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Contents for November 29, 2010
1. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, Manhattan, opening, Dec. 7
2. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, upcoming events
3. James Johnson, FF Alumn, at Denver International Airport, CO, and more
4. Simone Forti, FF Alumn, at Ludlow 38, Manhattan, Dec. 2, and more
5. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Bournemouth College of Art, England, Dec. 7
6. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6 Galler, Richmond, VA, opening Dec. 3
7. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, at Cascade Meadows Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Rochester, MN, Dec. 4
8. Marlena Kudlicka, FF Alumn, now online at www.marlenakudlicka.com
9. Isabella Bannerman, Sabrina Jones, Rebecca Migdal, James Romberger, R. Sikoryak, Anton Van Dalen, David Wojnarowicz, FF Alumns, at Exit Art, Manhattan, opening December 7
10. Charles Yuen, FF Alumn, at RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, opening Dec. 2
11. John Jesurun, Fiona Templeton, Cathy Weis, FF Alumns, in Movement Research Festival, Manhattan, Nov. 29-Dec. 4
12. Bruce Gundersen, FF Member, at Melville House Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Dec. 2
13. Marisa Jahn, Reverend Billy, FF Alumns, at The New School, Manhattan, Dec. 10

1. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, Manhattan, opening, Dec. 7

Magnusson will debut a new 'historical' marker that envisions a bleak future due to the dangers of hydro-fracking. This marker is the latest in a series that Magnusson began in 2006 and a part of his proposed I-75 Project (http://www.thei75project.com). It will be shown as a part of Exit Art's SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics) program in an exhibition entitled "FRACKING: Art and Activism Against the Drill", organized by Lauren Rosati (with Peggy Cyphers, Ruth Hardinger, and Alice Zinnes) and opening December 7 from 7-9pm. For more information on the exhibition and hydraulic fracturing: http://www.exitart.org/exhibition_programs/upcoming_programs/fracking.html

Magnusson's 'historical' markers have been seen in numerous galleries across America and were the subject of a 2007exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: "Norm Magnusson: On this site stood. (http://www.aldrichart.org/exhibitions/past/magnusson.php) He has been called "the most insightful political artist working today" and "a Michael Moore of the highway" by the New York Times.



2. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, upcoming events

Dear Friends,

Hope this email finds all of you well and you're enjoying the inward turn of autumn.
In the coming months, I have a few things in the papers and on the calendar in far-off places, that I'd like to mention:


Interview Magazine, December issue, sexy underwear pic + write-up about my work within a larger feature about artists in Los Angeles.

BLEND magazine, Winter issue, Maison Martin Margiela advertorial by Luke Gilford & Franc Fernandez, AGAIN me half-naked with beat face


Vox Populi
Quadruple Consciousness curated by Malik Gaines
December 3, 2010 - January 30, 2011
Info here:
*(video) LOST LAKE - ongoing installation
& (live performance) DRAG SHOW at the exhibitions opening on December 3rd at 9pm

Centre Pompidou
Les Recontres Internationales
Friday, December 3rd at 4PM
(video) Lost Lake - one time screening

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Luminous Darkness, video program curated by Danny Mckernan
Friday, December 10th, 9p - 2a
Info here:
full-length video documentation from my performance "The Inability to be looked at and the horror of nothing to see"

I have a few shows and appearances scheduled for NYC in early 2011, and projects in the works for Los Angeles too, more on those soon. ..

LOVE, zackary drucker



3. James Johnson, FF Alumn, at Denver International Airport, CO, and more

If you're flying in or out of the Denver International Airport in the next few months, look for the ITINERANTS (Y,R,B,) on the A Concourse/ Center Concourse/Mezzanine level. The three panel gouache painting is currently part of the exhibition, Creative Capitol Metro Denver, which includes over 80 Denver area artists. The show will be on view at the Capitol Building downtown from March 1 to June 30, 2011.



4. Simone Forti, FF Alumn, at Ludlow 38, Manhattan, Dec. 2, and more

Simone Forti, Fred Dewey, Jeremiah Day ensemble with exhibit, performance and reading at Ludlow 38, Dec 2 at 6pm, 38 Ludlow St. And performance and reading at Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery Dec 3 at 7pm, 537 Broadway 2nd floor.

Simone Forti



5. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Bournemouth College of Art, England, Dec. 7

David Medalla, FF Alumn, will give a lecture at Bournemouth College of Art in Bournemouth, England, on December 7, 2010, at 5 p.m. The lecture will outline the artist's pioneering work in the areas of kinetic art, earth art, participation art, conceptual art and performance. One important part of Medalla's lecture will be devoted to accounts of his collaborations and dialogues with various artists, starting with the Filipino actor Fred Galang in Manila in the 1950s, through the 1960s in London with American artist John Dugger, through the 1970s with Italian artists Lovato Guerrino, Enrico Oliviero, Gianni Sandri and William Xerra, in the 1970s with Anglo-German film-maker Mark Greaves, German art promoter Kai Hilgemann, and English writer Brian Morgan, and from the 1990s to the present day with Australian artist Adam Nankervis with whom David Medalla co-founded The Mondrian Fan Club.

The last collaboration of Nankervis and Medalla was the exhibition 'So Pulo: The Secret History of the Mondrian Fan Club: Part 3', curated by Maria Baro and Adriano Casanova, at the spacious Galeria Baro in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That show was praised by the 'Folha de Sao Paulo', a leading Brazilian newspaper, and it was voted the best exhibition in Sao Paulo by the art critics of 'Time Out'. Part of the exhibition was a beautiful video made by Renata Padovan of a live event by Adam Nankerrvis and David Medalla holding a bamboo sculpture in the form of the letter 'A' festooned with tulips which they offered symbolically to the mighty waterfalls at Iguazu in Brazil. David Medalla will show the video during his lecture at the Bournemouth College of Art on December 7, 2010.



6. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6 Galler, Richmond, VA, opening Dec. 3

FF Alumn Mitzi Humphrey will be showing woodcuts, etchings, and monotypes from two different print series, "Materieltheorie" and "Tantra," in the December exhibition MUSIK ABSTRACTS at art6 Gallery, 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219.

Artists featured in the exhibtion include Helene Ruiz, Mitzi Humphrey, Ernest Hodnett, Henrietta Near, Marian Hollowell, Alan Entin, Gary Dunn, Ronni Saunders, Frederick Chiriboga, Clifton Dickens, AnaMarie Paredes, Khalid Thompson, Lloyd Chaser, Frances Wessells, Dan Tassone, Janine Turner, and Ro Rozario,

MUSIK ABSTRACTS will open on First Friday, December 3, with a public reception 6-10 pm. 804-343-1406.



7. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, at Cascade Meadows Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Rochester, MN, Dec. 4

In conjunction with "Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration", Water Matters brings "Billy X. Curmano: The Water Trilogy" to Cascade Meadows Wetlands & Environmental Science Center, 2900 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN on December 4th at 7:00 p.m.

Billy X. Curmano is an award-winning artist known for mixing life, art and science with often-extreme projects in the environment and re-creating the resultant art adventures in formal spaces. He swam from the source of the Mississippi River 2,367.4 miles to the Gulf of Mexico as a performance and environmental statement. Just as Europeans sailed across the ocean posting flags to claim the New World, he reclaimed the river for life affirming pursuits by swimming its length under the banner of art. He fasted on juice and water in the extremes of Death Valley for 40 days recording just a solitary moment of each day. He traveled thousands of miles - all on public transportation - to simply mix waters from the Mississippi and Arctic Sea in an Ocean Harp. He then serenaded the sea and sky on a lonely outcropping of rocks in the Lofoten Island Chain.

From the abundance of water to its absence and changing states, "The Water Trilogy" mixes video footage, live music, performance tricks and journal entries to entertain and illuminate one artist’s almost obsessive connection with water, our most precious resource. Curmano will greet the Zumbro River on Ocean Harp and perform his haunting "River Rap" with electric Mbira as featured on "Billy X: Solo Set". That compact disc earned him a "Grass Roots Grammy", a 2006 Just Plain Folks Experimental Album Award. His live show and excerpts from video, including the 2002 Henry Hampton Award winner, "Swimming the Mississippi", will carry the audience from the new Cascade Meadows Science building to the banks of the river, the depths of Death Valley and the great expanses of the Arctic Sea.

Billy X. Curmano’s interest in art, science and the empirical method led to the establishment of XART, the eXperimental Art Research Terminal, in an old farmhouse near Rushford, MN. As scientists examine our world and publish studies for the scientific community, XART encourages artists to join and support them by broadcasting their results to a wider audience. XART has moved on, but left publications and collaborations with major universities and institutions around the United States including the St. Paul Science Museum of Minnesota in its wake. Much of the material is archived at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York and the new XART facility in Witoka, MN.

Billy X. is a seasoned performer. He’s toured just about every way imaginable including 6,200 miles and 15 cities in 45 days on a Greyhound Bus. He’s intrigued audiences from the Dalai Lama's World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and New York City's famed Franklin Furnace to Austria's Vienna Secession. He's been a "Pick of the Week" in the L.A. Weekly (Los Angeles) and on the City Pages (Minneapolis) "A List". Earlier this year, he was featured in Vision magazine, Beijing, China. Journalists have dubbed him the "Court jester of Southeastern Minnesota" and compared him to P.T. Barnum, Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and even, … a happy otter.

Be safe; stay well and live happily ever after,

Billy X. Curmano


Art Works USA
27979 County Road 17
Winona, MN 55987

Ring: 1.507.452.1598



8. Marlena Kudlicka, FF Alumn, now online at www.marlenakudlicka.com




warm regards



9. Isabella Bannerman, Sabrina Jones, Rebecca Migdal, James Romberger, R. Sikoryak, Anton Van Dalen, David Wojnarowicz, FF Alumns, at Exit Art, Manhattan, opening December 7

GRAPHIC RADICALS: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated
December 7, 2010 – February 5, 2011
Retrospective opening Tuesday, December 7, 7-9 pm
Including the release of the new issue #41 The Food Chain

Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave (at 36th)
New York, NY 10018
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm

NEW YORK – Graphic Radicals is a 30th anniversary retrospective of World War 3 Illustrated, an independently published political comic magazine founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. Comprised of original comics, drawings and paintings, posters, commissioned murals, documentary film, animation and a complete set of issues, Graphic Radicals will be the largest World War 3 exhibition to date and will highlight the history that World War 3 has scrutinized, documented, and participated in for three decades.

World War 3 Illustrated was first established in response to the Iran hostage crisis and impending election of Ronald Reagan and since then has confronted social and political issues ignored by the mainstream press. The magazine is an annual publication produced by a collective of artists with each issue addressing a particular theme. WW3 has covered topics as diverse as the Tompkins Square riot, homelessness, first-person accounts of 9/11, the prison industrial complex, a teachers’ strike in Mexico, Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and, in the upcoming issue, The Food Chain.

Critic Lucy Lippard wrote of World War 3 Illustrated that its "ecological and social prophecies are coming to pass, and the apocalyptic vision that gives WW3 its desperate force and unique identity is the present."

Mumia Abu Jamal, Penny Allen, Peter Bagge, Isabella Bannerman, Rosie Bottom, Steve Brodner, Zenzele Browne, Leigh Brownhill, Christopher Cardinale, Sue Coe, Robbie Conal, Marguerite Van Cooke, Scott Cunningham, Brian Damage, Eric Darton, Eric Drooker, Kate Evans, FLY, Susan Greene, Ethan Heitner, Chris Heneghan, Paula Hewitt, Mirko Ilic, Ryan Inzana, Melissa Jameson, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Kathy Kelly, Tom Keough, Stephen Kroninger, Peter Kuper, Irene Ledwith, Tom McDonald, Mac McGill, Rebecca Migdal, Naji-Al-Ali, Ursula O’Steen, Maddalena Polleta, Kevin Pyle, Carlo Quispe, Corinne Rhodes, Spain Rodriguez, James Romberger, Joe Sacco, Nicole Schulman, Susan Simensky Bietile, Erin Sinefit, Chuck Sperry, R. Sikoryak, Art Spiegelman, Ward Sutton, Tenesh, Seth Tobocman, Tom Tomorrow, Teresa Turner, Lawrence Van Abbema, Anton Van Dalen, Edwin Vazquez, John Williamson, Susan Willmarth, Samantha Wilson, Leah Wishnia, David Wojnarowicz, WW3 Arts In Action, Micah Ian Wright and more.

Organized by Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, and Susan Willmarth.



10. Charles Yuen, FF Alumn, at RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, opening Dec. 2

charles yuen solo exhibition
december 2, 2010 through january 16, 2011

rhv fine art is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings and drawings by New York based artist Charles Yuen.

Please join us for the opening reception on
Thursday, December 2, 6pm to 8pm

Cocktails and after-party at Lot 2

The gallery will be closed December 23, 2010 - January 2, 2011.

Charles Yuen’s whimsical, often political dreamscapes, "propose a poetics of the human psyche."

This exhibition will feature 15 paintings and drawings (all oil on canvas or paper) that explore the artist’s incisive exploration of the tensions of contemporary existence. In Yuen’s work space is abstracted, layered, ambiguous and often tenuous. Populated with whimsical often-distorted human figures and a litany of personal metaphors, like oil derricks, puffs of smoke or businessmen, he composes narratives where the rational and irrational coexist. His fictions are often a response to the news of the day and contain references to politics, the environment, technology, spirituality and materialism. The seriousness of Yuen’s ideas are conveyed with a wistful, gentle humor...meditating monks hover over oil storage tanks or little girl legs stand alongside smokestacks puffing clouds of toxins or a man in a suit stands in a field of wavy stripes with his head contorted between his legs inspecting his posterior. Yuen’s reflection of our complex and conflicted dystopian existence is not a pedantic critique. His gentle humor doesn’t allow it. We are caused to probe the dualities of his metaphors and reflect on our own perception of the world around us.

rhv fine art presents the compelling work of emerging and established local and national artists in a relaxed domestic-like setting. We believe in the notion that great art and design should be available to the lives of ordinary people. To that end, we are committed to accessibility through public exhibitions and affordable prices.

rhv fine art
683 6th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thursday through Sunday
2pm – 7pm
and by appointment
For more information, please contact:
Henry Chung or Robert Walden
(718) 473-0819 or visit our web site



11. John Jesurun, Fiona Templeton, Cathy Weis, FF Alumns, in Movement Research Festival, Manhattan, Nov. 29-Dec. 4



November 29 - December 4, 2010

Co-Curators: John Jesurun and Jon Kinzel

TRULY MADLY DEEPLY are the words that compelled the gathering of this varied but deep group of truly mad artists. Together they share and continually recreate an expanding multidisciplinary landscape. We have called them each from a different corner to represent. They are contemporaneous with each other but their creative interrelationships are not obvious. Each is an uncompromising example of not quite fitting into a category. Grouped together it is a complex and multi-dimensional logic of unique signatures. We have also sought to keep continuity between performances, workshops, audiences and presentations; all these are ways to further investigate the work of the festival artists. The curation has followed the artists' lead rather than the artists following the curation.


Paula Court will be an ongoing presence documenting many aspects of the festival from a unique and internal point of view. Audiences will be able to view her continuing unedited process as the festival progresses- performance images including dress rehearsal photos will be screened before each night's scheduled events.

November 29 MONDAY 8pm
Movement Research at the Judson Church
featuring work by Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique, Lisa Nelson, Stephen Petronio, Temporary Collective, Cathy Weis
No reservations. Seating is first come, first served.

Out of the core elements of drag, in this case the trappings of overblown femininity (makeup, lip-synch, wigs, spangles, high heels), Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique creates a movement study inspired by classic drag, Anna Halprin's Parades & Changes, Kenneth Anger's film Puce Moment and the early work of Michael Clark. Lisa Nelson will lend her virtual presence to the festival through a video work. Choreographer Stephen Petronio will read excerpts from his upcoming memoir Notes From A Life In Motion. A Temporary Collective has been pulled from New York's dance and performance scene: Hilary Clark, Alex Escalante, Zack Fuller, Maria Hassabi, Jodi Melnick, Matthew Rogers, Colin Stilwell. States of adherence to previously unexplored connections and the notion of making something from nothing will contribute to this experiment. It consists of the initial performance at Movement Research at the Judson Church, one interim rehearsal session and a final performance at Danspace Project. In Pupa, Cathy Weis turns gravity on its head.

December 2 THURSDAY 8pm
Danspace Project, $12 ($8 members)
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Mike Albo
Susan Rethorst
Mike Albo will be presenting part of a work in progress, directed by David Schweizer, entitled "The Junket" -- about his adventures as a freelance writer trying to survive the death of journalism in our increasingly insipid, luxury soaked tinsel town. It involves gossip blogs, The Grey Lady, insanely expensive clothing, and his long term relationship with the most abusive boyfriend of all- New York City. Susan Rethorst: I have been interested in the moment when one dancer approaches another- the expectations in that moment carrying such history- of pas de deux, contact, romance and showmanship. Over and over in my dance making I have found myself approaching another only to say huh?, what now...what do I want to do here. I decided this time I wanted to stay in that moment and not 'solve' this dilemma, but see what I could make of the hesitation I found there... this was a beginning point for a duet still in progress. This moment met some other interests/issues inherent in the duet form- persons as equals or not? in what way(s)? what relationship accumulates and by what means...

December 3 FRIDAY 8pm
Danspace Project, $12 ($8 members)
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Brian Rogers
Temporary Collective
Brian Rogers is a video and sound artist who makes performances. His recent projects employ moving video cameras, custom built technology, and the audiovisual language of cinema to create unique performative relationships between technology, content, and the live body. Performers include Madeline Best, Shaun Irons, Lauren Petty, and Brian Rogers. A Temporary Collective has been pulled from New York's dance and performance scene: Hilary Clark, Alex Escalante, Zack Fuller, Maria Hassabi, Jodi Melnick, Matthew Rogers, Colin Stilwell. States of adherence to previously unexplored connections and the notion of making something from nothing will contribute to this experiment. It consists of the initial performance at Judson Church, one interim rehearsal session and a final performance at Danspace Project.

December 4 SATURDAY 8pm
Danspace Project, $12 ($8 members)
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Emily Coates and Lacina Coulibaly
Fiona Templeton

Emily Coates and Lacina Coulibaly: The duet Ici Ou Ailleurs/Here Or Anyplace Else (work-in-progress) investigates the coexistence of diversity and human connection between individuals and cultures. We understand and envision our connectedness through practical questions of weight, energy, anatomy, and performance: how do you use your feet when you dance? How do I? Where is your weight in this step? Where is mine? In what way do you and I emote? Or not? And why? The duet is part of an ongoing,multi-sited research project on intercultural collaboration. Since 2007, we have worked to create dances that honor our respective backgrounds, while simultaneously establishing new spaces of cultural hybridity. Stagesof choreographic development have occurred in New Haven, CT and New York, NY, USA and in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Fiona Templeton: GOING with Coming is both a play and a game, performed by The Relationship. GOING is a precise recreation of a work by the London group The Theatre of Mistakes from 1977, a work that was seminal for much of contemporary performance but little known in the US. It has a fugue-like structure. Coming, which is woven into GOING, returns to the improvisational base out of which GOING grew. In Coming, the structure is set, but content improvised depending on the first performer to enter. The company will perform an excerpt showing both part of GOING and part of Coming. Performers include Katie Brown, Javier Cardona, Stephanie Silver, Julie Troost, Andrew Zimmerman. The Relationship is directed by Fiona Templeton, who was a founding member of the Theatre of Mistakes in the 70s. The Relationship specializes in adventurous use of site, structure, language and relation to the audience.

December 4 SATURDAY 2-4pm
PANEL: Hovels, hamlets and digital sprawl: our origins.
La MaMa
Festival artists gather for a discussion moderated by Rosemary Quinn, Experimental Theater Wing Studio Director, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Shared experience and a sense of common space are revered by many to be indispensable tenets in the performing arts. Theatrical constructs have been created anew in the digital era. This is a group of artists that together spans the continuum from deep in the pre-digital to a future in the post digital. The moment they share now is somewhere in between. These ideas will serve as departure points, ultimately leading to an artist-generated discussion.

Danspace Project
located at St. Mark's Church (corner of East 10th Street & 2nd Avenue)

Judson Memorial Church
located at 55 Washington Square South (between Thompson Street and Sullivan Street)

The Club at La MaMa
located at 74A East 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)

The Movement Research Festival finds its roots in the Improvisation Festival New York (IFNY), which was initiated in 1992 by artists Sondra Loring (an MR artist-in-residence at the time) and Julie Carr, the curators and producers of the festival through 1998. From 1999-2003, Movement Research hosted the IFNY as one of its programs, under the curation of Programming Director Amanda Loulaki. Movement Research created a rotating artist-curator format in 2004, and in 2007 the festival was established as a twice-annual event. This biannual, guest artist curator approach allows for a varied investigation and exploration into current artistic concerns, and reflects Movement Research's mission of valuing diverse artists voices, their creative process and vital role within society.

The Movement Research Festival Fall 2010: TRULY MADLY DEEPLY is supported in part by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the James E. Robison Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (in partnership with the City Council), and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special thanks to Judy Hussie-Taylor, Abby Harris Holmes, Jodi Bender, Lily Cohen and the entire Danspace Project staff for hosting festival performances and workshops year after year. Thanks always to the staff and congregation of Judson Church for the use of the space. Judson continues to be a beacon for free spirits in the arts and politics and a leader among progressive faith communities in the city and nation for over 100 years. Thanks to Nicky Paraiso, Mia Yoo and La MaMa for the use of The Club. Enormous gratitude to Frances Alenikoff, owner & founder of Eden's Expressway, for her continuing belief in the mission of Movement Research and for her spirited example of what lifelong artistry is. Very special thanks to Dance Theater Workshop (DTW) and its board and staff. Movement Research has been in residence at DTW since 2004. Special thanks to Jay Wegman and Abrons Arts Center for the generous gift of studio space for Movement Research Artists-In-Residence.

Movement Research gratefully acknowledges public support from the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency); the New York State Council on the Arts (a state agency celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties); the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (in partnership with the City Council); and Materials for the Arts (a program of the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Dept. of Sanitation). Movement Research also gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of private support from the Danish Arts Council; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; Jerome Foundation; the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund; the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the James E. Robison Foundation; the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; as well as from all of the dear friends of Movement Research, who contribute financial support, labor, and love.



12. Bruce Gundersen, FF Member, at Melville House Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Dec. 2

Dear Friends,

I am inviting you to my husband Bruce Gundersen's exhibit.
He is presenting a selected group of photomontages based on southeast asian folklore and legends.

Please see the attached evite for details.
The opening is Thursday, December 2
at the Melville House Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Come see unique prints in a unique space.
Hope to see you at the opening.
best, Ellen Fisher



13. Marisa Jahn, Reverend Billy, FF Alumns, at The New School, Manhattan, Dec. 10

Friday December 10th, 2010, 6:30-9 pm
Vera List Center for Art & Politics at The New School
Malcolm Klein Room
66 West 12th St., 5th floor, New York City, Free

Roundtable with:
L.M. Bogad, performance artist and author of 'Guerilla Electoral Theatre'
Joseph del Pesco, independent curator
Michelle Jacques, Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario
Marisa Jahn, artist, editor of 'Byproduct'
Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director, Queens Museum of Art and author of 'Dialogues in Public Art'

Followed by a book signing with artists and contributors:
A Constructed World (Jacqueline Riva and Geoff Lowe), Andy Bichlbaum (The Yes Men), Maureen Connor, Kent Hansen (democratic innovation), Kristin Lucas, Darren O'Donnell (Mammalian Diving Reflex), and Felicity Tayler

Sunday December 12th, 2010, 2-5 pm
Postmaster's Gallery
459 West 19th St., New York City, Free

Further Conversations on Embedded Art Practices:
Presentations by the editor Marisa Jahn and contributors A Constructed World (Jacqueline Riva and Geoff Lowe), Basekamp, Kadambari Baxi, L.M. Bogad, Maureen Connor, Kent Hansen (democratic innovation), Kristin Lucas, Darren O'Donnell (Mammalian Diving Reflex), Felicity Tayler, Stephen Wright

Respondents: Basekamp and Stephen Duncombe

About the Book
Byproduct presents texts from a variety of artists, activists, curators, and interdisciplinary thinkers that interrogate projects by cultural practitioners "embedded" in industries, the government, and other non-art sectors. Working with the physical systems and symbolic languages of these institutions, these cultural agents develop projects-or "byproducts"-that produce meaning contingent on their hosts. Whether the works are explicitly polemical or instrumentalized by their hosts is up for debate... For more information about the book, see www.rev-it.org

Grant Arnold, Artist Placement Group (Barbara Steveni), Au Travail / At Work, Gina Badger, Kadambari Baxi, Ingrid Baxter, IAIN BAXTER&, Claire Bishop, Adam Bobbette, Lawrence Bogad, Andrew Boyd, John Seely Brown, Ian Clarke, Maureen Connor, Natalie De Vito (Mammalian Diving Reflex), Joseph del Pesco, Connor Dickie, Peter Eleey, Experiments in Art and Technology, Kent Hansen (democratic innovation), Kate Henderson, Luis Jacob, Michelle Jacques, Marisa Jahn, Janez Jansa, Janes Jansa, Janes Jansa, Tomas Jonsson, Lev Kreft, Michelle Kuo, Lisa Larson-Walker, Adam Lauder, Kristin Lucas, Steve Mann, Antanas Mockus, Amish Morrell, Joshua Moufawad-Paul, Darren O'Donnell (Mammalian Diving Reflex), Michael Page, Kathleen Pirrie-Adams, Reverend Billy (Billy Talen and Savitri D.), Pedro Reyes, John Searle, Michel Serres, Josephine Berry Slater, Matthew Soules, Felicity Tayler, The Yes Men, Vincent Trasov (Mr. Peanut), Camille Turner (Miss Canadiana), Etienne Turpin and DT Cochrane, Merve Ünsal, Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Stephen Wright

Bios of Participants and Contributors
A Constructed World (Jacqueline Riva and Geoff Lowe) convenes groups of people to workshop art related ideas and practices. Their work enacts and constructs moving links between different places, technologies, and layers of knowledge, giving consideration to that which is missing, forgotten, or lost. ACW have facilitated workshops for institutions such as: Artists Space, New York, Serpentine Gallery, London, Camberwell College, London Institute Goldsmiths College, London, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, and the West Collection SEI Investments, Pennsylvania. Solo exhibitions include: Increase Your Uncertainty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Melbourne Le Feu Scrupuleux, CNEAI Chatou; and, Saisons Increase, a four-part, year-long project at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux.

Basekamp is a non-commercial art community and exhibition space that facilitates interdisciplinary, collaborative projects and critical discussions. Basekamp serves as a hub for the collective development of new models of art systems and the practical and theoretical evolution of collaboration. Basekamp's 2010 program Plausible Artworlds is a weekly series designed to present and discuss the multitude of nuanced art worlds that are emerging every day. The weekly potluck conversations have featured a wide range of social practitioners including The Public School, Continental Drift, n.e.w.s., F.E.A.S.T., Art Work, Loveland, and Miss Rockaway Armada.

Kadambari Baxi is a New York-based architect engaged in a collaborative practice focused on architecture and media. She is Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture at Barnard College and Columbia University, a partner in Martin/Baxi Architects, and a principal of imageMachine, a new media collaborative that incorporates expanded architecture and media concepts in multidisciplinary projects. Martin/Baxi Architects (M/BA) defines architecture as a cultural practice that combines aesthetic invention, social vision, and technological innovation in the public realm. The firm's work has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally, including two recent books: Multi-National City: Architectural Itineraries (Actar, 2007), and Entropia (Black Dog Publishing, 2000). Recent projects include Uncounted Counts: Designing Citizenship, exhibited at the Van Alen Institute for Public Architecture (2009), as one part of a two-part show titled, Aesthetics of Crossing. Baxi is currently working on a multimedia project titled, Two Cities/Three Futures: Architectural Documents, based on CST Station in Mumbai and Ground Zero in New York. She is also designing a series of new technology games for children titled, Triptychs, based on multilingual alphabets. www.imagemachine.com

L.M. Bogad (Associate Professor, University of California at Davis) is an author, performer, and activist. His book, Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements, is an international study of performance artists who run for public office as a prank. Bogad has led "Tactical Performance" workshops while "Humanities and Political Conflict" Fellow at Arizona State University, and at Carnegie Mellon University both as an "Art and Controversy" Fellow, and as a Distinguished Lecturer on Performance and Politics. Bogad's performances have explored topics such as the Haymarket Square Confrontation, the FBI's COINTELPRO activities, the Pinochet coup in Chile, and global climate chaos. His play entitled COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act, will be published in 2010 by PM Press. www.lmbogad.com

Since 2000, visual artist Maureen Connor has been developing Personnel-a series of interventions concerned with the art institution as a workplace-which explores the attitudes, needs, and desires of the staff at various institutions. She has presented work at: 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, New York. Currently, Connor is working on an installation of Personnel for the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public, Université de Montréal, Canada, and a related book to be published jointly by Wyspa Art Institute, in Gdansk, Poland, and Revolver Press, in 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.

Joseph del Pesco is an independent curator, art journalist, and web-media producer. He has realized curatorial projects at Artists Space in New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; Galerie Analix in Geneva, Switzerland; the Rooseum in Malmö, Sweden; Articule in Montréal, Canada; the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; and the Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis. He has contributed interviews, reviews, and other texts to: Flash Art, X-Tra, Proximity, Fillip, NUKE magazines, and Art in America's website. More information at www.delpesco.com

As the initiator and current organizer of "democratic innovation" (democratic-innovation.org), founded in 1998, Kent Hansen has functioned as an international pioneer in the interplay between art, organizations, and the workplace. Not a collective itself, "democratic-innovation" develops projects in collaboration with others who form ad hoc groups or merge with one another for the benefit of specific projects. Kent is also a co-founding member (2005) of "tv-tv," the artist-run tv-station broadcasting throughout Denmark.

Stephen Duncombe is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of New York University where he teaches the history and politics of media. He is the author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture, and the editor of the Cultural Resistance Reader, among other books. He writes on the intersection of culture and politics for a range of scholarly and popular publications, from the cerebral, The Nation, to the prurient, Playboy. Duncombe is a life-long political activist, co-founding a community based advocacy group in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and working as an organizer for the NYC chapter of the international direct action group, Reclaim the Streets. In 2009 he was a Research Associate at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York City where he helped organize "The College of Tactical Culture," and he is presently co-founder and co-director of the new Center for Artistic Activism. He is working on a book on the art of propaganda during the New Deal.

Stephen Wright is a Paris-based art theorist, writer, and Professor of Art Theory and History at the European School of Visual Arts (Angoulême/Poitiers). In 2004, he curated The Future of the Reciprocal Readymade (Apexart, New York); in 2005, In Absentia (Passerelle, Brest); in 2006, Rumour as Media (Aksanat, Istanbul), and Dataesthetics (WHW, Zagreb); and is currently preparing, amongst other projects, Withdrawal: The Performative Document (New York), as part of a series of exhibitions examining art practices with low coefficients of artistic visibility, which raise the prospect of art without artworks, authorship, or spectatorship. A former program director at the Collège International de Philosophie (2000- 2007), and corresponding editor of Parachute magazine (1999-2005), he is currently on the editorial advisory committee of the journal Third Text. Born in 1963, in Vancouver, Canada, he lives and works in Paris.

Since 2002, Tom Finkelpearl has served as the Executive Director of the Queens Museum of Art where he is working on an expansion that will double the size of the museum. The Queens Museum is situated in America's most diverse county, and it seeks to serve as a cultural crossroads through art programs, community organizing, and educational outreach. He worked for 12 years during two periods at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, first organizing 15 exhibitions in the 1980's, returning in 1999 as Deputy Director and helping to manage its merger with the Museum of Modern Art. Between his stints at P.S.1, he worked for six years (1990-96) as Director of New York City's Percent for Art Program where he oversaw 130 public art projects and as Executive Director of Program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a residency program in Maine for advanced visual artists (1996-1999). Based on his public art experience and further research, he published a book, Dialogues in Public Art (MIT Press, 2000). He is working on a new book on art and social cooperation forthcoming from Duke University Press. He received a BA from Princeton University (1979) and an MFA from Hunter College (1983).

Michelle Jacques is a Toronto-based curator and writer, and holds the position of Associate Curator, Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her recent projects include: Sarah Anne Johnson: House on Fire (2009); At the Corner of Time and Place (Nuit Blanche Zone B, Toronto, 2007); and Luis Jacob: Habitat (2005-2006). Her recent writings include "The Artist-run Centre as Tactical Training Unit," decentre: concerning artist-run culture (YYZ Books, 2008); and "Art and Institutions: An interview with Janna Graham and Anthony Kiendl," Fuse Magazine, September 2007. She sits on the board of Vtape, and is a contributing editor with Fuse Magazine.

Marisa Jahn is an artist/writer/community organizer. In 2009, Jahn co-founded REV- (www.rev-it.org), a non-profit organization that fosters socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. Jahn received degrees from UC Berkeley and MIT. In 2004, she was recognized by Unesco as a leading educator, and in 2009, she was artist-in-residence at MIT's Media Lab, and an artist-teacher with the Center for Urban Pedagogy. She is the co-editor of "Recipes for an Encounter", "Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices" (2010), and Where We Are Now: Locating Art and Politics in NYC (www.wherewearenow.org). Presented internationally, her work has been featured in Art in America, LA Times, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Frieze, Punk Planet, Make Magazine, Discovery Channel, and more. She is the Deputy Director at People's Production House. www.marisajahn.com, www.rev-it.org, www.peoplesproductionhouse.org

Kristin Lucas creates video, installation, intervention, digital photographs, sculpture, and projects for the web. Positioning herself at the centre of her projects, Lucas' work addresses the digital realm from the perspective of its effect on human psychology. Transformation and portraiture are the focus of works set to the backdrop of empty and meaningful exchanges with automated tellers, healing arts therapists, police officers, celebrity impersonators, and a judge. Her works are represented by Postmasters Gallery, and her videos are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix. Lucas is a faculty member of Bard College. She resides in Beacon, New York.

Founded by Artistic Director Darren O'Donnell, Mammalian Diving Reflex is a research-art atelier dedicated to investigating the social sphere, always on the lookout for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences, producing one-off events, theatre-based performance, videos, installation, theoretical texts, and community happenings. Past work includes: Eat the Street, Haircuts by Children, The Children's Choice Awards, Slow Dance With Teacher, A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, and Old Women Shooting Guns. Mammalian Diving Reflex's work has been presented around the world in Lahore, New York, Sydney, Birmingham, Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, Greensboro, Los Angeles, Montreal, Victoria, Calgary, Bologna, Terni, Oslo, and Trondheim.

Felicity Tayler is an artist, writer, and information professional. She holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Concordia University. Her work has been shown nationally in solo and group exhibitions, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and her writing has been published in journals in Canada and the United Kingdom. In 2010m she will curate an exhibition on artists' publications at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives. She is a founding member of the artists' collective the Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM). Felicity Tayler's artistic practice employs an interdisciplinary approach combining training in visual arts (painting and drawing) with the competencies and theoretical framework of information science. She is interested in the use of visual representation as an information carrier, be it eighteenth century topographic watercolours, the output of 1960s office technology, or the present-day online communication through the portable document format. Felicity lives and works in Montreal, Québec. www.pictorialpropaganda.ca, www.crum.ca

The Yes Men are a pair of notorious troublemakers who sneak into corporate events disguised as captains of industry, then, use their momentary authority to expose the biggest criminals on the planet. The Yes Lab is a series of brainstorms and trainings to help progressive groups carry out Yes-Men-style projects on their own.

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



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