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Contents for April 13, 2009

1. Robert Delford Brown, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

2. Yoonhye Park, FF Fund recipient 2009, in Manhattan, April 19, 25; May 2, 9
Denise Green, FF FF Alumn, at TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia, thru May 21
Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archive, April 17, and more
Los Angeles Poverty Department, FF Alumn, in Los Angeles, CA, May 1-2
Vernita N’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Manhattanville College Gallery of Fine Art, Purchase, NY, opening April 17, and more
Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, April 18
Pauline Oliveros, FF Alumn, at The Kitchen, Manhattan, April 18
Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at Mitchell Algus Gallery, Manhattan, opening April 25
10. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 13, and more
11. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at Port 41, Manhattan, April 17
12. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, FF Alumn, at The Jewish Museum, Manhattan, May
13. Danielle Abrams, FF Alumn, at Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, opening April 17, and more
14. Richard Torchia, FF Alumn, at Arcadia College, Philadelphia, thru April 19
15. Robert Galinsky, FFAlumn, at Hi Christina, Brooklyn, April 17
16. Simba Yangala, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, May 9
17. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Light Industry, Brooklyn, April 21
18. John Baldessari and other FF Alumns, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, April 21-Aug. 2
19. Laurie Anderson,Bob Holman, Cecilia Vicuna, FF Alumns, at World Financial Center Winter Garden, Manhattan, April 15
20. Lumenhouse, benefit event, Bushwick, Brooklyn, April 25
21. Christopher Wool, FF Alumn, at Museum Ludwig, Koln, Germany, opening April 21
22. Licio Isolani, FF Alumn, at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, April 20-21


1.Robert Delford Brown, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

The New York Times, April 5, 2009

Robert Delford Brown, ‘Happenings’ Artist, Dies at 78

By Bruce Weber

Robert Delford Brown, a painter, sculptor, performance artist and avant-garde philosopher whose exuberantly provocative works challenged orthodoxies of both the art world and the world at large, usually with a big wink, was found dead on March 24 in the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, N.C.

He was 78 and lived in Wilmington, where he had moved two or three years ago to prepare for a 2008 exhibition of his work at the Cameron Art Museum there.

The death has been ruled accidental, Deputy Sheriff Charles Smith of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s office in North Carolina said. The cause appeared to be drowning. Mr. Brown was last seen on March 20, said his stepdaughter, Carol Cone. Mr. Brown, who had had hip surgery and walked with a cane, was known to have been scouting locations for an art project in the river involving a number of rafts, and he is thought to have fallen in.

A colleague of artists like Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Nam June Paik, Mr. Brown was a central figure in the anarchic New York art scene of the early 1960s, a participant in — and instigator of — events-as-art known as “happenings.” He saw the potential for aesthetic pronouncement in virtually everything. His métier was willful preposterousness, and his work contained both anger and insouciance.

His raw materials included buildings, pornographic photos and even meat carcasses.

He often performed in the persona of a religious leader, but dressed in a clown suit with a red nose and antennas hung with ripe bananas. In the end his message to the world was that both spirited individualism and unimpeded creativity must triumph.

One happening, a 1964 performance of a musical theater piece by Karlheinz Stockhausen called “Originale,” included, according to Time magazine, “two white hens, a chimpanzee, six fish floating in two bowls suspended from the ceiling, a shapely model stripping to her black lace panties and bra, and a young man who squirted himself all over with shaving lather and then jumped into a tub of water.”

Mr. Brown, then known as a painter, played “The Painter.” He appeared showering colored powder on the floor while perched on a ladder and clad in a costume of his own creation, a suit appropriate for coping with hazardous materials with what seemed to be a giant vacuum cleaner tube attached like a monstrous phallus. He was inventing a creation myth, he said later, and indeed, his appearance in “Originale” led him to create his own religion, The First National Church of the Exquisite Panic, Inc. The church was jokey, but not a joke. It had a deity, called Who, to answer the mysterious questions of the universe. (What does the future hold? Who knows.) It had a philosophy, known as Pharblongence, an Anglicized skewing of the Yiddish word farblonjet, meaning “confused.” And it had a creation story, “about a civilization that has played a violent game of baseball” since its first invention, the stick, wrote Mark Bloch, in a biography of Mr. Brown, “Meat, Maps, and Militant Metaphysics,” published by the Cameron Museum.

And in 1967 the church got a home, a former New York City branch library building at 251 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, built in 1887 and designed by the Beaux-Arts architect Richard Morris Hunt. Mr. Brown hired the Modernist architect Paul Rudolph to redesign the entrance and the interior, creating a purposeful clash between the old and the new that Mr. Brown called “The Great Building Crack-Up.” He lived in the building until 1997, staging art exhibitions and happenings there and preaching the gospel of Pharblongence. “This is a Dada improvisation, an architectural improvisation, a Dada gesture,” Mr. Brown told Mr. Bloch. He called the building “an architectural doodle.”

Robert Delford Brown Jr. was born in the tiny community of Portland, Colo., on Oct. 25, 1930. His family moved to Long Beach, Calif., when he was an adolescent, and he attended Long Beach State University and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. A Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist as a painter, he moved in 1959 to New York City, where he found himself among artists calling themselves Neo-Dadaists, devoted to action-based pieces.

In 1963 he married Rhett Cone, an Off Broadway theater producer from an affluent family, and she became a muse, collaborator and financial backer. She died in 1988; her daughter, Carol, from her previous marriage, is his only immediate survivor.

On their honeymoon in Paris the couple met Allan Kaprow, an early advocate of happenings, who later encouraged Mr. Brown to join the cast of “Originale.”

“Everything is art, everyone is an artist; there is no not art” was among his credos. In his later years he spent much of his energy making collages and organizing the kind of public art event he had helped bring to prominence almost half a century ago. His last work, earlier this year, was “Kazooathon,” a performance piece in which kazoo-playing participants marched through downtown Wilmington.

But he considered the church his most enduring creation, and its birth was perhaps the most memorable happening of his career. In October 1964, Mr. Brown opened “Meat Show,” an installation of thousands of pounds of raw meat, hanging carcasses of beef, lamb and pork, in a huge refrigerator unit separated into chambers by lingerie fabric. Attendees arrived in limousines in the meat market district of Manhattan — hardly the fashionable neighborhood it has become — and wore their overcoats to view the exhibition, which was kept at 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Mr. Brown called the installation “the grand opening service” of his new church, and the opening was covered by newspapers around the world. The Sunday Telegraph of London called it “the world’s most perishable art show.”

Mr. Brown joyously agreed, in a statement to The Sun Herald of Sydney, Australia.

“Most of this meat will go bad in a few days, which makes the whole exhibition more exciting,” he said.


2. Yoonhye Park, FF Fund recipient 2009, in Manhattan, April 19, 25; May 2, 9

Bodies of Pyongyang, live art performances by artist Yoonhye Park, Franklin Furnace Fund recipient 2009, will be presented at multiple public venues in Manhattan on April 19th and 25th and on May 2nd and 9th. 

At key pedestrian traffic sites Bodies of Pyongyang will seek to stimulate dialogue and discussion with the public, inciting awareness about the prevailing and ongoing issues of women’s rights in North Korea to the international and multicultural communities of Manhattan. Most people know who Kim Jong-il is, the dictator of North Korea; however, women in North Korea are hidden and veiled in contemporary context. Bodies of Pyongyang is a public visual art performance installation--twenty girls wear North Korean schoolgirl uniforms situated inside a (70"x70"x70") clear cube box installation, located at multiple outdoor venues across Manhattan. These tightly packed schoolgirls will try to move within the confined area expressing their emotional pain and struggle. Red strings symbolizing their dual inner states of suppression and resistance entangle the girls, further restricting their freedom to move inside this already constricting and hermetic space. These performances reference social and political themes explored by performance artists such as Marina Abramović, Shirin Neshat and Vanessa Beecroft, who have also choreographed groups of performers to make powerful artistic statements. With Bodies of Pyongyang, a public intervention by the artist Yoonhye Park, the plight of women in North Korea, is forced into people’s daily lives. The Art in Odd Places program provides accessible pedestrian venues that will enable Bodies of Pyongyang to have maximum exposure to everyday onlookers. This is paramount to the artist’s interest in acknowledging and giving human presence to anonymous North Koreans who are not able to represent themselves outside of their own country. Yoonhye Park dresses the girls in high school uniforms to symbolize that youthful moment of rebellion and fearlessness that can alter with the onset of responsibility. With recent reports of young women protesters putting themselves at extreme risk, there exists an illustration of the steps people are willing to take in order to resist oppression. Through action Bodies of Pyongyang underscores these stories of a totalitarian regime, ending each performance with a dramatic gesture representing the illusion of freedom and hope that in present circumstances, is unlikely to become a reality.

About the Artist:

Yoonhye Park is based in New York and her work is informed by her own experiences as a migrant from South Korea. Through her artistic practice she seeks to capture the emotional, political and psychological responses inspired by the interrelationship of hope and failure. She explores cultural surroundings using her own body as a medium in order to create performative visual languages. Yoonhye is an interdisciplinary artist who uses performance, video, photography, drawing, and installation to manifest ideas concerning the personal and political. 


SUNDAY April 19, Abe Lebewohl Park / St. Mark’s Church

SATURDAY April 25, Foley Square

SATURDAY May 2, Washington Square Park

SATURDAY May 9, Tompkins Square Park

Performance Hours: 2:30-5pm – FREE and Open to the Public

To get there by subway:

Abe Lebewohl Park / St. Mark’s Church, take the 6 to Astor Place or the L to 3rd Avenue.

Foley Square, take the 4, 5, 6, J, M, Z to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall / Chambers Street.

Washington Square Park, take the A, B, C, D, E, F, V to W. 4th St. or the N, R to 8th Street.

Tompkins Square Park, take the 6 to Astor Place, the L to 1st Avenue, or the F to 2nd Avenue.

This work is made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund, supported by Jerome Foundation and the Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation. This project is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan

Cultural Council. Art in Odd Places (AiOP) aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks of all disciplines. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the uncontrolled exchange of ideas. artinoddplaces.org

contact: Ed Woodham, artinoddplaces@gmail.com

Phone: 347-350-4242

Project Information: http://bodiesofpyongyang.com/

Artist Information: http://yoonhyepark.com/


3. Denise Green, FF Alumn, at TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia, thru May 21

The exhibition Denise Green: Evanescence at TarraWarra Museum of Art focuses upon works created between 2005 and 2008 which explore motifs developed overtime that are both personal and transient. The paintings with their elusive shapes and vivid colors capture a mood which transcends their reality. “Falling” belongs to the Square Column Series from 2006 which was painted after the attack on the World Trade Center. In order to achieve this meditation upon loss Green chose a minimal central motif of a stone brick from the site of Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany which was destroyed during WWII. For a memorial to her mother who passed away in 2003, she has chosen a more personal motif of the cut rose. Inspired by the poetry of AK Ramanujan the rose motif is repeated and with each permutation of the motif the color intensifies and the composition becomes more luminous. Green's works are built up through layers of meaning and association yet the imagery is simple and symbolic. Each work informs the next whilst the original inspiration is elusive, the feeling, the evanescence of it lingers and envelops the viewer.

For further information please go to www.twma.com.au and click “Current Exhibitions.”  


4. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archive, April 17, and more

Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, screens


(with a recent Ukraine film from Naomi Uman!)


Migrating Forms

Friday, April 17, 7:45 p.m.

Anthology Film Archive

2nd Ave2nd Street

New York City


Barbara Hammer Lecture Presentation

"Shaking the Archive: Career HIghlights"


SUNY, New Paltz

Thursday, April 23, 6 pm.

Lecture Center Room 102

Free and Open to the Public 



(in program of Black Maria Film Fest Awardees)


Donnel Library Center


Saturday, May 2, 2009

2:00pm - 5:00pm

96th Street Branch of NY Public Library

112 East 96th Street

212 289 0980

Barbara Hammer’s first book, "Hammer!"  will be released by the Feminist Press, CUNY

in March 2010.


5. Los Angeles Poverty Department, FF Alumn, in Los Angeles, CA, May 1-2


On May 1 & 2, the Los Angeles Poverty Department will present a new production,"CPR: a Public Training in Life Saving Skills", developed and performed by members of Santa Monica's OPCC, Ocean Park Community Center and the LAPD All-Stars, directed by John Malpede and Henritte Brouwers. Performances are free.

At a time when home foreclosures, job loss, and staggering medical bills are forcing more and more people onto the streets, undercover LAPD (Lost And Presumed Dead) heroes share the extraordinary wisdom that accounts for their return-from-the-edge, against-all-odds survival.

Based in LA's Skid Row, LAPD creates work that connects lived experience of those who live in poverty to the political and social forces that shape their communities and lives.

"CPR: a Public Training in Life Saving Skills" is the first collaboration between LAPD and Ocean Park Community Center. OPCC is the largest and most comprehensive provider of housing and services on the Westside to low-income and homeless youth, adults and families, battered women and their children, and people living with mental illness, particularly homeless mentally ill women. 

LAPD has been making theater with homeless and formerly homeless people for 24 years. Twenty years ago LAPD was invited to perform at Highways during its inaugural season. To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Highways Performance Space and 18th Street Arts Center, the performance will be presented on May 1 at 8:30 p.m. at Highways, (1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, 90404) and on May 2 at 8:30 p.m., at the same location as part of 18th Street Arts Centers Arts Night.

This project includes visual collaboration with students at Otis College of Art and Designs Integrated Learning program, 'The Right to the Street' class taught by Linda Samuels and mentor Dorit Cypis.

This project with OPCC is funded in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts' Theater program.

ABOUT LAPD Los Angeles Poverty Department is a theater company comprised primarily of low income, formerly homeless people living in those blocks of downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row. Founded in 1985 by John Malpede, LAPD creates performance work that that expresses the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of the homeless, making visible the creativity and humanity of this often misrepresented and vilified community. For more information visit www.lapovertydept.org

"The Los Angeles Poverty Department, despite the homeless status of many of its members, has thrived for years from its downtown outpost and continues to offer theater that's often stunning in its honesty and lacking in pretension."

-L.A. Weekly 

Other works by John Malpede include RFK IN EKY in 2004, a recreation of Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 "war on poverty" tour.  The play was performed in five counties in eastern Kentucky.  LAPD's most recent production, AGENTS & ASSETS cast five actors from the LAPD troupe with eight additional local citizens who are real-life veterans of the crack cocaine epidemic in a theatrical re-enactment of a Congressional hearing of the Governments so-called War on Drugs. In 2007, at the REDCAT Theater, LAPD performed UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA, an original work that explored the social, economic and cultural conflicts shaping the future of downtown Los Angeles. Malpede is a 2008 City of Los Angeles COLA Theater Fellow and a 2008 Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS).


OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center) is the largest and most comprehensive provider of housing and services on the Westside to low-income and homeless youth, adults and families, battered women and their children, and people living with mental illness, particularly homeless mentally ill women.  OPCC currently operates 257 emergency and transitional beds in six facilities, and has over 150 individuals living in apartments throughout the region with rental subsidy vouchers obtained by OPCC.

OPCC was founded in 1963 as a community resource center for low-income families in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica. As the needs of the community have changed over the last 45 years, and homelessness, domestic violence, and mental illness have become prominent social issues, OPCC has evolved into a multi-faceted social service agency serving more than 8,000 people annually, empowering them to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. For more information: www.opcc.net. 


Highways Performance Space is Southern Californias boldest center for new performance. In its twentieth year, Highways continues to be an important alternative cultural center in Los Angeles that encourages fierce new artists from diverse communities to develop and present innovative works. For more information: www.highwaysperformance.org.


18th Street is a community which values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just and healthy society.  Its mission: to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making. The 18th Street Arts Center came into existence in 1988 as a complex of artist live-work spaces and the headquarters of High Performance magazine. Today, 18th Street Arts Center is a respected destination for national and international artists wishing to publish, perform, work and/or exhibit in Los Angeles County. 18th Streets prominent arts programs have hosted and sponsored over 150 group and solo exhibitions serving 700 artists since 1988. For more information: www.18thstreet.org.


6. Vernita N’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Manhattanville College Gallery of Fine Art, Purchase, NY, opening April 17, and more

Manhattanville College Gallery of Fine Art  Purchase, New York

Off The Wall: Contemporary Installations

Michael Burke  Valerie Hammond  Lisa Mackie  Vernita N’Cognita

April 17 - May 16, 2009

Opening Reception April 17, 5-7pm 

The Manhattanville College Gallery of Fine Art announces its latest show, Off the Wall, featuring the works of four prominent contemporary installation artists: Michael Burke, Valerie Hammond, Lisa Mackie, and Vernita N’Cognita. 

Based in New York City, Vernita N’Cognita is a performance and multimedia artist, writer, poet, political activist, and artistic pioneer. Influenced by her study of the enigmatic system of Japanese dance and movement, her work is always a fusion of the material and somatic, the stuff of art and the physicality of the manipulator of that stuff, the product of which places evocative and exigent demands upon the observer.

In her installations, Valerie Hammond seeks to capture those parts of experience that are most profound and yet more elusive: the sacred and the psychic. Drawing her inspiration from consecrated spaces and devotional objects, Hammond captures in her work the fluidity and transformationality of the mysterious and metaphysical realms of the human condition.

Lisa Mackie works in collage: a collage of colors, textures, forms, dimensions, materials, and senses. Her pieces are not so much finished objects in and of themselves as they are invitations to consider the progressive paths which led to their creation. Her work dares the viewer to peer into the infinite, fractal-like array of possibilities that is the creative process.

Michael Burke, who brings to work years of experience from fields of astrophysics and urban planning, is an artist whose metallic creations seems to balance themselves precariously between the mechanical and the mystical, between the formulaic and the fantastical, and between the scientific and the sublime. His pieces challenge the observer to sidestep the either/or of these seeming contradictions, and to see the pure and powerful beauty that resides in the places where these concepts collide.

for directions: take Metro North to White Plains or call 914.694.2200/

914.323.3190 for Gallery Hours


Movement Research at Judson Church Monday Night Series


Vernita Nemec AKA N’Cognita

with Sean Carolan & Nicole Lee

 Ghost Traveler, A Performance ArtworkMovement Research at Judson Church, Washington Square South & Thompson St.

April 20, 2009 at 8PM

Admission is free

Vernita Nemec’s  Ghost Traveler continues the artist’s often humorous exploration of the ironies of aging.  In this performance artwork, Nemec’s version of Butoh movement & monologue both inspires and responds to the live guitar sounds of Sean Carolan and the dance of Nicole Lee representing Nemec’s more youthful self. Just 15 minutes in length, this version of  Ghost Traveler is but one of four artistic presentations during this evening of Movement Research’s Monday Night Series.

Vernita N’Cognita aka Vernita Nemec is a visual/ performance artist/ curator who has exhibited her art throughout the world in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Working in a variety of media, she came to performance art from a visual art background, recently discovering Butoh, studying with Akira Kasai, Ximena Garnica  & 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.  Nemec first performed in 1968 at Judson Church in a Phill 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 in honor of underknown artists), did not present her own performance pieces on street corners, museums and galleries 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 has received numerous performance grants & awards from the Jerome Foundation (Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund) and others. She is currently participating in Linda Montano’s 7 Years of Living Art (2004-11) with the expressed goal of  7 More Untitled Years of Wherever My Art Leads Me.

Nemec and musician/ composer Sean Carolan have been collaborating since 2005. A version of  Barbie with Scissors can be viewed on You Tube. Carolan has produced numerous cds that can be heard on YouTube as well, through Carolan’s Chronicles.

Dancer/ choreographer Nicole Lee of Nicole Amarellis Lee Dance Company and Nemec met last fall at Earthdance, a performance retreat in Massachusetts. This is their first collaboration.





7. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, April 18

Spiritual Spring Cleaning: Detoxing Body, Mind, Spirit, and Home with Mama Donna, Urban Shaman                          

Saturday, April 18


In winter, we tend to get lazy, sloppy, heavy, and slow. This, in turn, makes us feel depressed, out of control, and out of sorts.  

Now is the time to emerge from the hibernating mode, shake ourselves off, and get centered.

A mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual seasonal cleansing can make all the difference to your health, happiness and sense of well-being. Learn simple techniques from cultures around the world to rekindle your perspective, sanity, equilibrium, good cheer, and

positive attitude.

Let Your Sap Rise!

$50. in advance

$60. at the door 

Mama Donna’s Tea Garden and Healing Haven

Park Slope, Exotic Brooklyn, NY 11238

Advance Reservations Required.

For info and reservations please contact:

 (718) 857-1343


Note: Reservations close 24 hours prior to the event


8. Pauline Oliveros, FF Alumn, at The Kitchen, Manhattan, April 18

The Deep Listening Institute (founded by Pauline Oliveros) will be having a benefit concert next week at The Kitchen next Saturday, April 18th. (link is below) - a highlight will be a duo of Pauline Oliveros and Roscoe Mitchell - how often can you hear that?

Big Deep - Benefit Concert for Deep Listening Institute



Benefit concert for Deep Listening Institute

APRIL 18th at the Kitchen in NYC!

Roscoe Mitchell, Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, David Gamper, DJ Olive, Benton Bainbridge - Concert & After party!!! 

"Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pauline Oliveros

Deep Listening institute. Ltd.

Arts Dept, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

845 389 7048




9. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at Mitchell Algus Gallery, Manhattan, opening April 25

Betty Tompkins at Mitchell Algus Gallery, "New Work", reception 5-7 pm, April 25.  Show runs from April 25th to June 6, 2009.  Mitchell Algus Gallery, 511 West 25th Street, #206, New York New York 10001, 212 242 6242, www.mitchellalgus.com, mitchellalgus@aol.com.  Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM-6PM.


10. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 13, and more

The New York Times

April 13, 2009

Voicing Pain Through Performance

by Anne Barnard

Standing in a circle, in a windowless classroom near an on-ramp to the Queensboro Bridge, two dozen high school students chanted in unison. Their accents revealed their origins: Honduras, Ghana, Albania, Vietnam.

What are we, why are we, where are we going?

Why are we leaving, what are we doing?

Then, rapid-fire, they spoke the lines they had first uttered in a classroom discussion about displacement and emigration but now were molding into art.

“We had to leave; the rebels took over!” declared Stephanie Saint-Val, from Haiti.

“We left the city for the desert,” Hadeel al-Hindawi, from Iraq, said more shyly.

“You don’t know my struggle, you haven’t a clue,” proclaimed Sandup Sherpa, from Nepal, who had just dazzled the class with his break dancing.

Stephanie’s family fled machete-wielding attackers during a 2004 coup. Hadeel’s father was shot in the face in Baghdad because he worked as a translator for the United States military. Sandup’s father, a legislator, was targeted for assassination by Maoist rebels and now lives in Elmhurst, Queens, selling cellphones.

Leading the recent rehearsal at the International High School at LaGuardia Community College was Judith Sloan, a performance artist and oral historian with a fountain of red hair. She has spent a decade documenting immigrants’ stories and teaching teenagers to transform their experiences into theater — mainly in Queens, which, with 167 nationalities and 116 languages, was deemed the nation’s most diverse county in the 2000 census. 

Ms. Sloan’s art and teaching cross-pollinate: She uses immigrant stories that she and her husband have compiled — dozens of them are included in a 2003 book, “Crossing the Blvd” — to demonstrate how to shape narrative and to get students talking about their lives. And the students flood her with new material.

As she helps the students compose the performance they will present in May, she is also coming full circle with a new work of her own. “Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide,” which she performs with musical collaborators, re-enacts and riffs on her experiences teaching teenagers from myriad worlds: refugee camps, struggling neighborhoods, prisons. It is a performance about performances, a story containing many stories.

And suddenly, “Yo Miss!” has another mission: To raise money to keep the story going. Facing a shortfall of about a quarter of the high school program’s $45,000 budget for this year, Ms. Sloan has earmarked a chunk of the proceeds from her show to finance the workshop.

In one “Yo Miss!” vignette, a patchwork of sentence fragments conveys Ms. Sloan’s jitters as she travels upstate to teach teenagers in a detention center for the first time: “Snow. Rolling hills. Country homes. Farms. Prison. Boys from New York City. Fresh air. Barbed wire. Sky.”

“Yo miss! What good is this going to do us when we get out?” she sneers in the half-whiny, half-aggressive voice of a teenage boy. After trying some answers that do not fly — “Maybe some of you will become writers!” — she finally tells them, “I don’t know; do you have anything better to do right now?”

The workshop at the International High School, run by EarSay, Ms. Sloan’s nonprofit group, is just one of countless cultural programs across the country that are facing cuts.

To cope, Ms. Sloan gave up her teaching pay, found volunteers to help, and even plans to seek financing from the hip-hop artist Nas, who grew up partly in the Queensbridge housing project near the school.

The New York State Council on the Arts was given $48.5 million in this year’s state budget to support cultural groups and projects, but midyear budget cuts brought the allocation down to $39.5 million. Next year’s budget raises financing to $42.4 million —still below pre-recession levels.

Small community groups are most vulnerable to budget cuts, said Lynn Lobell, managing director of the Queens Council on the Arts, who funnels city financing to arts projects like flamenco theater and Chinese opera. But they are vitally important to developing neighborhoods, she said. And they help in less tangible ways.

The International High School is a public school for students with limited English proficiency who have been in the United States less than four years. Many are refugees whose education has been interrupted by war and displacement.

For them, Ms. Sloan’s workshop does more than fulfill their arts requirement: students say it helps them work through experiences that are hard to discuss in any language.

Stephanie, 18, brought Haitian zouk — joyous dance music that she said “releases pain” — to be woven into the performance, along with patriotic Albanian hip-hop and Arabic pop. That meant sharing something positive about Haiti, even as she talked about hiding from rebels, unable to leave the house, and missing school.

For Hadeel, 15, the performance helped explore feelings of loss. “I have a new life, and it’s fun, but I lost a lot,” she said: friends, her neighborhood, the habit of wearing a headscarf.

Ms. Sloan and her husband, Warren Lehrer, founded EarSay in 1999, and learned to listen to stories of trauma through “Crossing the Blvd,” for which they interviewed dozens of immigrants along Queens Boulevard, the borough’s main thoroughfare. The stories became not only the book but continuing performances and museum exhibits that have toured the country and become part of curriculums for high schools, medical residents and college oral history classes.

On Sunday, as part of the city’s Immigrant Heritage Week, Ms. Sloan will be performing pieces from “Crossing the Blvd” and “Yo Miss!” at UnionDocs, a documentary arts center in Brooklyn.

At the high school workshop, Chenits Pettigrew, a hip-hop artist who goes by the name Chen Lo, had compiled the students’ thoughts into a spoken-word performance, part poetry, part rap. He asked each student to perform the line that meant the most.

Sandup, 14, said speaking his lines made him proud. “It feels like I’m telling the public how I’ve been struggling,” he said.

He pointed to a favorite line: “My homeland screams, ‘Don’t forget me!’ My new life says, ‘Come and get me!’ ”

He said he and other Nepali teenagers spend a lot of time speaking English and having fun, not thinking much about what their parents went through to bring them here.

“I don’t want to forget,” he said.




Sunday, April 19, 2009

7:00pm - 9:00pm


322 Union Avenue

South Brooklyn, NY

A special performance, occurring in New York City’s Immigrant History week, of Crossing the BLVD by Judith Sloan, featuring stories, sounds and images of new immigrants and refugees. Discussion will follow with Judith Sloan, Warren Lehrer, and Camilo Perdomo, asylee and now permanent legal resident from Colombia who escaped anti-gay vigilante groups and is featured in the Crossing the BLVD project in the RUN FOR YOUR LIFE section.

for directions and info:


“Immigrant life in Queens, as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America’s big cities…” The Washington Post

“Crossing the BLVD boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century… electrifying collage of voices, faces, and spirits, capturing the true elasticity and inclusiveness of American culture.”Eve Ensler, author, oral historian, performer The Vagina Monologues


11. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at Port 41, Manhattan, April 17


show your love at one more roundbelly show with the Tank, this Friday April 17 at Port 41, a truly hardcore old-school NYC kinda place with runaways from Port Authority and, shall we say, other interesting characters...also with bartenders in underwear, pool tables, darts, cheap drinks, beer in pitchers, and free food (not that you necessarily want to eat it). I had a blast at Eighteen's last show here:




Hope to see you there, 355 W. 41st Street...we play at 10.



Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, FF Alumn, at The Jewish Museum, Manhattan, May

Do join us on Sunday May 10 at The Jewish Museum, when the exhibition They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust opens to the public at The Jewish Musem (Fifth Avenue at 92nd St, NYC), 11:00am-5:45pm. We hope you can also come on Thursday May 14 for a special public program with us at The Jewish Museum moderated by Dave Isay (StoryCorps and NPR). The members' opening is on May 5.


Mayer Kirshenblatt has made it his mission to remember the world of his childhood in living color, lest future generations know more about how Jews died than how they lived. This unique project is a blend of memoir, oral history, and visual interpretation, the culmination of a forty-year collaboration with Mayer's daughter Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. Intimate, humorous, and refreshingly candid, the project is a remarkable record -- in both words and images -- of Jewish life in a Polish town before World War II, as seen through the eyes of an inquisitive boy. Further information can be found at www.mayerjuly.com

Mayer Kirshenblatt is a self-taught artist living and working in Toronto. Born in Apt (Opatów in Polish) in 1916, he arrived in Canada in 1934 at the age of seventeen, having completed the seven grades of Polish public school and kheyder. In 1990, at the age of 73, he began to paint everything he could remember about his hometown and his childhood. 

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. She is currently leading the Core Exhibition Development Team at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. They Called Me Mayer July is the culmination of  a collaboration  that began in 1967, when Barbara began interviewing her father about everything he could remember about his childhood in Poland.

They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland before the Holocaust has been organized by the Judah L. Magnes Museum. The exhibition has been made possible through a grant from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and thanks to the generosity of Jean and Sandy Colen, Varda and Irving Rabin, and Katie and Amnon Rodan.

The presentation at The Jewish Museum is generously supported by the Weiser Family Foundation in honor of Siegfried and Paula Weiser; The Atlantic Philanthropies; the Joseph Alexander Foundation; Goldie and David Blanksteen; the Robert I. Goldman Foundation; the Koret Foundation; the Winnick Family Foundation; Amy Rubenstein; and other donors.


Danielle Abrams, FF Alumn, at Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, opening April 17, and more

I'll be showing videos at a show titled:

Nine Miles South of Eight Mile


April 17-July 5

Curated by Matheieu Beausejour, David Diviney, and Lee Rodney

at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, CA


I'll be presenting an artist's talk: "Routine: The Blackface of the Borscht Belt"

The 2009 Conney Conference titled "Performing Histories, Inscribing Jewishness"

April 22-24, 2009

University of Wisconsin at Madison



14. Richard Torchia, FF Alumn, at Arcadia College, Philadelphia, thru April 19

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope you can join us for this event.




Arcadia University Art Gallery

on view through April 19, 2009

free and open to the public .

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to view a selection of images, visit:


Philadelphia Inquirer review (March 29, 2009)


Arcadia University Art Gallery

450 South Easton Road

Glenside, Pennsylvania, 19038





Robert Galinsky, FFAlumn, at Hi Christina, Brooklyn, April 17

Robert Galinsky Happenings Upcoming This Week! (with a bit of Gawker gossip at the end)

a. Wednesday April 15th - 7pm New York Reality TV School Seminar - SOLD OUT! http://www.newyorkrealitytvschool.com/thebuzz.htm

b. Friday 9pm April 17th - live in Brooklyn at HI CHRISTINA performance space - "Now You're on TV!" (& Jellie Bean Wrestling!) The Before/After Show/Workshop

At HI CHRISTINA, 632 Grand Street, Brooklyn (L train to Lorimer, walk 4 blocks South to Grand, one block East to Leonard) 347.495.5868 Special guests from Holland will be filming for a full length documentary to be aired to millions in the Netherlands on VPRO in June! Award winning director Wim Schepens will be shooting!  Galinsky and team will run volunteers through a "before" audition (they haven't heard Galinsky's advice yet) and exercises with the audience will be shot and projected onto our video screen - yes! live feed of auditions in front of the audience! Volunteers will then get the coaching and tips from Galinsky and team. "Students" will then run through the "after" audition - utilizing their new advice and wowing us on-screen! Lucky winners will receive "To the Hills" and "To the Hills 2" collections of short films by Fritz Donnelly, A slot in the personalized tutoring session by Robert Galinsky (class of 5), and "How to Live the Good Life: The Complete Book of Rules" by Fritz Donnelly! We'll also feature a special jellie bean wrestling side show."

c. Saturday April 18th, 9am-5pm - VIP Talent Connect - Galinsky and Industry Guests Keynote Speeches and Interactions

Galinsky will be speaking/coaching in this unique all day event, if you're interested in attending go to http://www.viptalentconnect.com. VIP Talent Connect can help to place you directly in front of the industry's hottest connections in a personalized process that will help give you the right exposure to the right individuals.

VIP Talent Connect is an excellent and exciting resource for artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs who have dreamed of being involved in the music, modeling, dance and acting profession. Having the right connections is a major step in getting your big break in the entertainment industry.

d. Wednesday April 22nd, 7:30pm doors 8pm curtain- The Manhattan Monologue Slam http://www.MMSlam.com

Now in its 6th year, the Manhattan Monologue Slam offers actors an opportunity to sign up at the show and perform in front of industry panelists while rocking a packed house. WEDNESDAY APRIL 22ND JUDGES include

Joel Carlton, Legit Agent, (Douglas, Gorman, Rothacker & Wilhelm Inc.), Anthony Grasso, Artistic Director, Breakthrough Studios, Cheryl King, Artistic Director, Stage Left Studios, Zev Guber, Film Producer, The Objective, Robert Russell, Casting Director, FindMyAudition.com


If you missed the Gawker piece on "WE LIVE IN PUBLIC" peep it here



Simba Yangala, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, May 9


SATURDAY MAY 9th 2009 I am inviting you to celebrate together JungleDom my Performing Arts Company 5th Anniversary.There will be a live performance by myself, my dance group Kamutshima and two guest musician starting 7:00pm at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture 53 Prospect Park West in Park Slope. Donation starts $15, $20 will be appreciated. Please reserve your seat as i have limited capacity. Hope to see you there.

Love and Lot of Love

Simba Sandra Yangala


Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Light Industry, Brooklyn, April 21

Light Industry

220 36th Street, 5th Floor

Brooklyn, New York


M as in Maladie

Deleuze A -Z

Presented by Chris Kraus and Laura Parnes

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 7:30pm

Gilles Deleuze / Claire Parnet: From A to Z (M as in Maladie), video, 1988,

29 mins

The House Is Black, Forough Farrokhzad, 35mm, 1962, 22 mins L'Ordre, Jean-Daniel Pollet, 35mm, 1973, 44 mins

When Chris and I first spoke about co-curating a screening at Light Industry she immediately suggested presenting a section of Hedi El Kholti’s screening series Deleuze A-Z. His screening series based on Claire Parnet’s interviews with Deleuze have not been viewed on the east-coast so we are delighted the be able to introduce M is for Maladie to a New York audience. The Parnet interview becomes a lens from which to view two remarkable films documenting leper colonies; one by Feminist icon and Iranian poet Forough Farrokhza and the other by French film maker Jean-Daniel Pollet.

- Laura Parnes

Assembled by artist and Semiotexte co-editor Hedi El Kholti as one of 24 film evenings based on videotaped conversations between Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet, M as in Maladie was presented for the first time last year at the Mandrake Bar in Los Angeles. Gilles Deleuze A-Z is an 8 hour work, in which Parnet prompts Deleuze to speak extemporaneously on themes triggered by 24 letters of the alphabet, except “Q” and “Z.”

The sessions were taped during the last years of Deleuze’s life, when he was terminally ill. By mutual consent, the text of the conversations would never be published, and the conversations would not be publicly screened until after his death. A giddy sense of morbidity floats through the dialogues – and most pronouncedly so in M as in Maladie.

Each of the dialogues lasts between 15-20 minutes. For each of the A-Z film evenings, El Kholti has selected (and often painstakingly translated and

subtitled) a handful of rarely-seen 20th century short films from Europe and North America. The films chosen by him deepen and ground Deleuze and Parnet’s almost painfully light, profound conversations. They function as narrative back-story to Deleuze and Parnet’s philosophical poetry. 

In M as in Maladie, El Kholti shockingly chooses two films on leprosy, a disease that, since its advent in 600 BC has plagued both its sufferers and the social imagination. Lepers, Michel Foucault notes in The History of Madness, were perceived (as the Jews would be later) by the 15th century church as God’s own exemplars of abjection. Lepers were blessed by the priest and then dragged from the church to spend the rest of their lives in confinement.

Jean-Daniel Pollet’s extraordinary documentary L’Ordre is narrated by an elderly veteran of a Spinalonga, a Greek island where lepers were permanently exiled in 1904 to await death and create their own society. When the lepers suddenly rebelled in 1956, they were relocated to an open hospital facility outside of Athens. When do you become a leper? the narrator asks, recalling the era of exile. When you catch the disease? 


rather, when it begins to show. … You’re denounced. Two cops arrest you … and you’re placed here. Forever in prison. Why? So you can’t contaminate others. Do you believe death is contagious? … But the new facility turns out to be a softer, even-more-alienating form of exile: Today there are no guards, no fence, with a small amount of persuasion, when you’re no longer human, separation is easily achieved … we can complain to the director. The filmmaker prepares to leave, but is stopped by this injunction: 

You will soon gather your equipment and leave, but we have to remain here. Maybe you have feelings of pity. You feel sorry for us, but I think, that we're the ones who should feel sorry for you, because we may be separated by a wall, however, in the jungle of life, we found the meaning of life, here in the hell, of malady and isolation.

In their “M” conversation, Deleuze suggests to Parnet that a “weakened state of illness” might actually be favorable to those who undertake serious thought … that a fragile state of health can be used, not to tune into one’s own body, but to what lies outside of it. Fragility favors literary work and philosophy.

El Kholti’s M for Maladie evening hit us like a lead bomb in Los Angeles … the 30 or so of us who’d attended, left Mandrake bar wide-eyed and stunned.

So it’s a pleasure to offer a reprise of ‘Leper Night’ a Light Industry in Brooklyn.

Deleuze gave hundreds of interviews in his lifetime, but these intimate conversations give a new insight into his thought and process. Deleuze once famously wrote, “every letter is a love letter.” The singularity of his relationship with the Parnet wholly informs these conversations. The two were lovers for more than a decade in the context of his long-standing marriage to Fanny Deleuze. Deleuze A-Z was his gift to Parnet, and by extension to us, as viewers.

- Chris Kraus

Tickets - $7, available at door.

About Light Industry

Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project has begun as a series of events at Industry City in Sunset Park, each organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually, Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings, performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the presentation of time-based media and foster an ongoing dialogue amongst a wide range of artists and audiences within the city.

About Industry City

Industry City, an industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is home to a cross-section of manufacturing, warehousing and light industry. As part of a regeneration program intended to diversify the use of its 6 million square feet of space to better reflect 21st century production, Industry City now includes workspace for artists. In addition to offering studios at competitive rates, Industry City also provides a limited number of low- cost studios for artists in financial need. This program was conceived in response to the lack of affordable workspace for artists in New York City and aims to establish a new paradigm for industrial redevelopment--one that does not displace artists, workers, local residents or industry but instead builds a sustainable community in a context that integrates cultural and industrial production.

For more information, please visit http://www.industrycityartproject.org


John Baldessari, , Ericka Beckman, Dara Birnbaum, Barbara Bloom, Eric Bogosian, Glenn Branca, James Casebere, Charles Clough, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Paul McMahon, Matt Mullican, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Michael Smith, FF Alumns, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, April 21-Aug. 2

"Pictures Generation" of New York Contemporary Artists Featured in Spring Metropolitan Museum Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 21–August 2, 2009

Exhibition Location: Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography and The Tisch Galleries, second floor

The first major museum exhibition to focus on the highly influential group of New York artists known as the "Pictures Generation" will be presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from April 21 through August 2, 2009. The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 will trace the development of one of the most important art movements of the last quarter of the 20th century, which included some of the key figures in contemporary art: Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, Matt Mullican, Jack Goldstein, James Welling, and Troy Brauntuch. The "Pictures Generation" worked in all mediums—photography chief among them—to explore how images shape our perceptions of ourselves and the world. Drawing from the Museum's collection as well as from public and private collections, the exhibition will feature more than 160 works by 30 artists, including photographic works by Barbara Kruger, Laurie Simmons, James Casebere, Allan McCollum, Sarah Charlesworth, and Louise Lawler, and film and video by Ericka Beckman, Michael Smith, and Dara Birnbaum. The exhibition will also examine the pivotal roles played by lesser-known artists such as Paul McMahon and Michael Zwack.

The exhibition is made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

The Metropolitan's exhibition takes its name from the landmark 1977 "Pictures" exhibition at the not-for-profit New York venue Artists Space, which featured works by Robert Longo, Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, and Troy Brauntuch. This exhibition was particularly notable for the artists' renewed interest in using recognizable imagery—a clear departure from the predominance of Minimal and Conceptual Art in the 1960s and early 1970s. The tightly knit group of artists who came to be known as the "Pictures Generation" includes artists such as Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, David Salle, and Matt Mullican, who were not featured in the Artists Space exhibition, but share similar interests and backgrounds. The "Pictures Generation" was born into the rapidly expanding postwar consumer culture of advertising, movies, magazines, television, and pop music. However, as artists, they were educated in the cerebral and visually reductivist approaches of Minimal and Conceptual Art. As adults, the social and political upheavals of the 1970s fostered their skepticism and ironic detachment. As a result, "Pictures" artists brought both a critical and playful attitude toward the plethora of images that surrounded them.

The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 takes a broad look at this phenomenon through the works of 30 artists who were unified around the concept that the media-saturated culture had come to usurp reality and frame all our perceptions. With images as their subject, the emergence of the "Pictures" artists marked a return to representation across all media, including photography, painting and sculpture, drawings and prints, film and video, even music and performance. The artists set out to make art that was as thought-provoking and radical as Conceptual Art but that was also visually seductive—even entertaining. While the "Pictures" artists have been considered most often in isolation from one another, this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will trace their complex interrelationships and mutual development during the first decade of their work.

The exhibition begins with the early works of John Baldessari's students at California Institute of the Arts, including Matt Mullican, David Salle, and Jack Goldstein, whose willfully unprepossessing works challenged the notion of what constituted a work of art. Baldessari's teaching assistant, Jack Goldstein, was the ringleader of this group that came to be known in New York, and he was one of the most important innovators of the "Pictures" artists. In 1975, he made a groundbreaking 16mm film by copying footage of the roaring lion from the opening credits of MGM movies. He isolated this well-known image against a bright red background and repeated its roar for over three minutes, creating a work that amused and attracted the viewer but that was nevertheless provocative. In a new era of readily available forms of mechanical reproduction, such as VCRs, photocopiers, and audiocassettes, the "Pictures" artists questioned what is an "original" and what it means to be an "author."

In the late 1970s, as the sensibility of the "Pictures" artists developed, one of the most critical shared aspects of their works was the borrowing—or "appropriation"—of images from every corner of contemporary culture. Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons drew on both personal and collective memory, reflecting on the throwaway products of their youth, such as B movies and dollhouses, as representations of untenable illusions. Richard Prince based his work on magazine advertisements of gleaming luxury goods and impossibly perfect models; he manipulated, cropped, enlarged, and rephotographed the advertisements in order to "turn the lie back on itself," as he put it.

The image-scavenging of these artists was not restricted to the child's play of popular culture: Louise Lawler photographed masterpieces of modern art as arranged in corporate boardrooms and cloistered private homes, while Sherrie Levine reshot the works of master photographers, lifting their canonical images from books and posters and claiming them as her own.

In the early 1980s, in a marked shift from the predominance of photo-based works, some of the "Pictures" artists turned to traditional mediums, such as painting. The final rooms of the exhibition showcase the spectacular large-scale paintings and assemblages made by Jack Goldstein, Troy Brauntuch, Robert Longo, and David Salle, and the often contentious responses by women artists such as Barbara Kruger, Ericka Beckman, and Dara Birnbaum, who chose to continue their work in photography, film, and installation.

The exhibition will also include works by John Baldessari, Barbara Bloom, Eric Bogosian, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Charles Clough, Nancy Dwyer, MICA-TV (Carole Ann Klonarides and Michael Owen), and Thomas Lawson.

The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 is organized by Douglas Eklund, Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs.

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a fully illustrated catalogue by Douglas Eklund. The catalogue essays trace the evolution of the artists' work, including the influence of Conceptual Art, the development of Appropriation Art, and an eventual return to an interest in painting. The catalogue is published by the Metropolitan Museum and distributed by Yale University Press, and will sell for $65 (hardcover).

The catalogue is made possible by the Mary C. and James W. Fosburgh Publications Fund and the Antoinette Kraushaar Fund.

The Metropolitan Museum will present an array of education programs in conjunction with The Pictures Generation, including a Sunday at the Met program on May 10 of performances by Michael Smith and Paul McMahon; a concert by Rhys Chatham on April 24; screenings of the documentary film Nobody's Here but Me: Cindy Sherman; and Artists Select Films, a series of three films, each chosen and introduced by a different artist in the exhibition (Barbara Bloom, Robert Longo, and David Salle). Additional programs to be offered are gallery talks and a photography course for people with visual impairments.

An audio tour, part of the Museum's Audio Guide Program, will be available for rental ($7, $6 for Members, $5 for children under 12).

The Audio Guide program is sponsored by Bloomberg.

The exhibition will also be featured on the Museum's website at www.metmuseum.org.

THE PICTURES GENERATION 1974-84 includes Woodstocker Paul McMahon www.paulmcmahon.tv, who emigrated to "The Most Famous Small Town On Earth" from Brooklyn (The Most Famous Town On Earth PERIOD!) in 1990 and is best known locally as the Rock and Roll Therapist and creator of the Welcome to Woodstock bumper sticker line. This show highlights the early days of the generation of artists who took the art world by storm in the 80s; Cindy Sherman, Matt Mullican, Richard Prince, David Salle, Jack Goldstein are a few of the nearly thirty artists. McMahon was an active participant during this period and will be represented by over 20 works in several media; colored dollar bills, newspapers, postcards and red and white polka dot paintings.  

From the introduction to the catalog, by Douglas Eklund, curator of the exhibition:

This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue examine the mutual development and complex interrelationships of a loosely knit group of artists during their first decade of work, from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. Active in photography, film, video, and performance (as well as more traditional media), they would become known popularly and in the press as the Pictures Generation, named after a 1977 exhibition that featured four of them. They were part of the first generation to be born into the swarm of images spawned by the rapidly expanding postwar consumer culture—movies, magazines, and music—which was, seen from our perspective today, still in its infancy. It was precisely this transformation of the American economy from one based on need to one of desire, dependent on the continual prompting of consumption at the deepest level of subjectivity, that shaped their outlook on the world.

SIMON WEASEL from SONG PAINTINGS somewhere on the road 1983

Also known as a performance artist McMahon will share the bill with Mike Smith in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Met on Sunday May 10 at 2 PM doing excerpts from Song Paintings (1982), The Rock’n’roll Psychiatrist (1980-Changed To Rock’n’Roll Therapist In 1988) and I’m With Stupid; A B.Y.O. Niteclub (1977). Admission is free.

more from the catalog by Douglas Eklund:

Taking the piss out of some of his old friends, McMahon wore a tux and sang sweetly in front of child-like murals of the “genius with a penis” or Simon Weasel who holed up in his basement churning out goodies to be sold by a snake of an art dealer.  Some people laughed, other people stormed out, but McMahon wasn’t saying anything anyone didn’t already know, just what was not talked about in public.  From there, McMahon slipped back into his always fledgling musical career, and things carried on pretty much as they always have since then three decades later.


Laurie Anderson,Bob Holman, Cecilia Vicuna, FF Alumns, at World Financial Center Winter Garden, Manhattan, April 15

Pablo Neruda:

Songs of Love & Despair:

A Musical Tribute to Pablo Neruda

For National Poetry Month, Arts > World Financial Center adds Music to Neruda

Concert features performances/readings by Clogs, Irene & Vojtech Havel, Colin Stetson,

Pedro Soler with Benat Achiary, Bob Holman, Laurie Anderson & Cecilia Vicuna

Wednesday, April 15, at 8pm

Free in the World Financial Center Winter Garden

Pablo Neruda, one of the greatest and most influential poets of the last century and the 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature winner, will be celebrated with his words and music from musicians from around the globe in the Arts > World Financial Center presentation Songs of Love & Despair:  A Musical Tribute to Pablo Neruda for one-night-only Wednesday, April 15, at 8:00pm.

The collection of musicians coming to the World Financial Center, 220 Vesey Street, for this free event hail from Australia, France, Spain, Czech Republic (Neruda's pen name was derived from Czech writer and poet Jan Neruda) and the United States.

Curated and produced by David Spelman, known worldwide for his biannual New York Guitar Festival, Songs of Love & Despair: A Musical Tribute to Pablo Neruda will feature readings and the world premiere of new music as settings for Neruda's poetry.

New music is being created by Australian composer Padma Newsome (Clogs, The National), who will be joined on stage by the four members of the Clogs, other guest musicians and a childrens choir and composer Colin Stetson (Sway Machinery, Bell Orchestre, Arcade Fire), who will perform a piece that features a recording of Neruda reading his own work accompanied by electronic manipulations and Mr. Stetson’s live performance on baritone saxophone.

Also performing are the Czech experimental musicians Irene & Vojtech Havel, who perform on cello and viola da gamba, and Flamenco guitarist Pedro Soler, who will be joined by Basque vocal improviser Benat Achiary.

Reading selections of poetry by Neruda will be Chilean poet and artist Cecilia Vicuna, American poet and founder of the Bowery Poetry Club Bob Holman, and American experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson.  Bob Holman will present his own praise poem for Neruda, written for this event.

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973) is considered one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century.  Columbian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez called the Chilean-born poet "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language." His works have been translated and published all over the globe.

David Spelman is the New York-based producer, curator and musician whose career has embraced jazz, rock, classical, avant garde, and world music, as well as spoken-word poetry and the visual arts.  In 1999 he launched the first New York Guitar Festival, now a biennial event that presents the worlds finest guitarists in innovative, cross-genre and multi-media presentations. Following on the success of the New York Guitar Festival, hes been engaged as a guest curator or artistic director for major festivals all over the globe, including the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Australias Adelaide Festival Centre, and Torontos Luminato Festival.

"For over two decades, we've presented exceptional music, art, theater and film in the World Financial Center Winter Garden, making it the center of the downtown arts scene," said Debra Simon, Artistic Director of Arts World Financial Center.

Arts World Financial Center is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties and Merrill Lynch. Admission is free for all events.  For information, call (212) 945-0505 or click www.artsworldfinancialcenter.com.


Lumenhouse, benefit event, Bushwick, Brooklyn, April 25

Like many small businesses in this challenging economic climate, Lumenhouse has faced declining revenues and consistently rising expenses over the past few months.   Despite the success of recent shows like Abstractions and Contractions and Sauce on the Side, our overhead remains high, and it’s been hard to imagine being able to keep the doors open beyond this spring.

Thankfully, some members of the Bushwick community, including Chez Bushwick and members of Arts in Bushwick, and a generous group of artists have intervened to help us put together a fundraiser to ensure our continued existence in Brooklyn, and we hope you will be able to join us for an exciting and fun night to save the House!

On Saturday, April 25 from 7-9pm, we’ll be hosting our first ever Benefit Art Auction with donated works from over 40 artists, as well as live performances by Eliza Fernand, Marissa Mickelberg, and cellist Brent Anderson, and open studios with Lumenhouse resident artists.

Beginning on Monday, April 20, artwork from the auction will available to preview and pre-purchase on our website for a special “Buy It Now” price.   Even if you can’t make it on the 25th, you can still participate and bring a piece of work home!

After the auction ends at 9pm, the benefit will shift gears with DJ Stylus and DJ krnl panic taking turns on the turntables, while the meKaniKdolls share Bushwick Visuals, a new collective project compiled from submitted images and video of Bushwick and its creative community.

If you can’t join us on the 25th, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to help keep us afloat.  We’re dedicated to maintaining an open, mutable space where new cultural activity can develop and flourish.  Every little bit of your support can help! We hope to see you soon.

Yours, Marshall & Aurora 



21. Christopher Wool, FF Alumn, at Museum Ludwig, Koln, Germany, opening April 21

Christopher Wool. Porto - Köln


Museum Ludwig

Bischofsgartenstraße 1

D-50667 Cologne


Christopher Wool is not only an abstract painter, he is also an explorer of abstraction. In his paintings he brings together figures and the disfigured, drawing and painting, spontaneous impulses and well thought-out ideas. He draws lines on the canvas with a spray gun and then, directly after, wipes them out again with a rag drenched in solvent – to give a new picture in which clear lines have to stand their own against smeared surfaces. Wool's paintings reveal the entire gamut of his techniques. And in his silkscreen prints on paper we once again encounter his interest in abstraction, in the relationship between line and surface. For this, Wool pieces together especially compelling parts from his paintings to make ideal compositions, which he places on equal footing with his canvases. The exhibition traces Wool's recent developments, not least the unmistakable interest he has found in composition and the ways it can be conveyed in such different media as painting, drawing, photography and the print. The main focus of the exhibition is on Wool's abstract paintings and silkscreen prints since 2006.

To mark the award to Wool of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize Cologne 2009, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig acquires two silkscreen prints on paper. The exhibition, which has been devised in close cooperation with the artist, also celebrates the award of this distinction to Christopher Wool.

The exhibition has been organised by Fundação Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, and co-produced by Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Curators: Ulrich Loock, Julia Friedrich.



22. Licio Isolani, FF Alumn, at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, April 20-21

3rd Science and Art Symposium at Pratt Institute 

Science at the Archeology/Art Interface

April 20 and 21st, 2009 


Monday April 20th, 2009

Handheld X-Ray Fluorescence, Mobile Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Art field trip, Volterra 2008

Pratt ARC Building Room E2

4:00 pm

Introduction- Results of the field trips in Chemistry for the Arts: Volterra and Herculaneum, Italy.

Eleonora Del Federico, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Pratt Institute Department of Mathematics and Science

4:20 pm

X-Ray Fluorescence studies of the Madonna del Carcere at the Fortezza Medici, Volterra and at the Church of Santa Maria al Monasterio Cavrigila, Arezzo, Italy.

Vicki Boardman, Graduate Research Assistant Chemistry and Art, Pratt Institute, MS/MFA Art History/Painting 2009

4:40 pm

The detection of hidden frescoes by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: A collaborative project between Pratt and RTWH, University of Aachen, Germany.

Agnes Haber, Ph.D candidate in Physics, RTWH Aachen University

5:00 pm

Fresco techniques employed in the Veneto during the Cinquecento.

Diana Gisolfi, Professor of History of Art and Director of Pratt in Venice

5:20 pm

Coffee break

5:40 pm

The Medici Textiles and a French baroque damask at San Girolamo, Volterra Italy: History and Significance.

Laura Ciampini, Professor of Textile Conservation at the Department of Fashion Design and Culture, University of Florence, Italy. X-Ray Fluorescence results discussed by Vicki Boardman.
6:10 pm

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of oil stains on paper. A Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pratt Institute and New York University collaborative project.

Cindie Kehlet, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Mathematics and Science, Pratt Institute

6:30 - 8 pm.

Coffee, Poster session, Portable X-Ray Fluorescence and portable Nuclear Magnetic Resonance workshops.

Mathematics and Science Department, Chemistry and Art Lab, ARC building, Room D4

Poster session will include presentations by. Alessio Ciampini (ArtLab, Volterra, Italy), Laura Capozoli (University of Florence, Chemistry Department), Carola Garcia Manzano (MS candidate Archeology, Hunter College) and the following Pratt students and Chemistry research assistants:  Penelope Currier, (Fashion Design ’09), Daria Sourova (Painting ’09), Megan Welchel (Art History ’09) 

Tuesday April 21st, 2009

Morning: Artists’ Techniques

Pratt Metal Shop, Machinery Building, 3rd Floor 

10 am - 3:30 pm

Bronze casting workshop.

Licio Isolani, Professor of Fine Arts, Pratt Insitite

Afternoon: Science, Art and Archeology

Pratt ARC Building, Room E-2

3:30 pm 

Advanced Methods for the study and conservation of archeological glass.

Hannelore Roemich, Professor of Conservation Science, Acting Chairman, the Conservation Center, New York University

4:05 pm

Scientific studies for the authenticity of ancient Cambodian sculpture.

Federico Caro, Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Science Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

4:40 pm

The gentleman's sound: acoustic properties of ancient Chinese jades.

Filippo Salviati, Professor of Chinese Art, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Rome 'La Sapienza'

5:15 pm

The Herculaneum Conservation Project, a large scale multidisciplinary approach for the preservation of the ancient Roman city.

Alessandra De Vita, Archeological conservator, Coordinator of Scientific Research, the Herculaneum Conservation Project, Italy

5:45 pm

Results on an NMR and XRF study of the Mosaic at the house of Neptune and Amphitrite at Herculaneum. A collaborative project between Pratt, RWTH, University of Aachen, and the Herculaneum Conservation Project.

Eleonora Del Federico Associate Professor of Chemistry, Pratt Institute Department of Math and Science, and Carola Garcia Manzano, MS student in Archeology, Hunter College

6:00 pm

Coffee Break

Tuesday April 21st, 2009 (continued)

Evening: Science, Conservation and Paintings

Pratt ARC Building, Room E-2

6:30 pm

The Conservation of the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry an illuminated manuscript on parchment at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Akiko Yamazaki-Kleps, Paper Conservator, Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

7:00 pm

Technical Study of Three Allegorical Paintings by Paolo Veronese.

Silvia Centeno, Research Scientist. Scientific Research Department, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7:30 pm

IMAGELESS: The Scientific Study and Experimental Treatment of an Ad Reinhardt Black Painting. Carol Stingiari, Chief Conservator at the Guggenheim Museum

8:00 pm

Closing remarks

Eleonora Del Federico, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Pratt Institute Department of Mathematics and Science

Eleonora Del Federico, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Mathematics and Science
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tel (Office): 718.636.3764
Tel (Lab): 718-636.3600 (x2763)
E-mail: edelfede@pratt.edu
Website: http://pratt.edu/~edelfede


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