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Contents for November 17, 2008

1. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, in the New York Observer, Nov. 17
2. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, November 22
3. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at FIT, Manhattan, Nov. 19, 7 pm
4. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at Smith Stewart Gallery, Manhattan, opening Nov. 21, and more . 4
5. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY, opening Nov. 16
6. Katrina Dixon, FF Alumn, at the New York Public Library, Lincoln Center, Manhattan, Nov. 14
7. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan, Dec. 8
8. Matt Mullican, FF Alumn, at the Drawing Center, Manhattan, opening Nov. 20, and more
9. Janet Henry, FF Alumn, at Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Nov. 16, and more
10. Vernita N'Cognita, FF Alumn, at University Settlement, Manhattan, Nov. 17
11. Martha Wilson, FF ALumn, at NYU, Nov. 18, 6-8 pm
12. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, publishes graphic biography of Isadora Duncan, and more
13. The Dark Bob, FF Alumn, in Houston, TX, Nov. 7
14. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, at DIA Art Foundation, Manhattan, opening Nov. 6
15. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, launches artblog
16. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Cedar Lake, Manhattan, Nov. 15, and more
17. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at Dinter Fine Art, Manhattan, thru Dec. 19


1. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, in the New York Observer, Nov. 17

Hey All!

New York Observer has beat out The New York Times, Time OUT and The Village Voice in being the first NY newspaper to do a feature on me in the 23 years I have been doing original work in NY.It is also the frst American paper to do a feature on me and my work, Lagging far behind Brazil, Mexico, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland,Australia. Perhaps I should award them a prize instead of the other way around. Pick up your souvenier copy..with great photos by the great Bob Gruen and Jasmine Hirst. Sure to be a collectors item since this email may insure I don't get another feature till I am in my 80's and all the careerist purple journalists bite the dust.

Oh I can just hear some of the little squeekies..Oh penny why can't you be grateful and enjoy your feature instead of pointing out that it has taken 23 years to get one..because my little squeekies..the system is corrupt and it abuses artists and well whoever it can and that must be pointed out, and ridiculed  and made fun of.

anyway I am enjoying the feature very much..I appreciate good writing especially when it is about me!

A New York Treasure Whose Value Goes Up in … Frankfurt?

Performance artist and Warhol starlet Penny Arcade, 58, takes a cue from late friend Quentin Crisp and keeps on working, and working … though not always in New York. ‘The truth is,’ she said, ‘there’s no work here’

by Joe Pompeo  |  November 11, 2008

This article was published in the November 17, 2008, edition of The New York Observer.

Jasmine Hirst

Around 10 p.m. on a brisk Sunday evening in early November, Penny Arcade, the Manhattan performance artist and former Warhol starlet, was onstage with a four-piece pickup band at Joe’s Pub in the East Village. The petite and curvy Ms. Arcade, 58, who was wearing snakeskin platforms and a sleek back cocktail dress, explained she would be doing some improv. No big deal. Nothing too good, she joked. But before launching into the first number, a loungey “anti-careerism” piece called “No Mona Lisa,” she took a moment to quote her friend Quentin Crisp, the late British writer, actor and raconteur who is the subject of a new biopic tentatively slated for release early next year on a U.K. television network.

“Before he died, Quentin used to say to me: ‘Ms. Arcade, I’m going, you’re staying. I feel sorry for you,’” she said in a raspy English accent, to bursts of laughter from the audience at Joe’s. “But he also said to me, ‘Not to worry, Ms. Arcade. Time is kind to the nonconformist.’”

The film, An Englishman in New York, which was shot almost entirely in New York this past September, is a follow-up to the acclaimed 1975 TV movie The Naked Civil Servant, so named for the autobiography that catapulted the flamboyant, openly gay and sometimes controversial Crisp—he once infamously dismissed AIDS as a “fad”—to fame in 1968 at the age of 59. It picks up in the late ’70s when Crisp moved from London to the Lower East Side, where he was embraced by the arty downtown luminaries of the day, not least of all by Ms. Arcade, who became one of his closest friends toward the end of his life. Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon plays Ms. Arcade in the movie.

Ms. Arcade, whose real name is Susana Carmen Ventura, has had a long and accomplished (if under-noted) career—or, to use the word Ms. Arcade might prefer, “vocation.” She was a teenage superstar in Andy Warhol’s Factory; has written and directed 10 original performance pieces, including her landmark 1990 sex and censorship communiqué, BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE!, and 2002’s anti-Giuliani rant, New York Values; and she’s performed in more than 30 cities worldwide, from Rio to Sydney to Vienna. Upcoming projects include a three-week run of a revitalized BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE! in San Francisco, and a new full-length show called Longing Lasts Longer, which will premiere in Frankfurt on Dec. 5. Needless to say, age hasn’t slowed her down.

Still, after four decades working in New York as a full-time artist, she still doesn’t earn a living here, hence her frequent jaunts to perform in other time zones. (What sounds ideal to us is work for others, apparently!) It seems like all the local bookings are going to people 30 years her junior fresh out of art school, she said, and also noted that no mainstream publication in this city has ever published a proper profile of her. (Indeed, Ms. Arcade claims this one is the first, although several shorter articles about her have appeared in the pages of this newspaper over the years.) What gives?

“ America is obsessed with potential and dismissive of accomplishment,” said Ms. Arcade, smoking an American Spirit in her Stanton Street apartment about a week before the Joe’s Pub gig. “I fought that fight for a really long time in New York, and it’s quite sad, but the truth is, there’s no work here, even though the audience really clamors to see me and other people like me. There’s no longer an artistic community. It’s been decimated by real estate interests and the suburbanization of the city. I don’t think you can say that too many times.”

WHICH ISN'T TO SAY that Ms. Arcade is contemplating packing up for a Florida condo. In fact, she’d probably tell you her best days are ahead, that getting older means getting smarter and wiser and better. “People have actually bought into the idea that you have this point of view by the time you’re 22 to 30, which is impossible,” she said, incredulously. “How can that be? Wisdom is accrued over time, and there are no shortcuts in self-development.” 

Perhaps that explains why Ms. Arcade quotes Quentin Crisp so often. “Quentin was a phenomenal role model,” she said. “When other people his age were ready to go into the nursing home, he came to New York and created a brand-new life for himself. So everything he said to me becomes of great value on a daily basis.”


2. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, November 22

11/22/2008 Brooklyn Museum of Art

Talks and Tours: Panel Discussion: "Men, Masculinity, and Feminism"

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

Responding to the exhibitions Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection andJesper Just: Romantic Delusions, artists and scholars discuss the many roles men and masculinity play in feminism and feminist art. Panel includes Tavia Nyong’o, Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, New York University; comedian and performer Murray Hill; and artist Ernesto Pujol.


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3. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at FIT, Manhattan, Nov. 19, 7 pm

New York Stereoscopic Society 3D Comics Night

Wednesday, November 19, 7 pm

Haft Auditorium, Fashion Institute of Technology Enter C Building, Lobby on 27th street between 7th and 8th Avenues

Free and open to the public

3D PROJECTIONS and live readings by:

Michael Kupperman -- "Hercules vs. Zeus"
Kim Deitch -- "It's 4D!"
R. Sikoryak -- "The Lost Treasure of the 3D!"
Jason Little  -- "The Abduction Announcement"
Mick Andreano, Jerry Marks, Joe Pedoto -- 3D Comics and Moral Corruption
Thanks to Nickelodeon Magazine!
More info and pics
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4. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at Smith Stewart Gallery, Manhattan, opening Nov. 21, and more

Dear Friends,
Please join me for the opening of my solo exhibition at Smith Stewart Gallery on Friday, November 21 from 7-9pm.
( 53 Stanton Street--between Forsyth and Eldridge-- New York, NY 10002)

There will be 3 videos from 2008 and a new site-specific installation and video at the exhibition.
The show will be opened from November 21, 2008-January 18, 2009.


It would be great to see you all there!

Also, if you happen to be in any of the following places, I am involved in these exhibitions:

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (solo exhibition)

University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas (solo exhibition)

Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California (solo exhibition)

"Perverted by Theater", Apex Art, New York, New York

"re.act. feminism", Akademie Der Kunste, Berlin, Germany

"Un-Break My Heart", Pluto Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

"Alternating Beats", RISD Museum of Art, Providence Rhode Island

"Held Together with Water", Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey

"Fragile", Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany

All my very best,
Kate Gilmore


5. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY, opening Nov. 16

Curatorial Programs
Curated by Kathleen Goncharov

November 16 – January 25, 2009

Opening reception: Sunday, November 16, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

11-03 45th Ave. , Long Island City, NY 11101 | T: 718 937 6317
E: info@dorsky.org | www.dorsky.org | directions


6. Katrina Dixon, FF Alumn, at the New York Public Library, Lincoln Center, Manhattan, Nov. 14

Hello Friends,

I am writing to invite you to see the first public performance of Haunt You Haunt Me (two sawchivists and a geetar) - this Friday, November 14th at the Bruno Walter Auditorium - in The New York Public Library for the Performance Arts at Lincoln Center Talent Show! 

The show itself should be hilariously entertaining - ranging from various employees singing arias, doing skits and venturing into some stand-up as well as one woman's daughter doing a hip-hop dance routine with her friend, I believe.  It starts at 6:30 and we'll be playing last so you can show up later if you are so inclined.  Should only run about an hour and a half.

Please do come on out to 111 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street and then we can drink and be merry.

Also - due to battling a horrid sinus infection and ear infection issue since last Friday let's all hope I do not sound like a frog.  Okay?  Great.

I hope to see you there!


Frogtrina (Katrina Dixon)


7. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan, Dec. 8







For performances, Art/Life Counseling, teaching, videos: LINDA M MONTANO THE ART/LIFE INSTITUTE 185 ABEEL ST KINGSTON , N.Y. 12401 845-246-4482 www.bobsart.org ; www.vdb.org


8. Matt Mullican, FF Alumn, at the Drawing Center, Manhattan, opening Nov. 20, and more

New Exhibitions

November 11, 2008

Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking

M/M ( Paris): Just Like an Ant Walking on the Edge of the Visible

Public Programs: Gallery Talks, Family Programs, and Video Screenings

New Publications

Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, November 20, 6-8 pm.

From November 21, 2008 to February 5, 2009, The Drawing Center will present Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking, the most comprehensive exhibition of Mullican's work in drawing in the United States to-date. For over three decades, Berlin-based artist Matt Mullican has created a complex body of work concerned with systems of knowledge, meaning, language, and signification. Ranging from schematic diagrams and arcane symbols to drawings created under hypnosis, Mullican’s work attempts to classify, order, describe, map, and represent an understanding of the world. Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking will include over 100 works from throughout the artist’s career, including never-before-seen drawings, notebooks, rubbings, videos, and mixed media installations.

The exhibition will be accompanied by Drawing Papers 82: Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking, a 120-page edition of The Drawing Center's publication series featuring a transcript of a conversation between the artist and exhibition curator João Ribas, artist's writings from his 1970s notebooks, and 60 color illustrations.

There will be a special Gallery Talk on Friday, November 21 at 6:30 pm with curator João Ribas in dialogue with artist Matt Mullican. 

More about Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking

M/M ( Paris): Just Like an Ant Walking on the Edge of the Visible

M/M (Paris), Just Like an Ant Walking on the Edge of the Visible, (study drawing), 2008. Courtesy Haunch of Venison, London & New York.

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, November 20, 6-8 pm.

From November 21, 2008 to February 5, 2009, The Drawing Center will present M/M ( Paris): Just Like an Ant Walking on the Edge of the Visible, the first U.S. museum exhibition devoted to the work of Paris-based designers M/M ( Paris). Founded in 1992 by Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak, M/M ( Paris) works at the intersection of art, commerce, and design. Rooted in an expanded conception of visual communication, M/M’s multi-disciplinary approach extends to artistic collaborations, product design, and commercial projects. This installation, designed specifically for the Drawing Room, will feature 41 wood-and-metal stools that use one of M/M’s signature letterform alphabets to form the exhibition’s titular phrase. For M/M, to draw is to see the world, “just like an ant walking on the edge of the visible.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by Drawing Papers 83, a 48-page edition of the Drawing Papers publication series. Drawing Papers 83 is an artist project based on the abécédaire concept (an illustrated A to Z primer) with each letter of the alphabet represented by M/M's letterform drawings or João Ribas's brief topical texts.

On Saturday, November 22 at 5:00 pm, M/M ( Paris) partners Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak will conduct a drawing class in the Drawing Room. Admission is free.

More about M/M ( Paris): Just Like an Ant Walking on the Edge of the Visible

Public Programs: Gallery Talks, Family Programs, and Video Screenings

Join us for a lively series of public programs in conjunction with Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking and M/M ( Paris): Just Like an Ant Walking on the Edge of the Visible. All programs are FREE and take place in the Main Gallery at 35 Wooster unless otherwise noted.

Gallery Talk 

Friday, November 21, 6:30 pm

Exhibition curator João Ribas will speak with artist Matt Mullican.

Drawing Class 

Saturday, November 22, 5:00 pm

M/M ( Paris) partners Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak will conduct a live drawing class in the Drawing Room. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to the first 41 participants to arrive.

Family Programs  

Saturday, December 6, 10:30 am–12:00 pm  

Children ages 9 to 12, accompanied by an adult, are invited to participate in a discussion and guided art-making activity related to the exhibition M/M (Paris): Just Like an Ant Walking on the Edge of the Visible. (This workshop takes place in the Drawing Room.)

Saturday, January 24, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Create your own system of codes, inspired by the exhibition Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking. This workshop is geared toward children ages 9 to 12 accompanied by an adult.

Workshops are led by museum educator Ada Pilar Cruz. Reservations are appreciated, but not required. To reserve a spot, please RSVP to 212-219-2166 x119 no later than the Friday prior to the workshop.

Video Screenings

As part of the Matt Mullican: A Drawing Translates the Way of Thinking exhibition, The Drawing Center will present a series of rarely-seen videos featuring performances by the artist under hypnosis from the past 30 years. Each screening will be introduced by a brief conversation between exhibition curator João Ribas and curatorial assistant Rachel Liebowitz. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, December 11, 6:30 pm
A Lecture/Performance with Hypnosis, The Kitchen, New York, 1981

Wednesday, January 7, 6:30 pm
Performance Live - Under Hypnosis, Culturgest, Lisbon, 2006

Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 pm
Performance Live - Under Hypnosis, Anton Kern Gallery, New York 2002

Saturday, January 24, 4:00 pm
Performance Live - Under Hypnosis, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2006

More about Public Programs

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
New York , NY 10013
Tel: 212-219-2166
Fax: 212-966-2976


9. Janet Henry, FF Alumn, at Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Nov. 16, and more

opening reception of "Close to the Edge" a group show, that includes one of my word lariats, will take place on Sunday, November 16th from 3:00 to 7:00pm. It closes on Sunday January 18th, 2009. The exhibition was organized by Reynolds and Kevin Bythe Sampson at the Corridor Gallery, 334 Grand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 12:00 to 6:00pm or by appointment Tuesday through Friday, 718-230-5002.


"Wrought City", a 15" x 150" evocation of Manhattan made of Lego and Tyco bricks, which is currently in a group exhibition curated by Matt Freedman at Five Myles Gallery 558 St. John’s Place in Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-783-4438, [http://www.fivemyles.org] The title of the show is "There’s No Place Like Utopia", it opened on Sunday, October 26, and runs until November 30th, 2008. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 1:00 to 6:00pm or by appointment.

I’ve been working on this project since the demise of WAC in the mid 1990's (maybe earlier – I lost track) and until they were installed I never saw the ten 15" x 15" plates laid end to end; as I envisioned them. I don’t know where or when or if I’ll get to show this again (see the attachment to get an idea) so come see it.

Y'all know I tend to be self deprecating so pronouncements about how good my work is unlike me but this is worth the trip and Hanne Tiernry, the director of Five Myles, has kindly offered to let her son drive people between both galleries on Sunday the 16th. So come see two wonderful shows and find out what I've been up to.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.




10. Vernita N'Cognita, FF Alumn, at University Settlement, Manhattan, Nov. 17

Live Arts Collaboration

Together with

The Performance Project @ University Settlement


The Salon Series

Monday November 17th 2008 7-9pm

At The University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (at Rivington Street) 2nd Floor

Please join Live Arts Collaboration on Monday, November 17th from 7-9 pm for the third part of their innovative Salon Series, now in its second season.

Through an exciting partnership with The Performance Project at University Settlement, six new artists will present excerpts of their work, including two theater artists, Brian Rheinehart and Eileen Trilli, a  performance artist, Vernita N'Cognita, a musician, Greta Gertler, and two choreographers, Carrie Ahern and Felice Lesser.

The salons are free, informal, and a great opportunity to meet new artists. Bring your friends and make an evening out of it. LAC's audiences are as dynamic as their presenters and you never know next to whom you might sit. It could be an artist whose work you have admired for years or someone who is about to become your biggest fan. In LAC's third salon of its second season, six artists will show samples of their work and will discuss their creative processes and future projects.  There will be a Q&A session after all the artists present---followed by free wine.

About the Live Arts Collaboration Salon Series: 

The main goal of the salons is to introduce artists to each other. Through the series, we hope to create a formal network of talented artists who are clear in their intentions, accessible to audiences, and take ownership of introducing audiences to their work, demonstrating longevity with delivering powerful, compelled and varied art.  

This will be the final salon for the fall season.  We will continue in the spring.

About the Presentations:

Carrie Ahern (Choreographer) will show an excerpt of The Unity of Skin, recently called, "striking and original" by The New Yorker.  The Unity of Skin asks: Where does the intersection of the texture of our environment and the matrix of our own bodies begin or end? The dance's mesmerizing repetition of form makes minor shifts in perspective appear momentous. Greg Heffernan's original cello/electronica score vibrates live with dancers David Figueroa, Kelly Hayes and Jillian Hollis.

Brian Rheinehart (Theater Artist)  Brian Rhinehart, Moema Umann, and Anita Petry will perform Painless, an experiment in performance collage. This is a work in progress, part of a larger piece to be performed next year.

Greta Gertler (Singer-Songwriter/ Pianist)  Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter and pianist will be playing a few songs from her new album, Edible Restaurant - a tasty pop exploration into the meaning of food (and more), recorded with her New York-based rock band, THE EXTROVERTS, and mixed by master chef, Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Joan as Policewoman, The Ramones).

Vernita N'Cognita (Performance Artist) will be sharing a fragment from Channeling a performance about the loss of identity women experience as they age. Butoh movement, memory fragments, costume and chance are central to this performance work. She will be collaborating with Guitarist and composer Sean Carolan.

Felice Lesser (Choreographer/Video Artist)  will show an excerpt of her "live documentary" I Am A Dancer (premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2006), about the lives of freelance dancers in NYC, showcasing her choreography performed against a "moving set" of projected video, which she also filmed and edited. She later turned I Am A Dancer into a film that won two Accolade Awards (Honorable Mention:  Feature Documentary/Independent, 2007, Choreography, 2008).

Eileen Trilli (Theatre Artist), founding member of Husky Dog Productions, a Boerum Hill, Brooklyn-based theater and film production company, will present an excerpt from 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane "The Beauty and rawness...-the combination of unprocessed honesty and meticulous craft-remains as striking as ever; Kane's power to take material beyond endurance and shape it, burnish it, laugh at it, dominate with her art."  Scotsman

About Live Arts Collaboration:

The mission of the Live Arts Collaboration (LAC) is to foster collaborative projects among artists in various disciplines by creating and supporting work designed both to develop new audiences and to document the process of collaboration.  As a non-profit dedicated to live performances, the LAC will act as a resource and network for artists.  By advising artists throughout the creative process and helping artists understand the challenges of collaboration and the artistic language of their media, the primary goal of the LAC is to bring the live arts back into the forefront of American culture.





11. Martha Wilson, FF ALumn, at NYU, Nov. 18, 6-8 pm



At Fales Library & Special Collections, NYU

A.I.R. Gallery and New York University are pleased to announce, Downtown: Archiving the Alternative Art Scene, a panel discussion, with Dena Muller former director of A.I.R. Gallery and current Executive Director of ArtTable, Marvin Taylor, Director of the Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU and Martha Wilson, Founding Director of Franklin Furnace. The panel will be held on Tuesday, November 18 from 6pm to 8pm at the Fales Library and Special Collections on the 3rd floor of the Bobst Library at 70 Washington Square South and will be moderated by A.I.R. Gallery Director, Kat Griefen.  The panel is part of A.I.R. Gallery: The History Show, a three-part exhibition and event series celebrating the opening of A.I.R.’s historic archive at the Fales Library and Special Collections of NYU and the inauguration of A.I.R.’s new space in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.


Dena Muller is the Executive Director of ArtTable, a national membership organization for women leaders in the visual arts.  She was formerly the Director of the A.I.R. Gallery, the first artist-run, not-for-profit space for women artists in the country—a post she accepted after finishing her M.A. in 1998 at New York University. She has served on the National Board of the Women’s Caucus for Art since 2001, where she was National Board President from 2004 until 2006—when she turned over the position to Jennifer Colby. She is also on the National Coordinating Committee for the Feminist Art Project, and has been co-chair of its New York Regional Activities board.

Marvin J. Taylor is the Director of the Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU.  He holds a BA in Comparative Literature and an MLS from Indiana University, where he also studied music at the IU School of Music. Taylor continued his education at NYU, receiving an MA in English, specializing in late-Victorian and Transition period fiction, queer theory, and postmodern literature. His thesis on Victorian Hellenism and male-male desire won the Gordon Ray Victorian Studies Award in 1997.  Marvin has held positions at the Indiana University School of Music Library, the Lilly Library at Indiana University, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Health Sciences Library at Columbia University. In 1994 Taylor founded the Downtown Collection at the Fales Library. The Downtown Collection, which contains over 12,000 printed books and 10,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, documents the post-1975 outsider art scene that developed in Soho and the Lower East Side. The collection contains works by such artists and writers as Kathy Acker, Lynne Tillman, David Wojnarowicz, Dennis Cooper, Michelangelo Signorile, Gary Indiana, and many others. He was editor of The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984 (Princeton University Press, 2006, and co-curator of the traveling exhibition “The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984,” which opened at the Grey Gallery and Fales Library, NYU. Taylor continues to write on the post-Vietnam downtown New York arts scene, artists archives and documentation of post-conceptual art, and the epistemology of libraries and archives.

Performance artist Martha Wilson is Founding Director of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., a museum she established in her TriBeCa storefront loft in lower Manhattan which, since its inception in 1976, has presented and preserved temporal art: artists’ books and other multiples produced internationally after 1960; temporary installations; and performance art.  Franklin Furnace “went virtual” on its 20th anniversary, taking the Internet as its art medium. Ms. Wilson lectures widely on the book as an art form, on performance art, and on “live art on the Internet.” Trained in English Literature, Ms. Wilson was teaching at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design when she became fascinated by artworks created at the intersection of text and image.  In New York, she founded DISBAND, the all-girl punk band of artists who couldn’t play any instruments.  Since DISBAND disbanded in 1982, she has performed in the guises of Alexander Haig, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Tipper Gore.  In the spring of 2008, she had her first solo exhibition in New York at Mitchell Algus Gallery, “Martha Wilson: Photo/Text Works, 1971-1974.” 


A.I.R. Gallery: The History Show, archival materials from 1972 to the present, is curated by Kat Griefen and Dena Muller. A timeline of more than six hundred exhibition announcements map the work and careers of the artists that exhibited at the first gallery for women artists in the U.S.  Posters, photographs, catalogues, articles, letters, and other correspondence illuminate the growth of the gallery, and document the scope of the activities of its artists.  Also on view is In Residence: A History of A.I.R. Gallery, directed by Meredith Drum, a film that combines recent interviews with stills and archival footage from the early years.

A.I.R. Gallery: The History Show, work from 1972 to the present, is curated by Kat Griefen and Carey Lovelace. This historic two-part exhibition brings together artworks by over 75 A.I.R. artists.  These artworks are diverse in style, approach, material, and processes employed.  Feminist content is evident in some works, whereas others are primarily abstract, conceptual, or minimal. This overview underlines the groundbreaking work that the gallery’s individual artists made in a range of new movements, such as environmental works and performance art. The show features the artists’ use of new strategies in their chosen fields and their innovations in the employment of unconventional materials. All mediums are represented.

The following events feature established artists and art professionals, as well as emerging voices and highlight A.I.R.’s role in the development of the feminist art movement and the art world.

At the Tracey/Barry Gallery, Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU:
Sept. 16 – Dec. 12, 2008
A.I.R. Gallery: The History Show, Archival materials from 1972 to the present
Curated by Kat Griefen and Dena Muller

Tues. Nov. 16, 6pm – 8pm
PANEL: Downtown: Archiving the Alternative Art Scene
Panelists: Dena Muller, Marvin Taylor, and Martha Wilson

At. A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street, #228, Brooklyn:

Part II - A.I.R. Gallery: The History Show, work by A.I.R. artists from 1972 to the present

Nov. 6 – 29, Part II - A.I.R. Gallery: The History Show, work by A.I.R. artists from 1972 to the present

Curated by Kat Griefen and Carey Lovelace, Works by: Diyan Achjadi, Stephanie Bernheim, Sharon Brant, Donna Byars, Daria Dorosh, Sarah Draney, Loretta Dunkelman, Regina Granne, Mary Grigoriadis, Anne Healy, Debra Hampton, Jane Haskell, Michi Itami, Kazuko, Juri Kim, Louise Kramer, JoAnne McFarland, Ana Mendieta, Sylvia Netzer, Beth Racette, Elaine Reichek, Luisa Sartori, Francie Shaw, Elisabeth Munro Smith, Joan Snitzer, Alice Steinhardt, Sheila Ross, Diane Samuels, Kathleen Schneider, Rochelle Shicoff, Elke Solomon, Nancy Spero, Clover Vail, Susan Williams, Mimi Wlodarczyk, Haejin Yoon, and Barbara Zucker

Thurs., Nov. 13, 6pm -8pm – Performance Night: Live! at A.I.R.
Daria Dorosh – talk & screening of Pattern Woman, Ohio Version
Mary Beth Edelson – a performative visual survey, from 70s to now, of her participatory performances
Kazuko – live performance of Tea Cup and Stick Dance
Pat Lasch – performative reading from Woman Gone Mad

Fri., Nov. 21, 6pm -8pm

PANEL: Who’s Afraid of Political Art? Women Artists Talk on Political Art Today

Panelists: Nivi Alroy, Regina Granne, Michelle Handelman, Howardena Pindell, and Joyce Kozloff

This exhibition and event series is made possible by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and by generous support from The Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University.

A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, #228 between Washington Street & Adams Street in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. Gallery hours are: Wed. – Sun., 11am to 6 pm. The wheel chair accessible entrance to 111 Front Street is on 55 Washington Street. Take Elevator to 2nd Floor.

DIRECTIONS BY TRAIN: Take the F train to York St. (the first stop in Brooklyn). Turn right as you exit the station, walk 1 block down hill to Front St. Turn left on Front St. and walk 2 1/2 blocks (you will pass under the Manhattan bridge). 111 Front St. will be on your right (look for bright orange sign) OR Take the A, C train to High St. and exit at Cadman Plaza East. Walk downhill about three blocks towards the water & under the BQE. Cadman Plaza east will turn into Washington St. and you will reach Front St. Turn right on Front St.

The Tracey/Barry Gallery in the Fales Library and Special Collections (NYU) is located on the 3rd floor of 70 Washington Square South. The Tracey/Barry Gallery is open from Monday through Thursday, 10am – 5:45pm and Friday from 9:00 to 4:45

For further information please see www.airgallery.org or contact Gallery Director, Kat Griefen at 212-255-6651 or kgriefen@airgallery.org.


12. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, publishes graphic biography of Isadora Duncan, and more

Sabrina Jones invites you to celebrate the publication of “Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography” which she wrote and illustrated.

I’ll also be showing slides at THE CELL THEATER,

338 W. 23rd St. (between 8th & 9th) NYC, on Sunday, November 16th, at 5 PM, “the Graphic Novel and Beyond” with R Sikoryak, Michael Gallagher and Emily Blair.


172 Allen St , NYC (one block south of Houston and 1st Ave) on Monday, November 24th at 7PM, for a slide/talk with Lori Belilove.

Myth and controversy still swirl around the dramatic figure of Isadora Duncan. The pioneering modern dancer emerged from provincial nineteenth-century America to captivate the cultural capitals of Europe, reinvent dance as a fine art, and leave a trail of scandals in her wake. From her unconventional California girlhood to her tragic death on the French Riviera fifty years later, Duncan’s journey was an uncompromising quest for truth, beauty, and freedom.

Here Duncan’s art and ideas come vividly to life. Each page is a unique dance of words and images, reflecting Duncan’s courage, passion, and idealism in a way sure to inspire another generation of admirers.

“Isadora Duncan and comics have a great deal in common: convention defying, boundary breaking, innovative, and seductive as hell. Which is why comics are the perfect vehicle to transmit her remarkable story. Sabrina Jones’s drawings dance across the page and capture this compelling history.” —Peter Kuper, cartoonist and cofounder of World War 3 Illustrated

“At last, a comic for the rest of us! With bold brush strokes, Sabrina Jones delineates the riveting tale of Isadora Duncan, a real life superheroine who controlled her own body, her own life, and her own mind, back in the days when most women were corseted, voteless, and stuck in the kitchen. Jones’ pages are as elegant and graceful as the heroine of her biography.” —Trina Robbins, author of Tender Murderers and The Brinkley Girls: The Life and Times of Nell Brinkley (forthcoming)

“Told with economy, precision, and humor, Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography is an impressive debut.” —Harvey Pekar

“An admiring glance at the truncated life and roller-coaster times of the woman who traversed three continents to revolutionize dance.” —Kirkus Reviews

preview my book:


... and my totally updated portfolio:



13. The Dark Bob, FF Alumn, in Houston, TX, Nov. 7

The Art Guys Silver Jubilee Tribute Album Concert
Friday, November 7, 2008
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Discovery Green at Anheuser-Busch Stage and Fondren Performance Space

Discovery Green Conservancy
1500 McKinney
Houston , TX 77010
Ph 713-400-7336

The Art Guys Silver Jubilee Tribute Album Concert is a celebration of 25 years of The Art Guys collaboration with musical tributes by

Glenna Bell
Brave Combo
Ralph Carney
The Dark Bob
Dave Dove/Lucas Gorham
Jad Fair
Loreta Kovacic
Ken Little
Deborah Moore
Jimmy Pizzitola
Sonny Smith
John “Red” Trower
Two Star Symphony
Underwriting provided by a generous and anonymous donor.

The Art Guys Silver Jubilee Tribute Album Concert celebrates

“Hear No Evil: The Art Guys Tribute Album”

with music, sound art, and audio experiments by

11th Street Cleaner, A Thousand Cranes, Bale Allen, Bukka Allen, Terry Allen, Glenna Bell, The Dark Bob, James Dean Jay Byrd, Ralph Carney, Brave Combo, Dave Dove/Lucas, Gorham, Joe Ely, Jad Fair, Figsta, Eric Gibbons, Art Gottschalk, “JW”, Kanude, Pauline Knox, Loreta Kovacic, Ken Little, James Magee/Douglas Cohen, Joe Mancuso, Peter Massing, Stephen Montague, Deborah Moore, Neu Tickles, Nonsense Music Band, Teresa O’Connor, Pauline Oliveros, O-Type, Dax Pierson, Jimmy Pizzitola, William Rhule, Jim Roche, Don Sanders, Rockmore, Rob Smith, Sonny Smith, Two Star Symphony, Johnnie “Red” Trower, We Go To 11, Steve Wellman, Dan Workman

“Hear No Evil” is scheduled for online release December, 2008.  For more information about “See No Evil,” visit http://TheArtGuys.com/News.html

Jad Fair

Holy Crap

An exhibition of works by Jad Fair coinciding with The Art Guys Silver Jubilee Tribute Album

Saturday, November 8, 2008, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

The Art Guys® Big White Room

5757 Knox Street

Houston , TX  77091

For more information visit http://TheArtGuys.com/News.html

Thank you.


14. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, at DIA Art Foundation, Manhattan, opening Nov. 6

Rehearsal, 2008, a web project by Liliana Porter, launches November 6, 2008

Opening reception

Thursday, November 6, 2008 from 6-8pm in New York City

A brief dialogue between the artist and Lynne Cooke will begin at 7 pm.

Dia Art Foundation
535 West 22nd Street , 5th Floor
New York , NY 10011

Drawing from an extensive collection of figurines, knickknacks and toys, Liliana Porter works in photography, painting, video, and sculpture, creating humorous scenes with her inanimate protagonists. For her first web-based project, Porter presents a cast of toy chicks singing "La donna è mobile" (Woman is fickle) from Giuseppe Verdi's 1851 opera Rigoletto. The chicks begin in chorus, but viewers can cut to "solos" by clicking any of the individual chicks, and then return to the chorus where they left off. Each chick's audio track of the song is a unique interpretation, ranging from Tango to a panhellenic guitar version to a 1907 rendition by Enrico Caruso. The soundtrack is by Sylvia Meyer, with whom Porter has collaborated on her video projects.

In Rigoletto, "La donna è mobile" is sung by the Duke of Mantua, a coldhearted playboy. In the last act when the Duke is singing its reprise, Rigoletto realizes his attempt to have the Duke assassinated had been foiled, and that his daughter, instead, was the one killed. In the context of violence and betrayal in the opera, the song's lyrics of distrust and deceit stand in contrast to its comical melody. Added to this disconnect is the inherent irony that it is the Duke singing of females being flighty, when he is the one most guilty of this accusation. Woman may be fickle, man even more so, but Porter's fluffy yellow chicks, a gender-neutral metaphor of innocence, sing as if to comfort and calm.

Long interested in issues of representation, Porter's practice frequently addresses conventions related to portraiture and the gaze. Her figures, typically shot against white backdrops or placed on a painted white canvas or shelf, are presented with a simple, direct quality, inviting the viewer to ponder their existential plight. Whether it is a line-drawn rabbit looking at us from a piece of paper with a rock glued on, its path leading straight to the rabbit's head, or a man pulling a strand from a rope, coiled beyond his vision to the size of a mountain, relative to his size, we can feel momentarily omniscient and amused, but also unsettled when we recognize ourselves, similarly unaware of our fate. Though they are kitch objects, the artist portrays the chicks in Rehearsal in a way that imbues them with humanity, legitimizing our desire to anthropomorphize them.

Liliana Porter

Liliana Porter was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, attended the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and later took up residence in New York. She has exhibited widely in South America, Europe and the United States. A monograph was published by the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires in conjunction with her solo show Fotografía y Ficción in 2003. A solo show of her work at Hosfelt Gallery in New York runs October 30, 2008 through January 10, 2009


Funding for this project has been provided the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Beverages for the launch event compliments Brooklyn Brewery.

Dia Art Foundation

535 West 22nd Street , 5th Floor

New York , NY 10011

212 989 5566



15. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, launches artblog

Sonya Rapoport launches her artblog at http://sonyarapartblog.blogspot.com/

with her new work, Goethe's Primal Scream: The Plant and Sexual Love

(imagine imogen's images)

The golden links in Goethe's alchemical chain are still clinking since I produced the artwork Goethe's Urpflanze in 1977. In that work I interpreted Goethe's Primal Plant by drawing directly on computer printout data that described the effects of pollution on the development of the bean plant. Lucifer's ugly head had arisen, albeit in another form, in the 1700s, roughly two hundred years before this scientific experiment on the bean plant took place at the University of California, Davis.  Goethe had pointed to the personified pollutant, Lucifer, whom Goethe claimed had split the Unity of the World. In his alchemical theory of Unity in Duality, Goethe's Primal Plant, as exemplified by the double bean plant, would eventually resolve the opposing tensions in its evolutionary growth of leaves as they became liberated from the burden of matter. In the artwork, Goethe's Primal Scream, Lucifer's ugly voice arises as a gender pollutant. Lucifer, whom Goethe claimed had split the Unity of the World, had himself split the Unity of the World by splitting the roles that the sexes would play in scientific pursuits. To restore Unity in Duality, in tribute to Imogen Cunningham, I combined portions of her nude photographs with those of her plant images. This series of collaged images is a collaborative project with printer Josh Partridge.


16. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Cedar Lake, Manhattan, Nov. 15, and more


And, I have 2 show announcements.

An amazing opportunity to show some gratitude and celebrate!

Tuesday, November 11th, 8pm $10

World Famous *BOB* presents: Give Thanks!

A variety-filled fundraiser with burlesque, performance art, singing, a one-act play, and comedy!World Famous *BOB*, "The Dream Come True Girl," and Dana Perry invite their favorite acts to rub their talents together and create some magic! Featuring Glenn Marla, Dynasty Handbag, The Peach Tartes, Dana Perry, Cherry Pitz, and emceed by *BOB*! All of the money raised will go to Cambodian Children's Fund (90%) & (10%) will go to Off The Mat & Into The World.



Performa Presents

The Metal Ball: A Benefit Event

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

7 pm - Midnight

Cedar Lake , 547 West 26th Street

Chelsea, NYC

The Metal Ball is inspired by the Bauhaus' 1929 Metallic Festival, when the famous school was decorated entirely in metallic colors and substances and guests reveled in an exuberant festival of music, action, and visual delight. All guests will be asked to dress for the occasion in fabulous metallic clothing and accessories or to be dressed by a team of wardrobe specialists upon their arrival at the party. VIPs will be treated to a wonderful dinner and special performances during the early part of the evening followed by a multi-stage series of musical performances and DJs into the night. No ordinary benefit gala, guests of Performa's Metal Ball will likewise be thrilled by exciting and innovative performances of art and music.

Honorees: Philanthropist Toby Devan Lewis and Artist Isaac Julien

Co-chairs: Zac Posen, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and RoseLee Goldberg.


7:00-9:00 pm VIP Cocktails & Dinner

Stumblebum Brass Band, A performance by Theremin player Dorit Chrysler directed by artist Jesper Just and DJ Nick Hallett and Ana Matronic

Sponsor and Producer's Circle Tables $10,000-$25,000

Tickets $1,000

9:00 - midnight THE METAL BALL

Spiral Blaster, RobbinsChilds and Dynasty Handbag

Tickets $250

Environs and Installations by Zach Rockhill, The Emergency Sewing Circle, Light + Stage Design, and Made by Eugene

CALL NOW FOR TICKETS - 212-868-8450 Ext. 206http://performa-arts.org/2008/10/24/the-metal-ball-support-performa/

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17. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at Dinter Fine Art, Manhattan, thru Dec. 19


547 West 27 Street Third Floor New York NY 10001

212 947 2818              info@           dinterfineart.com

EXHIBITION:             How To Cook A Wolf: Part One


Karen Hesse FLATOW, Chris HAMMERLEIN, Mary HEILMANN,George HORNER, Judith HUDSON, Konstantin KAKANIAS, Martin KRUCK, Elizabeth LENNARD, Tracy NAKAYAMA, Jason OSBORNE, Jack PIERSON, Nicolas RULE, Julie RYAN,_Aaron SINIFT, Philip TAAFFE, Betty TOMPKINS, Donald TRAVER, Rob WYNNE...others

DATES:         November 6-December 19, 2008

RECEPTION:          Thursday, November 6, 6-9 pm

GALLERY HOURS:      Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm, & by appointment

DINTER FINE ART is pleased to present a group exhibition titled "How To Cook A Wolf: Part One".  Playing on a sexual theme-with allusions to food writing, and other wolfish associations-this exhibition runs a gamut from hardcore explicitness to soft eroticism, spiced with vulgarity and smoothed with refinement, both seriously and hilariously.  The mise en place of this exhibition reflects a myriad of human desires and appetites, with it's pleasures as well as it's darker sides.  Attraction, desire, lust, seduction, give way to subversive powers, with personal, political and philosophical implications-though not quite all the way to burning hell (leave that for another installment).

This exhibition presents an eclectic array of references to sex, literally, figuratively, and explicitly.  Like an art collector's cabinet of curiosities (or well-stocked pantry) we see a selection of works which include such meaty ingredients as writhing snakes by Rob Wynne and Philip Taaffe; ready to cook cocks and chickens, by Mia Brownell and Judith Hudson; George Horner's busy woodpecker; a lusty crocodile by Jason Osborne; and mounting pandas by Julie Ryan ("Because It Was There").  Jack Pierson presents us with his soft focus (and surely perfumed) flowers, suggesting the steaminess of a hot kitchen; Donald Traver anchors the stew, with two prongs, the female cross symbol, and all those chains; Judith Bernstein leaves a charred screw in the soup, evoking what she did in extra large format for William Copley's bedroom in some former time; Mary Heilmann provides a pink teacup, recalling Meret Oppenheim's furry one, this time stripped down and naked, ready for sipping.  From there we move on to the dignified but tasty encounters of an Indian miniature (Unknown Artist).  Paula Collery and Karen Hesse Flatow show how things might have been stirred up in earlier times.  David Dupuis, Chris Hammerlein and Tracy Nakayama show variations of the joy of life; Dianne Blell and George Condo indulge us with some cooked up theatricality; Konstantin Kakanias brings us up to date with sizzling political satire; and Betty Tompkins slaps down in short order an astonishingly magnified piece of cake; Nicolas Rule whispers about "unmentionables"; while Aaron Sinift provides a splash of painterly poetics, and Martin Kruck decorates flesh with thought; Elizabeth Lennard tells us something about (how to eat) a cactus...oh yes, and don't forget that mushroom.  Last, but not least, Michael Byron hauls us back in, soberly reminding us that this recipe has been in use by artists since time immemorial, a perennial and universal menu favorite...providing food for thought...in hungry times...

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Iris Owens, 1928-2008.

The exhibition remains on view through December 19.

For further information please contact Ingrid Dinter at 212 947 2818 info@dinterfineart.com   www.dinterfineart.com


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