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Contents for February 23, 2009

1. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Rose, Brooklyn, March 22, and more
2. Dan Kwong, FF Alumn, at Beloit College, WI, Feb. 25, and more
3. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Smalls Jazz Club, Manhattan, April 11
4. Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Feb. 19
5. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at Kean Univ., Union, NJ, thru Mar 13
6. Vito Acconci, Christo, Gilbert and George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Kosuth, Louise Lawler, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, March 5-May 10
7. Susan Bee, FF Alumn, at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, March 1
8. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, new online exhibition
9. Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, at Highways, Santa Monica, CA, Mar. 8 and more
10. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, at Village East Cinemas, Manhattan, Mar. 21
11. Diana Heise, FF Alumn, at Review Studios, Kansas City, MO, Feb. 27
12. Jessica Chalmers, FF Alumn, received Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant
13. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, retrospective at El Camino Art Gallery, Torrance, CA, opening Mar. 31, and more
14. Susan Fleminger, FF Member, at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Manhattan, March 11
15. China Blue, FF Alumn, in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, March 2-27
16. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, appointed Dean, College and Graduate School of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
17. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, online at www.brooklyneagle.com
18. A. A. Bronson, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Bard College, Annandale, NY, opening March 8
19. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Laguardia Performing Arts Center, LIC, NY, Mar. 26


1. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Rose, Brooklyn, March 22, and more

Ken Butler, FF Alumn, announces the following events:

a) Performance upcoming at Rose (on Grand near BQE in W-Burg) on March 22nd, with Electric Gamelan.

b) Going to Brussels to perform for the KRAAK Festival March 7th.

c) Exhibition up, Hybrid Visions (solo) , Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wa, 1/2-3/14, 09, Performance 2/11/09

c) Exhibition up, Anxious Objects, (solo), Orange Hall Gallery, Orange County C. C., Middletown, NY,1/10 - 2/21/09, Performance 1/30/09

d) recent Exhibition, “Hybrid Visions”, (solo), The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, 5/30-8/10/08, performance, 6/22/08.

e) recent Exhibition, “”Uncommon Instruments”, Compiegne Library, Compiegne, France, 5-6/08


2. Dan Kwong, FF Alumn, at Beloit College, WI, Feb. 25, and more

My latest news:

Dan Kwong performs his latest full-length solo multimedia, IT'S GREAT 2B AMERICAN, at Beloit College on Wednesday February 25th in Wilson Theater, Mayer Hall, 7:00PM.

Also on this trip:
Lecture/demo at Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison, Mon. Feb. 23 at 3:30-5PM in Lathrop Hall

Lecture/demo at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Thurs. Feb. 26 at 5PM in Rm. 012, basement level, 280 Columbus Drive.




3. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Smalls Jazz Club, Manhattan, April 11

Annie Lanzillotto
eleven recitations
Saturday April 11th, 2009
5:00 pm
10 bucks

Smalls Jazz Club
183 West 10th Street
(just west of 7th Avenue)
NY, NY 10014


4. Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Feb. 19

February 19, 2009
Art Review | 'Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh'
A Year in a Cage: A Life Shrunk to Expand Art
Art takes total commitment, but few artists maintain it around the clock. An exception is the Taiwanese-born performance artist Tehching Hsieh (pronounced dur-ching shay), specifically, the five, grueling one-year pieces he executed, mostly in New York, from 1978 to 1986. Their subject and material was time itself.
The Museum of Modern Art is devoting a small, gripping exhibition to the documentation of “Cage Piece” (1978-79), the first of Mr. Hsieh’s One Year Performances. It entailed spending a year in near-solitary confinement in a cell-like cage doing absolutely nothing. The show makes an altogether apt debut for the Modern’s new series of project exhibitions devoted to performance art. Few pieces communicate the medium’s potential and its demands in such a basic, resonant way.
All of Mr. Hsieh’s One Year Performances were 24/7 artworks. This sounds easy enough. Ever since Marcel Duchamp’s urinal, countless artists have claimed that their lives are their art. It’s a tired genre.
The catch is that for each piece Mr. Hsieh also established very particular living conditions that required absolute focus, discipline and dedication. These conditions give each piece a stripped down, shocking clarity — a single, obdurate form.
This form was extreme deprivation. For “Cage Piece” Mr. Hsieh deprived himself of nearly all contact with the world. In the next four pieces he eliminated, in succession, concentration, shelter, privacy and finally art itself. In each case he altered the nature of time radically for himself and, retrospectively, us.
For “Cage Piece” Mr. Hsieh built a cage from pine dowels and two-by-fours in a corner of his TriBeCa studio, furnishing it with a bed, a blanket, a sink (no toilet) and a pail, as well as some personal hygiene items. He entered the cell on Sept. 30, 1978. Robert Projansky, his lawyer, locked the door and affixed it and each dowel with paper seals that he signed. Every day a friend delivered food and dealt with the artist’s refuse. And each day the friend took a photograph of Mr. Hsieh, who had shaved his head at the beginning.
For the next year Mr. Hsieh was mostly alone with his thoughts: no talking, reading or writing; no radio or television. On designated days once or twice a month his loft was open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; people could visit it like a gallery and see the work in progress. On Sept. 29, 1979, Mr. Projansky returned, verified that none of the seals had been broken, and Mr. Hsieh left his cell.
At the Modern the small black-and-white daily photographs of the artist are displayed in a single line wrapping around the walls, measuring the days in lengthening hair. Giving each image a cursory look seems to take forever. The cage itself is on display in a shadowy interior gallery, complete with bed, sink and pail. It is like the jail cell in an American western, only dainty.
There’s the temptation to see Mr. Hsieh as a political prisoner (all those mug shots) or as a fanatical devotee of some religion. But mainly his work fits squarely within performance art’s peculiar and extreme explorations of the human condition.
His One Year pieces have the shock value of Chris Burden’s early daredevil performances, those brief, sensational actions that included having himself shot in the arm and crucified atop a Volkswagen. These works were performed in private and publicized after the fact. Whether conveyed by photographs, videos, statements or simple word of mouth, they made unforgettable impressions.
Still, the extended duration of Mr. Hsieh’s pieces aligns him with more peace-loving meditative artists who measure time through calm, unvarying repetition. Examples include Hanne Darboven’s journal-like scrawls; Roman Opalka’s gray number paintings; Jonathan Borofsky’s 1969-70 “Counting from 1 to 2,740,321,” a waist-high stack of typing paper covered with handwritten numbers held down by a large plastic ruby; and just about anything by On Kawara, best known for his date paintings. It is the compression of these two strains that gives Mr. Hsieh’s work its impact. You comprehend their extent in an instant; thinking them through makes them expand in your mind.
What’s most tangible about the “Cage Piece” is the almost palpable immensity and emptiness of time, nothing but time, of life as the filling of time. Mr. Hsieh carved a notch for each day in the wall. (He didn’t consider it writing.) He said he spent the time staying alive and thinking about his art.
His subsequent One Year Performances had their own demands, but they also stand as extreme reactions to the hardships of “Cage Piece.” Mr. Hsieh’s second yearlong piece required him to punch a time-clock in his studio every hour — or 8,760 times — dividing time into increments, destroying concentration with the constant interruption. (The piece, a combination of time cards and photographs, is on view at the Guggenheim in “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989.”) His third piece was a year spent living entirely outdoors, mostly in downtown New York, filling his time with the basic act of surviving and charting his movements.
His fourth piece was a year devoid of privacy or solitude, spent tied by an eight-foot rope to another person whom he never touched (the performance artist Linda Montano). Finally Mr. Hsieh spent a fifth year without making, looking at, talking or reading about art. This piece seems most abstract and hardest to detect or document. Tellingly, he found that the easiest way to execute it was to leave New York.
In the One Year Performances, especially the first four, Mr. Hsieh did not make his life his art. Instead, with Classical precision and unquestionable monstrousness, he expanded his art until it fully occupied, consumed and suspended his life.
“Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh” is at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, (212) 708-9400, moma.org, through May 18.


5. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at Kean Univ., Union, NJ, thru Mar 13

Kean University Video Gallery


On our Minds and in Our Lenses: An ongoing series of video
responses to the current issues, interests, passions and obsessions
bubbling to the surface in our heads and conversations and taking
form in the videos we produce.
Curated by Norene Leddy and Liz Slagus
Video production by Frank Zadlo
February 23-March 13, 2009
Kean University Video Gallery, School of Visual and
Performing Arts, Kean University in Union, NJ.
Program 1
How and who‘s learning? What is going on in education in the greater
sense? Is it a matter of funding? Is it a race or class issue?
a. Easy to Draw Dictators, Rebecca Herman and Mark Shoffner
Rebecca and Mark are interdisciplinary artists living and working in
Queens. To see more of their work, go to http://www.groupc.org.
b. Ah Um, Andrew Demirjian
Andrew is a video artist living and working in Palisades Park. To see
more of his work, go to http://www.andrewdemirjian.com.
c. USA Paradisiaca, Nicolás Dumit Estévez
Nicolás is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in the South
Bronx. To see more of his work, go to
http://www.longwoodarts.org/Artists/nicolas and
Norene Leddy is an award winning, internationally exhibited new
media artist, and a lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design
and Kean University. Liz Slagus is currently the 2009 Creative
Fellow for Art and Technology for the Queensland State Library. She
worked for 10 years as the Director of Education and Public
Programs at Eyebeam, in NYC, and has curated for the 01SJ festival


6. Vito Acconci, Christo, Gilbert and George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Kosuth, Louise Lawler, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, March 5-May 10


Exhibition Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the
JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

MARCH 5 – MAY 10, 2009

>From March 5 – May 10, 2009, JPMorgan Chase will team-up with The Bronx Museum of the Arts to present Collected Visions: Modern and Contemporary Works from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.

Collected Visions presents 70 artworks of extraordinary breadth and depth from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, one of the most established corporate collections in the world. This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Art Collection, founded by David Rockefeller, and comprises paintings, sculpture, photography and works on paper by leading artists who have shaped the course of art in our times.

For more information visit www.bronxmuseum.org/collected.html

Artists in the Collected Visions exhibition include:

Vito Acconci • Josef Albers • Milton Avery • Jean-Michel Basquiat • Romare Howard Bearden • Joseph Beuys • Alighiero E Boetti • Alexander Calder • John Chamberlain • Christo • Tony Cragg • Amy Cutler • Jean Dubuffet • Dan Flavin • Gilbert And George • Tomoo Gokita • Félix González-Torres • Adolph Gottlieb • Diana Guerrero-Maciá • Zaha Hadid • Keith Haring • Mary Heilmann • Thomas Hirschhorn • Jenny Holzer •  Huang Yong Ping • Alfred Jensen • Jasper Johns • Donald Judd • Zilvinas Kempinas • Jeff Koons • Joseph Kosuth • Louise Lawler • Roy Lichtenstein • Brice Marden • Marilyn Minter • Robert Motherwell • Vik Muniz • Bruce Nauman • Louise Nevelson • Gabriel Orozco • Nam June Paik • Richard Prince • Markus Raetz • Thomas Ruff • Edward Ruscha • Julian Schnabel • Cindy Sherman • Lorna Simpson • Saul Steinberg • Thomas Struth • Do-Ho Suh • Mark Tansey • Antoni Tàpies • Canan Tolon • Lucrecia Troncoso • Cy Twombly • Andy Warhol • Lawrence Weiner


7. Susan Bee, FF Alumn, at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, March 1

Tribute to Emma Bee Bernstein
and book release for Belladonna Elders Series?4
NEW DATE: Sunday, March 1, 2009 from 3 - 5 p.m.

A.I.R. Gallery: 111 Front St., #228, Dumbo, Brooklyn 11201

212-255-6651 info@airgallery.org

Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-6pm

This event will be a tribute to Emma Bee Bernstein and a book release for Belladonna Elders Series #4, which Emma edited and which features contributions by Johanna Drucker and Nona Willis Aronowitz, photographs and an essay by Emma Bee Bernstein, an interview with Marjorie Perloff, and artwork and an interview with Susan Bee. The book release will also mark the closing of Susan Bee's show "The Eye of the Storm" at A.I.R. Gallery.

Emma Bee Bernstein was born in 1985 and grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan. She graduated in June 2007 from the University of Chicago with a BA with honors in Visual Arts & Art History. She wrote her senior thesis on feminism and fashion in contemporary photography, and showed her Masquerade series as part of her senior thesis show. She also exhibited her photographs at A.I.R. Gallery in NYC, the Smart Museum in Chicago, and in numerous student exhibitions at the University of Chicago. She was featured in the NY Times for her work in Vita Excolatur, a University of Chicago erotica magazine and wrote an article on feminist art for M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online #4. Emma was the star of the film Emma's Dilemma, directed by Henry Hills, in which she interviews dozens of artists from the downtown NYC scene. She worked as a curatorial assistant in the Photography, Contemporary Art, and Prints & Drawings departments at the Art Institute of Chicago, at the Renaissance Society, and was a docent at the Smart Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. She worked as a Teaching Artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and was an involved mentor and teacher for Step Up Women's Network. With Nona Willis Aronowitz, Emma conceived the GIRLdrive project: a cross-country trip to interview and photograph a multitude of diverse women, reflecting on the present state of feminism and social activism. Girldrive has a blog and is a forthcoming book from Seal Press. Emma died in December 2008 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, where she had an internship. Emma is survived by her parents Susan Bee and Charles Bernstein and her brother Felix.

Belladonna Books | 925 Bergen Street, Suite 405 | Brooklyn, NY 11238 www.belladonnaseries.org


8. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, new online exhibition

Please visit the following link to see the newest online exhibition by Tom Trusky, FF Alumn:


Thank you.


9. Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, at Highways, Santa Monica, CA, Mar. 8 and more

Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa FF Alumn at Highways, Sushi and Claremont College

Highways Presents Fringes-Margins-Borders, a Radical New Works Performance Project Designed to Initiate Community Across Artificially and Socially Constructed Identity Divides

Friday and Saturday, March 6 + 7, 2009 at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
Highways Performance Space
at the 18th Street Arts Center
1651 18th Street; Santa Monica, CA 90404

Tuesday, March 10
Evening Performance @ Claremont College (Orange County), details TBD

Wednesday, March 11
Afternoon Dialogue/Workshop @ Claremont College (Orange County), details TBD

Thursday – Saturday, March 12, 13 + 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Sushi: A Center for The Urban Arts
390 11th Avenue; San Diego, CA 92101
www.sushiart.org, 619-235-8466

Santa Monica, CA – Highways Presents the Los Angeles presentation of a four-city tour of Fringes-Margins-Borders featuring L.A.’s Queer Exchange: Deadlee, Ian MacKinnon, Saleem, and guest artist Scott Turner Schofield + San Francisco Artists: Stephanie Cooper, Sean Dorsey Dance, and Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa. Fringes-Margins-Borders is a multidisciplinary performance project of new works drawn from personal narratives designed to initiate community across artificially and socially constructed identity divides.  For the tour, Highways is partnering with San Francisco’s Queer Cultural Center and San Diego’s Sushi Performance and Visual Art.   The project is sponsored in part by the James Irvine Foundation and is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project.
For Highways performance, tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for members/students/seniors.  Buy your tickets online @ www.highwaysperformance.org. Call 310-315-1459 for show information and to reserve. Anyone who calls our reservation line (310-315-1459) by the end of the day Friday, February 27th and makes a reservation and says: “Pay what you can.” will get a “pay what you can rate” when they pick up their tickets at the box office.


10. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, at Village East Cinemas, Manhattan, Mar. 21


Who: MiShinnah Productions Team lead by Artistic Director Elise Kermani.
What: Screening of Jocasta, an experimental performance film, 52 minutes with stereo sound.
Where: Village East Cinemas, 181 2nd Ave @ 12th Street, New York City, 10003
When: Saturday, March 21st, 2009, 10pm

Description: In collaboration with visual artists, dancers, and musicians, Elise Kermani directs a new genre of film, a “performance for camera” on location at a 5-story ruin, 10,000 sq.  ft.  Shaker Stone Barn in upstate New York.

During the summer of 2006 artists gathered at the barn to film a performance of Euripides' play “The Phoenician Women” (written 410 BCE) but what resulted was a reversal of the Oedipus myth. As the actors Marty New and Michael Potts contemplate their roles as Jocasta and Oedipus they uncover a  more ancient story: that of the origins of writing.

Jocasta is the companion  art project to Elise Kermani's media philosophy book “Sonic Soma: Sound, Body and the Origins of the Alphabet” which is now available from Atropos Press.

Elise Kermani - Director/Sound Designer/Editor
Barbara Kilpatrick - Production Design
Alan McIntyre Smith - Director of Photography
Melli Hoppe - Choreography
Jay Stern - Post Production Supervisor

Jocasta - Marty New
Oedipus/Polyneikes/Eteokles/Euripides - Michael Potts
Antigone - Melli Hoppe
Chorus Leaser - Vicky Shick
Musicians - Kevin James (leader), Chris McIntyre, Steve Swell, Mike Selzer

Contact info: Elise Kermani (Director) 917-664-9696 or elise@mishinnah.org

Project web site: www.elisekermani.com/jocasta.html

Sound and Multimedia


11. Diana Heise, FF Alumn, at Review Studios, Kansas City, MO, Feb. 27

Dear all:

I would like to invite (for those in Kansas City) and inform (everyone who happens not to be in Kansas City) to Gut #5: witness, a participatory performance and installation project of edible white chocolate Humvees.  This work will take place on Friday February 27, 2009 at 6pm at the exhibition space of Review Studios, 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City MO.

I hope to see you there and thank you for your continued support of my practice.

Cheers,  Diana Heise


Jessica Chalmers, FF Alumn, received Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant

Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program Announces 2008 Grants and Five-Year Renewal of Program


The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is pleased to announce the grantees for the final round of its three-year pilot phase. We are also pleased to announce the renewal of the Arts Writers Grant Program for a five-year period. The 2009 grant cycle will open for submissions on April 27, 2009.

Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. The program's renewal signals the continued commitment of Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation to these goals.

In its 2008 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of 635,000 USD to 27 individual authors. These grants range from 7,000 USD to 50,000 USD in four categories—articles, books, short-form writing, and blogs/new and alternative media—and support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences.

Representing a range of genres from scholarly studies to self-published blogs, the 27 selected projects, listed below, are united by their dual commitment to the craft of writing and the advancement of critical discourse on contemporary visual art.

C. Carr, Some Kind of Grace: A Biography of David Wojnarowicz (Book); New York, NY
Jessica Chalmers, Update on the Transgression Economy (Article); South Bend, IN
Darby English, Abstracts of Intimacy (Book); Chicago, IL
Michèle Faguet, "Pornomiseria": Origins and Recontextualization of a Critical Term (Article); Berlin, Germany
Mia Fineman, Phoning It in (Article); New York, NY
Joseph Grigely, HUO [Hans Ulrich Obrist] (Book); Chicago, IL
Mark Harris, Publico: Five Years (Article); Cincinnati, OH
Kathryn Hixson, Particular: Essays from the Middle States (Short-Form Writing); Evanston, IL
Paddy Johnson, Art Fag City (Blog/New Media); New York, NY
Branden Joseph, Lee Lozano: Grass Piece (Book); New York, NY
Douglas Kahn, Arts of the Spectrum: In the Nature of Electromagnetism (Book); San Francisco, CA
Jonathan Katz, Art, Eros, and the Sixties (Book); Philadelphia, PA
Judith Russi Kirshner, Voices and Images of Italian Feminism (Article); Chicago, IL
Christy Lange, Exhibition Reviews of Emerging Female Photographers (Short-Form Writing); Berlin, Germany Annette Leddy, Robert Watts's Spage Age Home (Article); Los Angeles, CA
Julian Myers and Edgar Arceneaux, Mirror-Travel in the Motor City (Book);
San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA
Frances Negrón-Muntaner, The Art Came From Her (Article); New York, NY
Viet Nguyen, An Eye for an Eye: The Vietnam War in Contemporary Art (Article); Cambridge, MA
Peter Plagens, Bruce Nauman—The Venice Projects (Article); New York, NY
Lyle Rexer, Sights Unseen: the Rise of Abstraction in Contemporary Photography (Book); Brooklyn, NY
Joan Rothfuss, Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman (Book); Minneapolis, MN
Alix Rule, Back to School: Learning Communities in Contemporary Art (Short-Form Writing); Berlin, Germany Anjali Srinivasan and Yuka Otani, Post-Glass Artists: Glass Guerillas (Blog/New Media); Columbus, OH and New York, NY
Judith Stein, "The Eye of the Sixties": A Biography of Richard Bellamy (Book); Philadelphia, PA
Roberto Tejada, Mexico City Specific (Book); Austin, TX
Lori Waxman, 60 Wrd/Min Art Critic (Short-Form Writing); Chicago, IL
Jonathan Weinberg, Pier Groups: Art Along the Manhattan Waterfront (Book); New Haven, CT

For 2008 project descriptions and for information about our 2009 grant cycle, please visit http://www.artswriters.org.


Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, retrospective at El Camino Art Gallery, Torrance, CA, opening Mar. 31, and more

Works by Terry Braunstein
March 30-May 1 (Gallery closed April 13-17, Spring Break)
Reception: Tuesday, March 31, 7-9 p.m.
Gallery walk through with Terry Braunstein, Thursday April 2  , at 1 p.m.

16007 CRENSHAW BOULEVARD Wed & Thu    10-8
TORRANCE, CA 90506 Fri                  10-2
(310) 660-3010
Contact/Curator: Susanna Meiers  (310) 660-3593  Ex. 3543

At a moment when many artists pursue increasingly theoretical work employing complex media and technology, Terry Braunstein agilely demonstrates how it is possible to create contemporary work that utilizes sophisticated digital technology and is simultaneously highly personal.   Through the use of collage techniques combined with photographic manipulation, Braunstein creates fictionalized landscapes where one may encounter dinosaurs in a tropical forest wandering with modern day folks from Miami Beach or see a woman in house attire busily sweeping the interminable floor of a vast desert, (Empty Nest). In her installation Garbage Can Man from the Time Bound  series, a man in midlife with his leg in a trash can looks beyond his gate to a limited future.

These works, whether in book form, sculpture, photographs or installation, emerge from the annals of the daily life of the artist, while serving as signposts to the viewer signaling the importance of human consciousness.  With its depictions of mundane human activity, set in fictive surroundings, Braunstein’s art explores the relationship of the everyday and the unfathomable. The work is whimsical, imaginative and sublime.
Braunstein who lives in Long Beach, California, is a poignant raconteur and commentator, creating books, sculptural works, public art pieces and gallery installations, nearly always derived from her own personal experience. In these works, time and space are compressed while images made exclusively from cutouts of the everyday, are rearranged into fantastic settings. Her studio is both image archive and laboratory.These intimate artworks address human issues of coming of age, life and death, birth, loss and search for meaning.

Additionally, Braunstein has produced a number of large-scale public art pieces in venues ranging from libraries and health centers to Metro stations and department store windows on Wilshire Boulevard.  She has exhibited her work internationally and has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Durfee Foundation Award that helps make this exhibition possible, the NEA Visual Arts Fellowship and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Book Award.

Station Identification at El Camino College Art Gallery from March 30-May 1, 2009, features more than 50 works by Terry Braunstein including 2 installations (hitherto unseen), altered books, book-like assemblage works, sculptural works, photomontage and photo and video documentation of her public art works. 


Craig Krull Gallery
Terry Braunstein: Time Bound (Installations)
Exhibition Dates:  April 11 – May 16, 2009
Opening Reception: April 11

In Terry Braunstein’s new one-person show, her fifth at Craig Krull Gallery, the photomontage artist unveils an installation of captivating miniature apartments that summon the viewer’s voyeuristic impulses. Time Bound, is a multi-media assemblage of paper cutouts, wire and dollhouse furniture that are used to masterfully manufacture a poignant, Rear Window world. The 8-foot-long installation houses tiny inhabitants who go about their business in adjacent rooms without walls. Each surreal scene shows, with delicate power, a man or woman wrestling with the mid-life angst of unfulfilled fantasies. A middle-aged man with a foot stuck in a trashcan fixates on a globe behind a gate. An older woman crouches in a child’s wagon as red balloons float behind a dangling window. In one slightly menacing scene, a plastic python slithers above a woman’s computer as a snake crawls across a suspended clock dial.

Howard N. Fox, a former curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, writing in the catalogue to Braunstein’s solo exhibition presented in Spain in conjunction with the Universal Exposition in 1992, compared Braunstein’s “enigmatic dramas” to the surrealist collages of Max Ernst and the tiny, boxed universes of Joseph Cornell. “As with Cornell, the thematic content of Braunstein’s montages and books is the traditional content of the great art of the West: birth, childhood, coming of age, life and death, search and discovery. . . like Cornell’s art, Braunstein’s art communicates these themes not through instruction or exposition to the viewer, but in cajoling the viewer to discover such content for him or herself.”

The Time Bound exhibition also features several other small installations, including a sculpted book, Anniversary Waltz, which whimsically tracks romantic love, and Reminiscences, a tiny installation, which shows a violinist serenading a dolls head surrounded by roses.

Based in Long Beach, Braunstein has exhibited her photomontages, assemblages and public art, in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Gallery Miyazaki in Japan the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Sala Arcs gallery in Barcelona, Spain. Her work is in many collections, including the Getty Center, LACMA, Corcoran, MOMA, Biblioteque Nationale, Library of Congress, Long Beach Museum and many others.  She was awarded commissions to produce public art for one of the Metro-Rail Blue Line stations, the Navy Memorial in Long Beach, as well as mosaics for a county healthcare facility for the city of Sun Valley. A retrospective exhibition of Braunstein’s work, “Station Identification,” opens at El Camino College in Torrance, Ca. on March 30, 2009.

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building B-3
Santa Monica, California 90404
310.828-6410  Fax: 310.828-7320


14. Susan Fleminger, FF Member, at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Manhattan, March 11

Dialogues in the Visual Arts Part 2
Women Artists and the Art Market:
>From the Studio to Collections

Susan Fleminger, DVA Visual Arts Curator, Moderators  Judith K. Brodsky, Director, Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University and Kat Griefen, Director, A.I.R Gallery

Artwork by Mimi Smith
Wednesday, March 11 @7pm, Only $5.  Meet & Greet Reception Included.
This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University, The Feminist Art Project, and A.I.R. Gallery.
Panelists Helen Allen , Founder and Executive Director, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Florence Lynch, Director, The Florence Lynch Gallery, Inc., Rocio Aranda, Curator, Jersey City Museum and Mimi Smith, Artist, New York.
This panel will address market issues facing emerging women artists.  Mimi Smith will talk from the artist's perspective about the relationship of the market to the creative process.  Three professionals representing different aspects of the art market will respond to the issues Smith raises.

Susan Fleminger, DVA Visual Arts Curator, is the Deputy Director of the Abrons Arts Center of Henry Street Settlement where she provides artistic leadership for an exhibitions program, an artist in residence workspace program, classes and workshops in the visual arts, and an arts-in-education program for public school children and their teachers.
Judith K. Brodsky, Moderator, is Distinguished Professor Emerita,Visual Arts, Rutgers University; Founding Director of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions; a founder and director, Rutgers Institute for Women and Art; a national coordinator of The Feminist Art Project.

Kat Griefen, Moderator,  has been the director of A.I.R. Gallery in New York City since 2006. A.I.R. was founded in 1972 as the first artist run not-for-profit art gallery for women artists. Griefen is also the New York Coordinator for The Feminist Art Project and an independent curator.

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado,  panelist,  is Curator at Jersey City Museum, where she organizes exhibitions of contemporary art featuring work by both established and emerging artists in the New Jersey and New York region as well as exhibitions drawn from the Museum's permanent collection of American art.

Helen Allen, panelist, is Founder and Executive Director, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair.  Previously she was director, Sara Meltzer Gallery; Research Coordinator and Associate Advisor with Thea Westreich Art Advisory; and Cataloguer and Junior Specialist in Christie’s Contemporary Art Department, both in Rome and New York. 

Florence Lynch, panelist, established the Florence Lynch gallery in 1998.  She is the former director of the Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York, and has worked as an independent curator, critic, and lecturer. In addition to co-directing the gallery, Lynch has done numerous curatorial projects in commercial and non-profit spaces nationally and internationally.

Mimi Smith, panelist, is an artist and has made many contributions to the Feminist Art Movement.  She developed an ironic critique of female domesticity which has had great impact on several generations of feminist artists.  For instance, her dressing gown made out of steel wool is a widely reproduced and legendary icon. Her work is in major collections including MOMA in NYC. 

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., NYC
You can get to us in any number of ways: Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E subways to Chambers Street; N, R subways to City Hall; 4, 5, 6, J, M subways to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; Path Train to World Trade Center; M20 & M22 buses to Greenwich Street or West St. 


China Blue, FF Alumn, in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, March 2-27
If you are in the area, I hope you will check out my latest piece Under Voices which is based on original recordings of the Eiffel Tower. It will be presented March 2-27 at Step Sequence, Pixel Palace, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
China Blue was the US Representative at OPENXI, an exhibition held in conjunction with the Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy.
China Blue


Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, appointed Dean, College and Graduate School of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

I write to share the news with you that I have been offered the position of Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, and that I have decided to accept. The job starts July 1st, so as soon as the semester in Rome is finished, my family and I will be heading back to Ithaca to start packing. It has been a difficult and painful decision for us all, but it is a great opportunity for me professionally, and I believe that the great resources of the university and community of St. Louis will be a great boon to our family in times to come.

I've pasted in the preliminary announcement from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art below:

All best,


Dear Sam Fox School Faculty and Staff,

I am very pleased to announce that Buzz Spector has accepted the position of Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art. His official appointment begins on July 1, 2009. Buzz will also hold the Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professorship of Art.

Buzz brings great energy and breadth of experience to Washington University as an academic leader, most recently as a former Chair of Art at Cornell University, New York. He has national and international stature as an artist, writer and art critic. Buzz works in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, photography, printmaking, book arts, and installation. He is an outstanding and dedicated teacher, proven by an amazing list of graduates that includes Sharon Lockhart, Jennifer Steinkamp, Christopher Miles, Maria Tomasula, and Pae White, to name just a few.  I know he will make substantial contributions to the new curriculum and provide leadership in the development of both the studio art and design programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Buzz, his wife, Njara Stout, and his family are eager to join us.

The official announcement of Buzz’s appointment will be released in the next day or two but I wanted to share this with you in advance of that. In the meantime, I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to Ron Leax for serving so effectively as Dean of Art following Jeff Pike’s tenure. His steadfast work on the NASAD accreditation and all areas of the program has been phenomenal. Ron has served us very ably during this transition and of course, will remain Dean through June 30th. Thank you, Ron!

I am confident Buzz will make an excellent Dean who will lead the College and Graduate School of Art to achieve even greater success and distinction, and help the Sam Fox School realize our vision and goals. I would also like to personally thank the advisory committee for the Dean of Art search, as well as the faculty and the staff. I deeply appreciate the dedication, the feedback, and all the extra time everyone has contributed to this process.

I will soon be meeting with the art faculty and staff to discuss Buzz’s next visit on March 2-4 and to plan the transition. Our joint efforts have produced an excellent outcome. I look forward to working with Buzz in the years ahead. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Buzz and Njara to Washington University.

With best regards,

Carmon Colangelo, Dean
E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1213
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Buzz Spector is professor and former chair of the Department of Art at Cornell University, where he has taught since 2001. Spector's previous teaching experience includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was professor and chair of the painting program between 1994-2001, and visiting professorships or lectureships at a number of universities and schools of art, including the University of California's campuses at Los Angeles, Riverside, and Santa Barbara, California State University-Fullerton, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in 1948 in Chicago, Spector studied art and systems design at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, earning a B.A. in Art in 1972. He received his M.F.A. in 1987 from the Committee on Art and Design at the University of Chicago, combining studies in art and philosophy.

Spector has an international reputation as an artist and critical writer, and his work in a variety of mediums has been shown in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy, and Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. Spector’s work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and as object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory and perception. He has issued a number of artists’ books and editions since the mid-1970’s, including, most recently, Time Square, a letterpress limited edition bookwork published by the Pyracantha Press at Arizona State University in Tempe in 2007. Previous publications by Spector include Details; Closed to Open, an artists’ book of photographic details from images in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, an archive of historical and contemporary information related to peace and social justice, published in 2001 by the artist and Swarthmore College, andBeautiful Scenes; Selections from the Cranbrook Archives (Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1998).

Spector was a co-founder of WhiteWalls, a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and served as the publications’ editor until 1987. Since then he has written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture, and has contributed reviews and essays to a number of publications, including American Craft, Artforum, Art Issues, Dialogue, Exposure, New Art Examiner and Visions. He is the author of The Book Maker’s Desire, critical essays on topics in contemporary art and artists’ books (Umbrella Editions, 1995), and numerous exhibition catalogue essays, including Dieter Roth (University of Iowa Museum of Art. 1999), and Ann Hamilton: Sao Paulo – Seattle (University of Washington Press, 1992).

Spector earned his B.A. in Art from Southern Illinois State University at Carbondale in 1972, and his M.F.A. with the Committee of Art and Design at the University of Chicago in 1978. His most recent recognition is a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship. In 1991, he was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, and in 1982, 1985 and 1991, he received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Awards.


Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, online at www.brooklyneagle.com

Please check the link below for the Brooklyn Eagle’s feature on the upcoming exhibition of Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn. Thank you.



A. A. Bronson, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Bard College, Annandale, NY, opening March 8

Center for Curatorial Studies,
Bard College
Spring Exhibitions, Series 1
March 8 - April 5

Opening Reception
Sunday, March 8, 1 – 4 p.m.

Center for Curatorial Studies and
Hessel Museum of Art
Bard College, PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Drifting Histories
Including work by Julieta Aranda, Rosa Barba, Andrea Geyer, and Korpys/Löffler, Drifting Histories addresses how geography and memory can offer alternative mappings of history.
Curated by Anaïs Lellouche

Vital Archive │ Revisiting Group Material's AIDS Timeline
A selection and presentation of artwork, documentation, archival material, and new research around the historical exhibition AIDS Timeline (1989) created by New York City-based artist collaborative Group Material (1979-1996).
Curated by Sabrina Locks

Including work by Cosima von Bonin, Tom Burr, Catherine Sullivan, and Artur Żmijewski, this group exhibition looks at how four artists adopt and often invert elements of theater and dramaturgy in their work.
Curated by Fionn Meade

Lora Sana: I Was There and Not There
A solo project by Carola Dertnig
Lora Sana: I Was There and Not There presents the fictive figure of Lora Sana (the lost female Viennese Actionist) through images, text, and performance.
Curated by Wendy Vogel

How to do things with Words
Including work by Sharon Hayes, Jenny Holzer, Glenn Ligon, Adam Pendleton, Lawrence Weiner, and Carey Young, How to do things with Words explores the social and political consequences of language in contemporary society.
Curated by Jess Wilcox

Limited free seating is available on a chartered bus that leaves from New York City for the March 8 opening. The bus returns to New York City after the opening. Reservations must be made in advance by calling CCS Bard at 845.758.7598 or e-mailing ccs@bard.edu.

Opening March 17
In A Room Anything Can Happen
March 17 – May 24
Opening reception: Tuesday, March 17, 5 – 7:00 p.m.

An exhibition of the Marieluise Hessel Collection, including work by Janine Antoni, Joseph Beuys, Alighero e Boetti, A. A. Bronson, David Bunn, Paul Chan, Nigel Cooke, William Copley, Martin Creed, Valie Export, Saul Fletcher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rachel Harrison, Mona Hatoum, Arturo Herrera, Matthew Higgs, Jim Hodges, Vlatka Horvat, Neil Jenney, Donald Judd, William Kentridge, Charles LeDray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tatsuo Miyajima, Mariko Mori, Martina Mullaney, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Nam June Paik, Jorge Pardo, Raymond Pettibon, Do-Ho Suh, Rosemarie Trockel, Bill Viola, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, Kohei Yoshiyuki, and Rhonda Zwillinger.

In A Room Anything Can Happen considers the parallels between museums and hotels as modern institutions that came of age during the 19th century, when the concept of public space entered into social consciousness. The hotel offers depersonalized privacy in public, while the museum allows a personal encounter with objects in the midst of the public realm. They both are stationary pursuits offering transitory experiences which break the routine of the everyday.

Curated by Sandra Cerisola, Michal Jachula, Sohrab Mohebbi, Gabi Ngcobo, Carlos Palacios, Francesca Sonara, Diana Stevenson, and Yulia Tikhonova

For more information, please call CCS Bard at 845.758.7598, write ccs@bard.edu, or visit http://www.bard.edu/ccs.

These exhibitions and projects at CCS Bard are made possible with support from the Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg Student Exhibition Fund; Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg; the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation; and by the Patrons, Supporters, and Friends of the Center for Curatorial Studies. Additional support provided by the Monique Beudert Award Fund and the Poughkeepsie Journal. Special thanks to the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Center for Curatorial Studies and
Hessel Museum of Art
Bard College, PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000


Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Laguardia Performing Arts Center, LIC, NY, Mar. 26

Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide

Conceived, written and performed by Judith Sloan
Directed by Michael Dinwiddie

Part documentary, part music, part poetic autobiography, Yo Miss looks back on Judith Sloan's twenty years of teaching in prisons, alternative schools, and universities. In this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking performance, Sloan attempts to break down assumptions that divide teacher and student, student and student, and residents of a polyglot city who live in  close proximity but come from conflicting worlds.

In addition to her work as an educator, Judith Sloan is an award-winning actress, oral historian, and radio producer. Fusing the art of theatre and radio, Yo Miss is an eye- and ear-witness account of a teacher using all her heart to bridge cultural and generational divides.

Music composed and performed by Taylor Rivelli
Additional music and sound composed by David Krakauer, Frank London, Samir Zariff, Lars Deitrich, Judith Sloan
Assistant Director/Dramaturg Yoni Oppenheim.
Production Support Michael Premo.
Additional voices: Carl Hancock Rux and Michael Premo.
Editor at Large: Warren Lehrer.

Thurs March 26th, at 8 PM /LaGuardia Performing Arts Center/ The Little Theatre.  $5
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 1101. PHONE: 718-482-5151.
For Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/55899
For more information: info@earsay.org

Developed in association with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Lab Program

Yo Miss! Is a project of EarSay an Kiartist driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. Our projects bridge the divide between documentary and expressive forms in books, exhibitions, on stage, in sound & electronic media. We are committed to fostering understanding across cultures, generations, gender and class through artistic productions and education.


Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller

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Brooklyn NY 11217-1506 U.S.A.
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Martha Wilson, Founding Director
Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
Harley Spiller, Administrator
Angel Nevarez, Program Coordinator
Susie Tofte, Project Cataloguer
Judith L. Woodward, Financial Manager