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Contents for September 03, 2013

1. Katya Grokhovsky, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Gallery Protégé, Manhattan, opening Sept. 5

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope you are doing well!

I would like to cordially invite you to attend an opening of my first solo exhibition in New York City.

The exhibition "Bodybeautiful" curated by Peter Gynd, will open in Chelsea on Thursday 5th September 2013 6-9pm 2013 at Galerie Protege, 197 Ninth Avenue, corner 22nd St., NY.

The exhibition will include a selection of recent works, such as performances for video, installation, collages and sculptures.

The opening night will feature remarks by pioneering feminist artist Martha Wilson at 7pm.

A live durational solo performance will take place at the gallery on October 3rd, 6-9pm.

The exhibition will run until October 10th.





Hope to see you then,

Very Best,

Katya Grokhovsky




2. Christy Rupp, Jimbo Blachly, FF Alumns, at Wave Hill, The Bronx, opening Sept. 15, and more

Wave Hill presents
Tandem Pursuits : Armor & Ichthyology
September 15-December 1, 2013
Reception: September 15, 2-4:30PM

Wave Hill's fall exhibition, Tandem Pursuits: Armor & Ichthyology, explores the passions and professions of Bashford Dean, resident of Wave Hill House from 1909 until his death in 1928. During this time, Dean served as both Curator of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Curator of Fish at the American Museum of Natural History. Inspired by this unique intersection of interests, Wave Hill's curatorial team has brought together a remarkable group of contemporary artworks that explores concepts of adaptation, pattern and protection. Artists in the show include: Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw, WonJung Choi, Amisha Gadani, Frank Gehry, Carol Hepper, Camilla Huey, Simone Leigh, Michelle Jaffé, Irvin Morazan, Kymia Nawabi, James Prosek, Christy Rupp, Ben Snead, Holly Sumner and Marina Zurkow.


Art Exhibition - Notched Bodies: Insects In Contemporary Art
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sept 13 - November 13, 2013
Opening reception Sept 12, 6-8

NYC Parks is pleased to present Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art, on view September 13 - November 13 at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The exhibition features eleven contemporary artists who offer probing personal interpretations on the importance of insects through a variety of media: Brandon Ballengée, Joianne Bittle, Rebecca Clark, Emilie Clark, Talia Greene, Asuka Hishiki, Julian Montague, Lisa Murch, Julia Oldham, Christy Rupp, and Ben Snead. The show is curated by Jennifer Lantzas, NYC Parks' Public Art Coordinator.

This exhibition takes its name from ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle's classification of insects by their similar traits: six legs and clearly segmented or "notched" bodies. Humans have had a long and complex relationship with insects. Their alien appearance can be jarring or off-putting, but upon closer inspection insects are works of art. They are often seen as pests or invaders; however, their critical role in our ecosystem and daily lives is increasingly clear as urban farming, gardening, and the impact of syndromes like Colony Collapse Disorder become prevalent. Insects are keen indicators of the health of our ecosystem. They help break down and decompose rotting materials, which reintroduce rich nutrients into the soil. They are also the first line of defense against invasive plants and other harmful insects.

Located on the Arsenal lawn, Brandon Ballengée's outdoor light installation is intended to create interactions between nocturnal arthropods and humans. In the gallery, Joianne Bittle's Goliath Beetle is removed from his natural surroundings and placed on a gold background, referencing religious icons from the Byzantine era. A botanic wallpaper installation by Talia Greene is inhabited by a colony of harvester ants, illustrating our vain attempts to impose order on the natural world. Faux books and records designed by Julian Montague document the hypothetical history of pest control. In her videos, Julia Oldham translates insects' behaviors into choreographed performances. Ben Snead paints insects into geometric patterns-a personal classification system based on aesthetics rather than science. Rebecca Clark, Emilie Clark, Asuka Hishiki, Lisa Murch, and Christy Rupp also present diverse artworks that dismantle the notion that insects are creepy and herald them as fascinating creatures to be studied, understood and celebrated.

The Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban space, wildlife, New York City parks and park history. It is located on the third floor of the Parks Department Headquarters, in Central Park, on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the Arsenal Gallery, please call (212) 360-8163.

Arsenal in Central Park
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, third floor
(212) 360-8163



3. Guerilla Girls, FF Alumns, at Pace University, Manhattan, opening Sept. 17

Hi All,

Organized by Robin Tewes
September 17-October 12, 2013
Reception: September 17, 5-7PM
Pace University
Peter Fingesten Gallery
1 Pace Plaza, B Level
New York, N.Y. 10038

Please come to this retrospective exhibition focusing on the work the Guerrilla Girls produced from 1985-2000.

The opening is September 17th, 5-7 PM at the Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University.

There will be a panel discussion with some of the "Girls" on September 24th at Pace University.

The exact location and time of this event will be announced soon.





4. LuLu LoLo, FF Member at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, Sept. 15

LuLu LoLo will perform an excerpt from her one-person play 'Soliloquy For a Seamstress: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire"
September 15, 2013, 12-5pm
Association of Italian-American Educators Poets & Writers Piazza
Hofstra's 21st Italian Experience
Sponsored by Arba Sicula
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater-Axinn Library
Hofstra University South Campus



5. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/73565072
and more

Watch Annie's first short doc film, "Nailpolish Madonna"
and get in gear for September and October readings

Nailpolish Madonna
directed by Annie Lanzillotto

Annie's first short doc film


Annie's September/October Gigs / Readings / Book Signings
Readings from Lanzillotto's L is for Lion, and Schistsong.

Thursday, September 5,
I read/perform to kick off the new interim home for BGSQD!
(Bureau of General Services Queer Division)
at their new interim home: Cage, 83 A Hester Street, NY NY 10002

Saturday September 14,
3:30 PM
I read/perform at Staten Island LGBT Community Center,
with poet Gabriella Belfiglio
at: Staten Island LGBT Center
25 Victory Boulevard
3rd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301

Sunday Sept 15th
Noon - 5PM
I read/perform at Hofstra University's Poet's Piazza
Hosted by Louisa Calio
at: Leo A. Guthcart Cultural Center Theater
Axinn Library
South Campus
Hofstra University
100 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, New York 11550
in Long Island
general info: 516-463-6600
contact info: louisacalio.1@juno.com

Wed, Sept 18th
5:30 PM
Brown University Bookstore
244 Thayer Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02912

A personal homecoming at my alma mater. What a thrill to come full circle.
I will read from L is for Lion, and Schistsong.

Wednesday September 25th
11AM - 1PM
Common Hour
Hofstra University
Spiegel Theater
Hofstra University
100 Fulton Ave
Hempstead, NY 11550
hosted by Professor Stanislao Pugliese

Oct 3-5
Italian American Studies Association Conference
at the:
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
I present my books on special panels at the conference.



6. Kyle deCamp, FF Alumn, at Alliance Francaise, Manhattan, Oct. 10-11

dear Friends

Please join us for the premiere of Urban Renewal
a multimedia solo performance

Concept, text, design, performance Kyle deCamp
video design Josh Thorson
collaborating director Yehuda Duenyas
sound design Travis Just
light design Scott Bolman
set engineer Joseph Silovsky
production Lanie Zipoy

Oct 10 and 11 at 8:00.

Crossing The Line Festival/ fiaf
Florence Gould Hall at Alliance Francaise
55 East 59th Street ( between Park and Madison Aves) NY NY 10022

performance/ ticket info

students w valid ID may use this code



7. Terry Berkowitz, F FAlumn, at The Shed, Brooklyn, opening Sept. 14, and more

The Malaya Lola Project
Terry Berkowitz
Saturday, September 14, 7 to 10pm
September 15 - September 24, 2013
(by appointment)
The Shed
366 6th Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Tomasa Dioso Salinog/Lola Masing
A founding member of The Malaya Lola
for more information or directions
point your browser to info@theshedspace.org
(c) 2006 Terry Berkowitz


A few things happening in my world.

Ikono On-Air Video Festival, September 6-29, ikono.org/stream The Malaya Lola Pheed at Berliner Liste, Berlin, September 19-22.

Hope all is okay with you!



8. Charlie Clough, FF Alumn, at Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY, Sept. 7-8


I will be on the scene in Buffalo this coming week for the Echo Art Fair. I hope you will stop by to visit and to see the painting I produced with the help of many participants from last June's Creative Problem Solving Institute's conference held at University at Buffalo. This is an example of my "arena painting" experiment in participatory art making.
My appearance at this year's echo event will also provide me with the opportunity to describe and discuss my ideas for the next phase of my work and studio in Western New York. I am calling this initiative as it continues to take shape The Clufffalo Institute. Please come by and share your ideas. I am eager to describe my vision.

VIP Preview Party ($75, http://www.echoartfair.com/vip-preview-party/)
Friday, September 6: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square
Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The two-day fine art fair brings together artists, collectors, businesses, entrepreneurs, vendors, sponsors, and the public. See art, buy art, talk about art. Eat. Drink. Saturday $5, Sunday free. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the public libraries.

Great if you can visit www.clufff.com

And view Sarah Elder's video from the University at Buffalo Art Gallery's 2012 exhibition, "The Way to Clufffalo".

I would love to see you at the fair!





9. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA, Sept. 7

a ritual audience participation experience experiment

The Long-Running Underground Hit!

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


Saturday, September 7, 2013

511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609-2058

For more information
Call: 510-526-7858

2013 Dates!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Downloadable poster here:




10. Judith Bernstein, FF Alumn, at The Box, Los Angeles, CA, opening Sept. 7

September 7 - October 26, 2013 - Opening Saturday, September 7, 6-9pm
The Box - 805 Traction Avenue - Los Angeles, CA 90013

We are thrilled to present JUDITH BERNSTEIN, BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE: 18 NEW PAINTINGS (2010-2013), a new and visionary body of work by New York-based artist Judith Bernstein in her third solo exhibition at The Box LA. Her provocative art embodies the psychological amalgamation of sex, violence and feminism in different orders and priorities. In this current series, fluorescent and rich oil paint exemplifies the chaos, violence and nuclear explosion that is The Big Bang. Bernstein probes the origin of space, time and infinity, using the rage of the active cunt as the primal source in the expanding universe. These paintings delve into current issues regarding relationships and gender with a literal dialogue between the active cunt and the phallus, drawing the metaphorical parallel between the expanding knowledge of both science and human relationships. Bernstein's universe presents intricate connections between individuals, objects, galaxies and electromagnetic energy. Interactive forces are responsible for all phenomena and the powerful dynamic reflects back to human interaction.

The objects in Bernstein's universe create an anxious and absurdist energy: Mysterious black holes, nooses that strangle, teeth that devour, the angry cunt and the flaccid phallus, cock eyes, cuntface and cockface, age of the universe and arbitrary numbers, clocks alluding to the relativity of time, crown jewels, space, time and infinity are the vocabulary. Subliminal themes of pleasure and pain, death and sex permeate this series.

Judith Bernstein is known for her dynamic imagery and expressionistic style. The horsepower of the images allow the paintings to stand alone and gives the viewer the opportunity to see the work from many perspectives and interpretations. Aside from the political, these paintings open the door to much broader meanings.

Judith Bernstein attended Yale School of Art as a graduate student in the 60s, during a time when Yale had an all-male undergraduate program. The gender inequality was extreme. This fact and many others led to her obsession with feminism and political injustices. During this time, Bernstein became fascinated with explicit bathroom drawings. She explains that graffiti is deeper than one can imagine, because when one's releasing on the toilet, they're also releasing from their subconscious. In her FUCK VIETNAM series (1966-68), she used raw humor and aggression to confront war with very graphic, in-your-face words and images. "No visual is as crude as war." In 1970, Bernstein made the leap to drawing hardware screws that morphed into humongous charcoal phallic presences. They are power images that continue to characterize war and feminism. Bernstein's art is a self-portrait of her ideas and provides a window into her subconscious. Her voice continues to scream.

Judith Bernstein's recent shows include KEEP YOUR TIMBER LIMBER at ICA, London (2013); her solo exhibition JUDITH BERNSTEIN: HARD at New Museum, NYC (2012); SINISTER POP at The Whitney Museum, NYC (2012); GREATER NEW YORK: THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS at MoMA PS1, NYC (2010); THE HISTORICAL BOX at Hauser & Wirth, London and Zurich (2011-12). Her work has been acquired by the permanent collections of MoMA, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Jewish Museum, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Kronhausen Collection Sweden; Neuberger Museum NY and The Brooklyn Museum, NY.

The Box, LA
805 Traction Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013


For more information, contact:

(213) 625-1747

The Box
805 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013
tel: 213 625 1747
e: info@theboxla.com



11. Jim Johnson, FF Alumn, at Pattern Shop, Denver, CO, opening Sept. 6

Some of my recent work will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Pattern Shop Studio in Denver. I hope to see some of you there for the opening on Friday, Sept. 6.



Jim Johnson



12. EIDIA, FF Alumns, at The Deconsumptionists, Brooklyn, opening Sept. 7

EIDIA presents: Mitch McEwen "How to Buy a House in Detroit for the Woman You Love"
Opening reception Saturday September 7, 5-7pm, September 7 - 30, 2013

A project of EIDIA House & Plato's Cave
@ The Deconsumptionists semi-trailer
23 Montieth St. Brooklyn, NY 11206 (One block south of Flushing Ave off Bushwick Ave)


Hours 1-6pm, Thursday - Monday (or by appointment)

EIDIA House is pleased to present Mitch McEwen's "How To Buy a House in Detroit for the Woman You Love," the third solo exhibition in The Deconsumptionists Art As Archive project space. The Deconsumptionists exhibition space consists of a 48-foot semi-trailer situated in a truck-yard in Bushwick Brooklyn. Here for complete press release: www.eidia.com/deconsumptionists

EIDIA is the collaborative artist team of Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf.



13. R. Sikoryak, Kriota Willberg, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Sept. 4

Dixon Place presents

CAROUSEL: Cartoon Slide Shows and Other Projected Pictures. Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Featuring comic stories, live drawing, medical history, and surreal gags by:
Jeffrey Burandt & ZEES
Domitille Collardey
Emily Flake
Flash Rosenberg
Kriota Willberg
and more!

Wed. Sept 4, 2013
7:30 pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC

$12 (advance)
$15 (at the door)
$10 (students/seniors)
or TDF

Advance tickets & info:
(212) 219-0736
More info:

(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP's mission and artists.)



14. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, at Fluxus Foundation, Manhattan, opening Sept. 5

New York, NY. Fluxus Foundation is pleased to present Anti-Film / Anti-Art in the foundation exhibition space at 454 W 19th St. The exhibition features the world premiere of Fluxfilm 2 (1966), a 16mm 20-minute original George Maciunas cut.

Opening reception:
Thurs, Sept 5, 6-8 PM
Exhibition runs September 5-28, 2013

'Promote living art, anti-art, promote NON-ART REALITY,' declares Fluxus founder and central organizer George Maciunas, in his 1963 Manifesto. The document, which combines handwritten notes with collaged dictionary entries for the word flux, lays out the objectives of Fluxus, emphasizing purging the world of 'dead art, imitation, artificial art' and calling for 'a revolutionary flood and tide in art.' In other words, Maciunas opposed the commercial landscape of art-and, like his Dada contemporaries before him, sought to incite a true anti-art movement.

Famously interdisciplinary, Fluxus's anti-art also extended notably into the realm of film. Coined 'anti-films,' Fluxfilms were radical interpretations of the medium, devoid of film's traditional narrative and highly representational structure. Exhibited for the very first time, Fluxfilm 2 is a 20-minute loop cut by Maciunas from the 120-minute Fluxfilm Anthology. Distilled down to flashing black-and-white frames, Maciunas emphasizes visual assault over the passive viewing normally associated with watching films.

Displayed adjacent to Fluxfilm 2 are three original Maciunas-commissioned Fluxfilms. One by Yoko Ono depicts a high-speed sequence of a match striking fire. George Brecht's ENTRANCE to EXIT features entrance and exit door signs, fading through black and white. George Maciunas's ARTYPE is a cameraless film featuring benday dots and line patterns. These anti-films are silent, black-and-white, and overturn traditional filmmaking by involving direct manipulation of film reels and developing processes.

Also on display are Yoko Ono's DO IT YOURSELF FLUXFEST-a calendar of Fluxus events illustrated by Ono in 1965, George Brecht's event scores, and excerpts from An Anthology, one of Fluxus's earliest publications. Like the anti-films, George Maciunas performed instrumental roles in these works, as either a designer, initiator, or editor. Indeed, each work on display is a reflection of not only Fluxus, but of the genius and humor of George Maciunas. Without him, Anti-Film / Anti-Art would never have come to be.
Harry Stendhal
Fluxus Foundation
454 W 19th St.
New York, NY 10011



15. Bob Holman, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 29

The Wall Street Journal
Poetry Gets Some Poetic Justice
August 29, 2013

There once were expounders of verse, for whom many had ordered a hearse; but instead of a dwindling, came a curveball rekindling, moving coins from their eyes to their purse.

Poetry, an art form often treated as whipping boy in the cultural landscape, is on an unexpected uptick in New York.

As the Nuyorican Poets Cafe celebrates its 40th anniversary, it has announced $5.3 million in municipal grants that will allow it to renovate its three upper floors. The Bowery Poetry Club has returned from a yearlong hiatus, holding readings and other events on Sundays and Mondays at Duane Park, a dinner theater and burlesque parlor at the same address. And McNally Jackson, the highbrow bookstore, on Sept. 17 debuts a five-part reading series with the Poetry Society of America.

A line outside Nuyorican Poets Cafe;

"In 40 years I've never seen it so vibrant here," said Alice Quinn, the society's executive director and a former poetry editor at the New Yorker. "I half-expect a poetry cafe to pop up any day now in Hudson Heights."

At a recent open-mic night at Nuyorican, the crowd began the night by turning from side to side and telling compatriots "I love you, man," before hugging themselves and chanting in unison "I am fearless!" Performers quickly restored the venue's Alphabet City grit, with works full of the N-word, S-word and four different C-words.

First on stage, Kevin Davis, a 40-year-old waiter from Bushwick, waited outside for 61/2 hours ahead of the 9 p.m. event. He was followed by Travis Cooper Schuon, a 16-year-old high-school senior from Northport, N.Y., whose poem included the line "I be ready to see the world in its complexity, entirely a mystery to be solved by me." (His stage name, Troms, stands for Transcendent Rampaging Omnipresent Microphone Smasher.)

Allen Ginsberg, the late beatnik demigod, once called Nuyorican "the most integrated place on the planet," but Bowery Poetry recently gave it a run for that title. On Sunday, at a reading of English and Welsh poetry accompanied by African tunes sung in Shona, a group of friends filled a table: a Zimbabwean, a Spaniard and his 5-year-old son, a Serbo-Finn from Uganda, and a Canadian from Burundi.

At the bar, Nikhil Melnechuk and Adam Horowitz, co-executive directors of Bowery Arts & Science, which sponsors Bowery Poetry Club, clinked celebratory tumblers of rye whiskey. The young pair-28 and 26, respectively-are inheriting management duties from Bob Holman, the club's 65-year-old founder and artistic director, nicknamed "the dean of the scene," who owns the building and lives upstairs.

He still drops by to contribute. "All I can do is sing out for you, in language primal, lost, singing this language only we understand, where the noes of the world become our yes and yes is our child, child which is our love, love which has no other name," he said on stage. People danced in response, some barefoot.

Mr. Holman is producing and hosting a documentary on endangered languages for PBS, and his club is debuting "Unheard Of," a 10-part series dedicated to poems in such tongues, starting with a Sept. 29 showcase of poems in five endangered Indonesian languages.

"People love us, but they think of us as a public good, a public utility. We're not. We're a business," said Mr. Melnechuk. "Now we've gone from seven nights a week to two, but the quality is more concentrated, stronger, less hit-or-miss. And we've shrunk operations costs incredibly."

Daniel Gallant, Nuyorican's director, described a similar strategic shift. "While the Café used to rely primarily on word-of-mouth to attract audiences, we've recently adopted a more proactive strategy," he said. That outreach involved key city council members. "Dan Garodnick, Gale Brewer, Robert Jackson and Christine Quinn were particularly supportive of our project this year," said Mr. Gallant, "and none of them had any connection with the Café previously."

It also has had brushes with celebrity, fostering pre-Hollywood iterations of Rosario Dawson and Rosie Pérez. Benjamin Bratt starred in "Piñero," a movie about a Nuyorican poet. And John Leguizamo, who got his start and met his first wife there, is a vocal supporter.

"Way before rap, it put the street on stage, made it real," said Mr. Leguizamo. "Made our lives real, our emotions real. But so much more than real: equal. And equally committed to the same purpose and same love. I wouldn't be here without that."

That's not to say poetry doesn't have its internal critics. "Poetry has its heart in the right place, which you can't say of most art. But the majority of the scene here is the MFA crowd," said Alex Dimitrov, the content editor for the Academy of American Poets, and himself the founder of Wilde Boys, a roving gay poetry salon (Mr. Dimitrov has an MFA). "The way you prove you're serious," he continued, "is you commit and stick around."

Giddily egalitarian by contrast, Nuyorican and Bowery are jointly celebrating in October the 20th anniversary of Aloud, an anthology of Nuyorican poetry edited by Mr. Holman.

"There's all this experimentation and riffing now. It's liberating," said Poetry Society's Ms. Quinn. "The city is so work-driven, but it's such an intense adventure. We vibrate with the understanding that everyone else in the subway car has this brilliant inner life too. It gives us all that New York accent, the accent of the adventurous and mysterious."

A version of this article appeared August 29, 2013, on page A22 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Poetry Gets Poetic Justice.

Copyright 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved



16. Duston Spear, FF Alumn, at Cage, Manhattan, Sept. 27

'Red Thread : the prisoner and the painter'
A Screening and a Happening
83 Hester Street
Friday September 27
7 - 9

Duston Spear ( alumni) is screening her short film "Red Thread : the prisoner and the painter" at Cage (http://www.cage83.com), based on the poetry of former political radical, Judy Clark, now in her fourth decade of a 75 year sentence for driving a getaway car in the 1981 Brinks Robbery. As part of Cage's project to de-construct the familiar parts of the film will be performed during the showing by the original cast members and released inmates.

Recipient of a 2013 New York State Council on the Arts grant in Electronic Media and Film with additional funding from the Puffin Foundation .A sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. RedThreadMovie@gmail.com


Red Thread : the prisoner and the painter
"...fuses transcendent beauty and jolting social truths." -Lucy R. Lippard, FF Alumn



17. Alison Knowles, FF Alumn, at Miguel Abreu Gallery, Manhattan, Sept. 18

Alison Knowles: The Big Book

September 18, 2013, 7:30pm

Miguel Abreu Gallery, 36 Orchard Street, New York City

The Big Book by Alison Knowles was just that: a book.

Comprised of eight moveable pages, each four feet wide by eight feet tall, anchored to a metal spine, this walk-in construction was equipped with casters, which made it possible to leaf through individual pages. Each page had access to the next, opening up different spaces between them where a reader could spend some time.



18. Christa Maiwald, Vito Acconci, FF Alumns, at ArtHelix, Brooklyn, opening Sept. 6
Dear Friends,
I have a piece in this "sculptural installation/digital video interface/symposium by a multi-generational group of female curators, artists, writers, and viewers, coming together as participants to reinterpret Vito Acconci's iconic performance Seed Bed through a contemporary lens."
I hope you can attend this exhibition.
Best regards,

Sept 6 - Oct 30, 2013
16 Harrison Place, Bushwick
[at the Morgan Ave L Train]
Launch Reception: Friday, Sept 6th @ 6:30 PM
Sept 6 - Oct 30, 2013
16 Harrison Place, Bushwick
[at the Morgan Ave L Train]
Head Gardener: Amy Anthony
Symposium Curator: Bonnie Rychlak
Project Manager: Maya Meissner

Flower Garden begins as a playful re-imagining of the iconic work, Seed Bed, created and first performed by Vito Acconci at Sonnabend Gallery in New York City in January 1972. Seed Bed was at once groundbreaking and notorious, as Acconci constructed a shallow wooden ramp inside the gallery and then lay hidden beneath it, masturbating for eight hours a day over a three week period to the sounds of gallery viewers walking above him, all the while accompanied by a low murmur of spoken sexual statements, declarations, and commands to the imagined "subjects" above. The performance and later video produced for the work represent a historical moment in performative "body art" and sexual theatre.

Flower Garden is constructed not as a critique (although it may contain "critiques"), but rather as a sculptural installation/digital video interface/symposium by a multi-generational group of female curators, artists, writers, and viewers, coming together as participants to reinterpret Acconci's performance through a contemporary lens. Where Acconci represented the "seed" in his performance, the counterpoint here is the motif of the "garden," the public or communal space where the "seeds" are made visible. Where Seed Bed was imagined as dark, hidden, and vaguely threatening, the Flower Garden is a shared space in the open sun, with a private component.

Over a three-week period from September 6th through October 30th, a walkable garden will be constructed that allows for the viewer to sit and relax in an open setting in Bushwick, the newest edge for the contemporary art scene. This installation/sculpture will also have another facet, its own "secret garden," a private cabin designed for one woman at a time to recreate the masturbatory element of the original Seed Bed. The resulting coda is that this "private" moment then produces a flower to be planted by the participant, adding to the overall complexity of the shared space.

This is the discursive component that we envision can make the secret garden project a fully realized social event. The users of the cabin are pre-interviewed for a live link up to various social media sites to inquire (if desired) what thoughts or desires motivated them to seek out inclusion in this event. A second "post" interview follows (if desired), thus allowing the participant to reflect on their experience and to comment on their preconceptions. This video diary, as well as a guest book for participants' signatures and comments, will serve as a permanent record for each flower planted in the Flower Garden.

Finally, a one-day symposium, organized by ArtHelix curator, Bonnie Rychlak, will be held on the last date of the event, engaging a group of the curators, artists and participants, thus completing the event with a critical discussion of the project.

Flower Garden is imagined as a deeply playful model for communal art engagement; public and private, open and closed, "sunny" and "dark" all at once.



19. Benoit Maubrey, FFAlumn, at Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs, CA


The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs has commissioned Berlin-based sound artist Benoit Maubrey to create an electro-acoustic lobby sculpture for the new hotel which is set to open this fall. Maubrey's ceiling-high archway will be designed to allow guests to interact with music. It is constructed from 500 recycled loudspeakers that are soldered together as an active public sound sculpture. The electromagnetic signals from recycled radios produce a low-level white noise into which local spectators can add their own tunes and pre-recorded messages. The sculpture is also conceived as a full-blown interactive sound sculpture where participants can play guitar and add their voices via bluetooth technology.

Benoît Maubrey is the director of DIE AUDIO GRUPPE (www.benoitmaubrey.com ), a Berlin-based art group that build sound sculptures. Mr. Maubrey uses recycled and found electronics as his artistic medium. Since the 1980¹s he has been conceiving and creating interactive public sculptures that make sounds by interacting thematically and acoustically with their environment and the internet.

Benoît Maubrey / DIE AUDIO GRUPPE
Baitzer Bahnhofstr.47, 14822 Brück OT Baitz Germany
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20. Daniel Martinez, Martha Rosler, FF Alumns, at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI, Sept. 6, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014

The Past is Present
September 6, 2013-January 5, 2014

Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI, 48201

T 313 832 6622
F 313 832 4665


Inspired by Diego Rivera's iconic Detroit Industry murals (1932-33) for the Detroit Institute of Art, MOCAD's guest curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions at the Jewish Museum Jens Hoffmann invited a group of international artists to conceive new murals based on the history of Detroit. Eighty years after the completion of Rivera's monumental work, The Past Is Present commemorates Detroit's journey while concurrently referencing the Detroit Historical Society's motto. Made by artists from around the world whose works are rooted in explorations of history, political conflict, and social change, these works allow an opportunity to begin where Rivera left off, examining the history of the city from contemporary points of view.

Each artist has created a contemporary work in response to the city's struggles and successes post-1933, touching on broader themes that are relevant across the nation. Topics include the many industries, ideals, and events that have propelled America forward-from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s pivotal yet under-recognized speech in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1968; to the development of labor unions, urban farming, and the birth of Motown; to the creation of central symbols of the American dream including sports stadiums and the automobile. The murals reference innovative urban responses to enormous losses in population and exalt the fortitude of the city and its people.

While Rivera may be remembered as often for large-scale controversies as he is for his large-scale frescoes, the impact of his works-their ability to capture history, energize resistance, and celebrate change-cannot be denied. It is in this spirit that this exhibition is based. Providing a looking glass into the past, the murals presented in The Past is Present allow for a reflection of what Detroit was, what it is, and what it may become.

The Past is Present is curated by Jens Hoffmann, MOCAD's guest curator, and coordinated by MOCAD exhibitions department Zeb Smith, Jonathan Rajewski, and Liz Glass.

Murals conceived by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Julieta Aranda, Andrea Bowers, Carolina Caycedo, Nicolás Consuegra, Harrell Fletcher and Katherine Ball, Claire Fontaine, Maryam Jafri, William E. Jones, Daniel Martinez, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Slanguage, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Murals painted by Detroit artists Jon Anthony, Michael Burdick, Daniel DeMaggio, Edward John Charles Foster, Nick Jaskey, Jesse Kassel, Sunshine Lee, Sylvia Molina, Chris Morris, James Noellert, Lisa Poszywak, Tylonn J. Sawyer, Lindy Marie Shewbridge, Vaughn Taormina, Adam Thibodeau, and Vince Troia.

Exhibition programming support is generously provided by The Taubman Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts. Additional funding for programming and educational initiatives is provided by Edith S. Briskin/Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation.

For more information about MOCAD and its upcoming programs, please visit www.mocadetroit.org.

The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller