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Contents for May 29, 2014

1. Lynn Cazabon, FF Alumn, in inClimate, at Bryant Hill Community Garden, The Bronx, June 3-August 31

As the inaugural project of inClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness and Action, artist Lynn Cazabon is coming to the South Bronx on June 3, with her Uncultivated, focusing on the wild plants, aka weeds, of Hunts Point.

Cazabon’s Uncultivated is one of seven projects in inClimate, presented under the auspices of Franklin Furnace, in a citywide exhibition that confronts global warming through art. It calls upon artists, in collaboration with climate change specialists, to find solutions and antidotes for mitigating or adapting to our world's most catastrophic problem. inClimate’s aim is to see the artworks, together with accompanying events, encourage and embolden new and veteran local leaders and community members to build widespread grassroots action on global warming.

Over the period, from June through May 2015, inClimate artists will present work in neighborhoods in three boroughs of New York City—Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. In each case, inClimate is partnering with a not-for-profit community organization or a public school. Curator and organizer Regina Cornwell conceived inClimate.

The Point is inClimate’s partner for Uncultivated. Cazabon and horticulturalist Christa Partain will lead a workshop with a dozen middle school children from The Point’s after school program. The workshop will include lessons on biology, botany, horticulture and climate change, with the focus on edible weeds. The result: creation of a weed garden, composed of edible wild plants that readily grow in the local environment. The youngsters will discover how the plants they thought of as useless were, in their early incarnations, cherished as staple greens for indigenous and immigrant populations, and how, in the face of climate change, they are again becoming welcomed and respected plants.

In her own words, the artist gives us clear insights into Uncultivated: “The focus of my work over the past decade has been on the side effects of human progress, which includes aspects of nature deemed expendable. Uncultivated is focused on plants that are the rats of the plant-world: they are reviled. I consider them to be the shadow of human progress…these plants thrive on the disruption which humans create. In that way, they are the plants that are most like us -- they thrive with us and alongside us….”

Cazabon’s project will also include a photographic survey of the wild plants growing in and around the neighborhood of The Point, especially the area circling Bryant Hill Community Garden—where the beds of local edible weeds will be cultivated--located on Bryant Avenue between Garrison and Seneca Avenues. The artist will add selected images to her ongoing project website for Uncultivated (http://uncultivated.info) along with information on all the plants appearing in her photographs. She will also disseminate the project through commercial displays such as billboards and bus shelter vitrines and on social media platforms.

Uncultivated is an on-going project which Cazabon began in Baltimore and has continued in other cities, including Washington, D.C., Chicago and New Orleans. However, this is the first time she has included a workshop with a community and follow-through with a meal made with the community for its members from the harvested wild plants. Panels and other events planned with the community on Uncultivated and climate change will follow with dates posted later.

When and Where
Visit the Bryant Hill Community Garden in Hunts Point as artist Lynn Cazabon and horticulturalist Christa Partain, lead a workshop with middle-schoolers from The Point! Come and listen in on the workshop from 4:30 to 6:30, June 3, 4 and 5. We will meet at The Point, 940 Garrison, at 4:20, on each day.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 1:00 to 5:00, June through August, watch the plants grow at Bryant Hill. Come see what the kids are cultivating and caring for as they learn about these plants and what place they have within the mounting disasters of climate change.

To arrange your weekend visit to the garden call Lucia Hernandez at 646-232-7132. She will open the gate and direct you to the beds of wild plants we can now call by their real names.

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2. Alicia Grullon, FF Alumn, in inClimate, at Longwood Art Gallery, The Bronx, June 4-August 6

Longwood Art Project, the visual arts program of the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) invites you to the launch of Percent for Green, a project by artist Alicia Grullon, a long-time Bronx resident. She will engage with visitors to Percent for Green with roundtables and other events three days a week from June 4th through August 6th 2014, in the Project Room of Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College. Hers is one of seven projects in inClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness and Action.

Percent for Art, a law in New York City since 1982, sparked an idea for Grullon. When city financing is involved in an eligible building's construction, one percent of that budget must be used to create public art. Grullon reasoned, "why not a green law for the Bronx modeled on Percent for Art?" Such a bill would require that buildings constructed in the Bronx, with financial support from the city, set aside a percentage of their budgets for an environmental fund to serve and protect the environmental needs and rights of the borough's low-income and underserved residents. For example, this fund could be used to repair or replace decaying infrastructure, provide for energy-efficient windows in apartments and homes, attack high levels of air pollution causing asthma, and teach residents how to prepare in the event of climate change extreme events.

Grullon calls her project Percent for Green, not to be confused with the name the legislation might receive, if enacted. The artist's work is to advocate for and see her proposal become law in New York, New York. Of course, any such effort requires legal counsel. After a long search, Grullon found the attorney for her needs. Joel Kupferman is Executive Director of the Environmental Law and Justice Project in New York, New York. and co-chair of the Environmental Justice Committee of the National Lawyers Guild.

Grullon has added a key process to her work. As she envisions it, if enacted, the green law must state that the people of the Bronx will decide how best these environmental funds will be used, what democratic body will make specific decisions and how they will be selected. This will eliminate top-down decision-making for deploying the money. Her roundtables and other events beginning at Longwood Gallery will serve such democratic ends.

From June 4th through August 6th, the artist will welcome Bronxites and others to participate in Percent for Green on several evenings, from 6:00 to 8:00 and three afternoons a week from 1:00 to 4:00 for events, as follows:
Tuesday Evening Round Tables: Bring your questions, concepts, and concerns for lively discussions with urban planners, economists, lawyers, and environmental activists who are there to hear your queries and ideas and respond.

Tuesday Evening Screenings: Watch videos on topics from the economy to women and environmentalism and interviews with international figures offering fresh views on social and environmental changes in other cultures. Afterwards, participate in conversations about what you've seen and heard.

Action Mondays: Bring your concerns about the Bronx to the gallery! The artist will assist you in writing letters to local officials and/or searching helpful resources. Be prepared to brainstorm and work.

Talk Tuesdays: Come talk with the artist about new findings on climate change, urban agriculture, peak water, etc.

Open Thursdays: It's YOUR space from 1-4! Submit a clear and concise *program you would like to plan and organize (200 words--English or Spanish) to percentforgreen@gmail.com or call 718.518.6728, leave your name and number. Examples: create a nutrition workshop, cooking classes follow; swap and trade to save the environment.

*Religious topics or agendas cannot be considered due to the religious neutrality of the space and the diversity of the participating visitors.

Percent for Green is one of seven works in inClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness and Action, a project that opens in June 2014 and continues through May 2015. inClimate is based on the conviction that art and culture can reach communities that are underserved by governments, particularly when it comes to information about global warming and protection against its growing dangers. Each artist or group is working with a climate change specialist. The project is taking place in partnership with community organizations or public schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, under the auspices of Franklin Furnace and its founding director Martha Wilson. Curator Regina Cornwell conceived inClimate. Franklin Furnace gratefully acknowledges support for inClimate from The Compton Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Artist: Alicia Grullon is a Bronx-based artist creating socially engaged projects and performance art pieces. She focuses on topics dealing with activism, urbanism, the environment, memory, identity and language manifested in a variety of forms. Citizen action movements have had a strong influence on her.

Grullon's work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, Marccone and BRIC Galleries, among others. A recipient of a Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art award, she has completed artists' residencies for the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Korea Arts Council and in Kassel Germany. Grullon holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. www.aliciagrullon.com

About the Curator: Regina Cornwell is the Curator and Organizer of inClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness and Action. She also conceived the project. She brings to it her knowledge of art and media through years of writing and publishing in art magazines and elsewhere, teaching on the college and university levels, lecturing in museums, and organizing exhibitions. Cornwell combines this expertise with a decade immersed in climate change and writing about those who have experienced it first hand, particularly women. She has received three writing awards. Cornwell received climate change training in 2013, with the Climate Reality Project, initiated by Al Gore, who also teaches part of the program. With this training, she is making climate change presentations to people of all ages in and around NYC.

Tuesday Evening Roundtables and Screenings:

June 10: "Summit" and Opening 6:00 to 8:00 pm

June 17: Climate Change presentation by Curator Regina Cornwell with audience discussion following. 6:00 to 8:00 pm

The other Tuesday evenings and their round table participants are still to be confirmed.

Directions: By train: 2,4 or 5 to 149th & Grand Concourse. By Bus: BX 1, 2 or 19 to 149th & Grand Concourse.

Funding for this project has been made possible through a grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the Department of Cultural Affairs greater New York Arts Development Fund Program, as well as with funds from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.

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3. Renate Bertlmann, AA Bronson, Carolee Schneemann, Martha Wilson, Francesca Woodman, FF Alumns, at Austrian Cultural Forum of New York, Manhattan, opening June 17

Exhibition:
SELF-TIMER STORIES

JUN 18 - SEP 8, 2014
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street, New York

JUN 17 | EXHIBITION OPENING
6PM - 8PM (no RSVP req'd)

CURATOR: Felicitas THUN-HOHENSTEIN
EXHIBITION DESIGN: Dorit MARGREITER

ARTISTS: AA BRONSON, Renate BERTLMANN, Katrina DASCHNER, Carola DERTNIG, VALIE EXPORT, Sharon HAYES, Matthias HERRMANN, Birgit JÜRGENSSEN, Friedl KUBELKA, Roberta LIMA, Anja MANFREDI, Dorit MARGREITER, Michaela MOSCOUW, Laurel NAKADATE, Lilo NEIN, Carolee SCHNEEMANN, Peter WEIBEL, Hans WEIGAND, Martha WILSON, Francesca WOODMAN

This group exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, titled Self-Timer Stories, shows works from the Federal Austrian Photography Collection - situated in the Museum der Moderne Salzburg - in interplay with international positions from the field of extended photography.

The leitmotif of this exhibition is the creation of a self-portrait via self-timer. This practice, popular both in everyday life and in art, reciprocates with technical developments and shows itself in the release cables appearing in the compositions, the digital remote-control release, or the extended hand. In the moment of the camera's clicking (which is even artificially reproduced in digital photography) the "I as self-timer" becomes prevalent and thus marks the relationship of subject and world, which has always been inseparably linked with the media.

The choice of the medium for publishing self-portraits - mere photography, slide show, or as a book - makes the private matter shown therein public. In contemporary social media intimate and personal matters, which people wish to present and put on display, ultimately are only staged and performed for the camera. The publication of the private, also in autobiographies, harbors a moment of fictionalization.
Therefore, the exhibition demonstrates how discourses on identity and photography in de-fixation mode, which do not necessarily focus on the subjects but rather the relationship between image and gaze, can be used as an emancipatory artistic tool to intervene in visual politics.
The opening reception for Self-Timer Stories will take place on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 6PM to 8PM. Admission is free. The exhibition will be accompanied by a supporting program, ranging from performance, and film, to academia:

TUE, JUN 17, 6PM For the exhibition opening Martha Wilson will perform a re-enactment of her work Self Portrait (1973).
WED, JUN 18, 7PM The evening of June 18 will feature a concert by the legendary DISBAND and a book presentation of the brand-new anthology, Performing the Sentence: Research and Teaching in Performative Fine Arts (Sternberg Press, 2014) by editors Carola Dertnig and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein and series editor Andrea B. Braidt.
THU, JUN 19, 7:30PM The exhibition's supporting program will continue on June 19 with a screening of Fuses and Plumb Line by Carolee Schneemann followed by a panel discussion with the artist.

Visit www.acfny.org/event/selftimer-stories-1 for more information.

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4. Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 26

The New York Times
Theater Review
If Chairs Could Talk? These Can
A Puppet Theater Response to Ionesco in 'The Chairs'
By KEN JAWOROWSKI
MAY 26, 2014

Even when I wasn't sure what I was seeing in "The Chairs," I always liked what I saw. This "puppet theater response" to Eugene Ionesco's absurdist play is by turns potent, perplexing, inspiring and weird. Consistently, though, it's quite engaging to watch.
In Ionesco's tragic farce, an old couple usher in throngs of invisible guests, offering them myriad chairs to await an important announcement. The proclamation never arrives: Broadly speaking, the play is a meditation on the meaninglessness of existence and the futility of communication.

This piece at La MaMa, conceived and directed by Theodora Skipitares, features the old woman in the guise of a 10-foot-tall puppet and without her mate, and the chairs don't go unused. Each stands in for a real person who gives a synopsis of his or her passions and ideas. Some sections of the monologues are delivered by the subject's recorded voice; others are read by narrators who sit onstage.

An abstract puppet representing the physicist Stephen Hawking marvels over the universe. Members of Pussy Riot roar about rebellion. A fast-food worker describes his toils, as does an auto repairman, who is embodied by a chair made of car parts. Nelson Mandela, Gertrude Stein, Ai Weiwei and Sister Wendy also make statements. Unlike Ionesco's quiet clan, this diverse crew has a lot to say about life, much of it meaningful.
Ms. Skipitares, who has used puppets to expound on classical Greek plays, takes a chance by delving into a modern script. Her gamble usually pays off. The stories are well chosen and edited, while the visuals (chairs dangling above the stage, uncanny lighting) and music (by Alice Tolan-Mee with Sxip Shirey) are beguiling.

Only a meandering start mars the show. Some of that may have been a result of the absence of Judith Malina, who narrates onstage the role of the old woman. On the night I attended, Ms. Malina appeared in a recorded performance instead. Even so, the opening of this 70-minute play could use sharpening.

That slow introduction aside, "The Chairs" is wonderfully accessible. And here and there, when the meaning behind one of its beautiful images isn't immediately clear, that's O.K., too. As in life, not every moment might make sense at first. Some things need time to sink in.
"The Chairs" continues through June 8 at La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East Fourth Street, East Village; 212-475-7710, lamama.org.
A version of this review appears in print on May 27, 2014, on page C2 of the New York edition with the headline: If Chairs Could Talk? These Can.

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5. Robert Longo, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 23

The New York Times
T Magazine
After Hours | A Family-Style Fete to Honor Robert Longo
Culture
By TIM MURPHY
May 23, 2014 11:30 am

The venerable Manhattan art space the Kitchen held a gala last night at Cipriani Wall Street in honor of the artist Robert Longo.

The New York artist Robert Longo may be most famous for his black-and-white Men in the Cities images of the early '80s - which became such icons of yuppiedom that they appeared in Patrick Bateman's apartment in the film adaptation of "American Psycho." Like other New York art-world royalty, including Cindy Sherman, Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Laurie Anderson and Vito Acconci, he has long been a champion of the 43-year-old arts space The Kitchen, where he worked as a video curator for four years beginning in 1977.

Last night at its spring gala at Cipriani Wall Street, the Kitchen honored Longo, whose current exhibition at Metro Pictures closes today. After performances by Jones (accompanied by the musicians Vernon Reid and Daniel Roumain) and the actor-singer Barbara Sukowa (Longo's wife) with the band Viking, Longo set a goofy, relaxed tone by coming to the dais with a bright red sound-effects gadget, making it emit a wolf whistle in honor of both Sukowa and Sherman, his old art-school friend from 1970s Buffalo who was sitting at his table.

Longo then related how, when he moved to New York and got hired at the Kitchen, his father asked, "Four years in art school and now you're a chef?" Actually, the Kitchen really did begin in an actual kitchen - of the now defunct Mercer Arts Center, which famously collapsed in 1973. So it seemed appropriate to ask guests about their own kitchens.

"I have a really nice one," Longo himself told me, acknowledging that it was small but boasted honed marble counters. His last meal in there was celery root baked with truffle oil, cooked by his wife.

Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, who performed with his new act, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band), said that he and his wife had just relocated to L.A., so they had barely anything in their new kitchen. Pretty much the only thing he'd prepared there was some tabbouleh. He described it as "medical mint green."

"Mine's green too!" interjected Longo. "It's a Sicilian ivory mint I saw in a villa once."
The artist Xaviera Simmons said the last thing she'd made in her kitchen was a raw vegan basil pesto with almonds and ghost chile peppers. Tim Griffin, who heads the Kitchen, said, "I'm in love with my kitchen. I have an island and an amazing new G.E. Café Range." Last meal made: Organic fish sticks, for his kid. The venerable video artist Joan Jonas, who will represent the U.S. at the 2015 Venice Biennale, spoke of her fondness for the German pottery she keeps in her SoHo kitchen, where she recently baked cod with mango for friends.

All of the art-world wattage in the room was eclipsed, however, by an appearance from Monica Lewinsky, who recently made waves with an essay in Vanity Fair. She was a huge fan of Longo and was honored to be invited. "My kitchen is totally neglected!" she moaned. But she said that her favorite appliance in it was her lime-green Kitchenaid food processor, which she last used to make a ginger-molasses spice cake.

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6. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 25

The New York Times
Side Street
A Role That Blurs the Line Between Drama and Reality
By DAVID GONZALEZ MAY 25, 2014

Grandma Angelina Nunzio weaves through Times Square in her wheelchair, pushed by a rubber-faced, spiky-haired groomsman and trailed by dozens of revelers on their way to a wedding reception. Like a queen with a scepter, she waves a cane with a dangling red plastic horn.
"Touch the horn!" she shouts to puzzled passers-by. "Touch it! It's good luck in Sicily."
The procession makes its way down to a basement banquet room on 44th Street. Grandma, rejuvenated, goes from table to table, hugging, kissing, joking. To some, she leans in and confesses: "You know, I've never been sick a day in my life. Never."
That is acting.

Grandma is the stout, earthy matriarch of the Nunzio family, one of the clans being united in "Tony n' Tina's Wedding," the Off Broadway show in which the audience members are treated as guests of the families. But Annie Lanzillotto, who portrays her, has not been as lucky with her own health as Grandma has with hers. For the last 33 years she has been a "cancer person," as she called herself, starting with a diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma when she was 18 and thyroid cancer in 1997. In January, a tumor was removed from her armpit.

Her immune system is compromised. Her resolve is not.

"It's healing to say I've never been sick and believe it," she said. "I've thought a lot about what I want to do with my God-given time. I can't retreat into isolation and live a protected life because I might get sick from being in touch with people.

"At this point in my life as a New Yorker," she continued, "I'd rather risk interacting with hundreds of people than retreat to some imaginary zone where I have less contact and am supposedly protected."

Joe Corcoran, the original producer of "Tony n' Tina's Wedding," can relate, because he survived lung cancer. He had been gearing up to mount a 25th anniversary run when he met Ms. Lanzillotto through his wife, who had taken a theater workshop with her. They hit it off.

"We had similar journeys," he said. "We immediately connected."
For all the show's over-the-top antics, what he and the cast most aim for is to blur reality and drama.

"The show is about intimacy," he said. "Annie connects. It's not just this crazy wedding, but how we relate to each other. We're all regular people who want the best for our family."

Regular is relative. The show is a familiar flashback for anyone whose grandparents came from the hills of Sicily or Puerto Rico and settled into Bronx apartments where the furniture was sheathed in plastic, or bought boxy brick houses with tiny backyard gardens. Where Sunday meals were an all-day affair conducted in two languages. You can relate if you ever went to a reception at Luigi's in the Bronx - or Alex and Henry's in Scarsdale, for the social combers among you - where waiters emerged from the kitchen swirling through the crowds holding plates aloft while the band played "Volare."
Ms. Lanzillotto, 50, drew deep on her experiences to play Grandma, basing the character on her grandmother, mother and "every tough woman I knew growing up in the Bronx," she said. Inside her beaded purse, Grandma carries a flip-out folder of old pictures, some of Ms. Lanzillotto's actual relatives, as well as condoms and a bag of butterscotch candies.

"Some people cry when they get the candy," she said. "It reminds them of childhood."

She goes even deeper to explain that kind of reaction. She sees the play as akin to commedia dell'arte, a form of Italian theater in which actors assume - or "inherit," she said - a role, are presented with a situation and then improvise. She is fond of talking about one famous figure in commedia, Pulcinella, a beak-nosed, black-masked character dressed in white.

"Pulcinella cries after eating pasta," Ms. Lanzillotto said. "You don't know why, but he does. I tried to do it as Grandma, and it's difficult. I aspire to do that one day at the reception, when she'll sit down and cry when the pasta evokes her dead husband or the gravy evokes the ancestors."

That's if she sits down. During the reception, she spends most of it going from table to table, talking with total strangers. She hauls people out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. Bathed in colored lights, they twirl, laugh and hug.

There have been quiet moments, too, when she sits alongside someone whose health or energy was sapped. "Having dealt with cancer for 33 years, I'm attuned to people at the reception who have scars, who have vulnerabilities," Ms. Lanzillotto said. "I know suffering. I know vulnerability."

Her encounters - on the dance floor or at a table - end the same way. With a smile, she walks off, shouting above the music, "I love you!"

She's not acting. She's living.

A version of this article appears in print on May 26, 2014, on page A16 of the New York edition with the headline: A Role That Blurs the Line Between Drama and Reality.

This article, complete with photograph, is online at the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/26/nyregion/blurring-the-line-between-drama-and-reality.html

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7. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, opening June 11

Hi Friends and Colleagues, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring!

My upcoming site-specific installation, ECCENTRIC STIMULI, at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio TX, opens June 11 - August 17, 2014. Commissioned by the McNay Art Museum, the installation is part of a group exhibition entitled Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, organized by René Paul Barilleaux, the McNay's Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945. The exhibition will travel to the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio in January, 2015. Other artists included in the exhibition are: Jose Alvarez, Kamrooz Aram, Charles Burwell, Annette Davidek, Fausto Fernandez, Nancy Lorenz, Ryan McGinness, Beatriz Milhazes, Jiha Moon, Rex Ray, Rosalyn Schwartz, Susan Chrysler White.
Beauty Reigns is accompanied by an illustrated book that includes two essays by Lilly Wei, Stephen Westfall and biographical and interpretative texts on each of the artists are authored by Barilleaux. I hope you'll have a chance to check it out!
The Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition, "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" is currently being shown at The Frost Museum, Miami, Florida thru June 22. The catalog for the show has just been published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, with essays by E. Carmen Ramos, and introduction by Tomás Ybarra-Frausto.

Best, Paul

Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting
McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(201) 824-5368
e: phr@paulhenryramirez.com
www.paulhenryramirez.com

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8. Fiona Templeton, FF Alumn, at Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan, May 29

Book Party for
Fiona Templeton's
THE MEDEAD

Thursday May 29th 2014 6-9pm
at Jimmy's No. 43 back room
43 East 7th Street, New York NY 10009
Belladonna, Roof Books and The Relationship invite you to celebrate the publication of Fiona Templeton's epic performance cycle, The Medead. With video and a short reading.
The book is published by Roof and available from Small Press Distribution

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9. Hector Canonge, FF Alumn, in Europe, thru June 2

Hector Canonge presents "CONeKTOR" in various Eastern European capital cities.
May 24th to June 2nd, 2014
Krakow-Poland, Budapest-Hungary, Bratislava-Slovakia, Vienna-Austria, Prague-Czech Republic, Dresden-Germany
Continuing with his presentations in Berlin during the Month of Performance Art, Hector Canonge launches "CONeKTOR," an on the go, experimental project with performances, collaborations, meetings, and dialogue with local artists in art spaces and public sites in six European countries. The series of Live-Actions in the cities of Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, and Dresden will take place over a period of 12 days with the participation of artists, curators, art administrators, and interested audiences.

"CONeKTOR" is a call for -ACTION NOW- based on site-specific reactions to various spheres in the public realm, and on the nomadic stream of consciousness that unknown geographies represent. Based on the project, the artist proposes to extend the initiative at his return to the United States and then in various Latin American countries at the end of 2014.
To follow the online content, visit: www.hectorcanonge.net

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10. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, in Schoharie County, NY, May 31 - July 31.

The Center for Sustainable Rural Communities (CSRC) announces an exhibit by Woodstock area artist, activist and founder of the art movement "funism," Norm Magnusson. Cast aluminum sculptures that look like historical markers have been installed along busy thoroughfares in Sharon Springs, Schoharie and Richmondville. Instead of commemorating a civil war battle or the birthplace of a famous person, the sculptures highlight a contemporary social or political issue, adding the weight of historical importance to today's concerns.

An exhibit opening and talk by the artist will be held on Saturday May 31st at hive gallery on Main Street in Schoharie from 7-9 PM. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and maps showing the location of the sculptures will be available.

For more information, visit the event's site here: http://publicservicepublicart.blogspot.com/

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11. Roberley Bell, FF Alumn, at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, June 5

deCordova
Sculpture Park and Museum
Roberley Bell, The Shape of the Afternoon, 2014.

About the Exhibition

DeCordova's Rappaport Roof Terrace and adjacent gallery will be transformed into a
fantastical faux sculpture garden in PLATFORM 13: Roberley Bell, The Shape of the
Afternoon. Amoeba-shaped Astroturf, real and fake flowers, abstracted bird decoys,
plastic fruit, resin planters, and Blob sculptures will come together in Bell's colorful
comingling of nature and its synthetic counterpart. In addition to her outdoor
gardenscape, the artist will also remodel the interior gallery into a domestic scene
with plush carpet, painted walls, and a shelf displaying a still-life tableau.

Related Programming
Meet the Artist: Roberley Bell
Thursday, June 5, 6:30 pm
Join artist Roberley Bell for a discussion of how her project explores issues of
gardening, design, the great outdoors, and the world of fine art and sculpture.
Moderated by Assistant Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan.
$10 I Free for Members. Registration is required.

Conversation with a Curator
Sunday, August 24, 4 pm
Koch Curatorial Fellow Samantha Cataldo discusses PLATFORM 13: Roberley Bell,
The Shape of the Afternoon.

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12. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Barbes, Brooklyn, May 29, and more

Hello friends,

Exciting new duos with Jessica Lurie and Leslie Ross. See all the details below and I hope to see you somewhere along the path. Enjoy the Spring!

Terry Dame's Weird Wednesdays on Thursdays at Barbes
THURSDAY, May 29 @7:30pm
Episode XVl - Weird Winds
Barbes
376 9th St @ 6th Ave
Brooklyn
http://www.barbesbrooklyn.com/

I'm really excited about this one folks. WW Episode XVl = Weird Winds. Featuring guest artists Stefan Zeniuk and Jessica Lurie.
Stefan, the guy who brings you the flame shooting bari sax will present the world premiere of the "Claribox", a one-of-a-kind electro-acoustic sound machine, incorporating finger-percussion, various wind-resonators, a tiny synthesizer, and of course a souped-up super-clarinet. All performed within a single small box of wonders.
Wind wizard Jessica Lurie will join me for some weird wind duets on all kinds of horns and wind powered oddities manipulated with electronics and whatnot.
There may also be a surprise appearance by members of the Weird Windsday Ensemble!!!! It's gonna be a good one.

Acoustic Formulae
Friday, May 30th 7:30pm
Reverse Gallery
http://reversespace.org/
I'll be performing an improvised duet with Leslie Ross, amazing musician, bassoon maker, instrument inventor. We will be performing on a specially designed interactive performance platform.
"Acoustic formulae" brings together a group of sound artists who work with formulas as outsets for improvisation. Tricot's (Thessia Machado and Merche Blasco) installationre(p)l(a)y is a sculptural platform that acts as a dynamic score instrument for the exchange of musical events in electroacoustic improvisation. Composed of a system of motors and pulleys, re(p)l(a)y allows artists/musicians to exchange instructions and direct each other while playing.
*If you are receiving this email it is because you signed a mailing list of Terry Dame or Electric Junkyard Gamelan and are a fan of new music, invented instruments and creative experimentation. If this does not describe you and you wish to be removed please send a kind email with subject:Please remove to terry@terrydame.com and asked to be removed. I will do so as soon as is humanly possible for me. Thanks for your consideration.

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13. David Khang, FF Alumn, at A Space Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, thru June 14

Dear Friends,

Please note the information below on an upcoming exhibition + performance in Toronto.
If you are in town and available on the following dates,
I would be honoured if you could attend either the opening night/performance, or the exhibition.
Of course please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested.

Hope to see some (or all) of you very soon.

David

Wrong Place / Mauvais Endroit / Lugar Incorrecto / 틀린 장소 2014
UPCOMING exhibition @ A Space Gallery
401 Richmond St., Suite 110, Toronto Ontario, M5V 3A8, (416)979-9633, Tuesday to Friday, 11-5, Saturday 12-5.
Exhibition: May 16 - June 14, 2014
Opening reception: Friday May 16, 6 - 8pm; Performance: 7pm
Exhibition essay by Dina Al-Kassim
http://www.davidkhang.com/?pg=sprj&pid=121
Wrong Place / Mauvais Endroit / Lugar Incorrecto /틀린 장소is an ongoing series of site-specific public works that are performative.
By researching geopolitical histories, seemingly disparate political events are 'remixed' - cross-culturally and linguistically.
Performed in various international sites - Nicosia (Cyprus), Santiago (Chile), Valdivia (Chile), Mexico City (Mexico), Edmonton and Montréal -
each iteration centres on an iconic public speech, which is translated, then enunciated in multiple languages.

The result, at once dissonant and consonant, is intended to question our historic amnesia, and to trigger a re-imagining of their historical interconnectedness and continuing relevance to contemporary culture and geopolitics. At A Space Gallery, the work becomes a multimedia installation based on the original performances: painted military fatigue, flag-like photographs, a bicycle-powered mini-tank, and videodocumentation of the original site-specific performances.

www.davidkhang.com

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14. Max Gimblett, FF Alumn, at Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, NZ, May 27

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please join us for the opening of The Gold Thread at Gow Langsford Gallery, May 27th, 5-7PM. Max will be in attendence.
Very best wishes,

Matt Jones
Studio Manager
Max Gimblett Studio
www.maxgimblett.com
Gow Langsford Gallery Lorne St
Max Gimblett
The Gold Thread
28 May - 21 June 2014
Preview Tuesday 27 May, 5-7pm

The Gold Thread is a new collection of work from the Max Gimblett studio in New York. The colourful gilded works in their tropical colours are spiritual and alive, with acid palettes and bold, clear brushwork. The dark works, in contrast, are more serious. Studio manager, Matt Jones, describes them as 'answers to questions', they've decided what's right and what's wrong. The gold and silver works represent individualism; they are old magicians, as though heading for retirement, leaving behind their alchemy.
The perspectival grids add a unique time and place to the works. The grids are different to the strokes and the rich build-up of gestural colour, instead the flashy light of the gridded metal zips our eyes in a filmic manner across the picture and back again, over and over; a car racing through space.

Max Gimblett is a prominent New Zealand painter. His philosophies and practices encompass influences as varied as Abstract Expressionism, Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology and ancient cultures.
In 2009 Gimblett became one of the first New Zealand artists to have an artwork exhibited in the Guggenheim in New York. Lion (1985) was included in an exhibition titled The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989. The piece hung next to works by international heavyweight artists such as Robert Motherwell, James Whistler, Robert Rauschenberg, Nam June Paik, John Cage and Yoko Ono and is now part of the Museum's permanent collection.

His international significance was further cemented with his inclusion in another major exhibition in the United States, this time at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2011. The exhibition The Word of God, was a series of one-person shows representing each of the world's five major religions; Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. Gimblett was the representative of Buddhism.

Born in New Zealand, Gimblett has been primarily based in New York since 1972, and continues to exhibit regularly in both locations. This mix of cultures and aesthetics is evident in Gimblett's work, which consists largely of object based paintings. His shaped canvases convey various associations and meanings connected to the oval, rectangle, tondo, keystone, and the quatrefoil, for which Gimblett is most recognised. The use of the quatrefoil refers to a multiplicity of meanings as it dates back to pre-Christian times and is found in both Western and Eastern religions symbolising such objects as a rose, window, cross and lotus.

www.maxgimblett.com

www.gowlangsfordgallery.com

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15. Jennifer Monson, FF Alumn, across NYC, thru June 2

Movement Research partners with iLAND
for the SPRING FESTIVAL + iLAND SYMPOSIUM

The Movement Research Spring Festival in collaboration with iLAND begins tomorrow!

Below is information about the upcoming events as well as volunteer and intern opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you this week. Please pass the information along!

curatorial statement
A fallow field is one that is plowed - it is prepared but then left open.
fallow time is a festival that invites emptiness or the unanticipated. The festival is prepared space and time for open action, or inaction, to take place. It creates a platform for participation, intergenerational meetings and intersectionality to support all bodies in their creative potential.
We are providing time for concrete and insubstantial ideas to be tested, to take hold and grow...or fail. fallow time is a time of rest, where unexpected actions and materials make contact and allow for new forms and systems to flourish: a chance for us to be together that is not dictated by any need to produce.

The festival examines both urban ecologies and artistic production in our society. Inviting the multiple meanings of sustainability to rub against a range of creative practices, we will enact scenarios for thriving in our increasingly unpredictable environment.

fallow time allows us to ground ourselves and to recuperate the values that are so central to dance: the values of the body to listen, feed, touch, see, taste, deliver, heal, digest, produce, die.

schedule of events
TUESDAY MAY 27
iLAND SYMPOSIUM
Through Earth, Through Body, Through Speech

workshop 11am-3pm Free
location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Meet at the north end of the Unisphere

performance 4-6pm Free
location: Queens Museum of Art

WEDNESDAY + THURSDAY MAY 28-29

REST-WALK-DRAW-FISH-TALK-MOVE-REST
all day and night Free
RSVP required for those staying the night
location: Floyd Bennett Field

FRIDAY MAY 30 : DAY

4 Workshops $5 suggested donation for each
location for all workshops: ISSUE Project Room

Voice as Movement with Peter Sciscioli
10-11:45am

Geometries of Recognition with Rachel Levitsky and Christian Hawkey of the Office of Recuperative Strategies
12-1:45 pm RSVP recommended

Empty Bodies with Jamie Ortega
2-3:30pm

Geographic Translations with Thabiso Heccius Pule and Thami Manekehla
3:30-5pm

FRIDAY MAY 30 : NIGHT

Geographic Translations Walk 7pm Free
Led by South African artists and activists, Thabiso Heccius Pule and Thami Manekehla*
Procession starts at City Hall Park

Prepared Field 8pm $5 suggested donation
location: Issue Project Room
performers: Lily Gold, Macklin Kowal, Zavé Martohardjono, Honey McMoney, Panoply Performance Laboratory and Dreary Somebody, Anthony Rosado, and Claywood Schraard. Films by all of you.

SATURDAY MAY 31

11am-1pm Artist to Artist
$5 suggested donation
RSVP recommended

2-4pm Sensing to Know/ /Analyzing to Imagine: a talk and walk exploring the dual perspective of the artist-scientist / iLAND SYMPOSIUM
Free
location: ISSUE Project Room

SUNDAY JUNE 1

novel ecosystems Free
12-2pm and 3-5pm
location: The Border and an open lot
participants: Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani / Buscada, Mariana Castañeda-Lopez, Wendell Cooper | Complex Stability, wanda gala, Luke George, Rena Mande, Jan Mun, Jill Slater, Andres Toro, Adaku Utah, Melissa West and others.

MONDAY JUNE 2

Closing Performance - Humanure Free
location: Judson Church 8pm
Performances by Ellen Fisher, Sondra Loring and Pile of Shit

*Thabiso Pule & Thami Manekehla's participation is funded by the Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts as part of the Africa and Middle East Cultural Partnerships Program, supported by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

call for volunteers

Tuesday May 27 11am - 3pm (Queens Museum)
Tuesday May 27 3pm-6pm (Queens Museum)
Friday May 30 9am-12pm (campsite at Floyd Bennett Field)
Friday May 30 9:30am-2pm (Issue Project Room)
Friday May 30 1:30pm-5pm (Issue Project Room)
Friday May 30 11:30am-3:30pm (Bushwick)
Friday May 30 7pm-11pm (Issue Project Room)
Saturday, May 31 10am-2pm (Issue Project Room)
Saturday May 31 1pm-4pm (Issue Project Room)
Sunday, June 1 11:30-2:30 (Bushwick)
Sunday, June 1 2:30-5:30 (Bushwick)
Monday, June 2 5pm-9pm (Judson)
internship opportunity
iLAND is currently seeking a summer intern who is interested in spending 5-10 hours per week with the iLAND community, staff + board in the implementation and realization of iLANDing. As a marketing + program assistant, responsibilities will include hands-on assistance and documentation for the iLANDing Laboratories, database and archival work as well as web-based outreach through various platforms.

To apply:
please send a resume and cover letter
outlining relevant experience and motivation for application
to info@ilandart.org.
Copyright (c) 2014 iLAND, Inc., All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
iLAND, Inc.
140 Second Avenue
Suite 404
New York, NY 10003

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16. Neal Medlyn, FF Alumn, at Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany, thru June 12

Hi everyone!

It's me, Neal Medlyn! I have some news I wanted to share because it's very exciting for me.

As you may or may not know, since 2005, when I did a show called "Neal Medlyn's Lionel Richie Opera" at a bar in the East Village as part of a weekly show I had that regularly drew between 3 and 5 audience members, I have been making a series of shows built around the music, ideas, myths and lives of a series of pop stars.

I took their songs and anything else about them I was interested in, mixed in a bunch of hagiographic, mythical, literary, personal, religious, cultural and other things and ended up making what I decided was a finite, seven-show long series of performances:

The "Lionel Richie Opera", "Coming in the Air Tonight", "Unpronounceable Symbol", "...Her's a Queen", "Brave New Girl", "Wicked Clown Love", and "King."

I made some other shows built around pop stars too: two separate Kanye West shows (one was a dramatic reading of his blog posts, the other was a dance concert set to "808s and Heartbreak"), an R. Kelly cabaret show, a reenactment of a Beyonce concert DVD, a short show called "The Pocket Whitney" about Whitney Houston where I think I played a saxophone trapped under a mattress.. I think there were some others too....

Not sure why I'm bringing those up, though, because they weren't part of the series. The series all had common themes, elements, text, characters, etc....

Anyway, all of this is a very, very long way of telling you that we are now getting to do ALL SEVEN of The Pop Star Series shows in June, in Hamburg, Germany and I'm very excited about it.

We'll be doing slightly updated and mildly adapted versions of the "Lionel Richie Opera", "Coming in the Air Tonight", "Unpronounceable Symbol", "...Her's a Queen", "Brave New Girl", "Wicked Clown Love", and "King" starring myself, Carmine Covelli and Farris Craddock and receiving technical assistance from Karen Walcott and Madeline Best.

So if yr in Germany, you know, come see it!
http://www.kampnagel.de/de/programm/pop-stars-series-vol-1-6/?datum=&id_datum=2381

If not, thanks for reading!

Neal

PS - While I'm at it, I'd like to thank everyone who ever made any of these shows possible: all the venues, the curators, the tech staffs (staves?), cast members, collaborators, grant organizations, friends, family, and also Halloween Adventure. Thanks you guys!!

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17. David Cale, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, June 5-27

Every week in June I'll be performing a 45 minute set of unfettered new songs, monologues and stories in the informal and tiny Lounge at Dixon Place, beginning on Thursday June 5 at 7:30 p.m., and happening again on Thursday June 12, Friday June 20 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. This week I'll read a new story, SEAN THE LOCAL BISEXUAL, sing a new song or two from the new 600 Highwaymen show I'm working on, do a little something from my new solo, THE HISTORY OF KISSES, and a piece from DEEP IN A DREAM OF YOU. There's a sweet bar there. It'll be super casual. Each week it'll probably be different. And I wanted it to be free so it's also...FREE! If yer feelin' so inclined, drop by! http://dixonplace.org/performances/cuz-i-just-got-to-be-me-free/

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18. Irina Danilova and Hiram Levy, FF Alumns, at Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, May 30-June 1

Dear friends,

We are participating in Bushwick Open Studios this weekend.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-10pm

Studio 3 (2nd Floor), 566 Johnson Ave.

Hope to see you there.

hiramandirina

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19. James Godwin, R. Sikoryak, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, June 4

Dixon Place presents

CAROUSEL
Cartoon Slide Shows and other projected pictures, hosted by R. Sikoryak

Gag cartoons, educational filmstrips, autobio comics, shadow projections, live music, and much more by
Americans UK
Brian Dewan
Emily Flake
James Godwin
Sam Henderson
Peter Kuper
Connie Sun

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC

Tickets:
$12 (advance)

$15 (at the door)

$10 (students/seniors)
or TDF

Advance tickets & info:
www.dixonplace.org
(212) 219-0736
More info:
http://carouselslideshow.com

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

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20. Betty Beaumont, FF Alumn, at Whitebox Art Center, Manhattan, opening June 1

"China: June 4, 1989"

The 25th Anniversary Exhibition in Commemoration of The Tiananmen Square 1989 Student Movement June 1 - June 10, 2014

Whitebox Art Center
329 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002
Gallery hours:
Weekdays: 11am-6pm
Weekends: 12pm-6pm

Opening: all day Sun. June 1
Opening Reception:
Sun. June 1 5pm-8pm
Closing Party:
Tues. June 10 5pm-7pm

Internationally recognized artist Betty Beaumont will not let us forget. Beaumont's work, Pierced Through the Heart (1989), is her response to the Tiananmen Square massacre.

A granite block engraved with the text 'Forever In Our Hearts' was dropped through a hollow core wooden door painted red. The heavy block violently splintered the wood, creating a ruptured scene. The block was then placed in front of the upright panel's
gaping hole. Beaumont's installation Pierced Through the Heart, first showcased at MOMA PS 1 in the Asian American Art Center's year-long exhibition on the Tiananmen Square Student Movement (1989), will be re-presented at Whitebox on the 25th anniversary of the uprising and massacre of students in Tiananmen Square.

The Asian American Arts Centre presents "China: June 4, 1989", the 25th Anniversary
Exhibition at Whitebox Art Center, 329 Broome Street, NY, NY 10002, between June 1
and June 10, 2014.

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21. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Nighthawk Cinema, Brooklyn, June 16, and more

Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn
in attendance with JD Samson (curator) @ Northside Festival screens
Dyketactics with Heavenly Creatures at Nighthawk Cinema, Williamsburg
136 Metropolitan Avenue
JUNE 16, 9:45
Dyketactics
Directed by Barbara Hammer
4min/1974/USA/English
Born in Los Angeles but a New Yorker by choice, Barbara Hammer is a whole genre unto herself. Her pioneering 1974 short film Dyketactics, a four-minute, hippie wonder consisting of frolicking naked women in the countryside, broke new ground for its exploration of lesbian identity, desire and aesthetic. Abdellatif Kechiche, director of last year's sexually sensationalist Blue Is the Warmest Colour, might have done better if he had taken a leaf out of Hammer's book. Hammer calls the film her 'lesbian commercial'.
- Selina Robertson, "Ten Great Lesbian Films"
(http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-lesbian-films)
http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/movie/heavenly-creaturesshort/
and
JUNE 21
http://basilicahudson.com/basilica-screenings-june-2/
DYKETACTICS AND OTHER 70S FILMS
Barbara Hammer in person, 75 min
Special Hudson Pride Event
Basiliica
110 South Front Street
Hudson, NY 12534
518-822-1050
info@basilicahudson.com

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22. Kabir Carter, FF Alumn, at GAK, Bremen, Germany, June 14

Performances I-X is a durational work presented in ten parts. Its sound comes from the collision and blurring of a microphone against architecture, space, and my own body. Listeners can observe my execution of different movements with a wired microphone-walking, running, throwing, dropping, and swinging. As I physically generate and shape both familiar and unexpected auditory events, the work's cumulative parts sound a variably loud and soft collapse into the reflective planes of interior space and the textured folds of fabric and flesh.

Kabir Carter
Performances I-X
June 14, 2014 11am-6pm
GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Teerhof 21, 28199 Bremen, Germany
+49 421 500897
Details: http://www.gak-bremen.de/veranstaltungen/freizeit/frei.zeit_kabir_carter

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23. Olivia Beens, Rhys Chatham, Jane Dickson, Bradley Eros. Aline Mare, Brad Melamed, Alan Moore, Joseph Nechvatal, Christy Rupp, Sur Rodney Sur, Kiki Smith, FF Alumns, now online at gallery.98bowery.com

COLAB: A Street Poster Project, 1984, online only at gallery.98bowery.com

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24. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, at Sugar Hill, Manhattan, opening June 25

OPENING RECEPTION
Wednesday, June 25, 7-9pm

On the occasion of No Longer Empty's 5th anniversary, we are delighted to present If You Build It, an exhibition that embodies our core values: presenting art with excellence, widening access to cultural participation, and inspiring future generations to engage with art through our educational programming. Read more

Featured Artists: Mequitta Ahuja / Raúl Ayala / Anthony Aziz & Sammy Cucher / Radcliffe Bailey / Sonia Louise Davis / Elan Ferguson / Iliana Emilia Garcia / Scherezade Garcia / Brendan Jamison & Mark Revels / Carlos Mare / Shani Peters / Kameelah Janan Rasheed / Freddy Rodríguez / Moses Ros-Suárez / Dread Scott / Bayeté Ross Smith / Hank Willis Thomas / William Villalongo / Nari Ward

Collaborators: Art in FLUX / ArtsConnection / The Classical Theatre of Harlem /
Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA / Harlem Arts Alliance / Harlem Needle Arts /
Institute for Public Architecture / Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance /
Omo Misha: A Creative Institution / Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

SUGAR HILL, HARLEM: 155th St & St Nicholas Ave
June 26 - August 10, 2014
Wednesday - Friday, 1-7pm
Saturday - Sunday, 2-6pm

Subway: 155 St [C] or 157 St [1]

Be part of the inspiration! Artist commissions and youth education are a cornerstone of our exhibitions, providing essential creative and professional opportunities. To graciously underwrite an artist commission or educational program, please email development@nolongerempty.org

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with generous support from National Endowment for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Laurie M Tisch Illumination Fund, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Northern Ireland Bureau in New York, The Double R Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Tony Bennett Foundation/Exploring the Arts. A special thank you to our individual supporters.

No Longer Empty's mission is to widen the public engagement with contemporary art, to promote the work of artists, and to build resilience in communities. We do so by presenting professionally curated, site-specific art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints.

No Longer Empty | 150 E 58th Street | 34 Floor | New York | NY | 10155

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25. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, at Cooper Union, Manhattan, opening June 5, and more

"Ancient Presence, Modern Projection: Torcello - Venice, Italy"

Milestone Architecture’s dual-continent exhibitions, "Ancient Presence, Modern Projection: Torcello - Venice, Italy," immerse the visitor in a contemporary experience of Venetian-Byzantine structures located on the island of Torcello. Torcello’s complex of buildings constitutes a rare example of Byzantine-style sacred architecture. Milestone conducted a survey of the complex in 2012—2013 as a starting point for restoration work. The exhibitions are based on this survey, and timed to coincide with the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Live feeds connect Torcello with the installations in New York and Venice. The live feeds are conceptually and visually integrated with the installations' physical reproductions of architectural elements from Torcello; animations of point-cloud data; photographic imagery; and interactive software. Notably, the exhibition and its website (www.restore-torcello.com) adapt cutting-edge techniques of Human-Centered Design to the project.

The Biennale’s theme in 2014 emphasizes fundamental architectural elements as a creative resource that underlies modernist developments. In keeping with this theme, key motifs in Milestone’s exhibition design focus on the door, the wall, the floor—and Torcello’s surrounding environment—as starting points.
In Torcello’s basilica, the “iconostasis” is a sacred, colonnaded partition within the Basilica that draws on the door and wall motifs. The theological intent of the iconostasis was to mediate between consciousness and the spiritual realm. This meditative act metaphorically dematerializes the wall. In “Ancient Presence, Modern Projection,” live-feed projection echoes dematerialization.

The wall motif is also cued by a renowned series of “Last Judgment” mosaics within the Basilica. These mosaics are accessible within the gallery on interactive screens. Like a technological illuminated manuscript, the screen device itself (or downloads to mobile devices) facilitates greater intimacy with the wall’s mosaic imagery. The floor motif corresponds to a starburst pattern of Indian tiles within the Basilica, which is represented in the installations as a canvas print (New York) or a silicone cast (Venice). Torcello’s surrounding environment is represented as photographic imagery and point-cloud animation.

Whereas the 2014 Biennale for Architecture asks questions about the global legacy of modernism, “Ancient Presence, Modern Projection: Torcello-Venice, Italy” asks questions about the impact of modernist thinking for the restoration of ancient structures. The question is not only how to restore and preserve them, but how to keep their meanings open, and transmit their presence to virtual visitors. Towards this end, Milestone Architecture applied for participation in Storefront’s OfficeUS: Issues, and awaits confirmation at the time of this notice (May 29, 2014).

USA
Cooper Union, New York, USA
Opening Reception: June 5, 2014 New Academic Building, Room 504 41 Cooper Square, NYC
Exhibition: June 16 - June 29, 2014 New Academic Building, Room 504 41 Cooper Square, NYC
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-1 pm

ITALY
Church San Lio Venice, Italy
Opening Reception: 5 June 2014 Church San Lio, Sestiere di Castello Campo of San Lio, near Rialto, Venice
Exhibition: June 5 - July 14, 2014 Church San Lio, Sestiere di Castello Campo of San Lio, near Rialto, Venice
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 3-7 pm (open for prayer; no mass service)

FF Alumn Deborah Garwood is pleased to announce her participation in the project as an artist, photographer, writer, and crew director for the Torcello landscape laser-scan. She animated its point-cloud data for one of the exhibition's films.

    Exhibition designed and curated by
  • Paola Barcarolo
  • Sara Foley
  • Deborah A. Garwood
  • Margaret S. Matz
  • Alisa Nadolishny

Human-centered Design Logos & Graphic Design by
Paola Barcarolo
Martina Gennari

With thanks to
www.babyvolcano.com

www.restore-torcello.com

PRESS CONTACT: Italy: Pamela Gennari,
pamelagennari@gmail.com

PRESS CONTACT: Italy: Alberto Gardin,

editoriauniversitaria@gmail.com

PRESS CONTACT: Italy: Paola Barcarolo,

paolabarcarolo@gmail.com

PRESS CONTACT: USA: Taranpal Singh Bhatia

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