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Goings On: posted week of June 26, 2007

1. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NY, thru Dec 8
2. Sheelah Murthy, FF Alumn, at Gallery 400, Chicago, July 4, 2 pm
3. Mona Hatoum, Ichi Ikeda, FF Alumns, at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, thru August, and traveling to Brussels, Monaco and Chicago
4. Art/Sci Collision at American Museum of Natural History, July 10, 7 pm
5. Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Hannah Wilke, FF Alumns, at Barbican Art Gallery, UK, thru Sept 9
6. Doug Beube, Nicolás Dumit Estevez, Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumns, at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, thru July 7
7. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, TONIGHT, 7 pm
8. Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Robin Tewes, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY, thru Aug 15
9. Sonja Hindkjaer, FF Alumn, launches website, deerlake-editions.com
10. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, receives Legacy Honor, LA, July 8, and more
11. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at A.I.R. Galler, NY, June 28
12. Chris DAZE Ellis, Lady Pink, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, July 29-Aug 1
13. Peggy Shaw, FF Alumn, awarded Art Matters grant
14. Dan Graham, FF Alumn, at Orchard, NY, July 1-28
15. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, awarded 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant
16. Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Adrian Piper, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at Sean Kelly Gallery, NY, opening June 28, 6-8 pm
17. David Michalek, FF Alumn, in Dance Magazine, July 2007
18. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, in Dramabiz magazine, May/June 2007

1. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NY, thru Dec 8

Dear Friends
my window installation at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is open!
I hope you can come and see – on view round the clock till December.
Trojan Horse Travel Agency
A public art installation by Jenny Polak & adult language Students from the Fifth Avenue Committee, at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

June 14, 2007 – December 8, 2007

Invoking an ancient story often used to incite fear of immigrants, Jenny Polak’s installation transforms the Museum’s storefront windows into a celebration of immigrants’ travels.

tel 212.431.0233 ex. 223 or visit www.tenement.org

MUSEUM LOCATION 97 Orchard Street between Delancy and Grand.
F Train to Delancy, B/D to Grand Street, J/M/Z to Essex Street

ALSO I will have work in Emerge 8
Opening July 19th at Aljira Contemporary Art Center in Newark, NJ

Have a great summer..


2. Sheelah Murthy, FF Alumn, at Gallery 400, Chicago, July 4, 2 pm

Feel Tank Chicago and Mrs Rao's Growl announce:

The Fifth Annual Parade of the Politically Depressed and "Picnic".
Date: July 4, 2007; 2 p.m.
Location: Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria. in Chicago
Affiliated with the current exhibition, Pathogeographies: Or, Other People's Baggage (www.pathogeographies.net).
Contact people: Lauren Berlant, 773-493-6202; Debbie Gould, 773-919-4342 of Feel Tank Chicago and Sheelah Murthy smurth@artic.edu of Mrs. Rao’s Growl

The Fourth of July is the perfect day for a Parade and a Picnic--Feel Tank Chicago and Mrs Rao's Growl invite you to join us in rage,depression, or jaw-dropping disbelief about the state of the world for the Fifth Annual International Parade of the Politically Depressed. Come barbecue your sense of defeat. Marinate it in a delicious concoction of counter-politics and collectivity. Stew in alternative emotions! We will conclude this year's parade with a "picnic" hosted by Mrs Rao's Growl, where we lie down and LAUGH ('till we cry and cry 'till we laugh). Wear black (dress depressed), bring your meds, and bring something colored red to lie down on. Come help feel and make a political world that deserves our optimism.

About LAUGH (the "picnic" after the "parade") This performance has been performed numerous places and times since the war began (Washington Memorial in Washington D.C., the Haymarket Monument in the Forest Home Cemetery in Riverforest Illinois, Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles etc.). It is based on the therapeutic laughing circles of India and the children's game called HA HA HA in which participants lie on their backs with their heads on each other's bellies in small groups of 3-5 people and laugh as long as humanly possible. This is a laughter that has no punch line-- laughter as protest, as an aerobic workout, as ceremony, to strengthen our communal ties, for those who cannot laugh...


3. Mona Hatoum, Ichi Ikeda, FF Alumns, at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, thru August, and traveling to Brussels, Monaco and Chicago

Media Contacts:
David Perry, David Perry & Associates
(415) 693-0583 / cell: (415) 676-7007 / news@davidperry.com

Mia Hanak, Executive Director, Natural World Museum
(415) 637-8662 / mia@naturalworldmuseum.org
Art In Action: Nature, Creativity and our Collective Future
International Book Release -- World Renowned Artists Arrive for Signing
at the Exhibit Opening in Oslo

Environmental Celebrities and Norway’s Royal Family Expected to Attend Opening Events

5 June 2007 – Oslo, Norway: A major United Nations art exhibition focusing on climate change and the planet’s melting polar ice caps.

The exhibition, part of the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Environment Day celebration, is being produced by the San Francisco-based Natural World Museum (www.artintoaction.org). Titled Envisioning Change: Melting Ice – A Hot Topic, the exhibition launches at Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center on UN World Environment Day, 5 June.

Artists were selected for the exhibition by curator Randy Jayne Rosenberg, who has invited leading contemporary international artists to participate in the show. There are over 40 artworks included in the exhibition using art as a catalyst for inspiration and education around the theme of climate change.

“This is an important exhibition for the Nobel Peace Center” stated Bente Erichsen, Director of the Nobel Peace Center. “It clearly shows how the climate changes we are all surrounded by have direct impact on world security, and therefore on peace. The wide variety of artistic expressions on display shows how the earth’s climate affects all of us.”

With regional support from the Norwegian Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Culture, the exhibit will be on display in Oslo through the end of August and then continue on to Brussels’ BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts from October – December 2007 and on to Monaco and Chicago in 2008. More than 40 international artists from 25 countries are featured in the exhibit which explores such questions as “What is climate change?” “What are the political implications?” “How does sustainable development create a pathway to peace?” and “Why should we care?” Coinciding with the launch of the exhibit, NWM and UNEP will release their premier book -- Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and our Collective Future – published by Palace Press International, featuring 80 international artists and their portrayals of the fusion of art with the natural world. The global exhibit tour and the book are sponsored by Autodesk, a world leader in 2D and 3D design software.

Artists play a critical role in generating dialogue and evoking emotion around particular environmental issues and solutions. Undoubtedly, the fusion of art and the environment is a powerful tool for positive social change.

“In the environmental realm, science and art are inextricably linked,” said Mia Hanak, Founding Executive Director of the Natural World Museum and an increasingly visible environmental arts activist on the world stage. “While science determines how we measure the health of our planet, art allows us to visualize our relationship to the natural world.”
In addition to 40 works of art from artists around the world, the exhibit features two artistic photographs (one from the Arctic and one from Spitsbergen) contributed by HRH Queen Sonja of Norway, an avid environmentalist and an experienced curator.

“The effects of climate change are taking place on a global level, from the Andes to the Arctic, from Africa to Asia to the Americas,” said Envisioning Change Curator, Randy Jayne Rosenberg. “While the impacts are vast and growing, we've asked artists from around the world to focus the thawing and melting of the ice caps and permafrost, and the implications for humans and other species.”

The launch celebration on 5 June at the Nobel Peace Center will include a noontime parade with 1,000 children; a book release and artist signing of Art in Action – Nature, Creativity, and Our Collective Future; and an evening exhibit reception featuring honorary guests Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2004 and Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway. During the reception, the Green Leaf Award will be handed out by UNEP to five artists, one in each of following categories including painting, sculpture, photography, multi-media, and conceptual installation. The event will culminate with an outdoor concert featuring cultural and musical performances. All Art for the Environment activities employ sustainable business practices, including recycled materials and carbon offsets through tree planting programs.

About the Natural World Museum: NWM is a mobile and global cultural institution that presents art through innovative programs to inspire and engage the public in environmental awareness and action. As a “museum without walls” NWM’s site-specific exhibitions are hosted at cultural institutions around the world.

About the United Nations Environment Programme: UNEP is the world’s leading environmental agency, providing leadership and encouraging partnerships for conservation efforts by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations to improve quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

About World Environment Day: WED is an international celebration hosted by a different country each year on June 5, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

About Art for the Environment: In 2005, NWM and UNEP joined forces to create the Art for the Environment initiative. This initiative is designed to utilize the universal language of art as a catalyst to unite people in action and thought and to empower individuals, communities, and leaders to focus on environmental values across social, economic, and political realms.

Artists participating in exhibit: Alfio Bonano – Denmark, Ana Prvacki – Singapore, Andrea Polli – US, Angela Lergo – Spain, Anne Senstad – Norway, David Buckland - UK, Siobhan Davies - UK, Gary Hume – UK, Cecilia Paredes – Peru, Chris Jordan – US, Dalibar Martinis – Croatia, David and Hi-Jin Hodge - US & Korea, David Nash – Wales, David Trubridge - New Zealand, Era and Don Farnsworth – US, Fred Ivar Ultsi Klemetsen – Norway, Free Range Studio – US, Gilles, Mingasson – France, Helen and Newton Harrison – US, Ichi Ikeda – Japan, The Icelandic Love Corporation – Iceland, Jacob McKean – US, Jonas Liveröd – Sweden, Justin Young – US, Kahn Selesnick – England, Laura Horelli – Finland, Lucy & Jorge Orta - England & Argentina, Mona Hatoum – Lebanon, HM Queen Sonya of Norway, Robert Bateman – Canada, Sant Khalsa – US, Sebastian Copeland- France, Shana and Robert Parke-Harrison – US, Strijdom van der Merwe - South Africa, Subhankar Banerjee – India, Sveln Flygari Johnasen – Norway, Sven Pahlsson Norway, Theo Wujcik – US, Xavier Cortada – US, Yoshiaki Kaihatsu - Japan



4. Art/Sci Collision at American Museum of Natural History, July 10, 7 pm

Art/Sci Collision: Taxidermy Curiosities
July 10, 2007
Linder Theater, first floor, American Museum of Natural History
$15 ($13.50 Members, students, senior citizens) For tickets, call 212-769-5200.
This program is made possible, in part, by the Allaire Family and Ruth A. Unterberg
7:00 p.m.

Takeshi Yamada,, award-winning artist and visual anthropologist, carries on the 19th-century tradition of "gaffs"—man-made objects passed off as real natural wonders or oddities. Yamada reinterprets this distinctively American art form, and has sculpted over 250 one-of-a-kind gaffs, including a chupacabra, fossilized fairies, two-headed snakes, giant vampire bats, hairy trout, and, of course, Fiji mermaids.


5. Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Hannah Wilke, FF Alumns, at Barbican Art Gallery, UK, thru Sept 9

Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years
5 June 2007 - 9 September 2007
Barbican Art Gallery £8 on the door
The exhibition contains work of an adult nature

Open daily 11am-8pm, excluding Tue 11am-6pm
subject to availability
June 2007 marks two remarkable 30 year anniversaries: the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and the release of the Sex Pistols’ irreverent God Save the Queen with its infamous album cover by Jamie Reid . To coincide with these landmark events, Barbican Art Gallery is staging Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years.

The exhibition explores art produced from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s in Britain and the United States, at a time when both countries were a breeding ground for subcultures of punk and post-punk. Although the punk movement is largely known for its music, fashion and graphics, this exhibition exposes the vibrant art scene that emerged during these years, most notably in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Including the work of some 30 artists, the exhibition examines art which shares many of the concerns and attitudes associated with the punk years. Many of the artists have direct links with the punk scene including Nan Goldin, Derek Jarman and Raymond Pettibon, others have less well-known, but significant connections with punk in their early careers, such as Tony Cragg, Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger.

The inner city as a place of fantasy, protest and decay, the body as a political battleground and the dynamic cross-over between the worlds of art and music are major themes of the exhibition.
David Wojnarowicz in New York and Stephen Willats in London turned to urban dereliction as a symbol of personal and social crisis, as did New York artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat who were closely associated with the emergence of graffiti art.

Panic Attack! also explores the inter-disciplinary nature of the punk movement and the many collaborations that formed between artists and musicians during this period. Robert Mapplethorpe was a contemporary of the first generation of punk stars in New York, notably Patti Smith. At the same time, London-based artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman was making his super-8 film of the iconic Jordan in full punk make-up, dressed as a ballerina.

By the end of the punk movement in the mid-1980s, London’s vibrant club scene had become a source of inspiration. Cerith Wyn Evans was one of many artists who documented this underground hedonism in a film which included footage of Leigh Bowery, the London clubbing luminary celebrated for his outrageous costumes and body modifications.

This fascinating exhibition examines artists who represented, in very different and often unexpected ways, the punk zeitgeist of the 1970s and 1980s. Their work was sometimes confrontational or angry, but always fiercely independent and intelligent, reflecting the anarchic spirit of the punk years.

A book accompanies the exhibition, published by Merrell priced £29.95.

Panic Attack! is curated by Mark Sladen, Director of Exhibitions, ICA and Ariella Yedgar, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery.


6. Doug Beube, Nicolás Dumit Estevez, Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumns, at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, thru July 7

Center for Book Arts Selection by Alex Campos
June 8-July 7
Exhibition for symposium Action/Interaction: Book/Arts Conference 2007.
This exhibition includes work by Doug Beube, Ana Cordeiro, Nicolás Dumit Estevez; in collaboration with Ana Cordeiro and Amber McMillan, Anne Gilman, Roni Gross, Joshua Harris, Barbara Henry, Carlos Motta, Shervone Neckles, Rocco Scary, Miriam Schaer, Peter Schell, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Karina Skvirsky, and Liz Zanis.
The Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts
1104 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
312 344-6630
For more information:


7. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, TONIGHT, 7 pm

Hi All!
I'm performing in Philadelphia June 24 & 25, Sunday and Monday at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Theatre as part of the Lesbian and Gay Theater festival. I am doing my show US about musicals and queer identity. Would be great to seeya!

Theatre: Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Theatre
Location: 2111 Sansom Street (north side of street)
Seats: 125
Dates: Sunday, June 24 and Monday, June 25, both performances at 7pm
Ticket Price: $25
Buy Tickets: 215-922-1122

I am just back from England! I had a blast in London with my performances of 1001 BEDS. My shows went really well. Here's nice big interview piece in Time Out for my London performances at the Drill Hall. http://www.timeout.com/london/gay/features/2977.html

Info below, Tim


Theatre: Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival Theatre
Location: 2111 Sansom Street (north side of street)
Seats: 125
Dates: Sunday, June 24 and Monday, June 25, both performances at 7pm
Ticket Price: $25
Buy Tickets: 215-922-1122

I am VERY buzzed about this new show which got nominated in 2005 for a NY Drama Desk Award for best solo. On top of the hot-button, culture war gay marriage stuff, I finally come out as a big musical show queen! Us ricochets between my love affair since childhood with Broadway musicals crosscut to an exploration of home, exile and the injustices lesbian and gay couples face in the good ol' USA. "Us" is a funny, sassy and pissed-off exploration of these most American contradictions as the piece careens from memories of a ten year old's plan to flee to Canada to escape the war in Viet Nam ("Man of La Mancha") , to a meditation on why a Southern California child spoke in an English accent (Oliver!"), to a surreal gay wedding day tug-of-war at the edge of America as the Niagara Falls rushes between my legs (Don't Rain on My Parade"!)

Teetering here on the edge of exile, it has been really fun to do this exploration of how gay marriage and how musicals informed my queer identity and politics as we grow up. But then, I was once an 8 year old boy who did stripteases for his brother with GYPSY on the record player!

Link for a great SF Chronicle review right here.
Lots more on my website.
Best, Tim Miller

"As a rallying cry for gay rights, "Us'' contains a sweet-spirited, honest and seriously funny commentary on the power of popular art to shape people's moral, social and sexual development. Mr. Miller is, as always, a frisky and charismatic performer. Longtime fans will also be happy to hear that even as he has embraced one stereotype, he has not forsaken another. Performance artists, as you might have heard, were once known for their tendency to disrobe onstage. His concluding striptease doubles as an endearing joke at his own expense…it is an unabashed admission of his predilection for literal as well as emotional self-exposure."
Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Timelier than ever in light of President Bush's proposed constitutional amendment to deny gays' rights to marry, US boils with Miller's distinctive mix of anger and humor, literate intelligence and rock-star stage presence. Moving with relentless energy around the space, including the seats, he links his political commentary with childhood memories of that most wholesome and most subversive of American entertainments, the Broadway musical. Miller is here acerbic, sweet, self-righteous, exhibitionist, and celebratory.
Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

Miller has created a droll and engaging new show that blends wit and emotionalism with a coherent and radical political message. It represents his most accomplished writing.
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune


8. Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Robin Tewes, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY, thru Aug 15

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents the exhibition “Text Messages” from June 14 through August 15. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings and sculpture by 34 artists for whom words or text is a significant element in their work. The artists included in “Text Messages” are: Ed Ruscha, Robin Tewes, Saul Steinberg, Adam Dant, Chris Ware, Alexandra Grant, Joe Brainard, Lawrence Weiner, Scott Teplin, Marc Bell, Annabel Daou, Jacob El Hanani, Vivienne Koorland, Jules Feiffer, Martin Wilner, Jane Laudi, Aline Kominsky Crumb, Jules De Balincourt, Robert Crumb, Joe Amrhein, Lee Etheredge IV, Bette Blank, Daniel Johnston, James Castle, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Adriane Herman, Anthony Campuzano, Alice Attie, Jenny Holzer, Ben Vautier, Arman and Alyssa Pheobus.
Some works included in the exhibition are Saul Steinberg’s “Declaration of Independence,” 1959, a drawing depicting Steinberg’s emblematic “fake” calligraphic style that approximates the words and letters of the famous document; Ed Ruscha’s “’OH’ in the Picture,” 2005 has the enigmatic word “OH” nestled within an abstracted landscape; Jenny Holzer’s solemn gold-lettered bronze plaque from the Survival Series, 1986 delivers her text message with a deadpan irony; Lee Etheredge IV’s rhythmic geometric patterns of letters formed by a typewriter; Adam Dant’s faux book jacket “Boite Subliminal,” 2003, and free associative compositions of words in “Sex” are executed in a variety of hand-drawn typefaces; Alice Attie’s obsessive, microscopic drawing style is evident in “Constellation,” 2007; Joe Amrhein’s sign-like painting "And Media”, 2003 on mylar subtly reveals a dense phrase from Artforum magazine; Alexandra Grant’s mixed media “Fragments,” 2006 show texts in a cursive style as if seen in a mirror; and Scott Teplin’s pen and ink “Not Too Cute,” 2007 has words and images integrated with a witty, seamless authority.
The gallery hours in June are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. In July and August the gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 orabaumgold@aol.com


9. Sonja Hindkjaer, FF Alumn, launches website, www.deerlake-editions.com

Sonja Hindkjaer, FF Alumn, has launched a new website for her prints, posters and postcards. Please visit www.deerlake-editions.com which is linked to her original website, www.hindkjaer.com


10. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, receives Legacy Honor, LA, July 8, and more

July 8
The Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Sunday July 8, 2007, 7:00 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer in person!

Filmforum welcomes back our longtime friend and master filmmaker Barbara Hammer. She is in Los Angeles to receive the Legacy Honor from Outfest, with two screenings of her work at REDCAT on July 14 and 15. We’re delighted to present some brilliant films that won’t be screened at REDCAT, to give you a greater sense of the wide array of her films. For the additional shows, check OUTFEST 2007: the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, July 12-23.

Outfest’s 25th Anniversary Special Programming, Los Angeles
The Outfest 25th anniversary expanded Platinum section, Outfest’s showcase of cutting edge work in a range of mediums, will bestow its first-ever tribute to the grand dame of lesbian experimental film, Barbara Hammer, the most prolific lesbian filmmaker in history. She will appear in-person at two screenings at the REDCAT July 14th and 15th at 4:00pm, "Hot, Hot Hammer" and "Super Dykes, Super Strength."

Hot, Hot Hammer: Sex/Touch Films REDCAT, July 14, 4pm. $12
Program Running Time is 81 min
Hands touching breasts, breasts touching lips, lips nearly touching the camera. . . . Incorporating the sense of touch into her films, Barbara Hammer has said that "a tactile quality, a sensuality with sex and not sex without sensuality, is essential to any lesbian aesthetic." Three poetic montages demonstrate Hammer’s signature aesthetic, giving new meaning to the phrase "lesbian visibility." Privileging women’s bodies amid erotic collisions, this screening will activate all of your senses.

Dyketactics X 2
Directed By: Barbara Hammer
USA, 1974 & 2007, 8 min

Multiple Orgasm
Directed By: Barbara Hammer
USA, 1976, 6 min

Nitrate Kisses
Directed By: Barbara Hammer
USA, 1992, 67 min

Super Dykes, Super Strength REDCAT, July 15, 4pm. $12
Program Running Time is 98 min
Rewriting the codes of autobiography, the films in this program invite viewers’ participation in reworking the strategies and purposes of representation in personal and political history. SUPERDYKE focuses on Hammer’s community of friends as they parade their irreverent pride publicly and privately. DOUBLE STRENGTH charts the undulations of Hammer’s relationship with trapeze artist Terry Sendgraff. And TENDER FICTIONS plays with the power and unreliability of memory as it traces several (real?) moments from Hammer’s past.
Directed By: Barbara Hammer
USA, 1975, 20 min

Double Strength
Directed By: Barbara Hammer
USA, 1978, 20 min

Tender Fictions
Directed By: Barbara Hammer
USA, 1995, 58 min


11. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at A.I.R. Galler, NY, June 28

Grüss Gott!

How fitting that I should be able to tell you "Greetings from Munich", where I am spending a week: this Thursday, June 28, I have a little postcard in the 6th "Wish You Were Here" annual postcard show to benefit A.I.R. gallery.
The postcards created by artists sell for just $40. Should be a fun show, come to the opening and we can schwätzen auf bayrisch.


A.I.R.Gallery, Gallery 3
511 W. 25 St. Suite 301

OPENING Thursday June 28, 6 - 8

Gallery Hours Tues through Sat 11 - 6


12. Chris DAZE Ellis, Lady Pink, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, July 29-Aug 1

The Hip Hop Theatre Festival , From Here to Fame Books, Mass Appeal magazine and
The powerHouse Arena are pleased to announce THE WALLS BELONG TO US
An Art Benefit for Alan Ket’s Legal Defense

June 25, 2007 (New York) -- On August 1st, 2007, The Hip Hop Theatre Festival will host a silent art auction and benefit for Alan Ket’s legal defense titled, THE WALLS BELONG TO US; at the POWERHOUSE ARENA. THE WALLS BELONG TO US will feature the largest line up of global graffiti, urban art, and photography ever assembled in one space, with over 120 pieces and 105 artists involved. Canvases, sculptures, prints and silk screens from world-renowned artists including, but not limited to: Martha Cooper, FUTURA 2000, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, Jamel Shabazz, GHOST, Grotesk, DELTA, Guy Gonzales, IZ THE WIZ, Jose Parla, Henry Chalfant, REVS, ZEPHYR, Shepard Fairey, EWOK, Joe Conzo, DAZE and Brett Cook Dizney.

In addition, THE WALLS BELONG TO US auction will play an instrumental role in raising funds to combat social injustice. Presently, Alan Ket [Maridueña] is the defendant in three cases in New York City. He has been accused and arrested for alleged graffiti crimes stemming from an October 2006 search of his home and office. In March 2007, police arrested him after a five-month investigation. He is charged with over a dozen felony charges [all graffiti-related] that if convicted could place him in prison for over ten years. Alan Ket has no prior criminal record. He is being represented by Daniel Perez of the law firm of Kuby and Perez LLP.

Since 1986, Alan Ket has documented the New York City graffiti art movement and been an active participant as a painter and supporter. From launching STRESS (1995) and COMPLEX magazines (2001) to serving as an art curator for the 2006 video game “Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure”; he has made sure that graffiti art is recognized as an important and legitimate art movement by documenting its pioneers and its protagonists. Traveling to universities nationwide, Ket has been an outspoken advocate on graffiti history, criminalization, and issues concerning public art. Today, as US publisher of From Here to Fame Books, he publishes books that celebrate Hip Hop, street movements and graffiti history.

The open-invite fundraiser will feature an open bar with beer and cocktails, music, a silent auction, and art raffles of books supplied by From Here To Fame. Alan Ket’s friends and supporters are donating works exclusively for this auction event to support his legal defense and to show solidarity to a fellow artist.

A preview of the exhibition will commence on July 25th and run through until the actual auction close date, August 4th, 2006. In addition, art patrons can visit: www.supportket.org to view and/or bid on pieces featured in the auction starting on July 25th as well. The auction will be held online with select pieces being auctioned exclusively at the fundraiser event on August 1st.

Admission is $30 (minimum donation). Capacity for this event is limited and pre-registration online via credit card is strongly encouraged to guarantee admittance. Admission at the door is cash only and will be on a space-available basis. Pre-register via www.supportket.org starting July 5th.

THE WALLS BELONG TO US, an art benefit for Alan Ket’s legal defense
August 1st, 2007; 6-9pm
Music by DJ Soul

Exhibition Preview starts July 25th, at:
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201-1021

The line up includes: FUTURA 2000, Lee Quiñones, MICO, COCO 144, Jose Parla, Lady Pink, SMITH, Joey Krebs, Steve Marcus, Jamel Shabazz, GHOST, Joe Conzo, STAK, ESPO, Barry McGee, Grotesk, MICKEY, COPE2, Erni Panicolli, T-Kid 170, SONIC, Rob-O, Machine, MILK, SENT0, Henry Chalfant, VEN, WOLF, TEAM, VEEFER, Chris DAZE Ellis, CRASH, ZEPHYR, DONDI, Martha Cooper, MIN ONE, CORNBREAD, FREEDOM, TOOFLY, QUEEN ANDREA, PURE, NOAH, WANE, DOC, WENT, SABE, CAVE, FRAME, PERSUE, RISKY, Jani Tolin, EWOK, MARE 139, KEL 139, POSE2, WEB, ATOME, BATES, BLUSTER, CERN, CES, MED, DELTA, CYCLE, EZO, FREEDOM, FUZZ, GANO, WEN, Eric HAZE, Guy Gonzales, IZ THE WIZ, HENCE, HEWS, JA, JON 156, NYC LASE, KAVES, Matt Doyle, Joshua Griffler, MAC Crew, Mai Lucas, MERES, Ruedi One, REVS, PART, QUIK, Ricardo Cortes, SEAK, Shepard Fairey, SKUF, VIRUS, WEST, DUEL, OVIE, ZEKIS, KOE Rodriguez, Jim Prigoff, Harley Spiller aka Inspector Collector, PEAK, DIVA, SPACE YMI, JAES, POSE2, NOXER, Brett Cook Dizney and a few additional surprises.

For more info please contact: Sara Rosen, Publicity Director, powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Tel: 212-604-9074 x105, sara@powerHouseBooks.com
Images are available upon request.

Sponsorships are available. Please contact Joanne Carolino, Associate Publisher, Mass Appeal magazine, (718) 858-0979 ext.110, joanne@massappealmag.com


13. Peggy Shaw, FF Alumn, awarded Art Matters grant


Art Matters, the innovative nonprofit foundation, is pleased to announce its re-emergence after a ten-year hiatus. Building on its important history of funding and advocacy for the visual arts, the organization hopes to once again serve as a catalyst for dialogue, debate and impact in the arts community and beyond. Responding to needs expressed by artists across the country, the foundation's first initiative this May awarded $150,000 in grants to individual artists for projects that foster collaborations and communications across international borders (see list of grants below.) A second round of grants will be awarded this fall, and a third in spring 2008.

Art Matters invited over 100 artists, curators, and art professionals from a range of geographic locations to nominate U.S. artists involved in international collaboration. All visual media were eligible including film, video, digital arts, performance, installation, and site-specific work for which funds can be used for travel, research, and the execution of projects to be completed within the year. The artists are traveling to the Middle East, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe; some will complete projects in progress, some will realize new work. "Artists are our most useful ambassadors," said Art Matters' chairperson Laura Donnelley. "Art speaks to matters that link us as humans. People see only our military and our movies; we all need reminders that our creativity is bigger, truer, and more powerful."

Since its founding in 1985, Art Matters has supported the arts community in timely ways with grants to visionary artists and to small arts organizations, and advocacy on behalf of artists on critical issues such as AIDS, the culture wars, censorship, and funding. The foundation also produced the first mail order catalogue of artists’ multiples to raise money for fellowships.

Art Matters' mission remains to support artistic experimentation and the importance of the arts in the world at large. The current emphasis to foster opportunities for direct exposure and interaction between artists and cultures around the world responds to several factors: the desire of many artists to engage with others abroad, the need to represent America internationally by creative means, and diminished support for U.S. artists who want to work outside the country.

Art Matters has been revived by board chair, philanthropist Laura Donnelly and its founding board comprised of artists and art professionals in diverse areas of the visual, media, and performing arts - Mary Beebe, Cee Scott Brown, Laura Donnelley, Linda Earle, Gai Gherardi, Alexander Gray, David Mendoza, Laurence Miller, Lowery Stokes Sims, Marianne Weems, Philip Yenawine, and Bruce Yonemoto. According to Philip Yenawine, "Our small size is one of our strengths. It keeps us open to change and responsive in ways that larger bureaucratic organizations cannot be. We are continuously experimenting and evolving to provide the right structure to enable artists to transform consciousness and inform audiences in new ways. We hope to inspire other grant makers and individuals to create innovative opportunities to support artists and further timely dialogue."

23 Grants ranging in the amounts of $3,000 - $10,000

Radcliffe Bailey
Virginia - Ontario, Canada

Sanford Biggers
Film and Video

Daniel Bozhkov
Site Specific Work

Ignacio Gonzalez-Lang
Arizona-Mexico border

Suheir Hammad

Sharon Hayes
Paris and London

Wayne Hodge
Film and Video

Bryan Jackson
Film and Video

Shaun El C. Leonardo

Pavol Liska

Katt Lissard
Lesotho, Southern Africa

Charles McGill
Harlem, N.Y. and Hanoi, Vietnam.

Kori Newkirk
Dakar, Senegal

Clifford Owens
Site Specific Work

Deirdre Portnoy
South Africa and Mali.

Jackie Salloum
Site Specific Work

Peggy Shaw (Split Britches Company)

Cauleen Smith
Film and Video

The Speculative Archive (David Thorne and Julia Meltzer)
Film and Video

Temporary Services

Allison Wiese
Site Specific Work
Mexico City

Jenifer Wofford
Site Specific Work

Saya Woolfalk

For a more expanded history and information on Art Matters, visit

Media Contact:
Maureen Sullivan


14. Dan Graham, FF Alumn, at Orchard, NY, July 1-28

Curated by Carly Busta and Luke Cohen
July 1 – July 28, 2007

Exhibition participants: Artur Barrio, Carola Dertnig, Corporate Mentality, Keller Easterling, Thomas Eggerer, Dan Graham, Alan Licht, Christian Philipp-Müller, Michael Snow, and others…

Spectators and agents, tourists routinely vacate their habitual surroundings to occupy alternative subject positions, if not a geographical location. Yet, with pressure to ensure each vacation is well spent, the voluntary activity of tourism supports a guide industry. Barthes considered the guidebook an "objectified form of 'immaterial labor' […] essentially serving as a 'labor saving device,’”—objective fact relegating efficient, guided, disorientation.

If tourism seeks a reliably mapped alterity, the exhibit detourism can only offer an itinerary of shifting curatorial endpoints. detourism takes topology as an impetus to highlight the interstices in the urban field constitutive of subject relations. The spatial practices exhibited underscore the line of demarcation between the subject and its dematerialization within the built environment.

In his 1969 essay, “Subject Matter,” artist Dan Graham economically articulated the exodus from the static architecture of minimalism with a hyphen. For Graham, to critically understand the modernist form, was to literally understand that form is “in-formation.” Graham’s extension of terms freed analysis from the exactitude of measure. “In-formation” accented an emphasis on the co-existence and fluctuating relational and directional properties between objects. Describing the complementing shift in terminology, art historian Eric de Bruyn writes, "… information is attached to a striated notion of space, whereas in-formation is connected with a smooth, deterritorialized space of drifting signs and bodies.” Although the logic of topology de Bruyn observes in his study of the sixties projects of Graham and Stanley Brouwn granted the subject certain freedoms—collaborative constitution of meaning; a relative positioning of power—it simultaneously presented unprecedented indeterminacies, wherein the subject would hence forth be in danger of disorientation and powerlessness by the very forces from which he or she had supposedly been emancipated. Articulating this precarious subject position, Eric de Bruyn further observes, “The topological model of post-minimal art, therefore runs at an oblique angle to the institutional frameworks of modernism.”

detourism proposes psychogeographical engagements and deviant tourisms to offer alternate routes of circulation.

Special Event
Friday July 13, 7pm – 9pm
Lenin for your Library?
Yevgeniy Fiks in conversation with Olga Kopenkina and Nicolás Guagnini

47 Orchard St.
NYC, NY 10002
(212) 219-1061

Orchard is located between Hester and Grand St.
F train to East Broadway or B, D to Grand
Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sun 1 to 6 pm


15. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, awarded 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant

Peggy Diggs, FF alum, is a 2007 winner of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Sculpture/Installation. Thirty-three Massachusetts-based artists were awarded grants in film/video, music composition, crafts, photography and sculpture/installation; the award this year is $7500, unrestricted as to use.


16. Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Adrian Piper, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at Sean Kelly Gallery, NY, opening June 28, 6-8 pm

(a group exhibition)
June 29 – August 3, 2007
Marina Abramović
Laurie Anderson
Janine Antoni
Matthew Barney
Sophie Calle
Samuel Fosso
Robert Gober
Anthony Goicolea
Douglas Gordon
Fergus Greer/Leigh Bowery
Johan Grimonprez
Lyle Ashton Harris
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Michel Journiac
Nikki S. Lee
Kalup Linzy
Urs Lüthi
Robert Mapplethorpe
Duane Michals
Yasumasa Morimura
Robert Morris
Adrian Piper
Cindy Sherman
Yinka Shonibare
Gavin Turk
Andy Warhol
Gillian Wearing

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce a group exhibition, Role Exchange, which opens on June 29th. The exhibition brings together works in diverse media that address questions of identity, role-playing and gender. The exhibition continues through August 3rd. The opening will take place on Thursday, June 28th, from 6pm until 8pm. Alternate personas and role exchange have been consistent themes for artists at least since Marcel Duchamp’s adoption of the persona of “Rrose Sélavy” in 1921. However, the point of departure for this exhibition is Marina Abramović’s 1975 performance Role Exchange, in which Abramović exchanged roles with an Amsterdam prostitute for a four-hour period. Abramović sat in the prostitute's window and plied her trade whilst the prostitute assumed the role of the artist at her exhibition opening. The artists in this exhibition address the process through which identity is constructed by exploring different roles and characters. Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Adrian Piper, Johan Grimonprez, Robert Gober and Lyle Ashton Harris, to name a few, challenge traditional gender roles while Janine Antoni, Gillian Wearing and Michel Journiac examine the relationships within the nucleus of the family. Duane Michals, Yinka Shonibare, Gavin Turk, and Nikki S. Lee further investigate identity by introducing the use of fictional characters. Leigh Bowery (photographed by Fergus Greer) and Lynn Hershman Leeson actually inhabit these fictional characters in real time, blurring the line between the real and the imaginary. Though disparate in formal resolution, the twenty-seven artists represented in this exhibition share an impulse to transform traditional social roles. They require us to redefine our perceived categorizations of gender and identity, allowing for more nuanced systems of classification and a greater understanding of their abiding interest in role exchange. Please contact Maureen Bray at the gallery (212.239.1181) or maureen@skny.com for more information. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11am until 6pm and Saturday from 10am until 6pm. In July, gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10am until 5pm.


17. David Michalek, FF Alumn, in Dance Magazine, July 2007

An illustrated profile of David Michalek, FF Alumn, appears in the July 2007 Dance Magazine. For more information please go to www.dancemagazine.com


18. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, in Dramabiz magazine, May/June 2007

Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, is pictured and quoted in an article on the MacDowell Colony in Dramabiz magazine, May/June 2007. For the text of the article please go to http://dramabiz.com/macd.htm


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