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Contents for August 12, 2013

1. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, August events

Greetings art lovers! I'm in a few shows this weekend, come on by and see some new work. And mark your calendar for 4'33" on 8/29.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 5-7 PM opening
Evolve Design Gallery
86-88 Mill Hill Rd. (opposite Playhouse lane)

This show, "Beauty, nature and landscape"features me, September Heart and Stewart Dean and I'm showing a bunch of large prints from my "Decorating Nature" series, which can be seen here, in its entirety: http://decoratingnature.blogspot.com

For more information on Evolve:


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 4-7 PM opening
The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods' first ever art exhibit, curated by Lindsey Jardine, this exhibition, "Current Hues of the Hudson: contemporary artists working in the Hudson Valley", features a whole bunch of noteworthy Hudson valley artists and ME!! I'm proud to have been chosen for this show and am eager to see it; it should be great. I'm showing a print of a collage of 11 or so of my 'historical' marker sculptures. I tried to get them to install the markers themselves, but they couldn't make it happen. For more info on these sculptures, check out the vid here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuMPHNKHkzU

For more information on Bethel Woods Center: http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/bwevents/eventdetail.aspx?id=399


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 6-9 PM opening
Beacon Artist's Union
506 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508
The Beacon Artist's Union is putting on "The Worlds smallest Museum of Controversial Art by Molly Rausch, Norm Magnusson and David Goldin", a much smaller version of the exhibition we staged at KMOCA earlier this year. Highlights of that show can be seen here: http://kmofca.blogspot.com

For more information on BAU: http://baugallery.com


28 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY

Last but not least, mark your calendars for August 29, the 3rd annual performance of John Cage's seminal piece 4'33". Presented again this year at WAAM on the 61st anniversary of the piece's world premier, which happened in Woodstock on Aug. 29, 1952. For info about the piece and last year's 60th anniversary performance, click here: http://fourththirty3sixty.blogspot.com

Performers will be announced shortly.

Check out other available artwork here: http://availableartwork.blogspot.com



2. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, new publication now available

The third volume of the adventures of Captain Cap (there will be four) is now available from Black Scat Books, in a limited edition of 125. The adventures of the prototypical 'pataphysical antihero, first published by Alphonse Allais in 1902, have been scrupulously translated, illustrated, and annotated by Doug Skinner; they appear in English for the first time.

The incomparable Captain is particularly erudite in these sixteen stories:
as he savors his cocktails, he elucidates the antifilter, the nonuplet, ballooning without a balloon, grandiose billiards, fecal residue in Christmas sausage, shoeing horses at a distance, and much more. To quote Albert Capus: "The humor of Alphonse Allais was a rigorous affirmation, whose gravity could not be doubted. And since it was also impossible to believe, you found yourself in a strange position which condemned you to a burst of laughter."

And you can find it at blackscatbooks.com.



3. EcoArtTech (Leila Nadir & Cary Peppermint), jc lenochan, LuLu LoLo, China Blue Wong, FF Alumns, in Art in Odd Places 2013, Manhattan, Oct. 11-20

FALL PREVIEW: Art in Odd Places 2013: NUMBER / October 11-20

Along 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River, NYC

Art in Odd Places (AiOP), New York City's annual public art and performance festival announces the program for its ninth edition to take place this October 11-20 along 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River.

This year's theme is NUMBER which investigates the pressing, poignant and provocative ways in which numbers populate daily life. Everyday, in countless ways, they hold us to account, steal into our memories, lead us and crowd us - through banks and foreclosures, landlords, censuses, salaries, passwords, pin numbers and phone numbers, votes and statistics. Calculation, measurement and collection exist alongside hope, luck and play.

The artists in this edition play with the restrictions and buoyancies of numbers in our daily lives: they archive daily thoughts; explore the oppositional meanings of numbers; invite you to a game of happiness hopscotch; or on an urban wildnerness hike led by a canine companion and a Companion Species app; give out lottery tickets in return for your desires; re-imagine the street through novel forms of wayfinding; map the waterlines of our topography; dial a call to connect you to your past; and stimulate an exchange on the "hot button issues" that face our city. "We invited artists to explore the numerologies of our time,' said guest curator, Radhika Subramaniam, "and their projects combine the mundane, mythic and magical in equal proportions."

"This year, I'm excited to take the 'show on the road', exploring the same theme in diverse locations with their own stories, histories and scale," said Ed Woodham, director/founder of AiOP. "AiOP will work with local artists in Warringah and Manly, Australia and at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina."


ARTISTS: Susan Begy & Sasha Sumner | Concerned New Yorkers | EcoArtTech (Leila Nadir & Cary Peppermint) | Merav Ezer | Samwell Freeman & Julia Vallera | Adam Frelin | Go! Push Pops | Rory Golden | Pedro Gómez-Egaña | Faith Holland | Samantha Holmes | Paula Hunter | Institute for Sociometry (Peter Bergman, Heather Link, & Jim Hanson) | Ariela Kader | Jeff Kasper & Sophie Cooke | JC Lenochan | LuLu LoLo | Colin MacFadyen | Jerry McGuire | Shannon Novak | Jody Servon | A.E. Souzis | Karen Elaine Spencer | Ani Taj | Tatlo | Toisha Tucker | Vicky Virgin | Gretchen Vitamvas | China Blue Wong | Tracee Worley | Amy Young

CURATOR: Radhika Subramaniam is Director/Chief Curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons The New School for Design where she is Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory. With an interest in urban crises and surprises, her curatorial practice is cross-disciplinary, committed to critical urbanism, social and political justice, and public pedagogy. In 2009, she curated AiOP: SIGN with Erin Donnelly.

AiOP Founder and Director: Ed Woodham
Festival Producer: Sarah Brozna
Curatorial Assistant: Claire Demere


Hot Button Issues / Concerned New Yorkers: Part public performance, part civic survey, the artists use the tradition of political campaign pins to map the concerns of New Yorkers.

The Dept of Accumulated Thoughts, Division Overtime / Tatlo (Sara Jimenez, Michael Watson, Jade Yumang): A performative archiving by three characters with an office desk who will interact and survey the public through a rigorous method of absurdist but essential data collecting.

Borders / Merav Ezer: Installation of an architectural blueprint of the artist's apartment into which she will invite guests.

Human Cannonball Countdown / Rory Golden: A colorful cape-wearing figure in a gold helmet enlists help from passersby in surprising interactions to conduct random acts of boldness, bravery and fun. This Human Cannonball counts down to audacious acts in cahoots with the public.

Opportunity for Reflection / Institute for Sociometry: Inspired by the oppositional identities that numbers evoke in us, docents carrying facial reflection shadow boxes with changeable images will invite the public to see their faces inset into portraits relating to a number on the box.

Remembrance of Phone Numbers Past / LuLu LoLo: Telephone Operator Loretta, circa 1940, will attempt to connect passers-by to the earliest phone number they remember and invite them to leave a message to the past.

Wallart Takeover / Jerry D. McGuire: 50 hand-painted unauthorized advertisements reading: Wallart, Save Money, Live Poorer, 99% of the entire store.

Manhattan Phrase: 40.74279,-74.008981 to 40.728411,-73.975679 / Shannon Novak: An augmented reality mobile experience of the musical history of twelve sites on 14th Street, connecting songs to colors and shapes.

Dirty Laundry Line / Tracee Worley: A toll-free hot-line that invites the public to air their "dirty laundry".

WISH//CLOCK / Toisha Tucker: A series of clock faces with all the numbers in the same or consecutive order granting the possibility of a wish come true.
Signs of Intelligence / Samwell Freeman and Julia Vallera: Hand crafted, temporarily installed street signs that re-imagine NYC's historic "14th street". The signs are designed to hide in plain sight, offering a surprising reward for perceptive pedestrians.
Dreams for Free / Jody Servon: The artist purchases and distributes lottery tickets to people inviting them to share their desires in exchange for a chance at winning millions of dollars.

0 (Women) / Paula Hunter and JUMP!: A relay dance performed by young dancers advertising on their backs the jobs/positions that women have never held.
Take a Number / Vicky Virgin: A choreographer and demographic analyst invites the public on an adventure to see how art and statistical literacy connect.

October 11-20, 2013. Opening reception Friday, October 11 featuring a selection of the festival projects. Location: TBD

14th Street between Avenue C and the Hudson River, New York City.

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is a thematic annual festival that presents visual and performance art in public spaces along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October. Active in New York City since 2005, AiOP aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. Using 14th Street as a laboratory, this project continues AiOP's work to locate apertures in public space policies, and to inspire the popular imagination for new possibilities and engagement with civic space. AiOP is a project of GOH Productions.

Jen Smith •
(813) 468-7719 • amensuburbia@gmail.com

Sarah Brozna •
(917) 828-5011 • Sarahbrozna@gmail.com

Ed Woodham •

Art in Odd Places (c) 2013, All rights reserved
Art in Odd Places • 391 Bond Street #3 • Brooklyn, New York 11231



4. Mark Tribe, Petah Coyne, Kate Gilmore, James Siena, Fred Wilson, FF Alumns, at School of Visual Arts, Manhattan

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
MA in Curatorial Practice Chaired by Steven Henry Madoff; Mark Tribe appointed Chair of MFA Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994

School of Visual Arts President David Rhodes has appointed internationally renowned curator, critic and author Steven Henry Madoff to chair a new MA Curatorial Practice Department and appointed artist, educator and Rhizome founder Mark Tribe to chair the MFA Fine Arts Department.

"The exponential growth of the global arts enterprise has greatly increased the need for curatorial knowledge and production," Madoff said. "The Master's in Curatorial Practice at SVA will take full advantage of the opportunities for study, mentorship and professional development right on our doorstep in New York City."

Among those slated to teach in the MA Curatorial Practice Department are Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator, White Columns; Hou Hanru, internationally renowned independent curator; Richard Flood, Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large, the New Museum; Claire Gilman, Curator, Drawing Center; David Ross, former Director of the Whitney and the SFMOMA, and chair, MFA Art Practice Department, SVA; David Frankel, Editorial Director, MoMA; Charles Renfro, partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Manon Slome, former curator at the Guggenheim and President and Chief Curator, No Longer Empty; Daniel Kunitz, Editor in Chief, Modern Painters; and Jovana Stokic, former Curator of Performance, Location One, and Deputy Director, MA Curatorial Practice Department, SVA; among many others.

The MFA Fine Arts Department at SVA reflects the diversity of New York City's many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. Faculty members include Polly Apfelbaum, Sharon Fleischmann Aquavita, Perry Bard, Jake Berthot, James Clark, Petah Coyne, Kenji Fujita, Kate Gilmore, Johan Grimonprez, Ken Landauer, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Stephen Maine, Suzanne McClelland, Robert Melee, Marilyn Minter, Judith Page, Alix Pearlstein, David Row, Michelle Segre, James Siena, Lisa Sigal, Amy Smith-Stewart, Gary Stephan, Julianne Swartz, Hakan Topal, Fred Wilson, and Jacqueline Winsor.

The MA Curatorial Practice Department will open its doors in the fall of 2014. To request information or apply, contact macp@sva.edu.

Steven Henry Madoff was a senior critic at Yale, served as a curator for the Venice Biennale, and as President and Editorial Director of the AltaCultura division of MoMA. He was Executive Editor of ARTnews, was an art critic at Time magazine, and is a Contributing Editor at Modern Painters and ARTnews. His books include Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) (MIT Press), Pop Art: A Critical History (University of California Press), and Christopher Wilmarth: Light and Gravity (Princeton University Press), among others. Most recently he directed "Host & Guest," a multi-platform program of exhibitions and events at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Mark Tribe is an artist, educator and the founder of Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Tribe's art explores the aesthetics of political performances such as protest speeches, street protests and militia training exercises. His photographs, installations, videos and performances are exhibited widely; Posse Comitatus, a collaboration with Chelsea Knight that employs dance and video to examine the activities of American paramilitary groups, is on view at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, through September 9.

Prior to their new appointments, Madoff and Tribe taught in the MFA Art Practice Department at SVA.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College's 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit www.sva.edu.



5. Roger Shimomura, FF Alumn, at Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA, opening Aug. 22

Roger Shimomura
An American Knockoff: Paintings
August 22 - September 28

Opening reception & artist talk
There is an opening reception for Roger Shimomura from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., August 22, 2013. The artist will give informal walking tours of his work at 6:30 p.m.

Greg Kucera Gallery is very pleased to announce our eleventh exhibition of work by Roger Shimomura. Shimomura's paintings address the politics of ethnicity and perspectives of the Japanese American experience. Through an aesthetic and political comparison between contemporary America and traditional Japan, the artist uses images from both cultures, creating a complicated layering of pictorial information and social observation. As his paintings and prints are interpreted and decoded by the viewer, Shimomura's tangled intentions are revealed in a subtly political way.

The title of this exhibition, An American Knockoff, references the United States' popular culture's attitude towards Asian Americans as not being real Americans, merely imitations. Many of Shimomura's paintings portray the artist as various American, Chinese and Japanese icons while others portray him as himself doing battle with those same iconic figures in cartoon and pop references.

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, a city where ethnic diversity is standard fare; however, for the last forty years, I have lived in the Midwest, where the Asian American presence is still somewhat of a rarity.

Since living in Kansas, I have found it to be routine to be asked what part of Japan I am from, or how long I have lived in this country. Just as common, subtle references continue to connect me to stereotypical "oriental" traits, both physical and behavioral. Far too many American-born citizens of Asian descent continue to be accepted as only "American knockoffs." This latest series of paintings is an attempt to ameliorate the outrage of these misconceptions by depicting myself battling those stereotypes or, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, becoming those very same stereotypes.
- Roger Shimomura

Shimomura received a B.A. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. He has had over 130 solo exhibitions of paintings and prints, as well as presented his experimental theater pieces at such venues as the Franklin Furnace, New York City, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

He is the recipient of more than 30 grants, including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Painting and Performance Art. Shimomura is in the permanent collections of over 85 museums nation wide. His personal papers and letters are being collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Shimomura began teaching at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS in 1969. In 2004 he retired from teaching and started the Shimomura Faculty Research Support Fund, an endowment to foster faculty research in the Department of Art. He currently lives and works in Lawrence, KS.
To view more work by Roger Shimomura go to http://www.gregkucera.com/shimomura.htm

Greg Kucera Gallery, Inc. 212 Third Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104



6. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia, Sept. 21-Nov. 24

John Baldessari
21 September-24 November 2013

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
Gorky Park, 9 Krymsky Val
119049 Moscow, Russia
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11-21h,
Friday-Sunday 11-22h
T +7 495 645 05 20

John Baldessari's first exhibition in Russia, 1+1=1, offers a playful double-take on the canon of art history and continues the artist's longstanding investigation into the tensions between text and image in art. Produced in 2011 and 2012, the works were created in four interconnected parts-Double Vision, Double Feature, Double Bill (Part 1 and 2) and Double Play. The exhibition at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture will be the first time a selection from the whole series is seen together.

Using art history textbooks as his source, Baldessari has selected masterpieces from the 18th to the 20th centuries by artists including Chardin, de Chirico, Courbet, David, Duchamp, Gaugin, Hockney, Magritte, Malevich, Manet, Matisse and Warhol. In each instance, he gives the works a new lease on life by choosing a fragment and interpreting it as a complete image in its own right before 'doubling' or pairing it with a text that appears as a title. Works in Double Vision pair one artist's name with a visual fragment from another well-known artist; Double Feature combines an outtake of an Old Master painting with a title from film noir; Double Bill juxtaposes images culled from two works, with one of the artists named below and the other not; and Double Play couples an image with a title from a song.

1+1=1 is co-curated by Garage's new Chief Curator, Kate Fowle, and International Advisor, Hans Ulrich Obrist. The show is presented as part of the citywide cultural program developed in conjunction with the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. In celebration of Baldessari's first visit to Moscow, Garage is hosting a public conversation between the artist and Ilya Kabakov on Wednesday 18 September 2013. Over the opening weekend of the Biennale, the artist will also unveil a new work created specifically for Garage on two billboards in Gorky Park.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 150-page, bilingual hardcover catalogue with an interview between the artist and curators, as well as a new essay by curator and writer Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, the museum of modern art in Stockholm, Sweden.

Artist Talk:
John Baldessari in conversation with Ilya Kabavov
Wednesday 18 September 2013, 19h
Central House of Artists
10 Krymsky Val
119049, Moscow
Advanced booking is required.
For further information, please contact brittany@garageccc.com.

About Garage
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is a platform for new thinking in Moscow. Through an extensive program of exhibitions, events, research, education and publishing, Garage reflects on current developments in Russian and international culture, creating opportunities for public dialogue and the production of new work and ideas.

Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova, the institution is building a unique archive focusing on the development of contemporary art in Russia, while pioneering diverse educational projects for families and professionals that are the first of their kind in the country. These provide the foundation from which the program of experimental exhibitions, events and screenings are initiated.

In May 2012, Garage launched a publishing program in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press, which includes the translation of major texts on contemporary art and architecture, new media, photography, theater, cinema, sociology and cultural marketing. In October 2012, Garage relocated from its former home in the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage to Gorky Park. Garage Pavilion, designed by Shigeru Ban, houses an exhibition hall, café and bookshop.

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation.



7. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Peanut Underground Art Projects, Manhattan, opening Aug. 17

Barbara Rosenthal Solo Show at Peanut Underground Art Projects, NYC. Opening and 65th Birthday Party Sat, Aug 17, 8-11pm. "Barbara Rosenthal: Conceptual Photo Collages and Video" Aug 17-26. Peanut Underground Art Projects, 215 E. 5th St, lower level (between Bowery and Second Ave), NY, NY 10003. tel: 917 723 2524

Peanut Underground is proud to present Conceptual Composites, a solo exhibition by the Media and Performance artist Barbara Rosenthal, presenting six photo collages created in 2008 comprising images spanning over 30 years. We will also stream 1979 black-and-white video "Pregnancy Dreams Priming a Wall" which she recently digitized at the New Museum's XFR STN (Transfer Station) media archiving project



8. Scott McCarney, FF Alumn, current news

smARTnews SUMMER edition is freshly posted and ready for your eyes at scottmccarney.blogspot.com

Echo Art Fair
VSW Pub Fair
NY Art Book Fair

DIY (Visits Chicago)
"I DO!?"
Memory Theatre 2013
A Human Document: Selections from the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Collection

Thanks for clicking.

Scott McCarney
22 Cayuga Street
Rochester NY 14620 USA




9. Dahn Hiuni, FF Alumn, at Mixed Greens, Manhattan, Aug. 21-22

A gay performance artist with creative block
meets the ghost of his grandfather,
a rabbi killed in the Holocaust.


an immersive theater piece

With David Ilku, Kate Konigisor, Peter Levine and Peter B. Schmitz

Music by Academy Award-winning composer Yuval Ron

Written and Directed by Dahn Hiuni

August 21 and 22, 2013 at 8pm

Mixed Greens
531 West 26 Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10001

All tickets $18 general admission at murmursplay.com



10. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Museum of Arts and Design, Manhattan, Aug. 15

On Thursday August 15th at 7pm FREE
The Museum of Art and Design will screen our film
An Evening With Quentin Crisp and Penny Arcade
for the first time since that iconic performance in Vienna in 1995
Join Penny Arcade and long time collaborator Steve Zehentner
in celebrating the great wit of Quentin Crisp
Please share freely





11. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, Sept. 17-Nov. 16

The Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ, will present several of my bookworks in the exhibition TANGIBLES: BEAUTY, PURPOSE AND THE ART OF THE BOOK from September 17 -November 16, 2013. Please visit if you are in the area.


My bookworks are being represented in New York City by CENTRAL BOOKING, 19-21 Ludlow Street, NYC.If you are in the area please visit to see my works.

Thank you.

Claire Jeanine Satin



12. Geoff Hendricks, Ray Johnson, Warren Lehrer, Clive Phillpot, Ed Ruscha, WWIII, FF Alumns, at NY Art Book Fair, Long Island City, NY, Sept. 19-22

Printed Matter, Inc.
NY Art Book Fair
September 20-22, 2013

Preview: Thursday, September 19, 6-9 pm

22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY


Printed Matter, Inc. presents the eighth annual NY Art Book Fair, September 20-22, at MoMA PS1, with a public opening on the evening of Thursday, September 19, from 6 to 9pm.

Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's leading event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines showcased by more than 280 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from more than twenty countries.

Last year's NY Art Book Fair saw its largest attendance to date with more than 25,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts attending over the course of the event.

The NY Art Book Fair 2013 is shaping up to be another incredibly exciting installment of the fair, with a dynamic program of special projects, screenings, book signings and performances taking place throughout the weekend. The Classroom-a curated series of artist-led workshops, readings, and discussions-and the annual Contemporary Artists' Books Conference-a two-day symposium on emerging practices and dialog within art-book culture-run throughout the fair and are free to the public.

Fair preview
Join us Thursday, September 19, 6 to 9pm, for an opening night preview to get an early look at the 280 exhibitors. The event will feature a live set on the steps of MoMA PS1 by MASKS (New York City-based duo Alexis Georgopoulos and Max Ravitz) incorporating elements of underground dance music through analog synthesizers and drum machines. Terekke (Matt Gardner) will perform an opening set of subliminal, dub-influenced basement house.

Special programming

The Classroom
Now in its fifth year, this curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs is also an informal venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature new releases and present their publications. Participants include Tréy Sager with Badlands Unlimited (New York); Olof Olsson with Rollo Press (Switzerland); Linda Simpson with Peradam (New York); Elisabeth Tonnard and Chris Burnett with J&L Books (Scranton, PA); Amish Morrell with C Magazine (Canada); the curators of the Libros Mutantes Book Fair (Spain) and many others. The Classroom is organized by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.

Contemporary Artists' Books Conference
The sixth annual Contemporary Artists' Books Conference presents two full days of lively debate on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture. Conference sessions will cover an array of topics, including artists' books by designers, experimental comics, pedagogy, 'text engines,' as well as photobooks in relation to the exhibition of photographic works.

This year's conference will feature keynote addresses from Clive Phillpot and Warren Lehrer. Clive Phillpot, a noted critic and preeminent figure in the field of artists' books, will give a rare New York appearance on the occasion of his long-awaited Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artist's Books Since 1972. Writer and book artist Warren Lehrer will discuss his classic book works and present a multimedia performance of his latest work.

The full schedule of Conference sessions and advance reservation for keynote talks are available at nyartbookfair.com/conference.

The Schoolyard & the Small Press Dome
A lively selection of international artists, zinesters, and small presses will represent independent publishing at its most innovative and affordable in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Select exhibitors include The Song Cave (Northampton, MA); Cine Qua Non (Portugal); Bodega (Philadelphia, PA); Edizioni Corraini (Italy); and Lodret Vandret (Denmark), among many others.

Friendly Fire
A diverse group of politically-minded artists and collectives focused on the intersection of art and activism, this section of The Schoolyard includes Bureau for Open Culture (Burlington, VT), Temporary Services/Half Letter Press (Chicago, IL), Journal of Aesthetics and Protest (Los Angeles, CA), Autonomedia (Brooklyn) and World War 3 (New York), and others.

Swiss focus
A selection of 13 Swiss presses, booksellers, and zine-makers present You Owe Me A Book, a curated room presenting a look at the vibrant state of contemporary Swiss publishing practice, with an emphasis on the visual arts, photography, architecture, and design. Participating publishers have invited nine artists to present their interventions within the context of the fair.

Focus: Photography
A curated cross-section of photo-based books and magazines, this year's Focus: Photography presents the latest from an exciting mix of publishers including A-Jump Books (Ithaca, NY), Dashwood Books (New York), AKAAKA (Tokyo), Kominek Books (Germany), Little Brown Mushroom (Saint Paul, MN), Mörel Books (United Kingdom), and TBW Books (Oakland, CA), and more.

Exhibitor project rooms
FULTON RYDER (New York) presents a project space titled Inside, insight, inner experience, inspiration, inner trips, inner voices, invisibility, into it, in step, in crowd, Inside Daisy Clover, industrial revolution, see through; onestar press / Three Star Books and Florence Loewy (France) will install a site-specific presentation of Jonathan Monk's Billboard Book Project to be designed by Benjamin Critton; Werkplaats Typografie (The Netherlands), a fair favorite, presents a collaborative project by its entire student body for the fifth year running; Badlands Unlimited (New York) will premiere a small exhibition comprised of drawings and notes made by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist; Yale School of Architecture (New Haven, CT) presents 16,392 Images That Matter to Architecture, a presentation of work from the 2008-2012 seminar "Books and Architecture" organized by Luke Bulman.

Fair exhibitions
Bruno Munari
An exhibition of book works by Bruno Munari, presented by Edizioni Corraini, will be housed in the courtyard dome. The exhibition includes a collection of rare and out-of-print artist and design books by the late Italian artist, offering a comprehensive survey of his influential career. Selections from the private collection of Giorgio Maffei will be on view as well.

The Ray Johnson Room
On view: Ray Johnson's Book of Death (all 13 pages!) alongside selections from the semi-mythical bitch-zine Sinking Bear, where he was a driving force. Brought to you by Division Leap and Boo-Hooray.

Andrew Roth, in association with PPP Editions, will present Paperwork-an exhibition of artists' scrapbooks featuring works by Brigid Berlin, Jimmy de Sana, John Evans, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Al Hansen, Richard Hawkins, Geoffrey Hendricks, Ray Johnson, Leigh Ledare, Gerhard Richter and Jean-Michel Wicker. In addition, PPP Editions will be hosting CAGE.

In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company
For the first time the fair will feature a satellite exhibition, presented by ARTBOOK | DAP, ForYourArt, and PictureBox, and generously hosted by See.Me. Located at 26-19 Jackson Avenue, a five-minute walk from PS1, this extensive exhibition contains more than 200 posters spanning 40 years, including work by Ed Ruscha, Kathryn Andrews, Peter Coffin, Eve Fowler and Allen Ruppersberg. Organized by Jan Tumlir, Brian Roettinger and Christopher Michlig.

Artists installations
David Kennedy Cutler and Sara Greenberger Rafferty (both New York) present Paper Cuts, a new project of art at the margins, which includes posters, multiples, accessories, books, tests, samples, cast-offs, and studio stuff, curiosities made by a selected gang of fellow makers.

Ed. Varie and Japanese greenery artist Satoshi Kawamoto will build Plant/Book Store by Ed. Varie, a greenhouse in the main courtyard of PS1 that embraces the literal and figurative grass-roots elements in publishing. Special publications will also be launched; Deco Room with Plants by Satoshi Kawamoto, and Garden Variety by Ed. Varie.

Filip Noterdaeme (Brooklyn) presents The Stein Shrine, a tribute in words and images to Gertrude Stein, America's "homme de lettres, homme not femme" (Virgil Thomson), in celebration of the 80th anniversary of her memoir, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Harcourt Brace, 1933) and his recent publication, The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart (Outpost19, 2013).

New editions
New artwork editions to benefit the NY Art Book Fair
Printed Matter presents new limited-edition artworks by Karlheinz Weinberger, Sarah Crowner and Mungo Thomson. These editions support the fair, helping to ensure the event remains free. Editions may be purchased at the Printed Matter fair booth or online through the Printed Matter website.

New book to benefit the Contemporary Artists' Books Conference
This year's Conference Edition is a new book from LA-based artist Eve Fowler, Anyone Telling Anything is Telling That Thing, documenting Fowler's public art project that uses posters incorporating the text of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons. The book includes an essay by Litia Perta and Corrine Fitzpatrick and is designed by Lauren Mackler of Public Fiction and produced by Conveyor Arts.

Hours and location
The NY Art Book Fair is free and open to the public:

Thursday, September 19, 6pm-9pm
Friday, September 20, 12pm-7pm
Saturday, September 21, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 22, 11am-7pm


For more information or press inquiries please call (212) 925 0325 or write nyartbookfair@printedmatter.org.

Printed Matter is excited to soon announce the dates for the second annual LA Art Book Fair. Exhibitor applications will open September 2013.

Special thanks
Printed Matter thanks Klaus Biesenbach, Peter Katz, David Figueroa and the staff of MoMA PS1, as well as Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Garrick Gott, Dana Kash, the Ace Hotel, Talas, American Apparel, Canada Council for the Arts, e-flux, Kayrock Screenprinting, Inc., Peter Norton, David Teiger, See.Me., the British Council, Robert Rubin, Shapco Printing, Inc., Showpaper, Vita Coco, and our other partners and in-kind supporters.

Printed Matter, Inc.
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications.

Printed Matter, Inc. has received support, in part, through grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Booth Ferris Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund (The Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture Grants), The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Gesso Foundation, Mayor's Fund to Advance New York and the Fund for the City of New York, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Art Dealers of America Association, The Jerome Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Orphiflamme Foundation, The Harpo Foundation, The Leon Levy Foundation, The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Furthermore Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Mondriaan Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Schoenstadt Family Foundation, The Jay DeFeo Trust, Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation, Society of American Archivists, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, New York Council for the Humanities, Shapco, and individuals worldwide.



13. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, at A Lot, Long Beach, CA, Sept. 7

Dear Friends,
I will be participating in the A LOT Initiative (see below) on September 7th at a lot located at Anaheim & Walnut Streets in Long Beach. I have created an installation/sculpture for a short collaborative performance choreographed by Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, with projected animations by David Familian, titled "Who is She?" There will be two performances, one at 5:45 PM and the second at 7:45 PM. Only the 7:45 PM performance will include the video projections by David Familian, when the evening sky will be dark enough. Both performances are free.
"A LOT is a community-wide initiative presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach in collaboration with partners throughout the City of Long Beach, California. A LOT will present free arts experiences on vacant lots in traditionally underserved areas of the city through the end of August 2014. A LOT was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received by the Arts Council. Long Beach was the only city in Southern California selected to receive an Our Town grant and only one of six (in the U.S.) to receive the largest grant of $150,000 over two years."

You can see more about A LOT and about other wonderful performances at http://alotlongbeach.org/

If you are in Long Beach, please come! If you are not in Long Beach, please also come! Hope to see you there!!




14. Liz Magic Laser, FF Alumn, at Electronic Arts Intermix, Manhattan, Aug. 14


Videos by Oliver Laric, Liz Magic Laser, lya Lipkin & Joen Vedel, Takeshi Murata & Billy Grant, Rachel Rose, Georgia Sagri, Shanzhai Biennial, Pilvi Takala, and Stewart Uoo

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011

Admission free

Please join EAI for Uncanny Valleys, a special summer screening of new and recent video works by young artists who are exploring the formal, conceptual, and critical possibilities that emerge from interaction with unfaithful simulations, imperfect replication, and the slightly wrong. On a graph plotting emotional response to human likeness, the "uncanny valley" is a region of profound visceral unease elicited by simulated human features that look, move, or behave in ways that are almost, but not quite, natural. This response is why robotic characters like C3PO and R2D2 are perceived as cute, but a robot with synthetic skin, fake hair, and moving eyes is deeply disquieting. Uncanny Valleys measures both the width and depth of the uncanny valley, featuring videos that deploy inauthentic likenesses of human beings or deliberately skewed or bootleg versions of fictional characters, as well as inexact or differential copies of images, objects, and places. Casting a wide net with this metaphor, the videos in the screening program ask questions about how flawed proxies can be deployed for formal experimentation or social, economic, and political critique.

Georgia Sagri's new video Tromi (2013), created using the camera on her laptop, confronts us with a face augmented and altered through cosmetics, running through random affected expressions the way a screensaver cycles through images. In Snow White (2009), Finnish artist Pilvi Takala documents the reaction of staff and visitors at Disneyland Paris when she arrives at the gates of the theme park dressed in unapproved attire. Versions (2012), by Oliver Laric, is an essay on variation, copying, and mutation that questions the possibility of originality in a world flooded with divergent and convergent images, objects, artworks, and phenomena. New York-based collective Shanzhai Biennial's newest video-inspired by Chinese knock-off culture-is a polished, high-definition series of nested, interlocking, and utterly inaccurate bootlegs. Liz Magic Laser's video documents a performance in London based on the body language of world leaders delivering public speeches. Stewart Uoo's Confessions (9 Women) (2012) imagines the mind of avatars, marrying a voiceover reenactment of reader-submitted confessions from Cosmopolitan magazine with violent first-person shooter video game footage. Rachel Rose looks at artificial life in Sitting Feeding Sleeping (2013), a speculative video essay that takes in cryogenics, regenerative medicine, machine evolution, and sea life. In Berlin-based artists Ilya Lipkin & Joen Vedel's newest video, a commercial editor's anecdotes about building commercials are layered with images of images being manipulated on glossy, reflective screens. Finally, in Takeshi Murata's collaboration with Billy Grant, Night Moves (2012), hacked 3D-scanning software draws an entire real environment into digital space, creating lush, fractured augmented reality.

Friends of EAI Membership 2013
Become a 2013 Friends of EAI Member at one of three levels and enjoy a range of wonderful benefits, including complimentary tickets to all EAI on-site public programs and special access to the artists and works in the EAI collection. Membership helps to support our programs and services, including our online resources, educational outreach, and vital preservation activities. By becoming a Friend of EAI, you support the future of media art and artists. Memberships begin at $40 ($25 for students).

For more information, and to become a member, please visit: https://www.eai.org/eai/members.htm

About EAI
Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is one of the world's leading nonprofit resources for video art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution, and preservation of video art and digital art. EAI's core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical media works by artists. EAI's activities include viewing access, educational services, extensive online resources, and public programs such as artists' talks, exhibitions and panels. The Online Catalogue is a comprehensive resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, and also features extensive materials on exhibiting, collecting and preserving media art: www.eai.org

Electronic Arts Intermix
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



15. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Light Industry, Brooklyn, Aug. 15

Light Industry: Barbara Hammer's Audience + Cecilia Dougherty's Gay Tape: Butch and Femme
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 19:30h
Light Industry
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, NY

Light Industry presents a double-bill of sapphic autoethnography from the 1980s, featuring work by pioneering lesbian artists Barbara Hammer and Cecilia Dougherty.
Barbara Hammer's Audience is a fascinating deep cut from the director's prodigious filmography. Relatively raw in its design, this 16mm diary of audience reactions at retrospectives of Hammer's work in San Francisco, London, Toronto, and Montreal in the early 1980s bears none of the distinctive visual flourishes and essayistic form one usually finds in her filmmaking. Instead, it comes closer to the original ideal of cinéma vérité as seen in Chronicle of a Summer; informed by the consciousness-raising groups of the feminist movement, the artist herself acts as a catalyst for discussion, rather than fly-on-the-wall observer. Today, Audience serves as an invaluable historical archive, providing quick but complex portraits of lesbian scenes in different cities and countries: the San Francisco women are bold and raucous, treating Hammer like a celebrity; the London crowd more reserved and tentative; the Canadians politely critical after initial hesitation. It also functions as a testament to the power of Hammer herself as a figure in lesbian culture, showing how fully she engages audiences to incite new forms of discourse about representation. (Marcos Ortega)



16. David Hammons, FF Alumn, at Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, Switzerland, thru Sept. 15

Some End of Things
25 May-15 September 2013

Museum für Gegenwartskunst,
Kunstmuseum Basel
mit Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung
St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
CH-4010 Basel
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm


With Michaela Eichwald, David Hammons, Judith Hopf, Fabian Marti, Ariane Müller, Jewyo Rhii, Nora Schultz, and Anicka Yi

The initial ideas for this exhibition were stimulated by artists whose working methods are defined by questions of artistic production. There seems to be a shared interest in that moment in which it becomes manifest how decisions come about and how process-oriented works-which are under the purview of the fleeting, the gestural, or the provisional-generate statements that are novel and particular. What is common to these works is a certain undermining of form, an uncoupling of meaning from a fixed system of contexts, and the often humorous way in which hyper-presence encounters an aesthetic of withdrawal.

In Judith Hopf's work, for instance, she develops disharmonious and slapstick-like situations that are peppered with parodies of the mundane. Her project series Some End of Things-which provided the title for the Basel exhibition-pursues the matter of "tracing the beginnings and endings in societal and aesthetic processes." Her video piece Some End of Things: The Conception of Youth (2011) on the other hand presents an absurd picture of a situation in which physical characteristics become hurdles and lead to social and cultural exclusion: an egg wanders through the atrium of a modernist architectural structure and fails in its attempt to gain entry into the glass, steel and concrete construction.

Nora Schulz, for her part, consciously makes use of painterly or sculptural gestures to provoke ruptures and lacunae in her installations. She foregrounds works that are literally physical traces. The production process itself takes on the central role in her prints, print-making machines, and performances, and it is conceptualized so as always to remain recognizable through its individual stages.

The works of Michaela Eichwald also address the production of art as an open process that eschews a more concrete conception of an ultimate outcome. In her collages, paintings, and objects, chance and experiment have a central significance: they are strategies to allow something to emerge that would then "produce its own meaning (as a thing)." Her sculptures unite things that stand in neither formal nor semantic proximity to one another. When they are brought together as a unit, what's at stake seems to be form itself, which is always already intrinsic to production.

There is great potential in making visible how and by what means concepts arise. This exhibition undertakes the attempt to investigate the artistic decision-making process, and to find out where there may be possible parallels and mutual influences between the curatorial process and the evolution of artistic works. The works collected here highlight connections and ruptures, repetitions and contradictions that run counter to linear narration and, beyond that, provoke a constant change of perspective. Everything is in motion and a productive destabilization demonstrates that everything is in flux and capable of transformation: The fleeting gesture turns into a lasting memory; the controlled form into a provisional one; architectonic space into a dynamic network of sounds and personal associations.

Press office: Christian Selz, T 0041 (0) 61 206 62 06 / pressoffice@kunstmuseumbasel.ch



17. Zachary Fabri, Lorraine O'Grady, Benjamin Patterson, Pope.L, Sur Rodney (Sur), Xaviera Simmons, Daniel Tisdale, FF Alumns at Grey Art Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Performa, Manhattan, opening Sept. 9

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is a seris of programs and performances at the Grey QArt Gallery of New York University and th Studio Museum in Harlem, from September 9, 2013 through March 9, 2014. For complete details please visit www.radicalpresenceny.org



18. Sherman Fleming, FF Alumn, now online

Please visit the following link for a review and images from Sherman Fleming's 2012-13 Fund performance:


Thank you.



19. Lillian Ball, Rev. Billy, FF Alumns, at Waterwash ABC Wetland Park, The Bronx, Aug. 16-October 5

Upcoming 2013 Sea Level Events in conjunction with Bronx River Alliance (bronxriver.org)
At WATERWASH ABC Wetland Park, completed 2011
Entrance Gate at Bruckner Bridge near Bronx River Ave. Hunts Point Subway #6 train

August 16, Friday, 6-8pm
Paloma McGregor and Dancers, "Building a Better Fish Trap"
Dance performance on floating stage in Bronx River.
Viewed from WATERWASH and from across the river at Concrete Plant Park

September 21, Saturday, 2-4 pm
Rap Performances after BRA Littoral River Cleanup
Health People, Kid to Kid Rappers "Pull Your Pants Up"
Additional performers TBA

October 5, Saturday, 1-3pm
with special guests: The Extinct Golden Toads
Climate Change Procession from Hunts Point Subway with Osomocene Productions
Seen from WATERWASH path and viewing platform from as well as from boats on the Bronx River
Special thanks to Adam Green and Rocking the Boat (rockingtheboat.org)

WATERWASH ABC Wetland Park events organized by Lillian Ball, FF Alumn.



20. James Johnson, FF Alumn, now online at cafepress.com

There's a new sticker in the Printed Matter section of the shop. BLAH is available in either clear or white. Buy a ten pack and start a conversation. Tell a story. Take it to the streets.

Link: http://www.cafepress.com/discopie/412860

Bye from the pie,

James Johnson



21. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Aug. 11, and more

The exhibition at Museum, Cortlandt Alley, Manhattan, featuring Harley Spiller's collection of altered U.S. currency, has been extended through the end of September 2013 (at least), and was featured in the Sunday New York Times on August 11th and online.

The text of that article follows below and here is a link to the illustrated version:


The NewYork Times
August 9, 2013
Museum, All 60 Square Feet of It, Celebrates the Eccentric
By Liz Robbins
Zigzagging through Cortlandt Alley, willing your GPS to deliver you to the city's smallest museum, you eventually arrive at a pair of black steel doors. They are, more often than not, shut.

But you can still peer through the glass cutouts of what was an abandoned elevator shaft to see the exhibits in this 60-square-foot space, objects quirky and banal, displayed with precision on shelves lined with red velvet.

And you think: What is the meaning of the fake vomit, the doctored dollar bills, the bulletproof Disney backpacks and the bags of potato chips?
To make you think.

"With Museum, it's about framing the objects that have the unexpected narrative, so that people can be reminded of the absurdity or the beauty or the meaning or the ugliness of everyday objects," said Alex Kalman, 28, one of the founders of the exhibition space. "Now you're no longer looking at the object, but you're looking at what its purpose is in life."

Museum juxtaposes the high and the low, the serious and the ridiculous, like a late-night discussion of Proust over cans of Schlitz. Even its no-name name suggests mockery of self-importance. Museum is still only a cult tourist attraction in New York in its second season, a hiccup of an institution largely hidden.

Founded in 2012 by Mr. Kalman and two of his Columbia Prep high school friends, the brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, Museum is an offshoot and downstairs neighbor of their film company, Red Bucket Films. It is open only on weekends, and only about three people at a time can fit in it.

Last month, it was closed for the weekend after July 4th, and the following weekend it shut because of a scheduling conflict for the docent, who sits on a chair outside.
Two friends from London who Google-mapped their way to the alley and solicited help from Chinatown merchants had to settle for looking through the glass and calling a cellphone number that offers playfully vague descriptions of the items on view.
"I love the idea that you could make a museum out of found objects," Jade French, 22, said. "It's a shame it's not open. Maybe they're at lunch?"

The brothers Safdie and Mr. Kalman were all away for the weekend. They are extremely busy, they said, working on films and producing an app called Camra that allows people to make short films on their phones.

In 2008 the trio showed what they call "microfilms," lasting from 5 seconds to a minute, about people and moments, in association with Rooftop Films and the Museum of Modern Art. The miniature museum grew out of that genre; the curating is part of the story.
"There's the joy for us in the process of having arguments or discussions of what actually makes sense in Museum," said Josh Safdie, 29. "Why does one bag of potato chips belong in Museum versus another one not. And how absurd is that? There's a great seriousness in that process."

The potato chip collection belongs to Conrad Auchincloss and his eighth-grade classes at the Churchill School, for students with learning disabilities, in Murray Hill. To promote world cultures and geography nine years ago, "Mr. A," as he is known, had his students collect, taste and review unique potato chip flavors from around the world. The project, Mr. Auchincloss said, has helped heighten his students' senses.

While the "Freaky Chips" collection has totaled more than 400 unique flavors arranged by region in binders, Museum's founders did not take the more bizarre concoctions (like Britain's turkey stuffing with cranberry sauce chips). Instead, they curated a "surf and turf" theme. Mr. Auchincloss, 45, was skeptical at first.

"In the end, Museum is about the back story," he said. "It's about human beings whose interests go outside the norms, to a point where they value things that society and people in general ignore."

As the men began searching for models to design their museum, Mr. Kalman (son of the artist Maira Kalman) had the brothers Safdie (distantly related to the architect Moshe Safdie) visit Sir John Soane's Museum in London. It is a town house chock-full of paintings and curios, treasures of Greek and Roman art.

Museum, however, is not art. That was the first rule of Museum.

The second? "Sentimentality is a major filtration system," Josh Safdie said.

The third? Nothing vintage.

Plastic vomit from a collection put together by the branding strategist Peter T. Allen fits those rules. But the founders insisted it had a deeper meaning. "Different countries see vomit differently," Benny Safdie said. "On the surface, this is just funny. It shows a lot more about us. It's a strange place to see a reflection."

His older brother sees Museum as a time capsule. Or, as Josh likes to call it, "a spaceship of humanity, a beacon of light."

For those due back on planet Earth, there are tip jars and rocks from Mars. The rocks belonged to the artist Tom Sachs's imaginary manned mission to the planet, part of his 2012 exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory.

The designer and artist Andy Spade, who had previously worked with the filmmakers, put up the initial donation for Museum along with his wife, the designer Kate Spade, and their daughter, Bea. The contribution was to scale: about $5,000.

"They are saying, 'Look at this crazy stuff and this world, let's live in this place and laugh,' " Mr. Spade said. "I think they celebrate the awkward, the curious."

Museum has since crowd-sourced private donations. It has a gift shop and a cafe, meaning a Nespresso coffee machine, cookies and a shelf with T-shirts, postcards and a list of items that visitors can have made with the image of their favorite item. Proceeds from sales go to the collectors, with a portion going to maintain Museum.

One of those collectors is Al Goldstein, the pornographer who founded Screw magazine, lost his fortune and is living in Brooklyn in ill health.

Last weekend, Museum held an event featuring Harley Spiller, a curator of bizarre items, talking about his collection of altered money. The musician David Byrne attended.

The founders have discussed expanding Museum but would rather do it by opening different "wings" in other abandoned ground floors in the alley. For now, the "permanent exhibition" consists of select items from Museum's first season.

Benny Safdie, 27, explained how he wrenched off a small piece of a barbed-wire fence during a visit to Dachau. "I don't even remember doing it," he said. "I was so overcome with feelings and emotions from the whole thing. I almost wanted to hurt myself when I was there."

The contrast to one of this season's exhibits is chilling. Items made by prisoners include two bars of soap carved with swastikas by a death-row inmate.

One of the most perplexing permanent objects is what Museum says is one of the shoes the Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi threw at President George W. Bush in Iraq in 2008.
But the description via phone, explaining how the shoes were lost, is purposely ambiguous. "We are not allowed to publicly disclose how we came into possession of the shoe," Mr. Kalman said.

But is this item authentic?

"There is no way of ultimately knowing, I suppose," Mr. Kalman said. "Even if we presented the documentation and the various elements that would prove its authenticity, are these documents factual or are they forged?"

Is this a real museum or not?

"How do we know there is a God?" Mr. Spade countered. "We don't know. That's part of the game."



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller