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Contents for February 5, 2010
1. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumn, at Live Fast, Manhattan, thru Feb. 12
2. Guy de Cointet, FF Alumn, in Mousse Magazine, Feb-Mar. 2010
3. Robert Rauschenberg, FFAlumn, at Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, opening Feb. 13, and more
4. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, new interview now online
5. Richard Kostelanetz, FF Alumn, new book now available
6. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Feb 9
7. Julie Tolentino, FF Alumn, new interview now online at movementresearch.org
8. Kathy Westwater, FF Alumn, at Dance Theater Workshop, Manhattan, Feb. 18-19
9. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Spoonbill & Sugartown, Brooklyn, Feb. 3
10. William Anastasi, receives Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ John Cage Award
11. Yura Adams, FF Alumn, at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, opening Feb. 4
12. Vito Acconci, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 29
13. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 28
14. William Pope.L, FF Alumn, at Samson Projects, Boston, MA, opening Feb. 5
15. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, at Center for Endless Progress, Berlin, Germany, opening Feb. 12
16. Tom Murrin, Lucy Sexton, FF Alumns, at PS122, Manhattan, Feb. 18-Mar. 7
17. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Linda Montano, FF Alumns, now online
18. Suzanne Lacy, FF Alumn, at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Feb. 18
19. Charles Clough, FF Member, at X Initiative, Manhattan, Feb. 3-4
20. Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, at NRW, Dusseldorf, Feb. 6-Aug. 15
21. Coco Gordon, FF Alumn, winter 2010 newsletter
22. Andre Stitt, FF Alumn, at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland, thru Mar. 6
23. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, receives Audience Award from The Jewish Museum
24. Peter Grzybowski, FF ALumn, at Galeria Manhattan, Lodz, Poland, Feb. 5
25. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, in San Francisco, CA, Feb. 6
26. Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, FF Alumns, at Ikon, Santa Monica, CA, thru Mar. 26
27. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, new publication now available
28. Denise Green, FF Alumn, at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Manhattan, thru March 6
29. Judith Ren-Lay, FF Alumn, SB Digital Gallery, Manhattan, opening Feb 13
30. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, at West Bank Café, Manhattan, Feb. 13-Mar. 6
31. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, in Munich, Germany, opening Feb. 4
32. Martha Wilson, FF Director and Alumn, at Pace University, Manhattan, Feb. 16

1. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumn, at Live Fast, Manhattan, thru Feb. 12

Allied featured artists in an exhibition

Live Fast 57 Clinton Street (Between Stanton & Rivington Streets) NYC NY

Art Dreco is an exploration of artistic intent as a backfire process of the creative eureka.

The artist are as follow:
Peter Cramer is a visual, performing and media artist with a 30 year NYC history. Co-Founder of POOL (Performance on One Leg) a collective performance group that appeared in downtown venues including Danceteria,The Pyramid, A's Salon/Des Refuses and The Kitchen. Former Co-Director of ABC No Rio 1983-90 and Technical Director of Danspace Project 1992-1999. He is currently Project Director/Co-Founder of Le Petit Versailles, an East Village community "arts"garden.

Leslie Lowe
brief bio: "a veni, vidi, veci" ( I came, I saw, I conquered)

Charles Lum is a New York based artist working in video using documentary and cinematic narrative, photo and performance. A 2004 MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Charles is also a career Location Manager and Director’s Guild of America Assistant Director with twenty years experience scouting and managing feature film and television commercial locations across North America. Credits include: Wall Street, Beat Street, CHUD, Angel Heart, Sid & Nancy, Mississippi Burning, Fatal Attraction and commercials for most major advertisers. Lum’s short video collection has been exhibited internationally. Varied in content, most works deal confrontationally with gay sexuality ethics and how the changing realities of HIV affect culture and personal experience. Programmed regularly at prominent Gay Film Festivals, Charles has presented work in academic lecture and a variety of art and cinema venues including: The Anthology Film Archives; The British and Irish Film Institutes; The George Eastman House; le Grande Cinema REX, Paris; the Svetozor Cinema, Prague; the Tel-Aviv Cinemateque; the Redcat @ Walt Disney Hall, LA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Association of The Bar of the City of New York; the Queens Museum of Art; and as part of the 2006 AIDS Conference, The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Jack Waters' most recent exhibition was last September's three person show Triple Threat at Frise, the gallery in Hamburg Germany. He is a two time Yaddo Fellow who works in all forms of visual, performance, and media art. His current project is "Pestilence", from which this artwork is derived, a lyrical media opus he initiated at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy. Jack's films have shown on Sundance Channel, and on the PBS series In The Life. The video short, The Male Gayze was shown in the cinema section of the exhibition Black Male: Representations of Masculinity In American Art at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Jack is represented in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution and The NYU Fales Collection.

Paul Wirhun
bio, While known affectionately as the Eggman for his evolutionary work with eggshells, Mr. Wirhun is a multi-media artist, performer and writer, who relishes the challenges presented by found objects as they cry out for collaboration with his hands.

title, "MINOTAUR"

Allied Productions, Inc
P.O. Box 20260 Tompkins Square Station
New York, NY 10009
alliedproductionsmail at earthlink.net



2. Guy de Cointet, FF Alumn, in Mousse Magazine, Feb-Mar. 2010

Mousse Magazine | New Issue | No. 22
Mousse | February- March 2010 | Out Now!

info at moussemagazine.it
Phone: +39 02 8356631

Mousse Magazine
Via Arena, 23
20123 Milan

In Issue 22...

Anthony Huberman asks Alex Hubbard about his recent videos, starring objects that push, pull, crash, slide, and roll up against each other.

Isa Genzken met with Simon Denny at a restaurant in Berlin to walk through her latest show together. The conversation that took place ranged from her early work to her most recent exhibitions.

Ana Teixeira Pinto asks Stephen Sutcliffe about his short, yet poignantly poetic films.

In PORTFOLIO, Kirsty Bell explains why Manuel Graf"s high-heeled shoes could be seen as illustrating the relationship between individuals and society.

In PART OF THE PROCESS, Francesco Manacorda, Suzanne Cotter, Alex Farquharson and Andrea Viliani elucidate us on the production of "Common Task", an ambitious work by Paweł Althamer that takes the form of a science-fiction film in real time, shot between Brussels, Brasilia and Mali.

John Gerrard inspires Jennifer Allen to ask a question: what would happen if an artwork were completely indifferent to our presence?

Luigi Fassi analyzes the work of New Orleans artist Rashaad Newsome, whose investigation of issues related to cultural identity has been focusing on the gestural language of African-American women.

For REPRINT, Stuart Baily has selected an extract of the much-talked-about /So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance/, by Gabriel Zaid.

LOST AND FOUND features Guy de Cointet (1934 – 1983), the artist who attempted to turn language into a visual experience. By Matthew Brannon.

As part of his attempt to spur artists to speak in new ways, writer Andrew Berardini invited Neïl Beloufa to do a slideshow of both literal and metaphorical images, drawn from his work and from the morass of pop, to offer insight into his practice.

Chiara Leoni interviewed Lars Laumann to learn that there is nothing unnatural about obsessions and eccentricities.

Dieter Roelstraete and Monika Szewczyk had a conversation about animal imagery, a ubiquitous presence in contemporary art in the past few years.

Stefan Hedeinreich composes an allegory about the return of aesthetics and its relationship to the subject.

Artist"s Project: Stephen Prina

Reporting from...

NEW YORK_ Cecilia Alemani and Erica Baum browse through the index of the artist's latest work.
LOS ANGELES_ Jens Hoffmann encounters Kelly Nipper, an artist who has made the analysis of human movement the foundation of her work.
BERLIN_ Judith Hopf explains to Stefania Palumbo how stupidity can become a subject of philosophical and artistic investigation.
LONDON_ Gregorio Magnani meets up with Juliette Blightman.
PARIS_ Francesca di Nardo interviews Etienne Chambaud.


Gigiotto Del Vecchio explores the unusual blend of classical precision and chaotic energy in Ida Ekblad"s work.
Andrea Lissoni on Phillip Warnell.
Katerina Gregos offers us an overview of new works that fall within the vast scope of postcolonial artistic discourse.
Danilo Correale explains his skepticism about images as representation to Roberta Tenconi in INTRODUCING.
The political fairy tales of Yael Bartana in conversation with Sebastian Cichocki.


Mousse Is an Independent Publishing Project:

Mousse makes zines, catalogues, artist books and editions, working together with galleries, institutions, museums and artists.

You can browse the titles and check the new releases at www.moussemagazine.it



3. Robert Rauschenberg, FF Alumn, at Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, opening Feb. 13, and more

Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts
February 13 – September 12, 2010

Curators: Susan Davidson and
David White

Venues: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Museum Tinguely, Basel; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Galleries: 301, 302, 303, and 304


Extraordinary metal assemblages by great American artist Robert Rauschenberg

Nearly two years after the death of Robert Rauschenberg, May 12, 2008, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao celebrates the memory of this great artist with the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts. Comprised of approximately forty works, this exhibition, on view February 13 through September 12, 2010, presents a little known body of Rauschenberg's work in metal drawn from the holdings of the Rauschenberg Estate, with additional loans from institutions and private collections from various countries.

Robert Rauschenberg shifted his artistic attention toward the exploration of the visual properties of metal after his experiments in his Combines, in which he combined bi-dimensional painting with sculpture in the late 1950s, the exploration of technologic art in the 1960s, and his emphasis on natural fibers such as paper, cardboard, and fabric in the seventies. In 1986, Rauschenberg began to assemble casted metal objects and to experiment with his own photographic images, printed in aluminum, bronze, brass, or copper. His aim was to capture the reflective, sculptural, thematic, and textural possibilities of the material. The artist continued to work intermittently following this new method until 1995.

In November 1998, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao hosted the most comprehensive retrospective to date on this gifted American artist. The show was a highlight of the international exhibition calendar given the quantity and quality of the works displayed, which emphasized the extraordinary beauty of the formats presented in Frank Gehry's recently designed spaces and gave rise to a fascinating language of dialogues and disciplines. Eleven years after that great retrospective, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has now come full circle with Gluts, the last series on which the artist worked before his death.



4. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, new interview now online

Sonya Rapoport, a pioneer of Interactive and Web-based Art has recently been interviewed by Piero Scaruffi. Rapoport and Scaruffi's conversation is broad-ranging, exploring everything from art's traditional function to the problems inherent in our current Internet-based culture. Now available to listen to online, or to download as Mp3s at http://www.scaruffi.com/leonardo/rapoport.html



5. Richard Kostelanetz, FF Alumn, new book now available


Richard Kostelanetz
Earl of Wordship
141 Wooster St. 3-C, SoHo
New York, NY 10012-3163 USA



6. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Feb 9

A Feast for the Eyes - opening Feb 9 - March 27, 2010 Vienna, Austria
Food in Art Show -
featuring performance videos 'Hey! Baby Chicky!!!'
and 'Chicken On Foot'



7. Julie Tolentino, FF Alumn, new interview now online at movementresearch.org

Julie Tolentino "Focus on the Work" - Skype-chat interview with Trajal Harrell, Editor-In-Chief : Movement Research Journal #36



8. Kathy Westwater, FF Alumn, at Dance Theater Workshop, Manhattan, Feb. 18-19


As a part of the Dance Theater Workshop Studio Series, two work-in-progress showings of PARK will take place on Thurs and Fri, Feb 18 and 19 at 7:30pm. PARK explores how nature consumes itself to regenerate, and how humans consume and construct it through the creation of parks. This work integrates field research in parks - iconic ones like Yosemite; emergent ones at post-industrial sites like the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island; and neighborhood parks - sites of everyday recreation and leisure as well as home to displaced people. PARK features performance by Abby Block, Rebecca Brooks, Phil Colosi, Rebecca Davis, Ursula Eagly, and Kazu Nakamura; text by poet Jennifer Scappettone; environment/set by architect Seung Jae Lee; music by Sean Meehan and Toshimaru Nakamura. Conceived and directed by Kathy Westwater.

Post-performance discussion moderated by Dan Hurlin on Thurs evening.

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED. Tickets are free with a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Tickets can be reserved in person at the box office or by calling (212) 924-0077. Box office hours are Monday - Friday from 5pm - 9pm and Saturday - Sunday from 12pm - 8pm.

Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street
between 7th and 8th Aves

Thurs & Fri, Feb 18 & 19
7:30 pm

PARK is commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop's Studio Series Commissioning and Creative Residency Program with support from The Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.

This work was begun in summer 2008 at Djerassi Artists' Residency Program. It is created in part through a residency granted by The Rockbridge Artist Exchange, a program of the CDCT, in Lexington, VA; and through The Field's Artist Residency program, supported by the Tides Foundation.



9. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Spoonbill & Sugartown, Brooklyn, Feb. 3

Dear Spoonbillians-

Please join us Wednesday February 3rd at 7:00 PM for a conversation/signing with Penny Arcade.

Refreshments will be served as always. Please arrive in a timely manner as seating is limited.

Thanks again for reading & we hope to see you soon at Spoonbill.

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers
218 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn New York 11211

New & Used Books in the Arts & Letters
Bought & Sold Since 1999

Bad Reputation

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 Susanna 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. This autobiographical trilogy of plays represents her at her best.

Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! is Penny Arcade's raucous, cutting-edge sex and censorship show (which continues to be a commercial hit around the world), featuring the daily life of a receptionist in a brothel, the upbringing and rearing of a "faghag," the evolution of the New York gay scene in the 1990s, and a participatory "audience dance break." The funny and heart-rending title work, Bad Reputation, portrays a young teen runaway's coming of age in a Catholic reform school (run by nuns who are former fashion models) and her subsequent life on the streets of 1960s New York. La Miseria, a rare depiction of working-class Italian-Americans from a woman's point of view that portrays the clash between working-class morals and compassion during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, rounds out the trilogy.

Bad Reputation is the first book by and on Penny Arcade. The complete scripts 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 Stephen Bottoms.

Penny Arcade: Legend, icon, wild-hearted demoness bad-girl bitch. It is impossible to describe the juggernaut that is Penny Arcade without entering the world of hyperbole that she not only inhabits but also personifies. Since first climbing out of her bedroom window at age 13 to join the fabulously disenfranchised world of queers, junkies, whores, stars, stalkers and geniuses she has become one of the most influential performers in the world. By fearlessly displaying her singular brand of feminist sexuality and personal conflict she has garnered countless fans worldwide with an emotionally and intellectually charged performance style. Internationally revered as writer, director and actress, she has become the very bedrock that many of the biggest names in the entertainment industry have built their careers upon.

Born Susana Carmen Ventura to an immigrant Italian family in the small factory town of New Britain, Connecticut, she became Penny Arcade at age 17 while on LSD in an effort to amuse her mentor and patron, openly gay photographer/artist Jaimie Andrews. It was Andrews, a member of The Playhouse of the Ridiculous, who introduced the young Arcade to legendary director John Vaccaro. Vaccaro, then directing Kenneth Bernard's potent play The Moke Eater, subsequently gave Penny her theatrical debut in the groundbreaking production. Soon after, Arcade became a teenage superstar for Andy Warhol's Factory with a featured role in the Morrissey/Warhol film Women In Revolt but quickly found the life of an upcoming pop tart too one dimensional and fled to Amsterdam.

In 1980, La Mama's Ellen Stewart and Vaccaro invited her to recreate her 1970 New York role in Ken Bernard's play Nite Club. She returned to New York after nearly a decade of globe hopping and international intrigue to resume her apprenticeship with many of the greats of American experimental theatre including Jack Smith, Jackie Curtis and Charles Ludlam. In 1985 Arcade began creating her own improvisational and unscripted solo work. In 1989 she began to create group work, beginning with her commission from Engarde Arts for whom she created A Quiet Night for Sid and Nancy at the Chelsea Hotel.

1990-91 was a prolific period for Arcade during which she wrote four full length shows, including the core of her autobiographical trilogy; Based on A True Story, Invitation to The Beginning Of The End Of The World and La Miseria. It was also in 1990 that she created her most famous work, her sex and censorship show, BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE! A blend of political humanism, freedom of expression and erotic dancing, BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE! toured the world twice both as an international festival as well as a commercial hit in 20 cities around the world.

In the time since BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE!Penny has seen Bad Reputation her all girl show (with a few gay men who wanted their own dance number!) premiere in NYC at Performance Space 122 in March of 1999 and later in Manchester, England, and Glasgow Scotland. Her New York Values - an autopsy on the death of Bohemia and the commodification of rebellion - also had its premiere at PS 122 in spring of 2002 as a group show and has been performed as a solo show in Los Angeles, Austin, Frankfurt, Heldelberg and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Since 1999 Penny has spearheaded the award winning documentary series Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia, The Lower Eastside Biography Project, an oral history and downtown performance project cum training program sponsored in part by Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She is a member of Feminists for Free Expression, The National Coalition Against Censorship, Visual Aids, and the artist/art professional caucus that produces Day Without Art each December 1 st. In addition, she is a founding member of FEVA (Federation of East Village Artists) the producer of The Howl! Festival of the Arts.



10. William Anastasi receives Foundation For Contemporary Arts John Cage Award 2010


Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) is pleased to announce the winner of the John Cage Award for 2010. Selected by the Directors of the Foundation, this year’s recipient is William Anastasi (New York, NY).

The John Cage Award is made biennially in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts for work that reflects the spirit of John Cage, FF Alumn. This prestigious $40,000 award was established in 1992 in honor of the late composer, one of FCA’s founders. The selection is made from invited nominations.

William Anastasi was a key figure in the Conceptual and Minimal Art movements. His work explores the idea of chance and questions traditional readings of the object in terms of style or medium. Mr. Anastasi’s work can be seen in major international collections. He taught painting and sculpture at New York’s School of Visual Arts from 1968–1986, and in 1984 served as Co-Artistic Advisor of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company with Dove Bradshaw. Founded and guided by artists, Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ mission is to encourage, sponsor and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups and organizations. Artists working in dance, music/sound, theater/performance art, poetry and the visual arts are awarded nonrestrictive grants to use at their own discretion; arts organizations receive project or general operating support by application. Since FCA’s inception in 1963, more than 700 artists have donated work to raise funds for these grants.

The current Directors of the Foundation are: Brooke Alexander, Agnes Gund, Frances
Fergusson, Jasper Johns, Julian Lethbridge and Kara Walker.

CONTACT: Mary Simpson
Program Manager
ms at contemporary-arts.org



11. Yura Adams, FF Alumn, at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, opening Feb. 4

Yura Adams
The Walking Series

On Thursday, February 4th, a new exhibition will open at John Davis Gallery. The paintings of Yura Adams will be displayed in the main galleries. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 6th from 6 - 8 p.m. and the show will run through Sunday, February 28th, 2010.

John Davis Gallery
362 1/2 Warren Street
Hudson, New York 12534

Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 10:00 till 5:30 p.m.
For further information about the gallery, the artists and upcoming exhibition,
visit: www.johndavisgallery.com
or contact John Davis directly at 518.828.5907
or via e-mail:art at johndavisgallery.com.

Yura Adams



12. Vito Acconci, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 29

The New York Times
‘Serial Publications by Artists’
X Initiative
548 West 22nd Street
Closing on Saturday
As part of its last hurrah before closing as planned after a year of existence, X Initiative is offering a survey of serial art zines, alternatives to the publishing world somewhat in the way X Initiative itself has been an alternative to the commercial gallery world: that is, not necessarily a radical departure, but definitely a different way to go.

The show, organized by Andrew Roth and Phil Aarons, and expanded on in an excellent book, displays examples of nearly 40 titles. They range from Wallace Berman’s "Semina" in the 1950s, to "0 to 9," edited by Vito Acconci and Bernadette Mayer in the 1960s, to recent and ongoing serials like Maurizio Cattelan’s "Permanent Food." Some serials, like Eleanor Antin’s "100 Boots" and the fabulous, labor-intensive "Art for Um" by Buster Cleveland (real name: James Trenholm), have been short-term, single-artist affairs. Others, like the edited boxed sets published by North Drive Press, involve many artists and several editors.

Scott Hug’s "K48," CD-size and desktop-designed, covers the cultural waterfront. The punkish "J.D.s," originally printed by its editors Bruce LaBruce and G .B. Jones on a photocopier in Toronto, is directed toward a queer subculture. The zines in the show come from North America, Europe and Asia. The content can be naughty ("Artpolice," issued by Frank Gaard in Minneapolis from 1974 to 1994, wanted to be as censor-baiting as possible) and nice ("Living and Loving," which consists mostly of interviews with everyday people conducted by the artists Aleksandra Mir and Polly Staple, is odd but sweet).

Self-published and self-distributed, these serials, as a genre, technically represent some kind of last bastion of art with minimal commercial strings attached, though many, like those on view under glass in the show, are now precious collectors’ items. Maybe, in the end, digital publication, floating out there in the ether, instantly edited and re-edited, almost endlessly distributable, may be the real serial frontier. HOLLAND COTTER



13. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 28

T magazine John Baldessari | Everything but the Kitchen Sink
Culture, Design

January 28, 2010, 8:21 am

In 1971 John Baldessari made a print of a text-based artwork that has become legend. It said, "I will not make any more boring art," and the pioneering California conceptualist has been as good as his word. Baldessari’s deadpan videos, paintings, photographs and assemblages, which he adapts from existing imagery, provoke laughter, puzzlement and admiration, often all at once. As both teacher and artist, he has inspired several generations of younger artists subscribing to his belief that anything goes in art and everything in the world can be fodder for making it. He ramps up his photographic works — photomontages juxtaposing multiple framed images drawn from television, advertising or film — by masking telltale noses, ears or eyes with floating, brightly colored dots. Museums and collectors have invested in his unique products for a very pretty penny. Now comes a complete compendium of his more affordable limited-edition works, of which a new book, "John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonne of Prints and Multiples, 1971-2007," is one.



14. William Pope.L, FF Alumn, at Samson Projects, Boston, MA, opening Feb. 5

William Pope.L
Color Isn't Matter
February 5 - March 20, 2010

Samson Projects
450 Harrison Ave. / 29 Thayer St.
Boston, MA 02118
T 617 357 7177

Artist's Reception:
Friday, February 5 / 6 - 8PM

preview show online at: samsonprojects.com

NEW Gallery Hours:
Wednesday to Saturday: 12 to 5
& by appointment
Samsøn is proud to present a solo exhibition by William Pope. L titled Color Isn’t Matter opening February 5 until March 20, 2010. Performances of Cusp will happen during gallery hours on February 5, 20, March 5 & 20. Performances of Cusp will also occur at Mobius (725 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA) Feb. 13 from 12 to 6PM and March 5 from 5 to 9PM.

The only way to get at something is to circle it like an appointment on a calendar or an opponent in a wrestling ring or a very small bird, above an endless ocean, ;searching for a place to light. People say color is light. If so, then matter is an understudy. Our eyes, a fanclub. Our brain, our brain, our brain —an IMAX where phenomena gets its script. People say: "Color doesn't matter." as in "Color doesn't matter, I'm not a bigot." Is this idea cousin to the notion: "Color isn't matter"? And if so, how so? Perhaps in terms of possible worlds: People who say color doesn't matter have an implicit belief that color is in the theater of the beholder. Lift the curtain, sift the ocean, what do you perceive? A plethora, a process that surrounds us, is inside us, behind, before and beyond us. Color isn't matter, it's the transmission of bending, rending and longing; the prismatic messiness of the original lens.

The works in this show are located at various points on a wobbling spiral and circumscribe my interest in how we use color concepts to create a sense of the world. Aquarium is a fish tank filled with red water and inks. Plaster models of the renowned French architect Le Corbusier's Carpenter building are dunked in the tank and 'marked' by the experience to create a set of 'Monoprints'. Plant is a cactus coated with many, many layers of different colored spray paint. Cusp is a group endurance performance in which a set of performers, one by one, hour by hour, don oversize pajamas, an Obama mask and grip a cup brimming with green ink while standing on a dirt mound while trying to remain as still as possible for 60 minutes. The wall works range from the mid ‘90's to now. Like the 3D work, there is no specific thematic connection between them except the gyre of desire. This is best exemplified by the Failure Drawings made from maps and usually picturing birds eye or multiple views in one work. The drawings are created on found surfaces discovered while traveling and, and once the artist returns home, developed over many months sometimes years. Hojiki is a blue plastic curtain, a sort of vertical ocean that can be performatized by the visitor like a theater set. the negro in all of us... is an audio work influenced by the sound environment of supermarkets and television commercials of pharmaceutical products. --- Pope.L

William Pope. L was born in a tiny log cabin on Broome St. in Newark, NJ between a bread factory and a cleaners. His father operated the large pressing machine at the cleaners while his mother worked at the factory twisting hunks of dough into crullers. Pope. L’s three uncles were respectively: a murderer, a carpenter and a sailor.

Pope.L is a visual and performance-theater artist and educator who makes culture out of contraries. He prefers the word ‘contraries’ rather than ‘contradictions’ because the former suggests difference and fluidity whereas the latter suggests opposition and rigidity. He has created multi-disciplinary work since the 1970’s, and exhibited internationally, including New York, London, Los Angeles, Vienna, Brussels, Montreal, Berlin, Zurich & Tokyo. Select recent projects have been sited at Art Institute of Chicago, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Sammlung Falckenberg, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, the Carpenter Center for Visual Art at Harvard University and most recently at Hauser and Wirth, NYC where he staged a reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s Yard. He is a featured artist in Intersections edited by Marci Nelligan and Nicole Mauro and How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness by Darby English. An upcoming project involves time-lapse photography of butter sculptures of architectural structures. Pope. L is represented by Mitchell, Innes & Nash.



15. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, at Center for Endless Progress, Berlin, Germany, opening Feb. 12

Dear Friends

Moscow to Beijing, my participatory photo and video project I did on the Trans Siberian Train, opens at Center for Endless Progress in Berlin-Neukoelln on 12th February - http://www.endlessprogress.org - and runs until 27th.

It would be great to see you there!

Center for Endless Progress
Berthelsdorferstr. 10
12043 Berlin-Neukoelln

Moscow to Beijing
by Elly Clarke

Vernissage: 12.02.2010 6pm-10pm
Exhibition open 13-17.02.2010 Tuesday through Thursday from 14:00 - 18:00,
Saturday from 18:00 - 20:00 and by appointment.

The Centre for Endless Progress is proud to present Elly Clarke’s participatory photo and video project Moscow to Beijing, which consists of video and photographs taken both by Elly Clarke and by passengers she met onboard the Trans Siberian train in September 2005. The following text is taken from an article she wrote originally for Finnish Art Review FrameWork.

As a first-time Trans-Siberian train traveller, I was interested in finding out who was on the train. I wanted to know where my co-passengers were headed, for what reasons and how they felt about their journey. Despite being the longest train journey in the world, I was aware of how fleeting any experience or encounter I would have within three countries over a period of less than ten days would be. I wanted to understand more of the places we were passing through than I could get by looking out of the train windows and interact with people I would not otherwise have had the chance to meet. My method was to communicate with passengers at all points along the way, using Russian and Chinese-translated cue cards that listed the questions I wanted to ask about their journeys. And to give these same passengers cameras, so they could photograph their own perspectives of the trip from the time we met, until they reached their final destinations.

During the 8-day journey from Moscow to Beijing I conducted a total of ten interviews and gave out ten cameras: five to Russians, four to Mongolians (including one to the National Ice Skating Team of Mongolia) and one to Chinese train Conductor 119. Of these ten I got four sets of photographs back.

The video footage was developed into Moscow to Beijing, a three-screen installation. Conversations shows the original interviews. Translations, their subsequent interpretations by Russian and Chinese speakers I met later through friends in Los Angeles and London (their words provided the subtitles for Conversations). And finally Trans-Siberia, which shows the changing landscape of the journey. Since all three components are different lengths, the juxtapositions of speakers, translators and landscape is ever-changing.

The Trans-Siberian Project was based on The Broadway House Photo Project – another participatory project I did in 2004 in the East London Council-owned apartment building where I lived. For this, I circulated a single disposable camera around my building, asking my neighbours to take three photos from and within their flats, (one looking North, one looking South and a third picture of what they wanted inside their homes) and to give their pictures titles. The project culminated in an exhibition at a gallery five minutes’ walk away, where participants got to see their photographs as well as to meet each other, often for the first time, despite many having lived in Broadway House for over twenty years.

The Trans Siberian Project has been shown at Kiasma, Helsinki; Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; Globe Hub, Newcastle; London Gallery West, University of Westminster, London and most recently at the Frederic Sevres/Latin Collector New York. This is the first time it has been shown in Germany



16. Tom Murrin, Lucy Sexton, FF Alumns, at PS122, Manhattan, Feb. 18-Mar. 7

The Talking Show; The Magical Ridiculous Journey of Alien Comic
Written and performed by Tom Murrin, Directed by Lucy Sexton
Performance Space 122
150 First Avenue at 9th Street
Feb 18 - Mar 7, Thurs thru Sat at 7:30, Sun at 5:30
www.ps122.org for tickets

Longtime legend of downtown performance Tom Murrin (aka Alien Comic) takes us on a
talking tour of his life---and of his travels through avant garde theatre in
the 60s, 70s, and early 80s. He was a teenage magician, a Jesuit schoolboy, a Los Angeles trial lawyer, a LaMama playwright in the 60s, a traveling street performer peddling his wares from Seattle to Calcutta, and finally a pioneer in the performance

scene that sprang up in the East Village in the 1980s. Speaking with wild-eyed
excitement, Murrin hits you with history, hilarity, and his extraordinary
generosity of spirit and innocence. It must be seen and heard to be

"You can’t take your eyes off his chaotic energy. The performances are exhilarating and unsettling, like a walk down Broadway." ---Laurie Stone, Vogue

"The audience is entertained, challenged and bemused. His manic discourse is a speeded-up
ruminative folk philosophy." ---Ray Zone, High Performance

"Alien Comic, a..k.a. Tom Murrin, has been seminal in bringing this new genre of club-based
performance to life." ---Catherine Bush, L.A. Weekly

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17. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Linda Montano, FF Alumns, now online

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to share with you a recent interview between Linda Mary Montano and myself on the subjects of: Haitian-Dominican relationship, the Haitian earthquake, Dominicanidad and Vodou.





18. Suzanne Lacy, FF Alumn, at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Feb. 18

The Tattooed Skeleton
Suzanne Lacy, FF Alumn
Introducing a new project of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina
Madrid 2010: Violence Against Women
Auditorium Sabbatini
Thursday, February 18, 8 pm



19. Charles Clough, FF Member, at X Initiative, Manhattan, Feb. 3-4

Mes amis,

In what may be my only exhibition in New York City in 2010, I will present a poster with 17 images from the development and current state of "O My Goodness", acrylic on plywood, 27 x 33 inches in "Bring Your Own Art" at X Initiative, 548 West 22nd Street, NY 10011, from Wednesday, February 3rd, 11 AM to Thursday, February 4th, 11 AM. You may download its PDF from www.clufff.com and I plan to be present, 11 AM-5 PM, Wednesday and 9 AM-2 PM Thursday, to perform "Art Rap".


Charlie Clough



20. Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, at NRW, Dusseldorf, Feb. 6-Aug. 15

Robert Mapplethorpe - A Retrospective
6 February - 15 August 2010

NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft
Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 (0)211 8926690
info at projects.ag
Open Tues-Sun 11am-8pm, Fri 11am-12pm



21. Coco Gordon, FF Alumn, winter 2010 newsletter

Upcoming events for Coco Gordon, FF Alumn:

Domenighaus Retrospektive
KunstKanzlei sponsored at
Galerie im Domenig-Haus,
Favoritenstrasse 118, 1100 Wien
Dec 2009
Gerti Hopf, and Christine Jones curators
Yegros Semidei , Otto Bec, Sue Widl, Ona.B, Christan Attersee, Hermann Nitsch
Gundi Dietz, Gerhart Baresch , Tone Fink, Kollegger, eva kusch
Coco Gordon, Friedrich Achleitner, Hermine aspointner, Christina Bambock,Canet
Jakobdechirico, Pavel Schmidt, Pena Ernesto, Madelin Martinez
Santiago, Wald, Jaschke, Ingrid Steyrer

Once in a Blue Moon
Lyons CO Town Hall Gallery
Jan 23-March 6

The Last Book
in the Zentral Bibliothek in Zurich, Switzerland,
from March 10 until July 31, 2010
Luis Camnitzer

Coco interpretation of Art quoted in Art Critic Marc Dachy’s dashing new book, L’Art,
Along with Artist definitions of Art from early 1900 through 1997.
It is a private edition (391 copies) but there is a project of a new edition

Alan Bowman made a series of portrait pieces for which he began the process of creating a portrait of Coco and other Fluxus artists:
Alison Knowles, Berty Skuber,, "ann-noel.com", Christian Xatrec,, "Cloudsmith, Coco Gordon, Ben Vautier, ay-o...
ideally in a way that allow them to be read as pictorial portraits only from outside the room, or at least from a long way away,
He asked us to write him descriptions for the portraits - Coco’s response, Airy Portrait

Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery
537 Broadway, NYC
Ray Johnson show "Book About Death"
With live webcast http://www.ustream.tv/channel/abookaboutdeath
Curator Matt Rose
show of cards for Ray's book of death - all sent in 500 cards-
The rule was you had to be there to get an entire set of cards!
brought together hundreds of artists in a global exhibition that honored the late artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995), whose own work inspired this exhibition; Emily Harvey (1941-2004); and the artists themselves, who have presented their unique visions of the subject through combinations of art, photography, and text.

In absence of a studio, made an outdoor installation
of "R’s" with branches for poem,
"Replacing the 3-R’s of Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic" as part of
Artique artists tour, at my Lyons CO Broadway & 5th Ave (NY) address




22. Andre Stitt, FF Alumn, at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland, thru Mar. 6

Andre Stitt at The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

Andre Stitt: Substance

The Golden Thread Gallery


info at gtgallery.co.uk
Phone: 0044 +(0)28 90330920
The Golden Thread Gallery
84-94 Great Patrick Street
Belfast. BT1 2LU
Northern Ireland, UK
January 29 - March 6 2010

The Golden Thread Gallery, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council would be delighted if you would join us at the launch of Substance: a major solo exhibition by André Stitt.

Stitt is one of Northern Ireland's most important contemporary art exports. He is currently based in Cardiff but the themes that inform his practice are rooted in his formative years in Belfast. His work is highly charged, generally hard hitting and may not be suitable for all audiences. Nevertheless, it is important that we take this opportunity to bring this substantial exhibition to a local audience.

Like a hybrid catalogue/retrospective, Substance provides valuable insights into Stitt's performances or 'akshuns' and includes a significant number of pieces that have never been displayed before. The project was conceived by the Spacex Gallery in Exeter and has been expanded and further developed for this exhibition in the Golden Thread Gallery.

André Stitt's performance work focuses on difficult and traumatic themes including alienation, oppression, coercion and conflict and often refers back to his experiences of Belfast in the 70s and 80s. We feel that the time is right to revisit this work afresh. As well as a cooling of the political climate, there is now an adequate distance between the events that incited his 'akshuns'and the documentation or residue of his performances to look at the work from a more objective viewpoint.

A short film documentary by Lee Stitt, Finbar Maginn & Séan Kaluarachchi in conversation with André Stitt will also be shown for the duration of the exhibition.

About the artist.

Born in Belfast, N. Ireland in 1958 , Stitt is considered one of Europe's foremost performance and interdisciplinary artists. He has worked as an experimental artist since 1976 creating hundreds of unique works at major galleries, festivals, alternative venues and sites specific throughout the world.

Recent work includes: Venice Biennale 2005, Baltic Contemporary Art Centre, England 2005, The Drawing Centre, New York, 2006, Artspace, Sydney 2007, Asiatopia, Bangkok 2008, Spacex Gallery, England 2008, The Lab, New York, 2009, MCAC, Northern Ireland 2009.

In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Creative Wales Award.

He is Professor of Performance and Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and is the director of the Centre for Fine Art Research at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Wales, UK.In 2000 he opened trace: Installaction Artspace in Cardiff initiating a robust programme of international time based work.

About the Gallery.

The Golden Thread Gallery is Northern Ireland's leading international contemporary art space, rooted in the local. The gallery offers residents and visitors to Belfast a diverse programme of high quality contemporary art exhibitions and participatory events. As one of Northern Irelands largest visual arts venues the Golden Thread Gallery acts as a platform for a mix of the very best international and local artists, hosting six large-scale exhibitions in the main gallery spaces and twelve exhibitions in its project space. The project space openings are not to be missed and always take place at 6.00pm on the first Thursday of the month as part of Belfast's Late Night Art.

Outreach is at the core of the gallery's activities, working off-site and in partnership with a wide range of communities and groups, devising challenging and innovative projects in addition to providing a range of contextual activities such as artists' talks, gallery tours and workshops. The gallery also publishes exhibition catalogues and books exploring further contemporary practices.

Over the last ten years the Golden Thread Gallery has established an excellent reputation for creating exhibitions exploring art from the North Ireland, delivering exhibitions to international audiences through its touring programme. The gallery has delivered numerous curated exhibitions to venues across the UK and Ireland, Europe, North America, China and more recently Taiwan.

In recent years the Golden Thread Gallery has been working with a number of artists living and working in Northern Ireland to create a 'not-for-profit' form of artists' representation and has championed their work at national and international art fairs, such as the London Art Fair, Berliner Liste and Scope New York as well as establishing a dedicated in-house sales room. For further information visit our website – www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk , join us on Facebook or call us on ++44(0) 2890 330920

The Golden Thread Gallery is a registered charity and admission is free.



23. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, receives Audience Award from The Jewish Museum

Tobaron Waxman is the winner of The Jewish Museum’s first-ever Audience Award

The first transgendered artist to be exhibited in a major Jewish museum exhibition has won the Audience Award for the favorite work in the exhibition Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life.

Tobaron Waxman is the winner of The Jewish Museum’s first-ever Audience Award, selected from nearly sixty international artists.
Votes were gathered from visitors to the exhibition in person and online, between September 13, 2009 and January 11, 2010. Waxman was selected for his provocative installation Opshernish, 2000/2009. The piece examines the construction of gender in Judaism by recreating and condensing a multi-part performance installation.

During the original performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, Waxman sat on a stool for 5 hours, focused and silent, his waist-length hair twisted into locks, clamped with metal brackets and pulled tightly upwards to the ceiling with airplane cable in a typical white-walled art gallery. Gallery visitors could approach him to be handed a pair of scissors, and clip one of the locks, freeing it from tension, allowing it to swing away from the artist and float between his head and the ceiling. By the end of the performance, a virtual forest of over two dozen locks hung suspended. The performance saw this interaction repeated using electric clippers and finally razors, until gallery visitors had shaved Waxman’s head bald.

The suspended locks, cut hair, stool and cutting implements remained as an installation in the gallery. Several months later the final phase of cutting with clippers and razor was performed again for three hours, on the last day of the installation. For Reinventing Ritual, Waxman and our installation crew recreated the Opshernish installation to be encountered as though the performance had just ended.

Opshernish took inspiration from the observant Jewish practice opsherin, a ritual first haircut that initiates three-year-old boys into religious observance and study. Although most of the hair is shorn in keeping with secular or worldly male appearance, the peyot, or sidelocks, may be kept long in accordance with Jewish law. Waxman referenced this ritual as a personal act of agency-causing the viewer to ask what creates gender, and how. The artist wrote, "My opsherin facilitated an exodus from an infancy of self-awareness and away from kinship-based models of identity formation altogether." Just as Jewish boys pass from a female world to a male world with their first haircut, so too did Waxman mark the poignancy of transition with the intensity of ritual.

At The Jewish Museum, Opshernish consists of human hair, airplane cable, mending brackets, barber’s scissors, clippers, razors, chrome bowls. A real-time, eight-hour video documents the entire decade-long cycle of the work, from the initial pre-performance preparations to the reinstallation in New York.

The exhibition remains on view until February 7, and will travel to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, opening April 24.




24. Peter Grzybowski, FF ALumn, at Galeria Manhattan, Lodz, Poland, Feb. 5

Peter Grzybowski
A Piece for the Crisis Time
Performance in Poland

Friday, February 5, 2010, 7 PM

Galeria Manhattan

ul. Wigury 15, Lodz, Poland
+48 42 636 33 44

Peter Grzybowski




25. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, in San Francisco, CA, Feb. 6


Saturday, February 6
8:00PM until Midnight
1043 Marin St.,
S.F., Ca. 94124
cross St. Illinois St.

General Admission: $10 or what u can pay...
Students and Seniors: $7

Live Audience Experiments with Machines and Robots Audience operated machines and robots.
Lots of new stuff!

WITH! Dj Big Daddy and maybe even DJ Ragi 'da Lawyer and A screening of the LOADED WARRIOR, by Jason Broemmel


This is a BYOB event, there will be no alcohol served, bring some if you want some, the nearest plaCe is 8 or so blocks away at Reno's.

it is winter and cOld, this is a warehouse, so DRESS WARMLY.

Here is some of what you can operate:
the Herb Alpert Upper Body Hydro-Pneumatic Pulsation Vacuo Engine http://www.flickr.com/photos/namlak/4165137145/in/set-72157622952364482/
Walking BB-Q
3-Headeded Dog run by my fish
A Drawing Machine
Bearosmith meets Mr. FLOWER
A Player Piano:

From the freeways
Cesar Chavez (Army St.) exit from 101 or I-280 North or South, take Cesar Chavez East, go about a mile from 101, 2 blocks from 280, go through intersection of 3rd St., immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.

Look for the red light, ya can't miss it.

South on 3rd. Left on Cesar Chavez, immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.
Look for the red light, ya can't miss it.

East on 16th street from Portrero St./the mission, take a right on 3rd., go south a couple of miles, Left on Cesar Chavez, immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.

Or, go East on Cesar Chavez FROM THE MISSION, go through intersection of 3rd St., take immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.

For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like.

Kal Spelletich



26. Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, FF Alumns, at Ikon, Santa Monica, CA, thru Mar. 26

Seven Deadly Sins
January 30 – March 26, 2010

select works by Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, Tracey Emin, Banksy, Tracy Nakayama, Thomas Ruff and others.

Current exhibition can be viewed at the following link:


Ikon Ltd.
2525 Michigan Ave. Suite G4
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-6629



27. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, new publication now available

PEGGY DIGGS has had a 30-page booklet on her work and public art practice published by Half Letter Press, the printing component of the art team, Temporary Services, based in Chicago. (Members include Marc Fischer, who conducted the interview, Brett Bloom and Salem Collo-Julin.) One of their "Temporary Conversations" projects, this was conducted as an interview, and printed in January, 2010. Temporary Services writes of this project on their website: "...[this is] a chance to put a lot of fresh information out into the world. In Peggy Diggs' case, her projects are infrequently given sufficient space in print to unfold in the detail they deserve. This is an extraordinarily generous interview, filled with a lot of heart and clear, focused recollections on the circuitous paths Diggs' collaborative projects take." Booklets will soon be sold in New York, but currently may be ordered through http://www.temporaryservices.org/, clicking on Half Letter Press.



28. Denise Green, FF Alumn, at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Manhattan, thru March 6

Wonder and Evanescence: An exhibition of paintings and works on paper.
February 11 - March 6, 2010
Opening cocktail reception: Thursday, February 11, 6- 8 pm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
547 West 27 Street

For her first solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York, renowned Australian-American artist Denise Green, who studied under Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell, applies Indian and Aboriginal philosophy to modernist technique, composing deeply personal works. Disembodied objects such as cut roses, fan-like shapes and stone fragments hover in the center of her paintings. Yet the objects are not to be read literally, nor do they bear specific meaning. Rather they are derived from a bank of personal and cultural imagery. Her paintings collapse boundaries between the interior spiritual world and the physical material world. Multivalent and challenging, Green's work gives new meaning to the notion of globalization in art.

This exhibition is accompanied by a publication by the artist titled Metonymy in Contemporary Art: A New Paradigm.__



29. Judith Ren-Lay, FF Alumn, SB Digital Gallery, Manhattan, opening Feb 13

Opening reception: Saturday, February 13, from 5~9 pm
"Dances with Light"
Solo digital photography exhibit by Judith Ren-Lay*

"Dances with Light" is a portfolio of photographs shot while in constant motion during full moon rises over the ocean at Ocean Grove, NJ, resulting in complex, active drawings in light.

February 13 ~ March 17, 2010

125 East 4th Street (bet. 1st & 2nd Ave)


Here is a link to the Facebook page for "Dances With Light."



30. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, at West Bank Café, Manhattan, Feb. 13-Mar. 6

The Jackie Look

Sat, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6

Time Out, NY
By Raven Snook
Actors impersonating icons is an evergreen tradition (this season we’ve seen Roger Guenveur Smith as Frederick Douglass, Geraint Wyn Davies as Dylan Thomas, Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel and next up, Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead). But Karen Finley’s The Jackie Look is no ordinary biodrama. In her new multimedia solo, the performance artist deconstructs one of the most famous women in U.S. history, as well as our obsession with her. Imagined as a present-day lecture given by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at a Dallas photography school, the piece is a fictionalized take on the late First Lady, in which she ruminates on a variety of subjects, including her husband’s assassination, Michelle Obama and the burden of being one of the most photographed women of her era. We caught up with Finley before a tech rehearsal to chat about the show and her career.

You’ve portrayed other famous women—Martha Stewart and Liza Minnelli. What sparked your interest in Jackie?
Obama’s acceptance speech at Grant Park in Chicago. Looking at that park where the 1968 Democratic Convention happened—many people are too young to remember it, but I do—it was very violent. Afterward, the land was considered to be bad, tainted. Then Obama came out and started speaking, and its history changed. I was moved by that idea of transformation. I started thinking about all the pain in America’s history, how we’re defined by certain images and our emotional relationship to them. Jackie’s legacy is indicative of that. Since it’s supposed to be a lecture, my performance is emotional, but my body is covered. It’s more of a psychological exposure, a metaphor for the way we look at national narratives.

You were set to open last fall but delayed due to a venue’s sudden closure. Has the lapse of time led to script changes?
I’ll definitely talk about the end of the Kennedy era, now that Teddy’s seat was won by a Republican. And I want to include what happened in Haiti somehow. I’m working on that now.
You put the Zapruder film [of Kennedy’s shooting] in the context of today’s era of YouTube. Since practically anyone can capture a historic moment, do you think that affects the way we live?

Absolutely. Photos and video are very deep psychological tools. When we look at images of trauma over and over again, they become neutralized. We use them as vehicles of transference. In the piece, I show the Zapruder film and I also show the website of the Texas School Book Depository, where Oswald allegedly shot JFK. It’s been turned into a museum where you can buy collectibles like a model of the car JFK was riding in. The tragedy’s been fetishized. It’s like what’s going to happen to the 9/11 museum. It’s going to be a shopping day!

It’s been two decades since the "NEA Four": losing grants due to "decency" concerns. Are you still defined by that scandal, the way Jackie was defined by her tragedy?
No. My experience is very unique. Afterward, I didn’t have the same institutional access, so I had to make big changes in my career path. That was actually a very spiritual moment, coming to terms with that. I think our culture is very interested in looking back at these kinds of what-if situations. We want to put them on a grid. We want life to be like Lost: Look, there’s the hatch! One of my favorite lines in my show is, "Your comparing is my way of coping." We’re always comparing everything, trying to go back to the past. The fact that I still get asked about the yams [which she famously smeared against her butt]…I guess I’ve become my own phenomenon, and for some people, I can never quite satisfy that expectation of the past. They have this desire to return to 1988 or 1990, and I can’t do that. [Laughs]

Do you think artists are being treated better these days?
Artists are still looked at as enemies of the state. Look at what happened to Steve Kurtz a couple of years ago. We need a real national endowment of the arts, true governmental support of artists, but all the money went to the banks.

The Jackie Look is playing at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Time Out New York / Issue 749 : Feb 4–10, 2010

Read more: http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/theater/82454/karen-finley-the-jackie-look-interview#ixzz0eVSq3EMT



31. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, in Munich, Germany, opening Feb. 4

Spectacle, enactment, subversion, theater, body-work:
What is and what will become of contemporary performance art? What makes it contemporary?

Can a performance be authentic, esthetic, or politically relevant? —Or all of the above?

Can one still distinguish the performer from the spectator? Is it the art that’s interesting, or the communication between these two?

What taboos are there left to break, and why should they be broken?

FLUXUS 3000 will raise these and other questions through a series of performances on the subject of performances.
At the end of the program, two workshop/discussions will be held between young performance artists and established artists and theoreticians.

Dates: between the 4th and the 27th of February 2010.
Address: Lothringer Str. 13, d-81667 münchen, tel: +49-89-45 91 19 05
Opening times: do - sa, 16:00 - 19:00 und zu den Veranstaltungen



32. Martha Wilson, FF Director and Alumn, at Pace University, Manhattan, Feb. 16

Martha Wilson, FF Director and Alumn, will be lecturing on "the role of collaboration" in her work at
Pace University
on Tuesday Feb 16 6-7 pm
1 Pace Plaza room E321
It's free and the public is welcome.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
80 Arts - The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn NY 11217-1506 U.S.A.
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Fax: 718-398-7256

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Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
Harley Spiller, Administrator
Eben Shapiro, Program Coordinator
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