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1. David Khang, FF Fund for Performance Art Recipient 2007, at Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Canada, May 16 -24
2. Jeffrey Feldman, FF Alumn, publishes new book, release date May 2008
3. David Medalla, FF Alumn, dedicates a performance to Franklin Furnace, Paris, France, May 8, and more
4. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, open studio, Manhattan, April 25-28
5. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Perjovschi, Richard Prince, FF Alumns, at Villa Manin, Udine, Italy, thru September 28
6. Eleanor Antin, Nancy Buchanan, Peter Frank, Allan Kaprow, Suzanne Lacy, John Malpede, Yvonne Rainer, Moira Roth, Carolee Schneemann, at MoCA, LA, April 26 through June 28
7. Anne Flournoy, FF Alumn, now online at http://www.youtube.com/anneflournoy
8. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at 2nd Floor projects, San Franciso, thru May 25
9. Nao Bustamante, Geoffrey Hendricks, Suzanne Lacy, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Linda Montano, Martha Rosler, Elizabeth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle, in Santa Cruz, CA, May 2008
10. Performance art panel discussion, The New School, April 24, 6:30-8:30 pm
11. John Boone, FF Alumn, at The Garage, Jersey City, NJ, opening April 27
12. Guillaume Bijl, FF Alumn, in EXPO S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium, May 4-June 7
13. Lisa Kron, Deb Margolin, FF Alumns, at The West End Theatre, Manhattan, thru May 10
14. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, May 1, 7 pm


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1. David Khang, FF Fund for Performance Art Recipient 2007, at Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Canada, May 16 -24

"How To Feed A Piano"
A Project by David Khang with Candice Hopkins Hank Bull & Joomi Seo on piano Curated by Makiko Hara
Exhibition: Friday, May 16 - Saturday, May 24
Performance/Opening: Friday, May 16, 8:00pm / Doors open: 7:30pm
Tickets: Students $5/ Centre A members $5/ General public $10 Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
2 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G6
Hours: Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Tel: 604-683-8326 Fax: 604-683-8632
www.centrea.org info@centrea.org
"How To Find A Piano" is the final installment of a performance triptych based on La Monte Young's "Compositions" (1960).
A piano on stage will be "fed hay and water," while accompanied by the pianists. The piano then becomes the portal through which the artist encounters a horse. The horse, the horse-rider, and the artist become one "drawing" unit on a large canvas, a gesture that deliberately evokes Yves Klein's Anthropométrie (1960). The horse-rider is not a classic "Marlboro Man" cowboy, but rather, an experienced horsewoman from First Nation - in effect, an "Indian Cowgirl."

These inversions along multiple axes exemplify how Young's minimalist compositions become "readymade" departure points for divergent readings. Rather than attempting to execute Fluxus performances with historical verity (is this even possible?), the La Monte Young Project Series is a way to re-imagine their poetic and political potentials through tangential and hyperbolic readings.

This project was made possible through generous support by The Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art

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2. Jeffrey Feldman, FF Alumn, publishes new book, release date May 2008

Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy
by Jeffrey Feldman, FF Alumn, is available at:

http://www.amazon.com/Outright-Barbarous-Language-American-Democracy/dp/0978843150/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196529116&sr=1-3

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3. David Medalla, FF Alumn, dedicates a performance to Franklin Furnace, Paris, France, May 8, and more

David Medalla, FF Alumn, will open LONDON BIENNALE 2008 in Paris, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, on the First of May 2008, at two in the afternoon. Adam Nankervis, international coordinator of the LONDON BIENNALE and founder/director of MUSEUM MAN, will raise the "Toast de Bienvenue" ((Welcome Toast"), seconded by Guy Brett aand Marko Stepanov. Those present will partake of a communal picnic on the grass ("dejeuner sur l'herbe") on the grand lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. Trolley World Tea Master (aka Bryan Mulvihill), accompanied by a young native American chief from Vancouver Island, Canada, will preside at a multi-lingual tea ceremony. Guiseppe Schaitarella from Naples, Italy, will perform "Eros and the Peace". Mexican artist and poet Mabel Encinas wil;l recite her poetry. David Medalla and Adam Nankervis will perform their comic playlet entitled "Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Making Mock Hash Cakes for Picasso and Matisse". Eleanora Chiesa, Rino Telaro, and Christine de Leon will be among other artists who will give performances on that day. The picnic wil last until evening. Artists and art lovers who happen to be in Paris on that day are invited to join the picnic. Briing beautiful table cloths which will be spread on the grass in the pattern of a giant flower in front of the Eiffel Tower; bring food and drinks; bring still, video, cine cameras, and painting materials to document this unique event; bring friends.
LONDON BIENNALE 2008 will be in Paris until May 11, 2008. There will be a variety of exciting events by international artists. Among them are the following:
On May 2, 2008, at 3 p.m., Reynolds (an artist from Brooklyn, New York) will initiate her "Puki Peace Procession" from the Fontiaine du Medici in the Jardin de Luxembourg down Boulevard Saint Michel to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Later in the evening, Yolande Hunter and Hasan (both artists also from Brooklyn, New York) will give their performances near the Hotel du Nesle.
On May 3, 2008, all day long, Marko Stepanov will start his seven-days painting event "In Homage to the Anonymous Artist and to the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson), beginning on the qua in front of the Pont Mirabeau.
On May 4, 2008, "Boites en Valises" by various artists will be installed on the Pont des Arts in a "plein air exposition" dedicated to RRose Selavy (aka Marcel Duchamp). Among the artists contributing to this open air exhibition on a footbridge across the river Seine are: Maritju Otondo from Chile; Clemente Padin from Uruguay; Silvio de Gracia from Argentina; Adriano Casanova and Sergio de Almeida from Brazil; Gerald Decroux from France and Japan; James White, Katie Sollohub, Jill Rock, Margaret Atkinson and Lorraine Clark from England; Jenny Brown from Sydney and Misha Dare from Melbourne, Australia; Salih Kayra from Northern Cyprus; Ryan Lemke and Medi One Sun from New York USA; John Dugger from San Francisco, California, USA; and Gao Jun from China.
On May 5, 2008, Argentinian artist Marisa Rueda will install her art work entitled "The Warp and Weft of Time", dedicated to the memory of the Lebanese artist and writer Mai Ghoussoub, in front of the Institute du Monde Arabe.
On May 6, 02008, there will be twin events: Marko Stepanov will initiate "Twilight Tales at the Tuileries" in Paris at 6 p.m., while simultaneously, in synchronisation, Guy Brett will initiate "Tales at Twilight" by the Thames in front of Tate Modern in London.
On May 6, 2008, at 3 p.m, David Medalla and several artists from Italy will conduct "Contra Velocita" at the Louvre in front of the Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo.
On May 7, 2008, at 3 p.m., Adam Nankervis will reprise his "Phosphene Visions" event in front of the tomb of Oscar Wilde at the Cimitiere Pere Lachaise.
On May 8, 2008, at 6 p.m., David Medalla will initiate his event entitled "Translatiion is a Bridge Across Oceans and Seas: Franklin Furnace's Mission Statement from English to Tagalog". This event will take place starting on the wooden esplanade in front of the Bibliotheque Nationale and will continue across the footbridge named after Simone de Beauvoir across the River Seine to the ground in front of hthe Cinematheque Francaise. David Medalla will dedicate this language-based event to Martha Wilson and Harley Spiller of Franklin Furnace and to Eva Florentino, Filipino art historian and curator.
There will be more events still to be scheduled for May 9 and 10, 2008.
On May 11, 2008, Heather and Nelson Loskamp, both artists from New York, will present their performance at the Cafe Komptoir on the rue Quinquampoix near the Centre Pompidou. This night will be the finale of LONDON BIENNALE in Paris. There will dancing and singing
On May 12, 2008, several LONDON BIENNALE artists will be performing in Dover, at the Louis Armstrong Pub, as guests of White Nave and the artists of Kent, England.

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4. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, open studio, Manhattan, April 25-28

Dear friends
'tis spring it seems & much is going on but hoping to see you at my open studio next weekend... apologies if you receive more than one invite...

If you are free at some point & in the neighborhood during the last weekend in April, please come to my open studio.
It would be great to see you & show you what I have been up to...
til then
Vernita

The open studio is
Friday April 25th 5-9pm
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, April 26-28th, 1-6pm
I'm at 361 Canal St uptown side between WEST Broadway & Wooster Sts in case you don't remember!

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5. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Perjovschi, Richard Prince, FF Alumns, at Villa Manin, Udine, Italy, thru September 28

Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art
GOD & GOODS
Spirituality and Mass Confusion
20.04. - 28.09.2008

Curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto

http://www.villamanincontemporanea.it
Artists in the exhibition:
Adel Abdessemed, Victor Alimpiev and Marian Zhunin, Darren Almond, Thomas
Bayrle, Cai Guo-Qiang, Mircea Cantor, Maurizio Cattelan, George Condo,
Abraham Cruzvillegas, Colin Darke, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Fischli/Weiss,
Katharina Fritsch, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Subodh Gupta, Huang Yong Ping,
Christian Jankowski, Koo Jeong-A, Sarah Lucas, Dan Perjovschi, Susan
Philipsz, Richard Prince, Anri Sala, Nedko Solakov, Thomas Struth, Piotr
Uklanski, Yan Pei-Ming and Artur Zmijewski

GOD & GOODS. Spirituality and Mass Confusion aims to open a dialogue with
the topic of religion being it an immense, controversial and unresolved
debate but also a concept open to new and diverse forms of interpretation.

The works of the twenty-eight artists in the exhibition underline
existential questions, play with the senses and perception of reality and
challenge in some cases the mechanisms of beliefs. Art looks at religion
from an outside perspective: it can expose the evocative power of an image
as well as relate the mythology of consumer goods to holy iconography.

The title itself implicitly contains three ways in which the works seem to
approach religion and its dynamics. The dichotomy God and goods speaks of
the relationship between religion and consumption, spirituality refers to
those works that suggest the search for an alternative dimension, while the
word confusion recalls doubt in all its meanings.

In the past art and religion have been indissolubly linked, considering that
only a few centuries ago the artists really freed themselves from the wishes
and the necessities of the commissioners. But what is the relationship
between art and religion today? Maybe it would be correct to say that they
are complementary: one asks questions, the other gives answers. What brings
them closer it is not their consequentiality but, on the contrary, their
common source of doubt. This exhibition wishes to observe the way in which,
through doubt, the artists challenge the stereotypes and the limitations of
the concept of God to substitute it with many different and infinite
question marks.

The works in the exhibition, dating from the late Eighties until nowadays
and including also some new site specific projects, deal with the concept of
religion from a series of indirect point of views: they can confront its
dictates with irreverence, analyse its systems and dynamics or propose,
ironically or not, alternative models.

In Christ You Know It Ain’t Easy Sarah Lucas weaves hundreds of cigarettes
to create the figure of a Christ on the crucifix, an irreverent approach to
classic religious iconography which questions the meaning of vice and
addiction in today’s consumerist society. Also Thomas Bayrle revisits with
profane pathos the same Christian symbol, through a collage of small
sequences depicting cars running along a motorway in search of an
unreachable destination, while Questions (Italian language) by Fischli/Weiss
raises existential and metaphysical questions as well as vain everyday
doubts, reflecting the dimension of uncertainty and fragility of the human
condition. The spiritual tension assumes instead social and political
connotations in the video Them by Artur Zmijewski, where the freedom of
expression clashes with the difficult cohabitation of different religious
and moral ideals. If Colin Darke proposes a model of alterna tive belief
that connects the artist and its creation as well as political ideology and
alienation, Richard Prince is inspired by the legendary tradition of the
American cowboy from a famous cigarette advertisement. By taking this
iconography out of its commercial context, the artist moulds a new mythology
which provides another model of freedom and aspiration. In a different way,
Darren Almond creates sublime and transcendent images of nature that call
attention to man’s quest to find meaning in the complexity of the universe.
A more private and melancholic narrative is that conveyed by the beggar
sleeping inside the Milan Cathedral in Anri Sala’s video. Here the church,
before acquiring any spiritual function, appears as a physical and concrete
refuge. The same place of worship is the subject of Thomas Struth’s
photography, that analyzes the structure and the mechanisms of belief
through an objective vision.

Four interventions are planned in the Park of the Villa by Maurizio
Cattelan, who will present for the first time in Italy Frau C., Subodh Gupta
with a new work, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Susan Philipsz.

The exhibition, open to the public until the 28th of September 2008, will be
accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in Italian and English, with
critical texts by the curators and biographical apparatus.

Opening hours:
From 20 April until 31 May, Tuesday – Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday – Sunday
10am – 8 pm

From 1 June to 28 September, Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 8pm.
Monday closed

For further information please contact
press@villamanincontemporanea.it - t +39 0432 821234

Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art
piazza Manin 10, Passariano - Codroipo (Udine) Italy
t +39 0432 821211 , f + 39 0432 908387
info@villamanincontemporanea.it
http://www.villamanincontemporanea.it

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6. Eleanor Antin, Nancy Buchanan, Peter Frank, Allan Kaprow, Suzanne Lacy, John Malpede, Yvonne Rainer, Moira Roth, Carolee Schneemann, at MoCA, LA, April 26 through June 28

TRADE TALK
An Installation and Conversation Series based on Allan Kaprow’s TRADING DIRT
Experience, participation, reflection, and memory are elusive aspects of Allan Kaprow’s art, which are framed in this installation by artist Suzanne Lacy, architect Michael Rotondi, and media producer Peter Kirby.
Referring to Kaprow’s intimate 1988 artwork Trading Dirt, this installation invites private and public reflections - a collection point for the experiences of those who have taken part in Kaprow’s Happenings, Environments, and Activities as told by the participants themselves.
Join us in the Trade Talk installation at MOCA! THE SATURDAY SERIES:3-4 pm
April 26: Nancy Buchanan, Peter Frank, Carolee Schneemann
May 3:Vaughan Rachel, Sylvia Simpson, Betye Burton
May 10:Mary Beebe, Dorit Cypis, Lyn Kienholz
May 17:Kathy Rae Huffman, Joy Silverman, Barbara Smith
May 24:Eleanor Antin, David Antin, Mort Sobotnick
May 31:John Malpede and LAPD, Yvonne Rainer, Barbara Smith
June 7: Brian Dick, Roy Dowell, Sandra Maliga
June 15: Judith Baca, Newton Harrison, Helen Harrison
June 21:Bob Sain, Bram Kaprow
June 28:Judith Hoffberg,Diane Calder
PARTICIPATE BY PHONE
If you have taken part in an Allan Kaprow artwork between 1960 and 2007, tell us about it!
Simply lift the phone in the phone booth and follow the instructions; or
Dial 213/455-2926 from any phone, anywhere and record a memory of your participation.
Your recording will be uploaded to the audio archive on the Trade Talk web site atmoca.org/kaprow.
ABOUT THE INSTALLATION
On a video monitor, Kaprow tells the story of Trading Dirt, recounting how he dug up a bucket of dirt under his Zen Center and carried this heavy-duty Buddhist dirt in the back of his truck. When he found someone who would trade their dirt for his, he also traded stories about where the dirt came from. Trading Dirt is illustrative of the narrative and experiential quality of Kaprow’s work, at once mundane, humorous, intimate, and profound.
A circle of chairs with overhead light bulbs is reminiscent of Kaprow’s practice of inviting participants to debrief with each other after a just-completed Happening. These chairs will be the site planned conversations throughout the exhibition. See reverse for schedule.
The phone booth, used frequently in Kaprow’s work, allows museum visitors who have participated in an Allan Kaprow art work between 1960 and 2006 to leave their memories of that work. You can listen to this audio archive on the Trade Talk web site at moca.org/kaprow.
Project Artists: Suzanne Lacy, Michael Rotondi, and Peter Kirby; installation: Katsumi Moroi, Travis Williams, Sara Daleiden, and Raquel De La Mora; research: Sarah Cohen, Andy Manoushagian, and Marlena Donahue; advisors: Annette Leddy, Moira Roth, Jeff Kelley, Coryl Crane Kaprow, Andrew Perchuk, and Glenn Phillips; installation support: Daniel Cuadra, Thor Erickson, Michael Harrison, Erin Lani, Anthony Lagunay, Jeff McKibban, Travis Schlink, and Jonathan Wimmel.
With special thanks to Bronya and Andy Galef; and Lennie Marvin Prop Heaven, Media Art Services, New World Pay Phones, RotoArk, Sci-Arc, and Stover Studio Service.
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7. Anne Flournoy, FF Alumn, now online at http://www.youtube.com/anneflournoy

Hi everybody,

The LOUISE LOG - 5 is finished and posted at:

http://www.youtube.com/anneflournoy

Please turn up the volume. Any echo on the soundtrack is unintentional. (If this happens, please refresh or reload.) I hope you like it and if you do, PLEASE PASS IT ON.

Thank you,
Anne

http://www.youtube.com/anneflournoy
MICRO-MOVIES

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8. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at 2nd Floor projects, San Franciso, thru May 25

2nd floor projects presents
N A O B U S T A M A N T E
Untitled # 1, (from the series Earth People 2507)
April 19 ¬ May 25, 2008
http://www.naobustamante.com

Essay by G L E N H E L F A N D
[ 2nd floor projects ]
3740 25th street, no.205
san francisco CA 94110
415 824 2644
projects2ndfloor.blogspot.com

open sunday 12-5pm + by appointment

Ride public transportation
4 blocks from 24th Street BART station,
MUNI lines 14, 49, 48, 24, 26, J Church, and more

Support for this project is provided by Southern Exposure¹s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.

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9. Nao Bustamante, Geoffrey Hendricks, Suzanne Lacy, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Linda Montano, Martha Rosler, Elizabeth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle, in Santa Cruz, CA, May 2008

Intervine! Interupt! Rethinking Art as Social Practice
A conference in Santa Cruz.

Breaking the boundaries of conventional arts practice, the interventions festival takes art performance, websites, objects and events out of the gallery and into other social and public spaces to explore politics and everyday life. For the month of May 2008, artists will create work up and down the coast from San Francisco to San Jose to Santa Cruz, convening at UC Santa Cruz for the first West Coast interventions conference. The Yes Men, Nato Thompson, Suzanne Lacy, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Helen and Newton Mayer Harrison, Linda Montano, Marilyn Arsem, Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle (who will have their Green Wedding,) Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, Amy Franceschini, Neighborhood Public Radio and many more artists, critics, and theorists explore what it means to make and consider art as performance and social practice.

The month long series of exhibitions and a three-day conference focuses on three topics: interrupting hierarchies, art and life, and subversive complicity. Art events will take place throughout the month of May on UCSC's campus, in and out of gallery spaces, on street corners, beaches, and projected onto the side of buildings. Events will be held at UC Santa Cruz Sesnon Gallery (featuring work by Martha Rosler and others), the LAB San Francisco, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Santa Cruz Film Festival. Outdoor performances will be hosted in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In, the KFC collective, the Santa Cruz Film Festival and more. A complete event program can be found on line at http://may2008.artintervention.org/.

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10. Performance art panel discussion, The New School, April 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Panel Discussion

"Looking Back Now. Performance Over Three Decades: 1960s-1980s"
A conversation with Johanna Burton, Barbara Clausen and Carrie Lambert-Beatty moderated by Sharon Hayes

Thursday, April 24, 2008 -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York City
Admission: $8, free for all students, as well as New School faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID

Art historians Johanna Burton, Barbara Clausen and Carrie Lambert-Beatty discuss their research on performance from the 1960s to the 1980s and the place of performance art in the contemporary cultural landscape, moderated by artist Sharon Hayes. They analyze the relationship between gesture and time, mediality and performativity, and appropriation and activism, and how such emerging issues are shaping the function of performance art and its potential for society today.

Moderator:
Sharon Hayes, artist

Speakers:
Johanna Burton, doctoral candidate in Princeton University's Department of Art and Archaeology, writes on appropriation in American art of the 1980s
Barbara Clausen, curator,
Vienna Carrie Lambert-Beatty, assistant professor in Harvard University's History of Art and Architecture and Visual and Environmental Studies departments

This event is presented on occasion of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics' program cycle on "Agency."

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11. John Boone, FF Alumn, at The Garage, Jersey City, NJ, opening April 27

THE GARAGE
presents

TXT MSG

Participating artists: John Boone, Brendan Carroll, Evonne Davis, Peter Duffin, Sam Larson

curated by Margaret Murphy

April 27 - May 11, 2008
opening reception Sunday April 27, 2-5pm (I can't make it)

273 Hancock Ave, JC, 07307
(corner of Hancock and North Street)
201-993-9561
"Txt Msg Sampler" is a hand painted artwork on the garage door of The Garage in Jersey City for The Garage's show "Txt Msg." The garage door is divided into 24 rectangles, like two keypads on two cell phones. This artwork is also a sampler which includes a formal structure of letters and numbers along with a statement. In this case, the statement is found at the bottom of the artwork and says, "The Truth is a True Story ..." This gives the sampler a kind existential dimension by a simple statement about truth. Here "truth" is equated with "story" and this is the underlying feature of the text message phenomenon, this artwork and all communication generally and that is the truth is told through stories.

"Txt Msg Sampler" is an artwork by John Boone as part of the exhibition “TXT MSG” curated by Margaret Murphy for The Garage. Mr. Boone is an artist who works with words painted in a digital font of his design. Mr. Boone has 8 murals in etched glass block as part of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail system in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has one additional painted mural in Brooklyn, “Ten Landscapes Going Around a Corner.” He has done outdoor installations, had planes tow messages both in the US and Germany, programmed messages readers for art and technology exhibits and he has read his altered idioms at readings. In 2001 he was a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio Italy.

Mr. Boone is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Rubin Museum in New York, and the New Jersey State Museum. He is also in numerous private collections. In addition, he also makes and sells a prize winning gourmet spice blend called Uh Huh.

John Boone
718-388-1935
860-535-4963
onespicefitsall.com
wooloo.org/uhhuh

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12. Guillaume Bijl, FF Alumn, in EXPO S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium, May 4-June 7

EXPO S.M.A.K.
Guillaume Bijl
05.04 - 06.07.2008

S.M.A.K.
Citadelpark z/n
9000 Ghent
http://www.smak.be

For more than thirty years Guillaume Bijl (b. 1946, Antwerp) has explored the boundaries separating art and (social) reality in his work, and is one of the most prominent Belgian artists of his generation on the international scene. In his installations he creates ‘environments’ using materials that are familiar to us, or, better said, materials we have all ‘experienced’, such as a shoe shop or a driving school. In this way he creates a sort of ‘reality within an unreality’ in his work. As Guillaume Bijl usually displays his work in a neutral space, such as an art gallery or museum, this reality acquires an element of surprise. Through the transformation of the context into sets which have completely lost their social function, these orchestrated ‘bits of reality’ become frozen. With his ironic sense of humour he confronts us with our modern western society and its ‘formatted environments’. Consequently, as consumers we are forced to think critically about this reality he ‘exposes’.

By way of his artistic activities Guillaume Bijl therefore explicitly questions the culture of our everyday lives and has himself divided his work as a whole into five categories. First and foremost we have the Transformation Installations, such as the Flanders Extra Fair, which have been specially compiled for the exhibition in S.M.A.K., and includes the Miss Flanders Contest, a Marriage Bureau or a Disco Wine Bar. Here his aim is to achieve an almost perfect merging of fiction and reality. By incorporating an imitation of reality he highlights the social processes inherent this same reality. Apart from this he also creates Situation Installations as a type of sham operation: concrete interventions in reality. They are barely visible to the spectator, like the posters which will appear here and there in the street advertising the exhibition. Thirdly we have the Sorrys in which the artist takes everyday objects and rearranges them in small compositions. The assemblages of existing and strange objects, which strike us as poetic works of art, are exhibited in the galleries in the museum. The fourth category of his work comprises Compositions Trouvées which, as the name suggests, are compositions of reality such as a glass display case or shelving in a shop. However these ‘still lifes’ are not included in the present S.M.A.K. exhibition. A large section of the top floor of the museum is devoted to Cultural Tourism. This category comprises six installations in which Guillaume Bijl addresses the phenomenon of cultural tourism and presents certain archaeological and sociological arrangements such as The Concise History of Prehistoric Man or ‘De stoel in de kunst – In de Vlaamse Ardennen van 1980 tot nu’. In both wings of the museum we see the Bidet Museum, the Lederhozen Museum, the Erotic Museum and ‘20th-century Souvenirs’, for example.

There is an historical connection between the S.M.A.K. and Guillaume Bijl: in 1985 the first museum director Jan Hoet purchased the ‘Lustrerie Media’ installation, and the museum collection also includes a Sorry installation (1987) and the film ‘James Ensor in Oostende’ from 2000. The museum hopes to explore the collection of his ensembles in the collection even further.

For more info and queries please contact:
Els Wuyts
S.M.A.K.
Citadelpark z/n
9000 Ghent
T +32 (0)9 240 76 47
E els.wuyts@gent.be

EXTRA. Practical information.
From 05.04 to 06.07.2008 the museum will be open every day from 10 am to 6 pm except on Mondays, with the exception of Monday 12th May (public holiday). The museum is closed from 17th March to 4th April 2008.

The museum offers a wide range of discounts on the usual admission price.
Discounts are also given to holders of a teacher’s card, student card, Cultural Youth Passport, Plus-3-pass, Knack Club card, etc. Registered job-seekers, over-55s and under-26s are also entitled to a discount. Cultural cheques, the Museum go-as-you-please-ticket and the Museum Pass are also valid admission tickets.

Free: children under the age of 12, handicapped persons and group supervisors. The museum is also open to Ghent citizens, free of charge, on Sundays between 11 am and 1 pm.

EXTRA. Visual material
Pictures of the exhibition are featured on the site at http://www.smak.be . To download these pictures you need a login and password. Applications for these may be sent to the following e-mail address: fabienne.gros@gent.be

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13. Lisa Kron, Deb Margolin, FF Alumns, at The West End Theatre, Manhattan, thru May 10

Six Figures Theatre Company and Purple Man Theater Company Present The World Premiere Of TIME IS THE MERCY OF ETERNITY: A Meditation in Four Acts by Deb Margolin with Curzon Dobell, Lisa Kron, Khris Lewin, Claire Siebers Directed by Marc Stuart Weitz at THE WEST END THEATRE
263 WEST 86th STREET (Between Broadway and West End) April 21, 22, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30pm April 27 at 3pm May 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30pm

For tickets please visit www.sixfigures.com

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14. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, May 1, 7 pm

Dear All,
Come to the Bowery Poetry Club
THURSDAY MAY 1st... 7pm!
To celebrate the release of
Angela Dalle Vacche’s new book
DIVA Defiance and Passion in Early Italian Cinema
7-9 pm. Screening during performance of Diva Dolorosa...

FREE
With performance of excerpt of Nora York’s new opera project
Furtiva Lagrima/ (secret tear) at 7:45

Nora York will be joined by
Special guest star : Kevin Berdette bass voice
And the Amazing Band
Jamie Lawrence: harmonium/ melodica
Dorothy Lawson: cello
Dave Hofstra: bass
Steve Tarshis: guitar

THURSDAY MAY 1st
BOWERY POETRY CLUB
308 Bowery, New York, ( between Bleecker and Houston on Bowery)
NY 10012.

SAVE THE DATE JUNE 30th MONDAY NIGHT
we will be back at JOES PUB NYC to CONTINUE THE ADVENTURE!
Music and more visit
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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller


Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
80 Arts - The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn NY 11217-1506 U.S.A.
Tel: 718-398-7255
Fax: 718-398-7256
http://www.franklinfurnace.org
mail@franklinfurnace.org

Martha Wilson, Founding Director
Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
Harley Spiller, Administrator
Elise Kermani, Program Coordinator
Susie Tofte, Project Cataloguer
Judith L. Woodward, Financial Manager