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Contents for June 9, 2010
1. Rob Andrews, FF Alumn, launches new website http://www.andrewsautomatic.com/
2. Group Material, FF Alumns, new monograph now available
3. Julie Ault, Lucy Lippard, Alan Moore, FF Alumn, publication back in print
4. Skuta Helgason, FF Alumn, at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY thru July 30
5. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, at Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, thru July 25
6. Rachel Rosenthal, FF Alumn, in Los Angeles, June 11-13
7. Roy Colmer, FF Alumn, at Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain, June 12-Sept. 27
8. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, now online at http://www.shimmer.ch
9. Alyson Pou, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Brooklyn, June 16-17
10. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, June 8
11. Marisa Jahn, FF alumn, on Park Place, Manhattan, June 11
12. Rebecca Migdal, FF Alumn, June/July book tour.
13. Bern Porter, FF Alumn, at MoMA, NY, thru July 5
14. Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumn, at Mai 36, Zurich, Switzerland, opening June 13
15. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, July 19-20
16. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, now online, and more
17. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, on Bravo television, beginning June 9

1. Rob Andrews, FF Alumn, launches new website http://www.andrewsautomatic.com/

Hi All,

Please take a minute to look at my new website.


It will be updated regularly with new work and features -- please forward on to folk who you think might be interested.

Rob Andrews



2. Group Material, FF Alumns, new monograph now available

Show & Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material, edited by Julie Ault, published by Four Corners Books, 2010 is now out. The first monograph on the New York based artists’ collaborative known for its socio-political art practice is edited by founding member Julie Ault in keeping with the methods and aims Group Material employed. The book charts the origins, processes, developments, projects, and contexts of the group’s activities between 1979 and 1996, and draws heavily from Group Material’s archive, including original documents, photographs, drawings, correspondence, artifacts, anecdotal information, and texts. One emblematic exhibition project, AIDS Timeline, is examined in detail by Sabrina Locks from collected material and newly conducted interviews. Essays by group members Doug Ashford, Julie Ault, and Tim Rollins further illuminate the methods and principles of Group Material’s practice. 272 pages, color.



3. Julie Ault, Lucy Lippard, Alan Moore, FF Alumn, publication back in print

Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985, edited by Julie Ault and published by University of Minnesota Press is now back in print thanks to a grant from NYSCA. In the late-1960s, New York's art establishment did not reflect the city’s diversity and had largely ignored the decade’s social, political, and cultural ferment. In response, artists created an oppositional network of organizations, exhibition spaces, and co-op galleries that both paralleled and challenged the status quo. Alternative Art New York brings together a diverse group of artists and critics to explore the origins and evolution of this diffuse and vibrant cultural scene from a variety of perspectives: political, philosophical, organizational, economic, and aesthetic. Locating the movement within both the art world and its larger social and political context, the authors decipher the shifting configurations of cultural power in this period and the complex relationship between the mainstream and the marginal. Essays by Julie Ault, Martin Beck, Juli Carson, Jim Cornwell, David Deitcher, Arlene Goldbard, Miwon Kwon, Lucy R. Lippard, Alan Moore, Brian Wallis. 456 pages, 150 b&w reproductions, originally published in 2002 in collaboration with The Drawing Center.



4. Skuta Helgason, FF Alumn, at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY thru July 30
52/52 + by skúta
June 4–July 30, 2010 at Visual Studies Workshop’s Gallery, 31 Prince St., Rochester, NY
First Friday event on June 4, 2010 6–9PM
Special Reception for VSW’s Photo-Bookworks Symposium July 2, 2010 6–9PM
Hours are Thursdays 5PM to 8PM, Fridays–Sundays Noon to 5PM
All events are free and open to the public
View the exhibition at: www.vsw.org/exhibitions/52books
For the Photo-Bookworks Symposium: www.vsw.org/symposium.php
For more information contact Tate Shaw, Director, email: tateshaw@vsw.org
Visual Studies Workshop will exhibit 52/52 + by New York-based artist skúta. The project centers on a simple idea: create a book a week for 52 weeks. Each of skúta’s books is the realization of ideas that may not have been made without the engagement of this weekly practice. In our lives week-to-week, time gets compartmentalized and skúta’s 52/52 + uses our organization of time to create inventive volumes that make meaning of everyday life. Subjects range from activities with his daughter, to a familiar walk near his home, to past everyday existence in the artist’s native country, Iceland. The exhibition is a library, an archive, a collection, and a retrospective of skúta’s life and work.

Artist skúta aka Skúta Helgason’s artistic practice includes diaristic documentation in a variety of media including photography, books, installations and texts. skúta has exhibited widely at international galleries, museums and book fairs and has been the curator of artists’ book exhibitions for the WPA, Washington D.C. and other organizations. He is founder and director of Stop Over Press, Reykjavik–New York, and the creative consultant for D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. advising on acquisition of artists’ books and contemporary art catalogs for international distribution. In addition, he is the Executive and Creative Director for ARTBOOK@ locations PS1, Visionaire, detour, RARE, Bronx Museum, Art Basel Miami, and others.

Guest Curator SCOTT McCARNEY has been making books as works of art for close to thirty years. His bookworks explore many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural installation. He lectures, teaches and exhibits internationally and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology. His work for the past several years has utilized print–on–demand technology with intensive pre– and post–production consideration.

This exhibition has been supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Program.



5. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, at Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, thru July 25

Dear friends,

I just finished my installation, Carriage Constellation, at The Carriage Barn, Islip Art Museum for "Site specifics '10." The exhibition also includes installations by Nancy Bowen, Lucile Bertrand, Suzan Shutan, Paul O'Keefe, Kelly Richardson and Elizabeth Donsky, curated by Karen Shaw.

June 5 - July 25, 2010

Reception for the artists: Sunday July 25, 2-4 PM



6. Rachel Rosenthal, FF Alumn, in Los Angeles, June 11-13

Rachel Rosenthal Company's
Improvisational Theater Group

TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble
Features Special Guest Artist George Herms

With Three Performances in Los Angeles
June 11 – 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA – Rachel Rosenthal Company is thrilled to feature Guest Artist George Herms, known as American assemblage's Beat Generation master, at TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble performances in June. The TOHUBOHU! performances featuring Herms run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 11, 12 and 13, 2010. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:30 p.m., Sunday performances at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Reservations are necessary to insure seats and can be made by calling 310-839-0661 or online via Brown Paper Tickets at www.rachelrosenthal.org. The Rachel Rosenthal Company’s venue, Espace DbD, is located at 2847 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Street parking is available.

Herms’ and Rachel Rosenthal’s friendship dates back to Rosenthal’s early days of Instant Theatre. Rosenthal would perform improvisational pieces with her then Company, which included artist Lee Mullican, and Herms would often bring props and set pieces to add to the mise-en-scéne. As a TOHUBOHU! guest artist, Herms will be integrated into The Ensemble, adding props, making sets, and performing. It is a new experience for him, for The Ensemble, and certainly for the audience.

George Herms

Herms is one of the founders of the California assemblage school of sculpture. His works date from 1957, most of which are in museums and private collections. He was born in Woodland, California and attended the University of California, Berkeley. He has been awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to paintings, drawings and photography, Herms has also written poetry and taught sculpture at UCLA.

Coagula's Matt Gleason describes Herms' work as "an art of inclusion, of paradigm shifts that include bleeding boundaries between high practice and tinkering, walking a high wire if it aspires to greatness; its worth hinges on discipline

"Like a lean jazz quartet, Herms sets the mood as much with what is there as with what is not," says Gleason.

The Rachel Rosenthal Company’s TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble, the latest offering in the 83-year-old Rachel Rosenthal’s remarkable career, is inspired by Jean-Louis Barrault’s concept of "Total Theatre" and Antonin Artaud’s "Theatre of Cruelty." Echoing Barrault’s and Artaud’s revolutionary notions about theater, Rosenthal’s performance aesthetic integrates movement, voice, choreography, improvisation, costuming, music, lighting, and sets into seismic experiences. This genre of work, total free improvisation, is completely unique. The name "tohubohu" (from ancient Hebrew), loosely translated, means "collision or chaos" which Rosenthal describes as not what the Company does, but the process they go through to do what they do. Nobody knows in advance what will happen – not Rosenthal, not Company members, and certainly not the audience. This uncertainty makes the performances psychologically charged for all involved.

The Rachel Rosenthal Company members include visual artists, dancers, aerialists, a Cake Diva, and the operator of the Tyrannosaurus Rex model at the Natural History Museum, among others. To read more about TOHUBOHU! from a previous Green Galactic press release, see:http://www.greengalactic.com/2010/rachel-rosenthal-tohubohu/

Rachel Rosenthal, a leading figure from the Southern California arts movement in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, has been inspiring audiences for decades. Born into an affluent Russian-Jewish family in Paris, Rosenthal’s father, Léonard Rosenthal, was a gem merchant widely known as "The King of Pearls." During World War II, her family escaped France, moving to Rio de Janeiro by way of Portugal. After losing his material wealth to the Nazi’s, her father had to start over at age 65. In 1941, the family left Brazil to settle in New York where Rosenthal graduated from the High School of Music and Art and became a US citizen.

She studied art, theater and dance in Paris and New York after the war with such teachers as Hans Hoffmann, Erwin Piscator, and Jean-Louis Barrault. Her circle included Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage, whose Zen sensibility informed and influenced Rosenthal’s aesthetic. With this foundation, she moved West and began her theatrical career in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s as artistic director and performer for the ten-year run of the totally improvised and influential underground Instant Theatre which created pieces that drew upon notions of chance.

Rosenthal has presented over 40 of her own original performance pieces – thought provoking works centered on humanity’s place on the planet. According to Artweek Magazine, "Rosenthal defines what differentiates quality performance art from mundane theatrical exercise…she took us into her reality, and for that brief and precious moment, she altered our vision of the world. This is what great art can and should do."

Rosenthal has performed in over 100 venues around the world including documenta 8 in Kassel, Germany, The Helsinki Festival, ICA London, The Performance Space in Sydney, The Whitney Museum in New York City, and Museum of Contemporary Art here in Los Angeles. The Pompidou Centre recently included her in its 2006 show Los Angeles 1955-1985. Her pioneering performances have earned Obie, Rockefeller, Getty, NEA and CAA awards, among others.

In 1999, Rosenthal received an Honorary Doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and in 2000 she was honored by the City of Los Angeles as a "Living Cultural Treasure of Los Angeles." Critics have called her "a monument and a marvel" and Richard Schechner, editor of The Drama Review (TDR), put Rosenthal into the same category as Robert Wilson, Ping Chong, Richard Foreman, Meredith Monk, and Laurie Anderson.

She opened her studio, Espace DbD, on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1980. From 1980 to 1983, Rosenthal presented performances by many emerging and established performance artists including Barbara Smith, Eleanor Antin, Cheri Gaulke, Alan Kaprow, John White, Joyce Cutler Shaw, Tom Jenkins, Stelarc, and many others. Rosenthal founded The Rachel Rosenthal Company as an educational non-profit arts organization in 1989.

For more information, to get on the press list for an upcoming TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater performance, photos, or to arrange an interview, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Hasty at 213.840.1201 and lynn@greengalactic.com=



7. Roy Colmer, FF Alumn, at Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain, June 12-Sept. 27

Roy Colmer will be exhibiting in a group show titled "Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices, 1970s to the Present," at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. June 12 through September 27. Curated by Lynne Cooke and Douglas Crimp.



8. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, now online at http://www.shimmer.ch

Dear All,

Every month, artist Miriam Steinhauser showcases a single work from an artist online at http://www.shimmer.ch. This month it's me, with one of my single edition photographic pairings from the Time & Space series produced last year.

Miriam has been inviting artist friends to submit work to Shimmer since September 2007.

With best wishes,




9. Alyson Pou, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Brooklyn, June 16-17

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope you can join me on Wednesday, June 16th or Thursday, June 17th at 7:30pm as I present "Alessandra's Occhiolino"--the second performance in a four part, sequential series that coincides with the themes of Central Booking's exhibitions on the topics of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Yes, 2010 is my year of science and mystery!

Don't worry if you missed part one--the event will start with a quick synopsis of Galileo's Finger and the Missing Lenticular Glass!

Summer cheers, Alyson

Alessandra's Occhiolino


By: Alyson Pou
JUNE 16, 17 - 7:30PM
111 Front St., Gallery 210 - Dumbo, Brooklyn 11201

Tickets: $8.00 - No RSVP Required

The story of Alessandra, a young apprentice who might have made the lenses for Galileo's famous telescope and Marietta, a passionate collector in search of her lens making secrets continues as Marietta searches the archive of a venerable Venetian family and Alessandra is pulled ever deeper into the intrigues of powerful men.



10. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, June 8

I want you there. I'm breaking out new songs

Annie Lanzillotto Band
June 8, 2010
Dixon Place
161a Chrystie Street, (Rivington and Delancey)

Annie vocals, Adeel Salman guitar, Rosa Goldensohn vocals, Rose Imperato sax, John Casale drums


forse sogniamo quasi abbastanza....
perhaps we dream nearly enough...




11. Marisa Jahn, FF alumn, on Park Place, Manhattan, June 11

With support from REV-, The Street Vendor Project proudly presents:
The Pushcart Market
NYC's first vendor-led street fair
Friday June 11, 2010 (10-6 pm)

Park Place between Broadway and Church, downtown Manhattan
2,3 train to Park Place; E train to World Trade Center;
4,5,6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge; A,C trains to Chambers

On June 11th, the first ever Pushcart Market brings some of NYC's best street vendors together on Park Place. Shop for jewelry, gifts, crafts, clothes and more from boutique vendor carts and enjoy a panoply of appetizers, entrees, nibbles, and sweets including:

- Jamaican jerk chicken and grilled fish by Vendy Awards finalist Fauzia Abdur-Rahman from the Bronx's foodcart "Heavenly Delights"
- Indian/Mediterranean biryani by Vendy Awards Finalist and People's Choice Award Winner Bangladesh native Meru Sikder from "Biriyani Cart"
- Seasonal vegan/vegetarian delights and desserts by vendor star Cinnamon Snail
- Organic handcrafted ice cream by vendor rookie Guerilla Gourmet, and more!

The Pushcart Market is organized by the Street Vendor Project, New York City's grassroots, vendor-led advocacy group. The Market is NYC's first vendor-led street fair celebrating small business and immigrant entrepreneurs.

10 am - 6 pm Food and shopping from boutique vendor carts
10:30 am - Kick-off Celebration & Ribbon Cutting
Sean Basinski, Project Director, Street Vendor Project
Vicki Weiner, Director of Planning and Preservation, Pratt Center for Community Development
Others TBA

11 am - 2 pm - Music and performances by NYC's subway musicians & Raffle for 2 free tickets to this year's Vendy awards

5 - 6 pm - Afterwork Treats and Raffle for 2 free tickets to this year's Vendy awards

The Pushcart Market is an initiative of The Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center. Street Vendor Project (SVP) is a grassroots, vendor-led organization that seeks to advance an agenda of economic opportunity, social justice, and civil rights for the approximately ten thousand individuals selling food and merchandise on the streets of New York City. www.streetvendor.org

Hester Street Fair, open every Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm, from April through December, is located in a beautiful park setting and was once home to New York City's largest and oldest pushcart markets. Our mission is to sell quality goods and food, but to also create a space that reflects the dynamic energy of the Lower East Side. www.hesterstreetfair.org

The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers, by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures. www.prattcenter.net

REV- is a non-profit organization that furthers socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. www.rev-it.org



12. Rebecca Migdal, FF Alumn, June/July book tour.

I'm writing you to let you know that Andy Laties and I, along with our good friends Seth Tobocman and Eric Blitz, are performing at bookstores up and down the coast for the next two weeks. I hope you'll join us as we deliver some World War 3 Illustrated-style Social Justice manna, through the medium of Multimedia Comics, Music, Puppetry and Animation!

Please read on to learn more about Seth's nationwide tour.
Thanks for reading,
Rebecca Migdal

Seth Tobocman's new book tour starts tonight at Bluestockings in New York City, featuring Seth's powerful performances of excerpts from his current releases, "Understanding the Crash" (Soft Skull) and "You Don't Have To Fuck People Over To Survive" (AKPress), now in its third printing.

Eric Blitz and Andy Laties provide free-jazz musical accompaniment in this riveting show.
Appearing with Seth are "Crash" co-author Eric Laursen, who will present a multimedia look at The Bailout, and Rebecca Migdal, a World War 3 Illustrated editor, performing to her animated comics with puppetry and live music.

Tonight, Friday June 4th is the book release party and only NYC show, featuring special guest Doug Henwood.

Tour dates are still being added! To stay tuned for updates, sign up for the email list below, or visit www.sethtobocman.com, which goes live starting next week.
Below are the complete dates for the tour, as of today:

Friday, June 4th at 7pm
172 Allen St (btwn Stanton and Rivington)
New York, NY 10002

Monday, June 7th at 7pm
Wooden Shoe Books
704 South Street
Philadelphia PA 19147

Tuesday, June 8th - 3pm
Signing at America’s Future Now Conference
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tuesday, June 8th at 6:30pm
Hosted by Positive Force
Victory Heights - Community Room
1369 Irving Street NW
Washington DC 20010

Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm
Hosted by Red Emma's
2640 Project
2640 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-0450

Friday, June 11th at 7pm
ACME Screening Room
25 S. Union Street
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Saturday, June 12th at 7pm
The Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02118

Monday, June 14 at 7pm
Black Sheep Books
5 State Street, Montpelier, VT
(802) 225-8906

Tuesday, June 15 at 7pm
Food for Thought Books, Inc.
106 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002-1703
(413) 253-5432

Midwest and West Coast leg of the tour, featuring mutimedia performances by Eric Laursen and Seth Tobocman:

Monday, June 21st at 7pm
Leopold’s Books
15 E. Kirby Street
Suite 114
Detroit, MI 48202

Tuesday, June 29th at 7pm
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Wednesday, June 30th at 7pm
Copperfield’s Books – Petaluma Store
140 Kentucky St.
Petaluma, CA 95404

Monday, July 5th at 7pm
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Tuesday, July 6th at 7pm
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Thursday, July 8th at 7:30pm
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214



13. Bern Porter, FF Alumn, at MoMA, NY, thru July 5

Lost and Found: The Work of Bern Porter from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art Library
The Museum of Modern Art Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Mezzanine
4 West 54th St., NY, NY 10019
On view April 7 - July 5, 2010

Bern Porter contributed to some of the most important scientific innovations of the past century, including the cathode ray tube, the Manhattan Project, and NASA’s Saturn V Rocket. He was also an artist, poet, and publisher. He published work by Henry Miller, Kenneth Patchen, and Dick Higgins, among others, and authored numerous books, including compilations of collage he dubbed "Founds." His personal work is heavily influenced by the guilt he felt regarding his role in the development of the atomic bomb. As the self-proclaimed inventor of mail art, Porter was also very involved in the Correspondence Art Network. This installation presents a selection of MoMA’s unparalleled collection of Porter’s materials, from artists’ books and original collages to mail art and other ephemera.

For more information please visit the MoMA website: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1057



14. Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumn, at Mai 36, Zurich, Switzerland, opening June 13

Lawrence Weiner
12 June – 31 July 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open House Weekend Zurich,
June 12/13, 2010, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mai 36 Galerie
Rämistrasse 37
8001 Zürich
+41 44 261 68 80
Opening hours:
Tues-Fri 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Sat 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mai 36 Galerie presents Lawrence Weiner

We are pleased to present our next exhibition, devoted to the American artist Lawrence Weiner (New York, 1942, based in Amsterdam and New York). Weiner is one of the world's foremost contemporary artists and has been represented by Mai 36 Galerie since 1988. Having started out experimenting with shaped canvases and squares cut out of carpets, Weiner went on to develop an artistic use of language in reference to these materials. Treating language as the physical subject matter of his artistic production, he has contrasting words or elliptical phrases painted on walls and also uses his linguistic material in diverse media such as video, tapes, graphics and multiples. What has emerged is an oeuvre of Statements, which are accessible to all viewers. For Weiner, the execution of his linguistic works is not a must. Initially formulated in his famous declaration of intent, first published in "Art News" in fall, 1968, Weiner has always remained to true to his set of artistic rules.



Weiner calls his text works sculptures because they often involve sculptural operations: layering, extracting and connecting, activities that can be mentally traced by viewers. A wide-ranging spectrum of typefaces and graphic elements may be used in presenting these works. The Statements may be painted, pasted, stenciled or stamped; they may be graphically illegible; they may appear in English or in the language of the exhibition venue. Weiner's work is showcased not only in museums and galleries but also exists in public spaces, conspicuously placed or in non-places: on the walls of houses, on posters or cast in iron manhole covers. In 2007, the city of Zurich received one of his works on permanent loan. It is set into the ground: at Limmatplatz in German: KUGELLAGER ODER RUNDE STEINE ZUM ROLLEN GEBRACHT AUSSERHALB WAS IST, at Bellevue in English: BALL BEARINGS OR ROUND STONES MADE TO ROLL OUTSIDE OF WHAT IS, and at Helvetiaplatz in Italian: CUSCINETTI A SFE RA O CIOTTOLI LEVIGATI FATTI ROTOLARE AL DI FUORI DA CIÒ CHE È.

The works on view in the gallery are associative; they are simple and complex, poetic and intellectual; they speak at once of identity and alterity. For instance, in the two works COMPILATION and INHERENT DESTINY, on Filofax paper, there is room for everything: postcard clippings, stenciled words, puns, historical remarks and Latin proverbs. BROUGHT TO TOUCH, a conceptually more rational work consisting of the same elements but in tall format, will be on view at Art Basel, opposite the main entrance to the trade fair building.

Lawrence Weiner's stringently postulated artistic strategy has been embraced by most exponents of conceptual art. The concept, the idea of a work, is the essential factor, and it is on a par with the physical execution of the work. It is our task as viewers to translate and make sense of the open-ended form. The active role that Wiener ascribed and, of course, still ascribes to the recipients of art profoundly impacted future artistic developments. Most importantly, Weiner, who considers himself a "genuine American socialist," does not simply call into question the terms and signs that he uses; he is also acutely aware of the social and existential codes in which they are embedded.

–Dominique von Burg

The preview is on Sunday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lawrence Weiner will be present. For visuals, please contact: office@mai36.com.



15. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, July 19-20

Alum Jeff McMahon will write/direct his new play, Straight Talk: a work-in-regression,
July 19-20, 2010 7:30pm at the beautiful new Dixon Place, NYC. Presented as part of the annual Hot! Festival
Straight Talk satirizes contemporary relationships and attitudes through the speech of young adults. The debased language, often obscene and aggressive, unexpectedly leaps into elevated speech and drops into longing vulnerability, with an unreal take on realism. Known for the verbal play and kineticism of his solo work, McMahon moves those qualities into a playfully multi-character work, featuring six actors who have recently performed with Taylor Mac, Richard Foreman, Big Art Group, and Young Jean Lee.

Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street (between Rivington/Delancey) NY NY 10002
(212) 219-0736 www.dixonplace.org



16. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, now online, and more

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, now online "DIGITAL MUDRA EXTENDED" and more...

"Digital Mudra Extended" investigates the relationships between the expressive hand gestures employed by public and political personalities, and those of Indian Kathakali dancers. In this artwork, I am revisiting an idea I first explored in an installation that I created at the Kala Institute in 1987 wherein I projected slides featuring then-current political and cultural figures culled from topical news photos. These photos showed hand gestures that I juxtaposed with their Mudra counterparts. In this new work, I feel that I have captured a reflection of what is going on in the world today-as I correlate the Mudras with gestures deployed by technology nerds, global political figures, scions of industry, masters of banking, activists and attorneys, media moguls, and others. See for yourself! http://sonyarapartblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/digital-mudra-extended.html


In addition to this, an image of Rapoport's original artists' book "DIGITAL MUDRA" is going to be featured on the DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning ) Library blog for the University of Cincinnati. The DAAP Library's blog has been created to raise awareness of the book-works in the DAAP Library's extensive artists' book collection, and to encourage library patrons to view these books in person. Link here: http://daaplibraryartistsbooks.blogspot.com/



17. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, on Bravo television, beginning June 9

Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, stars on the new Bravo television show "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist," beginning June 9, 2010. For a story from the Albany Times Union, please visit the link below:





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