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Contents for September 2, 2009
1. Ed Purver, FF Fund Recipient 2008-09, at DUMBO Art Under The Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, Sept. 25-27, and more

2. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, in Saugerties, NY, Oct. 18
3. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, Manhattan, Oct. 24-Dec. 19, and more
4. Stefan Eins, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Aug. 27
5. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Pace University Gallery, opening Sept. 8
6. Brian Lobel at South Street Seaport, Manhattan, Sept. 9-13
7. Cave Dogs, FF Alumn, at Woodstock Fringe Festival, Sept. 4-5
8. Donna Han, FF Alumn, at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis
9. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at GAS and Salvation Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
10. Naeem Mohaiemen, DJ Spooky, FF Alumns, at Cue Art Foundation, Manhattan, opening Sept. 10
11. Miriam Schaer, FF Alumn, fall 2009 calendar
12. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, at Petofi Literature Museum, Budapest, Hungary, opening Sept. 3
13. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at DROM, Manhattan, Sept. 8
14. Jack Waters, FF Alumn, at Le Petit Versailles, Manhattan, Sept. 17-26


1. Ed Purver, FF Fund Recipient 2008-09, at DUMBO Art Under The Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, Sept. 25-27, and more
A Show of Hands is a participatory public artwork created by artist Ed Purver. It uses site-specific video projections to explore American Sign Language and performance as mediums for examination of the privatization of public space, the architecture of free speech in the age of Homeland Security, and the presence/absence of the body in public space.

Cities are full of signs that urge us to CONSUME things or tell us NOT to do things. Urban architecture carrying digital messages from advertisers and lawmakers is proliferating. "A Show Of Hands" inverts the identity of such displays -- instead of being over-stimulating, Purver’s signs are gentle; instead of broadcasting information, they withhold it. The high-definition black-and-white videos in A Show of Hands are projected in large scale onto metropolitan architecture. The projected images of immense hands, in different skin tones, appear to reach out for each other from adjacent windows.

Purver invites members of the general public to submit alternative text messages that advocate positive or unexpected behaviors, whether active or reflective. Submissions are received via the project website, www.show-of-hands.org, and are then translated into sign language and recorded on video. The resulting video projections show hands and arms sending out slow and silent messages to the streets as if caressing the buildings and conducting the city like an orchestra.

A Show of Hands, the most recent piece in Purver’s series of site-specific, public, participatory artworks, extends an oeuvre that examines the relationships between built environments and the human form. Purver says, "I use sign language to underscore the fact that our media, our government, and indeed most individuals, act deaf to dissenting or unfamiliar voices."

A Show of Hands is made possible with the support of the Franklin Furnace Fund. It will be presented as part of the InLight Festival (Richmond, VA, Sept. 25-27, 2009); the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival (Brooklyn, NY, Sept 25-27, 2009); and the Art In Odd Places Festival on 14th Street (Manhattan, NY, October 2009).

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund,supported by Jerome Foundationand the Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation.



2. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, in Saugerties, NY, Oct. 18


October 18th, 2009
12:00 am to 9:00 pm

TITLED:'TERESA OF JESU" starring the inimitable actress, CONCHA VALASCO

7:00 PM




DESCRIPTION: St Teresa of Avila was a Doctor of the Church, powerful reformer and early feminist. She was a deeply spiritual yet reality based mystic and author of many books written at the advice of her spiritual directors, including THE INTERIOR CASTLE.

Our 10 hour tribute to her will give attendees a chance to witness her gifts, her faith, her friends including St. John of the Cross, and her strong voice via this extraordinary docu-drama. Montano considers Teresa of Avila one of her guides and has made a short film honoring Teresa which will premier that night after the 8 hour docu-drama. We are at a place culturally, politically, economically and spiritually here we are in need of role models and mentors of HOPE. Teresa of Avila is certainly one of those marvelous souls who still work miracles of love, spiritual direction and inspiring yet realistic teachings. Come and share in her gifts.



3. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, Manhattan, Oct. 24-Dec. 19, and more

Agnes Denes, Philosophy in the Land II—1969-2009, solo exhibit at the Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, Chelsea, New York,
October 24 through December 19, showing early photographs, drawings and sculpture.
Agnes Denes: Harvest of Wheatfield—A Confontation, re-created by the Barbican Gallery in London through the summer as an extension of the exhibition: Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009.



4. Stefan Eins, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Aug. 27

August 27, 2009
In a Conspiracy of Paint Blotches and Shadows, Meaning and Art
Scenes from Harlem sidewalks: a nasty splotch of green paint, or a clenched-fist image of defiance; a blue blob, or a spot-on profile of President Bill Clinton. As Stefan Eins would ask, coincidence or not coincidence?

Small surprise that Mr. Eins would find order among random lines and spots. In the late 1970s, he found art among the chaos of the South Bronx as the founder of Fashion Moda, a legendary gallery that brought together downtown hipsters and uptown hip-hoppers. But all along he has pursued his own art, teasing meaning from otherwise-random lines, spots and cracks that most New Yorkers pass without noticing.

He notices. To him, these sidewalk tableaux make him ever more convinced that there is a higher intelligence behind it all. In one of his photographs, "From and to Another Dimension," for instance, a crack in the sidewalk arches through one square, into another and ends in an orange paint splatter.

"I find situations that correlate to my verbal expressions, as if I had created them," he said, with a tinge of an accent from his native Austria. "But I didn’t create them. But they are there. My theory is that I created them in a different realm of existence."

Mr. Eins himself can span several realms of existence in a single conversation. Inside his bright, minimalist Harlem apartment near Marcus Garvey Park, he can go from quiet and halting to expressive and effusive, his lanky frame leaping out of a seat to pace about the room as he discusses his work.

On walls and window sills, and tucked into neat stacks, are pieces that deal with "the physics of liquid formation," as he calls some of his earlier work. The pieces were influenced by his long association with leading graffiti artists at Fashion Moda.

He realized that the spots left by quick spray bursts looked lifelike. One resembles a group of tiny, fluorescent pink horseshoe crabs. In another piece, he let green paint flow into white, resulting in a latticework resembling moss.

"The physics of liquid formation are the physics of biology," he said. "This is a liquid formation. But it is also moss. Same thing. That is why I became an artist, to investigate and find new bounds of knowledge."

He goes to the narrow hallway and hauls out a slab of plywood onto which he had let brown paint flow.
"This is the ‘Monkey Donkey’ thing," he said. "It’s monkey rides donkey. Totally random. That in itself is totally amazing. I did this and this happened. This is miraculous to me."

Mr. Eins’s work has been exhibited at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, in Vienna and in Kyrgyzstan, where he has curated two shows and plans another this year. Writing in Art in America in 2000, David Ebony described Mr. Eins’s spray paint splatters as "spare and lyrical" and "poignant."

In the last few years, he has been working closer to home. In August 2006 he checked into Lenox Hill Hospital for a facelift. When he awoke the next morning, he looked out the window and saw — his face. The early-morning sun was casting a shadow that actually resembled his angular profile. He returned there on a recent Saturday to document the shadow with a photograph. In one shot, a weathered copper cornice looks like a crown.

"I immediately identified with it," he said. "It looked like me. It also had this crown thing. This king thing. Not that I want to be a king, because kings oppress other people. Whatever."

His other recent project can be found right in his neighborhood, along the streets near Marcus Garvey Park. That was where he found "Slavery," a green paint spot that looks like either a person collapsed on the ground, or a torso raising a clenched fist.

A cognitive psychologist would say his mind is only seeking patterns he is predisposed to find. Mr. Eins says that may be true, but adds that the patterns may not have been accidental. Maybe he is operating on another dimension beyond the usual limits of time and space, he suggested.

"Naturally, you have the artist’s vision," he said. "You just can’t go out and find these everywhere."

Not that many people stop to look. Juan Urena and his son, Juan Jr., were standing on the green spot one morning when they were told that it was actually art.

"What’s it look like to you, Papi?" he asked his son.
"A state?" replied the boy.
"It looks like a hand, to me," the father said. "More or less."
But another passer-by kept right on going, concerned about a whole different kind of order among chaos.
"Come here!" she said, walking right past the spot as she chased after a wandering toddler. "Come. Here."

"I got to watch him," she said, as she walked away. "I got to watch him."



5. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Pace University Gallery, opening Sept. 8

2 person Exhibition - Robin Tewes Hector Canonge - 2009 Dyson Summer Artists in Residence Sept 3-29 Opening Reception - Tues, Sept 8, 6-8PM Artists Talk: Tues, Sept 22 - 6-7PM in gallery Peter Figensten Gallery 1 Pace Plaza B Level Pace University Gallery Hours Mon-Wed & Sat 12-4 Thur 12-6 Inquiries : 212-346-1894/FINE ARTS@PACE.EDU



6. Brian Lobel at South Street Seaport, Manhattan, Sept. 9-13

An interactive dance installation lasting 5 days, 9am-5pm.
Free and open to the public.
@Seaport, 210 Front Street (at South Street Seaport), NYC, 10038
Wednesday, September 9th - Sunday, September 13th
created and performed by Brian Lobel
Hold My Hand and We're Halfway There , an interactive performance installation, uses four televisions, 12 headsets, a sturdy bed and 100 classic musicals to explore issues of isolation, community, secret pleasures and the age-old question, When are you alone? And when are you lonely?

Every day from 9am-5pm for 5 days - the equivalent of a 40hr work week - Brian Lobel will dance non-stopped in his bedroom, inviting any and all passersby to join him, to dance with him, to watch a musical of their choice or to simply stand inside and watch. Hold My Hand and We're Halfway There links Depression-era Dance Marathons, where contestants danced until they dropped in pursuit of fame and fortune, to young boys dancing in their bedroom after school, where they too dance until they dropped, often hoping for fame and fortune. The piece is both fun and frightening, exhausting and exhilarating and a reflection on loneliness, labor, and labors of love. Hold My Hand and We're Halfway There reminds us that, even in these frightening economic times, the best things in life are still free.

To find out how you can get a personalized YouTube video and helpmake Hold My Hand and We're Halfway There a success, please clickdonate

For a sample video of Hold My Hand and We're Halfway There,click here. And for photos, click here. Hold My Hand and We're Halfway There has been previously performed at London's Sadlers Wells and Shunt Vaults and at the highly-acclaimed Forest Fringe, in Edinburgh.

Hold My Hand And We're Halfway There is made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program. Project space is donated by General Growth Properties.



7. Cave Dogs, FF Alumn, at Woodstock Fringe Festival, Sept. 4-5

The 2009 Woodstock Fringe Festival features Cave Dogs performing four shows of Archaeology of a Storm, on August 29th & 30th and September 4th & 5th.

Cave Dogs are: Suzanne Stokes, Jim Fossett, Adam Mastropaolo, Dan Getman, Douglas Keller, Trudy Trutwin, Ted Conway and Grace Fossett.

Please see the following link for more information:

Please join us and spread the word!



8. Donna Han, FF Alumn, at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis

Hey all,
I am participating in "None of the Above" a group exhibit currently being shown at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN. This is a show of postal & mail artists from around the world. Thank you!

Blessings and peace, Donna Han



9. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at GAS and Salvation Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, has curated a comprehensive survey exhibition entitled, "Bridges and the Span of Time", a group show of art in all media about the bridges of the Hudson Valley from NYC to Albany. The exhibition includes 50 artists and fills two galleries, G.A.S. Visual Art & Performance Space and the Salvation Art Gallery at 196 and 214 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 845-486-1378, wwwgalleryandstudio.org, FPalaia@earthlink.net. The show is a Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial event. The works include paintings, photographs, sculpture, light boxes, lenticular photographs, archival prints, drawings, video, film and mixed media. A CD catalog of the exhibition is available which includes 175 works, video and musical segments with an introduction by Paul Smart.



10. Naeem Mohaiemen, DJ Spooky, FF Alumns, at Cue Art Foundation, Manhattan, opening Sept. 10

Naeem Mohaiemen, FF Alumn, curated by DJ Spooky, FF Visionary, at Cue Art Foundation, opening Sept. 10, 6-8 pm and continuing through October 31, 2009.

Naeem Mohaiemen in conversation with author, Vijay Prashad, Thursday September 17, 7 pm

Cue Art Foundation
511 W. 25th St. NYC 10001



11. Miriam Schaer, FF Alumn, fall 2009 calendar

Dear Friends
I hope this note finds you well. Its not quite Labor Day, but I wanted to let you know about some exhibitions I will be a part of this fall. If you are in any of the areas, please stop by!


Central Booking Art Space Launch Exhibition
A space in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NYC, focusing on artist's books and prints and their integration into the larger art world. OPENING SEPT. 17!

Central Booking Art Space
111 Front Street, Gallery 214
Brooklyn, NY
phone: 347-731-6559
hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6 pm



One Heart
Boundless Transformations: The Book as Art
Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant Street Denver CO 80203
Sept 4-October 28
Reception Friday September 11 from 5.30-8 pm


Prints to Books - Books to Prints
Organized by the Ink Shop
October - December 2009
Tompkins County Public Library
101 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Opening Reception October 15, 5-7


transFORMation: Making Art from Recycled and Reused Materials,
Hicks Art Center Gallery
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA.
August 26- October 17

Transformation Art Mobile: September 2009- June 2010

Reception for both the exhibition and book mobile will be on September 17 from 4.30-7, with a gallery talk by curator Rebecca Kelly at 6 pm


Still up thru the end of September!
Altered Religious Texts
Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
NY NY 10023



12. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, at Petofi Literature Museum, Budapest, Hungary, opening Sept. 3
FF Alumn Robbin Ami Silverberg and András Bőrőcz will have adjacent solo exhibitions at the Petőfi Literature Museum in Budapest, Hungary, September 3 - November 1, 2OO9. The opening reception will be on September 3rd, at 6pm, with a percussion performance by András Dés on sound objects made by the artists.

Silverberg will present a series of artist books in installation that respond to the stories of Hungrian writer Istvaán Örkeny.The artist focuses on the absurdist interpretations of identity and identification, whether it is the signature from 'Affidavit', the self-image of 'Self Scrutiny', or the biographical synopsis of 'Rondo'. A portion of the installation will utilize catalog cards, courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum Library.

Bőrőcz will exhibit his latest work, 'Wood Books', which are book-shaped sculptures with shelves filled with still lifes of absurd and strnage materials. These works are an organic continuation of his previous work in their wittiness, associative richness and distinctively executed technique.



13. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at DROM, Manhattan, Sept. 8

Hope to see you there .... it's a great triple bill of weird instruments ... be well, KB

Ken Butler LIVE at DROM 9/8/09 with Matt Darriau and Matt Kilmer"
Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 - 10:00pm

DROM 85 Ave. A Manhattan 212 777-1157



14. Jack Waters, FF Alumn, at Le Petit Versailles, Manhattan, Sept. 17-26

Le Petit Versailles
346 East Houston St. < @ Avenue C>
212 529 8815
Subway: F/V- Second Ave. - J/M/F- Delancey/Essex
Free /Voluntary Donation

September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm.

"So let no one think that I'm worthless and weak, who plays nice, stays at home, for that's not quite my story. I make my friends smile, and my enemies shriek, I'm one of the kind whose life is all glory."

Medea at Le Petit Versailles is a cross-culturally cast production of a modern, poetic new translation of the classic Greek play.

The production is a site-specific collaboration by local artists from a variety of fields, including dance, visual arts, film, theatre, and experimental music.

The audience steps from Houston St. into another world where the action occurs all around and among them. At first glance it may appear that Euripides in 431 BC had little to say to us about our sophisticated modern age; but when investigating deeper into our own lives, we find his haunting tale hits closer to home than we might like to admit. Exile, gender roles, submission to power and familial obligations are timeless themes we continue to play out and gain particular insight into when returning to the ancient Greeks.

Translated by Mark Buchan and Bridget Durkin
Co-Produced by Claire Lebowitz and Judi Rymer
Directed by Judi Rymer
Choreography by Jack Waters
Costumes by Leslie Lowe
Music by Masataka Odaka
Assistant Director, Nora Jane Williams

Pete Caslavka
Jillian L. Johnson
Mort Kroos
Claire Lebowitz
Jared Miller
Yasemin Ozumerzifon
Adrian Saich
Gargi Shinde
Anthony Sisco
Benjamin Slater
Joanie Fritz Zosike

LPV events are made possible by Allied Productions, Inc.,
Green Thumb/NYC Dept. of Parks, Materials for the Arts; NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept. of Sanitation & NYC Board of Education.

Film & Exhibition support from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller

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