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1. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, summer 2014 events

Dear friends and other interested parties,

It's that time of year again when people start asking what's happening over the summer. As usual, I've got lots of projects coming up, mark your calendars for:

UP THROUGH JULY 29 The Center for Sustainable Rural Communities, with a grant from the NYSCA, has sponsored an exhibition of my 'historical' markers, which are spread out around Schoharie county. More info here.

OPENING THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 1-4 PM Curated by the wonderful Laura Moriarty, and featuring some really good company, this exhibition presents site-specific (or at least site-related) works on the ground of The Snyder Estate in Rosendale, NY. More info here.

GALLERY TALK, JULY 11, 6:30 - 7:30pm "Descent into the political" I'll be giving a talk and slide show as part of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's artists on art series, the talk will more or less follow the chronology of my exhibition of the same title at Bard College at Simon's Rock a few years ago. More information here.

INSTALLATION, JULY 11, 5PM TO DUSK As part of Woodstock Nights' second Saturday event, I'll be installing my sculpture on the fetishization of patriotism, "I want to sleep with America", on the lawn of the Woodstock Public Library. Details to follow, including how I'm gonna be in two places at the same time.

OPENING JULY 26 A happy and fun summer group show curated by yours truly at the WFG Gallery in Woodstock. The show features a handful of local and national artists who create art on or from non-traditional art materials. Up through Sept. 13, you can get more information here.

PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 29, 6PM For the 4th year in a row, and in what is becoming a most delightful annual event, I'll be producing an anniversary concert of John Cage's seminal 4'33", which had its world premiere on that date in 1952 in Woodstock, NY. As it was all those 62 years ago, the concert will be staged by the Woodstock Artist's Association and Museum. Performers are nearly committed. Details will follow; the press release from the first year's performance can be seen here.

PERFORMANCE, OCTOBER 22, NOON My first ever monologue, "Signs of our lives", will be a written piece with images, music and sound effects. I'll be performing it as part of the Hudson Poetry Festival and Artswalk 2014. More (scant) information can be found here: http://cccaartswalk.webs.com/ More details will follow.


- A collector wrote with interest in my text-based art. Turns out, I've done a lot of it. I put together a quick, non-comprehensive, blog collection of the work I've done in that vein. Interested parties can peruse the selections by clicking here.

- Snowballing it up the bureaucracy!! I've got a meeting promised with state Senator Terry Gipson to discuss The New York State Thruway project. I think it'll be up for the next national election in 2016!! More details on the exhibition can be found here.

- Looks like I've found a publisher for my "Decorating nature" book!! Cross your fingers, details are being ironed out. You can read the proposal (a short version of the book) by clicking here.

Thanks for your indulgence; I hope to see you all at some of these fun events.





2. Bryan Zanisnik, FF Alumn, subject of Art21 film, and more

Dear Friends,
I'm very happy to announce the release of my first Art21 film as part of their series New York Close Up. Please see the link below along with a few other upcoming projects in New York and Los Angeles.

Bryan Zanisnik

Art 21: New York Close Up
Bryan Zanisnik Keeps it in the Family

The Problem With Appetite
A new performance commissioned by LAXART
July 7, 2014

2640 S. La Cienega St
Los Angeles, CA 90034

What Goes There
Bryan Zanisnik, Alejandro Almanza, Shay Arick
June 26 - August 3, 2014

Y Gallery
165 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

RAIR: Bryan Zanisnik / Made in Philadelphia (1987) essay now published online

Bomb Magazine Interview:

Upcoming this fall:
a site-specific installation at the Brooklyn Museum as part of Crossing Brooklyn



3. LoVid, FF Alumn, summer 2014 events

We have some exciting travel ahead and around and we hope to see you along the way!

*The Luminous Surface
The Mission for Temporal Art
68 N Main St, Marshall, North Carolina 28753
Opening June 20 6-9pm
Exhibition runs June 20-July 27

We are showing our video Pele's Umbilicus at the first group show at The Mission for Temporal Art.

Carlsberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
June 21-26

We are in Copenhagen this week installing a new piece with our handmade analog video synthesizer as part of Please Try This At Home for Kopenlab
Kopenlab is a collaborative space for citizen science, DIYBIO, contemporary art, and maker culture. Kopenab is part ofScience in the City during ESOF2014

The installation is up all we week and we are performing Saturday June 21 at 6pm
and doing a Circuit Tacos workshop on Sunday June 22 at 1pm
Check out the full program of this terrific event.

*Independent Film Show
Museo Nitsch (vico Lungo Pontecorvo 29/d Napoli Italy)
June 28 9pm

We are showing our video Decay Hatching as part of the program Signal Selections from Screen Compositions curated by Katherine Liberovskaya.

Stay tuned as we announce in the next few weeks a panel discussion at New Museum NY, a workshop at Troy NY, a long awaited trip to Australia with several public events, and a research trip to Miami.




4. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at William Holman Gallery, Manhattan, opening June 25

Gatekeeper : Kate Gilmore, Sinta Tantra and Liene Bosquê
Opening reception Wednesday, June 25 from 6 to 9pm.

William Holman Gallery is pleased to present Gatekeeper, a group show curated by Nicholas Cohn and Katie White, featuring three artists whose work explores ideas of access and barriers to entry. Inspired by German philosopher Martin Heidegger's essay "Building, Dwelling, Thinking" Gatekeeper offers a variety of interpretations of how the spaces we inhabit enforce or challenge gender roles, ethnic discrimination, and economic inequality within society. The exhibition will be on view through July 26.

Kate Gilmore:
Kate Gilmore is renowned for her physically taxing performance-based work which embodies the frustrations and limitations of constructed social and political systems. This frustration is apparent in "Built to Burst," a never before shown photograph that was taken from overhead at the conclusion of one of Gilmore's pieces. In the work, she smashed a series of ceramic pots that were filled with paint placed along an elaborate sculptural installation. Referencing abstract expressionism, Gilmore uses art historical moments as a way to call into question status in the art world and placement in history.

Gilmore continues to work with pots in the video "Break of Day". In this video, commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gilmore methodically carries pots filled with hot-pink paint up a series of stairs and then drops them, shattering the vessels and splattering the paint dramatically.

Expectation and placement in society is explored in "Wall Bearer" a photograph showing women in pink dresses standing inside a wall that was constructed for their bodies. The work is exhibited next to the photograph "Blood from a Stone" which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum and features a series of heavy cast plaster cubes that are placed on a high row of shelves by Gilmore.

Sinta Tantra:
U.K based, Indonesian artist, Sinta Tantra is widely known throughout Europe and Asia for her large-scale public art projects that "wrap themselves around architectural environments...challenging our understanding of geography while playing on notions of globalization."

We are excited to present her work for the first time in a U.S. gallery with a new abstract painting "Recktangle", based on a building architectural plan. The title alludes to multiple ethnic communities coexisting in one urban environment. Presented alongside "Recktangle" another architecturally inspired work "Dymaxion: Dynamic, Maximum, Tension" is based on the teachings of American neo-futuristic architect Buckminster Fuller. Tantra follows Fuller's teachings with an abstract world map overlaid on a target, highlighting the need for cooperation in solving global issues such as the environment, disease and famine, not isolationism and discrimination.

Inclusion and acceptance are on-going themes within Tantra's work. Her use of bright colors and geometric shapes can be traced to her Indonesian background, a technique apparent in "Together Yet Forever Apart" a series first presented at the Liverpool Biennial 2012. The theme for the biennial was "The Unexpected Guest," a discourse on the influx of immigrants to the U.K. and other wealthy countries' in the European Union, and the widespread ethnic discrimination as a result of the strain on these countries social and public services.

Liene Bosquê:
Brazilian born Liene Bosquê is a visual artist working primarily in sculpture. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and baccalaureate in Architecture from Mackenzie University. Bosquê creates miniature imaginary cities using historical monuments. These works offer a bird's eye view of how structures allow, prohibit and channel access, often with economic implications.

With "Ricordo" Bosquê has cast a series of Italian architectural landmarks, early representations of democracy, science and faith, while the shadows they cast eerily below suggest greed, corruption and indifference to suffering. Bosquê continues to question the real meaning behind our great architectural achievements with "Unlearning from Las Vegas", which captivates the viewer with its organized city grid and LED lighting. But as is the case with Las Vegas the city, the shiny façade lures a desperate traveler, who ultimately leaves in a more desolate condition. With the site-specific work "Escape City 2014", a vinyl laser cut, we are enamored by the beautiful skyline that blindly overlooks our neglected communities.

Gatekeeper is a visual interpretation of social ills. Gilmore, Tantra and Bosquê shed light on these issues in an attempt to raise awareness, break down barriers, and make progress.

Special Events:

Wednesday, June 25 from 6 to 8:30pm
Gatekeeper Opening Reception

Wednesday, July 9 from 6 to 8:30pm
Featured artist Liene Bosque will speak about her practice and works on view

Refreshments will be served, RSVPs are appreciated: nicholas@wholmangallery.com

William Holman Gallery:
65 Ludlow Street, NYC (Between Broome and Grand St.)
Public Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:30am to 6:00pm
Subways: F/M/J/Z to Delancey & Essex station or B/D to Grand Street station

Contact information for Nicholas Cohn:
Email: nicholas@wholmangallery.com
Gallery Phone: 1-212-475-1500
Cell Phone: 1-917-923-7982



5. jc lenochan, FF Alumn, at The Newark Museum, June 27 thru Sept. 7

Lisa A. Batitto, Public Relations Manager, Newark Museum
Phone: 973-596-6638, e-mail: lbatitto@newarkmuseum.org

Jerry Enis, Consultant, Herbert George Associates
Phone: 732-446-5400, e-mail: jerry@herbertgeorge.com

Newark Museum Presents
Ready or Not
New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts 2014
June 27 through September 7

Featuring 40 New Jersey-based Contemporary Artists

The Newark Museum is presenting the 2014 edition of the New Jersey Arts Annual in Fine Art, Ready or Not, an exhibition featuring works by 40 New Jersey-based artists, at different points of their careers. Ready or Not, opens on June 27 and runs through September 7. The works in the exhibition vary in practice and style, and include a wide range of artistic processes and approaches in color, form, material and content.

"The show's title metaphorically proposes possibilities for engagement, learning and insight that the artists' creativity offers at any given moment. It also suggests a factor of unexpectedness that increases awareness of art making and its presence in our immediate surroundings," said Shlomit Dror, the Museum's Consulting Curator of American Art.

The common threads among the artists are not solely based on their shared geography, but also on the ways in which they perceive and address cultural and social values in this region. Engaging with individual works of art in this show will raise questions about place and experience, expanding the conversation on the region's identity, its narrative and context in relation to art.

"The exhibition's multi-dimensional approach reestablishes the Newark Museum's role within the local arts community by providing a forum to expand and cultivate our commitment towards this increasingly vital and independent art scene," said the Museum's CEO and Director Steven Kern.

Some of the works are site-specific, with artists responding to existing architectural space both inside and outside of the Museum, to create a new body of work, specifically for this show, among them Ariel Efron & Lucas Vickers and Dahlia Elsayed. In this show, the City of Newark is a favored subject: LNY + Mata Ruda + NDA, Newark-based muralists, present their indoor mural dedicated to the city, and Noelle Lorraine Williams explores and celebrates the city's female hip-hop culture. Likewise, a special performance by jc lenochan and his students from Newark Arts High School will take place on the opening night inside the 1784 Old Stone School House, the oldest standing school in Newark, located in the Museum's Leonard Dreyfuss Memorial Garden. This will be the first time this space has ever been utilized in a contemporary art context. The 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual showcases diverse practices and artworks including paintings, drawings, photography, video, sculptures, installations and performances.

The New Jersey Arts Annual is a unique series of exhibitions highlighting the works of visual artists in the state. The series is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in partnership with major museums throughout the state including the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, the Newark Museum, The Noyes Museum of Art, and the New Jersey State Museum. Seeking to emphasize experimental approaches in contemporary art and ways in which interventions in space can transform the viewer's experience and interaction, this exhibition was open to artists currently living or working in New Jersey. It was juried by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Curator at El Museo del Barrio, and Shlomit Dror, Consulting Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum, who also organized the show.

Participating Artists

Ginger Andro & Chuck Glicksman (Westwood, NJ)
José Anico (Princeton, NJ)
Nina Lola Bachhuber (Newark, NJ)
Milcah Bassel (Jersey City, NJ)
Bette Blank (Madison, NJ)
Terry Boddie (West Orange, NJ)
Jinkee Choi (Jersey City, NJ)
Andrew Demirjian (Palisades Park, NJ)
Ariel Efron & Lucas Vickers (Englewood, NJ and Astoria, NY)
Dahlia Elsayed (Palisades Park, NJ)
Alyssa E. Fanning (Dumont, NJ)
Seunghwui Koo (Cliffside Park, NJ)
jc lenochan (Orange, NJ)
So Yoon Lym (Paterson, NJ)
Jennifer Mack-Watkins (Hoboken, NJ)
Kevin McCaffrey (Weehawken, NJ)
Jerry McGuire (Rahway, NJ)
Anne Q. McKeown (Secaucus, NJ)
Yucef Merhi (Montclair, NJ)
Jeremy Newman (Collingswood, NJ)
Sarah Petruziello (South Orange, NJ)
Laura Quattrocchi (Jersey City, NJ)
Tania Sen (Warren, NJ)
Fran Shalom (Jersey City, NJ)
Steve Singer (Jersey City, NJ)
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky (Jersey City, NJ)
Nyugen E. Smith (Jersey City, NJ)
Jason M. Stewart (Somerville, NJ)
Lizzy Storm (West Orange, NJ)
Christina Tenaglia (Wildwood Crest, NJ)
Amanda Thackray (Bloomfield, NJ)
Jim Toia (Long Valley, NJ)
Noelle Lorraine Williams (Newark, NJ)
Kimberly Witham (High Bridge, NJ)
Etty Yaniv (Alpine, NJ)
LNY+ Mata Ruda + NDA (Newark, NJ)

For additional information, follow the Museum on Facebook at facebook.com/newark.museum or Twitter at twitter.com/newarkmuseum; or visit www.newarkmuseum.org.


The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the heart of the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, between the Rutgers Newark Campus and NJPAC. The Newark Museum is 10 miles west of New York City and easily accessible by NJ Transit and PATH. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon - 5:00 p.m. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $12.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $7.00. Newark Residents and Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus, including its collections, facilities, and other resources, is accessible to accommodate the broadest audience possible, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs, with physical impairments, other disabilities, or special needs. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site, http://www.NewarkMuseum.org.
Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State - a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.



6. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 25

Jeff McMahon will present a short excerpt of his work-in-progress, WHAT IS IT WORTH?/MARKET-BASED MEMORIES, at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics Encuentro held at Concordia University in Montreal, as part of a Transnocheo event June 25 http://hemisphericinstitute.org/hemi/en/enc14/schedule-of-events

Jeff Mc.




7. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Barbes, Brooklyn, June 26, and more

Hello Friends,
This Thursday, June 26th is the last Weird Wednesday until fall. June is Episode XVll- Weird Controllers and Queerness month. We are gonna fold up some seats and have a party in honor of Queer Pride in NYC, weird controllerists and general summer merriment!
The show will feature sets by the fabulous DJ Shakey aka Julie Covello playing her original invention the Voltaxe and a special set of new groovy tunes by me, Terry Dame and Lee Free on the Horn of Plenty Sounds, Parisian Hammer, the Electron Gong Pedal and lots of drum and drum like things. It is going to be a great show! So don your purple dance slippers and come on out to Barbes this Thursday night 7:30-9:30pm. It's your last chance to get weird with us until September at Maker Faire! Then we will be back at Barbes in October. Like us on the Weird Wednesday fb page to stay apprised of all upcoming WW shows.
June edition fb invite here:

Other upcoming:
Lumen Festival
This Saturday, June 28th 7-midnight
I'm playing a very short 15 minute set at this festival of video and performance art on Staten Island at the Atlantic Salt Factory. All festival details here:
I am scheduled to perform at 9:50pm.

Have a great summer and thanks for supporting live music and art.



8. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, June 17

NY Heard & Scene
Artists Drive 'Interstellar' Event
Taylor Mac, Basil Twist and Hai-Ting Chinn Come Out for Here Arts Center
Marshall Heyman
June 17, 2014 9:55 p.m. ET

MC Taylor Mac in his gown made from Band-Aids and Pez dispensers. Cassandra Giraldo for The Wall Street Journal
If you're going to have a master of ceremonies at your "interstellar"-themed party, it might as well be someone who shows up wearing a slinky metallic gown strewed with Band-Aids and Pez dispensers; gold high heels; a metal helmet; and white face makeup affixed with sequins, right?
This is how the performance artist Taylor Mac appeared Monday at City Winery at a gala for Here, the downtown performing arts center. The outfit had been made by Machine Dazzle for a 24-hour long show Mr. Mac is doing with each hour devoted to a different decade of song.
"This is the outfit for the 1920s," Mr. Mac said, as we noticed Pez dispensers of various Disney princesses hanging on his dress, including Mulan, Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty," Belle from "Beauty and the Beast," and Tiana from "Princess and the Frog."
"I didn't even know Mulan was on here," Mr. Mac said, as he attempted to look down. "But Pez was invented in the 1920s. And the helmet is very 'Metropolis,' " he added, referring to the 1927 Fritz Lang classic.

"Oh, there's Kermit the Frog and here's Yoda," noticed Mr. Mac's friend, the puppeteer Basil Twist, gesturing to yet another Pez dispenser.
Mr. Twist, who will show his version of "The Rite of Spring" as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival this fall, came wearing a very "The Right Stuff" black astronaut jumpsuit with an "intergalactic badge of honor" on his left lapel he'd made himself.
"I thought people would be more dressed up to theme," Mr. Twist said.
"At some point we were talking about how to lasso the idea of a wide range of artists," said Kristin Marting, Here's artistic director, who had on a blue dress to represent the night sky and a large necklace for the stars. "The words 'galaxy' and 'cosmos' kept coming up. We've always been very eccentric and artist-driven and interested in the dialogue our performers want to have with the audience."

Eve Ensler famously performed "The Vagina Monologues" at Here. Mr. Twist, meanwhile, has shown his whimsical and occasionally outré puppet shows there, including a version of Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" in an underwater tank and an otherworldly collaboration with Joey Arias called "Arias with a Twist."
"I watched that with my saliva dripping with envy," Mr. Mac told Mr. Twist about "Arias with a Twist." "I just wanted to live there and never go home."
Most recently, however, Mr. Twist taught a puppet class at Stanford University where one student created a puppet that meditated using a plastic bag as its innards. "The puppet would sit under a tree and breathe," Mr. Twist said.

Kristin Marting and Elizabeth Streb Cassandra Giraldo for The Wall Street Journal
Similarly, to get the crowd focused and ready for the evening, Mr. Mac asked everyone to breathe in and breathe out. Then all eyes were on him. And with those Pez dispensers, the makeup and the helmet, it was hard to look away.
"You can say whatever you want when you look deranged and a little fabulous at the same time," Mr. Mac explained.

CJ Follini and Anita Contini Cassandra Giraldo for The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Mac was an especially good MC. He encouraged as much audience participation as possible. "Shout out whenever you want to," he said. "You can also say 'werk.' "
He also made many references to the fact that this was an uptown crowd coming to a downtown party. He recalled an article he read about an uptown woman who had relocated downtown who explained she appreciated the change because "the great thing about downtown is you don't have to wear jewelry."
"So put your hands up and show you're not wearing jewelry," Mr. Mac told everyone as they ate their salads. "And if you are wearing jewelry, show you're not afraid of the fear-based culture."
What followed were eccentric performances by John Kelly and Eisa Davis, along with one by Hai-Ting Chinn, a mezzo-soprano who wore a hula hoop around her neck with a representation of the moon attached as well as a video-camera above her eyes that projected what she saw onto a screen.
"My head is the Earth," Ms. Chinn sang. "The light is the sun."
The celebrations continued after at the Big Bang Party two blocks south at Here, where Mr. Twist did a fabric manipulation piece to the theme of "2001: A Space Odyssey," and there was dancing and doughnuts. After all, you don't get much more intergalactic and interstellar than dancing and doughnuts.
Write to Marshall Heyman at marshall.heyman@wsj.com



9. Babs Reingold, FF ALumn, at ASC Project Space, Manhattan, opening June 27, and more

I'm pleased to participate in this summer group exhibition at ASC Project Space, 526 W 26th St Rm 304 in Chelsea NYC. If you're in the city please stop by for the opening reception on June 27th from 6-8pm. Work on exhibit through July 15. The gallery has limited hours so please let me know and I'll make arrangements.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Other News:

Additionally, I'm participating in "In Site: The Creative Process in Plain View" at Rutgers' Paul Robeson Gallery and the show received a mention in Artdaily.org -- http://artdaily.com/news/70825/Now-on-view-at-the-Robeson-Galleries--A-rare-look-at-the-creative-process-#.U6R5rajl7-l
The exhibition runs through July 24th.

My Best,

ASC Project Space is free and open to the public.

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Recent Exhibits:
Luna Window
The Last Tree

Luna Window listing on NY Art Beat

Review of "The Last Tree"

Conversation with Midori Yoshimoto

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