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Contents for October 19, 2010
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1. Paul Henry Ramirez, Jody Pinto, FF Alumns, at Hal Bromm Gallery, Manhattan, October 25
2. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, at Provinciehuis , Den Bosch, The Netherlands, Nov. 14
3. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, at Art Lot, Brooklyn, Oct. 24
4. James Casebere, FF Alumn, at Sean Kelly Gallery, Manhattan, opening October 28
5. Julia Scher, Marie Sester, FF Alumns, at SF Moma, California, opening October 30
6. Cecilia Vicuna, FF Alumn, Autumn 2010 events
7. Ricardo Dominguez, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Robert Ransick, FF Alumns, at Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan, thru Dec. 10
8. Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, re-releases publication.
9. Miriam Sharon, FF Alumn, at MSA Museum, Haifa, Israel, October 2010
10. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, at Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy, opening Oct. 28
11. Christy Rupp, Agnes Denes, FF Alumns, at Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA, Oct. 15-17
12. James Siena, FF Alumn, at DC Moore Gallery, Manhattan, opening November 4
13. Dan Fishback, FF Alumn, at The Jewish Theater, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 4
14. Tehching Hsieh, Seiji Shimoda, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, China, October 21-22
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1. Paul Henry Ramirez, Jody Pinto, FF Alumns, at Hal Bromm Gallery, Manhattan, October 25

Hi All,

Come for drinks and meet the artists to discuss their work on view in the exhibition Neo-Vitruvian: the Body Now. Hope you can make it.

Cheers ~ Paul Henry

Hal Bromm Gallery
90 West Broadway at Chambers
212.732.6196
Monday 25 October 5-7

Neo-Vitruvian*, an exhibition curated by Richard J. Goldstein, Artist works by* Rosemarie Castoro*, *Robert Greene*, *Mary Jones*,*Joyce Kim*, *Molly Lowe*, *Bobbie Oliver*, *Jody Pinto*, *Paul Henry Ramirez*, *Elizabeth Streb*, and *Ryan Sullivan*

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2. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, at Provinciehuis , Den Bosch, The Netherlands, Nov. 14

Sydney Biennial 2010
©Martha Rosler Hermes Lecture
Hermes Lecture by Martha Rosler
Culture Class:
Art, Creativity, Urbanism
Sunday, November 14, 4:00 PM

Provinciehuis
Brabantlaan 1
5216 TV Den Bosch
The Netherlands
http://www.hermeslezing.nl

On November 14, 2010 Martha Rosler will deliver the third Hermes Lecture, entitled Culture Class: Art, Creativity, Urbanism. Rosler's talk will be a critical reflection on the social and political position of the artist in the context of Richard Florida's notion of the "creative class," a notion embraced increasingly by local governments and policy-makers both in North America and Europe. What are the implications for the arts when the presence of creative professionals in a city or metropolitan region is seen primarily as a catalyst for economic growth? Does the triumph of the creative class represent the long-awaited social emancipation of artists or rather their submission to an instrumental logic? Martha Rosler's lecture is a well-considered contribution to the current debate about the relationship between art and politics. She will relate the notion of a creative "class" to theories of urbanism, business management and forms of creativity, starting from the awareness that "in any understanding of postwar capitalism the role of culture has become pivotal".

Jennifer Allen, a critic based in Berlin, will respond to the lecture, after which a discussion will take place moderated by Bas Heijne (writer, Amsterdam).

A publication with an extended version of Martha Rosler's text will be available on the day of the lecture. All visitors will receive a free copy.

Hermes Lecture
The Hermes Lecture is a biennial lecture by a distinguished visual artist on a topic related to the position of artists in the cultural and social field. The Hermes Lecture is the result of a collaboration between Hermes – an entrepreneurs' network in Den Bosch – and the Research Group of Visual Art at AKV|St Joost Art Academy, Avans University, also based in Den Bosch. Hermes is committed to establishing and intensifying contacts between the art community and the business world. The Research Group of Visual Art, headed by Camiel van Winkel, researches the cultural position of the visual artist.

The Hermes Lecture aims to promote the contribution by contemporary artists to the critical and theoretical discourse of art and to reaffirm the place of this discourse in a public context. In 2006 Jeff Wall delivered the first Hermes Lecture. In 2008 the second lecture was given by Liam Gillick.

Martha Rosler
Martha Rosler (Brooklyn, NY) is a renowned artist who has created a rich oeuvre consisting of video works, photo/text montages, performances and projects on location since the early 1970s. She is the author of lucid and critical essays discussing the social and political context of art and the art world. Together with Allan Sekula, Mary Kelly and others, Rosler is part of a generation of artists who combined the language of conceptual art with a social and political agenda. Using a critical and feminist version of semiotics she has brought the neutrality of language and visual representations into question. Her photo montages comment on the way mass media tend to cloak wars and other geopolitical events in aspects of lifestyle, domesticity, sexuality, and modern comfort.

Martha Rosler Exhibition at SM-s Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch
From November 13, 2010 until February 13, 2011 the SM-s Stedelijk Museum in Den Bosch will present the exhibition Martha Rosler: Point and Shoot. The exhibition will open on Saturday, November 13 at 4:00 PM. The artist will be present.

http://www.sm-s.nl

Practical Information

Hermes Lecture 2010 by Martha Rosler
Sunday, November 14, 2010, 4:00 PM
Doors open at 3:30 PM

Provinciehuis, Brabantlaan 1, Den Bosch, the Netherlands
Admission is free

Seat reservation required via http://www.hermeslezing.nl

Organization

Hermes Lecture Foundation

AKV|St Joost
P.O. Box 90116
4800 RA Breda
The Netherlands

Contact:
Deneuve Cultural Projects, Daniël Bouw
daniel@deneuve.nl / +31 (0)6 185 55 509
http://www.hermeslezing.nl

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3. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, at Art Lot, Brooklyn, Oct. 24

Hi All,
I'm happy to announce a mid-show opening at the ART LOT. Sunday October 24, 3:00 - 5:30 pm.
206 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Hope you can make it!
Best,
Babs

The ART LOT is proud to present "MEDIA MIX x 4,"
featuring the work of
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo,
Babs Reingold,
John Roach
Mary Schiliro.

Opening October 24, 3:00 - 5:30 pm
September 12, 2010 - January 9, 2011

Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo starts with the notion of photography that can capture and freeze time. As a starting point she photographs urban spaces such as airport terminals, busy city streets or any place that has a flow of people. She then layers images on Plexiglas, subtly capturing the flow of time.

Babs Reingold has made a large structure reminiscent of a clothes line, but suspended are not clothes but a variety of materials that act as signifiers for memory and time. The piece is a beautiful metaphor on the relationship of support and the supported.

John Roach has a long history with combining materials, processes and
light/sound to create three-dimensional collages. In some way his work is a comment on and a foil to the extraordinary mash-up of contemporary life, with no small dash of humor.
Mary Schilliro’s work poses the question, what is a painting? How does it work? And how far can one push that definition before it becomes something else?
Her installation, a hanging plane of Mylar that she perforates and paints, is sited in the corner, which is transformed into more than the meeting of planes. The painting hangs like a three-dimensional object demonstrating gravity, all while inconspicuously functioning as her picture plane.

ART LOT
206 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
The show runs from September 12, 2010 -January 9, 2011
Curated by Jim Osman

Special thanks to Jim and Bobbi Vaughan

For more info please contact Jim Osman at:
osmanj@newschool.edu

Directions: Corner of Columbia and Sackett
F or G Train to Carroll Street.
or Bus - B61 to Sackett Street

My piece "Hung Out to Dry No.3" is installed at the ART LOT. Link to images of my piece on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000029001919&v=wall&story_fbid=136941909686388&il=0#!/album.php?aid=288275&id=581507801

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4. James Casebere, FF Alumn, at Sean Kelly Gallery, Manhattan, opening October 28

JAMES CASEBERE
House

Opening:
Thursday
October 28, 2010
6 to 8 pm

at the
Sean Kelly Gallery
528 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001

October 29
through
December 4, 2010

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5. Julia Scher, Marie Sester, FF Alumns, at SF Moma, California, opening October 30

group show
"Exposed"
with Julia Scher and Marie Sester
at SFMOMA opens OCTOBER 30th

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6. Cecilia Vicuna, FF Alumn, Autumn 2010 events

CECILIA VICUÑA - FALL EVENTS

4TH NATIVE SPIRIT FESTIVAL
THE FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
LONDON, UK, 12TH - 22nd OCTOBER 2010
www.nativespiritfoundation.org

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2010
VENUE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HRAC
7:40pm
KON KON
Followed by Q&A with the director
In this documentary poem, Cecilia Vicuña returns to Con Con, the birthplace of her art in Chile, where the sea is dying and an ancient tradition is being destroyed.
DirCeciliaVicuña/54mins/Chile
www.konkon.cl

9:00pm
PRESENTATION OF ORAL TRADITION LEARNING PROJECT OYSI
Presented by creators Cecilia and Jim OYSI provides a virtual space for indigenous voices to be expressed. A self-organizing network inspired by the understanding of the reciprocal exchange as seen by indigenous cultures.

www.oysi.org

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2010
VENUE: BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY
7:30pm
BOOK PRESENTATION
The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry edited by Cecilia Vicuña and Ernesto Livon-Grosman. Poet Cecilia Vicuña, presents her milestone anthology, a multilingual book covering more than 500 years’ production of Latin American poetry. Compiling work by 140 poets, the book includes texts by indigenous, Colonial, modernist, and feminist poets, as well as 1960s’ liberation pieces, and experimental and oral poetry. It presents a complex tradition that incorporates visual poetry and poetry in space. Chaired by Professor William Rowe co-director of the Contemporary poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck University and one of the translators of the Anthology.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 2010
VENUE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HRAC
6:30pm
POETRY by Albert Pellicer, Stephen Watts, William Rowe, and Cecilia Vicuña

For locations of festival venues:

http://filmlondon.org.uk/film_culture/events/assets/events/4th_native_spirit_festival

Where: Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA); SOAS - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H); Birbeck College (Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, United Kingdom)
Booking: Day Tickets- £10/ £8 concessions; Festival Pass £35; Events at SOAS and Birbeck College are free
Further Information: www.nativespiritfoundation.org

CECILIA VICUÑA AT 3 PEMBROKE STUDIOS
Friday October 15, 2010

7:30 PM
Please join us for an evening with Cecilia Vicuña. She will show her new film, Kon Kon, featured in London at the Native Spirit Festival sponsored by Amnesty International. She will present as well her recently published "The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry", a multilingual anthology, Oxford University Press.

Drinks and snacks will be served
RSVP soon as there are limited seats

Pembroke Studios is located in post code is W8 6HX ... The event will be in Studio Number 3. The studios are accessed through an iron gate on the North side of Pembroke Gardens. Pembroke Gardens is an L- shaped street ... we are on the part that is parallel to Kensington High Street approximately across from Number 28. The gate has a sign indicating Pembroke Studios. Our studio is on the left as you enter through the Gatehouse.

If you arrive by car it is best to arrive via Kensington High Street heading west, and then take a left onto Warwick Gardens and the first left onto Pembroke Gardens.

If you arrive by tube your choices are Earl's Court with the Piccadilly or District lines or Kensington High street station.

You can reach me by mobile at 07973635846. Or Ariane: 07880743128

All the Best,
Francesco

Please RSVP:
Francesco Cincotta
Ariane Braillard
2 Pembroke Studios
Pembroke Gardens
London, W8 6HX
francesco11@mac.com
M-07973635846
Google Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=115334471341884024503.00047803a87cefff6f29e&ll=51.496207,-0.202146&spn=0.012798,0.024934&z=16

www.konkon.cl
www.ceciliavicuna.org

KON KON PI AT MOMA
NOVEMBER 16, 2010 – FEBRUARY 2010
Kon Kon Pi a new film/poem by Cecilia Vicuña
will be featured in: On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century
curated by Connie Butler and Catherine de Zegher

MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

KON KON AT MOSTRA SÅO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 22, NOVEMBER 4TH 2010

http://mostra.org/

POETRY READING AT MOMA
FEBRUARY 2, 2011

6:00pm
The Political Line, Poetry Reading by Cecilia Vicuña, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Dunya Mikhail and Will Alexander.

Celeste Bartos Theater
4W.54 St
New York, NY 10019
www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/971

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7. Ricardo Dominguez, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Robert Ransick, FF Alumns, at Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan, thru Dec. 10

art & social justice
October 14 – December 10, 2010

Union Theological Seminary
Broadway at 121st Street
New York City
www.artreligionandsocialjustice.org

In this exhibition we feature ten artists who use research, found materials, and the world they live in to generate their art. Cathy Busby reflects on her fatherʼs time at Union and her family involvement with the residential native schools in Canada. Electronic Disturbance Theater displays modified cell phones which lead undocumented immigrants in the desert to caches of water. David Kennedy Cutler investigates the Greenpoint oil spill, which is situated in the aquifer below his studio. Robert Ransick gathers the 31 marriage acts passed by 31 states, limiting marriage to a man and a woman. And more.

Lisa Anne Auerbach (Los Angeles)
Often combining wry humor with a biting critique of the complacency and routine of modern life, Lisa Anne Auerbach’s subversive brand of post-punk, DIY aesthetics mixes art and politics in a manner both highly personal and thoroughly embedded in contemporary culture. Recent projects have addressed topics ranging from the current Iraq war to the politics of bicycling in a city of freeways. In her slogan-adorned sweater sets, each outfit becomes a wearable canvas, literally weaving together the personal and the political, the aesthetic and the everyday. Recent solo exhibitions include Take This Knitting Machine and Shove It, at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK, and The Tract House: A Darwin Addition, at the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum and and Philagrafika2010: Out of Print, Philadelphia.

Cathy Busby (Halifax)
Cathy Busby’s most recent projects include: Giving Notice: Words on Walls at Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax (2010); We Are Sorry by invitation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2010); and the companion, We Are Sorry, a public artwork for the Laneway Commissions, Melbourne, Australia (2009). She has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (1984) and an MA in Media Studies (1992) from Concordia University, Montreal. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, was a Visiting Researcher at New York University (1995-96) and held the Contemporary Art Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada (1997-98). Busby has a Phd in Communication (1999) from Concordia University. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Center for Tactical Magic (Berkeley)
The Center for Tactical Magic engages in extensive research, development, and deployment of the pragmatic system known as Tactical Magic. A fusion force summoned from the ways of the artist, the magician, the ninja, and the private investigator, Tactical Magic is an amalgam of disparate arts invoked for the purpose of actively addressing Power on individual, communal, and transnational fronts. At the CTM we are committed to achieving the Great Work of Tactical Magic through community-based projects, daily interdiction, and the activation of latent energies toward positive social transformation. The Center for Tactical Magic is a not-for-profit organization that survives and thrives on grants, commissions and the generosity of those who believe.

Nicolas Dumit Estevez (Bronx)
Nicolas Dumit Estevez is an interdisciplinary artist working mainly in performance art and art-and-life experiences. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the US as well as internationally at venues such as Madrid Abierto/ARCO, The IX Havana Biennial, PERFORMA 05 and 07, IDENSITAT, the Bulgarian Biennial, Prague Quadrennial, The Pontevedra Biennial, The Queens Museum of Art, P.S.1/MoMA, The MacDowell Colony, El Museo del Barrio, The Center for Book Arts, Longwood Arts Project/BCA, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Franklin

Furnace, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. He teaches at the Transart Institute in Berlin, Germany. Residencies attended include Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic,

Estevez lives and works in the South Bronx.

EXHIBITION TOURS: FRIDAY, OCT. 15 9:45 a.m. START IN CHAPEL NARTHEX
Electronic Disturbance Theater (San Diego)
The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT) is a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. This recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stabaum, Micha Cardenas and Amy Sara Carroll is entitled Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT). TBT is a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico U.S border and was the winner of "Transnational Communities Award", funded by *Cultural Contact*, Endowment for Culture Mexico – U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. The project was also funded by CALIT2 and two Transborder Awards from the UCSD Center for the Humanities. Sustenance: A Play for All Trans[ ]Borders, a collectively written script, edited by Amy Sara Carroll and Ricardo Dominguez, was released by Printed Matter Inc. (2010) and was performed at Galería de la Raza. TBT has been presented at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California, and will be included in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, California.

Fritz Haeg (Rome)
Fritz Haeg is based in a geodesic dome in the hills of Los Angeles. His work has included edible gardens, public dances, educational environments, animals homes, domestic gatherings, urban parades, temporary encampments, documentary videos, publications, exhibitions and occasionally buildings for people. Recent projects include Sundown Schoolhouse - an itinerant educational program; Edible Estates - replacing domestic front lawns with edible landscapes; and Animal Estates - making homes for native animals in cities around the world, which debuted at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Recent books include The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive (Evil Twin Publications, 2009), and the expanded second edition of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn (Metropolis Books, 2010). For 2010-11 he is on a Rome Prize Fellowship.

Haha (Chicago)
Since its inception in 1988, the art collective Haha has created diverse projects—including sculptural installations, community-based projects, and video works—across the United States and Europe. Members Richard House, Wendy Jacob, Laurie Palmer, and John Ploof have shown these projects in an innovative range of locations, from the expected galleries and museums, to the utterly unexpected, including storefronts, the hallway outside the Chicago City Council chambers, and the roof of a roving taxi. They talk of their work as addressing the particulars of living in a locally and sensually embedded situation, with all the political, discursive and social elements at play there, and how those deeply affect our lives, our senses of self and of possibility. Central to Haha's working process is the belief that collaboration dislocates work from a focus on the artist's identity as the basis for its interpretation, and becomes a means of research: a way to see, interpret, and affect the world.

David Kennedy-Cutler (Brooklyn)
David Kennedy Cutler was born in Vermont in 1979. He has had solo exhibitions at Derek Eller Gallery, New York and Nice & Fit, Berlin. He has been featured in recent public exhibitions at Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, and The Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY. He lives in and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently working on several projects exploiting the Greenpoint oil spill, which is situated in the aquifer below his studio.

Robert Ransick (New York)
Robert Ransick works in a wide range of media. He has exhibited in New York City at such venues as Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Exit Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, White Box Gallery, and others. In addition he has shown at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Palazzo delle Esposizione in Rome, and elsewhere. He has received funding from Franklin Furnace, the Mellon Foundation and the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network and has been an artist in residence at Eyebeam Center for Art and technology and LACE. BFA, Photography With Honors, The School of Visual Arts; MA, Media Studies, The New School for Social Research. He is

a full-time faculty member in digital arts at Bennington College. Robert Ransick lives and works in New York City, but spends a good deal of time in Vermont and Southern Arizona.

Red76 (Minneapolis)
Nomadic in nature, Red76's was founded in 2000 in Portland, Cascadia/Oregon. Red76, often in flux and geographically dispersed, is the moniker for initiatives most often conceived by Sam Gould, and realized collaboratively with the assistance of Gabriel Mindel-Saloman, Zefrey Throwell, Dan S. Wang, Mike Wolf, Laura Baldwin, and others. Red76 initiatives often situate themselves in public space, or create an atmosphere that allows a space to redefine itself. They utilize overlooked histories and common shared occurrences, creating a framework in which to construct public inquiries. Social histories, collaborative research, parallel politics, free media, alternative educational constructs, gatherings, masking, and public dialogue play a continuing and vital role within the methodology and concepts of Red76's work.

For more information, contact Kathryn Reklis, Executive Director of the Institute at
kathrynreklis@artreligionandsocialjustice.org or 212.280.1404

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.artreligionandsocialjustice.org

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8. Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, re-releases publication.

LES ÉDITIONS INCERTAIN SENS PRÉSENTENT:

PETER DOWNSBROUGH NOW

"NOW was first published as part of my exhibition at the PWSSP (today the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts and Design) in Łódż, Poland, from 6 - 22 June 1986. The book was printed by silkscreen at the school's print department, as access to offset was not possible at the time. The school censor allowed us to print 49 copies "for in-school use" with the obligatory inclusion of the colophon on page 3:

Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Sztuk Plastycznych w Łodzi
Pracownia sitodruku - Maciej Nowakowski
Nakład 49 egzemplarzy
DO UŻYTKU WEWNĘTRZNEGO
O Peter Downsbrough
1986

State School of Fine Arts in Łodż
Silkscreen studio – Maciej Nowakowski
Printed in 49 copies
FOR IN-HOUSE USE
By Peter Downsbrough
1986

Due to technical conditions only 3 copies were useable. It is now being republished in offset by Editions Incertain Sens, 2010, using the original mechanicals."

Peter Downsbrough

NOW, 32 pages, cousues, impression offset noir & blanc et une couleur, 21 x 14,5 cm
Rennes: Éditions Incertain Sens / Châteaugiron: Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC) Bretagne, septembre 2010, isbn 2-914291-39-6, 1000 exemplaires, 10 euros

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9. Miriam Sharon, FF Alumn, at MSA Museum, Haifa, Israel, October 2010

AQUA.ORG – No. 1 – 2010 – WATER/RIVERS/WATCH RIGHTS
"THE STREAM OF LIFE/ L'ENLEVEMENT MYTHOLOGIQUE"
Dedicated to my late Mother, Paula
A Multimedia 3D Installation Work – by Miriam Sharon
at the MSAMUSEUM, Haifa, Oct. 2010

http://www.msamuseum.com/aqua.htm

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10. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, at Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy, opening Oct. 28

John Baldessari
"The Giacometti Variations"
29 October – 31 December 2010

Opening:
Thursday , 28 October 2010

Fondazione Prada
Via Fogazzaro 36
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am – 8 pm
Closed Mondays
Free admission
Publication: Progetto Prada Arte
info@fondazioneprada.org
T +39.02.54670515
F +39.02.54670702

www.fondazioneprada.org

John Baldessari's The Giacometti Variations at Fondazione Prada

The Prada Foundation is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition, devoted to the artist John Baldessari (born 1931, National City, CA), which will be held at Via Fogazzaro 36 in Milan, from October 29 to December 31, 2010.

The California artist has conceived an entirely original project for the Prada Foundation, titled The Giacometti Variations. It consists of a series of huge figures 15 feet tall, inspired by the imagination of the Swiss sculptor, which will be clothed and outfitted with garments and objects designed by Baldessari himself, thus forming a hypothetical, though immobile, fashion show. It captures an idea of integration and dialogue between art and fashion, where the osmosis between model and sculpted figure becomes a declaration of mutual attraction and communication.

The artist himself describes the logic of the project as follows:

"I've always wanted to do tall paintings and sculptures. I suspect it's because I am quite tall. I've had little opportunity since most galleries have wall heights that mirror the wall heights of collector's homes.

A few years ago, I was invited to show in Haus Der Kunst, Munich. Since the entrance hall is extremely tall, I began thinking about tall work I could do there to capture the space.

One of my ideas was the idea that I have proposed to the Prada Foundation.

My plan is to elongate standing Giacometti sculptures and clothe them with garments.

To extend an extreme existing idea to its logical conclusion has been a working method for me. Giacometti figures are the most skinny and emaciated sculpture that exist. Why not push that further? Also there currently is a blurring of art and fashion. Furthermore it is au courant, almost de rigueur that fashion models be extremely tall and thin. Why not fuse the two—art and fashion—since that idea is in our zeitgeist? I'm sure I was also inspired by the Degas Ballerina sculptures clothed with real tutus. The finished work would be the row of columns (at the foundation building) alternating with clothed attenuated pseudo Giacometti figures.

Is this parody? I'm not sure. I hate categories and definitions—I certainly am borrowing. Isn't this what artists do? Doesn't art arise from art? What I am doing is furthering an idea—that is the requirement of any good art."

—John Baldessari, December '09

Born in National City, California in 1931, John Baldessari is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Known above all for his conceptual works, centered around processes of choice and selection, he uses techniques ranging from photography to words to texts, whose rules he subverts and exposes, interrogating the spectator in a sort of ironic game of deconstruction.

He attended San Diego State University and continued his studies at the Otis Art Institute, the Chouinard Art Institute, and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts at Valencia, CA, from 1970 to 1988 and at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 to 2007.

His works have been shown in more than 200 solo exhibitions and over 900 group shows in the United States and Europe. His projects include artist's books, videos, films, billboards, and public works. He is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has won the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor Prize and the Protegé Arts Initiative, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts for the State of California, the Kokoschka Prize, the "Spectrum" Internationaler Preis für Fotografie, the BACA International 2008, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. He has received honorary degrees from the Irish National University, from San Diego State University, and the Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design.

His recent projects include shows in New York, Madrid, and Los Angeles; installations at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Germany, and at Sprüth Magers London; and the retrospective exhibition "John Baldessari: Pure Beauty," which opened at the Tate Modern in London in 2009, traveled in 2010 to the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and which will continue at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (October 2010 – January 2011).

Upcoming projects include new work with Kaldor Public Art Projects in Sidney, Australia, as well as the show at the Fondazione Prada in Milan.

PRESS OFFICE:
press@fondazioneprada.org, PH 39.02.54670202, FAX 39.02.54670202

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11. Christy Rupp, Agnes Denes, FF Alumns, at Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA, Oct. 15-17

VANISHING POLLINATORS
An Ecoart exhibit
produced by

WEAD, The Women Environmental Artists Directory

For the 2010 Bioneers Conference, October 15 – 17 Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael Closing reception: Sunday Oct 17, 4 to 6:30pm

Appropriate to the 2010 Conference focus on food and farming, exhibit artists explore the urgent plight of endangered pollinators. Essential to survival of all plants and trees, fruits and vegetables, pollinators range from beetles, bats, butterflies, and moths to ants. The media often ignores the issue’s urgency. Fortunately, the federal government, recognizing incipient danger, is now initiating research to develop programs to deter decline.

Featuring Work by:

Melissa Bolger
Kimika Hasiang-Chun Chang
Agnes Denes
Rebecca Foust
Deborah Kennedy
Karen Kramer
Jane Kim
Lee Lee
Linda MacDonald
Sally Nelson
Carol Newborg
Jennifer Noland
Jeanne O'Connor
Susan Plum
Christy Rupp
Elizabeth Sher
Molly Sigman
M. Louise Stanley
Lorna Stevens
Michelle Théberge
Patti Trimble
Anna Vaughan

Entrance to the Exhibit Hall at the Bioneers Conference is free. Here is a link to directions to the the Marin Civic Center http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CU/Main/cc_directions.cfm

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12. James Siena, FF Alumn, at DC Moore Gallery, Manhattan, opening November 4

James Siena, FF Alumn, curates "6 Abstract Painters" at DC Moore Gallery, Manhattan, opening November 4 and continuing thru December 18. www.dcmooregallery.com

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13. Dan Fishback, FF Alumn, at The Jewish Theater, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 4

DAN FISHBACK'S "THIRTYNOTHING" IN SAN FRANCISCO:

thirtynothing (workshop production)
written & performed by Dan Fishback
directed by Stephen Brackett

The Jewish Theater
470 Florida Street, San Francisco
Thursday, Nov 4 - Saturday, Nov 6
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, $10 tickets

In this multi-media solo performance, Dan Fishback juxtaposes tales from the early years of the AIDS epidemic with tales from his own childhood in the 1980s and early 90s. Searching for role models and father figures amongst gay artists who died in those years, Fishback interacts with images of their work, dramatizing the generation gap between older and younger gay men. Marking both the 30th anniversary of AIDS and Fishback's 30th birthday, thirtynothing memorializes the fallen while posing critical questions to all who survive.

thirtynothing is being developed through artists residencies at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Yaddo, along with a grant from the Franklin Furnace Fund. This grant was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and Jerome Foundation.

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14. Tehching Hsieh, Seiji Shimoda, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, China, October 21-22

Action Script: Symposium on Performance Art Practice and Documentation in Asia
10/21-25/2010

Performance art or the production of ‘live art’ by artists has become a vital element in the flourishing contemporary art scene in Asia. Festivals celebrating performance art proliferate in Asian cities and provide significant platforms for interaction, activism, and creative development. In addition to questions concerning the presentation, contextualisation, and reception of performance art, there are many issues surrounding the documentation of this ephemeral art form. Over the course of five days in October 2010, internationally respected performance artists, archivists, and researchers will gather in Hong Kong to critically discuss the challenges associated with performance work. The aim is not only to provide better resource material and a deeper understanding of performance art in the region, but also to further encourage its cultivation.

Co-presented by:
Asia Art Archive (AAA) & Centre for Community Cultural Development (CCCD)

Round-Table Seminars
10/21-22 (Thu & Fri)

Artist Talk by Tehching Hsieh: In Conversation with Art Critic Lee Weng Choy
10/23 (Sat) 2:30pm – 4:30pm (GMT+8)
FULL HOUSE & live webcasting is available!
http://www.aaa.org.hk/newsletter_detail.aspx?newsletter_id=925

Performances
10/23-24 (Sat & Sun)

Workshop by Local and International Artists
10/23 (Sat) 10am – 1pm

Action Script at Lingnan University
10/25 (Mon)

Performance Matters: AAA Library Material Display
10/18–12/24

Please visit AAA’s website for further details:
http://www.aaa.org.hk/newsletter_detail.aspx?newsletter_id=912

Enquiry: actionscript@aaa.org.hk / +852-2815 1112

Speakers and participating artists include:
Tehching Hsieh, Martha Wilson, Paul Clarke, Seiji Shimoda, Chumpon Apisuk, Aye Ko, Lee Wen, Shu Yang, Ray Langenbach, Yuan Mor'O Ocampo, Wang Molin, Farah Wardani, Thomas J. Berghuis, Lee Weng Choy, Debra Wacks, Mok Chiu Yu, wen yau, Yuenjie MARU, Ko Siu Lan, etc.

Supported by:
Burger Collection, The Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Sino Group ‘Art in Hong Kong’, and Osage Art Foundation.

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!
http://www.facebook.com/ActionScript.symposium
http://twitter.com/ActionScript_HK

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