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Contents for January 13, 2010
1. Jeanine Oleson, FF Fund recipient 2009-10, at X-initiative, Manhattan, Jan. 14
2. Brooke O’Harra, FF Fund recipient 2009-10, at St. Mark’s Church, Manhattan, January 28-February 14
3. Elaine Tin Nyo, FF Fund recipient 2008-9, at Medicine Lake, MN, January 16 – February 7
4. Rob Andrews, Peter Dobill, FF Alumns, at Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, Jan. 23
5. Marisa Jahn, Jimbo Blachly, Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumns, at EFA Project Space, Manhattan, opening January 15
6. Ken Butler, Terry Dame, FF Alumns, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, Jan. 17
7. Lenora Champagne, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Jan. 22-23
8. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, in Padua, Italy
9. Steed Taylor, FF Alumn, in Playboy, Jan-Feb 2010, and more
10. Toni Dove, FF Alumn, at HERE Arts Center, Manhattan, Jan. 19-20
11. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, at X Initiative, Manhattan, Jan. 28
12. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in the Cape Cod Times
13. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, at Jack Shainman Gallery, Manhattan, Jan. 28
14. Beverly Naidus, FF Alumn, in York, UK, opening Jan. 29
15. Ann Messner, FF Alumn, at Revolution Books, Manhattan

1. Jeanine Oleson, FF Fund recipient 2009-10, at X-initiative, Manhattan, Jan. 14

Jeanine Oleson will be performing "What?" at X-initiative located at 548 W 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 on Thursday, January 14th at 7pm.

"What?" is a performance about language and communication based on ideas of the conflicts and confluence of nature and culture through singing, physical interaction and comedy. The performance is loosely based on archaic and informal languages, misunderstandings and inventing ways to communicate that are both pre- and post-language. With Juliana Snapper.

Jeanine Oleson's art practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of performance, film/video, installation, and photographic work, often collaboratively. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rutgers University. Oleson has exhibited at: Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; Diverseworks, Houston, TX; L.A.C.E., Los Angeles; Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Monya Rowe Gallery, NY; Samson Projects, Boston; John Connelly Presents, NY; Kansas City Museum of Art, MO; Pumphouse Gallery, London; and Art in General, NY. Her work has been recently published in Performa: New Visual Art Performance, DAP 2007, Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale, 2007, and LTTR V: Positively Nasty, 2006.



2. Brooke O’Harra, FF Fund recipient 2009-10, at St. Mark’s Church, Manhattan, January 28-February 14

The Ontological continues with its fifth year of the Incubator, the theater’s programming for emerging artists.

Ticketing info: General $17/Student $14?
Purchase in advance at ontological.com or by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101.
Cash only at the door.
Ontological Theater at St. Mark’s Church • 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave.)
L to First or Third Ave; R, W to Broadway/8th St.; 6 to Astor Place; N,Q, 4, 5 to Union Sq.

The Theater of a Two-Headed Calf
January 28—February 14, 2010
(Please note: original announcement stated closing as February 20th.)

By Susan Glaspell; Directed by Brooke O'Harra; Composed by Brendan Connelly; Scenic Design by Peter Ksander; Lighting Design by Justin Townsend; Costume Design by Lambent Flame Atelier
Performers: Mike Mikos, Caitlin McDonough-Thayer, Laryssa Husiak, Becca Blackwell, Daniel Manley.
Musicians: Yarn/Wire New Music Ensemble

The Theater of a Two-Headed Calf (previously noted for its intrepid adaptations of Chikamatsu, Shaw, and Witkiewicz, and its seasonal Live Lesbian Soap Opera Room For Cream) tackles the quiet but transgressive unfolding of Trifles, the 1916 one-act by Susan Glaspell set at the scene of a bizarre murder in the Midwest in 1900. Those accustomed to Two-headed Calf’s loud, explosive and physically rigorous performances are in for a surprise. With Trifles, director Brooke O’Harra and Composer Brendan Connelly team up with the new music ensemble Yarn/Wire to approach Glaspell’s text as part concert, part play, and part sculpture. Stylistically, the performers often hold the tension of the play in silence while tackling the action of "waiting."

The text encounters a moment in the real-life murder case that Glaspell covered extensively as a reporter in 1900, wherein a man was killed by his wife. Trifles is ultimately concerned with the changing female role in a society that was not wholly ready to accept women as autonomous beings who act for themselves. When first performed the play was a groundbreaking work that demanded recognition of a subtle, more sophisticated power that women wield but also conceal, even in the face of the Law. Director Brooke O’Harra argues this feminist play speaks through its truly radical form – as opposed to its narrative.

The Theater of a Two-Headed Calf was founded in 1999 by director Brooke O'Harra and composer Brendan Connelly. They have been a resident company at La MaMa, E.T.C. since 2001 where they created Tumor Brainiowicz, The Mother, Tom Thumb the Great, Major Barbara and the wildly popular Room for Cream, performed by the Two-Headed Calf's new appendage, The Dyke Division. In 2007, along with HERE Arts Center, they presented Drum of the Waves of Horikawa, which received an Obie Award for actress Heidi Schreck and an Obie grant for the company. They have also created work at PS122, The Perishable Theatre, Providence RI and the Soho Rep Studio Lab. Brooke, Brendan and company member Peter Ksander have all received the TCG/NEA Grant for Career Development.

Performed Thursdays—Sundays, January 28—February 14, 2010. 8p.m.

About the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator
Artistic Director Richard Foreman founded the Ontological-Hysteric Theater in 1968 with a mission to make high-quality, intellectually resonant work for a large and diverse audience. Foreman’s "total theater" unites elements of the performing arts, visual art, music composition, philosophy, psychoanalysis and literature to produce a unique result. Core programming consists of Foreman’s theater pieces with over 50 original shows created in the last 41 years.

Since taking up its home at the Ontological Theater at St. Mark’s in 1992, the OHT has also been nurturing a new generation of artists who share Foreman’s goals and passion for theater. In 2005, the OHT reorganized its programming for emerging artists under the name Incubator, which today includes festivals, work-in-progress programs, a concert series, and full productions, as well as artist roundtables and workshops.

The Incubator is led by managing and programming director Shannon Sindelar and curators Brendan Regimbal, Peter Ksander, Samara Naeymi and Travis Just. The Incubator also partners with the organization free103point9, which co-produces two festivals focusing on the genre of transmission arts and experimental sound every year.



3. Elaine Tin Nyo, FF Fund recipient 2008-9, at Medicine Lake, MN, January 16 – February 7

Elaine Tin Nyo will be presenting, Black Bania from January 16 to February 7, 2010, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm at Medicine Lake, just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota as part of the Art Shanty Projects.

Ms. Tin Nyo writes, "Black Bania is a smoking hot room on a frozen lake. A tipi will house a sauna room available for use by the public on a bring-your own-towel basis and provide additional space for restorative sauna related activity. We will explore the rich culture of communal sweat bathing referencing Finnish saunas, Russian banias, Roman baths and Turkish hammams, Korean zzimzilbangs, and Native American sweat lodges by providing a space for a series of intimate performances, intellectual exchange, and wholesome physical cleansing."

Elaine Tin Nyo is a conceptual artist born in Rangoon, Burma. She received a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. Her work has been presented at BlindSpot, Deitch Projects, Thread Waxing Space, The New Museum, Creative Time, Bronx Museum, Fargfabriken, Neueberger Museum, Leslie Tonkonow Projects, Art in General, Chez Bushwick, and The French Culinary Institute. Her areas of interest are social structures such as dinners, classrooms, and ballroom dance.



4. Rob Andrews, Peter Dobill, FF Alumns, at Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, Jan. 23

Hello All,

Please come to an invitation-only performance I'm presenting on Saturday, January 23rd, the first in a series of works that will occur over the next two years: Clean Humans. The series is a culmination of work that I have done over the last 10 years, and I hope you can join me at its beginning.

On January 23rd I clean Peter Dobill, Actionist.

The performance begins at 12 noon at my studio, the Gowanus Studio Space. Please arrive on time. The entrance is at:

166 7th street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

and I'll place a sign on the door, which will be open. A link to the area via google:

GSS Google Map

If it's possible to rsvp by reply to this email, please do so, but also feel free to just show up. For more information about Peter and the work that he does, visit his website.

Thank You,
Rob Andrews



5. Marisa Jahn, Jimbo Blachly, Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumns, at EFA Project Space, Manhattan, opening January 15

Curated by Marisa Jahn/REV-

EFA Project Space

A Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th St, 2nd Floor, New York NY 10018
Phone: 001 917-902-5396


Jan 15 - March 13, 2010

Opening Reception:
Fri, Jan 15, 2010, 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours:
Wed-Sat 10-6 pm

Performance-readings by Pablo Helguera & J. Blachly & Lytle Shaw: Wed Feb 10, 2010, 6:30-8

Artwork by: Tom Bogaert, Cui Fei, J. Blachly & Lytle Shaw, Pablo Helguera, Sarah Oppenheimer with Edward Stanley, Karina Skvirsky, Yuken Teruya, Saya Woolfalk with Rachel Lears

/Special screening of 'Bathing Babies in Three Cultures' (1951) by Margaret Mead & Gregory Bateson/

EFA Project Space announces 'Companion', an exhibition of artworks contextualized with the source that influenced their creation. Alluding to Roland Barthes' notion of affective contagion, (that desire, like thought, 'proceeds from others, from language, from books, from desire, from friends: no love is original' [1]), 'Companion' culls cultural projects that draw inspiration from history, culture, and science.

Pablo Helguera's 'What in the World' replicates a popular television show from the 1950's in which artifacts were presented to a team of archaeologists, artists, and aficionados to decipher. Adapting the show's theatrical conventions for a You Tube generation, Helguera departs from the objects to focus on the eccentric museum staff, positioning the institution itself as the subject of the ethnographic inquiry. For 'Companion', Helguera includes videos of the original television show and his remake.

Referring to Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's 1966 cinematic masterpiece entitled 'Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo)', Karina Skvirsky's Interiors/Exteriors (from Memories of Development Project) is a series of photographs of domestic settings in Guayaquil, Ecuador that depict a story about self-presentation and class distinction.

Tom Bogaert's installation centrally features a photograph he took while working as a human rights worker in Burundi, Africa. A picturesque photograph of an illuminated window taken from inside a dark room belies a story of horror: as the artist came to learn, the room was a former site where hundreds of Tutsi women and children were burned to their death in 1993. The window functions not only as an architectural division between death and those who lived but as a emblem of Bogaert's role as a mediator and witness.

Cui Fei presents an installation of thorns whose assemblage resembles the hash marks used to mark time. Presented as an installation, the hundreds of thorns reference the daily passage of time during the second Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945)-a painful memory rife with atrocity.

Several of the works included in 'Companion' involve direct collaborations with professionals outside of the art field. Saya Woolfalk's 'Ethnography of No Place' is an ongoing collaboration with anthropologist Rachel Lears conflates ritual with exuberant décor to produce drawings, photography, and video that playfully refer Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson's 'Bathing Babies in Three Cultures' (1951). A film screened throughout the duration of the exhibition, 'Bathing Babies' compares the interplay during bathing between mother and child in three different settings: a Sepik River community in New Guinea, an American home, and a mountain village in Bali. Both films by Woolfalk/Lears and Mead/Bateson draw attention to the aesthetics and politics of quotidian rituals. Sarah Oppenheimer, whose installations involve the extraction of familiar architectural elements in order to alter the perception of space, will collaborate with structural engineer Edward Stanley.

Yuken Teruya's 'Dawn (Maybach)' 2008 is a rosewood panel that artist outfitted for the Maybach luxury line of automobiles with buttons to lock/unlock the door, to raise/lower the window, adjust the side mirrors, and a button shaped like a butterfly whose function or consequence is not stated. For 'Companion', Teruya seeks the interpretations from others about his propositional design object. 'The Temporary Museum of Vaseline in Perth Amboy' is the latest iteration of J. Blachly and Lytle Shaw's ongoing research into the artist and poet's cast of fictional characters known as the 'Chadwick family.' While following up leads about missing Chadwick family relics in the New Jersey city, the duo instead stumbled upon the possibility of naturally occurring Vaseline springs in the region.

[1] Barthes, Roland. A Lover's Discourse. New York: Hill and Wang, 1979. 138


Tom Bogaert documented genocide and human rights abuses in Africa and Asia for fourteen years for Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Five years ago, he resigned to become an artist.

Jimbo Blachly was born in Orange, NJ in 1961 and moved to New York City in 1990. One-man shows of his work have been organized at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY (1999) and at Esso Gallery, NY (1997). His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Gallery Campo + Campo in Antwerp, Belgium (1999), at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1997), at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY (1995), and at the Drawing Center, NY (1993).

Born in Jinan, China, Cui Fei received her BFA from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now China Academy of Fine Arts) and received her MFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She has participated in over fifty gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide. Cui has been cited in publications such as Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Yorker Magazine. She has received awards such as the NYFA Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and was selected into the Artists-in-the-Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist whose work often adopts the format of the lecture, museum display strategies, musica l performances and written fiction. Helguera has exhibited or performed at venues such as MoMA, PS1, the Royal College of Art, London; 8th Havana Biennal, PERFORMA 05, Havana; Shedhalle, Zurich; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Brooklyn Museum;MALBA museum in Buenos Aires, Ex-Teresa Espacio Alternativo in Mexico City, The Bronx Museum, Artist Space, and Sculpture Center. His work has been reviewed in many art publications such as Art in America, Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, and the New York Times. He has received awards such as the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital Grant. He is the author of eight books including The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary ARt Style (2005) and Theatrum Anatomicum (And other Performance Lectures) (2009). He is currently the Director of Adult and Academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Rachel Lears is a filmmaker, musician, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MPhil in cultural anthropology and an MA in ethnomusicology from New York University, as well as a BA in music from Yale University, and she studied documentary video production at NYU's Program in Culture and Media. In 2005, she received a Fulbright grant for the production of the feature documentary Birds of Passage, about young songwriters in Uruguay; the film was finished in 2009 with support from the Film Institute of Uruguay (ICAU) and is currently in distribution internationally. In 2008 she received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for work on her PhD dissertation on the visual culture of popular music in Uruguay. She performs her original music with the band The Mystery Keys, and currently serves as Managing Editor of e-misférica, the trilingual multimedia journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in the Americas.

Margaret Mead (1901-1978) is a renowned anthropologist who popularized the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western Culture.
The 23 books she authored include Coming of Age in Samoa (1928), Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935), Male and Female (1949), and Culture and Commitment (1970). Mead was an energetic spokesperson regarding human rights and social issues including women's rights, child development and education. Mead served as president of major scientific associations, including the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a curator at the American Museum of Natural History for over 50 years, and she received

28 honorary doctorates. Her husband, Gregory Bateson (1904-1980), was an anthropologist, social scientist, linguist and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. Some of his most noted writings are to be found in his books, Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1973), and Mind and Nature (1980).

Sarah Oppenheimer received a B.A. from Brown University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1999. Her work has been exhibited at such venues as the Drawing Center, the Sculpture Center, the Queens Museum, Skulpturens Hus (Stockholm), the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Mattress Factory among others. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 2007, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art 2007, an NYFA fellowship (in the category of Architecture/Environmental Structures) 2006, and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship 2003. Ms. Oppenheimer joined the Yale faculty in

2003 and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking in 2005.

Lytle Shaw is a New York-based writer whose books include Low Level Bureaucratic Structures: A Novel (Shark, 1998), Cable Factory 20 (Atelos, 1999), The Lobe (Roof, 2002), and Frank O'Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (Iowa UP, 2006). Since 2004 Shaw has co-edited the Chadwick Family Papers with the artist Jimbo Blachly, whose work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and Europe, including shows at The New Museum, Franklin Furnace and Elizabeth Harris Gallery. Installations, informational displays, and public lectures related to the Chadwick Family have occurred at PS1/MoMA, Tate Modern, Wave Hill, PS122, Bartram's Garden/ICA Philadelphia, the Queens Museum and at Winkleman Gallery in New York, where Shaw and Blachly are represented. In 2008 Periscope Press published The Chadwick Family Papers: A Brief Public Glimpse.

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a photographer and video artist who has exhibited internationally and in New York at Momenta Art, Sara Meltzer Gallery, Jessica Murray Projects, The Center for Book Arts, Bronx Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, and others. She has received grants from NALAC, the Urban Arts Initiative, the Puffin Foundation and others. Skvirsky's work is in the collections of CBRE Development Corp., El Múseo del Barrio, the Samuel Dorsky Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art Library, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art Library, The Indiana University Art Library, Mills College Library, The School of the Art Institute Library, The New York Historical Society, NY, and more.

Edward Stanley has collaborated with architects and designers for more than twenty years. The collaborations often involve precise integration of a structural system into the overall design. Edward Stanley Engineers LLC was founded in 1996. Edward Stanley is a critic in the Yale University School of Architecture. He received a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University.

Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1973, Yuken Teruya received his MFA from the school of Visual Arts, New York in 2001. In 2007, he had a solo exhibition at The Asia Society in New York. His work was included in Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1 Contemporary art Center and was featured in the Yokohama International Triennial. Recent exhibitions include the Kunstwerein Wiesbaden in Germany; Free Fish at Asia Society in New York as well as various gallery exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Japan. In 2007, his work was featured in Shapes of Space, an exhibition at Guggenheim Museum New York. This fall, his work will be included in 'Okinawa' at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan.

Saya Woolfalk is a New York based artist whose work spans multiple media from sculpture, installation, and painting to performance and video. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Brown University, and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2006. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts; and Momenta Art in Williamsburg, NY. She received an Art Matters grant to Japan and a NYFA grant (2007), a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil (2005), and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant (2004), and was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and Sculpture Space. In 2008, Woolfalk was a resident artist at the Studio Museum in Harlem and was a recipient of a Franklin Furnace fellowship.

Curator's Bio Of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Jahn is an artist/writer/curator/activist whose work explores, constructs, and intervenes systems. In 2009, with Stephanie Rothenberg and Rachel McIntire, Jahn founded REV- (www.rev-it.org), a non-profit organization that fosters socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. From 2000-2009, Jahn co-directed 'Pond: art, activism, & ideas,' an organization dedicated to experimental public art. Her work has been presented in public spaces and venues such as the The MIT Museum; ICA Philadelphia; ISEA/Zero One; Eyebeam; MOCA North Miami; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, etc. Jahn received a MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has received awards and grants from UNESCO, Robert & Eileen Haas Foundation, CEC Artslink, Franklin Furnace, Canada Council, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and more. In 2009 Jahn is an artist-in-residence at MIT's Media Lab, the Headlands Center for the Arts, an artist participating in CEC Artslink/Global Art Lab's project in Tajikistan, and the inaugural curatorial fellow at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. She is the co-editor of the online journal Where We Are Now: Locating Art & Politics in NYC ( HYPERLINK 'www.wherewearenow.org'

www.wherewearenow.org) and two books-'Recipes for an Encounter' (Western Front, 2009) and 'Byproducts: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices'
(YYZ Books, 2010). www.marisajahn.com

A program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The EFA Project
Space acts as a public forum that expands beyond the activities in the studios and the workshop, and encourages a critical engagement with the world at large. The Project Space, a multi-disciplinary contemporary art venue, encourages creative expression and new interactions in the arts to generate an ongoing dialogue about the creative process. EFA Project Space is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Private funding for the Program has been received from The Carnegie Corporation Inc., The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and numerous individuals.

REV- /is a non-profit organization that furthers socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. REV- produces projects that fuse disciplines, foster diversity, and vary in form (workshops, publications, exhibitions, design objects, etc.). Engaged with different communities and groups, REV-'s projects involve collaborative production, resource-sharing, and a commitment to the process as political gesture.

The organization derives its name from both the colloquial expression 'to rev' a vehicle and the prefix 'rev-' which means to turn-as in, revolver, revolution, revolt, revere, irreverent, etc./

Support: The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Luke Lozier/ Bibliopolis, MIT Media Lab (Tangible Media Group



6. Ken Butler, Terry Dame, FF Alumns, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, Jan. 17

Friends! ....... hope to see you there ........ there will be some new material and improvisations .....

opening for Electric Junkyard Gamelan

Ken Butler’s
Voices of Anxious Objects
Sunday Jan. 17th 9pm

Zebulon 258 Wythe Ave.



7. Lenora Champagne, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Jan. 22-23


Wendy and Mary Jo find themselves adrift on an ice floe sometime in the near future when Priscilla, a polar bear, shows up. How will these three co-exist in a world of rapidly shrinking resources? Find out at Dixon Place, in a work-in-progress showing of Staying Afloat, by Lenora Champagne.

Staying Afloat, written and directed by Lenora Champagne

with Meg MacCary, Tricia Rodley, and Tina Shepard

At Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street, south of Rivington (F train to second avenue) (between Rivington and Delancey)

8 pm. January 22 and 23 (Friday and Saturday)

Tickets are $15 general admission / $12 students & seniors.
Box office opens half an hour before the show. 212.219.0736 for reservations.



8. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, in Padua, Italy

Fondazione Per L'arte Contemporanea,
as part of their Words/Billboard Project in conjunction with Tina B Prague Conemporary Art Festival,
is currently presenting two text-art billboards around the city of Padua, Italy, by Barbara Rosenthal:

a. "The Flaw of the Ideal is that it does not encounter Time or Touch"

b. "All History -- diplomacy, journalism, thought, art, culture, etc. -- serves only to influence behavior of single individuals at single moments."

Rosenthal is known for profound, introspective, existential thinking, and her mix of art and writing. Unlike many artists who use text, her texts are completely original.

"I have always worked in words and pictures. Sometimes these are separate: the words are literary, as in fiction or poetry or art criticism, or the journals I have kept since age 11; and the pictures are art, as in photographs or prints or objects, or, as in the past, paintings; but sometimes these are together, as in artist's books, some videos or what is now called 'text-based art.'

These two text-pieces are part of my series Provocation Cards, begun in 1988, which sometimes becomes Provocation Cards Wall Art, or, in this case, Provocation Cards Billboards. As is typical of my work in all media, it changes form, is used in many different ways, and keeps coming back for revision and re-issue over the years. This is why you see so many outlines and edges around the texts: these artworks show their 'whips and scorn of time': artifacts of their revision and then xeroxing and re-xeroxing are apparent.

What is important to me in text-art is the TEXT!!! I always manufacture things to be as cheap and as easily accessible as possible, but I hone the writing to be as clear a statement of my hard-thought philosophy as can be. I never want to be glib or merely clever. My throw-away lines get thrown away. And I never want to overproduce. I feel I must say this because, as a genre, this genre has seen way, way too many shallow thoughts, deep pockets."

c) Links:
Padua 7th December 2009 - 16th January 2010
Barbara Rosenthal on Wikipedia Online Reference Encyclopedia:
Artist's Website:



9. Steed Taylor, FF Alumn, in Playboy, Jan-Feb 2010, and more

Yes, I am in the current issue of Playboy...and I'm a little surprised as well. I am in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue in the article "The New Modern Art there have been street artists as long as there have been streets, traditionally they haven't had much choice, Playboy presents six artist, from Nara to Banksy, who take it outside" by Dave Hickey. As you'd expect with an article by Dave Hickey, interesting ideas are presented with idiosyncratic panache, and I'm honored to be a part of it.


I am in a unique and unusual show exploring issues of consciousness, neuroscience, and perception by examining the phosphene, the perception of light in the absence of light entering the eye.

"Seeing as Believing: Phosphene Visions" curated by Koan Jeff Baysa, M.D.
Axis Gallery
Sacramento, CA
12/5/2009 - 1/24/2010
Lecture "Sensory Curating"
by Koan Jeff Baysa, M.D.
California State University,Sacramento
Panel Discussion
Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento



10. Toni Dove, FF Alumn, at HERE Arts Center, Manhattan, Jan. 19-20

LUCID POSSESSION at HERE Arts Center Jan 19&20 8:30pm

Hi All - Just back from shows in Copenhagen and Munich. Still in progress but the plot thickens.
Hope you can come!

Click on URL to purchase tickets

For those of you sadly out of reach, please check www.lucidpossession.com really soon. Or access it through www.tonidove.com. A day or two - no - really.



11. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, at X Initiative, Manhattan, Jan. 28

Jan 28th, 7pm, PIG
Wu Ingrid Tsang, Zackary Drucker, Mariana Marroquin
X Initiative, NYC: 548 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011
Ecstatic Resistance: November 21, 2009 - February 6, 2010
please visit
for more information on both exhibitions and a full schedule of events

Ecstatic Resistance:



PIG description: Inspired by non-hierarchical forms of gathering, PIG uses tropes of consciousness-raising and group therapy to explore themes of language, collective-identity, and personal agency. Using appropriated dialogue from films significant to transgender history, PIG is an expression of how community persists despite an undertow of misrepresentation, as well as a resurrection and channeling of our sisters voice’s from the past. Exploiting society's construction of trans as a "monstrous biological joke," Zackary Drucker, Mariana Marroquin, and Wu Ingrid Tsang manifest a world in which satire, trauma, and kyky sexuality abound. Performed Live with Video directed by Rhys Ernst.

2009 / 18 min



12. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in the Cape Cod Times

Jay Critchley, FF Alum, 27th Re-Rooters Day Ceremony

The 27th annual Re-Rooters Day Ceremony, Heat Trapping Asses (sessA gnipparT taeH), was held on January 7 after the "12 Days of Stockpiling". A post-holiday ritual by artist Jay Critchley that purges the past year with song, chant and diatribes before the burning of a Christmas tree/boat in the harbor at sunset. Participants are encouraged to bring things to discard/burn on the tree. The IRS, the International Re-Rooters Society, was formed in 1983 to reconnect, re-root ourselves to the earth. Cape Cod Times video:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=1066441320



13. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, at Jack Shainman Gallery, Manhattan, Jan. 28

Michael Bramwell at Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street (@ 10th Ave) Chelsea, NYC

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Benefit Exhibition: 8 1/2" x 11" drawings, collages and mixed media works by artists from Williamsburg, Bucharest, Los Angeles, Berlin, Miami and Cluj...an international visual art commissioning project to benefit cancer patients.

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:30 - 9pm
Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street (@ 10th Ave)
Chelsea, NYC



14. Beverly Naidus, FF Alumn, in York, UK, opening Jan. 29

Crunchtime 2010: ARTISTS' RESPONSES TO GLOBAL ISSUES, York, UK opening JAN 29

Artists’ responses to global issues from
29th January – 6th February 2010.
Gallery space open 10.30am – 4.30pm daily
FIU project space 11am – 4pm daily
Other projects as per venue and site.

Marco BAGNOLI (Italy)
Grace NDIRITU (UK) Sean
HILLEN (Ireland) Conrad
(Egypt) Samba FALL (Senegal)
Vitantonio RUSSO (Italy)
Steingrimur EYFJORD + others
(Iceland) Laila SHAWA
(Palestine) Nicholas GALANIN
(Alaska) TAYLOR (UKy) and
WOOD (UK) Mario Bottinelli
and Loraine LEESON (UK) Rashad
(Cameroon) Patrick McGRATH
(Puerto Rico) Ruppe KOSELLECK
(Germany) Beverly NAIDUS (USA)
Stephen BAILEY (UKy), Waldo
BIEN (Netherlands) Wild PANSY
PRESS (UKy) Abdoulaye Armin
KANE (Senegal) Jake ATTREE
(UKy) Yan Wang PRESTON (UKy)
Mladen MILJANOVIC (Bosnia)
Jung-Hua LIU (UKy).

Using a variety of venues as galleries and the city’s sites and streets for projects, Crunchtime2010 aims to present a snapshot of artists’ responses to the issues of living in the early 21st century. Crunchtime Gallery 1 at New Schoolhouse Gallery, Peasholme Green, York (by Quilt Museum) + another gallery space to be announced shortly. Full details available mid January 2010 from Visityork at York Railway Station and St Leonard’s Place, York.

Tel: 01904 550099 www.visityork.org
Details and map also at www.crunchtime2010.org

7000 Oaks
Our artists in residence are planting an oak tree and placing a stone in York as part of 7000 Oaks initiated by Joseph Beuys. A tree planting ceremony will take place on Wednesday 3rd February at approximately 2pm, and this ecological art action will leave a permanent reminder of the event and their visit. Site: New Walk (by Skeldergate Bridge), York. Karl-Heinz Jeron An art and economics teach-in and happening, exploring how we make monetary decisions.

Saturday 30th January 2 – 4pm. Venue: New Schoolhouse Gallery.
Art and Engagement Seminar
With artists Waldo Bien (Netherlands), Rashad Salim (Iraq) and Patricia Azevedo (Brazil). Thursday 4th February 1 – 5pm. Guildhall, St Helens Square, York. All welcome.
Lucrezia De Domizio Durini
Our special guest, a student of Beuys thought and an international curator from Italy, will be giving a talk and convening a debate on global issues. Saturday 6th February 1–4pm. York Council Chamber, Guildhall, St Helens Square, York. Come early. Max 100.

Future Excavation
A project by artist Graham Martin with York Archaeological Trust. A metre pit will be filled with the detritus of a day and excavated one year later by archaeologists. Site: Hungate, York. A talk on site TBC, see website.

Patrick Healy Reading
Patrick Healy writer, lecturer, philosopher, artist and Professor at FIU Amsterdam will give a short reading on the banks of the River Ouse from ‘De Markies van water’ by writer Hilarius Hofstede. Saturday 6th February 10.30 – 11.30am.

New Walk by FIU tree and stone. Wild Pansy Press
Based at the University of Leeds, Wild Pansy Press have organised their own artists call to produce the Rainy Day Book which will be premiered at Crunchtime.

Leave Blank
Leave Blank is an installation and intervention around issues of immigration by artists Clare Charnley (UKy) and Patricia Azevedo (Brazil). The installation will be sited on the side windows of City Screen whilst an associated action will take place on Friday 5th February from 2 – 5pm at the site.

The web site is an important part of the project giving project information and artist’s details. Afterwards the activity will be fully catalogued on line.
Crunchtime2010 Film Evening
An evening of Crunchtime films in association with City Screen York. Artists videos by Armin Ardi, Guy Wouete,
Johann Arens and Mladen Miljanovic shown alongside the Italian movie classic ‘Bicycle Thieves’. Starts 6.15pm Tuesday 2nd February City Screen, Coney St, York.
Tel: 0871 704 2054.
Associate Exhibition at City Screen
The upstairs exhibition space will host an exhibition of photographs by Brighton based Australian photographer
Cath Farr from the 21st January – 7th February 2010.



15. Ann Messner, FF Alumn, at Revolution Books, Manhattan

who gets to speak?
an installation by Ann Messner

Revolution Books
146 W. 26th Street, New York
open daily from noon to 7pm

the installation can be viewed during the day in the evening it serves as a platform for speakers

here is a link to their website




Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller

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