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Contents for May 5, 2010
1. Louise Lawler, Susan Bee, Dara Birnbaum, Petah Coyne, Mary Beth Edelson, Carolee Schneemann, Duston Spear, Linda Stein, FF Alumns, at Sikkema Jenkins, Manhattan, May 17
2. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, May 8, and more
3. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, now online at www.brooklynrail.com
4. James Siena, FF Alumn, at BravinLee, Manhattan,
5. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, at The Renberg Theater, Los Angeles, CA, May 20
6. Shelly Mars, Nao Bustamante, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, May 8
7. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Brooklyn, opening May 13, and more
8. Alan Moore, Peter Cramer, Bob Holman, Lisa Kahane, Tom Otterness, Kiki Smith, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, now online at www.98bower.com
9. David Harth, FF Member, at Chashama, Manhattan, May 16-23
10. Lisa Moren, FF Alumn, now online at www.youtube.com
11. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, in Long Beach, CA
12. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, May 2010 events
13. Marisa Jahn, Maureen Connor, Gregory Sholette, FF Alumns, at Bluestocking Books, Manhattan, May 10
14. Mark Fox, FF Alumn, at Larissa Goldston Gallery, Manhattan, opening May 14
15. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, in Bryant Park, Manhattan, May 10
16. Barbara Quinn, FF Alumn, at Kirkland Arts Center, Seattle, WA, opening May 13
17. Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at BAAD, The Bronx, May 7-23

1. Louise Lawler, Susan Bee, Dara Birnbaum, Petah Coyne, Mary Beth Edelson, Carolee Schneemann, Duston Spear, Linda Stein, FF Alumns, at Sikkema Jenkins, Manhattan, May 17

Drug Policy Alliance

May 17: Art World and Drug Policy Reform Movement Forge Groundbreaking Partnership at Sikkema Jenkins & Co

Event Supporters Include: George Soros, Peter Lewis, Jason Flom, Darren Aronofsky, Fred Tomaselli , Donald Baechler, and Elizabeth Sackler

On May 17th Sikkema Jenkins & Co. will host re:FORM , an art auction and cocktail party to benefit the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. re:FORM represents the third installment in a groundbreaking partnership between the art world and the drug policy reform movement, following the first two successful events in 2005 and 2008. Donald Baechler and Fred Tomaselli are Artist Co-chairs. Honorary Co-Chairs are film director Darren Aronofsky and philanthropic art supporters Peter Lewis, George Soros, and Elizabeth Sackler. The event will honor longtime advocate Artie Malkin who has been at the forefront of dozens of successful legislative campaigns, including the reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Contributing artists include Louise Lawler, Susan Bee, Dara Birnbaum, Petah Coyne, Mary Beth Edelson, Carolee Schneemann, Duston Spear, Linda Stein, Kara Walker, and John Waters.

Few public policies have undermined fundamental civil rights and liberties, social justice and public health for so long and to such an extent as the drug war. The U.S. now has the highest incarceration rate in the world—one American adult out of every 100 is currently behind bars. The United States makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s population but close to 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. More than half a million people are behind bars tonight for nothing more than a drug law violation. More than 750,000 Americans were arrested last year for simple marijuana possession. The drug war even targets sick and dying Americans, thousands of whom are regularly denied access to medical marijuana, a medication with proven medical benefits for the treatment of a wide range of serious illnesses. This art auction benefit is inspired by past artists who have used art as a vehicle for social change. It is our hope that this show will enlighten others to join us in our attempt to stop the madness of the war on drugs.

What: An art auction and cocktail benefit at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. 530 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011

When: Monday, May 17, 6-9 p.m.

Who: Works donated by established and emerging artists, including Louise Lawler, Faith Ringgold, Scott Hug, Cordy Ryman, Fred Tomaselli, and many more.
For more information please contact Livet Reichard Company at 212.868.8450 x 209 or visit: http://www.drugpolicy.org/auction



2. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, May 8, and more

Friends and Associates:

The Famous Accordion Orchestra returns for its Spring Tour of Parks and Gardens! The Orchestra has been working hard on new tunes, but hasn't forgotten the old favorites. Come on down, and you'll hear us play tunes from the 18th Century to the 21st, with our characteristic flair and squeeziness. It's free, too! Treats and plants will be sold.

Saturday May 8, 2010 - 3:00 PM (Rain Date: Sunday May 9, same time, same bat-channel)
6-15 Green Garden Spring Festival
6th Avenue and 15th Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn
nearest trains: F to 7th Ave/9th Street; R to Prospect Ave/4th Ave nearest buses: B67 (7th ave) B63 (5th Ave)

This event is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

See you there!

stay tuned for:

5/22: Moonlight Tour of Green-wood Cemetery
6/4: Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival
6/6: Local Produce Festival
6/20: Old Stone House
6/21: Make Music New York



3. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, now online at www.brooklynrail.com
A review of "Towards an Immersive Intelligence" has been published in the May issue of the Brooklyn Rail here:

In New York City, to purchase "Towards an Immersive Intelligence:
Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality" - go to St. Marks Bookstore at 31 Third Avenue New York City. ($10) It is in the Art Criticism area. http://www.stmarksbookshop.com

One can buy Towards an Immersive Intelligence now at Amazon.com here:



4. James Siena, FF Alumn, at BravinLee, Manhattan,

BravinLee editions is very pleased to present Global Key, the second hand-knotted rug designed by James Siena, FF Alumn.

James Siena is a New York painter/printmaker who was for many years an artist’s artist and a well kept secret of the New York art scene. But in recent years Siena’s reputation has soared and his paintings and drawings are sought after by the most respected art collectors and museums in the world. James Siena builds complex quirky geometries based on defined sets of instructions (algorithms) that amount to a kind of cowboy visual mathematics. In the work Global Key , Siena follows the characteristics of a Fibonacci Sequence, in which the acute angles and lines progressively divide the composition. As in the original painting, the rug maintains exact mathematical sequencing and proportion. Our intention in Global Key was to preserve the characteristics that make James Siena’s work so singular and compelling. Yet, we are pleased that there is a point at which the results rest in the hands of the weavers and the final product is collaborative and almost alchemistic. The translation of Siena’s image by the weavers, the shift in scale, and the addition of materiality, provide the viewer with a new entry point to experience and enjoy Siena’s aesthetic.

About the James Siena exhibition at Pace Gallery in 2006, art critic Roberta Smith of the New York Times wrote:

" Mr. Siena's paintings transcend painting to encroach on mathematics, puzzles, manuscript illumination and maps. They elude Western art to evoke Andean textiles, Chinese bronzes, African bark paintings, Persian screens, jewelry and glass-making and calligraphy. These disparate associations, more carefully isolated and combined in individual works than previously in Mr. Siena's art, make this savvy re-arrival the best show of his career." (Roberta Smith, The New York Times, January 6, 2006)

Global Key by James Siena is part of a continuing series of rugs designed by artists and produced and distributed by BravinLee editions. Woven in Kathmandu, the rugs are 100% handmade, from the spinning and dying of the wool, to the intricate knots made by the weavers.

BravinLee Editions is proud to be a member of GoodWeave. The GoodWeave certified label located on the back of each rug assures that no child or forced labor was used in the manufacturing of any rug we produce. Additionally, a portion of the purchase price is allocated to a fund that builds schools to further educate children in the Kathmandu area.

James Siena’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at galleries including Gorney Bravin + Lee, Pierogi 2000, Daniel Weinberg in Los Angeles and Pace Gallery. Siena was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2004. The recipient of multiple honors and awards, Siena received an Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2000); the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award (1999); and The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (1994). Siena lectures and teaches at numerous institutions throughout the US, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio; San Francisco Art Institute; School of Visual Arts, New York; Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; and the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Siena completed an artist-in-residency program at Yaddo in 2004 and 2007, and recently was elected a Director of Yaddo. James Siena currently lives and works in New York City and the Berkshires.

James Siena’s work can be found in numerous public collections including the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philip Morris Collection, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Global Key is the fourth rug produced by BravinLee Editions—to learn more about our other rugs please visit our website: http://bravinlee.com/rugs.html

Global Key measures 144 inches by 108 inches. It is woven (100 knots per inch) from Tibetan Highland sheep wool. It is produced in an edition 15 and is hand-signed and numbered by James Siena. For pricing, availability, images for reproduction, and to make an appointment to see Global Key, please contact Meredith Rosenberg at 212-462-4404 or at Meredith@bravinlee.com.



5. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, at The Renberg Theater, Los Angeles, CA, May 20

On Thursday May 20 in LA, comedian, writer and cultural visionary Beth Lapides will do a special one-night only performance of her new show "100% Happy 88% of the Time" to benefit the National Women's Political Caucus.

Please help us support the NWPC, a great organization that trains and helps elect progressive women candidates, by joining us and/or forwarding this info to any politically-motivated, feministically-inclined and/or Beth-loving friends who may have the ears to hear and the money to donate. And if you can't attend the event yourself, please consider making a contribution to deserving young women and students may attend.

If you aren't familiar with the NWPC, they are a wonderfully-effective org founded in 1971 by uber-feministas Shirley Chishom, Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. http://www.nwpc.org/ They support progressive women running for office with both training and funding, and have had great success actually getting progressive women elected.

We think a lot of what has to change, has to change in each of us individually. But there are some things that have to change "outside" of us. Unbelievably we still haven’t passed the ERA. Women are still making 77 cents or less on men's dollars. Violence against women is still rampant, rights to choose are being increasingly curtailed, et-sadly-cetera.

We clearly need more women, progressive women, in politics to help move these things along (while at the same time remembering that all progress is illusory and linear time doesn't exist:) Interestingly, women typically come to politics to solve a problem. They come as moms, nurses, and teachers. They don't usually come with same monied and influential networks that men do. The Caucus exists to overcome and then solve those problems by leveling the playing field.

Here's a link for NWPC California and details about the fundraiser: http://www.nwpcca.org/events/progressive-comedy-for-a-progressive-cause/#more-735

Here's a link to find out more about Beth and the show: http://bethlapides.com/node/15

And here's a link to the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106579832713444&index=1

Beth Lapides performs her new show
"100% Happy 88% of the Time"
to benefit the National Women’s Political Caucus
THURSDAY MAY 20 at 8pm
The Renberg Theater at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center
1125 N. McCadden Place, West Hollywood 90038
BUY TICKETS , or phone 951-461-4828
View Invitation
$25 Student/$35 general /$50 VIP* /$99 VIP* + NWPC membership
*Includes VIP wine reception from 7-8pm with strolling palm readers & psychics
Beth Lapides is a paradigm-shifting cultural visionary. How she sees the world is a humorous and powerful antidote to the accelerating changes we are all living through. She takes us by the hand promising to be our partner-in-change and in the end, sends us home laughing, feeling excited about the world again and our ability to really be happy – at least 88% of the time.

Her new illuminated solo show "100% Happy 88% of the Time" is a turned-on tour-de-force that combines story, science and standup, multi-media, music and metaphysics, featuring…
Back pain! Hollywood humiliation! Psychic dagger removal! Love advice!
Edge science!
New Age Adventures! Metaphysical makeovers! Clingy Jewish parents!
Yoga! And more!
Various reputable media outlets have said Beth’s work is: "ABOVE & BEYOND" (The New Yorker), "HILARIOUS" (NPR), "LIBERATING" (Entertainment Weekly), "CHAKRADELIC!" (Yogamates), "MIND-EXPANDING!" (LA Weekly), "ENLIGHTENING!" (Whole Life Times), "SMART & FUNNY!" (LA Times). Come see for yourself on May 20.



6. Shelly Mars, Nao Bustamante, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, May 8

May 8th "Bulldyke Chronicles" a night of bullshit artistry and edgy performance...(art)
at Dixon Place Lounge , 9:30pm (only once a month now) 10 dollars

Line-up:Shelly Mars, Nao Bustamante, Jessica Halem, Kim Katzberg, Eliza Laytner, and of course, Kirby the bulldog.



7. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Brooklyn, opening May 13, and more

Dates: May 13-June 11
Opening: May 13, 6-8. (The artist will be present.)
An artspace focusing on artist's books and prints and their integration into the larger art world.
hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6 pm
111 Front Street, Gallery 210
Brooklyn, NY 11201
phone: 347-731-6559
Subway: A and C: High St./Brooklyn Bridge Station
or 2 and 3: Clark St Station
Title of Show: Biology: Anatomical /Microbial /Microcosms
Title of Rosenthal’s Artworks: 1. "Brain Scan Print Suite", 2010 2. "Double-Sided Hanging Sewn Paper Blouses & Jackets Prints, Set ONE" 2009


Dates: May 13-May 20
Closing: May 20, 4-6. (The artist will perform "Existential Interact".)
hours: Sat-Sun 12-6 & by appointment, Thurs., May 20, 4-6pm
30 Queensdown Rd
London E5 8NN
phone: 07-531-34-2128
Tube: Hackney Downs; BR (5 mins Liverpool St); Hackney Central Overground
Title of Show: A Moving Exhibition (curated by Antria Pelekanou)
Catalog: Available at Gallery
Titles: Selected Video Loops by Barbara Rosenthal
Description: Projections of Society, Dead Heat, Dog Recognition, and I Have A New York Accent

Process & Medium: Recent and recently remastered videos 1980-2009.
Edition: abc@emedialoft.org (Subject: Barbara Rosenthal videos)



8. Alan Moore, Peter Cramer, Bob Holman, Lisa Kahane, Tom Otterness, Kiki Smith, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, now online at www.98bower.com

NOW ONLINE AT: 98Bowery.com

The Out-of-Print Book from 1985
ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery
Edited by Alan Moore and Marc Miller

A much-cited primary source about the New York art scene of the 1980s is now online. With new layouts and color scans, the online version of ABC No Rio Dinero preserves the early history of a pioneer Lower East Side art space that was the unplanned progeny of the "Real Estate Show," an illegal exhibition in an abandoned, city-owned building squatted by artists on New Year’s Eve 1980.

Compiling art and articles from the period, the book includes sections on Collaborative Projects Inc. (Colab), the Time Square Show, the South Bronx art space Fashion-Moda, Group Material, PADD, and East Village music and art in the 1980s. Amongst the featured artists and writers are young, up-and-comers of the 1980s like Kiki Smith, Tom Otterness, John Ahearn, Tim Rollins, Walter Robinson, and Jeffrey Deitch; the No Rio stalwarts Becky Holland, Bobby G, Peter Cramer and Jack Waters; photographers Martha Cooper, Lisa Kahane, and Tom Warren; established voices like Lucy Lippard; and a poetry section edited by Josh Gosciak that includes Amiri Baraka, Bob Holman and Miguel Pinero.

Today the ABC No Rio art space is still going strong, maintaining a commitment to an interactive aesthetic that mixes art, politics and community. With public and private funding, No Rio will soon begin the construction of a major new facility.

The Out-of-Print Book from 1985
ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery
Now online at: 98Bowery.com

Alan W. Moore
cel: 917 574 8392
123 Scribner Ave SI NY 10301
"House Magic: Bureau of Foreign Correspondence" blogging at http://occuprop.blogspot.com



9. David Harth, FF Member, at Chashama, Manhattan, May 16-23

Media’s Negativity Probed in New Art Exhibit by Internationally Recognized Artist

New York, NY (April 18, 2010) – "World News Tonight" is an installation artwork at the chashama Window Space on May 16 through 23rd by David Greg Harth. The provocative exhibit explores mainstream media’s proclivity towards the crisis of morality through the exposition of negative news. The exhibit includes hand-picked newspapers, magazines, articles and videos harping on death, dying, disgust, defame, disillusion, defeat, war, greed and corruption that have captured the world’s attention for the last 15 years. The world is full of positive stories exemplifying love, heroism, generosity and charity however it is the negative news that consistently grabs the first page. The artist seeks to discover what the public truly wants to hear.

Visitors are encouraged to view the exhibit and meet Harth at the opening reception on Wednesday, May 19th from 6-10pm at chashama, located at 266 West 37th street in New York City.

David Greg Harth is a visual artist based in New York. His work ranges from performance to video, photography, interactive work, drawing, installation, and poetry. He has exhibited in various galleries and art spaces nationally and internationally. Harth has recently completed a two-week art residency in Palestine.

Viewers may view the installation from the sidewalk during normal business hours or may enter the installation at given hours when a news attendant will be present.
Mon May 17, 9am-7pm
Tue May 18, 9am-2pm
Wed May 19, 9am-7pm
Thu May 20, 9am-7pm
Fri May 21, 9am-7pm

Viewers may enter the installation during these hours:
Sun May 16, 12pm-4pm
Mon May 17, 4pm-7pm
Tue May 18, 9am-2pm
Wed May 19, 5pm-10pm
Thu May 20, 5pm-8pm
Fri May 21, 3pm-7pm
Sat May 22, 11am-3pm
Sun May 23, 11am-4pm

For more information please contact:

chashama’s programs are made possible by the generous support of: the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Council, Carnegie Corporation, Dramatist Guild Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Tides Foundation and through private donations from individuals



10. Lisa Moren, FF Alumn, now online at www.youtube.com


thanks for looking!

Lisa Moren



11. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, in Long Beach, CA

Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, completed tile pavers for six Long Beach Transit bus stations, Long Beach, CA.



12. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, May 2010 events

Penny Arcade Events in May

Thursday, May 6th 6:00PM FREE
Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street, New York

May 7th 6pm
New Episodes of The LES Biography Series "Stemming The Tide of Cultural Amnesia"

Saturday May 8th 7:30pm
Performance artist Penny Arcade will offer a greatest hits-style show, The Very Best of Penny Arcade, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe An autobiography of Penny Arcade's contribution to contemporarey performance. The piece includes selections from some of her most acclaimed works, including Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore!, Old Queen, Bad Reputation, and New York Values

May 10th 6pm
Bad Reputation Book Event at Calandra Institute FREE You must pre-register for this event at website


Saturday May 15th
Performance artist Penny Arcade will offer a greatest hits-style show, The Very Best of Penny Arcade, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe ..An autobiography of Penny Arcade's contribution to contemporary performance The piece includes selections from some of her most acclaimed works, including Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore!, Old Queen, Bad Reputation, and New York Values

May 19th 6pm
Penny Reads
BoweryPoetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012-2802
(212) 614-0505



13. Marisa Jahn, Maureen Connor, Gregory Sholette, FF Alumns, at Bluestocking Books, Manhattan, May 10

Journal Launch
Where We Are Now Issue #3: Aftermath
Join editors Berin Golonu and Marisa Jahn for a conversation with contributors Maureen Connor, E. Tammy Kim, Anthony Smyrski from Megawords, Gregory Sholette, and Alan Smart.

at Bluestocking Books
172 Allen St. b/w Rivington and Stanton | New York, NY 10002
Monday May 10, 2010 (7 pm)

Contributors to the Journal
Maureen Connor with excerpts from a conversation between Claire Bishop, Stephen Wright, and Barbara Steveni (Artist Placement Group); Tina Gerhardt & Robert Eshelmann; Taraneh Hemami; E. Tammy Kim; Johan Lundh interviewing Gregory Sholette; Megawords; Oliver Ressler; Eric Sanderson; Alan Smart; and others.

Editors for Issue #3
Berin Golonu and Marisa Jahn

Where We Are Now Issue #3: Aftermath considers notions of consequentiality, collapse, disruption, legacy, revision, and change through recent events-the climate forum in Copenhagen, political upheaval in Iran, democracy in America, artistic and architectural practices today, etc.-that draw critical comparison between what preceded and what remains.

Bios of Journal Launch Participants
Since 2000, visual artist Maureen Connor has been developing Personnel, a series of interventions concerned with the art institution as a workplace, which explore the attitudes, needs and desires of the staff at various institutions. She has presented work at the Periferic 8 Biennial for Contemporary Art, Romania; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; the Queens Museum of Art, New York; MAK, Vienna; Portikus, Frankfurt; ICA, Philadelphia; and the Whitney Biennial. Currently she is working on an installation of Personnel for the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public and a book on Personnel to be published jointly by Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland and Revolver Press, Frankfurt, Germany. Her projects have received funding from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and The New York Foundation for Artists. She has been a professor at Queens College, CUNY since 1990.

Berin Golonu is a doctoral student in the Visual and Cultural Studies program at the University of Rochester. As Associate Curator of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco from 2003 to 2008, she curated and co-curated close to a dozen exhibitions, including The Gatherers: Greening Our Urban Spheres (2008); The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics (2008); Bay Area Now (2004 and 2008); The Zine UnBound (2005); a series of exhibitions highlighting collective activity titled Peer Pleasure (2006), and Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos (2006). Her feature articles and reviews have appeared in Afterimage, Aperture, ArtinAmericamagazine. com, Art Nexus, Art on Paper, Art Papers, Contemporary, frieze, Sculpture, and Zing Magazine. Golonu holds an MA from the Visual and Critical Studies Program at CCA.

Marisa Jahn is an artist/activist/writer and co-founder of REV- (www.rev-it.org), a non-profit organization that fosters socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. Her work has been presented at the MIT Museum; ICA Philadelphia; ISEA/Zero One; Eyebeam; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Art Museum, etc. In 2008 Jahn received a MS from MIT and in 2009 she was an artist-in-resident at MIT's Media Lab and teaching artist with Center for Urban Pedagogy. She co-edited/s 'Recipes for an Encounter' (Western Front), 'Byproducts: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices' (YYZ Books), and 'WhereWeAre Now.org' and currently works with Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. www.marisajahn.com

E. Tammy Kim is a staff attorney at the non-profit Urban Justice Center, an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union, and a writer/illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has published numerous academic articles at the intersection of law and the humanities, and is now working on poems, essays, and her DailyViolence comics (dailyviolence.blogspot.com). A native of Tacoma, Washington, she is a graduate of Yale University, where she previously taught, and the NYU School of Law.

Megawordsis a non-commercial record of place and human experience. Our mission is simple: to document our surroundings, experience, to have a voice free from the noise of commercialization and competing novelties, and to create an open and active dialogue between Megawords and the community at large. Megawords continues to be an experiment in contemporary media and communication, and strives to provide a relevant and critical contribution to the art of our time.

Gregory Sholette is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Queens College, New York; the co-editor of Collectivism After Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945, (University of Minnesota, 2007); and The Interventionists: A Users Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life. He is currently writing a book on the political economy of art for Pluto Press and has co-edited a special issue of Third Text with theorist Gene Ray on the theme "Whither Tactical Media." www.gregorysholette.com

Alan Smart is an architect, critic, historian and occasional metal fabricator. He received his bachelor of arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and his masters of Architecture from Princeton University. He has worked for a number of architecture practices in New York City including Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Most recently, he has been a design critic at the Ohio State University and is developing a research project on the implications of performance practices in architecture and discourses on urban space in the 1960's and 70's.

About WWAN
Where We Are Now arose from an interest in sustaining the momentum that arose during the time of the 2008 presidential election. We believe this energy is not specific to the particular campaigns but is part New York's diverse cultural tradition. The website attempts to create a space for artists, activists, and cultural practitioners to share ideas and resources. This online journal is an editorial component of Where We Are Now (WWAN), a platform with the mission to illuminate, deepen, and amplify the discourse around an aesthetic and political practices in New York City.

Where We Are Now is made possible thanks to the support of American Center Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, and REV-

(Rotating) Journal Editors
Jack Bratich, Savitri D., Berin Golonu, Joseph Grima, Beka Economopoulous & Jason Jones, Marisa Jahn, Carin Kuoni, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Benjamin Shepard, Nato Thompson, Mark Wasiuta.



14. Mark Fox, FF Alumn, at Larissa Goldston Gallery, Manhattan, opening May 14

Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present MONSTR, the gallery’s third solo exhibition of works by Mark Fox. The installation-based exhibition including large cut-paper works, video and cut-steel, will be on view from Friday, May 14 through Saturday, June 26. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Friday, May 14 from 6 to 8 pm.

In this exhibition Fox continues his study of various religious and mythological texts that describe accepted truths. His process of copying, cutting and reassembling these texts recalls the monastic production of illuminated manuscripts in the use of materials – paper, ink, gold leaf – as well as in the act of transcription. "By taking a razor to these transcribed doctrines, I am seeking to examine the edges of these dogmas; to scrutinize the ways in which their meaning and implications underpin contemporary culture." Deep Gray See, a massive cascade of cut paper suspended from a 70s-era gilded school desk, draws on Papal edicts and Fox’s childhood reverence for Star Trek. By intertwining Captain Kirk’s galactic records with the Constitution of Divine Revelation, the original meanings of these "authoritative" texts are obscured and new associations emerge through their juxtaposition.

Further exploring his interest in transcribing texts, Fox presents a new body of mirrored stainless steel work. The diptych of cut-steel blends obscure anatomical facts with familiar idioms about the body. The reflective surfaces, consisting of equal parts positive and negative space, conflate the area behind – a staging of his recollections of an undercroft sacristy – and in front of the mirrors. The result is an optical effect whereby the viewer’s eye organizes the fragmented visual field, including the viewer’s own reflection, into a unified image.

As with his combination of high church doctrine and pop television icons in Deep Gray See, Fox pits the "authentic" against the "artificial" throughout the exhibit. This concept extends to the two videos on view. In one, Fox collaborates with choreographer Ryan Kelly to recreate a scene of prison violence involving an incarcerated priest; this interpretation is paired with original footage from the prison’s surveillance camera.

Throughout the gallery, Fox places a series of colorful antler-like paper constructions that protrude from the walls. Suspended within this entropic arrangement is Deep Field Nancy, a three-dimensional paper work comprised of hundreds of ink drops cut and reassembled into a sculptural form suggesting both earthly topography and the astral bodies of deep space.

Also on view is Fox’s multimedia sculpture Binding Force, which appears on the cover of the new album High Violet by The National to be released from 4AD Records on May 11.
Mark Fox received his MFA degree from Stanford University and holds a BFA degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He currently lives and works in New York City. He has had solo exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Rice Gallery at Rice University, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. His work was recently acquired and exhibited by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and has also entered the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American art, among other institutions. Recent articles on Fox have appeared in ART + AUCTION, The New York Times, Houston Press, The Brooklyn Rail, and Corriere della Sera Io Donna. Fox was recently chosen for The Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program at Giverny for 2010.

Larissa Goldston Gallery is located at 530 W 25th Street, 3rd floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-206-7887 or visit www.larissagoldston.com.



15. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, in Bryant Park, Manhattan, May 10

Please join me and Public Art Fund on Monday, May 10th from 6-8 pm at the Bryant Park Grill for the opening reception of "Walk the Walk" my first public art piece .
The invitation is below.

"Walk the Walk" will be on view in Bryant Park (in front of the
fountain) from Monday, May 10- Friday, May 14 (8:30 am- 6:30 pm daily).

Please stop by (I will be there most of the time!)...

All my best,

Kate Gilmore

this event was covered in the New York Times on April 29, 2010:

Inside Art

A Bryant Park Stomp
Not so long ago Bryant Park was a den of drugs and crime. Now, even though it has been cleaned up and beautified, it is still a place where strange things can happen. For five days — May 10 through 14 — don’t be surprised to see seven women wearing identical yellow dresses and ivory pumps stomping atop an eight-foot-high yellow cube.

It’s a performance piece by the New York artist Kate Gilmore, whose video in the current Whitney Biennial depicts her in high heels and a polka-dot dress desperately trying to climb and kick her way out of a tiny space. This new piece, "Walk the Walk," has been organized by the nonprofit Public Art Fund, which presents art around the city. It is the first of her works in which she does not perform.

In it she morphs the office cubicle into a room-size open structure that the seven "workers" use as a stage. " ‘Walk the Walk’ is about the urban experience in New York," said Nicholas Baume, director of the Public Art Fund, "and the dynamic of negotiating personal space.



16. Barbara Quinn, FF Alumn, at Kirkland Arts Center, Seattle, WA, opening May 13

Barbara Quinn, FF Alumn, in "Ten: Seattle Print Arts 2010 Anniversary Exhibition, May 14-June 5, 2010, www.kirklandartscenter.org Opoening refception May 13, 6-8:30 pm.



17. Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at BAAD, The Bronx, May 7-23

Down Dance Series begins May 7
7 Unique Events - Plus Capoeira Class Every Saturday
BAAD! - The Bronx Academy of Art & Dance (BAAD!) presents its annual spring dance festival THE BOOGIE DOWN DANCE SERIES from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23, 2010. THE BOOGIE DOWN DANCE SERIES celebrates the growth of professional dance in the Bronx and takes its title from the borough's nickname, The Boogie Down. The festival, now in its 9th year, features a rich mix of home grown Bronx dance and dance from around the city, and presents a diversity of dance in the Bronx.

Friday, May 7 - 8pm/$20
This exciting and beautiful evening features duets by
Jack Waters & Peter Cramer,
Marta Renzi, Maria Bauman & Tere Parker, Arthur Aviles, Dawn Crandall, Cesar Abreu [in photo], Michael Leleux.
BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
841 Barretto Street
Bronx, NY 10474
We are offering HALF PRICE TICKETS to the Boogie Down Dance Series



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