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Contents for October 6, 2009
1. Felix Gonzalez Torres Foundation seeks Director of Operations
2. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Woodstock Film Festival, Oct. 2, and more
3. Esther K. Smith, Dikko Faust, FF Alumns, at X-initiative, Manhattan, Oct. 2-10
4. WOOLOO, FF Alumns, in Copenhagen, Denmark, December
5. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in Cumbria, England, Oct. 3
6. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, online at www.programmetforlydkunst.dk, Oct. 1-8
7. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, at Theater for the New City, Manhattan, Oct. 10-16
8. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at 4th Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Czech Republic, Oct. 7-25, and more
9. Kristin Jones, Andrew Ginzel, FF Alumns, in St. Louis, MO
10. John Jesurun, FF Alumn, at The Creek, Long Island City, Oct. 27
11. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, October schedule
12. John Ahearn, Eleanor Antin, Dotty Attie, Andres Serrano, FF Alumns, at Lehman College Art Gallery, The Bronx, NY, thru Dec. 11
13. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, Oct. 15
14. Bonnie Ora Sherk, FF Alumn, in Beijing, China, November
15. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, October 8
16. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Carmelita Tropicana, FF Alumns, at Princeton University, NJ, Oct. 8
17. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at Auburn University, AL, opening Oct. 10
18. Paul Steger, FF Alumn, at National Theatre Conference, Manhattan, Oct. 30-Nov. 1
19. John Ahearn, Stefan Eins, Jenny Holzer, Lisa Kahane, Lady Pink, FF Alumns, at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, thru March 1, 2010
20. Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumn, at La Mama Annex, Manhattan, Oct. 8-25
21. Ray Johnson, FF Alumn, at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain, opening Nov. 5
22. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, Oct. 25
23. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, in The Sunday New York Times, Oct. 4
24. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Oct. 15

1. Felix Gonzalez Torres Foundation seeks Director of Operations

The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation is looking for a highly motivated, idealistic, conceptually rigorous, and extremely organized individual with prior foundation or gallery experience to act as a hands-on Director of Operations. While we imagine that this position will be appealing to a Gonzalez-Torres scholar or an individual already holding an active management level position at a foundation, we welcome anyone with the specific abilities to contribute to the vitality and rigor of the Foundation as long as they have a keen interest in Gonzalez-Torres’ work and be able to fulfill the following requirements.

The unique nature of Gonzalez-Torres’ work means that it continues to actively evolve and change even past the artist’s lifetime and consequently the Foundation acts not only as a guardian of the artists’ work but also as an active organization to promote and clarify the ideals and intentions of the artist. In addition to knowledge of standard Foundation and archival best practices, we are looking for an individual who is exceptionally sharp, conceptually rigorous, forward-thinking, and engaged. The ideal candidate will be a flexible thinker who has a passion and a mind for the nuances of conceptual work and the unique malleability of Gonzalez-Torres’ oeuvre. The Foundation is made up of a small staff and therefore requires an individual to be both a leader and a person willing to take on both complex and simple hands-on work.

There are two primary facets of this position. One is the ability to envision and understand the long term practical goals of the Foundation, create a priority structure, and see projects through in a meaningful capacity. In relationship to these projects, it is imperative that the individual possess a deep knowledge of archival and image best practices, the ability to effectively manage, oversee, and implement an intern program or any additional staff.

Simultaneously, the position requires a hands-on maintenance element and the day to day implementation and execution of tasks. Among others, a significant part of this half of the position will be the maintenance of "case studies": detailed record keeping of the specific instances of the interpretation and manifestation of Gonzalez-Torres’ work. These studies serve as both a historical record and a guide for the future and the candidate should be able to understand and foresee future long term use of these studies. Other operational tasks will include fielding and fulfilling requests for image reproduction thoughtfully, with a deep understanding of context, and through the filter of the Foundation’s larger agenda, as well as maintenance of the database.

This individual must be detail oriented with the ability to balance many different projects at once by prioritizing and multi-tasking. The candidate must have a solid knowledge of FileMaker Pro databases, both basic usage and customization. An ability to build and customize FileMaker Pro databases is a plus. The candidate will also support the Director of the Foundation in exhibition organization.

Salary commensurate with experience.
Please email resume and cover letter to: applicants at felixgonzalez-torresfoundation.org



2. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Woodstock Film Festival, Oct. 2, and more

Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, screens at Woodstock Film Festival
and presents on Amazing Women in Film Panel

A Horse Is Not A Metaphor, Director present
Friday, October 2, 6:30 at Town Hall
Tickets: To purchase $10 tickets go to

On Saturday at 10 am at Utopia Studios
upstairs in the Bearsville Theater
I will be on the
Pamela Koffler
Katherine Dieckmann
Barbara Hammer
Signe Baumane
moderated by Thelma Adams



3. Esther K. Smith, Dikko Faust, FF Alumns, at X-initiative, Manhattan, Oct. 2-10

see Purgatory Pie Press
Friday Oct 2 from 11-3
ARTBOOK at X-initiative
548 W 22nd St :: NYC
btwn10th+11th Ave

OCT 2,11-3pm
WHEN IS A FONT NOT A FONT? (and where is the lead in leading)
Purgatory Pie Press event (Literary Dome)

DISCUSSION/INTERACTIVE EVENT When is a font not a font? Where is the lead in leading? Purgatory Pie Press's founder Dikko Faust will answer questions about typography, the origin of letter forms and letterpress from real wood and metal type. Moveable type ended the Dark Ages and ushered in the Renaissance, the industrial revolution, and literacy for The People. Letterpress is versatile and adaptable, and mixes easily with other printmaking processes. The quality of image can range from hard edge to feathered and painterly, and the relief impression adds a third dimension. Esther K Smith will be hand making books with visitors. Purgatory Pie Press artist books will be on display.

OCT 10, 11-6pm Instant Artist Books by Purgatory Pie Press (Center Stage)

DEMONSTRATION/INTERACTIVE EVENT Purgatory Pie Press's Esther K Smith and Dikko Faust will show you how to make Instant Artist Books. Make individual and collaborative books, unique books--even simple popups! Discuss how you can publish and distribute your own Artist Books. If technology allows, participants' books can be scanned for instant international publication. Bring paper, collage materials, and your good scissors.

PURGATORY PIE PRESS is located in Lower Manhattan. Their collaborative limited editions and artist books have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum and are in international collections including MoMA, the Whitney, the Tate, and the National Gallery of Art. Directors Dikko Faust and Esther K Smith travel as visiting artists; lecturing, demonstrating, and making collaborative projects in art centers and universities. Faust teaches letterpress at SVA. Smith is the author/co-designer of How to Make Books and Magic Books & Paper Toys--Faust hand set real type for their covers and display pages.

Esther K Smith


"Their House is a Museum" EKSmithMuseum.com



4. WOOLOO, FF Alumns, in Copenhagen, Denmark, December

Here is a great initiative making it possible for environmental activists and artists interested in the climate debate to come to Copenhagen and participate during the UN climate conference this December.


NEW LIFE COPENHAGEN is a non-profit initiative run by the artists community Wooloo.org - the initiative is mobilizing private housing for climate guests during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Denmark from December 7th to 18th, 2009.

The many climate guests are coming from across the world to discuss global warming solutions in Copenhagen. With local hotels being overbooked and very expensive, the guests have nowhere to stay without the help and hospitality of local citizens.

NEW LIFE COPENHAGEN has already secured more than 2000 places for people to stay.

Read more at http://www.newlifecopenhagen.com and http://www.wooloo.org/festival

Martin Rosengaard
Co-Director, Wooloo.org

Ny Tap - 5th Floor
Pasteursvej 46
1778 Copenhagen V

phone: (+45) 61 71 61 01
email : martin at wooloo.org



5. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in Cumbria, England, Oct. 3


On Saturday, the 3rd of October 2009, at the stroke of midnight, David Medalla, transcendental-hedonist artist, will begin his impromptu performance in homage to Kurt Schwitters inside Schwitters' MERZ Barn in Cumbria, England.

Invited by Littoral Arts Trust, the Filipino artist will, in turn, invite those present at the MERZ Barn Conference to join him in dancing a Post-Modernist Polka cum Irish Jig to the lyrics composed by Medalla beginning with the words "Whatever Happened to Mondriaan's Dancing Shoes?" The music for this Post-Modernist Polka cum Irish Jig will be composed of ring tones from the mobile (cell) phones of the audience as well as those who may wish to phone Medalla during the beginning of the performance. The dance will invoke the spirit of Kurt Schwitters (a great DADA spirit) whose Spirit will reveal the genesis of MERZ in the form of a collective collage made in the course of the performance by the audience.

In May of this year (2009) David Medalla participated in the exhibition and auction to raise funds for restoring Kurt Schwitters' MERZ Barn, organised by the Littoral Arts Trust, at the Royal College of Art in London. His impromptu performance at the RCA featured a tea party for Kurt Schwitters and Theo van Doesburg presided by Wantee.

Celia and Ian Hunter of the Littoral Arts Trust will introduce David Medalla's impromptu performance inside Kurt Schwitters' MERZ Barn in Cumbria on Saturday, the 3rd of October 2009, at midnight. The event is open to the public.



6. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, online at www.programmetforlydkunst.dk, Oct. 1-8

Tobaron Waxman
Vocal performance and sound art
invited artist on Programmet for Lydkunst / Sonic Art Radio fm 102,9 - region copenhagen, thursday 8 - 9 pm October 1 - 8 Copenhagen available for download at www.programmetforlydkunst.dk

We (at programmet for lydkunst) are very excited to make the presentation on radio of an artist, not working exclusively with sound, hoping that by using the sound material from Tobaron’s diverse works, that we are able to open a way into his performance and art praxis in general.

Tobaron Waxman has traveled extensively, giving lectures and showing his videos at places like SOAS, University of London, Mix Brasil Film Festival of Sexual Diversity, Videotage Hong Kong as well as at the Volksbühne Theatre Berlin. He has also received numerous grants and awards.

Sheheckiyanu (01:52)
Embraceable (01:55)
Still Life: Israel eats itself (collaboration with Yoni Niv and Elad
Shniderman) (10:31)
Anagramm (collaboration with Mortiz Wettstien) (05:58) Psalm 23 (recorded live in Jewish Community Centre of Vilnius) (04:19)

Tobaron has spent several years of his life studying Jewish law and Philosophy as well as Jewish liturgical music while living in different ultra orthodox Jewish communities.
However parallel to this Tobaron has also maintained an art practice inside performance art with close links to feminist queer theory and the Jewish radical Left. And as he states elsewhere, most of his works are much influenced by this, living in two worlds at the same time on the one hand "engaging a feminist, post-queer, post-Zionist politic while revering the sacred and ancestral."

The first two compositions we are going to play are Sheheckiyanu and Embraceable. It’s two short compositions for the human voice which incorporate "Jewish metatext and a ‘Queering’ of sung text. (the Sheheckiyanu is:) A prayer said at the recovery of an illness, the conclusion of a fast, or the end of a voyage… sung backwards, the inversion performed as a new supratext."

Hereafter we play the 10.31 min. long composition "Still life: Israel eats itself", part of a performance installation of the same name, from 2008. In this work we hear the voice of a 60 year old Israeli veteran off all of the wars waged by the state of Israel since 1948.

"Incorporating an interview with a PTSD afflicted veteran of 5 wars, this tableau vivant uses the body as an analogue to landscape, land occupation, and ‘Holy Land’, to interrogate Jewish concepts of ‘purity’, nation state, and Middle East border conflict....The State creates a gender and then cannibalizes it." It’s been composed by Yoni Niv and Elad De Lowe-Shniderman in 5.1 surround, under the direction of Tobaron Waxman.

Finally we play two other works, Anagramm 5:58 min and Psalm 23 4:19 min.

Anagramm was composed by Moritz Wettstein, incorporating vocal samples from Tobaron’s backwards vocal sketches. The collaboration was specifically to create a sound piece to accompany a mutli-channel video version of Tobaron’s javascript work ‘trans-genred.anagram’.


Psalm 23 was a live recording made at a community concert in the Jewish Community Centre of Vilnius, Lithuania. "Many Jewish survivors of the Second World war were in the audience, as well as contemporary students of the Yiddish language, both Jewish and Gentile. I became very emotional and restrained my voice lest I lose control of my instrument and start to cry. People in the audience were also crying, and suddenly everyone began to sing with me…. Yiddish is my parents’ first language. I am committed to developing my own contemporary relationship to this language, both in order to incorporate it into my art practice, and to have conversations with my mother, today."

"The human voice is an embodied technology and rich resource of social symptom and psychological data." (Tobaron Waxman)


7. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, at Theater for the New City, Manhattan, Oct. 10-16

Public Performance/Mind-Body Workshops NYC
"Don’t you feel it too?" by Grace MN
Contact: www.naatf.org or hillary at naatf.org

What: A workshop to introduce a new form of public performance and mind-body experiment called "Don’t you feel it too?"

For: Artists, non-artists, meditators, yoga folks, experimentalists, dancers, people looking for happiness or mischief, etc.

Why: To expand the discourse on performance practice: How does this practice relate to theater, to disruptive realism or pranksterism? Where does work like this belong?

When: Take one or more of the following sessions. Sessions will be indoors if it rains.

Saturday, Oct 10, 12.00-3.00pm
Tuesday, Oct 13, 10.30am-1.30pm
Friday, Oct 16, 10.30am-1.30pm

Where: Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue at 10th St.

Cost: $5/session cash at the door, or FREE with purchase of a mainstage ticket of the National Asian American Theater Festival

How: Participants must bring an mp3 player with some of their most beloved music on a playlist, approximately 30 minutes. We will dance in public, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Bring water.

Contact: For sign-up or questions, visit www.naatf.org or email: hillary at naatf.org. Sign-up for the workshop is recommended. If you drop in without signing up, just be sure to bring an mp3 player.

Info: "Don’t you feel it too?" is the practice of freeing your spirit through dancing your inner life in public places. A generous and courageous act of self-embarrassment and joy, the work is also emotional study, gentle protest, social interaction, performance, and physical exercise. While other more venerable forms of mind-body practice have developed over millennia, this new practice premiered on the streets of the Republican National Convention in Saint Paul in 2008. We invite artists and non-artists to learn and expand this playful form.

Grace MN is a behavioral art studio whose work attends to the inner, natural, and civic life, creating personal practice and collective experience. The group is founded by behavioral artist Marcus Young, currently public artist in residence for the City of Saint Paul, a program of Public Art Saint Paul. This activity is made possible by funds from Jerome Foundation and is a parallel project of the National Asian American Theater Festival. www.graceminnesota.org



8. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at 4th Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Czech Republic, Oct. 7-25, and more

We are pleased to announce that BARBARA ROSENTHAL will represent the UNITED STATES in two media, Performance Art and Text-Based Art at the FOURTH PRAGUE CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL, TINA B, which festival director Monika Burian of Galerie Vernon explains, "stands for 'This Is Not Another Biennial."

There will also be a solo mini-retrospective screening and discussion of her videos at Skolska28, a space for New Media in Prague.

The festival runs Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 25 with wall art, performances and videos throughout the city.

Barbara Rosenthal is scheduled for the following events:

--Oct 7-24: Performance Documentation Photos 1968-2009 -- Rosenthal at The Kitchen, CBGBs, Living Theater, etc. And stills from performance videos 1976-2009 -- "How Much Does The Monkey Count", "Words Come Out Backwards," etc. Main space, Galerie Vernon, Janovskelo 23, Praha 7, 170 00.

--Oct 7-15: Barbara Rosenthal will be in Prague. Call or text for appointment: +49-0-1512-669-4548.

--Wed, Oct 7, 6pm: "Existential Interact" interactive performance, featuring new "Provocation Cards", "Button Pins", "Identity Masks", and her two favorite marionettes, "The Artist" and "The Alien." During festival pre-opening, Galerie Vernon, Janovskelo 23, Praha 7, 170 00.

--Thurs, Oct 8
--6pm: Public opening of the festival, at Stone Bell House, Starometske namesti 13, Praha 1, and all other locations.
--9 pm: "Existential Videos" Rosenthal video evening at Skolska28 Art Space, address: Skolska 28, Praha 1.

--Fri, Oct 9, 3pm: Roundtable discussion with performance art historical figures, Barbara Rosenthal (New York), Jiri Kovanda (Prague), Hassan Sharif (Dubai) and Zbigniew Libera (Warsaw) at Galerie Vernon, Janovskelo 23, Praha 7, 170 00.

--Sat., Oct. 10, 8pm: Gala festival Frog Party on the boat Florentina, Dvorakovo nabrezi, dock No 7, Next to the ČECH BRIDGE, Praha 1, STAROMESTSKA UNDERGROUND. ,+420739002550 (boat reception desk).

--Mon., Oct. 12 - ongoing, "Dead Heat" Rosenthal's latest video, is projected in loop of videos by festival participants.

And in New York, watch for opening of "Crash" at the Fusion Art Museum, 57 Stanton St, featuring "Car Coming Installation" by Barbara Rosenthal later this month.

Here are the website for the Prague Contemporary Art Festival and for Skolska28 Art Space:



9. Kristin Jones, Andrew Ginzel, FF Alumns, in St. Louis, MO

MIME 2009
Richmond Heights Station, Cross County MetroLink, St. Louis, MO
32’ H x 22’ 2" Diameter (973 x 676 cm)
Stainless Steel

Mime explores the intersection of time and natural phenomena in a dynamic visual and visceral experience integrated with the environment of the Cross County MetroLink Richmond Heights Station.

Three precise elements work in tandem to create the responsive, animated stainless steel instrument that gives evidence to the unseen forces of converging air currents and changing ambient light levels in and around the station.

At the work’s pinnacle, thirty-two feet above the ground, a pair of perpendicular half-circles held in tension spin with the shifting breezes. Mysteriously propelled, the turning form’s motion defines a sphere, as if it capturing an invisible essence.

Immediately beneath this revolving pananemone, a precise indicator vane reveals the prevailing wind direction at all times. Animated by the wind, the meter responds to the invisible currents of air with accurate, nuanced movement. Articulating the unseen physics of the site, the vane renders evident the fluid dynamics of air movement, echoing the gestural flow of commuters moving through the Richmond Heights Station.

Suspended below the indicator vane, a 360-degree collar of convex mirrors absorbs and reflects everything seen in the station environs. This all-embracing circle of light is dramatically alive, capturing the fleeting essence of the passing moment, motion and light in every direction. Infinitively observant, the mirrors embrace the viewer and the site, reflecting an infinite number of perspectives in an all-encompassing mirage.

Mime celebrates the spirit and vitality of the station, as it reflects and reveals its surroundings, engaging the visual participation of commuters, pedestrians and motorists. An inquiry into perception, invisible forces and time, the work explores our dynamic perception of the seen and unseen world.

For more information about the work, please visit http://www.jonesginzel.com
or http://www.jonesginzel.com/00Download.html to download a full press kit with high resolution images or contact Diane Roehm, Jones/Ginzel studio manager at diane at jonesginzel.com.



10. John Jesurun, FF Alumn, at The Creek, Long Island City, Oct. 27

An event honoring Black-Eyed Susan
To benefit John Jesurun’s Chocolate Factory production of LIZ ONE
At: The Creek
10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
Tuesday, October 27th 2009
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets: $75, Artist’s Ticket: $20
For Tickets:
Call: 212-989-7960
Email: shatterhand2 at earthlink.net
Benefit Committee:
Jennifer Ortega, Patrick Neal, Steve Buscemi, Sarah Benson, Sheila Lewandowski, Young Jean Lee,
Curtis Webster,Brian Rogers, Carla Petersen, John Kelly, Jo Andres, Neil Greenberg, Paula Court,
Kimberly Keating, Lucy Sexton, Brooke O’Harra, Christopher Maya,Crystal Meers, Ruth Malaczech, David Cale,
Stephen Bollenbach
The Creek
10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
Subway: 7 to Vernon/Jackson or G to 21st St.



11. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, October schedule

Dear Friends,
We are on the last leg of our fall "Life on Mars" CD release tour. This weekend October 1-4 we are in New England. Bennington College, TSL, PACE and Buttonwood Tree. Please come out if you can and send your friends too. If you live in western Mass. our show at Pioneer Arts of Easthampton is being filmed for a Japanese TV documentary about the band so please try to come out. We return to NYC for a final tour wrap up show at Joe's Pub. Its a special double bill with composer and multi-instrumeantalist Gina Leishman. We guarantee a good time there. Details for all shows are below. Happy fall and hope to see you at a show soon.

Terry & EJG


Thursday, Oct. 1st @8pm
Bennington College
Bennington, VT

Friday, Oct. 2nd @8pm
Time & Space Limited
434 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY

Saturday, Oct. 3rd @8:00pm
Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton
Easthampton, MA

Saturday, Oct 4th@ 8pm
The Buttonwood Tree Art Center
605 Main St.
Middletown, CT

Monday, October 12th @9:30pm
Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette St.



12. John Ahearn, Eleanor Antin, Dotty Attie, Andres Serrano, FF Alumns, at Lehman College Art Gallery, The Bronx, NY, thru Dec. 11

Beyond Appearances
Lehman College Art Gallery
Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, N.Y. 10468-1589
Phone: 718-960-8731
Fax: 718-960-6991
Contact: Susan Hoeltzel
susan.hoeltzel at lehman.cuny.edu

Sept. 10 – Dec. 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
from 6 to 8:00 pm
Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Saturday
from 10 to 4 pm
Beyond Appearances
Sept. 10 – Dec. 11, 2009

Reception: Oct. 20th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

John Ahearn, Eleanor Antin, Dotty Attie, Dawn Black, Eugene Brodsky, Phong Bui, Nick Cave, Ain Cocke, Andrea Dezső, Chitra Ganesh, Julie Heffernan, Teun Hocks, Nina Levy, Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Charles McGill, Yasumasa Morimura, Orlan, Tony Oursler, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Dulce Pinzón, Lucia Pizzani, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Daniel Rozin, Karin Sander, Andres Serrano, Devorah Sperber, Hank Willis Thomas, Rigoberto Torres, Alejandra Villasmil, Kara Walker, and Deborah Willis

Beyond Appearances is co-curated by Patricia Cazorla and Susan Hoeltzel. The exhibition celebrates the gallery's 25th anniversary and is presented in both the Edith Altschul Lehman and the Robert Lehman exhibition spaces.

Beyond Appearances offers a sampling of contemporary portraiture, bringing together a group of artists whose works explore the individual beyond the exterior visage. Historically portraiture has always conveyed far more than physical features and these portraits touch on many issues - social, historical, political, and ontological - with insight and sometimes humor. The exhibition includes a number of works in which the artist is present as a subject, incidentally in some instances, creating self-portraits – these include Charles McGill, Julie Heffernan, Yasamasa Morimura, Chitra Ganesh, Teun Hocks, Tony Oursler, Orlan, Lucia Pizzani, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, and Andrea Dezső – and, of course, the van Gogh self-portrait by Devorah Sperber. It also includes collaborative works, some by artists who primarily work individually and others known for their work together. This group includes: husbands and wives Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry and Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, mother and son Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, and collaborators Rigoberto Torres and John Ahearn. The exhibition offers a broad range of media – painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and multimedia installation – and explores portraiture through the work of artists who approach the topic very differently.

Lehman College Art Gallery, an important center for contemporary art, is housed in a distinguished building by the renowned architect Marcel Breuer. Located amid the lawns and trees of a spacious urban campus of The City University of New York, the Gallery has been open since 1984. Education has been at the heart the Gallery"s mission from the beginning, providing programs for all ages from young children to older adults. Its Arts Learning Center encourages K-12 students to develop critical thinking and communication skills while expanding their understanding of art. In the studio, students learn to collaborate on installation projects, develop basic arts skills, and make connections between art and their other classes. The Gallery"s unique location on the Lehman College campus offers young students the opportunity to visualize college life. By introducing significant visual arts close to home in the Bronx, these programs can lay the foundation for a lifelong interest in the arts.

Lehman College Art Gallery has been a pioneer in the use of interactive media. Projects range from the production of the Public Art in the Bronx Web site, a teacher's guide to over 100 public art projects in the borough, to interactive works of art and new media artist's residencies. Bronx Architecture, a new online education project featuring eighty sites that date from the 17th century to the present, will be launched on October 20, 2009.

Programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council; Institute of Museum and Library Services; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The Cowles Charitable Trust; Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and The Beth M. Uffner Arts Fund / The New York Community Trust.






13. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, Oct. 15
Thursday, October 15, 6:00 p.m., King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU, 53 Washington Square South, Manhattan Public talk with artists Luis Camnitzer and Liliana Porter and presentation of the book The New York Graphic Workshop, 1964–1970 by curators Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro and Úrsula Dávila-Villa. The book is published by the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin as part of the museum’s exhibition of the same name, which presented for the first time an in-depth historical analysis of The New York Graphic Workshop (NYGW), a group founded in 1964 by Camnitzer, Porter, and José Guillermo Castillo. The artists will discuss their work and ideas while working together at the workshop as well as how the NYGW years shaped their current artistic practice.

In English. Reception to follow. Photo id required

This event is made possible through the generosity of the office of the Dean of Humanities, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, and the Barbara Duncan Centennial Endowed Lectureship.


Luis Camnitzer was born in Lübeck, Germany, in 1937 and immigrated to Uruguay in 1939. He studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes, architecture at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, and sculpture and printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 1964 he moved to New York, where he currently lives and works. His work has been shown internationally and is represented in many collections including the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, the Tate Modern, London, the Daros-Latinamerica Collection, Switzerland, and the Blanton Museum of Art. He has frequently received grants, prizes, and honors, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1961 and 1982. In 1969 he began teaching as an art professor at the State University of New York, the College of Old Westbury, where he is currently professor emeritus. He regularly contributes articles to various publications and has written several books, including Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation (2007). He served as the pedagogical curator of the 6th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil and is currently the educational curator of the Fundação Iberê Camargo, also in Porto Alegre.

Liliana Porter was born in Buenos Aires in 1941. She studied art at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, and at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, where she specialized in printmaking. She has lived and worked in New York since 1964. Her artwork includes printmaking, painting, installations, photography, video, and public art projects. Her works have been shown internationally and are represented in many collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate Modern, London, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, and the Blanton Museum of Art. She was an art professor at Queens College, the City University of New York, from 1991 to 2007. In 1994 she completed a permanent public artwork for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, installed in the 50th Street Station of the New York subway. She has received numerous prizes and grants, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980 and three visual art grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts.Ursula Davila-Villa is the interim curator of Latin American art at the Blanton Museum of Art. She holds an M.A. in museum studies from New York University and a certificate in art history from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. She worked at Cai Guo-Qiang studio, New York, as researcher for the Beijing Olympics 2008 artistic program and archival researcher for the retrospective exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. She was the public programs assistant coordinator at the Guggenheim Museum. She has published and lectured on contemporary art and museum studies in the United States and Latin America. Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro is the director of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in New York City and Caracas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Essex in art history and theory. From 2003 to 2008 he was curator of Latin American art at the Blanton Museum of Art. He was coordinator of exhibitions and programs at the Casa de América in Madrid, visual arts director at The Americas Society in New York, and founding curator of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art. In 2007 he served as chief curator of the 6th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He has published and lectured widely on modern and contemporary Latin American art.


14. Bonnie Ora Sherk, FF Alumn, in Beijing, China, November

Dear ALL:

I thought you might be interested to know that I have been invited to present our work with A Living Library in the 4th China International Forum on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) next month. This is the second time I have been invited to participate. Attached is an Abstract of my presentation for your review.

As you know, A Living Library is both a local and global program, and has Branches in diverse communities, including multiple sites in San Francisco and Roosevelt Island, New York.
While in Beijing, I will also be meeting with a group from the Haidian District, in northwest Beijing, who are interested in developing a unique Beijing Branch Living Library & Think Park at a Middle School affiliated with Northern Jiangtong University and other nearby universities.

The opportunities are great and will be especially auspicious for San Francisco, Roosevelt Island, and New York City, as we will be linking diverse Branch Living Library & Think Parks, live, through Green Powered Digital Gateways.

A Living Library is also featured in the current United Nations Department of Public Information/NGO Conference Journal published September 2009, devoted to Human Rights and Disarmament.
Please stay tuned !!!


Best Wishes,
Bonnie Ora Sherk



15. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, October 8

Penny Arcade participates
8 October 2009 — New York University
The Children of Burroughs: The Legacy of Naked Lunch on New York Artists At 6:30 PM on Thursday, 8 October, the Fales Library of New York University will host a panel discussion looking at the legacy of William Burroughs. Participants include:

Robert Fitterman, NYU, Liberal Studies Program; Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies

Lytle Shaw, NYU, Assistant Professor of English, a visual artist, poet, and editor, Shark magazine
Jürgen Ploog, German writer and artist who has written extensively on Burroughs and late-20th century American culture

Penny Arcade, writer, actress, comedienne, social commentator, political activist, and performance artist.

Moderator: Marvin J. Taylor, NYU, Director of the Fales Library and Special Collections



16. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Carmelita Tropicana, FF Alumns, at Princeton University, NJ, Oct. 8

Dear Friends and colleagues, I am excited to invite you to my upcoming performance at Princeton University. Best, Nicolas
Nicolas Dumit Estevez
I Swam with a Mermaid, presented as part of Latino/a Moves: New Adventures in Performance
An audio visual presentation on the noteworthy characteristics of Speedos, leading into an account of my unexpected underwater encounter with an androgynous being that feeds on fresh algae and boasts an iridescent tail dotted with pearly scales.

Latino/a Moves: New Adventures in Performance. Princeton University
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, 7 p.m., Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St., Princeton, New Jersey 08540
"Latino/a Moves: New Adventures in Performance," featuring comedian Marga Gomez and performance artists Nicolas Estevez and Carmelita Tropicana, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. The event was organized to showcase some of the most innovative talent in Latino/a performance, with fresh takes on Latino/a life and love. It is sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Center, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Program in American Studies, the Program in Latin American Studies and the Program in Theater.



17. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at Auburn University, AL, opening Oct. 10

Joni Mabe, Elvis and Friends, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Oct. 10 thru Jan. 9, 2010, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.
Loudermilk Boarding House Museum, Director, Founder, Grounds Keeper
271 Foreacre St.
Cornelia, GA 30531-6359



18. Paul Steger, FF Alumn, at National Theatre Conference, Manhattan, Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Paul Steger, director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been invited to join the prestigious National Theatre Conference.

Founded in 1925, the NTC is a cooperative association of distinguished leaders of the American theatre -- university, community and professional. Membership to the conference is by invitation only and is limited to 120 members.

"I am profoundly humbled and deeply honored to have been voted into the National Theatre Conference," Steger said. "The list of members, a virtual 'who's who' of the professional and academic theatre, are committed to celebrating theatre organizations and individuals who have had a tremendous impact on the professional and academic theatre arenas. Being a part of this organization brings the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and our programs and initiatives into a national spotlight and dialogue. These relationships will help to firmly establish the School's national reputation and provide opportunities for future collaborations with the profession."

Tice Miller, UNL professor emeritus of theatre, is also a member. He joined in 2002.

Current Vice President of NTC Dan Carter, who is Director of the School of Theatre at The Pennsylvania State University and a member of NTC since 1996, said Steger is a welcome addition to the organization.

"I find Paul bright and engaging and capable of keen insights," Carter said. "He is perceived to be 'a rising star' in the field, and we all feel his contributions to our fellowship will be substantial."

The conference operates as a theatrical "think tank" and meets annually to review and confer on matters pertaining to the welfare and development of the theater and to honor outstanding achievement of organizations and individuals in the field.

Steger became the Director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and Executive Director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre in July 2005. He is an actor, director and fight director.

Steger has taught at a number of theatre training programs, including the National Theatre Conservatory, Webster University's Conservatory, North Carolina School of the Arts, Florida State University and the Asolo Conservatory. He is a fight director with credits on Broadway and in numerous regional theatres. He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and holds advanced certificates from the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat and Fight Directors Canada. He has taught and performed internationally in London, Sweden, Denmark and Norway and helped form the Nordic Stagefight Society. His film credits include "Power Rangers," "Magnolia" and "Outside." His television credits include "Family Law," "The Practice," "Party of Five" and "Ally McBeal."

Steger has directed more than 50 productions for the educational and professional theatre including the Blue Sphere Alliance, Tiffany Theatre-West Hollywood, River Stage, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Southeast and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. His collaborations with a variety of video and performance artists have played such venues as Franklin Furnace ( New York ), Randolph Street Gallery, Club Lower Links, The Museum of Contemporary Art ( Chicago ), The Contemporary Museum of Art ( Glasgow ), and the Ljubljana Festival ( Slovenia ).

He received his MFA in directing from Western Illinois University and his BA in theatre from St. Louis University.

This year's meeting of the NTC will be Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in New York City at the Players and Actors Equity.



19. John Ahearn, Stefan Eins, Jenny Holzer, Lisa Kahane, Lady Pink, FF Alumns, at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, thru March 1, 2010




Open House - Sunday, October 4, 2009 from noon to 5pm
Exhibition - October 4, 2009 thru March 1, 2010

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
D or B train to 167th Street/Grand Concourse
4 train to 161st St/Yankee Stadium
The Bronx isn't burning any more.



20. Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumn, at La Mama Annex, Manhattan, Oct. 8-25

Featuring Sarah Alden, Sheila Dabney, La Vonda Elam*, Carolyn Goelzer*,
Catherine Garger, Rachel Harrison, Jane Kelton, Aaron Long,
Chris Maresca, Quince Marcum, Alyson Perry, Scott Shanley, Sam Stonefield
Made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Henson Foundation *Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
Stage Movement
Chris Maresca, Lighting
Jesse Belsky, Dramaturgy
Andrea Balis, Costumes
Lara de Bruijn
Stage Manager
Valerie ElithorpePuppets
Theodora Skipitares
Cecilia Schiller
Jane Catherine ShawVideo
Kay Hines
Aaron Long



21. Ray Johnson, FF Alumn, at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain, opening Nov. 5

The Ray Johnson retrospective, "Ray Johnson: Please Add to & Return", which first opened at Raven Row in London in spring 2009, is traveling to the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in Barcelona, Spain this fall. It opens at MACBA on November 5, 2009 and is up through January 10, 2010. http://www.macba.cat/controller.php?p_action=show_page&pagina_id=52&inst_id=26358

The retrospective at Raven Row was a GREAT success. Please visit their website to read press coverage and essays from the catalog:

MACBA will also have the John Cage exhibition, "The Anarchy of Silence. John Cage and Experimental Art" on view from October 23, 2009 to January 10, 2010 - the same time as the Ray Johnson retrospective.

If you will be in Europe, we hope you will be able to see the exhibition in Barcelona.

With good wishes,

Frances F. L. Beatty, Ph.D.
Vice President
Richard L. Feigen & Co.
34 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 628-0700 ph
(212) 249-4574 fax



22. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Joe’s Pub, Manhattan, Oct. 25


Come hear Nora York (in her last 2009 performance... we think?!)
At Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St. in the Public Theater, NYC


Nora York and her Amazing Band
go a dreamscape journey through song.
Stravinsky dreams his Rite of Spring sitting with the Gershwins around their Hollywood swimming pool .... all my life, I lived for art, I lived for love... The buckwheat cake was in her mouth, a tear was in her eye...

Una furtiva Lagrima...
one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small
but the one that mother gives you...

" the York mystique still smolders. .This Bohemian iconoclast has what it takes to validate her atavistic calling."
The Village Voice

" York dares to challenge the conventional roles for female jazz singers..."
New York Times Magazine

"Nora York, [is] the conceptualist Diva"
Nora York = mezzo soprano singer
Steve Tarshis = guitar
Dave Hofstra = bass,
Art Bailey = accordion
with special guests:
Andrew Schwartz bassoon
Kevin Burdette bass singer
"Kevin Burdette... his rich bass...firm and sonorous...stole the show." Opera news
"Mr. Burdette appears and charm the pants off us." -New York Times

425 Lafayette Street
NYNY 10012
reservations encouraged
Tickets available :
at The Public Theater box office
By phone at 212-967-7555 or
Click for tickets


"Ingenious ...radical.... extravagant talent... the Avant-garde diva...This daring vocalist and conceptualist is able to turn her ruminations into fascinating musical explorations. York is sure to take it to parts un-dreamed of."

The New Yorker



23. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, in The Sunday New York Times, Oct. 4

The Sunday New York Times Book Review, October 4, 2009, contains a color image from Masterpiece Comics, a new book by R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn.



24. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Oct. 15

The ACT UP Oral History Project will be presented in its entirety in an exhibit at the Carpenter Center for the Arts at Harvard University.

The exhibit will open on October 15th and run through December 23rd. The 102 interviews conducted by the ACT UP Oral History Project will be presented on 14 monitors continuously from 10:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman will speak at the opening.

For more information on the exhibit:

For more information on the ACT UP Oral History Project:

presented by

The programs below are presented in conjunction with ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993, an exhibition of over 70 politically charged posters, stickers, and other visual media that emerged during a pivotal moment of AIDS activism in New York City. The exhibition also features the premiere of the ACT UP Oral History Project, a suite of over 100 video interviews with surviving members of ACT UP New York.

Organized by the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the Harvard Art Museum.

ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993 is co-curated by Helen Molesworth, Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, and Claire Grace, Agnes Mongan Curatorial Intern, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum and a PhD candidate in Harvard University¹s History of Art and Architecture Department.

On view at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts October 15-December 23, 2009.

Exhibition info: www.harvardartmuseum.org/actup (Information about the related Fierce Pussy artist residency and site-specific installations can also be found here).

Press release: http://www.harvardartmuseum.org/dotAsset/24055.pdf

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 6:00- 9:00 PM Special Event: Exhibition Opening Lecture and Celebration ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993 Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA Free admission. Open to the public.

617-495-3251 (CCVA general phone)
Event info: www.harvardartmuseum.org/calendar/detail.dot?id=24398

6:00 PM, Carpenter Center Lecture:
Collective Action: Calling All Artists
Robert Vazquez Pacheco, artist and writer, member of Gran Fury Avram Finkelstein, artist and writer, member of Gran Fury and Silence=Death Project Sarah Schulman, Co-Director, ACT UP Oral History Project; novelist, historian, and playwright; professor of English, City University of New York Jim Hubbard, Co-Director, ACT UP Oral History Project; filmmaker 7:00 PM, Reception and Opening of the Exhibition:

Join Curators Helen Molesworth and Claire Grace as well as exhibitors Robert Vazquez Pacheco, Avram Finkelstein, Sarah Schulman, Jim Hubbard, and members of Fierce Pussy.



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