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Contents for April 20, 2009

1. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, at International Print Center, Manhattan, thru May 30
2. Javier Tellez, FF Alumn, in Braunschweig, Germany, thru June 14
3. Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar, FF Alumns, awarded 2009 Guggenheim Fellowships
4. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at al ferro di cavallo, Rome, Italy, thru May 8
5. Robert C. Morgan, FF Alumn, at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, thru May 3, and more
6. Jaime Davidovich, FF Alumn, at 17, London, England, April 27
7. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Manhattan, May 13
8. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, subject of new book by Chronicle Books, and more
9. David Everitt Howe, FF Alumn, at Scaramouche, Manhattan, opening April 25, and more
10. Jennifer Miller, Deb Margolin, FF Alumns, at PS 122, opening April 25


1. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, at International Print Center, Manhattan,
thru May 30

(A Short History of African Americans II, 2008 that is featured in the
International Print Center's (526 West 26th Street Rm. 824 NYC 10001
212-989-5090) New Prints 2009/Spring exhibition. The exhibition is: April
23-May 30, 2009. Opening reception: April 23, 6-8pm. Please list. Thank you!
Michael Bramwell


2. Javier Tellez, FF Alumn, in Braunschweig, Germany, thru June 14

Kunstverein Braunschweig
April 18 - June 14, 2009

The Kunstverein Braunschweig is presenting the first European institutional
solo exhibition of the New York artist Javier Téllez (born 1969 in
Venezuela). Along with installations, the Kunstverein is presenting Téllez's
four most important films: 'La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Rozelle Hospital,
Sydney)' (2004), 'Oedipus Marshall' (2006), 'Letter on the Blind (For the
Use of Those Who See)' (2007) as well as his most recent production
'Caligari and the Sleepwalker' (2008).

Javier Téllez, who has already participated in numerous international group
exhibitions such as the Biennales in Sao Paulo (1998), Gwanju (2000), Venice
(2001 und 2003), Sydney (2003), the Whitney Biennale (2008) and, finally,
Manifesta 7, tears with his work that oscillates between fiction and
documentation at accustomed socio-cultural boundaries and reinterprets
classic material from the stage and screen.

In his films, the artist questions that what we understand by emotional and
physical 'normality.' As the son of two psychiatrists, Téllez came into
contact with psychiatric facilities at a young age. 'When I started visiting
museums at that time, I noticed quite a few similarities between the
typologies of both kinds of institutions. Hygienically pure spaces, long
corridors, strained styles and the weight of architecture... Both
institutions are emblematic representations of authority that rely upon
classifications such as 'normal' versus 'pathological' and 'inclusive'
versus 'exclusive'.'

'La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Rozelle Hospital, Sydney)' (2004) is regarded
as Téllez's pathbreaking film production. The reworked silent film 'Jeanne
d'Arc' (1928) and the film 'Twelve and a Marionette', which was shot in
psychiatric clinic, are shown in a double projection. Twelve women speak in
very different fashions about the institutional dealing with their illnesses
(depression, schizophrenia). The juxtaposed projections of Jeanne d'Arc-who
was stigmatized in her day as a possessed person and is now recognized as a
misunderstood visionary and magnificent national hero-place the patients in
a new perspective. These films demand with great urgency a rethinking of the
notions of healthy and ill, normal and abnormal.

In the film 'Oedipus Marshall' (2006), Téllez stages Sophocles' classic
tragedy, Oedipus Rex, with Western costumes and Japanese masks. An abandoned
gold mining town in Colorado served as the backdrop. Using interchangeable
elements from our collective memory, a film came about which takes up and
simultaneously breaks down familiar things. The masks and maskings in
Téllez's films introduce Meta levels. As ambivalent elements, they conceal
or demystify them; they destabilize personality boundaries, but also
symbolize the facility of psychologically ill persons for mimicry.

'Letter on the Blind (For the Use of Those Who See)' (2007) draws on the
eponymous classic by Diderot and the Buddhist parable of the blind persons
and the elephant. In the story, the blind persons each feel only one part of
the elephant's body and describe it. Accordingly, their descriptions of one
and the same animal are remarkably different. The parable makes us aware of
the fact that 'reality' is by no means an objectively appraisable constant,
but defined by our own perception instead. Téllez stages the encounter of
the six blind New Yorkers with the elephant in a disused swimming pool. The
distinctly individual voices of the protagonists enable the senses of taste,
hearing, and smelling to come to the fore, while the poetic, black and white
images are silently scaled back.

His most recent film, 'Caligari and the Sleepwalker' (2008), is based on the
1919 Expressionist silent film, 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.' In Telléz's
interpretation, Dr. Caligari carries out a kind of therapeutic conversation
with Cesare, 'the alien from the slave star,' who has been in a kind on
somnambulist state for years and can only communicate by means of panels of
slate. The mixture of layers of reality, changes of identity, and polyphony
are the themes that Téllez's films often deal with contentually, but also
realize in terms of representational techniques. By selecting the Einstein
Tower- the architect Erich Mendelsohn's icon of Expressionist architecture
in Potsdam-as the site of the film, he additionally points to an epoch of
art and film history that dealt for the first time with pathological
disturbances and drew inspiration from it.

A comprehensive, retrospective catalog-the very first monograph-with texts
by Guy Brett, Michele Faquet and Hilke Wagner (Foreword), among others, will
be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

Kunstverein Braunschweig
Haus Salve Hospes
Lessingplatz 12
38100 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 (0)531 49556
Fax:  +49 (0)531 124737


Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun 11 am to 5 pm,
Thu 11 am to 8 pm


3. Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar, FF Alumns, awarded 2009
Guggenheim Fellowships

Congratulations to

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, FF Alumn, Choreographer, Brooklyn, New York:


Lynn Hershman Leeson, FF Member

"Women Art Revolution" film trailer:

bitforms gallery is pleased to announce that artist Lynn Hershman Leeson is
a recipient of the 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowship, an award that supports her forthcoming documentary "Women Art
Revolution: The Turbulent and (Formerly) Secret History of the Feminist Art
Movement, 1968-2009".

Edward Hirsh, president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,
announced Lynn Hershman Leeson among the 180 winners in the United States
and Canada, who were selected from a pool of 3000 applicants, for the
eighty-fifth annual fellowship competition. The release defines the
qualifications for a fellowship: "Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the
basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued
accomplishment." The purpose of the Foundation is to "add to the
educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and
also to provide for the cause of better international understanding."

As a feature-length documentary, "Women Art Revolution" reveals how the
Feminist Art Revolution radically transformed the art and culture of our
times. Shot over four decades, the film includes intimate interviews,
provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage that annotates
evolution of the Feminist Art Movement in the United States. This film is
also supported by Creative Capital and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Internationally acclaimed for her pioneering use of new technologies,
Hershman has taken a radically democratic step toward global access to all
the raw footage by partnering with Stanford University's Special Collections
and Gender Studies Division, which is digitizing more than 200 hours of
video and will, when the film is released next year, publicly distribute it
online along with a robust interactive wiki. As an innovative open archive,
the forthcoming website will continue to grow-as users add commentary and
contribute additional resources or media related to feminist art.

"Women Art Revolution" will be a valuable tool for art historians and
scholars in many disciplines. A team of educators from The University of
California; Mills College; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and San
Francisco Art Institute are working with Hershman to create both an animated
timeline and curriculum study guide. Reaching out to theatrical, educational
and community-based audiences, this inspirational film will reveal how the
feminist art movement reshaped American culture.

For more information about Lynn Hershman Leeson:

Press inquires please contact Laura Blereau at bitforms gallery, (212)
366-6939 or laura@bitforms.com

bitforms gallery
529 West 20th St
New York NY 10011

bitforms gallery is devoted to emerging and established artists who embrace
new media and contemporary art practices.


4. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at al ferro di cavallo, Rome, Italy, thru May 8

I will be showing some books (altered and not) and handmade paper works at a
bookstore/gallery in Rome, al ferro di cavallo. The opening is this coming
Thursday, April 23, and the work will be on display until May 8.

All best,
Buzz Spector


5. Robert C. Morgan, FF Alumn, at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, thru May 3,
and more

Robert C. Morgan:
Conceptual Art and Metaphysical Paintings,
1970 - 2009

A well-known as a critic, writer, curator, and teacher, Robert C. Morgan has
pursued a career as an artist since 1970. His important early exhibitions of
conceptually oriented work at The Whitney Museum of American Art ("Four
Days, Four Evenings," 1976) followed by a major solo exhibition at Artists
Space in 1977 formed the basis of his ideas involving sequential time and
"structural events."  His mixed media approach to art utilizing painting,
super-8 film, choreographic performance, artists books, sculpture, and
photography, evolved throughout the 80s and early 90s in galleries,
alternative spaces, and museums in Europe and the United States.

In 1992, Morgan took an absence from making art in order to engage more
fully as an international critic. The hiatus lasted for more than a decade
until he resumed work again in the Fall of 2004.  Two years later, he was
invited to show recent works on paper at the Gaya Fusion Gallery in Ubud,
Bali.  The same year, he was invited to present a selection of his super-8
films (from the 70s and 80s) at the Millennium Film Workshop in New York.
The following year (2007), Morgan had two exhibitions of small-scale
paintings --one at the Amelie Wallace Gallery, CUNY Old Westbury, and
another at the Wooster Art Space in SoHo (Art and America, October 2008) --
based on various language sources, including the writings of Italian poet
and film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini and Korean hangul.

In his forthcoming two-gallery survey at the Sideshow Gallery (April 4 - May
3) in Williamsburg and at the Bjorn Ressle Gallery (April 18 - May 23),
opening April 18 (12 noon - 6 PM) in Manhattan, Morgan will show works
ranging from a selection of his "metaphysical paintings" to documentation of
both early and recent performance work (the most recent done in Iran, 2007).
While the exhibition at Sideshow will focus mainly on the paintings of the
past four years, the Bjorn Ressle gallery will concentrate on Morgan's
historical work, including early paintings, conceptual work, and performance
documentation.  On May 3, at 3 PM, Morgan will present a lecture/performance
at Sideshow. Together these exhibitions comprise a past and present survey,
thus revealing the direction of Robert C. Morgan as a highly inventive,
multifaceted artist who has moved from early conceptual forms to a
metaphysical and poetic involvement with painting.


6. Jaime Davidovich, FF Alumn, at 17, London, England, April 27

'It was the beginning of cable television and as such probably the first
opportunity, and maybe the last, to be able to participate in the whole
cultural process. It would give us a little window to the outside world
which enabled us to show our work, not just my own, but the work of
everybody, and to create a truly alternative television. The timing was
perfect.'  - Jaime Davidovich

Pitched as a television variety show of the avant-garde - hosted by real and
invented personalities and jam packed with interviews, vox pops,
home-shopping segments, art performances, live call-ins, art lessons and
'much more' - The Live! Show debuted on Manhattan cable station Channel J on
December 21st, 1979.

Though a manic collage of playful ideas, The Live! Show also operated as a
polemical artwork for its creator Jaime Davidovich. Davidovich had a
long-standing interest in television as a platform for artistic production
and intervention and The Live! Show allowed him to critically explore -
albeit gnomically - this interest while engaging directly with the
conditions of television culture itself.

Davidovich, as the show's host, editorialist, and chief ideologue, wanted
people to be aware of their own behaviour in relation to television and the
place that television occupied in their daily lives as a transmitter of
ideas and cultural values. Davidovich, usually assuming his favoured
character role of 'Dr. Videovich' (described by New York Times television
critic John J. Connor as 'a persona somewhere between Bela Lugosi and Andy
Kaufmann'), would invite artists such as Laurie Anderson, Les Levine and
Robert Longo onto The Live! Show to perform and make work. Davidovich also
took advantage of his airtime to do a little selling, inaugurating a segment
called 'The Video Shop', selling things like Winky Dinky sets, Dukes of
Hazzard bedtrays and other objects he'd made especially for sale on the

Finally after five years The Live! Show was retired - leaving for history a
unique experiment in art television; one that was intensely personal,
slightly self-indulgent, often original and definitely entertaining.

For this exhibition episodes and excerpts from The Live! Show will be
screened alongside archive materials, printed matter and original
photographs drawn from The Live! Show's run between 1979 and 1984. The work
of Jaime Davidovich (American, Born 1936, Argentina, lives and works in New
York) is featured in prominent public collections including MOMA New York
and The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Recent exhibitions
include 40 Years / 40 Projects, White Columns New York (2009) and 'Jaime
Davidovich', MAMBA, Buenos Aires (2005).

PV Monday 27th April 6pm
E : info@seventeengallery.com
T : 44 (0)20 77295777
F : 44 (0)20 77294083


7. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, at Tribeca Performing Arts Center,
Manhattan, May 13

RARE EDITIONS: The Book As Art, A Panel Discussion, will take place on
Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. The panel will
be moderated by Susan Fleminger who is the curator of RARE EDITIONS: The
Book As Art on view at Lehman College Art Gallery through May 20. The panel
will feature artists Brian Bellot, Anne Gilman and Robbin Ami Silverberg .
This program is part of PAC's Dialogues in the Visual Arts series and will
be followed by a reception.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street ( at the BMMC Campus)
212-220-1460. Admission is $5.00.


8. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, subject of new book by Chronicle Books, and

The Shooting Gallery is proud to present Isabel Samaras' new works "Into The
Woodz."  In this collection of oil paintings Samaras rewrites a classic
child's fairy tale, exploring the fate of Goldilocks -- the girl who didn't
marry a prince and leave the forest. Magical realism and the forbidden
fantasies of fabled characters blend together in a woodland fabulous where
blinged-out animals sport gold dookie ropes amidst lushly painted

Samaras' work is a form of visual story telling - witty, mysterious, and
tender. Her painted narratives, classical in technique and pop in content,
revolve around issues of secret love and making things end the way we wish
they would. The oil on wood panels are complimented by a series of drawings
dashed with gold watercolor and framed in vintage "Black Forest" style
wooden frames.  There will also be a very limited edition collectors
porcelain plate available.

As if that weren't enough, Chronicle Books will be unveiling "On Tender
Hooks: The Art of Isabel Samaras" as well as the accompanying postcard book,
and Isabel will be on hand to sign copies into the night!  (Hot tip of the
month:  if you want a copy of the Limited Edition, which comes in a custom
printed clam shell box with a signed & numbered print of "Honey Dripper
(Goldilocks & the 3 Bears"), you can get a very tasty discount if you
pre-order before May 1st!  $150 now, $250 in a couple weeks.

"Into the Woodz" Opening Night & Book Signing Party Saturday, May 9, 2009
7:00pm - 11:00pm The Shooting Gallery
839 Larkin Street

If you can't make it to the show, don't deny yourself!  Snag a copy of the
book for a mere $35 from Chronicle:

Or the postcard book for $9.95:

And yes, the website is sadly neglected, but the blog is chugging along with
some sneak peeks of the show and various behind-the-scenes bits:
http://isamaras.wordpress.com/   (You can also find Isabel on Facebook.)

Isabel Samaras


9. David Everitt Howe, FF Alumn, at Scaramouche, Manhattan, opening April
25, and more

Hey there!

You may have already received information on this from Scaramouche, but I
just wanted to quickly let you know personally that a group show I've
curated, A Momentary Fantasy, opens April 25 and runs until May 24 at
Scaramouche c/o Fruit and Flower Deli, 53 Stanton Street in New York. The
opening reception will be from 6-8 pm this Saturday, with a performance by
first year Columbia MFA student Jessica Segall at 7 pm. Below is the press
release for the exhibition. Hope you can make it!


PS-Also check out the New York Reviews Marathon in ArtReview's April issue.
I was the Brooklyn/Queens correspondent; 25 galleries in 7 days.

Scaramouche c/o Fruit and Flower Deli presents:
A Momentary Fantasy

Natalie Beall
Jonathan Van Dyke
Carla Edwards
Jessica Segall
Jeremy Wagner

Curated by David Everitt Howe

Opening: Saturday, April 25, 2009, 6 - 8 pm,
with a performance by Jessica Segall at 7 pm

April 25 - May 24, 2009

"There are also, probably in every culture, in every civilization, real
places - places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of
society - which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively
enacted utopia in which the real sites, all the other real sites that can be
found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and

-Michel Foucault, Of Other Spaces

Expanding on Daniel Defert's observation that philosopher Michel Foucault
"evoked the parent's bed as the first figure of heterotopia, the place that
children love to penetrate for the pleasure of transgression and the reverie
of origins," "A Momentary Fantasy" considers the home as a network of
counter-sites: spaces for crises and transitions. Through site-specific
installation, performance, and interdisciplinary work, the artists Natalie
Beall, Jonathan Van Dyke, Carla Edwards, Jessica Segall, and Jeremy Wagner
abstract the home-Beall industrializes domestic decoration by turning
escutcheons into a ceiling trim of non-functioning vents; Van Dyke
constructs a small closet with a translucent door dribbling paint from its
absent doorknob; Edwards coils branches with pink string, and stacks them in
a transparent wood grate as if in a fireplace, and she further plays with
tropes of "home" by quilting a cross of American flags died black; Segall
composes live and projected narrative songs, duets, and scenes enacted in
the rooms of a house; with rust, Wagner etches the imagery of an elaborate
chandelier into a metal sheet.

Described as an effective utopic space, a place reformatting social
conventions, Foucault defined a heterotopia as "elsewhere" and
"other"-marginalized, peripheral, isolated yet also open. Adopting domestic
crafts, objects, symbols, and spaces to orient them as mythological
constructs, "A Momentary Fantasy" presents a psychological scenario, a
liminal space between decoration and utility, real and surreal, placed and
placeless. It considers the home a heterotopic fantasy-a momentary one,

For more information please contact the Gallery: (212) 228-2229
53 Stanton St. New York, NY 10002 www.scaramoucheart.com


10. Jennifer Miller, Deb Margolin, FF Alumns, at PS 122, opening April 25

The world premiere of:


A new play by Jennifer Miller
with additional text by Deb Margolin

In this glittering theatrical extravaganza, the infamous juggling duo, The
Liberty Sisters, have been fleeced by an evil ponzi schemer. Sybil and
Statua Liberty embark on a mad-cap tour of revenge...but they aren't the
only ones after the greedy crook. Mistaken identities, missed opportunities,
star crossed lovers and variety hall numbers all combine to bring East
Village high camp back home. It's tragedy, it's farce, it's mystery, it's

April 25-May 10
Performance Space 122 -- First Avenue and 9th Street, NYC

Wed-Sun at 8pm
With additional late show, Sat, May 9 at 11pm.

Special performance to benefit Circus AMOK! on Sunday, May 3 at 8pm.
Benefit ticket info BELOW.

Starring: Jennifer Miller, Ashley Brockington, Tanya Gagne, Sally May,
Adrienne Truscott, Carlton Ward, and Rae C. Wright.
Music & Lyrics by Kenny Mellman.
Design by Jonathan Berger.
Set Paintings by Mila Geisler.
Choreography by Faye Driscoll.
With additional text for Bernie Madoff by Deb Margolin.
Special surprise guest artists each night, including Scott Heron, Jennifer
Monson, Novice Theory, Cathy Weis, Jenny Romaine, and many more!

Regular Tickets:
Use code "FF12" to buy single tickets for only $12 Use code "FF241" to buy
two or more tickets for only $10 each!!!
(2 for $20, 5 for $50, and so on.)

Benefit tickets:
Benefit performance tickets are ONLY AVAILABLE at CircusAmok.org.
Tickets are $50, $75 or $100 and include a post-show reception with the cast
and creative team, as well as exclusive AMOK schwag!


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