more charge accounts or accept services we don’t need. The 100 foot artwork is also a creative reflection on the information overload and complexity of life in 21 st century America. Segments of the scroll will be on view at the Schacknow Museum of Fine Art in Plantation Florida through March. In conjunction with the exhibition, Nemec will present a performance/talk Friday February 16 th at 7PM. The Schacknow Museum is located at 7080 N.W. 4 th Street in Plantation.

The artist’s process is ongoing in the creation of this “cutting edge” collage (with more tearing & burning than cutting). As sections of the scroll are sold (by linear inch), the scroll is closed, re-collaged and re-connected, keeping the work in constant transition. Nemec transforms the scroll for each exhibition. The scroll's torn fragments and burned edges gives the impression of an aged document, saved for posterity. The value we attach to ephemera is explored both aesthetic and philosophically in this scroll of security envelopes and paper detritus left in our mailboxes daily.

Critic Ed McCormack calls Nemec’s scroll “a defining, career-crowning achievement… Encapsulating the philosophy of aesthetic ecology that prompted her to found the Art from Detritus movement (art made from recycled materials), …it is a major statement which seems slated to extend this artist’s influence beyond the underground where it has too long languished as one of the better kept secrets of the avant-garde."

The artist created her first installation artworks in the mid-70’s, transferring fragments of notes, ideas and the detritus of her artmaking from the walls of her studio to the walls of the gallery like a giant sketch. She has continued creating these installations both as site-specific works and as a backdrop for performance artworks in Mexico, Europe and the U.S. A sense of autobiography has permeated Nemec’s art since her first feminist performance in which she swept the corner at Spring & Wooster Streets in Soho where she still lives and works. 

Vernita Nemec aka Vernita N’Cognita has been active in the art world as a visual/performance artist and curator since the late 1960’s when she co-curated X-12, the first feminist art show of the period, and worked with such political art organizations as Artworkers Coalition (AWC), Women Artists in Revolution (WAR), Artists Meeting for Cultural Change. In the 90’s, Nemec served as Director of Artists Talk On Art, interviewing many art world luminaries, & as independent curator at the Henry Street Settlement for the Arts. For the past decade, Nemec has been organizing and independently curating exhibitions of art made from recycled materials called “Art from Detritus”& until recently was the Director of Viridian Artists, a contemporary art gallery in Chelsea, NYC.

A recipient of grants from the Jerome Foundation, Artists Space, Franklin Furnace and the Field, Nemec has presented her visual and performance art in the U.S., Mexico, Hungary, Germany and Japan, most recently presenting a guerilla performance at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
The Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts was founded by New York artist and retired businessman Max Schacknow. It opened in June 2000. Museum facilities include an Art Library, Member's Lounge, Media Room, Gift Shop and three Classrooms. The museum hosts numerous classes, social events, lectures and guided tours- and also offers rental space for many local organizations. Visit their website at www.smofa.com. Please phone 954 583 5551 for more information about museum hours & 212 925 4419 or 609 731 2140 regarding the art.

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22. Mary Beth Edelson, Vanalyne Green, Mimi Gross, Carrie Moyer, Beverly Naidus, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, in Meaning, now online

M /E / A/ N /I /N /G
Online
#4
(February 2007)
Feminist Art:
A Reassessment
Edited by Susan Bee &Mira Schor
A forum including writing and images by artists and art historians from three generations

Irina Aristarkhova, Susan Bee, Emma Bee Bernstein, Johanna Burton, Ingrid Calame, Maura Coughlin, Bailey Doogan, Johanna Drucker, Carol Duncan, Mary Beth Edelson, Joanna Frueh, Vanalyne Green, Mimi Gross, Susanna Heller, Janet Kaplan, Tom Knechtel, Judith Linhares, Lenore Malen, Ann McCoy, Adelheid Mers, Robin Mitchell, Carrie Moyer, Beverly Naidus, Rachel Owens, Sheila Pepe, Nancy Princenthal, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Joan Snyder, Anne Swartz, Faith Wilding, and Barbara Zucker.

http://writing.upenn.edu/pepc/meaning/04/

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23. Nora York, FF Alumn, February 2007 newsletter

Dear Friends,
Greetings!  ... Happy new year of the PIG! and here’s what is news on my front... in the midst of all what’s going down ... The good news is we are still making art...

It was a very interesting year for both me and my husband (Jerry Kearns.)
Many links below --
 
First, Thanks to all who cheered us on live or on the net.  Thanks to my musicians — without whose amazing talent(s) I would be shouting into the void...  

On the record front -- What I Want was released commercially by a company called 215 music.  You can even purchase What I Want @ BestBuy!  
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7990604&productCategoryId=cat02007&type=product&tab=1&id=1565080
Who’ da figured on that! I am not suggesting that you go to bestbuy ... just to show you...

December 06 BILLBOARD magazine gave What I Want a total rave ... (thanks to Michael Paoletta...what an ear!)  
http://music.monstersandcritics.com/reviews/article_1231805.php

New news.... Started a new project -- furtiva lagrima ( secret tear) -- particularly exciting , because it is the first creative endeavor with my brother the
virtuoso bassoonist Andrew Schwartz.  A huge pleasure... a long time coming — Lagrima   includes usual suspects, Dave Hofstra on bass, Steve Tarshis on resonator, Jamie Lawrence on harmonium and melodica and it features the amazing bass baritone singer Kevin Burdette. Re-thinking operatic aria through my personal lens... I am writing lots of grants — with the hopes of raising money to actually write and stage this piece as a full theatrical production. Another genre busting event, you will not believe until you hear it — Maybe you did hear it at our two fantastic  Joe’s Pub concerts last season.
You can can hear excerpts on my website — just click on the picture!
http://norayork.com/media.aspx?langID=1
or
Try my new myspace page  ... Yep — I did it — what a blast — Check it out — in case you are not initiated into myspace... Please come be my friend...!
http://www.myspace.com/norayork

You tube???? ... You bet...  Finally — log on and check out Candy Kugel’s  short she made with my song What I Want — and you can view it on my tube site --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EoBafNtG8k
Or — there is the Stand By Your man video I made with Marion Cajori and Nancy Spero — finally you can see this video on You tube --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF9CpPeLFfA
(Candy Kugel is a fantastic animator her site http://www.buzzzco.com/ )

Jamie Broza ( Jamie Lawrence’s kiddie alias is Broza...) invited me to sing on his “Berenstein Bears Save Christmas”  as well as “My Daddy is Scratchy”
I gotta say, love this stuff and have really enjoyed the live concert work.  Check this stuff out! http://www.goodmoodrecords.com/

and I had a great time on the radio this past year — We played in June  WNYC John Shaeffer’s show Soundcheck http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/episodes/2006/06/09#segment61018

Dave Hofstra, Jamie Lawrence and Steve Tarshis  played live on WFMU with Irene Trudell — a real great gal and a great show... Check this out --
http://www.wfmu.org/listen.ram?show=21440

Last year, we even got Jerry up on the net. Check out his website.
http://www.jerrykearns.com
 
I been so blue and furious about what to do about this war -- I tried to end it with music -- my concert POWER/PLAY ( the show I was commisioned to write for BAM cinema’ s film series From Hanoi to Hollywood... Low these five years ago!!!)  Blue and  talking to my friend and colleague Jamie Lawrence .. He suggested that I bring everyone in and record POWER/PLAY — so we did that January 15th !!! — wait for news on that ... It was a truly exciting event....

That’s all for now —
Happy PIG year...
Love and peace to all of us !!!

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24. Cheri Gaulke, FF Alumn, at Feldman Horn Gallery, CA, opening Feb 11, 2-4 pm

I am pleased to invite you to the opening reception of Black Like We: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art by African and African-America Artists

on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2-4 pm.

I organized this exhibition for my school, Harvard-Westlake. The art was selected by guest curators, Scott Canty from the Municipal Art Gallery, and Ernie Wolfe form the Ernie Wolfe Gallery. It a fabulous exhibition in a fabulous space, the Feldman-Horn Gallery. The opening reception will feature jazz by the Isamu McGregor Combo and guest vocalist Imani Alexander, as well as African-inspired food. You’ll see assemblage, fantasy coffins, lenticulars, paintings, giant movie posters painted for cinema in the bush, a leaping Michael Jordan carved out of one tree, collage -- work that is abstract, realistic, personal and political. It’s a rich offering hopefully unlike anything you’ve seen recently. So check it out! I’ve attached jpegs with all the pertinent details including the names of the 14 artists in the show.

Feldman-Horn Gallery
Harvard-Westlake School
3700 Coldwater Canyon
N. Hollywood , CA 91604
818 487-6596
Dates: Feb. 5-23, 2007 (closed Feb. 19)
Hours: 8-3:30

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25. Micki (Watanabe) Spiller, FF Alumn, at Smack Mellon, reception Feb 9, 6-9 pm

Please join us for our Open Studio
Saturday February 10th & Sunday 11th, 2007  12-6pm
Reception: Friday February 9th, 6-9pm.
SmackMellon

25 Washington Street , 3rd Floor
Dumbo Brooklyn
hope to see you!
best,
Micki (Watanabe) Spiller
www.mickispiller.blogspot.com
http://www.re-title.com/artists/Micki-Watanabe.asp

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26. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Feb 18, 2 pm

BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE announces

FEBRUARY IS KIDS’ MONTH!

As blustery February rattles your window panes, come and enjoy warmth, performance and creativity at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, your neighborhood community arts center. We kick off Kids Month at the very end of January with an amazing one-of-a-kind weekend of original performances created by young people ages 7-18 entitled YOUTHWORKS 2007. The Groundhog Series for Family Audiences, on Sundays at 2 PM, features songs about bubble baths, acrobatic juggling, and a “real fake” money demonstration that will wow the whole family. For the older crown, the 2007 Teen Arts Conference provides free workshops in the performing arts, a panel on higher education in the arts, and a performance featuring the best teen theater and dance groups from throughout the New York City area.

THE GROUNDHOG SERIES FOR FAMILY AUDIENCES
$10 General Admission, $8 Kids under 12, BAX Members and Low Income
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 AT 2 PM

Meredith Wright

Meredith presents For Little Folks with Sassy Spirit in concert . She brings her own brand of soulful, funky tunes that are certain to awaken the sassy spirit in everyone! Meredith combines influences from R & B, jazz and World Music to sing about the important things in life—bubble baths, angry vegetables, cookies, rainstorms and the fun times we share with loved ones.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 2 PM

Nicholas Flair

In The Other Side of This Life, award-winning juggler Nicholas Flair combines acrobatics, multimedia effects and humor with world-class juggling to create a visual and interactive performance that will engage the whole family. Flair manipulates a towering stack of books, a huge kitchen knife, and a bowling ball, with humor, skill and ease in this unforgettable show.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AT 2 PM

Harley Spiller/Inspector Collector

Believe it or not, Real Fake is an interactive performance that opens with a hands-on display and discussion of paper money from across the ages and around the world.  See a sample of the earliest paper money, a vertical bill from China. Handle “real fakes” – samples of actual counterfeit dollars, bills that have been specially marked by the police and the highest denominations ever printed. Participants will create their own paper money with linen paper and they will create customized anti-counterfeiting marks with invisible pen.

2007 TEEN ARTS CONFERENCE
Saturday, February 10, 2007 - for Teens, Parents, Teaching Artists, Audiences
at PS 24, located at 427 38th St (b/t 4th and 5th Aves) Sunset Park, Brooklyn

The only one of its kind in the NYC area, the Teen Arts Conference offers peer to peer opportunities to teens who study and perform theater and dance in any variation. Teens spend time taking free workshops with their peers from participating schools, eat lunch, and perform for each other. The conference also provides a panel discussion with representatives from various local colleges and universities to introduce attending youth to the higher education opportunities available to them.

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