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Contents for February 25, 2013

1. Benjamin Bellas, FF Fund recipient 2012-13, at La Guardia and JFK airports, March 2

On March 2, 2013 Benjamin Bellas will undertake a continuous 17-hour performance. For this work he will fly round trip from La Guardia to JFK airport. In order to do so he will be traveling to Atlanta and Chicago to make the necessary connecting flights. His current location during the performance may be tracked online at benjaminbellas.com.

With this performance Bellas is interested in the absurdity of existing systems, and the ways in which they may be undermined through simple intervention. Through the process of the performance he anticipates heightened scrutiny from the TSA arising from the curiousness of his travel itinerary, his constant use of photo and video equipment throughout, and lack of any luggage. He believes that this may lead to extended searches, delays, and other forms of monitoring. The innocuousness of his gesture will be juxtaposed against the way in which current security systems evaluate what is threatening behavior. In this way Bellas hopes to reveal something about the unseen cognitive process at work within our highly secretive surveillance-based society.



2. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY, thru Apr 14

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I'm pleased to announce my work is featured in the exhibition, 50 at 50: Five Decades of Collecting at The Hyde, 2013. From January 27 through April 14, 2013, the exhibition 50 at 50: Five Decades of Collecting at The Hyde, 1963-2013 will present fifty works of art in the Wood Gallery.

Featuring objects acquired by the Museum since the death of Charlotte Pruyn Hyde (1867-1963), the exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to reflect on the careful deliberation the Museum exercises in making acquisitions that enhance the legacy of the collection formed by her and Louis Fiske Hyde (1865-1934), her husband.

This exhibition will focus on the fastest growing area of the Museum's collection, which is modern and contemporary art including paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture.

Kind regards,

Paul Henry Ramirez

161 Warren St., Glens Falls, NY 12801
(518) 792-1761



3. Benoit Maubrey, FF Alumn, at Fextival Electrochoc 8, near Lyons, France, April 6-20,


News from Benoit


at Les Abattoirs (near Lyon) for the Festival Electrochoc 8 from April 6 - 20

address: 18 route de l'isle d'abeau., 38 300 Bourgoin-Jallieu.

700 recycled loudspeakers,one 24-channel mixing board, 10
amplifiers, 10 recycled receivers , 10 recycled cassette players/ "ghetto blasters" , 10 DVD/CD players.

Sound: low-volume multi-acoustic white noise (white noise = electromagnetic sound waves change according to weather, time, radio stations and frequencies) mixed with "oldie" tunes.

Also the public can call up the sculpture via a local telephone number and talk through it "live" for 3 minutes with their telephones or use their smart phones to play create tunes.

web link: http://www.benoitmaubrey.com/?page_id=1857

Benoît Maubrey / DIE AUDIO GRUPPE
Baitzer Bahnhofstr.47, 14822 Brück OT Baitz Germany
tel: +49+33841-8265
fax +49+33841-33121
mobile +49-177 349 6354
e-mail: mail@benoitmaubrey.com



4. Judith Bernstein, FF Alumn, in Purple Fashion Magazine, now online

Please visit:


Thank you.



5. Shirin Neshat, FF Alumn, at Savannah College of Art and Design, thru Feb. 23

Savannah College of Art and Design
Shirin Neshat to be honored at SCAD deFINE ART 2013
February 19-23, 2013


Renowned Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat will be the 2013 Savannah College of Art and Design deFINE ART honoree and keynote speaker. The fourth edition of SCAD deFINE ART, the university's annual fine arts showcase, takes place February 19-23.

In addition to honoring Neshat, deFINE ART 2013 will include a screening of her first feature-length film, Women Without Men, which received the Silver Lion Award at the 66th Venice International Film Festival in 2009. Neshat will deliver the keynote talk at SCAD locations in Savannah and Atlanta.

Born in 1957 in Qazvin, Iran, and now based in New York City, Neshat explores notions of femininity in relation to Islamic fundamentalism and addresses in her work the social, political and psychological dimensions of the female experience in contemporary Islamic societies. Today, she works primarily in film, creating video projections that explore the tension between tradition and modernity for women in Iran. Previous SCAD deFINE ART honorees include Marina Abramović and Fred Wilson.

As a signature feature of deFINE ART, the university will present a series of major contemporary art exhibitions at the SCAD global locations, including shows by Ingrid Calame, Adam Cvijanovic, Gabriel Dawe, Rosemarie Fiore, Odili Donald Odita, Damián Ortega, Angel Otero, Jessica Rankin, Jennifer Rubell, Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond, Jean-Michel Othoniel, and Jack Whitten. SCAD alumni Marcus Kenney, Roberto Carlos Lange, Jason Hackenwerth, Andrew Ondrejack and Claire Rosen, and M.F.A. students Honor Bowman, Sergei Isaenko and Will Penny will also have work on display. The SCAD deFINE ART 2013 programming will also include a Museum Directors Panel at the SCAD Museum of Art on February 21, moderated by Linda Yablonsky and featuring Michael Govan of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Thelma Golden of The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Defne Ayas of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in the Netherlands.

SCAD deFINE ART is an annual series of major contemporary art exhibitions, lectures and public events presented at SCAD's global locations in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong. At its very foundation, deFINE ART celebrates SCAD's exhibitions program, which is actively shaping and giving rise to artistic expression, dialogue and innovation. In collaboration with numerous departments throughout the university, deFINE ART represents one of SCAD's many initiatives to expand the learning environment beyond the boundaries of the classroom and studio.

For more information on deFINE ART 2013 programming, visit scad.edu/defineart or scadmoa.org or call +1 (912) 525-4727.



6. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at WOW Café Theater, Manhattan, March 7-9

The Funeral of the Cow
A post-modern drama about the drama of the post-modern.
Written and Directed by Susana Cook

Performed by Felice Shays, Mistah Coles,
Moira Cutler, Jasmine Presson, Sara Galassini
and Susana Cook

Sound Design: Julian Mesri
Set Design: Nora Jacobs
Costume Design: Lucrecia Novoa

Where animal rights meets playwrighting.
Trans-species, Animal Rights and Queer Lives.
The Funeral of the Cow is a collaboration between 10 amazing artists. It's a ritual. It's a lot of fun and it's $10
March Thursday 7- Friday 8 and Saturday 9 at 8 PM
WOW Cafe Theater. 59 East 4th street. Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.




7. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at The Living Theatre, Manhattan, Feb. 27

International Performance star Penny Arcade is doing a rare full length performance in NYC in support of Judith Malina and The Living Theatre Wednesday February 27th 9pm $20 @ the Living Theatre 21 Clinton St NY 10002 NY fresh off the heels of her celebrated 46 show run in London this past summer

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

The 86 year old Judith Malina co -founder of The Living Theatre has devoted over 60 years to experimental theatre, performance and art and is now losing both her theatre and her home. Shockingly American arts funding bodies have done next to nothing to support this legendary artist or her legendary theatre which continues to give young artists a platform and mentorship as it has for over 60 years. Judith used over 1.1 million dollars from the sale of her family home to build her theatre on Clinton Street yet could find no support among funding bodies to help her keep and operate her theatre despite her personal sacrifice and her long service to american arts.

Here is your chance to help make Judith's transition easier as she moves to the Actor's Home in New Jersey in lieu of a personal home and as The Living Theatre moves to a residency at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on Suffolk Street

Please join us for an extraordinary tribute to Judith in her 87th year on earth and meet her and learn about her contribution to art and to you!




8. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, at The Bookshelf, Winona, MN, Feb. 27

February 27 at 7 p.m.
Billy X. Curmano Live Art at The Book Shelf
162 W. 2nd
Winona, MN 55987

Billy X. Curmano returns to Winona and The Bookshelf, 162 W. Second St, for the signing and release of his new art/adventure book on February 27 at 7 p.m. The evening will include brief readings, video shorts and introduce his new jazz trio, TriOx. He'll be joined by bandmates Marvin Lightspeed on percussion and bassist Dan Novac to perform an epic rendition of the River Rap.

Billy X. Curmano Futurism's Bastard Son is a kind of coffee table art book with an optional DVD that documents several decades of work from somewhat traditional objects to conceptual plans, performances and intimate musings often with a sly touch of humor. The birth of performance or "live" art is often placed at the feet of the Italian Futurists inspiring the title. Curmano, in his own unique way, has carried on their tradition and claimed their genes as perhaps a false son - but none-the-less a son.

The book and its DVD includes both major and minor works. This year marks the 30th anniversary of his Performance for the Dead during which he was buried alive for 3 days. It was followed by a 10-year, 2,367.4-mile lengthwise Mississippi River swim as performance and environmental statement. There's also the 40-day Death Valley Desert Fast in search of that certain something that separates the masterpiece from the commonplace. Documentation was limited to recording a singular moment from each day preserved on the optional DVD. Then there are plenty of odds and ends like Arbitrary Time Zones, In Case I should Ever Be Murdered and Live Art for cows and other under-served audiences.

Curmano's story was published by Mark Pezinger Verlag - Vienna and released in Kassel, Germany parallel to the international art exposition Documenta 13. The US release followed at the New York Art Book Fair at the Museum Of Modern Art, P.S. 1. It's an artist's life as art in 164 black and white images with poetry and text in English from multiple sources including the artist's own words. The coffee table quality is evident in 128 letter size pages on 115-gram Munken Lynx paper with stitched thread binding and French Flap covers designed by Astrid Seme. But the hard copy is also relatively guilt free. Curmano spent several years as a tree planter in Minnesota with many thousands of trees to his credit.

See sample pages at:


Brief Bio

Billy X. Curmano is an award winning artist, adventurer and former McKnight Foundation Fellow that fuses performance with more traditional objects. His writings, live art and other works have been exhibited and collected extensively from the III Vienna Graphikbiennale to New York's Museum of Modern Art Library. He's probably best known for a 2,367.4-mile Mississippi River Swim from source to gulf, 3-days buried alive, 40-day desert fast and an Arctic Circle journey.

Billy X.



9. Galinsky, FF Alumn, at Barbetta, Manhattan, Feb. 28


This is a reminder to please reply and rsvp if you are coming to our first Arts and Science Salon at the incredible Barbetta Restaurant. You are welcome to invite friends if you like, the details are below. Hope to see you there, we'll be meeting new people, sharing ideas and showing a few surprises as well.

Info below, reply with rsvp.


Arts and Science Salon at Barbetta Restaurant Thursday February 28th, 6-8pm arrival and drinks, dinner at 8pm...$60 per person including tax and tip- http://www.barbettarestaurant.com

I wanted to tell you about a monthly dinner series I am producing with Kambiz Shekdar at Barbetta Restaurant that I hope you can join.

I have enjoyed many wonderful evenings at Barbetta Restaurant http://barbettarestaurant.com with Kambiz and he and I were speaking about what a lovely room it is and would be for an arts and science style salon. Kambiz asked Laura, the owner, if we could book the restaurant every last Thursday of the month for friends and their guests. There will be a mix of people, and we're looking forward to creating a wonderful dinner there.

Each time, we may have different special performances, themes, and/or events. Barbetta is known for its wine collection among other things, see for instance the upcoming article in Wine Spectator where its editor picks Barbetta as one of his top places to dine. Sometimes, we might have musical performances, readings, and other times maybe we can arrange a very special wine tasting--- it's all possible and going to happen. And please do share any ideas you may have about what we could do, too.

Please find below some additional details. I hope to see you there when you can make it, and I hope that you will make it your event and feel free to help us shape it.

Who / What / When / Where / Why / RSVP

You. This is an event for the most interesting people I know, and any of your friends and colleagues you may wish to invite. There will be an exciting mix of people.

A private dinner for our guests. It will be somewhat arts and sciences related, with different events or performances on some evenings. Laura, the owner of Barbetta, will create a special menu each month, including appetizer, main course and dessert. Please find the first month's menu, generously extended to us by the restaurant at $60 per person including tax and tip, attached. An expert cocktail hobbyist who will be attending will create unique cocktails each time. Also attached is an upcoming Wine Spectator article. Barbetta is famous for their wine; who knows, some time maybe we can arrange a special wine tasting.

I would like to introduce the idea of people sponsoring new and emerging artists to join for the evenings. Haven't rolled this out yet, but if you would be interested in sometimes covering the tab for an artist please let me know.

Every last Thursday of the month starting February 28, 2013. Arrive anytime starting 6pm. Dinner will be served at 8pm.

The only exception will be March when the dinner will be on March 21 as Passover and Easter fall the last week of March. Good timing: As it happens, March 21 is the Persian New Year (and Kambiz is Persian), which is a celebration of the start of Spring, Count on a couple of special surprises that month (belly dancers?...)

Barbetta is located at 321 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

A chance to get a great people and friends together.

RSVP - Only if you can come.

Include number and name of guests, if any. RSVP or not, if you find yourself available at the last minute, it would be great to have you join.



10. Eleanor Boileau Clark, FF Alumn, at Municipal Bank Building, Birmingham, UK, March 14

We would like to invite you to the Thrift Radiates Happiness launch event -

Thursday 14th March 2013 5-8pm

Municipal Bank Building, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2JS

This event is FREE.

Thrift Radiates Happiness

Launch Thursday 14th March 2013 5-8pm

Open Friday 15th March 12-5pm
Saturday - Sunday 17th March 12-6pm

Municipal Bank Building, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2JS



Artists: Spartacus Chetwynd, Elly Clarke, Tom Crawford, Caitlin Griffiths, Ellie Harrison, Mecanoo, Sparrow+Castice, Julie Tsang, Nicole Wilson and Mary Yacoob.

Curated by Charlie Levine.

Thrift Radiates Happiness is the first contemporary arts exhibition to be held at the Municipal Bank in central Birmingham, UK.

Entrance to the exhibition is free thanks to funding awarded by The Arts Council, RIBA and Aedas.

One of Birmingham's most historic landmark buildings is set to open its doors to the public for the first time in ten years when it plays host to a captivating four day contemporary arts exposition.

>From 14-17 March 2013 the former Grade II listed Municipal Bank on Broad Street will showcase a creative programme of drawings, images, sound and light, video and music from local, national and international artists.

The title of the exhibition is Thrift Radiates Happiness. The line has been taken from an inscription found carved across a main beam within the building. All the art projects featured will appropriately focus on finance and investment.

The main foyer space will host a specifically commissioned sound piece by Elly Clarke, the offices off this central entrance will house pieces of work by Tom Crawford, Caitlin Griffiths, Ellie Harrison and Nicole Wilson, all of whom work with and present works based on commerce, current economical issues, up-cycling objects and investment.

For the second part of this exhibition audience members will be invited to 'invest' £2 for which they will be given a number to a safety deposit box, within which will be a limited edition print by one of the contributing artists. Their £2 investment immediately rising and resulting in an original piece of artwork made for the exhibition by artists and architects Spartacus Chetwynd, Mecanoo, Sparrow+Castice, Julie Tsang, Mary Yacoob and a piece from the Library of Birmingham archives.

The showcase event is the result of an arts and business collaboration between Birmingham based gallery TROVE, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Birmingham Architectural Association (BAA), Birmingham City Council and global architect practice Aedas.

For further information visit www.thriftradiateshappiness.com



11. Denise Green, FF Alumn, at NYU, Paris, France, March 12, and more

Denise Green exhibition "Trans-Form". You are cordially invited to this opening on Friday, March 1, 6 - 9 pm of this exhibition, continuing to to 23 March, 2013 (Opening times: Tues - Fri 14-19, Sat 12-16) at the GALERIE CORA & DANIELA HÖLZL WIEN bei Galerie Ursula Walbröl, Mutter-Ey-Strasse 5 D-40213 Düsseldorf. Tel. 0160-2013698 und 0043-1-5953468. cora.hoelzl@aon.at daniela_hoelzl@aon.at


Denise Green Master Class in English "FORGING AN INTERNATIONAL ARTISTIC
New York University Paris 56, rue de Passy 75016 Paris Métro La Muette ou Passy
Entrée libre // Free Entrance Réservation obligatoire // RSVP required rsvp.nyuinfrance@nyu.edu 12 March at 7.30 pm


For information on my new book, "Denise Green: An Artist's Odyssey":



12. Agnes Denes, Cecilia Vicuña, FF Alumns, at Frac Lorraine, Metz, France, opening March 1

Agnes Denes, Monika Grzymala, Cecilia Vicuña
Les Immémoriales
2 March-23 June 2013

Opening: Friday March 1, 7pm
Monika Grzymala and Cecilia Vicuña will be present

49 Nord 6 Est - Frac Lorraine
1bis rue des Trinitaires, F-57000 Metz
Admission free
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm,
Saturday & Sunday 11-7pm


Nourished by the living memory of Andean, Native American, and Australian Aboriginal people, Agnes Denes, Monika Grzymala and Cecilia Vicuña, three artists of different generations and horizons, invite you on a sensuous and poetic journey into the heart of political issues affecting our first-world societies.

In 1968, Agnes Denes (b. 1931, Hungary) made her first "eco-logical" intervention in the state of New York, announcing her commitment to environmental questions and human issues. In 1977, near the Niagara Falls, she re-enacted the ritual Rice/Tree/Burial-an "allegory of the life cycle" which associates the planting of a rice paddy; chaining together of trees in a sacred forest, formerly an Indian burial ground; filming from the edge of the Niagara Falls; and burying a time capsule addressed to "Homo Futurus" of the year 2979.

Since the 1960s, the poet and artist Cecilia Vicuña (b. 1948, Chile) has been creating installations that summon the spirits of the first inhabitants of the Andes. She literally and figuratively weaves together the past and the present. Her Quipus are inspired by a form of "writing" used by Indian tribes, made up of knotted cords, which was banned by the Spanish conquerors. The long, colored cotton cords which make up the immersive installation Quipu Austral (2012-13) are a shimmering, tactile ode to the communion between man and the cosmos.

Monika Grzymala's (b. 1970, Poland) ephemeral architectural interventions are engendered by physical and imagined lines, made from everyday, fragile materials, such as handmade paper, scotch tape, and magnetic tape). The artist created The River in 2012 in collaboration with Euraba Papermakers, an art collective of Australian Aboriginal women who use offcuts from the clothing industry established on their ancestral grounds. Water, indispensable in the manufacture of paper, is at the heart of the Goomeroi culture. The River floods the space of the exhibition with thousands of suspended white paper leaves-a river of tears evoking lost spirits.

Following the stream of water in order to grasp the thread of life, this exhibition renews the vital connection between the human and the Earth.

With thanks to Bergère de France (Bar-le-Duc) for their assistance in technical production of Cecilia Vicuña's work.

The Frac Lorraine enjoys financial backing from the Lorraine Regional Council and the DRAC Lorraine at the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

49 NORD 6 EST - Frac Lorraine
1bis rue des Trinitaires, Metz



13. Terry Dame, Ken Butler, FF Alumns, at The Branded, Brooklyn, Feb. 27

Dear friends,
It's almost time for Episode 2 of my new music series, Weird Wednesdays at The Branded. Save the date Feb 27th.

The new monthly series features NYC's finest instrument inventors and performers of objects and other oddities.
I'll be trying out some new musical experiments involving a stethoscope, more Altoids boxes and a slightly out of control antique horn midi controller!
The February 27th edition will also feature sets by Isaac Zal and Ken Butler.

Isaac Zal has been working on experimental instrument research for 10 years. He will be showcasing the brand new Bass Earlar at Weird Wednesday. Earlar is a new form of instrument technology in which a harmonic feedback loop is created by player input, allowing the player to access infinite harmonic overtones in any scale. This is accomplished with some relatively low tech electronics, and a specialized resonance chamber constructed from thin steel sheet metal. The Bass Earlar was completed in the first month of 2013, and will be preformed live for the first time.

Ken Butler's Voices of Anxious Objects
The artist-musician performs mesmerizing world textures and driving melodic gypsy grooves with passion and purpose on an amazing arsenal of amplified hybrid string instruments made from household objects and tools. Duchampian Dada meets Hybrid Hindu Hendrix as function and form collide in an environment of hyperactive hardware. Musical influences include Indian Raga, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern folk and classical music, Flamenco, and Roma Gypsy music mixed with a noisy "downtown" improv aesthetic all held together by a strong dose of African-American jazz, rock, funk, and blues. http://www.mindspring.com/~kbhybrid/

We will still be attempting to debut the cocktail of the month...the Barptail. You know you wanna try that! So, I hope to see you there very soon.
Peace, Love and Barps,

Terry Dame's Weird Wednesdays at The Branded
Feb. 27th 7:30pm
603 Vanderbilt Ave (@Bergen)
Prospect Heights, Bkln

Upcoming shows:
March 27 show featuring: Terry Dame, New Born Trio (lots of glass) and Phyllis Chen-toy piano wizzard!



14. Paul McMahon, FF Alumn, at Golden Notebook, Woodstock, NY, now on March. 23

paul mcmahon will be signing PROJECT INC. REVISITED at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock is now on March 23rd at 6 pm. the book is published by Churner and Churner (not on February 23rd)



15. Jody Culkin at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, thru April 21

Jody Culkin's work is featured in a solo exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art entitled JODY CULKIN:REFASHIONED Jan. 29-April 21, 2013.



16. GH Hovagimyan, FF Alumn, now online at http://youtu.be/z9wZ7_ZwFOU

Hi All,

Here's a brief interview about my piece at Harvestworks 596 Broadway.





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