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Contents for April 23, 2012

1. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, at Angel Orensanz Foundation, Manhattan, May 14

Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, will impersonate Barbara Bush for The Seventh Visual AIDS Vanguard Awards VAVA Voom
A Night of Cabaret with performances by Joey Arias & Daniel Isengart
Hosted by John Fugelsang

Monday May 14, 2012
Angel Orensanz Foundation 172 Norfolk Street

Honoring
Frank Jump presented by Rosario Dawson
Wendy Olsoff & Penny Pilkington presented by Martha Wilson
Sean Strub presented by Urvashi Vaid

Cocktails & Light Fare

Patron Tables for 10 $5,000 + 10 raffle tickets
Patron Table for 8 $4,000 + 8 raffle tickets
Patron Table for 6 $3,000 + 6 raffle tickets
Patron Ticket $500 + 1 raffle ticket
Friend Ticket $275, or two for $500
Artist or HIV+ Friend Ticket $175 (limited)
RaffleTicket $100

Tickets: Amy Sadao, Executive Director
(212) 627-9855
asadao@visualaids.org

More information: http://www.thebody.com/visualaids/current/vava.html

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2. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at 408 Main St., Catskill, NY, May 12

FRANC PALAIA- OCCUPY CATSKILL

The Solar Bottle Bulb Project

Since 1990, my mixed media works have been about light. I make illuminated photo-sculpture using found and recycled materials and fitting these constructions with photographic transparencies and light. Since 2005 I have shifted my light source from a traditional power grid electricity source to a natural sunlight and solar powered light. I have been striving to make my illuminated photo works as natural as possible.

My Occupy Catskill project proposal is a continuation of this philosophy. I recently became aware of an amazing simple way to create a lighting device that is as green as possible. It is called the Solar Bottle Bulb.

The Bottle Bulb was invented by a Brazilian named Alfredo Moser in 2002.

The plight of the poor is an overwhelming global ordeal in terms of lack of food, water, shelter, healthcare and electricity. However, the bottle bulb is a simple and easy solution for the approximately 35% of the world's population without domestic electricity.

The Solar Bottle Bulb is made of recycled two liter plastic soft drink bottles. They are filled with clean water along with an added soda capful of chlorine bleach which prevents algae growth over a long period of time. When the bottle is exposed to sunlight a prismatic reaction occurs and magically, this creates a luminescence roughly equivalent to a 40-60 watt incandescent bulb. The water in the bottle simply defuses sunlight so it spreads out after passing through the water rather than in a straight sunbeam if the light was going through a hole in the roof.

The process of making a bottle bulb is very easy. The bottle is fitted with a 12x12 inch metal skirt that fits around the middle of the bottle, then the bottle is inserted vertically with the top half the bottle sticking out above a tin or similar thin roof and the bottom half the bottle hangs down inside the structure below the roof. The skirt is then screwed or glued to the roof and the holes filled with water- proof sealant or caulking and that is all there is to it. A soft glowing natural illumination will automatically come from the bottom half of the bottle and brightens a dark interior living or work space. This only works during the day when the sun is shining, however there are always interior spaces that are dark during the day for lack of windows or skylights. The Bottle Bulb will assist in lighting sheds, club houses, tree houses, outhouse, cabanas any small structure and even homes and work spaces with a thin penetrable roof exposed to sunlight.

My Occupy project will consist of workshops in an unused storefront or empty building where we can set up tables and teach people how to make Bottle Bulbs. An extra salient bonus of this project is clearing the environment of empty discarded plastic bottles.

The materials involved are basic and easily procured such as scrap metal, metal snips, drills, sealants, putty knives, plastic bottles, water and chlorine bleach.

The Bottle bulb demo and workshop is Saturday, May 12, from 1-3pm at 408 Main St. Catskill, NY

My part will consist of one demo workshop with a short talk on the history of the Bottle Bulb and then the workshops can be conducted with assistants and community artists and volunteers. The finished Bottle Bulbs can be distributed to local citizens who need them and we can ask for a nominal donation in return to help with supply costs. This idea can be taken to a national level because even today there are many places in the United States where electricity is still a luxury.

Thank you,

FRANC PALAIA
845-486-1378
cell-845-505-3123
www.francpalaia.com

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3. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place Lounge, Mondays

Every Monday night we'll be digging into another MONEY aspect we've been conscripted into dealing with. The 90 folks who hung with us for 2 hours this past Monday got very involved with credit default swaps. And this Monday, it'll be the oft-heard Progressive rallying cry, "Reinstate Glass-Steagall!" But, what the hell is Glass-Steagall, anyway? And will that do the trick? Let's find out. Oh, yeah!

RENO
(and, keeping us real, the ever-lovely Barron's columnist Beverly Goodman)

New MONEY TALKS
Mondays @ 7:30
12 bucks
DIXON PLACE LOUNGE
161 Chrystie (above Delancey)
212 219-0736

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4. Claire Eleanor Fergusson, FF Alumn, at Toast Art Walk, Manhattan, April 28-30

Dear Folks,
Hope to see you at TOAST this year!!!!!!!!
Feel free to forward this to friends.
Claire

The Living Painting
By
Claire Eleanor Fergusson

TOAST Art Walk Tour 2012
Saturday, April 28 till Monday, April 30
1:00 pm ~ 6:00 pm
111 Hudson Street
Between Franklin and N. Moore

Pencils and Sketch Pads will be provided...
Come experience The Living Painting with your friends!
Loft 16 on the TOAST ART WALK Map For more Information contact artistuno@gmail.com

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tribeca-Open-Artist-Studio-Tour/354552546093

ART LIVES! Enjoy TOAST!

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5. Dustin Grella, FF Alumn, on NPR and Vimeo, now online, and more

Dustin Grella, FF Fund recipient 2011-12, is in the news. Here below is a link to his interview on NPR:

http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2012/apr/17/micrpolis-artist-obsessed-letters/

and here below is the text of the online article at wnyc.org

Tax Day is one of those rare occasions when most Americans stop by the post office but Dustin Grella, an artist living in Tribeca, has made post office visits, and letter-writing, a near-daily ritual for the past 10 years.

Grella, 41, has written and sent himself a letter every day for a decade. The fruits of his labor - Notes to Self - are on display at the AC Institute Satellite Space in Chelsea through the end of the month.

"I've written a letter to myself, every day, for 3,650 days," he said. The project started out as a creative exercise 10 years ago. At times, the musings could be mundane, focusing on his plants or his cat. He simply liked the documentation, he said. One a letter from 2004 dealt with the death of his brother, who was killed in Iraq. "The day that he died, obviously that was a pretty intense letter," he said.

Grella, who is wheelchair-bound, said the act of visiting post offices on a near-daily basis has also made him realize how many of them are inaccessible to the disabled. He chose Tuesday - Tax Day - to highlight the issue by pulling himself up the steps of the James A. Farley post office in Midtown Manhattan with his tax return. And despite the disappearance of letter-writing as an art form, or perhaps because of it, Grella says he intends to keep mailing himself letters. "I think, at 30 years, that'll be 10,000 letters," he said. "And I'm like 'Well, maybe I'll do it again at 30 years."

Grella's Notes to Self can be seen at the AC Institute Satellite Space in Chelsea until April 28.

and

A photo and article on his work is in the Gulf Times, now online at the following link:

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=500288&version=1&template_id=43&parent_id=19

The text of the Gulf Times article follows below:

A taxing day

Dustin Grella, who is handicapped and does not have the use of his legs, holds his tax return in his teeth as he drags himself up the steps of the main post office to file them in New York on Tuesday, to draw attention to the limited wheelchair access in the building. While the post office is open until midnight on tax day, the wheelchair entrance closes at 5pm.

And

Video of the event can be seen online at

http://vimeo.com/40875781

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6. Homer Jackson, FF Alumn, at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, April 24

Free at the Kimmel
Performance and Dialogue:
Music is the Healing Force of the Universe
Merck Arts Education Center
Tuesday, April 24, 6pm
It is long acknowledged that music can provide therapeutic support for various maladies. This discussion shares some of the research data, and personal insights that could offer help and greater understanding to the average listener.

Panelists:
Dr. Cynthia Folio, music theorist and composer of a multi-media work that uses her daughter's voice-overs to explore the interior of an epileptic seizure.

Dr. Andi McGraw Hunt, Assistant Director Interdisciplinary Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University.

Alfie Pollitt, Philly R&B legend and jazz pianist, longtime student of music for healing and meditation.

Dr. Wendy Magee, Music Therapist at Temple University.

Facilitated by Homer Jackson.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 South Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts

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7. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, at Galerie Richard, Manhattan, April 28

nOise anusmOs
special event
April 28, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 6 - 8 pm

Galerie Richard New York presents a special animation projection by artist Joseph Nechvatal and book-signing reception.

Animations that reveal the formation and destruction of the imagery in the painting series nOise anusmOs will be projected on the gallery wall. These projections are accompanied by the sound of Nechvatal's noise music viral symphOny, which utilizes the same algorithmic computer programs used in the visual paintings.

Preceding the projection, there will be a short presentation of Nechvatal's new book Immersion Into Noise

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8. Claes Oldenburg, Coosje Van Bruggen, FF Alumns, at The Pace Gallery, Manhattan, opening April 26, and more

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen
Theater and Installaiont 1985:19909:
Il Corso del Coltello and The European Desktop
April 27-June 23, 2012
Opening reception Thursday April 26, 6-8 pm
The Pace Gallery
545 W. 22nd St
Manhattan

and

Claes Oldenburg will be honored at the International Print Center New York's Spring Benefit Dinner 2012. for more information please visit www.ipcny.org

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9. EIDIA House, FF Alumns, at Plato's Cave, Brooklyn, thru May 12

Plato's Cave exchange exhibition / I.C.A.N., the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown at Plato's Cave, EIDIA House, April 13 to May 12, 2012-Brooklyn, Wed-Sat 1 to 6pm

Thanks,
Best,
Paul

EIDIA @ I.C.A.N. & I.C.A.N. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown @ Plato's Cave, EIDIA House

"EIDIA Occupy's I.C.A.N." - March 23 to April 8, 2012 I.C.A.N. Occupy's EIDIA - April 13 to May 12, 2012

EIDIA House Studio / 14 Dunham Place / Basement Left (street level doors) / Williamsburg Brooklyn / NY 11211 / 646 945 3830 / eidiahouse@earthlink.net / http://www.eidia.com/
Hours: 1-6pm Wednesday - Saturday

The 'Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown' (I.C.A.N.) is a contemporary art space located at 15 FOWLER ST, CAMPERDOWN, SYDNEY Australia. Directors: Alex Gawronski, Scott Donovan and Carla Cescon seek to deploy their combined experience as practicing artists, writers and curators to exhibit a range of local and international practices that are conceptual, experimental, architectural, and/or non-object based-to address a 'perceived' gap in the contemporary art terrain of Sydney.
www.icanart.wordpress.com

EIDIA House announces number 13 in its continuing exhibition initiative at PLATO'S CAVE.
I.C.A.N. Directors: Alex Gawronski, Scott Donovan and Carla Cescon create an in situ installation and limited edition: "I.C.A.N. Occupy's Plato's Cave."

"I.C.A.N. Occupy's Plato's Cave"

For this exhibition I.C.A.N. considers the physical and symbolic dimensions of the subterranean aspect of the Plato's Cave vault space-exploring some of the perhaps, unseemly and absurd qualities of urban life and politics. The wall-to-wall white tiling of Plato's Cave-while superficially anodyne and 'hygienic,' conjures also the opposite-a hidden space of unseen actions, of possible torture, a space where the telltale traces of antisocial actions might easily be wiped clean. Indeed, collectively we in the West would appear to be living in schizoid times where regularly what is openly annunciated as being for the 'public good' conceals less palatable realities (consider for example the recent US policy of 'extraordinary rendition' or the 'subterranean activities' perpetrated at Abu Ghraib, or elsewhere the base activities of Austrian 'psychopath' Josef Fritzl who kept his daughter, literally underground for years solely for his 'pleasure.') I.C.A.N. approaches such terrain obliquely from the broader perspective of the unspoken subterranean dimensions of 'actually existing' democracy. Of course, one of the earliest expressions of modern democracy was the crowd-pleasing spectacle of public beheading hinted at in Alex Gawronski's installation. Meanwhile, the 'democratic' arena of contemporary art can simultaneously support the most clichéd and overarching gestures as in Scott Donovan's parodic video that ridiculously and scatologically combines the unrelated art forms of dance, ceramics and 'land art.' I.C.A.N.'s symbolic repertoire also draws further connections between the ostensibly liberatory role of art and stereotypes of the artist's supposedly necessary withdrawal from public life. Thus Carla Cescon's contribution (a collaboration with film maker Martin Ives) deploys the kitsch pathos of ventriloquism to suggest the impotency of artists who willingly fulfill the self-defeating fantasy of self-imposed isolation. Overall, 'I.C.A.N. Occupy's Plato's Cave' represents an admixture of satire and critique conceived specifically for the underground.

For PLATO'S CAVE, EIDIA House founders Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf curate invited fellow artists who create installations along with accompanying editions for the underground space; PLATO'S CAVE. EIDIA House Studio boldly states that it does not function as an art gallery, but collaborates with the artist to create provocation in art forms, keeping within an ongoing discipline of aesthetic research.

I.C.A.N. is an independent initiative based in Sydney, Australia. Gawronski, Donovan and Cescon founded the gallery in late 2007. Gawronski is an artist, writer and curator whose most recent work investigates the fictional aspects of the gallery container. Donovan is an artist, curator and ex-commercial gallerist whose practice conjoins an engagement with art history with an absurdist 'delight' in the machinations of the contemporary art world. Cescon is an artist whose interests range from the occult, stardom and its limits, and poetic abjection. I.C.A.N. presents and encourages mainly conceptual, installation and temporal practices.

I.C.A.N.'s edition: Charity is a series of 20 hand-stitched canvas "anti-shopping" bags. Each is printed with a digital heat transfer of a found image specially détourned by I.CA.N. Each bag measures approximately 14.5'' x 16" (37 x 45cm).

"EIDIA Occupy's I.C.A.N."

Within the context of the 'real' (actual) physical space of contemporary culture and politics, the EIDIA Occupy's I.C.A.N. installation explores the role of art in Occupy Wall Street (OWS), New York City. The artist collaborative, EIDIA, (Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf) utilized their physical participation to document via photography and video, OWS marches, general assemblies, and encampment in: Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park), Times Square, Duarte Square, Union Square, Washington Square Park, Foley Square, Central Park (adjacent Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Upper East Side mansion), and Lincoln Center. The timeframe for this work was: October 2, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, November 20 and December 1, 17, 2011.

Employing photography, video documentation and their collection of OWS ephemera, EIDIA Occupy's I.C.A.N. captures the angst, anger and frustration caused by global free market capitalism. The installation addresses the coming together of a wide range of individuals through OWS, the 99% vs. the 1% and the various issues raised by the movement-corporate corruption, unemployment, global bank malfeasance, unprecedented foreclosures of American homes, skyrocketing college debt, police brutality, illegal wars and lack of healthcare-the list goes on.

Dates and locations of the photographs within the installation can be provided upon request. These photographs (edition of 3) are giclée prints, 17inch x 22inch, (43.18cm x 55.88cm) on archival Canson Barite museum paper. Please visit: www.icanart.wordpress.com for more information.

Directions EIDIA House Plato's Cave 14 Dunham Place, Basement Left (street level doors) Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211
14 Dunham Place is only 1 block long, and located at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge, 1/2 block from Kent Ave. between Broadway and South 6th Street. (4 blocks west from Peter Luger restaurant on Broadway.) Trains: the L train, first stop from Manhattan in Brooklyn at Bedford stop, walk (about 15 minutes) toward Williamsburg Bridge.
The J & M trains: first stop from Manhattan over Williamsburg Bridge, Marcy stop, walk west down Broadway toward the East River.
Bus: B62 drops you at Driggs Ave & Broadway walk to river & Q59 drops you at Wythe Ave and Williamsburg Bridge, (see: www.mta.info/nyct/maps/busbkln.pdf
To visit the Plato's Cave installation, Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 6 pm, Contact Melissa Wolf, 646 945 3830, or email to eidiahouse@earthlink.net.

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10. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Kunstpakhuset Ikast, Denmark, opening April 28

New York City Blues Opening: 28 April, 1-4 pm
Kunstpakhuset Ikast 28 April - 28 Maj 2012.
In the exhibition NEW YORK CITY BLUES the New York artist Robin Tewes and Grace Graupe-Pillard and the Danish artists Jonna Pedersen and Bjørn Eriksen.
The artists depict NYC through these two lenses and each adds a tone to the great blues of the great city.
Catalogue Available - Preface written by art critic Ole Lindboe, editor of Magasinet Kunst, and text by art historian Bente Jensen.
The 48 page catalogue is for sale at Kunstpakhuset Ikast and at Augustiana Kunst og Skulpturcenter.

The exhibition will travel to Augustiana Kunst og Skulpturcenter, Augustenborg, 24 June - 19 August 2012.
Robin Tewes and Grace Graupe-Pillard will come to Denmark and participate in the opening and the artist talk together with Jonna Pedersen and Bjørn Eriksen.
The exhibition is supported by Kulturelt Samråd, Ikast-Brande Kommune
Artist Talk: 29 April 2-3.30
KUNSTPAKHUSET
Lille Torv 5
7430 Ikast
Tlf. +45 2311 1019
info@kunstpakhuset.dk
www.kunstpakhuset.dk

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11. Toni Dove, FF Alumn, at Roulette, Manhattan, May 4, 5

TWO NIGHTS! TWO VERSIONS!

Toni Dove's SPECTROPIA @ Roulette
May 4 and 5 @ 8pm

Featuring Toni Dove, R. Luke Dubois, Elliott Sharp and the '31 Band with special guest vocalist Barbara Sukowa

"...it's just plain cool to watch. Highly recommended." - Jeremy Barker Culturebot

Over two nights, MAY 4 and 5 ROULETTE will present two radically different aspects of Toni Dove's Spectropia. A sci-fi hybrid with themes of time travel, telepathy, and elements of film noir, Spectropia features live VJs orchestrating onscreen characters through a mix of film, performance, and a system of motion sensing that serves as a cinematic instrument. For more information on Spectropia, visit http://tonidove.com/blog.

FRIDAY MAY 4 Roulette presents Toni Dove's Spectropia, a feature-length live-mix cinema event-a scratchable movie performed by Toni Dove and R. Luke DuBois, artist and project software designer. You'll see the full feature film in all its crazy complexity-It's a thrilling cinematic happening. Buy Tickets.

SATURDAY MAY 5 Elliott Sharp composer and multi-instrumentalist, presents his "Spectropia Suite" with The '31 Band: Anthony Coleman, Curtis Fowlkes, Nate Wooley, Art baron, Steve Sewell, Briggan Kraus, David Hofstra, and Don McKenzie. Barbara Sukowa, guest vocalist, sings the Spectropia song "This Time, That Place." Toni Dove and R. Luke DuBois craft live video improvisations: a silent movie to accompany the score. Buy Tickets

Come and see us over two nights! They will be very different and we think you'll like them both!

Bustlelamp Productions, Inc.
115 West Broadway
New York, New York 10013

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12. Suzanne Stokes, FF Alumn, at High Meadow Performing Arts Center, Stone Ridge, NY, April 27-28

On Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28 at 7:30 pm the High Meadow Performing Arts Center will present Cave Dogs ' newest performance piece, Sure-minded Uncertainties, which will charm and captivate adults and children alike.

The High Meadow Performing Arts Center is located at 3643 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY 12484.
Tickets are purchased at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information on Cave Dogs please go to cavedogs.org or contact Cave Dogs Artistic Director, Suzanne Stokes at 845-334-9918, info@cavedogs.org .

Cave Dogs is a nationally recognized performance art group whose work has been described by Albin Zack of the Woodstock Times as "magical, like watching dreams cross into the conscious world and render an evocative portrait of life through a dance of light." With performance pieces that tell life stories using large-scale shadow projections, video imagery, spoken narrative, and an original soundtrack, David Wildman of The Boston Globe has called their work "a startling original way of telling a story. Fluid camera-like angles dance in wild imagination across the screen." Cave Dogs productions conjure both the dreamlike quality of early experimental film and the humor of contemporary animation.

In Sure-minded Uncertainties Cave Dogs employs its signature visual and sound effects to explore how the interplay of materialism, spiritualism, technology and stewardship of the earth shapes our modern world. Part abstract documentary and part fictionalized realism, Sure-minded Uncertainties follows a range of fantastical characters that navigate a series of transformations through five short stories. Directed by Suzanne Stokes with video and production direction by Jim Fossett, the piece is written by Maria Jansdotter-Farr and Cave Dogs company members Ted Conway, Douglass Keller, Adam Mastropaolo, and Trudy Trutwin, with an original sound track by Dean Jones. Sure-minded Uncertainties addresses mankind's complicated relationship to nature and creates a rich experience that documents and preserves a collective anthropological voice .

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13. Cary Peppermint, FF Alumn, now online at Furtherfield.org

Furtherfield.org Interview with Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint of Ecoarttech:
http://www.furtherfield.org/features/interviews/interview-leila-nadir-and-cary-peppermint-ecoarttech

Excerpt from Furtherfield Introduction:
Refusing to regard technology merely as a tool, Ecoarttech expand the uses of mobile technology and digital networks revealing them to be fundamental components of the way we experience our environment. Their most recent work Indeterminate Hikes + (IH +) is a phone app that maps a series of trails through the city. IH + can be accessed globally, or wherever users have access to Google Maps on their mobile phones. After identifying the users' location, IH + generates a route along random "Scenic Vistas" within urban spaces. Users are directed to perform a series of tasks along the trail and provide feedback in the form of snapshots generating an ongoing, open-ended dialogue. Since 2005, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint of Ecoarttech have been engaged in an artistic exploration of environmental sustainability and convergent media.
Furtherfield Interview: http://www.furtherfield.org/features/interviews/interview-leila-nadir-and-cary-peppermint-ecoarttech
ecoarttech: www.ecoarttech.net
fb: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ecoarttech
twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ecoarttech

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14. Jacob Burckhardt, FF Alumn, at Seligmann Center, Sugarloaf, NY, April 27

Dear Folks,

If you happen to be around Sugarloaf, NY, which is near Warwick, next weekend, and have nothing better to do, come to my screening! I'll be there. Attached is a poster.

Free Admission! (but you can make a donation)

All the best,
Jacob

Friday, April 27th at 7:30 PM at the Seligmann Center for the Arts, located at 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY 10981.
For more information, please call 845-469-9459 or email bonnie@occitizensfoundation.org.

We will be showing:

A Guided Tour of Edith's Apartment
video by Jacob Burckhardt, 2010, 47 minutes
In March 2009, Edith Schloss Burckhardt, the 90-year-old painter and writer, took her son, the filmmaker Jacob Burckhardt, on a tour of her apartment.
Edith has been living in the historic center of Rome since 1962, painting and writing art criticism and her memoirs.
Yaknetuma from the Lower East
1974, 9 min., color
A collaboration with Laleen Jayamanne, dance filmed on the streets of Soho and the rooftops of the Lower East Side, based on an ancient Sri Lankan exorcism ritual.
Roma
2004, 11 minutes, 16mm, Black and White
A poetic view of the Modern Ancient city from the point of view of a familiar pedestrian. Stones, water, graffiti, lights, the Pope, cats, people in the streets, clouds, markets, and even a few monuments, captured on a Bolex with grainy black and white film. Camera, editing, and sound by Jacob Burckhardt, music by Carlo Buti and Tschipolla

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15. Robert Flynt, FF Alumn, at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, thru Sept. 7
Robert Flynt, FF Alumn, has work in the following exhibition:
Metropolitan Museum of Art:
"Naked Before the Camera"
March 27- Sept. 7, 2012

www.robertflynt.com

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16. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at Stanford University, CA, May 8-9

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, nuclear project presentation at Stanford University, May 8, 9
Sonya Rapoport presents "The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age" at Cemex Auditorium, Stanford University with Richard Rhodes' play, Reykjavick.

The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age updates the 1977 artwork, "Horizontal Cobalt," that I had created in collaboration with the Nuclear Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. In that artwork I had translated the Laboratory's experimental output by drawing directly on the computer printouts that described the transmutation of chemical elements when they are bombarded with nuclear substances. Nearby at the associated Livermore Laboratory, the employees and their immediate families were celebrating the once a year Family Day, where visitors walked amidst the H-Bomb mock-ups.

In the current artwork, The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age, I digitally integrated a photograph of each member of my family into a relevant artwork created by Roy Lichtenstein. I then selected a word from the nuclear glossary that related to each collaged image. This ironic juxtaposition has a disturbing effect, purposefully conveying a critical attitude toward nuclear projects.

Lichtenstein also created ironic work. His adherence to traditional structure along with his use of images selected from narratives of corporately endorsed domestic, romantic and consumer activities illuminates the irony available in my work.

The nuclear era coincides with the era represented in Lichtenstein's work, making for a natural historical overlay. But just as Lichtenstein denaturalized scenes that were meant to represent an everyday life, my work denaturalizes what the corporate and scientific worlds worked to naturalize in nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

The photographs of members of my own family incorporated into Lichtenstein artwork exist in a space of detachment and ironic distance, wherein the viewer is able to contemplate the harrowing juxtaposition of family and nuclear bombs.

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17. Toby MacLennan, FF Alumn, at The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, May 6

The Hudson River Museum and Andrus Planetarium will present a performance of Singing the Stars by Toby MacLennan. Singing the Stars is an historical performance wherein musicians and singers utilize stands with musical staffs mounted on top. Looking up through the staff and seeing the stars falling in the note spaces, the musicians will give a concert singing and playing the stars.

The work has been performed at the H. R. MacMillan Planetarium in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Seneca College Planetarium in Toronto, and adapted to numerous gallery and museum performances in Canada and New York.

The performance at the Andrus Planetarium in Yonkers is being revised to include film, narration, computer sound experiments combined with traditional instruments and audience participation.

Performance is on Sunday May 6 at 3:30
The Hudson River Museum is at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701, minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway, Exit 9
From Grand Central, exit at Yonkers Station. Take cab at entrance to station Ð 5 minute ride to Planetarium

Limited seating, Adults 5$
Information and directions www.hrm.org
Contact Toby MacLennan at tobyjillmac@gmail.com

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller