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Contents for February 27, 2012

1. Stephanie Skura, Debra Wanner, FF Alumns, at Roulette, Brooklyn, March 15-18

We invite you to join us as our Two Huts materialize in NY! Stephanie, Debra, Todd & Tom

What Seattle audiences say about their recent Hut experience:

"It careened from hysterical to somber and many places in between so deftly I was happy just to ride along." Sandi Kurtz..."Brilliant" Man at opening...
"Captivating -- the clarity of vision her work provoked in me allowed me to read the NYTimes this morning without adjusting my glasses. No joke. Don't you miss it." Martha Dunham

Info & tickets: http://roulette.org/events
Roulette Presents:
Award Winning Choreographer
Stephanie Skura's
Two Huts
"Stephanie Skura constructs new meanings even as she
demolishes musical & choreographic preconceptions." (New York Times)
March 15, 16, 17, 18, 8pm

What: Stephanie Skura's Two Huts with Debra Wanner, Tom Cayler, Todd Jefferson Moore.
When: Thursday-Sunday, March 15, 16, 17, 18, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $20/15 members/students/seniors
Info: www.roulette.org / 917.267.0368
Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents award winning choreographer and director Stephanie Skura in her first major NYC appearance in almost 20 years with Two Huts. Hailed by Dance Ink as "a great American experimentalist" Skura has created and performed original works for over thirty years to international and national acclaim, creating a reputation for consistently adventurous work.

Two Huts is a radically imagistic, vocally athletic movement theater work about two women living side by side in alternate universes. Skura & Wanner write, dance & chant their world into being. With an iconoclastic approach to language, an athletic approach to the voice, a sturdy respect for subconscious realities, & a predisposition for unintended prophecy, the two women make rules, change the rules, laugh, argue, almost die, & mysteriously recycle. Cayler & Moore -- two men in a related universe -- comment, reflect, foreshadow, dance, lose & regain confidence, lose & regain structure, & go off on their own journey.
An early researcher of movement-based interdisciplinary work, Skura has inspired students & professionals worldwide, training performance at progressive colleges and studios worldwide. Passionate about celebrating individual diversity through dance, her rehearsal process involves methods that unpeel subconscious layers. For decades, she's approached movement as a manifestation of the complexity of consciousness. "A modern dance court jester, Stephanie Skura makes one laugh at her dances. then, like the best of jesters, she makes one think." - New York Times

Two Huts extends Skura's research in free-associative forms of movement into theater, text, and voice, revealing underlying realms both strange and familiar. She wrote the script and developed the work for two years in residencies at Juniata College, PA. Two Huts culminates a decade of research into radical language, theater & voice, integrated with lifelong experiments in movement & performance. This work has been selected as a sponsored USA Artist Project, & is partially supported by Roulette, Seattle's 4Culture, and Interaction Arts Foundation.

For these performances, Skura happily reunites with seasoned long-time collaborators Debra Wanner (NY, founding member of her former NY dance company) and actor Tom Cayler (NY, creator of roles in 1984 Chase Scene & 1985 Survey of Styles), & works with remarkable Seattle actor Todd Jefferson Moore, long-time collaborator with Cayler. Agile Seattle designer David Verkade investigates unusual approaches to illumination.
About Stephanie Skura

Stephanie Skura has choreographed, directed, taught and performed for 30 years, in 13 countries and 30 states, investigating boundaries of dance, theater and performance. She directed a NYC-based touring company for 15 years, received an inaugural "Bessie" Award, and has been honored with 7 Choreography Fellowships and 5 Dance company Grants from the NEA, as well as grants and commissions from many corporations, foundations, government agencies and performing companies worldwide. Her work has toured at major festivals in Zurich, Vienna, Lisbon, Budapest, Italy, the UK, France & Canada, and at such US venues as the Walker Art Center In Minneapolis, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Seattle's On the Boards, and in NYC at DTW, the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Central Park Summerstage, Danspace, & PS 122. An innovative teacher & mentor, she was on graduate faculty at the University of WA School of Drama for 5 years, on core faculty of the Seattle Skinner Releasing Institute for 14 years, and is creator and director of Open Source Forms Teacher Training, with centers in Seattle & New Zealand. She holds a BFA & MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. With a collaborative approach to performance-making, she has pioneered & refined methods for involving performers in discovery & development of material. From 2004-2010, Skura was Associate Artistic Director of The Gravity Project, a movement theater company affiliated with Juniata College in PA. Skura's non-fiction & poetry have appeared in several literary journals, and in Dance Magazine, the Village Voice, Contact Quarterly, and the book Reimaging America: Art & Social Change.

About Roulette
Roulette - one of New York City's premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years - has reopened bigger and better than ever. Located in a newly renovated 1920s Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Roulette features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Teamed with bold new programming, the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City - if not the country - to experience adventurous music and art.



2. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, at Spoke the Hub Dancing, Brooklyn, March 4

Lovers of Accordions and classic Jewish comedy, this one's for you:
Bob Goldberg & The Famous Accordion Orchestra present:
"My Son the Accordion Orchestra" - A Salute to Allan Sherman
Sunday 5:00pm,
Spoke the Hub Dancing
295 Douglass Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Bob Goldberg and Mark Nathanson of the Famous Accordion Orchestra will perform favorite songs by the great song parodist Allan Sherman, whose oeuvre includes "Hello Muddah Hello Faddah", "The Streets of Miami", "The Ballad of Sir Greenbaum", "Sarah Jackman" (rumored to be a fave of JFK), "Westchester Hadassah" and of course "Seltzer Boy". Proceeds from this performance will support the Famous Accordion Orchestra's 2012 World Tour of Brooklyn, an annual series of free concerts in community gardens and other public spaces.

Manischewitz, Seltzer, and noshes will be served.
$10 online / $15 at the door
Gowanathon is a weekend-long event benefiting Spoke the Hub Dancing and participating Brooklyn artists.
For more on the event, http://www.spokethehub.org/events/gowanathon

$15 at the door



3. Paper Tiger Television at New York University, Manhattan, thru May 3

Paper Tiger 30th Anniversary Events
February-May 2012
Contact: DeeDee Halleck 845 594 4871 or Patricia Gonzalez 212 420 9045

Paper Tiger Television has been creating fun, funky, hard-hitting, investigative, alternative media since 1981. To celebrate 30 years of activist media several events are taking place:

An on-going EXHIBITION at Fales Special Collections at Bobst Library at NYU.
The installation includes video, painted backdrops, collage, paintings and props.
Open Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM. The exhibition will be in place until May 3, 2012.
A monitor and DIY deck plays your selection from the 300 + tapes of the Paper Tiger oeuvre.

Two other screens show clips from 30 years of their experimental work. On display are the funky and colorful art works that have characterized Paper Tiger's productions, along with photographs from the shows and from demonstrations they organized: "Operation Storm the Media" (to protest coverage of the 1991 Gulf War) and the "March to the Moguls" which was part of a Media and Democracy Conference in 1997.
(The Fales Special Collections is housing the Paper Tiger archive as part of their Downtown Collection of New York artists, theater and media work.)

PTTV has inspired community productions & activism around the world, providing critical analysis of media & the communications industry & exposing issues absent from mass media.
Paper Tiger's many passionate fans include filmmakers Chris Marker and Alexander Kluge, media activists Malkia Cyril and Robert McChesney. Paper Tiger has trained literally hundreds of media makers, one of whom, May Ying Welsh, just received the prestigious Polk Award for her documentary on Bahrain. The collective distributes programs, holds media literacy/video workshops & community screenings. Paper Tiger Television has been a crucial voice for democratic media for 30 years.




4. Nora York, FF Alumn, at BAM, Brooklyn, March 9

Dear All,

I wanted to invite you to a special event ( free!!!) FRIDAY MARCH 9 2012 9pm -- at the Brooklyn Academy of Music -- I've been invited to present a reprise of Power/Play at BAMcafe - in celebration of their 150th year --

Nora York and The Amazing Band
will present Power/Play:
a musical recollection comprised of original compositions and 1960-70-80-90-00-10's set-piece conflations - woven together by remixed verses of Bob Dylan's declarative tome "Master's of War."
Using popular music to explore the unraveling of the American narrative, Power/Play observes contemporary America at war and work.
This song cycle takes aim at our nation through the lens of the Civil War, WW2 and Vietnam War, our current wars and present day economic disaster.

The original concert had its genesis in 2002 as a BamCafe commission to accompany the Brooklyn Academy Cinema film series From Hanoi to Hollywood.
And then on October 11 2002 the United States Congress passed a bipartisan resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force -- I was inspired to deepen my musical exploration.

As we continued to prosecute two wars and the economy went from boom to bust -- Bush transitions to Obama --
the tea party and the occupation movements exploded onto the scene -- Power/Play has taken on an deeper significance --

Come join us when I -- along with the Amazing band present a re-conceived Power/Play -- the last 10 years --

"War, Inequality and the abuse of authority are also on Nora York's mind these days; unlike most of us, though, this daring vocalist and conceptualist is able to turn her ruminations into fascinating musical explorations. Her latest "POWER/PLAY" uses Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" as its jumping off point; York is sure to take it to parts un-dreamed of. "
-- The New Yorker --

Nora York and The Amazing Band :
Jamie Lawrence keyboards
Steve Tarshis guitar
Dave Hofstra bass
Peter Grant drums
Sherryl Marshall vocals

Peter Jay Sharp Building
Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217



5. Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumn, at The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, April 24

Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumn, will present a lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, on Tuesday April 24 at 6 pm.



6. Max Gimblett, FF Alumn, at Gary Snyder Gallery, Manhattan, opening March 1

Max Gimblett
The Holy Grail

March 1 - April 7, 2012
Gary Snyder Gallery is pleased to announce Max Gimblett: The Holy Grail, an exhibition of paintings and drawings at 529 West 20th Street. Opening on March 1, 2012, the exhibition is Gimblett's first in a New York gallery since 2005. Fifteen of the artist's luminous, gestural paintings will be on view, including four monumental, quatrefoil-shaped canvases. The exhibition will also feature a selection of sumi ink drawings, the creation of which is an integral part of Gimblett's process.

The exhibition offers an in-depth look at the artist's work since 2009-glossy, calligraphic abstractions in high-keyed hues, many of which feature large expanses of gold, silver, and aluminum leaf. Often, only a few brushstrokes or simplified shapes appear on the surfaces of these paintings. Works in the exhibition such as The Holy Grail (2009) and Exodus Kimono (2011) demonstrate Gimblett's unique ability to create compositions of incredible depth and complexity with comparatively little.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1935, Max Gimblett emigrated to Canada in 1962. Between 1962 and 1964, Gimblett apprenticed as a potter. In 1965, the artist arrived in San Francisco and began studying painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. While still a student, Gimblett came under the influence of Abstract Expressionist masters Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Motherwell, as well as the sumi-e traditions of Rinzai Zen. In 1972, Gimblett relocated to New York. Two years later, the artist met pioneering filmmaker and sculptor Len Lye. The two formed a close friendship that lasted until Lye's death in 1980. His emphasis on sudden and intuitive bodily movements had a profound impact on Gimblett's work, one that continues until this day.

Over the last four decades, Gimblett has had solo exhibitions at many noteworthy galleries, including:
A Clean Well Lighted Place (1971, Austin), Cuningham Ward Gallery (1976, 1978, New York), Nielsen Gallery (1976, 1979, Boston), White Columns (1988, New York), Gow Langsford Gallery (1991, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011, Auckland), and Haines Gallery (1991, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, San Francisco). In 2002, the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, hosted a survey of Gimblett's drawings. Two years later, in 2004, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki mounted the first career ret- rospective of the artist's work. In 2009, Gimblett's paintings were featured in The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, a group exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. The following year, the Japan Society, New York, presented Oxherding, a series of ten drawings by Gimblett based on Lewis Hyde's translation of a 12th-century Buddhist parable. Most recently, the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, hosted Max Gimblett: The Sound of One Hand, the fourth exhibition in their acclaimed series The Word of God.

Gimblett's work is featured in the collections of major museums around the world, including: the
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T ̄amaki; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Gary Snyder Gallery is pleased to represent Max Gimblett.

Max Gimblett: The Holy Grail will be on view at Gary Snyder Gallery, 529 West 20th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), through Saturday, April 7, 2012. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. For more information, please contact Garth Greenan at (212) 929-1351, or email garth@garysnyderart.com.



7. Dynasty Handbag, Neal Medlyn, FF Alumns, at Joe's Pub, Manhattan, Feb. 29

Joe's Pub, NYC get your tickets now, this thing is quite popular!


special guests Molly Pope, Jenn Harris, Scott Matthew, Erin Markey, Eliot Glazer
"Hosts and special guest stars from the local performance scene present their renditions of current popular hits live on stage!"




8. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, at Joe's Pub, Manhattan, February 26

MURRAY HILL OSCAR PARTY w/ special guests feat. Oscar Ballots, Trivia, Prizes, & Audience Best & Worst Dressed Awards

Price: $25
8:00 PM - February 26
Show Description
Celebrate the most glamorous night in Hollywood with Murray Hill "the hardest working middle-aged man in show business" as he hosts his 11th Annual OSCAR Party in NYC at Joe's Pub. Murray will be joined by special guests who will re-enact favorite scenes from this years nominated films and liven up the evening when the boring tributes go on...and on...and on....
In what has become a downtown OSCAR tradition, Murray provides his infamous running commentary during commercial breaks and leaves no star behind with his barbed wit and one-liners. The evening will feature impromptu performances, impersonations of the nominated stars, movie spoofs, movie trivia games and lots of prizes, including a grand prize to the Winner of the OSCAR PREDICTION BALLOT! Ballots will be handed out before the show. The audience will compete for "Best" and "Worst" Dressed. Audience is encouraged to dress like their favorite celebrity for the chance to win fabulous silly prizes.
The evening of pure "showbiz" begins at 7:00 pm with Oscar Pre-Show Red Carpet and continues with the complete Oscar telecast at 8:00 pm shown on a giant screen.
Oscar drink specials and full dinner available all night.



9. Davide Bramante, FF Alumn, at Rosso20sette, Rome, Italy, opening March 2

Davide Bramante, FF Alumn, at Rosso20sette gallery in Rome, Italy, opening March 2 and continuing through April 14. For details please email info@rosso27.com



10. Shelly Mars, FF Alumn, at New York University, Manhattan, March 1

The Animal Studies Initiative, the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, The Program in Dramatic Literature of the Department of English, The Department of Performance Studies, and The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality


Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m.
Room 102, 19 University Place
A multi-media presentation in the style of a keynote lecture by the self-important Dr. Pussait, a Belgian ethologist and Bonobo expert. The piece playfully questions the limits of scientific approaches to understanding animal (and human) behavior. Queer studies meets Animal Studies meets Posthumanism to take on the imperial history of scientific racialization.

Discussion to follow, moderated by Una Chaudhuri (English, Drama, Environmental Studies) and Carolyn Dinshaw (English, Social and Cultural Analysis)



11. Marvin J. Taylor, FF Alumn, at Columbia University, Manhattan, March 1

Marvin J. Taylor, FF Alumn, will speak at Columbia University on March 1 in a program entitled Food for Thought: Building Research Collections for Food Studies, in Butler Library Room 523 at 6 pm



12. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, published in Paper Monument, and more

Dear friends,

I'm pleased to announce two recent publications: I have a piece about my experiences in a freshman year foundations class at KCAI in Draw it with your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment published by Paper Monument and also an essay about my recent performance, Sleep of Reason in Emergency INDEX 2011 published by Ugly Duckling Press. A launch party is scheduled for March 20th at the Kitchen for the release of Emergency INDEX 2011 and the Draw it with your Eyes Closed publication just debuted at CAA in LA.

Hope you can check them out.

Best wishes,

Rachel Frank



13. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at SET Gallery, Brooklyn, thru March 24

Project 59, Inc. is pleased to announce

curated by Agata Iordan,
an art historian and curator from Ekaterinburg.

The exhibition that investigates, criticizes and is inspired by the symbiosis of art and design, their boundary and attitude by placing artist's art and design projects side byside.
Sherry Aliberti, Sasha Chijhikova, Anton Curbatov, AnnaDaminova, James Eads, Ruslan Khasanov, Ben Knight, Monobrow, Natalia Pastukhova, Ryan Pelter, Radya, Jennifer Revit, Natalie Ross, Sasha Saltanova, Ben Shechter,
Olya Zovskaya

February 26 - March 24
Opening February 26

Performance by Sherry Aliberti on March 6th, 6pm

SET Gallery
287 3rd Ave.
between President and Carroll Streets

Art/&/of/♥/vs./or/Design is the first exhibition of Project 59's new initiative, BRURAL (BRooklyn-URAL),a series of collaborations between artists and curators from Brooklyn and UralRegion, two areas developing into booming centers of contemporary art. BRURAL investigatesand reflects the transforming environments in Brooklyn and Ural.
Ural region is special for Project 59, Inc. since it holds the only intersection of 59th longitude with 59th latitude on land (northeast of Perm). Back in 1996 Irina Danilova (founder of Project59, Inc.) pronounced that intersection the hub of the universe and visited it in 1999.
BRURAL was also inspired by two prominent figures from Ekaterinburg: Tamara Aleksandrovna Galeeva, dean of Art History department at Ural Federal University, the pioneer of propagation of contemporary art in post-soviet environment and her former student, Alisa Prudnikova, a director of the Ural Branch of National Center for Contemporary Art in Ekaterinburg, founder and commissar of Ural Industrial Biennial.
Support for Art/&/of/♥/vs./or/Design is provided by Jason Reyen.




14. Heather Cassils, Zackary Drucker, FF Alumns, at ONE, Los Angeles, CA, March 1

Transactivation: Revealing Queer Histories in the Archive. ARTISTS: Heather Cassils- Zackary Drucker- Wu Tsang- Chris Vargas- MODERATED BY: Dean Spade. ONE: National Gay & Lesbian Archives 909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Thursday, March 1st 2012, 6-8 pm.
Greetings All,
You are invited to come see:
Becoming An Image, a new performance designed for the camera, specifically for the act of being photographed. This piece will question the validity and "truthfulness" of a document and question the role of the document as the end all summation of what take place in history and or a live performance event. This new work is an investigation into the catharsis of violence and aim to capture the abstract concepts such as "What is an image which captures the feeling of violence?" and "What are the formal properties of aggression?" Within the context of a performance taking place at the ONE Archive it also asks: "How does an image capture history?" and "What histories exist outside the frame of the camera lens"
Becoming An Image, that will take place in a completely light free environment. The only elements in the space will be the audience, a photographer, the performer (myself) and a block of clay weighing 1500 pounds (around the same height as me). Throughout the performance, in the darkness, I will use my skills as a boxer/fighter to unleashing a full-blown attack where I literally beat the form. (I have been training in mixed MMA and Maui Thai for the past three weeks in preparation for this piece). A "sculpting" process will result on account of my blows. For the duration of this performance I will be blind, as will the audience, as will the photographer. The only light source emitted will come from the flash mounted on the photographer's camera. This burst of temporary light will allow the live audience to see only suspended moments of the performance, much like a "live" photograph, burning this image into their retina. The performance will last as long as I am physically able to fight. The act of photographing is the only way in which the performance is made visible. I imagine the resulting images will some times capture my movement and sometimes will not. The lens will fill with the fog of my breath; will be speckled with droplets of sweat and dirt as it captures the flying debris.
I want this performance to bring forth the idea of accountability by directly address the role between artist and photographer. Additionally it calls into question the roles of the witness, the aggressor and documenter by building these challenges into the very act of the performance itself.

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: In conjunction with the exhibition "Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980" at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, artists Heather Cassils, Zackary Drucker, Wu Tsang and Chris Vargas will present a series of live performances and video projects inspired by the collections at ONE Archives. These artists explore trans content in their multidisciplinary work and are interested in a discussion about LGBTQ archives and the "Ts" and "Qs" often missing from historical records. The performance will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dean Spade, assistant professor at the Seattle University School of Law.
Presented by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative. For more information, please visit usc.edu/visionsandvoices.
Organized by Onya Hogan-Finlay, David Frantz and Mia Locks as a part of "Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980" at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. More at onearchives.org.

Co-sponsored by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). More at welcometolace.org.
"Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980" is a three-part exhibition that explores the relationship between artistic practices and LGBTQ histories through artworks, objects, and archival documents culled from the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. "Cruising the Archive" is presented as a part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.
More information on "Cruising the Archive" can be found at cruisingthearchive.org.

Heather Cassils is a body builder who uses her exaggerated physique to intervene in various contexts in order to interrogate systems of power, control and gender. Often employing many of the same strategies used by Fluxus and guerrilla theatre, her method is multidisciplinary and crosses a spectrum of performance, film, video and photography. She is also a founding member of the Los Angeles-based performance group Toxic Titties.

Zackary Drucker is a Los Angeles-based artist who is interested in obliterating language obstacles, pulverizing identity disorders and revealing dark subconscious layers of outsider agency. Drucker disarms audiences using live performance, film, video and photography.

Wu Tsang is a Los Angeles-based visual artist and performer whose projects have been presented at X-Initative (New York), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (Mexico City), Oberhausen (Germany), REDCAT (Los Angeles) and the California Biennial 2010. In 2008, his short film The Shape of a Right Statement was included in Artforum's "Best of the Year (Film)." Tsang is currently directing his first feature documentary, Wildness, which is in post-production.

Chris Vargas is a video maker based in Oakland. With collaborator Greg Youmans he creates the sitcom series Falling in Love . . . with Chris and Greg, and with Eric Stanley he is the co-director of the movie Homotopia and the feature-length sequel Criminal Queers.

Dean Spade is an assistant professor at the Seattle University School of Law, teaching law and social movements, poverty law and administrative law. His book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, is forthcoming from South End Press.



15. John Held, Jr., FF Alumn, publishes new book, and more

New "painting performance" on youtube, "My Art History":


New book published, "The Worldbackwards":


thank you.

John Held, Jr.



16. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Art Center, Oakland CA, March 3

do you dare to be in experiments
in experience/participation performance?

The Underground Hit!

Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.
Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations are encouraged.)


Saturday, March 3, 2012

511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609-2058

For more information
Call: 510-526-7858

2012 Dates!

"Frank Moore, a genius explorer of the frontiers of human affection."

"...He's wonderful and hilarious and knows exactly what it's all about and has earned my undying respect. What he's doing is impossible, and he knows it. That's good art...." L.A. Weekly

"Merging improv, erotica, entertainment, religion and ritual, Frank Moore - self-styled shaman, world-renowned disabled performance artist, and 2008 presidential candidate ...." - East Bay Express

"If performance art has a radical edge, it has to be Frank Moore." Cleveland Edition

"Surely wonderful and mind-goosing experience." L.A. Reader

Downloadable poster here:



17. Michelle Handelman, Zackary Drucker, FF Alumns, at Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan, Feb. 29

Hi Everyone,
I'll be showing a work-in-progress installation of my latest project with Zackary Drucker and Mother Flawless Sabrina March 11 and premiering the single-channel version of Dorian this week. Hope you can join us!
Best - Michelle Handelman

Dirty Looks Screening Series:
Kenneth Anger/Michelle Handelman
Wed February 29, 8:30-10:30pm
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South,
NYC 10012

Irma Vep, The Last Breath,
(work-in-progress installation)
Discussion with Zackary Drucker,
Flawless Sabrina & Michelle Handelman
Sun March 11, 5:00-7:00pm
Momenta Art, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn 11206



18. Ann Hamilton, FF Alumn, at Colgate University, NY, thru April 6

Colgate University
Recto/Verso: Video by Ann Hamilton
Through April 6, 2012

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York 13346

For hours call: 315-228-7663




19. Robert Longo, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 24

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 24, 2012
A Restless Artist Saves His Sonic Mnemonic

Since settling in New York in 1978, Stuart Argabright has banged on oil drums, landscaped for Mary Tyler Moore, pioneered the use of early computer graphics, scored a scintillating pop hit, and logged time at a simulation center for a colony on Mars, among other things. All of them were enterprising and at least a little bit unusual, but none was as signal-scrambling as the subject of his most recent offering: a series of cyber-minded soundscapes composed nearly two decades ago in the service of Keanu Reeves

"The concept was to be heavy, edgy, industrial, with lots of banging on metal and stuff, or maybe drum machines," said Mr. Argabright, 53, at home in Stuyvesant Town, surrounded by musical contraptions and the scent of roasted Japanese tea. That aesthetic suited his group Black Rain, with which he concocted sound-track music for the 1995 science-fiction film "Johnny Mnemonic."

The music-shifty and dark, suffused with a suggestive sense of electronic atmosphere-was made for a film that started as an art-house proposition but turned into a big-budget studio project. But as the production ballooned, Mr. Argabright's Black Rain music was left on the cutting-room floor, essentially erasing it from history.

Until now: Much of the work, rescued from what turned out to be a box-office and critical failure, has been compiled for a timely new Black Rain release titled "Now I'm Just a Number: Soundtracks 1994-95."

The movie, based on a story by the celebrated sci-fi writer William Gibson, starred a then-ascendant Mr. Reeves as a futuristic messenger with data-storage capabilities implanted in his brain. It was directed by Robert Longo, otherwise known as an icon of the New York art world.

Mr. Argabright was involved in it from the start. Years earlier, he had contacted Mr. Gibson after reading a review of the author's epochal novel "Neuromancer" in the Village Voice in 1984.

"I found his number through information, so I just called him and we started commiserating," Mr. Agrabright said. "It used to be much easier to connect with people. The distance between people was different then."

Not long after, the kindred souls met in person at Biosphere 2, an experimental center studying space colonization in the Arizona desert. "There were people in flowing robes named Andromeda and Sahara, and then some scientist or astronaut types wearing jumpsuits," said Mr. Argabright.

The setting synced in certain ways with what Mr. Argabright was doing in New York, musically and otherwise. He'd played a major role in the downtown scene of the 1980s with his post-punk band Ike Yard and his futurist hip-hop group Death Comet Crew, and he'd found success under the name of Dominatrix, writing the 1984 club-music hit "The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight."

"He was the closest thing to a living, breathing zeitgeist I ever met," said Mr. Longo. "He knew everything going on in all different directions, and he was always dreaming up whacked-out projects-many of which came true."

The spirit of those projects fit into a burgeoning cyberpunk culture that Mr. Argabright traced back to his childhood, when his father worked for the military on the earliest form of the Internet.

"As a kid, I was toddling around the Pentagon with my father," he said. "He couldn't talk about it much at the time, but in later years it got to a point where I was like, 'Dad, you've got to tell me everything!'"

After high school, he moved to New York and set his sites on a new realm wherein the line between man and machine began to blur. (His first job in the city, however, was as a landscaper-for the upscale likes of Bob Dylan, Rock Hudson, Mary Tyler Moore and others.) That mission eventually included his soundtrack work on "Johnny Mnemonic," as well as music for an audio-book edition of "Neuromancer."

Samples of both appear on the new Black Rain release, which is issued by the London-based record label Blackest Ever Black.

"It blew me away," label head Kiran Sande said of the first time he heard the hitherto forgotten music. "It sounds utterly contemporary, from such a complete and unique sound-world."

The story of the ill-fated movie that most of the music was made for has been consigned to history. "It was an insanely difficult experience," Mr. Longo said about the process of making "Johnny Mnemonic." "We were trying to make a black-and-white funky little movie and then we ended up with a $26 million production. I'm happier as an artist."

But the music itself-prescient in its forecasting of contemporary trends toward dark, desiccated forms of techno-sounds striking still today.

"The movie was what it was," Mr. Argabright said. "But the money to buy us out wasn't bad, so in certain ways it was fine. We were just trying to equate American good times with this whole dark cyber-underbelly."

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20. Geoffrey Hendricks, Stefani Mar, Rafael Sánchez, Arleen Schloss, Sur Rodney Sur, and Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at Center For Book Arts, thru March 31

The Center For Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC 10001

Strange Birds by Ethan Shoshan
A featured artist project with

Arthur Aviles, Jill L. Conner, Barry Frier, Bibbe Hansen, Geoffrey Hendricks, Jim Hubbard, Stephen Kent Jusick, Stephen Lack, Agosto Machado, Stefani Mar, Liz McGarrity, Lucia Maria Minervini, Angelo Monaco, Augustmoon Ochiishi, Uzi Parnes, Dennis Redmond, Hunter Reynolds, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Rob Roth, Edward Rubin, Rafael Sánchez, Arleen Schloss, Gervaise Soeurouge, Sur Rodney Sur, Chris Tanner, Brad Taylor, Gail Thacker, Jack Waters, Kathleen White, Brian "Soigne" Wilson, and Stephen Winter

On view: January 18 - March 31, 2012 (Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm)
Reception: Wednesday, January 18, 7-9pm
Artist Talk w/ Edwin Ramoran on role models and intergenerational dialog: Wed, March 21, 6:30pm

The Center For Book Arts is excited to present Ethan Shoshan's featured artist project, Strange Birds. This project encompasses vignettes into people's lives through objects that hold significant personal meaning to them. Through each object on display, a conversation with its caretaker begins; visitors have the freedom to peruse the objects and listen to an accompanying audio guide conversation. It is through these stories that we connect and engage with the person behind the story and gain insight and an intimate connection to something deeper within ourselves. From Bibbe's relationship with her mom through gathering stones to a realization of home in acceptance of every moment as "perfect," to SKJ's first projector providing the construction of personal and social resources that help shape his creative community. A new inspired look at timeless portraiture, weaving together personal archives and institutional archives, forgotten histories, memories, and embodied experiences in a testament and an affirmation of life and its lessons.

Shoshan is a social ecologist, who also engages in aesthetic philosophical visual inquiries, highlighting the importance of everyday gestures. For the last 2 years, Shoshan has been working with personal archives, relationships of the collection to community consciousness, personal identity and cultural understanding to help develop and preserve experiences within queer identity. He has collaborated with Carlo Quispe and other artists; exhibited and performed on the streets and at the Kitchen, Aljira, PØST, Envoy Enterprises, Commonwealth & Council, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Le Petit Versailles, and other venues. His previous projects have been reviewed in The New York Times, Art In America, LA Weekly, Huffington Post, BlackBook, Art Quips, The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, and Washington Post, and have aired on Public Access TV. Shoshan's projects bring back art, life, and experiences to something that is inherent in our human condition - the need to share and connect to the deeply personal, and in that a process of learning, exploring, archiving alternative histories that are experiential and heartfelt.

There is also an online archive of the exhibit where you can also explore and experience the show: http://disiterate.com/index.php?/projects/strange-birds/

Contact: Myong Jin



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller