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Goings On: posted week of March 19, 2007

1. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Pelham Art Center, thru April 28
2. Yoko Inoue, FF Alumn, at Cuchifritos, NY, thru April 21
3. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, at the Joyce SOHO, NY, March 28
4. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, at the Metropolitan Room, NY, April 16, 9:30 pm
5. Candida Royalle, FF Alumn, at The New School, NY, March 20, 7 pm
6. Lynn Cazabon, FF Alumn, at PS 122, NY, thru March 25
7. Carolee Schneemann, at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, opening March 24, and more
8. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, at the South Street Seaport, March 20, 7:45 pm
9. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, at The Lab, SF, opening March 30
10. R. Sikoryak, Doug Skinner, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, March 24, 7:30 pm

1. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Pelham Art Center, thru April 28

Robin Tewes- Group Exhibition
Pelham Art Center
through April 28
"Lovely Dark and Deep-Women Artists Retake the Fairy Tale"


2. Yoko Inoue, FF Alumn, at Cuchifritos, NY, thru April 21

Gallery / Project Space
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Telephone: 212-598-4124
Between Delancey and Rivington
(Essex Street Market, South Corner)
Monday to Saturday, 12:00 to 5:30

CUCHIFRITOS is an art gallery/project space at Essex Street Market, and is a project of the Artists Alliance Inc. Its focus is on art as it relates to community, social issues, and public space. www.aa-inyc.org/cuchifritos/

Yoko Inoue
A multi-media exhibition in collaboration with Bennington College students Aaron Fisher, Kelli Karsten, Kirian Langseth-Schmidt, Griff Maloney, Trent Morris and Nate Philbrick. Curated by Andréa Salerno
On view March 17 through April 21, 2007
Opening: Saturday, March 17, 4 to 6pm
Open daily, Monday through Saturday 12:00 noon to 5:30pm
For more information please contact: Andréa Salerno: andreasalerno66@hotmail.com

Encarta Dictionary defines Pos•it as: to put something forward for consideration. For this exhibition Inoue et al re-considered Cuchifritos as an entity within the Essex Street Market. Instead of keeping the gallery psychologically separated, Pos•it is “posing” as a type of vendor giving this gallery within the marketplace a more familiar feel to consumers. Furthermore, this exhibition is taking a fluxus-like approach, blurring the line between the formal hands-off policy of most galleries and an interactive commercial market. We are inviting visitors to step inside and touch, smell, feel and engage. Yoko Inoue’s multi-media installation includes hand-cast ceramic Welcome Cats and a fountain/money bank of water bottles merged with Buddhas. Referencing her Japanese background, the Welcome Cat is considered good luck and good money, and is a necessary component to a thriving place of commerce. By placing the cats in the gallery, Inoue is essentially blessing the market and welcoming prosperity. Inoue has often worked with images of the Buddha. She is interested in the dynamic of consumerism and how a religious icon like Buddha can be popularized and appears alongside pop items in places like Canal Street. She further comments on the phenomena of consumerism by literally merging Buddha with a water bottle. For Pos•it, Inoue is essentially creating a consumer shrine of cultural icons and at the same time exploring the amorphous border between commodity and spirituality. Inoue’s installations are often dense arrangements of hand-cast ceramics derived from cheaply massproduced products found in the urban marketplace and consist of several separate elements or bodies of work. There is always a dialogue between these items, each with a unique set of questions. In Pos•it, Inoue, Visual Arts Faculty at Bennington College in Vermont, has incorporated the work of six of her students into her installation. She asked them to consider the space in which the work will be situated, and the inherent dialogue that will take place between the art objects placed within the gallery and the shoppers/passers-by. The students studied the market and considered its consumerism in various ways, creating pillows, wool balls that look like produce, a Tupperware-inspired chandelier, a gumball machine and a video of eating custom-made cake purchased from a market vendor. One student charted the origins of money and how and why barter was replaced by trading standardized items of value, i.e. currency. By including the students’ work in her installation, Inoue also imparts a sense of “integral community” which extends to the Essex Street Market as a whole. Born in Osaka, Japan, Yoko Inoue has lived in New York City for 15 years. She is currently participating in LMCC’s Workspace Program 2006/2007, and is a visiting artist at Bennington College, VT. This is the first time these Bennington students have exhibited their work at a leading NYC venue. Special thanks to the Ruth Chenven Foundation, Ace Natural, Inc. Wholesale Natural Food and Black Plum. This exhibit is sponsored, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and through the generous support of the following: The New York City Economic Development Corporation, The Greenwall Foundation, and the members of the Artists Alliance Incorporated.


3. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, at the Joyce SOHO, NY, March 28

Hi ,

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 28 (this date has been corrected from last week’s Goings On).
Seating is somewhat limited and reservations are recommended.

Performance Mix Festival
Wednesday, March 28
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

Thank you,
Jess Dobkin


4. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, at the Metropolitan Room, NY, April 16, 9:30 pm

Hi Everyone:

I want to let you that the Fresh Fruit Awards show is April 16th at 9:30 this year. It's going to be terrific. First, we are in a new and beautiful setting-- the Metropolitan Room at 34 W. 22nd Street in Chelsea. Again, our host for the evening will be the fabulous Murray Hill, FF Alumn.

Among out award winners will be brilliant comedian Mike Albo, hilarious Native American drag performers Landa Lakes and Samantha Richards, and the creators of Queer Duck:The Movie. Queer Duck won the out duck of the year award and Xeth Feinberg (director) and Mike Reiss (creator) will read his acceptance speech. The duck, now a megastar has certian contractual obligations to Paramount and won't be there himself.

More seriously (perhaps) we will be honoring the achievements of transgender writer, activist Kate Bornstein and Council Member Alan J. Gerson.

There will be prizes and surprises but I want to let you know that seating will be extremely limited. We are selling reserved tables for 4 at $250 a piece. Individual unreserved tickets are $45 for one, $65 for two. Reserved seats are $75 for one and $125 for two. Anyone who wants to by the VIP table for four ($500) will get many wonderful things and an ad in our program. You can buy your tickets now at www.freshfruitfestival.com through paypal or you can send the number of tickets you want and a check made out to All Out Arts, Inc. to Fresh Fruit Festival, 145 E. 27th Street, 1A, New York, NY 10016.

You can buy tickets at the door for $55 a piece but very possibly there will be none when you arrive. So come celebrate our Fruities and have some fun with us, again.


5. Candida Royalle, FF Alumn, at The New School, NY, March 20, 7 pm

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

Tues March 20th New School for Social Research, Swayduck Auditorium (65 5th Ave.)
Sneak Preview: AfroDite Exposed: Sexual Empowerment in an Adult Hip Hop Film
7pm - reception; Panel discussion with filmmakers to follow, Wolfe Conference room (2nd fl)
Screening: 8pm, Swayduck Auditorium (ground fl)

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. While Royalle is known for having pioneered the concept of female-sensitive adult movies for couples, it is with Femme Chocolat that she seeks to address the much neglected audience of ethnically diverse couples.

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.

RSVP: ChocolatFemme@gmail.com

For additional information, visit: www.candidaroyalle.com or www.thegoddessfactory.com


6. Lynn Cazabon, FF Alumn, at PS 122, NY, thru March 25

Last week to see:
Lynn Cazabon "Reunion"
PS122 Gallery
150 1st Ave at 9th Street (entrance on 9th Street)
NYC 10009
March 3 - 25, gallery hours: Th - Sun, 12-6pm
Lynn Cazabon


7. Carolee Schneemann, at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, opening March 24, and more

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art – Toronto, Canada
Breaking Borders
March 24, 2007 – April 22, 2007
Opening Reception, Saturday March 24, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present the exhibition Breaking Borders, by legendary and internationally renowned artist Carolee Schneemann in our main exhibition space, from Saturday March 24 through Sunday April 22, curated by David Liss.

Since her first performance in Canada during Expo 67, Schneemann has established a consistent presence in Canada through her many performances, lectures and solo and group exhibitions in various places and venues around the country. The exhibition Breaking Borders, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, will feature a selection of more recent multi-media works that Schneemann has produced and/or exhibited in Canada.

Featured will be SNAFU, her most current kinetic sculpture activated by a computer program and projection system, as well as the multi-channel video installation Devour. Large format digital prints produced at Sagamie Center for Digital Art in Quebec will include Caged Cats I & II a digital collage of animal and war images. In addition the photo grids presented will be permutations on the World Trade Center disaster Terminal Velocity, as well as Dark Pond 2001-05 unique watercolor and digital print layers.

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art 952 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J1G8
Public Information: (416) 395-0067 Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For media information contact Camilla Singh: (416) 395-7430


CEPA Gallery – Buffalo, NY
Remains To Be Seen
A thematic retrospective exhibit of the work by Carolee Schneemann
March 31, 2007 – May 26, 2007

CEPA Gallery is pleased to present, with major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Roberta and Michael Joseph, Remains To Be Seen, a retrospective examination of the artistic output of Carolee Schneemann that surveys the breath and depth of her expansive contribution to contemporary art. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist and the public, Saturday, March 31, 2007 from 7–10pm. The artist and the exhibition’s curator; Photios Giovanis, will be present.

Remains To Be Seen features three central issues; War, Erotics, and Felines, with Schneemann’s most well known works including Interior Scroll, Vulva’s Morphia, and screenings of her films, Fuses and Meat Joy. The section on cats will include large format photographs and the recently completed film Infinity Kisses. The war pieces will include video and photo grids spanning 1964-2006 that directly address Vietnam, Kosovo, Lebanon and the events of 9/11. Additionally, CEPA’s Public Art Window on main Street will Vesper’s Pool, a display of mystical objects that center on the death of Schneemann’s cat, Vesper.

A full-color 100 page catalog, Split Decision, produced in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, and funded by major gifts from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and Steven Johnson and Walter Sudol, encompasses the two exhibits and will be available. The publication explores Schneemann’s career from different historical and political perspectives to expand critical awareness of her work. It documents a wide range of works and includes essays by leading art scholar Thomas McEvilley, Canadian art critic Jim Drobnick, Buffalo-based media artist Caroline Koebel.

CEPA Gallery 617 Main Street, Suite #201, Buffalo, NY 14203
For media information contact Sean Donaher: 716-856-2717 or info@cepagallery.com


8. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, at the South Street Seaport, March 20, 7:45 pm

32nd Annual World Famous Vernal Equinox Celebration
Pier 16, South Street Seaport, Manhattan
Look for the ships and follow to the pier to the water
rain or shine as usual!
A family friendly event.
Please bring kids, drums, and noisemakers.
Volunteers needed -- please call!

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. 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:
PO Box 380403
Exotic Brooklyn, NY 11238-0403
Phone: 718-857-1343
Email: CityShaman@aol.com


9. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, at The Lab, SF, opening March 30

Contact: Jay Critchley
CEO, Old Glory Condom Corporation
508 487-3684, 774 840-0458
Kristen Chappa, The LAB; kchappa@thelab.org, 415 864-8855



Worn with pride country-wide has announced its latest safer sex project − the re-creation of San Francisco’s landmark corporate symbol, the Transamerica Building, with Old Glory’s controversial logo − an unfurled condom imprinted with the American Flag. The 36” tall scale model, Transamerica − Condoms with a Conscience, will be unveiled by founder and CEO Jay Critchley on Friday, March 30 at 7:00 pm at The LAB, 2948 16th Street at Capp Street, San Francisco, California. The opening reception for the group show, Corporate Art Expo ’07 (see below), curated by Shane Montgomery, runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The public is invited.

“This show is an opportune time for Old Glory Condoms to initiate a public dialogue on the role of global corporations in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” states Critchley, who founded the patriotic company in 1989 at MIT. Its application for a US Trademark was originally denied because “…it is immoral and scandalous to associate the flag with sex”. After a three year legal battle the trademark was granted for the name and the logo (see below).

Old Glory Condom Corporation − Condoms with a Conscience
Jay Critchley, Founder and CEO
Old Glory was launched in 1989 at MIT List Visual Arts Center, inspired by Bush I and the US Congress’ attempt to amend the Constitution to ban flag desecration, and the invisibility of HIV/AIDS in the government. Although I had often utilized the corporate structure to create a media platform for ideas and interventions, Old Glory was the real thing − shareholders and marketable products. It received international media coverage including a piece in Newsweek and later in Playboy, which elicited 400 responses!

My strategy was to challenge the government’s silence and redefine patriotism − it’s patriotic to protect and save lives. My US Trademark application was rejected as “immoral and scandalous to associate the flag with sex,” but the Center for Constitutional Rights’ lawyer, David Cole, represented me pro bono, and we won a three-year legal battle. A front page story in the Washington Post and a feature in People followed.

As a business, it was less successful because the FDA did not approve multi-colored condoms − over concern for the effect of inks on latex. Our successful Latex is 4 Lovers campaign brought attention to lambskin condoms’ ineffective prevention of HIV transmission. Senator Jesse Helms, ironically, created the first global safer sex ad, holding up the Old Glory logo in the Senate on CNN, denouncing the trademark designation. Old Glory is now in standard law school textbooks on trademark, copyright and patent law. Long May It Wave.

The LAB presents:
Corporate Art Expo '07
Curated by Shane Montgomery

March 30 ¬ April 28, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30 from 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 1-6 PM
This event takes place at The LAB, 2948 16th Street @ Capp, San Francisco

Featuring the Anti-Advertising Agency, Acclair, C5 Corporation, Davis & Davis Research, Meaning Maker, My Death and Taxes, Old Glory Condom Corp., PP Valise, SubRosa, Slop Art, TDirt, Tectonic Corporation, and We Are War

Over the last few years, a new group of artists have emerged that package themselves as corporate entities. They develop a company name, a branding scheme, and utilize the language of advertising and marketing.

These individual artists and collectives create art objects, marketing materials, and performative event-based pieces that can exist in a gallery setting as well as in the public sphere. Much of this work centers around issues of capitalism and consumerism. By putting this work within the context of fictional products or alternative services, we are able to engage in a more enhanced conversation around topics ranging from globalization, immigration reform, and health care in a way that is whimsical and visually inspiring.

Products on view include: psychological prosthetics, self-help services, psycho-geographic mapping, research and development services, neurotransmitter security services, safety educational materials, and product placement services.

The LAB, a project of The art re grüp, Inc., is supported in part by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; Puffin Foundation Ltd.; Rainbow Grocery Cooperative; San Francisco Publicity and Advertising Fund's Hotel Tax/Grants for the Arts program; The San Francisco Foundation; The San Francisco Arts Commission's Cultural Equity Grants Program; Zellerbach Family Fund; and members and volunteers of The LAB.


10. R. Sikoryak, Doug Skinner, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, March 24, 7:30 pm

Dixon Place presents...
Our 10th anniversary slide-tacular!

Cartoon slide shows & other projected pictures presented by a glittering array of artists, performers, graphic novelists, & other characters.

Hosted by R. Sikoryak

Megan Montague Cash
Doug Skinner
Jim Torok
Lauren R. Weinstein
and more!

Saturday, March 24
8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Dixon Place
258 Bowery, 2nd Fl, between Houston & Prince
Tickets: $12 or TDF; $10 student/senior
Advance tickets & more info
(212) 219-0736


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