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Contents for December 12, 2013

Jose Muñoz, In Memoriam

Announcement about a friend who passed.

Jose Muñoz, champion of performance and queerness and creativity has passed away this week. To me, Jose was a kind of liaison betwixt the "downtown performance world" (for lack of a better phrase) and the mysterious and intimidating annals of academia. He was chair of the Performance Studies Department at NYU for a time, lectured internationally and wrote several books and essays about performance and queerness and the twainses collision. And a lot more. He was also my friend and a big sweetie. But I am going to talk about Jose in a professional capacity, because I am classy like that.

Tonight the Movement Research Festival performances start up at Danspace. Myself and Adrienne Truscott are co-curators this year. Many of the performers and certainly many of the audience members will have crossed paths with Jose in the past, on a myriad of levels. Jose would most definitely be in the audience at least one of the performances. He would give me a kiss on the cheek after and say something like "nice job Jibzie." and then we would inquire after each other's dogs, respectively. The vibe is going to be different for me at the festival now, I want to just sorta not do anything at all now, and just grieve, but this loss is also pushing forth some clarity about my curatorial choices and the reasons why I keep doing this nonsense.

Jose hired me to teach graduate performance studies at NYU. I didn't even get in to graduate school. I was actually a waitress at the time. This was a morbidly intimidating prospect for me that turned out to be great. First of all, there was this validation that I felt from being contextualized, if you will. Jose had written about Dynasty Handbag in a way that made me better understand what I was actually DOING...in the context of performance and theater and queerness and fantasy and failure. He really got me thinking...yes, DH is a Super Failure. As in, we are doomed to fail in these ridiculous structures, most arbitrary, that dictate our behavior, who we should be, what we should make, who we should love, what we should look like, blah blah. And that struggle is what is behind the smears and the leotards. When he asked me to come up with a class to teach, I immediately bought all these books on Amazon about performance and queerness and thought, shit man I better fucking read up on this stuff, only to find myself restless and um..bored, and then I remembered, right you are not an academic. You are not hired for that anyways sillyhead, you were hired for what you do. So what do I do? I guess I created a persona? So I can let people know how I did that I suppose? He had utter faith I could do it. I think I tried to talk him out of hiring me because I "didn't know what I was doing." His response was that no one did.

There is a rift betwixt structure and artistlife, as you may have realized at some point. A sort of murky in between, where the logistics of life etc get in the way of your flow, man...and people who can bridge that gap are really, really special. Jose was someone who showed up for the work he wrote and lectured about. He was so generous with his guidance. He helped me get grants, get residencies, other teaching positions, he talked about me in a way that made me feel I was contributing in a very real way to the art war against the cultural climate that is so fraught these days with synthetic bullshit. And all of these things allowed me to ultimately keep on keeping on, to continue to make work. Jose saw the pieces of these performance artist puzzles from a macro vision of smartness that I only could understand after (barely) reading one of his books. Told about why this work is important in a way that is so difficult for some of us to articulate it. And that articulation creates visibility. And we all know how important that word is. Not just me and my work obviously, but since I am just me I can only speak for me, so there you go.

Why go on doing this stuff really? Are we doing anything? Are we contributing? Are we making the world a better place? Is that the goal anyway? In performance, in art making, we are seeing possibility and we are hopeful. We are performing our utopias, whatever they may be. We are performing ourselves. Selves that may not be celebrated elsewhere. I want to remember that this week, with the festival and all its incredible performers who in my opinion, trudge the road to their utopias in all their weird ways. Support each other. Support failure!

My freak flag will fly at 1/2 mast this week.

Love and Respect,
Professor Dynasty Handbag. PhDork.

I will miss you so much Jose.



1. Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, now online at sculpture.org, and more


[The Dec. 2 Goings On erroneously listed this information under Peter Baren's name]



2. Siah Armajani, FF Alumn, at Alexander Gray Associates, Manhattan

Announcing representation of Siah Armajani

Alexander Gray Associates is pleased to announce the representation of Siah Armajani (b.1939). Armajani was born in Iran and moved to the United States in 1960 to attend Macalester College in Minnesota, where he continues to live and work. His sculptures and public works, informed by his democratic and populist ideals, exist between the boundaries of art and architecture. With nearly one hundred projects realized internationally since the 1960s, Armajani is recognized as a leading figure in conceptualizing the role and function of public art.

As a student in Tehran, Armajani was drawn to American philosophers and writers, and later studied American populist thought as a philosophy major in the U.S. These early theoretical interests continue to catalyze his work, taking form in objects and architectural spaces designed in homage to literary, philosophical, and political figures including John Dewey, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodor Adorno, Ahmad Shamlou, and Luigi Galleani, among others. Curator Murtaza Vali describes Armajani's sculptures as, "thoughtful modulations of space and things, emblematic of [Armajani's] distinctive and extensive oeuvre that has primarily engaged with politics and philosophy at a formal level."

American vernacular architecture has been a consistent visual motif in Armajani's practice, and is embodied in his public works, including bridges, gardens, and outdoor rooms. In Armajani's words: "I am interested in the nobility of usefulness. My intention is to build open, available, useful, common, public gathering places-gathering places that are neighborly." These concerns take form in his ongoing series of Reading Rooms and Reading Gardens, public spaces, pavilions, and shelters for social exchanges or solitary meditation. Armajani's Tombs, his most recent sculptures series, are uninhabitable glass and wood structures that reference both American modernist and vernacular architecture, playing tribute to figures including Martin Heidegger, Walt Whitman, John Berryman, Nicola Sacco, and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, among others.

Armajani's most celebrated public art works are bridges, walkways, and gardens, including the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, Minneapolis, MN; the World Financial Center's promenade (in collaboration with Scott Burton and Cesar Pelli), Battery Park City, New York; Gazebo for Two Anarchists at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY; Floating Poetry Room, Ijborg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Bridge for Iowa City, University of Iowa; and numerous gardens at Villa Arson Museum, Nice, France. Armajani was commissioned to design the Cauldron for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Celebration in Atlanta, GA.

Armajani has been to subject of over fifty solo exhibitions since 1978; including surveys and retrospectives at Parasol unit, London (2013); Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (2008); Musee d'art Moderne et Contemporarin, Geneva, Switzerland (2007, tour); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Raina Sofia, Madrid (1999, tour); Vila Arson, Nice, France (1994); Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (1992); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (1987); Westfalischs Landesmuseum, Munster, Germany (1987, tour); and ICA Philadelphia, PA (1985).

The artist's work has been included in extensive group exhibitions, including Iran Modern, Asia Society, New York (2013); Spectacular of the Vernacular, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN (2011); Word Into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London (2006); Far Near Distance: Contemporary Positions of Iranian Artists, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2004); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, PA (1988); Sculptur Projekte Muster '87, Germany (1987); International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1984); 74th Annual American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, IL (1982); Biennial of American Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1981); 39th Venice Biennale, American Pavilion, Italy (1980); Information, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970); and Documenta 5 (1972), 7 (1982) and 8 (1987), Kassel, Germany.

Armajani's work is in numerous public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; British Museum, London; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN; Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporarin, Geneva, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; National Gallery, Washington, DC; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MI; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Alexander Gray Associates is a contemporary art gallery based in New York. The gallery has established a profile for high-quality exhibitions focused on mid-career artists who emerged in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Influential in political, social and cultural spheres, these artists are notable for creating work that crosses geographic borders, generational contexts and artistic disciplines. Alexander Gray Associates is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America.

Alexander Gray Associates
508 West 26 Street #215, New York NY 10001 United States
Telephone: +1 212 399 2636
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Current Exhibition
Harmony Hammond: October 23 - December 7, 2013

Current Art Fair
Art Basel Miami Beach: December 5 - 8, 2013

Upcoming Exhibitions
Hassan Sharif: January 8 - February 8, 2014
Overcoming the Modern; Dansaekhwa: The Korean Monochrome Movement: February 19 - March 29, 2014
Heidi Bucher: April 9 - May 17, 2014

Upcoming Art Fairs
ADAA Art Show: March 5 - 9, 2014
Art Dubai: March 19 - 22, 2014
Frieze New York: May 9 - 12, 2014



3. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Manhattan, Dec. 14

Dear Friends,
I will be debuting a new instrument I've built at the upcoming Uncaged Toy Piano Festival on Dec. 14th. All details are below. I wish you a safe, warm and fuzzy season and hope to see you soon.

Saturday, December 14th
Uncaged Toy Piano Festival
Dimenna Center for Classical Music 8pm
450 W 37th Street, NY, NY

I've designed and built a special new keyboard instrument, The Parisian Hammer Synth for this very cool festival. It will be on display to try out for before the show and during intermission in the lobby. The festival runs 12-14th. My piece will be on display on the 14th only. Check the festival website for more details.



4. Murray Hill, FF Alumn, at Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, Dec. 14


The Village Voice, A Murray Little Christmas
8:00 p.m. December 14 @ Le Poisson Rouge

Not a fan of having the holidays with your own relatives? Let comedian Murray Hill and his downtown family of singers and performance artists adopt you at A Murray Little Christmas. Hill, with his snazzy suits and Rat Pack shtick, hosts a night of skits and holiday songs with alt-cabaret dynamo Bridget Everett, burlesque stars Mr. Gorgeous and Perle Noire, and Murray's band, The Rimshots. Ring-a-ding-ding!
- By Angela Ashman
Price: $20-$50



5. Marina Abramović, FF Alumn, at Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan, Dec. 13-21
8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from December 13 until December 21 @ Park Avenue Armory
3:00 p.m. every Sun. from December 15 until December 21
7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu. from December 12 until December 21

The Village Voice says:
In an interview with ARTnews, Marina Abramovic said, "My mother never kissed me or told me she loved me, because she didn't want to spoil me, and now I have to do so much to deserve attention." Her latest spotlight-grabbing piece, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, is director Robert Wilson's reimagining of her tough upbringing in the former Yugoslavia and the path she took to become the controversial artist she is today. Billed as a "quasi opera," the work stars Abramovic (as both herself and her chilly mother) opposite the award-winning chameleon Willem Dafoe; Antony provides the music.
- By Angela Ashman
Price: $45



6. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, at Gallery 1988, Manhattan, Dec. 13-21, and more

Isabel Samaras in three shows this December:

Samaras' painting "The Drinkers (Happily Ever After)", a tribute to the film "Shaun of the Dead" as filtered through 17th century Dutch art, will be part of the "Crazy 4 Cult" show presented by Gallery 1988, on exhibit from Dec. 13 - 21st at 355A Bowery St., NY. Her work is also currently on exhibit at Harold Golen Gallery, 2294 NW 2nd Ave in Miami, FL, as part of the "Espionage" exhibit which runs through Feb. 1st. Lastly she has several pieces in "Post-It Show 7" at Giant Robot Gallery, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd. in Los Angeles, thru Dec. 29th. (There are over 2,000 pieces in this show, all on Post-It notes!)

Happy Holidaze everybody!




7. Ame Gilbert, FF Alumn, at The Old Stone House, Brooklyn, Dec. 12

Special guests: Ken Carlton, author of Food for Marriage
and Molly Gallentine reading from Powder House, a meditation on Jello
at The Old Stone House in Park Slope
Bring a story, memoir, or a poem with
food or feasting as subject matter, as metaphor, as inspiration! It can be something you've written, or an old favorite by someone else... Proust, Williams, Frost, etc. etc. etc.
SOUP WILL BE SERVED PLUS WINE and in the spirit of the holidays, BRING COOKIES TO SHARE!!!!!!



8. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at PS209 Gallery, Stone Ridge, NY, thru Jan. 12, 2014

Dear friends,

small works on paper of mine are in a show in Stone Ridge, NY at PS209 Gallery thru January 12, 2014. pspace209@gmail.com 3670 Main St. opens Friday 12/7 (gallery info is below). If you are in that area, hope you can stop by.

Ruth Hardinger



9. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, upcoming events

Happy holidays to all our friends! We would like to invite you to join us at Barbara Rosenthal's Dec/Jan/Feb events in NEW YORK, BERLIN and ONLINE (including new publications, articles and interviews from NY, UK, Berlin & Australia!)

"'The Secret of Life' and Other Shorts"; "Pregnancy Dreams/Priming a Wall"; "Surreal Photo Stories: Icy Cold" (videos)
in "Art Basel Miami Beach 4th Annual Video Art After Hours
Artists: Barbara Rosenthal, Colette Lumiere, Peter Fend, Frank Shifreen, Gary Indiana, Heide Hatry, Karen Finley, Katie Peyton, Lee Wells, et al. Curated by Lee Wells
HOURS; 8:00 pm - 5:00 am
LOCATION: Kill Your Idol Bar & Lounge
222 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 672-1852
Transportation: http://www.walkscore.com/score/222-espanola-way-miami-beach-fl-33139

Dec. 27. NEW YORK, NY, USA:
"Surreal Stories: Sorted Slides (from SENSATIONS)"
in "Yippie Readings"
Curated by Gabriel Don
TIME: 7pm
LOCATION: Yippee Cafe
9 Bleeker Street
New York, NY 10014
Suibway: 6 to Bleeker; A/B/C/D/E/F to W 4th

Through Jan 12. NEW YORK, NY, USA:
"Spine in Bluejeans" (oversize print / triptych panel); "Dirty Book"; "Shirts and Jackets Prints"
in "The Medicine Show"
Artists: Barbara Rosenthal, Despo Magoni, Miriam Schaer, Brandstifter, Purgatory Pie Press, Paul Teklenberg, et al. Curated by Maddy Rosenberg.
HOURS: M-Fr 10am to 6pm, Sat.10 am to 4 pm
LOCATION: Central Booking
21 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
Subway: F to East Broadway

Jan 17-March 28. NEW YORK, NY, USA:
Opening Fri. Jan 17, 6-8pm; preview 5pm.
Artist's Talk: March 28
"Homo Futurus Wall Work"; Twelve Volumes of Barbara Rosenthal Journals"; "'Journal Volume 51' and Other Videos"
in "Silence Unbound: The Artist's Lexicon in the Making"
Artists: Barbara Rosenthal, Buzz Spector, Allison Knowles, Dean Ebben, et al. Curated by Heather Powell.
HOURS: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm
LOCATION: The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001
(212) 481-0295
Subway: N/R to 28th; F to 23; B/D/Q/F to 34th; 6 to 28th; 1 to 28th

at The Center for Book Arts, New York

"Barbara Rosenthal Contemplates Suicide" (single version)
in The Boddinale Film Festival
FESTIVAL HOURS: Feb 6-16, 20:00hr ->
LOCATION: Looophole Berlin
Boddinstrasse 60
U: Hermannplatz

"Location China" and "Landscape China" in "Final Corpse" Doctor Faustus Press, NY
"Houses and People On the Edge", reprint of Dichotomy 16, U. Detroit Architecture Journal.

Article in The Age, Melbourne and the Sydney Morning Herald , Sydney, Australia:
Article in Blowin Art Info, NY:
Article in Book Arts, UK. (pgs 40-42):
Review in Interface, UK:
Photo in Article in The Villager, NY:
Reprint of article from Berlin Art Link, in Koxtrok, Berlin:
Video interview, dLUX Media, Sydney, Australia:
Radio interview on "At The Local", Brisbane, Australia:
Radio interview on "No Brow Art Show", Brisbane, Australia:

NEW BOOKS coming in January:
"Journal Volume 51", Washington Street Press, NY
"Cold Turkey in the Dog Run", Doctor Faustus & Co, NY

BOOKS and VIDEOS now AVAILABLE FROM PrintedMatter.org:
Barbara Rosenthal - Featured Artist: Front Page Video and Table



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10. Hector Canonge, FF Alumn, at Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Bolivia, thru Dec. 20

Hector Canonge
November 29th - December 20th, 2013
Weekly performances: Every Thursday in December, 8:00 PM
Centro Cultural Santa Cruz (CCSC-CCP)
Calle R. Moreno 306
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, one of the leading centers for contemporary art in one of the most dynamic and culturally thriving cities in Bolivia, presents the work of NYC based artist, Hector Canonge. The solo exhibition aptly named "SUMAKTIVA" is a survey of Canonge's work in Performance Art. From November 29th to December 20th, the public will be able to see a selection of photographs, video documentation, ephimera objects, and texts of the artist's live action art, public interventions, and public performances in the United States, Europe and South America. In addition, Canonge will deliver weekly performances and interventions in the building of the institution to add to the nature of his exhibition that he has called a "generative process." SUMAKTIVA is an additive exhibition project where new works will be added to existing ones giving the public the change to experience the creative process of the artist. For a multimedia experience, Canonge returned to his New Media background, and enhanced the content of the exhibition with interactive phone apps and barcodes that permit audiences to further experience his performances, read descriptions, and personal reflections.

Hector Canonge
Interdisciplinary Artist, www.hectorcanonge.net



11. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at San Francisco Art Institute, CA, Dec. 12

Lets call it our misfits artists X-Mess party.
We will have snacks, libations, some surprises and some special peoples will be DJing for you all night!
The closing event for Energy That is All Around!
Thursday Dec. 12, 2013, 7-10PM at the Art Institute.

From the Art Institute mission control.....


Celebrate the closing of the exhibition that has garnered praise as being a "privilege to witness" and a "drop whatever you're doing" kind of event.
The Walter and McBean Galleries has teamed up with Mission School collaborator and troublemaker Kal Spelletich, known for his kinetic mechanized sculptures, to program an amazing night of music featuring guest DJs and libations.

About the Exhibition
ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND features early and formative work by five artists-Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri-who began their careers in the early 1990s in San Francisco's Mission district and, by the early aughts, had been identified and celebrated as key members of the so-called Mission School.
This exhibition takes a focused and unprecedented view of an art movement that has garnered cult-like status over the last two decades, by looking closely at shared formal concerns in the painting and studio practice of these five artists-friends and collaborators who attended or were associated with the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). The exhibition connects works and ephemera produced at the beginning of the artists' careers, much of which has remained in their personal or peer collections, with vibrant new work created for this show.

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND will travel to Grey Art Gallery, New York University, April 15-July 12, 2014.




12. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, novel now available for e-readers

Thanks to Dzanc Books, Roberta Allen's novel, The Dreaming Girl, is also available as an e-book for e-readers on Kindle, B&N Nook, apple i-book, etc.





13. Charlemagne Palestine, FF Alumn, at Electronic Arts Intermix, Manhattan, Dec. 12

Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting
Book Launch + Screening

Please join EAI for a special event celebrating the publication of Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting, a new 257-page book by artist, composer and musician Charlemagne Palestine. Focusing on Palestine's extraordinary body of performance videos from the early 1970s to the present, this artist book features an interview between Palestine and Serpentine curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, an introduction by EAI Executive Director Lori Zippay, 204 images from his video works, and an audio CD. Inspired by the lo-fi animation of flip books, Palestine translates the dynamism of his video performances through sequences of stills that capture key moments from these works, many of which are in EAI's collection.

During the launch event, EAI will screen Where It's Coming From (1977, 56:50), an extended video conversation between Palestine and Wies Smals that becomes a performance in its own right. Palestine will also be present to sign copies of his artist book, which will be available for purchase at the event.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
6-8 pm

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

Admission Free

The publication of Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting coincides with the opening on December 14th of Bodyy Musicxx, a solo exhibition of early and recent video works by Palestine at Sonnabend Gallery in New York. Palestine's videos can also be viewed by appointment in EAI's free Viewing Room.

Charlemagne Palestine is an influential and internationally celebrated composer, performer and visual artist. In the 1970s, Palestine produced a seminal body of performance-driven, psychodramatic video works in which he activates a ritualistic use of physicality, motion and sound to achieve outward articulations of internal states. These works, which transform and extend Palestine's sound and performance art into the electronic medium, form one of the most distinctive bodies of conceptual video of the 1970s.

Palestine's video exercises are characterized by visceral enactments of physical and psychological catharses. Performing in isolation with a hand-held camera, he taps the body as a conduit for expressions of the self. Movement and sound, as they relate to the body and the voice, are the vehicles through which Palestine expels internal energy. Ritualistic vocal expressions-hypnotic chants, trance-inducing tones-become physical translations of powerful emotions, as does the use of the video as an extension of the body. Running frenetically with the camera or strapping it to a moving motorcycle, Palestine uses motion as metaphor. Challenging identity and perception, he often positions the viewer behind the camera, in a subjective point of view. Seeing through his eyes, moving with his body, the viewer is both participant and voyeur.

Where It's Coming From, which will screen during the launch, is an extended video conversation between Palestine and Wies Smals at De Appel in Amsterdam, recorded in 1977. In Palestine and Smals' dialogue about the artist's process, they interrogate the role of the camera in relation to issues of privacy, voyeurism, control and catharsis.

Palestine's solo exhibition Bodyy Musicxx opens at Sonnabend Gallery, New York on Saturday, December 14, 2013 (through February 1, 2014). Palestine's work will also be included in the group exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (December 21,2013-­April 21, 2014) and the 2014 Whitney Biennial (March 7-May 25, 2014)

For more information about Charlemagne Palestine, please visit www.eai.org



14. Jane Dickson, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 9, and more

The Wall Street Journal
Urban Gardner
Artist of the Interstate
Jane Dickson Has Played a Role in Times Square's Revival
Ralph Gardner Jr.
Dec. 9, 2013 9:51 p.m. ET

A mosaic of revelers-one of 68 by Jane Dickson, all underground. Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal

What Monet was to haystacks and Jeff Koons to balloon animals, Jane Dickson may well be to America's interstates-those vast, arid, indistinguishable stretches of highway and what passes for scenery along them: overpasses, power lines and the taillights of the cars in front of you forming a necklace that at times seems to go on forever.

"I'm interested in zeroing in on cultural pivot points, things we have to all make our own calls on, things like the highway," Ms. Dickson explained when I visited her TriBeCa loft a couple of weeks ago. "It was sold to us as the dream of freedom. But if you're stuck in traffic, it's a prison."

Ms. Dickson in her TriBeCa loft, where her 'God Truck' painting hangs. Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal

Several of her highway paintings are on display through the end of the year at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, N.Y. I can't fathom a lot of contemporary art, but these images share something with Impressionism. It's not that all of Ms. Dickson's work is lovely-she did a gritty series on Times Square strip clubs; and on the staircase of her loft, there's a painting of cops running down the middle of the street, silhouetted in car headlights, as they respond to a crime in progress.

But as with great landscape painting, part of what makes her work succeed is that it captures a psychological mood that you not only recognize, but that you recognize as your own, and whose peculiar qualities of light and composition trigger something deeply personal.

"Almost all the highways are heading up," Ms. Dickson noted. "I didn't do this consciously at first. I prefer a rise, where you have a highway to heaven. The ones where you can see the valley below and you know where you're going, I haven't explored that yet."

And the highway paintings are done on AstroTurf, the material lending a dream-like quality. Which is as it should be, since it evokes something along the fringes of driving-that lulling, almost trance-like state.

"I like what it does texturally," she explained. "I'm interested in contradictions. The highway is the least dreamy place you can think of. And yet it's a place of reverie inside your car."

The highway paintings are of relatively recent vintage. In the '80s, when she and her husband, Charlie Ahearn, an artist and film director, were living in Times Square, that's what she painted. Her images, such as one that incorporates the neighborhood's ubiquitous XXX-rated movie houses, capture that era's seedy, menacing majesty.

"It was the 'Taxi Driver' era," Ms. Dickson said, remembering the time her husband got mugged in their building's elevator. "When he came to, he had purple fingerprints on his neck. It was sort of exciting to be playing among the ruins, but it was really dangerous."

The artist has played a role in Times Square's revival. While working as an ad designer in the '80s for Spectacolor, the company that ran the 1 Times Square billboard, she was instrumental in mounting "Messages to the Public," a Public Art Fund show of noncommercial art specifically created for the billboard. It ran from 1982 to 1990 and the participants included Kiki Smith, Keith Haring and Jenny Holzer.

Ms. Holzer's messages-among them, "Expiring for love is beautiful but stupid" and "Abuse of power comes as no surprise"-surely provoked head scratching among tourists and the area's colorful denizens.

"That was her introduction to LED lights," Mr. Dickson said of Jenny Holzer. "She was doing posters and paper cups at the time."

The Times Square Alliance is planning to revive part of the show in November 2014.

Ms. Dickson is also responsible for the 68 mosaics of New Year's Eve revelers that populate the underpass that links the Port Authority 42nd Street and Times Square subway stations. "It's uncharacteristically cheerful for me," she acknowledged. "But it's hard enough to do that commute from New Jersey every day. When they selected me, they said, 'We love your work, but please don't do strippers or scary things."

Her work seems to tread similar territory to Edward Hopper's-the melancholy and alienation that runs alongside the American Dream.

Her achievement is that she often needs little more than cars or taillights to accomplish the mood. One of the most evocative images at the Omi International show is "Red Taillights in Snow." It simultaneously captures the otherworldly beauty of driving through a snowstorm and the fear that you might skid out of control at any moment.

"It's a memory of a really snowy Thanksgiving," Ms. Dickson explained. "It was I-84. We ended up finally having to find a motel."

She also did a series of bridges and tunnels. The subject of one of them, which hangs in her studio, is the Brooklyn Bridge, with its unmistakable pointed arches. But what's equally familiar is the cars traveling beside you in the dusk and the sense that you're suspended in a sort of limbo.

Another painting captures the Lincoln Tunnel, and its attendant claustrophobia; you feel as if you're holding your breath, and not just against the fumes of the tractor-trailers lumbering ahead of you.

"I did a whole series of bridges and tunnels after 9/11," Ms. Dickson said. "They're both incredible feats of engineering and they're also our maximum vulnerability."

"I use paintings to deal with things I'm afraid of," she said.

- ralph.gardner@wsj.com


Radio Interview with Taylor Cannon, Robin Hood Radio, NPR affiliate:



15. Sanja Iveković, FF Alumn, shortlisted for Artes Mundi 6 Prize.

Shortlist announced for Artes Mundi 6 prize


The shortlist for the sixth Artes Mundi Prize was announced today by Karen Mackinnon, Artes Mundi's Director & Curator. It includes outstanding artists from eight countries: Carlos Bunga (Portugal), Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (UK), Omer Fast (Israel), Theaster Gates (USA), Sanja Iveković (Croatia), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), Sharon Lockhart (USA), Renata Lucas (Brazil), and Renzo Martens (The Netherlands).

Karen MacKinnon said, "The selectors for Artes Mundi 6 have chosen an astonishing group of artists from an extensive, worldwide list of nominations. I very much look forward to working with them and to creating an exhibition next October that will give local and international audiences the opportunity to engage with some of today's most exciting international artists. There will be artists from different cultures and generations, but all of them engage with the core of Artes Mundi's vision: that art is transformational on a personal and cultural level. Looking at the amazing array of artistic practices we can begin to imagine an exhibition that will be challenging, playful, moving and, above all, emphasises the importance of art that challenges our perspective and enriches our lives."

This years' shortlist includes a diverse selection of international artists spanning different generations and cultures but sharing important global themes. These include investigations into the politics of institutional and urban space and social control in the works of Renata Lucas, Carlos Bunga and Theaster Gates. Sanja Iveković, Omer Fast and Renzo Martens continue this thread but more specifically address media representation and manipulation.

Many of the artists on our shortlist work in collaboration with individuals and communities. For example, Sharon Lockhart's poetic films and photographs involve working closely with her subjects over a long period of time, whilst the work of Karen Mirza and Brad Butler questions what we mean by collaboration and participation in their practice which includes film, performance, curating and publishing. Ragnar Kjartansson's work also involves collaboration, often with musicians through performance and installations through which he explores themes of friendship, human emotions, love and beauty. All these artists use a wide range of media, actions and strategies to comment on what it means to be human in contemporary society.

The shortlist was chosen by two invited selectors. Adam Budak, an independent curator currently based in Washington and Sabine Schaschl, Director and Curator of Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, reviewed 800 nominations from 70 countries before finalising their choice. They particularly looked for artists whose work explores and comments on the human condition and lived experience.

Adam Budak said, "Artes Mundi offers a unique opportunity to acknowledge the artists who are engaged in a transformation of contemporary society by considering the urgent issues the world is concerned with and by using a language which speaks for both the individual on a subjective level and the community on a social platform. Focussed on site specificity and the topicality of interests, Artes Mundi's artists bridge the gap between art and life, thus emphasising the role of art as an integral part of the human condition and humanity's creative capital."

A major exhibition of works by the shortlisted artists at Wales's National Museum of Art, from 25 October 2014 to February 2015, will underline the scope of the Artes Mundi Prize. The 17-week exhibition will occupy almost 800 square metres of contemporary galleries and extend to Chapter, the Cardiff arts centre which first became involved with Artes Mundi in 2012, and to other sites in the city centre and across Wales.

As well as the Artes Mundi 6 Exhibition and Prize, an extended programme of exhibitions and events will also include collaboration between Artes Mundi and Mostyn, resulting in a major exhibition by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin at Mostyn in Llandudno, North Wales, during 2014.

More information at www.artesmundi.org.



16. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at The Duplex, Manhattan, Dec. 17, and more

Jesus Was A Super Chill Baby
Decemburrr (fuck this town) 17th, 9:30 PM
The Duplex
61 Christopher Street, Gayland NYC

Been a rough weeks, so come out for an hour of stupidcomicbrilliance, and see the trailer for new TV(computer) series Rods and Cones by the amazing lady geniuses BETH LISICK and TARA JEPSEN. Plus LIVE character appearances and other confusing realities!

heres more:
Jibz Cameron, AKA DYNASTY HANDBAGBeth Lisick, Tara Jepsen, and Erin Markey bring the lowest quality stand-up comedy they could possibly write to the stage! Appearing as characters from forthcoming video series Rods and Cones, the ladies will power-josh in various flavor combinations (Original, Egg Nog, Fruit Cake, Faggy Pudding) until you come down with a bad case of JOY.

PLUS special Dynasty Handbag holiday song and something also weird by Erin Markey as Erin Markey.
Tickets! (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526435) will sell out, for sure, no doubt about it

AND heres something new:
a new web comedy series about a pre-raphelite super hero that saves bad vibe situations. written by Alix Lambert, starring Fred Armisen, Jack Black and Jibz Cameron and more!
Premiering December 20th on MOCAtv (computer)


upcoming in 2014:
let me know if you need a performance.

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17. Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumn, at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Manhattan, Dec. 13

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY

Chairs*: Puppetry and Performance Demonstration
Theodora Skipitares, Skysaver Productions
December 13, 2013
This event is free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6-9 pm. There are no special tickets or reservations.
On the occasion of Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama-Manhattan, 1970-1980, artist Theodora Skipitares will lead an evening of performance and demonstration around her practice of puppet theater. Skipitares along with Judith Malina, Jan Leslie Harding, and other guests will re-imagine Eugene Ionesco's absurdist classic The Chairs as a puppet theater piece, interspersing live vignettes of performance with interactive demonstrations. Moving in and out of the performance space, Skipitares will combine her artistic and teaching practices to discuss the unique properties of puppetry.



18. Elana Katz, FF Alumn, at Mobius, Boston, MA, Dec. 13

Dear friends,

This coming Friday I will have the pleasure of performing a new piece at the historic performance art venue MOBIUS in Boston: CHRISTMAS DINNER.

All information is below and can additionally be found on the MOBIUS website: http://www.mobius.org/events/elana-katz

If you are in the Boston area, I would love to have you there! Please join me for dinner.

My best,

A performance by Elana Katz that contemplates the conventions of eating. sitting. and celebrating.

Friday December 13th, 7pm

55 Norfolk Street
Cambridge, MA
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/TDlTq

More information: http://www.mobius.org/events/elana-katz

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/606268496087678/

Performance by Elana Katz, concept development by Elana Katz and Daniel Rothbart.



19. Wen Yau, FF Alumn, in Chinatown, Manhattan, Dec. 13

Friday, Dec 13, 13:00 - 17:00
Multiple locations in Chinatown
Performance by Wen Yau
On Black Friday, December 13, 2013, Hong Kong-based artist Wen Yau explores superstitions and their inversion in multiple locations in Chinatown.
Wen Yau is a cross-media artist, researcher, curator, and writer, whose work grapples with cultural difference and intimacy as enacted in public space. She has presented projects recently in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the USA, Sweden, Italy, New Zealand, and Bolivia.

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