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Goings On: posted week of March 12, 2007

1. Simba Yangala, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art recipient, 2006, at Dixon Place, March 23, 8 pm
2. PAJ, A Journal of Performance and Art, celebrates its Thirtieth Anniversary, at CUNY Graduate Center, NY, TONIGHT, Monday, March 12, 6:30 pm
3. Candida Royalle, FF Alumn, at The New School, NY, March 20, 8 pm
4. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, on www.youtube.com
5. Eleanor Antin, Ana Mendieta, Lorraine O’Grady, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Hanna Wilke, FF Alumns, at Galerie Lelong, March 15-April 28
6. John Malpede, FF Alumn, workshop in art and social change, LA, July 9-27
7. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, in new MIT Press Book and Leonardo Journal
8. David Khang, FF Alumn, at Music Gallery, Toronto, March 17, 8 pm
9. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6Gallery, Virginia, March
10. Cheri Gaulke, FF Alumn, at Barnsdall gallery Theatre, LA, March 18, 2-5 pm
11. George Sanchez-Calderon, FF Alumn, at Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, March 10 - Apr 7
12. Tibor Várnagy, John Jacob, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, in Budapest and online
13. Alva Rogers, FF Alumn, at Joe’s Pub, TONIGHT, 9:30 pm
14. Micki Spiller, FF Alumn, at Bronx River Arts Center, opening March 16, and at Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn
15. David Michalek, FF Alumn, at Lincoln Center, NY, Jul 10-29
16. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, on WNYC radio, and online
17. Mike Asente, FF Alumn, in Brussels, opening March 24, 4-7 pm, and online
18. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, at Scout/Participant, NY, Apr 6, 7-10 pm
19. Claudia DeMonte, FF Alumn, at June Kelly Gallery, NY, opening March 22
20. Vito Acconci, Doug Beube, Jene Highstein, Sol LeWitt, Christa Maiwald, Meredith Monk, Duston Spear, William Wegman, Charles Yuen, FF Alumns, in BAM online auction, starting TONIGHT

1. Simba Yangala, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art recipient, 2006, at Dixon Place, March 23, 8 pm

Little Refugee From Zaire, a play written, directed and choreographed by Simba Sandra Yangala, a Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art recipient in 2006, will be presented at Dixon Place on March 23rd at 8 pm

Performed by: Simba Sandra Yangala, Natasha Dyer, Sylvia Tetteh, Bennge Charles, Nathalie Jean-Charles, Mireille Gomont, Christelle Ngalouo-Boquet, Grace Haukwa, Aliou Diallo aka Isaac Katalay.

Lights, sounds and coordinations: Marsha Laventure, Akeisha Knights

AT DIXON PLACE: Friday March 23 2007 at 8:00pm $12 ticket
258 Bowery between Houston and Prince
For more info: Dixon Place (212) 219-0736

This performance was made possible in part by the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by Jerome Foundation and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


2. PAJ, A Journal of Performance and Art, celebrates its Thirtieth Anniversary, at CUNY Graduate Center, NY, TONIGHT, Monday, March 12, 6:30 pm


6:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2007 , Segal Theatre.

The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th Street.
First come, first served. A Free event

The evening will feature a conversation on arts writing and publishing with co-founder and editor, Bonnie Marranca, and contributors to PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.


For three decades, PAJ has been an influential voice in the international theatre community. The journal is admired for its thoughtful essays and interviews on contemporary culture and the arts. In charting the directions of new work in performance, video, installations, dance, photography, media, film, drama and music, PAJ integrates theatre and the visual arts. In addition to the journal, there are 140 books under the PAJ name, featuring more than 1000 plays and performance texts translated from over twenty languages, and several important volumes of critical essays.

The current issue of the journal, PAJ 85, includes a special section on performance and science, American playwrights such as Mac Wellman, Tony Kushner, Richard Foreman, and John Guare on Beckett's influence, the text of Pasolini's Oedipus, articles on international theatre productions, and the history of the drama anthology. PAJ Publications continues its book publishing this spring with three new titles, Letters from Cuba and Other Plays by Maria Irene Fornés, Act French: Contemporary Plays from France, edited by Philippa Wehle, and Performance Histories, a collection of new essays and interviews by Marranca.

Bonnie Marranca is co-founder, with Gautam Dasgupta, of PAJ Publications/PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, which she has continued to edit since 1976. Students in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY, she and Dasgupta founded PAJ in 1976, after finishing their exams. Marranca is the author of Ecologies of Theatre and Theatrewritings, which received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and editor of several books, including Plays for the End of the Century, Conversations on Art and Performance, American Dreams: The Imagination of Sam Shepard, and The Theatre of Images. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar, she is a member of the faculty of Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School.

If you want to suggest an article or interview for PAJ, please write to: pajpub@mac.com

To view PAJ Tables of Contents or sample articles, or subscribe to the journal, please visit: www.mitpress.mit.edu/paj


3. Candida Royalle, FF Alumn, at The New School, NY, March 20, 8 pm

Sneak Preview: AfroDite Exposed: Sexual Empowerment in an Adult Hip Hop Film
Tues March 20th New School for Social Research, Swayduck Auditorium (65 5th Ave.)
Screening: 8pm, Swayduck Auditorium (ground fl)
Panel discussion to follow.

The New School for Social Research, in conjunction with Terry Williams as part of his Sex in the City series, invites you to a preview screening of AFRODITE SUPERSTAR. Directed by Venus Hottentot

AFRODITE SUPERSTAR is a seductive, romantic comedy about Afrodite, a naive debutant who makes a secret Clark Kent style transformation into a sexy rapper. The film was made as a tool for the empowerment of women of color. This is the first ethnically diverse feature to come out under Femme Chocolat, a new division of Candida Royalle's internationally acclaimed Femme Productions.

PLEASE NOTE: The film AfroDite Superstar contains real, un-reinacted explicit sex and sexual acts, and only those who can show ID to prove that they are over 18 will be admitted. This is an art film being shown in a university setting. If you are in any way offended by sex or sexuality, please do not attend. The filmmakers and related parties take no responsibility for your responses or reactions.


4. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, on www.youtube.com

Toporowicz known as Noqontrol is called Being Sucked:

This ultra-short meditation on life left him exhausted and grasping for air. Performance has been for him a consistent way of expression since 1980. In the beginning of his performance career he tried to avoid drowning and electrocution. Today....he fights back being sucked alive.. Noqontrol wishes to dedicate this piece to the following artists:
- Buster Keaton
- Witkacy
- Samuel Beckett
- Antonin Artaud
- Marcel Duchamp
- Witold Gombrowicz
- Karlheinz Stockhausen
- John Cage
- Paul McCarthy
- Tim Burton
- Bruce Naumann (Clown Torture)
- Frank Zappa
- David Lynch

Noqontrol wanted to thank to Eureka Motorized Brushroll WhirlWind Super Lite Vacuum Cleaner for a generous help and contribution to this performance.


5. Eleanor Antin, Ana Mendieta, Lorraine O’Grady, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Hanna Wilke, FF Alumns, at Galerie Lelong, March 15-April 28

Role Play: Feminist Art Revisited 1960-1980
March 15-April 28, 2007
Galerie Lelong
528 W. 26th St.
NY 10001


6. John Malpede, FF Alumn, workshop in art and social change, LA, Jul 9-27

LAPD workshop in art and social change: July 9 - 27, 2007
For Performers and other Artists, Students, Activists, people working for social change

The Los Angeles Poverty Department is a theater group made up mainly of homeless and formerly homeless people living in Skid Row Los Angeles.

LAPD 's mission is to create performance work that connects lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty.

“The Los Angeles Poverty Department has become one of the country’s most outspoken and profound theater troupes.” -- Natalie Haddad, Real Detroit,

changeXchange LAPD's irregularly scheduled 3 week summer workshop in art for social change is back as part of LAPD's year long project UTOPIA/distopia which addresses the dynamic of development and displacement that is currently rocking downtown Los Angeles.

Who wins and who loses in the development process?
Who gets to project a vision of the future?
And ultimately, who gets to be downtown?

UTOPIA/distopia is a series of art activities, grass roots hearings and research projects, culminating in performance events. UTOPIA/distopia, the project, seeks to project and inject the vision of marginalized people living and working in downtown into civic debate about the future of downtown Los Angeles.

UTOPIA/distopia project activities start in April 2007 and continue with ongoing research and performance development, and public events monthly through January 2008.

changeXchange participants will contribute to UTOPIA/distopia events and development, while pursuing their own artistic trajectory.

changeXchange focuses on community engagement and the development of performance work.

Community interaction includes meetings and volunteer work with grass roots organizations working for social justice on Skid Row.

changeXchange performance workshops are about understanding and articulating your Skid Row experience through performance. Workshops will be led by LAPD artists and guest artists.

Take what you learn, transform it through your own genius, passion and commitment and use it in your future projects.

“LAPD is an imperfect act of faith. Its subject is not homelessness, but its causes, deep in the human and communal psyche. They reach their audiences at a place where our fears meet, even though our lives may be drastically different.” - Lucy R. Lippard, Z Magazine

Nuts and Bolts:
* Workshop takes place July 9- July 27; Monday-Friday, 9:00am - noon & 2:00-5:00pm and some activities in the evenings and on the weekends.
*Tuition is $1,000. Limited financial assistance is available.

For more information: please email at "contact LAPD" on our website: www.lapovertydept.org

Housing Options:
If you choose, you can stay in safe, affordable housing on Skid Row provided for changeXchanger's absolutely free by project partner SRO Housing, Inc. (SRO is an exemplary non-profit who's hotels provide a significant part of the solution to homelessness in Los Angeles).


changeXchange is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


7. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, in new MIT Press Book and Leonardo Journal

"From Technological to Virtual Art"

In his new book, "From Technological to Virtual Art," art and technology historian Frank Popper's discusses the telerobotic works of FF Alumn Adrianne Wortzel in Chapter 6 -Multimedia Online Works (Net Art), Telematic and Telerobotic Human Commitments, M.I.T. Press, London, pp. 382-387.


Publication of artist-authored article: "ELIZA REDUX: A MUTABLE ITERATION", in Leonardo, Journal of Art and Science, Live Art and Science on the Internet, Vol 40, No. 1, 2007. Eliza Redux is a Franklin Furnace and Greenwall Foundation supported telerobotic installation and interactive web project.


8. David Khang, FF Alumn, at Music Gallery, Toronto, March 17, 8 pm

Performance & installation by David Khang
with soundtrack composition by Jason deCouto
exhibition statement & writing by Rinaldo Walcott
March 17, 2007, 8 pm
Music Gallery/St George-the-Martyr Anglican Church
(197 John St.) Toronto, Canada

Co-sponsored by Vtape and the I mages Festival.

On March 17, Fado is pleased to present Vancouver-based artist David Khang. Join us at St George-the-Martyr Anglican Church (home of the Music Gallery) as Khang presents Phalogocentrix.

Phalogocentrix is a performance about language and the way it forms and informs our culture. Vancouver-based artist David Khang interrogates constructions and performativity of language that is at once gendered (phallocentric) and culturally determined (logocentric). Part calligraphy, part yoga, and part breakdance, this syncretic ritual explores African and Asian cultural connectivities, within the theological context of a church. By bringing together traditional and contemporary cultural references, as well as trans-diasporic identities, this work is an attempt to further critical understanding of the relationships between race, gender, and language.

David Khang plays with language. In recent works, he uses 'things' foreign to the human body – live butterflies, extracted wisdom teeth, raw beef tongue – as prosthetics to "perform" language. Khang received his BFA from Emily Carr Institute (2000), and MFA with Emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Irvine (2004). He is a 2006-07 recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Award.


9. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6Gallery, Virginia, March

FF alumn Mitzi Humphrey introduced University of Virginia professor, art historian, and curator Matthew Affron, the sixth speaker in the Pinkney Near Memorial Lectures in Art History series. 8:00 pm, Saturday, March 3 at art6 Gallery, 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA. The slide lecture was videotaped for future release.

Matthew Affron spoke on "Fernand Leger: Contrasts of Forms." This art6-sponsored art history lecture series honors the memory of Pinkney Near, the first chief curator of our country's first state-supported art museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and is an ongoing project of art6 Gallery and its Education and Outreach Committee.

More about art6 at www.art6.org.


10. Cheri Gaulke, FF Alumn, at Barnsdall gallery Theatre, LA, March 18, 2-5 pm

If you are interested, come hear me speak on this artists’ panel.

Revealed: Women, Art, Life, Success
An interactive dialogue moderated by art historian/critic Betty Ann Brown and artist/curator Linda Vallejo.
In addition to Cheri Gaulke, participants include Kim Abeles, Judith F. Baca, Lezley Saar, Barbara T. Smith, June Wayne, Ruth Weisberg, Terry Wolverton, Kim Yasuda and others.

Sunday, March 18, 2-5 pm
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

In conjunction with the exhibition
Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006


11. George Sanchez-Calderon, FF Alumn, at Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, Mar 10 - Apr 7

George Sanchez-Calderon, FF alum, has created a new site-specific installation which involves a collaborative / performance with the Pastor Daniel Forbes for the exhibition “Structures & Stories”

curated by Amy Rosenblum-Martin at David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Florida, March 10–April 7, 2007.



12. Tibor Várnagy, John Jacob, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, in Budapest and online

dear Friends,

thank you for your contributions! your texts are here and displayed as printed matter in the galleries of our city:


thank you and best regards
Tibor Várnagy, Budapest, Hungary


13. Alva Rogers, FF Alumn, at Joe’s Pub, TONIGHT, 9:30 pm

I'm in artist collective First Fig's show at Joe'sPub.Come on out and catch some of the best talent around in a 70 minute ride. And it's for a great cause. This show is dedicated to the memory of artist & activist Helen Hill. Proceeds go to her son Francis Pop's education fund.

maritess zurbano alva rogers taylor mac susan bernfield rachel peters chadwick boseman ali eskandarian elizabeth swados with singalong tribute finale from DAISY/music& lyrics by paul gailunas elijah aron together on one stage, one night only five new projects, one big collaboration
joes pub

monday, march12, 9:30 pm

Please join us for our latest genre-defying night of fresh music, writing and performance from renowned and rising multi-disciplinary artists. These innovators present excerpts from new pieces then collaborate together on the jam session finale. Scroll down for more info and the lineup!

First Fig is a not-for-profit producing collective of independent artists.This show is dedicated to the memory of Helen Hill, brilliant artist, great humanitarian, loving wife and mother.

Curated & produced by first fig artistic director Jennifer Gibbs, Susan Bernfield & Eisa Davis
tickets only $15

don't miss these phenomenal artists! click here for sounds, samples and tix

tix also available at The Public Theater box office or by phone 212.967.7555
see you there!
Joes Pub /The Joseph Papp Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street (btwn. East 4th and Astor Pl.)
you asked for more- here they are

DREAMS! Before your eyes, Bessie-winning Alva Rogers is back on stage, weaving a signature dreamscape: her performance memoir-in-progress "what remnants remain." A past Playwright-in-Residence at The Public, Alva comes home again with this intimate preview. Direction by daniella topol.Alva's poetry is music and her music is poetry. Embrace the rich ripe sound.

First Fig Productions relies solely on the generosity of our patrons and supporters. Donations are tax-deductible under Transport Group, Inc., a New York State not-for-profit corporation tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS Code, in support of the First Fig Productions project. Federal Tax ID#: 41-2063324.


14. Micki Spiller, FF Alumn, at Bronx River Arts Center, opening March 16, and at Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn

Micki Spiller will:have a few works included in the Interdisciplinary Exhibit, "Library", up through summer 2007.

Proteus Gowanus, which is a gallery and reading room located on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. The gallery develops interdisciplinary exhibits and programs that revolve around an annual theme. Proteus Gowanus incorporates the rich and diverse cultural resources of seven non-profit organizations into its exhibits and programming.

543 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Gallery Hours:
Thursday and Friday 3-6 pm Saturday and Sunday 12-6 pm and by appointment.

ALSO in a group show at

Bronx River Art Center
"Sly" curated by Katarina Wong
March 16th-April 21st 2007

Opening Reception: Friday March 16th, 6-9pm
1087 East Tremont Ave
Bronx, NY 10460
gallery hours: M-F 3-6pm, Saturday 11-5pm

#2 or 5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street.
#s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road
Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway and exit at East Tremont Ave. left at traffic light one block to East Tremont, left one block to Bronx St., or Cross Bronx Expressway to Rosedale Ave. exit. Left onto Rosedale Ave to Tremont Ave., left onto Tremont Ave, four blocks to West Farms Square.


15. David Michalek, FF Alumn, at Lincoln Center, NY, July 10-29

The Lincoln Center Summer Arts Festival Presents:
Slow Dancing (World premiere)
Motion Portraits of Dancers

Multi-Channel Video Installation
Conceived and directed by David Michalek

Tuesday, July 10 – Sunday, July 29

New York State Theater, Facade, Josie Robertson Plaza, 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue
Hours screened: 9 p.m.—1 a.m.

Beginning July 10, Lincoln Center Festival will present Slow Dancing, an outdoor installation of larger-than-life, hyper-slow-motion video “portraits” of extraordinary dancers and choreographers from around the world, conceived and directed by artist David Michalek. The installation will be seen on three five-story screens hung on the front facade of the New York State Theater on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza. With Slow Dancing, Mr. Michalek attempts to simultaneously capture the beauty of the body in motion, while laying bare its most intricate workings. Slow Dancing will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., from July 10 through July 29.

Each subject's movement (approximately 5 seconds long) was shot on a specially constructed set using a high-speed, high-definition camera recording at 1,000 frames per second. The result is approximately 10-minutes of extreme slow motion—a motion portrait in which each dancer’s unique artistic expression and technique are revealed as never before. For the Plaza installation, a cycle begins as a full-length figure of a dancer appears on each of the three screens. Over the next 10 minutes, what at first appears to be a series of "still" photographs unfolds, gesture by barely-perceptible gesture, into an elaborate choreography. Viewers can choose to focus on one dancer's complete “performance” or observe the interplay among the three screens. The extreme slow motion also allows the viewer to share privileged information about the complexity of the simplest gestures; catching details that would normally escape the naked eye.

The subjects chosen for Slow Dancing are some of today's foremost modern and classical dancers and choreographers, as well as recognized master interpreters of a range of traditional and contemporary dance forms. The dancers represent a diversity of body types, sizes, training, styles, traditions, ages and ethnicities. They hail from the worlds of ballet (Herman Cornejo, William Forsythe, Isabelle Guerin, Allegra Kent, Alexei Ratmansky, Wendy Whelan); modern dance (Karole Armitage, Trisha Brown, Holley Farmer, Bill T. Jones, Desmond Richardson, Shen Wei); tap (Roxanne Butterfly), and from many countries, including the United States, Russia, Guinea, Bali, China, Turkey, Brazil, India, Taiwan and New Zealand. And they represent dance traditions and contemporary styles as diverse as Javanese court dance (Miroto Martinius), “Krumping” (Lil’ C), "Voguing" (Benny Ninja), Afro-Brazilian Capoeira (Maestre Joao Grande), Hip-Hop (Kwikstep and Rokafella), Shantala Shivalingappa (Indian Kuchipuri), Beijing Opera (Wu Hsing-Kuo) and Flamenco (Omarya Amaya).

Featured Dance Artists Filmed for Slow Dancing:
Omarya Amaya
Karole Armitage
Alexandra Beller
Trisha Brown
Roxane Butterfly
Dana Caspersen
Shasta Cola/Glen Rumsey
Patrick Corbin
Herman Cornejo
Wayan Dibia
Gabriel "Kwikstep" Dionisio
Megumi Eda
Anita "Rokafella" Garcia
Eiko and Koma
Holley Farmer
William Forsythe
Maestre Joao Grande
Isabelle Guerin
Wu Hsing-Kuo
Emine Mira Hunter
Judith Jameson
Jill Johnson
Bill T. Jones
Allegra Kent
Youssouf Koumbassa
Miroto Martinius
Emine Mira Hunter
Benny Ninja
Lemi Ponafasio
Alexei Ratmansky
Desmond Richardson
Bill Shannon (“Crutchmaster”)
Ari Candrawati Saptanyana
Putu Krisna Saptanyana
Fang Yi Sheu
Shantala Shivalingappa
Dwana Smallwood
Elizabeth Streb
Janie Taylor
Christopher “Lil C” Toler
Jeremy Wade
Shen Wei
Wendy Whelan
Nejla Yasemin Yatkin

David Michalek is an artist who takes the concept and techniques of portraiture as the starting points for the creation of compelling works, on both a large and small-scale, in a range of mediums. His focus over the past ten years has been closely tied to his interest in relational aesthetics—specifically using performative and interactive techniques—storytelling, dialogue, movement—relying on the input and responses of others—subjects, collaborators and audience—as integral to both the creation and the experience of art. He has been drawn in particular to projects that bring together diverse groups of people in settings ranging from galleries to public spaces, churches and community organizations to health-care facilities. His 14 Stations is one such project, created in collaboration with men and women transitioning out of homelessness, participating in the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. 14 Stations is modeled on the traditional Christian devotional rite, The Stations of the Cross, with a different man or woman assuming the role of the Christ figure in each. Group interaction, discussion, and communal meals were all part of the process. Michalek's riveting, oversized black-and-white photos, mounted on back-lit displays have not only been exhibited in galleries and museums, but have served as the catalyst for interactive performance events in a number of cities, involving the homeless and formerly homeless interacting with the audience and participating in a performance of Bach piano works that incorporates projected stills of 14 Stations. Covering the 2005 exhibit of 14 Stations at The Brooklyn Museum, Art in America said, "Michalek's commiseration with his fellow humans and deep understanding of dramatic figurative representation have enabled him to produce a profound cycle of photographs."

Commissioned to create the images for the film in Peter Sellar's Kafka Fragments, a staged setting of composer Gyorgy Kurtag's searing work for soprano and violin, Michalek, then Artist-in-Residence at The Bridge, Inc., a day-home for people living with mental illness, drew on his activities and interactions with patients to create his compelling photographs. Michalek introduced Kurtag's libretto at the residents' weekly poetry group, where it was read aloud and discussed. Out of these discussions, and over four months of work, he and the group staged and photographed scenes and tableaux for each of the 40 "fragments" of text that are sung by soprano Dawn Upshaw.

The Los Angles Times, reviewing the 2005 performance of Kafka Fragments at Zankel Hall, wrote, "Kafka Fragments reveals the hidden places where light shines within the darkest recesses of our souls...[and the] photographs by David Michalek connect the musical fragments to suffering in the world and also to the beauty of the world."

Born in San Francisco in 1967, David Michalek earned a B.A. in English Literature from U.C.L.A. in 1990 and also studied filmmaking at NYU. He worked as an assistant to noted photographer Herb Ritts for two years, beginning in 1989. In 1991, he began his professional photographic career and worked regularly as a portrait artist for publications such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Interview, and Vogue. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Michalek began experimenting with performance and installation, and developing large-scale, multi-dimensional projects. His solo and collaborative work has been shown nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Yale University, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Kitchen. He has collaborated with director Peter Sellars on two staged works: Kafka Fragments, presented as part of Carnegie Hall's 2005-06 season; and St. François d' Assise, presented at the Salzburg Festival and Paris Opera. Other film and video work for theater includes collaborations with The Tallis Scholars; John Malpede and L.A.P.D. on three works, Agents and Assets, The Skid Row Museum and RFK in EKY; and with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a project for The Brooklyn Museum's "Music Off the Walls" series. Michalek has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, from, among others, The Franklin Furnace, The Durfee Foundation, The California State Arts Council, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, Karen-Weiss Foundation, and the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County (commission grant toward the creation of Slow Dancing). Beginning in spring 2007, he will be an artist in residence with The World Performance Project at Yale University. He is on the visiting faculty of the Yale Divinity School, where he lectures on religion and the arts. David Michalek lives in New York with his wife Wendy Whelan, principal dancer of New York City Ballet.


16. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, on WNYC radio, and online

Hi good folks,

A story on my Creative Capital prison project will be running on Studio360 on WNYC in New York, and other public radio stations nationwide. It's scheduled for Saturday in NY, or you can listen to it online: http://www.studio360.org/episodes/2007/03/09.

I haven't heard it yet, but Peter Crimmins worked with everyone involved to do this piece, and I have every expectation that it'll be fab.



17. Mike Asente, FF Alumn, in Brussels, opening March 24, 4-7 pm, and online

H29 is pleased to invite you to the opening of:
Mike Asente & Monique Luchetti: New Work

vernissage: Saturday, 03/24/2007 16.00 – 19.00
exhibition: 03/24/2007 - 04/14/2007
open: Saturday, 15.00 – 18.00 & by appointment

29 Rue Andre Hennebicqstraat
B-1060 Brussels
telephone (32) 0474 71 61 96, 0497 44 38 30

If you happen to be in the neighborhood...
Also you can see the work once the show opens
by going to: http://www.minusspace.com
The show will be featured on the site.
- Mike


18. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, at Scout/Participant, NY, April 6, 7-10 pm

Come join
Free Press
& wave books
for a party
celebrating new books by
Eileen Myles
Sorry, Tree
Maggie Nelson
The Red Parts
on Friday, Apr. 6
at 7PM (till 10)
with a mini-reading and toast at 8:30
Participant is at 95 Rivington Street, NYC


19. Claudia DeMonte, FF Alumn, at June Kelly Gallery, NY, opening March 22

Exhibition Dates: 22 March – 17 April 2007
Gallery Hours: Tues. – Sat. 11am - 6pm

Claudia DeMonte
Empowered Objects

“Empowered Objects,” an exhibition of intriguing forms by Claudia DeMonte – elegant sculptural vessels and female fetish objects that symbolize women’s multifaceted roles and portentous impact -- will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 591 Broadway, on March 22. The works will remain on view through April 17.

Writing in the exhibition catalogue, Tom Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, says DeMonte’s art “has always found fertile soil in the questions of women’s identity, but not in the stereotypical feminism that has been popularized in the almost thirty-five years of her astonishing career.”

Her work, he writes, “is not heavy-handed or tritely tendentious, but rather has been consistently infused by a nimble touch, coupled with a wonderful, gentle sense of irony.”

In this exhibition, DeMonte focuses on two variations of a single theme. Some of her archetypical forms, her “fetishes,” are sculpted from wood and encrusted with evocative pewter pictographic configurations. Others, which she calls “artifacts,” are in bronze and, Sokolowski says, have “a decided gravitas” and reference ancient Minoan ritualistic sculptural concepts.

DeMonte’s pieces, her artifacts or her fetishes, Sokolowski writes, draw on the “extraordinary objects that the goddess-avatars have left behind for us mere mortals to remember them and to connect with them.”

DeMonte lives and works in New York City and Kent, Connecticut. She received a bachelor’s degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore and an MFA from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

DeMonte’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and throughout the world. The many public and private collections in which she is represented include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Bass Museum, Miami, FL; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC; Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; University of Maryland, College Park; Contemporary Art Museum, Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Italy; Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland; University of Oldenburg, Germany, and the Hvidore Art Library, Denmark.


20. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, at Performance Mix Festival, NY, March 27, 7:30 pm


I'll be performing in NYC for one night as part of New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix Festival. I'll be presenting a short piece that is part of a great line-up of artists on Wednesday, March 27. Seating is somewhat limited and reservations are recommended.

Performance Mix Festival
Wednesday, March 27
Video Screening at 7:30pm, live performances at 8pm at the Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street Tickets $15
Reservations: 212 334 7479
More info/Schedule: www.el.net/nda

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20. Vito Acconci, Doug Beube, Jene Highstein, Sol LeWitt, Christa Maiwald, Meredith Monk, Duston Spear, William Wegman, Charles Yuen, FF Alumns, in BAM online auction, starting TONIGHT

Vito Acconci, Doug Beube, Jene Highstein, Sol LeWitt, Christa Maiwald, Meredith Monk, Duston Spear, William Wegman, Charles Yuen, FF Alumns, in BAM online auction, starting TONIGHT at the link below:



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