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Roberto Guerra, In Memoriam

ROBERTO GUERRA (1942-2014)

Guerra, an international documentary film director, producer, and cinematographer, was born in Lima, Peru. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Lima with a degree in engineering, and subsequently turned his attention to film, initially producing and directing in Peru.

On his first trip to NYC to purchase film equipment, Guerra met Albert Maysles and through him and his brother, David, he met the other cinema verité pioneers -- Ricky Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker, and Robert Drew. He initially worked with the Maysles, filming on some of their projects. Soon thereafter, he met Eila Hershon, who became his collaborator and life partner for the next 25 years. They made many films, including portraits of artists and international personalities in the worlds of fashion and design: Frida Kahlo, which won the first prize at the Montreal Festival of Films on Art; Langlois,* (a portrait of Henri Langlois, founder of the French Cinematheque); Oskar Kokoschka; Hans Haacke; Chanel, Chanel (a portrait of the fashion designer); The Story of Fashion (a three-hour series on 20th Century fashion); The Beauty Queens (a three-hour series profiling Helena Rubenstein, Elizabeth Arden and Estee Lauder); By Design (a six-part series profiling Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Benjamin and Jane Thompson, Karl Lagerfeld, Richard Sapper, and Elliott Erwitt); followed by Design, a six-hour series including short profiles of over 25 designers.The films were broadcast by major networks in over 35 countries, including PBS, A&E, BRAVO, The Learning Channel, USA; Channel Four, UK; ZDF, Germany; RAI TV 2, Italy; ABC, Australia; TV Ontario, Canada; Antenne 2, France. The films were also featured in international film festivals in New York, Edinburgh, London, Cannes, Montreal, and Los Angeles, as well as at major museums and other venues. They also successfully penetrated the home video market, and have been critically acclaimed in both the Arts and TV pages of major international magazines and newspapers. Guerra and Hershon married in 1991; Eila Hershon died of cancer in 1993.

Guerra did his own camerawork and editing for all his films. His intuitive, sensitive eye and unique style and spontaneous grace imbues each film with a sense of involvement and intimacy with the subjects.

In 1996, Guerra met Kathy Brew [FF Alumn] and claimed that she "corrupted him to digital video." Previously all his films had been made on
16 millimeter film. Their life/work collaboration soon began, and has included a range of different independent projects. In 1999, they went to Peru to work on a documentary, Cusco 1999, about people going to Machu Picchu for the millennium. This was Guerra's first return to Peru since he left the country in the late 1960s. This initial trip back triggered an annual return to Peru, and a strong interest to develop projects there, as Guerra found a renewed love for his home country and recognized how many amazing and important stories from Peru should be told to a larger, global audience.

Some projects in production, still to be completed, include: Beauty Behind Bars, about a Peruvian women's prison where a beauty contest takes place each year amidst the backdrop of the international war on drugs; Dutch/Peruvian, about two Dutch artists who've made Peru their home, and how that unique place has influenced their work; and a project about indigenous weaving communities in the highlands of the Andes.

Their most recent film is the feature documentary Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli, which began its US theatrical release at the IFC Film Center in New York City in October 2013 with a favorable NY Times review. The film is being distributed in the US by First Run Features and in Canada by KinoSmith.

Former collaborations include four short films on Chinese contemporary artists, part of the Observer Observed series for The Joy of Giving Something Foundation; ID/entity: Portraits in the 21st Century, commissioned by the MIT Media Lab (screened at the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal and broadcast on WNET/Thirteen's Metro Arts); a collaboration with artist Mierle Ukeles, creating a multiple-channel installation about the Fresh Kills landfill that was presented at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island and Harvard University; Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution (broadcast on WNET/Thirteen's Metro Arts and presented at the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal). Guerra and Brew also produced segments for Public Television WNET's City Arts and Egg, for which they received two Emmy awards for Outstanding Fine Arts Programming.

Besides the projects with a Peruvian theme, other projects in production include:: Double Take: The Art of Seward Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, who was fired years ago from the family business and took up art; and Going Gray, a look at going/not going gray and how this reflects on current attitudes about aging.

Guerra taught video classes for three semesters at Rutgers University and the students loved him.

Guerra and Brew married after 17 years together on August 14, 2013. Guerra died on January 10, 2014 after a six-month valiant fight for life against a lethal pancreatic cancer diagnosis at Haven Hospice at Bellevue Hospital in NYC with his wife, Kathy Brew by his side, who was with him throughout the entire ordeal. Guerra is survived by his loving wife and collaborator, Kathy Brew, and his family in Lima, Peru - his mother, Mercedes Allison de Guerra, 97; and his brother, Humberto Guerra, 73; as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces. His spirit and equanimity in the face of his sudden cancer diagnosis was inspirational. His joy for life and people and his creativity will live on through all the work he created and in all the lives he touched.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Roberto Guerra's name are requested to go to one of the following: The Lustgarten Foundation (involved in pancreatic cancer research), http://www.lustgarten.org/ or
Haven Hospice, http://www.vnsny.org/our-services/by-life-event/end-of-life-care/vnsny-haven-hospice-specialty-care-unit/

A memorial will be held sometime in the first half of 2014 in NYC with plans for another one at an unknown date in Lima, Peru.

* 2014 is the centenary of the birth of Henri Langlois and discussions are underway to re-release this film, which includes an amazing cast of film luminaries: Ingrid Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Catherine Deneuve, Lillian Gish, Jeanne Moreau, Simone Signoret, Francois Truffaut, Jean Renoir, Viva, Kenneth Anger.



1. Karen Finley, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at NYU, Manhattan, Feb. 5, 9


PHYSIQUE TUTORIAL: Vaginal Davis, Speaking From the Perineum

Tuesday, January 28th at 8pm

Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Einstein Auditorium, Ground Floor.

Vaginal Davis, the doyenne of intermedia intersex art and culture, along with co-host Billy Miller of Straight to Hell magazine present a special edition of her award winning talkshow/installation, Vaginal Davis is Speaking From the Diaphragm. This new edition features a lovesexy panel of internationally revered artists, writers, critics and personalities who will vamp on everything that is the world of the late photographer, filmmaker, independent publisher, and cultural icon, Bob Mizer.

With Special Guests:
Art Critic Vince Aletti • Mizer Foundation President Dennis Bell • Archivist Tonya Blazio-Licorish • Author C. Carr • Light Industry Director Ed Halter • L.A. Underground Legends Bibbe Hansen & Sean Carillo • Artist K8 Hardy • Circus of Books Owners Karen & Barry Mason • Artist and Mizer Studio Assistant John Sonsini • "Secret Historian" Author Justin Spring • Fales Library Director Marvin Taylor

Soundscapes by Ross Menuez/Salvor Projects • Visuals by Jean Kim


Saturday, February 1st at 5pm

Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) Einstein Auditorium, Ground Floor.

Los Angeles based video artist- photographer, and UC Irvine professor, Bruce Yonemoto examines his own influences/approaches in image making, in contrast and comparison with Bob Mizer: with legendary artist-performer and professor of Art and Public Policy, Karen Finley. Together, they will discuss choices and options in the posing of masculinity, costuming and disguise, and inclusion and identity as strategies of representation.

Presented in part by the Department of Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts

NYU Graduate Students Walk The Gallery

Wednesday, February 5th at 5pm

80WSE Gallery
80 Washington Square East

Join an intergenerational panel of graduate students as they reflect on the exhibition through a contemporary queer lens: and pose the question, how does Bob Mizer's iconic pre-Stonewall images of desire and fantasy landscapes inform the understanding and practice of queer cultures today? Expect the unexpected. Be prepared to be surprised! Dialogue is encouraged.

Jason Smith: MA Candidate Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts • Ivan Bujan: MA Candidate, Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts • Roger Kingsepp: MA Candidate, Gallatin School of Individualized Study • Ricardo Gamboa: PhD candidate in American Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Introduced by Karen Finley: Arts Professor, Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts.

Lia Gangitano • Ulrike Müller • Nicola Tyson • and Martha Wilson in conversation about archive-based creative practices.

Organized by Curator Pati Hertling

Sunday, February 9th at 6:30pm

Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Einstein Auditorium, Ground Floor.

Exhibition viewing and pre-panel reception at
80WSE Gallery from 5-6pm

Bob Mizer, known for his provocative photographs and films, shot millions of images throughout his lifetime: some were spontaneous, but most of them elaborately staged and arranged in his Los Angeles studio. The exhibition "DEVOTION: Excavating Bob Mizer" brings to light thousands of photographs that were never printed and left unseen: the negatives having been stored away in Mizer's personal archives. This conversation will reflect upon the meaning and impact of archives - their accessibility, and the question of how we historicize artists' bodies of work. The conversation will also turn to the question of gender representation in Mizer's work and queer aesthetics.

Lia Gangitano is an American curator and writer, and the founding director of Participant Inc. Gallery • Ulrike Müller is a New York based Austrian artist whose work is concerned with form as a mode of critical engagement • Nicola Tyson is a New York based British painter, writer and photographer • Martha Wilson is an American feminist artist and the founding director of Franklin Furnace Archive.

Presented by curator Andrew Lampert in dialogue with filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh

Thursday, February 13th at 7:30pm

Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) Einstein Auditorium, Ground Floor.

This above-ground screening of certifiably underground movies will feature a selection of Mizer's eye and organ-popping films from his extensive and unclassifiable back catalog. Projected on celluloid rather than digital, for this evening only we will experience these works in the wondrous sprocket-driven format for which they were initially produced and distributed.
Following the moving images, curator Andrew Lampert will engage in a conversation with filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh on the topic of Mizer's sizable output and iconic cinematic approach. The audience is invited to participate! Opinions will be offered up, questions will be posed and answers will be attempted. Expect to be intellectually and/or physically stimulated.

NYU Steinhardt 80WSE Gallery
80 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003 steinhardt.nyu.edu/80wse



2. Jody Oberfelder, FF Member, at Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, Jan. 22-Mar. 22

Jody Oberfelder Projects invites audiences to experience their hearts from the inside out with 4CHAMBERS. Created, directed and choreographed by Jody Oberfelder, this immersive blend of dance, theater, film and visual installation, runs January 22-March 22, 2014, at Brooklyn's Arts@Renaissance. 4CHAMBERS is a sensorial journey into the human heart. The performance space is transformed into an intimate environment with corridors that function as arteries and veins leading to four discrete performance chambers. Guided by six cast members, an audience of 12 circulates through the space, monitoring their own hearts throughout this interactive multimedia performance. 4CHAMBERS features video by Jason Bahling, lighting by Kryssy Wright, sets by Juergen Riehm, stage manager: Katie Houff, sound design by Sean Hagerty, music by Matt McBane, Richard Einhorn, Jonathan Melville Pratt and dramaturgy by Pele Bauch, and a rotating cast of live performers: Megan Bascom, Zachary Denison, Rayvawn Johnson, Joey Kipp, Mary Madsen, Lonnie Poupard, Jr., Shane Rutkowski, Mercedes Searer, Lily Bo Shapiro, on-film performances by Ishmael Houston Jones, Edward Einhorn, Dr. Wendy Suzuki, Dr. Andre Fenton, Sarah Trignano, Lonnie Poupard, ChristinaNoel Reaves, Jake Szczypek, and Jessica Weiss. 4CHAMBERS runs January 22 - March 22, Thursdays at 6:30pm & 8:00 pm; Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm and 8:30pm. Performances take place at Arts@Renaissance, located at the Garden Level of the former Greenpoint Hospital, 2 Kingsland Ave (just off the Graham Avenue L stop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn). Tickets begin at $60 before Feb 1, Beginning February 6th tickets for each performance are $75. Tickets available on https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/507



3. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, received Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2014 Grants to Artists award

FCA Announces Grants to Artists, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Cage Awards for 2014

Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Grants to Artists awards. Fourteen unrestricted grants of $30,000 each-a total of $420,000-are to be made to individual artists and one collective in the United States.
Nominated confidentially by prominent artists and arts professionals and selected by the Directors of the Foundation and noted members of the arts community, the 2014 recipients are:

Lance Gries, New York, NY
Trajal Harrell, New York, NY
Heather Kravas, Seattle, WA
Okwui Okpokwasili, Brooklyn, NY

James Fei, Oakland, CA
Jeph Jerman, Cottonwood, AZ
John King, New York, NY

Black-Eyed Susan, New York, NY
Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixson, Chicago, IL
Annie-B Parson, Brooklyn, NY

Ted Greenwald, New York, NY
Eileen Myles, New York, NY

Wardell Milan, New York, NY
Cauleen Smith, Chicago, IL

Elodie Lauten, New York, NY

Phill Niblock, New York, NY

The Foundation has awarded the second annual Robert Rauschenberg Award to composer Elodie Lauten (New York, NY). The Robert Rauschenberg Award was permanently endowed by The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF) in 2012 to honor the artist's legacy of innovation, risk-taking, and experimentation. Rauschenberg was one of FCA's original contributing artists and was generous to FCA throughout his life. Like the 2014 Grants to Artists awards, the Robert Rauschenberg Award is an unrestricted, $30,000 award; it is FCA's first endowed grant, inaugurated in 2013, and is awarded each year through the same confidential nomination process. For over three decades, Ms. Lauten has defied categorization as a composer. She has created work across genres including opera, electronic, vocal, chamber, and orchestral music. Click here for the full Grants to Artists and Robert Rauschenberg Award press release.

The Foundation has also awarded the John Cage Award to artist Phill Niblock (New York, NY). The John Cage Award is made biennially in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts for work that reflects the spirit of John Cage. This prestigious $50,000 award was established in 1992 in honor of the late composer, who was one of FCA's founders. The selection is made from invited nominations. Mr. Niblock has been an active presence in the avant-garde music scene for more than 50 years. Since the 1960s, he has created multi-layered performance installations that incorporate simultaneous events in sound, film, video, and photography. His music is composed of several microtonal drones with nearly imperceptible changes over long durations. He has been Director of Experimental Intermedia, an organization which presents performances by artists incorporating film, movement, and music since 1985, and he has hosted over 1,000 concerts in his downtown New York loft. Niblock received a Grants to Artists award from FCA in 1994.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts | 820 Greenwich Street | New York, NY 10014



4. GH Hovagimyan, F FAlumn, at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Feb. 1

a solo exhibition from GH Hovagimyan
February 1
through February 22, 2014

An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, February 1st from 2 - 7 PM at Transfer (Transfer Gallery 1030 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211)

3DKaraoke party to follow from 7-11PM.
Gallery hours are held every Saturday from 2 - 7 PM
and by appointment with directors@transfergallery.com.

((ANA)chronisms++) is a pseudo algorithm. Ana means before and ++ in code means to count or step forward. Chronisms of course means time. The meaning and intent of the exhibition is sliding backwards and forwards in time. There will be four new works presented; A net.art piece called Post Browser that has a physical interface and organizes live information streamed from the MoMA and Hyperallergic sites into a 3D space.
Another work, AR paintings use copies of Joseph Albers paintings as AR Markers. The
augmentations are viewed through a custom designed painting viewer movable interface.
Pile O' Rants is a pile of country furniture with multiple videos projected onto their surfaces. The videos are rants created in 2006 and repurposed as textures with 4 channel surround sound and is projection mapping to create walk around sculpture. Radio Hacks are antique portable radios with MP3 chips that play specific playlists. These locate the radios in specific time periods. The Playlists are J-POP and Surf music from the 60's. Early Rock n'Roll and New York No-Wave from the 1970's. The piece is a nod to circuit bending.

A full inventory of (ANA)chronisms++ work is available for acquisition from the gallery.
Please inquire with directors@transfergallery.com to request a prospectus.

A publication will accompany the exhibition featuring an essay by Jane Harris, writer

About the Artist :::
G.H. Hovagimyan is an experimental artist working in a variety of forms. He was one of the first artists in New York to start working with the Internet in the early nineties. His work ranges from new media and hypertext works to digital performance art, video art,
photography and multi-media installations. His works have been exhibited at MoMA, Mass MoCA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, The Walker Art Center, Jeu De Paume, MAC Marseille, MAC Lyon, Pompidou Center, Lincoln Center, ICA The Clocktower, The Kitchen, The Alternative Museum, Eyebeam Art & Technology, List Visual Arts Center, La Gaite Du Lyrique, Stuttgart Kunstverein, Steim Institute, the Moscow Center for Contemporary Art, Postmasters Gallery, Pace Digital Gallery
He has also exhibited works in major festivals and art fairs including; Art Basel Miami, Pulse Miami, Art Cologne, Split Film Festival, Conflux Festival, Video Dumbo, Scope Art Fair, Frieze Art Fair, Avignon Numerique, The Documenta, Interferences 2nd International Festival of Urban Multimedia Arts, Les Musiques, Marseille and Prix Ars Electronica 98 where he won an award for his collaborative work with Peter Sinclair.
His works are in the collections of The Walker Art Center, The Whitney Museum, The
Alternative Museum, Computer Fine Arts Collection and Perpetual Art Machine

Recent awards include:
AIR ISIS Arts Newcastle, UK - 2013, AIR Pixel Palace Newcastle, UK - 2012, AIR School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Dept. 2011-2012, LMCC Governor's Island Residency 2010, Plazaville 2009 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 2003 fellowship from Experimental Television Center, 2003
TAM Digital Media Commissions, 2002 Artists Fellowship from Franklin Furnace, 2002 pilot artist in residence program from Eyebeam, NYC.

Essay: Tell Me About Your Mothers's Tumblr

Events + Gallery Hours :::
Opening Reception
Saturday, February 1st from 2 - 7 PM + 3D Karaoke party 7-11 PM [RSVP]
Gallery Hours
Saturdays 2 - 7 PM + by appointment; contact directors@transfergallery.com

TRANSFER is an exhibition space that explores the friction between digital practice
and its physical instantiation. The gallery supports artists working with computer-based practices to realize aggressive installation projects within our walls.
Transfer Gallery 1030 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211 Contact: directors@transfergallery.com
More info: http://transfergallery.com/exhibitions/2014



5. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, now online at www.jaycritchley.com

Jay Critchley, FF Alum, Re-Rooters Day Ceremony online, print, radio

Since 1983 when the International Re-Rooters Society, IRS, was formed, I have presided over the Re-Rooters Day Ceremony, held each year on January 7 after the Twelve Days of Stockpiling (Christmas). The ceremony is held on the sand flats of Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod, MA. Through song, political rant and chant, participants purge the previous year, placing objects they wish to discard from their lives on the boat/tree. I then drag the discarded Christmas tree boat into the water where it is burned at sunset. This year's theme is: Minimum Rage (muminiM egaR). Check for media response: www.jaycritchley.com



6. Shirin Gallery, Manhattan, FF Member, presents Hadi Hazavei, opening Jan. 23

Hadi Hazavei at Shirin Gallery NY-Opening Jan 23rd

From January 23rd - February 27th, Shirin Gallery NY presents the
first solo exhibition of works by Hadi Hazavei.



7. Sapphire, FF Alumn, fiction/poetry workshop, April 10, 12

Join Hands To Support Women Writers
12 Weeks Devoted to Your Writing
You Don't Want to Miss This ~ Space is Limited
Workshops Include
Creative Writing/Poetry/Writing Intensives
Private Manuscript Reviews & Consultations
Starting 1/23/14
Schedule Includes - 13 Workshops
WOC Writers - Creative Writing - Thursdays
January 23 - April 3, 2014 -6:15 - 8:45

Special Guest Poetry Workshop
February 27, 2014 / 6:15 - 8:30

Sapphire's 2 Day Fiction/Poetry Intensive
April 10 ~ Thursday ~ 6:15 - 9:00 pm
April 12 ~ Saturday ~ 10 am - 5 pm

Fee: $650 ~
Register www.wocwriters.com
Call For Info. or To Register ~ 347 210 8026

In addition to her novel "THE KID" & "Push" which inspired the Academy Award winning movie "Precious", holds an MFA and has taught creative writing at The New School, Brooklyn College, Trinity College, SUNY Purchase and elsewhere
NOTE: This is One 12 Week Workshop. Single 5 Week WOC
Workshops May Be Available If Space Permits
Priority Will be Given to Applicants of The 12 Week Workshop
Call if More Info Needed: 347 210 8026



8. Alex Komlosi, FF Alumn, summer theatre school, Prague, Czech Republic, June 9-27

The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) is pleased to announce its fifth annual summer theatre school.

The Prague Summer Theatre School (PSTS) will run from June 9th to June 27th 2014. Courses are in English and will take place at DAMU, located in the heart of Prague's historical center.

The PSTS provides a range of options for those who come and stay awhile as well as for those who prefer a shorter, intensive experience. Choose from courses in applied theatre, authorial performance, performing with masks, crafting and performing puppets, (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner, stage design, site-specific theatre and more.

Applications are being accepted from January 13th to April 30th, 2014. The PSTS admits qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may be eligible for financial aid.

For more information, please see our website:

Or contact Irena Feithová, irena.feith@gmail.com, Communications Coordinator.

Pleas share this with anyone who may be interested.

Thank you!



9. Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, now online at swinburne.academia.edu/KenFriedman


Several texts on Fluxus and intermedia are now available on my Academia.edu page in a section at the bottom of the page. Along with these, you will find downloadable PDF copies of The Fluxus Reader, The Fluxus Performance Workbook, an interview that Darren Tofts did with me, and a useful book chapter on my work by Peter Frank.

You'll find these at:




Ken Friedman, PhD, DSc (hc), FDRS | University Distinguished Professor | Swinburne University of Technology | Melbourne, Australia | kenfriedman@swin.edu.au | Mobile +61 404 830 462 | Home Page http://www.swinburne.edu.au/design/people/Professor-Ken-Friedman-ID22.html Academia Page http://swinburne.academia.edu/KenFriedman About Me Page http://about.me/ken_friedman

Guest Professor | College of Design and Innovation | Tongji University | Shanghai, China



10. Ken Butler, Chin Chih Yang, FF Alumns, at John Jay College, Manhattan, opening Feb. 4

The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
proudly presents the exhibition
Recontextualizing the Found
from January 27, 2014, through March 25, 2014
with an opening reception on
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
from 5:30-7:30 PM

There is a rich history in art of removing an object or material from its intended context and placing it into one that is art specific. This recontextualizing of the everyday or the "found" has been a central strategy for many artists since its advent in Synthetic Cubism. Equally, a tangential tradition of using the found lives in non-traditional artistic production alongside that of the fine arts and the academy. Be it outsider art, naïve or folk art, or art that is not part of an established traditional canon, artists who work in these arenas have always looked to their immediate environment for their means of expression. The use of the found is fundamental to the entire mode of production for such artists and has been in play long before Picasso and Braque took their leap into the real. The ongoing aesthetic exchange between each of these traditions has enhanced the creative possibilities for all artists. With the advent of the 21st century, however, a new perspective on the found has crystalized: sustainability. Whereas once the incorporation of the found might have been viewed as solely a shattering of Western European traditions and constraints, an expansion of the limits of the western academy and traditional means of expression, this process can now be considered as a process that speaks to the impact of our societies' consumption and limits of the world's resources. While not all artists present an environmental agenda specifically, many do so
implicitly. The artists selected for Recontextualizing the Found, through their use of the everyday objects and materials or through their direct thematic commentary, position themselves either implicitly or directly in a greater environmentally aware context. As such, the artworks stand not only on their aesthetic merits, but also address the practice of sustainability in the 21st century, a practice that affects our basic existence and human rights.

Participating artists: Ken Butler, Joan Giordano, Bill Hall, Antigoni Kavvatha, Dominick Lombardi, Nicholas Moore, Betsy Packard, Lina Puerta, Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, Arthur Simms, John Spinks, Konstantinos Stamatiou, Mathew Weaver, Chin Chih Yang
Curated by Bill Pangburn and Thalia Vrachopoulos
For more information please contact:
Bill Pangburn
Director, The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
John Jay College
11th Avenue and 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Gallery Hours: 9 - 5 PM, M - F, or by appointment

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.



11. Beth B, Julie Atlas Muz, FF Alumns, at MoMA, Manhattan, March 3, and more

Museum of Modern Art presents

Modern Monday
An evening with director Beth B and the performance artists of


Mon. Mar 3, 7:00 - Titus 2 Theater
11 West Fifty-third Street (5th & 6th Ave), NYC

Live performances by avant-garde artists Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser and Dirty Martini set the stage for the museum's presentation of Beth B's documentary Exposed (2013), celebrating the provocative mix of gender politics and sexual showmanship that characterizes the current movement of alternative burlesque in New York. Determined to shatter the comfortable voyeurism of traditional nude display, Bunny Love, Rose Wood, World Famous *BOB*, Tigger!, James Habacker, and Bambi the Mermaid join Atlas Muz, Fraser and Martini on screen in an uncensored mash-up of behind the scenes interviews and colorful, satiric performance footage. Pioneer "No Wave" director Beth B's enduring interest in the ways individuals face social constraint finds new expression in the spectacle of performers' commitment to the liberation of body and mind, and the struggle of human rights for women, disabled people, transgender, queer, the disaffected, and the outcast. Q/A with the full cast, director Beth B, and co-producer Sandra Schulberg.
90 min.
March 3, 2014

Tickets on sale one week prior to screening

Copyright (c) 2013 B Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.



K. Premiere!

EXPOSED: Beyond Burlesque
Playing 7 Jan 2014 through 16 Jan 2014

Tickets 6.00 to10.00. To book online: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/exposed-beyond-burlesque-qa

We are so pleased to report that EXPOSED opened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on Jan. 7th and has been getting fantastic reviews. Please tell all your UK friends and if you're in London, you can still catch a show as it will run until Jan 16. Actor and burlesque star Mat Fraser was there for the opening night and had this to report:

"Hi all, just back from the premiere and Q&A @ The ICA in London. Lots of freaks, the cabaret burlesque Live art fetishburlesqueertrans people etc out to see it, with lots more coming over the next few days. Nice to see Empress Stah, Viktoria Modesta, Marisa Carnesky, Lazlo Pearlman, Rubyyy Jones, Ben Walters and other celebrated and influential artists and performers, hopefully they will spread the word.

It went great, Trixie hosted it really well, a spirited and lively Q&A then became more of a group discussion, lots of comparisons between the NYC VS London styles, as well as others asking questions ranging through naive, ridiculous, poignant, soulful, artsy, intellectual. I'd say it was about a 90% top marks from the audience, and Nico at the ICA was really pleased and loved the film."

- Mat Fraser

"EXPOSED is a vital and valuable addition to the growing number of burlesque films and documentaries; a challenging, moving and enlightening examination of some of the best-known contemporary burlesque pioneers and trailblazers in all their raw, naked glory. It is screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, UK from tonight, 9th January, to 16th January, 2014. There will be a New York premiere in March; visit the EXPOSED: Beyond Burlesque website for details."


http://www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/theatrical-reviews/exposed-beyond-burlesque-25685 http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/exposed-beyond-burlesque--film-review-9050818.html

EXPOSED as reviewed in Little White Lies:

Director Beth B takes us a whirlwind journey through the intoxicating world of body performance.

It's tempting to write burlesque off as glorified stripping, but director Beth B's unique documentary shows the human body as a great performance art canvas for those brave or extroverted enough to use it. Her six-years-in-the-making film homes in on performers that use nudity, not to titillate - although that's involved - but to serve witty and inventive routines on gender, sexuality and politics. You ain't seen a US justice system satire till you've seen a US justice system satire called 'The Patriot Act' featuring a buxom, glitter-spangled blonde stuffing dollar bills in her mouth.

A composite of performances and interviews, Exposed works as both an X-rated cabaret show and analyses of its subjects' motivations for letting us see everything. Whether its Mat Fraser taking ownership of his thalidomide-induced disability, Dirty Martini arabesqueing a fuck-you to instructors who said her body was wrong for dance, Rose Wood refusing to bolt himself into one gender or The World Famous *BOB* explaining a novel form of transexualism, the common thread is of individuals taking control of themselves and sharing this liberation with an audience.

"There is freedom in vulgarity" smiles Bunny Love, the most conventionally attractive of the bunch. She is perfectly aware of what she calls her "juicy" qualities and uses them to create performances that disturb and transfix in equal measure. "This is all just an illusion," she says of hair, eyelashes, lips, waist and boobs, "I can put it on and I can fake you out but it's so much more complicated than that." These complexities are expressed via a maniacal on stage unravelling, like if Blanche DuBois' spirit was embedded in the body of Marilyn Monroe and we saw her work at the Flamingo Hotel.

This act is the first of a run of performances that never dip in quality or boundary-pushing content. Beth B has found the best in the business and won their trust before channelling their symbiotic urges to opine and entertain. Dumb vessels for objectification do not live at this address. Instead we have eight character studies heartily engaged in the struggle to express themselves in nuance. All have learnt (the hard way) that, to get all Oscar Wilde: "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."

Through a camera that repeatedly finds interviewees at dressing tables where the careful transformation from everyday person to feathery, glittery peacock is happening, Beth B replicates her subjects' obsession with glamour and the performance possibilities offered by costume. Yet just as their work is to take it all off, so too it is for Ms B, who finds them make-up free after a gig, or going to a friend's birthday in *gosh* jeans. Focus is not on getting carried with shimmer and lights but in using our gravitation towards such things to tell different stories.

Just one of these stories would be refreshing but Exposed has gone all-out, providing a luxurious sweet store of perspectives as coherent as they are unconventional. Knitted into the seams of this celebration of countercultural entertainment are circumspect moments delivered and captured so lightly that those seduced by the viewpoints on offer will feel drawn to watch and rewatch.

"I don't like to perpetuate perfection because I think flaws are more interesting," says Bambi the Mermaid, best known for her 'egg-laying'. It's a point-of-view we need at a time when Photoshopping images of beautiful celebrities is du jour and it's a point-of-view adopted with absolute commitment by Bambi and everyone else prepared to show us who they are with nothing on.




12. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn, at Galerija Bacva, Zagreb, Croatia, thru Feb. 7

K19 Zlatko Kopljar
17.01. - 07.02.2014.
Opening at 6 p.m.
Trg žrtava fašizma 16,
10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
In an essay written for new work of Zlatko Kopljar, K19, Žarko Paic, in the context of Adorno, Badiou and Lyotard, ask a question: Can contemporary art provide a possibility for man's redemptive reversal? How and when does it become legitimate to open the possibilities of facing the question of boundaries between the sublime and the evil if just turning history into a museum issue at the time of techno-science visualizes everything that took place as artifact and information in databases? e seal on the procedures of truth is put by a third party. The utterance does not include a naïve illusion about yielding the history to neutral historiographical science. It would make even less sense to expect that the event would be interpreted in the awareness of the contemporaries as self-evident and hence non-problematic, without opposite interpretations. Thus the seal is not put just by the time. e struggle for the truth of the time imprints it into the soft tissue of history. Direct and indirect heirs both of the executioners and their victims face it. In this schism between worlds the contemporary event art sets its works into public space to make a discourse on an emerging community at all possible. The art of setting artifacts into public space is by no means just an installation of traces and archiving memory against oblivion. is is about something much more authentic. Truth, bringing guilt to awareness, and forgiveness create some room for the freedom of the new beginning. K19 was produced with the support of Serb National Council, Jewish Community Zagreb, Roma Community, Jasenovac Memorial Site, Ministry of Culture of the Republic Croatia and City O ce for Education, Culture and Sports (City of Zagreb)

How do we face the boundary of sublimity and evil today, without making this challenge just a cheap political and ideological means for other purposes or a mere aesthetic e ect of de-realization of irreducible 'nature' of that about which we might not be able to say anything more? A credible answer to this question is o ered by contemporary artist Zlatko Kopljar in his project-installation K19. This is also probably one of his most radical performances. The question of guilt is not anymore directed at someone outside of the territory of the long-gone power of the nation-state. It is decisively posed to the contemporaries.



13. Patricia Miranda, FF Alumn, at Rockland center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, thru Mar. 20

Patricia Miranda curates exhibition at Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack, NY


Tinkers, Artists, Innovators: Bricolage
January 19 - March 20, 2014
Opening Reception- Sunday January 19, 2-5pm

Free performance by circuit-bender Alpha-Bit at the opening

Featuring Nancy Bowen, Marnie Hillsey and Simon Draper of Habitat for Artists, Chris Kaczmarek, Tamiko Kawata, Maria Michails, and Rebecca Mushtare.



14. Dike Blair, FF Alumn, at Linn Luehn, Düsseldorf, Germany, thru March 1

18. Januar - 1. März 2014

The relationship between my paintings and sculpture (or other installation-type work) has intrigued me for a couple decades. The paintings are fairly traditional and almost always personal while the sculptures are more formal, or engage less traditional forms. One thing that seems to have remained constant in all my work is the subject of light, and how to form paint to apprehend light. - Dike Blair

We are very happy to present Dike Blair's first solo exhibition in Germany. The American artist will show two sculptures and a selection of paintings on paper.

Since landing in New York in the mid-1970s, Dike Blair charted a singular path, early on making work that ranged from things like photo and paint contructions on glass, to installations, like one inspired by Disney World's Epcot Center. In the mid-1980s he began to paint modestly scaled, representational gouaches on paper, and he has continued that practice ever since.

Over the years those paintings have focused on a succession of subjects related to traditional genre painting; landscapes (travel scenes), still lifes, and portraiture. These photo-based gouaches capture glimpses of a roving eye that seeks out and captures the split second, dead-pan phenomenon of the observed world. They bring attention to the banal and transitory details of everyday life, from cigarettes in ashtrays to footprints in snow. They feel at once very personal, even diaristic, but also filtered and mediated. Blair also often presents thematic pairings, such as windows and flowers, or parkings lots and women's eyes.

About 20 years ago, Blair's installation work distilled into assemblages, which he calls sculptures, made of carpet, light fixtures, photographs and bench-like elements. Then, a decade later, those sculptures gave way to an ongoing series of work that incorporate painted wooden shipping crates. In these hybrid sculptures, the shipping crate "unpacks" and includes the other elements of the sculpture: always, one or more framed gouache paintings, sometimes things like carpet or light fixtures. These sculptures may evoke thoughts about light, both actual and implied, the liminal, and more quotidian notions about storage, furniture and the human body.

From the late 1980's to the present, Blair has exhibited the representational paintings alongside the more abstract works, and the interplay between these diverse modes of artmaking is of continuous interest to him.

Though the relationship between the media was not immediately obvious - the sculptures bring together the languages of abstraction, architecture and the ready-made, while the paintings are highly realist - it did immediately strike this viewer as intuitively 'right'.*

*Naomi Fry in frieze

Dike Blair (*1952) grew up in Western Pennsylvania, USA. He earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1977, and also attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Blair's work has been shown in many venues, including group exhibitions such as, "Let's Entertain," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2000); "Elysian Fields," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2000); The "Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004), "Vanishing Point," Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2005); and "Now and Again," Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC (2009).
Blair received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 and a Rome Prize in 2010. He also writes and in 2007, Whitewalls published Again, a book of collected interviews and essays. He is a Senior Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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15. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/77162132

Frank Moore 1946-2013
Photographs by David Steinberg.
Music: "Thee Cherotic Warrior (For Frank)" by Instagon



16. Mona Hatoum, FF Alumn, at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar, opening Feb. 7

Mona Hatoum: Turbulence
7 February-18 May 2014

Artist's talk: 7 February

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Education City
PO BOX 2777
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm,
Friday 3-9pm

T +974 4402 8855/8830

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Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha presents Mona Hatoum's largest solo exhibition to date in the Arab world. Mona Hatoum: Turbulence highlights the diversity of Mona Hatoum's work over the past 30 years. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented. The exhibition's premise has evolved from a key new work: Turbulence (2012), a four-by-four-meter square composed of thousands of glass marbles laid directly onto the floor. Placed exactly at the centre of Mathaf's exhibition space, this installation lies at the heart of a linear but non-chronological presentation of works whereby a number of unexpected juxtapositions echo the complexity through which the artist has managed to challenge, and at times disturb, our experience of the ordinary.

The Chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani has said about Mona Hatoum's exhibition: "Qatar Museums Authority is proud to feature one such iconic artist at Mathaf and to provide this opportunity for audiences in Doha to encounter Hatoum's diverse and challenging body of artworks produced over the last three decades."

Mona Hatoum: Turbulence consists of more than 70 works ranging from large-scale room installations such as Light Sentence (1992) and Suspended (2011) to smaller works on paper and sculptural objects such as Projection (2006), and Untitled (wheelchair II) (1999) respectively. It also includes some of the artist's kinetic installations such as + and - (1994-2004) and Home (1999). The exhibition is punctuated with a number of the artist's photographs including Van Gogh's Back (1995) and Static Portraits (Momo, Devrim, Karl) (2000), as well as documentations of early performances such as The Negotiating Table (1983) and Roadworks (1985), highlighting the diversity of artistic undertakings that span the artist's prolific three-decade oeuvre.

The choice of the notion of turbulence as a conceptual framework for the exhibition is derived from the thematic and formal dichotomies inherent within the artist's work. These render it familiar yet perplexing, allowing for an intense aesthetic experience that is both inviting yet impenetrable, or, in other words, turbulent. On an internal level, turbulence echoes the artist's questioning of self and, in particular, of ideas of alienation and displacement. Externally, it is a reflection of her interrogation of notions of belonging and collective memory. And finally, on a formal level, turbulence can be seen as a product of the artist's ongoing inquiry into ways of expanding the formal and material qualities of artistic expression.

Abdellah Karroum, Mathaf's Director, has said: "Mona Hatoum is one of the most influential artists of her generation. Few living artists have developed a conscious and engaged artistic vocabulary that inspires new generations of artists, art historians, and art audiences. Mona Hatoum is one of those artists. She is an artist with whom I have had the pleasure to work in the past. With this exhibition, Mathaf recognizes the centrality of Mona Hatoum's art to the history of twentieth and twenty-first century."

Mona Hatoum: Turbulence is on view at Mathaf: the Arab Museum of Modern art from 7 February until 18 May. A fully illustrated bilingual Arabic-English catalogue designed by Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares will be released by Mathaf and Silvana Editoriale publishing.

About Mathaf
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha is a QMA museum, led by H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Initiated by H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani, with around 7,000 works gathered over the past 25 years from the Arab, Asian, African and Western regions, the collection represents the major artistic trends and sites of production. Mathaf showcases major exhibitions, both historical and experimental, and large-scale education programs.

Contact press:
Louma Salame, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Federica Zuccarini, QMA (Qatar Museum Authority)



17. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan, Jan. 31 and more

U.S. Theatrical Premiere Run!
Breaking The Frame
a film by Marielle Nitoslawska
screening for one week only
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003
Friday, Jan. 31st through Thursday, Feb. 6th at 7:00P & 9:15P nightly.
Marielle Nitoslawska and Carolee Schneemann in person on opening night.
Additional screening on Saturday, Feb 1st at 4:45P

A towering legend of performance, body art, and avant-garde cinema among many other mediums, Carolee Schneemann has been challenging assumptions of gender, sexuality, and identity in the art world for five decades. Marielle Nitoslawska's film BREAKING THE FRAME is an exquisite, insightful portrait of the artist and a compelling overview of her colorfully complex life and career.

"Whether we credit her indefatigable burrowing through five decades of Schneemann's personal archives, or her reading of the psyche of a woman who has lived to see herself become an American Treasure, Nitoslawska, a graduate of the Polish National Film School in Lodz, composed a consummate fusion of music, imagery, narrative and time that goes beyond the ordinary crafting of a biographical profile." - G. Roger Denson, Huffington Post

To learn more about the film, and to watch the trailer, please visit

Bookings: btfscreenings@gmail.com

Carolee Schneemann LIFE BOOK
Through February 16, 2014

WRO Art Center
Widok 7

Exhibition concept: Marielle Nitoslawska
Curators: Piotr Krajewski, Viola Kutlubasis-Krajewska

On the occasion of the LIFE BOOK exhibition, the WRO Art Center hosted Carolee Schneemann for the first time in Wrocław and in Poland.

Schneemann, a pioneer of performance art, body art and avant-garde cinema, has spent over five decades 'breaking the frames' of the art world, using a wide range of expressive forms and challenging our attitudes toward feminism, gender, sexuality and identity.

The Carolee Schneemann LIFE BOOK exhibition is an expansion on Mariella Nitoslawska's film Breaking the Frame, documenting Schneemann's life and work. The exhibition is a new approach to material that Schneeman and Nitoslawska created during six years they spent making the film.

Nitoslawska, a Canadian director and documentary filmmaker, used a rich variety of film formats in her very personal film portrait of Schneemann. The film is a study not only of Schneemann's life and work, but also of space-physical space, private space, conceptual space-and the boundaries between painting, literature, performance and film.

The Carolee Schneemann LIFE BOOK exhibition breaks the frames once more: The multimedia and multidimensional installation involves unique photographs, sketches, fragments of diaries and letters, film and video sequences relating a story that parallels Nitoslawska's film. In the exhibition, as in the documentary, creative issues and biographical elements intertwine, forming a portrait of Carolee Schneemann and her groundbreaking achievements, which helped to shape the restless and questioning course of contemporary art around the world.

Events accompanying the LIFE BOOK exhibition:

A talk with the artist
with Carolee Schneemann, Marielle Nitoslawska and Karol Radziszewski

Screening of the Breaking the Frame documentary
with a Q&A with Marielle Nitoslawska and Carolee Schneemann

From December 2013
Carolee Juvenile: a set of drawings from Carolee's childhood

From January 2014
An interactive installation by Paweł Janicki, enabling the audience to directly and intuitively browse through the content of Life Books

Finissage: February 13-14, 2014
A film retrospective of Marielle Nitoslawska, with the filmmaker's participation, including Bad Girl (2001), Number 8 (1984), Sky Bones (1998) and other films and shorts.



18. Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Lorraine O'Grady, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Luhring Augustine, Manhattan, Jan 24-26

Luhring Augustine is pleased to host the next Visual AIDS Postcards From the Edge, the organization' first annual benefit event of the year for 2014. Widely known as one of Visual AIDS'most exciting benefits, Postcards From the Edge provides an opportunity for the public to purchase original pieces of postcard-sized artwork by both established and emerging artists for only $85 each. The 16th annual event will be held from January 24 - 26, 2014 at our Chelsea gallery located at 531 W. 24th Street, New York.

Each fall Visual AIDS calls on artists from around the world to donate a 4 x 6 inch piece of original artwork. This year, acclaimed artists such as Vito Acconci, Catherine Opie, Glenn Ligon, Ed Ruscha, Zarina Hashmi, Lorraine O'rady, Fred Wilson, Penelope Umbrico, John Baldessari, Roger Hiorns, Kerry James Marshall, William Wegman, John Waters, Marcel Dzama, Kiki Smith, Ernesto Pujol, Kay Rosen, Lawrence Weiner, Harmony Hammond, Barbara Takenaga and others have joined emerging artists in submitting new works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, collage and mixed media. The organization has received more than 1,400 postcard-sized pieces this year and each will be uniformly priced at $85. All works will be displayed anonymously, with the artist's identity revealed only after the work has been purchased.

The PREVIEW PARTY will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 5 - 8 p.m and includes a silent auction for art. The VIP Preview begins at 5 p.m and Artist Preview is 6 - 8 p.m. All participating artists have free entry and tickets for all other guests are $50. The VIP admission (payable at the door or online www.visualaids.org) allows entry into the gallery one hour before the crowds arrives and includes 2 raffle tickets. RAFFLE to be called at 7:30 pm. and prizes include the chance to win first choice of any postcard that evening. Additional raffle tickets $10 each. Must be present to win.

After the preview, the BENEFIT SALE of postcard-sized art will be continue for two days: Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Sunday, January 26, from 12 - 4 p.m. Admission to the Benefit Sale is first-come, first-served with the suggested donation of $5 each day.

All postcards are $85, but as a way for Visual AIDS to show their appreciation, anyone who purchases four postcards will receive a fifth one for free. On Sunday, guests who purchase two works will receive the third for free. Whether the works purchased are created by a famous or newly-discovered artist, all collectors walk away with a piece of art they love, knowing the money raised will support art programs raising AIDS awareness.

Bid now on Paddle 8 (www.paddle8.com/auctions/visualaids) on amazing small works by Joy Garnett, Will Barnet, Robert Flynt, Joanne Greenbaum, Harmony Hammond, Marc Handelman, David Humphrey, Cary Leibowitz, Glenn Ligon, Slava Mogutin, Ernesto Pujol, Hunter Reynolds, and Rob Wynne.

History of Visual AIDS' Postcards From the Edge
Visual AIDS first held Postcards From the Edge in 1998 and has since raised nearly $650,000 via this annual fundraiser. Since the event's conception, over 16,000 postcard-sized works have been donated by artists from around the world. Noteworthy artists who have participated in past years include: Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Leon Golub, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Barbara Kruger, Frank Moore, Elizabeth Murray, Nancy Spero, Yoko Ono, Tom Wesselman, and many others. By participating in Postcards From the Edge, artists and collectors support the mission of Visual AIDS, enabling the organization to produce contemporary art programs that promote AIDS awareness and support artists living with HIV/AIDS.

About Visual AIDS
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. Visual AIDS is committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. For additional information on Visual AIDS, please visit www.VisualAIDS.org.

Media Contacts
For additional information, images, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Nelson Santos, Executive Director, Visual AIDS
T: + 1 (212) 627-9855
E: nsantos@visualaids.org

Deirdre Maher, Blue Medium
T. + 1 (212) 675-1800
E. deirdre@bluemedium.com

Lauren Wittels, Luhring Augustine
T: + 1 (212) 206-9100
E: lauren@luhringaugustine.com



19. Simon Cutts, FF Alumn, new book release

New & material poems by Simon Cutts

As a visual artist, Simon Cutts is a poet, and as a poet he is a visual artist. This is no glib turn of phrase, but a lived reality insofar as he conceives how one artistic practice can show the ways of opening the other. For some time now he has insisted that the book is not merely (or simply) a vehicle for poetry, but is itself part of a poem's form. He extends the idea of a poem being a field of dynamic action beyond the boundaries of the page so as to encompass the book as whole. To read Letterpress is to become a participant in its total and encompassing range. Richard Deming

ISBN 978 0 9568559 7 8
128pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2013, £12.00

Colin Sackett | Uniformbooks
7 Hillhead Terrace, Axminster, Devon, England EX13 5JL
Telephone +44 (0)1297 35503
uniformbooks.co.uk | uniformbooks@gmail.com



20. Lawrence Graham-Brown, FF Alumn, at Longwood Art Project, The Bronx, Feb. 5, and more

Thank you very much for making 2013 an overwhelming success!
I wish you and yours tremendous fortune in this year 2014.

It is with great pleasure that I request your presence at the Longwood Art Project, Bronx NY for an exhilarating exhibition entitled "GAY"
Feb. 5, 2014 curated by Ivan Monforte ( Mexico) more info: http://www.bronxarts.org/lag.asp


Lawrence Graham-Brown will be presenting new work entitled "YES" at St Mark's Church via Danspace Project, apart of a platform curated by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (Nigeria) "Black Male Revisited" Feb. 6, 2014 event $10.00 and $5.00 with a can donation. This three night event he will be kicking off, includes multiple cutting edge and diverse performers with discussions, more info: http://danspaceproject.org/calendarandtickets/detail.php?id=257#


Lawrence Graham-Brown's work has been reviewd by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper from Tikkun Magazine, published by Duke University Press, more info:


Lawrence Graham-Brown's work is featured and written about in Edge Art...An Inter Caribbean Dialogue: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/458357-edge-art-black-latino-a-artists-an-inter-caribbean-dialogue-the-city-college-of-new-york-cohen-library-archives-gallery-north-academic-center-5th-floor-february-4-26-2013-presented-by-the-black-studies-program-ralph-bunche-memorial-fund-ccny-libraries-and-rap-si-bmi-curator-tod-roulette-roulette-fine-art-coordinator-ccny-associate-professor-dr-gordon-e-thompson


Lawrence Graham-Brown is featured in AIOP catalog published by AIOP: http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/juliana-driever-and-ed-woodham-and-kalia-brooks-and-trinidad-fombella/art-in-odd-places-2011-ritual/paperback/product-21292701.html


Lawrence Graham-Brown is featured in Emergency Index published by Ugly Duckling Press: http://www.uglyducklingpresse.org/catalog/browse/item/?pubID=262



21. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at 305 East 140th Street, The Bronx, opening Feb. 7

BRURAL: SHATTERING PHENOMENA. Super Storm Sandy, Chelyabinsk Meteorite.

BRURAL: Shattering Phenomena. Super Storm Sandy, Chelyabinsk Meteorite is the third exhibition in the BRURAL series, founded and curated by New York artist and curator Irina Danilova. BRURAL was originally created by Project 59, Inc. to develop professional contacts between artists and curators from Brooklyn and UralRegion in Russia through the series of annual collaborative exhibitions. This year BRURAL expanded to the Bronx as part of the Bronx River Art Center's Curatorial Practice Series, a collaboration between guest curators, artists and students in BRAC educational programs. Svetlana Shlyapnikova, art director of OkNo Gallery, the first gallery of contemporary art in Chelyabinsk, is the guest curator of BRURAL: Shattering Phenomena. Superstorm Sandy, Chelyabinsk Meteorite.

Featured artists, Alberto Bursztyn, Linda Cunningham, Alexander Danilov, Irina Danilova, Asya Dodina & Slava Polishchuk, Ed Herman, JudsoN, Jeff Kasper & Sophie Cooke, Rebecca Norton, Eric Pesso, Helena Schetinkina, Chad Stayrook, Vova Vishnyakov, vydavy, Brett Wolfson-Stofko, Alena Zabolotina and Sergei Zhatkov, metaphorically interpret the experience of natural phenomena that traumatized both cities, New York and Chelyabinsk.

Alberto Bursztyn's installation with a rock pendulum drawing circles on sand reflects the "layers of sand covering streets, sidewalks and empty spaces in NYC's southern neighborhoods". Scrolls with images of fallen trees by Linda Cunningham, ragged as if by the wind, relate to wood sculptures by Eric Pesso, made from fallen during the Sandy storm tree. judsoN's media installation with texts about Superstorm Sandy and Chelyabinsk Meteorite unexpectedly catches an image of the viewer including him/her in the context. Mixed media works made of fragments of Sandy debris by Asya Dodina & Slava Polishchuk speak to the sharp shattering abstract paintings by Rebecca Norton. The vydavy artist duo's video work explores the edges of communication between human beings and the ocean. The video work of Jeff Kasper & Sophie Cooke combines the image of raging water with the aesthetics of oceanographic science graphs marking the heights and depth of the flood. Chad Stayrook's model of a siren in the shape of a lighthouse stresses the state of emergency along with fragility and often ineffectiveness of warning efforts. Installation of paranormal sand dunes by Irina Danilova (as they were hit by fragments of meteorite), morph into hills of sand on the floor, creating obstructions in the audience's way around the show as an imitation of Sandy's aftermath.

Artists from Chelyabinsk are dealing with impressions from the meteorite fall. Spontaneous abstract works by Helena Schetinkina convey the swiftness and extemporaneity of the burst of a space object through the atmosphere. Alexander Danilov's compositions are inspired by scientific diagrams describing the trajectory of the meteorite. Rescued fragments of the meteorite that exploded above Chelyabinsk look different through the eyes of two photo artists. Sergei Zhatkov is looking at them as creatures communicating with each other and with the viewer while Alena Zabolotina is interested in the unusual textures of outer space objects.

Works in a documentary style are significant for this show. Ed Herman makes life-size models of human figures as we see them on the streets. One of his series "Homeless" speaks to the tragedy of those who lost their homes. Vova Vishnyakov's video work is based on images from dashboard video cameras, photo cameras and cell phones taken by bystanders of the meteorite explosion. Brett Wolfson-Stofko's photographs bear witness to the catastrophic aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Exhibition BRURAL: Shattering Phenomena. Super Storm Sandy, Chelyabinsk Meteorite will be open from February 7th through March 1st 2014, at 305 East 140th Street (between Third and Alexander Avenues in the Bronx)
Opening reception: Friday, February 7, from 6pm to 9pm.

Special event on Saturday, February 15th, from 6pm to 9pm, will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite.



22. M. Lamar, FF Alumn, on WNYC radio, now online

Please visit this link to M. Lamar's interview on WNYC's Spinning on Air


Thank you.



23. Peter Dobill, Rafael Sanchez, FF Alumns, at English Kills Art Gallery, Brooklyn, January 25


A Night of Live Performance Art

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 7pm - Midnight - FREE

English Kills Art Gallery / 114 Forrest St. / First Floor, Alley Entrance / Brooklyn, NY 11206

Curated By Peter Dobill + Chris Harding

Featured Artists (in order of performance):

Zhenesse Heinemann / Maria Fernanda Hubeaut / Rafael Sanchez / Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow / Esther Neff + Brian McCorkle

With a special end-of-night music performance by Razorlegs, celebrating the release of their debut album.

Come see a Viking-strength night of performance art from the curators of the Maximum Perception Performance Festival - five performances of maximum heart, mind, body, and soul to kill boring art and those who bother to make it.

Peter Dobill



24. Michael Paul Britto, Zachary Fabri, Kara Lynch, Jenny Polak, and Dread Scott, FF Alumns, at Winkleman Gallery, Manhattan, thru Feb. 15

The Wayland Rudd Collection
A project organized by Yevgeniy Fiks
January 17 - February 15, 2014
Opening: Friday, January 17, 6-8 PM

Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present The Wayland Rudd Collection, a collaborative project organized by Yevgeniy Fiks that focuses on the representation of Africans and African-Americans in Soviet visual culture. A point of departure for this project is Fiks' collection of over 200 Soviet images (paintings, movie stills, posters, graphics, etc.) of Africans and African-Americans spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s. Fiks invited contemporary artists and academics to select one or more images from this collection and to respond to it, either via artwork or other forms. Some of the participants chose to react to Fiks' invitation with artworks that were already premade, but which reflect on the issues that are raised in Fiks' original call for participation.

Wayland Rudd was an American actor who began performing in the Hedgerow Theater in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania under the directorship of Jasper Deeter. Rudd first received critical acclaim for his performance in Eugene O'Neill's "Emperor Jones." Frustrated over racism in the entertainment industry, Rudd moved to the Soviet Union in 1932 where he began a successful career in Soviet Theater and Film including work with the famed Russian Director Vsevolod Meyerhold. He later received a degree from the Theatrical Art Institute in Moscow and worked at the Stanislavsky Opera and Drama Theater. Rudd died in Moscow in 1952.

During Wayland Rudd's twenty year-long career in the Soviet Union, he appeared in numerous films, theatrical performances, and plays. He was also used as a model for paintings, drawings, and propaganda posters and, in many respects, defined the image of the "Negro" for generations of Soviet people. Although only a small section of the assembled images in The Wayland Rudd Collection are of Wayland Rudd, the project is given his name to commemorate this American-Soviet actor's personal story as a case in point of the complex intersection of 20th century American-Soviet narrative.
The historical Soviet images present a very complex and often contradictory mapping of the intersection of race and Communism in the Soviet context. They present this issue as unresolved, revealing the Soviet legacy on race as a mix bag of internationalism, solidarity, humanism, Communist ideals as well as exoticization, otherness, racist stereotyping, and hypocrisy.

Artists in the exhibition: Ivan Brazhkin, Michael Paul Britto, Suzanne Broughel, Maria Buyondo, Zachary Fabri, Joy Garnett, Alexey Katalkin, Kara Lynch, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Nikolay Oleynikov and Arkadiy Kots Band, Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya), Jenny Polak, Dread Scott, and Haim Sokol

In conjunction with the exhibit, we are also very pleased to present the panel discussion:
"Moscow to the Rescue: U.S. Racism, European Colonialism and the Soviet Promise"
Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm
Featuring Dr. Raquel Greene, Dr. Jonathan Shandell, and others.
Moderated by Dr. Maxim Matusevich

This exhibition will travel to First Floor Gallery Harare in Harare, Zimbabwe in Summer of 2014. Also, a book will be produced as the result of this project.

Yevgeniy Fiks thanks Daria Atlas for her help with research on this project.

For more information, contact Edward Winkleman at 212.643.3152 <tel:212.643.3152> or info@winkleman.com

Winkleman Gallery
621 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
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