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Contents for May 06, 2013

1. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, to receive honorary doctorate from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, May 18

NSCAD will bestow an honorary doctorate of fine arts on Martha Wilson, pioneering feminist artist and gallery director. A teacher of English at NSCAD in the early 1970s, she began making innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and "invasions" of other people's personae. She further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving to New York City, embarking on a long career that would see her gain attention across the U.S. for her provocative appearances and works. In 1976, she founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space "on a mission to make the world safe for avant-garde art."

NSCAD's Class of 2013 includes 262 soon-to-be NSCAD alumni graduating with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Arts, Fine Arts and Design. NSCAD will also confer Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Design, Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers and Visual Arts Certificates in Studio at the ceremony on May 18 at the Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Rd., Halifax.



2. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at KMOCA, Kingston, NY, opening May 4

Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, co-curates exhibition: "The Grand Opening of the Kingston Museum of Controversial Art", opening Sat. May 4 from 5-7pm at KMOCA, the Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 103 Abeel Street in Kingston, NY. The show was conceived, "curated" and created by Magnusson, David Goldin and Molly Rausch. From the show's press release:

"Throughout the history of art, especially 20th century art, an artist's ability to shock with his or her creations has been a nearly sure fire way to kickstart a career. While some work shocks by offending prevailing social sensitivities, other artists' work becomes controversial because it pushes the boundaries of the hitherto accepted definitions of art: Duchamp and Warhol spring to mind as fine examples of this second camp. Regardless of how it happens, controversy sells, and, case in point, has sold us on its worthiness as the curatorial focus of this exhibition: The Grand Opening of the Kingston Museum of Controversial Art."

In the exhibition, the artists re-create and re-interpret some of the most controversial art works of the 20th century and turn the gallery into a Museum of Controversial Art. For more information, visit the exhibition's blog press release here: http://kmofca.blogspot.com.



3. Paisley Kang, FF Intern Alumn, at Associated Gallery, Brooklyn,

Dear friends,
I currently have a solo show up at Associated Gallery in Bushwick. It is titled "Baser Functions," and it is a painting and installation show consisting of live leeches and body fluids. I would like to invite you to come see it sometime if you are near Bushwick at any point!

The gallery is located at 566 Johnson Avenue #27, and it is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6, according to their site. Here is a facebook link to the event page:

Thanks so much for your time, and I hope I will see some of you around soon.




4. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, at The New School, Manhattan, May 17

Vera List Center for Art and Politics
"From 'Sustaining Democracy' to the State of the
Civic: 20 Years of the VLC"
Friday, May 17, 2013, 10am-5:30pm

Free admission

Vera List Center for Art and Politics
The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011


On its twentieth anniversary, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School presents "From 'Sustaining Democracy' to the State of the Civic," a daylong series of panels exploring the unique role art plays at the intersection of politics and civic life. Panels will draw on an international group of artists, activists, and scholars, including Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton; Simon Critchley, The New School; Wendy T. Ewald; David Joselit, Yale; Julie Mehretu; Kobena Mercer, Yale; Helen Molesworth, ICA Boston; Martha Rosler; and Nato Thompson, Creative Time.

While the last twenty years have been marked by an interest in the convergence of art and politics, the current moment is marked by the construction of new systems and networks for imagining, discussing, and ultimately creating new cultural and political realities. In the wake of upheaval and creativity, generated by the Arab Spring and Occupy movements, this phenomenon has been referred to as the return of the civic. This contemporary shift directly affects how artists consider their practice today, for whom they make their work, and how they relate to society at large.

The conference is organized as a series of roundtable call-and-responses from some of the most astute and insightful individuals analyzing these issues today. The aim of this conference, as with all of the center's programs, is to take a critical look at relationships between art, politics, and civic engagement in relation to their representation, their own histories, and the present moment.

"Call & Response I: Art and Activism"
Wendy T. Ewald, photographer, 2000 Vera List Center Fellow, New York; Andrea Geyer, artist, 2006-07 Vera List Center Fellow, New York; David Scobey, Executive Dean, The New School for Public Engagement, New York, and Robert Sember, artist, 2009-11 Vera List Center Fellow, New York. Moderated by Nato Thompson, Chief Curator, Creative Time, Vera List Center Advisory Committee member, New York.

"Call & Response II: Identity Politics Revisited"
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University; Firelei Baez, artist, New York; Kobena Mercer, Professor, Art History, Yale University, 1999 Vera List Center Fellow; Helen Molesworth, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, ICA Boston. Moderated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director and Head of Exhibitions and Public Programs, The Jewish Museum, New York.

Interlude by artist Reena Katz

"Call & Response III: The Political Aesthetic"
Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy, The New School; Julie Mehretu, artist, New York; Joao Ribas, Curator, MIT List Center; Martha Rosler, artist, Vera List Center Advisory Committee member, New York. Moderated by David Joselit, Professor, Art History, Yale University.

"Call & Response IV: The People's Panel"
The People's Panel has been curated in collaboration with Paul Chan, artist, New York. Topic and participants to be announced.

For more details, visit the event page on the Vera List Center website.

"From 'Sustaining Democracy' to the State of the Civic: 20 Years of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics" has been curated and organized by Carin Kuoni, Director and Curator of the Vera List Center, with Curatorial Associate Chelsea Haines. The conference has been made possible, in part, by the support of the Vera List Center Advisory Committee, in particular Frances Beatty and Allen Adler.



5. Aviva Rahmani, FF Alumn, at Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN, May 7, and more

Tuesday, May 7th, from 6:00-7:30 pm at Crosstown Arts (http://crosstownarts.org/), 430 N. Cleveland, Memphis, TN 38104. Aviva Rahmani will lead an evening of participatory talk and performative drawing about Memphis waterways for young people, their families and local environmental activists. Refreshments will be served. Limited space, please RSVP to ghostnets@ghostnets.com.


Friday, May 10th from 5:00 -8:00 pm at 477 South Main, The Hyde Gallery at the Nesin Graduate School Memphis College of Art (Downtown campus), Aviva Rahmani will present a Fish Story mixed media surround installation of the assembled insights and documentation from her May 4th river trek down the Wolf River and the May 7th workshop at Crosstown Arts. This event will be open to the public.


Saturday, May 11th from 2:00-3:00pm at 477 South Main, The Hyde Gallery at the Nesin Graduate School Memphis College of Art (Downtown campus), Aviva Rhamni will host an open, public webcast comparing bioregional habitat concerns. Webcast participants will include ecological art practitioners: Yvonne Senouf and Corinne Weber of M.E.L.D., curators of shows on global warming and endangered river systems; Amy Lipton, ecological art co-curator with Tricia Watts for ecoartspace; artist Eve Andree Laramee who works on radioactivity; artist Ruth Hardinger whose work focuses on fracking; artist Lenore Malin who experienced Sandy in NYC; Fish Story team member Dr. Eugene Turner, wetlands biologist, restorationist and dead zone expert; Fish Story team member Dr. Jim White, paleoecologist who identified the role of plants in mediating climate change, and Aviva Rahmani. The webcast will be recorded and available for download.



6. Liz Magic Laser, FF Alumn, at DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, thru May 18

Liz Magic Laser:
Tell Me What You Want To Hear
April 6-May 18, 2013

4102 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77004


Commissioned by DiverseWorks, Tell Me What You Want To Hear is a three-channel video installation and exhibition by Liz Magic Laser that explores the storytelling methods and interview techniques employed by today's politicians and newsmakers to elicit public sympathy. The project was more than a year in the making and included individual interviews, group workshops, a live performance, and a special semester-long course at the University of Houston.

Utilizing the format of a political talk show, Tell Me What You What To Hear poses a dialogue between political experts, the television media, and the audience. As in previous works, Laser's project staged a live situation in which an audience became a character in the performance and resulting video. Stemming from an extended residency supported by DiverseWorks and a special academic course sponsored by UH's Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, Laser's project explores how performance has become integrated into everyday life via television media and politics. Dissecting the emotive strategies used by politicians and newsmakers, Laser exposes how factual information about the state of our political, social, and economic reality is theatrically presented to the public. Tell Me What You Want To Hear is an extension of Laser's previous work focused on the relationship between the news media and the public, but marks a new direction by enlisting actual journalists and politicians to perform, rather than actors.

About Liz Magic Laser
Liz Magic Laser's work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012); Swiss Institute with Forever & Today, Inc., New York (2012); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); Performa 11, New York (2011); MoMA PS 1, New York (2010); Artisterium, Tbilisi, Georgia (2009); and the Prague Biennale 4, Czech Republic (2009). Gallery exhibitions include Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); The Pace Gallery, New York (2011); and Casey Kaplan, New York (2011).

About DiverseWorks
DiverseWorks is a non-profit art center in Houston, Texas dedicated to commissioning and presenting new visual, performing, and literary art. DiverseWorks is a place where the process of creating art is valued and where artists can test new ideas in the public arena. By encouraging the investigation of current artistic, cultural, and social issues, DiverseWorks builds, educates, and sustains audiences for contemporary art.

DiverseWorks is a VAN Partner of the Visual Artists Network (VAN). This project is made possible in part through support from the Visual Artists Network Exhibition Residency and the Visual Artists Network Community Fund, which are programs of the National Performance Network. Major contributors are The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

Additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. DiverseWorks Season Sponsors are The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, The Houston Endowment, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Tell Me What You Want to Hear is presented in collaboration with the University of Houston's Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.



7. KwieKulik, Martha Rosler, FF Alumns, at SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY, thru July 22

Better Homes
April 22-July 22, 2013

44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, New York
Hours: Thursday-Monday 11am-6pm

T 718 361 1750

Artists: Jonathas de Andrade, Neïl Beloufa, Keith Edmier, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Robert Gober, Tamar Guimarães, Anthea Hamilton, E'wao Kagoshima, Yuki Kimura, KwieKulik, Paulina Olowska, Kirsten Pieroth, Josephine Pryde, Carissa Rodriguez, Martha Rosler, and Güneş Terkol

Better Homes brings together a group of artists who examine the construction of the interior through design and homemaking from critical perspectives. As the notion of home shifted in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and interior space was being redefined and redecorated according to the aspirations of modernity, the interior became integral to the construction of the subject. Interiors were an extension of identity, representing gender, fashion, and class, and re-establishing what constituted the private and the public. Now, in the 21st century, interior design has been professionalized and packaged for the mass market. With the proliferation of department stores and publications instructing consumers on how to make the best dinners, living rooms, and lifestyles, how has the notion of domestic space, and all it encapsulates, been redefined in contemporary culture? What are the impacts of shifting ideas of family, identity, politics and consumerism in the private realm? Touching on the history of the interior to its present iterations, the artists in the exhibition examine displays of domesticity, as constructed through spaces and things.

Better Homes is curated by Ruba Katrib, SculptureCenter Curator. The exhibition is accompanied by a full color publication with a text by Katrib and a contribution by poet Ariana Reines.

Public programs:

SC Evenings: Better Homes Publication Launch
Wednesday, May 8, 6pm

SC Conversations: Craig Willse
Tuesday, May 21, 7pm

Craig Willse is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at George Mason University and lives in Washington, DC. He has recently edited the publication Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (2011) and contributed to Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (2010).

SC Conversations: Allison Arieff
Tuesday, June 18, 7pm

Allison Arieff is Content Strategist for the urban planning and policy think tank SPUR, and is a contributing columnist for The New York Times. Previously she was the editor in chief of Dwell magazine.

SC Conversations: Penny Sparke
Tuesday, July 2, 7pm

Penny Sparke is a Professor of Design History and a Pro Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University, London. Her books include The Modern Interior (2008) and Elsie de Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Decoration (2005).

Better Homes is made possible in part with support from Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Japan Foundation, New York and SAHA, Istanbul.

About SculptureCenter
Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution in Long Island City, New York, dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new works and presents exhibitions by emerging and established national and international artists. Our programs identify new talent, explore the conceptual, aesthetic and material concerns of contemporary sculpture, and encourage independent vision.

SculptureCenter's exhibitions and programs are generously supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts; Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Goldman Sachs; A G Foundation; the Ken and Judith Joy Family Foundation; the Kraus Family Foundation; the Lambent Foundation fund of the Tides Foundation; the Joan Mitchell Foundation; the New York Community Trust; the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the A. Woodner Fund; and contributions from our Board of Trustees and many generous individuals.

For additional information:
Frederick Janka
T: 718 361 1750 x117 / press@sculpture-center.org
I'm pleased to invite you to my solo exhibition of "The Last Tree" at the ISE Cultural Foundation, SOHO NYC.

I look forward to seeing you at the opening reception Friday May 10th 6-8pm.


8. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, at ISE Cultural Foundation, Manhattan, May 4-June 28, and more

Babs Reingold: The Last Tree
May 4-June 28, 2013
Curated by Midori Yoshimoto, Ph.D.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, May 22, 6-8pm
For more information, please visit our website at www.iseny.org

ISE Cultural Foundation
555 Broadway, (Prince St. & Spring St.)
New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212.925.1649 / Fax: 212.226.9362
ise@iseny.org http://www.iseny.org

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 11:00AM-6:00PM
No Admission Fee
No RSVP needed
Wheel Chair Access

Directions: http://iseny.org/usr_helio1/hours.php

ISE Cultural Foundation is established in 1984 and a non-profit organization supporting emerging curators and artists.



Interview about "The Last Tree"

You may interested in an interview with me and curator Midori Yoshimoto in the May/June issue of Ragazine online about "The Last Tree" at the ISE Soho gallery. See link below




9. Anna Mosby Coleman, FF Alumn, at Narthex Art, Manhattan, thru May 17

Anna Mosby Coleman, "Die Sieben Worte": Narthex Art, Manhattan, thru May 17

Anna Mosby Coleman's one person text/multi-media installation "Die Sieben Worte" is on view for Narthex Art through May 17th at Calvary Church. The exhibition is open weekdays - lunch hour - from noon to 1pm in the vestibule of the church, East 21st Street & Park Avenue South. The works are based on the musical movements from Franz Joseph Haydn's choral work: "The Seven Last Words of Christ" i.e. "Die Sieben Worte"



10. Julie Ault, AA Bronson, Peter Cramer, Nina Sobell, Ela Troyano, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at NYU, Manhattan, opening May 23

Not only this, but 'New language beckons us.'
May 24--July 27, 2013
Opening Thursday, May 23 6-8pm
Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU
Organized by Andrew Blackley for Visual AIDS
This exhibition is composed of archival objects from the Fales Library's Downtown Collection coupled with newly commissioned texts from contemporary artists and writers. Each text corresponds to a figure or object from the collection and highlights interpersonal affinities and adjacencies, influences and recollections. These couplings give voice to still-present narratives and discourses orbiting the intersection of art and HIV/AIDS-a theme that speaks to Visual AIDS' ongoing mission: to serve as an advocate for artists with AIDS and to recognize art as a tool for education and activism in the fight against AIDS. Hilton Als, Julie Ault, Dodie Bellamy, Gregg Bordowitz, Nancy Brooks Brody, AA Bronson, Elijah Burgher, Kathe Burkhart, Sean Carrillo, Peter Cramer, Matthias Herrmann, Jim Hubbard, Doug Ischar, William E. Jones, John Keene, Kevin Killian, Nathanaël, John Neff, Uzi Parnes, Mary Patten, Nina Sobell, Ela Troyano, Ultra-red, Jack Waters, Joe Westmoreland, and Danh Vo

Not only this, but 'New language beckons us.' is an exhibition, editorial project, and a pointed activity in-- and to--an archive. Overall, we could label it as an address (however, not an overall address): designed to identify lineage and influences; to make vocal--to give voice--to heterogeneous accounts of twenty-five years of art and AIDS. Together, the texts propose varying, no doubt differing, (we should say individual) experiences of the present in light of the past-- where should taking into account meet giving (an) account of? The participants have merged reading and writing-- proposals and recollections--as a practice in innovative authorship. This exhibition, organized for Visual AIDS, aims to embody the mission of "against" as both oppositional as well as a position for creating and contextualizing friction.

a) "Were people openly hostile?"
"Uh, no, not openly hostile in the sense of giving leaflets to them, they just didn't take the leaflets, that was the hostile action."
b) "Hi, what do you think of this demonstration?"
"No comment."
"Are you in support of what we're doing?"
"No comment,"
"Oh, well, that's an interesting opinion. Are you a neighbor of George Bush's?"
"Oh . . . that's where you live. Thank you. . . . She gave us a lesson in geography!"
--The Brenda and Glennda Show, 1991



11. Marina Abramovic, FF Alumn, at Palais Garnier, Paris, France, thru June 3

Marina Abramovic
presents Boléro
in collaboration with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet
for the Paris Opera Ballet, at the Palais Garnier, Paris, France
May 2 - June 3, 2013

Sean Kelly announces that Marina Abramovic has collaborated with Belgian choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet on a dance performance of a legendary musical composition of the 20th century, Maurice Ravel's Boléro. The staging of Boléro is part of a program of dances centered on the inspirational role that music plays for choreographers, organized by the Paris Opera for its ballet company. Boléro, Abramovic, Cherkaoui and Jalet's first joint production, will run from May 2 through June 3, 2013 at the Palais Garnier of the Paris Opera.

The concept for Boléro was developed by Abramovic, Cherkaoui and Jalet in an intensive collaboration. It is born of a long-standing creative connection that the artists established over a decade ago. Abramovic worked closely with the dancers and choreographers in developing the tone and energy for this new dance creation, set to the deeply influential and passionate music of Boléro. In addition to contributing to the creative direction in the re-envisioning of the dance performance of Boléro, Abramovic also developed the scenography for the piece; the costume design was created by Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci and the lighting by Urs Schönebaum.

Rosalyn Sulcas of The New York Times wrote a profile describing the collaboration and the preparation for the piece; to read the article, please visit The New York Times website.

For more information on the performance schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit the Paris Opera's website.

For press inquiries, please contact Maureen Bray at 212.239.1181 or via email at maureen@skny.com. For all other inquiries, please contact Cécile Panzieri at 212.239.1181 or via email at cecile@skny.com.



12. M. Kasper, FF Alumn, publishes new book

"Kirghiz Steppes: Accumulated Verbo-Visuals" is a selection of M. Kasper's predominantly visual work...mail art, concrete poetry, fugitive magazine submissions, etc....just out from Black Scat Books and available at https://www.createspace.com/4187528



13. Katya Grokhovsky, FF Alumn, at The New Museum, Manhattan, May 4, and more

Hello Dear Friends and Colleagues!

Beautiful Spring is finally here and I do hope you find the time to enjoy it! Come and join me on my upcoming adventures!

As part of my current residency at NARS in Brooklyn, NY I will be Slow Dancing in the Bowery at the New Museum's Ideas City Fest on May 4th and performing/exhibiting in Sunset Park in a group exhibition, the Garden, opening May 10th.

Also, my "ghostly" presence will show up at The Franklin, in Chicago, opening on Sat May 4th, as part of Methodic Deconstruction group exhibition, curated by Edra Soto. Further details below.

In June, I will be performing at Supernova Performance Festival in Washington, DC and will be part of NARS

open studios, June 8th/9th.

My ongoing project, The Bedroom, will come out of my apartment to Launchpad in Brooklyn, for a one night event on June 21st.

During July I will perform at Brooklyn International Performance Festival and at the end of July will bid adieu to my 7 month residence at NARS and escape NYC for a month, through a visual arts fellowship residency at Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY.

In Art Forever,
Yours Always,

Katya Grokhovsky
The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation

11AM - 6PM

The NARS Foundation is delighted to announce its participation in the New Museum's Ideas City Festival on Saturday, May 4. Perambulant, a series of live performances and workshops, invites the public to engage in spontaneous and guided interactions throughout the day. Performances by artists Nancy Nowacek, Katya Grokhovsky, twin brothers Alan and Michael Fleming, and choreographer Corinna Brown and the Dean Street FOO Dance will be interspersed with cross-disciplinary movement workshops for children and adults.

Grokhovsky will investigate the often untapped and ignored potential of touch and connection with strangers in her live durational performance, "Slow Dance."

Slow Dance performances: 11-1pm, 2-4pm, 5-6pm
Location: Rivington Street (BT Bowery and Chrystie ST)


2013 Season I International Artist Residency Exhibition

The Garden
May 10 - June 14, 2013
Opening Reception & Performance by Katya Grokhovsky:

Friday, May 10, 6 - 8pm
Performance 7-8 pm

Artist Talk & Performance:
Friday, May 31, 7pm

The NARS Foundation is delighted to present The Garden, a reflection on life's cycles and our perception of inevitable transformation. The exhibition features selections from the work of the 2013 Season I Residency Artists: Erica Bailey, David Birkin, Katya Grokhovsky, Takeshi Ikeda, Taiyo Kimura, Thessia Machado, and Yoko Shimizu. Their practices encourage possibilities for growth, re-birth and renewal, but this is not Shangri-La. The artists are keenly aware of decay, impermanence and isolation. While they reap a harvest which is abundant and vital, their work simultaneously brushes up against the edge of macabre.

Yoko Shimizu and Taiyo Kimura use materiality that evokes the organic process of growth and decomposition. At once fragile and robust, their work seemingly and literally self-replicates. Thessia Machado embraces objects which have been deemed defunct, giving them a second chance at a life with new purpose. Katya Grokhovsky's voluptuous sculptures are seedlings of feminine corporeal performances; a relentless search for a sense of place as she plants her feet in two worlds. Erica Bailey's architectural rendering sinks us even deeper in; conveying an ineffable consternation, she disorients our sense of perspective, asking us to engage with her environment from below the ground, looking up. David Birkin and Takeshi Ikeda play with the implications of light and color, seeking to illuminate sociopolitical moments which remained in shadow. From their pieces, brightness emanates with fury, necessitating ideological, as well as visual, reorientation and restructuring.

The Garden is immersive and non-conclusive, an exploration of permutations, revelation and surrender in relationship to our natural and self-perpetuating systems.

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm,
or by Appointment

NARS Foundation
88 35th Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232


Methodic Deconstruction

3522 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago (West Side / East Garfield Park)
ph. (312) 823-3632
hours: F 4-6pm, Sat 12-4pm or by appointment

Opening Reception: Saturday May 4th from 6-9PM
Closing Reception: Saturday May 25th from 2-4PM

The Franklin is pleased to announce Methodic Deconstruction, an installation comprised of the works by artists Katya Grokhovsky, Tracy Ostmann, Sarah Weber and Sarah Beth Woods. Domestic life and studio practices could become collateral at their core. A chair, a table, a lamp and a painting, resonates when their pragmatic qualities are being tampered with.

Methodic Deconstruction explores the relationship between representation and abstraction and the spaces in-between.



14. Alison Knowles, FF Alumn, publishes new book

Alison Knowles
The Big Book

With text and spoken contributions by Meghan DellaCrosse, Corinn Gerber, Dick Higgins, Hannah Higgins, Jessica Higgins, Alison Knowles, Emmett Williams, Bill Wilson, George Quasha, Layout by Carolina Cerbaro

2013, 48 pp, 9 full- and double page colour, and 24 full- and double page b/w illustrations, 259 x 204 mms, hardcover, 500 copies

ISBN 978-3-940215-13-0
$ 25.00



15. Tom Leeser, FF Alumn, at Center for Living Arts, Mobile, AL, thru Jan. 2014

Tom Leeser
Futures Project
Center for Living Arts
Mobile, Alabama
May 2013- January 2014

Tom Leeser curated 20 video artists for an installation and exhibition called "Future Tense". "Future Tense" consists of moving images, sound and interactive art works for the Center for Living Arts' larger exhibit titled, "The Futures Project". Tom is also an artist-in-residence for "The Futures Project."

The video and sound works chosen for the exhibit emerge from the past and the present, representing multiple futures through the language of cultural displacement, social complexities and political instabilities.

The "Futures Project" is a nine-month program at the Center for Living Arts that will examine future possibilities for the Gulf Coast, with focus areas that are both expected and unexpected.



16. David Platzker, FF Alumn, named curator at MoMA, Manhattan

April 30, 2013
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish:
David Platzker Announces the Closing of Specific Object

Specific Object was founded in 2004 as a labor of lust and out of a desire to program exhibitions that were not necessarily financially viable within a commercial gallery, or perhaps within a "alternative" non-profit space either. Displaying artists' books, editions, ephemera and other artists' publications was a subversive way to reexamine the history of art post 1959 largely without the apparatus, or layered veneer, of applied and reapplied critical theory. Often shows at Specific Object, or shows I curated for other venues, added unique artworks - such as drawings, paintings or sculptures - to give context to the ephemeral materials and with the understanding that artists rarely ghettoize one medium against another. Most artists I've worked with would emphatically state that sometimes an edition or artist's publication is the best mode of address for an idea, whereas at other times a unique work functions better.

Over the last nine years I've been fortunate to have had both positive critical responses to our programming and enough financial success to not only sustain Specific Object but to thrive. I can honestly say it's been deeply satisfying, a labor of lust, finding "stuff," reconsidering it, and ultimately exposing that "stuff" afresh.

I'm proud to let you know that starting on May 15, 2013 I will be taking the position of Curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at The Museum of Modern Art, which means Specific Object has now closed in advance of my move to the Museum.

For access to files or individual items from the Jean-Noël Herlin Archive Project please contact Jean-Noël Herlin directly, Tuesday-Saturday after 12 PM [NYC] at 212-427-0401.

It's been a pleasure serving you from the platform of Specific Object and I very much look forward to the horizonless possibilities that lie ahead.

A copy of The Museum of Modern Art's press release can be found at:


With best regards from Specific Object,

David Platzker
April 29, 2013

This press release is archived at:


(1) So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Douglas Adams, 1984.



17. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, NY, May 10

Friday, May 10, 7 pm
Barbara Hammer:
Incorporating 'The Lesbian Museum' and 'The Hidden Hammer'

Fresh from retrospectives at the Tate, MoMA and Jeu De Paume, the acclaimed pioneer of queer cinema Barbara Hammer will be talking/performing/showing slides and film clips on the body of work that has made her an internationally celebrated artist and feminist. A key figure in American experimental film, she is credited with producing the earliest avant-garde films that openly address lesbian life and sexuality. Her work remains fundamentally influential to contemporary artists exploring daring and experimental thought and film.

$12 / $7 WAAM members



18. John Baldessari, Young Soon Min, Yvonne Rainer, Connie Samaras, FF Alumns, at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, May 18

for the launch of the book project,
Who's in a Name?

Saturday, May 18, 2013
MOCA (Grand Auditorium)

Please RSVP to rsvp@welcometolace.org

Launch event includes approximately thirty of the participating artists presenting short responses in various forms to the project, including (list subject to change): Suzanne Adelman, Judie Bamber, Laurel Beckman, Kaucyila Brooke, David Burns, Kristin Calabrese, Joshua Callaghan, Carolyn Castaño, Ginny Cook, Eileen Cowin, Ken Ehrlich, Micol Hebron, Sant Khalsa, Eve Luckring, Audrey Mandelbaum, Yong Soon Min, Brian Moss, Amitis Motevalli, Sandeep Mukherjee, Hillary Mushkin, Sheila Pinkel, Yvonne Rainer, Connie Samaras, Joseph Santarromana, Margie Schnibbe, Kim Schoen, Alex Slade, Stephen van Dyck, Matias Viegener, Austin Young

Refreshments and booksigning to follow in MOCA bookstore

Who's in a Name?
began as an intervention in a public project by artist John Baldessari. In January 2011, Baldessari launched Your Name in Lights on the façade of the Australian Museum in Sydney, Australia. Leading up to the launch of the project and during its three-week duration, viewers were invited to register their names on a dedicated website. Participants were then informed when their names would be illuminated on a nearly 100-foot L.E.D. screen; the website presented a 24/7 streaming image of registered names coming in and out of view every fifteen seconds. In January 2011, when I first learned about the project, I invited artist friends and colleagues to each register the name of an artist who had committed suicide. These names I culled from a Wikipedia site devoted to the archiving of artists (and others) who had ended their lives.

Fifty-nine artists, including myself, agreed to participate. Subsequently I asked eleven young art historians/writers to rewrite 200-word bios of all of the living and non-living artists. These biographical entries, along with screengrabs I captured of all of the suicidees' registered names, and an essay by art historian Liz Kotz, are gathered together in the book.

(Living) artists who participated in WHO'S IN A NAME:
Suzanne Adelman, Lisa Anne Auerbach, S.A. Bachman, Judie Bamber, Laurel Beckman, Lynne Berman, Kaucyila Brooke, David Burns, Joshua Callaghan, Rebecca Campbell, Kristin Calabrese, Anthony Carfello, Carolyn Castaño, Young Chung, Marcus Civin, Ginny Cook, Eileen Cowin, Robert Crouch, Mara De Luca, Ken Ehrlich, Robert Fontenot, Micol Hebron, Annetta Kapon, Farrah Karapetian, Dawn Kasper, Sant Khalsa, Alex Klein, David Lamelas, Eve Luckring, Audrey Mandelbaum, Yong Soon Min, Brian Moss, Amitis Motevalli, Hillary Mushkin, Meena Nanji, Pat O'Neill, Adam Overton, Taisha Paggett, Sheila Pinkel, Job Piston, Nancy Popp, Yvonne Rainer, Rachelle Rojany, Connie Samaras, Joe Santarromana, Margie Schnibbe, Kim Schoen, Betsy Lin Seder, Susan Silton, Alex Slade, Jen Smith, T. Kim-Trang Tran, Carrie Ungerman, Stephen van Dyck, Matias Viegener, Austin Young, Jody Zellen, Bari Ziperstein.

Cole Akers, Andrew Berardini, Bridget Cooks, Jason Hill, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Yael Lipschutz, Stacie Martinez, Kavior Moon, Susanna Newbury, Corrina Peipon, Virginia Solomon.

Many thanks to Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and MOCA for hosting this event.



19. James Casebere, FF Alumn, on the cover of New York Times Magazine, May 5

James Casebere
photograph on the cover of The New York Times Magazine
Sunday, May 5, 2013

The New York Times Magazine has commissioned James Casebere to create a new work for the cover of the forthcoming Money Issue, on newsstands Sunday, May 5, which features an article by Adam Davidson on the debate between Larry Summers, who helped design U.S. economic policy under two Democratic presidents and Glenn Hubbard, George W. Bush's tax-cutting guru, on our economic future. To view the cover and the contents of the magazine digitally, please visit The New York Times website.

Casebere's powerful new image will be featured at the gallery's stand (B46) at the forthcoming Frieze New York art fair on Randall's Island in New York City from May 10 - 13.

For press inquiries, please contact Maureen Bray at the gallery (212.239.1181) at maureen@skny.com. For all other inquiries, please contact Cécile Panzieri at the gallery (212.239.1181) or at cecile@skny.com.

"Who's in a Name" is a project of Susan Silton.



20. Pope.L, FF Alumn, at The University of Chicago, thru June 23

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago

William Pope.L
April 28-June 23, 2013

The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

The Renaissance Society presents Forlesen, an exhibition by William Pope.L, on view April 28 through June 23, 2013. In his work, Pope.L investigates how difference is demarcated economically, socially, culturally and politically, most prominently in the opposition between blackness and whiteness. With this project, the artist furthers his exploration through multiple media, including drawings, sculpture and a video installation.

Titled after a short story by the celebrated science fiction writer Gene Wolfe, Forlesen features a ten-foot-high wooden sculpture titled Du Bois Machine, roughly 50 new "skin set" drawings, and a video work of abstract imagery that is derived from bargain-bin VHS tapes-set within an elaborate architectural configuration of the artist's design. Pope.L was intrigued by the structure of Wolfe's story, which resembles a parable whose lesson is illustrated symbolically and is wholly open to interpretation. Rather than plot-driven, the short story Forlesen is a string of bizarre episodes that add up to a story only through the reader's subjective decoding. Pope.L wanted to create an installation with this same effect: the relationship of the artworks within the installation to one another, and ultimately to the exhibition as a whole, is ambiguous and continually in question.

The Renaissance Society is one of the premier contemporary art institutions in the United States. Many of its exhibitions are national debuts, and many have included newly commissioned work. The museum offers educational programs that supplement the exhibition schedule, including concerts, lectures and readings.

The Renaissance Society is located on the campus of the University of Chicago, in Cobb Hall, on the fourth floor. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Admission is free. Visit www.renaissancesociety.org to learn more about the exhibitions and events.



21. Tanya Barfield, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 2, 2013

The New York Times
The Call Tanya Barfield's thoughtful, absorbing drama explores the tensions that arise when a white couple (the terrific Kerry Butler, foreground, and Kelly AuCoin) decide to adopt an African baby. Their African-American friends, a lesbian couple well played by Eisa Davis and Crystal A. Dickinson, have different perspectives on their choice. Leigh Silverman directs (1:50). Playwrights Horizons, 416West 42nd Street, Clinton; (212) 279-4200, ticketcentral.com. (Charles Isherwood)
Published: May 2, 2013



22. Joan Jonas, Lucy R. Lippard, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, FF Alumns, at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, May 12

Please join us for a special performance event featuring Skowhegan alumni
on opening day of

do it (outside)
Conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Presented in collaboration with Independent Curators International

With historical antecedents in Dada and Fluxus, do it (outside) is a selection of artists' instructions interpreted by other artists, performers, community groups, and the public. In the last 20 years, versions of do it have been presented in over 50 venues worldwide, giving new meaning to the concept of the "exhibition in progress." This presentation will be the first in New York City and the first completely outdoors in a public art venue.
more info

SUNDAY MAY 12 // 2-6 PM
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, Queens

Performing Artists
Korakrit Arunanondchai '12 (Robert Ashley)
Jesus Benavente '12 (Lygia Pape)
Strauss Borque-La France '10 (Christian Marclay)
Daniel Bozhkov '90, F '12, Governor (Erwin Wurm & Albert Oehlen)
Rachel Fainter '09 (Yto Barrada)
Cathy Fairbanks '11 (Adrian Lara)
Shaun Leonardo '04 (Bruce Nauman)
Marie Lorenz '04, F '13 (Yoko Ono)
Katie Mangiardi '07 (Joan Jonas)
Birgit Rathsmann '04 + Lorelei Ramirez (Ernesto Neto)
Andrew Ross '11 (Lucy R. Lippard)
Becky Sellinger '12 (Paul McCarthy)
Nataliya Slinko '10 (Mike Kelley)
Chris Sollars '98 (Andreas Slominski)
Jennifer Sullivan '11 (Albert Oehlen)
Jonathan Van Dyke '08 + Chelsea Knight '08 (Jerome Bel)
Carmen Winant '10 (Mike Smith)
Jody Wood '12 (Lygia Pape)
Brian Zegeer '10 (Andreas Slominski, Michelangelo Pistoletto,
Gabriel Sierra, Elmgreen & Dragset)

organized by Becky Kinder '04 with Daniel Bozhkov and Janine Antoni

200 Park Avenue South, Suite 1116, New York, NY 10003
T 212 529 0505 F 212 473 1342 www.skowheganart.org



23. Marni Kotak, FF Alumn, at Cutlog, Manhattan, May 9-12

Dear Friends,

I will be presenting a new performance, "Calorie Countdown", at the Cutlog, NY art fair from Thursday, May 9 through Sunday, May 12, in addition to showing some new works from Raising Baby X: The Second Year that focus on Ajax's first word "HAT!" Hope you can make it. More info on the performance follows, as well as information on Microscope Gallery's exhibition at the fair.


"Calorie Countdown" by Marni Kotak is a new durational performance dealing with the pressures of weight loss and fitness in current culture, with an emphasis on those placed on women following childbirth, the performance draws directly from the artist's real life experience as a new mother. Since giving birth to her son Ajax 18 months ago as a live performance at Microscope, Kotak has seen her weight loss progress hindered first by a bout with postpartum depression and then by a broken foot which occurred on Thanksgiving Day. She is now seeking to get her body bikini ready.

At cutlog Art Fair, Kotak, dressed in her summer bikini, will work out continuously on an elliptical machine while wearing a BodyMedia FIT armband that tracks her real-time fitness information including calories burned against calories consumed, proper intake of vitamins and minerals, and the artist's progress towards achieving her weight loss goals. The ongoing analyses tracked by the armband will be fed wirelessly into a computer and projected onto the wall so that she and the audience can track her progress as it happens. Hanging on the wall, beside the projected information will be a "Before" photograph of Kotak and an award plaque such as those given to athletic winners that she will receive upon reaching her ideal body weight.

Even when not present, Kotak will continue to wear the arm band throughout the entire run of the fair, as it will continue to track the amount of calories burned from all of her everyday activities (i.e. walking, viewing the exhibits, caring for her son, etc.), as well as the influence of sleep patterns on achieving her weight loss goals. This data will also be incorporated into the projected progress data.

The Clement Soto Vélez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk St
New York, NY 10002

Hallway (3rd floor)

Thursday May 9th: 6pm-8pm
Friday May 10th: 6.30pm-8pm
Saturday May 11th: 4pm-6pm
Sunday May 12th: 3.30pm - 5.30pm



24. Colette, FF Alumn, in Bomb Magazine, May, 2013, now online, and more

Colette by Katie Peyton
the latest interview... BOMB magazine. may 2nd,2013


Tuesday may 7th
there will be another showing 30 minute film ' A Pirate in Venice "2012 @ the Gershwin Hotel - 7 East 27th St. .8pm in

"Fresh Faces from the Seventies" hosted by Marc Miller, with short films by Neke Carson,and Anton Perich (seating limited - best to go early)


in a group show opening at Peanut Underground " Pirate Utopia" ( up for a month) 5th St., Manhattan, 6 to 8pm -



25. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, at 6-15 Green Garden, Brooklyn, May 11

Friends and Neighbors:

The Famous Accordion Orchestra's annual World Tour of Brooklyn kicks off next Saturday, as we return to the 6-15 Green Garden in Park Slope.
We'll be playing at some old familiar haunts, and visiting some new ones this year.

The Orchestra: Bob Goldberg, Genevieve Leloup, Mark Nathanson, Melissa Elledge, Rachel Swaner, Accordions
Greg Burrows, Percussion (Personnel may vary)

Saturday May 11, 2013 / 3:00 PM (Rain Date: Sunday May 12: Mothers Day)
6-15 Green Garden Spring Festival
6th Avenue and 15th Street
Park Slope

Saturday May 18, 2013 / 2:00 PM
Kingston Avenue Festival
Kingston Ave Between Pacific St and St Mark's Place
Crown Heights

Saturday June 2 / 4:00 PM
Local Produce Festival
Pacific Street Garden
5th Avenue and Pacific Street
Park Slope

Saturday June 8 / 2:00 PM
Jane Bailey Memorial Garden
327-329 Greene Avenue
Fort Greene/Bed-Stuy

Saturday June 8 / 6:00 PM
East 4th Street Community Garden
East 4th Between Fort Hamilton Pkwy and Caton Avenue

The Famous Accordion Orchestra's 2013 World Tour of Brooklyn, which is sponsored in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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26. Nicole Eisenman, FF Alumn, at University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA, thru July 14

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)

Nicole Eisenman / MATRIX 248
May 3-July 14, 2013

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)
Woo Hon Fai Hall
2625 Durant Ave. #2250
Berkeley, CA 94720-2250

T 510 642 0808


Nicole Eisenman / MATRIX 248 brings together approximately forty works by the New York-based artist, produced since 2009. Intermixing historical styles associated with American Regionalism and the Italian Renaissance with German Expressionism, Eisenman twists the imagery, reimagining familiar forms with her own incisive social commentary and aesthetic voice.

The first BAM/PFA exhibition organized by new Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator Apsara DiQuinzio, Nicole Eisenman / MATRIX 248 focuses on a selection of paintings and works on paper that were motivated by the economic crisis and lingering political instability that continue to cloud post-Bush-era America. And though her works directly address the larger political and sociological themes of our times, Eisenman goes beyond these concerns to explore a broader interest in the human condition, typified in the uneasy and disenchanted expressions of the figures that predominate in her work.

Eisenman's initial response to the prevailing social unease was to produce a series of colorful, shape-shifting, expressive monotypes of people weeping. She continued to channel this melancholia (for her, inextricably linked to Bush's terms in office) into psychologically charged works. Triumph of Poverty (2009), a contemporary reworking of Hans Holbein the Younger's lost painting of the same title (c. 1533), is reinterpreted for today's turbulent times. A dilapidated, made-in-the-U.S.A. sedan replaces Holbein's mule-drawn cart, foregrounding the ruinous state of the American auto industry. Tea Party (2011), meanwhile, is fixated on the ever-growing political and social divides in the U.S. Learning about a notable New York art critic's comment that there had been no good paintings of the Tea Party, Eisenman was inspired to accept the challenge. In her painting, a motley foursome is holed up in a bunker, cut off from reality, preparing for their imminent apocalypse-perfectly articulating the absurdity of these times.

To alleviate some of the desperation she felt during that time, Eisenman began to paint beer gardens. In her hands, Parisian cafe settings found in late nineteenth-century paintings by Renoir and Degas become open-air beer gardens one might find in present-day Berlin or Brooklyn, with the smartphones on the tables locating the scene in time.

In conjunction with the Eisenman exhibition, BAM/PFA also presents the thematic group exhibition Ballet of Heads: The Figure in the Collection, organized by DiQuinzio in collaboration with Eisenman, on view May 17 through August 25. This complementary exhibition explores the polymorphous nature of the figure in art history with paintings and works on paper from the BAM/PFA collection. The exhibition teases out many of the threads present in prints and canvases by Eisenman-where one finds a blending of seemingly oppositional categories such as Social Realism, abstraction, folk art, and popular comics-and contextualizes them in the process. Eisenman cites many of the artists included in Ballet of Heads as important influences, such as William Blake, George Grosz, William Hogarth, and Pablo Picasso. Works by more recent artists, including Joan Brown and Nancy Grossman, bear striking affinities to Eisenman's own.

For more information about the exhibitions visit www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

MATRIX 248 is organized by Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator. The MATRIX Program is made possible by a generous endowment gift from Phyllis C. Wattis and the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees.

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Gallery hours
Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm, open till 9 pm on L@TE Fridays, closed Monday and Tuesday

Press contact
Peter Cavagnaro, pcavagnaro@berkeley.edu



27. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, in Artforum, now online

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