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Contents for March 23, 2009

1. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, April 3-5
2. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, at Moore College, Philadelphia, PA, March 28
3. Lynn Cazabon, FF Alumn, at Civilian Art Projects, Washington DC, thru April 24
4. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, in Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA, April
5. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Ceres Gallery, Manhattan, March 26
6. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Juana Valdez, Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumns, in
Sevilla, Spain, Mar. 24-28

7. Dara Birnbaum, FF Alumn, retrospective, in Ghent, Belgium, and more
8. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, new work now online
9. Bea Nettles, FF Alumn, at Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage, thru April 17
10. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Cake Shop, Manhattan, April 1
11. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, at Int'l Print Center, NY, April 23-May 30
12. Reno, FF Alumn, at Joe's Pub, Manhattan, April 20
13. Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Tom Otterness, Kiki Smith, FF Alumns, at
Exit Art, Manattan, April 28

14. Joan Jonas, William Pope.L, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, in Berlin,
Germany, thru May 3
15. Linda Stein, FF Member, in Manhattan, April 20e
16. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Cooper Union, Manhattan, April 13, and more
17. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 2
18. Charles Clough, FF Alumn, current news

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1. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, April 3-5

I'll be in NYC performing for two nights at Dixon Place, double billing with
Felice Shays. The Saturday show will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are on sale
now. Hope you can make it! Best, Jess

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2. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, at Moore College, Philadelphia, PA, March 28

Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
and Moore College of Art & Design

CURATING AND ACTIVISM:
AN INTERNATIONAL PANEL
AND CONVERSATION
Saturday 3/28/09

Moore College of Art and Design
20th Street and The Parkway,
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179
http://www.thegalleriesatmoore.org

This program is free
and open to the public.
Pre-registration via e-mail is requested.
PLEASE RSVP BY 3/20/09: jkaplan@moore.edu

The Galleries at Moore in conjunction with Moore College of Art and Design's
BFA in Curatorial Studies present "Curating and Activism," the fourth in an
ongoing series of public conversations about issues and ideas in
contemporary curatorial practice. Through a series of grouped conversations
with an international roster of distinguished panelists, we will examine
multiple ways in which curatorial activities can be directed toward social
and political activism.

Questions to be considered include: How effectively is social/political
activism addressed through curatorial practice? What are the power dynamics
involved in curating for social change? What is a curator's responsibility
in articulating his/her political stance? Are forums for public interaction
inherently political? How is participation related to activism? What are the
stakes in activist curating and what are the criteria for success? Can
curatorial practice truly inspire productive political change?

9:30 am - 10 am
Welcoming Video by Andrea Bowers Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training,
2004

10 am - 11:15 am
Curating and Self-Organization-Facilitating Interactions
Katherine Carl + Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss + Michael Rakowitz + Carin Kuoni

11:15 pm - 12:30 pm
The Project of Performance-The Body and the Public
Sharon Hayes + Adam Pendleton + Martha Wilson

12:30 pm - 2 pm
Lunch on your own

2 pm - 2:30 pm
Welcome Back Video by Josephine Meckseper March for Peace, Justice, and
Democracy, 04/29/06, New York City, 2007

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Models of Participation and Modes of Activism
Stamatina Gregory + Steve Kurtz + Anton Vidokle

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Plenary and Audience Q & A

4:30 pm
Reception

6:30 - 8 pm
Don't miss:
IT IS WHAT IT IS: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT IRAQ Jeremy Deller, Nato Thompson,
Esam Pasha and Jonathan Harvey in conversation. A New Commission by Jeremy
Deller presented by the New Museum and Creative Time Hosted in Philadelphia
by the Slought Foundation on the occasion of Moore's International Panel and
Conversation on Curating and Activism.Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut
Street, Philadelphia, http://slought.org

Moore College of Art and Design
20th Street and The Parkway / Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179 /
http://www.thegalleriesatmoore.org

This symposium has been supported by the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative
at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and Moore College of Art & Design
through support from Frances and Bayard Storey.

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3. Lynn Cazabon, FF Alumn, at Civilian Art Projects, Washington DC, thru
April 24

Women's Work: Lynn Cazabon, Hadieh Shafie, Tory Wright
Civilian Art Projects
406 7th St NW, 3rd fl
Washington DC 20004
March 20 - April 24, 2009
http://www.civilianartprojects.com/

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4. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, in Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA, April

Upcoming public art project-urgently needs completion funding.

"...Or Does it Explode?" is a collaborative artwork I did with Philadelphia
youth. Commissioned by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, it is an
outdoor public artwork that consists of 12 human scale photographic
portraits of the teenagers in illuminated lightboxes. The boxes will be
supplemented by an audio component of the youths speaking about their hopes
and dreams.

A detailed description of the artwork and photographs of the project appears
on my website, http://dreadscott.net/explode3.html

The artwork will be installed in Logan Square in the heart of Philadelphia's
civic center. Installation will begin April 5, 2009.

Be a Patron
Completion funding urgently needed
The project is almost completed and most of the production is finished. I
have done a residency with the youth, photographed and interviewed them, the
lightboxes and photographs have been fabricated, and permission for
installation has been secured from the appropriate city agencies. The only
remaining step is the installation.

Due to the dramatic shift in the economic climate, the firm that had
initially committed to provide the funding for installing the artwork was
regrettably forced to withdraw their pledge. For this reason, $20,000 is
urgently needed to complete this important project. Tax-deductible donations
can be made online at http://muralarts.org/support. I hope that you will
contribute so that this project can be realized. On the secure donation
page, please check the box, "This gift is earmarked to support the 'Dread
Scott, Or Does it Explode' project."

Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated. Your $25 donations will
really add up and there are gifts for larger donations, including prints
from the project. See http://dreadscott.net/explode3.html for details.
Donate now.

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5. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Ceres Gallery, Manhattan, March 26

Vernita Nemec AKA Vernita N'Cognita performing with musician Sean Carolan

"Ghost Traveler", a Performance Artwork

Ceres Gallery  March 26th 7pm
547 W 27th St betw 10-11 Avs.
free
 
in conjunction with the reception for "Uptown Bound" Photographs by Masayo
Nishimura
Vernita Nemec's first performed in 1968 at Judson Dance Theater in a Phil
Niblock piece. Her next performance foray was in Meredith Monk's Juice at
the Guggenheim Museum in 1970, but Nemec ( who also calls herself
N'Cognita), did not present her own performance pieces on street corners,
museums and galleries around the world until 1978. Since then she has done
more than 70 performances, lectures & workshops at universities and
performance spaces such as Franklin Furnace, BACA, A.I.R., etc and abroad,
in Mexico City, Tokyo, Frankfurt & Darmstadt, Budapest, Dublin and Paris. In
2007 Nemec performed at the opening of the Brooklyn Museum s Sackler Center
for Feminist Art, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, also lecturing at
the Burren College of Art & National College of Art & Design there.

The artist presented Butoh guerilla performances at the Pompidou Museum,
Paris, France in 2005 & 2007. She came to performance art from a visual art
background, largely self-taught until discovering Butoh, studying with Akira
Kasai and others. Autobiography & what it is to be a female is a constant
thread in her artwork, but now in the twenty-first century, she has added
the dilemma of aging.  She has received numerous performance grants &
awards: Performance Studies International (Mainz GR), 5 Cities Project
(Tokyo), Vogelfrei 6 (Darmstadt, GR), 1997 IACP Grant, THE FIELD; Jerome
Foundation (Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund and others. She is
currently in Linda Montano s 7 Years of Living Art (2004-11) and will be
presenting a new work at Judson Church on April 20th through the auspices of
Movement Research.

Sean Carolan is a musician and composer with a number of cd's out as
Carolan's Chronicles.

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6. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Juana Valdez, Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumns, in
Sevilla, Spain, Mar. 24-28

First Ibero-American Video Art Week
Curated by Juan-Ramón Barbancho
 
March 24-28, 2009
Tuesday-Friday, 6-9 PM and Saturday, 11 AM-2 PM
 
La Navel Espacial
Plaza del Pelícano, 4. Local 1.
41003-Sevilla. España.
www.lanavespacial.com
 
In collaboration with:
VideoArtWorld
Blitz/Arte Contemporaneo
Radar, producción de arte actual
 
Participating Artists:
 
Tuesday, March 24
Jorge Santos. (Portugal). Braches that Blow. 2' 46''. 2007.
Regina José Galindo. (Guatemala). Autocanibalismo.
Enrique Ramírez. (Chile). Brises. 12' 40''. 2008.
Angie Bonino. (Perú). Habitar. 4' 34''. 2006.

Wednesday, March 25
Elia Alba. (Rep. Dominicana/USA). Se devela se revela. 2' 13''. 2005.
Mónica Ferreras. (Rep. Dominicana). Con su permiso deseo soñar I y II. 2'
37'' y 3' 10''. 2008.
Nicolás Dumit Estévez. (Rep. Dominicana/USA). Love is blind. 4' 27''. 2003.
Quisqueya Henríquez. (Rep. Dominicana). Intertextualidad. 3'. 2005.
 
Thursday, March 26
Soledad Arias. (Argentina). Who what where. 5' 55''. 2003-05.
Claudia Joskowicz. (Bolivia).
Dolores Zorreguieta. (Argentina). We (nosotros). 12' 58''. 2004, reeditado
en el 2009.
Juana Valdez. (Cuba). Happiness is. 28'. 2001.

Friday, March  27
Felipe Ortega-Regalado. (España). Alas para un hombre con vértigo.  5´ 44´´.
2003.
Juan Carlos Robles. (España). Alpenflug. 2'. 2006.
María Cañas. (España). Meet my meat. NY. 7'. 2007.
Miguel Soler (España). I say what I want to. video HDV. 2´47"/ loop. 2008
Alex Francés. (España). Retrato invertido. 2'. 2007.
Saturday, March 28
The entire video program will be screened

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7. Dara Birnbaum, FF Alumn, retrospective, in Ghent, Belgium, and more

a) Currently, in Manhattan, I am showing within a group exhibit entitled
"Broadcast" at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery.
b) Most importantly, on April 3rd, I will open a very large retrospective of
my work - with some 32 works included. This will be at S.M.A.K., Ghent,
Belgium and later (Jan., 2010) traveling to the Foundation Serralves, Porto,
Portugal. The exhibit: "Dara Birnbaum Retrospective: The Dark Matter of
Media Light" will have a large accompanying catalogue, co-published by
S.M.A.K. And König Verlag, Köln.

c) On (I believe) April 20th, I will have work opening in a group exhibition
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. That exhibit is entitled: "The
Pictures Generation: 1974-1984," curated by Douglas Eklund.

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8. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, new work now online

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, announces the recontextualization of Shoe-Field.
"SHOE-FIELD: Your Fate is on Your Feet" is my reflection on the difference
in cultural attitudes about shoes between the American culture and the Iraqi
culture. In this entry, I have juxtaposed images from my earlier work, with
recent images culled from the headlines in the wake of Muntadhar al-Zeidi's
shoe-attack on U.S. President Bush. It is my intention to recontextualize
earlier interactive work with current newsworthy topics. Now on display at
http://sonyarapartblog.blogspot.com/ .

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9. Bea Nettles, FF Alumn, at Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage, thru April 17

Bea Nettles, FF Alumn, has an exhibition opening at University of Alaska,
Anchorage: "Memory Theatres: Photographs and Books", March 18-April 17. She
will teach a 2 day bookbinding workshop for art majors followed by a public
lecture on April 13. The body of photographs being shown is Return Trips
(http://www.beanettles.com/works/returntrips/) A catalog of these works is
available here: http://www.lulu.com/content/5926784

Artist's website: http://www.beanettles.com/

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10. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Cake Shop, Manhattan, April 1

please join us

WEDNESDAY APRIL 1st AT 9PM

ROMANTEEK    http://www.myspace.com/romanteek 
DYNASTY HANDBAG www.myspace.com/dynastyhandbag
LADY MAGMA http://www.myspace.com/ladymagma

8$ the cakeshop
http://cake-shop.com/
Cake Shop is located at 152 Ludlow Street, NYC, 10002.

file:///Users/jibzcameron/Desktop/cakeshop.jpg

www.dynastyhandbag.com
www.myspace.com/dynastyhandbag

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11. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, at Int'l Print Center, NY, April 23-May 30

Michael Bramwell, FF Alum, introduces a new print edition entitled: A Short
History of African Americans II, included in the exhibition New Prints
2009/Spring, at The International Print Center New York, 526 West 26th
Street New York, NY 10001, Dates 23 April-30 May, 2009. For more information
contact 212-989-5090 or visit www.ipcny.org/exhib/exhib.htm

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12. Reno, FF Alumn, at Joe's Pub, Manhattan, April 20

Comedic Monologist
Reno
Unveils True Identity
Of Infamous "Invisible Hand"!

Money Talks W/ Citizen Reno
&
Nobel Economics Laureate

Professor Eric Maskin

At Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette


Monday April 20 @ 7:30pm

For Tickets Call 212 967-7555
Or Visit

Http://Www.Joespub.Com

$20 + $12 Drink Min.

Www.Citizenreno.Com

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13. Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Tom Otterness, Kiki Smith, FF Alumns, at
Exit Art, Manattan, April 28

EXIT ART presents SPEAKEASY 2009 Benefit Auction on Tuesday, April 28, 2009!


Hosted in Exit Art's stunning space at 475 Tenth Avenue, the evening will
begin with a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception, live music by 1920's era
jazz crooner Michael Arenella and His Trio, and silent auction from 6:30 -
8:00pm. Live auction bidding will take place from 8:00 - 9:00pm with
auctioneer Jennifer Roth. 

Artist Co-Chairs include Matthew Barney, Terence Koh, Tom Otterness and Mika
Rottenberg.  Benefit Chairs include Fairfax Dorn and Amy Newman.  This
highly anticipated event features artwork by a range of artists from Exit
Art's impressive history.  More than eighty distinguished artists are
donating work to this occasion, including Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci,
Eric Fischl, Adam Helms, Roxy Paine, Sterling Ruby, Richard Serra, Lorna
Simpson, and Kiki Smith, among others.

Internationally recognized for its unmatched spirit of inventiveness and
commitment to supporting artists, Exit Art has grown from a pioneering
alternative art space into a model cultural center for film, video,
performance and visual art, music and design. The benefit auction event will
mark its 27th year and help to raise necessary funds for the future.

EXIT ART continues to build on its past strengths: investigating the
relationship between art, history, and politics. 

"Established in 1982 by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo (the remarkable
couple who are still its directors)," says artist and senior editor of
ArtInfo.com Robert Ayers, "Exit Art has maintained a position at the
critical extreme of arts practice in this city, and along the way supported
and disseminated the work of a who's who of radical arts innovators."

During the first ten years, EXIT ART presented artists whose work challenged
and raised difficult questions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and
equality. 

In its second decade, the organization identified the emergence of a new
generation of young artists with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Now, Exit Art is a leading voice in experimental art, producing cutting edge
exhibitions illuminating the most pressing aesthetic, social, political, and
environmental issues of our time--all while supporting artists whose work
reflects the transformations in our culture. 

An on-line catalogue will be available for viewing on www.exitart.org.
Auction artwork will be on preview at Exit Art from April 24-27.  Absentee
bidding opportunities are available.  For press and ticket information or if
you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Lind,
Project Director, at Livet Reichard Company, Inc. at 212-868-8450 x209, or
by email at elizabeth@livetreichard.com.

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14. Joan Jonas, William Pope.L, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, in Berlin,
Germany, thru May 3

Carnival Within - An Exhibition Made in America
March 28 - May 3, 2009

Janine Antoni, Joe Amrhein, Tracey Baran, Sanford Biggers, Laura Bruce,
chameckilerner, Anne Chu, Spencer Finch, David Herbert, Joan Jonas, Nina
Katchadourian, Yvette Mattern, Karyn Olivier, Joyce Pensato, Peggy Preheim,
William Pope.L, Nadine Robinson, and Lawrence Weiner

Curated by Sabine Russ and Gregory Volk
in collaboration with Uta Grundmann

UferHallen
Uferstraße 8-11
13357 Berlin
http://www.discover-us.org

With masks and costumes, acrobatic feats and blinking lights, enticing
signage and amusing attractions, Carnival Within - An Exhibition Made in
America features eccentric American carnivalesque art in a time of profound
anxiety, crisis, transformation, and renewal. 18 American and international
artists from the US present eclectic works in a 3000 square meter space at
the Uferhallen in Berlin, a former tram repair facility, making for an
idiosyncratic version of the circuses and road shows that routinely
crisscross America, and that have done so since the nineteenth-century
traveling circuses of the famous showman P.T. Barnum and others. Excess,
exaggeration, and free-spirited playfulness are intrinsic to this carnival
art, but so too are thoughtfulness, social awareness, and keen political
engagement. Many of the works, including videos, figurative sculptures, and
textual wall pieces have an outsized, larger than life appeal, including
Karyn Olivier's functioning carousel (that has only one chair) and a giant
emaciated Superman by David Herbert. Many circuses feature tightrope acts,
and this carnival exhibition does too: Janine Antoni's renowned video Touch,
in which the artist, while walking a tightrope strung between two tractors
on a beach in the Bahamas, also appears to be magically striding atop the
distant horizon. Brazen, vivid, and colorful carnival signage is supplied by
both Joe Amrhein's hand-painted words and numbers on Mylar, and two
language-based wall works by noted Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner.

Mickey Mouse, clowns, Halloween costumes, performing bears, and Coney Island
figure prominently in various works, while Nadine Robinson's large
seven-pointed star with over 500 blazing light bulbs references both the
Bible and Las Vegas. However the exhibition is not meant to be a
freewheeling pop culture spectacle. Instead, each work connects with circus
gear and carnival tropes, but also explores complex personal and national
matters, including issues of utopianism and its breakdown, racial assertion
and conflict, and hopefulness mixed with raw doubt. In the process, the
exhibition highlights how the idiosyncratic works of each artist are
animated by a spirit of freedom and risk-taking adventure. After all, the
carnival - whether it be a raucous annual celebration or a traveling road
show - is about freedom, and freedom remains the enduring American ideal,
even though, or perhaps especially when, it has been so sorely tested over
the past several years.

Carnival Within - An Exhibition Made in America is the visual arts component
of Discover Us!, which also includes a program of experimental jazz and
experimental poetry from the United States.

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition will be published by the Verlag für
moderne Kunst Nürnberg with photographs of the exhibition by Arwed Messmer
and texts by Gregory Volk, Sabine Russ, Uta Grundmann, Thomas Irmer, Jed
Rasula and Martina Siebert.

The exhibition is supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Further information under: http://www.discover-us.org

Press contact:
artpress - Ute Weingarten
phone: +49-30-21961843
mail: artpress@uteweingarten.de


Project "Discover Us!"
grundmann@discover-us.org
http://www.discover-us.org

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 noon to 6 pm
Thursday: 12 noon to 8 pm

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15. Linda Stein, FF Member, in Manhattan, April 20

Linda Stein (www.LindaStein.com)--Upcoming Discussion and Performance-and
more
 "Masculinity/Femininity (Part II)" April 20, 2009, Doors open 6:30 pm
Linda Stein in dialogue with Michael Kimmel. Limited seating--If interested
in coming to this discussion, please RSVP by email. Go to this link for
invite: http://www.lindastein.com/home/MasculinityFemininity_Part2.pdf

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16. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Cooper Union, Manhattan, April 13, and more

David Medalla, FF Alumn, has been invited by Kianga Ford to give a talk on
his art to students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in
Boston, on April 3, 2009. The occasion will preceed by a couple of days
David Medalla's talk on the subject of the London Biennale  at the
international art conference of Trans-Cultural Exchange, director: Mary
Sherman, in the historic Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston. For his talk at
the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, David Medalla will invite the
students to explore with him a new participatory propulsion entitled
"Pedagogical Perigrinations". "In Paul Klee's 'Pedagogical Sketchbook', the
Bauhaus artist took a line for a walk. In my new participatory propulsion, I
will invite the students to join me in an imaginary voyage to the realm of
cosmic metaphors, " said Medalla. From Boston, David Medalla will proceed to
New Hampshire where David Macy will be the host to Medalla and other
delegates to Trans-Cultural Exchange's international art conference, at the
legendary MacDowell Art Colony. Art historian Dore Ashton has invited David
Medalla to give another talk to her students at the Cooper Union Institute
in New York City on April 13, 2009. "That will be a memorable occasion for
me," said Medalla. "It was in the Great Hall of Cooper Union in 1997, that I
gave a performance entitled 'Five Immortals At Drop Dead Prices'. The
performance was about five women in history from different parts of the
world whose lives expressed the dreams of freedom."  The performance was
part of the program of Franklin Furnace 'in exile'. The Jerome Foundation
gave a grant towards Medalla's performance and Materials for the Arts
donated some of the materials Medalla used in the work. Adam Nankervis was
the event facilitator. Medalla's Cooper Union perfornance was cited by
curator Petty Benitez in her doctoral thesis on Medalla's art at the
Courtauld Art Institute in London. Dore Ashton wrote the preface to
"Exploding Galaxies: The Art of David Medalla" by Guy Brett. Art historian
Yve Alain-Bois wrote the 'Envoi" to that book.  During his coming visit to
New York City (which David Medalla calls his spiritual home), he will
participate in a new "Puki Peace Procession" by artist Reynolds. Medalla
participated with several international artists in a previous Puki
Procession by Reynolds in Brooklyn several years ago. While in New York,
David Medalla will start in motion his project conceived with Adam Nankervis
entitled "Broadway Boogie Woogie: Homage to Mondrian". In 1994, Medalla and
Nankervis founded the Mondrian Fan Club. Over the years they have created
events in homage to Mondrian starting with their visit to Mondrian's grave
at the Cypress cemetery in Brooklyn where they laid chrysanthemums on the
artist's tomb.  "David and I," said Adam Nankervis, "plan to light up the
entire length of Broadway from lower to upper Manhattan in Mondrian's
favourite primary colors. We plan also to involve our artists friends in
realising this project which will feature many different live events."
According to David Medalla, "Gianni Jetzer, director of the Swiss Institute
of New York, has expressed interest in realising this project." It was at
the Swiss Institute of New York that David Medalla created an event, curated
by Mathieu Copeland, with the participation of twelve handsome New
York-based young artists.

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17. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 2

Artexte presents
It's not easy being GREEN
MICHELLE BUSH

Thursday, April 2nd, 17h30 @ La Centrale
 
Newfoundland-based artist Michelle Bush will undertake a performative
research residency at Artexte this spring (23 March to 3 April). This
residency will be part of the fourth-year installment of her 7 Years of
Living Art, a continuation of the work by seminal American artist Linda
Montano.
 
As the researcher in residence at Artexte, Bush will use her adaptation of
Montano's methodology to focus on the task of "performing research." She
will investigate material in the collection related to the state of
compassion as her fourth year of enquiry reflects upon the corresponding
fourth chakra (green). Bush calls into question the nature of conventional
research in our quest for knowledge at work, in everyday life, and in more
formal contexts (academia and cultural institutions).
 
Bush proposes three outcomes to the process: the durational performance of
research within the public space of Artexte; an onsite exhibition of the
accumulation of documents; and a discussion of her methodology and the
nature of her actions. This discussion will be held at La Centrale Galerie
Powerhouse, where Montano and Bush first met in 2003.
 
Michelle Bush is a performance, installation and intervention artist
interested in collaboration and community. Originally from Toronto (ON),
Bush lived in Montreal (QC) for two decades before moving to St. John's (NL)
in 2004, to take up the position of Director of Eastern Edge Gallery. She
received an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal (QC) in 2004. She is a
founding member of the sound performance collective, Women With Kitchen
Appliances and is presently the only Canadian participating in the
continuation of Linda Montano's 7 Years of Living Art. Individually, and as
part of WWKA, her practice has been presented nationally, in Europe and in
New York. She has received support for her artistic projects through the
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts.
 
Linda Montano is a senior American artist whose work is particularily
influential to feminist performance art. She has been actively performing
since the mid-1960s, devoted to "learning how to live better through
life-like artworks."  In 2003, La Centrale hosted an all-night sleepover
workshop with Montano which coincided with Linda M. Montano: 14 Years of
Living Art, curated by Jennifer Fisher, at the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery
(Saidye Bronfman Centre).
 
info@artexte.ca / 514-874-0049
Artexte is proudly supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du
Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de
Montréal.

The Women's studies Association of Concordia University
and the Centre des femmes de l'UQAM invite you to the second edition of

BACK OFF! :
Dissident Representations
in Art and Social Movements

Friday April 3rd 2009, 12:30pm to 9pm
@ The CEDA - 2515 Delisle street, near Lionel-Groulx metro

Back Off! is a day of conferences and workshops organized to draw attention
to political art being produced in Montreal and to understand how social
movements use art to transmit their messages.

The 2009 edition wishes to bring together people coming from different
artistic milieus, having a common interest for various forms of activistic
creation, and to create a meeting place for various actors of social
movements who identify as feminists or who use a feminist analysis in their
approaches. The goal is to bridge the gap between the academic and
grassroots communities of Montreal, anglophone and francophone.

This year, we wish to draw attention to political art being produced in
Montreal and to understand how social movements use art to transmit their
messages. We seek to broaden the possibilities of what constitutes engaged
feminist art, and to rethink representations which frame what it is to be "a
woman", to be "a man." This event will put into question the notion of the
political individual, drawing attention to ways in which people push back
against the limits of acceptance and implication through every day actions.
We wish to bring forward, for those coming from social movements, ways to
analyze feminist art, and the inverse for people coming from artistic
milieus.
With this in mind, Back Off! will examine the use of imagery through
different techniques and practices, and will draw attention to artists whose
work has informed our perspectives as well as feminist art which continues
to inspire us today. Feminism in not limited to only art or social
movements, it is everyone within our every day actions. Back Off! 2009 will
be an opportunity for us to explore these questions and perspectives.
With this in mind, Back Off! will examine the use of imagery through
different techniques and practices, and will draw attention to artists whose
work has informed our perspectives as well as feminist art which continues
to inspire us today. Feminism in not limited to only art or social
movements, it is everyone within our every day actions. Back Off! 2009 will
be an opportunity for us to explore these questions and perspectives.

Programming this year includes new workshops, reworked artistic practices,
media reappropriations, and facilitated discussions. All activities are
entirely free, in English and French with translation available, free
on-site child care, location accessible to people with reduced mobility and
free food.

For more information:
http://www.backoffinfo.com
backoff.info@gmail.com

LA CENTRALE
4296 boulevard saint-laurent
montréal qc canada h2w 1z3
info : 514.871.0268
galerie@lacentrale.org <mailto:galerie@lacentrale.org>
www.lacentrale.org
Open from noon to : 6pm wed, 9pm thu-fri, 5pm sat-sun

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18. Charles Clough, FF Alumn, current news

Recent events have been encouraging. I thank Dorothy and Herbert Vogel for
collecting over four hundred of my works over the past thirty years and
giving them to the National Gallery of Art. Thanks to Ruth Fine and the
National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the
Institute of Museum and Library Services, for launching a national gifts
program entitled "The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for
Fifty States". It is distributing 2,500 works from the Vogels' collection of
contemporary art throughout the nation, with fifty works going to a selected
art institution in each of the fifty states and my work is included in each.

I thank Robert Longo and Paul McMahon for bringing my work to the attention
of Metropolitan Museum of Art curator, Douglas Eklund, who I thank for
including it in "the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on
'The Pictures Generation,' a tightly knit group of New York artists who
created some of the most important and influential works of the
late-twentieth-century."

Thanks also to Robert, Cindy Sherman and the Vogels for recommending my work
to the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and to Charles C. Bergman, Chairman & CEO,
Samuel Sachs II President, Kerrie Buitrago, Executive Vice President and
Eugene Victor Thaw, President Emeritus for presenting me with a grant from
the Foundation.

I offer a number of "free" downloads at www.clufff.com and
www.westerlyartproject.com. These are pdfs of books which you may print from
for personal, non-commercial purposes and various "movie" files which
present Pepfog 9.1. This continues my offerings which are replaced from time
to time with new work.

Charles Clough

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller


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