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Contents for February 18, 2010
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1. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Edward Madrid Gomez, FF Alumns, now online
2. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Feb. 26
3. Joan Jonas, FF Alumn, to receive Skowhegan Medal, April 27
4. Shelly Mars, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Feb. 20
5. Michelle Handelman, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, John Kelly, Brian O’Doherty, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at MIT, Cambridge, MA, thru April 10
6. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 17
7. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, winter events
8. Susan Newmark, FF Member, at Figureworks, Brooklyn, opening Feb. 26
9. Dina von Zweck, new book now available
10. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, at MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, thru April 25
11. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Joes Pub, Manhattan, April 12, and more
12. Kim Jones, FF Alumn, at Pierogi, Brooklyn, thru March 14
13. Adam Pendleton, Richard Prince, FF Alumns, at Blanton Museum, Austin, TX, thru April 25
14. Karen Finley, Alison Knowles, Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumns, at Alexander Gray, Manhattan, opening/performance Feb. 19
15. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Scott Eder, Brooklyn, thru March 30, and more
16. David Khang, FF Alumn, at Univ. of Western Australia, Perth
17. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, in the St. Petersburg Times, now online, and more
18. Peter Cramer, FF Alumn, at Participant, Inc., Feb. 18
19. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com
20. Jess Dobkin, Neal Medlyn, FF Alumns, at Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, Ontario, thru Feb. 28
21. Roger Shimomura, FF Alumn, at Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA, Feb. 18-Mar. 27
22. Pat Steir, FF Alumn, at RISD, Providence, RI, March 11
23. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, thru March 6
24. Carey Lovelace, FF Alumn, at The Drawing Center, Manhattan, thru April 8
25. James Casebere, Kate Gilmore, Rashaad Newsome, Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumns, in The Whitney Biennial, Manhattan, Feb. 25-May 30
26. Alan Delaini, FF Intern Alumn, at Amnesia, Manhattan, Feb. 19
27. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Sideshow, Brooklyn, Feb. 19
28. Jimbo Blachly, Marisa Jahn, FF Alumns, at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Manhattan, Feb. 17
29. Katherine Behar, Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumns, at Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, thru March 27
30. Warren Neidich, FF Alumn, receives The Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2010
31. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, in The New Yorker, Feb. 15
32. Kathy Grove, Dotty Attie, Nina Yankowitz, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at National Academy of Art, Manhattan, thru June 8
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1. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Edward Madrid Gomez, FF Alumns, now online

Stephanie Brody-Lederman FF Alumn exhibition at OK Harris Gallery reviewed by Edward Madrid Gomez, FF Alumn, at

http://www.edwardmgomez.com/

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2. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Feb. 26

Transart MFA Show and Open House New York, February 26, 2010

Prospective applicants are invited to attend Open House, two guest artist lectures, a question and answer period, and the Transart Institute exhibition and reception on Friday, February 26 from 5:00 - 8:00 at the Sideshow Gallery, 319 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. This is a unique opportunity to become familiar with the Transart low-residency MFA program, get in touch with alumni and current students, get to know faculty and mentors and ask all the questions that can only be answered in person. A detailed program is online:

http://www.transartinstitute.org/Newpages/Residencies_Winter10.html.

TRANSART WINTER SHOW
The single evening event curated by Richard Timperio presents current projects of Transart faculty, students and alumni at the Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Magda Biernat, Angelika Rinnhofer, Kristin Blondal, Elaine Despins, Dominique Rey, Jeanne Criscola, Renee Kildow, Jayne Holsinger, Karl Nussbaum, Ingibjorg Hauksdottir, Nicki Stager, Rori Knudtson, Christopher Barrett, Geoff Cox, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Knoll + Cella, Astrid Menze, Cheryl Hirshman, Elizabeth Fearon, Christopher van Donkelaar, Leah Decter, Karen Marshall, Quint Welters, Christine Serchia & Lindsey Glover, Sonia Barrett, Emily Cappa, Mary Ting, Amy Herrmann and Jean Marie Casbarian will be showing video, painting, installation and photography. Reception 2/26 at 7:00 PM at the Sideshow Gallery, 319 Bedford Av. Brooklyn/NY.

MFA PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Transart Institute is a student-centered, self-directed MFA program, uniquely located in Europe offering an accredited two year low-residency course for working artists, teachers and all professionals in related fields who are seeking advancement in visual arts and new media. The innovative program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two shorter, optional winter residencies in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist mentors wherever they work and live.

The Transart MFA program is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways. Current students work with animation, curating, digital media, film, gaming, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality.

FACULTY
Transart faculty comes from a wide range of academic and artistic backgrounds as well as geographic locations. Current theoretical areas of expertise include software art, curatorial work, cyberfeminism, African diaspora, interface technologies, digital arts, continental philosophy, media, social studies in colonialism, capitalism and tourism, word and image relationships, and contemporary asian art history. Studio faculty include international artists working with sound, performance, dance and choreography, photography, drawing, sculpture, film and video, intervention and installation art.

STUDENTS
The majority of Transart students are emerging and mid-career artists and educators at tertiary institutions. Transart Institute's residencies are a true meeting place for cultural exchange. Current students will converge for the summer residency from areas as diverse as Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Iceland, Croatia, Ethiopia, Canada, Costa Rica, the UK and the US.

ADMISSION
Application period for the MFA program is from March 1 to May 1, 2010 with rolling admissions. An online form will be available from March 1st:
http://www.transartinstitute.org/Newpages/ApplicationForm3.html.

TUITION AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Tuition is EUR 4800 per semester. A number of partial scholarships (typically 25%) are given each year and will be announced separately as they become available.

For further information please contact: info at transartinstitute.org

Cella, MFA,
Klaus Knoll, Dr. phil.
Directors, Transart Institute

http://www.transartinstitute.org
Phone: (347) 410 9905, Fax: (508) 682 285

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3. Joan Jonas, FF Alumn, to receive Skowhegan Medal, April 27

SKOWHEGAN AWARDS DINNER
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATORY EVENING
HONORING:

Ron Gorchov, Skowhegan Medal for Painting
Joan Jonas, FF Alumn, Skowhegan Medal for Performance & Video
Cy Twombly, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture
Norma Munn, Governors' Award for Outstanding Service to Artists

TUESDAY, APRIL 27
CIPRIANI WALL STREET
NEW YORK CITY

SKOWHEGAN
200 Park Avenue South, Suite 1116, New York, NY 10003 T 212 529 0505 F
212 473 1342

Summer / P.O. Box 449, Skowhegan, ME 04976 T 207 474 9345

http://www.skowheganart.org/newsletter/lt.php?id=bUgBVwVRBQRMUwQHTlACWQI%3D

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4. Shelly Mars, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Feb. 20

This Sat. Feb. 20th at Dixon Place Lounge, 161 Chrystie Street. Shelly Mars and Kirby present another Bulldyke Chronicles. Performers: Shelly Mars, Susan Jeremy, Elizabeth Whitney, Lea Robinson, and Sinclair Sexsmith. A new performance series happening two Saturday's of the month. Full bar, a very cozy place to see new work, and it's cheap. only 6 dollars. Showtime: 9:30pm, Shelly and Kirby are always looking for new works, so If you have something that you think would fit the bill, please contact me at: bulldykechronicles at gmail.com. future dates. Feb. 27, Mar. 20,27, April, 17,24, May, 8,15,22 &June 12. Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Shelly&Kirby

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5. Michelle Handelman, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, John Kelly, Brian O’Doherty, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at MIT, Cambridge, MA, thru April 10

Michelle Handelman, FF member, in VIRTUOSO ILLUSION: Cross-Dressing and the New Avant-Garde

VIRTUOSO ILLUSION: Cross-Dressing and the New Avant-Garde curated by Michael Rush
MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER | February 5 - April 10, 2010.
Artists include Charles Atlas, Matthew Barney, Claude Cahun, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, Marcel Duchamp, Michelle Handelman, John Kelly, Katarzyna Kozyra, Kalup Linzy, Ma Liuming, Manon, Pierre Molinier, Yasumasa Morimura, Brian O’Doherty, Ryan Trecartin, and Andy Warhol. Organized by guest curator Michael Rush, this exhibition explores what has traditionally been called cross-dressing (drag) as a tactic for media artists that has been central to the development of the current avant-garde. The exhibition features videos, installations, photographs, and performances.

MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER | 20 Ames St. Cambridge, MA 02139 |
http://listart.mit.edu
www.michellehandelman.com

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6. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 17

BARBARA ROSENTHAL returns to BERLIN this week for EXISTENTIAL WORD PLAY, a solo screening of 34 new + favorite text & performance videos at LETTRETAGE, plus 3 at DIRECTORS LOUNGE.

Full Solo program : "EXISTENTIAL WORD PLAY"
34 language and communication text/performance/poetry short videos in 68 minutes including 3 WORLD PREMIERES (see attached poster and program)
WEDNESDAY (MITTWOCH), 17 FEB., 7pm at LETTRTAGE
Lettrtage: Das junge Literaturhaus in Berlin
Methfesselstr. 23-25; 10965 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
tel: 030.692.45.38
Eintritt 5
Full Program, in Order: Lettering Too Big, Secret Of Life, Nancy And Sluggo, Boy And Father, Boggle, Paths To Follow, Words Backwards, Quotation From Paul Gauguin, This Is A, Dog Recognition, Postcards, Rules, Space And Time, World View, Names And Faces, Siddhartha, Black And Silent, Whispering Confession, Secret Codes, Burp Talk, Daily News, News To Fit The Family, I Have A NY Accent, Lying Diary/Provocation Cards, Semaphore Poems, News Wall, Nonsense Conversation, Society, How Much Does The Monkey Remember, Feet Handoff, Pregnancy Dreams, Handwriting Analysis.

Plus a few videos also being shown at Directors Lounge:
Mon, 15 Feb, 8pm
"Rules" and "Secret Codes"
Thurs, 18 Feb, 8pm
"Rules", "Secret Codes", and "International Garbage"
address
Die Kunst- und Medienflaneure loungen dieses Jahr im Meinblau auf dem
Pfefferberg, Berlin.
Ort: Meinblau e.V., Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18/19, D-10119 Berlin
www.directorslounge.net
Pfefferburg (Mitte)
Eintritt Frei

Barbara Rosenthal is known for profound, introspective, existential thinking, and her mix of art and writing. Her video shorts are often very funny, and reflect a tongue-in-cheek approach to the problems of human life, mind, art and communication. She is represented by Central Booking, an artspace in Brooklyn, NY with close ties to Berlin. As critic Manohla Dargis wrote in "The Village Voice", "Rosenthal's work is incessantly personal, even naked, with an emphasis on language realized through stories, puns, songs, names, and confessions..."

3 Links:
Barbara Rosenthal on Wikipedia Online Reference Encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Rosenthal
Artist's Website:
http://www.emedialoft.org/artistspages/barbararosenthal.htm
Review in Flash Art International magazine by Clare Carswell of Rosenthal's
recent video and art.
http://www.flashartonline.com/interno.php?pagina=newyork_det&id_art=411&det=ok&title=Barbara-Rosenthal

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7. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, winter events

2010 TIM MILLER WINTER NEWSLETTER & TOUR SCHEDULE

Hi All

I am already in the first weeks of nonstop travel, performing, teaching for 2010! I have already had great adventures at USC, Univ of Texas, Vortex theater in Austin and a residency at Cal State University Channel Islands! I had a FANTASTIC time in Austin! Great piece on LAY OF THE LAND in Austin's daily paper, The American Statesman.

http://www.austin360.com/arts/tim-miller-s-lay-of-the-land-challenge-197631.html

The first months of touring my new show LAY OF THE LAND have gone great! (First stops on the tour l- L.A., Tallahassee, Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, Boston Center for the Arts, S.F. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Alaska's Out North theater! "lay of the land" indeed! Next stops are all over Ohio, Colby College in Maine, North Carolina School of the Arts.

I am VERY excited to be heading back to my beloved Chicago for a run at the amazing Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago with Lay of the Land for March 15-22.
http://www.victorygardens.org/content/node/1432
I will also be doing a week-long performance workshop that will result in a performance March 22

http://www.victorygardens.org/content/node/1633
Such a wonderful theater with the added frisson of where John Dillinger was killed! I was obsessed with Dillinger as a child!
The piece feels super strong and mega timely in its engagement of marriage equality and the tipping point we are reaching around gay civil rights in this country. Very much the piece I would want to be doing at this juicy time-after marriage equality came to California (only to be snatched away months later) And as this issue races all over the country from, Iowa to the loss of equality in Maine last Fall. Great review in L.A. TIMES!

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2009/05/review-lay-of-the-land-at-highways.html

a video trailer for LAY OF THE LAND!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYrH-PKJPnA

Great interview in SF Chronicle.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/19/NSH61ALDGD.DTL

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

Jan 12 SF, French American International School
Jan 27 USC Vision and Voices
Jan 29 University of Texas
Jan 29-31 Vortex Theatre, Austin, TX
Feb 8-12 California State Univ Channel Islands
Feb 15-20 Ohio Wesleyan University
Feb 19, 21-22 Kenyon College
March 2-5 Colby College
March 6-13 Ohio University
March 14-22 Chicago, Victory Gardens Theater
April1-3 Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY
April 5-9 N. Carolina School of the Arts
April 12 Virgina Tech
April 13-15 James Madison University
April 28-30 California State Univ, Chico
May 15-18 New Orleans, Marigny Theater Saints & Sinners Festival

See lots of you on my travels! Next stop Ohio Wesleyan Univ, Kenyon College and Ohio Univ!!

cheers, Tim
www.TimMillerPerformer.com
http://www.facebook.com/TimMillerPerformer
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN,
Jan 28, 2010
Tim Miller's 'Lay of the Land' challenges same-sex marriage ban

The passage of California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, prompted Tim Miller to create his one-man show.
By Clare Croft

Two weeks ago in San Francisco, arguments began in the federal trial regarding the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban of same-sex marriage. This weekend, Austin will hear a slightly less somber challenge to Proposition 8: queer performance artist Tim Miller's one-man show 'Lay of the Land' at the Vortex. Miller gained national headlines in the early 1990s when he was one four performances artists whose NEA grants were yanked by conservative lawmakers intent on curbing their sexually oriented creative expression. In response to what became known as the culture wars, the NEA - which was nearly abolished in the process - stopped awarding individual grants to artists. Miller spoke with the Statesman about the performance's timeliness, sexiness and meaning.

American-Statesman: How did the November 2008 vote for Proposition 8 catalyze the creation of 'Lay of the Land'?
Tim Miller: This piece really began from questioning what it means when your state completely messes with your family-when 52 percent of the voters vote to deny rights to 10 percent of the citizens. It's a response to this kind of crazy thing: having your neighbors vote to take your rights away. You perform 'Lay of the Land' with American and California state flags on either side of the stage.

Why did you choose those symbols?
They're clear markers of civic identity. Every high school cafeteria has a state and national flag. Every courthouse. The spaces I tell stories about are almost always public spaces-where individual identity clashes up against national status. I also travel constantly, so if it doesn't fit in my carry-on bag, it ain't part of the show.

Why do you talk about sex so much in your work?
Well, in mainstream representations of gay people on television, it's pretty much forbidden for sex to even be mentioned. It's usually just the gay minstrel clown with snappy one-liners. I want to create the images I would say are invisible in mainstream culture: a queer citizen, a queer husband, (and) a queer activist.

What gives you hope - the drive to keep performing, despite the passage of legislation and referendums with which you disagree?
I was performing at Texas Tech in Lubbock last year and a bunch of ROTC students wanted to talk to me. I thought, 'Oh, they're going to mess with me.' Instead they only wanted my take on how they could be better officers and more effectively dismantle 'Don't ask; don't tell.' This is a bunch of 21-year-olds in Lubbock wanting to talk to the gay performance artist about dismantling 'Don't ask; don't tell.' It was so great. My own prejudices were exposed. I had thought the only narrative would be queer bashing, and I was completely wrong. Moments like that are the currency of hope. The story can change. The narrative is not fixed.

'Lay of the Land'
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Where: Vortex, 2307 Manor Road
Cost: $15-$30
Info: 478-5282, www.vortexrep.org

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8. Susan Newmark, FF Member, at Figureworks, Brooklyn, opening Feb. 26

Hello All,
I want to invite you to my upcoming solo exhibition at the Figureworks Gallery. Here is the information:

Susan Newmark ( a.k.a. Susan Fleminger)

CUT & COLOR : THE JANES
Mixed Media Collages and Artists Books

February 26 - April 4, 2010

Reception: Friday, February 26, 6-9pm,

Figureworks Gallery
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
718- 486-7021 www.figureworks.com

Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday 1-6pm or by appointment

Hope you can stop by,
best, Susan

By Subway: L train across 14th Street to Bedford Ave. ( first stop in Brooklyn) at North 7th Street, walk around corner to N. 6th Street and cross the street.
Gallery is off Bedford Ave.

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9. Dina von Zweck new book now available

Poetry Book Available

THE HISTORY OF WORDS & Other Poems
Dina von Zweck
Publisher: White Deer Books
PubDate: 9/1/2009
ISBN: 9781615849260
Binding: Paperback
Price: $15.00
Pages: 124
Order from: www.spdbooks.org
Poetry. THE HISTORY OF WORDS & Other Poems brings the Reader a physicality that is playful and powerful. Whether the subject is desire... art, and artists cavorting... secular love... urban angst... bare trees with blue lights... mathematical chaos & complexity... or a simple twist-of-fate, there is always active primal energy at work in the images and language. There is always a clash of forces... a connection... and a sudden, mercurial opening that reveals humanity with all its quirky possibilities. Absurdly tantalizing, the poems jump headlong into luck & love, and take you with them into the act of creation itself.... A wondrous and magical encounter with today's ironic alternate realities. Painful & funny.

About the author: Dina von Zweck is the award-winning author of 31 books, several screenplays, and 19 stageplays. She has just completed the libretto for Infinity, a neo-opera based on the life and work of Giordano Bruno .Fludd---Virtual Polar Icecap Meltdown (an artistic assessment, both digital performance and print) was written with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in mind . She has recently received a Writer's Residency for two months in Venice, Italy, 2010. Formerly Director of Publishing, CBS Inc. and listed in Who's Who in America and International Authors & Writers Who's Who, von Zweck is a member of PEN, the Dramatists Guild of America, Poets & Writers, the Actors Studio (Process Unit), and the Academy of American Poets.

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10. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, at MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, thru April 25

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
www.macba.cat
John Baldessari. Pure Beauty
11 February - 25 April 2010

Born in National City, California, in 1931, John Baldessari is undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of our time. His long-term exploration of language and image coupled with his inquisitive approach to art-making has expanded the parameters of what we consider art. In 1966 he began taking photos in a working class suburb of his hometown, National City. The pictures were intentionally non-spectacular and mundane. As an antithesis to Pop art, Baldessari adopted an anti-heroic attitude by documenting ingenious actions instead of monumentalising his subjects. The photos were enlarged and transferred onto canvas, and then commercial sign painters painted equally prosaic texts identifying each site. These photo and text pieces created new meanings and tensions between images and words and marked a pivotal turning point in Baldessari's artistic trajectory. He later went one step further by dropping imagery all together from his canvases, leaving only texts appropriated from varied sources, which he sometimes manipulated. ‘I sought to use language not as a visual element but something to read. That is, a notebook entry about painting could replace the painting... I was attempting to make something that didn't emanate art signals.' The concept of authorship was further addressed in the Commissioned Paintings (1969) series in which Baldessari hired amateur artists to produce paintings of photographs of a hand pointing at something ordinary. The inspiration for the series came from a criticism that said that Conceptual art was nothing more than pointing.

Teaching has always been a significant and integral part of Baldessari's life. In 1970 he was offered a position at the renowned California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) where he taught alongside influential contemporaries such as John Cage and Nam June Paik. Being exposed to their work and their respective mediums, music and video, made a significant impression on Baldessari. Music brought about the notion of temporality, which is reflected in his work through the use of multiple photos in a time sequence manner, as in Artist Hitting Various Objects with Golf Club (1972-73). With the introduction of the Sony Portapak, Baldessari naturally experimented with the new medium. Initially made for his students, such videos as I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art (1971) and I Am Making Art (1971) have become some of the artist's most iconic video pieces.

Having moved to Los Angeles, the proximity of Hollywood also found its way into Baldessari's work. He adopted the work processes of the film-making industry as themes in works such as Story with 24 Versions (1974) and Scenario: Story Board (1972-73) where plots are sketched out scene by scene. Baldessari also appropriated imagery from film stills, which he found in local shops and meticulously categorised by content for inspiration and use in his works. Simultaneously, the pieces he created began to take on a larger scale, using the photographs as building blocks to suggest narratives. In Kiss/Panic (1984) there is a provocative juxtaposition of a couple kissing, with a seemingly chaotic crowd scene below, surrounded by photos of pointing guns.

By the mid-1980s coloured dots began appearing on the faces of the characters in the found photographs. Baldessari discovered that obliterating the face gave even more anonymity to the subjects and therefore forced the viewer to focus on other aspects of the image to make sense of the scene. Bloody Sundae (1987) consists of two distinct scenes with the subjects composed in the form of an ice-cream dessert. On top, two men attack a third beside a stack of paintings, while beneath them a couple lounge decadently on a bed. All five faces are covered with coloured circles. The violence of the upper image coupled with the suggestive title, hints at a pending raid on the couple's room.

In later works the signature coloured dots usurp the rest of the person, flattening the image and creating an abstraction of the human form. The Duress Series: Person Climbing Exterior Wall of Tall Building/Person oLedge of Tall Building/Person on Girders of Unfinished Tall Building (2003) has three such figures in compromising situations; however the filled-in silhouettes somehow attribute humour to what would be a dangerous scene. Baldessari revisits his ongoing interests in the parts of the body that identify visual sensitivity in the series Noses and Ears (2006-7) and Arms and Legs (2007-8), in which these parts are isolated while other details of the body and environment are coloured in or omitted, leaving viewers the bare minimum to interpret the work. In his most recent series Furrowed Eyebrows and Raised Foreheads (2009), the artist continues his exploration of human expression through fragmentations.

Activities
John Baldessari in conversation with Bartomeu Marí
Thursday 11 February, at 7 pm
MACBA Auditorium. Free admission. Limited seating

Special tours of the exhibition
Baldessari as seen by...
Ester Partegàs, artist
Wednesday 17 February, at 6 pm
David Armengol, curator and educator
Wednesday 24 February, at 7 pm
Montse Badia, art critic and curator
Wednesday 10 March, at 7 pm
Octavi Rofes, anthropologist and Deputy Director of Escola Eina
Wednesday 24 March, at 7 pm
Toni Segarra, publicist
Wednesday 7 April, at 7 pm
Exhibition galleries
Further information www.macba.cat

Publication
John Baldessari: Pure Beauty. Museum Associates, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Prestel Verlag, Munic, Berlin, London, New York, 2010. Texts by Marie de Brugerolle, Bice Curiger, Douglas Eklund, Russell Ferguson, Rainer Fuchs, Tim Griffin, Friedrich Meschede, David Salle and John C. Welchman. English, Catalan and Spanish editions.

Exhibition organised by Tate Modern, London, in association with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).

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11. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Joes Pub, Manhattan, April 12, and more

Dear All,
Hello and happy new year from Nora York.
These are strange and unusual times...

I decided to write you and announce my upcoming concert date:
Monday April 12th 2010
AND ask for your input.

I have booked the Amazing Band... They are ready and willing to play whatever we decide...

I have been so taken up with my music theater extravganza JUMP -- writing with David Greenspan, under the direction of JoAnne Akalaitis and designed by Kiki Smith... Oh lord ... my music is being developed with my long time friend Jamie Lawrence... Things are very exciting... It looks like we will have a show to show next

season... Jan. 2011... That is another story....

As I was saying...

WHAT SHOULD I SING ???
APRIL 12th at JOES PUB...NYC... 7pm....???

One set...

My ideas are these...BUT -- I am open to suggestion... I WOULD LOVE SOME HELP!

NORA SINGS BROADWAY ( oh please don't say you want this)

STADIUM ( songs from the big stadium performers... )

Reprise of POWER.PLAY

GREATEST HITS ( from whatever era of mine.... That is too easy)

RIDE ‘EM COWBOY My husband wants me to return to COUNTRY AND WESTERN FAVORITES

OR .... YOUR IDEA!!!!

Please send ANY IDEAS OR REQUESTS TO ME!
You could be surprised... I might just do what you say! And credit you for it....

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12. Kim Jones, FF Alumn, at Pierogi, Brooklyn, thru March 14

KIM JONES Venice High
Opening reception Friday, 12 February (7-9pm) at
PIEROGI
177 North 9th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

KIM JONES
Venice High | Press Release

Pierogi is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Kim Jones. Jones was born in San Bernardino, CA, and his work grew out of the Southern California performance art scene of the 1970s. His contemporaries there were Paul McCarthy and Chris Burden, and he was influenced by the work of artists such as Bruce Nauman and Eva Hesse.

Jones' work incorporates performance, sculpture, drawing, and painting. He became known early on for his performance persona, "Mudman," and could be seen walking the streets of Los Angeles and Venice, CA during the 1970s, and then during the 1980s in New York City and New York's subway system, covered in mud, and wearing on his back a crudely constructed lattice-work structure of sticks, tape, and twine, his face covered with a nylon stocking. Throughout this time he was consistently developing drawings and paintings on paper. His works on paper range from intricate graphite drawings involving "X" and "O" figures and erasure indicating movement of each force (referred to as war drawings), to works that incorporate photography, acrylic paint, ink line work, and collage, many of which have been made over a period of thirty years. Over the years Jones has developed a language of materials and marks: sticks, mud, twine, rats, and "X" and "O" symbols. "Mudman," and other figures that resemble the performance persona, inhabit his elegant and simultaneously grotesque drawings and paintings.

Time has always been an important element for Jones but in this new body of work he stretches the timeline to its fullest potential within his lifetime, working over drawings he made at the age of fourteen. The tentative hand and line of the 14-year-old shares the page with the experienced line of the same artist some fifty years later. While other artists might choose to jettison or hide away their schoolboy drawings, Jones works to incorporate them into his present-day practice; he neither wishes to discard the past nor let anything go to waste. He seeks at every turn to meld new and old, to connect his line of thinking from, in this instance, 1958 through to 2010. This exhibition will feature a series of drawings and paintings on paper that incorporate these early drawings as well as early performance documentation. It will also feature sculptural works incorporating wigs and acrylic paint. These pieces resemble flattened scalps or skins and integrate Jones' familiar war drawings. As Jones' painted war jackets operate as extensions of the body, these wigs are extensions of Jones' performative vernacular.

"...[D]eparting from the example of Joseph Beuys and other would-be modern shamans, Jones offers no healer's nostrums, no utopian alternatives to the ongoing strife that both surrounds and emanates from us. In just such times, and we seem never to get beyond them-with the result that the artist's larger themes are always current, indeed urgent, and never fade as the topical, no matter how searing, inevitably does-Jones' art counters with authenticity and eccentric grace." (Robert Storr, Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones, 2007)

Jones' work was recently included in the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) exhibition, Compass In Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection and will be included in the upcoming 17th Sydney Biennial, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival In A Precarious Age. He has received fellowships and residencies from ArtPace (San Antonio, TX), the Sirius Art Center (Ireland), the American Academy in Rome and, the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA). His work has been included in such notable exhibitions as Collage: The Unmonumental Picture at the New Museum (NYC, 2008); the 52nd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (2007); Disparities & Deformations: Our Grotesque, Site Santa Fe (2004), and; Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA and MAK, Vienna (1998). His work was recently the subject of a comprehensive traveling retrospective, Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones.

PIEROGI
177 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
T. 718.599.2144
F. 718.599.1666
E. info at pierogi2000.com
www.pierogi2000.com

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13. Adam Pendleton, Richard Prince, FF Alumns, at Blanton Museum, Austin, TX, thru April 25

DESIRE
February 5 – April 25, 2010

Blanton Museum of Art
MLK at Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701

http://www.blantonmuseum.org

Isaac Julien, Marilyn Minter, Kalup Linzy, William Villalongo, Olaf Breuning, James Drake, Petah Coyne, Georganne Deen, Gajin Fujita, Adam Pendleton, Peter Saul, Valeska Soares, Danica Phelps, Miguel Angel Rojas, Mads Lynnerup, Rochelle Feinstein, Richard Prince, Laurel Nakadate, Jesse Amado, Isabell Heimerdinger, Alejandro Cesarco, Eve Sussman, Robert Kushner, Tracey Emin, Luisa Lambri, Chris Doyle, Glenn Ligon, Cauleen Smith, Susie J Lee, Amy Globus, Jesse Amado, and Michael Scoggins

Curator: Annette DiMeo Carlozzi
This spring the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin investigates the notion of desire in an exhibition of the same name. Desire features over fifty works from an international selection of contemporary artists working in a wide range of media.

Curator Annette Carlozzi states, "Desire is a complex human emotion and a driving force in our lives from childhood through old age. We all can recall examples of literature, music and film that are rife with expressions of physical desire. But how do contemporary visual artists portray desire, and all its attendant psychological states—anticipation, arousal, infatuation, longing, regret, and so on? Desire explores multivalent aspects of desire—hot and restrained, overwhelming and over-analyzed, life changing and inconsequential. From flickers of romantic fantasy to visceral visions of fully engaged response, these assembled works chart an emotional and psychological journey that correlates basic human experience with vital creative expressions."

Works by Isaac Julien, Marilyn Minter, Kalup Linzy, William Villalongo, Olaf Breuning, James Drake, Petah Coyne, Georganne Deen, Gajin Fujita, Adam Pendleton, Peter Saul, Valeska Soares, Danica Phelps, Miguel Angel Rojas, Mads Lynnerup, Rochelle Feinstein, Richard Prince, Laurel Nakadate, Jesse Amado, Isabell Heimerdinger, Alejandro Cesarco, Eve Sussman, Robert Kushner, Tracey Emin, Luisa Lambri, Chris Doyle, Glenn Ligon, Cauleen Smith, Susie J Lee, Amy Globus, Jesse Amado, and Michael Scoggins together provide an engaging multi-generational exploration of this complex emotion. Created during the past twelve years, the contemporary works in Desire are countered by a selection of historical prints from The Blanton's collection that shows how artists have explored notions of desire over the years.

The accompanying illustrated publication will contains texts by art critics, fiction writers, poets, performing and visual artists, collectors and curators, all written in direct response to the works of art in the exhibition.

A full range of public programs is planned in conjunction with the exhibition, including a special film series curated by The Austin Film Society. See our website for details.
Desire is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.

Funding for the exhibition is provided in part by Melissa Jones and by a grant from Houston Endowment Inc. in honor of Melissa Jones for the presentation of contemporary art at The Blanton. The accompanying publication is made possible by Michael Chesser.

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14. Karen Finley, Alison Knowles, Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumns, at Alexander Gray, Manhattan, opening/performance Feb. 19

Alison Knowles
Lorraine O’Grady
Karen Finley
Paul Ramírez Jonas

What’s Left: Artworks Made by a Public
February 19 – March 13, 2010
Opening Reception and Alison Knowles Performance: Friday, February 19, 2010, 6-8 PM

Inaugurating Alexander Gray Associates’ new gallery space on the second floor of 508 West 26 Street, What’s Left: Art Made by a Public showcases four significant artworks made since the 1960s that are activated by public engagement. Situated between conceptualism, performance, intervention and public art, the exhibition raises questions concerning documentation and archive, event and object.

Alison Knowles’ #2 Proposition (Make a Salad) (1962) is a seminal Fluxus piece, a performance-based artwork set to a Mozart score, with the artist preparing a salad for the audience. #2 Proposition premiered in 1962 at the Institute of Contemporary Art London, and was more recently presented at the Wexner Center for Contemporary Art (2004) and the Tate Modern (2008). The work will take place during the gallery opening on Friday, February 19, 2010; documentation will be presented in the exhibition.

Lorraine O’Grady’s Art Is..., a 1983 performance intervention in the African-American Pride Parade was made in response to a fellow activist’s challenge that "avant-garde art doesn’t have anything to do with Black people". Photo-documentation of the resulting artwork, made specifically for a non-art world audience, shows performers interacting with parade spectators, framing people and the Harlem street scape with gold frames in an affirmative, joyful encounter. O’Grady will be included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

From her 1991 series Momento Mori, Karen Finley’s Ribbon Gate (1991) provided an interactive experience for the public to consider the impact of the AIDS crisis. Presented at The Kitchen and MOCA-Los Angeles, the public tied multicolor ribbons on an antique, wrought-iron gate in memory of someone who had died of AIDS. Made at a peak moment of the AIDS crisis’ impact on the art community, the work today exists as an archive and memorial.

Paul Ramírez Jonas' Talisman I (2008–2009) is a triptych containing the objects from his public art work in the 28th São Paulo Biennale 2008, curated by Ivo Mesquita. Building on the exhibition?s theme of "in living contact", the piece is comprised of hundreds of house keys exchanged by Sao Paulo residents to keys to the Biennale's building, along with the contract that was signed by each participant. Talisman extends Ramírez Jonas' interest in social contracts, manifested in earlier public works in Cambridge, MA; and will be further explored in Key to the City, a New York city-wide project to be produced by Creative Time in May 2010.

The gallery’s move to the second floor of the West Chelsea Arts Building expands the exhibition space and provides more direct access from 26th Street. With a view overlooking the northern stretch of the High Line park, Alexander Gray Associates looks forward to a strengthened connection to Chelsea audiences and our second floor neighbors, Nicole Klagsbrun, Andrea Meislin, BravinLee Programs, and Marvelli Gallery.

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15. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Scott Eder, Brooklyn, thru March 30, and more

I'm in this gallery show (as well as in the new comics anthology, Hotwire 3):

HOTWIRE 3 Fine Arts Bash!!

This Great Show includes some of the best and boldest talents working in comix today. Here's a chance to see original art work by Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Mark Dean Veca, David Sandlin, Tim Lane, Jayr Pulga, Chadwick Whitehead, Sam Henderson, Mary Fleener, Rick Altergott, R. Sikoryak, and Matso....

Many of these exciting artists will be on hand to meet you, discuss their work, and their insights into the comics scene. HOTWIRE's contributors have graced the pages of the very best comix anthologies--such as RAW, R. Crumb's WIERDO, SNAKE EYES, DRAWN AND QUARTERLY, as well as mainstream publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nickelodeon, and The Village Voice.

It will be a terrific show, curated by Scott Eder, who has many cool comic art shows to his credit. Now's your chance to get a good look at HOTWIRE art and it's artists--in person!
Drinks and food will be served, the scene will be mellow, the vibes happening....This is definitely an art scene worth making the trek to!

HOTWIRE3 Art Show
Friday, February 12, 2010
6:00 - 9:00PM
Scott Eder Gallery
18 Bridge Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-797-1100
http://www.scottedergallery.com/

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Masterpiece-Comics/109084917611?ref=ts

On Twitter:
http://twitter.com/RSikoryak

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16. David Khang, FF Alumn, at Univ. of Western Australia, Perth

David Khang @ SymbioticA, University of Western Australia, Perth

David Khang will be at SymbioticA Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, on a 6-month long residency.

Khang will be conducting biological research that fuses his dual training in art and dentistry. By using tissue culture biotechnology, he will experiment with growing dental cells into desired shapes, in effect making "enamel sculptures."

Khang will also do field work with UWA’s Faculty of Dentistry, to study the oral health of Australian Aborigine population in Western Australia. He will focus particular attention on how certain dental-anatomical traits have been used historically for racial classifications.

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17. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, in the St. Petersburg Times, now online, and more

Babs Reingold's show "Hung Out in the Projects" reviewed in the St.
Petersburg Times and Creative Loafing, Tampa.

http://www.tampabay.com/features/visualarts/review-the-projects-as-art-a-bleak-yet-beautiful-tableau/1066558#

http://tampa.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/babs_reingold_s_unsettling_vision_of_lives_traumatized_by_poverty/Content?oid=972167

Thanks,
Babs

www.babsreingold.com

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18. Peter Cramer, FF Alumn, at Participant, Inc., Feb. 18

Peter Cramer exhibits "Jason Bound " for the 5th annual art sale
"Small Works for Big Change" benefiting the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
www.srlp.org/bigchange

February 18th Thursday 6:30- 9:30pm.
Bidding closes @ 9pm.
@
Participant Inc. Gallery
253 East Houston St. ( between Norfolk and Suffolk St.)

With works by more than 60 artists
MC Tara Mateik
DJ Tikka Masala & DJ Kingdom
Performance by Dynasty Handbag

Please support this essential LGBT youth service organization!
Thanks.

Peter Cramer
PO Box 20260
New YOrk New YOrk 10009
212 529 8815

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19. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk1-dtyWHaA

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20. Jess Dobkin, Neal Medlyn, FF Alumns, at Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, Ontario, thru Feb. 28

Jess Dobkin and Neal Medlyn, FF Alumns, are participating in the Rhubarb Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which is on now thru Feb. 28, 2010. Full information at yyzbuddies.blogspot.com

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21. Roger Shimomura, FF Alumn, at Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA, Feb.18-Mar. 27

Roger Shimomura, FF Alumn, presents "Paintings" at Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA, Feb. 18-Mar. 27, 2010. www.gregkucera.com

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22. Pat Steir, FF Alumn, at RISD, Providence, RI, March 11

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design Pat Steir and Julie Mehretu at The RISD Museum
March 11, 6:30pm

Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center
Advance tickets available by calling 401 709-8402

http://www.risdmuseum.org

On March 11, Susan Harris moderates a conversation with Pat Steir and Julie Mehretu at the RISD Museum; both artists will discuss the central role of drawing in their work, with a focus on issues specific to women artists of their respective generations. The discussion is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line, on view February 16 through July 3.

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, the exhibition examines 40 years of Steir's work, focusing on her exploration of the vocabulary of drawing. Presented in 6,000 square feet, Drawing Out of Line features Steir's drawings on paper—which vary dramatically in scale—in relationship to her paintings and prints, and includes a re-creation of her large wall drawing Self-Portrait: An Installation (first created for the New Museum [NY] in 1987), which she is producing on site with the assistance of 12 RISD students. 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 series featuring broad, dark gestural marks that sometimes serve as a backdrop for delicate pastel grids (2007–08).

Julie Mehretu (Ethiopian American, b. 1970) is known for layering her own complex personal language of marks and symbols with references to maps and architectural imagery to create elaborate, semi-abstract drawings, prints, and paintings that explore spatial depth and challenge narrow cultural readings. Mehretu earned an MFA from RISD in 1997. Her awards include the Berlin Prize (2007), from the American Academy in Berlin; a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award (2005); and the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2005). Her work has appeared in major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY (2007); Detroit Institute of Arts (2006); and the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis (2003), among others. She has also participated in the Sydney Biennale (2006); Carnegie International (2004); Bienal de São Paulo (2004); Whitney Biennial (2004); and the Istanbul Biennial (2003).

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, Judy and Robert Mann, John Cheim (RISD BFA 1977), Howard Read (RISD BFA 1976), and an anonymous donor.

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
http://www.risdmuseum.org
224 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
401 454-6500
Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm

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23. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, at Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, thru March 6

Dear all
I have some new work on show in Brooklyn’s Rotunda Gallery through March 6; I hope you can go and see: info below.

Also I have put images on my website of my recently completed sculpture commission at Griffiss International Sculpture Park here
http://www.jennypolak.com/Lookout_Landing.html and of my
counter-surveillance tower kit here
http://www.jennypolak.com/surveillance_tower_kit.html

Jenny Polak
http://www.jennypolak.com

the no place
Rotunda Gallery http://www.bricartsmedia.org/contemporary-art/exhibitions
On view through March 6
Artists
Liset Castillo, Blane De St. Croix, Nathan Kensinger, Paula Luttringer,
Jenny Polak and J.G. Zimmerman

Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel 718.875.4047
Directions
A, C trains to High Street
2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Borough Hall
M, R trains to Court Street [map]
http://cl.exct.net/?qs=0b588d3c930ea00013c1d9a093c65b23d1e3e3753d86d42637e91c217a5ae5a9
Hours
Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6 pm

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24. Carey Lovelace, FF Alumn, at The Drawing Center, Manhattan, thru April 8

Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary, at The Drawing Center through April 8, explores the fundamental role of drawing in the work of Greek avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001). A leading figure in twentieth century music, Xenakis was trained as a civil engineer, then became an architect and developed revolutionary designs while working with Le Corbusier. Comprised of nearly 100 documents created between 1953 and 1984, this will be the first North American exhibition dedicated to Xenakis’s original works on paper. Included will be rarely-seen hand-rendered scores, architectural drawings, conceptual renderings, pre-compositional sketches, and graphic scores. Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary is co-curated by Xenakis scholar Sharon Kanach and critic Carey Lovelace and will travel to the Canadian Centre for Architecture (June 17 – October 17, 2010) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (November 7, 2010 – February 13, 2011). The Drawing Center website (http://www.drawingcenter.org/exh_current.cfm) outlines the list of concerts, films, and symposia accompanying the exhibit, as well as links to audio excerpts of Xenakis’s music and videos about his work.

Thanks!
Carey Lovelace, FF Alumn, Co-Curator

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25. James Casebere, Kate Gilmore, Rashaad Newsome, Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumns, in The Whitney Biennial, Manhattan, Feb. 25-May 30

James Casebere, Kate Gilmore, Rashaad Newsome, Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumns, all have work included in the upcoming Whitney Museum of American Art biennial. Here’s some info on Mr. Casebere’s work:

James Casebere
at the
2010
Whitney Biennial

February 25 - May 30, 2010

Sean Kelly Gallery is pleased to announce that James Casebere will be included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Biennial, this iteration of the eponymous exhibition has been co-curated by Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari.

James Casebere will be represented by two large new photographic works entitled Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY), #1 and #2. For the past year, Casebere has envisioned and constructed an elaborate, complex model, his most ambitious and indeed, largest to date. The idea for the new model came from the desire to revisit the subject of the American suburb, which Casebere first explored in the early eighties in a work entitled Subdivision with Spotlight, 1982 (see above image). The Landscape with Houses works offer a vision of the "American dream" as it exists today in residential neighborhoods across the country. An array of houses, different in color, size, style, and character, is bathed in a glorious elegiac early morning light in #1, in soft, illuminating moonlight in #2, and is symbolic of the Post-modern transformation of rural communities into residential subdivisions. One cannot help but wonder about the hopes and fears, and the recent fragility of lives embarked upon when entering into home ownership and ones' own piece of the American dream. Expanding upon the exploration of his earlier work, Casebere probes the relationship between artifice and representation, illusion and fantasy, compelling the viewer to suspend judgment, engage the imagination, and perceive the drama inhabiting these seemingly uninhabited spaces.

For additional information, please contact Cecile Panzieri at cecile at skny.com or 212 239 1181.

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26. Alan Delaini, FF Intern Alumn, at Amnesia, Manhattan, Feb. 19

February 19th in Chelsea,

"At the Art of Fashion" event,

It's a group exhibition and i will display several works,

The event will be on 609 w 29 st btw 11-12 av at Amnesia club.

From 9 to 12pm...

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27. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Sideshow, Brooklyn, Feb. 19

Ken Butler's
Voices of Anxious Objects
" Schwitters meets Rube Goldberg meets Hamza El-din meets Beefheart meets late Miles ?? "

Brandon Terzic Ud
Clint Vangemert Bass
Matt Kilmer Perc.
Rich Stein Perc.
Mathias Kunzli Perc.
KB Hybrid Strings

.. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeks!!!!!.........

Friday Feb. 19th 8:00 (not 8:30, really!)

SIDESHOW

319 Bedford (S.3rd W-burg)

-donations requested–

http://www.sideshowgallery.com/

Since 1973, works by Ken Butler have been described as exotic, intense, freaky, clever, outstanding, inventive, visionary, wacky, sophisticated,bizarre, enigmatic, amusing, virtuosic, incredible, intriguing, funny, powerful, innovative, ingenious, civilized, silly, avant-garde, stunning, weird, contagious, satirical, folksy, entertaining, unbelievably beautiful, multi-faceted, a rousing success, adorable, show-stopping, competent and poised, enormously interesting, grandly crazed, eclectic, post-apocalyptic, a mystic masseur of sound, an artistic force to reckon with, and unclassifiable.

www.mindspring.com/~kbhybrid
www.myspace.com/kenbutlerhybridvisions
www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=83B16249693B2B32&search_query=ken

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28. Jimbo Blachly, Marisa Jahn, FF Alumns, at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Manhattan, Feb. 17

Due to the snow (storm), the following event, originally scheduled for Feb 10th will now take place Feb 17th.

REV- and EFA Project Space present:
Parafacts & Parafictions: Performance-Presentations by
Pablo Helguera and Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 6:30-8 pm (NYC)
Venue: EFA Project Space at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
917-902-5396 | www.rev-it.org

'Parafacts and Parafictions: Helguera, and Blachly & Shaw' is an evening of performance-presentations organized in conjunction with the exhibition 'Companion', curated by REV- and currently on view at EFA Project Space. Pablo Helguera and Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw will enact live components to their projects included in 'Companion.'

Introduction
Art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty offers a definition of the term 'parafiction', a term used to describe an emergent genre of artwork that plays in the overlap between fact and fiction: "Like a paramedic as opposed to a medical doctor, a parafiction is related to but not quite a member of the category of fiction as established in literature and drama. It remains a bit outside. It does not perform its procedures in the hygienic clinics of literature, but has one foot in the field of the real."[i] If a'parafiction' operates in that space between fictional and real, alongside this term we might position a second: a 'parafact'-an artwork that more stringently draws from the real-but a 'real' whose narrative is so curious, exquisite, or implausible so as to call into question its own veracity. Pablo Helguera, and Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw's performance-presentations engage both of these tacts. In so doing, the artists raise questions about the function of truth and fiction-its bearing on knowledge, ethics, or aesthetic transformation.

Description of the Works
'The Temporary Museum of Vaseline in Perth Amboy' is the latest iteration of J. Blachly and Lytle Shaw's ongoing research into the cast of characters known as the 'Chadwick family.' While following up leads about missing Chadwick family relics in the New Jersey city, the duo instead stumbled upon the possibility of naturally occurring Vaseline springs in the region.

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

This event includes a special pre-launch presentation of Helguera's new book, 'What in the World' (Jorge Pinto Books, 2010). 'What in the World' consists in a collection of biographical essays around larger-than-life, and often eccentric individuals who played key roles in the history of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Philadelphia.

Lambert-Beatty, Carrie. "Make Believe: Parafiction and Plausibility."
October Magazine. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. p. 54.

Bios
Jimbo Blachly was born in Orange, NJ in 1961 and moved to New York City in 1990. He has had solo shows at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY and at Esso Gallery, NY. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Gallery Campo + Campo in Antwerp, Belgium, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, and the Drawing Center, NY.

Lytle Shaw is a New York-based writer whose books include Low Level Bureaucratic Structures: A Novel (Shark, 1998), Cable Factory 20 (Atelos, 1999), The Lobe (Roof, 2002), and Frank O'Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (Iowa UP, 2006). Since 2004 Shaw has co-edited the Chadwick Family Papers with the artist Jimbo Blachly.

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

[i] Lambert-Beatty, Carrie. "Make Believe: Parafiction and Plausibility." October Magazine. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. p. 54.

EFA Project Space
A program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, EFA Project Space is a multi-disciplinary arts venue that encourages creative expression and new interactions in the arts. By collaborating with organizations and individuals to present a variety of programs including exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, and conversations, EFA Project Space generates an ongoing dialogue about the creative process. EFA Project Space is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Private funding for the program has been received from The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation Inc. and numerous individuals.

REV- is a non-profit organization that furthers socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. REV- produces projects that fuse disciplines, foster diversity, and vary in form (workshops, publications, exhibitions, design objects, etc.). Engaged with different communities and groups, REV-'s projects involve collaborative production, resource-sharing, and a commitment to the process as political gesture. The organization derives its name from both the colloquial expression "to rev" a vehicle and the prefix "rev-" which means to turn-as in, revolver, revolution, revolt, revere, irreverent, etc.

REV-
revolve | reversion | revelry | review | reverence | revamp | revise | reverse | reverse | revolution | revalue | reverberate...

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29. Katherine Behar, Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumns, at Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, thru March 27

Dear Friends,

If you find yourself in Baltimore, "Losing Yourself in the 21st Century" is traveling to the Maryland Art Place. My screensaver, "Pipecleaner" will be showing alongside works by Amber Boardman, Milana Braslavsky, Kate Hers, Susan Lee-Chun, Noelle Mason, Shana Moulton, Renetta Sitoy, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Amber Hawk Swanson, Stacia Yeapanis, and Saya Woolfalk.

"Losing Yourself" is a curatorial collaboration between Jillian Hernandez, Cathy Byrd, and Susan Richmond.

Losing Yourself in the 21st Century
February 4 - March 27, 2010

Opening Reception
Thursday, Feb 4, 5-8 PM

Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place,
Baltimore, MD 21202

www.losingyourself.com
www.mdartplace.org

Best,
Katherine

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30. Warren Neidich, FF Alumn, receives The Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2010

In the Award Ceremony on Saturday, 6 February, Barbara Kisseler (Permanent Secretary of the State of Berlin) and the members of both juries announced the winners of both the transmediale Award 2010 and the Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2010! Canadian artist Michelle Teran is the winner of the transmediale Award 2010. Her work Buscando al Sr. Goodbar was awarded with a prize of 6,000 Euros. A Distinction worth 2,000 Euros was given to the Americans Aaron Koblin and Daniel Massey for their work Bicycle Built For Two Thousand. The Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2010, also worth 2,000 Euros, was given to the artist Warren Neidich (us/de) for his research project Neuropower.

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31. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, in The New Yorker, Feb. 15

Hilton Als, The Theatre, "The Way of Her Flesh," The New Yorker, February 15, 2010, p. 138

Read more:
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/theatre/2010/02/15/100215crth_theatre_als#ixzz0fpJwU20t

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32. Kathy Grove, Dotty Attie, Nina Yankowitz, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at National Academy of Art, Manhattan, thru June 8

Manipulated photoworks by Kathy Grove, FF Alum will be featured in:

Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy of Art,
1083 Fifth Avenue, New York. February 17 - June 8th, 2010 – Opening February 16, 6 – 8 PM

The Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art will feature emerging and established artists selected by a jury of National Academicians. This national exhibition includes artists working in the New York area and the Eastern region as well as the Midwest, West Coast, and as far away as Hawaii. It spans the gamut from realism to abstraction, and includes a mix of painting, sculpture, mixed media and installation art. "The exhibition includes an array of artists and art-making strategies from emerging and veteran abstractionists to representational artists addressing issues of identity and sexuality," notes Marshall Price, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Academy Museum.

Power Play, The Frances Young Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. February 6th - April 26th 2010
Power Play brings together works by Andy Warhol, Yasumasa Morimura, KathyGrove, Nayland Blake and others from the Tang Collection that use play to challenge various power structures and our assumptions about them. Rather than confront power with indignation or solemnity, these works employ many forms of play ranging from satire and delightful or uncomfortable humor to toying with images by others.

The art works in Power Play lead us to ask how humor can point out and denounce manipulations and abuses of power. Several artists do this by emphasizing the absurdity or corruption of specific power structures. Other works isolate potent symbols to strip them of their context and signification, leaving us to question the power we confer on them. Integrating unexpected elements, such as a simple carton of milk, can add a delightful surprise. Yet the unanticipated can also be disconcerting, as we are compelled to confront our own expectations and prejudices. Power Play is organized by Megan Hyde and Ryan Lynch.

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