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Contents for December 20, 2012

1. Chris Sullivan, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Dec. 14

The New York Times
December 14, 2012
25 Favorites From a Year When 10 Aren't Enough

IF you spent a lot of time this year reading and writing about movies - as opposed to watching them, which is more fun - you might have detected recurrent notes of anxiety, trepidation, even dread. Television is better than movies; audience levels are in a state of permanent decline; the Hollywood studios have given up on grown-ups; and digital, a force so powerful that it is both adjective and noun, is destroying cinema as we know it. These are among the tenets of a pessimistic conventional wisdom.

They may well all be true, but the movies themselves answered this hand wringing with a defiant "So what?" Over the past decade series television has certainly (at last) begun to unlock its potential to deliver complex, long-form narrative, but there are still feats of scale, intimacy and visual ambition that cannot be doled out in episodic small-screen doses.

And people still like to go to the movies! The big studios, after the usual summer of superheroes and sequels, crowded the fourth quarter of the year with solid stories about adult matters, some of which - "Argo," "Flight," "Lincoln" - brought in pretty good box office. And some of the best films of the year were actually, in the old-fashioned literal sense, films, brought to us by the chemical transformation of strips of stuff rather than the mathematical manipulation of strings of code.

Digital cinema is a mighty force, still emerging, and it continued to extend its reach in 2012. Not only did computer-hatched effects help us see superheroes, Hobbits and Pixar creatures; they also added the tiger to "Life of Pi" and subtracted Marion Cotillard's legs from "Rust and Bone." Digital, because it lowers costs and increases access to the tools of filmmaking, is also partly responsible for the current boom in documentaries, which were so various and powerful this year that they demanded their own list.

But I'm struck, surveying my own favorites, by how many films relied on old-fashioned methods and materials: the grainy 16-millimeter of "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; the lustrous 65-millimeter of "The Master"; the burnished chiaroscuro of "Lincoln"; the meticulous framing and cutting of "Amour." Maybe this is coincidence, or fuddy-duddyism on my part. Or maybe technological means are, finally, less important than artistic ends.

The annual ritual of narrowing down hundreds of titles - and thousands of hours of rapture and reverie - to just 10 is a cruel torment, but also, perhaps, a necessary discipline. Although, as usual, I've found it necessary to cheat a bit, and extend the 10 to 25. These lists are never meant to be permanent historical judgments, graven in stone. They are ephemeral and subjective, made up of hunches and desires, and they record, in my case, the impressions that I could not shake and the pictures I'm eager to see again, in some cases for the fourth or fifth time.

Top 10 Films

1. AMOUR (Michael Haneke) With ruthless clarity, but also with tact and compassion, Mr. Haneke invites us to look at the arrival of death at the end of a Parisian couple's long marriage, and shows, almost as if for the first time, how the saddest and most intractable facts of life can be transformed into art. Months after its debut at Cannes this film already feels permanent.

2. LINCOLN (Steven Spielberg) A great, flawed movie about a great, flawed president of a great, flawed nation. Argue about the flaws, but allow yourself to be moved by the grand, noble sentiments that swirl through Tony Kushner's eloquent script and Daniel Day-Lewis's sly performance.

3. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Benh Zeitlin) A thousand years from now scientists will know that there was a Hushpuppy, who lived in the Bathtub with her daddy.

4. FOOTNOTE (Joseph Cedar) This Israeli film takes what might have been a trivial anecdote - a committee accidentally awards a prize to the wrong scholar - and turns it into a tragicomic opera with a great deal to say about Zionism, academia, family life and the way language functions as a bridge between the sacred and the profane.

5. THE MASTER (Paul Thomas Anderson) Troubling and enigmatic, this movie - suggested by the early career of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology - seems designed to be misunderstood. It tells the story of a damaged soul (Joaquin Phoenix) who seeks healing from a charismatic fraud and finds what he is looking for.

6. ZERO DARK THIRTY (Kathryn Bigelow) A milestone in post-Sept. 11 cinema, and an attempt to grapple honestly with the moral complexities of the war on terror. Jessica Chastain's tough, quiet performance as a C.I.A. officer involved in the pursuit of Osama bin Laden synthesizes much of the collective emotion of the past decade - grief, fear, frustration and fatigue - within a narrative that also works as a tense and brutal geopolitical thriller.

7. DJANGO UNCHAINED (Quentin Tarantino) Mr. Tarantino follows "Inglourious Basterds," his action-cartoon about the Holocaust, with an even bolder provocation: a blaxploitation spaghetti western about American slavery. More than any other director he tests and extends the power of pop-culture fantasy to engage the painful atrocities of history.

8. GOODBYE, FIRST LOVE (Mia Hansen-Love) The tired phrase "coming-of-age story" hardly does justice to this sensitive, observant chronicle of a young woman's discovery of passion, disappointment and her own resourcefulness as she moves from adolescence into her early 20s. With her third feature Ms. Hansen-Love confirms her status as one of the freshest, bravest voices in French movies.

9. NEIGHBORING SOUNDS (Kleber Mendonça Filho) In his first feature Mr. Mendonça, a former film critic, chronicles the daily rhythms of life in an affluent apartment complex in the Brazilian coastal city of Recife. What emerges is a subtle portrait of a society in the throes of rapid social transformation, still haunted by the cruelties of its feudal past.

10. THE GREY (Joe Carnahan) A pack of dudes. A pack of wolves. Liam Neeson leads the fight for survival, and Mr. Carnahan conducts a clinic in muscular action-movie technique that is also a somber, moving meditation on life, death and the line between the human and the wild.

HONORABLE MENTION "Argo" (Ben Affleck); "Barbara" (Christian Petzold); "Brave" (Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman); "Consuming Spirits" (Chris Sullivan); "The Deep Blue Sea" (Terence Davies); "Moonrise Kingdom" (Wes Anderson); "Pitch Perfect" (Jason Moore); "Rust and Bone" (Jacques Audiard); "Take This Waltz" (Sarah Polley); "The Turin Horse" (Bela Tarr).

Top Five Documentaries
1. THE GATEKEEPERS (Dror Moreh) The post-1967 history of Israel, public and secret, as told by six former leaders of Shin Bet, the country's clandestine security service. Essential, eye-opening viewing if you think you understand the Middle East.
2. THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (Lauren Greenfield) How the other 1 percent lives: just like the rest of us, but with a lot more money.
3. HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (David France) A remarkable story of loss, love and activism during the worst years of the AIDS epidemic.
4. THIS IS NOT A FILM (Jafar Panahi) Mr. Panahi, forbidden by the Iranian authorities from practicing as a filmmaker, responded with this brave and witty video diary, an essay on the struggle between political tyranny and the creative imagination.
5. THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon) A notorious crime - the rape of a jogger in Central Park in 1989 - is revisited in this painful, angry, scrupulously reported story of race, injustice and media frenzy.



2. Ken Weaver, FF Alumn, at Schroeder Romero and Shredder, Manhattan, Dec. 21


I wanted to send a quick reminder that we will be having a Closing Party for my exhibition REQUIEM FOR THE IMMORTAL tomorrow night, Friday the 21st, at Schroeder Romero and Shredder 531 West 26th Street 2nd Floor, from 6 to 8pm.

If you've already come by to see the show, THANK YOU!, and I invite you to once again come by to celebrate with us. There will be live music from Ondyne's Demise http://soundcloud.com/ondynesdemise , Vodou drumming and a Butoh inspired performance.

If you have not yet had a chance to see the show in person, this is the perfect opportunity to do so, the exhibition's last day will be Saturday the 22nd.

You can also take a virtual tour of the work, explore my influences, and browse the catalog @ http://kenweaverartnyc.tumblr.com/


And I hope to see you there,,,,,,



3. Bryan Zanisnik, FF Alumn, at Sculpture Center, Long Island City, opening Jan. 13

Double Life
Presented through the In Practice Program
January 14 - March 25, 2013

Sculpture Center
44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Korakrit Arunanondchai, David Berezin, Paul Branca, Lea Cetera, Rachel Foullon, Molly Lowe, Shana Lutker, S. A. C. (Student Art Collective) with Justin Lieberman, Julia Sherman, and Bryan Zanisnik

SculptureCenter is pleased to present the exhibition Double Life, which brings together a group of artists that share a performance-based approach to sculpture. Common strategies include inhabiting the physical site of exhibition, leaving indexical marks on images of their own making, and re-contextualizing or re-animating various objects, images, and readymades. Adopting a sense of synchronistic time that is at once immediate but also located in moments of reflection, these artists investigate themes such as identity construction, authorship, and alienation amidst current conditions that are multicultural, hyper-mediated, and increasingly focused on self-presentation. Double Life examines the role of the contemporary artist and our collective nature as self-performers, as well as our identification with, and attachments to everyday objects.

Double Life is curated by Kristen Chappa, SculptureCenter Assistant Curator, and is on view from January 14-March 25, 2013. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, January 13 from 5-7pm and is open to the public. Bryan Zanisnik will perform inside of his installation with his parents, Bob and Carol Zanisnik, during the exhibition's opening reception and Sundays during gallery hours from 3-6 PM.



4. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, now online

Hi Friends!

Hope you're enjoying the freezing holiday season!

I'd like to share with you a new post on my blog about "The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age - Extended" which was recently shown as an audience participation performance at the Performance Art Institute in San Francisco:


I would also like to share the video documentation of the performance:


Best wishes,




5. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, at Art Center Sarasota, FL, opening Dec. 20

I am pleased to participate in

"For the Love of Art"
An exhibit featuring works from 2010 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Fellowship recipients.

Art Center Sarasota
December 20, 2012 - February 17, 2013

Exhibition Reception: Thursday December 20th 5-7pm

CarrieAnn Baade
Anja Marais
Babs Reingold
Nan Smith

Art Center Sarasota
707 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl 34236

If you're in the Sarasota area please stop in to see the show.

I look forward to seeing you there!



6. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, publishes new book

Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alum, "ELMO ROCCO, Polymath" - Book Publication.

Venus Press announces the publication of "ELMO ROCCO", Polymath, by Adrianne Wortzel. The book is on sale in print and, for a time, visible [gratis} in its entirety in preview mode online at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore [search for ELMO ROCCO].
This book chronicles Elmo Rocco's exploits as plucked from the memory palace of his mind. It features Elmo Rocco as polymath, polyglot, traveling through time as a quiet and invisible catalyst of invention in a range of demeanors - at times somber and even irritable; at other times in a state of exuberant enthusiasm equally difficult to bear.
The book evolves from Wortzel's prior project "Re-enactment of the Battle of the Pyramids" which featured an army of denuded ELMO TMX toys performing synchronized military maneuvers. Details of that project at http://adriannewortzel.com/projects/battle



7. Kate Gilmore, Pablo Helguera, FF Alumns, receive Art Matters 2012 grants

Art Matters announces 2012 grantees

Art Matters, the nonprofit foundation, is pleased to announce 32 grants ranging in amounts of 3,000 to 10,000 USD to artists who are working on socially engaging projects with a local, national and/or global focus.

Nicole Awai
Support for travel to La Brea Pitch Lake in Trinidad.

Rozalinda Borcila
Support for travel and research into extraterritorial zones in the US, with a focus on Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) and Immigrant Detention Centers.

Che Chen
Support for research in Mauritania into Haratine and Beydane contemporary music culture.

Sandra de la Loza
Support for ongoing work.

Sergio de la Torre
Support for Noise (working title), the third chapter of a video trilogy exploring Chinese immigration in Mexico.

Harry Dodge
Support for ongoing work.

Daniel Duford
Support for Ringing the Temple Bell a three-day event involving performances, workshops and the building of an earthen bread oven/kiln.

Kate Gilmore
Support for ongoing work.

Renée Green
Support for Returning Kaleidoscopic Migration Constellations, a film involving movements of people in the history of California, New York, Brazil, Vienna, and Berlin.

Wynne Greenwood
Support for new work inspired by the Serbian mythological creature Azdaja, to be presented at Drugstore, a queer cultural space in Belgrade.

Trajal Harrell
Support for travel to Japan to research Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Butoh dance, starting with the question, "how does one vogue Tatsumi Hijikata?"

Pablo Helguera
Support for ongoing work.

Laryssa Husiak
Support for ongoing work.

Mary Jeys
Support for ongoing work.

Jennie C. Jones
Support for the artist's "Acoustic Painting" series, which uses soundproofing materials from industrial settings to bridge two-dimensional works and audio pieces.

Vishal Jugdeo
Support for a video project in Kolkata, India, involving the port of departure, globalization and tolerance of marginal sexualities.

Deana Lawson
Support for travel to Haiti, Jamaica, and Ghana to continue the artist's portraiture photography work.

Ander Mikalson
Support for ongoing work.

Irvin Morazan
Support for travel to Tokyo to explore the subculture of Dekotora trucks.

Alison O'Daniel
Support for The Tuba Thieves, a film project exploring the recurring theft of sound in Southern California.

Akosua Adoma Owusu
Support for Kwaku Ananse, a short film combining autobiography with mythology from the artist's native country of Ghana.

Vesna Pavlović
Support for ongoing work.

Paul Pfeiffer
Support for the film Vitruvian Figure (2014), documenting the production process of the artist's warehouse size architectural model of the Philippine Arena mega-church currently under construction in the outskirts of Manila.

Support for The Repellent Fence, a site-specific installation and monument examining the Tohono O'odham border experience as a metaphor for the Western hemisphere's larger Indigenous human rights crisis.

Elaine Reichek
Support for travel to London for research on embroidery artist Mary Linwood.

Miljohn Ruperto
Support for a film project involving travel to Johannesburg, South Africa and England, for interviews with former members of an anti-apartheid group.

Lisa Sigal
Support for ongoing work.

Hong-An Truong
Support for travel to Vietnam for the creation of the video A Chilly Night at a Desolate Place, juxtaposing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with the Vietnamese folk opera Cai-Luong.

Jono Vaughan
Support for ongoing work.

Stacy Lynn Waddell
Support for ongoing work.

Will Wilson
Support for Towards a Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, a project inviting indigenous artists, arts professionals and tribal governance to engage in the performative ritual that is the studio portrait.

Geo Wyeth
Support to document a series of site-specific, research-driven performances in rural South Carolina and Alabama as part of ongoing performance project Haunts.

For more information on Art Matters, please visit www.artmattersfoundation.org.



8. Lynne Tillman, FF Alumn, appointed first guest editor of The Happy Hypocrite

Book Works, Maria Fusco, and The Happy Hypocrite are pleased to announce Lynne Tillman as the first guest editor of The Happy Hypocrite.
Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer and critic based in New York. Her fifth novel American Genius, A Comedy was published by Soft Skull Press. Other novels include Haunted Houses and No Lease on Life. Her most recent collection of short stories, her fourth, is Someday This Will Be Funny.
The Happy Hypocrite - Freedom, issue 6 edited by Lynne Tillman will be published by Book Works in Summer 2013.



9. Betty Beaumont, Paul Ho, Liz Magic Laser, James Romberger, FF Alumns, at Guided By Invoices, Manhattan, thru Dec. 22, 2012


December 14, 2012 - December 22, 2012

Guided by Invoices is pleased to present AgitPOP, a group exhibition born of the
growing occupation movement, curated by Anthony Haden-Guest. He describes the
genesis of the show as follows:

"The model of the art world as a system feeding the upper end of the luxury goods
market, a one percent thing, is as sleekly potent as ever. But, thanks to the recession,
ubiquitous geo-political turbulence and an ever more vertiginous wealth gap, other
equally ambitious models can be discerned. And it was to my mind the double
whammy of simultaneous shows of Marina Abramovic and William Kentridge at MOMA
in 2010 which signaled that politics was back with a wallop.

'Issues' can be a mixed blessing in art, a fertile source of sanctimony and kitsch, but
they can also animate a Goya, a Hogarth, a Grosz, so it was to be expected that
certain artists should be able to deal with what's going on with relish and vigor. And so
they do here. Only some of the work deals directly with Occupy but all of it rides the
wave of energy that Occupy generated and expresses our profound and well-founded
sense that we inhabit a world of horribly specific, theoretically soluble but desperately
urgent problems."

Artists in the exhibition include Betty Beaumont, Nin Brudermann, Molly Crabapple,
Martha Colburn, Adam Dant, Peter Fend, Gregory Green, Paul Ho, Naroa Lizar, Liz
Magic Laser, Marjan Moghaddam, Lucia Mooney-Martin, Alexandra Penney, Bill
Plympton, James Romberger, Blake Sandberg, Stik and Ulrike Theusner.

Anthony Haden-Guest is an Anglo-American writer, art critic, cartoonist and performer
of his own verse. His drawings have appeared in the New York Observer are now up
on Standard Culture and he has reported major publications including the Sunday
Telegraph, Vanity Fair, Paris Review, Sunday Times (UK), Esquire, GQ (UK), The
Observer, The Art Newspaper and Radar. In 1997, he was a guest on Charlie Rose
while discussing his book True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World, published by
Grove Atlantic. He was awarded a New York Emmy for writing and narrating the PBS
documentary The Affluent Immigrants.

For further information, please contact info@guidedbyinvoices.us or visit the website



10. Anahi Cáceres, FF Alumn, at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes E Caraffa, Cordoba, Argentina, thru March 20, 2013

Solo Show Anahi Cáceres.Works since ´80s

Openning 13 / 12/2012 close 20 march 2013
Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes E. Caraffa. Córdoba

catágolo, Prólogo Gabriel Gutnisky (Cba) y Julio Sanchez (BsAs):

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