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Contents for October 22, 2013

1. Einat Amir, FF Fund recipient 2012-13, Affirmation Arts, Manhattan, Nov. 12-13

Einat Amir: Our Best Intentions
A Performa 13 Premiere
Commissioned & Presented by Artis

November 12 - 23, 2013
Hosted by Affirmation Arts
523 West 37th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018

November 12, 13, 15, 16 & November 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 at 6:30pm

Each interactive, closed session performance is 1 hour.
It is essential to book ahead; https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8435989271

A four-channel video installation is open to the public from November 12-23, Tuesday through Saturday, 11am - 6pm.

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Artis is proud to present the New York debut of Our Best Intentions for Performa 13, a participatory performance series and video installation that blends art, psychotherapy and theater by Tel Aviv-based artist Einat Amir. Comprised of nine interactive evening performances and a four-channel video installation open during gallery hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-6pm), Our Best Intentions serves as a platform for unexpected social engagement through the exploration of intimate personal narratives. As one of Israel's leading performance artists, Amir creates controlled environments that facilitate social experimentation, challenging the viewer to test their own personal boundaries and question societal norms.

For the project, the gallery space at Affirmation Arts has been transformed into four domestic settings - a living room, bedroom, study and dining room - which serve as the stage set for each hour-long performance and the viewing area for the video installation. Each live, interactive session involves an intimate group of around 20 participants; upon entering the space, individuals select a labeled vest with titles such as "mother," "lover," "future," and "doubt," which serve as key visual cues for the actions that ensue. After taking their positions in the space, participants are led through collaborative workshops by four moderators and are encouraged to use personal stories and memories to confront unresolved issues and reveal themselves in unexpected ways. No two evenings are alike - each performance is unique and tailored to the participants and moderators involved, creating a semi-private, sacred environment that contrasts the introspective experience of therapy with the more dramatic devices of performance. As the action moves through the different domestic settings, the audience is both active and passive, taking turns to watch other sections and participate within their own group, lending to the climactic, emotional rollercoaster ride that unfolds.

Amir offers performance as a tool for introspection, creating optimal conditions for emotional communication. These intimate sessions buoy their subjects, priming them to question, confront, challenge and replay critical scenarios. Ultimately, Our Best Intentions is an incubator for the processing, redeeming, salvaging and discovery of self as experienced through dramatization and collaborative interaction. - See more at: http://www.artiscontemporary.org/features_detail.php?id=293#sthash.M2TORf3g.dpuf



2. LAPD, FF Alumns, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 26-27

A (Micro) History Of World Economics, Danced
October 26 and 27 @ Pershing Square
3pm and 7pm each day.

The Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), a theater troupe comprised of people working and living in LA's Skid Row, in conjunction with the Théâtre de Gennevilliers, France, present A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced for a limited engagement of four outdoor performances on October 26 - 27, 2013 at the amphitheater at Pershing Square.

Conceived at the height of the European economic crisis, A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced explores our collective economic history over centuries of time. Integrating stories of a diverse range of Angelenos with 300 years of global economic history, this work explores the community impact of the financial crisis.
Previously staged in Paris, Tokyo and New York, our production assembles a 50 person cast of LA downtowners, blending professional and non-professional performers, including a 15-person chorus and an economist.

The play was written and directed by Pascal Rambert, artistic director for the innovative Théâtre de Gennevilliers and an artist whose theatrical works are often presented worldwide. In 2012, Rambert's "The End of Love" won the "Best New Play" award from the French Drama Critics' Association.



3. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, CA, Nov. 2

world-known shaman performance artist,

Bring your passions and musical instruments
and your senses of adventure and humor.
Other than that,
(But donations are encouraged.)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609-2058
For more information
Call: 510-526-7858
email: fmoore@eroplay.com

"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" - www.reddit.com

"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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

facebook group: The Universal Underground Video Bank



4. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at The Hyde Museum, Glens Falls, NY, thru Dec. 28

Franc Palaia is included in a group show at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, NY, entitled "2013 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region" curated by Dan Cameron. Franc also received the Juror's award for his entry, "Quartet" an illuminated photo sculpture made of light, suitcases and duratrans. The show opened on Oct 12 and runs to Dec 28, 2013. For more info call 845-486-1378.



5. Marisa Jahn, FF Alumn, fall events

Dear Friends of REV-,

We're in full swing this fall, and I'm excited to share with you a calendar full of public events, appearances, and vibrant new collaborations.

NEWS | REV- partners with NuLawLab
This fall, we're teaching a studio-based course that brings together NuLawLab, Northeastern University law students, MIT students, and advocates from the Brazilian Immigrant Center to produce an interactive public art and advocacy project around health and safety issues facing domestic workers. At the Northeastern University School of Law, NuLawLab is a hub for innovation in law and learning seeking to create organizational infrastructures that provide everyone with the access to the legal services that they need.

This year, we've been hard at work on Project NannyVan, a roving resource center + public art project that's accelerating the movement for domestic workers' rights nationwide! Launching in Winter 2013, you can check out a sneak preview here! Project partners include National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, MIT Center for Civic Media, Terravoz, MIT Open Doc Lab, and NuLawLab.

EVENT | Tactical Fiction for Alternative Realities: Panel Discussion
5:00pm this Saturday, October 19 at Eyebeam | NYC

Speakers: Lina Srivastava, Marisa Jahn, Mark Amerika. Moderator: Paolo Cirio .
Part of Performing Change, featuring speakers: Vito Acconci, FF Alumn, Wafaa Bilal, Stephen Duncombe, Peter Macapia, Carne Ross, George E. Sánchez, Denisse A. Arévalo, Mark Amerika, Marisa Jahn, FF Alumn, Lina Srivastava, Laurel Ptak, Carlo Zanni, Jose Serrano-McClain. Curated and organized by Paolo Cirio.

REV- will also be tabling from 12-4pm at Eyebeam, as a part of the Arts & Labor Alternatives Fair.

EVENT | MIT Open Documentary Lab Fellowship and Talk
6:00pm on Wednesday, November 6 at MIT Media Lab, 6th floor | Cambridge, MA

As a 2013-2014 Fellow/Artist-in-Residence at the MIT Open Doc Lab, I will be delivering a public talk on REV-'s work at the intersection of art, tech, law, and activism. Opening remarks by Open Doc Lab's Sarah Wolozin + NuLaw Lab's Dan Jackson (Executive Director) and Jules Rochielle Sievert (Curator). More details to come soon!

EVENT | Tribeca Film Institute: Engagement 101
6:30pm on Monday, November 18th at Time Warner Center Screening Room | NYC
Speakers: Marisa Jahn and others. Moderator: Lina Srivastava.

Panel discussion on innovative outreach and engagement strategies in the field of transmedia storytelling, followed by reception (8-9pm).

EVENT | Talk at Temple University
6:00pm on Thursday, November 21 in Philadelphia | Details to come!

I want to especially thank some of our team-members and co-conspirators who have really powered our projects forward this year: Ismaelly Peña, Lily Moore, Olivia Tarplin, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Jules Rochielle Sievert, Leo Burd, Francesca Contreras, Natalicia Tracy, Steve & Christine Shada, Marc Shavitz, Yomara Velez ... It's been such an honor to work with you!

Warmest Regards,
Marisa Jahn
Executive Director, REV-

REV- Advisory Board: Aina Abiodun, Sunny Bates, Kadambari Baxi, Pablo Helguera, Kendal Henry, Doug Lasdon, Larisa Mann, Christiane Paul, Andrew Ross, Sujata Singhal, Tricia Wang, Cornel West, Mabel O. Wilson.

REV- (as in to rev an engine) is a nonprofit studio whose public art projects combine creativity, bold ideas, and sound research to address critical issues. We are a women and minority-led team of artists, techies, media makers, low-wage workers, immigrants, and teens seeking to impact the immediate and long-term. www.studiorev.org



6. China Blue, FF Alumn, at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan, opening Oct. 26

China Blue's Art
8 Bit Cricket
Dance of the Fireflies
Representing the United States in Tokyo
Save the date!
I will be representing the United States at the Tokyo Experimental Art Festival with the "8 Bit Cricket"
Opening: Oct 26th 14:00-15:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Tokyo Wonder Site, TWS Hongo Location
2-4-46 Hongo, Bunkyou-ku, Tokyo 113-003
Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
Closed: 9/30, 10/7・15・21-25・28, 11/5・11・18-22
Admission: Free
Through November 17 (Sun)
Dance of the Fireflies
Performed by Providence Ballet Theatre
At the Providence City Hall
Sponsored by The Engine Institute
Electronic Fireflies & Capes by China Blue
Swiss Citizenship
China Blue is excited to announce she is now a Swiss citizen.

About China Blue
China Blue is fascinated by the hidden acoustics of our world such as the sounds created by the iron of the Eiffel Tower or submerged in Venice's water. She is the first person to record the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and NASA's Vertical Gun. The underlying theme of her work is revealing the hidden structures in our world and how they shape our lives.

China Blue is a two time NASA/RI Space Grant recipient and an internationally exhibiting artist. Her exhibition "Firefly Projects" was nominated for the 2012 "Best Monographic Museum Exhibition, Nationally" by the International Association of Art Critics. She represented the US at OPEN XI, Venice, Italy an exhibition held in conjunction with the Architecture Biennale and at the Tokyo Experimental Art Festival. Reviews of her work have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, Sculpture to name a few. She has been interviewed by France 3 (TV), for the film "Com-mu-nity" produced by the Architecture Institute of America and was the featured artist for the 2006 annual meeting of the Acoustic Society of America. She has been an invited speaker at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Berkelee School of Music, Reed College and Brown University and an adjunct professor and Fellow at Brown University in the United States. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Engine Institute www.theengineinstitute.org.



7. Julia Scher, FF Alumn, at Universitat de Kunste Berlin, Germany, Nov.11

I give a talk at the UdK in Berlin on November 11th, "Collaborations in Security". www.udk-berlin.de.... (Universität der Künste Berlin)

Thank you.



8. Mary Beth Edelson, FF Alumn, at Accola Griefen Gallery, Manhattan, opening Oct. 24

Collaborative 1971-1993
October 19 - November 23, 2013
Reception: Thurs Oct 24 6-8pm
This exhibit is the first to address the more than 25 collaborative performance rituals and community based workshops produced by Mary Beth Edelson starting as early as 1969. These pioneering participatory works were presented at The Corcoran Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, Albright- Knox Gallery, The Malmo KonstMuseum, Sweden, and Franklin Furnace, as well as at universities in the United States and abroad. In planning and presenting these programs Edelson collaborated with organizations such as A.I.R Gallery, the utopian community of New Harmony, Indiana, and artists from The Women's Building in Los Angeles. The collaborations will be represented by drawings and a chronology of photo documentation as well as a study area with scriptbooks, texts by and about the artist, and other documents. Collaborative will also include two Story Gathering Boxes, works which Edelson has created since 1972 and constitute an archive of participants' personal thoughts. The box titled Gender Parity asks the questions: What did your mother teach you about women? and What did your mother teach you about men?. Participants may view previous handwritten responses as well as respond to new questions posed by the artist.

Mary Beth Edelson's work has been featured in over 90 books and is widely reviewed in the United States and abroad. Recent exhibitions include, Me. Myself. Naked., Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen, Germany, 2013; Female Power, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands, 2013; 22 Others , Suzanne Geiss Company, NY, 2013, a restaging of the 1973 exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC; NYC 1993, New Museum, NY, 2013; Burn in Hell, Balice Hertling Gallery, Paris & NY, 2011; Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, MoMA, NY, 2010; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, which was curated by MoMA's Connie Butler and traveled to LAMOCA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Vancouver Museum, and PS1, NY, 2007-09; The End, curated by Eric Shiner, The Andy Warhol Museum, 2009; Gender Battle, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2007-2008; and Picturing the Modern Amazon, New Museum, NY, 2000. The artist has also exhibited internationally at the Malmo Konstmuseum in Sweden, where she had a retrospective entitled A Life Well Lived, 2006; Migros Museum, Zurich, 2006; Lofoten International Art Festival, Norwaym, 2004; Mumok Museum, Vienna, 2003; Shedhalle, Zurich, 2003; and the Tate, London, 2001 . In addition to international recognition Edelson has founded numerous enterprises including the seminal Conference for Women in the Visual Arts (CWVA) held at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. in 1972 and the follow-up seminar at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. in 1973. She is a founder of Heresies Magazine and WAC (Women's Action Coalition). Her work is in the collections of major museums including: the Guggenheim, NY, NY; MoMA, NY, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Walker Art Center, MN and Malmo Konstmuseum, Sweden. This is her second solo exhibition at Accola Griefen Gallery.



9. Jack Waters, Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, at Emily Harvey Gallery, Manhattan, Oct. 24-26

Jack Waters in collaboration with John Michael Swartz
and the creative team of
Daniel Belquer
Peter Cramer
André Azevedo
Carlo Maria Ampil
Ricardo Horatio Nelson

invite you to join us for

Exhibition--Performance--Concert--Public Forum
A Synthesis of Music, Theater, Art, and Technology.


537 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Between Spring and Prince Streets

Artists will be present during gallery hours 1:00 - 7:00, Thursday through Saturday (additional events schedule below)

The showing will center around a sound installation with musical elements created at the group's April 2012 residency at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.

Sound elements include the recordings of the performances of vocalist Donald Gallagher and sitarist Fabrizio Brua.



1:00 - 7:00

6:00 - 8:00
(RSVP pestilence@alliedproductions.org)


1:00 - 7:00

6:00 - 8:00
STAGED READING from the Pestilence Scenario performed by Devon Gallegos
with vocal improvisation by Donald Gallagher live cello by John Michael Swartz

(RSVP pestilence@alliedproductions.org)


1:00 - 7:00

6:00 - 8:00
FORUM: Why Opera?

(RSVP pestilence@alliedproductions.org)

The Emily Harvey showing will center around interactive sound and video installations with vocals, tones and instrumental elements created at our April 2013 residency at Harvestworks Digital Media Lab. Electronically generated tones are mixed with the recordings of the performances of vocalist Donald Gallagher, sitarist Fabrizio Brua, and an ensemble of pre-Colombian whistles. The video images will be affected by the live ambient sound from the interior and exterior of the gallery. The concept for this sonic sculpture was created in part in consultation with composer/philosopher Sylvie Degeiz.

On exhibit will be drawings, Illustrations, video stills, and visual works including notes, scores, and masks. Pages from the texts for the Pestilence scenario will also be exhibited. The schedule will include a staged reading from the Pestilence scenario.

The public forum topics will focus on opera in relation to social hierarchies, recent shifts in cultural identities, and changes in the momentum of western traditions and relationships to history caused by current trends in contemporary media's response to developments in global politics.

Allied Productions, Inc.
Phone: 212-529-8815
email: pestilence@alliedproductions.org

Phone:(212) 925-7651



10. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, in Woman's Art Journal, Fall/Winter 2013

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alum, Woman's Art Journal, Fall/Winter, 2013

I am excited to report that Joyce Beckenstein's review of Pairing of Polarities: The Life and Art of Sonya Rapoport, edited by Terri Cohn and published by Heyday, can now be read in the current Woman's Art Journal. Joyce Beckenstein diligently reviewed each chapter by the following authors: Terri Cohn, Hava Rapoport, Richard Candida Smith, Anna Couey and Judy Malloy. John Zarobell, Meridith Tromble, Ernestine Daubner, Anu Vkiram. Walter Moos and Roger Malina. Her pertinent, insightful and poetically critical comments are most appreciated.

Joyce Beckenstein is an art historian and art writer living in New York.



11. Peter Baren, Alexander Del Re, FF Alumns, in Malamut Performance Festival, Ostrava, Czech Republic, opening Oct. 29

We invite you to Malamut performance festival, which takes place on 29 - 31st 10th 2013.

Opening will take place on Tuesday 29 10th 16h in the Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava, Czech Republic followed by the opening of the exhibition Lenka Klodová "Trail of Courage" at 18h in Gallery Jáma 10 (street Nádražní 91) and continues to block performances and concerts from 20h in the Důl Hlubina.
On Tuesday and Wednesday there will be some performance differently around the city and will continue again in the Důl Hlubina from about 16h (will open from 14h), where the block of performances and concerts take place in these days.

MALAMUT Performance Meeting in Ostrava is the oldest international festival of action art in Czech Republic. It takes place in the streets, galleries or even alternative spaces of Ostrava city center from (the year) 1994. From the very beginning annually (1994-1999), later biennially (from 2007). At its inception there were Ostrava`s fine artists/ It was co-founded by Ostrava`s artists Petr Lysáček and Jiří Surůvka and couple others. In these days the festival is held by the Michal Gallery with the support of the Regional Museum of Art in Ostrava and the Ministry of Culture, Ostrava city, city districts and other supporters.

Specifically to the genius loci of the former biggest industrial city in Czech republic with cca 350 thousands inhabitants is our festival oriented to the confrontation between social situation of potentional audience and message of contemporary performance brought by most interesting artists from around the world. Thats why is accented street performance on the public space in combination with performance in the chamber space in local gallery. Some performances are running also in the specific industrial "brownfield area" of former coal mine and steelworks , which become in last years more accepted then before. This event has also support future contacts between czech and international performance art events and between the artists at all.
This year the festival will be Czech artist Milan Kohout, Lenka Klodová, Halka Třešňáková, Jan Bárta, Martin Zet, Tomáš Ruller with students, Jiří Surůvka, Petr Lysáček, František Kowolowski, Vladimír Havlík, Petra Filipovská, Denisa Fialová and students of New media and Intermedia faculty of Arts University of Ostrava.

Foreign artists will be Ghayatt Omar (CH), Nadja Capitaine (F), Quing Cai (PRC), Han Xiao (PRC), Peter Baren (NL), Magorzata Kazmierczak (PL), Dariusz Fodczuk (PL), Lukasz Guzek (PL) , Janusz Baldyga (PL), Viktor Pietrov (BY), Josef Juhász (SK), Nastja Säde Ron (GB), Agnes Yit (Singapore), Artur Tajber (PL), Pawel Kwasniewski (PL), Jerzy Kosalka (PL) Alexander Del Re (Chile), Peter Rosvik (FIN) and Klaus Richter (D).

For the music part are invited Artbus of Piotr Lutynski (PL) Vladivojna La Chia, Graeme McKinnon (ANG), One Roast and the Others and Wolf Trap.



12. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 27

Hello, Hello, Hello!
I have some exciting news - finally the MAN FOR A DAY feature film. in which I am the main protagonist, will have its Scottish premiere.... I hope you can make it. For those of you who have no clue what I am talking about, here is a link to the trailer.

The MAN FOR A DAY feature film by Berlin filmmaker, Katarina Peters which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in February 2012 will be shown publicly for the first time in Scotland as part of the Glasgay Festival. There are two screenings at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow at 6pm and 8.30pm on Sunday, October 27, 2013. http://glasgay.co.uk/category/whatson/film/

The MAN FOR A DAY film was co-funded by Creative Scotland/ZDF/Medien Board. It was co-produced by media-co-op, Glasgow and Katarina Peters Film Produktion, Berlin. Both Louise Scott of media co-op and myself will be present. In addition, and courtesy of the Goethe Institute, the filmmaker, Katarina Peters, will also be present for a Q and A after each showing. The last time we were all present for the film showing was at the premiere of MAN FOR A DAY at the Berlinale in February 2012. I am very much looking forward to this opportunity for the film to be shown in my home town for the first time. Big thanks to Steven Thomson of Glasgay! for making this possible.
Hope to see you there!! Make sure to get your tickets ahead of time as there is limited seating. Here is the link:




13. Christopher Wool, FF Alumn, at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan, thru Jan. 22, 2014

Christopher Wool
Public programs

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
5th Ave at 89th St
New York City

On the occasion of the exhibition Christopher Wool, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from October 25, 2013, to January 22, 2014, the Guggenheim hosts performers, artists, scholars, and curators for exhibition-related public programs. The series includes an evening of art and performance, several artist-led tours, and a concluding daylong symposium.

Eye to Eye: Artist-led tours of Christopher Wool
Join three contemporary artists as they share perspectives on the creative process and discuss the works on view. A reception will follow each tour.

Josh Smith
Monday, November 4, 6:30pm

Matt Keegan
Monday, December 9, 6:30pm

Alex Hubbard
Wednesday, January 8, 6:30pm

For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/eyetoeye or call +1 212 423 3587.

Nation Time
Wednesday, November 20, 7pm
In celebration of the Christopher Wool retrospective, an international cast including writer Richard Hell, musician and composer Arto Lindsay, Scandinavian free jazz band The Thing, and legendary multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee will come together for an explosive night of art and performance. Curated by John Corbett and Christopher Wool.

For tickets, visit guggenheim.org/nationtime or call +1 212 423 3587.

PTG: Abstraction Since 1980
Friday, January 17, 2pm
In a series of short talks and discussions, international scholars, curators, and artists address questions of painting and abstraction from the 1980s to the present. Presentations will be given by Suzanne Hudson (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), Mark Godfrey (Tate Modern, London), and Katy Siegel (CUNY Hunter College, New York). Included among the featured artists in the concluding panel are Richard Prince, R. H. Quaytman, and Christopher Wool. Organized by Katherine Brinson, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum, and Suzanne Hudson, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Southern California. An exhibition viewing follows. Free for students with RSVP.

For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar or call +1 212 423 3587.



14. Dieter Roth, FF Alumn, at HangarBicocca, Milan, Itlay, opening Nov. 5

Dieter Roth and Björn Roth
6 November 2013-9 February 2014

Opening: 5 November, 7pm

Via Chiese 2
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am-11pm
Free admission

T +39 02 6611 1573

www.hangarbicocca.org Curated by Vicente Todolí

For the first time in Italy, Islands brings together over 50 works by Dieter Roth (1930, Hannover-1998, Basel), a key figure on the international art scene of the past fifty years. The exhibition is being put on with the collaboration of his son Björn.

The imposing installations are given the unique opportunity to interact with the former industrial space of HangarBicocca, the contemporary art space in Milan promoted by Pirelli. The public will be taken on a journey through thematic "islands" in the multidisciplinary creative universe of the artist, whose work has revolutionized the way art is made and seen.

Roth Bar is open to the public and fully operational, and it greets the visitors and captures them in an uninterrupted flow of art production and daily life-a stylistic feature of all the work by Roth and his assistants. This aspect runs through all the works in the exhibition, such as The Floor I (1973-1992) and The Floor II (1977-1998), both of which consist of floors from the artist's studio in Iceland. Here they are taken out of context and transformed into abstract images. New York Kitchen (2013) is a real kitchen, which has also been used by Dieter Roth's staff to prepare some of the works on show. Two towers made of little self-portrait and zoomorphic sculptures titled Zuckerturm (Sugar Tower) (1994-2013) and Selbstturm (Self Tower) (1994-2013) will be on display.

Dieter Roth's artistic vision, which includes knowledge and action, experience and manual skills in performative works, will be fully illustrated at HangarBicocca. Works on show resulting from the cooperation between the artist and his son Björn, who worked with his father for over thirty years, and together with the artist's grandchildren Oddur and Einar, include Material Pictures, assemblages of abstract painting and superimpositions of materials such as clothes, fabrics and instruments, and Grosse Tischruine (Large Table Ruin). Begun in 1978 as an organism in perennial transformation, this work started out from a pile of objects on Dieter Roth's own workbench, rearranged in different ways for each exhibition.

Real-life experience and art intertwine and blend together also in the large Solo Scenes installation (1997-1998), one of the artist's best-known works. One hundred and thirty-one monitors show everyday and intimate scenes of the artist, creating an open, real-time diary of the last years of his life. The over 60 Piccadillies prints, here shown together for the first time, constitute one of the artist's most original and interesting projects. Created between 1969 and 1974, they became a stunning example of Dieter Roth's passion for prints and graphic art, which played a key role in his work. They are also a reflection on the concept of the original and of reproducibility in works of art.

The project has also been designed to relate to The Visitors, the installation by Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976, Reykjavík), which will remain on show until November 17. "Kjartansson has a strong biographical tie with Dieter Roth and his family," explains HangarBicocca's curator Andrea Lissoni. "His grandfather was one of Dieter Roth's closest friends and he had a collection of his works. This legacy had an influence on Kjartansson's multidisciplinary, ever-evolving approach to making art."

The exhibition Islands has been made possible thanks to the support of Novi, Italy's leading company in the chocolate sector. Dieter Roth's works Selbstturm (Self Tower) (1994-2013) and Coquille Gnomes (1994-2013) have been made directly on-site, in the exhibition space, by Björn Roth and his assistants, selecting and shaping an immense supply of top-quality, extra fine chocolate from Novi.



15. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, now online at internationalcollage.org

I did an interview recently for the International Collage Center with Janet Goleas.

Here is a link:


Thanks for stopping by!

Karen Shaw



16. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Brooklyn, October 26, and more

Hi friends,

Hope your fall is going well. I have a couple upcoming events and screenings.

Saturday, October 26th, 7:30--9:10 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
At Land and Sea
Film screening of Far Rockaway in collaboration with Brian Zegeer and Ben Lee.
BAC The Scene: Brooklyn Film Series marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy
UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art
322 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY


Opening Sunday, November 17th
Signs of Life
Several of my sculptures will be included.
Rush Corridor Gallery
334 Grand Ave. Brooklyn, NY


December 6th---December 21st, 2013
Works on Paper
I will have two photo collages included in this exhibition. The pieces will be on view in TSA's flat file running through 2014.

44 Stewart Ave. #49 Brooklyn, NY

Details on later exhibitions to follow.

Best wishes,

Rachel Frank



17. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, opening Nov. 1

It's The Political Economy, Stupid
Gallery 400/University of Illinois at Chicago

Opening: November 1, 5 PM
November 1 - December 14, 2013

Curated by Oliver Ressler & Gregory Sholette

Artists: Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler; Filippo Berta; Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson; Julia Christensen; Paolo Cirio; Noel Douglas; Field Work; Yevgeniy Fiks, Olga Kopenkina, & Alexandra Lerman; flo6x8; Melanie Gilligan; Jan Peter Hammer; Alicia Herrero; Institute for Wishful Thinking; Sherry Millner & Ernie Larsen; Isa Rosenberger; Dread Scott.

Globalization, privatization, flexible work schedules, deregulated markets; 30 years of neoliberal capitalism has driven most of the world's governments to partly or wholly abandon their previous role as arbitrators between the security of the majority and the profiteering of the corporate sector. It comes as no surprise therefore that when problems in the US real estate and financial sectors resulted in a global financial crisis starting in 2008, governments all over the world pumped trillions of dollars into banks and insurance companies, essentially creating the largest transfer ever of capital into the private sector. One argument often cited for this unprecedented action was that many of these transnational corporations were "too big to fail." Still, despite these enormous expenditures millions of people soon lost their homes and livelihood, and the economic and social damage has not yet ended. The cost of these bailouts is staggering. States borrowed capital to rescue financial institutions resulting in growing national debt and virtual insolvency for some countries. Managing these budget deficits might have been possible if wealthy transnational corporations were forced to assist the economy, but neoliberal governments instead chose to introduce belt-tightening programs that radically reduce public services and social welfare. Needless to say, these austerity measures do not necessarily reflect the will of the majority, and increasing voter apathy is one serious side effect of such top-down decision-making.

Today, we are facing a catastrophe of capitalism that has also become a major crisis for representative democracy. The very idea of the modern nation state is in jeopardy as the deterritorialized flow of finance capital melts down all that was solid into raw material for market speculation and bio-political asset mining. It is the social order itself, and the very notion of governance with its archaic promise of security and happiness that has become another kind of modern ruin. Theorist Slavoj Žižek puts it this way, "the central task of the ruling ideology in the present crises is to impose a narrative which will place the blame for the meltdown not on the global capitalist system as such, but on secondary and contingent deviations (overly lax legal regulations, the corruption of big financial institutions, and so on)." [1]

It's the Political Economy, Stupid [2] brings together a group of superlative artists who focus on the current crisis in a sustained and critical manner. Rather than acquiesce to our current calamity this exhibition asks if it is not time to push back against the disciplinary dictates of the capitalist logic and, as if by some artistic sorcery, launch a rescue of the very notion of the social itself.

[1] Slavoj Žižek, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. Verso Books, London/New York 2009, p. 19
[2] The title It's the Political Economy, Stupid is a re-phrasing by Slavoj Žižek of the phrase "It's the economy, stupid", a widely circulated phrase used during Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent President George Bush Senior.

Different versions of the exhibition It's the Political Economy, Stupid were presented at Open Space, Open Systems, Vienna (A), 2011; Austrian Cultural Forum, New York (USA) 2012; Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (GR), 2012; Pori Art Museum, Pori (FIN), 2013; and Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (RS), 2013.

A publication by Pluto Press with the same title accompanies the exhibition with detailed analysis of the artworks and theoretical contextualization related to the representation of the crisis and capital. Authors of the texts are internationally renowned artists and thinkers, including Slavoj Žižek, David Graeber, Judith Butler and Brian Holmes. The book combines artistic answers on global economical problems with the analysis of those radical theoreticians, expanding the borders of a critical approach towards financial breakdown and its consequences.



18. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, opening Oct. 25

Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce that the Smithsonian American Art Museum is featuring my work from their permanent collection SPIN 2009. The exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art opens October 25, 2013 - March 2, 2014. (national tour and book). I hope you'll have a chance to see it!

All the best,


Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
October 25 - March 2, 2014
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Eighth and F streets, N.W
Washington, DC 20013
Tel.(202) 633-1000



19. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, now online at envisionny2017.moreart.org/#/coco-fusco/

A new film by Coco Fusco's film is now online at


2013 USA Berman Bloch Fellow



20. Donna Kaz at Cap 21, Manhattan, Nov. 11


A new musical
Book and Lyrics by Donna Kaz - Music by Ionel Petroi
Directed by Eliza Ventura
Musical Direction by Ionel Petroi
Casting by Tara Rubin Casting

Monday, November 11 at 3PM and 7PM


For reservations send an e-mail to James Yates jyates@cap21.org with "LNG Tickets" in the subject line.

Also mention your name, phone number, number of tickets you'd like, and if you will attend the 3PM or 7PM performance.

(The reading is approximately 60 minutes long)

Made possible by a generous grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and CAP 21

Cap 21: Frank Ventura, Executive Artistic Director
Eliza Ventura, Artistic Director

See you there! DK



21. Shadi Yousefian, at Shirin Gallery NY, FF Member, Manhattan, opening Oct. 24

October 24 - November 28, 2013
Opening: Thursday, October 24, 6:00 pm
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Shirin Gallery NY is pleased to present "Letters," a solo exhibition by Shadi Yousefian, from October 24 to November 28, 2013.

Through a ritualistic process of cutting, soaking, gluing, and pinning, Yousefian composes the fragments of letters mailed to and received from distant loved ones. "Letters," adheres to minimalistic and repetitive formations, preserving these emotionally-laden exchanges while obscuring their content and piercing their pages. The works that comprise "Letters," are at once an index and abstraction of the intimacies shared through splintered correspondence.

By manipulating written communication as a sculptural medium, Yousefian manifests her transnational bonds as a tangible material that bears the traces of physical change. Shirin Gallery presents "Letters," during a time in which the handwritten note has become a rarified form of communication; yet remains a powerful means of effecting potentially transformative connection among individuals and nations. In the moment of its exhibition, "Letters," presents a timely investigation into the medium's potential to shift social relations within personal and geo-political landscapes.
Shadi Yousefian is a contemporary photographer and mixed-media artist whose work investigates issues of transnational identity and cross-cultural belonging at a personal and social scale. She conveys her experience emigrating from Iran to the United States at the age of 16 while reflecting upon commonalities among immigrant experiences around the world.

Yousefian's work is process-oriented and employs a wide variety of media. Despite her academic background in photography, Yousefian engages the medium as a process of self-expression rather than a means of representation. During early experimentations with photography, Yousefian collaged film negatives into final prints. Yousefian has since expanded her practice to include larger and more sculptural works that combine photographic prints with other materials such as wood panels, glue, canvas, and light boxes. Yousefian continues to push the boundaries of the photographic medium with recent series such as "Letters," and "Memories," which mark a formal turn from the spontaneous and expressionistic style of earlier works to a more meticulous and repetitive minimalism.

Yousefian received a Bachelors of Fine Arts (2003) and a Masters of Fine Arts (2006) from San Francisco State University. In 2005, she was offered a Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in the Arts for her exhibition in the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. In 2004 and 2005, she received International Photo Awards from the Lurie Foundation. She has exhibited widely in California, with past shows including "East of the West," SOMArts Gallery; "Theory of Survival," The Lab; "Celluloid: Film & Photography Exhibition," Gallery One.

Shirin Art Center is an organization committed to creating an international context for the dynamic range of contemporary artistic practices within Iran and its surrounding regions. With branches in New York and Tehran, Shirin Art Center exists as a platform for curatorial and pedagogical projects that foster artistic activity and ex¬change among emerging and established artists.

Shirin Gallery NY is located on W 25th St in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Shirin Art Center's commitment to cultural exhcange by exhibiting the Middle East's rich artistic history within the United States. Shirin Gallery NY presents a critical and socially aware perspective by exhibiting works that push the boundaries of contemporary art as well as international perceptions of the Middle East.

www.shiringalleryny.com | info@shiringalleryny.com | 511 W 25th St, Suite 507, New York, NY, 10001 | +1 (212) 242 4684, +1 (212) 242 4693



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