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Contents for July 21, 2009

1. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Gallery 668, Greenwich, NY, July 18  
2. Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, at Figge van Rosen Gallery, Cologne, Germany, thru Aug. 29
3. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at 10th Annual Big E Festival, Cornelia, GA, July 31-Aug 1
4. Julie Sengle, FF Alumn, at Kleio Projects, Manhattan, July 25
5. Yoonhye Park, Kate Gilmore, FF Alumns, at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, Manhattan, opening July 23
6. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, at Galeria de Arte Maria de Lourdes Mendes de Almeida, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, opening July 27
7. Robin Tewes, Joyce Kozloff, Ellen Lanyon, FF Alumns, at National Academy Museum, Manhattan, reception July 31
8. Moran Been Noon, FF Alumn, now online at http://cannonsandmuses.ning.com/ and more
9. Larry List, FF Alumn, in forthcoming book, The Work of Glenn Kaino
10. Miriam Sharon, FF Alumn, now online at www.msamuseum.com/peace_projects.htm
11. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, July 23-25
12. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, at Transart Inst., Berlin, Germany, Aug. 12


1. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Gallery 668, Greenwich, NY, July 18.  

Norm Magnusson will have his first extensive exhibition of his "Decorating nature" series this summer at Gallery 668.  Regarding this series, Magnusson writes:  

"I strive to create art that is both beautiful and meaningful, art that is aesthetically and intellectually accessible and deals with important themes. This current body of work is on a theme that has informed a great deal of my work over the past couple of decades -- mankind’s complicated and vast relationship with nature.

We use nature how we see fit: we strive to bring order to it, we seek to explain it in a language that doesn’t belong to it, we try to make it prettier, we try to make it better, we try to make it more profitable. Some efforts succeed, some don’t.

This series, “Decorating nature” is about all that and is also all about beauty.

Beauty is the best friend of consideration. If a photo is pretty, the viewer will spend more time with it. If a viewer spends more time with it, they will begin to think beyond the surface of it and into the meaning of it. That’s the dynamic I hope to create in viewers of my work. "

To see more of the "Decorating nature" series, click here: http://decoratingnature.blogspot.com/
For more information on the gallery, or directions, click here:  http://www.gallery668.com/


2. Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, at Figge van Rosen Gallery, Cologne, Germany, thru Aug. 29




We are delighted to inaugurate on Friday, July 17 at 7.00 p.m. our first exhibition with the US-american artist Peter Downsbrough. Downsbrough, in the end of the 60ies, was actively participating in the development of conceptual art starting off from mi­ni­malism, when he began to deal with the complex relations of architecture, lan­guage and typography. However, his sculptures, photographs, films, drawings and ar­tist books – even though he participated in documenta 6 in 1977 – got only in the last years the necessary institutional attention through international single exhi­bi­tions. For our exhibition, Downsbrough has installed four works that deal with the space. Besides these works, we show six drawings and – independently of the exhi­bi­tion– a group of films in our Raum für Video (Space forVideo).

In reaction to the theories and thoughts of the artists of minimalism, Downsbrough des­cribed as early as 1970 his work process as the attempt, to not be seduced as a sculp­tor by the materiality of the works and by the physical labor. If only the form of the sculpture is constant, the only thing that matters is the space that it occupies. The many so-called Two Poles – pieces that were done outdoors between 1970 and1977 – could be described in so far as inverse sculptures in the sense that they are not emphasizing the internal or contained structure of a work but the struc­ture of the context. The intervention of the artist can be reduced to two overlapping me­tal pipes of differing length – one pending from a hook in the ceiling, the other fixed on the ground parallel to the first– and that reduces this intervention in a way to the selection of the site. The subtle sculptures cut the space in several pieces of which size-relations depend on the ever-changing position of the viewer. In addition to that, the vertical lines negate the three-dimensionality of the space and let do­mi­na­te in the eye of the recipient the two dimensional level of the respective piece. The ar­ti­ficiality of the lines causes us not to look in the space, but to be confronted with a space, as if it were an image of a space.

The four works ANDERE/ ALS, DAS(2009), UND (2009), HIER (2009), and CONTAIN/AS, TO, TO (2009) that are part of our exhibition, belong to a group of works that – since the early 1980ies – developed of the early, radical sculp­tures and the simultaneous dealing with typography and language and that go be­yond the early basic examinations. Downsbrough uses black tape to apply thin lines on the walls of a space and adhesive black vinyl letters to add single words, mostly conjunctions and prepositions. They enlarge the puzzle of depth and flatness, of separation and connection, of gap and ampleness to the le­vel of the language.

For further information, please contact the gallery.

Figge von Rosen Galerie
Aachener Str. 65
50674 Köln
T. +49-221-27056840
F. +49-221-27056849
Opening hours:
Tue - Fri.: 11 am - 6 pm
Sat.: 12 am - 5 pm


3. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at 10th Annual Big E Festival, Cornelia, GA, July 31-Aug 1

Joni Mabe the Elvis Babe presents the 10th Annual Big E Festival & ETA Competition, July 31 and August 1 at the Loudermilk Boarding House Museum in Cornelia, Georgia. Friday night Championship show features Damon Hendrix, Rick Wade, Kambrie Gaddis and Demi Downing. Expect surprise guest. Show starts at 7:30 pm, admission is $10.

Saturday's ETA Competition starts at 10 am with youth division and ends when Elvis leaves the building. Admission is $15. Talk of the Town TV crew will be filming for upcoming show so wear your best Elvis outfit.

Food menu includes: peanut butter and banana sandwiches, shaved ice, gourmet soft pretzels, Bar-b-que plates, boiled peanuts, moon pies and other Elvis favorites. Enjoy vintage cars provided by Peachtree City Cadallac Club. Kids can play in jumping tank and remember Elvis' army years. Play Elvis trivia, win door prizes, and shake, rattle and roll on down to 271 Foreacre St. to celebrate a decade of Big Es. Don’t forget to bring lawn chair and get ready for a mess of polk salad. More info: elvisqueen@windstream.net or 706-778-2001.

Boarding House Museum
, Director, Founder, Grounds Keeper
271 Foreacre St
Cornelia, GA 30531-6359


4. Julie Sengle, FF Alumn, at Kleio Projects, Manhattan, July 25

Second installment of Beirut Tangents at Kleio Projects' roaming gallery space.  This one is good for you music nerds!  xoJulie

Beyrouth, 6db Underground

Film Screening
Saturday, July 25, 2009

Reception from 7:30 - 8:00pm
Film screening from 8:00 - 9:00, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
@ Kleio Projects
208 E. 7th Street
(Between Ave B and Ave C)


Philippe Tremblay-Berberi & Serge Abiaad’s documentary, Beyrouth, 6db Underground (2008) captures the energy and complexity of Beirut’s underground music scene, which spans from experimental to post-punk, hip hop to electronica.  Filmed in Autumn of 2007, the film features interviews and music by six members of this diverse underground and provides a backdrop for Tania Traboulsi’s photographs, which hang in the main gallery.  Beyrouth, 6db Underground includes music by Zeid Hamdan, Mazen Kerbaj, Katibe 5, Siska, Charbel Haber, and Radwan Moumneh;  it is in French, English, and Arabic, with English subtitles added for this screening. 

Abiaad + Tremblay-Berberi will be present and answer questions following the screening. 
A sampling of videos by musicians featured in Beyrouth, 6db Underground and on view at Kleio Projects will play during the reception. 

Beirut Tangents are digressions from and complements to Tania Traboulsi's exhibition, Music is Life: Lebanese Sound Stills. Organized by Julie Sengle + Alexis Bhagat

Tanya Traboulsi’s ongoing series, Music is Life: Lebanese Sound Stills, is a unique glimpse into the flourishing alternative music scene in Beirut. The diversity of the Lebanese underground is significant: experimental to post-punk, electronica to rap and hip hop, these musicians continue to gain international attention. Traboulsi’s images give us intimate access to recording sessions, concerts, and otherwise private moments. musicislifeexhibit.wordpress.com for updates + schedule.

Itinerant gallery KLEIO PROJECTS aims to promote emerging artists working in video, photography, installation, painting and new media in venues throughout New York City. Directed by Christine O'Heron.



5. Yoonhye Park, Kate Gilmore, FF Alumns, at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, Manhattan, opening July 23

A group exhibition that explores the many faces of heroic female figuration. Curated by Kate Gilmore.

Amalie Atkins
Kim Meijer
Jessica Clauser
Habby Osk
Ronnie Cramer       
Yoonhye Park
Valerie Garlick       
Katarina Riesing
Swati Khurana        
Sarah Stuve
Juliana C. Leite       
Yi Hsin Tzeng
Julie Lohnes       
Jody Wood

July 21 - August 14, 2009

511 West 25th Street, Suite 605
New York, NY 10001

Opening Reception: Thursday July 23rd  5-7pm


6. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, at Galeria de Arte Maria de Lourdes Mendes de Almeida, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, opening July 27

Regina Vater, FF Alumn, at Galeria de Arte Maria de Lourdes Mendes de Almeida, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, opening July 27

July 27th Regina Vater opens a one-women show in one of Rio de Janeiro's most traditional galleries, the Galeria de Arte Maria de Lourdes Mendes de Almeida at Candido Mendes University, Rua Joana Angélica, 63 in Ipanema.

This international artist will be coming from London where she will have just opened an individual show presented by the well known British art critic Guy Brett. In Rio she will exhibit drawings, photographic work and an installation named VerVê. The title of the exhibition, VerVê, comes from "VEVE," drawings made with chalk on the ground to represent doors to the under world in the Haitian African tradition. VerVê also makes a reference to the Navajos and Tibetan sand paintings.

VerVê is a large abstract interpretation of the spotted jaguar made on the gallery floor using rice, corn and black beans-the main food staples of the Americas.  The Jaguar is the chosen protector for most of the shamans of the America's from Texas to Patagonia because of his stealth in the jungles at night. Under this big cat's protection, the shaman can penetrate the darks corners of the human psyche to perform healings.

This work alludes not only to the nourishing meanings of art and art as a threshold to other dimensions, but also, like Navajo and Tibetan sand mandalas, to art as a healing device.

In the words of the artist: "This aspect of my work derives from connections I try to establish with archaic traditions, mainly the native American and Afro Brazilian traditions. In these cosmologies, the sense of the sacredness of nature and the bond they establish between people and the natural world are better preserved. For me, these traditions are not only a source of inspiration, but also bring to my work the notion of nature as a sacred space."


7. Robin Tewes, Joyce Kozloff, Ellen Lanyon, FF Alumns, at National Academy Museum, Manhattan, reception July 31

New York: THE NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM and THE EDWIN AUSTIN ABBEY MEMORIAL FUND FOR MURAL PAINTING IN AMERICA are pleased to announce the twelve recipients of $1,200 fellowships in the ninth annual mural workshop


The Mural Workshop provided an opportunity for professional artists to study the “nuts and bolts” of public art commissions. During the course of the workshop, each artist

prepared a detailed proposal, and a maquette for a public mural. The Workshop included critiques and lectures by several noted artists, architects, art historians and public art administrators including Stephen Antonakos, Louise Dunn, R.M. Fischer, Andrew Ginzel, Richard Haas, Dean Hartung, Kendal Henry, Keir Johnston, Joyce Kozloff, Ellen Lanyon, John Post Lee, Jennifer McGregor, Tom Moran, Bernard Olshan, Kelly Pajek, Alberto Quinones,and Dorothea Rockburne. The 2009 workshop was led by Grace Graupe-Pillard There will be an exhibition of the artists’ maquettes and two-dimensional designs with a reception on Friday, July 31st from 5-8 p.m.

The works will remain on display through September 1st at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, 5 East 89th St., NYC 10128. For further information, please call 212 - 996-1908.
NATIONAL ACADEMY | Museum and School of Fine Arts | 1083 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128 | 212 369 4880 | 212 360 6795 fax \


8. Moran Been Noon, FF Alumn, now online at http://cannonsandmuses.ning.com/ and more

Hello again!
As always- apologies for any cross-mailing and please, spread this Email to whomever you see fit.  Just a few of updates from the C&M project:

a. C&M online:
C&M launched a community website. You are invited to make an account, create a page of your artwork, media, and ideas and even broadcast live video stream to show your work on this international platform. This is a new C&M community tool, if you have any suggestions, ideas or problems please Email webmaster@CannonsAndMuses.org

The community website is available on:

Further more- an article has been published featuring the Cannons & Muses project, you can find it on the Community Arts Network website:
or directly to the article:

This may give some more theoretical background to any of you who were curious about that side of the project.

If you have or take part of events of projects that have to do with the C&M project and want us to post this up on our website & Facebook profile- please send a link and a short explanation of it to news@CannonsAndMuses.org

b. C&M Dublin:
Within the arts community in Ireland, Cannons & Muses have been getting many submissions from artists interested in contributing to the project's Think Tank part of the festival.

I would love to involve some international artwork in the display, this is your chance to get your work out there and participate in a first C&M event.

we're looking for video makers and web artists who have pieces that are political/ with social context OR that are about the role of art in society and are interested in including their pieces in the project's part of the festival.

For submitting work, please contact me at: Dublin@CannonsAndMuses.org

c. C&M Tel Aviv:
The plans for the C&M August events have changed. We are planning the Israeli launch of Cannons & Muses to take place over a night on the second half of August, a night that will include performance, public debates and multimedia artwork.

Further, more elaborate events, primarily a series of workshops, are currently being organised for October. More details will be sent once more concrete arrangements are

For more details, contact PremShay at: TelAviv@CannonsAndMuses.org

If you haven't already, please add C&M to your facebook friends, to get updates (profile: Cannons N Muses)

For any questions, requests or suggestions feel free to Email: NewYork@CannonsAndMuses.org

Hope to hear from you soon,
Moran Been-noon
Cannons & Muses



9. Larry List, FF Alumn, in forthcoming book, The Work of Glenn Kaino

Larry List, FF Alumn, in forthcoming book, The Work of Glenn Kaino
“Spinning & Cutting, Scratching & Burning: Glenn Kaino’s Origins, Creative Play and Production” an essay by FF Alumn Larry List about the L.A. kinetic sculptor, performance artist & musician will appear in The Work of Glenn Kaino: Communicating Rooks, being co-published by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh & Hatje Cantz, Germany July 31, 2009.


10. Miriam Sharon, FF Alumn, now online at www.msamuseum.com/peace_projects.htm

     july 09 - ECS** nr. 7, will be screened - each month another part will be presented;
     please follow website; <http:www.msamuseum.com/peace_projects.htm>
*Ecological Communication System, **Eco/Com/Sys.


11. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, July 23-25

at Dixon Place, Thursday July 23, Friday July 24th 8 pm Saturday July 25th 10pm
presented by Dixon Place and Hot Festival
show runs 90 minutes
(note: Opening contains 8 minutes of strobe light)

Fridays at 7pm free entry to "a 30 minute segment of screening of Penny Arcade's LES BIO Series "Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia"
Dixon Place Laboratory Theater
161 Chrystie Street, New York, NY
Tickets $20 general admission
($15 students and seniors)

Penny Arcade's latest foray into the landscape of cultural wisdom.
Part memoir of her entry into the gay world of the 1960's as a precocious teenager and how Susana Ventura became Penny Arcade , part cultural excavation of 1960's gay world values . A critique of gay history and contemporaey gay culture.
Outstanding insights, laughter , tears and a great sound track! With rarely seen video of Quentin Crisp.

" I am nothing if not the dutiful daughter of New York's criminal, psychedelic, intellectual, homosexual avant garde."

Penny Arcade


12. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, at Transart Inst., Berlin, Germany, Aug. 12

Transart Institute Summer Public Events Berlin 2009
Invitation to the public to attend artist talk & lecture series and a film festival

July 29 - August 12, 2009
Location: Tanzfabrik, Möckernstr. 68, D-10965 Berlin

Berlin - Transart Institute invites the public to attend the Summer Artist Talk and Lecture Series to be held at Tanzfabrik in Berlin this year. International guest artists and faculty as well as local curators will present. Events include "Voodoo Pricks: Rapture, Fizzure and Urban Space" by Ethnographer and Curator Myron Beasly, Ghetto Biennale 2009, "The Art of Digital Re-Appropriation" by Stephan Kovats,  Artistic Director, Transmediale 2009, Artist Talks by interdisciplinary artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez working mostly in performance art and public interventions, and Nancy Price dealing with relationship of textiles animating and extending bodies and personalities, as well as a "Simple Screen: Inbetweeners of Asia" film and video festival.

Transart Institute Summer Program
July 29, 18:00 Open house – a chance to learn more about the program, and reception
July 29, 19:00 “Re-Toolings - the art of digital re-appropriation” - Lecture by Stephen Kovats, Artistic Director, Transmediale
July 30, 11:30 Artist Talk: Gaye Chan, Artist, and Nandita Sharma, Activist Scholar and Author
August 1, 18:00 “Voodoo Pricks: Rapture, Fissure + Urban Space” - Presentation by Dr. Myron Beasley, Curator & Ethnographer
August 5, 19:00 Four Mini Lectures: Geoff Cox, Carolyn Guertin, Wolfgang Suetzl, & Ming Turner
August 8, 18:00 “Simply Screen: Inbetweeners of Asia” Screening and Discussion, Finalist’s films, videos, animation, inbetween-ness and hybridisation in the context of Asia
August 12, 19:00 Two Artist Talks: Nancy Price and Nicolas Dumit  Estevez


Studio 1
Möckernstrasse 68
10965 Berlin

Tanzfabrik is a non-profit group which combines both artistic and educational work under one roof. Four studios and an incorporated studio stage, offer space for rehearsals, production, research, workshops, and training in Kreuzberg. The goal is the development and presentation of contemporary dance in its diversity of choreographic and performative approaches, the promotion of young artists, the connection of theory and practice and international exchange.


Transart Institute guest and faculty bios


Transart Institute Summer Public Events Berlin 2009 (free) http://www.transartinstitute.org/Newpages/Residencies_Summer09Public.html

About Transart Institute

Transart Institute offers an international low-residency MFA program for working artists in a highly individualized format. The innovative program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two shorter, optional winter residencies in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist mentors wherever they work and live.

The program is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways. Current students work with animation, curating, digital media, film, gaming, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality.


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