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Goings On: posted week of November 5, 2007

1. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, FF Member, at The Jewish Museum, Nov 14, 6:30 pm
2. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, at Happy Endings, Manhattan, Nov 28, 7 pm
3. Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, FF Alumn, new project now online
4. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, at Cal State Northridge, LA, Nov 8
5. John Malpede, FF Alumn, at Red Dot Gallery, LA, Nov 16, and more
6. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Mass College of Art, Boston, Nov 10
7. E. K. Smith, FF Alumn, new book, previewed on Martha Stewart Radio, Nov 6
8. Mary Beth Edelson, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Museum, Nov 10, 2 pm
9. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, in Paris, France, Nov 14, 2007-Jan 20, 2008
10. Ebon Fisher, FF Alumn, co-recipient of National Science Foundation grant
11. Robert C. Morgan, FF Alumn, at SUNY College at Old Westbury, thru Dec 6
12. Linda Sibio, FF Alumn, at Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater, LA, Nov 18-19
13. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, in The Bonefolder, now online
14. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, announces new website, and more
15. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at U.S. Customs House, Manhattan, Nov 15
16. Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, appointed Dean at Swinburne University, Melbourne
17. Nao Bustamante, Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, Peggy Shaw, Carmelita Tropicana, FF Alumns, at Joe’s Pub, Nov 10, 11:30 pm
18. Mary Beth Edelson, Joyce Kozloff, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz, Howardena Pindell, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Hannah Wilke, FF Alumns, at Katzen American University Museum, D.C., Nov 6, 2007-Jan 27, 2008
19. Carey Lovelace, FF Member, at Bay St. Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY Nov 17, 3 pm

1. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, FF Member, at The Jewish Museum, Nov. 14, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 pm
New York Book Launch

They Called Me Mayer July:
Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland
Before the Holocaust
This is a free event
The galleries will close at 5:45 pm
The Cooper Shop will stay open late.

Self-taught artist Mayer Kirshenblatt and his daughter, noted NYU Professor and scholar of Jewish culture Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, celebrate the publication of this remarkable record of Jewish life in a Polish town before World War II. They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, presents Kirshenblatt's childhood impressions, his lively paintings, and a marvelous narrative created from nearly 40 years of father-daughter interviews. more

An exhibition of Kirshenblatt's work is opening at the Museum in May 2008. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street. www.Thejewishmuseum.org


2. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, at Happy Endings, Manhattan, Nov 28, 7 pm

Sarah Schulman will be reading from her new novel, THE CHILD. Wednesday, November 28th at 7 pm at Happy Endings, 302 Broome Street (corner of Forsythe).


3. Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, FF Alumn, new project now online

A new animation "Arbol que nace torcido, nunca su rama enderece" (Tree that is born twisted, never straightens) is available online:


The animation is about 8 and a half minutes long and features El Chapulin Colorado and Ultraman discussing the effects of globalization, immigration and personal loss due to cultural transitions. The script is based on my parent's current reality as they move back to Nicaragua after 45 years in San Francisco, CA. The animation was featured on a rickshaw as passengers were offered a tour of the colonial park Alameda Central in the historical center of Mexico City. The title of the project is "Carreta Nagua, Siglo 21", a description of the project and explanation of the title is also available online as well as plenty of images: http://www.ambriente.com/carreta_nagua/ The tour and animation generated excellent discussion and lots of local press, primarily on television and is still on view at the museum - Laboratorio Arte Alameda - http://www.artealameda.inba.gob.mx/ So if you are in Mexico City, please stop by to see the exhibition. It's an excellent exhibition that I discussed in my blog while in Mexico City: http://www.ambriente.com/blog/2007/10/18/transitio_mx02-at-laboratorio-arte-alameda/ This project was a commission for the video and new media festival TRANSITIO.


4. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, at Cal State Northridge, LA, Nov 8

Hi Folks!

I had fantastic residencies in North Carolina at Wake Forest University and Davidson College. My one performance in LA this Fall will be my show GLORY BOX Nov 8 at Cal State University Northridge at the CSUN Little Theatre at 8PM. For tickets call 818 677-2488. Come by! Tickets are $20. Students are $8 with advance purchase. Here's the postcard below. Hope to see you! I am also making a piece with the CSUN students.


GLORY BOX a performance by TIM MILLER

GLORY BOX is a funny, sexy and charged exploration of Tim Miller's journeys through the challenge of love, gay marriage, and the struggle for immigration rights for gay people and their partners. From Miller's hilarious grade school playground battles over wanting to marry another boy to the harrowing travails of being in a bi-national relationship with his Australian lover, GLORY BOX leads the audience on an intense and humorous journey into the complexity of the human heart that knows no boundary. GLORY BOX (the term that Australians use for "hope chest") conjures an alternative site for the placing of memories, hopes and dreams of gay people's extraordinary potential for love.

cheers, Tim

html www.myspace.com/timmillerqueerperformer


5. John Malpede, FF Alumn, at Red Dot Gallery, LA, Nov 16, and more

"220 Glimpses of Utopia and more" on Skid Row

LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT creates outdoor and indoor performance events to bring together diverse visions of a utopian downtown LA.

November 3, 2007 — On Friday, November 16, from 4 - 4:15 pm the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) presents “220 Glimpses of Utopia” an Outdoor Utopian Movement-chain from Skid Row to City Hall.

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Reception at the Red Dot Gallery, 500 S. Spring Street (at 5th Street). Participants and public are invited.

6 - 8 pm: “Glimpses of Utopia: 31- 37” at the church of the Nazarene / Central City Community Outreach, 419 East 6th Street (at San Pedro Street).

These events are free and require no reservations.

“220 Glimpses of Utopia” 15 minutes of beautiful movement will quite surprisingly fill the air, expanding everyone's reality, taking the edge off the city at rush hour.

In a series of workshops LAPD asked 220 people from in and outside Skid Row what utopia looks like to them. Through guided improvisation, each group has generated a movement sequence. The resulting creation is a line of movement on the sidewalks that extends the 10 blocks from the heart of Skid Row to City Hall. Every person in the chain has contributed something of their own vision and movement, and because the chain of movement extends unbroken throughout the community, it makes clear that any true Utopian vision includes everyone and excludes no one.

The route: Starting at the James Wood Community Center, on the corner of 5th and San Julian Street, the chain will go along 5th Street to Main Street – to 4th Street – to Spring Street – to City Hall.

Glimpses of Utopia: 31-37 combines the insight and passion of 7 selectors and 7 presenters. Selectors are asked to identify someone whose work and vision of urban life is inspiring, presenters, are asked to do a presentation about their work and vision for the evolution of downtown and a livable Los Angeles. For tonight's event many of the presenters are engaged in creating and preserving affordable housing in Los Angeles.

Presenters include: Molly Rysman, of the Skid Row Housing Trust; “Redd,” a long-time member of the Skid Row recovery community; Shannon Murray of LAMP, a housing and social service provider for homeless persons with mental illness; Al Sabl, a member of LA Community Action Network; Ron Crockett, who is developing a community beautification program; Carol Sobel, a civil rights attorney; and Jan Williamson, affordable housing advocate, and executive director of the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

This "Glimpses of Utopia" is our fifth such event and on November 16, we will have heard from more than 38 people. Often people who have presented in one event end up selecting a speaker for the next event, which increases the diversity of the speakers and audience. So far we've heard from: LA City attorneys, street vendors, street musicians, a tai chi teacher, store and restaurant owners, artists, a police detective, developers, an historic preservationist, a doctor, a cellist and activists.

Utopia/dystopia is a series of performance, public art and conversation events that look at the present and future of downtown Los Angeles, with the recognition that one person's Utopia might have the unintended -- or rationalized -- consequence of contributing to the realization of another person's dystopia. A way to avoid “rationalized” ill effects, is first-hand experience. Through the Utopia/dystopia events, we engage a diverse cross section of real people who live, breath, work and play downtown.

Utopia/dystopia is a project of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, a community-based theater whose members live on Skid Row adjacent districts of downtown. The Poverty Department is committed to creating high-quality, challenging performance works that express the realities, hopes and dreams of people who live and work on Skid Row. Our 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. LAPD is dedicated to building community and to the artistic and personal development of its members.

When LAPD started making theater projects (in 1985) the need for art projects on Skid Row was not understood. It was generally assumed that "need" meant beans and blankets. But I, we, everyone needs to have a reason to get up in the morning. And I, YOU, know that that's what art's about. It's about flexing the muscle of vision, the muscle of imagination. In this project we invite the greater downtown community to articulate their individual dreams, and to meet and share those dreams in the public space that is our city.

Los Angeles' Skid Row area has the largest concentration of services for formerly homeless people in Los Angeles County. The neighborhood includes 50-plus former flophouses that have been converted to safe, decent affordable housing, by enterprising non-profits (primarily SRO housing and Skid Row Housing Trust). The area also has a highly developed drug recovery consciousness, which includes free recovery programs, and numerous AA, NA and CA groups.

The UTOPIA / dystopia Project is made possible with the support of: the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Multi-Arts Production Fund of Creative Capital with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Animating Democracy Initiative of Americans for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts-Theater Program.

The UTOPIA / Dystopia Project involves a number of community partners including, The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the LA Central Library, the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, United Coalition East Prevention Program (UCEPP), Central City Community Outreach, LA Community Action Network (LA CAN) and SRO Housing, Inc.

Contact: John Malpede 310-880-6436 or jmalfoot@aol.com


6. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Mass College of Art, Boston, Nov 10

Agnes Denes gives keynote address at “Grounding Work”, environmental symposium at Mass College of Art, Boston,
November 10, 2007


7. E. K. Smith, FF Alumn, new book, previewed on Martha Stewart Radio, Nov 6

Tuesday November 6 is the Official Release Date for HOW to MAKE B00KS.

Hear me on Martha Stewart's SIRIUS Radio Show
Morning Living at 8:30 am
(with daylight savings, it won't seem so early)

In case you don't have Sirius-- get a free trial on
the link is on the upper right side.

& click www.PurgatoryPiePress.com
-our re-vamped website (still under construction) --comments welcome!
Look for How to Make Books "wherever books are sold."
(If you ordered from an on-line vendor, it should ship soon.)

Esther K Smith
How to Make Books
signed copy + FREE GIFT.
Send $25 + $5 shipping
to Purgatory Pie Press
19 Hudson St #403 NYC 10013

letterpress artistbooks+limited editions


8. Mary Beth Edelson, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Museum, Nov 10, 2 pm

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
November Programs
MaryBeth Edelson discusses her wide ranging work in the context of today’s global feminist art movement at Brooklyn Museum, Saturday, November 10, at 2pm.

Emphasis will be on viewing Edelson’s exhilarating current art projects which have been seen in Europe, but not in NYC, as well as a fresh look at her 30 year retrospective recently shown in Sweden and Zurich.

She will also speak about ways in which the collective spirit of 70s feminism(s) manifests today via collaborations, community based projects and empowering artists with the use of contracts and other tools to level imbalances in the art world that disadvantage artists.

Tickets for all events are free with museum admission. Seating is limited; tickets are distributed on first –come basis on the day of the screening.


9. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, in Paris, France, Nov 14, 2007-Jan 20, 2008

Martha Rosler Library
November 14, 2007 - January 20th, 2008

Institut national d’histoire de l’art
6 rue des Petits-Champs
75002 Paris, France

e-flux and the Institut national d’histoire de l’art are pleased to announce the opening of Martha Rosler Library on Wednesday, November 14th at 18:30 hrs at Galerie Colbert. Comprised of approximately 7,700 titles from the artist's personal collection, the Library was opened to the public by e-flux in November 2005 as a storefront reading room on Ludlow street in New York City. It has since traveled to Frankfurter Kunstverein, MuHKA, Antwerp and unitednationsplaza, Berlin. The library will remain on view in Paris through January 20th, 2008.

"In an act of incredible generosity, one of Americas most important living artists temporarily dispossessed herself of the vast majority of her personal library so that it could be made available for consultation. No borrowing was possible, but the eclectic ensemble of books on economics, political theory, war, colonialism, poetry, feminism, science fiction, art history, mystery novels, children’s books, dictionaries, maps and travel books, as well as photo albums, posters, postcards and newspaper clippings could be studied at will. Smart, decidedly political in orientation, often funny, and all over the place (in that way a perfect mirror of its owner), the library is packed with essential reading and titles that even your better bookstores would love to get their hands on. As the product of decades of avid reading, the contents of the library are both the source of Rosler’s work and an installation/artwork that continues many of the concerns with public space, access to information and engaged citizenship that traverse her entire oeuvre."
--Elena Filipovic, Afterall, issue 15, Spring/Summer 2007

A personal library represents the private sphere of an individual, her way of acquiring and combining knowledge. Accumulation is the result of an intellectual inquiry that takes place in parallel with a more random search, which can lead us to unexpected textual, and therefore mental, spaces. Martha Rosler Library offers the visitor an opportunity to approach this open source of information with her or his own interests, and to create new affinities and connections between the elements of the library that add to more than the sum of knowledge contained in it. The bibliography, currently in process, can be accessed online at http://www.e-flux.com/projects/library

Built in 1826, the Galerie Colbert originally housed fashion and perfume boutiques as well as reading rooms and book or music publishers. It is one of the famous Arcades studied in Walter Benjamin's Arcades project, which deciphers the 19th-century industrial city through what he considered its paradigmatic architectural form: the glass-vaulted, enclosed shopping passages that riddle the cityscape. This complex is now home to France’s Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA - National Institute of Art History) and the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP- National Heritage Institute).

The mission of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, a public corporation set up in 2001, is to carry out scientific activity and to contribute to international scientific cooperation in the history of art, archaeology and cultural heritage. It conducts research, provides training, and spreads knowledge.

Martha Rosler Library project includes a series of informal public conversations, lectures and discussions which started in New York and continued at all its venues. In Paris the discursive program is entitled “Contemporary art and heterodox knowledge." Please see program details below.

November 15th, 2007: Martha Rosler & Anton Vidokle in conversation with Stephen Wright
November 20th, 2007: Suely Rolnick in conversation with Zahia Rahmani
December 4th, 2007: Ana Longoni and Graciela Carnevale (Tucumán Arde)
January 2008: Renee Green in conversation with Elvan Zabunyan (exact date TBA)

Admission is free. All are welcome.

For more information please contact:

Marie-laure Allain
Institut national d'histoire de l'art
Service des Manifestations Scientifiques et de l'Edition
t. +33 147 038 929
f. +33 147 038 636

Library hours: Tuesday - Friday 1 pm - 6 pm, Saturdays 2 pm - 7 pm.

Martha Rosler was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she now lives, after spending the 1970s in California. She works in video, photo-text, installation, sculpture, and performance, and writes on aspects of culture. She is a renowned teacher and has lectured widely, nationally and internationally. Rosler's work is centered on everyday life and the public sphere, often with an eye to women's experience. Recurrent concerns are the media and war as well as architecture and the built environment, from housing and homelessness to systems of transport. Her work has been seen in the Venice Biennale of 2003; the Liverpool Biennial and the Taipei Biennial (both 2004); as well as many major international survey shows, including Open Systems at the Tate Modern (2005). Her work has been included in the Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany, and several Whitney biennials, and she has had numerous solo exhibitions. She has been invited to participate in SkulpturProjecte07 in Münster. A retrospective of her work, Positions in the Life World, was shown in five European cities and at the International Center of Photography and the New Museum for Contemporary Art (both in New York), concurrently (19982000). Rosler has published ten books of photography, art, and writing. Among them are Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Essays 19752001 (MIT Press, 2004, An October Book, in conjunction with the International Center of Photography), the photo books Passionate Signals (Cantz, 2005), In the Place of the Public: Airport Series (Cantz, 1997), and Rites of Passage (NYFA, 1995). If You Lived Here (Free Press, 1991) addresses her Dia project on housing, homelessness, and urban life. Several other books are in preparation. Rosler has been awarded the Spectrum International Prize in Photography for 2005. The prize was accompanied by a photo and video retrospective, If Not Now, When? at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover and NGBK in Berlin. Her solo exhibition, London Garage Sale, was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in early June. She had a solo exhibition at Christian Nagel (Berlin) in January 2006 and at the University in Rennes in Spring 2006.


10. Ebon Fisher, FF Alumn, co-recipient of National Science Foundation grant

Media artist and writer, Ebon Fisher, and computer scientist, Dr. Quynh Dinn, two professors from Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ), have collaborated across departments and disciplines to win a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant for a project, titled (in part) “A ‘Transderivational’ Search Engine for Creative Analogy Generation.” Prof. Dinh teaches in the Department of Computer Science and Prof. Fisher in the Department of Art, Music & Technology.

In psychology, transderivational search (or transmedia search) is a fuzzy match that enables people to find contextual meaning in every stimulus. It is a primary component of human thought, language and culture. The researchers will develop an interactive search system to help people to discover connections between text, 1D audio, 2D image, 3D geometry and 4D motion data. One of the first applications of the research will involve an installation created by Fisher which will use a database to sort through sounds and forms corellated with his ongoing explorations in network ethics. Fisher's evolving ethics languages, Bionic Codes and Zoacodes, have been presented by a variety of venues, including Japanese Television, the Guggenheim Museum's CyberAtlas, a rave with DJ Ritchie Hawtin (Plastikman) and Galapagos Art Space.

The expected result of the collaboration will be a transformative technology at the intersection of art, computer graphics, machine learning, cognitive psychology, and human-computer interaction.


11. Robert C. Morgan, FF Alumn, at SUNY College at Old Westbury, thru Dec 6

Finite in/finite:
Anjali Deshmukh, Adrian McDonald, Robert C. Morgan

Curated by Hyewon Yi

November 1 ~ December 6, 2007

The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY College at Old Westbury is pleased to announce the opening of the three-person exhibition Finite in/finite. The title refers to abstract art’s dialectical tension between limitation and limitlessness, known and unknown, and material and transcendental. This highly educated, diverse group of artists critically analyzes these bipolar concepts and then revivifies them in a cerebrally challenging visual process. Their paintings reflect a hybridization that balances the rigors of control with intuitive spontaneity, thereby blending the opposing canons of abstract painting: geometry vs. gesture. Each artist is affected by personal interests: environmental, geopolitical, linguistic, and the history of abstract art, and each artist achieves his or her goals utilizing unique formal studies, whether by way of rationality or intuition or both.

Anjali Deshmukh is a New York artist who interprets landscapes through the relationship between environmental science and geopolitics. Her series Conflict Salt Stories revolves around the artist’s textual description of a series of weapons that use salt crystals. Allusions to the Salt Satyagraha of 1930 in India and the African diamond trade provide a lens through which the paintings may be viewed. Weapon Legends: The Law of the State (2006) offers a key to the body of Deshmukh’s work. This digital print contemplates the tragedies of the Vietnam War, in particular the use of Rainbow Herbicides by the US military in Southeast Asia.

The ground upon which Sydney artist Adrian McDonald stands is his grasp of the limits of abstraction and the fragmentation of the history of abstract painting. In his pursuit of the continuity of abstract art, McDonald employs strict parameters within which he integrates both hard and soft geometric gestures with less structured elements. The resulting effect is a new kind of hybrid abstraction that alternately leads or frustrates the eye, sometimes stimulating it, other times slowing it down. Layered surfaces are flattened, creating the illusion of spatial depth between the lower gestural surface and the geometric plane hovering over it.

Influenced by the writings of the late Venetian architect Manfredo Tafuri, Robert C. Morgan seeks to create a socialist architectonic paradigm that deviates from the premises of capitalist form. For this show, Morgan presents his recent series Palimpsest (Neruda), a work that employs text borrowed from poets such as Pasolini, Neruda, and Valery. Written in the original languages in the form of a palimpsest (writing over writing), the text is covered which conte crayon followed by a layer of structural blocks of acrylic color. The blocks partially conceal the text while leaving traces of it visible, resulting in a dialectical resonance between language and geometric form in which the concealed text functions as an archaeological excavation site buried beneath layers of color.

Artists’ Biographies

Anjali Deshmukh (b. 1979) is a young American of Indian descent who grew up in Maryland. She studied English and Fine Arts at Amherst College and received an MFA in painting at Rhode Island School of Design. Deshmukh received a Fulbright Award in 2005, allowing her to study in her parents’ native India, where she developed the current series of paintings. Deshmukh’s works have been exhibited in Providence, Brooklyn, and New Delhi. Her most recent solo exhibition, Agent Green of the Acacia Tortilis and Other Weapons, was presented at Habitat Center in Delhi, India.

Adrian McDonald (b. 1972), born and raised in Sydney, Australia, trained as a violinist and violist at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania before teaching himself painting while living in Korea in 1995 and 1996. Following a stint as Artistic Director of the Four Corners Theatre Company in Paris, Adrian returned to Sydney to finish a BA in Art History and Theory and Philosophy at the University of Sydney. Currently, McDonald is an honor student of visual arts at Sydney College of the Arts. His paintings have been shown at Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney, and Kolok Gallery, North Adams, Massachusetts.

Better known as an art critic and curator, Robert C. Morgan (b.1943) is also a practicing artist. His paintings, photographs, conceptual works, and experimental films have been shown at prestigious galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (1976) and Anthology Film Archives (1996). He has written several books, including Art into Ideas: Essays on Conceptual Art (1996), The End of the Art World (1998) and Bruce Nauman (2002). Morgan received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1975, and his PhD in contemporary art history from New York University in 1978. He currently teaches at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

A reception to mark the opening of Finite in/finite will be held at the gallery between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday, November 1st. The exhibition will remain on view through December 6th. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday between 1pm and 5pm, and by appointment. For further information regarding Finite in/finite, please contact the gallery director, Hyewon Yi, at yih@oldwestbury.edu or 646-421-5863.


12. Linda Sibio, FF Alumn, at Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater, LA, Nov 18-19

Sun Nov 18 Mon Nov 19 at 8:30pm
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

Studio is a space for launching new projects, investigating new forms and experimenting with new ideas. For this edition, curators Nataki Garrett and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario bring together six Los Angeles artists and ensembles in a program that ranges from over-the-top to harrowing.

Kelly Ebsary / What’s Eating Kate?
Ayana Hampton & The Lustrous Blackup Dancers / Rinseand Repeat
Hana van der Kolk/ Justin
Poor Dog Group / Hey, hey, man. Hey.
Linda Carmella Sibio /White Lilies, Black Mud
Dann M. Torres/Knossos /Harold Budd Version 2 (for oud and electronics)



13. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, in The Bonefolder, now online

The Bonefolder - Volume 4, No. 1, Fall 2007


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While the Bonefolder will remain available online, we recommend saving to your hard disk, or printing out, to facilitate reading.

Table of contents:

Sylv*: an Adventure in Fine Printmaking – Gaylord Schanilec Collecting Artists’ Books: One Librarian’s Path from Angst to Enlightenment – Ruth R. Rogers The Failure of Fine Printing – Michael Russem Book Arts at Boise State University – Tom Trusky Creating the Future: Reflections on Outreach Programs for At-Risk Students – Mary M. Ashton Creating a Facsimile Edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle – Selim Nahas A Method for Reblocking Modern Books – Pamela Barrios Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition Catalog Bind-O-Rama A Review of the Book of Origins: A Survey of American Fine Binding Exhibition – Terrie L. Wilson Advertise in the Bonefolder Submission Guidelines


14. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, announces new website, and more

Please visit the new website for Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at:



After opening on June 5, 2007, at Jerusalem Artists' House, and a couple of weeks later at the Kibbutz Art Gallery in Tel Aviv, the Desert Generation exhibition is travelling abroad. On Nov. 22, 2007, Desert Generation will open in Amsterdam, at Meneer de Wit gallery. The exhibition in Amsterdam is under the auspices of two NGO groups, "Another Jewish Voice" (www.eajg.nl) and "United Civilians for Peace (www.unitedcivilians.nl). In the near future we expect further international showings of Desert Generation.
The format of the shows overseas will be identical to those held in Israel, with the digital images printed in A4 format and hung side to side on the walls.

The images comprising the exhibition represent a generation of Israeli and Palestinian artists doomed to waste their best years in the desert of the occupation. Freedom is indivisible, and as long as Palestinians are deprived of their liberty, Israelis too cannot be free.

Desert Generation is an artists' initiative, with no affiliation to political movements. Its organizers are artists who have been involved for decades in joint Israeli-Palestinian activities against the occupation:
Larry Abramson, David Tartakover, Sliman Mansour and David Reeb.

For further details please write to desert.generation@gmail.com


15. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at U.S. Customs House, Manhattan, Nov 15

The Last Supper

Nicolás Dumit Estévez
Thursday, November 15, 2007
5:30 pm. 7:30 pm.
Collector’s Room,
U.S Custom House, One Bowling Green
(enter at National Museum of the American Indian)
Space is limited. Please come early.

Twelve artists/curators gather at one table with Nicolás Dumit Estévez in a reflection of the relationship of art to ritual. This is the culminating event of For Art’s Sake, a series of pilgrimages conceived of, and undertaken by Estévez over the past three years. Evoking the pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain where Catholic devotees travel to the reliquary of St. James the Apostle, Estévez’s secular twist has taken him on pilgrimages to museums in the New York metropolitan area, each time with a new penance on his knees, walking backwards, spreading the "word of art" The guests at the table bring their own audio-visual and performative double-take on these journeys.

Participants include Nao Bustamante, Deborah Cullen, Olivia Georgia, Alanna Lockward, Yasmin Ramirez, Olivia Aldin standing in for Linda Montano, Tom Finkelpearl, Claire Tancons, Sara Reisman, Juliana Driever, Alexander Campos and Rocio Aranda

The Last Supper is part of the celebration of ten years of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency and part of the Centennial Celebration of Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. Estévez developed For Art’s Sake while in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2004 in collaboration with Franklin Furnace.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited and performed extensively in the US as well as internationally at venues such as Madrid Abierto/ ARCO, The IX Havanna Biennial, and others. Awards include the PS1/MoMA National Studio Program, the Lambent Fellowship Program of Tides Foundation, the Michael Richards Fund of LMCC and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, NYArts Magazine, and in major publications in Mexico, Spain, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. He has been commissioned to create a public intervention for the MacDowell Colony Centennial Celebration in 2007. Born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Estévez lives and works in the South Bronx.

Past Pilgrimages

For the first journey on March 20, 2005, Estévez was heavily laden with donated art publications strapped to his back for a trip that took him from the heart of the world’s financial capital in Lower Manhattan to East Harlem. El Museo del Barrio’s Director Julián Zugazagoitia commemorated the performance by signing Estévez’s passport.

For his second pilgrimage on June 28 and 29, 2005, Estévez forged his way walking backwards from LMCC downtown to The Bronx Museum of the Arts, spending the night on a hard bed of art catalogues provided by Longwood Arts Project, Bronx Council on the Arts. The strenuous two-day journey came to an end when the Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Olivia Georgia, officially greeted him at the door and signed his passport.

During his third journey of the series on Sunday, December 4, 2005, Estévez walked from LMCC to the Studio Museum in Harlem (SMH) dressed in austere black and white raiment and wearing a heavy iron crown embellished with seven admission buttons from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Upon his arrival at SMH, Director of Education and Public Programs, Sandra Jackson lifted the crown off his shoulders and signed the passport, thus confirming that the journey was successfully completed.

For the fourth pilgrimage on February 2, 2006, Estévez traveled by foot and ferry from the offices of LMCC in Lower Manhattan to the Jersey City Museum, stopping at educational and cultural organizations along the route: an Episcopal church, an all-boys Catholic school and a public school, to "Spread the Word" about performance art and the penances that he has been undertaking. Following Estevez' arrival at the Jersey City Museum, Marion Grzesiak, Executive Director, recorded her signature in the passport.

As part of the fifth penance on October 28, 2006, Estévez traveled on his knees from the offices of LMCC on Maiden Lane to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) at Bowling Green. In this occasion he carried in his hands a piece of casabe, a type of bread prepared from the indigenous cassavaroot, thus transporting a legacy of the Caribbean Taú‹o culture that was presented as a gift to the host institution. Peter Brill, NMAI’s Assistant Director for Exhibitions, Public Programs and Public Spaces, signed the passport.

For the sixth penance he journeyed from LMCC, to the Queens Museum of Art, stopping at several sites to give presentations entitled Seven Lives, through which he introduce his audiences to the works of seven consecrated performance artists. Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director of the Queens Museum vouched for the completion of the pilgrimage by signing the passport.

For the seventh and final pilgrimage on October 26, 2007, entitled "Be my Shepherd: On My Way to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum," Estévez traveled by foot from the offices of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, carrying a small suitcase with a change of clothes, toiletries, food and water, in the event that what would be otherwise be a short stroll to a nearby neighborhood in the City takes one or more long detours. He relies solely on verbal or written directions from passersby to help him reach his final destination: the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

A component of Estévez' penances consists of a handmade devotional guide created at the Center for Book Arts in collaboration with artists Ana Cordeiro and Amber McMillan. For information about this publication visit www.centerforbookarts.org

For Arts Sake was hosted by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Franklin Furnace

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16. Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, appointed Dean at Swinburne University, Melbourne

Friends and Colleagues,

Next spring, I will be moving to Melbourne, Australia, to take up a post as Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Deputy Vice Chancellor Dale Murphy's announcement appears on the Swinburne web site:


My years in Norway and Denmark have given me good memories and warm relations with friends and colleagues. These will remain strong in the years to come. Swinburne offers an opportunity to deepen my engagement in design and design research, with challenges to make living and working in Melbourne an adventure.

Ken Friedman
Institute for Communication, Culture, and Language
Norwegian School of Management
Oslo, Norway

Center for Design Research
Denmark's Design School
Copenhagen, Denmark


17. Nao Bustamante, Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, Peggy Shaw, Carmelita Tropicana, FF Alumns, at Joe’s Pub, Nov 10, 11:30 pm

PERFORMA hosts for the first time, with New York University, Performance Studies International, a four-day conference (8 – 11 November) of keynote addresses, panels and workshops that offer an exciting opportunity to provide a critical and historical context for the new work presented during the biennial. www.psi-web.org/psi13/main.html

10 November 2007 (Saturday)

11:30 p.m.
Wow and Now: A Celebration of Feminist and Queer Performance

Hosted by Nao Bustamante and Karen Finley

Featuring Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Carmelita Tropicana, Holly Hughes, Dynasty Handbag, My Barbarian, Kalup Linzy and more.

Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St.
New York, NY


18. Mary Beth Edelson, Joyce Kozloff, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz, Howardena Pindell, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Hannah Wilke, FF Alumns, at Katzen American University Museum, D.C., Nov 6, 2007-Jan 27, 2008

November 6, 2007 - January 27, 2008

This exhibition focuses on 19 founders of the feminist art movement in America, emphasizing their innovative large-scale pieces of the 1970s and the claiming of space as an empowering political act.


Curated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard, professors of art history at American University. Catalogue available. Editors of "The Power of Feminist Art," Abrams Publisher.

The Katzen American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016



19. Carey Lovelace, FF Member, at Bay St. Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY Nov 17, 3 pm

Fates and Furies
Three short plays
By Carey Lovelace
Directed by William Burford
A reading
Sat. Nov. 17, 2007, 3 pm
Bay St. Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY
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