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Contents for June 01, 2009

1. Beverly Naidus, FF Alumn, at Bluestockings, Manhattan, July 1, and more
2. Eleanor Antin, Leon Golub, Komar & Melamid, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Andy Warhol, Hannah Wilke, FF Alumns, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Manhattan, opening June 6
3. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland, June 6
4. Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumn, at The Bronx Museum, opening June 21
5. Ron Athey, Julie Tolentino, FF Alumns, in Naples, Italy, June 6
6. Dor Green, FF Alumn, at Shutters, Manhattan, June 13
7. George Peck, FF Alumn, in The Bronx, Fall 2009
8. Jeffrey Isaac, FF Alumn, at Ca Zanardi, Venice, Italy, opening June 3
9. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Queens and Manhattan, June 21
10. Nao Bustamante, Carmelita Tropicana, FF Alumns, at Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, June 4
11. Josh Baer, Allan Schwartzman, FF Alumns, at ArtBasel, Switzerland, June 10
12. Louise Bourgeois, FF Member, new film release June 23
13. Lady Pink, FF Alumn, now online thru June 30
14. Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, at San Francisco Public Library, CA, June 10, and more
15. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, at Woolwich Hospital, London, UK, June 18-July 28
16. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, at Winona Arts Center, Minnesota, June 6
17. Nina Yankowitz, Barry Holden, FF Members, at Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece, thru June 10, and more
18. Nora York, FF Alumn, summer schedule, 2009
19. Susan Leopold, FF Alumn, at The Old American Can Factory, Brooklyn, June 6
20. Marie Christine Katz, FF Member, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-11
21. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6, Richmond, VA, June 26, and more
22. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in the Los Angeles Times
23. Linda Stein, FF Member, at National Association of Women Artists, Manhattan, thru June 19, and more
24. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, at Hahamongna Watershed Park, CA, June 6-7
25. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at atelierfrankfurt, Germany, June 5
26. LuLu LoLo, FF Member, at Cornelia St. Café, Manhattan, June 13
27. Courtney Martin, FF Alumn, at The Brooklyn Museum, June 20
28. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA, June 5
29. John Jesurun, Fiona Templeton, FF Alumns, new book release
30. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Sin Sin Bar, Manhattan, June 4, and more
31. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, at HP Garcia Gallery, Manhattan, June 11
32. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Astor Center, Manhattan, July 18


1. Beverly Naidus, FF Alumn, at Bluestockings, Manhattan, July 1, and more

Hello all - I am happy to announce that Arts for Change is coming to my old stomping ground. Please share this press release with your friends and colleagues. It's been many years since I lived in NYC, so my networks there are not as vast as yours may be. I am also doing some readings in western MA on June 21 and 24th, so if you want details on those, let me know. I am still selling signed copies of the book directly from my studio, so let me know if you would like one or more.


Free Public Talk/Reading
@ Bluestockings
172 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
7:00-8:30 P.M.

Beverly Naidus

artist, activist, educator, and author of

Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame

New Village Press invites the community to come hear Beverly Naidus, author of Arts for Change,a provocative, personal look at the motivations and challenges of teaching socially engaged arts. Naidus will offer candid examination of her own university teaching career, weaving in broader social and historical perspectives. She will animate the discussion with provocative slides of her students' work, and examples of socially engaged art that inspired her curriculum. Naidus is sure to stimulate new thinking among artists, educators and activists of all kinds. She offers inspiration to anyone with an inkling of the role arts can play in responding to critical issues of the day.

Arts for Change addresses vital questions that students and educators have long been asking: How can art be part of a movement for social change? How can art resolve conflicts, heal trauma, wake up those who are numb and in denial, and envision a new world? Arts for Change intersperses scholarly concerns with intimate, image-rich metaphor in a free-spirited, non-academic prose. The stories of 33 dynamic, contemporary artist/teachers working both inside academia and within community settings also offer inspiration to the reader.

Signed copies of Arts for Change will be available for purchase for $14.95 following Naidus presentation. For those interested in reading the book prior to the event, it is available through the New Village Press website, www.newvillagepress.net. Let them know you will be attending the program so they can Priority Mail the book.

About Beverly Naidus

Beverly Naidus, artist, activist, educator, and writer, has had her work exhibited internationally in diverse venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum and the Armand Hammer Museum at UCLA. She is the author of two artist’s books: One Size Does Not Fit All and What Kinda Name is That, and has authored several essays on activist art pedagogy. She currently teaches interdisciplinary arts at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and is co-creating a program on Arts in Community, with a focus on arts for social change.  She lives on Vashon Island, WA with her husband and son.

About New Village Press

New Village Press is a nonprofit publisher specializing in works about grassroots community building, urban ecology, and community cultural development. Since 2005, the press has been publishing progressive non-fiction that offers useful solutions to social, environmental and economic challenges.

Contact: Sylvie Schmid
New Village Press
(510) 420-136


2. Eleanor Antin, Leon Golub, Komar & Melamid, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Andy Warhol, Hannah Wilke, FF Alumns, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Manhattan, opening June 6

Justin Amrhein, Eleanor Antin, Joseph Beuys, Alexander Brodsky, Scott Campbell, Keith Cottingham, Terry Fox, Carl Fudge, Rico Gatson, Leon Golub, Kelly Heaton, Christine Hill, Peggy Jarrell Kaplan, Komar & Melamid, David Opdyke. Pepón Osorio, Bruce Pearson, Jason Salavon, Edwin Schlossberg, Tavares Strachan, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Stephanie Van Zandt Nelson, Andy Warhol, Allan Wexler, Hannah Wilke, and others

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts will exhibit works in black and white by more than twenty-five artists, many of whom have been associated with the history of the gallery, which was founded in 1971.  The exhibition highlights how these artists use the qualities of black and white and includes sculpture, painting, drawings, prints, and photography. 

The exhibition features several sculptures, including Chair and Desk from the First Eruption, 2007-08 by Tavares Strachan, whose work is informed by arctic invisibilities and Bahamian experiences.  Fabricated from white chalk, the surface, texture, and mood contrast to Hannah Wilke's glossy vulva-shaped ceramics from the 80's, also on view.  David Opdyke, whose work relates to ecological decay, and Alexander Brodsky, who deals with memory, both use the interplay between dramatic lighting and their dark sculptures for atmospheric effect.

Incorporating political content, Magic Sticks, 2009 by Rico Gatson and KGB, 1975 by Komar & Melamid exploit the graphic power of black and white, whereas the elegiac sculpture, Ascending/Descending, 2008, by Pepón Osorio, accesses its spiritual dimension.  Cones of Silence, 2000, by the conceptual and minimalist artist Terry Fox, is evidence of his subdued palette and pared down minimalism.  Committed to using stock materials, Allan Wexler focuses on architectural forms and archetypal figures. 

Photographs by performance-oriented artists from the 70's, when black and white was the common form of reproduction, include Eleanor Antin's king persona, Chris Burden's Shoot, Mierle Laderman Ukeles' Touch Sanitation project, and S.O.S self-portraits by Hannah Wilke.  Warhol is represented by two prints from the 70's, Mao (Retrospective Series) and a self-portrait, and Joseph Beuys by a woodcut from 1952 and a collage cut-out drawing from 1962.  

Other works include abstractions by Carl Fudge, who explores the silhouette and negative space, and Bruce Pearson, who discovers tonalities within the non-color spectrum.  Leon Golub's work in black and white parallels his brutal subject matter.  Using current photographic technology, Keith Cottingham references the history of photography, and Jason Salavon uncovers America's cultural past.  Peggy Kaplan combines her portrait photographs with drawings by her subjects.  The complexity of the line is expressed in Kelly Heaton's renderings of The Anatomy of a Furby, 2003, and Justin Amrhein's diagrams of imaginary weapons of mass destruction.  Scott Campbell uses charcoal and graphite to combine the natural environment, the urban form of a grid, and a microscopic view of penicillin molecules. 

Acknowledging the close relationship of black and white to text, other works include the alphabet-based constructions of Edwin Schlossberg, Christine Hill's rubber-stamped posters, and the drawings of Stephanie Van Zandt Nelson, whose journals documenting her daily struggle for most of her adult life were discovered after her death in 2003.

There will be an opening reception Saturday, June 6, 6 - 8.   Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 6.  Monday by appointment.  July: Monday - Thursday 10 - 6.  Friday, 10 - 3.  For more information, contact Sarah Paulson (212) 226-3232 or sarah@feldmangallery.com.

31 Mercer Street  |  New York, NY 10013  |  212-226-3232  | www.feldmangallery.com 


3. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland, June 6


Slide Show Talk: The Lesbian Museum
Saturday, June 6, 6 pm, Free
Cabaret Voltaire
Spiegelgasse 1
Zurich, Switzerland

History Lessons with Director Present
Saturday, June 6, 7 pm. Free
Cabaret Voltaire

The Female Closet with Director Present
Saturday, June 6, 8 pm. Free
Cabaret Voltaire

Barbara Hammer’s first book, "Hammer!"  will be released by the Feminist Press, CUNY in March 2010.


4. Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumn, at The Bronx Museum, opening June 21

Open House: Sunday, June 21, 2009, 12pm to 5pm



From June 21 to September 13, 2009, The Bronx Museum of the Arts presents Living and Dreaming, the 29th edition of its milestone Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) exhibition series.  The exhibition features a range of works by 36 artists from New York City and the environs who have completed the most recent of the museum’s highly competitive 13-week-long series of AIM seminars.  As in earlier iterations, Living and Dreaming also serves as a bellwether of the issues absorbing the best of a new generation of artists.

Many of the works on view spring from a powerful current of personal narrative, as well as from a pull towards the fantastical, ethereal, and mythological, according to independent curator and critic Micaela Giovannotti, who organized the exhibition. And whether responding to cultural collisions, political change, or the unstable economy of today, these young artists are fluent in a range of media, from photography, video, and installation to sculpture, painting, and collage.

“The 2009 AIM program has had a pivotal impact on the careers of these emerging artists,” says Giovannotti.  “In part this exhibition seeks to acknowledge the network of aesthetic kinships and dialogue the program fosters.” 

To celebrate the opening of Living and Dreaming, The Bronx Museum will host an open house and street fair from noon to 5pm on Sunday, June 21.

A comprehensive catalog will accompany the exhibition, featuring essays by Giovannotti and guest essayist Nuit Banai, an art critic and lecturer at Tufts University.

“This AIM survey celebrates the vitality and promise of new voices,” says Holly Block, director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts. “An annual event, the exhibition marks the Museum’s ongoing commitment to support emerging artists by providing unique career development opportunities.”

Artists participating in the exhibition are Rahul Alexander, Robert Amesbury, Nathan Bennett, Wesley Martin Berg, Jonathan Brand, Adam Brent, Maria Buyondo, Melissa A. Calderón, Asha Canalos, Heejung Cho, Lauren Clay, Stephanie Costello, Eva Davidova, Meredith Drum, Brendan Fernandes, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Clare Grill, Jeffrey Hargrave, Jessie Henson, Joshua Abram Howard, Christine Lebeck, Simone Leigh, Ken Madore, Mio Olsson, Wilfredo Ortega, Chloe Paganini, Amy Pryor, Ryan Roa, Lisa Ross, Rosa Ruey, Jahi L. Sabater, Abigail Simon, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Christy Speakman, Emma Wilcox and Saya Woolfalk.

Over the last three decades, the AIM program has served over 1,000 participants, including many like Whitfield Lovell, Glenn Ligon and Polly Apfelbaum, who have gone on to establish international reputations.

Held twice a year, in the fall and the spring, AIM sessions provide information, instruction, and professional guidance by addressing areas of practical concern to artists, such as curatorial practice, copyright law, exhibition and public art opportunities, gallery representation, grants writing, and marketing. A core set of workshops is annually enhanced by a number of guest speakers including artists, critics, curators, dealers, and lawyers.


The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ International Residency Program is a new component of the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program and is intended as an international residency and training program for emerging artists from selected countries in Latin America and Africa. Funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program will bring artists to live and work in the Bronx for a two month period.

Planned to coincide with the fall and spring sessions of the Museum’s noted AIM program, the residency program provides each artist with studio space at the Museum and living quarters in the Bronx. Artists have the opportunity to produce new work, receive professional development counseling from leading arts managers and professionals, interact with their peers, and meet informally with artists and cultural practitioners in the Bronx and throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Reymond Romero, from Caracas, Venezuela was the first resident at the Museum in the fall of 2008. Dulce Gómez, also from Caracas, André Komatsu, from São Paulo, Brazil, and Billie Zangewa from South Africa arrived in the spring of 2009. Ms. Zangewa will be in residence at the museum until June 8 and is available for studio visits.

AIM29 is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation, Helena Rubinstein Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, and Deborah and Chris Buck. The International Residency Program is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright Hays Act of 1961, as amended.


The flagship cultural institution of The Bronx, founded in 1971, The Bronx Museum of the Arts focuses on 20th-century and contemporary art, while serving the culturally diverse populations of The Bronx and the greater New York metropolitan area. The museum’s home on the Grand Concourse is a distinctive contemporary landmark designed by the internationally-renowned firm Arquitectonica.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts maintains a permanent collection of 20th and 21st-century works by artists of African, Asian, and Latin American ancestry.  Additionally, the Museum collects works by artists for whom The Bronx has been critical to their artistic practice and development. The Museum’s educational offerings spring from these central programs with outreach to children and families as well as adult audiences. For more information please visit www.bronxmuseum.org.


5. Ron Athey, Julie Tolentino, FF Alumns, in Naples, Italy, June 6

History of Ecstasy

Napoli Teatro Festival Italia
MADRe Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina
Via Settembrini
79 80139 Napoli

June 6, 9pm

Designing and Directing - Ron Athey
Set Design, Costumes - Alfredo Hunter
Sound Design - Othon Mataragas
Vocalist - Ernesto Tomasini
Performers - Ron Athey, Lee Adams, Julie Tolentino, Pigpen, Vaginal Davis and Mouse 

Ron Athey, American artist, lived his childhood in a family that professed a strong bond with the Pentecostal religion, and was educated in an environment full of fanaticism, apocalyptic prophecies and ecstatic rituals. Performer, writer and critic, Athey thinks that nothing is too extreme for the search for truth. Absolute protagonist of his work is the body, a body-object expropriated, tortured, insulted, where sickness and death and at the same time to re-tool of identity choice and no longer suffered. It says homosexual and HIV-positive and produces shows apocalyptic, where self-mutilation, cutting, engraving and loss of blood, trace the outlines of a dynamic otherness of the body and physicality. At the heart of his research on the body is the pain, anger, fear, love and any kind of intense feeling.

History of Ecstasy, is a site specific performance that is the summa of all his previous work: a kind of metaphorical way of the cross marked in several acts, midway between the sacred and profane, dream and reality, tenderness and violence. Starting by events and by their biographical events, the artist staged hagiography revisiting the sacred Christian iconography. The performance is based on a duality that forms the heart and strength, between the pure and the sordid, redemption and damnation.



6. Dor Green, FF Alumn, at Shutters, Manhattan, June 13

Dor Green, FF Alumn, will perform "Swing Into Spring" Saturday, June 13, 2008 at SHUTTERS Restaurant and Bar, 433 West 34th St. (between 9th and 10th Aves), 7-11 pm,  212-279-3446.  Other singers are Lela Keels,, Ricky DeMarco and Ira Hawkins.  For more information contact Lela Keels, 973-923-7932 or lelakeels@excite.com


7. George Peck, FF Alumn, in The Bronx, Fall 2009

George Peck

Projected Works, 2008-9

Beginning in 2008  I  embarked upon an investigation about how colors are altered in a polluted atmospheric environment. While I use the colors of India  and refer to some experiences I encountered in India, this body of work is about the universal altering of the color spectrum. Physically what takes place is video footage (traditional saris, i.e. colors, textiles  in motion) projected into a structure simulating an environment in transition. The results are subtle but startling.  A  new awareness of spectral behavior and  insights into the world of color  affected by  environmental change has begun to emerge.

In 2009 I have engaged new subject matter and new partners in the project: 


2009. The Bronx Museum competition: “Inter Sections, the Grand Concourse at 100”

George Peck, and Community Partners (to be determined)

Brief Summary

Video projections on warped screen surfaces are located in selected community spaces—a hospital waiting room, the library, a school or unemployment office and will activate exchanges between one group or another.

Detailed Description

Videos of particular events, places or activities will be made with community partners: a dance at a senior center, sales at a wholesale vegetable market, a group of students on a class outing are examples of what might be recorded. The selection process of these partners would go through community based institutions, such as the Bronx Council of the Arts. 

The videos will be projected on screen surfaces in selected locations. Many of these  potential locations for installations are on or near the Grand Concourse, for instance: the Bronx County Court House, St. Barnabas Hospital, NYPL Bronx Center, Bronx Post Office, Bronx Museum, etc. They could also be: schools, community centers, unemployment offices and old age homes.

The projection surfaces are made of fine stainless steel mesh that has been shaped into an undulating, warped surface. Because of this, the projections move across the irregular surface sometimes doubling the image or distorting it. Color and movement create vivid spots of light within the context in which they are placed.

These installations can vary in dimension; they can be placed on the ceiling, in a corner of a room or in an alcove. At each location there is a video projection, a DVD player projecting the video loop.

LIGHT SPOTS / SPOT LIGHTS recognizes and records the borough as a place of ever-changing flux. These plotted points create a diagram of where the action is while it engages the viewer.



8. Jeffrey Isaac, FF Alumn, at Ca Zanardi, Venice, Italy, opening June 3

June 3, 2009 18:00, Cà Zanardi, Cannaregio, Venice. Opening of the exhibition: Manifest Destinies by Jeffrey Isaac. On the Occasion of the Inauguration of Détournement Venise 2009.

Wednesday June 3rd, 2009 the exhibition Manifest Destinies by Jeffrey Isaac will open at Cà Zanardi in Venice. The show is part of Détournement Venise 2009, a collateral event of the 53rd International Art Exhibition, which will have it’s grand opening on the same evening also at Cà Zanardi. The shows will continue through November 2009.

In the paintings of Jeffrey Isaac, the modern world, with all its vices and deformations, is transformed into an allegorical dimension. The artist employs a personal symbolism of strong metaphoric significance to sublimate through satiric and distorting tones the degenerations of power, the implacability of evil and the folly of the human condition.

With this title, Jeffrey Isaac indicates his sense of mankind’s apparent fate. His characters become the prophets of destiny and simultaneously its victims. They board the ship individually to form a unified group which sails towards an inescapable destiny, on a ship which has already run aground. The fool, undisturbed by the realities of his situation, continues to stare fixedly towards the goal he anxiously awaits to see on the horizon.

Three major themes can be discerned within the work, unifed however by their conceptual nucleus which creates the central narrative of the show, namely, the obvious destiny of mankind.

The first group consists of two large-format paintings, commenting on the Presidency of George Bush, titled George W. Bush Leading the War of Terror and George W. Bush Leading Global Warming. A second group takes its theme from the satire of the Ship of Fools by the Alsatian poet Sebastian Brant, who in turn was inspired by the Medieval figurative literary motif, the Stultifera Navis. This cycle consists of five large paintings, each representing a continent and portraying, as the passengers of shipwrecked vessels, the heads of state of each country wearing fools caps.The third section has twenty portraits of devils, undiscovered within their own sphere, as they mock the everyday mortals around them.

These three groups carry the same central theme that accompanies Jeffrey

Isaac throughout his work: naked saints; men and women with animal heads; curious animals, or peasants suspended in midair--the key to his documentation of people, places and things is his ironic glance.

Jeffrey Isaac was born 1956 in New York and spent his childhood in Switzerland.

He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States and at Camberwell School of Art in London. His paintings have been exhibited in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the U.S.A. In 2006 he designed a video animation for the performance of the play IL CORVO by the LaMama Experimental Theater Company at the 38th Biennale Teatro in Venice. His paintings have been exhibited in important museums and galleries and are in well-known collections. Since 1986, Jeffrey Isaac has been living and working in Umbria near Spoleto, Italy.

MANIFEST DESTINIES is curated by Elisabeth Gluckstein and Gabriele Perretta. Special thanks for their support to Pio Monti, Silvana Stipa, Graziano Vigato and the Town of Spoleto.


This project, subtitled Appointments with Memory--itinerary of contemporary art in the city of Venice, collateral event to the 53rd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale--is centred on a network of international artists and the institutions they represent. Détournement 2009 has been conceived with the main aim of creating a connection between science, art and architecture. The project also intends to reduce the geographical distance from one museum to the other in order to create spaces dedicated to well-known artists experienced in archiving and representing memory as well as to artists of the younger generation who agreed to create works especially for this occasion. The artists coming from all over the world have conceived their works according to three points of view about memory. Nearly thirty historic sites, 100 artists from 5 continents--a project conceived and supervised by Elisabeth Sarah Gluckstein and Gabriele Perretta. Technical coordination: the art & architecture factory, Venice. Exhibition design and architecture: Gluckstein & Bloomfield, Venice.

For further information:

www.jeffreyisaac.com , www.detournement-venise.org


phone +39 0412750734, detournement.venise@gmail.com


9. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in Queens and Manhattan, June 21

June 21
Saturday night/Sunday morning,
1:30 am event starts
1:46 am Solstice moment
34th Annual Summer Soulstice Celebration

A sizzling Celebration of Summer. Drumming in the dark!

Pier 16 South Street Seaport
For info: 718-857-1343

June 21
Sunday, 8:00 pm
Sunset Solstice Celebration
A sizzling Celebration of Summer. A family friendly event. Bring kids, dogs, drums and lots of spirit. 
Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Queens
For info: 718-956-1819


10. Nao Bustamante, Carmelita Tropicana, FF Alumns, at Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, June 4

Utopia Emoticon Cabaret at Joe’s Pub
Nao Bustamante – Carmelita Tropicana - Fulana
Comedy, Passion, Danger and Art from New York's most LIVE LATINAS!
Carmelita Tropicana Y Nao Bustamante Y Fulana!
Thursday night June 4th at the fabulous Joe's Pub.
Tickets $15 advance/ $20 at the door at www.joespub.com or 212 967 7555
Thursday, June 4, 2009
9:30pm - 11:00pm

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY


11. Josh Baer, Allan Schwartzman, FF Alumns, at ArtBasel, Switzerland, June 10

a talk at ArtBasel with Allan Schwartzman and Josh Baer on Wed June 10 at 3 pm titled “How and Why this Art Market Contraction is Different.”


12. Louise Bourgeois, FF Member, new film release June 23

“Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine”

A Film by Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach

On DVD June 23 from Zeitgeist Films

A smash hit at New York’s Film Forum last summer, “Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” opened on the heels of Bourgeois’s wildly popular career retrospective at the Guggenheim. This documentary by Marion Cajori (“Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter,” “Chuck Close”) and art critic Amei Wallach is the definitive look into Bourgeois’s stunning life and work.

As a screen presence, Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw. Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, this documentary delicately sheds light on the methods by which her childhood traumas and memories become embodied in objects and installations. An intimate and human engagement with an artist’s world, “Louise Bourgeois...” is a comprehensive and dramatic work of creativity and revelation.

To preorder for a 25% discount, please visit:


You can also order over the phone by calling us at 1-800-509-0448. (Note: discount available only online.)


13. Lady Pink, FF Alumn, now online thru June 30

MAY 27- JUNE 30

Dirtypilot.com welcomes Graffiti Artists Lady Pink & Cycle. This new body of work includes fantastic Black Book style works on paper as well as trade mark canvases and mixed media works on wood.

To commemorate this opening we have published a 36 page perfect bound full color zine. Limited to an edition of only 100 pcs. The zine will be hand signed by both artists. This publication is reversible as Pink & Cycle each have 18 pages dedicated to their work.

Check it out. 24/7


14. Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, at San Francisco Public Library, CA, June 10, and more

Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, at SF Public Library and Queer Women of Color Film Festival

"Big Pink" by Gigi at "MythFits" (curated by Michelle Tea) during National Queer Arts Festival '09

Also on the line-up: Robin Coste Lewis + Sadie Lune

Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00pm

SF Public Library/Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin @ Grove, SF, CA 94102

Admission: FREE

More info: http://www.queerculturalcenter.org/Pages/QFest09/Mythfits.html

"Dimension of IS: A Spectacular Future" (the final FINAL version) by Gigi and Heather Cox Carducci, at the 5th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Saturday, June 13th at 7:00pm

Admission: FREE

More info: http://www.qwocmap.org/festival.html

More Devil Bunny info at www.devilbunny.org


15. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, at Woolwich Hospital, London, UK, June 18-July 28

Dear All

My exhibition of 20 new works made up of Single Edition 6"x4" photographs taken between 1999-2009 opens at elixir Gallery, Woolwich Hospital in London on 18th June, and runs until 28th July. Private View is on MONDAY 6TH JULY from 7-9PM.


16. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, at Winona Arts Center, Minnesota, June 6


Telephone: 507.452.1598

Billy X. Curmano Winona Arts Center June 6

The Winona Arts Center presents a screening of “live art” videos and free jazz in the main galleries on Fifth and Franklin Streets in downtown Winona at 7:30 p.m., June 6. The classic videos are culled from pioneering performance artist Billy X. Curmano and will include “Performance for the Dead” and several shorts followed and interspersed with free jazz from long time collaborators the New X Art Ensemble featuring the Amazing Tess Toster Tones.

The award-winning artist entered the international arena with universal subject matter. He was buried alive for 3 days with all the trimmings including an Italian wake, New Orleans-style jazz funeral and an international postal exhibition on the theme of death. He explored water issues with a trilogy that included swimming the length of the Mississippi River, fasting in Death Valley and traveling to the Arctic Circle on public transport.

The videos and other tracks from these performances have gone to major collections like the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He’s been featured on the “City Pages A list” in Minneapolis and as Mary Beth Crain reported for a Los Angeles “LA Weekly Pick of the Week” article:

“Curmano calls 'Adventures with Billy' 'a slightly satirical journey documenting art as life and life as art.' I call it an uninhibited blend of courage, charisma and chutzpah, the sort of thing you either love or hate but definitely aren't allowed to regard with, God forbid, neutrality.”

D.L. Hunt, Steve Smith and Billy X. formed New X as a link between performance art, classical music and free jazz. It is arguably the longest running free jazz collective in the region. The unit expanded as other musicians were drawn to the artistic freedom New X offers. They don’t embalm jazz or play hug-your-bunny cute insipid pop. New X is an eclectic blend of music, sound and improvisation rapped around words and odd tones. Reviewers have compared them to Lionel Hampton, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Recession pricing: $5.00 - More information is available at http://www.winonaarts.org or http://www.billyx.net

Reference: - Mary Beth Crain, "LA WEEKLY", Vol. 21 #12, Feb. 12-18, 1999, Los Angeles, CA.

Be safe; stay well and live happily ever after,

Billy X. Curmano
Art Works USA
27979 County Road 17
Winona, MN 55987


17. Nina Yankowitz, Barry Holden, FF Members, at Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece, thru June 10, and more

e-MobiLArt   European Mobile Lab for interactive media Artists 


Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece May 20 - June 10, 2009
Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece

© Nina Yankowitz U.S.A. (artist, creative concept, installation design)
Mauri Kaipainen (interactive multi-perspective media design/Ontospace engine)
Barry Holden (Coordinator, audio collaboration)
Pia Tikka (artist/scientist, creative contributor)
Peter Koger (software designer)
Scott Fitzgerald (freelance technology consultant)

Type of project: Crossings is an Interactive art installation investigating relative similarities of sacred texts. The concept originated because it was felt that so many of the world’s conflicts are fueled by religious intolerance and misunderstanding. We hope this project will promote understanding and tolerance, bringing us closer to peaceful interactions between all people.

They can view scriptures from some widely practiced religions around the world: Old Testament, New Testament, Buddhism, Hinduism, and The Quran. They are instructed to choose words of interest to explore with an infrared wand, and adjust the relative importance of topics within each search, and afterwards retrieve their private text selections from a website to learn from which religions their color-coded texts originated.

Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece May 20 - June 10, 2009 
Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece

The Third Woman is an Interactive Film/Game projected on walls from which participants can upload clips to mobile phones and interact with the script. Created by a global team of media artists, TheThird Woman’s contemporary script updates Carol Reed’s classic Film Noir The Third Man. Performance interventions simultaneously take place.

Participating Media /Artists      

Pia Tikka (Fin)(narrative engine and Script/Film)
Martin Rieser(U.K.) (Concept, Mobile Sensing and Script/Film)
Margarete Jahrmann (Austria/CH) (Costume & Performance)
Anna Dumitriu (U.K) (Performance)
Cliona Harmey(IRE) (Sound Artist)
Barry Roshto (Ger.)(Sound Artist)
Nita Tandon (Austria) (language and Producer)
Nina Yankowitz (USA) Video Introductory Tease
Yankowitz The Third Woman Interactive Movie Introduction


18. Nora York, FF Alumn, summer schedule, 2009

Greetings all.
Hard times but hoping all goes well for you in this best of all possible worlds.
Nora York update for summer 2009.
Furtiva Lagrima ( working title ) our opera project, will have a life at the Public Theater this winter...
Nora is currently working with playwright  David Greenspan ( this is VERY exciting) 
and her team of JoAnne Akalaitis ( director), Jamie Lawrence ( music director)
Kiki Smith ( artist ) !!!!!
Nora was awarded a 2009 New York State Council of the Arts Composers commission to complete Furtiva Lagrima. We will keep you posted!

deep into writing this summer, therefore we have only one summer live performance....

Steve Tarshis on guitar & Dave Hofstra on bass
To perform in MY HEART SAYS GO
A Benefit Performance
An evening to benefit a small theater company for young actors...


June 29 at 8pm 
East 13th Street Theater

136 East 13th Street (between 3rd and 4th Aves.)
TICKETS: $30 (suggested donation)
To reserve by e-mail: page121productions@gmail.com
Or by phone: 724-971-6629

Don't miss acclaimed singer-songwriter Nora York in MY HEART SAYS GO, a one-night-only benefit performance for Page 121 Productions. The evening will weave live performances of favorite York songs with a special advance reading of Stephen Kaliski's WEST LETHARGY, premiering this summer at 59E59 Theaters and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Actors include Joie Bauer, Mikaela Feely-Lehmann, Jeffrey Feola, Graham Halstead, & Suzanne Lenz


19. Susan Leopold, FF Alumn, at The Old American Can Factory, Brooklyn, June 6

Hello, This coming Saturday, June 6th, I will be participating in the open studio event as part of the benefit for The Architectural League of New York. (Details Below). It should  be an fun evening. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to contact me to visit my studio another time.

Aside from the open studios, the courtyard will feature music by DJ Chris Annibell/Afrokinetic, lighting designed by Wingspace Theatrical Design, food, drinks and dancing late into the night! A reduced price ticket is available for the final hours of the evening. Prices range from $25 to $250 (21 and over).

Saturday, June 6, 2009
9:00 PM to 3:00 AM +
The Old American Can Factory
232 Third Street at Third Avenue
Gowanus, Brooklyn 11215
All the Best,

Susan Leopold
mobile: 646-279-5989

Studio Address:
The Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, Suite A103 
Brooklyn, NY 11215


20. Marie Christine Katz, FF Member, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-11

Hello everyone

One of my video projects “Road Kills and Other Casualties” will be part of


"Kurye Performans Videos / Documentations I"


If you are lucky enough to be in the wonderful city of Istanbul here is the schedule info

Road Kills and Other Casualties will be played in

June 4 , 14.00; June 9, 14:00 at Akbank Sanat Building and June 8, 12.00; June 11, 12:00 at Istanbul Bilgi University, Santralistanbul.

And for a week or a day I am the featured artist at http://www.artists.de  with an essay on my work by Dr. Stefanie Lucci


Please feel free to pass this information to whomever you think might be interested.

All my best


Marie Christine Katz


21. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6, Richmond, VA, June 26, and more

 FF Alumn Mitzi Humphrey will present Richard Woodward as the speaker in the 9th in the art6 series "Pinkney Near Memorial Lectures in Art History." Richard Bergen Woodward is  Senior Deputy Director, Architecture and Design; and Curator of African Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The lecture presentation will be at 8:00 PM, June 26, 2002, art6 Gallery, 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia. $5 at the door, and is being presented in conjunction with the current art6 exhibition "Juneteenth: A Sankofa Celebration of African Freedom." More details at www.art6.org.

FF Alumn Mitzi Humphrey in "art6 Presents" in Gellman Room of Richmond Public Library, Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia. June 5 - 30.

Current members of art6 in "art6 Presents" include: Julie Adler-Noyes, Lloyd Chaser, Wesley Childress, Cindy Chisholm, Thomas Daniel, Sarah Davenport, Alan Entin, Cynthia Erdahl, Jim Garrett, Kay Goldsby, Sam Grantham, Jim Hall, Marian Hollowell, Mitzi Humphrey, Henrietta Near, Brigette Newberry, Shann Palmer, Tricia Pearsall, Margaret Porter-Daniel, Ronni Saunders, Jim Sellman, Heeja Sung, David Turner, Janine Turner, John Walters, and Jennifer Yane

Both art6 Gallery (6 East Broad St., Richmond) and the Richmond Public Library participate in Curated Culture's First Fridays Artwalk, presented by the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond.


22. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in the Los Angeles Times

RAVE for TIM MILLER's new show LAY OF THE LAND ...next stop Tallahassee!

Hi All, 

Check out the RAVE in L.A. Times for my new show! See below...

I'm off to Tallahassee with my brand new performance LAY OF THE LAND June 5-6 at Mickee Faust! (all info below about perfs and workshop residency)


The new show  went great in L.A. for its premiere. The piece feels really strong.  Very much the piece I would want to be doing at this juicy time as marriage equality is breaking out all over the US (well New England and Iowa anyhow) The performance had its world premiere one year to the day after marriage equality came to California (only to be snatched away months later with Prop H8) It was an auspicious day to be doing a show which has a section about my relationshiop to the Calif Bear on our state flag! Especially with everyone waiting for our sad day with CA Supreme Court decision making California a Hate State. Made for a very charged bunch of audiences. Sold out both weeks. Great review in L.A. TIMES! I'm off to Tallahassee


LOS ANGELES TIMES,  May 22, 2009

Review: 'Lay of the Land' at Highways

 Given that Prop. 8, the anti-same-sex marriage ballot measure, is currently under review by the California Supreme Court, an automatic edge accompanies the giddy timeliness of "Lay of the Land," which ends its Highways run on Saturday. Gay performance artist Tim Miller's latest foray into purposeful self-examination is in some ways his most important work to date.

Miller's technique hasn't essentially changed, just ripened like wine. He still investigates the audience close-up from the outset, invading the aisles with a flashlight. His delivery remains a fusion of half-closed eyes, mercurial inward focus and outwardly pointed insouciance. The rambling commentary, peppered with interjections that trade gloss for spontaneity, enters territory as exhilarating as it is meaningful.

What particularly distinguishes "Land" is the tautly impressive text. The story of Abraham and Isaac forms one point of identification, choking on gristle and a near-tracheotomy by his father another, as Miller lays out his unapologetically renegade viewpoint with exemplary economy and sardonic humor. Marriage equality is the thematic undercurrent against which reminiscences of various activist and performance landmarks coalesce into something larger than the sum of their considerable parts.

Stagecraft is minimal -- a microphone, projections of the 48 continental states, delicious childhood pictures, and a clothesline. This comes into indelible play at the climax, where the U.S. and California state flags provide fodder for Miller's most audaciously effective observations. The resulting tableau and final apotheosis stand high in Miller's canon, which, together with the overarching relevance, makes "Lay of the Land" a vivid, must-see achievement.

-- David C. Nichols

"Lay of the Land," Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ends Saturday.  (310) 315-1459 or www.highwaysperformance.org. Running time: 1 hour.


23. Linda Stein, FF Member, at National Association of Women Artists, Manhattan, thru June 19, and more

Linda Stein -- Strong Suit: Armor as Second Skin curated by Eleanor Flomenhaft through June 19, 2009 at National Association of Women Artists, 80 Fifth Avenue at 14th Street, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10011 212-675-1616


Linda Stein Sculpture in the Flomenhaft Group Exhibition through June 20, 2009 at Flomenhaft Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 308 New York, New York 10001 212.268.4952


24. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, at Hahamongna Watershed Park, CA, June 6-7

"On The Trail Of... installations & performances

       "Jacki Apple & Paul Soady installation-this weekend only!!"

What: Exhibit

Host: Newtown Arts

Start Time: Saturday, June 6 at 11:00am

End Time: Sunday, June 7 at 7:00pm

Where: Hahamongna Watershed Park


25. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at atelierfrankfurt, Germany, June 5

5 Jun - 18 Jul 2009
atelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt (Germany)


Live Performances with Karin Felbermayr, Sai Hua Kuan,
Stefanie Trojan and court sketch artists

Performances and court sketch artists at atelierfrankfurt
in Frankfurt (Germany) from June 5 till July 18, 2009.
Watch live Karin Felbermayr, Sai Hua Kuan and Stefanie Trojan
Friday night (June 5, 7pm), dance and drink after the show
with DAF (Deutsch-Antwerpische Freundschaft) and enjoy
'Der Große Szpilman'!

ATELIERFRANKFURT / Hohenstaufenstraße 13-25 / 60327 Frankfurt

exhibition: June 5th –July 18th 2009

hours: thu & fri 5-8 pm / sa 3-6pm


26. LuLu LoLo, FF Member, at Cornelia St. Café, Manhattan, June 13

LuLu LoLo Saturday, June 13, 2009, 5:45pm-7:45pm, The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents John J. Trause and LuLu LoLo. LuLu will be reading from her one person play 38 Witnessed Her Death, I Witnessed Her Love: The Lonely Secret of Mary Ann Zielonko (Kitty Genovese Story)  Forty years after Kitty Genovese’s murder, Mary Ann Zielonko gave her first interview revealing that she was Kitty’s lover. 

LuLu will read the Mary Ann Zielonko monologue based on her interview with Mary Ann. The poet John J. Trause will read from his work. Poets wear Prada press recently published John J. Trause’s chapbook of poetry, Seriously Serial. Saturday, June 13, 2009,5:45pm-7:45pm, Admission: $7.00 includes one drink Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street ,Between West 4th & Bleecker, Tel: 212-989-9319 http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/index_performances.asp

www.iawa.net www.lululolo.com Directions: By Subway: A,C, E, B, D, F, V to West 4th street  or 1&9 to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square


27. Courtney Martin, FF Alumn, at The Brooklyn Museum, June 20


Saturday, June 20, 2 - 4 p.m.

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorum, 3rd Floor

The Brooklyn Museum

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Four feminist authors and activists ranging from Generation Y to pre-Baby Boomer discuss women's lives--entitlement, power and empowerment. The panelists are Gloria Feldt, author of The War on Choice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights; Kristal Brent Zook, author of Black Women's Lives: Stories of Power and Pain; Deborah Siegel, author of Sisterhood Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild; and Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters.


28. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA, June 5

5 or 6 Walking Machines for You to Operate
First Friday Artwalk June 5th, 2009 5-9pm
Johansson Projects
2300 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA 94612

Kalman Spelletich's Walking Machines

Johansson Projects lures Kal Spelletich's walking, crawling, scuttling and shuffling robots to invade the art corridor of Art Murmur on June 5th. A walking BBQ and other interactive life-sized creatures are roused to life through audience operation.
The artist relates "I, of course, do not remember learning to crawl or walk. I wish I could. But these most basic locomotive system operations have always intrigued me. From the first sea creatures crawling out of the water to a child's first tenuous steps...
Movements, be it a gait, a hop, a dance, a slither or a swagger always seems to give some enlightening insight into the mover. I hope these robots honor all creatures that have evolved towards slithering, hopping and walking as well as insights into the audience members who choose to operate them."

Johansson Projects
2300 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA 94612

First Friday Artwalk June 5th 5-9pm
The Echo Fields
Featuring:Val Britton + Mike Meyers
In the Project Space: Show Me
Featuring: Jennifer + Kevin McCoy

"I don't think anyone's gotten anywhere playing by the rules."



29. John Jesurun, Fiona Templeton, FF Alumns, new book release

John Jesurun's trilogy of seminal media texts DEEP SLEEP, WHITE WATER AND BLACK MARIA are finally together in one volume.

NoPassport Press

Dreaming the Americas Series

John Jesurun:

Deep Sleep, White Water, Black Maria

(A Media Trilogy)

preface by Fiona Templeton

Unit List Price: $20.00 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-578-02602-2


NoPassport Press "Dreaming the Americas" print-on-demand series

Series Editors: Caridad Svich, Jorge Huerta, Otis Ramsey-Zoe Advisory Board: Daniel Banks, Maria M. Delgado, Amparo Garcia-Crow, Randy Gener, Elana Greenfield,  Christina Marin, Antonio Ocampo-Guzman, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Saviana Stanescu, Patricia Ybarra, Tamara Underiner.

NoPassport is an unincorporated theatre alliance devoted to action, advocacy and change toward the fostering of cross-cultural diversity and difference in the arts with an emphasis on the embrace of the hemispheric spirit in US Latina/o and Latin-American theatre-making. Queries: NoPassportPress@aol.com

All NoPassportPress titles are available on amazon.com, lulu.com and more.


30. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Sin Sin Bar, Manhattan, June 4, and more

Thursday, June 4th
10:30 PM
Dynasty Handbag at Spin Sugar!  (gay ladies dance party open to all people execpt non gay ladies, just kidding)
open bar from 10 -11
at Sin Sin Bar - 248 E 5th street
with DJs Amber Valentine, Designer Impostor, Dirty Jean, Roze Royce..
sketch projection by Shantell Martin.....and nail art by Abby!
what a good time!
Saturday, June 6 - 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM
ROOM FOR CREAM - Season Finale!
Jibz as "Agent Steph" in the live lesbian soap opera ROOM FOR CREAM.
at La Mama
Thursday, June 11th (i think?, I am pretty sure)
Dynasty Handbag at Secret Project Robot
with These Are Powers


31. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, at HP Garcia Gallery, Manhattan, June 11

HP Salon:  “The Underground Journey, Performance Art,” in conjunction with the exhibition, “Black Madonna.”  Panel with Martha Wilson and Richard Move, moderated by Lisa Paul Streitfeld.  Thursday, June 11, 7 to 9 PM, at HP Garcia Gallery, 580 8th Avenue at 38th Street, 7th floor.  RSVP to info@hpgarciagallery.com


32. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Astor Center, Manhattan, July 18

Authentic Chinese Cuisine: Hands-On Cooking and Walking Tour of Chinatown

with Harley Spiller at Astor Center, 23 E. 4th Street, Manhattan, 212-674-7501   info@astorcenternyc.com

Price: $125.00

Date: Sat, Jul 18th, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Discover the history, culture, and culinary specialties of China right here in our own back yard! Join us on a gastronomic walking tour of NYC’s Chinatown while we visit historic sites, navigate through the vendors, and shop for fresh seasonal vegetables and seafood. Then it’s off to the fully-equipped professional kitchen at Astor Center to prepare a grand feast of classic Chinese dishes, using home-style recipes and authentic techniques.

Depending on what we find in the market, dishes may include:

Spicy stewed chicken wings

Sauteed seasonal greens with garlic

Lotus root with black beans

Consommé with goji berry

Pork loin with ginger and scallion

Shrimp and lettuce with fu yi sauce

Steamed whole fish with brown beans

Pan fried dumplings

Finally you’ll get to sit down and enjoy the fabulous meal you’ve created while our own resident wine expert leads you on a guided tasting of some delicious and unusual pairings!

Participants will meet on the southwest corner of Mulberry and Canal Streets in Manhattan’s Chinatown at 11 am sharp.

The author of “Chow Fun City: Three Centuries of Chinese Cuisine in New York City” for Gastropolis, the new Columbia University Press book, Harley Spiller serves as associate editor and reporter for Flavor and Fortune, the Chinese gourmet quarterly. His work with Chinese food has been the subject of a dozen articles in The New York Times, and featured widely in media like The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker's “Talk of the Town,” CNN Headline News, NPR, The Learning Channel, even “To Tell The Truth.” He has cooked alongside Rudolph Stanish, the Omelet King; teaches Chinese cooking at CUNY Kingsborough; and lectured at the Asia Society’s “Dim Sum and Then Some” with fellow panelists Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Handel Lee, Mimi Sheraton, Michael Tong, Patricia Yeo, and others. In the early 1980s, Harley Spiller learned how to cook home-style food at the side of Yet Gum Pei, a professional chef from Ding Hey in China’s Zhoushan Archipelago, and his wife, who was an even better cook. He has been studying Chinese cuisine on a daily basis ever since. Mr. Spiller’s passion for cuisine is exemplified by his personal collection of over 10,000 Chinese restaurant menus and related memorabilia dating back to the 19th century. Museum exhibitions of his collections of menus, spoons, and other food-related artifacts have been held at The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; The New York Historical Society, The Museum of Chinese in the Americas; El Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela, and elsewhere. Like a plate of blazing plate of Hunanese Chicken with Hot Pepper and Peanuts, Harley Spiller’s New York City is a savage and addicting assault on the senses – join his tours of The Big Apple’s five Chinatowns and catch the fever! 

About Astor Center

We’re very lucky to be here: in New York, downtown, in NoHo, part of the Village. Because in this neck of the woods, if you take the road less traveled, you’re sure to pick up some good company along the way.

Astor Wines & Spirits has always embraced our Village heritage of unconventional thinking and independent behavior. We have always honed our selections to what was best, rather than what was most popular; we never used other people’s wine ratings, but rather have always relied on our fearless wine buyers, who taste thousands upon thousands of wines each year and make selections based on their palates. And of course, we have always been emboldened by clients who share our passion for discovery and autonomy.

We recently went it alone again, vacating our home of over fifty years at the corner of Astor Place – an ideal retail location that, according to everyone else, we were out of our minds to give up. But we knew we could do more: we wanted to take better care of our wines; to be more energy-efficient and environmentally responsible; to offer our customers an even better selection and an unrivaled shopping experience. And so we moved – and in doing so built a truly magnificent store. Our intrepid customers followed, and, thanks to them, we’re doing better than ever.

But that’s not the whole story. And that’s not all we decided to build.

Directly above Astor Wines & Spirits, we have built three unique spaces which together comprise a facility unlike anything else in the city – or the world, for that matter. We wanted to create an environment conducive to the sort of progressive thinking that has suited us so well in the past – to build a place that would facilitate exchanges between winemakers and wine drinkers; between Michelin-starred chefs and masters of the Manhattan apartment kitchen; between omnivores and herbivores; between legendary cookbook authors and razor-sharp restaurant bloggers; between politicians and pig farmers. More than just a place to take a wine class or watch a celebrity chef wield a blow-torch, at Astor Center we’re building a concept – a new approach to education, a new way of exchanging ideas, a new forum for discussing that which brings us together around the table.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller

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