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Contents for June 29, 2009

1. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, July 2
2. David Michalek, FF Alumn, at The Bastille, Paris, France, July 1-12
3. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, on artcritical.com
4. Paul McMahon, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, July 12
5. Richard Torchia, FF Alumn, at Arcadia Univ. Art Gallery, Philadelphia, July 16
6. Alice Hutchins, FF Alumn, at The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, thru Aug. 2, and more
7. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, at Writers Boot Camp, Santa Monica, CA, July 19
8. Alicia Grullon, FF Alumn, awarded Masur Museum prize, and more
9. Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Geoffrey Hendricks, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, FF Alumns, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark, thru Aug. 23
10. Lauren Ewing, FF Alumn, at Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, opening July 10
11. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Secession, Vienna, thru Aug. 30
12. Rev. Billy and Savi D, FF Alumns, at the Hemispheric Institute, Manhattan, July 16


1. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, July 2

Pamela Sneed
KONG at the HOT festival "one night only"

What: Performance
Host: Dixon Place
Start Time: Thursday, July 2 at 6:00pm
End Time: Thursday, July 2 at 7:00pm
Where: Dixon Place

2.David Michalek, FF Alumn, at The Bastille, Paris, France, July 1-12

Dear Friends,

I hope this note find you well. I am pleased to say that Slow Dancing will be presented by the Paris Opera under the Direction of Gerard Mortier.  It will span the facade of the Bastille from July 1st through the 12th in celebration of the building's 50th anniversary. Please let any friends that you might have in Paris know about it.

Warm Regards,
David Michalek


3. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, on artcritical.com

Dear Readers,

It's been awhile since I wrote a review for artcritical.com, or any other publication!

Ariane Lopez-Huici: The Body Close Up

Comments welcome, best regards,

Deborah Garwood


4. Paul McMahon, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, July 12

paul mcmahon will sing his songs on sunday july 12 from 5-6;30 at the bowery poetry club, 308 bowery at 1st st. the title of the show is "I challenge Poetry to a Duel." paul is also in the pictures generation 1974-1984 at the metropolitan museum until aug 2. he invites you to visit this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1o4iejG2D1  to see a video for 'arapaho maiden' by e winter. for more check out www.paulmcmahon.tv.


5. Richard Torchia, FF Alumn, at Arcadia Univ. Art Gallery, Philadelphia, July 16

Please join us on Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m.
Richard Torchia, Director of Arcadia University Art Gallery, presents "Toward a History of Artists'-run Spaces in Philadelphia," an illustrated talk developed in preparation for a text in to be included in a forthcoming publication planned as part of Vox's 21st Anniversary.

Please note that the talk has been rescheduled and will not occur on Sunday, June 28

Richard Torchia is an artist and director of Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania. Since taking the position there in1997, he has curated one-person exhibitions and projects by artists such as Dave Allen, Olafur Eliasson, Amy Hauft, Candida Hofer, William Larson, Donald Moffett, Gerald Nichols, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Kay Rosen, and Beat Streuli. Working with a range of regional and international talent, and frequently collaborating with co-curators, he has developed thematic shows addressing issues such as the sited gesture, the peformative figure, the childhood drawings of contemporary artists, and the sea and cosmos as subjects for recent art.

Prior to his tenure at Arcadia he was the inaugural curator of the Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia) where, between 1987 and 1995, he curated over 40 exhibitions featuring the work of Philadelphia-based talent. In addition to ongoing independent curatorial and editing efforts (including the first issues of "D Magazine" and recent monographs for artists Bill Walton and Tristin Lowe), he has contributed extensive essays for exhibition catalogs on the work of Gabriel Martinez (Samson Projects, Boston) and collaborative team Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller (for their project Pandemonium at Historic Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia). Since 1996, Torchia has been an adjunct professor on the graduate faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in 2003 initiated a course in curatorial practice that is now a standard offering in the art history curriculum at Arcadia.

Since 1990 he has maintained an active artistic practice employing sited projections (often produced with the camera obscura) at venues in Philadelphia, across the United States, and in Europe.

Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is a nonprofit artist collective that supports the work of emerging artists with monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances and lectures. Opening receptions are free and open to the public and take place on the first Friday of each month from 6pm - 10pm.

Vox Populi's programming is generously supported by Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Dolfinger McMahon Foundation, The Barra Foundation, Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (Professional Development Support), Spector Gadon & Rosen Foundation, and Google.


6. Alice Hutchins, FF Alumn, at The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, thru Aug. 2, and more

Alice Hutchins is included in the following group shows and notice of a forthcoming article:

" Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture," co-curated by Anne Collins Goodyear and James W. McManus. The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. March 27 to August 2, 2009.


“elles@centrepompidou,” (immaterials/fluxus section),  the Pompidou Center, Paris, France

May 27, 2009 - May 24, 2010


Kathy O'Dell, "In the Field with Alice Hutchins," Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 19:3 special issue on "Women & Fluxus," guest edited by Midori Yoshimoto. (forthcoming November 2009)


7. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, at Writers Boot Camp, Santa Monica, CA, July 19

Sunday, July 19, 7:30pm
Writers Boot Camp 
2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. I, Santa Monica, CA.
Tickets $15 at the door - only $10 in advance at http://bethlapides.com/
More info: 323-993-3305

100% HAPPY 88% OF THE TIME is a funny and mind-expanding new show from comedian, columnist, author and yogi Beth Lapides.

Beth blends the story of her life with seriously helpful advice about how to be happy in the turbulent sea change we're all living through right now. The visuals combine Beth's original art and graphics with eye-opening visuals from the world of edge science. Watch her connect the dots between 2012, eviction, angel healing and the secrets to a happy relationship in this evening of evolutionary entertainment.

100% HAPPY 88% OF THE TIME has been produced in LA at the LA Public Library's 'Aloud' series, M-Bar, the Comedy Central Stage, Highways Performance Space and Yogi Tree, and in Palm Springs at Urban Yoga. This summer she goes on tour to Ventura, Montana and Las Vegas.

For press info, photos or interview requests contact: 
greg@uncabaret.com or 760-327-4656.
100% Happy 88% of the Time is sponsored by yogamates.com
Los Angeles Times
Whole Life Times
LA Weekly (Pick of the Week)


8. Alicia Grullon, FF Alumn, awarded Masur Museum prize, and more

Hi, I'm sending 2 updates on my current residency in Korea and on my exhibition in Louisiana.

a. My video piece "An Autoethnographic Study: The Bronx", Funded by Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art in 2007/2008  was one of two works awarded Honorable Mention in the 46th Annual Juried Competition at the Masur Museum of Art in Louisiana. The juror was Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). If you're in the Louisiana area, check it out. Exhibition dates are June 30, to August 15, 2009.

Masur Museum of Art 1400 South Grand Street
Monroe, LA 71202

b. I have just started a series of interventions for my residency in Seoul, Korea. To get a closer look go to my website: www.aliciagrullon.com  Click on PROJECTS then go to LANGUAGE:WORDS the very last one. You can also visit www.twitter.com/AliciaGrullon for quick reports on my experience here. Stay tuned, there's more to come.

Best, Alicia

Alicia Grullon's recent art projects have been motivated by drawing attention to issues of identity, place, and displacement successfully generating dialogues between people from various economic and cultural backgrounds. A few of her past projects exploring these ideas have been: REVEALING MYTH: PEEKSKILL, for the Peekskill Arts Festival 2005; BECOMING MYTH II, supported by Mount Holyoke College’s Women’s Research Center; REVEALING MYTH: HARLEM made possible by a chashama visual arts award; and most recently, AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY: THE BRONX made possible, by the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. She is a graduate from TISCH School of the Arts at New York University and from the graduate fine arts department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.


9. Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Geoffrey Hendricks, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, FF Alumns, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark, thru Aug. 23

Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde presents the exhibition:
Other voices - art & everyday life
Exhibition: Other voices – art & everyday life
Opening: Friday 19th of June 2009, 17-20
Exhibition period: 20th of June – 23rd of August 2009

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Stændertorvet 3A, 4000 Roskilde, + 45 46 31 65 70 www.samtidskunst.dk. Open: Tuesday-Friday 11-17, Saturday-Sunday 12-16

What is your experience of this work of art? And what is art to you? Museum of Contemporary Art has asked different groups and associations in Roskilde questions like these. The answers to these questions are presented to the audience at the exhibition Other voices - art & everyday life. A selection of soundworks, videoworks, photos, drawings and objects, all of them focusing on intimate events in everyday life, are presented in homelike settings in the exhibition. 

”Art is to stop for a moment and look at oneself with the eyes of another person”. ”Am I well entertained? Is it art, then?” ”I will experience that I am another person after having experienced art”. These sentences are just extracts of the thoughts and interpretations of selected works of art in the exhibition. The audience is also invited to write down their thoughts in the exhibition and in that way share their experiences with others. 

On his way through the exhibition the visitor can lean back in the settee in the living room with a cup of coffee while the phone is ringing in Christian Marclay’s videowork Telephones. Nature is seen through the window in Kassandra Wellendorf’s videowork Outside, while Per Højholt takes a closer look at nature in the television documentary Naturen er min frakke (Nature is my coat). With the soundwork Pause Jacob Kirkegaard gives the audience a well-deserved rest at the tile-topped table in the kitchen. In the soundwork John & Yoko from The Wedding Album Yoko Ono and John Lennon are calling for eachother in the bedroom. 

”The question is how much the finger crutches actually change. Is it possible for art to come into existence out of constraint?” This is how a citizen in Roskilde experiences Su-Mei Tse’s videowork Das Wohltemperierte Klavier in which the outstretched fingers of a pianist are bandaged. At Lisa Stömbeck’s videowork Lady in Red the audience is invited to enter into the woman’s thoughts and write a note in a diary. In the library the audience can take a closer look at Berty Skuber’s mail art objects. Finally the audience is invited to sit down at the desk in the office and look into the newly launched fluxus homepage Festival of Fantastics – www.festivaloffantastics.com. The exhibition presents works of art from the key areas of the museum collection: Word, image and sound or fusions thereof, from 1950 until today. In addition to that the exhibition presents works of artists who have previously exhibited at the museum. Some of the objects in the exhibition can be described as works of art in the traditional sense while others are used to document happenings and performances.

Artists: Akio Suzuki; Azza El-Hassan; Berty Skuber; Christian Marclay; Christian Yde Frostholm; Ewa Jacobsson; Geoffrey Hendricks; Hanna Hartman; Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg; Hans Sydow; Jacob Kirkegaard; Joan La Barbara; John Cage; John Lennon; Jonas Olesen; Joseph Beuys; Juha Valkeapää; Kassandra Wellendorf; Kira Kira (Kristin Björk Kristjansdottir); Ko Nakajuma; Kurt Schwitters; Lars Bukdahl; Laurie Anderson; Lisa Strömbeck; Michael H. Kirkegaard; Nam June Paik; Outi-Illuusia Parviainen; Paul Panhuysen; Per Højholt; Per Vers (Per Uldal); Staffan Mossenmark; Su-Mei Tse; Thorkell Atlason; Ulrich Eller; Vagn Steen; Yoko Ono; Øystein Hauge


10. Lauren Ewing, FF Alumn, at Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, opening July 10

browser, inter-actor, coauthor, producer, nomad

is a non-hierarchical string of terms that applies to all participants in media society. All the artists in the exhibition are former Fellows of the Fine Arts Work Center. I chose them and curated their work with the “criterion of coexistence” as the organizing principle. None of the artists or their work has its own segregated space in the gallery; rather, they are commingled throughout the exhibition space. The exhibition is more of a concert than 6 individual songs given their own time and place. As artists and viewers alike we are all browsers, inter-actors, coauthors, producers and nomads and it is the intention of this exhibition to produce that awareness and enactment in the viewer.

Ellen Driscoll's haunting, dreamlike, post-apocalyptic, post-industrial landscape drawing is fragmented and presented out of sequence. The separateness of each segment is subsumed within similarity, each a kind of deja-vu of the other. Like flash backs in cinema, viewers are given the task of making a coherent image in their own memory.

Adam Frelin’s global gesture of installing newspapers from around the world, all published on the same day, makes a point of how relative important issues are. Using the Mercator projection* each paper is located geographically in the gallery as if Provincetown is the center of the universe/compass. The fluttering pages chart, in the artist’s words, “the distance in time we live between place and fact.”

Maryalice Johnston uses the unseen interior geography of the gallery to generate a fanciful character she calls a “chimney bride.” This luminous, braided phantom emerges from the dark flue hole of an old chimney and loops around the gallery. When someone enters her territory a mandolin begins to play suggesting that possibilities of enchantment are around us at all times and in the most unlikely places.

In Michael Jones McKean’s disparate assemblage of objects and effects, the artificial, the natural and the theatrical foil each other in turn. The breeze emitted from a static boulder constantly rearranges drapery while a wig, a card trick table and an artificial plant suggest trickery and magic. In McKean’s quixotic world, intrigue surely trumps meaning.

Minako Shirakura’s quiet work, discretely dispersed throughout the gallery, is both an echo and an exploration of that space. A finger touching a column, a plate level with the floor, the dust from a tiny hole in the wall and a miniature scale model of the gallery are devotional guides to the ordinary. This work gently urges an intimate awareness of context.

Despite the Indian Act of 1885 that banned potlatch,** Grace Sullivan is making offerings, giving gifts and in fact redistributing creative wealth. Her table of gifts sits within the watchful eye of a wall piece inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix and the interior of Walter Gropius’s Sommerfeld House, a transitional work that is a stepping stone between the folk architecture of the ‘blockhaus’ and the modernist architecture of the Bauhaus. In their effect all gifts are the agents of transition.

For conceptual inspiration this exhibition owes thanks to Nancy Spector who curated the highly innovative theanyspacewhatever exhibition at the Guggenheim in 2008, and to Marcia Tucker, founder of the New Museum, who wrote in 1969 of her own exhibition Procedures: Process and Materials, “There were two ways to curate exhibitions. One was didactic, the other investigative…. The investigative model was rarely used because it meant organizing a show in order to learn something, moving full tilt ahead without really knowing what the result might be.” It is exactly in that spirit – of learning, of risk-taking – that I took on the task of curating this show.  It has been an adventure well worth its while and for that I thank the artists, the Director and staff of the Fine Arts Work Center, as well as the Vinik Family Foundation for its sponsorship.

Lauren Ewing, Curator

Fine Arts Work Center

July 2009

*  Mercator Projection

**A festival or ceremony of indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. The word comes from the Chinook jargon meaning “to give away” or “gift”.

24 Pearl Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
phone: 508.487.9960 fax: 508.487.8873


11. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Secession, Vienna, thru Aug. 30

David Medalla, FF Alumn, is participating in the historic exhibition entitled "The Death of the Audience", curated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, director of CAC the Centre d'Art Contemporain of Bretigny, France. The exhibition "The Death of the Audience" is currently in the magnificent Secession, at Friedrichstrasse 12, 1010 Vienna, Austria, until August 30, 2009.

Two of the works by David Medalla in the show are significant examples of turning moments in the avant-garde art of the last century. The first work is a black and white photograph taken by English art critic and curator Guy Brett of a participatory performance by David Medalla, in collaboration with English writer Brian Morgan, one of a series of performances collectively entitled "A Shot in the Dark", which took place in the dark, in a variety of venues, whereby the audiences were invited to bring cameras with flashlights and document the different performances which could only be seen whenever flashlights are lit momentarily. The resulting photos and movies were shown also in a variety of venues long after the performances were ended.

The various venues where "A Shot in the Dark" took place included the Clocktower Gallery in New York; the October Gallery in London; the ZAP night club in Brighton, Sussex, England; the Chisenhale Dance Space in London; the One Hand Studios, a former military barrack, in Reading, England; in an arts centre in Krefeld, Germany; on a ferry boat while sailing across the English channel; and in a theatre pub, The Finborough, in London, where the photograph by Guy Brett was taken. The same photograph is reproduced in Guy Brett's book on David Medalla's art: "Exploding Galaxies", published by Kala Press, London.

In the same book by Guy Brett is reproduced the other work by David Medalla in the exhibition "The Death of the Audience" at the Secession in Vienna. The other work is a colour xerox which David Medalla took of Adam Nankervis wearing a bathing trunk that Medalla designed inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian. The photo of Adam Nankervis was taken on Fire Island in New York in the summer of 1994. Enlarged into a print exhibited at Geet street, London, and at the Royal College of Art in England, the beautiful color xerox transformed into a large print entitled "Mondrian in Excelsis" was lent by the French clothes designer and movie patron agnes b to the "Death of the Audience" exhibition currently in Vienna.

Adam Nankervis, founder and director of the nomadic MUSEUM MAN, and David Medalla, founder and director of the LONDON BIENNALE, co-founded in 1994 the legendary MONDRIAN FAN CLUB in New York.


12. Rev. Billy and Savi D, FF Alumns, at the Hemispheric Institute, Manhattan, July 16

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics presents

Performance with Rev Billy and Savi D

followed by a discussion and reception

Thursday, July 16th
7:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

We hope you can join us!


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