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Contents for August 18, 2011
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1. Ayana Hampton, FF Fund recipient 2010-11, at Nuyorican Poets Café, Manhttan, September 11
2. Dan Fishback, FF Fund recipient 2010-11, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Aug. 30
3. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Sept. 9-24
4. Istvan Kantor, Dominic McGill, Martha Rosler, Javier Tellez, Raul Zamudio, FF Alumns, at White Box, Manhattan, thru September 10
5. Susan Newmark, FF Alumn, at Garrison Arts Center, NY, thru Sept. 4
6. Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, now online at alvineng.com
7. Beverly Naidus, FF Alumn, at York University, Toronto, Canada, Aug. 18
8. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Galerie Glass, Berlin, Germany, thru Aug. 31
9. Lenora Champagne, FF Alumn, now online at lenorachampagne.com
10. Linda Stein, FF Member, at East Tennessee State Univerisity, Johnson City, Aug. 22-Sept. 16
11. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, now online at visualmente.blogspot.com
12. Zhang Ga, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, August 12
13. Guillermo Gomez-Pena, FF Alumn, releases two new books
14. C. Michael Norton, FF Alumn, at 5 Myles, Brooklyn, Sept. 10-Oct. 9
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1. Ayana Hampton, FF Fund recipient 2010-11, at Nuyorican Poets Café, Manhttan, September 11-18

Drag, Disco, and Diana Ross Disorder brawl in "The Morning After Show". Can resurrection of purpose triumph over a terminal case of bohemia? Toast to moxie in this wicked cabaret, with your headliner, Ayana Hampton, featuring The Lustrous Blackups and the Morning After Band.

at

Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C, Reverend Pedro Pietri Way, New York City

Preview
11 of the September @ 6:30PM
Peek-a-boo
9/12 Monday @ 8PM
Opening Night
9/15 Thursday @ 7 PM
9/16 Friday @ 8PM
9/17 Saturday @ 8PM
Closing
9/18 Sunday @ 8pm

Tickets/ RSVP http://www.nuyorican.org/calendar.php

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2. Dan Fishback, FF Fund recipient 2010-11,a t Dixon Place, Manhattan, Aug. 30

SOMETHING: a benefit for "thirtynothing"
Tuesday, August 30th, 8pm, Dixon Place (161 Chrystie Street, NYC, in the Lounge) $20 suggested donation; all proceeds benefit Dixon Place's upcoming production of Dan Fishback's "thirtynothing."

Featuring performances by: MOLLY POPE, KIM SMITH, MAX STEELE, THE LISPS, MAX VERNON, CREAKY BOARDS, DAN FISHBACK, and more...
with a special video message from COLE ESCOLA

"thirtynothing," a co-production of Dixon Place and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), written and performed by Dan Fishback, and directed by Stephen Brackett, will run at Dixon Place from September 30th through October 22nd. 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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3. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Sept. 9-24

THE HOMOPHOBES
a clown show

A misunderstood miracle shakes a conservative congregation's values to its core when their beloved pastor becomes the center of a spectacular firestorm that will shatter forever their notions of sex, gender and intercourse between animate beings.

A transcendent trans-comedy of errors featuring mad ministers, satanic and divine interventions, confused angels and maybe even the antichrist.

September 9-24. Fridays and Saturdays at 7-30pm at Dixon Place. 161 Christie Street (between Rivington and Delancey) New York, NY 10002.
Phone: 212-219-0736

http://dixonplace.org/index2.html

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4. Istvan Kantor, Dominic McGill, Martha Rosler, Javier Tellez, Raul Zamudio, FF Alumns, at White Box, Manhattan, thru September 10

HOW TO PHILOSOPHIZE WITH A HAMMER

Curated by Raul Zamudio

White Box
August 11 - September 10, 2011
Opening Reception: August 11, 6 - 9 PM
329 Broome Street at Bowery, New York

Artists: Isaac Aden, Oreet Ashery, Marcela Astorga, Luis Alonzo-Burkigia, Marc Bijl, Karlos Carcamo, Daniel Davidson, Adolfo Doring, Shahram Entekhabi, Kendell Geers, Fernando Martin Godoy, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Istvan Kantor, Teresa Margolles, Ferran Martin, Dominic McGill, Dennis Oppenheim, Damian Ontiveros, Pasha Radetzki, Martha Rosler, Joaquin Segura, Celia Eslamieh Shomal, Susan Sontag, Javier Tellez, Mookie Tenembaum, Wojtek Ulrich, Abdul Vas, Ruben Verdu, Ai Weiwei, Zhou Wendou.

How to Philosophize with a Hammer is an exhibition of international artists that work in video, painting, sculpture, works-on-paper, photography, installation, and performance. It's title is culled from Friedrich Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer (1889). How to Philosophize with a Hammer followed the Gay Science (1882) in which Nietzsche pronounced that "god is dead."

After this deicide came other "deaths" in the late twentieth century including "the death of the author," "the end of history," and "the death of painting." As such, the works in the exhibition underscore the usurpation of authority but within a contemporary context. The artists address the exhibition's thematic framework in myriad ways where their philosophizing is articulated through diverse artistic genres. Some philosophers have viewed aesthetics and artistic practice as a form of philosophy, and the iconoclasm of these artists' works hammers against political, financial, social, and religious institutions. This iconoclasm signals the need to reinvent new modes of thinking and being while reflecting on the existential crisis that humanity finds itself marked by wars, ecological disaster, economic collapse, terrorism, and revolution. In short, it is the perfect end of summer exhibition.

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5. Susan Newmark, FF Alumn, at Garrison Arts Center, NY, thru Sept. 4

SUSAN NEWMARK
Artists Books
August 12- September 4

Garrison Arts Center
23 Garrison Landing, New York

Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 -5pm

The Garrison Art Center is located on the Hudson River across from West Point , south of Cold Springs and north of Peekskill. The metro north train stops right there and additional travel information can be found on their web site: garrisonartcenter.org

Telephone: 845-424-3960.

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6. Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, now online at alvineng.com

Dear Friends.

We are back from HK/China and, in a bonus trip, Bangkok!

I have posted some photos and essay reflections on our amazing journey at my website: alvineng.com If you get a moment, please check 'em out and let us know what you think.

All the best,
Alvin & Wendy

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7. Beverly Naidus, FF Alumn, at York University, Toronto, Canada, Aug. 18

On Thurs, August 18th, at 9:30 am at York University, Toronto, Beverly Naidus will deliver a talk entitled: "Resist/Reconstruct: The Need for Socially Engaged Art Practices."
Beverly Naidus will discuss her own community interactive projects in relation to that of our her socially engaged interdisciplinary art curriculum, and the work of peers that demonstrates both resistance to the dominant culture and reconstructive visions of the future.

http://summerinstitute.blog.yorku.ca/keynote-addresses/beverly-naidus/
The conference is free and open to the public. Free lunch is provided.

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8. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Galerie Glass, Berlin, Germany, thru Aug. 31

In Berlin, Galerie Glass, Pariser Str. 11: Soul Landscape photos @ Galerie Glass Aug 12-31.Openingp, 7-10pm Fri, Aug 12, & an evening of my DVDs w/DJ RoBeat's original musik, Aug 17, 8pm. The image for this event: my photo INDIANA2005-1025H. Here's link to full-frame 35mm film, unmanipulated digital prints for this: http://www.facebook.com/media/​set/?set=a.254735537887684.767​34.100000537200807&l=6aeb584f4​a&type=1 Barbara Rosenthal NYC ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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9. Lenora Champagne, FF Alumn, now online at lenorachampagne.com

Greetings!

I hope you're enjoying the summer.

Just wanted to let you know that this December marks 30 years that I've been making performance work. In January, I will be performing a new piece at Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. The performance, TINY LIGHTS/Memory's Storehouse/infinite miniature includes a solo by me, a solo by Lizzie Olesker, and an "academic presentation"/movement section with both of us. Details will be available later. Meanwhile, please check out my website, lenorachampagne.com, and excerpts from performances over the years on Vimeo (links to the videos are on the links page of the website, or you can go to Vimeo and type in lenora champagne and they'll come up). The complete archive of videotapes of my work is available at the Fales Downtown Collection in NYU's Bobst Library.

With warm best wishes,

Lenora

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10. Linda Stein, FF Member, at East Tennessee State Univerisity, Johnson City, Aug. 22-Sept. 16

"The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein," East Tennessee State University, Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, TN. August 22 – September 16, 2011. Accompanied by a reception and SteinGIG performance on Monday, September 12, 5–7pm. Artist lecture to follow at 7pm.

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11. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, now online at visualmente.blogspot.com

San Francisco painter Isabel Samaras is interviewed (in Spanish and English!) in Argentinian blog Visualmente. " I often feel like I'm looking inside a cartoon superhero, or a bird, or Goldilocks, and seeing something within them that maybe never had a chance to come out before, some secret wish or yearning. So my job is to make that desire a reality and then share it with everyone." Simply click

http://visualmente.blogspot.com/2011/07/exclusivo-te-presentamos-
isabel-samaras.html to enjoy this "exclusivo" conversation.

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12. Zhang Ga, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, August 12 The New York Times review on "Translife: International Triennial of New Media Art"
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/arts/12iht-translife12.html?_r=2&ref=arts
ZHANG Ga

Artistic Director / Curator
TransLife
International Triennial of New Media Art 2011 Organized by the National Art Museum of China http://www.mediartchina.org Professor / Director TASML | Tsinghua University Art & Science Center MediaLAB Associate Professor School of Art, Media and Technology Parsons the New School for Design http://tasml.parsons.edu

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13. Guillermo Gomez-Pena, FF Alumn, releases two new books

Dear friends, colleagues and fellow travelers,

I am extremely EXTREMELY happy!!!! Estático! Loco!! I can proudly announce, in collaboration with many of my fine and creative colleagues, the release of several new publications. The two new books, (my 9th and 10th), and one brand-new video anthology are just out of the pinche oven. The three projects have been cooked at low fire in the past four years. And I would say with out hesitation, they are my favorite books and videos to date. I invite you to check them out!

Conversations across borders (Seagull Books) re-imagines conversations I have had over the years with other artists, theorists and activists as performance and provides a way of work-shopping theory through conversation; Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy (Routledge) is the much-awaited Pocha Nostra handbook which offers teachers and performers practical and pedagogical frameworks for conducting performance workshops with the aim of encouraging participants to "think differently" about their practice and everyday life; and finally, Homo Fronterizus contains 30 new video artworks from the last 4 years including reenactments of some of my classic performance pieces and collaborations with other artists and performers. More detailed descriptions of these publications and how to obtain them appear below.

Essentially, I am asking you for a big favor: If you like my work and the work of my colleagues, and if you feel a kinship with our ideas and strategies, I encourage you to help us distribute these publications. How? Here are some concrete ideas: Tell your like-minded colleagues about them. If you are affiliated to a university, a museum or a community center, have your library or educational department purchase them. If you are a teacher, try them as pedagogical tools. If you are a writer, please take the time to review them for a publication. It is the intention of these three works to function as a conceptual package; a unified body of work that gives insight into my artistic imaginary, the Pocha pedagogical method and the work of my loved collaborators and our larger international community of troublemakers and rebels. Think of them as a "pedagogical/artistic triptych."

With all my love and respect
Gomez Peña, on fire

(More detailed information and ordering links on each publication below)

The first book, 'Conversations across borders,' was published by my padrino Richard Schechner and edited by Canadian theorist Laura Levin. It contains an anthology of very bold (and performative) conversations I've had in the last 10 years with rebel curators, pioneering artists, cultural anthropologists, art historians, activist writers-in essence a wide variety of intelligent, engaged and fierce contemporary art practitioners and theorists. It also contains gorgeously provocative never before published photos. My Canadian sister Laura Levin and the amazing team of Seagull books made sure that the book functions both as an accessible (and activist) treatise on theory as well as a beautiful art/ifact. September 1st, it will be in libraries but you can pre-order your copies online now.

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/C/bo8920758.html

The second book, 'Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy' was commissioned by our loved Routledge publisher Talia Rodgers and co-written by my longtime collaborator Roberto Sifuentes. It is essentially the much-awaited 'Pocha Nostra handbook' following in the tradition of Susuki, Boal, Bogart and Goat Island, from a Chicano/border perspective. The book guides both teachers and performers through the challenging process of running performance workshops with a focus on producing the kind of challenging performances which transcend the boundaries of nation, gender and racial identity. A combination of exercises, photographs, outlines and inspirational approaches make this book the ultimate exploration of La Pocha Nostra's own brand of "teaching as activism." It also contains never before published photos and illustrations as a guide for the exercises.

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415549233/

Co-created with Gustavo Vazquez and titled 'Homo Fronterizus,' my new video anthology DVD is a performative investigation of artificial identity, representation, doppelgangers, drag & the fluid borders of authorship in collaboration. It contains 30 videos created in the last 4 years with my friend Mexican filmmaker Gustavo Vazquez and includes reenactments of some of my classic performances as well as tributes to other performance artists (Marina Abramovic, Stelarc, Roi Vaara, James Luna, etc), duels with the filmmaker and rare appearances by my main Pocha Nostra collaborators. The anthology is already available online at London's Live Arts Development Agency's unbound store:

http://www.thisisunbound.co.uk/

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14. C. Michael Norton, FF Alumn, at Five Myles, Brooklyn, Sept. 10-Oct. 9

Please save the date. Look forward to seeing you after Labor Day.
Michael
www.cmichaelnorton.com

Opening reception for Cacophony Part 1, September 18, 4:30 - 7:30pm Exhibition Dates: Sept. 10 - Oct 9. 2011 Artist Talk: Sept. 11, 2pm

Five Myles
558 St. Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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