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Goings On: posted week of January 2, 2008

1. Steve Ausbury, FF Alumn, at PS 122 Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan 5, 5-7 pm
2. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, upcoming events 2008
3. Nora York, FF Alumn, at BAMcafe, Brooklyn, Jan 4, 9 pm
4. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Yoko Inoue, FF Alumns, at Seaport, Manhattan, opening Jan 10
5. Vernita n’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Thai Café Curatorial Space, Brooklyn, opening Jan 15, 6-8 pm
6. Dahn Hiuni, FF Alumn, at Theater 54, Manhattan, Jan 7, 7 pm
7. Gary Corbin, FF Alumn, now online at www.americanchronicle.com and at PCCC Theater, Paterson, NJ, Jan 11, 8 pm
8. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, in Newsday, TODAY
9. Jaroslav Andel, Shelley Rice, FF Alumns, at The Czech Center, Manhattan, Jan 7
10. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Manhattan, Jan 5

1. Steve Ausbury, FF Alumn, at PS 122 Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan 5, 5-7 pm

Works by Avi Alpert & Steven Lam, Steve Ausbury, and Olen Hsu
Jan 5 - Jan 27, 2008
PS 122 Gallery
150 First Avenue; NY, NY 10009
212.228.4249, www.ps122gallery.org
Reception: Saturday, Jan. 5, 5 – 7 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12-6 pm

“Pain Without Injury” is a phrase borrowed from a promotional image issued by the US military contractor Raytheon in early 2006. The chart explains the technological workings of a new type of microwave based raygun that emits a blast of intolerable heat grazing the surface of one’s skin with an invisible ‘non-lethal’ electro-magnetic beam. The gun, intended for urban warfare, breaks up crowds and riots circumventing civilian casualties. Using its title as a point of departure, this exhibition at PS122 Gallery features work from Avi Alpert & Steven Lam, Steve Ausbury, and Olen Hsu. It investigates a notion of pain without any evidence of injury addressing various responses to the ‘invisible violence’ implicit within the militarized present. Through mining of the military industrial entertainment complex, Steve Ausbury’s “Excerpts from the Splat Factory,” is a visual poem that extends the formal patterns of concrete poetry to explore the largely silent acceptance of the military in the banal, the mundane and the routine in contemporary American life. “Missed Connections” features the first collaboration between Avi Alpert and Steven Lam. Focusing on the MTA’s “If You See Something Say Something” advertising campaign, the video installation collides fear with desire appropriating Craigslist “Missed Connections” personal ads with various narratives and texts. Olen Hsu’s recent projects explore the dense interrelation between sound and sonic erasure, control and technology, and the suppression of history through works that chart the prehistory of the digital network.

Steven Ausbury is an artist and community worker living in Brooklyn and Cairo, NY. His performance, visual art and media-based work has generally addressed the relationships between identity, language and space in everyday life. His work has been screened, performed and exhibited at the The New Museum, The Kitchen, Grey Art Gallery, The International Center of Photography, 303 Gallery, Barnsdall Artpark, Franklin Furnace, New Langton Arts, Banff Center for New Media, the Cannes Film Festival and Cinematexas among many other venues. His work is in the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum. He holds a B.A. from Hampshire College, an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Olen Hsu constructs installations in porcelain, paper and algorithmically composed sound, converging new media, tactile forms and works for acoustic instruments. His work has been shown at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; the InterSpace New Media Arts Center in Sofia, Bulgaria; James Nicholson Gallery, New York; Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco; Turbulence.org; and The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn. Hsu is the recipient of grants from the Dedalus Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Joan Mitchell Foundation, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and a Turbulence Commission from New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. In New York, he participated in the AIM Program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Program for New Music. Hsu holds degrees from Yale University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Avi Alpert graduated Columbia University in 2006 with a degree in anthropology. He was a Sauve Scholar at McGill University in 2006-2007, and is currently a fellow in the Critical Studies Program at the Whitney ISP. Besides various jobs to pay the rent, Avi thinks a lot, probably too much, about the role of philosophy in everyday life, and the uses and abuses of creativity for politics. He is currently at work on several creative writing projects and a few academic essays.

Steven Lam is an artist and curator living in Brooklyn, NY. Lam has exhibited in several venues including the Bronx Museum of Art, NY; Eyebeam, NY; Art Interactive, MA; Diverseworks, TX; Produce Gallery, Tyler School of Art, , PA; The Windtunnel at Art Center College of Art and Design, CA.; Aljira: Center for Contemporary Art, NJ as well premiering video/choreographic work for various performance venues. He was the 2006-7 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellow for Rotunda. Gallery, Brooklyn and is a currently curatorial fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He attended Trinity University and the University of California, Irvine.


2. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, upcoming events 2008

exhibiting at La Générale, Paris
Jan 21st - Feb 10th
Opening on Jan 20th 6-9pm

solo exhibition at 300m3 gallery, Gothenburg February 15th - March 16th Opening on Fri 15th Feb 6-9pm

solo exhibition at Leamington Spa gallery & museum in conjunction with Warwick University 18th Apr - 15th June Opening Fri 18th Apr 6-9pm

screening of Phillip Warnell's new 35mm film work, 'The Girl with X-ray Eyes', at Warwick Arts Centre, May 8th, 6.30pm. Live theremin accompaniment by Lydia Kavina.

for more details on the above:

Web: www.phillipwarnell.com


3. Nora York, FF Alumn, at BAMcafe, Brooklyn, January 4, 9 pm

Happy new year!

I wanted to let you know that I have a concert of the new opera material I am working on.
xo Nora York

FRIDAY January 4th 9pm (FREE)
at BAMcafe LIVE!

Furtiva Lagrima.... Secret tear

Brooklyn Academy of music --
Phone: 718.636.4100
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217


Kevin Burdette (bass baritone as scarpia, mario, king phillip, carmen and many more!) Andrew Schwartz: bassoon Dorothy Lawson: cello

With the other amazing band!
Jamie Lawrence: harmonium
Dave Hofstra: bass
Steve Tarshis: guitar

Nora York comes to the BamCafe with her work in progress Furtiva Lagrima (Secret Tear).
Composed by layering excerpts from classical and baroque music with her own standards. Using Puccini¹s Tosca as a jumping off point, York explores the intersection of the personal and the political, the operatic and the jazz.

The fully staged theatrical event (in the future) will take place inside an installation created by Kiki Smith, under the direction of Joanne Akalaitis.

Directions to BAM

BAM is within walking distance from the 2, 3, 4, 5, Q, N, R, M, G, B, D, and C trains.

Travel Alert: Please confirm subway directions on the MTA website. There are frequent service interruptions on the weekends.

Additionally, the Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street Subway Station has undergone significant renovations which have changed the locations of the station entrances and exits. Please note the recommended ways to walk from the station to BAM below:

To exit from the 2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, M, D lines: follow station signs for BAM/LIRR. After exiting the turnstile walk straight and then bear right onto the LIRR train platform. Take the platform stairs up one flight into the Atlantic Terminal lobby. Turn left (past the Starbucks) and exit onto the street. Turn right and walk down Flatbush Avenue a half block and bear slightly right onto Ashland Place (do not turn onto Hanson Place). Walk one block down Ashland Place (note, due to construction you may need to cross to the other side of the street).

For the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAMcafe, and BAM Rose Cinemas enter the Peter Jay Sharp Building on the corner of Ashland Place and Lafayette Avenue.

To exit from the Q or B lines: follow signs for BAM and exit via the escalator. When you are on the street, turn right on Hanson Place. Walk a half block and turn right onto Ashland Place. Follow directions above for the appropriate venue.


4. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Yoko Inoue, FF Alumns, at Seaport, Manhattan, opening January 10

Human Resources

Curator: Sara Reisman
located at 133 Beekman Street (at Front Street)* Jan 8 - Feb 3, 2008
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 12pm - 5pm Friday & Saturday 12pm - 7pm Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan 10 2008, 6 - 8pm Space Provided by General Growth Properties

Human Resources takes into account elements of human exchange that many LMCC resident artists have explored while working downtown. Selected artworks recall David Rockefeller's founding of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council shortly after the Twin Towers were built, when the council's initial purpose was to humanize the architecture of the World Trade Center Plaza that many area workers found intimidating.

Manuel Acevedo, Jane Benson, Michael Cataldi, Lishan Chang, Carola Dertnig, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Terence Gower, Yoko Inoue, Catarina Leitão, Diane Meye, Shelly Silver, Shinique Smith


5. Vernita n’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Thai Café Curatorial Space, Brooklyn, opening January 15, 6-8 pm

THAI CAFÉ Curatorial Space 925 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
718-383-3562 “G” train to Greenpoint Av

contact: 212 925 4419
Vernita Nemec aka N’Cognita
“Segments of the Endless Junkmail Scroll & other stuff”
January 6 – March 1, 2008
Opening reception Tuesday January 15, 6-8 pm

Thai Café is pleased to present Vernita N’Cognita’s solution to too much junkmail – making art from it. Her exhibit, ”Segments of the Endless Junkmail Scroll” and other work she has created from junkmail is on display from January 6th to March 1st, 2008. There will be a reception for the artist on Tuesday, January 15th from 6 to 8 PM.

An unrepentant recycler and saver of stuff she finds in the trash, which she can’t bear to throw away, Nemec harbors the hope of transforming it all into art. Her goal is to make the valueless priceless. The Thai Café is located at 925 Manhattan Avenue near Kent Street in Greenpoint Brooklyn. To get there by subway, take the G train to Greenpoint Avenue.

N’Cognita’s art about 9/11 has been featured in The Nation in an article by Arthur Danto. Living nearby to the World Trade Center, she has created both performances and tangible artworks concerning 9/11.

In addition to her ongoing artistic output, Nemec aka N’Cognita has curated numerous group exhibitions at Henry Street Art Center, a lower East Side entity long recognized for its art & theatrical presentations, Viridian Artists and at the Museum of Fusion Arts. Since 1994, the artist has been curating and organizing important shows of art from recycled materials throughout the U.S., for which she received a Kauffman Foundation Fellowship in 1995 and in 2007, a grant from the Puffin Foundation. “Art from Detritus” is featured on her website, www.ncognita.com.

Long a champion for the artists’ community, she was the Executive Director and Programming Chair for Artists Talk on Art for a decade, a panel series featuring both the known & lesser known in the 20th & 21st Century Art World. She was recently on WNYC radio as a spokesperson for artists in New York City. Nemec serves now on ATOA’s advisory board and the Board of Directors of Soho20, a feminist gallery, while continuing to curate independently exhibitions of under-known artists through the world.

For further information, please contact the artist at ncognita@earthfire.org & visit her website at www.ncognita/com.

The Thai Café exhibitions are curated by Ursula Clark, an artist/curator who co-curates the BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition) outdoor summer sculpture show. The Thai Cafe also serves great food!


6. Dahn Hiuni, FF Alumn, at Theater 54, Manhattan, January 7, 7 pm

Staged Reading of Murmurs and Incantations, A New Play by Performance Artist and FF Alumn Dahn Hiuni, January 7, 2008

FF Alumns and friends are cordially invited to a reading of Murmurs and Incantations, a new play by performance artist and FF alumn Dahn Hiuni.

Monday, January 7, 2008, at 7PM

Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street (Between Broadway & 8th Avenue), 12th Floor.

With Phil Alexander, Philip Anderson, Zachary James, Sandy Levitt, Ed Linderman, Colleen O'Neill & Pam Skillman.

About the Play
Ben Levitts, a creatively blocked, gay New York performance artist is invited to create a piece for a contemporary art center in Poland. While reticent to visit his ancestral homeland, opportunity to re-ignite his career takes precedence. Once there, inspiration remains short, and the artist diverts to an inevitable search of his family's history. A humorous and poignant visitation by his grandfather--a rabbi killed at the hands of the Nazis--stirs up a painful past and pushes Ben to test his creative powers once again.

About the Playwright
Dahn Hiuni has presented solo work at P.S. 122, Franklin Furnace and Artists Space. His work has also been presented at the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His solo performance “Twentieth Century Art” is part of the permanent collection at Gallery 9, Walker Art Center. Mr. Hiuni has taught at Bucknell, Kutztown and Shepherd Universities, and at the National Theatre School of Canada. He studied theatre at the Talma Yalin School of the Arts in Tel Aviv, and dance at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He holds an MFA in performance art and a PhD in performance studies, both from Penn State, and is currently professor of art at SUNY/Old Westbury and at FIT.

Dahn is seeking theatrical contacts/literary agents to represent him for this crossover piece. Please contact him with leads and ideas, or for any additional information, at dahnhiuni@aol.com


7. Gary Corbin, FF Alumn, now online at www.americanchronicle.com and at PCCC Theater, Paterson, NJ, Jan. 11, 8 pm

Here is the exciting American Chronicle article!!!!
Featuring actor/playwright/performance artist - Gary Corbin.


Look for Gary's upcoming Guest Artist performance as part of Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council's multidisciplinary arts programs.

TDIA, Inc. will present
My Home/MY Street
Featuring Guest Artist - Gary Corbin
an evening of storytelling, movement, music & poetry. January 11Th at 8 p.m. at the PCCC Theater, Paterson, New Jersey. For Tickets Call: 973-779-7650


8. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, in Newsday, TODAY

Today’s Newsday Wed. Jan 2 a big article appears about me and the Islip Art Museum. Check it out.



9. Jaroslav Andel, Shelley Rice, FF Alumns, at The Czech Center, Manhattan, Jan 7

Modernism and Modernisms: A Case of Photography
Panel Discussion
The Czech Center, 1109 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 288-0830, ax: (212) 288-0971
January 7, 2008, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.

Panelists: Howard Greenberg, Howard Greenberg Gallery; Joseph Masheck, Centenary Fellow of Edinburgh (U.K.) College of Art; Shelley Rice, Associate Arts Professor, New York University; Matthew Witkowsky, Assistant Curator, National Gallery of Art and the curator of the exhibition Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945. The panel moderator is Jaroslav Anděl, Artistic Director, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague.

After more than 18 years, it has become obvious that the fall of Communism helped to discover a different cultural geography. Numerous recent research projects on art in Central and Eastern Europe indicate that there have been different models of Modernism in different countries, challenging the canonical narrative established in the West in the second half of the 20th century. The current exhibition Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945 provides an opportunity to discuss multiple narratives of Modernism by focusing on the medium of photography.


10. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Manhattan, January 5

Hello – come join a workshop – please pass this on to people who’d like to come make art about immigration – Free – no experience needed – share your ideas with us and enjoy the last day of the Trojan Horse Travel Agency celebrating immigrant travel arrangements

Come Play the Immigration Challenge!
at theLower East Side Tenement Museum

What if the government turned against you? Your citizenship is cancelled. You are threatened with arrest and interrogation. How will you flee to another country?

What if you lost your job, and could not get another. You are ineligible for public assistance. There’s no hope for you here. How will you get to a country where you can survive?

Come participate in a game at the Tenement Museum led by current Tenement Windows artist Jenny Polak. Come create your own imaginary travel documents and consider how people cope with emergency situations when traveling. You will get to keep your own travel document wallet.

Based on the online game “Against All Odds” by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, this workshop will explore how art can help communicate, raise awareness about and shed light on hidden experience.

Free and open to the public: this activity is offered in conjunction with the Tenement Windows installation Trojan Horse Travel Agency created by artist Jenny Polak working with adult learners in the Museum’s Shared Journeys program.

On Saturday, January 5th from 1pm - 4pm
108 Orchard Street (between Delancey and Broome)

Directions: F train to Delancey Street, B/D to Grand Street, J/M/Z to Essex Street. Window installation is at 97 Orchard Street between Delancey and Broome Streets. For more information call 212-431-0233 ext. 223 or visit www.tenement.org


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