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Contents for January 21, 2010
1. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

2. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Sculpture Key West, FL, opening Jan. 16
3. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at International House of Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 21, and more
4. Rachel Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Espace DbD, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 19-21
5. Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, at UC Santa Cruz, CA, Feb. 3
6. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at 25CPW, Manhattan, Jan. 19
7. Nina Yankowitz, FF Alumn, at National Academy Museum, Manhattan, opening February 16
8. Andrea Fraser, FF Alumn, at UC Irvine, CA, Jan. 21
9. Marthe Ramm Fortun, FF Alumn, at St. Mark’s Church, Manhattan, Jan. 30
10. Heather Cassils, Julie Tolentino, FF Alumns, at LACE, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 20
11. Dread Scott, Paul D. Miller, FF Alumns, at Bowery Poetry Club, thru Feb. 8
12. Julie Ault, FF Alumn, second printing of Alternative New York now available
13. Paul H-O, FF Alumn, at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Manhattan, Feb. 13
14. Thelma Mathias, FF Alumn, at New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, opening January 23
15. Marina Abramovic, FF Alumn, online Jan. 21-24
16. Pat Steir, FF Alumn, at RISD Museum, Providence, opening Feb. 19
17. Ida Applebroog, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 17
18. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, FF Alumn, in Texas, thru Dec. 31
19. Canyon Sam, FF Alumn, publishes new book, Sky Train, and more
20. Michael Smith, FF Alumn, at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, thru Feb. 20
21. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at Studio 303, Montreal, Quebec, Feb. 8-13, and more
22. Tommy D, FF Member, at Vox Pop Cafe, Brooklyn, Feb. 5
23. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, now online
24. LuLu LoLo, FF Member, at Metropolitan Playhouse, Manhattan, Jan 23-31
25. Colette, FF Alumn, at Destination Art Space, Manhattan, Feb. 9-Mar. 9
26. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO, opening Jan. 22
27. Iris Rose, FF Alumn, at Theater of the Grasshopper, Manhattan, Feb. 4-21
28. Willoughby Sharp, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan, Jan. 23
29. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Pieter space, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 23, and more
30. Vernita Ncognita, FF Alumn, at Viridian, Manhattan, Jan. 20
31. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at Sundance, Park City, UT, Jan 24-28
32. Ken Aptekar, FF Alumn, now online
33. Tom Murrin, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com
34. Carl Andre, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Vernita Nemec, David Platzker, Jean Toche, and Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at Specific Object, Manhattan, closing Jan. 29
35. Michelle Stuart, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Leslie Tonkonow, Manhattan, opening Jan. 30
36. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, thru Feb. 14

1. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

Boise State University professor Tom Trusky dies
Creative, dynamic, funny and mischievous, the longtime professor will be missed, his colleagues say.
BY DANA OLAND - doland@idahostatesman.com
Published: 12/03/09

Curator Tom Trusky talks about the James Castle IceHouse unto Early Attic: Books and Art show.

"I will never forget the first time I met him. I was taking a poetry class and the first thing he said was, 'If anyone wants to write about unicorns, they should consider another class. Unicorns aren't real and shouldn't be read about in poetry.'

"He also promoted my Graduate thesis, 'I'm Not Perfect Anyway.' The book combined my interviews and photography of women who had facial scars and how it affected them. Tom saw my vision and said 'go for it,' even though others thought the project was 'weird' and didn't fit the norm for a graduate thesis. Later, he secretly took my project to New York, where it appeared at an art gallery. I found out when he sent me a letter - typical Tom style. He will be missed." - Andrea Scott, former student

"Twice a year, for the last several years, I would get a call or a message from Tom Trusky. The greeting would begin with a title. Not one I had earned, but one Tom would graciously bestow upon my humble name: Chairman, President, or more often Doctor Hoppie. He would explain that he would be bringing his book arts class once again to my shop and would the dates mentioned be available? Tom would then speculate why I might not be able to accommodate his class, with excuses ranging from earthquakes, hurricanes or maybe a Democrat being elected president. His calls were always entertaining and I wish I had saved them. He was a gentleman and a scholar. I will miss him very much. - Kim Hoppie, KH Bookbinding

"I'm sure so many people have contacted you about Mr. Trusky. He was an amazing professor and pedagogue. I was a student of his in poetry and book arts. He helped me get into graduate school at BSU, published an article of mine, sat on my thesis committee. ... Oh, I can't believe how much he did for the community (and for me personally). It's unbelievable, really." - Karena Youtz, former student

He's been a friend and colleague of mine for 22 years, so I am still in shock from his sudden passing. He had a wonderfully creative mind, and it was such a pleasure to see the delight he found in his work. I never knew anyone who seemed to love his job as much as Tom. He loved teaching, he loved research, and his enthusiasm was infectious." - Alan Virta, head of special collections and associate professor, Albertsons Library, Boise State University.

With Tom Trusky, it was always something - writing and teaching poetry, inspiring students through his book arts class, starting a new program, researching overlooked subjects, pulling a prank, or writing arcane e-mails in meter - he was filled with energy and creativity almost constantly.

"A really bright star is gone from this university," said Richard Young, chairman of the Boise State art department. "He was a great raconteur, a curator, researcher and amazing writer. He had a major impact on the arts and culture at the university and the community."

Trusky, 65, died at his North End home of natural causes. The Ada County coroner's office confirmed his death Wednesday morning. Friends saw him at The Flicks on Saturday, but he did not show up for his Monday night class, which was a rare occurrence. His friends and colleagues are shocked at the news.

Trusky could be as difficult as he was generous. He had a great sense of humor and a penchant for sending poetic e-mails, said Michelle Payne, chairwoman of the Boise State English Department.

"They were funny, mostly sarcastic and filled with all kinds of allusions. It wasn't e-mail; it was art," Payne said.
Trusky started teaching at Boise State College in 1970. His accomplishments over the four decades since have helped change the course of the university and raise its national profile.
Trusky founded and edited cold-drill magazine, the university's award winning literary publication, from 1974 to 1995. He co-founded and co-edited Ahsahta Press, a small poetry press, from 1974 to 1996. Now headed by poet Janet Holmes, Ahsahta has recently gained national attention, publishing the work of nationally lauded poets. He was the director of The Idaho Film Collection and had recently stepped down as director of the Idaho Center for the Book. He also directed The Hemingway Western Studies Center.

Trusky did extensive research on Idaho artist James Castle and the forgotten silent screen star Nell Shipman, giving her previously lost films international exposure and reviving interest in her career.

One of his many lasting legacies was initiating the master's program in creative writing in 1998.
"Tom was the moving force behind that," said Bruce Ballenger, who teaches creative nonfiction and occupies the office next to Trusky's.
Mark Brown, who was a master's student at Boise State in 2003, now lives in Illinois, where he teaches at a small liberal arts college. He took Trusky's graduate level book arts class, which bridged the gap between visual and literary arts.

"Every class period was some new adventure with him," Brown said. "He was never done discovering."
Brown remembers learning an odd printing technique that used gelatin as a printing matrix. It had been used in Soviet Russia to print underground materials.
Stephanie Bacon, professor of graphic arts and the new head of the Center for the Book, considered Trusky a mentor and friend.
"He might not have called himself an artist, but he was an artist in everything he did," Bacon said. "He was always coming up with this stuff - such a lively intellect and enthusiasm."

Trusky chose Bacon to succeed him as head of the Center for the Book.
"I thought we would have more time," Bacon said. "He had more to teach me about how he did what he did. There will be some mysteries to discover."
Trusky never shied away from controversy or conflict, said his former student and friend Troy Passey.
"He could be polarizing. He had an acerbic wit and did not suffer fools," he said. "But behind the gruffness was a sentimental sweetheart. He made me laugh."

A scholarship has been established to honor Trusky. To donate to the Tom Trusky English Scholarship, please contact the Boise State University Foundation at 208.426.3276.

For questions regarding Idaho Center for the Book please contact Stephanie Bacon at sbacon@boisestate.edu or 208.426.4109

For all other inquiries please feel free to contact the English Department at english@boisestate.edu or 208.426.3426.


2. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Sculpture Key West, FL, opening Jan. 16

The 2010 Sculpture Key West (SKW) will run from Jan. 16 through April 16, 2010 at 3 sites around historic Key West, Florida. One piece from Magnusson's "Public Service Public Art Project" (http://publicservicepublicart.blogspot.com/) will be included in this year's invitational exhibition. For more information on SKW, visit their website at: http://www.sculpturekeywest.com/



3. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at International House of Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 21, and more

Barbara Hammer, FF alum, Curator, Screening, Panel The Medical Film Symposium, Jan. 2023, Philadelphia
Thursday, January 21

International House of Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
7:00pm: Film screening: Experimental Medical Films
Admission: $8 General admission, $6 students and seniors (Open to the general public)

Curated by Barbara Hammer. All filmmakers will be in attendance: Karen Aqua, Barbara Hammer, Emily Mode, Brina Thurston.


Saturday, January 23

The Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S. 22nd Street
9:00am to 5:00pm: Presentations and Papers
11 am - 12 pm

Barbara Hammer and Patti Doyen, "Complexities and Enigmas of Cinefluorography in the work of Dr. James Sibley Watson and Colleagues"

This presentation will explore through Watson et. al.'s text and images the discoveries and problems of the Rochester medical team that led to mechanical inventions that enabled views of the interior of the human body. The uses and abuses of the techniques will be highlighted as well as the artistic curiosities Watson pursued in spectacles that had no scientific purpose.



4. Rachel Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Espace DbD, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 19-21

Pioneering Interdisciplinary Artist Rachel Rosenthal Introduces Her
New Improvisational Theater Company TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble

With Monthly Performances in Los Angeles Premiering February 19-21,

Legendary interdisciplinary artist Rachel Rosenthal is set to introduce the world to her new improvisational theater group, TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble, with monthly performances starting the weekend of February 19, 2010. The name, loosely translated, means "collision or chaos" which Rosenthal describes as not what the Company does, but the process they go through to do what they do. Each monthly performance will span three nights during one weekend. All performances begin at 8:30pm. Tickets cost $20. Reservations are necessary to insure seats and can be made by calling 310-839-0661 or online via Brown Paper Tickets at www.rachelrosenthal.org. Espace DbD/The Rachel Rosenthal Company is located at 2847 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Street parking is available.

The Rachel Rosenthal Company TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble, the latest offering in the 83-year-old Rosenthal’s remarkable career, is inspired by Jean-Louis Barrault’s concept of "Total Theatre" and Antonin Artaud’s "Theatre of Cruelty." Echoing Barrault’s and Artaud’s revolutionary notions about theater, Rosenthal’s performance aesthetic integrates movement, voice, choreography, improvisation, costuming, lighting, and sets into seismic experiences. This genre of work, total free improvisation, is completely unique. Nobody knows in advance what will happen – not Rosenthal, not Company members, and certainly not the audience. This uncertainty makes the performances psychologically charged for all involved.

"Improvisational theater is the most difficult art form in the world. You can’t perfect your technique and there are no lines to rehearse," says Rosenthal, "Everything happens in the moment."



5. Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, at UC Santa Cruz, CA, Feb. 3

Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa will present a collection of videos, essays, performances, and an artist talk for the Issues and Artists Class. Issues and Artists is part of the UCSC Visiting Artist Program, taught by E.G. Crichton this quarter, and focuses on key issues in contemporary art, art theory, and curatorial practice through lectures, discussions and readings. The course will consist of a series of lectures designed to familiarize students with theories and practices surrounding current (and shifting) topics of interest in the larger art world. All visiting artist lectures listed below are free and open to the public. Parking on campus requires purchase of a guest parking pass at the Performing Arts lot.

Free and open to the public
Wednesday, February 3rd 7:00 - 8:45pm
UCSC / Media Theater
The Media Theater is located in the Theater Arts Center which is east of Heller Drive, and is best accessed from the West Entrance of the campus. At the Main Entrance, proceed west on Empire Grade, then turn right on Heller (the West Entrance). Go four stop signs and turn right on Meyer.

More info: http://artsites.ucsc.edu/visitingartist/VAP_Lecture_Series.html
Gigi's website: www.devilbunny.org



6. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, Jan. 25, and more

Press Contact: Earl Dax
earldax@mac.com / 646.468.7158

Penny Arcade: Bad Reputation
The Book Reading Redefined!

Erotic dancers! Music! Performances! Booze!
And Penny’s new coffee table book from MIT Press/Semiotext(e)!

with Special Guests including Debbie Harry,
Jennifer Belle, Bruce Benderson,John Giorno,Judith Malina,
Sarah Schulman,Kevin Aviance ,Dirty Martini ,Xavier,Jessica Rabbitt, Deity,Akynos,Freeze, Tigger! and More surprises!

(Le) Poisson Rouge (Bleeker and Sullivan Streets)
Monday January 25, 2010
7pm to 10pm
Tickets $15 advance/ $20 at the door
$30 includes admission and a copy of the book.


Internationally celebrated performance artist – and bona fide New York City cultural icon - Penny Arcade redefines the book party to celebrate the publication of her first book BAD REPUTATION by MIT Press / Semiotext(e). Experience a Penny Arcade-style atmospheric extravaganza gala featuring erotic dancers, and performances by friends and collaborators including Debbie Harry, Sarah Schulman, Dirty Martini, Jennifer Belle, Bruce Benderson and other special guests. At the center of it all the inimitable Penny Arcade herself and the erotic dancers that have been the signature element of her work for 20 years!

Fittingly, the celebration takes place at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the site of the old Village Gate Theater where Arcade ran "Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore!" for a year in the early 1990's. (To this day, if you look up at the corner of Bleeker and Thompson Streets, you'll see the landmarked sign for The Village Gate proclaiming "Penny Arcade: Sex, Politics, Reality!") The evening will include readings from the scripts featured in the new book, personal reflections on Arcade and her work and surprise performances – all in the signature erotic, life affirming atmosphere that has made Arcade a performance artist of international stature.

Books will be available for purchase and Arcade will sign them throughout the evening. Visit www.pennyarcade.tv for more information.

About Penny Arcade

A runaway at thirteen, a reform-school graduate at sixteen, a performer in the legendary New York City Playhouse of the Ridiculous at seventeen, and an escapee from Andy Warhol's Factory scene at nineteen, Penny Arcade (born Susana Ventura) emerged in the 1980s as a primal force on the New York art scene and an originator of what came to be called performance art. Arcade's brand of high camp and street-smart, punk-rock cabaret showmanship has been winning over international audiences ever since. "Bad Reputation" is the first book by and on Penny Arcade. The complete scripts from "La Miseria," "Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore!" and "Bad Reputation" are accompanied by a new interview with Penny Arcade by Chris Kraus, a range of archival photographs of the East Village scene and Arcade's performances, an introduction by playwright Ken Bernard, and contributions by Sarah Schulman, Steve Zehentner, and Professor Stephen Bottoms.


From Here to the Corner Reading with Penny Arcade,
Gerry Albarelli, and Boris Tsessarsky, January 19, 2010

The next From Here to the Corner reading will be January 19th, 7:30pm at 25CPW, an artist-run storefront gallery at 25 Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Three featured readers, Penny Arcade, Gerry Albarelli, and Boris Tsessarsky, will explore writing and oral history, focusing on hidden and vanishing histories of New York City. Penny Arcade will also read from her new book, Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews, released October 2009 by Semiotext(e) as part of the Native Agents series.

Penny Arcade (Susana Ventura) is a cultural icon of the New York Underground. She is an international performance artist and a writer of essays, poetry, and theater.

Gerry Albarelli is the author of Teacha! Stories from a Yeshiva, which chronicles his experience as a non-Jew teaching English as a second language to Yiddish-speaking Hasidic boys at a yeshiva in Brooklyn. He has published stories, poems and essays in numerous anthologies and reviews, including The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories, Italian Americana, The Breast, and Fairleigh Dickinson Review. He is on the faculties of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He's worked for many years for the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, where he has initiated numerous documentary projects. He will be reading from his collection of stories, Mary, Queen of Immigrants, which will be published in 2010.

Boris Tsessarsky is currently working on a coming-of-age novel and a collection of linked short stories about the lives of different New Yorkers. He has also conducted several oral history interviews for a project about the Lower East Side during the time of the Tompkins Square riots. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, and he teaches composition at Bloomfield College. Boris is a native New Yorker.

25CPW is a storefront that has been vacant for the past two years. Early this fall a group of ten artists moved into the 3,000 square foot space viewing it as an opportunity to share their ideas and work with a broad audience. The space is called 25CPW. Its members seek to create a common platform for artists, curators, writers, educators, and the general public to engage with contemporary art. 25CPW will maintain a calendar of diverse events featuring lectures, discussions, film screenings, poetry readings, performances, workshops and exhibitions.



7. Nina Yankowitz, FF Alumn, at National Academy Museum, Manhattan, opening February 16

I hope you will see my installation.
Sending best regards,
Nina Yankowitz

Buried Treasures/Secrets In The Sciences
Included in the Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary
The National Academy Museum
Fifth Ave @ 89 Street, New York City
Feb 16 - June 8,
Opening reception Tuesday Feb.16,

It is a science laboratory tableau that tells stories about women in the sciences not recognized for their contributions at the time of their discoveries. Text projections float on a fictive liquid mercury bed, spilling from the mouth of a large chemical-like glass tube as algorithmic shapes continually transform on the wall.



8. Andrea Fraser, FF Alumn, at UC Irvine, CA, Jan. 21

UC Irvine UAG / Room Gallery and the Department of Studio Art Present

Jan 21, 2010 6 pm UCI Studio Art Bldg. room 160

The UAG / Room Gallery and the Department of Studio Art at UC Irvine anounces its Winter Critical Aesthetics lecture series. This quarter there will be lectures by; Andrea Fraser, Liz Kotz, Mark Hosler, Joe Sola, Constanze Ruhm, and Kerry Tribe. Please see schedule for times and locations of the lectures. Schedule

Andrea Fraser is an artist whose work has been identified with performance, context art, and institutional critique. The Kunstverein in Hamburg produced a 20-year retrospective of her work in 2003. She teaches at UCLA and the Whitney Independent Study Program.



9. Marthe Ramm Fortun, FF Alumn, at St. Mark’s Church, Manhattan, Jan. 30

Marthe Ramm Fortun is participating in a performance based on poet and artist Mina Loys (1883-1966) unpublished play, Crystal Panthomime.
The text will be read in its entirety by Juliet Jacobson, Kari Razdow and Mary Speaker and whilst artists Vanessa Albury, Crystal Curtis and Marthe Ramm Fortun present visual, sculptural and performative response works.

The one night only happening is presented at the Poetry Project, St.
Marks Church on January 30th, 10 PM
The project is generously supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York.

For more info, please go to the link below:



10. Heather Cassils, Julie Tolentino, FF Alumns, at LACE, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 20

Dear All,

Please come check out this evening and see my new work at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. I will be performing a new durational performance inspired by the character of Tiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes famous for being transformed into a woman. This prophetic power is linked in mythology to his gender crossing – and was distrusted by people.

There will be ice and light.

Hope all is well.
Very Best,
Heather Cassils

Los Angeles, CA
Combining live performances, texts and objects which all speak about, from and to the body, Gutted with guest curator Dino Dinco brings together a legitimate group of creative talent and illustrates numerous forms in which the body has influenced and been addressed by artists over the past thirty years. By looking at the changes and influences performance artists have had over the years, interpreted ideas and issues of our surroundings become evident. Many of the –isms, domesticity and labor, AIDS, race, social activism, war, queerness, straightness, bodybuilding and body destruction, identities, counteracting sexualities, fantasies and grotesquerie all reveal cycles and issues in our society. Although performances such as these continue to be a powerful tactic to celebrate and ponder these issues, there is no conclusion nor answers to these questions.Artists participating in Gutted include Alice Cunt, Heather Cassils, Taiha Ciara Paggett, Marcus Civin, Xuanito Carlos Espinoza Cuellar, Dorian Wood, Ryan Heffington, Rafael Esparza and Gronk, Julie Tolentitino, Raquel Gutierrez and more. The celebration starts from 7 P.M. and ends at 11 P.M. and all proceeds from the event will go directly to LACE programs. Let’s support and celebrate!



11. Dread Scott, Paul D. Miller, FF Alumns, at Bowery Poetry Club, thru Feb. 8

You Lie! (Dread Scott & Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky)
January 11, 2010 - February 8, 2010
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (Bowery near Houston), NYC
In the show I'm exhibiting a new multifaceted project, Poll Dance. The exhibit is part of a series of shows on the intersection of math and art and my project explores public opinion polls, surveys and charts and how they can be used to lie. If you want a preview of the work or are not in town, here is a 2 minute video of me walking you through the show. There are more images and details on my site as well.



12. Julie Ault, FF Alumn, second printing of Alternative New York now available

Alternative New York has been reprinted – information is available here:




13. Paul H-O, FF Alumn, at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Manhattan, Feb. 13

GalleryBeat Media LIVE TALK SHOW with Fred Kaplan, author of 1959, The Year Everything Changed

"a not-insignificant force…Inspiring both love and trepidation…" Carol Kino (NYTimes)

Paul H-O, Co-Director of the Film Guest of Cindy Sherman,
Revives Radical 90’s Cable Show as a Web Presence, GalleryBeat.net

Join Paul, Dr. Lisa, GB Crew with Fred Kaplan, Charmaine Wheatley, Fred Tomaselli, Dona McAdams, Brad Kessler, Kirsten Nelson, and Dave Hill LIVE at their inaugural talk show,
COOKING WITH GALLERYBEAT at the Frederieke Taylor Gallery,
NYC, Sat., Feb. 13th, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Paul H-O says, "I’m putting together a rather informal (quite) Cooking with GalleryBeat talk show that has me as the nightmare host, a cross between Joe Franklin and Joan Rivers. Ok, Jon Stewart is the gold standard and I want it to be good so I’m asking good people to be my guests. Along with my co-host, Dr. Lisa, we have: Slate.com's Fred Kaplan, author of 1959, The Year Everything Changed, Canadian artist Charmaine Wheatley (The Canadian contingent), old friend artist Fred Tomaselli (represented by White Cube U.K, James Cohan NYC), writer and photographer / man and wife team, Dona McAdams and Brad Kessler, goat farmers and stars of Guest of Cindy, conceptual comedian, Dave Hill - and current FrederiekeTaylor artist, Kirsten Nelson. Combining a mixed roster of creative personalities and stuffing them into an art gallery makes the subject of art unavoidable."

GalleryBeat began life as Paul H-O and Walter Robinson, and Cathy Lebowitz, host a cable show chronicling the underbelly of the art world in the 90’s. Now it’s revived online by popular demand, due the recent release of the critically acclaimed film, Guest of Cindy Sherman, co-directed by Paul H-O. Largely composed of GalleryBeat footage, his film offers an insider’s view of the art world framed by Paul’s relationship with Cindy Sherman. "It was a surprisingly valuable archive," gallerist Ronald Feldman said to The New York Times, "because [Paul] asked the right sorts of questions and people were taken off guard."

Currently online at www.gallerybeat.net, see the original trademark, irreverent, and oftentimes, confrontational classic footage with artists such as Tracey Emin, Julian Schnabel, Beth B., '93 Whitney Biennial, as well updated coverage with art world notables such as New Yorker Magazine art critic Peter Schjeldahl, Irving Sandler, and Chuck Close. BTW- New GB is still raucous.

In celebration of its reinvention and return to the scene, GalleryBeat.net is hosting a live talk show:
DATE: Saturday, February 13th
TIME: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Frederieke Taylor Gallery, 532 West 22nd St., 6th Floor, NY, NY 10011

Links to Paul and Guests:

GalleryBeat: http://www.gallerybeat.net,
Kirsten Nelson: http://www.frederieketaylorgallery.com/artists.html
Frederieke Taylor Gallery: http://www.frederieketaylorgallery.com/
Paul H-O: http://tinyurl.com/yjny62o
Fred Kaplan: http://www.fredkaplan.info/
Fred Tomaselli: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Tomaselli
Dave Hill: http://davehillonline.com
Dona McAdams: http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/reviews/pho/ho4-25-07.asp
Brad Kessler: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Kessler
Dr. Lisa Levy: http://www.lisalevyindustries.com
Charmaine Wheatley: http://www.charmainewheatley.com/
Paul Hasegawa-Overacker
GalleryBeat Media
10 Rutgers Street, #6A
New York, NY 10002
646 429-0888



14. Thelma Mathias, FF Alumn, at New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, opening January 23

Subversive Stitching, curated by Judy Chicago, artist & Laura Addison, Curator of Contemporary Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, exhibited at Through the Flower Foundation Gallery in Belen, New Mexico and the Hotel Belen Gallery in Belen- opening Sat. Jan. 23, 2010. Thelma Mathias is exhibiting 3 of her series of embroidered dishtowels, in this show of 15 "Feminist Artists Using a Needle," that focus on gender issues.




15. Marina Abramovic, FF Alumn, online Jan. 21-24

Hi all,

if you happen to be in England next weekend there is a good reason to come to Plymouth. Marina Abramovic, FF Alumn, is curating a performance event called "The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow" for which we are performing old and new works live at the Slaughterhouse and in Second Life, for 4 days in a raw.

Last time we performed in Second Life too many people showed up
(thanks!) and many could not attend the performances (sorry!) so this time we'll try to resist each day as long as we can, luckily for 4 hours, most probably 'till we throw up on the keyboards. As always if you join us in Second Life you can participate (click the link below), if you come to Plymouth you can just watch.

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG I know that it's all a state of mind Live in Plymouth http://www.plymouthartscentre.org/art.html

and in Second Life

Thursday Jan. 21, 6:30pm (UK time); 10:30am (Second Life time) Friday Jan. 22, 5pm (UK time); 9am (Second Life time) Saturday Jan. 23, 5pm (UK time); 9am (Second Life time) Sunday Jan. 24, 2pm (UK time); 6am (Second Life time)

See you there!

Eva and Franco Mattes

btw, a tiny funny book on our work is now in bookstores:



16. Pat Steir, FF Alumn, at RISD Museum, Providence, opening Feb. 19

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Museum of Art, RISD presents Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line
February 19 - July 3, 2010

A major figure in American art since the 1970s, Pat Steir has created some of the most ambitious and challenging drawings of the late 20th century. Organized by RISD curator Jan Howard and independent curator Susan Harris, Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line presents 40 years of Steir's work in a survey that focuses on her exploration of the vocabulary of drawing.

Presented in 6,000 square feet of gallery space, Steir's drawings on paper—which vary dramatically in scale—are shown in relationship to her paintings and prints. The exhibition includes a recreation of her large wall drawing Self-Portrait: An Installation. (first created for the New Museum in New York in 1987), which she will install on site with assistants beginning February 2. Other works in the show include her minimal and intimate word/image drawings (1971–74); richly delineated serial investigations of line (1975–76); heroically scaled wave drawings (1983–86); four interrelated series of stunning waterfall drawings (1991); and a new and dramatic series featuring broad, dark gestural marks that sometimes serve as a backdrop for delicate pastel grids (2007–08).

2:30 pm, Sunday, February 28, Conversation with Pat Steir and Kathan Brown: Brown is the founding director of San Francisco's Crown Point Press, where Steir has been making prints since 1977. Curator Jan Howard moderates, with an emphasis on the role of drawing in Steir's prints.

6:30 pm, Thursday, March 11: Conversation with Pat Steir and Julie Mehretu (RISD MFA 1997): Curator Susan Harris moderates this conversation, in which each artist discusses the central role of drawing in their work, with a focus on issues specific to women artists of their respective generations.

2:30 pm, Sunday, April 25, Poetry reading with Anne Waldman: Described in the New York Times as "the fastest, wisest woman to run with the wolves in some time," Waldman is a poet, professor, performer, and cultural activist, and with Allen Ginsberg co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in 1974.

1 to 4 pm, Saturday, April 24, The Big Draw: A day of drawing activities based on several themes in Steir's work. This free event is geared to all ages and levels of ability.

Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line, co-authored by Susan Harris and Jan Howard.

Support for Drawing Out of Line has been provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, Paula and Leonard Granoff, Locks Family Foundation, John Cheim (RISD BFA 1977), Howard Read (RISD BFA 1976), and an anonymous donor.

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
224 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
401 454-6500
Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm



17. Ida Applebroog, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 17

The New York Times
January 17, 2010
Keepsakes, Domestic and Dark
"SEE, you too can do this," the artist Ida Applebroog said, showing a recent visitor to her SoHo studio a box of Crayola Model Magic, the kind of clay that children use, and then opening a glass cabinet filled with what she had made from it: small, doughy white figures that at first glance seemed like grade-school leftovers but upon closer inspection took on the complexity and creepiness of Giacometti by way of Wes Craven.

Much of the unsettling work that has made Ms. Applebroog a revered, quietly influential figure in the art world over the last three decades has looked this way: deceptively simple, like the trademark cartoonish storyboards she began making in the 1970s; funny in a way that skews toward weird without losing the ha-ha; and ominous, carrying the brutal honesty of one of her early influences, Samuel Beckett, into the nooks and crannies of domestic life. "As others take in vagrant cats," the critic Max Kozloff once wrote, "Ida Applebroog’s pictures keep home for family alarms and little butcheries."

In other words, even if you could do it too, as Ms. Applebroog suggests (and you can’t), you probably wouldn’t want to.
As she gets older — she turns 81 this year — her work has become only more uncompromising. And so it seems to delight her no end that much of an installation that she will present in her inaugural exhibition at the new Upper East Side outpost of the gallery Hauser & Wirth on Tuesday cannot be reproduced legibly in a family newspaper, and, in fact, takes a little delicacy even to describe in such a newspaper. That the images forming the installation are now four decades old makes all this even better, in her estimation.

In 1969 Ms. Applebroog, then known by her married name, Ida Horowitz, was a mother of four, a native New Yorker living unhappily in San Diego, where her husband had moved the family to accept an academic position. Ms. Applebroog had been struggling to make a name for herself as an artist and struggling with depression. Her only sanctuary in her chaotic household came at night, when she shut herself in the bathroom and climbed into the tub.

Over a period of several weeks just before her 40th birthday, she took a sketch pad into the bathroom with her too and perched in front of a full-length mirror, making obsessive self-portraits, more than 150 in all, but portraits focused exclusively on her naked crotch. The drawings — like a long series of practice sketches for Courbet’s "Origin of the World," except in this instance made by the owner of the crotch — were done in India ink with a crow-quill pen, each one an elegant variation, depending on her mood or the state of her body. (When asked recently what was going through her mind as she was making these drawings, she just flashed a defiant smile and wagged a finger at her questioner.)

The drawings were never meant to be shown, and Ms. Applebroog, who moved back to New York in 1974, had long assumed that they were lost. But early last year, at the urging of her friend Barry Rosen, an art adviser, she began trying to unearth some of her older work. Rummaging around in the basement of the building where she lives and works near Broome Street, she and her assistants opened a box. And inside, along with jars of San Diego beach sand and air that her children had saved, was a blue 69-cent Strathmore Alexis drawing pad full of her bathroom sketches.

Some of the pages were water-stained, "but they were beautiful," said Ms. Applebroog, a small, intensely friendly woman with close-cropped gray hair and little round Freudian glasses. "With all the umber and the staining that happened as a result, they look like something out of the Renaissance."

The sketches, later scanned into a computer, manipulated and enlarged on Japanese gampi paper, have been transformed by Ms. Applebroog for the show into translucent, skinlike panels that will function not just as drawings but also as architecture, forming the walls of a small house built inside the gallery.

Viewers will be unable to enter the house. As with Marcel Duchamp’s "Étant Donnés," however, they can walk up to it and, making themselves active voyeurs, peer inside through gaps between the drawings to see more drawings — and an amorphous portrait of a figure that Ms. Applebroog calls Monalisa, based on one of her ungainly clay figurines. The front of the house will be adorned with another portrait derived from the figurines, this one of a nightmarish-looking male character she invented whom she calls Brian.

"I think of him as a kind of a Mafia figure," she explained.
The whole installation, titled "Monalisa," conveys, in imposing and distilled form, the kind of just-completed or about-to-happen menace that hovers over much of Ms. Applebroog’s work. In one of her late 1970s cartoonlike works, which she called stagings, a simple scene is repeated over and over of a man beginning to take off his coat, standing over a woman lying on a bed. The words at the bottom of the scene (whether they are spoken by the man or the woman is unclear) are "I threw it away" and then "Sure I’m sure."

In later works, which are sometimes based on news articles or photographs cut out of newspapers or magazines, the specter of violence or horror is more explicit: a red-hooded Klan figure, a woman gingerly holding a gun, a man swinging an ax like a golf club, a violinist playing while wearing a gas mask (based on accounts of Isaac Stern wearing one at a rehearsal in Israel during the gulf war).

In an essay accompanying the new exhibition, Julia Bryan-Wilson, an art historian at the University of California, Irvine, whose first profound art experience came when she was a teenager and saw an Applebroog exhibition in Houston, writes that "in the ‘Monalisa’ project, as in Applebroog’s past work, the home is not a stable location but an unfixed nexus of sexist violence, perversion and thwarted safety, as well as tenderness, secret stolen moments, bodily pleasure and honest labor."

Sitting recently in her studio while her assistants, Robert MacDonald, Emily Poole and Andrew Coppola, prepared the frame of the small house and its translucent anatomical shingles to be trucked uptown to the gallery, Ms. Applebroog said: "I don’t see my work as particularly tough. But we live in a world that’s tough, and this is what happens. It just comes out of my head, and it’s here."

For many years her world was quite tough itself. She was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in the South Bronx, the daughter of a furrier, whom she says "all of us were always afraid of." Against his wishes she pursued an education and studied graphic design, using her training to get a job at an advertising agency, where she was the only woman in the creative bullpen.

"It was horrible," she said, describing routine ridicule and aggressive sexual harassment. "I dreaded even getting up out of bed every morning. I didn’t last a year."
When she and her husband, Gideon Horowitz, who had been high school sweethearts, moved to Chicago so he could earn his doctorate, she attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, to which she earned a fellowship. But she was so desperate to earn a college degree that she enrolled in a television correspondence school.

"I was so unknowledgeable," she added. "You have no idea."
She commandeered the family’s Chicago basement as her studio, making jewelry that her husband and children would sell at art fairs. ("I never went," she said. "For many years I just wasn’t capable of being in the world.") In San Diego she found a space in a former Chinese market and began to show her work for the first time.

But even upon her return to New York her lack of confidence was so acute that she quietly destroyed much of her early work (it was soft sculpture that she felt looked too much like that of Eva Hesse) and participated in the art world only at a great remove, making her first booklets of the serial storyboards and mailing them out to art-world people, most of whom she had never met. "I still have a big file of the correspondence I got back," she said, laughing impishly. "Some people loved it, and some people wrote back: ‘Don’t you ever put that poison in my mailbox again.’ "

But she began to find her voice, partly in the feminist movement, joining the influential art and publishing collective Heresies and slowly reinvented herself, changing her name to Applebroog, a fairy-tale-like coinage based on her maiden name, Applebaum. (She and her husband, who is retired and sometimes lends a hand in the studio’s finances, remain married. "I’m not going to tell you about all of our ups and downs," she said. "But we’re still together.")

Decades later, with honors like a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant to her credit, a group of collectors (including a celebrity or two, like the U2 bassist Adam Clayton) devoted to her work and the courage to delve deeply into her past for the first time, there is little Ms. Applebroog has to prove, to herself or others.

At one point she handed a visitor a stack of old hardback notebooks that she began after moving back to New York, pages in which she first created the strange disembodied voices that she later mined for her work.

Scrawled in one, as if Ms. Applebroog was trying to convince herself that she would become the artist she has become, were lines that now seem comically prophetic:
"Oh what a teacher I’ll make."
"I’ll be better than Moses."
"I’ll teach them everything."
"They’ll know."



18. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, FF Alumn, in Texas, thru Dec. 31

Felix Gonzalez-Torres' Billboard Works in the US
January 11 - December 31, 2010

20 locations throughout Texas

Artpace Presents First-Ever Comprehensive Survey of Felix Gonzalez-Torres' Billboard Works in the US

Artpace San Antonio mounts an ambitious state-wide exhibition of 13 seminal billboards created by Cuban-born American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996) between 1989 and 1995. The billboards will appear in locations throughout the Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio areas, rotating within those cities every four weeks. Developed with special permission from the Felix Gonzales-Torres Foundation, this presentation is the first-ever comprehensive survey of Gonzalez-Torres' billboard works—honoring his participation as a fellow in Artpace's inaugural International Artist-in-Residence Program and marking the 15th anniversary of Artpace.

Artpace has secured more than 20 locations throughout Texas where the images—a hand extended, a bird in flight—will, as curator Robert Storr wrote in Artpace's initial catalogue New Works for a New Space (1995), "quietly make one wonder at the nuanced flux of time, contingent freedom, intimacy, and loss…" Situated deliberately in the public's path, these artworks gracefully interrupt our daily routines with poignant reflections on life, love and humanity. The transcendent quality of Gonzalez-Torres' work will be magnified in the Texas landscape—propelling Artpace's mission into the community. Organized by Executive Director Matthew Drutt, the project is made possible with in-kind support from Clear Channel Outdoor and major funding provided by the Linda Pace Foundation, commemorating founder Linda Pace's extraordinary gesture to encourage public access to contemporary art in Texas—in this instance, the work of one of the most influential artists of a generation.


Exhibition Dates
Jan. 11–Dec. 31, 2010

Private Tours
Limited tours may be available by appointment only. To schedule a group tour, contact Matt Johns at mjohns@artpace.org or call 210.212.4900 x314.

Artpace San Antonio serves as a laboratory for the creation and advancement of international contemporary art. Artpace believes that art is a dynamic social force that inspires individuals and defines cultures. Our residencies, exhibitions, and education programs nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences.

Artpace is located downtown at 445 North Main Avenue, between Savings and Martin streets, San Antonio, Texas. Free parking is available at 513 North Flores Street. Artpace is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free.



19. Canyon Sam, FF Alumn, publishes new book, Sky Train, and more

Sky Train: Tibetan Women On the Edge of History

In February and March I’ll be on tour doing book readings in L.A, Washington DC, New York and Boston (plus a couple Bay Area readings); I’m excited to be doing readings of my much-praised new book about Tibet and Tibetan women. ("Remarkable...visceral and deeply felt...deserves a read from everyone who cares about human rights and untold stories of women." Publisher's Weekly, starred review). Also I will be on the Diane Rehm show on national/international NPR (station WAMU, Washington) February 23 at 11 am, east coast time. Show will be live and allow listeners to call in.

For details and addresses of reading venues, see www.canyonsam.com. (More engagements may be added).

L. A.
Feb 11 Hollywood, Book Soup Bookstore, 7pm
Feb 13 LA. Zen Center of L.A., 6pm-7:30
Feb 14 Pasadena, Pacific Asian Museum, 2pm

NY, Wash D.C., Boston
Feb 23 Wash D.C. - Int’l Campaign for Tibet
@ Poets and Busboys Books on 14th, 6:30 pm
Feb 28 New York - Rubin Museum, 4pm
March 3 New York - Tibet House, New York, 7pm
March 4 Amherst, MA, Hampshire College, 7pm
March 5 Cambridge, MA Salon at private home in
Cambridgeport (A writer and Buddhist friend)
Call 617) 491-8232 for address

Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"She uncovers a much more intimate Tibet that survives stubbornly in a tattered land."
"Notable New Book" San Francisco Chronicle



20. Michael Smith, FF Alumn, at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, thru Feb. 20

Michael Smith
Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Rozengracht 207 A
1016 LZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31(0) 20 530 4994
Fax: +31(0) 20 530 4990
Contact: Ellen de Bruijne


Exhibition: 16 Jan – 20 Feb 2010

Gallery Hours: Tu – Fri. 11-18 h/ Sat 13-18 h/ 1st Sun of the month 14-17 h.

Michael Smith (Chicago, 1951) has an impressive exhibition and performance history that began in the mid 1970s. He attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1970 and 1973 and graduated from Colorado College in 1973 with a degree in painting. Soon after graduation he became intrigued by Vito Acconci's performance art, William Wegman's videos and the theater of Richard Foreman. Smith is best known for his performances, installations, drawings and videos, but his artistic career also includes puppet shows, commercial and cable television skits, stand up comedy and comic publications. Intertwining the worlds of art, American entertainment and the everyday, Smith uses humor to articulate and emphasize the banality and hype of mass consumer culture. Taking visual elements from American television formats such as music videos, commercial advertisements, sitcoms and game shows, Smith's videos and performances take place in a slowed down world, once-removed from reality, which in turn, accentuates his deliberate slow timing and exaggerated mannerisms. Over the years he has focused on two alter-egos, the most emblematic one being the modern day everyman, Mike. Smith uses the deceptive innocence of this persona to comment on the impact of media and rapidly changing technology on everyday life, and the isolation of those whose lives are shaped by it.

Ellen de Bruijne Projects will exhibit an overview of various video's, photographs, audio files, drawings, and never before seen work spanning a period of more than 30 years. At the opening on 16 January Michael Smith will give a live performance to introduce his exhibition. The video's that will be shown include Down in the Rec Room, 1979-81; Secret Horror (in collaboration with Mark Fischer), 1980; Mike Builds a Shelter (in collaboration with Mark Fischer), 1985; Mike, 1987 and Portal Excursion, 2006.In addition videos of several early performances will be shown to give a more detailed insight into the development of Smiths performances and different alter ego's. These videos include Busmans Holiday, Let's See what is in the Refrigerator, and different versions of Down in the Rec Room. The drawings and photographs that will be displayed have a supporting character to the performances and videos in different ways. Apart from their own intrinsic qualities they reveal part of Smith's creative process and give the viewer the opportunity to see the connections between the different exhibited works.

Michael Smith exhibited and performed worldwide at museums, galleries, universities, festivals, nightclubs, on TV and in the streets. In New York City, he had solo shows and screenings at The New Museum, The Whitney Museum, Christine Burgin Gallery and MOMA. Internationally, he had solo exhibitions at Le Magasin in Grenoble, Objectif in Antwerp, Galleria Emi Fontana in Milan and Hales Gallery in London. In 2007-08, his retrospective Mike's World was exhibited at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas and at the ICA in Philadelphia. Smith's works were included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009 exhibition The Pictures Generation: 1974-1984. The SculptureCenter in New York recently presented A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, a collaborative video installation by artists Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, including a six-channel video featuring Michael Smith's other well known alter ego Baby IKKI. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation fellowship, a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Smith lives in Brooklyn and in Austin, where he teaches at the University of Texas.



21. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at Studio 303, Montreal, Quebec, Feb. 8-13, and more

I will be in Montreal in February, teaching and performing (in French!):

I will be teaching a workshop: Experimental and Dramatic Writing for Performance at Studio 303. February 8-13.

Presenting a Performance at:
FAITH: February 13th 2009 at 7pm and 9pm at Studio 303 in Montreal.

And performing at:
Dada Cabaret QUEER at Sala Rossa on Friday 12th of Feb at 8:30PM. Festival Voix Amariques.

Voila! Merci,



22. Tommy D, FF Member, at Vox Pop Cafe, Brooklyn, Feb. 5

Vox Pop Cafe, 1022 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-940-2084, presents, Friday February 5, Naked Poetry. Tommy D, Naked Man reads his poetry at 11:00 pm with a meet and greet reception to follow. Q train to Cortelyou Rd. Station. 4 Block walk to Stratford and Cortelyou.



23. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, now online

Dear friends,

welcome to see and vote for my early ('95) self-portraits.


thank you,

Irina Danilova



24. LuLu LoLo, FF Member, at Metropolitan Playhouse, Manhattan, Jan 23-31

LuLu LoLo as Vesuvia The Magician
THE STRAITJACKET a new one act play by Dan Evans based on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson In "Under The Sky" A Festival of Women’s Voices at Metropolitan Playhouse

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 7pm
Saturday, January 23 at 1pm
Friday, January 29 at 7pm
Sunday, January 31 at 4pm


THE STRAITJACKET: In Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1871, poet/recluse Emily Dickinson’s sheltered life is interrupted by a traveling woman magician looking for a room to rent while a notorious confidence man prone to violence roams the neighborhood hunted by local police and baying hounds.

220 East Fourth Street between Avenues A&B New York, NY 10009
Order: Program B Tickets: $18 Seniors/Students: $15
Purchase Tickets online: www.metropolitanplayhouse.org Phone orders: 212.995.5302



25. Colette, FF Alumn, at Destination Art Space, Manhattan, Feb. 9-Mar. 9

Destination Art Space
32-36 Little West 12th St. NYC 10014
Tel: 212.727.2031 / www.destinationny.net
For further information, please contact Hide Tachibana or Hisa Yamamoto at 212.717.2031 / destination_ny@hpgrp.com
Artist website: www.ColetteTheArtist.com
"At the core of Colette's work is a nomadic principle, an openness to any media, materials or cultural network as
a means of circulating images or ideas." Jonathan Crary- 1983 Arts magazine
at DESTINATION Windows and Art Space
Exhibition begins February 9th, 2010
Valentine’s Month Exhibition: 2/8 – 3/9, 2010
Mon-Sat: 11am to 8pm Sun: 12pm to 7pm
New York, NY – In keeping with her tradition of exhibiting her art in unexpected places, the legendary multifaceted artist Colette will unveil "Metaphysical Portraits" at Destination NY, in the heart of the meatpacking district. These works were created in her DUMBO atelier (2008-2009) at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. In contrast to her earlier work, which is known for its Baroque aesthetic, these portraits are minimal in style. During her stay at the Foundation Studios, Colette also completed a short-film, "The Last Days of Pearl Street," about the demolition of Maison Lumiére, her historical downtown Manhattan atelier. The series of performance paintings and photo images related to street tableaux she performed while witnessing the destruction were integrated in her studio installation titled "That’s All She Wrote." They will also be on view at destination. In 2009, Colette was featured in "React Feminism" at Berlin’s Akademie Der Künste. Her multi-media installation included a live model re-enacting Colette, a.k.a. Justine, in her memorable "Beautiful Dreamer" performances, as well as a presentation of her groundbreaking street and window installations of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Her first ppearance at the Akademie was in the exhibition "SOHO New York 77." She turned the art world upside down with her sensational silk installation, which had her reclining nude with another female, titled "In Memory of Ophelia and All Those Who Have Died of Love and Madness." During her recent stay in Germany, Colette also participated in "Interieur Exterieur" at the Wolfsburg Museum on display through April 2009. (The Museum had requested that she reconstruct her legendary Pearl Street environment for the exhibition. A more manageable work was contributed.) Last December in Berlin, a video marathon of her life and work was held in the "Colette Lounge" at the Starke Foundation. The videos shown included the 1979 cult classic, "Justine and the Boys," filmed by Robert Polidori and co-starring Jeff Koons, and Richard Prince. The marathon also included films Colette made in collaboration with filmmakers Charlie Ahearn, Michel Auder, Anton Perich, Paul Tschinkel and Enzio Copia.

This December, her videos were on view in "Indomitable Women" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain. Earlier in 2009, a selection of her metaphysical portraits was introduced at the Black and White Gallery, Chelsea, New York. This fall, "Records from the Story of Her Life 1978-2007" were exhibited at "Pose-Expose," IMO Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. Dinter Gallery in New York City presented "That’s All She Wrote," in their online project room. Works from "La Vie en Rose" are currently on view at HPGRP Gallery. She is included in "A Hundred Years of Performance" at PS 1. While exhibiting her works in galleries and museums and continuing her commissioned portraits, Colette plans to continue her dialogue with larger audiences in public venues by "Colettesizing," transforming spaces such as windows, hotel suites, lounges, clubs, stores and even sacred spaces. In 2005, she was commissioned to transform an entire floor of the HPGRP building in Tokyo into a "Gesumpkunstwerk," which incorporated her paintings, sculptures, fashion and furniture designs entitled, "The Bedroom."


Maison Lumiere
tel. (917) 848.6105



26. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO, opening Jan. 22

Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an introductory exhibit of the art of Buzz Spector. "SHELF LIFE: selected work" includes photographs, drawings, collages, and bookworks created over the past ten years. A fully illustrated catalogue with writings by Buzz Spector, Garrett Stewart and, Dora Apel accompany the exhibition.

Buzz Spector is best-known as an artist for his work with books, but his studio practice also includes photography, collage, installation, and drawing. This introductory exhibit covers the past eleven years of Spector's work. The selection reveals the material diversity and intellectual coherence of an artist concerned with memory, perception, and desire. It is no coincidence that Spector is also a writer; he is constantly crafting a poetry of things. Spector comes to St. Louis as the new Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University.

Bruno David Gallery
3721 Washington Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63108



27. Iris Rose, FF Alumn, at Theater of the Grasshopper, Manhattan, Feb. 4-21

Theater of the Grasshopper presents

written and directed by Iris Rose
with Alison Brasky, Lily DePaula, Jake Deter, Camila Jones, Coulee Slatnick and a video by Joe Siena

Iris Rose’s TV SHOW is 4 short plays, 1 short video and some personal thoughts on watching television. The entire show is 90 minutes - the length of one drama and one sitcom.

"Sloth": A young woman stops going to work and devotes herself to watching television for a year. Originally performed by Iris Rose in
1988 as part of Watchface’s Sin, based on the 7 Deadly Sins.

"The Dare": Four bored teens explore the back alleys of the Internet.

"Watching the Detectives": A woman tries to watch the last 9 minutes of her favorite police procedural drama but real life keeps trying to intrude.

"Love Crimes": A young couple obsessed with couple-on-the-run movies takes to the road.

"Boys TV": Two boys create their own ideal television show.
Written by Colin DePaula, age 10, and Corbett Francis, age 11, and directed by Joe Siena (with some help from Iris Rose).

Plus Iris’ thoughts on why June Cleaver wears pearls when she vacuums, the 4 greatest moments in the history of television, and the 2 worst moments in the history of television.

At Silent Barn, 915 Wycoff Avenue, Brooklyn. Take the L train to the Halsey Street stop. Silent Barn is one block from the train.

Thurs. thru Sun.:
Feb. 4, 5, 6, 7
Feb. 11, 12, 13, 14
Feb. 18, 19, 20, 21
All shows at 8:00 PM

Tickets are on a sliding scale: $10 to $20 To make reservations, send an e-mail to cricket@bway.net with TV SHOW in the subject line. State your name, the date you wish to attend, and how many tickets you need. Reservations cannot be made less than 24 hours before a performance. Reservations will be held until showtime.

For more info, including directions to Silent Barn, visit http://www.theaterofthegrasshopper.org/TVShow.html



28. Willoughby Sharp, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan, Jan. 23

If you couldn't make it to Willoughby Sharp's Memorial at The Guggenheim on October 15, 2009, there will be a video screening of the Willoughby Sharp Memorial followed by Who Was Willoughby Sharp? Memorial interviews by Bil Thompson and Zhenyu Lin, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23rd at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (212) 505-5181. Speakers include: Dennis Oppenheim, Les Levine Carolee Schneemann, Ronald Feldman Liza Bear, Duff Schweninger, Davidson Gigliotti, Judith Doyle, Carlo McCormick, Thomas McEvilley, poet Verandah Porche, and Pamela Seymour Smith Sharp, among others. Admission is free.

Many thanks,

Pamela Seymour Smith Sharp
The Willoughby Sharp Archive
99 Commercial Street - 2G
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Tel: 718-383-5429



29. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Pieter space, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 23, and more

I am pleased to announce I will be displaying new moves in LA this weekend...
I have some anti-war, anti-drone, anti-violence freak out disaster body brain explosions to show the west coast.
and some drawings.
Sat - DH performance
Sun - artworks in a show

Saturday the 23rd of January, 2010
At Pieter space (new fantastick performance space just opened by good fwends)
420 Avenue 33 in Lincoln Heights area 7 PM with Annna Oxygen!

*admission to all events is a NON-MONETARY donation to:

The FREE Bar, where everyone drinks for free
+ wine, whiskey, water, snacks, anything

The FREE Boutique, where everyone shops for free
+ just clean out your closet, anything

The Studio
+ coffee, tea, toilet paper roll, trash bags, plants, candles, shells, rocks, flowers

-- feel free to word it however you like. and also can you add this note on the bottom somewhere:

please park on the street NOT in the small parking lot next to the building. THERE IS PLENTY OF PARKING ON THE STREET THAT IS FREE AND SAFE.

opening Sunday the 24th of January, 2-5pm



5152 La Vista Court, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Artist Curated Projects Presents
action painting vs. performance relic artifact vs. document
about video, drawing, painting

this is a performance:
Jibz Cameron
Jake Ewert
Daniel Feinberg
Keltie Ferris
Daphne Fitzpatrick
Jacob Robichaux
Rebecca Schiffman
A.L. Steiner
Wesley Willis


FEB 18
SLRP Benefit Auction at Participant Gallery
253 E Houston



30. Vernita Ncognita, FF Alumn, at Viridian, Manhattan, Jan. 20

I’m doing a nearly impromptu performance this evening at Viridian
6:30, maybe 6.
If you’ve nothing to do (ha!), stop by the gallery at 530 w 25th 4th floor.


530 W 25th St # 407
New York, NY 10001-5546
(212) 414-4040



31. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at Sundance, Park City, UT, Jan 24-28

Filmmaker and artist Nao Bustamante returns to 2010 Sundance
with a deliciously outrageous and ambitious new live performance celebrating
legendary underground filmmaker Jack Smith.

Sundance New Frontier Live Performance by filmmaker & artist
Nao Bustamante

USA, Performance Running Time: 40 minutes

More Info on Ms. Bustamante: www.naobustamante.com
Silver and Gold performances:
Sunday, January 24, 6:30pm
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30pm
Thursday, January 28, 6:30pm

New Frontier on Main
333 Main St. (lower level)
Free and open to all Festival Credential Holders and the general public as space permits
Sundance Highlight

Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, and original costumes into a self-proclaimed "filmformance" that evokes the muse of legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his tribute to 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez in a magical and joyfully twisted exploration of race, glamour, sexuality, and the silver screen.

In this performance event she alternates between action and live narration of an 8 minute film projection. Stirred by iconic underground filmmaker Jack Smith, Bustamante interprets Smith's muse: 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez. Honing-in on Smith's interest in Hollywood's obsession with the reproduction of the exotic, Bustamante will embody Miss Montez. Using video and the body as a source of backdrop, narrative, and emotion, she takes the spectator on a bizarre and radical journey finding a new bejeweled body part, which is at once her curse and oracle. This new performance is the fruit of a commission by the LIVE FILM/ Jack Smith festival, co-organized by Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater (HAU) in Berlin.

More info: www.naobustamante.com

Artist Nao Bustamante
Nao Bustamante is an internationally known performance and video artist originating from the San Joaquin Valley of California. Her work encompasses performance art, sculpture, installation and video. Bustamante's work has been presented, among other sites at, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. She has performed in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites throughout Asia, North Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico and of course the United States. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship. Currently she is living in New York and holds the position as Assistant Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Her animated experimental short film Untitled #1 (from the series Earth People 2507), starring a toy poodle as a herd of buffalo, world premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

New Frontier at Sundance
New Frontier is a collection of digital art, film screenings, multimedia performances, site-specific installations and video presentations which will be presented in a fully immersive media lounge environment for Festival goers to experience throughout the Festival. Curated by Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer, these works can be experienced at New Frontier on Main, open to the public Thursday, January 21 through Saturday, January 30, 2010.



32. Ken Aptekar, FF Alumn, now online

Stop by when you have a chance, and click on "Arlette in Paris:"


All best, Ken Aptekar



33. Tom Murrin, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com

Hi Friends - well, it's January, 2010 and time for my monthly full moon show -

watchable on youtube by typing in aliencomicperforms -

let Luna Macaroona shine her lunar essence on you - Tom



34. Carl Andre, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Vernita Nemec, David Platzker, Jean Toche, and Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at Specific Object, Manhattan, closing Jan. 29

specific object / david platzker
Closing January 29, 2010

Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition 69. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from December 4 - 18, 2009 and resuming January 4 - 29, 2010.

69 is an exploration of a cross section of art and society made during a period marked with revolution and socio-political tumult. This exhibition also will embrace the non-militant aspects of 1969 that exist as a visceral undercurrent of the period that is not found within the exhibition 1969 currently on view at MoMA's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.

69 represents the questions that shaped the year 1969 from the perspective of revolution and counter-revolution exemplified in photography, print, illustrated books, design, media, as well as a wealth of documents drawn the holding of Specific Object that mirror and expound upon those seen in the exhibition 1969 drawn from MoMA's archives.

Diverse artistic practices, concerns, and themes are presented ranging from the politically charged works of the Art Workers Coalition, Guerilla Art Action Group, Artists Poster Committee of Art Workers Coalition and the periodical Screw : The Sex Review. By exploring a single year, this exhibition is not an attempt to recount the events of 1969, but rather, to present a variation on the same materials presented at P.S.1's exhibition 1969. As stated within MoMA's own press release for 1969: "Clearly, the exhibition also outlines MoMA's own collecting history; as such, it is part of a cross-departmental curatorial examination of MoMA's collection with an eye to expanding the range of its holdings from a period when art was being redefined."

Central to 69 is the presentation of the first twenty-five issues of Screw in addition to exhibition catalogs, books, and archival documents which depict the events, excitement, and anxieties of the period. By juxtaposing the meditative space of the white cube gallery the tumult of the outside world, 69 reflects the expansive concerns held by artists of the time. Specific Object's archival materials document MoMA's relationship with and involvement in the momentous events of the time.

Artists include: Carl Andre, Architects Resistance, Robert Barry, Gregory Battcock, Jon Bauch, Ernst Benkert, Don Bernshouse, Gloria Greenberg Bressler, Selma Brody, Bruce Brown, Bob Carter, Fredrick Castle, Rosemarie Castoro, Michael Chapman, Iris Crump, John Denmark, Joseph Di Donato, Mark di Suvero, George Dworzan, Farman, Hollis Frampton, Dan Graham, Chuck Ginnever, Bill Gordy, Alex Gross, Hans Haacke, Clarence Hagin, Harvey, Gerry Herman, Frank Hewitt, D. Holmes, Robert Huot, Ken Jacobs, Joseph Kostuth, Yayoi Kusama, David Lee, Naomi Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Tom Lloyd, Bates Lowry, Lee Lozano, Len Lye, James McDonald, Edwin Mieczkowski, Vernita Nemec, Barnett Newman, John Perreault, Stephen Phillips, Lil Picard, Peter Pinchbeck, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Barbara Reise, Faith Ringold, Steve Rosenthal, Theresa Schwarz, Seth Sigelaub, Gary Smith, Michael Snow, Anita Steckel, Carl Strueckland, Gene Swenson, Julius Tobias, Jean Toche, Ruth Vollimer, Andy Warhol, Iain Whitecross, Jay Wholly, Ann Wilson, Wilbur Woods, and others.

Specific Object's hours are Monday - Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment.

Specific Object is located at 601 West 26th Street / Floor 2M / Room M285, New York City.

Telephone (212) 242-6253 / email david@specificobject.com

Specific Object's website is www.specificobject.com



35. Michelle Stuart, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Leslie Tonkonow, Manhattan, opening Jan. 30

Out of the Woods

Curated by James Salomon and Leslie Tonkonow
Works by Michael Combs, Adam Fuss, Sarah Anne Johnson, Justine Kurland, Ryan McGinley, Laurel Nakadate, Roxy Paine, Tokihiro Sato, Kunié Sugiura, Ned Smyth, Michelle Stuart, Meg Webster, and Lawrence Weiner

January 30 through March 6, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday, January 30, 6-8 p.m.

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects
535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011



36. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, thru Feb. 14

Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. www.msu.hr thru Feb. 14



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