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Contents for August 24, 2010
1. Franklin Furnace Archive featured in exhibition at Exit Art, Manhattan, opening September 24
2. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at Chattahoochee Mountain Fair, Clarkesville, GA, Sept. 18
3. Judith Ren-Lay, FF alum, at Mercury Cafe Denver CO Aug 26
4. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, on NBC, online, and at Time Warner, Manhattan
5. Paul Henry Ramirez, Jody Pinto, FF Alumns, at Hal Bromm Gallery, Manhattan, opening Sept. 22
6. Nancy Andrews, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan, Sept. 23
7. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, at Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis, MN, thru Sept. 23
8. Peter Dobill, FF Alumn, at Nurture Art, Brooklyn, opening Aug. 27
9. LuLu LoLo, FF Member, in the New York Times, August 22
10. Iris Rose, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Lyceum, Sept. 9-19
11. Lisa Kahane, FF Alumn, on NY1 news and online
12. Lia Perjovschi at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland, opening Aug. 26
13. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, at Katonah Museum of Art Sculpture Garden, thru October 31

1. Franklin Furnace Archive featured in exhibition at Exit Art, Manhattan, opening September 24

a history of New York City alternative art spaces since the 1960s

September 24 - November 24, 2010
Opening Friday, September 24, 7-9pm

Alternative Histories is a history of New York City alternative art spaces and projects since the 1960s. Through audio interviews with founders and key staff, a reading room of magazines and publications, documentation, ephemera and narrative descriptions, the exhibition will tell the story of pioneering spaces – like P.S.1, Artists Space, Fashion Moda, Taller Boricua, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Franklin Furnace, Exit Art, 112 Greene Street/White Columns, Creative Time, Electronic Arts Intermix, Anthology Film Archives, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Just Above Midtown, and many more – as well as document a new generation of alternative projects such as Live With Animals, Fake Estate, Apartment Show, Pocket Utopia, Cleopatra’s, English Kills Art Gallery, Triple Candie, Esopus, and others.

Over 130 spaces are represented in the show, which elaborates on the significant contributions these organizations made to the cultural fabric of New York City. They gave visibility and inclusion to otherwise excluded artists and ideas. The idealism of the founders, the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in sustaining these histories, against all odds, illustrates the dynamic purposes that propel the artistic scene in New York. "Imagination is an alternative to reality, creating options that never end," says curator Papo Colo.

The exhibition incorporates a broad definition of the term "alternative space," and includes significant publications and artist collectives to cover a broad arc of this history – bridging neighborhoods, decades and themes. In the development and organization of this exhibition, the curatorial team viewed dozens of archives and personal collections – selecting critical materials from the histories of the spaces and projects – and interviewed founders and early staff members, when possible, to construct a narrative about the alternative space movement in New York and its continuing impact on the city’s cultural and artistic landscape.

What is Alternative?: Alternative Histories Symposia
What Is Alternative? is a symposia held in connection with the exhibition Alternative Histories that is intended to explain, expand, and expound on the history and future of alternative art spaces in New York City.

Friday, October 15, 2010 / 7-9pm
What is Alternative? / What is the Future of the Alternative?

Moderator: Robert Storr, Dean of Yale School of Art and former Curator in Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, NY (1990 – 2002)

This opening conversation amongst founders / directors of early and emerging alternative art spaces looks at the various definitions of an "alternative" space. Is alternative an accurate and appropriate word to describe its activities? What alternatives do these spaces provide, and for whom are they intended? Participants TBA.

Friday, October 29, 2010 / 7-9pm
Activism and the Rise of Alternative Art Spaces

Moderator: Mary Anne Staniszewski, Associate Professor and Acting Head of the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY

Investigating the early history of New York alternative spaces, this panel looks at the genesis, culture and legacy of this movement in the context of activism and political agency. Participants TBA.

Related Panel Discussion:
Friday, October 22, 2010 / 6-8pm
Alternative Curatorial Strategies Today
Organized and hosted by ArtTable at Exit Art

Moderator: Erin Donnelly, LMCC

Participants: Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton, Forever & Today; Allison Weisberg, Recess Activities; Michael Connor, Marian Spore; Regine Basha, Basha Projects/Grackleworld

Exit Art is an independent vision of contemporary culture. We are prepared to react immediately to important issues that affect our lives. We do experimental, historical and unique presentations of aesthetic, social, political and environmental issues. We absorb cultural differences that become prototype exhibitions. We are a center for multiple disciplines. Exit Art is a 28 year old cultural center in New York City founded by Directors Jeanette Ingberman and artist Papo Colo, that has grown from a pioneering alternative art space, into a model artistic center for the 21st century committed to supporting artists whose quality of work reflects the transformations of our culture. Exit Art is internationally recognized for its unmatched spirit of inventiveness and consistent ability to anticipate the newest trends in the culture. With a substantial reputation for curatorial innovation and depth of programming in diverse media, Exit Art is always changing.

This exhibition was generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. This exhibition is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

General exhibition support provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Bloomberg LP; Jerome Foundation; Lambent Foundation; Pollock-Krasner Foundation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; Exit Art’s Board of Directors and our members.

Exit Art is located at 475 Tenth Avenue, corner of 36th Street. Hours: Tues. – Thurs., 10am – 6pm; Fri., 10am – 8pm; and Sat., noon – 8pm. Closed Sun. and Mon. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information please call 212-966-7745 or visit www.exitart.org.



2. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at Chattahoochee Mountain Fair, Clarkesville, GA, Sept. 18

Joni Mabe the Elvis Babe, FF Alumni, presents the Big E Championship Show featuring Elvis Tribute Artists, Matthew Spalding, Robby Dean Scott, and Damon Hendrix, 35th annual Chattahoochee Mtn. Fair, September 18, Clarkesville, Georgia.



3. Judith Ren-Lay, FF alum, at Mercury Cafe Denver CO Aug 26

Judith Ren-Lay performing "Selections from the Stealth Songbook"
Thursday, August 26th at 9:30 PM
Mercury Café 2199 California Street Denver, CO
Reservations: 303-294-9258
Tickets $10

After a long absence, Denver native Judith Ren-Lay returns to her hometown to perform at the Mercury Café’s Jungle room on Thursday, August 26th at 9:30 PM.
Featuring songs from her "Stealth Songbook", the performance artist will weave a mystical linguistic world that "explodes like a time-release bomb all over your senses - some of the most amazing sounds I’ve heard a human make."

Called an "urban griot" by the Los Angeles Times and "an explorer whose undiscovered country is life itself" by the New York Times, Ren-Lay has been a New York City artist for three decades in a variety of mediums including dance, performance art, music, drawing, poetry, and digital photography. Her archives are currently part of the permanent collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Ren-Lay spent some months in Denver during 1985-86 performing at the First Denver Performance Art Festival, Chapelle’s, The Art Department, The Events Center, Pirate Gallery, The Arvada Center for the Arts and the Lynn Ida Gallery, bringing her award-winning "The Grandfather Tapes" to Jud Hart’s Urban Aborigine Week, then returning in 1987 to the legendary Changing Scene Theater, and in 1990 with a retrospective at the Edge Gallery. Nancy Clegg (now Renna Shesso) writing in Westword, wrote "Ren-Lay is an articulate and richly creative practitioner, her work haunting and insightful."

In 2002 her first CD of original vocal compositions was released to critical acclaim, considered one of the ten best jazz albums of the year.
Born and raised in Denver, she moved to NYC in 1975 to study with Merce Cunningham among others, and danced as a leading soloist in the company of Gus Solomons jr until 1980 when she began developing live performance works integrating site-specific installation, movement, spoken text, light, and original music for which she was awarded a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for outstanding creative achievement. She has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Franklin Furnace, and The Kitchen.

In New York City she has made site-specific solo works at LaMama E.T.C, Performance Space 122, Dance Space Project at St. Mark's Church, Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dixon Place, The Knitting Factory, Franklin Furnace, Roulette, The Performing Garage, The Roof of Riverside Church, The Warren Street Performance Loft, Westbeth, Theater for the New City, ReCherChez, A Clear Space, The Ohio Theater, Henry Street Settlement, The Kitchen, The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, Snug Harbor, and the legendary performance art venues of the 80's - The Pyramid Club, The Mudd Club, 8BC, CBGB'S, The WOW Cafe, and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. Her extensive body of work has also been seen in Denver, New Haven, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Monica, Chicago, Cleveland, Kutztown, London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Switzerland.

Judith Ren-Lay
Corporeal Studio, Ltd.
42 Grand Street #1
New York, NY 10013
phone/fax: 212.941.7828



4. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, on NBC, online, and at Time Warner, Manhattan

FF Alumn Norm Magnusson has a sculpture ("The four pillars of indulgence") on view through September 2 in the Time Warner building on Columbus Circle as part of Kohler's "The Art of Inspiration" exhibition. Magnusson is one of 5 artists (selected from a huge field) to have received this prestigious commission from Kohler. His appearance on last Saturday's LXTV "First Look" program can be seen here: http://lxtv.com/1stlookny/video/10799 and the second and third segments will be broadcast on NBC this Saturday and next at 7:30 pm.



5. Paul Henry Ramirez, Jody Pinto, FF Alumns, at Hal Bromm Gallery, Manhattan, opening Sept. 22

Dear Friends,

Please join me at my group exhibition NEO-VITRUVIAN: THE BODY NOW, opening Wednesday September 22, 6 - 8, Hal Bromm Gallery curated by Richard J. Goldstein. I hope you can make it.


Neo-Vitruvian: the Body Now
New York, NY Hal Bromm Gallery
90 West Broadway at Chambers Street, TRIBECA

*Neo-Vitruvian*, an exhibition curated by Richard J. Goldstein, will open September 23, 2010 at Hal Bromm Gallery, 90 West Broadway, Tribeca.
Featured will be works by* Rosemarie Castoro*, *Robert Greene*, *Mary Jones*, *Joyce Kim*, *Molly Lowe*, *Bobbie Oliver*, *Jody Pinto*, *Paul Henry Ramirez*, *Elizabeth Streb*, and *Ryan Sullivan*. Included are a variety of materials and mediums, with works that range from painting, photography, sculpture, and choreographic drawings to plans for site specific public projects. A preview reception with the artists will be held on Wednesday, 22 September from 6-8 pm.

On November 12 at 7 pm there will be a panel discussion with the artists to discuss and examine the relationships of the body as a maker and receiver of art. *Neo-Vitruvian* will remain on view through November 24. The gallery is open by appointment.

*Neo-Vitruvian* brings together a diverse group of artists?*Rosemarie Castoro*, *Robert Greene*, *Mary Jones*, *Joyce Kim*, *Molly Lowe*, *Bobbie Oliver*, *Jody Pinto*, *Paul Henry Ramirez*, *Elizabeth Streb*, and *Ryan Sullivan*. Through their differences the artists engage the subject of the body both literally and figuratively. The interplay between the body and nature in Robert Greene’s photographs and between sculptural form and language in Rosemarie Castoro’s work presents both creative parallels and opposing directions simultaneously. The variety of concepts employed by artists in the exhibition make clear that artists are not bound to the Vitruvian absolutes of the circle and square; their works can be and can become whatever is desired as their imaginations strike out in new directions. This basic tenet is seen in a multitude of ways, as Elizabeth Streb strives to make bodies defy gravity, space, and time in her performances while Jody Pinto’s bodies on paper evolve to become large-scale site-specific works whose scale and wit bring fresh meaning to body art.

The selected pieces offer viewers an opportunity to find new visions of possibility within and around the body.



6. Nancy Andrews, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan, Sept. 23

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.)

September 23rd (Thursday)
7:30 PM
Total running time: ca. 70 minutes.

Film Notes

We are eager to invite you to the New York City premiere of two far-out, fantastic new short films by the uniquely gifted artist Nancy Andrews. Active as an animator since the early 90s, Andrews's wildly inventive works often focus on fantastic transformations and are constructed from an inspired mix of live action, animation, archival imagery, and faked found footage, among other elements. Humorous and engaging, visually arresting and very moving, Andrews is a filmmaker with a unique touch, a distinctive style, and something real to say. Screening alongside Andrews's films is a certified classic from one of her main inspirations, the inimitable Fleischer Brothers.

ON A PHANTOM LIMB (2009, 35 minutes, video)
This film examines the journey of a human-made hybrid, a surgical creation - part woman, part bird - passing through death, purgatory, and returning to life. The boundaries of reality, fantasy, documentary, and fiction are blurred in this reprise of classic themes, dilemmas, and consequences of reanimation.

"The monster did not choose this for her self, to be an amalgam for

Dave Fleischer SNOW-WHITE (1933, 7 minutes, 16mm)
Betty Boop stars as you-know-who in this whacked-out reworking of a
classic fable. And doesn't that clown sound a lot like Cab Calloway?
All hail the Fleischer Brothers!

BEHIND THE EYES ARE THE EARS (2010, 25 minutes, video)
This mix of 16mm, animation, found footage, and live-action footage follows the research of Dr. Sheri Myes and her revolutionary attempts to expand our perceptions and consciousness. The filmmaker began the project by writing a song cycle, and then imagery was developed through a series of drawings. The film is influenced by classic 'mad scientist' horror films like DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and by research into the physiology of insects.

Total running time: ca. 70 minutes.



7. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, at Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis, MN, thru Sept. 23

"Dance first. Think Later. It's the natural order."
- Samuel Beckett

NEW TIME for our dance sessions: 5:30-7:30pm. We're pushing back the time by 30 minutes so more people can attend. Starting Monday, August 23 (tomorrow), meet at 5:30pm at the same place-Peavey Plaza-every Monday and Thursday. Five weeks of outdoor dancing left!!

The outdoor dance season will end Thursday, September 23. A celebration dinner follows the big dance, just $10 per person. More information coming soon.

Upcoming Saturday morning 10am-12noon spirituality discussions. We listen together to recorded lectures and interviews, and discuss, so no preparation required.
Aug 28: What is prayer with musician Anoushka Shankar, translator of sacred texts Stephen Mitchell, and professor of church history Roberta Bondi. (Location: Art of This, 35th and Nicollet Ave.)


Sept 4: Thich Nhat Hanh's "Teachings on Love"
(Part 2, but we will review Part 1, so everyone can attend; Location: TBA)

Sept 11: New York Times' David Brooks on the emotions, the cognitive revolution, and public policy. (Location: TBA)

Finally, we say a very big thank you to Art of This for the use of the space, and big thanks to Helena Raghubir for the yoga classes!!

For more information, go to: http://graceminnesota.blogspot.com/

For questions, contact: dyfit@graceminnesota.org.

Practicing happiness,
Marcus Young and Grace MN



8. Peter Dobill, FF Alumn, at Nurture Art, Brooklyn, opening Aug. 27

Hi Everyone,

This Friday night I will be exhibiting 3 new bodies of artwork at NurtureArt as a completion to my Summer Artist Residency at the gallery.

On view will be installation elements for the forthcoming action GONG RINGER, a new completed video action PROTOHYLOS, and my first set of ACTION ABSTRACTIONS, automatic drawings executed with ink and pencil.

I'm thrilled to present the fruit of my two months of work at the gallery and I hope you can stop by and have an ice cold beer with me.


NurtureArt Summer Residency Program Open Studios
Opening Reception: Friday, Aug. 27th 7-9p
Exhibition on View: Aug. 27th-Aug 29th, 2010



9. LuLu LoLo, FF Member, in the New York Times, August 22

Hi, This Sunday's NY Times. Real Estate section: Habitats column has an article about my house and my family's history and our art work and art collection. You can read the NY Times article online and yes there is a slide show of photographs 11 or 12

photos- Love what the writer says about me in the old family photo as a young girl looking at everyone at the table. LuLu

Here is the link:

Also The Times didn't link to the slide show of the chapel in our garden--so here is that link:




10. Iris Rose, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Lyceum, Sept. 9-19

Theater of the Grasshopper
is proud to present
at Brooklyn Lyceum

Written and directed by Iris Rose
With Alison Brasky, Lily DePaula, Julian Evens, Chris Fara,
Nate Hohauser, Camila Jones, Joe Siena, Coulee Slatnick,
and Joe Munley as Captain Aesop

There’s an annual fable-telling contest aboard the Starship Fable as the crew competes to see who can tell the best fable in five minutes or less. Writer-director Iris Rose has combined the storylines of classic Aesop's fables with elements from science-fiction classics like Star Wars, Star Trek, Tron, Mars Attacks!, Alien, Village of the Damned, and V. Though the genre is high-tech, the props and costumes are definitely not. Still, most of the stories include some sort of grand theatrical effect: a giant, glittery box of Lucky Charms floating in mid-air; fluorescent-trimmed actors performing only in blacklight; dancers demonstrating moves from other planets; an enormous meteor crushing a miniature shopping mall. OK for kids age 6 and up, but also great for movie lovers, people with a sense of humor & sci-fi fans of all ages (note our 10 PM shows).

227 4th Ave. at President St., Brooklyn
R train to Union St. Stop

Thurs. Sept. 9 & 16 at 8 PM
Fri. Sept. 10 & 17 at 10 PM
Sat. Sept. 11 & 18 at 3 PM
Sun. Sept. 12 & 19 at 3 PM

Tickets: $10, or $30 for 4 if purchased in advance
For tickets: http://www.brooklynlyceum.com/ZPT/MORE?listingid=100347
For info: http://www.theaterofthegrasshopper.org/



11. Lisa Kahane, FF Alumn, on NY1 news and online


Lisa Kahane | photographer



12. Lia Perjovschi at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland, opening Aug. 26

Lia Perjovschi: Dada Legacy / Anti Art at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich
Dada Legacy / Anti Art
Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich

Opening Day:
Thursday, 26 August 2010, 6 pm – 8 pm
26 August 2010 – 20 February 2011
Opening hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 12:30 - 18:30
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00

Lia Perjovschi (born in Sibiu in 1961, lives and works in Bucharest) was asked by Cabaret Voltaire to direct a focus of her art of continuous research at Dada with a view to creating a subjective mind map. She has created six Timelines of about a hundred diagrams.

An informal collaboration with Lia Perjovschi has existed since 'Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire', which opened at Cabaret Voltaire in 2006 and travelled to Sibiu, Prag, Stockholm, Warsaw and Tourcoing. Perjovschi was present at each of these venues, giving short introductions to CAA / CAA (Contemporary Art Archive / Center of Art Analysis), so that we were able to maintain a dialogue that extended over several years and finally resulted in an official commission. In February 2010 Lia Perjovschi and Adrian Notz were invited to the closing event of the exhibition 'Dada South?' in Cape Town. This short stay as well as some of Adrian Notz' visits to Bucharest have become as much part of Perjovschi's research as have the instances when she received books about Dada.

Never before has Perjovschi worked on a single subject for so long. In the context of Dada East, she said that Dada gives them (the artists in Romania an identity), which might be a reason for her doing so. But Perjovschi is also interested in the movement of anti-art spurred by the publication of Hans Richter's book 'Dada – Art and Anti-Art' in 1964 and more recent in Thomas McEvilley's book „Triumph of Anti Art: Conceptual and Performance Art in the Formation of Post-Modernism' in 2005. This is how Hans Richter describes the impulse behind Dada: 'We were part of a quest for an anti art, for a new way of thinking, feeling and knowing: New art in a new-found freedom!'

Perjovschi's research has resulted in seven Timelines, five of which are presented in the form of leporellos. There is a 29-page Timeline surveying general culture, starting in the Stone Age four million years ago and ending in the Information Age with the provisional date of 2025. 25 pages are dedicated to understanding Dada. For this, Perjovschi draws on Leah Dickermann's timeline published in the book 'Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris' which accompanied the Dada exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A Timeline of seven pages puts Romania's Dada Movement into a historical context, giving the question of Dada East a new impetus. A nine-page Timeline pursues a similar goal by putting anti-art, Dada's legacy, in a wider historical context. A double-page spread documents the short stay in Cape-Town on the occasion of 'Dada South'. In 1990 Perjovschi started to write her own, subjective history of art as part of her project CAA. The current status of this ongoing project will be presented in a Timeline of 115 pages. The latest timeline focusses on McEvilleys book and ekaborates Anti-Art as cognition and as ethics.

Many of the diagrams are difficult to decipher due to their intention as personal notes. Texts and images are a shorthand for referring to the complexities behind them. As Perjovschi has it, they are pieces of research for further research, or a 'Sysiphos-like' attempt to gather knowledge. Looking at them, one oscillates between seeming to understand one minute and admitting defeat the next as one is plunged into Perjovschi's constant struggle to analyze and order the world – or, in this case, Dada. We can say about the Timelines in Richter's words: 'Dada has reaped the harvest of confusion that it sowed.'

The Timelines do not enlighten but create a complexity that, very much in agreement with Dada, must be endured. Richter calls this contingency: 'As a matter of fact, the idea of unity of opposites, so-called contingency, has been around since time immemorial. … The insight that reason and anti-reason, sense and non-sense, plan and accident, consciousness and un-consciousness are interlinked and necessary parts of the same coin is just what Dada was all about.'

Rather than presenting an end-product, this six-month exhibition at Cabaret Voltaire is a sort of stock-taking in preparation for Dada 2016. After about four years of Dada related exhibitions with very specific themes, Dada Legacy / Anti Art stakes out new territory, presenting the whole diversity and complexity of Dada. It is Lisa Perjovschi's suggestion to Cabaret Voltaire to pursue the question as to what can be learnt from Dada.



13. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, at Katonah Museum of Art Sculpture Garden, thru October 31

Woozy Blossom (Platanus nebulosus)
This sixteen-foot-high perforated steel tree produces a continuous fog, inviting visitors to be engulfed in its mist and revel in its cool, moist air. The fog is in a constant state of flux, sensitive to the slightest changes in wind, temperature, and humidity. Simultaneously eerie, unexpected, and playful, Woozy Blossom transforms the Katonah Museum of Art Sculpture Garden into an ever-changing, otherworldly environment.

Like Geller’s other public art works, Woozy Blossom engages a broad cross section of the public often in situations of unusual intimacy. The work, which offers a seductive invitation to participate, supports the notion that public art can have a broad appeal without being what is most familiar.

Woozy Blossom is a portable fountain designed as a "kit-of-parts", so it can be easily shipped to and installed in almost any outdoor venue.
Woozy Blossom is a project of Creative Capital.

The Katonah Museum of Art is located in Katonah, NY, about one hour north of New York City
Click on link for hours and directions:



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