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Contents for March 18, 2014

1. Michael Iauch, FF Fund recipient 2013-14, at ABC No Rio, Manhattan, April 4

Cover Songs
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington St.
New York, NY
April 4th, 2014
performance at 8pm

"As I was getting out of the truck, I stopped and asked, Have you ever wanted to be something else? he said, No." - "I Wanna Fly Like an Eagle to the Sea" - lyric from Steve Miller Band's 'Fly Like an Eagle' (1976) caught a ride with Ferguson from Elizabeth City, NC to Barco, NC

Cover Songs is a melodramatic hitchhiking project in which Iauch shrouds himself in blankets with lyrics from rock songs drawn onto them as signs to catch rides across America. Lyrics like, "Got a One Way Ticket to the Land of Truth" from Neil Young's 'Thrashers' (1979) are literalized and used as divining rods to probe the psychology of rock n' roll.

Part documentary and part performance, Iauch asks those who pick him up intimate questions like "Have you ever felt trapped before?" or "Have you ever wanted to be something else?" Through reckless abandon to chance encounter, he seeks out the fringes of the bourgeois mentality.

A guy bought me a roast beef sandwich and a Mountain Dew with some food stamps at a Kroger in Arkansas and then crushed up some methadone and shot it up in the bathroom, I held hands in prayer with an evangelical christian in a minivan, I begged for money in a Wal-Mart parking lot with $200 and a credit card hidden in my bag. - Michael Iauch

http://www.michaeliauch.com/index.php/project/cover-songs/

Michael Iauch is a video and performance artist based in North Carolina. His projects use public intervention, documentary, and storytelling to weave diaristic narratives into the ageing tropes of Americana such as the road, the cowboy, and the spiritual return to nature. He has presented his work at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA, FalseFront in Portland, OR, and is the recipient of a 2013-14 Franklin Furnace Fund grant.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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2. Dusty Grella, FF Alumn, at Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery, Valhalla, NY, opening March 28

March 24 to April 19, 2014
Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery, Valhalla, NY
Gallery Reception: Friday, March 28, 5 pm to 8 pm

Five artists use code, drawing, mail, software, sound, sculpture, and video to explore the intersections of education, art and technology. Highlighting process and practice, this exhibition seeks to involve the viewer both physically and metaphorically as form emerges from function within the gallery environment.

Andy Deck
Carlos Delgado
Matt Ferranto
Dusty Grella
Kurt Ralske
curated by Claudia Jacques

75 Grasslands, Valhalla, NY
Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery, Academic Arts Building 3rd Fl
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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3. Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Ida Applebroog, Penny Arcade, Susan Bee, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer, Sue De Beer, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Katya Grokhovsky, Barbara Hammer, Michelle Handelman, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Eve Andre Larameé, Ann Messner, Mira Schor, Chrysanne Stathacos, Pat Steir, Betty Tompkins, FF Alumns, at Brucennial, Manhattan, thru April 4

http://brucennial.com/
MARCH 7 - APRIL 4th 2014
837 WASHINGTON STREET, NYC
WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY, 12-6

Ida Applebroog
Ilssa Co-Operators (Bridget Elmer + Emily Larned)
Marina Abramovic For Kreemart
Rachel B. Abrams
Marina Adams
Denise Adler
Anna Adler
Beatrice Adler-Bolton
Shireen Ahmed
Vanessa Albury
Theodora Allen
Linda K. Alpern
Kari Altmann
Kim Altomare
Santina Amato
Bek Andersen
Laurie Anderson
Sorine Anderson
Miyuki Ansari
Polly Apfelbaum
Penny Arcade
Estelle Artus
Amna Asghar
Ranya Asmar
Colleen Asper
Adriana Atema
Liz Atzberger
Katherine Aungier
Kristin Baker
Phyllis Baldino
Malado Francine Baldwin
Joan Banach
Joan Bankemper
Yevgeniya Baras
Perry Bard
Lana Barkin
Hannah Barrett
Nancy Barton
Lauren Bartone
Ivana Basic
Sarina Basta
Irit Batsry
Amelia Bauer
Rachel Beach
Gina Beavers
Jo Beck
Lisa Beck
Sarah Bedford
Susan Bee
Amy Beecher
Téa Beer
Z Behl
Andrea Belag
Lynda Benglis
Philippa Bennigan
Sara Benson
Trudy Benson
Sofia Berinstein
Katherine Bernhardt
Elena Berriolo
Amy Bessone
Tess Bilhartz
Mary Billyou
Dara Birnbaum
Super Bitch!!!
Marleigh Blake
Palma Blank
Audrey Blood
Jenn And Joe Bochynski
Olivia Boi
Chequamegon Bollinger
Amy Boras
Marlous Borm
Serra Victoria Boswell Fels
Louise Bourgeois
Carol Bove
Leslie Brack
Katherine Bradford
Dawn Breeze
Cecily Brown
Melissa Brown
Angie Brown
Julia Brown
Alta Buden
Kathe Burkhart
Stephanie Calvert
Tiffany Calvert
Alva Calymayor
Victoria Cambell With Spectacular Society Corporation
Francesca Capone
Micaela Carolan
Ashley Carter
Ginny Casey
Maureen Cavanaugh
Kristi Cavataro
Katie Cercone
Lea Cetera
Clara Chapin
Sarah Charlesworth
Noa Charuvi
Gigi Chen
Myrel Chernick
Shura Chernozatonskaya
Judy Chicago
April Childers
Courtney Childress
Suhyun Choi
Ayn S Choi
Amanda Church
Heather Clark
Amara Clark
Christen Clifford
Emma Cluta
Signe Pierce And Alli Coates
Jennifer Coates
Jessica Cohen
Liz Cohen
Sarah Colligan
Abigail Collins
Tryn Collins
Anna Conway
Elizabeth Cooper
Sara Cooper
Jeri Coppola
Livia Corona Benjamin
Anima Correa
Petra Cortright
Holly Coulis
Corydon Cowansage
Kerry Cox
Joslyn Crocco
Rose Marie Cromwell
Patricia Cronin
Seemoriah Cueto
Joy Curtis
Catherine Czacki
Ala D'Amico
Myla Dalbesio
Elisabet Davids
Karon Davis
Gerri Davis
Aurora De Armendi
Sue De Beer
Ana De La Cueva
Charlotte De Larminat
Colleen Deery
Alessandra Delacruz
Violet Dennison
Jamie Diamond
Carol Diamond
Francesca Dimattio
Danielle Dimston
Sarah Dineen
Leah Dixon
Hariet Dixon
Coco Dolle
Kelly Driscoll
Luba Drozd
Meredith Drum
Jenny Dubnau
Elizabeth Duffy
Jenny Eagleton
Anne Eastman
Alicia Ehni
Sabra Moon Elliot
Zoe Jet Ellis
Alyse Emdur
Tracey Emin
Cara Enteles
Joy Episalla
Patricia Fabricant
Adriana Farmiga
Rochelle Feinstein
Amy Feldman
Elise Ferguson
Leila Feuer
Clara Fialho
Katrina Fimmel
Anne Finkelstein
Nellie Fleischner
Anastasia Foresman
Zaria Forman
Marthe Ramm Fortun
Nicole Fossi
Kate Fox
Molly Frances
Sarah Frazier
Daniele Frazier
Lorrie Fredette
Joanne Freeman
Barbara Friedman
Amanda Friedman
Natasha Frisch
Leslie Fry
Chie Fueki
Jade Fusco
Nikita Gale
Kyle Gallup
Hope Gangloff
Carla Gannis
Kathryn Garcia
Elisa Garcia De La Huerta
Mariana Garibay Raeke
Storm Garner
Joy Garnett
Rachel Garrard
Ashley Garrett
Amy Gartrell
Judith Geerts
Kati Gegenheimer
Jackie Gendel
Anina Gerchick
Lauren Gesswein
Nona Gianlorenzi-Ni
Caitlin Gianniny
Kayla Gibbons
Elizabeth Gilfilen
Ann Gillen
Jessica Gispert
Cora Jane Glasser
Day Gleeson
Karolina Gnatowski
Beka Goedde
Samara Golden
Nancy Goldring
Tmara Gonzales
Stephanie Gonzalez-Turner
Alyssa Gorelick
Kava Gorna
Pinkney Gould
Kathleen Granados
Kathy Grayson
Joanne Greenbaum
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Rachel Grobstein
Katya Grokhovsky
Vanessa Gully Santiago
Theresa Hackett
Heidi Hahn
Nadia Haji Omar
Ivy Haldeman
Amelia Hall
Charlotte Hallberg
Josephine Halvorson
Barbara Hammer
Rainer Hamner
Michelle Handelman
Jenny Hankwitz
Devin Hardy
Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou
Claudia Hart
Meena Hasan
Marilyn Haskin
Eugenia Hauptman
Ej Hauser
Sue Havens
Paula Hayes
Clarity Haynes
Kylie Heidenheimer
Jeanne Heifetz
Susanna Heller
Terry Hempfling
Emily Henretta
Molly Herman
Elana Herzog
Tayo Heuser
Katie Hickman
Jade Highleyman
Bijon Hill
Michelle Hill
Sarah Hinckley
Sophie Hirsch
Danielle Ho
An Hoang
Carter Hodgkin
Faith Holland
Sarah Hollars
Kim Holleman
Jenny Holzer
Sheree Hovsepian
Judith Hudson
Elizabeth Huey
E.E. Ikeler
Lena Imamura
Ketta Ioannidou
Becky James
Leah James
Rachel James
Emily Janowick
Amy Jenkins
Margarita Jimeno
Ioana Joa
Suzanne Joelson
Anna Elise Johnson
Mariah Anne Johnson
Rin Johnson
Mary Jones
Erin Lee Jones
Cecilia Jurado
Irena Jurek
Alexis Kandra
Jane Kaplowitz
Pali Kashi
Deborah Kass
Laura Kaufman
Olga Sophie Kauppinen
Elanit Kayn Linder
Elektra Kb
Simone Kearney
Katherine Keltner
Tara Kelton
Corina Kennedy
Kathryn Kerr
Lauren Kessler
Rosy Keyser
Emily Kiacz
Anya Kielar
Diana Kingsley
Ester Kislin
Alison Kizu-Blair
Sara Klar
Elizabeth Knowlton
Kathleen Kohl
Emily Kohl-Mattingley
Becky Kolsrud
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos
Lilian Kreutzbgerger
Barbara Kruger
Yui Kugimiya
Sarah Kurz
Paula Lalala
Blaze Lamper
Jessica Langley
Sheila Lanham
Eve-Andree Laramee
Caroline Larsen
Fabienne Lasserre
Snejina Latev
Lisa Lawley
Sophia Le Fraga
Lisa Lebofsky
Maia Ruth Lee
Gwyneth Leech
Michelle Leftheris
Andrea Legge
Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer
Rainy Lehrman
Elisa Lendvay
Catherine Lepp
Alexandra Lerman
Fiyel Levent
Jill Levine
Lisa Levy
Margrit Lewczuk
Hanna Liden
Ana Lieberman
Anya Liftig
Lucy Liu
Nandi Loaf
Loretta Lomanto
Jill London
Coco Lopez
Lucia Love
Sarah Lovitt
Genevieve Lowe
Liz Luisada
Lauren Luloff
Sara Macneil
Sara Magenheimer
Gina Magid
Rachel Malin
Waverly Mandel
Ioana Manolache
Nadja Verena Marcin
Helen Marden
Zoe Marden
Church Marilyn
Grace Markman
Aida Marranzini
Antonia Marsh
Andrea Mary Marshall
Michelle Matson
Carey Maxon
Ashley May
Alexandra Mazella
Liz Mccarthy
Ann Mccoy
Amanda Mchugh
Mollie Mckinley
Emma Mcmillan
Jenny Lynn Mcnutt
Josephine Meckseper
Elizabeth Medina
Haley Mellin
Romina Meric
Josephine Messer
Ann Messner
Elizabeth Meyer
Reilly Miller
Laura Miller
Amanda Millet-Sorsa
Marilyn Minter
Joan Mitchell
Melanie Moczarski
Tracy Molis
Rachel Monosov
Lola Montes Schnabel
Cathy Mooses
Sarah Alice Moran
Phoebe Morris
Laura Mosquera
Adrienne Moumin
Sam Moyer
Bridget Mullen
Margaret Murphy
Amy Myers
Sophy Naess
Keiko Narahashi
Sophia Narrett
Raquel Nave
Christine Navin
Mo Neal
Amy Newell
Tammy Nguyen
Emily Vo Nguyen
Aliza Nisenbaum
Julia Norton
Lorie Novak
Morgan O'Hara
Tricia O'Neill
Fran O'Neill
Sophie Oakley
Jordie Oetken
Maggie Ogden
Midori Okuyama
Lily Olive
Bobbie Oliver
Sheryl Oppenheim
Maria Juliana Ortegon
Lauren Pakradooni
Mónica Palma Narváez
Sarah Palmer
Kate Pane
Sasha Panyuta
Nicole Parcher
Un Hee Park
Mary Parker Jessup
Matisse Patterson
Annie Pearlman
Morgan Pearse
Catherine Pearson
Aurora Pellizzi
Jenny Perlin
Erin Perrazzelli
Joelle Perry
Liesl Pfeffer
Rachel Phillips
Marina Pinsky
Allie Pisarro-Grant
Lauren Portada
Ada Potter
Sara Grace Powell
Brittany Prater
Nathlie Provosty
Lucy Pullen
Anne Pundyk
Rachel Rampleman
Debra Ramsay
Ellen Rand
Erika Ranee
Jordan Rathus
Hannah Rawe
Cristina Razzano
Anne Rearick
Reka Reisinger
Cecelia Rembert
Friederike Reveman
Kyle Richardson
Amy Rinaldi
Jackie Rines
Leslie Roberts
Allison Sloan Roberts
Silvina Rodriguez
Shellyne Rodriguez
Kara Rooney
Lily Rosenquist
Angela Rosensweig
Chloé Rossetti
Rachel Rossin
Natalia Roumelioti
Lisa Rovner
Anne Rowland
Esther Ruiz
Adie Russell
Kimberly Ruth
Irina Ryjak
Shana Sadeghi-Ray
Alison Safford
Naomi Safran-Hon
Cecilia Salama
Sasha Samochina
Agate Sanchez
Taylor Sand
Rafia Santana
Deirdre Sargent
Saki Saro
Anna Schachte
Zoe Pettijohn Schade
Rebecca Schiffman
Anita Schmid
Aurel Schmidt
Mira Schor
Ingrid Schram
Lizzie Scott
Analia Segal
Lauren Seiden
Chelsea Seltzer
Hayley Severns
Sylvia Sewell
Fran Shalom
Emily Shanahan
Jo Shane
Arlene Shechet
Saar Shemesh
Saar Shemesh
Nathalie Shepherd
Parker Shipp
Talia Shulze
Susan Silas
Lauren Silberman
Shelly Silver
Niki Singleton
Valerie Skakun
Janice Sloane
Louise P. Sloane
Colleen Rae Smiley
Mariana Smith
Cindy Smith
Lauren Smith
Elisabeth Smolarz
Jamie Sneider
Caroline Snow
Audrey Snyder
Miyoung Sohn
Elisa Soliven
Vanessa Solomon
Emily Spalding
Laurel Sparks
Bee Spiderman
Savannah Spirit
Carter Spurrier
Morgan St. Everest
Maria Stabio
Janet Stafford
Melissa Staiger
Iekeliene Stange
Chrysanne Stathacos
Pat Steir
Oona Stern
Rachel Stevens
Gail Stoicheff
Aliza Stone Howard
Mary Ann Strandell
Maya Strauss
Phoebe Streblow
Suzanne Stroebe
Tara Subkoff
Jennifer Sullivan
Krista Svalbonas
Erin Sweeny
Swoon
Deirdre Swords
Honey T
Jill Taffet
Kamilla Talbot
Lorene Taurerewa
Adrea Teasdale
Samantha Thole
Karen Tompkins
Betty Tompkins
Breanne Trammell
Tina Tyrell
Cagla Ulusoy
Katharine Umsted
Vicky Usle
Nichole Van Beek
Brigitta Varadi
Jehdy Ann Vargas
Linnea Vedder
Lucia Vera
Holly Veselka
Helen Vidal Perry
Marianne Vitale
Erica Vogt
Meredith Walker
Michelle Wallace
Lindsay Walt
Christine Wang
Beth Warshafsky
Jana K Weaver
Barbara Weissberger
Jeannie Weissglass
Molly Welch
Leah Wellbaum
Heidi Day Wenzel
Erica Wessmann
Stine Westergaard
Amy Westpfahl
Sophie White
Wendy White
Kylie White
Julia Whitney Barnes
Amy Wilson
Sandy Winters
Chloe Wise
Nicole Wittenberg
Caroline Woolard
Rachael Wren
Carrie Yamaoka
Mary Younkin
Natalia Yovane
Cheryl Yun
Maria Zerres
Sara Zilhaver
Tamar Zinn
Alice Zinnes
Kim Zitzow
Christybomb
Slinko
Katherine Finkelstein
Hillary Foxweldon

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4. Jenna Efrein, FF Intern Alumn, at University of Buffalo, NY, thru March 29

Jenna Efrein
(intern form 2005)
The Visual Arts Gallery in University of Buffalo's Center For the Arts has been transformed into an interactive playground of art. The "Yoko Ono Fan Club" exhibit has filled the space. The exhibition revolves around the Fluxus art movement. Feb 27th- March 29th
Also check out: http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/campus.host.html/content/shared/university/news/ub-reporter-articles/stories/2014/February/yoko_exhibit.detail.html

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5. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at The Center for Book Arts, Manhattan, March 28

Barbara Rosenthal will talk about her processes in New Media/Performance/Image/Text/Video/Artist'sBooks, with image projections and the video short "Handwriting Analysis" during the final evening of exhibition of 12 of her 72 Journals (kept since age 11), and her book and wall work "Homo Futurus," on display as part of the curatorial "Silence Unbound: An Artist's Lexicon in the Making" at The Center for Book Arts, 28 W. 27th St, 3rd floor (between 6th Ave and Broadway), on Friday, March 28. 6:30 for wine and cheese; 7pm talk.

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6. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/89265806

Frankly Speaking Book Video Promo
https://vimeo.com/89265806
We are very excited about this! This is the promotional video for Frank Moore's "Frankly Speaking: A Collection of Essays, Writings and Rants".

check it out!!
for more info: eroplay.com/franklyspeaking/

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7. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, at OZ Gallery, Manhattan, opening March 23

Karen Shaw
Additional Meanings at OZ Gallery opening March 23

Additional Meaning the art of Summantics will open March 23, 6-8. Karen Shaw will give a talk about decoding numbers and words at 7:00 PM

The show will run through the summer.

OZ Gallery at Congregation OrZarua, 127 E. 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028

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8. Yoko Ono, Jon Hendricks, FF Alumns, at Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, thru Sept. 1

Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wing Show - A Retrospective
March 14-September 1, 2014

Guggenheim Bilbao
Abandoibarra et.2
Bilbao 48001
Spain

www.guggenheim-bilbao.es

An exhibition of Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in cooperation with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Curators: Ingrid Pfeiffer, curator, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; Álvaro Rodríguez Fominaya, curator, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao; Jon Hendricks, curator, Yoko Ono exhibitions

In celebration of Yoko Ono's eightieth birthday in 2013, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao welcomes a unique retrospective of one of the most influential artists of our times-a living legend who holds a special place in contemporary art, music and experimental film-Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wind Show - A Retrospective from March 14 to September 1, 2014.

The exhibition, sponsored by Seguros Bilbao, includes nearly 200 pieces throughout the entire third floor of the Museum. Visitors will discover more than five decades of creativity, from the mid-1950s to the present, in the multi-faceted artistic universe of Yoko Ono. The exhibition includes some of her most recent creations, as well as a new version of the installation and performance Moving Mountains.

Yoko Ono (b. 1933, Tokyo) has been recognized as one of the most outstanding avant-garde artists for over sixty years. She is a pioneer in many of the artistic fields to which she has dedicated her life, and is considered to be one of the precursors to conceptual art, film and performance art. She is also a key figure in the music world, having produced numerous albums over the years.

As you travel through the third floor of the Museum, you are led through the artist's diverse spectrum of mediums used throughout her extensive career: from plastic arts to drawings, poetry, film, music, installations, video and performance art, among others. The heterogeneous shapes and mediums of her work challenge conventional ideas of art and raise questions that are essential to the human existence.

This fascinating journey delves into the main recurring themes and ideas that have driven her career, including her belief in the power of the imagination, her political commitment, her sense of humor and the absurd, her sensitivity to global conflicts, and the role of women in society. Ideas inspired both by her own life and universal questions have driven her to adopt a prominent position at the forefront of movements such as peace and feminism.

Yoko Ono's work is based on ideas, some of which are manifested in the form of objects, while others remain immaterial, enriched by certain traditional Asian elements. A poetic dimension can often be denoted in her work-a subtle sense of humor and an attitude of social criticism anchored in concepts of unity, trust, and balance.

Yoko Ono's Instructions are the starting point for many of her pieces; the artist's verbal and written scores invite viewers to execute both unrealistic and plausible actions, thereby giving the observer an active role in the process, encouraging them to participate and delve further into self-reflection and the mind's potential.

The word "Participate" that appears next to some of her pieces is Yoko Ono's direct invitation to interact with her art. Such is the case with En Trance (1998/2013), an architectural installation with a rotating glass door and a beaded curtain that welcomes the public to the exhibition.

Media relations
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Dept. of Communications and Marketing:
T +34 944 35 90 08 / F +34 94 435 90 59 / media@guggenheim-bilbao.es
All information on the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao at www.guggenheim-bilbao.es (Press Room).

Sponsor: Seguros Bilbao

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9. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, at Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, thru April 27

Stephanie Brody-Lederman at Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Ct.

Stephanie Brody-Lederman is exhibiting an exhibition (50 works) of her paintings at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT. The show entitled 'Visual Poetry," was curated by Cynthia Roznoy, Ph.D, the curator of the museum. Along with Robert Burns, the museum director. The show includes both "tabletop" sculpture and paintings, ranging from small to large. In the brochure published by the museum, the curator, Cynthia Roznoy has written:.

"Viewers often find a recognition with the work, a sense that this art reflects a sincere concern of the mysteries of human nature. It is an art that addresses the journey of life and thus has the ability to engage and {transport us emotionally to some personal place of our own association.}

THE EXHIBITION RUNS FROM MARCH 13 - APRIL 27, 2014.
www.Mattatuckmuseum.org

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10. Susan Newmark Fleminger, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Public Library, Mar. 26-May 28

This should be an interesting series and I hope you can attend.
-best,
Susan

Dialogues in the Visual Arts:
A Conversation Series
Susan Newmark Fleminger, Program Curator

Join us for a series of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists, featuring the exciting, varied work being created in Brooklyn today.

Coyote, Dillon de Give
Artists Out of Context: Forays Into the World
Moderators Sasha Chavchavadze and Tammy Pittman, Co-Directors at Proteus Gowanus,
present artists Andrew Beccone, Dillon de Give and Jamie Kruse (Smudge Studio).
Wednesday, Mar 26, 6:30 pm, Information Commons Lab, Central Library

Little Devil, Jessica Weiss
between a place & candy: pattern + repetition + motif
Jason Andrew, founder and director of Norte Maar in Bushwick, moderates this panel featuring Robert de Oude, Colin Thomson and Jessica Weiss.
Wednesday, Apr 23, 6:30 pm
Information Commons Lab
Central Library

The Capital, Sonia Gechtoff
Life Cycles: Women Abstractionists Working in the Arts
Chicago State University professor and art historian, Camille Brewer, moderates a cross-generational discussion with artist Sonia Gechtoff and others.
Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 pm
Information Commons Lab
Central Library

For more information about this series, please visit us online.
Be sure to visit us online for more cultural events this spring at Brooklyn Public Library.
10 Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn, NY 11238 US

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11. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, March 13

Fashion & Style
In Their Own Terms
The Growing Transgender Presence in Pop Culture

By JACOB BERNSTEIN
The New York Times, MARCH 12, 2014

The first time Rhys Ernst saw Zackary Drucker was in 2005 at a bar in the East Village.

At the time, both were aspiring artists. Rhys had recently graduated from Hampshire College and was working for MTV networks. Zackary had graduated from the School of Visual Arts and was appearing on a reality TV show called "Artstar," hosted by Jeffrey Deitch.

But there was one clear impediment to romance: Rhys had never dated a man, and Zackary had never dated a woman.

"I remember thinking," Rhys said, "if I ever dated a boy, that's the type of boy I'd date."

Today, that consideration is not an issue. Over the last five years, Zackary has transitioned from male to female, Rhys from female to male.

And in "Relationship," a photo exhibition currently on view at the Whitney Biennial, the two have chronicled that process and the evolution of their own love affair. (In a recent preview of the Biennial, Holland Cotter of The New York Times wrote that the Ernst/Drucker photographs "put queer consciousness on the front burner.")

That a show by two transgender artists should be so prominently featured at the 2014 Biennial should come as a surprise to no one. It is just more evidence of the increasing presence of trans people at the center of popular culture.

In their spring advertising campaigns, the luxury retailer Barneys New York and the award-winning jewelry designer Alexis Bittar feature transgender models. In February, a memoir by Janet Mock, a former editor at People magazine, which drew heavily on her transition from male to female, made the New York Times best-seller list. Laverne Cox has become a breakout star on Netflix's hit show "Orange Is the New Black," playing a sympathetic character who winds up in prison after using stolen credit cards to pay for her gender reassignment surgery. And Carmen Carrera, a transgender showgirl who first achieved demi-fame as a contestant on the reality television program "RuPaul's Drag Race," has become an in-demand fashion model and muse for the photographer Steven Meisel.

Here are their stories.

Laverne Cox grew up in Mobile, Ala., with her identical twin brother and her mother, a single parent who worked two to three jobs at a time to make ends meet.

She enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College in New York in the late '90s, where by day she majored in dance, took her first acting classes and became immersed in gender studies.

By night, Ms. Cox was a presence on the downtown club scene, hanging out at Flamingo East in the East Village and performing operatic versions of heavy metal songs at Squeeze Box, a Friday night party at Don Hill's. (Among the songs she sang were Iron Maiden's "Be Quick or Be Dead" and Pantera's "Mouth for War.")

At the time, Ms. Cox said, she was in a "gender nonconforming space," no longer living as a man, but still struggling with her own "internalized transphobia" as well as a desire to "be myself and not embody some stereotype of womanhood."

"It was a mess," she said.

After completing her transition, she was cast in 2008 on the VH1 reality show "I Want to Work for Diddy." (Ms. Cox made it halfway through the competition.) Last year, she got her big break with a role on "Orange Is the New Black" on Netflix.

On the show, the major characters appear in prison and then in flashback sequences that show how they got there. So Ms. Cox's twin, a musician who lives in Brooklyn, played her character pretransition.

Ms. Cox has spoken at colleges about the transgender experience. She's also done one now-famous chat on a daytime talk show, where she appeared with Carmen Carrera and gently chastised the host, Katie Couric, for being too focused on questions about genital surgery, which not every transgender person undergoes. After Ms. Couric said to Ms. Carrera, "Your private parts are different now, aren't they," Ms. Cox argued that focusing on this objectifies trans people and prevents a more meaningful discussion from taking place.

"Someone called me a man in the airport today," Ms. Cox said in an interview this week. "Just because there's a few trans folks having lovely careers and having moments of visibility does not mean that a lot of trans folks lives are not in peril. We need to remember those folks who are struggling, particularly trans women of color who are on the margins."

Some success stories are neat. Others, like Janet Mock's, less so. She grew up in Hawaii with a mother who had her first child at 16 and a father who battled drug addiction and had numerous children with other women. (One year, Ms. Mock said, her father "had a baby in January, February and April.")

Then, in middle school, Ms. Mock met a transgender girl named Wendi, and at 12 or 13, she began applying lip gloss, wearing makeup and tweezing her eyebrows. At 15, she started hormones.

She was an honor student in high school while she worked as a prostitute on Merchant Street in Honolulu, which is how she saved the money to travel to Thailand and pay for gender reassignment surgery.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii in 2005, Ms. Mock became an editor at People.com, then came out as transgender in a 2011 Marie Claire profile.

This winter, Atria Books (a division of Simon and Schuster) published her memoir, "Redefining Realness," in which she quotes Audre Lorde, James Baldwin and Maya Angelou but wrote that Beyoncé was most responsible for "shifting" how she viewed herself as a woman of color.

"Everyone celebrated her because she was the girl of the moment," said Ms. Mock, 31, who has frizzy, Afro-ish hair with blond highlights, and, on the day I met her, looked effortlessly fashionable in a pair of black Theory jeans and a denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up, showing off her gold-colored infinity bangles. On her arm was a tan leather 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, which she said was a gift to herself after her book became a best seller.

Like Ms. Cox and Ms. Carrera, she has been somewhat offended by the tone of some of her television interviews. Last month, Ms. Mock went on Piers Morgan's CNN show (it has since been canceled), where the host all but began the interview by saying how "amazing" it was that this attractive woman had once been biologically male.

"Had I not known your life story, I would have absolutely no clue," he said, as the scrawl at the bottom of the bottom of the screen read "Born a boy."

Ms. Mock pounced on Twitter, and Slate ran a withering piece on Mr. Morgan's performance that evening, chastising him for being "obsessed with appearances" and accusing the show of promoting the segment in a "sensational and ignorant way."

Nevertheless, the interest in Ms. Mock's book and its subsequent sales is an indication that something is changing dramatically. And, no doubt, she appreciates having a platform now.

As a child, she said: "All I knew was gay. All I knew was RuPaul."

A Dutch camera crew followed Valentijn de Hingh around for the bulk of her childhood, chronicling her journey from male to female. By the end of high school, she was walking in runway shows for Comme des Garçons and Maison Martin Margiela. In 2012, she gave a talk at a TEDx event in Amsterdam titled "Why Did I Choose?" This year, she is appearing in the Barneys campaign alongside 16 other transgender models.

Having understanding parents helped, she said.

They first read about transgender children in a magazine when Ms. de Hingh was 5 and took her to a hospital in the Netherlands with a program for gender-variant children.

"My parents were looking for answers, and they found it there," she said.

Schoolmates, she said, were largely accepting, though she did experience some taunting. Being openly transgender but preoperative made dating hard, something she struggles with, even after gender reassignment surgery.

"I still have a hard time with dating," said Ms. de Hingh, 23. "I have some figuring out to do."

Many of the photographs in Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst's show at the Whitney capture them in scenarios most couples can relate to: celebrating anniversaries, lounging around the house while one fights off a cold, sitting poolside on a sunny day.

Others depict circumstances that are perhaps unique to a transgender couple, such as an image of Mr. Ernst's and Ms. Drucker's bandage-covered backsides shortly after taking hormone shots.

According to Ms. Drucker, the exhibition has a couple of aims. One is to show that all relationships are in some way banal. Another, she said, is about "learning to love ourselves and deflect the distortions" that prevent people from doing that.

There weren't a lot of transgender role models for Ms. Drucker and Mr. Ernst growing up. But their parents were progressive and supported their children's gender nonconformity.

In high school, they both became familiar with the writings of Kate Bornstein, a queer theorist whose books "Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us," and "My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely" outlined a way of living that did not ascribe to traditional gender conventions.

"I don't call myself a woman, and I know I'm not a man," Ms. Bornstein once said.

Today, the couple lives in Los Angeles and has been consulting on the pilot of a television show for Amazon called "Transparent." It stars Jeffrey Tambor of "Arrested Development" as an aging man who is beginning a gender transition. (It was picked up on Tuesday.)

They are also part of a wide circle of "gender queer" and transgender creative types that includes Wu Tsang (a filmmaker and visual artist who identifies as "transfeminine" and "transguy") and Amos Mac, a photographer and editor who runs Originalplumbing, a magazine and website, that are devoted to hipsterish transgender types.

This pretty much describes Ms. Drucker, 30, who has a penchant for tight leggings, vintage Yves Saint Laurent heels and Grecian tops - and yet has no plans to have gender reassignment surgery, a topic she discusses pretty openly.

The same goes for Mr. Ernst, 31, who sports a light goatee and on Friday was wearing a button-down shirt with high tops and charcoal pants.

Ultimately, Ms. Drucker said, she'd like to get to a point where we "surpass" the binaries of gender altogether.

"That would be the greatest transition of all," she said.

Correction: March 13, 2014

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misspelled the surname name of a New York Times critic. His name is Holland Cotter, not Carter.

The complete illustrated article is at this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/fashion/the-growing-transgender-presence-in-pop-culture.html

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12. Benoît Maubrey, FF Alumn, at MaerzMusik Festival 2014, Berlin, Germany, thru March 23

GATEWAY: a Speakers Sculpture from Benoît Maubrey opens March 14th during the MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin 2014 MaerzMusik, Festival of Contemporary Music 14 - 23 March

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13. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, receives Fulbright Specialists Award

Actress & New York University Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Specialists Award

Rae C. Wright, a professional stage and screen actor and faculty member of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Film & TV Department, has been selected for a 2014 Fulbright Specialist Program Award at Norsk Skuespillerinstitutt in Oslo, Norway according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Ms. Wright, (currently on stage as Yelena in "The Was The End" at The Chocolate Factory in New York City) will be both teaching and developing curriculum for the institute in Oslo. She is one of 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. In the states she has received recognition for her work that includes an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre for her work with the New York Street Theatre Caravan, presence in publications i.e. The New England Review and the Text and Performance Quarterly. She is an alumn of Franklin Furnace, has received grants from NYSCA, is a NYFA Fellow and a two-time recipient of grants from both the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Culture &Animals Foundation.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement. Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation. Distinguished Fulbright Specialist participants include Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor of Religion at Temple University, Heidi Hartmann, President and CEO, Institute for Women's Policy Research, and Emily Vargas-Barone, Founder and Executive Director of the RISE Institute.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.

For further information about the Fulbright Specialists Program, please contact FULSPEC@cies.iie.org

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14. Maureen Connor, FF Alumn, at The New Museum, Manhattan, March 19

Hi All,

I will be speaking at the New Museum On Wednesday, March 19 at 3:00 pm as part of Outside the Box with curator Marianna Dobkowska and other members of the Winter Holiday Camp group. We will discuss our collaboration with the staff at the Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle. The talk is in conjunction with the Pawel Althamer's exhibition.

Sincerely,

Maureen Connor

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15. Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, March 18, and more

The New York Times
Theater|Theater Review
A Beauty and a Beast, but This One's for Adults
Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser Reinvent a Fabled Couple
NYT Critics' Pick

By BEN BRANTLEYMARCH 17, 2014

Grown-ups of New York, are you ready to be told the best bedtime story you've heard since you were a credulous tyke? It's called "Beauty and the Beast." And yeah, I know what you're thinking: You've heard that one before; your daughter made you watch the Disney movie with her like 28 times; and if you wanted something more sophisticated, you'd just slip on your digitally enhanced edition of Jean Cocteau's "La Belle et La Bête" from 1946.

But, honest, you've never met a Beauty and Beast like the couple delivering their idea of story hour - not to mention an impressive variety of sexual positions - at the Abrons Arts Center through March 30. Our immortal title characters are being portrayed by the performance artists Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser, a husband and wife who met while working in a sideshow on Coney Island.

On the surface, I have little in common with Mr. Fraser and Ms. Muz. I have no experience in burlesque (like the Detroit-born Ms. Muz) or a visible physical deformity (like the British-born Mr. Fraser, who was born with what he calls "small and perfectly deformed arms"), and I have spent no time at all since my infancy on public display in the altogether. Yet I found myself personally involved with and moved by this "Beauty and the Beast" in ways I never had been before. Odds are you'll feel the same way.

Sweet are the uses of enchantment. Under the direction of the extravagantly imaginative Phelim McDermott, who staged Philip Glass's "Satyagraha" at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Fraser and Ms. Muz unfold a bona fide fairy tale for adults that - unlike most latter-day examples of that genre - is neither dark and cynical nor precious and coy.

Early in the show, Ms. Muz, wearing a shiny curve-hugging black dress and glittery lipstick, asks her audience to "remember when you were smaller, younger and considerably wiser." Now, in hindsight, this statement might seem a tad disingenuous, given that much of what follows is, by conventional standards, X-rated raunchy.

But in telling the parallel stories of Ms. Muz and Mr. Fraser and their archetypal, centuries-old characters, this "Beauty and the Beast" is infused with an all-accepting innocence. And it speaks to perhaps the only moments in our adult lives when we truly believe in magical fairy-tale transformations - those times when we're drunk with new love, and the only prospect you can see is that of happily-ever-after-dom.

Not that Mr. Fraser and Ms. Muz are altogether dewy creatures. Professed outlaws seldom are. She's a feminist stripper. (If you want to know what that means, she provides us with a snippet of a fabulous horror-movie routine she's known for.) And he has spent his life aware that he looks different from most human beings, because of his chest-length arms. (His mother took Thalidomide while pregnant with him.)

Arms become a sly leitmotif in this production, which is designed with airy wit by Philip Eddolls (set), Kevin Pollard (costumes) and Ed Clarke (sound). The charming supporting cast of two puppeteers, Jess Mabel Jones and Jonny Dixon, use their own arms to fill in, as it were, for Mr. Fraser's, when he's playing the Beast in his incarnation as the Prince.

Mr. Fraser's custom-made prosthetic arms - which he says he rarely uses (though they helped him win a male striptease contest) - are deployed to ingeniously distorting effect by the other performers. Such arm play teases and confuses the eye, and it shakes our set notions of just what a well-proportioned body is supposed to look like.

Trompe-l'oeil abounds here, in diverse forms. These include the captivating use of that old schoolroom dinosaur, the overhead projector, to tell Beauty's back story as a sort of shadow play. Various flora and fauna are summoned into being out of tissue paper. And following a sensual "Tom Jones"-style banquet, we are treated to a rousing erotic pas de deux between a zucchini and a melon.

Both Beauty and her Beast wear the kinds of costumes that slip off in a second to reveal only skin beneath. (Their half-dressed dance sequence is sweet and hilarious.) And there's nothing left to the imagination as to how these fantasy figures spend their honeymoon.

But the overall impression is anything but smutty - or arch, which would be worse. These couplings seem, well, happy and funny and un-self-conscious, in the ways I presume the old nudie review "Oh! Calcutta!" tried to be but evidently was not.

Be assured that the only audience participation comes early in the show, and all it asks of you is that you all bark like dogs. Those collective yelps, cued by an autobiographical monologue by Ms. Muz, become the aural backdrop for Beauty's first journey through the dangerous forest.

What a privilege to be a part of this theatrical sorcery. From that moment, your heart is on the stage - if it weren't already - with Beauty, Beast and their portrayers. It's a leap that feels an awful lot like falling in love.

Beauty and the Beast
Directed by Phelim McDermott; assistant director, Caroline Williams; sets by Philip Eddolls; costumes by Kevin Pollard; sound by Ed Clarke; production manager, Mishi Bekesi; stage manager, Michelle Giancola. Presented by Oneofus in coproduction with Improbable, Mr. McDermott and Lee Simpson, artistic directors; Nick Sweeting, producer; Rachael Williams, executive director. At the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, 212-352-3101, abronsartscenter.org. Through March 30. Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes.

WITH: Mat Fraser (the Beast), Julie Atlas Muz (Beauty) and Jess Mabel Jones and Jonny Dixon (puppeteers).

A version of this review appears in print on March 18, 2014, on page C1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Beauty and a Beast, but This One's for Adults. Order Reprints|Today's Paper|Subscribe

The full illustrated article is here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/theater/julie-atlas-muz-and-mat-fraser-reinvent-a-fabled-couple.html?_r=0

and

Stagebuddy.com
THEATER REVIEWS
Your guide to everything on Stage in New York!
Review: Beauty and the Beast
Through Mar. 30 at Abrons Arts Center.
See full Event Info
Last updated: 03/17/2014

When I got my tickets for "Beauty and the Beast", the person at the box office blanched and asked if I was over eighteen.

This just underscores the point: this production is for mature audiences only. Leave your kids at home. Written and performed by Mat Fraser, a disabled British performer who revels in Uncomfortable Theater, and Julie Muz, a burlesque dancer, the show contains excessive nudity, as well as clever puppeteering, some good laughs, and a heartwarming message about embracing your inner Beast, or freak.

Fraser and Muz were inspired to re-imagine Beauty and the Beast based on their own relationship. The Beast, played by Fraser, struggles to accept his exterior flaws, at one point commandeering ghostly puppet arms to appear "normal", which makes for some funny sight gags. Highlights of the show include a series of monologues spliced throughout the show, in which Fraser and Muz each talk about why and how they fell in love, and a creative opening animation sequence done on a slide projector.

This re-telling of Beauty and the Beast makes for a great metaphor for disability and how society perceives flaws. Quick-paced and with burlesque sensibilities, though not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this is a brilliant piece of underground theater you won't want to miss. Hurry and see it at Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan before it closes on March 30.

But seriously, no children.

Warning: this show contains both beautiful and beastly nudity, and scenes of an explicit sexual nature. Age guidance: 18+

The complete illustrated review is at this link:
http://stagebuddy.com/reviews/review-beauty-beast/

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16. Susan Bee, FF Alumn, at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, opening April 3

Susan Bee
Doomed to Win: Paintings from the Early 1980s
April 3-April 27, 2014
Reception: Thursday, April 3, 6-9 pm

Conversation with Susan Bee and Kat Griefen: Sat., April 12, 4 pm

A.I.R. Gallery
111 Front St. #228
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 255-6651
info@airgallery.org

Curated by Kat Griefen
in association with Accola Griefen Gallery.

Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm

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17. Cheri Gaulke, FF Alumn, at New Roads School, Santa Monica, CA, March 18, 2014

Dear Friends,
Late notice but....March 18th is the big screening of a year's worth of public service announcements produced by the Righteous Conversations Project. I am the Artistic Director of this organization formed three years ago at Harvard-Westlake and now a program of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

The PSA Screening & Gifting Ceremony is tomorrow evening at New Roads School in Santa Monica at 7 pm. It should be a really amazing evening with students from all over the city as well as Holocaust survivor mentors in attendance.

In addition to the regular program in which we will screen and gift 13 very short PSAs, we're honored that filmmaker Amy Ziering will be giving the keynote address on "The Transformational Power of Film and New Media." (Her film, The Invisible War, received an Academy Award nomination and shed light on the important issue of sex abuse in the U.S. Military).

You must RSVP if you'd like to attend to Ilana Ross at Ilana@lamoth.org.

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18. Scott McCarney, FF Alumn, now online at scottmccarney.blogspot.com

smARTnews WINTER 2014 edition is freshly posted and ready for your eyes at scottmccarney.blogspot.com

C O N T E N T S :
A REVIEW + AN EXHIBITION + AN AUCTION + A PUBLICATION
+ LECTURES & WORKSHOPS + A NEW BOOK!

Thanks for clicking.

Scott

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