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Contents for May 04, 2009

1. Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumn, in Artforum, May 2009
2. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, at New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Manhattan, opening May 9
3. Mendi Obadike, FF Alumn, at The Kitchen, Manhattan, May 14-16
4. Benoit Maubrey, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com
5. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at The Tank, Manhattan, May 9
6. James Casebere, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Manhattan, thru June 8, and more
7. Simon Cutts, FF Alumn, at The Poetry Project, Manhattan, May 11
8. Carolee Schneemann, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at HP Garcia Gallery, Manhattan, opening May 13
9. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at Grove House, Oxford, England, June 14y 9
10. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, in Tekfestival 09, Rome Italy, May 7-13
11. Nam June Paik, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 1
12. Lynn Zelevansky, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 30
13. Moya Devine, FF Alumn, at The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA, opening May 15
14. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at Coco, Vienna, Austria, opening May 7


1. Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumn, in Artforum, May 2009

Please read articles by Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumn, in the May 2009 Artforum and Artforum online at www.artforum.com

Thank you.


2. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, at New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Manhattan, opening May 9

Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, in "Dreamwork," at The New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis & The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, 16 West 10 Street, NY NY 10011.

The theme "Dreamwork,"is about the transformation of the raw material of memory, desire, fear and wish into the manifest content of the dream.  This exhibition, curated by Steven Poser and Fredrika Stjarne, is comprised of artwork relating to dreaming, dream imagery, dream narrative and dreamwork. The exhibition is from May 9th - June 26th. 

Opening reception is Saturday, May 9th, 1-4 PM.  Gallery Hours are Tues, Wed, Thu, 12 -4PM and by appointment: 212 260 7050


16 West 10th Street

New York, NY 10011


3. Mendi Obadike, FF Alumn, at The Kitchen, Manhattan, May 14-16

On the evenings of Thursday through Saturday, May 14—16, The Kitchen will present the world premiere of Mendi + Keith Obadike’s Four Electric Ghosts.

Press Contact: Blake Zidell & Associates
tel: 718.643.9052
fax: 718.643.9502

Drawing from Amos Tutuola’s novel My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and the arcade game Pac-Man®, Four Electric Ghosts creates a composite world at the intersection of game culture, the folktale and pop songs. Part of a series of “opera-masquerades,” Four Electric Ghosts extends the performance duo’s experiments with layered narratives, online performance and popular culture. With four dancers, live video processing and a band, three vocalists tell a story from the perspective of four ghosts. The narrative evolves through masquerade, movement, live music and video interviews. The story, told in six short vignettes, details the ghosts’ encounters with a voracious mortal who invades their territory, disrupting the Land of the Dead.

Commissioned by The Kitchen, the piece features Keith on laptop; text and vocals by Mendi joined by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Karma Mayet Johnson; choreography, stage directions, and dancers from Angela’s Pulse Performance Projects (Paloma McGregor, Patricia McGregor, Maria Bauman, Catherine Denecy, Marjani Forte and Keisha Turner) and new music created in collaboration with bassist/producer Melvin Gibbs and musician Guillermo E. Brown. Pianist Shoko Nagai, bassist Keith Witty and Brown will perform the music live. The design team includes Kate Cusack (costumes), Paloma McGregor (choreography), Patricia McGregor (stage direction), Yuki Nakajima (animation and projection design), Alexandre Delaunay (scenic design), and Ryan Schmidt (lighting). Curated by Rashida Bumbray, performances will take place at 8:00 P.M. at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street). Tickets are $10.

Mendi + Keith Obadike create music art, and literature. Described as “daring, funny and innovative” by the Washington Post, their projects employ techniques from conceptual art, pop music, and documentary practice. They are currently working on a series of “opera-masquerades”, of which Four Electric Ghosts is one. Built around a cycle of songs, each work has a theater module, a gallery module, a book module and an album module. Past works include The Sour Thunder (2002), an internet opera commissioned by the Yale Cabaret, on Bridge Records; Big House/Disclosure (2007), commissioned by Northwestern University; Crosstalk: American Speech Music (Bridge Records) and Armor and Flesh (Lotus Press), a poetry collection. They also created the new media art suite Black.Net.Art, which includes: Blackness for Sale (2001), The Interaction of Coloreds (2002) at The Whitney, and The Pink of Stealth (2003) for Electronic Arts Intermix, NY African Film Festival. Keith received a BA in Visual Art from North Carolina Central University and an MFA in Sound Design from the Yale School of Drama. Mendi received a BA in English from Spelman College and a Ph. D. in Literature from Duke University.

Funding Credits

This program is made possible with generous support from the Amphion Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Greenwall Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Four Electric Ghosts has also received support from Toni Morrison's Atelier at Princeton University.


The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists’ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.

Box Office Information:
212.255.5793 ext. 11
Tue-Sat, 2-6pm

The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

See Four Electric Ghosts May 14th-16th at the Kitchen. <http://thekitchen.org/>

Check out Crosstalk, a compilation of American speech music we curated on Bridge Records, featuring fantastic work from Vijay Iyer/ Mike Ladd, DJ Spooky (feat. Ursula Rucker), George Lewis, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Pamela Z,  Paul Lansky, Shelley Hirsch, John Link, Tracie Morris, Guillermo E. Brown, and Peter Gordon/Lawrence Weiner.


Mendi+Keith Obadike <blacknetart.com>


4. Benoit Maubrey, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com

Dear friends,

something to cheer you up!





5. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at The Tank, Manhattan, May 9

Dear Friends, Welcome to 59 Seconds Video Festival: Final Collection

The 59 best videos, 59 seconds each, selected by 59 audiences at 59 screenings around the globe (2005 - 2008) will be presented for the first time on May 9, 2009

at  The Tank

354 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

between 8th and 9th Avenues

(212.563.6269 http://www.thetanknyc.org/film)

42nd Street/Time Square. Walk West

9:30 pm


More information about Project 59 Seconds Video Festival

at www.project59.org/59seconds

Hope see you there, 



6. James Casebere, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Manhattan, thru June 8, and more

JAMES CASEBERE at theMoMA and the Met

"Into the Sunset.." at the MoMA

"The Pictures Generation..." at the Met

We are delighted to let you know that rarely seen, early black and white photographs by James Casebere are currently on view in two critically acclaimed museum exhibitions in New York City: 

"Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West" at the Museum of Modern Art until June 8, 2009. Curated by Eva Respini, this exhibition explores how photography captured the representation and perception of the American West from 1850 until the present.

"The Pictures Generation, 1974 - 1984" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until August 2, 2009. Curated by Doug Eklund, this exhibition focuses on a highly influential group of New York artists who, working in all media, especially photography, investigated how images shape our perceptions of ourselves and the world.

For additional information, visit www.moma.org, www.metmuseum.org or visit the Casebere section of our website at http://www.skny.com/artists/james-casebere/. Please contact Cecile Panzieri at 212.239.1181 or cecile@skny.com should you have further questions.

We hope that you will have the opportunity to see both exhibitions!


7. Simon Cutts, FF Alumn, at The Poetry Project, Manhattan, May 11

May 11, 2009
8:00 pm

Simon Cutts is a poet, artist and editor who began Coracle in the early 1970s, having worked with small publications from the 1960s. He began making work through concrete poetry, a form of visual presentation of the poem on the page. Now he sees book-form as the physical metaphor for the poem itself. The Coracle Press Archives are held in the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. A recent book of essays, Some Forms of Availability, was published last year by Granary Books, New York. Nancy Kuhl’s first full-length collection of poems, The Wife of the Left Hand, was published in 2007 by Shearsman Books. She is the author of The Nocturnal Factory, a chapbook published in 2008 by Ugly Duckling Presse. Another chapbook, Means of Securing Houses &c. from Mischief by Thunder and Lightning, is forthcoming from Propolis Press. She is co-editor of Phylum Press, a small poetry publisher and Curator of Poetry of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church
131 E. 10th Street, New York NY 10003, 212-674-0910


8. Carolee Schneemann, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at HP Garcia Gallery, Manhattan, opening May 13

Works by Martha Wilson and Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, are included in Black Madonna, curated by Lisa Paul Streitfeld and HP Garcia, opening on Wednesday, May 13, 6 to 11 PM at HP Garcia Gallery, 580 Eighth Avenue (at 38th Street), 7th floor.


9. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at Grove House, Oxford, England, June 14

Grove House
Oxford, Englandbr>

Be a part of an extraordinary day of art, performance, fun and celebration as renowned U.S. artists Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle of the Love Art Lab and are joined by a host of collaborators to make a unique afternoon experience.

‘We, Elizabeth M. Stephens and Annie M. Sprinkle, are an artist couple committed to doing art projects that explore, generate, and celebrate love. Each year we orchestrate one or more big, interactive experimental performance art weddings in collaboration with communities in various countries. Each wedding is site specific and utilizes a different theme and color based on the seven chakras (inspired by artist Linda Montano’s 14 Years of Living Art), and has a different political motivation. The Love Art Laboratory grew out of our response to the violence of war, the anti-gay marriage movement, and the greed causing the destruction of our planet. We hope people who attend our weddings have a unique art experience, feel called into action, and feel well loved.”

This year Beth and Annie will make their Blue Wedding in Oxford, England at the delightful Grove House on Sunday, 14th June. They will be the ecosexual brides and make sacred vows to their lover the SKY. Because our increasingly polluted, ozone depleted sky needs our love, and how can we live without the sky? Dozens of other artists and friends will perform, be in the bridal parties, and help create the wedding. (Annie and Beth ask for NO material gifts, but welcome gifts of collaboration on the creation of the wedding.)

Sunday 14th June, Arrive 2:00- 2:30, 2:30 4:30 Wedding, 4:30 -6 Reception, £12
To book a place at the wedding or for further information please email
Polly McLean:  pollymclean@googlemail.com
Or Annie Sprinkle: annie@anniesprinkle.org
For more about the Love Art Lab project, and to see past weddings visit www.loveartlab.org


10. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, in Tekfestival 09, Rome Italy, May 7-13

Hello!I hope you are enjoying spring weather wherever you are, and avoiding all fluenzas, porcine and otherwise. I am honoured that my tapes 'True Spirit' (18min, 2001) and 'how long has it been' (7min, 2001) have been curated by Francesco 'WARBEAR' Palmieiri into Tekfestival 09 in Rome, Italy. This section of the festival is called 'Agender' and the screening is titled 'Emoporn'. Thanks for reading and please keep in touch. Warmly, TW



Tobaron Waxman, 2001, USA, 18, Dv



Tobaron Waxman, 2001, USA, 6, Dv


Curator's statement:

Pulsing bodies at the borders of the world

Agender picks up where Phag Off left off at the end of its mandate, and challenges the calcification of its models. It proposes a series of reflections and practices on body politics among lgbtiq communities and countercultural movements, deconstructing the heteronormative norm that universalizes the categories of sex, sexuality and gender. From this point of view, Agender works on a cinematographic level, focusing in particular on Spanish cinematography. It crosses linguistic borders and includes popular gay fiction, political and social documentaries, queer experimental shorts, independent pornography and art video. This year these different approaches center around a specific theme: emotion.


Where to loose oneself is erotic and to find oneself is political: a review of love sex and desperation

Once upon a time there was indie porn, a field of reflection and action where libertarian forms of exploration led to an extreme deconstruction of the mysoginist and heterocentric violence of commercial pornography, substituting it with a playful, independent, feminist and queer pornography, characterized by fluctuating and self- represented bodies. We once engaged in digital forms of experimentation with online texts, where bodies became a battlefield and the forms of self-representation shifted the ethics and esthetics of “Do It Yourself” to the digital realm. Today all this has given way to the emergence of markets of social networks which sell porntainment products built around identity niches, aimed at a fifteen-second masturbation, depriving indie porn of its original subversive and experimental meaning. The main issue, in this context, has to do with the concept of “Pornographic Sublime,” as defined by Barbara DeGenevieve, that is the experience of knowledge/liberation that accompanies this break, the horror of pleasure, the nudity of the private as a form of politics from below. Today the last taboo is represented by the nakedness of emotion, by the exposure of emotion in a body text that has always denied it because of its anti-economic nature, impossible to represent in the identity niches that transform independent porn into a marketing tool. Emoporn aims at deconstructing the silent body, at initiating a process of desymbolization leading to a decentering of the “subliminal” through the territories of unknowable emotion; the forms of love on the border between paradise and death, in a constant landslide in the meanders of orgasm, where the process of loosing oneself is erotic and that of finding oneself is political, where “Emo” represents the blood pulsing inside vital bodies.



Charles Lum, 2009, USA, 15, Beta SP


Pier Giorgio De Pinto, 2007, Italia/Italy, 6, Dv FLOUIS....ETC Laurence Chanfro, 2007, Francia/France, 9, DVD HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN Tobaron Waxman, 2001, USA, 6, Dv LOVELY MISS CREANT L'AIMÉE CRÉANTE Laurence Chanfro, 2008, Francia/France, 2, DVD MELKTIME Katrien Jakobs, 2009, Olanda-Hong Kong/Netherlands-Hong Kong, 7, Dv REVOLUTION IS FUCK FOR FRIENDSHIP MyJemmaTemp, 2007, Italia/Italy, 3, Dv SOME KISSES FOR ANGO Kbeard, 2008, Gran Bretagna/United Kingdom, 6, Dv THE BELLY DANCE Angelo Ango Visone, 2007, Gran Bretagna/United Kingdom, 2, Dv TRUE SPIRIT Tobaron Waxman, 2001, USA, 18, Dv WYSIWYL? WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU LISTEN (TO)?

Pier Giorgio De Pinto, 2008, Italia/Italy, 10, Dv


11. Nam June Paik, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 1

May 1, 2009
Inside Art
Nam June Paik Archive Goes to the Smithsonian

Nam June Paik Archive Goes to the Smithsonian

Clunky black-and-white television sets and 1960s record players; early video projectors and decades-old Polaroid cameras — things that were long ago relegated to the electronic graveyard — are precious and priceless in the world created by the artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006).

Mr. Paik, who pioneered video art, spent more than five decades creating an idiosyncratic variety of works, including robots, musical compositions, video sculptures and installations. Coining the phrase the “electronic superhighway” in 1974, he saw the artistic possibilities of technology long before most people. 

So receiving Mr. Paik’s coveted archives as a gift from the artist’s estate is the art world equivalent of winning the lottery. The estate asked a group of museums for proposals on how each would use the archive. Out of a group that included the Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, it chose the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

“This will give scholars and a new generation of artists the tangible sense of the artist’s hand in transforming video and television into an artist’s medium,” said John G. Hanhardt, consulting senior curator for film and media arts at the museum. Mr. Hanhardt will spearhead the organization of the archives and the establishment of a Paik center at the museum. As a leading expert in Mr. Paik’s work, he was the curator for two landmark exhibitions devoted to the artist: the first, in 1982, at the Whitney and the second, a retrospective in 2000, at the Guggenheim.

The archive is vast and includes Mr. Paik’s early writings on art history, history and technology; correspondence with other artists and collaborators like the composer John Cage, the German artist Wolf Vostell and the avant-garde cellist Charlotte Moorman; and a complete collection of videotapes used in his work, as well as production notes, television work, sketches, notebooks, models and plans for video installations.

Highlights include Mr. Paik’s hand-drawn plans for the Paik-Shuya Abe video synthesizer and documentation of large-scale television projects like “Guadalcanal Requiem” (1977-79), one of his best-known videos about history, time and memory, shot in the Solomon Islands at the site of a devastating World War II battle, as well as installations like “The More the Better,” a 1988 three-channel video work that employed 1,003 television monitors.

The archive covers a panoply of equipment: early-model televisions and video projectors, radios, record players, cameras and musical instruments. There are even toys, games, folk sculptures and the desk where he painted in his SoHo studio.

“This archive becomes fundamental in understanding the changes in late 20th-century art,” Mr. Hanhardt said. “His ideas speak to what young artists are doing today.” It will take a few years to catalog and organize the archive. Over time it will be available to scholars and artists by appointment only. Mr. Hanhardt also plans to create exhibitions drawn from it.


12. Lynn Zelevansky, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 30

Arts, Briefly

New Director of Carnegie Museum

By CAROL VOGEL; Compiled by Dave Itzkoff

Published: April 30, 2009

The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has named Lynn Zelevansky, who leads the contemporary art department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as its new director. For the last 14 years Ms. Zelevansky has primarily been a curator and writer at the Los Angeles museum, where she organized numerous exhibitions like “Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s to 1970s.” Before that she worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she helped William Rubin with the legendary 1989 show “Picasso and Braque: Pioneering Cubism.” Ms. Zelevansky, 61, is replacing Richard Armstrong, who was named director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in September.


13. Moya Devine, FF Alumn, at The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA, opening May 15

Moya Devine included in The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 7th Biennial Artists' Books Exhibit.

Moya will be showing her folded construction, Hurricane.

If in San Diego please join her at the opening;

Reception May 15th 6:30-8:30
Show continues through June 9th, Tues-Sat  10-5:30

The Athenaeum 1008 Wall St.
La Jolla, Ca 92037
858 454-5072


14. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at Coco, Vienna, Austria, opening May 7

COCO cordially invites you to the opening of Revolver

Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m.

at Bauernmarkt 9, 1010 Vienna


May 7 - June 21, 2009

I once painted for 36 hours straight. My paintings got really strange. I came up with the best and weirdest feet I ever painted. Also one night at about 4:00 a.m., I was painting and standing on top of a plastic milk crate with a crack in it. It broke and my leg got stuck like in a bear trap. I had to crawl around on the floor whimpering and looking for the carpet cutter. Painting is dangerous. (Sue Williams)

The title of the exhibition is derived from the word revolve: to circle, to spin around. The basic idea is to show the world(s) an artwork creates, includes or evokes. What revolves around a work of art? In Revolver we would like to present a layer of description usually left to commentators (critics, curators), the observer, or in the case of the artist, to the artist's statement or anecdotes. These descriptions are often quite casual: remarks at an opening, conversations, short tales that envelop the works like dust. They are often heterogenous, mixing very different aspects of a work and the biography of the artist. With Revolver we are trying to show an artwork's universe on its own level, its everyday life, its affinities and distances - portraits of artworks, not of artists.

There is a strong feminist tradition in dealing with issues of representation and anecdote in the past 40 years and we are deliberately trying to make a link with this tradition. We believe this approach makes apparent aspects that are crucial to the actual experience of an artwork, but are rarely represented.

Artists: Nina Beier, Anne Collier, Ruth Ewan, Adriana Lara, Lorna Macintyre, Flora Neuwirth, Mai-Thu Perret, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Anne Schneider, Betty Tompkins, Rita Vitorelli  Curated by Severin Dünser and Christian Kobald.


Bauernmarkt 9
1010 Vienna


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