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Contents for August 04, 2014

1. John Cage, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ana Mendieta, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, at Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, August 1-November 3

Yokohama Triennale 2014
ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion
August 1-November 3, 2014

Main venues:
Yokohama Museum of Art
3-4-1 Minatomirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012

Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall
2-5 Shinko
Naka-ku, Yokohama 220-0012

The fifth edition of Yokohama Triennale opens to the public on August 1. This edition, titled ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion, invites visitors to embark on a voyage into the sea of oblivion under the concept that "various things and information drift temporally into Yokohama Triennale 2014 and eventually drift away again." During the voyage, visitors may recall things that have been inadvertently lost from their lives, things that have been perpetually forgotten by human beings, and particular things that have been lost in the contemporary age.

The exhibition, directed by the artist Morimura Yasumasa, unfolds like a book, starting with an introduction and concluding in Chapter 11, with over 400 artworks by 65 groups/79 artists installed in two venues, Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall.

At the entrance of Yokohama Museum of Art, which is the "Introduction" of the exhibition and is titled "What is in the Center of the World?," Michael Landy's enormous Art Bin, a container for the artists to dispose their own unwanted art, makes a symbolic appearance. Morimura places what Landy calls "a monument to creative failure" at the center of the museum building to visualize the history of artistic failures that lurks in the shadow of all artistic endeavors.

The exhibition concludes at "Chapter 11: Drifting in a Sea of Oblivion" at Shinko Pier Exhibition, where Yanagi Miwa, who has shown in the first Yokohama Triennale in 2001 and has exhibited at the Japan Pavilion in the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, is back in Yokohama with a work of different context and scale. She unveils a custom-made mobile stage truck designed and manufactured in Taiwan and brought to Yokohama to be finished by the artist, working in collaboration with students of Taiwanese and Japanese art universities. The impressive design features widespread wings inspired from Wings of the Sun, a novel by Nakagami Kenji, of which she is working on a stage adaptation to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Nakagami Kenji's birth in 2016.

Another well-established Japanese artist Ohtake Shinro also exhibits his new work Retinamnesia Filtration Shed. The artist has made many works in the form of books including scrapbooks, and sketchbooks in the past, but for Yokohama, he presents what might be called a "boat book," which is a large-scale book-shaped installation.

Other participating artists include Vija Celmins, Eric Baudelaire, Simon Starling, Fukuoka Michio, and Matsuzawa Yutaka. The exhibition also includes "the only book in the world," a specially bound handmade book created as an homage to Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 as well as a collection of books of World War II-era literature by writers, who sang the praises of war, and other items that are not necessarily contemporary art works but relate to "things that may have been forgotten."

At the conclusion of the exhibition, visitors will finally see the sea of Yokohama widely open in front of them. They can wonder, feel perplexed, become inspired, broaden their imagination and stop and contemplate, and think about what they had been left in the "sea of oblivion."

Yokohama Triennale 2014 also collaborates with local NPOs and alternative spaces to broaden its context to present a wide range of creative endeavors to the visitors. Exhibitions, residency programs, symposiums and other special programs take place at five locations that are designated as "Creative City Area Bases" to coincide with the Triennale.

For press inquiries: yt2014@ypcpr.com
For general inquiries: press@yokohamatriennale.jp



2. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, now online at http://www.billyx.net and more


Download or just listen to my new signature piece on a Changing Climate
"I Think on These Things" FREE at:

Go to Music, click for lyrics, click to listen and/or down load.
Go to Links, for Rolling Nap Video (Remember to like, if you do)

The signature for my 2367.4-mile Mississippi River swim as performance and environmental statement is the "River Rap". This one's for the changing climate.

I am one of seven artists addressing climate change through the InClimate project under the auspices of New York's Franklin Furnace. Since Jan. 1, 2013 - my role has included a daily blog post on a changing climate - some bad news, some good, some solutions and some inspirations that are then re-posted to the InClimate Facebook page. Like it, if you do.
What's next?

The 24-hour "World Wide Rolling Nap" is my next major performance. We move too fast. Slow down. Do less. A paradigm shift. The billy x site has a video in links and the Manifesto and information in the Library (See: "The Fandango" Vol. 37).
Also of interest:

"Futurism's _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Son" was published in Vienna and documents much of my work. Unfortunately, the innocent title was often auto-blocked. But It's not too late, it's available at the store along with "The Search DVD" and other items.

One stop web site http://www.billyx.net Click on:

Music: FREE Download "I Think on These Things"
Blog: Latest & Archived "InClimate" posts
Links: "Rolling Nap" Video
Library: "Rolling Nap Manifesto" & Info "Fandango" Vol. 37
Store: "Futurism's B_ _ _ _ _ _ Son" & other items
There's also a Rolling Nap and InClimate site:

Be safe; stay well and lots of love

Billy X.




3. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, at Crowne and Anchor Commercial, Provincetown, MA, Aug. 8

Penny Arcade Provincetown Longing Lasts longer

one night only Friday August 8th 10:30pm

Crowne and Anchor Commercial St Provincetown




4. Vernita N'Cognita, FF Alumn, at Viridian, Manhattan, thru Aug. 9

July 22- August 9, 2014
Reception Thursday July 24, 6-8pm

Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to present "IDEA(S)" an exhibition of outstanding art by seven artists who are part of the Affiliate program at the gallery. The exhibit will continue from July 22 to August 9, 2014. There will be an opening reception Thursday, July 24th, 6-8PM. Viridian's Affiliate program is an important aspect of the gallery's mission to expand exhibition and sales opportunities for outstanding contemporary artists, both emerging and well-known. This group of artists came together by the chance of scheduling, but their art all shares an interest in Idea(s). Each of these artists create thoughtfully with a purpose that exists far beyond creating a pretty picture.

WILLIAM ATKINS was born in Rochford, England. He works with various types of cameras with subject matter ranging from anachronistic portraits to seaside street photography. Living in Washington DC, he has photographed several US Presidents and is a second-generation photographer, following in his father's footsteps."I pulled together this set of photos to create a story with no narrative to establish a mood. They are reflections of truths from my own experiences. They come from traveling the country, deciding to walk, stopping the car, reuniting after twenty years, waiting in a place seeing what may happen, just life and putting a camera between myself and it."

DAVID DORSEY's paintings depict commonplace objects and situations is a way that celebrates the formal abstract properties of each scene as well as the lustrous, purely physical qualities of oil paint, with an emphasis on subtle color harmonies. He works in a tradition that began with the impressionists and has continued down through the modernists like Thiebaud, Dine and Porter. His current work falls into one of three suites: tabletop views with objects strewn and falling over oriental carpets, candy jar paintings and the third, daily life. Most recently, he has begun a new series of skeletal and anatomical objects.

ELVIRA LANTENHAMMER, in her Site Plans, reprocesses excerpts of maps and street plans into painted tableau- sometimes in large format. Through an intensive study of topographical map works, historic and contemporary, the artist arrives at the formal basic structure, the essence of the place. She paints the intuitively found base-color of the place- the radiance, the atmosphere, in superimposed layers of color, condensed into large-format color compositions as a subject with variations. "I am inspired by the wonderful brightness of the colors of the early Italian paintings. With the background of my education as restorer, I use egg tempera on wood to express what I feel about a certain place or about a place of my fantasy."

ROSEMARY LYONS often takes two years to complete her series of illuminated manuscripts which are inspired by newspaper and magazine articles that tackle a wide range of difficult topics including subway shooters, genetics and AIDS. Long interested in calligraphy and formerly a realistic painter, she began her first Manuscriptus Series when living in New York City in 1992. The idea of transforming her creative outpourings into illuminated manuscripts rather than paintings, was initially born out of a dream. This current series incorporates the abbreviations and acronyms of emails and text messages, with titles like "OMG", "KMN", "GIGO" and "BFD", one learns the essence of the "new language" of texting. Lyons received her Master of Fine Arts at the State University in Buffalo and has exhibited widely.

VERNITA N'COGNITA created her name to honor under-known artists. A visual and performance artist, she has presented more than 70 performance artworks including guerrilla performances at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, and Documenta 13 in Kassel. Her visual art of primarily mixed media collages & installations both stand on their own and serve as props & sets for her performances. Her art is in the collections of MOMA, the Savaria Museum in Hungary, the Sylvia Sleigh Collection of Feminist Art @Rowan University, the Asian American Art Center, Franklin Furnace, Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, Groupa Junij, Belgrade and many private collections. An environmental artist and curator, she is currently having a solo show of new collages created from the security envelopes of junkmail from financial institutions.

"I have always been fascinated by the contradictions of reality. I feel intuitive choices and chance connections are an essential part of the creative process and trusting my creative decisions has been an ongoing battle."

CAROLINA POGGI was born in Montevideo in 1970, and majored in still photography at the Cinema School of Uruguay. While there, she became fascinated by the photo-essay and was drawn to the whole photographic process from taking to printing the picture. Consequently, she set up her own black & white lab, working on several essays ranging from architecture to nature & film making among others. She is currently photographing trainee dancers at the National School of Dance of Uruguay. "During my time as an analog photographer I worked on several black & white essays on architectural ruins and destruction. I focused on certain buildings due to their historic and social value. I had the opportunity to visit the former Ministry of Defense of Uruguay in 2001, the deep deterioration and state of disrepair conveyed the fear and despair the population had felt through a terrible decade of military repression. I used bulb and camera in hand to shoot as I wanted the movement to convey the need to run away from that state of subjugation."

LAUREN PURJE says: "...Not sure exactly what I'm showing, but for sure I will show this wing (a drawing in the series). The others - maybe not those particular pieces... but very similar ideas... those poor anonymous pigeons... just like people. I may show a small series of drawings and paintings dedicated to the New York pigeon. I can't fully explain why I'm so fascinated with this particular bird. Maybe the fact that they are so ordinary makes me empathetic. They are quintessentially New York, as iconic as skyscrapers are to a big city, but they aren't appreciated as such. Like people on the street we walk past and pay no mind to everyday. Their presence is often overlooked or seen as a nuisance. I use text as if it's the pigeon's battle cries to stand out, to be appreciated, to be accepted."




5. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at El Museo del Barrio, Manhattan, thru July 2015

Transforming The Museum Into A Holistic Work Of Art

El Museo del Barrio, in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez, is proud to launch, OFFICE HOURS (OH), a series of actions that bring the concepts of creativity versus productivity face to face, as the various departments of the organization are encouraged to operate on a horizontal level within its own exhibition space. Estévez works with El Museo del Barrio's employees to co-generate proposals for interventions, workshops, and celebrations, through which both staff and visitors can come together to experience the museum from each other's perspectives and hence to re-shape its day-to-day as a collaborative endeavor.

Similarly, OH brings face to face the concepts of creativity versus productivity, as El Museo del Barrio's curators, administrators, guards, educators, operations personnel, finance employees, audiences, and artists are encouraged to work
as play or to play as work - all of this as part of an the on-going performing of the day-to-day. OH conceives of El Museo as a holistic work of art; that is, a living artwork existing beyond the boundaries of the exhibition space and co-
mingling with life.

"Working on Office Hours (OH) with El Museo del Barrio is pushing me to embrace the everyday in the context of art making to a point of no return, and to rethink museums as experimental sites for envisioning new ways to practice, perform and play with the day to day. " said Estévez.

An evolving project, OH currently encompasses the following actions: Back in Five Minutes (artist-in-residence program), Over the Table (portfolio review), En Familia: El Museo as Geneaology, El Museo As Classroom / City As School, Friends of Friends, and Creative Disruptions.

BACK IN FIVE MINUTES- Artists of Latin American or Caribbean descent living in New York City's five boroughs are offered a studio located within El Museo del Barrio's exhibition space. Selected participants, one per session, are invited to generate a new body of work in the midst of what is customarily understood by El Museo and its visitors as an area allocated for the installation of finished pieces. Participants include Coco López, Antonia Pérez, Mauricio Arango, Alicia Grullón, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Ayana Evans, and Jessica Lagunas.

OVER THE TABLE - El Museo del Barrio's Curatorial team invites artists to register for one-on-one twenty-minute portfolio reviews. Over the Table offers art practitioners in different stages of their development the opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussions about their work or an upcoming project.

EN FAMILIA: EL MUSEO AS GENEAOLOGY is a "selfie" project where El Museo del Barrio's staff and all of those who make up this iconic cultural enclave, including artists who have exhibited, talked, performed or worked with the organization submit photos of themselves along with a brief personal statement. Estévez invites participants in this action to contemplate the possibility of imagining the unforeseen connections that may link them to each other beyond professional roles.

EL MUSEO AS CLASSROOM / CITY AS SCHOOL A mixed-media workshop for educators and community partners where educators from El Museo invite other educators to engage in discussion on the different elements of our institutional programs across the City. This initiative honors our founder Raphael Ortíz Montañez's emphasis on the pedagogical role of El Museo as an educational institution as well as the founder of City and Country School, Caroline Pratt, and her groundbreaking contributions to progressive education.

FRIENDS OF FRIENDS Estévez expands the creative ripple effect of "Office Hours" by inviting fellow colleagues, as well as artists in residence who are part of "Back in Five Minutes" (the residency program at El Museo) to generate
their own activities, actions, performances, coffee breaks, talks, and workshops, and thus to have friends and friends of friends to contribute to the scope of the project.

CREATIVE DISRUPTION Estévez works hand in hand with El Museo's staff, volunteers and interns to co-generate ideas for performances, interventions, and actions that are tried out in the context of the workplace, and sometimes out in the streets. Creative Disruptions offers the space for the job-site to double as a locus where one's creative selves are allowed to surface and to be interpolated into one's 9-5 schedule.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez, born 1967 in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, lives and works in the South Bronx. Estévez is an interdisciplinary artist who treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has exhibited at Madrid Abierto/ARCO, The IX Havana Biennial, PERFORMA, IDENSITAT, Prague Quadrennial, The Pontevedra Biennial, Dean Project, The Queens Museum, MoMA, Printed Matter, P.S. 122, Hemispheric Institute of Performance Art and Politics, Princeton University, The Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, Provisions Library, El Museo del Barrio, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Center for Book Arts, Longwood Art Gallery/BCA, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Franklin Furnace, and LMCC.

Estévez has received mentorship in art in everyday life from Linda Mary Montano, a historic figure in the performance art field. Montano and Estévez have collaborated on several performances. He has attended residencies at P.S. 1/MoMA, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. Publications include Pleased to Meet You, Life as Material for Art and Vice Versa (editor) and For Art's Sake.

El Museo del Barrio, New York's leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes
visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino,
Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo's wide-ranging collections and critically acclaimed exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.

For more information on El Museo del Barrio, please visit www.elmuseo.org.
To connect with El Museo del Barrio via Social Media, follows us on Facebook at Facebook.com/elmuseo, and using @ElMuseo on Instagram and Twitter.

Carolina Alvarez-Mathies
El Museo del Barrio
T: 212.660.7119
E: calvarez@elmuseo.org



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