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Contents for July 31, 2013

Leon Ferrari, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

Argentine artist León Ferrari, who won national as well as international acclaim for his work over the last six decades, died on July 25, in Buenos Aires, at the age of 92.
Born in Buenos Aires on 3rd of September 1920, Ferrari's art dealt with controversial issues such as war, religion, power, and sex.

With as many fans as critics, his work was exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums in the world such as the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, Queen Sofia's Arts Centre in Madrid and in the Pinacoteca of São Paulo.
He began his creative work in the 1950s, starting in Italy where he made ceramic sculptures. He then elaborated on these with wood and wire fence on his return to Argentina in 1955.

One of his most impacting works was made in 1965 for the Premio Di Tella: 'La civilización Occidental y Cristiana' ('Western Christian civilization'). This sculpture showed Christ on the cross on a US fighter plane, which in its moment was a symbolic protest against the war in Vietnam.

After the military coup d'état in Argentina in 1976, he was forced to seek exile in Brazil where he learned that his son Ariel, who had decided to stay in Argentina, had disappeared. It is in Brazil that he started working with videotext, heliography, and musical instruments.

In 1983, he re-launched himself in political-religious themes with collages and illustrations of the Bible in which he incorporated catholic iconography, oriental erotica, and contemporary images.

In 2004 the Centro Cultural Recoleta exhibited a retrospective of his works over the last 50 years. The exhibition was closed down due to ultra religious groups then reopened again by the government in one of the most intense debates of Argentine art in the last few years. Pope Francis, then Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, lamented Ferrari's "blasphemy, that's shameful to our city," to which Ferrari replied: "I lament that the religion Bergoglio practices punishes those who think differently."

In 2007, Ferrari won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale, and last year the Konex Foundation granted him the 'Diamond Konex Award for Visual Arts' as the most important artist of the last decade in the country.

His last exhibition was in MALBA last year where he presented a selection of 70 of his pieces of the last three decades from the 'Brailles' and 'Relecturas de la Biblia' series.

from The Argentina Independent, 7/26/2013



1. Laura Cooper, FF Fund recipient 2012-13, in Soho, Manhattan, August 3

A HUNT NYC //////////// In Pursuit
A Happening for SOHO NYC
Saturday 08/03/13
10.30pm-12 midnight

A Hunt NYC is a continuation from the infamous performances of SOHOBITCHPACK in Soho London England. The name 'Soho' in England derives from an ancient hunting call meaning to 'see a hare' as the area was an old Hunting ground for the wealthy in the 1400s. New York's SOHO is an acronym but in A HUNT NY a chase and hunt of sorts is reenacted by a dog, a car and seven women. They find themselves displaced within the shop lined Manhattan grid, yet they are all involved in a pursuit to find an object for their desires.

Participation Instructions;
Be in SOHO NY between WHouston/ WBroadway/ Canal/ Lafayette Street's at 10.30pm-12midnight THIS SATURDAY

To experience the intervention you have to walk the streets and/or catch a lift in the car. If you want to ride in the car during the event see the map link


Also this is the link to the FB page:


To catch a ride in the car's back seat you must go to the locations marked with red dots on the map and stick you thumb out to hale the car.

For more info email - ljtrooper@yahoo.co.uk and/or contact Jenny at Franklin Furnace 718-398-7255

Laura Cooper | www.lauracooper.co.uk



2. Danielle Abrams, FF Alumn, at Window at 125, Manhattan, thru Aug. 8

Danielle Abrams: "Word Watch" introduced by Salette Gressett
July 24 - August 8, 2013
Closing Reception: August 8, 2013 / 6:30pm
Window at 125
Studio Times: 11am-3pm, July 25, 26, 29, 31 & August 2, 5, 7, 8
125 East 47th Street
New York NY 10017

The task is to use the Window at 125 as a condensed studio, to create one piece of work from beginning to end. The intention is to reveal the artist at work, to allow our audience on the sidewalk to watch the creative process, something that is rarely accessible to the public.

In keeping with The Introducing Series' recurrent objective of formally introducing artists, Salette Gressett, Arts Manager for The British Council in New York, was asked to select an artist that she would like to champion; She chose the Danielle Abrams. Abrams will utilize that Window at 125 as a writer's residency. Central to Abrams' performances is a writing process that emerges from her observations and contact with people and neighborhoods. The characters she invents and performs emerge from particular NY vicinities: Flushing, Flatbush, Coney Island, Harlem. In 'Word Watch', Midtown East, its daily rhythms, and those who return to work here every day, will become the subject of Abrams' writing.
In turn, pedestrians will witness her process of generating language, editing, and deleting from a screen in the window that is directly connected to Abrams' computer. The screen of her computer will also be live streamed and viewable daily onhttp://rogersmithlife.com/art/introducing-danielle-abrams



3. Kanene Holder, FF Alumn, now online at huffingtonpost.com

#Trayvon From Pain to POWER Huffington Post Blog.
Please check out our latest Huffington Post Blog about Trayvon Martin. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kanene-holder/10-ways-the-black-communi_b_3613442.html The article highlights 10 ways we can transmute our pain into power. And just in case you missed it, here's #ajmia's previous Huffington Post blog about the Guantanamo ForceFeeding crisis. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kanene-holder/yasin-bey-guantanamo-hunger-strike_b_3578923.html#es_share_ended
Please Share! We look forward to your comments!



4. Carolee Schneemann, Guerrilla Girls, Wooloo, FF Alumns, in Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden, opening September 7-8

PLAY! Recapturing the Radical Imagination
7 September-17 November 2013
Professional preview: 6 September, 11am
Opening: 7-8 September
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
Röda Sten 1
414 51 Göteborg
T +46 (0) 31 12 07 76
The thematic approach for GIBCA 2013 starts with a desire to investigate and critically reflect on the notions of play and radical imagination as two important ingredients of the artistic and political discourse. While playfulness seems to have permeated artistic strategies during the last century, radical imagination has provided a space for encounter and a frame for thought and action in today's political struggles. Meanwhile related experiments with curatorial models and strategies that have characterized the last decades constitute an important effort to rethink the framework of cultural production. However, the role and understanding of either notion and of the seamless relation between them have undergone constant changes, reflecting the new conditions of our time and giving rise to a number of questions, such as: What is the transformative power of play? How do forms of playfulness affect or help manifestations of radical imagination? What does indeed constitute radical imagination?

Reflecting on the above, Play! Recapturing the Radical Imagination is explored through the individual contributions of four curators: Katerina Gregos, Claire Tancons, Joanna Warsza and Ragnar Kjartansson in collaboration with Andjeas Ejiksson. The biennial does not lay claim to final and universal formulations regarding the nature of play or the ownership of imagination, neither does it have a "one-size-fits-all" answer to the above questions. By using the agency of play to deconstruct established systems of meaning, GIBCA rather aims to create an ecstatic space that remains open and expectant; a space of encounter, learning, and disruption. The different curatorial episodes and the works of invited artists reflect on manifold issues of affection, memory, radical sexuality, being on the edge, political satire, and possibilities for the future. Together they constitute a dynamic meeting point for creative playfulness and forms of activism, social experimentation and fictional narratives, philosophical deliberation and possibilities of reflection.

The Politics of Play
Curated by Katerina Gregos
Venue: Röda Sten Konsthall
Artists: Nabil Boutros (Egypt/France) / Ninar Esber (Lebanon/France) / Parastou Fourouhar (Iran/Germany) / Jorge Galindo & Santiago Sierra (Spain) / Guerilla Girls (USA) / Nevan Lahart (Ireland) / Tala Madani (Iran/USA) / Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria/Belgium) / Roberto Paci Dalò (Italy) / Pavel Pepperstein (Russia) / Qiu Zhijie (China) / Fernando Sanchez Castillo (Spain) / Marinella Senatore (Italy) / Olav Westphalen (Germany/Sweden) / Wooloo (Martin Rosengaard & Sixten Kai Nielsen) (Denmark) / Liv Strömquist (Sweden) / Luc Deleu T. O. P Office (Belguim)

Curated by Ragnar Kjartansson in collaboration with Andjeas Ejiksson
Venue: Stora Teatern, 2-day long performance/exhibition, 7-8 September
Artists: Carolee Schneemann (USA) / Spartacus Chetwynd (UK) / Margrét Helga Sesseljudóttir (Iceland) / William Hunt (UK) / Nanna Nordström (Sweden) / Eunhye Hwang (Korea/Germany)

AnarKrew: An Anti-Archives
Gothenburg Carneval on Record
Curated by Claire Tancons
Venues: Göteborgs Konsthall and Hasselblad Center as well as Götaplatsen, Esperantoplatsen, Kungsport Avenyn, the port of Göteborg, and Nefertiti Jazz Club
Artists: Roberto N Peyre (Sweden) / Andreas Gedin (Sweden) / New Beauty Council & MYCKET (Sweden) / Jean-Louis Huhta (Sweden) / Psychic Warfare (Sweden) / Nicoline van Harskamp (the Netherlands) / Deimantas Narkevicius (Lithuania) / Karol Radziszewski (Poland) / Sonia Boyce (UK)

Art and Crime-Legally on the Edge
A Forensic Exhibition in the Backwaters of Gothenburg
Curated by Joanna Warsza
Venue: Kajskjul 207 - Lilla Bommen/Gullbergskajen
Artists: Tania Bruguera (Cuba/USA) / Forensic Architecture & Füsun Türetken (UK & Turkey) / Núria Güell (Spain) / Maja Hammarén (Sweden) / Katarzyna Krakowiak (Poland) / Jill Magid (USA) / Mapa Teatro (Columbia) / Marion von Osten (Germany) / Markus Öhrn (Sweden) / Sunshine Socialist Cinema (Sweden) / with special contribution by crime fiction writer Åke Edwardson (Sweden)

Play! Recapturing the Radical Imagination is accompanied by a book publication published by Art & Theory Publishing with articles by Franco Berardi, Lars Bang Larsen and the biennial curators, as well as a short guide to the exhibition. Between the 2nd and 4th of September a program featuring artist's talks and panel discussions is presented in collaboration with Valand Academy - University of Gothenburg. A number of performances will take place during the preview and opening days of GIBCA 2013. A more detailed program will be available on our website shortly.
For image material and further information contact: contact@gibca.se
Röda Sten Konsthall is the organizer of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.



5. Laura Blacklow, FF Alumn, at Center for Book Arts, Manhattan, thru Sept. 21

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
July 10, 2013 - September 21, 2013

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Organized by Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here assembles artists' responses to the tragic loss of a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad that occurred in March 5, 2007, by a bomb explosion. This important and timely exhibition will be held in five New York City cultural venues from July 10 to September 21, 2013.

The Center for Book Arts will be presenting the exhibition, in collaboration with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries, International Print Center New York, and Poets House. This major traveling exhibition, which will feature approximately 250 artists' books and 50 broadside (prints) by artists from around the world, was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK. A comprehensive catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

The Center for Books Arts
July 10-September 21, 2013
Opening Reception July 10, 7-9 pm

Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
July 17-September 21, 2013
Opening Reception: July 17, 6-8pm

Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 535 West 114th St.
July 16-September 21, 2013
Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 16, 6-8pm

International Print Center New York
508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor
June 13-August 9 & September 5-21, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 13, 6-8pm

Poets House
10 River Terrace
July 11-October 5, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11, 6-8pm



6. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Arts Benicia, CA, opening Aug. 3, and more

I am very happy to be in residence at the Arts Benicia Artist in Residency (ABAiR)
More info and photos in the below link:
The exhibit opens on Saturday August 3, 7-9PM.
I will BB-Q with my walking BB-Q at the opening.
707 747 0131
991 Tyler street , #114
Benicia, CA94510
Benicia is about 42 miles North of San Francisco on the delta.
There are 9 new installations/machines displayed in their fantastic space, complete with a large front deck patio looking out on the water.
I have shot around 30 short video clips of local people "Looking Hopefully Towards The Future for 15-60 seconds". It is displayed on 4 video monitors.
I built an interactive installation using robotics, sensors, video, audio and local found objects. I will composed a functioning composition in the gallery using technology and locally sourced materials. There is a "Vine" stretched across the room, with a robotic arm playing it controlled by the viewers aura or the robots react from sensory experience and input not a computer brain, hence they are run by the audience. by touch, sound, wind, heartbeat, etc. a new way to instill consciousness.
All the best,

I will give an artists talk on Saturday, August 10 1-3PM.
Host a workshop Sunday August 18th, 1-5PM.
Gallery hours are 12-5 PM, Thursday-Sunday
The exhibit is finished!



7. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, at Porter Contemporary, Manhattan, opening Aug. 1

Roberta Allen, Group Show, "Starting Small," Porter Contemporary, 548 W. 28 St.
Aug. 1-Sept. 7, Opening 8/1, 6:30-8:30 PM.



8. Jacob Burckhardt, FF Alumn, at The Orchard Alley Garden, Manhattan, Aug. 9

Dear Folks,

On friday, August 9, there will be a rare opportunity to see my movie LANDLORD BLUES in glorious 16mm film!

Information below, and on the attached card.

I hope to see you there!

LANDLORD BLUES (1986, 93 minutes, shot in 16mm. Color Film) is a film about the world's second most passionate relationship, the one between landlords and tenants.
Sometimes in a modern city it's easier to beat a murder rap than it is to get a new lease. George has a lovely girlfriend, and time left on his bicycle shop lease, but so what. Landlord Streck is trying to force him out anyway. Lucky for George, Streck is as inept as he is nasty.
"You know the one profession for which there are no qualifications whatsoever? It's landlord, and they run this town, and they run most of the f---ing civilized world," says Roth, one of our hero's buddies.
Cops, courts, the system, even the mob, they're all irrelevant to the struggle of these do-it-yourselfers in a dog-eat-dog world, where nothing works the way it's supposed to, and trying to hang on to your job and your home can turn you into a crook.
If there's a moral to this story of life in a modern city, it comes from the Threepenny Opera: "Should you survive it's purely accidental."


Friday, August 9. doors open 7:30, movie plays at dusk
suggested admission $5
At The Orchard Alley Garden,
4th street between avenues C and D, New York City

for more information: morusnyc.org/film-fest



9. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA, Aug. 3

a ritual audience participation experience experiment

The Long-Running Underground Hit!

Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.
Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations are encouraged.)


Saturday, August 3, 2013

511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609-2058

For more information
Call: 510-526-7858

2013 Dates!

Saturday, September 7, 2013
Saturday, October 5 , 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013

"Lauded and controversial shaman performance artist Frank Moore ... will be sure to baffle your mind. Moore will attempt to reimagine human emotion through the use of musicians, actors, dancers, and members of the audience.
It's experimental performance art at its most experimental."
George McIntire, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Frank Moore, a genius explorer of the frontiers of human affection."

"One of the country's most controversial and profound artists." Kotori Magazine

"...He's wonderful and hilarious and knows exactly what it's all about and has earned my undying respect. What he's doing is impossible, and he knows it. That's good art...." L.A. Weekly

Resisting "the easy and superficial descriptions..., Moore's work challenges the consensus view more strongly in ways less acceptable than...angry tirades and bitter attacks on consumer culture." Chicago New City

"Transformative..." Moore "is thwarting nature in an astonishing manner, and is fusing art, ritual and religion in ways the Eurocentric world has only dim memories of. Espousing a kind of paganism without bite and aggression, Frank Moore is indeed worth watching." High Performance Magazine

"...one of the U.S.'s most controversial performance artists,...." P-Form Magazine

"If performance art has a radical edge, it has to be Frank Moore." Cleveland Edition

"Surely wonderful and mind-goosing experience." L.A. Reader

"(Frank Moore is) the king of eroticism." Mike Trachel

"We came, we saw, we read local performance artist-provocateur Frank Moore's poem...experience the joys of unsettled discomfort..." - Kimberly Chun, SF Chronicle

Downloadable poster here:




10. Yoko Inoue, Bryan Zanisnik, FF Alumns, at Sculpture Center, Long Island City, Queens, August 3

LIC Block Party
Saturday August 3, Noon-5pm

SculptureCenter is pleased to announce the second annual LIC Block Party, presented with the Purves Street Block Association, featuring art and entertainment for all ages. SculptureCenter welcomes guests free of charge. For location details and directions by public transportation and car, please visit our website. On Facebook Please visit our LIC Block Party event page and let us know you're coming!The LIC Block Party features artist-led activities, live music and performances, an artist market showcasing affordable and functional art and objects, and family-friendly food options from local restaurants including the Burger Garage, LIC Market, Manducatis Rustica, Sage General Store, and Soho Snacks.

Activities include: a social media photo booth with Bryan Zanisnik, a carnival game created by Denise Kupferschmidt and Jeffrey Tranchell, donut-making with Julia Sherman, third eye face painting with Stephanie Dodes, a PON-A-THON with Abby Walton and Travis Boyer, coffee ground readings by Faten Kanaan, a makeover tent with HiChristina!, balloon twisting by Ross Moreno, thaumatrope making with the Museum of the Moving Image, collaborative creating with The Sketchbook Project, rock transformations with the Noguchi Museum, mixed-media sculpture making with Materials for the Arts, and Jacques Louis Vidal's consultation center for the creation of contracts between partners, children and their guardians, and owners and their pets...with bubbles.

SculptureCenter's own Frederick Janka will emcee a performance program featuring DJ Max McFerren, Ross Moreno, the LIC YMCA Bollywood dancers, Faten Kanaan, Urban Technology, and HARIBO.

SculptureCenter has invited a selection of artists to sell their work directly to the public. Participating artists will receive 100% of the proceeds. The Artist Market will feature clothing, drawings, prints, jewelry, publications, records, sculptures, t-shirts, zines, and more by: Adam Kurtz, Court Square Gallery, Erin Considine, FAUX/real, Brian Faucette, Fort Makers, Fuse Works, Hanna Sandin, Julie Thevenot, Kim Hennessy, Miniature Garden publications, n+1, Paper Monument, Paul Branca, Personal Desire Propaganda (Blake Carrington, Grayson Cox, and Asa Gauen), Raul De Nieves, Swill Children, and Yoko Inoue.

Event Sponsors
Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Rockrose Development Corp., Modern Spaces NYC, Nest Seekers International, Soho Snacks, The Z Hotel, Fine Art Frameworks, Green Mountain Energy, Big City Graph-X & Printing, Paris Images Screen Printing, and Uber.

Media Partners:
The L Magazine, Boro Magazine, The Queens Courier, and LIC Courier.

Event Partners:
Elastic City, Long Island City Cultural Alliance (LICCA), LIC Partnership, LIC School of Ballet, Long Island City YMCA, Museum of the Moving Image, Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Queens Tourism Council.

The Purves Street Block Association
Purves Street is one block long and is located at the top of 43rd Avenue at Jackson Avenue. Over 100 residents have joined with SculptureCenter and nearby businesses to focus on neighborhood improvement and quality of life in our corner of Long Island City.



11. Eliza Ladd, FF Alumn, at Berkshire Fringe, Great Barrington, MA, Aug. 2-5

Eliza Ladd and company performing on est déshabillé, a comedy about death Aug 2-5 at Berkshire Fringe in Great Barrington, MA.

Eliza Ladd



12. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, at Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI, Aug. 13

Boswell Book Company: 414.332.1181
2559 N. Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Billy X. Curmano: 507.279.4681

Boswell Book Company is pleased to welcome Billy X. Curmano for the Milwaukee signing and release of his art/adventure book, "Futurism's Bastard Son," at the 2559 N. Downer Avenue store on August 13 at 7 p.m.

Curmano is an award winning artist often remembered for extreme projects projects like a 3-day live burial, 2,367.4-mile lengthwise Mississippi River swim and 40-day juice and water fast in Death Valley.

Futurism's Bastard Son is a kind of coffee table art book with an optional DVD that documents these and 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.

Futurism's Bastard Son was published by Mark Pezinger Verlag - Vienna. It's an artist's life as art in 164 black and white images, poetry and text designed by Astrid Seme. The hard copy is relatively guilt free. Curmano spent several years as a tree planter.

See the store at http://www.billyx.net for images or to order online.

Billy X.




13. LoVid, FF Alumns, at South Street Seaport, Manhattan, and more

We have two projects that are exhibiting in NYC this summer.

190 Front Street, South Street Seaport, Manhattan, NYC
We were delighted to be a part of River to River Festival in June. During the event we produced a series of portraits that have been assembled into one image; a human QR code. The work is on display at the store window of 190 Front Street at South Street Seaport.
We hope you can check it out, and use your QR scanner to reveal many more images and notes from the project participants.
U R QR is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhatan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhatan Cultural Council. Commissioning support for this project was provided in part by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council .


*Telephone Rewired

Harvestworks Pocket Gallery
596 Broadway, #602 Manhattan, NYC
Closing Reception Friday August 2 7-9pm
Note: there's also a special preview for documentation This Sunday July 28 at 10AM (let us know if you want to come for that) and it's showing all week starting July 29 from noon-6pm.
Telephone Rewired is a series of works combining an immersive art installation combining flashing lights and pulsing sound with a scientific experiment that invites the viewer to think about the future of human cognition. This work is a collaboration with Sean Montgomery.Telephone Rewired is presented as part of NYEAF.




14. Dona Ann McAdams, FF Alumn, at Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa, NY, opening August 2

Dona Ann McAdams, FF Alumn, is exhibiting photographs at the Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, opening August 2, 5-8 pm and continuing thru August 24



15. Julie Gribble, FF Member, publishes new book

Our first book Bubblegum Princess, inspired by Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince Williams' fairytale romance, has been released!

If you don't yet have the book, please consider grabbing a copy during our
Big Bubblegum Book Buy, today on Amazon.

Press and Reviews
It's a charming, pink-drenched book based on a real-life, gum-chewing incident in Kate Middleton's life, reinterpreted for this special occasion. Kate's gum-chewing leads to true love with Prince Will. -- LA Times

A fun book filled with great characters, including corgis. This one will have your kids asking for it to be read over and over. -- Mom-Spot

The pages of Bubblegum Princess are beautifully illustrated with bright colors and detailed portraits. My daughter immediately requested I read her "Bubblegum Princess" again. We both really enjoyed the book's humor and storytelling. -- The Royal Baby Blog

Bubblegum Princess
by Julie Gribble
illustrated by Lori Hanson

Bubblegum Princess takes readers on an adventure filled with

Royals, The Queen's favorite dogs - corgis - and tons of bubblegum fun.



16. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Museum, Manhattan, Aug. 4

are invited to
Show&Tell Series
No. 1
Better Mutes
www.mmuseumm.com @mmuseumm
Ceremonial Traditions
It is legal to burn the U.S. flag but what happens if someone burns an almighty dollar? What is the difference between mutilation and art-making? Harley Spiller leads this hands-on public program featuring his collection of nearly 11 pounds of bizarre U.S. currency. Learn to spot valuable "error money" in pocket change and go home much better equipped to protect yourself against counterfeiters.
presented by
Harley Spiller
Sunday August 4th
4pm at Museum
Cortlandt Alley
Between Franklin St & White St
(near all Canal St. subway stations)

E: natalie@mmuseumm.com
Cortlandt Alley, between Franklin & White Sts.
New York, NY 10003

WHO: Harley Spiller, a.k.a. Inspector Collector (tm)
WHAT: Better Mutes: The Real Deal Behind Bizarre, Mutilated & Counterfeit Currency, a special Museum presentation hosted by Harley Spiller
WHERE: Museum, Cortlandt Alley between Franklin & White Streets, New York, NY 10003
WHEN: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 4 pm EST
DIRECTIONS: Near all major Canal Street trains
Photo opportunities will be provided during the event.
Please RSVP to Natalie Guevara, natalie@mmuseumm.com, to confirm your attendance and to receive additional information or images.

It is legal to burn the U.S. flag but what happens if someone burns an almighty dollar? What is the difference between mutilation and art-making? Kicking off its exclusive "Show & Tell" Series on Sunday, August 4th, Museum - New York City's smallest institution devoted to the curation and exhibition of modern-day artifacts - will welcome special guest Harley Spiller, a.k.a. Inspector Collector, as he leads this hands-on public program showcasing the oddest gems in his nearly 11-pound collection of bizarre U.S. currency. Offering a deviant perspective of the U.S. currency system - and an up-close glimpse at some of the most mutilated, defaced, devalued and just plain fake money around - visitors will hear the most extraordinary tales behind the treasure (and one that personally involves a former U.S. Treasury Secretary).

Most valuable of all: Learn to spot "error money" in pocket change and go home much better equipped to protect yourself against counterfeiters. Following the event, visitors can view highlights from Spiller's international collection, currently on display for Museum's Season 2.

Harley Spiller, a.k.a. Inspector Collector(tm), is a professional museum educator who presents his international collections to inspire the life-long love of learning. Spiller's award-winning collections of restaurant menus, flags, maps, spoons, and more have been exhibited in museums around the world, from The Smithsonian Institution to El Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. Numerous television credits include appearances as host, guest, and announcer for TLC, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "To Tell the Truth," MTV, VH1 and CNN Headline News. Cited by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Collectors," Spiller has twice been named by Art in America for "Exhibitions of the Year." A permanent installation featuring his newsstand paperweight collection is scheduled to open at The New York State Museum in late 2013. Spiller's passion for collecting everyday objects was sparked when he handled President George Washington's spoon during a high school internship at The White House. He has gone on to present museum studies courses for the past 30 years in public and private schools across the globe. Recently, Spiller contributed to books like Street Art 365 (ABRAMS 2011) and Gastropolis: Food and New York City (Columbia University Press 2008), and The New York Times published his editorial on collecting in 2010. Spiller holds a B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University, an M.A. in Liberal Studies with Honors from The New School for Social Research, and The Guinness World Record for the world's largest collection of restaurant menus. www.inspectorcollector.com

About Museum
The smallest museum in New York, Museum is devoted to the curation and exhibition of modern-day artifacts and vernacular objects from around the world. Viewable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and open to the public on weekends 12pm-6pm, Museum is housed within a defunct elevator shaftway in Cortlandt Alley, located on the border of Manhattan's Chinatown and TriBeCa neighborhoods. Founded in 2012 by Alex Kalman, Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie of Red Bucket Films, Museum is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a national non-profit arts service organization. The space serves as a center for mounted exhibitions, video installations, limited-edition showcases, performance pieces, film screenings and a lecture series.
Media Contact
Natalie Guevara
E: natalie@mmuseumm.com
Twitter: @mmuseumm
Instagram: @mmuseumm



17. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, in Paper Magazine, July 2013

Paper Magazine's July 2013 issue features an image by Martha Wilson with text by Carlo McCormick. Please visit the following link:


Thank you.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller