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Contents for August 28, 2013

1. John Cage, Norm Magnusson, Paul McMahon, FF Alumns, at Woodstock Artist Association Museum, Woodstock, NY, Aug. 29

Please visit the alphabetical press release at: http://4332013.blogspot.com for more complete information.

The very first ever performance of this American classic was August 29, 1952 in Woodstock. This is the 61st anniversary.

Paul McMahon will be performing the famous composition at the Woodstock Artists Association Museum (WAAM) at 6pm on Thursday, August 29, 2013. WAAM is located at 28 Tinker St. in Woodstock and can be reached at (845) 679-2940. There will be a Q&A after the performance with Kay Larson, author of Cage biography "Where the heart beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the inner life of artists. (http://www.wheretheheartbeatsbook.com.)

4'33" is an enormously influential piece in the world of art and is considered by many to be the perfect minimalist creation. The piece was composed in 1952 for "any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece." It was first performed in Woodstock on August 29, 1952, presented by The Woodstock Artists Association at the Maverick Concert Hall.

Norm Magnusson, who is producing this concert, saw it performed years ago by composer, percussionist, and avant-guardian David Van Tieghem and recounts that he was "surprised at how deeply moved he was by the purity of the work." He adds: "4'33", on one level, seems to be as close to artistic perfection as an artist can get." After hearing it performed, Magnusson researched the piece, discovered that it had debuted in Woodstock, and decided to put on an anniversary concert. This is it.

Paul McMahon is one of the most important artists working today, his very life an artistic expression. He is a renowned visual artist, a bumper sticker maker and an accomplished musician. This will be his first performance of the Cage piece.

The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum was founded in 1919 to exhibit and collect work in all media by area artists and to support the tradition of Woodstock as the "Colony of the Arts." It is a super awesome place that has attained even higher levels of awesomeness by agreeing to host this concert.

After the concert and the Q&A, Paul will play a piece or two of his own composition.



2. Zackary Drucker, Xandra Ibarra (La Chica Boom), FF Alumns, at POPA Galeria de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug. 24

POPA Galeria de Arte, Buenos Aires, 24 August 2013

Postales Desde Lugares Familiares y Otros Sitios No Comunes
Postcards From Familiar Places and Other Uncommon Sites

Encompassing clandestine activities, phantom encounters, gestures of love, abjection and power, Postcards From Familiar Places and Other Uncommon Sites is a screening of experimental video that grapples with the multiplicities of queer experience in the United States. This screening was organized through the lens of queerness that speaks not just to homosexuality, but also to sexualities, bodies and politics that challenge traditional and oppressive power structures and dominant social behavior. Beginning with the body as location and site of accumulation, the works selected also acknowledge that queer bodies participate in multiple cultural economies simultaneously with their queer identities. These works propose subversive spaces that interweave reality and fantasy to create ways of addressing complex issues- power, gender, love, sex, pornography, migration, representation, and pleasure.

Abarcando actividades clandestinas, encuentros fantasmagóricos, gestos de amor, abyección y poder, Postales Desde Lugares Familiares y Otros Sitios Poco Comunes es una muestra de video experimental que trata la multiplicidad de experiencias queer en Estados Unidos. Este programa fué organizado a través de una visión queer que no alude exclusivamente a la homosexualidad, sinó también a sexualidades, cuerpos y políticas que desafían estructuras de poder tradicionales/opresivas, además de códigos dominantes de comportamiento social. Partiendo desde el cuerpo como lugar y sitio de acumulación, las obras seleccionadas reconocen que los cuerpos queer participan en economías culturales de manera simultanea con sus identidades queer. Estas obras proponen espacios subversivos que entrelazan realidad y fantasía para crear nuevas formas de abordar cuestiones complejas-poder, género, sexo, amor, pornografía, migración, representación y placer.
Works by:

Dino Dinco
Zackary Drucker
Mariah Garnett
EJ Hill
Xandra Ibarra (La Chica Boom)
William E Jones
Michael Robinson
United Colors of Bitchaton con EJ Hill

Curated by Jimena Sarno y Deanna Erdmann



3. Evelyn Eller FF Alumn, at Haber Space, Central Booking, Manhattan, Sept. 8-Oct. 27

My artist book " Global Glacier Decline" is included in the exhibition

UN/NATURAL Occurrences at, Haber Space, Central Booking
Sept.8- Oct 27
21 Ludlow Street
New York, NY

Thurs. -Sunday
12 PM - 6 PM


Thank you,
Evelyn Eller



4. Julie Tolentino, FF Alumn, at The New Museum, Manhattan, Sept. 19

Thursday, September 19 at 7pm
ACT NOW: Perspectives on Contemporary Performance and HIV/AIDS
Participants: Justin Vivian Bond, Hunter Reynolds, and Julie Tolentino
Moderator: Benjamin Shepard

Visual AIDS and the New Museum present an evening of conversation between performers Justin Vivian Bond, Hunter Reynolds, and Julie Tolentino-whose work approaches the ongoing AIDS crisis in a variety of important and profound ways.

Moderated by Benjamin Shepard, the discussion will explore the evolving role that performance has played in the context of HIV/AIDS, while highlighting a diverse spectrum of performance practices that exemplify contemporary HIV/AIDS engagement.

The talk is organized in conjunction with NOT OVER, a project celebrating Visual AIDS' 25 years of activity, and Performance Archiving Performance, part of the Fall 2013 Season: Archives at the New Museum.



5. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, thru Sept. 7

Isabel Samaras is exhibiting in the 20th Anniversary show at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Hatched during the beginnings of the Lowbrow / Pop Surrealist movement, Copro Gallery incorporates cutting edge art into an ambitious program that mixes acknowledged masters with newer talents. Artists in the show include Mark Ryden, Robert Williams, Big Daddy Roth, Shag, Sandow Birk, Von Dutch and more!

"20th Anniversary Show"
August 17th - Sept. 7th
Copro Gallery
Bergamot Station Art Complex
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA



6. Ed Ruscha, FF Alumn, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO, Sept. 6-Dec. 29

Ed Ruscha
Fall 2013 exhibitions
September 6-December 29, 2013

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

T 314 535 4660

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) is pleased to announce its fall 2013 season, featuring a range of exhibitions honoring the tenth anniversary of the Museum's building as well as the launch of two new groundbreaking series.

Place is the Space
September 6-December 29
An unprecedented curatorial collaboration between CAM's architect, Brad Cloepfil, Founding Principal of Allied Works Architecture, and Chief Curator Dominic Molon, Place is the Space features newly commissioned site-specific installations by Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, Jill Downen, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Virginia Overton, and Dominique Petitgand. Each of the five works in Place is the Space responds to different aspects of the Museum's structure, including surface, scale, transparency, and boundaries. While demonstrating the building's unique ability to shape the presentation and experience of contemporary art, this exhibition also examines how artists address museum spaces as a key element in the development of their work.

Anthony McCall: You and I, Horizontal (II)
September 6-December 29
This solo exhibition of celebrated British-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall presents the light work You and I, Horizontal (II) (2006). This digital animation presents a slowly shifting beam of "solid light" whose physical properties become outlined within the haze-filled space of the gallery and are further enhanced through viewer interaction. Curated by Kelly Shindler, Associate Curator.

Front Room
Thomas Bayrle: Chrysler Tapete
September 6-December 29
Chrysler Tapete is one of a number of wallpaper works that renowned German artist Thomas Bayrle has created since the late '60s. In it, single elements are repeated until their individuality collapses into a massive whole, suggesting tensions between a positive, collective experience and a feeling of stifling uniformity. Curated by Dominic Molon, Chief Curator.

Ed Ruscha: Miracle
November 1-December 29
Since the 1960s, Los Angeles-based artist Ed Ruscha has received extensive critical acclaim for his paintings, photographs, drawings, and books exploring the commercial vernacular of Los Angeles-its graphic signage, architecture, and even parking lots. This rare presentation of Ruscha's 1975 short film Miracle centers on a day in the life of an auto mechanic (played by artist Jim Ganzer), who has a transformative experience while working on the engine of a Ford Mustang. Actress and singer Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas plays his love interest. Curated by Kelly Shindler, Associate Curator.

New Series
Audible Interruptions: Jessica Baran and Brett Williams
September 6-December 29
Audible Interruptions, a series of site-specific sound works, will launch this fall, infusing the museum's utilitarian spaces with art. Familiar areas such as hallways, restrooms, and elevators will provide unique and unexpected auditory experiences as CAM expands the ways visitors experience art beyond the galleries. Curated by Kevin Harris, guest curator.

Street Views: Jennifer Steinkamp
October 11-December 29
The work of pioneering digital media artist Jennifer Steinkamp inaugurates Street Views, a new exhibition series of large-scale video art projected onto the museum's facade. Using powerful video projectors and a complex computer algorithm, Steinkamp's installation transforms CAM's characteristic crisp lines into a dynamic curtain of undulating flowers and leaves, creating a digital garden among the metal and concrete of the building. Curated by Lisa Melandri, Director.

Opening weekend programs:
Opening night: fall exhibitions
Friday, September 6
Member preview: 6pm
Public reception: 7-9pm

Artist roundtable
Saturday, September 7, 10am
Free and open to the public

Dominique Petitgand sound performance
Saturday, September 7, 7pm
Free and open to the public

About the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents, supports, and celebrates the art of our time. It is the premier museum in St. Louis dedicated to contemporary art. Focused on a dynamic array of changing exhibitions, CAM provides a thought-provoking program that reflects and contributes to the global cultural landscape. Through the diverse perspectives offered in its exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, CAM actively engages a range of audiences to challenge their perceptions. It is a site for discovery, a gathering place in which to experience and enjoy contemporary visual culture.



7. elin o'Hara slavick, FF Alumn, at Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, opening Sept. 19, and more

Until What has Disappeared Appears

September 19 - November 2, 2013
Opening Thursday, September 19 7-9PM *

The Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce Until What has Disappeared Appears featuring photographic works by elin o'Hara slavick. In this body of work slavick presents cyanotypes, pigment prints and silver gelatin prints of artifacts from the city of Hiroshima and the Peace Memorial Museum Archive.

Hiroshima literally symbolizes the possibility of humans destroying each other and all life on the planet. It is a dormant topic because there is not language enough to address something so horrifically final.

One of arts most humanist functions is its ability to reside in hope, even in the face of immanent peril; to offer gestures of beauty in response to that which is beyond comprehension - total annihilation.

Elin o'Hara slavick's indexical images, while bearing witness to the effects of radiation, poetically evoke an imagined reconstruction of what was and factually what is, collectively. They invoke wonder past that of horror. The most binding element of elin's imagery is her refusal to aestheticize (or to be more specific about) the pain and real suffering. Instead, she lets her subject matter reach beyond the identifiable and beyond representation. As such, they are images of consequence and a reaffirmation of beginning to understand everything that has been lost in present day terms.

This exhibition marks the recent publication of slavick's book, After Hiroshima, (Daylight Books, 2013) with an essay by James Elkins. Elkins writes, "Making images of ladders, bottles, combs, and leaves is a way of saying: I cannot represent what happened to people in Hiroshima, because I cannot re-present it as art. It's not that the people who suffered could not, cannot, or should not, be represented: it is that they cannot be re-presented in a fine art context. All that is left for art is to look aside, at other things, at surrogates, at things so ordinary and empty that they evoke, unexpectedly but intensely, the world of pain. I am not sure if this is ethically sufficient, but I think in this case it feels ethically necessary."

O'Hara slavick's images "are images of loss and survival, fragments and lives, architecture and skin, surfaces and invisible things, like radiation. Exposure is at the core of the author's photographic project: exposure to radiation, to the sun, to light, to history - exposures made from radiation, the sun, light and historical artifacts" ~ Daylight Books

*Ms. o'Hara slavick will be present for the opening of her exhibition
Thursday, September 19, 2013 7PM-9PM

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and by appointment. For additional information, contact Claudia James Bartlett at 323.937.5525, or by e-mail at claudia@stephencohengallery.com

Stephen Cohen Gallery
T: 323.937.5525 F: 323.937.5523



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8. Louise Bourgeois, FF Alumn, at Faurschou Foundation, Nordhavn, Denmark, Sept. 6, 2013-Feb. 14, 2014

Louise Bourgeois
Alone And Together
6 September 2013-14 February 2014

Faurschou Foundation
Klubiensvej 11
2150 Nordhavn
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm
T +45 33 91 41 31
Faurschou Foundation is pleased to announce the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: Alone and Together, curated by Jerry Gorovoy, who was Bourgeois's assistant for close to 30 years. This exhibition was originally shown to acclaim at the Foundation's space in Beijing earlier this year. The title Alone and Together is taken from a diptych gouache that Bourgeois made in 2007 that deals with the feelings of existential loneliness and the complex emotions that emanate from the dialogue with the Other. This retrospective exhibition, which has works from various decades of Bourgeois's career, explores the themes of loneliness, identity, sexuality, birth, family and motherhood.

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) is recognized as one of the most respected artists of our time. She was born in Paris and moved to New York in 1938 when she married the American art historian Robert Goldwater. They raised three sons. She lived and worked in New York until her death in 2010. Bourgeois came to wide recognition with her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1982, and since that time has exhibited in major museums all over the world.

Her influential body of work, produced over seven decades, in a wide range of materials and scale, has exerted a major influence on contemporary art, and has contributed to our knowledge of the fields of psychoanalysis and feminism. Her autobiographical and symbolic art reveals the complex and ambivalent emotions of being in the world. In her large aluminum hanging sculpture The Couple we see attempts of affection and intimacy, as well as the expressions of dependency and the futility of being fully understood by another.

The exhibition also includes the large, aggressive Crouching Spider. Bourgeois identifies the motif of the spider with her mother, who was a tapestry restorer and provided one of the most significant relationships of her life. Like the spider that continually weaves its web, Bourgeois is compelled to give form to her memories, emotions and corresponding bodily sensations.

A catalogue will be published in connection with the exhibition.

Faurschou Foundation
Faurschou Foundation consists of two privately funded exhibition spaces open to the public in Beijing and Copenhagen, established by Luise and Jens Faurschou. For 27 years they have mounted exhibitions of internationally acclaimed artists both in Denmark and abroad. With passion and an eye for quality Luise and Jens Faurschou uncompromisingly pursue their ambition to present highly esteemed contemporary art to the public. With confidence in and commitment to the artists chosen, they develop their art collection. Their collection is now partly accessible at the two exhibition spaces, where they curate exhibitions in collaboration with some of the world's best artists, curators, museums and galleries. Admission to the exhibitions is free.



9. Pablo Helguera, FF Alumn, at Kent Fine Art, Manhattan, Sept. 12-Nov. 8

Kent Fine Art LLC
Pablo Helguera
Librería Donceles
September 12-November 8

Kent Fine Art is proud to present Librería Donceles, Pablo Helguera's latest project. Librería Donceles is an itinerant bookstore of ten thousand used books, in Spanish, of virtually every subject-literature, poetry, art, history, science, medicine, anthropology, economics, and politics, as well as children's books. While it is installed at Kent, Librería Donceles will literally be the only Spanish-language used-book store in the city. Its New York venue draws attention to the fact that there are nearly two million Spanish speakers in New York and nonetheless a great scarcity of books in Spanish. The situation has been made more critical by rapid transformations in publishing, with the rise of e-books and the demise of bookstores of all sorts. The used-book store in general is becoming extinct. Only a handful remains in the city, none of which is Spanish.

To create Librería Donceles, Helguera assembled donations of books from individuals and groups in Mexico City and elsewhere, offering his artwork in exchange for boxes of books and producing an Ex Libris for each donor that acknowledges the particular provenance of every volume. Librería Donceles-whose title is inspired by the old bookstores that line Donceles Street in Mexico City's historic center-will foster the open-ended and unhurried environment that draws people to used-book stores, where customers enter without a particular title in mind and instead roam the shelves with the hope of spontaneously discovering a book that beckons them. Visitors to the Librería Donceles-Spanish-speakers and non-Spanish-speakers alike-will be welcomed in this spirit and invited to a brief consultation with the artist or an associate. Once their interests and "bibliological profile" (as Helguera has described it) have been assessed, they will be given suggestions on where to look. But visitors ultimately make their own choices. Only one book per customer will be allowed, in exchange for a pay-what-you-wish donation. Proceeds from these transactions will be donated in turn to local Spanish reading programs for immigrant communities.

By rendering visibility to the Spanish language in an American city, Librería Donceles affirms the importance of the cultural dimension of the language and raises questions about how Spanish might be reconnected to its diaspora, as well as integrated into the broader cultural life of New York. For Helguera, the idea of the "double removal" of a book, indeed of any object, is an important one, with both personal and historical resonances. Conjuring the spirit of L.P. Hartley when he wrote "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there," the books of Librería Donceles are messengers from other times, places, and lives. With their public and private histories, the books await new lives, new meanings, as they pass on to new owners.

Also on view are Rogaland (2012) and Canon (2013). Rogaland is a project triggered by a book written in Norwegian that Helguera found in a used-book store. Helguera was drawn to the book for its particular feel and for its photographs and diagrams, which to the mind of a twenty-first-century artist, suggest depictions of land art. Titled Gale gårdsanlegg i Rogaland, written by archeologist Jan Peterson, and published in 1936, the book is an account of the excavations of several medieval farms in the Rogaland region of Norway. Helguera, who neither speaks nor reads Norwegian, mistranslated the explanatory captions for its sixty-three plates into English by conjuring phrases and statements suggested by the image and imagined sound of the printed words.

Canon is a two-channel video inspired by the legendary Italian tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). As a musical term "canon" refers to a melody that repeats itself successively in an overlapping pattern, and Helguera's Canon reflects on processes of reproduction -both mechanical and biological- as overlapping mechanisms that further a particular narrative, story, or myth. One channel of Canon shows interiors of the Enrico Caruso Museum of America, an obscure and idiosyncratic homage created by a first-generation Italian-American, Aldo Mancusi, in his house in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Caruso's career paralleled the early development of recoding technology, which he embraced, becoming the first global recording star and the first artist to sell a million records. That a museum dedicated to Caruso, in an outlying Brooklyn neighborhood, even exists is evidence of the mythology created around his persona. Canon's second channel shows a contemporary video portrait of Riccardo Caruso, Caruso's great-grandson and a singer in his own right, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his great-grandfather. After learning of the existence of Riccardo from his photograph in the Caruso Museum, Helguera traveled to Florence to meet him and create the portrait.

Pablo Helguera (b. 1971, Mexico City) is a visual and performance artist whose work weaves together personal and historical narratives in the context of socially engaged art and language. Previous itinerant projects include the Instituto de la Telenovela (2002-04) and The School of Panamerican Unrest (2001-11). He is also the author of eighteen books. His work has been seen most recently at CIFO in Miami, the 2012 Havana Biennial, and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. For further information please contact Orlando Tirado (ot@kentfineart.net)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 6




10. Scott Davis, FF Member, now online

A new Open Studio blog featuring Scott Davis' studio was posted on the Center for Maine Contemporary Art's website with a link on Facebook. Please help spread the word!


Thank you.



11. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, in Remix, Berlin, Germany, opening Aug. 30

Dear Friends & colleagues,

Hope you're all well & having a good summer.

You are invited to ReMix - 10 years in the Mix, which opens next Friday in Berlin and celebrates ten years of Matthias Mayer's gallery space, which specializes in showing sound / music projects & installations. I am presenting the audio from the project I was commissioned to make for Charlie Levine's show 'Thrift Radiates Happiness' that took place in Birmingham's Municipal Bank earlier this year - the full set of which you can hear here: https://soundcloud.com/ellyclarke/sets/petticoats

The exhibition runs until 22nd September, with a finnissage from 3pm. Free entry. All welcome.

With best wishes,




12. Pope.L, FF Alumn, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Manhattan, opening Sept. 12

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to announce Colored Waiting Room, an exhibition of drawing, painting, sculpture and projections by William Pope.L, opening in our Chelsea location on September 12, from 6 to 8 pm.

Mitchell-Innes & Nash
534 West 26th Street
New York, New York 10001
Tel 212-744-7400
Fax 212-744-7401

Tuesday - Saturday
10am to 6pm



13. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Fitzroy Gallery, Manhattan, opening Sept. 8

Laura Parnes, "County Down"
Sunday, September 8, 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm at

Fitzroy Gallery 195 Chrystie St New York, NY 10002
(212) 343-8670



14. Roberta Allen, Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Peter Downsbrough, Ellen Lanyon, Sol Lewitt, Lucio Pozzi, at Minus Space, Manhattan, opening Sept. 6

September 6 - October 26, 2013
Opening: Friday, September 6, 6-8pm
Participating Artists
Rene Pierre Allain, Roberta Allen, Taka Amano, Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Robert Barry, Tom Brazelton, Farrell Brickhouse, Rosemarie Castoro, Peter Downsbrough, Kathy Drasher, Gail Fitzgerald, Suzan Frecon, Cris Gianakos, Christian Haub, Nancy Haynes, Marcia Hafif, Betsy Kaufman, Melissa Kretschmer, Gary Lang, Ellen Lanyon, Christopher Lea, Julian Lethbridge, Daniel Levine, Sol Lewitt, Tom Martinelli, Gregory Montreuil, Olivier Mosset, Antonella Piemontese, Donald Powley, Lucio Pozzi, Daniel Reynolds, Stephen Rosenthal, DM Simons, Phil Sims, Cary Smith, Steven Steinman, Li Trincere, Ted Victoria, Merrill Wagner, Oliver Wasow, Stephen Westfall, Robert Yasuda, John Zinsser & others

MINUS SPACE is delighted to present the survey exhibition Julian Pretto Gallery. Organized in collaboration with artist John Zinsser, this is the first exhibition to examine the history and legacy of gallerist Julian Pretto (1945-1995) and his fabled downtown New York galleries, active during the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s.
Renowned for his sophisticated eye, keen ability to recognize new talent, and uncommon generosity, Pretto was beloved by the artists he exhibited and widely-respected in the greater contemporary art world. During his 30-year career, Pretto presented the work of well over 100 artists spanning multiple generations, strategies, and styles at an array of small, often temporary alternative gallery spaces in Manhattan's Tribeca, Soho, and West Village neighborhoods. With a penchant for reductive abstraction, he worked both with established artists closely associated with the Minimalism, Post-Minimalism, and Conceptual Art movements, as well as emerging artists investigating new forms of hard-edge, monochrome, pattern, and gestural abstraction.

Julian Pretto Gallery will highlight a single work by more than 40 national and international artists. On view will be work in an array of different media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and poetry. All works included in the exhibition were either exhibited at Pretto's gallery, produced at approximately the same time of those exhibitions, or acquired directly from Pretto. By no means an exhaustive survey, each of the artists included in this exhibition participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions with Pretto over the years. Many are also represented in the Julian Pretto Collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.
Julian Pretto (1945-1995)

Leonard Julian Pretto was born in Chicago in 1945 and raised in Ogelsby, IL. His father owned a company that produced television cabinets. Pretto studied at the University of Illinois where he met long-time friend and collaborator, Chicago gallerist Roger Ramsay. In 1968, Pretto began to work as an assistant at Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago. After a brief marriage that ended in divorce, Pretto moved to New York later that year where he worked for Richard L. Feigen Gallery. In 1972, Pretto changed his name from Leonard to Julian Pretto.

With a genuine instinct for the nexus of underutilized real estate and innovative visual art, Pretto began to locate empty storefronts and other available spaces throughout lower Manhattan, in particular in the Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods. Through a personal contact at the NYC Department of Buildings, Pretto began to contact property owners offering to help develop and raise the profile of their properties by organizing temporary exhibitions in them. Pretto continued this strategy over the next two decades and pioneered the concept of pop-up galleries. In 1974, Pretto organized his first documented exhibition at 247 W. 30th Street, 15th Floor. He began to work for Sperone Westwater Fischer in 1975 as the first director of its new NYC gallery.

In spring 1976, Pretto began to organize what would later be known as the Fine Arts Building at 105 Hudson Street in Tribeca. Pretto converted the former empty 10-story office building into one of the key cultural hubs in this new, emerging arts neighborhood. The building housed dozens of artist studios, as well as several new galleries, exhibition spaces and non-profits. This included the groundbreaking organizations New Museum of Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, and Artists Space, among others. Pretto opened his first eponymous gallery on one of the lower floors of the building before later converting the adjacent building at 176 Franklin Street, a former speakeasy, into a 3-story gallery. Exhibition highlights during this period included a three-venue career survey of Rosemarie Castoro, the first exhibition of Allan McCollum's Surrogate Paintings, and an large-scale exhibition of Lucio Pozzi mounted in collaboration with Hal Bromm Gallery and John Weber Gallery.

From the inception of his program, Pretto invited emerging curators and future dealers to organize exhibitions at his gallery. Jeffrey Deitch curated his first exhibition Lives at the gallery in December 1975, which presented artists who used life as their art medium and included Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Joseph Beuys, Jonathan Borofsky, Scott Burton, Dennis Oppenheim, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, and Hannah Wilke. Other curatorial projects at the gallery included Painting organized by Annina Nosei (1975), New Sculpture Plans and Projects organized by Rosalind Krauss (1976), and Aspects of Minimal Art organized by Per Jensen and Naomi Spector (1978), among others.
In the early 1980s, Pretto moved to Costa Rica where he was involved in the local contemporary art scene. He purchased a modest house situated underneath a volcano in the town of Fortuna and began to organize exhibitions of local and international artists both there and in the capital San Jose. In 1985, Pretto curated the group exhibition Contemporary Costa Rica at The Clocktower in NYC.

In 1987, Pretto moved back to NYC permanently. From 1987-1993, he opened a series of primarily smaller gallery spaces on the western edge of Soho, including at 103 Sullivan Street, 50 and 54 MacDougal, 251 6th Avenue, 69 Wooster, and 142 Greene Street. During this period of time, Pretto operated at least three different gallery spaces simultaneously. Living quite modestly in the back office of one of his galleries, Pretto organized countless solo and group exhibitions, which were often produced in rapid-fire succession, sometimes lasting no more than two weeks in length. Pretto also formed a brief partnership during this time with Susan Berland and Patricia Hall to create Julian Pretto / Berland Hall Gallery. According to the artists he exhibited, Pretto was the first person they knew to own a cell phone, which he used to communicate between his various locations.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s Pretto mounted the first solo exhibitions of then emerging artists Rene Pierre Allain, Julian Lethbridge, Daniel Levine, Cary Smith, Li Trincere, and John Zinsser, among many others.

Swept up by the AIDS epidemic and with his health failing, Pretto closed the last of his galleries in 1993, but continued to curate a pair of group exhibitions the following year at Littlejohn/Sternau Gallery and Littlejohn Contemporary, NYC. After a brief period living at The Hotel Chelsea, Pretto succumbed to AIDS-related complications on May 22, 1995, at St. Vincent's Hospital, NYC. He was 50 years old. His obituary appeared in The New York Times on May 24 and in the Chicago Tribune on June 4.

Just prior to his death, Pretto, an individual with few personal possessions, arranged to donate his art collection, consisting of more than 40 works, to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. In January 1996, the Wadsworth Atheneum mounted the exhibition Acquiring Art in the 90s: The Julian Pretto Collection, which was curated by Andrea Miller-Keller and James Rondeau.

We would like to thank all of the participating artists and private lenders to the exhibition, as well as the countless individuals and organizations who contributed to the exhibition with interviews, documents, photographs, and more.

We would also like to thank the following individuals for their generous assistance: Lisa Kim & Kate Gavriel, Two Trees Management Company; Wynn Kramarsky, Anna Kramarsky & Rachel Nackman, About Drawing; Dove Bradshaw; Ann Brandwein, Gene Gaddis, Patricia Hickson & Edward Russo, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; James Rondeau, Art Institute of Chicago; Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace; Andrea Miller Keller; Michael McAuliffe; Roger Ramsay; and Megan Govin.

We are also grateful to the following galleries for their assistance with this project: David Zwirner Gallery; Feature Inc.; Hal Bromm Gallery; James Graham & Sons; Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert, Inc.; Lennon Weinberg Gallery; Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects; Margarete Roeder Gallery; Paula Cooper Gallery; Spencer Brownstone Gallery; and Sundaram Tagore Gallery.



15. Marina Abramovic, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Aug. 26

The New York Times
August 26, 2013
Marina Abramovic Kickstarter Campaign Passes Goal

Hugs are in order. On Sunday the Marina Abramovic Institute's Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a long-durational performance-art center surpassed its goal. The campaign, which hoped to raise $600,000, ended up bringing in $661,454 from 4,765 contributors. Ms. Abramovic has promised to hug every person who has contributed.

The funds are to be used for the early design phase (by the architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu) of a 29,000-square-foot former theater in Hudson, N.Y., that Ms. Abramovic hopes to turn into a center. Throughout the campaign, Twitter was flooded with updates from the institute, with messages of support from donors, video links to Lady Gaga practicing the Abramovic Method in the buff, and Ms. Abramovic telling us, semi-deadpan, how many hours it takes a performance artist to change a light bulb.

In a telephone conversation from Oslo, where she was arranging a group enactment of Munch's "Scream," she talked briefly to Roslyn Sulcas. These are excerpts:

Roslyn Sulcas: When did you first have this idea?

Marina Abramovic: When I did "The Artist Is Present" at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, the people who sat in front of me were different races, cultures, from different social backgrounds. It was a very intense experience; it's not a painting or a sculpture, but an emotional event, and all these people felt it. They understood the incredible power of long-durational work. After that I had an incredible urge to leave behind something, all my knowledge of 40 years doing this work. But it's a larger idea than just my work. How can we make a platform to change human consciousness?

Sulcas: So you think long-durational work can do this?

Abramovic: Yes. What we don't have now in our intelligent, technological society is time. Long-durational work is not an original idea. Wagner was making 15-hour performances. You have very long duration in nature and science; there are plants that only bloom once every hundred years. But we have so many distractions today, it is very hard to focus on one thing. So with the institute, you have to commit to six hours. You put away all your devices; you put on a lab coat, which is democratic and equal but also experimental. Then you go to different chambers for different experiences: sound chambers, scientific chambers, a crystal cave, gazing chambers, anti-gravitation chambers. Then you will be wheeled into the main performance space, where I want to ask different artists and musicians, dancers and filmmakers to show their work, maybe long-durational that they cannot do elsewhere. And if you fall asleep, because it is long, you are put in the sleeping dock. Afterward, you see what you can do with this experience. You can apply it if you are a farmer or teacher or working in a bank.



16. Ed Ruscha, FF Alumn, in the Wall Street Journal Magazine, Aug. 24

Still Life
Sofia Coppola
The celebrated screenwriter and director shares a few of her favorite things.
"PINK PEONIES ARE my favorite flowers; they remind me of my mother's garden in Napa, where I grew up. She received the vase on her 40th birthday, a gift from some of the crew on Apocalypse Now; she gave it to me on my 40th birthday. The yellow Pelican camera case was a gift from the camera crew on my film Somewhere-I'd been introduced to them by the late cinematographer Harris Savides-and later they worked on The Bling Ring. It reminds me of Harris and my camera team. The photo cube was a gift from photographer Andrew Durham-it's got pictures of my daughter from a trip to Morocco and Portugal when she was a toddler. The Contax T3 is my favorite camera; I use it all the time to take snaps on-set. The sparkling wine, called Sofia, is from my father's winery. When I was a kid he told me he would produce a vintage for me when I turned 21. The Louis Vuitton cherries were part of a display at the Vuitton store in Los Angeles; when they were taking the display down I asked if I could have them. The photograph of Charlotte Rampling was a present from the photographer Helmut Newton, whom I love. I'd written a piece about the image for Vogue, and he sent it to me after he read it. The framed artwork at right (with the words "Cold Beer Beautiful Girls") is by Ed Ruscha; I'd borrowed it to use on the set of Somewhere and ended up buying it. I've loved Steiff bears since I was a child. My husband gave me this one years ago. Now it's in my kids' room. I love that I have an excuse to buy more of them."

The complete article with image and text is available at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324354704578636401239752928.html#ixzz2dGwXaPl5



17. Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumn, in the Wall Street Journal Magazine, Aug. 24

Portraits of the Venice Biennale's Key Players, a photo essay in the WSJ Magazine, August 24, 2013, features a portrait photograph of Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumn. The caption reads:

Lawrence Weiner, New York-based artist. "There's a total dialogue of exhibiting in Venice. It places the work out there and a lot of people who have no idea what they're looking at get to engage with it. I like it when it's done without any explanation. People are not stupid."



18. Eleanor Antin, FF Alumn, at Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, Manhattan, opening Sept. 5

I hope you will join us!
Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's "Selves"
Curated by Emily Liebert
On view: 4 September - 7 December 2013
Exhibition Reception: Thursday 5 September, 6-8 pm

Public programs:

Selves on Screen: Antin's Video
Presented in collaboration with Electronic Arts Intermix and Art21
Thursday 17 October; 6-8:30 pm

Curator's tour
Friday 8 November; 12-1 pm

An Afternoon with Eleanor Antin
Presented as part of Performa 13
Saturday 9 November; 2-4 pm

Eleanor Antin in Conversation with Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade
Presented as part of Performa 13
Tuesday 12 November; 6-7:30 pm
This event will be held at Hunter College MFA Art Building, 205 Hudson Street

Programming in collaboration with Columbia University School of the Arts;
all events held at The Wallach Art Gallery, 8th Floor, Schermerhorn Hall, unless otherwise noted.

The Wallach Art Gallery
Wednesday through Saturday, 1-5 pm

Hoping to see you soon at the Wallach!



19. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, receives Marcantonio Vilaca Prize

Hi Friends,

I just received the MARCANTONIO VILAÇA prize of R$ 350.000,00 (US$175.000.00 dollars) to donate 4 installations and a collection of videos. s to the Contemporary Arts Museum of the University of São Paulo. This is one of the biggest prizes for the arts in Brazil.

MARCANTONIO VILLAÇA 6º EDITION is funded by Brazilian Secretary of Culture(Ministério da Cultura do Brasil) and by the National Funds for Culture (Fundo Nacional de Cultura/FNC) and by the National Fundation for the Arts (Funarte)

See bellow I got the third best note among 28 finalists!!!!!

I wish an American Museum now awakes to my work....

All my best, I hope you continuing doing the wonderful work for the arts for ever.

Regina Vater


134876 Aquisições 2013 Associação de Amigos do MAM do Rio de Rio de Janeiro RJ Sudeste 98.82
Janeiro - ASSMAM

134691 Museu de Artes de Desenvolvimento Goiânia GO Centro-Oeste 98.64 Goiânia Econômico e Sócio
Instalações e Vídeos dos anos 1980, Regina

134873 Vater - Acervo de Regina Maria Motta Rio de Janeiro RJ Sudeste 98.52 destino: Museu de Vater Lundberg
Arte Contemporânea da USP



20. Alicia Grullon, FF Alumn, at Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sept. 6

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I hope you're all enjoying your summer. Here's some quick news on an upcoming event.

Join me on

September 6, 2013 Friday 6-10 pm
Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse (between 165 & 164th sts)
Bx, NY 10456
#4 to 161th street or D train to 165th street

CELEBRATE BRONX CALLING: The Second AIM Biennial with video screenings and performances by AIM artists. I will be presenting Cold War Karaoke Night A performance event inviting the audience to re-enact famous speeches made during the Cold War era by political leaders and dissent figures.

Also, I received a great review for my video piece "Untitled" (5 Speeches), 2013 on www.artfcity.com on August 8, 2013 in a review by Whitney Kimball. It's a great show. Here's a bit on the show. It closes on Sunday, September 8, 2013:
"In its thirty-three year run, the Bronx Museum's AIM (Artists in the Marketplace) Program has touched a surprising extent of the New York art world. It's rare to go on a gallery tour in this city without coming across one of its alumni, who range from establishment members like Glenn Ligon and Anton Vidokle, to rising stars like LaToya Ruby Frazier and David Gilbert. And now, AIM's second Biennial "Bronx Calling"-a recent development for program alums-adds 73 new members to the roster. It's a truly diverse showing of New York City-based talent getting its first leg up into the art market. As far as the commercial art world is concerned, AIM is the Bronx Museum's most significant contribution to New York art. So why aren't people talking about this?....In the social department, though, nobody rivals Alicia Grullon, who begs the camera for spare change in her video Five Speeches. Regular MTA riders know them all: defensive, apologetic, hopeless, uplifting, and entertaining. "I live in a homeless shelter and need some food for me and my kid," she explains in the first speech. "No, I don't qualify for social services, I don't have anaddress." In another, she tries hopelessness, reading off a piece of scrap paper: "I was just released from prison ten months ago, and my mother has recently died." By the end, she's strumming aguitar and singing an off-tune Amazing Grace. "Nothing's keeping me warm," she says, "Except for that smile." She smiles. It had the power of Adrian Piper flatly telling us "I'm black" in her video Cornered: she scrutinizes a situation with such cold directness that neither viewer nor artist has anywhere left to hide. In this version, art's not a job, but something closer to life."

For the full article, go to this link

Hope all is well.

All my best,

Alicia Grullon



21. Amapola Prada, FF Alumn, at Glasshouse Projects, Brooklyn, Sept. 6

Amapola Prada will be in NYC on Friday, September 6th at Glasshouse Projects as part of the conference described below. The information is also on Facebook events at


Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals, and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater

PART I: September 6, 7, 8
PART II: September 12 and 13

Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals, and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater is being held to communally research how theorizing is performed. We use the word "the-ater" to frame performance modes that propose a way of seeing, or "the-ory." We seek to enable serious consideration of the ways that performance constructs ways of knowing, but also ask how dramaturgy and other "theatrical" ways of knowing inform and sometimes restrict discursive and dialogic processes at large.

Therefore, at the core of this conference is performance. The conference begins with four plenary presentations, all in the form of performances, by Amapola Prada, Reality Research Center, Kikuko Tanaka, and Mike Taylor. Each of these will be followed by a moderated discussion. The responses by conference participants will discuss, derail, and embody theater-as-theory.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION is $50 for full access* to the two public weekends of the conference. Register here: http://theaterastheoryconference.bpt.me/. Entrance to any of the public events individually is $10 strongly suggested donation.

*August 31st-September 4th is Acts I, II, and III of the Reality Research Center's "Symposium." The piece is a workshop-format performance for 12 individuals during the day. Participation is first come, first served and will occur at Momenta Art. Please note in your registration if you are able and desirous to participate in this aspect of the conference.

Friday Sept 6
5-8pm Amapola Prada / Plenary Performance
(Glasshouse Projects)

8pm Amapola Prada / Moderated Discussion
(Glasshouse Projects)

< dinner break >

10:00-11pm Kikuko Tanaka / Plenary Performance (Panoply Performance Laboratory)
"Poultry Paradise and Its Discontents: Nightshifts"

Saturday Sept 7
4:00-5:00pm Kikuko Tanaka / Moderated Discussion (Panoply Performance Laboratory)

7:00pm-12:00am Reality Research Center / Plenary Performance Act IV*
Dinner will be provided.
(Glasshouse Projects)

[Note: Only the 12 audience members from Acts I-III can participate in this final, inner sanctum Act IV of "The Symposium"]

Sunday Sept 8
1:00-4:00pm Mike Taylor / Plenary Performance Part I (Glasshouse Projects)

4:30-5:30pm Reality Research Center / Epilogue and Moderated Discussion (Glasshouse Projects)

6:00-7:00pm Mike Taylor / Plenary Performance Part II and Moderated Discussion (Glasshouse Projects)
Moderated by Gavin Kroeber

7:30 Casual drinks & wrap-up discussion

In this intervening week, invited conference participants (scholars, artists, writers, and others) construct responses to the four plenary works in the form of performances, dialogues or writing. These works are performed or read on the following two days:

Thursday Sept 12th
7-10pm Participant response panels and performances (Glasshouse Projects)

Friday Sept 13th
7-11pm Participant response panels and performances (Glasshouse Projects)
-- In conjunction with a closing party/Glasshouse residency opening --

Glasshouse Projects
246 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Panoply Performance Laboratory
104 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY


Amapola Prada lives and works in Lima, Peru. Her practice navigates the intimate spaces within human beings unprocessed by consciousness and expressed by non- rational impulses to create symbolic works resonating the social conflicts of everyday life. Her performance work has been presented by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Belo Horizonte, Brasil; Performa 11; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico; and the II Bienal Internacional de Performance in Santiago de Chile, Chile. In 2011, as a Franklin Furnace Fund Fellow, her solo exhibition Modelo Para Armar: Rehearsing The City was on view at the AC Institute in New York City. She received a BA in Social Psychology from Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú.

Reality Research Center is a well-known performing arts collective based in Helsinki, Finland. Their works stem from critical perspectives that observe, question and renew the surrounding reality through performative means. During 2012-13 RRC is creating Utopian Reality, which uses the everyday as an artistic medium and invites everyone to reconfigure it with utopian practices.

Mike Taylor is a writer, director, installation artist, and performer across disciplines. Her projects have been performed, read, and shown at The Kitchen, The Invisible Dog, CUCHIFRITOS art gallery, Dixon Place, La Mama, TONIC, and elsewhere. She has recently collaborated with Ralph Lemon, Lance Gries, and, her primary collaborator in this experiment, Iki Nakagawa; and has worked extensively with Meredith Monk, Yvonne Meier, Sibyl Kempson, John Jesurun, Urban Bush Women, Richard Foreman, Dar-A-Luz, Conway & Pratt Projects, The Wooster Group, The Ridiculous Theatrical Co, and many others.

Born and raised in Japan, Kikuko Tanaka is a frantic artist based in New York. She has performed and exhibited in various venues, including Smack Mellon, Momenta Art, NARS Foundation, Center for Performance Research, Amelie A.Wallace gallery at SUNY Old Westbury, Glasshouse, Vox Populi, Arario Gallery and Panoply Performance Laboratory among others. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art Info, and Hyperallergic. She was a nominatee for a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art Grant in 2010. Her open-ended multi-media tragicomic epic, A Tragic Bambi, is fiscally-sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts. She has a cross-disciplinary background in her education. She holds a BA in Landscape Design from Chiba University, and has studied fine art at School of Visual Arts, and interdisciplinary study at Hunter College and Graduate Center, New York. She is also a co-founder/ co-director of a not-for profit organization, Agape Enterprise, Brooklyn, New York.

Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals, and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater was established by Esther Neff (Panoply Performance Lab) and Yelena Gluzman (Science Project / UCSD / Ugly Duckling Presse). It is sponsored by an Honorary Fellowship for Utopian Practice from Culture Push.

To contact the organizers, please email theatertheoryconference@gmail.com.



22. Judy Dunaway, FF Alumn, offers online course in the History of Sound Art

I still have places available in my ONLINE course "A History of Sound Art," a 3 credit course offered through the Art History Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), starting September 16.

OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Anyone, anywhere on earth can take my course!

Here is my course website, with a link to registration:


Course description: Imagine sound pieces created with bells hung from clouds, a piano filled with nails/bolts/nuts/screws, a floor covered with old LPs, or only the echo of a space. This course will give you the background you need for understanding and appreciating the artistic category designated as "sound art," as well as introducing you to a number of current artists in the field. We will first explore various historical threads that may illuminate reasons for the formation of the movement and then will examine works by a variety of artists in the 20th Century that have created significant relationships between the aural domain and other areas of thought and perception. You will develop skills to critically experience sound in a variety of contexts, including the acquisition of a basic vocabulary in acoustics and psychoacoustics. No previous experience with sound or music is required.

For more information contact: jdunaway@massart.edu
Thank you.
Judy Dunaway, Ph.D.



23. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, at A Lot Initiative, Long Beach, CA, Sept 7, and more

I am 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 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. 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!

See the link below for a trailer filmed at our rehearsal last week -- hope this piques your interest! yoIf u are in town, come and see it. If not, you can get a taste of what you will be missing.

Critical Information:

A Lot in Long Beach
What: Giant book/installation/sculpture/set, dance performance, projected animations (at 7:45 performance only) with many other events, beginning at 3PM (theatre, sound art, music)
Place: Lot at Walnut and Anaheim Streets in Long Beach (walking distance from Blue Line Metro, Anaheim Street Station
Times: September 7th at 5:45 and 7:45

Who: Terry Braunstein, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, David Familian

See the rehearsal on youtube here:




24. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Branded Saloon, Brooklyn, Aug. 28

Hi Friends,
It's time once again for another installment of Weird Wednesday coming up this Wednesday, August 28 @ 8pm. WW is the monthly series I at the Branded Saloon in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn The series is dedicated to presenting the works of NYC area instrument inventors and players of found objects and other oddities This special "glass episiode" will present the work of New Born Trio. Musicians Katie Down, Jeffrey Lependorf and Miquel Frasconi play handmade and found instruments of glass, along with flutes from around the globe. Haunting, hypnotic, and sometimes even catchy, they create spontaneous compositions for your pleasure. Glass, water, flutes, sonorous objects and gizmos = music! www.sites.google.com/site/jeffreylependorf/newborntrio
As always yours truly, curator, host and chief weirdo will present a short set of new works. This month, I'll be playing improvisational duets for tuned glass and glass related samples with guitarist Chris Cochrane.
Plus...the top secret monthly surprise segment "60 Seconds of Weirdness". I promise it will put a twinkle and a tickle in your ears and eyes.
The Branded has great tap beer, specialty drinks and delicious comfort food. So people of earth, fill up on great music, great people, great vibes onstage and off. Get on down there and enjoy the weirdness!

Stay tuned for details upcoming performances at Maker Faire in September. Hope to see you somewhere along the path soon.

Weird Wednesday Episode 7
August 28 @ 8pm
The Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Ave
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn



25. Nancy Holt, FF Alumn, receives International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award, Tribeca Three-Sixty, Manhattan, October 3

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Nancy Holt and Beverly Pepper
Lifetime Achievement Award Gala
October 3, 2013

Tribeca Three-Sixty


The International Sculpture Center (ISC) will honor world-renowned sculptors Nancy Holt and Beverly Pepper with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. The 22nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Gala will be held on October 3, 2013 at Tribeca Three Sixty° in New York City. Holt and Pepper will attend this event. The Gala will bring together arts patrons and professionals to celebrate Ms. Holt's and Ms. Pepper's remarkable careers. The evening will consist of a cocktail reception, seated dinner and an awards ceremony. Gala tickets are available at www.sculpture.org/holtpepper, and table sponsorships are available.

Nancy Holt began her artistic career as a photographer and as a video artist. Holt's involvements with photography and camera optics are thought to have influenced her later earthworks, which are "literally seeing devices, fixed points for tracking the positions of the sun, earth and stars." Today Holt is most widely known for her large-scale environmental works, Sun Tunnels and Dark Star Park. She has created site and time-specific environmental works in public places all over the world. Holt has contributed to various publications, which have featured both her written articles and photographs. She has also authored several books. Holt has received five National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, New York Creative Artist Fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Beverly Pepper is a world-renowned artist whose career has spanned over fifty years. She has created sculptures in cast iron, bronze, steel, stainless steel, and stone. Pepper is also known for her site-specific projects in which she has incorporated expanses of industrial metals into the landscape, creating large-scale sculptures that were often designed to function as public spaces. Pepper has received other prestigious awards, including the Pratt Alumni Achievement Award, Alexander Calder Prize for Sculpture, Pratt Institute Legends Award, Allied Arts Honor Award, and many more.

Marc LeBaron, ISC Board Chair said, "I am delighted to announce that Nancy Holt and Beverly Pepper will be honored with the International Sculpture Center's Lifetime Achievement Award this fall. Both of these most deserving artists are incredible sculptors whose work can be seen around the world. They have both influenced and contributed to the art community immensely."

The International Sculpture Center's Board of Directors established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 to recognize individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture. Candidates for the award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the development of a laudable body of work, as well as to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole. Past recipients include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Fletcher Benton, Fernando Botero, Louise Bourgeois, Sir Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Catlett, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Mark di Suvero, Richard Hunt, Phillip King, William King, Manuel Neri, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Nam June Paik, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Gio' Pomodoro, Robert Rauschenberg, George Rickey, George Segal, Kenneth Snelson, Frank Stella, and William Tucker.

To receive additional information about the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala, please contact the events department by calling 609 689 1051, extension 302, or via email at events@sculpture.org. All proceeds from the Gala benefit the programs and services of the International Sculpture Center.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums-anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. Please visit www.sculpture.org.

International Sculpture Center
19 Fairgrounds Rd., Suite B
Hamilton, NJ 08619

T 609 689 1051
F 609 689 1061



26. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, permanent exhibition at The New York State Museum, Albany, and more

The New York State Museum, the nation's first and largest state museum, invites you to its new permanent exhibition on the history of newsstand advertising, part of a large New York City exhibition with artifacts from Grand Central Station, Coney Island, the Automat, and other iconic NYC locations. This installation features a vintage newsstand from Times Square as well as artifacts from the Spiller Family Archives of Newsstand Advertising, which is part of the Museum's permanent collection and available for research.

New York State Museum
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230
Main Lobby Desk: 518-474-5877
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door.
The Carousel is free. Donations are accepted.

Parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the Museum, both off of Madison Ave. Parking in these lots is free after 2 pm and on weekends.

The New York State Museum is fully accessible.

The Museum has strollers and wheelchairs for our visitors' comfort and convenience. Please stop at the Main Lobby Desk or call 518-474-5877.


Harley Spiller is featured in this recent blog post:




Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller