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Contents for August 3, 2011
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1. Cynthia Pachikara, FF Fund Recipient, at Swing Time Salon, Astoria, NY, August 9
2. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, July 29
3. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Desert Island, Brooklyn, Aug. 4
4. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, August-September 2011 events
5. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at White Box, thru August 6
6. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Wassaic Arts Festival, NY, Aug. 6, and more
7. Vernita N’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Gallery 128, Manhattan, opening Aug. 3
8. General Idea, FF Alumn, at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, thru Jan. 1, 2012
9. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, at Montclair State University, NJ, Sept. 29
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1. Cynthia Pachikara, FF Fund Recipient, at Swing Time Salon, Astoria, NY, August 9

Cynthia Pachikara, Franklin Furnace recipient 1999, at the Swing Time Salon,
29-04 23rd Ave, Astoria, August 9, 2011

Last: A Pedestrian Shadow Installation
Conceived and created by Cynthia Pachikara

Tuesday, August 9th at 8:30

Swing Time Salon, 29-04 23rd Avenue at 29th Street, Astoria, Queens, NY 11105
Ditmars Blvd/Astoria Train Stop, N & Q Trains
Open to the public

As a lover of light, Pachikara imagines the viewer’s "shadow body" as a void waiting to be filled with video and photographic projections. Pachikara throws an interwoven web of light imagery onto walls in public spaces. As passersby step into the light, they inadvertently obstruct brighter beams; while their bodies occlude the light, their shadows become figurative apertures that reveal hidden images. Exploiting "interference" in this way, Pachikara cultivates play by allowing spectators to visualize their bodies-as-screens.

The presentation on July 27th in Astoria, LAST, considers the neighborhood’s diverse immigrant history. Broadly addressing "home" as the transitional space between point of departure and point of arrival, the installation is comprised of three looped images: a child relentlessly crossing back and forth across a series of stepping stones; a swarm of migrating birds frenetically searching for a place to alit; and the anticipation created by a perpetual film leader. While the prerecorded sequences reference differing lengths and historical time, they are continually regenerated in terms of the present by the passage and participation of the pedestrian on the site.

The daughter of immigrants from South India, Pachikara is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design and the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She has exhibited internationally at the Mackintosh Museum of Glasgow, Scotland, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis, Consolidated Works in Seattle, the Fassbender Gallery in Chicago, SPACES in Cleveland, and the Ann Arbor International Film Festival.

This variable media art work was made possible, in part, by funds from the Franklin Furnace Fund of Performance Art, supported by Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the University of Michigan Office for the Vice President for Research.

This installation project is also made possible by the support of Aiko Chan and PJ Ewing, owners of the Swing Time Hair Salon who has offered up access to their building façade.

More of Pachikara’s work can be seen at:
http://sites.google.com/site/cynthiapachikara/

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2. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, July 29

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

"Born Again" the exhibition that I curated for Longwood Art Gallery will be closing on August 3rd. I am writing to invite you to see the show and to share the NYT's review that the show received (text blow) or link: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/reborn-in-the-bronx-and-celebrating-its-identity/?ref=nyregion

With warm regards from Catalonia
nicolas dumit estevez

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3. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Desert Island, Brooklyn, Aug. 4

Signing the new comics anthology BLACK EYE this Thursday, Aug. 4:

Nikki DeSautelle
Glenn Head
Danny Hellman
Michael Kupperman
James Moore
Mark Newgarden
Ryan Standfest
R. Sikoryak

at:
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn

Copies of BLACK EYE will be available for purchase, as well as a limited edition letterpress print by Onsmith + Nudd.

For more information on BLACK EYE please visithttp://rotlandpress.wordpress.com/

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4. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, August-September 2011 events

August 18: "Evolution of the X3C" (Drawing) - Art Perchance - Minneapolis Art Institute
September 2: Billy X with New X - Ed's No Name - Winona, MN
September 26: Solo performance - PANic 3 - Depot - Vienna, Austria
All summer - "Inferno" (Painting) Midwestern Invitational - Rourke Museum - Moorhead, MN

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5. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at White Box, thru August 6

My work NARCISSISM is at the
YOUTH INTERNAL show at White Box
from July 27th - August 6th.
Tuesday - Friday: 11 AM - 6 PM

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6. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Wassaic Arts Festival, NY, Aug. 6, and more

Saturday, Aug 6 @9pm - Wassaic Arts Festival
The Maxon Mills
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
www.wassaicproject.org/summer-festival/overview-info/

Friday, Aug 12 @6pm Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html

Saturday, August 13 @7:30pm - Catskill Arts Center
48 Main Street,
Livingston Manor, NY 12758
www.catskillartsociety.org

and beyond
Sept. 10 - Riverside Park County Fair, NY, NY
Sept. 24 - Thingamajigs Festival, San Francisco
Oct. 1 - Chili Pepper Fiesta, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, NY
Dec. 16th-International Recycling Art Festvial of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain (pending)

"Electric Junkyard Gamelan returned this September to Cleveland's Ingenuity Festival which features hundreds of musicians, performing and exhibiting artists. Again EJG rose to the occasion as one of the "cant miss" events of the three day festival with its edgy but melodic sounds, invented instruments, and amazing stage presence (cool, tough and zany) it is a performance that would compliment any festival anywhere."

--James Levin, Founder and Artistic Director

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7. Vernita N’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Gallery 128, Manhattan, opening Aug. 3

Galleryonetwentyeight
128 Rivington Street,New York, New York, 10002
212-674-0244
www.galleryonetwentyeight.org

" Planet Alert "
"Planet Alert" is dedicated to the Artist Steve Wada (1917-2011).
Thank you Steve, love Gallery Onetwentyeight.

August 3 - August 27, 2011
Opening Reception :Wed, August 3, 2011 6-8 pm

Opening night performance by: Vernita N' Cognita 7:30 pm -
Atsuko Yuma 8:00 pm -

Gallery hours : Wednesday-Saturday 1-7PM

For Immediate Release ( 7/20/2011 ):
Due to recent events in Japan, the month of August is particularly significant this year.

In August, two atomic bombs hit Japan; in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This event was tragic since numerous innocent people lost their lives and many more were severely injured. This August is the 66th anniversary of the bombings. And in Japa- nese culture the number 66 has numerous symbolic meanings that one can interpret in various ways, for example: -------------------

66 years ago on August 15, the tragic hate, pain and suffering of many innocent peoples and cultures around the world ended with the end of World War Two.

More recently, in Japan, nuclear power is causing havoc in significant parts of Japan; communities have been destroyed as a result of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The people of Japan are suffering from this disaster.


Maybe this disaster was a warning. Maybe it was to call our attention as humanity to appreciate life and look at each day as a blessing.

The show "PLANET ALERT" at Gallery Onetwentyeight is an art exhibit in which selected gallery artists create work about hope and the value of cherishing and honoring each moment to its fullest!

Welcome to Hope: Welcome to "PLANET ALERT": Welcome to Gallery Onetwentyeight.
"From the Manhattan Project just a speck of plutonium on the map of this world, easily secreting its poison to Toxi City, Hiro and Naga and, today, Fukushima, for fire and water don't mix, but they as hell did. The coast is no longer clear. Human folly and HUBRIS splitting the building block and the very meaning of life in two, this elemental self-abandonment under the prod, the cattle prod of history, of supposed destiny, of scientific inquiry, irresponsible in the extreme; oh yes, How curiosity killed the cat, black and dead. Heads down in cubicles geeking deeper, slaying the mystery, killing the magic, snuffing the beauty by turning it to Power, Force.

In the hands of the profiteers and mongers, criminals and henchmen, we confront grave jeopardy. Our once pristine planet, our nest, our whole world, is soiled and no longer a sure thing. We have sprinkled it with plutonium like an ice cream cone, with free radicals, Yes, the most deadly substance (un)known to man." (Peter Cummings)

Artists are;
TAKESHI ARITA AYAKO BANDO ORIN BUCK WAN YU CHEN MELISSA CIMINO JOAN CRISWELL LACEY FEKISHAZY TOMOKO FUJIKI AYAKOH FURUKAWA EDGAR GARCIA MARCIA GARCIA DAYLE GINSBURG ERIC GINSBURG GABRIEL HURIER RALPH IWAMOTO KOTATSU IWATA GERALD JACKSON YUKO. K MIKIKO KANNO FRAN KORNFELD YUKO KUBOTA HANA LEE SAMANTHA LEE LIZ-N-VAL JACEK MACZYNSKI SANAE MAEDA SISSA MARQUARDT KAITLIN MARTIN CARMELO MIDILI KAZUKO MIYAMOTO EILEEN MULLAN YUMIKO NOLAN YUKAKO OKUDAIRA FRANCISCO OSOLIO TOKI OZAKI JENNIFER PRIMOSCH JAMISEN SARTESCH YOSHIYUKI SHIMAMOTO KEIGO TAKAHASHI MIHO TAKAI HISAMI TANIGUCHI CIGDEM TANKUT TOYO TSUCHIYA ALP UCAR AKIKO UCHIDA STEVE WADA KATHLEEN ZIMMERMAN

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8. General Idea, FF Alumns, at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, thru Jan. 1, 2012

July 30, 2011 to January 1, 2012

"General Idea is basically this: a framing device within which we inhabit the role of the artist as we see the living legend." (Showcard 1-001, General Idea, 1975)

General Idea was founded in Toronto in 1969 by Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson. The collective interrogated media image culture through now legendary projects like File magazine, as well as paintings, installations, sculptures, mail art, photographs, videos, ephemera, TV programs and even a beauty pageant. The group’s transgressive concepts and provocative imagery challenged social power structures and traditional modes of artistic creation in ever-shifting ways, until Partz and Zontal’s untimely deaths from AIDS-related causes in 1994.

Curated by Paris-based independent curator Frédéric Bonnet, Haute Culture: General Idea is the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to the collective. The exhibition is organized around five themes, each central to the trio’s production: "the artist, glamour and the creative process"; "mass culture"; "architects/archaeologists"; "sex and reality"; and "AIDS."

"Through a prolific creation, General Idea’s body of work reveals a complex combination of reality and fiction, and of parody and rigorous cultural critique," says Bonnet. "Treating the image as a virus that infiltrates every aspect of the real world, the group set out to colonize it, modify it and so present an alternate version of reality. Their visionary influence has only become more apparent with the passage of time."

Works on display include Nazi Milk (1979 -1990), Baby Makes 3 (1984 – 1989) and Playing Doctor (1992). In addition to the works on view inside the exhibition, the AGO will install the artists’ two-metre-tall AIDS sculpture at the corner of Dundas West and Beverley streets. The lacquered metal sculpture, created in 1989, is based on Robert Indiana’s 1970 LOVE sculpture.

This piece demonstrates the group’s affinity with William Borroughs’ conception of the ‘image as virus.’ General Idea began using the image in a variety of forms as part of a series of shows to benefit the fight against AIDS. It spread across the world and became one of the campaigns unifying images, reproduced on posters, prints, t-shirts, keyrings, postcards and more.

The group’s keen understanding of how wit and irony can be used to create powerful cultural critique ensures their work remains relevant today. Despite their assertion that ‘we never felt we had to create great art to become great artists,’ (Life Magazine, 1975) the body of work displayed here continues to excite and intrigue audiences. It is a show not to be missed.

More information about General Idea can be found at http://www.aabronson.com/

The exhibition takes place on the 4th and 5th floors of the gallery from 29 July 2011 until 01 January 2012.
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The General Idea about General Idea

The General Idea about General Idea: a panel discussion
Wednesday, November 16
Jackman Hall
Members $20.50/Public $22.50/Students $17
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McCready Lecture on Canadian Art

McCready Lecture on Canadian Art by Philip Monk
Marshall McLuhan, General Idea, and Me!
Wednesday, November 9, 7 – 8:30pm
Jackman Hall
Free
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General Idea: A Retrospective 1969-1994 (Exhibition Catalogue)

Available online at shopAGO
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AGO Celebrates Iconic Canadian Artist Group General Idea with Major Retrospective

The AGO will present an exhibition of unprecedented scale that celebrates the work of the Canadian artist group General Idea, on view July 30, 2011, through January 1, 2012.
Generously supported by

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9. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, at Montclair State University, NJ, Sept. 29

The Peak Performances Series at Montclair State University in New Jersey will include a discussion on the state of the arts by Karen Finley, FF Alumn, on September 29

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