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Goings On: Posted week of January 28, 2008

1. David Askevold, In Memoriam
2. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, at LIU, Brooklyn, Mar 13, and nominated for 2008 GLAAD Media Award
3. Susan Hiller, David Medalla, FF Alumns, included in new book
4. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Barbes, Brooklyn, Feb 9, and more
5. Galinsky, FF Alumn, free screenings at NY Film Academy, Manhattan, Jan 29 & 30
6. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at Southpaw, Brooklyn, Feb 7
7. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at Columbia Univ, Manhattan, through Feb 14, and more
8. Wooloo, FF Alumns, announce Urban Space, worldwide photographic project
9. Ana Mendieta, FF Alumn, at Galerie Lelong, Manhattan, opening Jan 31
10. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Headlands, CA, opening Feb. 3
11. Cary Peppermint, Andrea Polli, Brooke Singer, FF Alumns, at Colgate Univ, Hamilton, NY, opening Feb. 8
12. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at CUNY Grad Center, NY, Feb 22, 11 am
13. Coco Gordon, FF Alumn, in Venice, Italy, and more
14. Joshua Fried, FF Alumn, at Supreme Trading, Brooklyn, Jan 30, and more
15. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, in the Star Ledger, NJ
16. Jerome Covington, FF Alumn, at Mercury Lounge, Manhattan, Feb 4, 9 pm
17. Beth B, Julie Atlas Muz FF Alumns, at The Zipper Factory, Manhattan, Feb 8
18. Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus meeting, Brooklyn, Feb 4, 6:30 pm
19. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at 5Plus5 Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Feb 7
20. Nao Bustamante, Papo Colo, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Ana Mendieta, Raphael Montañez-Ortiz, at El Museo del Barrio, Manhattan, Jan. 30-June 1
21. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, on National Public Radio, now online

1. David Askevold, In Memoriam

1940 - 2008

It is with deep personal regret that we inform you of the passing of the artist and educator David Askevold.

David died peacefully, in a Halifax hospital, on Wednesday January 23, 2008.

One of Canada's most influential artists and an important figure in many international art movements of the last 40 years, Askevold's work as an arts educator has also had great importance on an international level. David was a long-time colleague and contributor to Art Metropole, and one of our first Artist Life Members. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be family only. A memorial and exhibition will be organized for later in the year.

Personal sympathies may be forwarded to David's wife and daughter:

Norma Ready and Kyla Ready-Askevold
15 Penhorn Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 3K2

Ian Murray
for the Board of Directors
Art Metropole

Alan Sondheim, FFA, adds these remarks: I knew and loved David Askevold, and for years felt close to him. He was a major influence on my life, the lives of his students and friends, almost everyone who knew him. His work was unique and in a very deep sense, unfathomable and veering, nothing else is like it, it ventured into territories I didn't know existed. The doors he opened were unique. More than anyone else, he exemplified the spirit of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, during the period it was considered the finest art school in North America.

And David was the finest teacher of art I knew; he didn't teach so much as opened space for his students to learn. His classes were sessions among equals, intense, serious, playful, world. He had a soft voice and an uncanny laugh. He was beautiful. He believed in the deep value of art and lived that way. He was indescribable, and (I'm at a loss for further words here, these are poor enough.)


2. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, at LIU, Brooklyn, Mar. 13, and nominated for 2008 GLAAD Media Award

I will be performing in Brooklyn on March 13 -- GLORY BOX at the LIU campus at Dekalb & Flatbush… and

Hi All!
My solo performance 1001 BEDS at PS 122 was nominated for best off-off broadway NYC theater for GLAAD Media Award (Gay/Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Was announced at Sundance Festival yesterday. Yippee! Very nice. http://www.towleroad.com/2008/01/glaad-media-awa.html
GLAAD announced its nominations for the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards last night at the Queer Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival for its award ceremonies to be held in New York on March 17, 2008 at the Marriott Marquis; in South Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 12; in Los Angeles on April 26 at the Kodak Theatre; and in San Francisco on May 10 at the San Francisco Marriott.
Special honorees were also named that will be recognized at each of the ceremonies: Brian Graden at the New York ceremony, Janet Jackson, Rufus Wainwright and Herb Ritts in Los Angeles, Ilene Chaiken and David Mixner in San Francisco, and Wilson Cruz in South Florida.


3. Susan Hiller, David Medalla, FF Alumns, included in new book

Life is More Important Than Art
Edited by Gilane Tawadros with an
introduction by Paul Hobson

Art is the most important thing in my life because it’s the only way I have of understanding life. I don’t have any other means of doing it other than through recording and then reconstructing it.’
Terry Smith, artist.

‘The question ‘What is art?’ still interests me although it’s not a question I ask myself when I’m working – I know it is art, I have no doubt about it because what I am doing I’m doing with the intention of it being art.’
João Penalva, artist.

‘Without art we wouldn’t have a means of reflecting on life. Art reveals what we don’t know that
we know.’
Susan Hiller, artist.

`Life is more important than art’ wrote James Baldwin, `that’s why art is important’. A novelist, playwright and essayist, Baldwin was concerned with the dynamic and contingent relationship between art and everyday life. What is the relationship between art and the everyday world? What does it mean to be an artist at the beginning of the C21st?

Based on a series of interviews with artists spanning at least three generations, this book investigates the current conditions for making and presenting contemporary art. Both candid and thought-provoking, artists discuss a range of topics rarely discussed in print, including their views on cultural institutions, on audiences and on being an artist today. They reflect on the contemporary art world, private and public institutions, censorship and their agenda for change.

Edited by Gilane Tawadros with an introduction by Paul Hobson, the book includes contributions from Faisal Abdu’Allah, Simon Callery, Stuart Croft, Yara El-Sherbini, Raimi Ghadamosi, Susan Hiller, Gabriel Kuri, David Medalla, Stephen Nelson, Uriel Orlow, João Penalva, Zineb Sedira, John Seth, Yinka Shonibare, Terry Smith, Alia Syed, Anne Tallentire and Simon Tegala.

Gilane Tawadros is an independent curator and writer. She was formerly the founding Director of inIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), a contemporary visual arts organisation based in London and joint Chief Executive of Rivington Place. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Fault Lines: Contemporary African Art and Shifting Landscapes (50th Venice Biennale, 2003); The Real Me (ICA, 2005), Brighton Photo Biennial (2006) and Alien Nation (ICA, 2006). She has written and edited a number of books on contemporary art, including Changing States: Contemporary Art and Ideas in an Era of Globalisation (inIVA, 2004).

Paul Hobson is Director of the Contemporary Art Society. He was formerly Interim Director of The Showroom in London and Director of the Moose Foundation for the Arts, a foundation which supports new work across all art forms, prior to which he was the Head of Strategy & Development for the Serpentine Gallery and Head of the Royal Academy Trust. He is currently a Governor of The Place and the London Contemporary Dance Trust and a member of the Development Board of the South London Gallery. He also sits on the Ambassadorial Council for the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) capital campaign.

Life is More Important Than Art is published by Ostrich, a not-for-profit arts agency concerned with challenging and revealing the prevailing attitudes, consensus and modes of cultural production, with a specific focus on contemporary visual art. The book is designed by Dean Pavitt at LOUP.

For further information or to order a copy, please contact Ostrich by emailing ostrichmail@waitrose.com


4. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Barbes, Brooklyn, Feb. 9, and more

Hello and Happy New Year,
Electric Junkyard Gamelan has some shows coming up over the next couple weekends so we hope to see you somewhere in the northeast. All details are below. Also, we have lots of gigs coming up in the spring all over the east coast so check our online calender for details.
Terry & the EJYG

Friday & Saturday, Feb 1&2 8pm $12
The Charm City Kitty Club
@Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, Feb. 9th 8pm Free!
376 9th St. Brooklyn

Sunday, Feb. 10th 4pm $10
Buttonwood Tree Art Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT


5. Galinsky, FF Alumn, free screenings at NY Film Academy, Manhattan, Jan. 29 & 30

Two Free Movie Screenings - The New York Film Academy, African Film Festival, Inc. and Cinema Tropical cordially invite you to attend the New York premiere of BUNNY CHOW Dir. John Barker, South Africa, 2006 and KEPT & DREAMLESS Dir. Vera Fogwill and Martin DeSalvo, Argentina, 2005 Tuesday, January 29th, 7:00 p.m. (Bunny Chow), 9:00 p.m. (Kept & Dreamless) Wednesday, January 30th 7:00 p.m. (Kept & Dreamless). 9:00 p.m. (Bunny Chow) At the New York Film Academy, 100 E17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-674-4300 Please RSVP to rsvp@cinematropical.com by January 22 and indicate if you would like to bring a guest. Bunny Chow and Kept & Dreamless are part of Global Lens 2008, sponsored by The Global Film Initiative. For more information, please visit: http;//www.globalfilm.org


6. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at Southpaw, Brooklyn, Feb. 7

Benefit Show for Sylvia Rivera Law Project!
Thursday, Feb 7th Doors open at 8pm
Southpaw (125 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn)

Electric Fiction
Tana Asili y La Banda Rebelde
Inner Princess
DJ Tikka Masala
The Sisters of Perpetulance Indulgence
and more!

MC's Peter Cramer and Jack Waters http://www.alliedproductions.org/

$15-50 sliding scale
all proceeds go to benefit the work of SRLP


7. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at Columbia Univ., Manhattan, through Feb. 14, and more

Dear Friends,
I have some shows coming up... If you happen to be in any of these places in the next coming months, please stop by and see the exhibitions.
All my very best,

"Girl Fight", (solo exhibition), Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, January 31-April 20 http://www.artpace.org/index.php

"The Breakers"(solo exhibition), Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain, January 31- March 8 http://www.maisterravalbuena.com/

Empires and Environments, (group exhibition), Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, January 23- April 13 http://www.brandeis.edu/rose/exhibitions/exhi_futu.html

The Leisure Suite (group exhibition), Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York January 24-February 14, 2008 https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/get.php?vt=detail&br=default&id

Kate Gilmore


8. Wooloo, FF Alumns, announce Urban Space, worldwide photographic project

URBANSPACE is a photographic project distributed in the agile form of a multimedia projection. Focusing on the aesthetics of large urban centers as a theme, URBANSPACE unites internationally selected works and is hosted in the virtual galleries of WOOLOO.ORG. The first edition (2007)- a projection of 530 images from over 23 countries- was first premiered in Rio de Janeiro at the media arts foundation, Oi Futuro. Simultaneous projections were also made in New Life Shop, the Berlin headquarters of WOOLOO.ORG. These projections have since been screened in ECCO during Brasilia's FotoArte, Sao Paulo's Galeria Vermelho, as well as showings during Fotopub07 in Slovenia.

Future screenings are scheduled for Lisbon, Porto, New York City, Chicago, Montreal, Buenos Aires and Caracas.

The 2008 edition of URBANSPACE is curated around the theme of “URBAN COMMUNITIES” and looks to examine the diverse formation of local communities, informal situations and other site-specific representations of contemporary urban existence. Anonymity. Survival. Decadence. Defiance.

Works may include photographic documentation of performances and site specific actions, digital interventions as well as traditional film photography. To submit works please go to www.wooloo.org


9. Ana Mendieta, FF Alumn, at Galerie Lelong, Manhattan, opening Jan. 31

Converge: Anna Mendieta, Hans Breder, 1970-1980 at Galerie Lelong, Manhattan, reception Thursday January 31, 6-8 pm. Continues through March 1, 2008 at
Galerie Lelong
528 W. 26th St. NYC 212-315-0470 www.galerielelong.com


10. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Headlands, CA, opening Feb. 3

Here is A SHOW I AM IN at the Headlands Center for the Arts:
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 3, 2-5PM.

1/13-2/25/08 Close Calls: 2008
Date: 1/13/2008 - 2/25/2008 (Tuesday-Friday and Sunday)

Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Headlands Center for the Arts
Ticket Info: FREE

Here are Pictures of my piece:


11. Cary Peppermint, Andrea Polli, Brooke Singer, FF Alumns, at Colgate Univ, Hamilton, NY, opening Feb. 8

Nature Version 2.0: Ecological Modernities and Digital Environmentalism Jan. 21 ¬ Feb. 16, 2008 @ Colgate University¹s Clifford Gallery, Hamilton, New York.


Featuring works by Natalie Jeremijenko, Brooke Singer, Joline Blais, Jane Marsching, Colin Ives, Alex Galloway, Amy Franceschini, Tom Sherman, Michael Alstad, Don Miller (aka no carrier), and Andrea Polli. Curated by EcoArtTech (Cary Peppermint & Christine Nadir)

Nature Version 2.0 is a survey of artists who reinvent environmentalism for a digital age in a number of ways: by examining how digital technologies can make ecological problems more salient, by reusing and recycling obsolete technologies for new uses, and by exploring how digital spaces and the public domain may require environmental protection much like nature.

Re-imagining the relationship between nature and technology, Nature Version 2.0 suggests an ethics of the network and an environmentalism of natural, built, and digital spaces.

This exhibition is in conjunction with Environmental Art and New Media
Technologies: Imagining Sustainable Futures, a two-day symposium on interdisciplinary, digital, and networked art and research that draws upon environmental science, computer science, design, hacking, gameplay, engineering, and ecocriticism. Following the Nature Version 2.0 artists¹ reception on February 8, keynote speaker Natalie Jeremijenko will launch the two-day Environmental Art and New Media Technologies symposium in Golden Auditorium, Little Hall, at 7pm. 90 Degrees South, a multimedia performance by Andrea Polli will follow at 9pm in the Clifford Gallery. The symposium will resume in Golden Auditorium on February 9 for a day of talks and presentations by critics and exhibiting artists, 9am-5pm.

Hosted by Colgate University¹s Clifford Art Gallery, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Environmental Studies Program, these events were made possible through funding provided by the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Center for Ethics and World Societies at Colgate University. All events are free and open to the public.

Exhibition & Symposium Events for Friday February 8th, 2008:

Artists' reception
5¬7pm, at Little Hall, Clifford Gallery

Environmental Art and New Media Technologies Symposium, Keynote Presentation Natalie Jeremijenko 7-9pm, at Little Hall, Golden Auditorium

90 Degrees South, a multimedia performance by Andrea Polli 9pm, at Little Hall, Clifford Gallery

Located on the first floor of Little Hall, the Clifford Art Gallery presents approximately six exhibitions a year. A teaching gallery, all exhibitions are selected by Colgate¹s art and art history faculty to provide examples of work executed in a variety of media that demonstrate issues originating in the academic curriculum. Another focus of the gallery is the display of professional work by contemporary artists, who are often featured in the weekly public lecture series.

The Clifford is free and open to the public from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
on weekdays and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on weekends.

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Hi-Res Postcard

For directions and additional info contact:
Angela Kowalski
(315) 228-6607


12. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at CUNY Grad Center, NY, Feb. 22, 11 am

Susana Cook will be presenting a talk at NoPassport, Theater and Social Justice- Art and Politics -panel. Feb 22nd, 11am. CUNY Grad Center.

NoPassport Dreaming the Americas: Art and Politics Conference on Feb 22nd, 2008, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker at the Segal Center/CUNY Grad Center,

11:00 AM – 11:45 Theatre and Social Justice – Art and Politics - panel moderated by Catherine Filloux, Playwright.
Susana Cook, Argentine Playwright/Director/Performer Erik Ehn, Playwright; Dean of Theatre at California Institute of the Arts Barclay Goldsmith, Artistic Director of Borderlands Theater, Arizona JT Rogers, Playwright Betty Shamieh, Playwright


NoPassport Theatre Conference

Dreaming the Americas:
The Body Politic in Performance
NoPassport and the Martin E. Segal Center Invite You Join Caridad Svich, Stephen Duncombe, Sam Buntrock, Laura Carlsen, Ping Chong, Erik Ehn, Catherine Filloux, Randy Gener, Elana Greenfield, Jason Grote, Abel Lopez, Kirby Malone, Matthew Maguire, Oliver Mayer, Peter Meineck, Diane Paulus, Ramon Rivera-Servera, J.T. Rogers, Jay Scheib, Betty Shamieh, Nilaja Sun, Saviana Stanescu, Anne Washburn and many more for the second annual NoPassport conference, focusing on a wide range of contemporary works for theatre and performance, viewing the body politic from a variety of formal perspectives. The event will also feature book launch for three new titles from NoPassport Press.

Event Name: NoPassport
DATE: February 22nd, 2008

LOCATION: Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City
MORE: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/mestc

Free event.

Suggested NoPassport donation at the door: $5.

Reservations not required.

Seats: First come, first served.

Call 1.212.817.8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu [mailto:continuinged@gc.cuny.edu].

NoPassport presents this one-day conference with the support of The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, Translation Think Tank, and in collaboration with Frank Hentschker and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.


13. Coco Gordon, FF Alumn, in Venice, Italy, and more

Coco Gordon aka SuperSkyWoman is leaving shortly to do a three month EHF (Emily Harvey Foundation) residency in Venice Italy, January 30-April 30, 2008.

Contact with me (cocogord@mindspring.com, (+39)-041-524-4567, Calle Cereria, Dorsoduro 3521, 30125 Venice, Italy) is welcome for anyone who wishes to input their correspondent artwork with my SuperSkyWoman project preliminarily titled, “Water Health Zones: Rising out of the Cowardice of Convenience”, “Zone Acque in Guarigione: Alsarzi dall’ Codardo della Comodita”, working the edges of Venice and other Italian waters using at least 53 senses with my action gestures: interviewing the Nature Beings, observing, sensing, dreaming, teleporting, healing then intuitively letting any possible form flow through. Edges are the enlarged areas where large effects (or yields) can take place from intimate sized space around you and your place. The Nature Beings have surprising voices.

This approach continues encouraging my Permaculture practice to influence my time-based, experienced-based writings and artmaking in the realm of my ART/LOVE of Nature’s Unframed Intelligence.


Was featured poet doing Interactive and Newspoems for LIPS (Lyons Itinerant Poetry Society) Jan 17 at La Mariposa, Lyons CO.



14. Joshua Fried, FF Alumn, at Supreme Trading, Brooklyn, Jan. 30, and more

two RADIO WONDERLAND performances coming up.
1 on the processed dance groove tip.
1 on the classic downtown performance tip.

Does that put RADIO WONDERLAND squarely in the middle?

(Who you calling a square?)

10pm SHARP Wednesday 30 January 2008

DJ Shakey and Moldover present
the monthly party:

2 Rooms of Omnidigital DJs and Biomorphic Musicians

Supreme Trading
213 N. 8th St Williamsburg Brooklyn 11211 btw. Driggs and Roebling (L train to Bedford, then two blocks)
Admission absolutely FREE!

08:30 WORKSHOP - Morgan Packard's RIPPLE, open source sound design tool
09:15 Automatic Duo
10:00 Joshua Fried's RADIO WONDERLAND
10:45 JoyEngin
11:30 Lou Rossi + ( ) (Audio + Visual)
12:15 Bomber Girl + Tower Control (Audio + Visual)

09:15 Zuvuya Collective
11:30 Lou Rossi + ( ) (Audio + Visual)
12:15 Bomber Girl + Tower Control (Audio + Visual)

08:00 _VectorZero
08:30 Jazzy Burn's
09:00 Self Love
09:30 Hercules
10:10 In the Loop
10:50 Shakey
11:30 Vusac
12:10 Steve
12:30 Atom
01:20 Wetterberg


8pm Monday 4 February 2008

Little Theatre Series at the great Dixon Place Curated by Mike Taylor and playwright Jeffrey M. Jones

The Gothamist says,

"The long-running, always-surprising Little Theatre is happening tonight at Dixon Place.
... the monthly series is beloved by downtown theater denizens for its eclectic mix of performance art, play excerpts and general experimental mayhem."

And I say,

Your understanding of downtown performance is incomplete without The Alien Comic and Mike Iveson. (And you care.) Google 'em.

Dixon Place
258 Bowery btw. Houston & Prince
(F/V 2nd Ave; R/W Prince; 6 Bleecker)

Tickets $10.00 with printout of this email $12.00 at the door, or online (http://www.dixonplace.org) First come, first served, no reservations

Joshua Fried

The Alien Comic


by Rob Handel
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
with Matthew Maher

by Ursula Eagly, in collaboration with Dean DeChiaro, Abby Harris, Jeremy Holmes, & Keith Malone


15. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, in the Star Ledger, NJ

Hi Everyone,

The show, "The Feminine Mystique" at the Jersey city Museum runs through February 24th. You still have time to see it.

There are pictures of my piece in the show on my website. Here are links to pictures and press (review in the Star Ledger)





16. Jerome Covington, FF Alumn, at Mercury Lounge, Manhattan, Feb. 4, 9 pm

Hi Folks,

We are playing at Mercury Lounge (217 East Houston) on Monday, February 4th, 9 PM. Mercury Lounge is one of the more respected clubs in the NYC area, and a club that features up and coming artists.

We will be performing many new songs, some of which are included on our newly release E.P. AND NOW THIS... (Now available on-line through ITUNES). Look out for a release party sometime in May.

Thanks Again,


17. Beth B, Julie Atlas Muz FF Alumns, at The Zipper Factory, Manhattan, Feb. 8

Worth the Walk of Shame in the Morning!

The Producers of
The Va Va Voom Room & The New York Burlesque Festival,
Kate Valentine & Thirsty Girl,
In Association with Beth B
A Special Valentine’s Burlesque Show


Friday, February 8, 2008
Doors at 9:00 p.m.
Show at 10:00 p.m.

At The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street)

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

The producers of The Va Va Voom Room and The New York Burlesque Festival, Kate Valentine and Thirsty Girl Productions, in association with Beth B., proudly present a special Valentine’s Burlesque Show, Kiss & Tell, which will play The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Friday, February 8, 2008. Doors will open at 9:00 p.m. and show time is 10:00 p.m.

Lust at first site for your hostess Miss Astrid, Tigger!, Julie Atlas Muz, Bambi, Harvest Moon, Bradford Scobie, Lex Grey and Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Monkey.

Live music by Fisherman’s Xylophonic Burlesque Orchestra.

This is the only show where you can use ALL of your senses! Kiss and
spank your favorite burlesque stars in the One-of-a-Kind Kissing &
Spanking Booths.

A sweet deal for your sweetheart! Have a romantic pre-show dinner for two (or more!) in The Zipper Tavern - featuring selections from The Zipper’s special February Aphrodisiac Cocktail Party Menu. For $30.00 per person, a table can enjoy a feast of five separate dishes containing an exotic variety of delicious natural aphrodisiacs. For more info, visit www.thezipperfactory.com. For reservations, call 212-695-4600.

Tickets for Kiss & Tell are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at www.thezipperfactory.com or via telephone at 212-352-3101.

For more information, please visit:

NOTE: This show will be shot live for a brand new documentary by legendary filmmaker, Beth B. Dress to impress!

The Zipper Factory - Bill Coyle (212)563-0480 / bill@thezipperfactory.com
Thirsty Girl Productions - Jen Gapay (917)770-8559 / jen@thirstygirlproductions.com
Kiss & Tell - Kate Valentine (347)228-5733 / katevalentine@hotmail.com


18. Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus meeting, Brooklyn, Feb. 4, 6:30 pm



MONDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2008 @ 6:30 PM

(Enter on Carroll St. between Smith & Court)

You have heard from potential developers, city planners, government agencies, not for profits, elected officials, et al, about their visions for the future of the Gowanus Area and especially The Public Place.

Now hear new voices and up to now missing points of view that of academic and scientific scholars the Professors and students from Columbia University Graduate Schools of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Planning & Preservation who have been studying our Gowanus for over two years have just published a book (147 pages in full color) with their complete research, findings, theories, ideas and recommendations. At this event they will give a Power Point presentation of the main points of their book and then take pollution and remediation-related questions from the audience.

(The event is hosted by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, SBLDC - South Brooklyn Local Development Corp., FROGG - Friends & Residents of Greater Gowanus, CORD - Coalition For Respectful Development.)

FROGG a community based grass-roots organization advocating for environmentally sound community planning for the Gowanus Canal neighborhoods. FROGG meets on the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, please visit http://frogg.us/Join our electronic discussion at Yahoo Groups:


19. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at 5Plus5 Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Feb. 7

5 + 5 Gallery
111 Front St. Suite 210
Brooklyn, NY 11201

5plus5 Gallery is pleased to announce 8 Artists 8 Books , a group exhibition on view from February 7 March 27, 2008. The opening reception will take place on Feb. 7 from 6-8 pm and is free and open to the public.

5plus5 Gallery is located 111 Front Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Complementing the exhibit, a panel discussion with the artists moderated by Dierdre Lawrence of the Brooklyn Museum, will be held on Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 pm

8 Artists 8 Books; curated by Robin Ross, encapsulates how artists today use book arts to give form to their artmaking passions. Using serendipity and precision in cutting, folding and molding, manipulating, painting, printing, and collaging, these artists all retain a painterly quality in their one of a kind books. Using literal text combined with traditional art making techniques allows for both playfulness and serious endeavor Each artist will have on exhibit one book work, and one wall work. Fields of color, words, printed and painted matter span through space between ledge and wall.

Todd Bartel, Doug Beube, Bo Joseph and Robin Ross all rely on the found book, integrating text and color, and literal meaning of the written word to trespass on the edges of traditional bookmaking. Todd Bartel tests his hand against Ovid's "Metamorphosis" with supreme agility, while Doug Beube cuts and saws - and sees beyond "book" to create whimsy and recreate literary significance. Bo Joseph reconstructs antique definition with digital technology in a 19 th century encyclopedia. Robin Ross paints glowing layers of color and words upon bound pages bridging form into pre-existing colors and text.

Donna Maria deCreeft's books incorporate collaged elements into an expanse of folding and enfolding opening up to subtly painted color. Marty Greenbaum embeds every conceivable collage element into his colorful dense journals, heavy with uncontrolled imagination. Raphael Fodde 's lyrical and swirling monoprints are accompanied by his hand letterpressed pages in a handbound book. Caroline Hill, illustrating James Joyce, incorporates traditional letterpress type and contemporary drawing into a whimsical modern reader.


20. Nao Bustamante, Papo Colo, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Ana Mendieta, Raphael Montañez-Ortiz, at El Museo del Barrio, Manhattan, Jan. 30-June 1

El Museo del Barrio, New York’s premier Latino and Latin American cultural institution, is pleased to announce its groundbreaking exhibition Arte ≠ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960 – 2000, which will be on view from January 30 through June 8, 2008. “Arte no es vida” surveys, for the first time ever, the vast array of performative actions created over the last half century by Latino artists in the United States and by artists working in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Central and South America. Curated by Deborah Cullen, Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio, Arte ≠ Vida is the recipient of a prestigious 2006 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award.

Through a rich and lively presentation of photographs, video, texts, ephemera, props, and artworks that reference canonical works, the exhibition represents a landmark within the documentation of action art. Arte ≠ Vida expands standard descriptions of “performance art,” revealing how work created by Caribbean, Latino and Latin American artists is often not only dramatized but politicized. An accompanying exhibition catalogue will serve as the first comprehensive resource publication to address this segment of the field of performative art. “El Museo del Barrio has a great history of conceiving and presenting exhibitions that advance deeper understanding of Caribbean and Latin American art and culture,” says Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of El Museo del Barrio. “This project furthers our mission by bringing the Latin American contributions within performative art to a larger audience, and within a historical context, it is particularly resonant for us as it includes the work of El Museo’s founding director, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, a leading action artist well before the museum’s founding in 1969.”

Many of the works included in Arte ≠ Vida have subtle or overt political contexts and content: military dictatorships, civil wars, disappearances, invasions, brutality, censorship, civil rights struggles, immigration issues, discrimination, and economic woes have troubled the artists’ homelands continuously over the past four decades and therefore have infiltrated their consciousness. According to curator Deborah Cullen, “the exhibition title challenges the commonplace idea that art is equivalent to life, and life is art. What is proposed through these many works is that while art affirms and celebrates life with a regenerative force, and sharpens and provokes our critical senses, artistic actions which address inequalities and conflict are not equivalent to real life endured under actual repression.”

Over 75 artists and collectives are represented in Arte ≠ Vida, including ASCO, Tania Bruguera, CADA, Lygia Clark, Papo Colo, Juan Downey, Rafael Ferrer, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Alberto Greco, Alfredo Jaar, Tony Labat, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujin, Raphael Montañez-Ortiz, Hélio Oiticica, Tunga and contemporary practitioners including Francis Alÿs, Coco Fusco, Regina José Galindo, Teresa Margolles and Santiago Sierra. The exhibition is arranged in four major sections, in which each decade is represented by several specific themes that often cross national boundaries. 1960-1970 looks at select precursors, signaling, destructivism and neoconcretismo; 1970-1980 considers political protest, class struggle, happenings, land/body relationships and border crossing; 1980-1990 focuses upon anti-dictatorship protest and dreamscapes; and 1990-2000 references the Quincentenary, multiculturalism, postmodernism and endurance. An additional section highlights interventions that artists have carried out on television over the past 20 years. In these chronological, thematic groupings, viewers will be able to explore the interconnections among various artists’ actions as well as the surges of activities triggered by specific events in certain countries.

A forthcoming bilingual English-Spanish resource publication will supplement Arte ≠ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960 – 2000. It will provide a chronological overview, and will allow both established and emerging voices to address each of the ten regions represented in the exhibition in depth. Published by El Museo del Barrio and distributed by D.A.P., the volume will also include a detailed chronology, brief artist’s biographies and a bibliography, and will be available in May 2008.

A full range of free public programming will be offered along with the exhibition at El Museo del Barrio. Visual arts events will include a performance by Nao Bustamante in March, a panel on actions by Chilean artists with Eugene Dittborn, Alfredo Jaar and Lotty Rosenfeld, among others on April 9, and a symposium with Coco Fusco, Roselee Goldberg and Diana Taylor. Featured among other spring programs at El Museo will be free Saturday gallery tours offered in English and Spanish, family art workshops, a film series highlighting recent films from Latin America, spoken word events and readings by authors including Mario Vargas Llosa.

Arte ≠ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960 – 2000 is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award and by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust. Exhibition programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Media sponsorship has been provided by Univision 41 / Telefutura 68. In-kind support for the opening reception is provided by Rums of Puerto Rico and ACE Party Rental.


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