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Contents for March 12, 2012

1. Lawrence Graham-Brown, FF Fund recipient 2011-12, at Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan, March 30

Lawrence Graham-Brown: Rites of Passage/Sacred Spaces
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10021
wheel chair accessible,
entrance at 243 Thompson Street,

Friday March 30, 2012
Hour of worship: 7:00pm
(doors open at 6:00pm)
Offering: $10:00

Please make an anticlockwise rotation at the door before entering church.
Light refreshment: Jerk/garlic toasted communion wafers and red wine.

A performance variable/media production based on Afro, Caribbean, and Gay Folklore via the Ras-Pan-Afro-Homo-Sapien construct. Lawrence and company will venture into socially, sexually, physically and mentally defined sacred spaces and employ liturgical actions of: cleansing/confession, exhortation, mourning/lamentation and Gay, religious, love/sex feast.

Costume design, Lighting design, Olfactory notes
and Sound design by Lawrence Graham-Brown.

* Performance is in the nude. No filming or photographs allowed
More info: lawrencegrahambrown.com

The project will also be supported by a digital catalog and forty-five full color, hard copy limited edition catalogs which will include: Hand made dust coffin, DVD, original artwork and essays contributed by: Dr. David Boxer, Director Emeritus and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Jamaica; Keith Morrisson, Professor and former Dean, Tyler School of Art, Temple University and Edwin Ramoran, Independent Curator, NY. signed and numbered.

Graham-Brown's work's ritual and cathartic power draws public attention to the existence of popularly held prejudices and acts as a palliative gesture to dispel the trauma and shame to which people of color and gay people are routinely subjected.-Dean Daderko Guest curator, Disconnecting, Reconnecting...Disconnected, Aljira A Center for Contemporary Arts, 2011

This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art.



2. Bryan Zanisnik, FF Fund recipient 2011-12, at Abrons Art Center, Manhattan, opening March 30

Bryan Zanisnik: Every Inch a Man
March 30 - May 6, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 6 - 8pm

Abrons Arts Center is pleased to present Every Inch a Man, a five-week, site-specific performance and installation by Bryan Zanisnik in the Upper Main Gallery. From Thursday through Sunday each week, 1 - 6pm, Zanisnik will read Philip Roth's The Great American Novel within a life-size Plexiglas container specially designed to fan baseball cards and outdated currency. Taking intermittent breaks to eat lunch with his parents, Bob and Carol Zanisnik, the artist will also tinker with an expansively cluttered installation of junk sourced from both Abrons's storage spaces and his own childhood home; police costumes, hardware shelving, and cardboard share strange proximity with his childhood comic books, toys, baseball cards, and other icons of boyhood.

Zanisnik humorously contrasts with such representations of manliness. For Every Inch a Man, he performs this incongruity day in and day out as an absurdly Freudian compulsion to relive adolescent, familial trauma. Taking a cue from Mike Kelley, whose regressive, infantile characters questioned prescribed social conventions, Zanisnik's performance and anti-archive of historical material brings into sharp relief how gender roles are both consumer-constructed and pervasive "givens" of American culture.

An accompanying, fully illustrated catalog will feature essays by curator David Everitt Howe and critic Wendy Vogel, a comic by Eric Winkler, and an artist portfolio by Bryan Zanisnik. Designed by Alex Lesy, the catalog will have a limited edition run of 350 copies each containing a unique Polaroid insert.

Bryan Zanisnik received a MFA from Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has recently exhibited in New York at MoMA PS1 and Horton Gallery; in Miami at the De La Cruz Collection; in Philadelphia at the Fabric Workshop and Museum; and internationally at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna and the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou, China. In June his solo exhibition, Weekend Warrior, will open at the Futura Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague.

Every Inch a Man is curated by David Everitt Howe, 2011-2012 AIRspace curator-in-residence.
This performance work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support was provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Daniel J. & Edith A. Ehrlich Family Foundation, and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust.



3. 1:1, new artist-run project, event, and exhibition space, Manhattan, opening March 10

Contact: Jarrett Earnest, 704.904.9907

Marie Losier & Leigha Mason
March 10 - March 31, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 10, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, noon - 7pm or by appointment

For March 10 - March 31, 2012, 1:1 is proud to present the film and production images of Marie Losier and Leigha Mason. This special exhibition also marks the debut of the space, 1:1.

Marie Losier is a filmmaker and curator, born in France and living in New York City. This month will see the NYC theatrical premier of The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, her 16mm feature length film portrait of the love story of Genesis Breyer P- Orridge and Lady Jaye. Losier has also made aesthetically complex and playfully expository film portraits of other artists, two of which (the late George Kuchar and Tony Conrad) will be on display at 1:1 throughout the exhibition, accompanied by printed still portraits made during Losier's other productions.

Leigha Mason is a painter and filmmaker living in New York City, actively engaged in deconstructing the political implications of aesthetics and representation. On display will be an installation version of reels from Mason's 16mm film inspired by Bertolt Brecht's first full length play Baal. Mason is half of the performative group ROT, and a founding co-director of the 1:1 project space.

1:1 is an artist-run project, exhibition, & events space located at 121 Essex St. Our primary concern is contemporary conceptual stances within a social context; an attitude of resistance that is actively pleasurable. We work with film, video, drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance, in tandem with frequent events. We are a sponsored project of Franklin Furnace Archives Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

Related Events

Performance by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
March 15, 2012

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is the key force behind the performance art group COUM Transmission which transformed into the legendary band Throbbing Gristle (1975-1981) and later Psychic TV (1981 - present). Since the early 1990s s/he began collaborating with Lady Jaye Breyer to create a pangrogyne form known as BREYER P-Orridge. The filmmaker Marie Losier documented some of this process over the course of the last X years, resulting in the feature-length 16mm film The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, opening theatrically in NYC March 8th, 2012.

Pasolini's Body: Poetics, Politics and Performance
March 22, 2012

An evening celebrating the intersections of politics and representation in Pier Paolo Pasolini's work, and its relevance to contemporary artists. Readings and actions will be framed within discussion by scholar Ara Merjian, concerning a 1975 performance in which Pasolini's body functioned as a screen for film projection, in concert with a reading by poet Stacy Szymaszek, meditating on her collection Pasolini Poems (2005). This response to Pasolini's Roman Poems has been observed as "managing deftly to avoid the pitfalls of idolatry. While hewing closely to Pasolini's original lines and ideas, she distills a verbal and personal experience that is utterly distinct" (Vincent Katz).

Ara H. Merjian is assistant professor of Italian at New York University. His research interests include twentieth century Italy and France with a focus on aesthetics, philosophy, and politics. Among his forthcoming books is Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City (Yale University, 2012).

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet and artistic director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church. Her work encompasses a variety of voices and personas, eros, and queer identity. Recent publications include Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Chaps, 2008), Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009) both with Litmus Press.

Banquet for Artaud
April 7, 2012

An installation and banquet featuring readings of/about Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) playwright, poet, actor, and theatre director.



4. Leon Golub, FF Alumn, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts at the Armory Show, Manhattan, thru March 10


Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
At the 2012 Armory Show in New York City
Pier 94 | Booth 824 | Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street

Opening Hours:
Thursday, March 8 - Saturday, March 10: Noon to 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 11: Noon to 7:00 PM

...[The] strength lies in the way these cropped, oddly angled and sometimes hard-to-read images suggest that one is seeing them through keyholes or cracks in fences or on bits of stolen negatives...they cast the viewer in the role of secret witness, subtly amplifying the burden of personal responsibility that Mr. Golub has always built into his art. -Roberta Smith, The New York Times, 1991

The Ronald Feldman Gallery will transform its booth at the Armory Show into a walk-in environment by Leon Golub, an influential American artist of the postwar period who died in 2004. Golub's art bears prophetic witness to a history of war and oppression, conflict and violence. His images of mercenaries, napalm victims, and white squads are icons in the canon of twentieth century art history.

The installation consists of large photographic transparencies in various shapes that are suspended from the ceiling. Rendered occasionally in color but predominantly in black and white, the transparences are graphic versions of images that Golub reconfigured from his paintings and news photographs. This work links the contemporary secret use of state-sanctioned abuse to that practice which has persisted throughout history. He would have loved WikiLeaks.

In the early '90s, Golub explored the potential of this reproduction process to make installations which would provide a participatory experience with his subject matter. His first installation WorldWide was exhibited in the Grand Lobby at the Brooklyn Museum in 1991, followed by several international exhibitions in which he varied the number of the artworks based on space and theme.

The exhibition includes two large paintings, The Arrest (1992) and Two Black Men (1989); a selection of paintings first exhibited in Documenta 11 (2002); and late drawings (2002-2004), that combine scenes of mortality and explicitly erotic images with elements of wry humor and defiance.

Activist, writer, and teacher, Leon Golub was born in Chicago in 1922 and received a BA from the University of Chicago and a BA and MA from The Art Institute of Chicago. Golub's work has been seen in solo exhibitions throughout the world, most recently at Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Drawing Center in New York. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 1996 recipient of the Hiroshima Art Prize (jointly with Nancy Spero). His longer texts were published in his book Do Paintings Bite? His works have won numerous awards and are included in major museums and public collections. The Feldman Gallery has represented his work since 1996.

For more information about the artist, contact Sarah Paulson at (212) 226-3232 or sarah@feldmangallery.com.


Have We Met Before?
through April 28

Artists: Eleanor Antin | Chris Burden | Lynda Benglis | Heather Cassils | Keith Cottingham | Marcel Duchamp | Yishay Garbasz | Detlef Henrichs | Christopher Makos | Man Ray | Andy Warhol | Hannah Wilke | Gil Yefman | Rona Yefman



5. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, in the LA Times

Hi Friends!
The LA Times did a big piece about the new Un-Cabaret yesterday.
Here's the link in case you missed it and are interested.


If you find yourself in LA and looking for fun on a Sunday night - I'd love to see you at the show!

Have a great day.


Beth Lapides



6. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, March 9

The Famous Accordion Orchestra returns to serenade drinkers and well-wishers at Dixon Place.
Last time was fun. This one even funner.

The Lounge at Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey.
Friday March 9th, 7:30 PM
Only $5.00 Cheap!


We will be performing monthly at Dixon Place through the spring, and we will reprise our annual World Tour of Brooklyn Parks and Gardens, thanks again to the Brooklyn Arts Council. Stay tuned!



7. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, selected as Distinguished Alumni of 2012, Kean University of New Jersey.

Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, was selected "Distinguished Alumni of 2012" by Kean University of New Jersey. The award ceremony will be at Kean U. in Union, NJ on April 29, 2012. The Alumni Association award is based on outstanding professional and career achievements and community service since graduation in 1971.



8. Antoni Muntadas, FF Alumn, at Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland, March 10-April 14

Cildo Meireles & Antoni Muntadas
Salt & Sugar ... No SUGAR, No SALT
Curated by Vicente Todoli
10 March-14 April 2012
Monday to Sunday round the clock
Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp
Place d'Armes / Quai de l'Indépendance, Cully, Switzerland

Dear Vicente,
I had several conversations with Cildo, the last one this morning, and we exchanged some drawings and we arrived at the conclusion that this could be our proposal (see drawing above). The space of the Kunsthalle will be divided vertically by a transparent glass/acetate/plexi/acrylic partition. On one side there will be a pile of sugar, on the other a pile of salt. It is reminiscent of two mountains touching each other but consisting of two different materials obviously both white (in the drawing they are yellow and grey, just to differentiate). The sugar and salt I used are: Azucar blanca cristalizada y Sal marina fina. Son muy similares de textura. At this moment we have a title - SALT & SUGAR ... NO SUGAR, NO SALT - and an idea: we will go for a text of 20 words, maybe: salt, sugar, landscape, friendship, collaboration ... I think you and Stefan could come up with some description: It is up to you how you want to describe the project.
Best, + AM, 02/02/12
Dear Antoni, dear Cildo,
here are 20 words from Vicente and me: salt, sugar, friendship, collaboration, discovery, landscape, mountain, expedition, humor, idea, e-mail, travel, dinner, conversation, exploration, stroll, ramble, hike, and climbing.
Warmest wishes, Stefan, 04/02/12
Cildo Meireles (born in Rio de Janeiro in 1948) is a conceptual artist, installation artist, and sculptor. His works, often large and dense, encourage the viewer's interaction. In 1970 he developed Insertions Into Ideological Circuits, a political art project which aimed to reach a wide audience while avoiding censorship. He was one of the founders of the Experimental Unit of the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, and in 1975 he edited the art magazine Malasartes. In 2008 he won the Velázquez Visual Arts Prize, presented by the Ministry of Culture of Spain. Meireles lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Antoni Muntadas (born in Barcelona in 1942) is a multidisciplinary media artist. He was a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, 1977-1984, and is currently professor of the practice at ACT/MIT. In 1995, he was awarded an Ars Electronica Honorary Mention for his well-known work The File Room, an early and ongoing Internet art project. His work has been exhibited widely at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Venice Biennale, Spanish Pavilion; documenta VI; documenta X; and the Reina Sofia, Madrid. Since 1971 he has been living and working in New York.
Vicente Todoli (born in Valencia in 1958) is a curator of contemporary art. In 1986 he was nominated chief curator of IVAM in Valencia, a position he held until 1988, when he became artistic director (1988-96) of the same institution. In 1996 he joined Museu Serralves in Porto as its founding director, and seven years later, in 2003, he was appointed director of Tate Modern London, a position he held until 2010. He is currently living in Spain and working on several exhibition projects.



8. Charles Dennis, FF Alumn, at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Manhattan, April 5

You are invited to a screening of my 3 channel video installation "ECHO" and 2 new short films "Squibnocket Tides" and "The Ride Home" at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, Bruno Walter Auditorium on Thursday April 5 at 6pm. "ECHO collages over 200 archival video clips taken from 30 years of performances at P.S. 122 on a 3 screen display.
For more info visit http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/55/node/151848?lref=55%2Fcalendar



9. Erica Van Horn + Simon Cutts, FF ALumns, at The Gallery at NUCA, Norwich, England, March 20-April 21

PRINTED IN NORFOLK Coracle Publications 1989-2012

The Gallery at NUCA, Norwich, England 20 March-21 April 2012

An exhibition and reading room showcasing work produced by Coracle over a twenty year period while working with local printers Crome and Akers in Kings Lynn and binder Stuart Settle in Fakenham. On show will be artists books, ephemera, catalogues, prints, critical documents and anthologies.




Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller