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Contents for September 9, 2009

1. Dread Scott, FF Fund recipient 2009-10, on 125th Street, Manhattan, Sept. 9

2. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at DROM, Manhattan, Sept. 8 – corrected location
3. Daniel Joseph Martinez, FF Alumn, at Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden, opens Sept. 12
4. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, at Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, Sept. 5-6
5. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at Studio 29, London, England, Sept. 6
6. Steed Taylor, FF Alumn, at Bank of America Tower, Manhattan, and more.
7. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at Collaborative Concepts, Garrison, NY, thru Oct. 31
8. New internet art online gallery at http://netart.bampfa.berkeley.edu
9. Nora York, FF Alumn, fall calendar
10. Jibz Cameron, FF Alumn, at The New Museum, Manhattan, Sept. 9, and more
11. Lynn Swanson, FF Alumn, at Venice Film Festival, Italy, Sept. 8-10
12. Tom Brady, FF Alumn, in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO, Sept. 10-12
13. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, in Independent Film Quarterly
14. Dan Graham, FF Alumn, at McNally Jackson Books, Manhattan, Sept. 8
15. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, fall calendar
16. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, at Emily Harvey Foundation, Manhattan, opening Sept. 10
17. Roger Shimomura, FF Alumn, at Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, WA, opening Sept. 10
18. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, new publication by MIT Press, book signing Sept. 10
19. Rob Andrews, Papo Colo, FF Alumns, at Exit Art, Oct. 2-Dec. 19
20. China Blue, FF Alumn, at MIT, Cambridge, MA, Sept. 22
21. Doug Beube, Buzz Spector, FF Alumns, at Traffic Zone Galler, Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 1-Oct. 15
22. Kathryn Hargreaves, FF Alumn, at Post, Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 14
23. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at East 13th Street Theater, Manhattan, Sept. 15
24. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, in Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston, TX, opening Sept. 25
25. Joyce Cutler-Shaw, FF Alumn, at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, opening Sept. 11
26. Andrea Fraser, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Sept. 10


1. Dread Scott, FF Fund recipient 2009-10, on 125th Street, Manhattan, Sept. 9

"I Am Not a Man." I am but I am not. For this performance, I will be hitting the streets carrying a sign that reads, "I Am Not a Man." I will walk the sidewalks of Harlem, NY on 125th St. between St. Nicholas and Malcolm X Blvd. bearing the historic, but crucially altered, protest sign. Throughout the walk, actions in the performance will evoke the humiliation that is visited on Black people and the negation that defines our existence.

Making reference to the 1968 Memphis Sanitation workers strike where the iconic "I Am a Man" sign originated, the performance inverts the sign’s statement, pointing to the importance of the Civil Rights protests as well as to their limitations. Along with this historic resonance, the performance simultaneously addresses our era—racism is foundational to America and has not abated. Despite assertions that America has entered a post-racial period, reality contradicts this: 1 in 9 young Black men are in prison; predatory lending policies have caused the greatest loss of wealth for people of color in modern U.S. history; Henry Louis Gates gets arrested "breaking into" his own home; etc. I Am Not a Man will reside in the uncomfortable space between a race-free fantasy world and the lived experience of millions.

I Am Not a Man will begin at 12:30 pm, Wednesday September 9, 2009 on the corner of 125th & St Nicholas. In the event of rain check http://dreadscott.net/upcoming for a new date

I Am Not a Man is part of Rate of Change, a suite of street performances that I will be performing throughout New York in the coming weeks. Other works in the project include Kidney for Sale and Money to Burn. Announcements of the locations dates and times of these works will be available on http://dreadscott.net/upcoming

This performance/variable media art work is made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Stimulus funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; Lambent Foundation; and Jerome Foundation.


2. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at DROM, Manhattan, Sept. 8 – corrected location

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

Goings On published the wrong location last week – the correct location is:
DROM 85 Ave. A Manhattan 212 777-1157

Thank you.


3. Daniel Joseph Martinez, FF Alumn, at Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden, opens Sept. 12

The Social Critique: 1993-2005
12 Sep. - 22 Nov. 2009
Kalmar Konstmuseum
39233 Kalmar
Tel: + 46 (0) 480 426282
Fax: + 46 (0) 480 426280

Participating artists: Franz Ackermann, Maja Bajevic, Richard Billingham, Angela Bulloch, Heath Bunting, Com&Com, Stefan Constantinescu, Plamen Dejanov & Swetlana Heger, Maria Eichhorn, Sylvie Fleury, Felix Gmelin, Johan Grimonprez, Jens Haaning, Swetlana Heger, Christine Hill, Sabine Hornig, Isaac Julien, Peter Land, Zbigniew Libera, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Rivane Neuenschwander and Cao Guimarães, Anneé Olofsson, Tanja Ostojic, Oliver Ressler, Pipilotti Rist, Annika Ström, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Elin Wikström and Zhang Huan

Curator: Martin Schibli

The social critique 1993-2005 is a contemporary art historical exhibition aimed at giving an introduction and a structure to an important and eventful period in contemporary art. What is characteristic for social criticism is that it presupposes that in art there is a possibility to deal with, highlight and pose questions around social issues. To a large extent the social criticism grew out of the vacuum that the art of the early 1990's found itself in. A consequence of the fact that Postmodernism during the 1980's had dismantled Art from its pedestal, and won symbolic power in the world of art. Art had no longer any value in itself. At the same time the status of art was increasingly upheld by the hype that surrounded contemporary art during the economic boom of that decade. With the recession of the early 1990's the influx of capital into the art world ceased and this in turn led to the disappearance of hype. The art world imploded. In the early 1990´s this lead to a great sense of insecurity about where the contemporary art scene stood, and what was going to happen now, when so to speak everything was possible. Art was in need of a new identity, maybe even a new reason for its existence. The question asked was "What is the purpose of art, when its value as art no longer exists?"

That something had happened became obvious in 1993, at the Venice Biennale. With his Aperto-exhibition the curator Achille Bonito Oliva formulated a number of concurrent artistic positions that together gave a structure for where the contemporary art-scene was heading and what subjects it could deal with. It was in the social field that art had its function. Within the area of art there were a number of possibilities of focusing on various aspects of the social, within the large as well as the small. A few months earlier the Whitney Biennale also had received attention for dealing with political issues. It was within the social that art regained its purpose. The artist Rirkrit Tiravanija now became internationally recognised. Tiravanija had taken as his point of departure an idea pioneered by Joseph Beuys, the idea of the social sculpture, and for a number of years he was touring the art world with his cooking pieces that are based on the social function of art. In an exhibition at a department store ICA Malmborgs, Malmoe, the artist Elin Wikström spend the whole exhibition period on a bed, sometimes sleeping.

The exhibition at Kalmar Art Museum will consist of more than 25 works. Starting from a more humoristic standpoint, social criticism became increasingly hardcore and theoretically formulated and when moving into its end phase it shifted towards an aesthetisised form. The exhibition deals with subjects such as relational aesthetics, art research and post colonial theory. It is interesting to notice that the art of social criticism in reality grew out of the vacuum created from the last economic crash of the 1980's and that its strength diminished with the influx of capital into the art world during the last decade. Today the situation is partly the same as in the early 1990's and there is an uncertainty/openness about what is really happening on the contemporary art scene, combined with an economic downturn.

The contribution by Elin Wikström, Hur skulled det gå om alla gjorde så?, 1993, is taking place at the department store ICA Maxi Stormarknad, Verkstadsgatan 6, Kalmar, between 8-14 of October.

Preview for the Press: Thursday, 10th September, 11 AM
Official Opening: Saturday, 12th September, 2 PM
For more information, please contact curator Martin Schibli. Tel. + 46 480 42 62 88, E-mail: martin.schibli at kalmarkonstmuseum.se

Press images: http://www.kalmarkonstmuseum.se, or please contact. Britt Söderberg, + 46 480 426286; E-Mail: britt.soderberg at kalmarkonstmuseum.se

Other exhibitions at Kalmar Konstmuseum:
Jan Svensson, Gårdslandskap, until, 9th,September.

between you and me - Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson + a selection from the Kalmar konstmuseum and The Design Archive collections, until 8th November


4. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, at Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, Sept. 5-6

Stephanie Brody-Lederman will have work in an exhibition to aid in the fight against Aids. This exhibition will take place,at the Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris. The exhibition will run for 2 days on the 5th and 6th of September and is the 2nd edition of "Art Protects."


5. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at Studio 29, London, England, Sept. 6

Dear Friends,

Our new documentary "The Collection" will be screened in London on Sunday, Sept 6. Welcome if you or anyone you know are around.


‘STUDIO 29’ Sunday 6 September 2009 at 7.15pm
List of short films to be shown at the Film Club
Bela TARR PROLOGUE 5 min (Hungary)
Wim WENDERS 12 MILES TO TRONA 11 min (Germany)
Victor ERICE LIFELINE 9.30 min (Spain)
Lello LOPEZ MONNEZZA 4.45 min (Italy)
Entr’acte: 15 min
Bernardo BERTOLUCCI HISTOIRE d’EAUX 11 min (Italy)
Sinasi GUNES ANATOLIA 2.30 min (Turkey)
Jiri MENZEL ONE MOMENT 9.30 min (Czech)
Agricola de COLOGNE TRUTH PARADISE FOUND 3 min (Germany)

Showing at Studio 29 SPACE STUDIO 10 Martello Street E8 020 7249 6021
(Go the double door where my bell is situated). www.herveconstant.co.uk
Please try to arrive before 7pm since at 7.15 I will start the film.
Please let me know if you are planning to come. £1 to attend

Best wishes,

Hervé Constant


6. Steed Taylor, FF Alumn, at Bank of America Tower, Manhattan, and more.

Hello Everyone -

Below is information about two recent road tattoos, a sculptural edition, my work at the new Bank of America Tower in NYC, a medical website, web gallery....and music. If you would like more information or images of anything mentioned, let me know. Thanks for taking a look and I hope you're enjoying the last of the lazy days of summer.

- Steed Taylor
steed at steedtaylor.com

I have a road tattoo, Dragon Blessings, in Beijing as part of the 2008 Beijing Chinese Biennial which focused on hanzi. My piece explores the cliché of Eastern text and images in Western tattoo culture. By using overly familiar hanzi characters, wu and fu, coupled with dragon images, the tattoo aggressively gives the viewer the five blessings - old age, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death - readable when approached in either direction on the road. Yet as the viewer continues over the road tattoo, the second fu is inversed, meaning blessings have arrived; and, the second dragon faces the first meaning happy reunion. Therefore, the meaning of the entire road tattoo becomes the five blessings have arrived for a happy reunion, alluding to the 2008 Beijing Olympics which occurred during the Biennial. Due to a translation error, the road tattoo was installed white, the color of death in China, adding an unexpected additional meaning.

Broken Chain is another recent road tattoo. It was commissioned by the Mesa Art Center in Mesa, Arizona and is located at this deluxe, state-of-the-art, performing and visual arts complex. Addressing the topic of domestic violence, this piece incorporated flames and chains in the design. Installed at night to avoid the searing heat, it was a very emotional piece to make. The statements by children who had experienced domestic violence, incorporated into the piece, were heartbreaking and emphasized the need to bring this difficult and important topic to light. This was part of a dazzling, full-throttle, center-wide exhibition exploring lowrider cars and tattoos. If you are anywhere near Mesa, AZ check out this amazing oasis of culture which is as beautiful and impressive as the staff is friendly and dedicated to bringing top-notch art and culture to the area. To see installation and finished images, scroll down 2/3 on the following link. http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendId=391790816

Made for Fawbush Editions, Votive is a sculpture edition exploring the funereal use of flowers as shorthand for grief and the temporal nature of life. Each wax flower and leaf is pulled, stretched and delicately molded by hand, resulting in thousands of my fingerprints impressed into each sculpture. Votive reads as something alive with animation yet frozen in time. The nature of the pale wax has a ghost-like presence, and the scale is intimate. The flowers and leaves are modeled on Camellia Susanqua, a popular Southern ornamental and a favorite of my recently deceased father. By using translucent wax and a visible wire 'skeleton', the wreath has the effect of a large unlit votive. For details and pricing please refer to the following link. http://www.fawbush.com

My art in the collection of Bank of America has been moved to the new Bank of America Tower, the second tallest skyscraper in New York City, located at one Bryant Park. The two large drawing of road tattoos are the signature art work displayed in the mezzanine lobby and, wow, do they look good! If you would like to check them out and see the inside of the Platinum-LEEDS-Certified, newest addition to the NYC skyline, let me know and I'll set up access for you.

National Quality Center provides no-cost, state-of-the-art technical assistance to improve the quality of HIV care nationwide, a topic dear to my heart. I was asked to be one of the featured artists living with HIV/AIDS in their website. Check it out at the following link. http://www.nationalqualitycenter.org/index.cfm/8445/18670

Visual AIDS, the go-to organization for just about anything when AIDS and art are combined, has an online gallery and included a rarely-seen, older work of mine in the July exhibition, Writing Pictures, curated by Javier Romero. Check it out at the following link. http://www.thebody.com/visualaids/web_gallery/2009/romero/17.html

A broadside I made for Visual AIDS many years ago has been selected by the China Orchid AIDS Project for a book of HIV/AIDS posters to serve as both inspiration and a resource for Chinese non-governmental organizations. It sure is wonderful to see my older art work continuing to be enjoyed and found useful and interesting. Check it out at the following link. http://www.thebody.com/visualaids/dwa/broadsides/taylor.jpg

I am deeply honored the composer, David Smooke, of the Music Theory and Composition Faculty at The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University used my road tattoo, Hurricane Charm, as inspiration for a musical composition for two pianos and two percussionists also titled Hurricane Charm. To read about the composition and review the score go to David's website at the following link. http://www.davidsmooke.com/programnotes/hurricane.html

Hurricane Charm will be performed at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:00. For more information about the performance refer to the following link. http://www.woodmereartmuseum.org/music.html


7. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at Collaborative Concepts, Garrison, NY, thru Oct. 31

you are invited to view:
Ruth Hardinger
Continuous Draw #3
at Collaborative Concepts Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Saunders Farm
853 Old Albany Post Road
Garrison NY 10524

exhibition will continue through Oct. 31


8. New internet art online gallery at http://netart.bampfa.berkeley.edu

Introducing BAM/PFA NetArt

In this online gallery we bring you an experimental work of Internet art every three months, back to back, 24/7. The sun never sets on BAM/ PFA NetArt. BAM/PFA NetArt is a showcase for the full range of this evolving and maturing art form, from the iconic works and veteran artists of the latter 20th century to later generations of net artists who are creating some of the most compelling and critical art of our era. Each online exhibition will feature a 3-minute interview that lets the artist talk over your shoulder as you experience their art.

Open-Source NetArtchive
Once a BAM/PFA NetArt exhibition concludes, each work becomes part of the open-source net art archive, the old always accessible alongside the new. Each artist decides how they would like their work represented in the archive and they allow relevant source files to be made available for download. This access opens up new possibilities for including these artworks in research and teaching. The NetArtchive encourages viewers to upload their own remixes, allowing these works to inspire an ongoing cycle of new artistic creation.

Angelo Plessas
Sept 1 - Nov 30, 2009

The inaugural presentation of the BAM/PFA NetArt portal features work by young Greek-Italian artist Angelo Plessas. In a series of four related works, Plessas offers his whimsical and nuanced critique of the society of spectacle, appearance, and commodity. These works are like small derailments or turnabouts that disrupt the dominant glitz blitz via the Internet. The purposeful and limited interactivity of these hypnotic works alludes to no goal, no score, no mastery to attain; it functions like electronic prayer beads instead of a virtual joystick.

Richard Rinehart
Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


9. Nora York, FF Alumn, fall calendar

Fall is here!
Jerry Kearns and Nora York are off to San Francisco
to the opening of Jerry’s show
at Modernism Gallery,
685 Market St. San Francisco, CA. 415 541-0461.
The show opens Sept. 10th ( opening reception 5:30-8pm)
and runs through October 31st.
IT is a GREAT show.
Spread the word to your west coast friends.

Come hear Nora York with her amazing band
play selections from her new music theater collaboration
(with director JoAnne Akalaitis , writer David Greenspan
and artist Kiki Smith)
( now titled ) JUMP ( music based on Puccini’s Tosca)

Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St. in the Public Theater, NYC
the Amazing Band features bassoonist Andrew Schwartz,
& regulars Jamie Lawrence, Steve Tarshis, Dave Hofstra
and singing with Nora
Kevin Burdette (bass) and Andrew Drost (tenor)
Click for tickets


10. Jibz Cameron, FF Alumn, at The New Museum, Manhattan, Sept. 9, and more

DJ ribs (jibz cameron)
at The New Museum for "Lost & Found"...in the Sky Room from 6 - 10ish
see info beeeelowww


Dynasty Handbag
at Bruar Falls
Oran Canfield's "Long Past Stopping" book release party!!


October the 14th at Cakeshop...


11. Lynn Swanson, FF Alumn, at Venice Film Festival, Italy, Sept. 8-10

FF Alumn Lynn Swanson appears in director Marco Filiberti's film "Il Compleanno (David's Birthday)" - in competition at the Venice Film Festival in the CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO Section.

A group of friends rent a magnificent house on the beach where they plan to spend an idyllic summer together. But the sudden arrival of Shary and Diego’s son, David, leads to growing tension that seems to involve everyone, especially Matteo, a successful psychoanalyst married to Francesca. Leonard, the boy’s enigmatic and solitary uncle, thinks he understands the reasons for this unease, which is hidden under an increasingly thick blanket of silence. This holiday is to change everyone’s life forever...

The film stars Alessandro Gassman, Maria de Medeiros, Massimo Poggio, Michela Cescon, Christo Jivkov, Piera Degli Esposti, Thyago Alves

Screenings are: 8 September 11:00 - Sala Grande (official--by invitation) / 9 September 19:45 - Sala Volpi / 10 September 19:99 Sala Giorgione A


12. Tom Brady, FF Alumn, in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO, Sept. 10-12

Tom Brady, FF Alumn, presents "Prodigal" in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO, Sept. 10-12. Please see review in the South County Times, link below



13. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, in Independent Film Quarterly

Hello dear friends:

We got a little write up on Jocasta here.

Long live experimental film!



14. Dan Graham, FF Alumn, at McNally Jackson Books, Manhattan, Sept. 8

Dan Graham
Rock/Music Writings
Book launch and conversation with Dan Graham.

Tuesday, September 8, 7pm
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., New York

Primary Information is pleased to invite you to the book launch of Rock/Music Writings, the first English language collection devoted entirely to Dan Graham’s writings on music, on Tuesday, September 8 at McNally Jackson in New York. The launch will feature a conversation between Dan Graham, James Hoff, and Miriam Katzeff.

Having initially appeared in small journals like Extensions, magazines such as Fusion of REALLIFE, or the artist’s catalogues, the publication titled Rock/Music Writings covers Graham’s most prolific period of writing on music and its relation to popular and visual culture: the late 60s to the late 80s. Most of these essays are out of print or available here for the first time in anthologized form.

While Dan Graham is known widely for visual art, he began writing about Rock ‘n’ Roll in the late 60s and remains an active chronicler of music and popular culture, both of which remain major tenants of his work. In the late 70s, Graham became very influential to the now infamous New York no wave scene through his friendships with Glenn Branca, Lydia Lunch, and Kim Gordon, to name but a few. Through this influence, Graham became a touchstone for many musicians, and he was responsible for helping form and inspire many bands of that era, among them the Theoretical Girls and Sonic Youth.

Graham gave back to this community with his seminal video and essay Rock My Religion, as well as New Wave Rock and the Feminine, and Punk as Propaganda. Other works on punk rock included in the book are The End of Liberalism, McLaren’s Children, Untitled, and Artist as Producer.

Dan Graham, based in New York, has exhibited widely since the 1960s, beginning with conceptual magazine inserts and moving towards performance, video and architecture. A survey of Graham’s work, Dan Graham: Beyond, is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This exhibition originated at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and is traveling to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the fall.

James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff are the founders of Primary Information, a non-profit organization based in New York that publishes artists’ books, artists’ writings, out-of-print publications, and editions.

Should you need further information please contact info at primaryinformation.org.

Primary Information receives generous support through grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Stichting Egress Foundation, the Buddy Taub Foundation, and individuals worldwide.


15. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, fall calendar


Hi Folks!

Hope you have and are having/had a great summer. (I am a firm believer - in spite of the semester system- that summer continues till the Autumnal Equinox and my birthday Sept 22) .

I am very excited about all my touring, performances and residencies for the coming year with my new show LAY OF THE LAND. Just premiered in LA in May and has started its national tour. (First stops this summer- L.A., Tallahassee, Cleveland Ingenuity Festival and Alaska! "lay of the land" indeed! Coming up is S.F. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Boston Center for the Arts, Out North in Anchorage, SMU, Southern Illinois University, Coe College and Pacific University. Fulls chedule below.

I am especially excited to be doing a week long performance workshop in S.F. Nov 15-22 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts that will build toward a public performance at Yerba Buena Nov 22. here's the link and info below.


Wanted to let folks know about the workshop! It's open to the public. Space is limited!
I will be performing my new show LAY OF THE LAND - all about our post Prop H8 mess- Nov 20-21 at YBCA too!


LAY OF THE LAND feels super strong and mega timely. Very much the piece I would want to be doing at this juicy time-one year to the day after marriage equality came to California (only to be snatched away months later) And as this issue races all over the country from, Iowa to New England

Great review in L.A. TIMES!

The Los Angeles Times: "Miller's LAY OF THE LAND enters territory as exhilarating as it is meaningful. Miller lays out his unapologetically renegade viewpoint with exemplary economy and sardonic humor. The final apotheosis stands high in Miller's canon, which, together with the overarching relevance, makes "Lay of the Land" a vivid, must-see achievement."


Had a great run of shows this summer of LAY OF THE LAND at the GORGEOUS Hanna Theater. (Where the Ohio regional theater Great Lakes Theater Festival performs.) Amazing restored vaudeville house with a fantastic thrust stage. The Ingenuity Festival was great.

I have thought a lot about a gorgeous moment before my last show at the Hanna on a Sunday. It was so exciting to have the Cleveland gay men's chorus singing out there on 14th street as I scurried over. It was such a beautiful claiming of space with the chorus there. I can't imagine a more charged way to arrive at the theater before I perform. and then they finished and people piled into the Hanna for LAY OF THE LAND (which really takes place on a street!) It felt full of hope and possibility for all the work we have to do ahead!

Sept 15-22 Anchorage, AK OUT NORTH THEATER
Oct 3-4 Dallas, SMU
Oct 5-11 Southern Illinois University
Oct 19-25 Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA
Nov 2-8 Boston Center for the Arts
Nov 12 Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
Nov 14-22 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Coming up in winter 2010...a huge Ohio tour with residencies at Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon College.

Very excited, just got a run at the amazing Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago with Lay of the Land for March 15-22. Such a wonderful theater with the added frisson of where Dillinger was killed!

best, Tim


Review: LAYING INTO BOLD TERRITORY '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. $20. (310) 315-1459 or www.highwaysperformance.org. Running time: 1 hour.


16. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, at Emily Harvey Foundation, Manhattan, opening Sept. 10

Hi Friends,

I have a cyanotype postcard of Dead Hiroshima Flowers in this show, A BOOK ABOUT DEATH, opening Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 537 Broadway (all details in the link below):


There will be 500 postcards by each artist who submitted them and visitors can take one of each to make their own unbound BOOK ABOUT DEATH.

Let me know if you go and how it is. Cheers, elin

elin o'Hara slavick
Distinguished Term Professor of Art
Hanes Art Center CB# 3405
UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27599


17. Roger Shimomura, FF Alumn, at Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, WA, opening Sept. 10


The Collections and Paintings of Roger Shimomura
On display September 11, 2009-April 18, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 2009
Invitation: http://wingluke.org/yellow_terror_invitation.htm

At Wing Luke Asian Museum
719 South King Street
in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District
(206) 623-5124

Large buckteeth, slanted eyes reduced to mere slits, and mustard yellow skin are among the images of Asian Americans that artist Roger Shimomura paints and collects. In Shimomura’s art, stereotype representations of Asian Americans are not solely created from his imagination. Instead, they are appropriated from hundreds of objects circulated within popular culture that he has amassed over a 20-year period. The extensive collection, including approximately 300 salt and pepper shakers, masks, song books, movie posters, buttons, magazines and comics, testifies to the numerous variations of Asian and Asian American stereotypes that were produced in various historic moments.

The images that Shimomura portrays in his work are, in part, inspired by the historic conceptualization of Asians as the yellow peril. The exhibition title "Yellow Terror" draws upon the history and associations related to this term, used to describe the perceived menace and threat of the hordes from the East to the Christian morals, values, way of life, and to the social order in the West. This is not a new perception of Asians: instead it is rooted in the colonialist and imperialist fears of the East demonstrated by the expansionist campaigns of Genghis Khan and the Mongolians. The yellow peril also has emerged in times when Asian countries posed a political threat to the West such as during the Russo-Japanese War, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And when Asian countries encroached upon the West’s economic dominance, tensions and fears were further ignited. This occurred during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, periods of significant Asian immigration that brought a group of workers viewed as competing for jobs with white Americans. In the 1980s, when Japan rose to a formidable economic powerhouse, the fear of the yellow peril again reappeared. Japan’s success was believed to have a direct tie to the loss of jobs and economic hardship in the United States. During these periods of instability fear often gave way to anger and sometimes erupted into violent episodes and hate crimes.

This exhibition is the first time that Shimomura’s art will be shown with the memorabilia and objects depicting stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans that the artist has accumulated, both of which are largely based on representations informed by the yellow peril. Displayed together, the collection creates a unique framework through which to view Shimomura’s paintings and prints. The memorabilia is re-contextualized in Shimomura’s work producing a rich dialogue between art and object, representation and identity, ultimately engaging the viewer.

About Roger Shimomura:
During Roger Shimomura’s career spanning nearly 40 years he has generated provocative images of racial prejudice, social injustice and examinations of Japanese American identity in the form of paintings, prints, sculptures and performance art. He is a sansei, third-generation Japanese American, who was born in Seattle, Washington. Shimomura received an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a graduate degree from Syracuse University in New York. In 1994 he was bestowed the designation of Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he taught from 1969-2004. Much of his art from the 1970s and early 1980s addressed the World War II incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans primarily living on the West Coast of the United States. Although this subject continues to surface in his work, in the mid- 1980s Shimomura began turning his attention toward aspects of Japanese American identity and the effects that popular culture stereotypes of Asian and Asian Americans have upon the development of society’s perception of Asian Americans, which is the focus of this exhibition.

As the demographics of the Asian American community shifted due to the large influx of new immigrants following the repeal of exclusionary laws in 1965 and the passing of prior generations of Asian Americans, Shimomura became increasingly preoccupied by some Asian Americans’ limited knowledge of the history of racism and their lack of concern for degrading images found in American popular culture. Shimomura’s works help to educate both Asian Americans and non-Asian Americans about racism targeted at Americans of Asian descent. His art also brings attention to problematic images of Asian Americans that were circulated in popular culture in the past, but that also continue to dangerously surface today.

Painting with the visual vocabulary of Pop Art, Shimomura’s chosen artistic style is especially fitting to critique popular culture representations. American Pop Art typically depicts subject matter from popular culture that is easily recognizable and digestible by the general public. The eye-catching bright colors that draw people in, the flattened simplified images with bold outlines, and the slickness and allure of advertisements are essential to Shimomura’s subversive strategy. The appealing images seduce the viewer with the expectation of the benign, which is then shattered by stereotypes producing a jarring effect. Pop artists’ depiction of soup cans, Brillo boxes, and male and female popular icons typically ignored the turbulent and complex political, social and cultural climate of the 1960s. However, in the cool Pop Art imagery of Shimomura’s art, personal politics insert itself, working to rupture a mythic, monolithic America in the name of the marginalized subject.

About the Wing Luke Asian Museum:
The Wing Luke Asian Museum engages the public in exploring issues related to the culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans. A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle's Chinatown-International District is the premier pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the country.

Image attached: Different Citizens. Roger Shimomura, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 45". Courtesy of the artist.

Roger Shimomura is available for an interview on Wednesday, September 9. A media preview of "Yellow Terror" can also be scheduled then.

Joann Natalia Aquino
Public Relations and Marketing Manager
Wing Luke Asian Museum
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623.5124 ext. 106
(206) 623.4559 fax
jaquino at wingluke.org


18. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, new publication by MIT Press, book signing Sept. 10

ARTBOOK @ X Initiative and MIT Press invite you to join Eileen Myles for a book signing and discussion celebrating her new book

The Importance of Being Iceland
Published by MIT Press
Thursday, September 10th
7:00 - 9:00 pm
548 W. 22nd St.
New York, NY 11101
artbook at x-initiative.org

Eileen Myles, named by BUST magazine "the rock star of modern poetry," is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, Sorry, Tree, and Not Me (Semiotext(e), 1991), and is the coeditor of The New Fuck You (Semiotext(e), 1995). Myles was head of the writing program at University of California, San Diego, from 2002 to 2007, and she has written extensively on art and writing and the cultural scene. Most recently, she received a fellowship from the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Foundation.

Poet and post-punk hero Eileen Myles has always operated in the art, writing, and queer performance scenes as a kind of observant flaneur. Myles travels the city-wandering on garbage-strewn New York streets in the heat of summer, drifting though the antiseptic malls of La Jolla, and riding in the van with Sister Spit-seeing it with a poet's eye for detail and with the consciousness that writing about art and culture has always been a social gesture. Culled by the poet from twenty years of art writing, the essays in The Importance of Being Iceland make a lush document of her-and our-lives in these contemporary crowds.

Framed by Myles's account of her travels in Iceland, these essays posit inbetweenness as the most vital position from which to perceive culture as a whole, and a fluidity in national identity as the best model for writing and thinking about art and culture. The essays include fresh takes on Thoreau's Cape Cod walk, working class speech, James Schuyler and Björk, queer Russia and Robert Smithson; how-tos on writing an avant-garde poem and driving a battered Japanese car that resembles a menopausal body; and opinions on such widely ranging subjects as filmmaker Sadie Benning, actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Ted Berrigan's Sonnets, and flossing.


19. Rob Andrews, Papo Colo, FF Alumns, at Exit Art, Oct. 2-Dec. 19

Performance in Crisis
October 2 – December 19, 2009
A project conceived by Papo Colo.

Performance in Crisis is a series of site-specific performative responses to the many crises in the global society from a particular view of the artists' aesthetic. Often it is a presentation of an extreme action. These "performances with a purpose" are a radical and profound look at the art of performance / actions. Exit Art is doing this project to make space for the urgent matters of our culture in crisis.

The upcoming solo retrospective exhibition by Guatemalan performance artist Regina José Galindo will be the inauguration of the Performance in Crisis program. These performances will happen over three months at Exit Art, using Galindo’s performance work as a point of departure. The performances will be documented with photography and video which will become part of the exhibition both in the gallery and on the web, creating a shifting installation each week over the three months. What begins as a solo exhibition will become a collective expression of performance in crisis; the Galindo presentation will merge with the works in Performance in Crisis and continue to evolve in the space until the program ends on December 19, 2009.

These performances / actions will examine our cultural condition and respond urgently to the monumental challenges we currently face, from health care reform to immigration laws, to the horror of war and the manipulation of banks, from the poisoning of the environment to the corruption in our government. Performance in Crisis confronts these issues, exposing them and encouraging further response.

Scheduled performers with Performance in Crisis include:

Rob Andrews, Regina José Galindo, Mayumi Ishino, Saeri Kiritani, Jodi Lyn-Kee-Chow, Wanda Ortiz, David Pérez Karmadavis, Boryana Rossa/Oleg Mavromatti, and Rafael Sanchez.

Visit our website often for a complete schedule of performances, as updates will occur frequently.
Performance in Crisis conceived and curated by Papo Colo with Associate Curator Herb Tam.


20. China Blue, FF Alumn, at MIT, Cambridge, MA, Sept. 22

China Blue
Joseph Butch Rovan
Up Next

DATE: September 22, 2009
TIME: 7:00-9:00 pm
DIFFERENT VENUE: Center for Advanced Visual Studies
Massachusetts Institute for Technology N51-390
265 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Entrance to the right of the MIT Museum

China Blue is an internationally exhibiting artist who is interested in how sound shapes space. She searches for the hidden acoustic identity of a structure, and uses those sounds as sculptural material to create immersive environments. China Blue's work has been shown in galleries and non-profit spaces world-wide, including Finland, Sweden, France and the US. She was the US representative at OPEN XI, Venice, Italy, an exhibition held in conjunction with the Architecture Biennale.


21. Doug Beube, Buzz Spector, FF Alumns, at Traffic Zone Galler, Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 1-Oct. 15

"X LIBRIS: THE RE-PURPOSED BOOK" : September 1 - October 15, 2009
Please join us at Traffic Zone Gallery for the opening reception of X LIBRIS: THE RE-PURPOSED BOOK

Fourteen international artists re-imagine the book.
Traffic Zone Gallery
250 Third Avenue Nort
Minneapolis, MN 55401
M-F, 9-5 PM

September 1 - October 15, 2009
Opening Reception

Saturday September 12, 6-9 PM
Tuesday September 22, 7 PM
A reading in the gallery by poet Eric Lorberer.

Reception to follow
Philip Barber • Harriet Bart • Doug Beube • Megan Greene • Scott Helmes • Helmut Löhr
Wolfgang Nieblich • Wilber "Chip" Schilling • Buzz Spector • Molly Springfield
Sarah Stengle • Jill Sylvia • Marshall Weber • Sam Winston


22. Kathryn Hargreaves, FF Alumn, at Post, Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 14

Exhibition: XX (To Do)
Featuring: ArsFidelis (Tim Quinn and Kathryn Hargreaves)
Dates: Monday, September 14, 2009
Reception: 7:00--9:00 PM

1904 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA
213 4881280
new at post-la.com
XX (To Do)

Today, POST presents ArsFidelis (Tim Quinn and Kathryn Hargreaves)

The search pattern "xx" is one that rarely comes up in text (or computer programs, unless you're programming Multivariate Calculus), so it is a good breadcrumb to leave behind to mark deferred things to do. Thus, the mark becomes a proxy for action, an indication of potential, a faint glimpse of what could be. We all know that results often fall far short of imagined goals. Somehow, the plan is finer than the thing. The dream inspires where the reality deflates.

Can we celebrate possibility without spoiling it with pragmatism? Can we use the glimmer of hope and avoid the inevitable SNAFU? We propose to do just that: supply glorious potential in the infinite volume that is its natural state.

Arsfidelis is a method to chaotize cognition so as to upset ideation algorithms, with the goal of regeneratiing neo-inkling parameters with persistence. Faith in art.

The live art duo ArsFidelis http://arsfidelis.org was formed in 2003 at UCLA. The two artists improvise in a freeform Dadaist manner.

Tim Quinn: http://timquinn.name/
Kathryn Hargreaves: http://arsfidelis.org/dangerouscurve/k/
The reception for this one-day show is Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. For further information please contact HK Zamani at 213 488 1280, or email new at post-la.com.

For images and a map, see: http://www.artslant.com/la/events/show/70036-xx-to-do


23. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at East 13th Street Theater, Manhattan, Sept. 15

From the people who brought you Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America.

Judith Sloan, Warren Lehrer, and the EarSay Board Susan Perlstein, Robin Lynch, Shekaiba Wakili, Editha Rosario, Tara Callen, and Advisory Board, Michael Dinwiddie, Chuy Jesus Canchola Sanchez, Priya George, Michael Premo, Rachel Falcone invite you to our September Back to Skool Benefit Event!

Transforming Trauma Into Art

Tuesday September 15th 2009
The East 13th Street Theater
136 East 13th Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues)
New York, NY 10003
7 PM - 9 PM

An evening of music, poetry, monologues, hip hop, and danceto support EarSay’s work with teenagers from war-zones and workshops in prisons

Co hosted by: Judith Sloan, actor/writer/educator/co-founder EarSay and Mario Murillo, journalist, professor/Hofstra University

Honoring our special guests:
Anthony Papa, author "15 to Life", and a communications specialist for the Drug Policy Alliance
Duston Spear, painter and curator of Bedford Hills Women’s Prison Inside/Outside Art show

Featuring performances by
Bob Holman, poet, professor/Columbia & NYU, proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club
Deb Margolin, performance artist, playwright, professor of theatre
Frank London, trumpeter, band leader and co-founder Klezmatics
Andy Teirstein, composer and multi-instrumentalist
Ken White, percussionist and drummer/music director for Chen Lo and the Liberation Family
Elise Knudson and Teresa Kochis, dancers
Editha Rosario, Toya Lillard, Julia Susman actors/writers
Warren Lehrer, author/writer, professor/SUNY Purchase & SVA, co-founder, EarSay
IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, Harlem-based rapper and revolutionary activist
Teenagers from EarSay’s Cross-Cultural Dialogue Through the Arts project at the International School at LaGuardia Community College

READNEX Poetry Squad


General Support $20.
admission and our grateful thanks

Friends $50
admission and recognition as a Friend of EarSay on our materials and attend pre-performance reception with artists

Sponsor $150
admission, recognition as an EarSay sponsor on our materials, attend pre-performance reception with artists, and receive a gift pack of autographed books

Producer $500
admission, recognition as part of EarSay’s Producer Circle on our materials, attend pre-performance reception with artists, and receive a gift pack of autographed books and CDs

Angel $1000 or more admission, recognition as an EarSay Angel on our materials, attend pre-performance reception with artists and free admission to special events, performances, and rehearsals, receive an archival inkjet print by Warren Lehrer (from Crossing the BLVD or his new project The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley: a life in books), and a gift pack of autographed books and CDs

If you can’t attend but would like to make a tax-deuctible donation
Please contribute through network for good-

EarSay, a multi-media non-profit arts organization documents stories of uncelebrated individuals with performances, exhibitions, books, and audio works. All donations are tax-deductible.

Phone: 718-791-4324


24. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, in Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston, TX, opening Sept. 25

Opening/Dedication: 4-6 PM, September 25
Commissioned by the Houston Arts Alliance for the City of Houston Art Collection.

"Open Channel Flow" is located across the street from 110 Sabine Street in Buffalo Bayou Park behind the Jamail Skatepark and the Sabine Water Pump Station. Parking in Lot C & H at the Fonde Community Center, 100 Sabine Street (between Memorial Drive & Allen Parkway).

Click on link for images & a description:


25. Joyce Cutler-Shaw, FF Alumn, at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, opening Sept. 11

Of Water and the River: Meditations on the Rio Grande

September 11 - October 24, 2009
Gallery Reception 5:00 PM Friday, September 11

This exhibition represents the beginnings of a metaphorical journey, a process of discovery of the complex history and current significance of the Rio Grande and its territory. For so comprehensive a subject, the exhibition is conceived as an introductory visual essay through drawings, writings, artists books and digital imagery. The river and its region encapsulate the ecological challenges of our time. Cutler-Shaw's projects emerge at points where fact and metaphor intersect.

The University Art Gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall, University Ave. east of Solano, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Phone: 575-646-2545 or 575-646-5423

Fax: 575-646-8036
artglry at nmsu.edu

Mailing Address
MSC 3572
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

Tuesday through Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday noon - 4:00
Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and university holidays


26. Andrea Fraser, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Sept. 10


Kerstin Cmelka, Christos Dikeakos, Andrea Fraser, Rodney Graham, General Idea, Martin Kippenberger, Mark Leckey, Evan Lee, Martha Wilson, and Ming Wong

September 11 – November 1, 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6-9pm

The Contemporary Art Gallery opens its Fall exhibition program with Playing Homage, an international group exhibition in which the artist is the subject matter. Central to all of the works in the show is a focus on the figure of the artist, used by each artist as a reference point to address their own subjectivities as makers, as institutional critique, and in sincere homage to an historical cast of artists and to the cult of the artist persona.

Several of the artists in Playing Homage directly take on the specific identity of another artist, while others play a more generalized character. Some of the works are remakes or restagings of earlier works in which the artists become, quite literally, actors playing a role, while others dictate what it means to be an artist. The exhibition brings together new and older works, including My Late Early Styles (Part I, The Middle Period) (2007 – 09) by Rodney Graham, an image first conceived for the pages of Artforum (2007), but never previously realized as a large format photograph, and General Idea’s little known video, Press Conference, which was taped at the Western Front, Vancouver in 1977. Also included is Mark Leckey’s Made in ‘Eaven (2004), shown as part of his winning exhibition for the 2008 Turner Prize, and Andrea Fraser’s sharp re-articulation of a Martin Kippenberger speech in Kunst Muss Hängen (2001). Martha Wilson’s premiere video from 1972, a selection of posters by Kippenberger, and new work by Kerstin Cmelka, Christos Dikeakos, Evan Lee and Ming Wong are also included.

We would like to thank INFORM INTERIORS for their support of Playing Homage.

The Contemporary Art Gallery is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council, the BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch and the BC Arts Renaissance Fund which is administered by Vancouver Foundation. We are grateful for the support of Vancouver Foundation and our members, donors and volunteers.

Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6R5, Canada

www.contemporaryartgallery.ca. Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sun. 12 – 6 pm. Admission is free by donation. For more information please contact: info at contemporaryartgallery.ca or 604-681-2700



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