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Contents for September 22, 2014

1. Haisi Hu, FF Fund recipient 2013-14, at Tomato House Gallery, Brooklyn, Sept. 26

An animation screening at the Tomato House Gallery, at Crown Heights Brooklyn. 301 Saratoga Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11233

The Magic Floot, September 26, 2014 8PM, features several New York animators' work. Haisi Hu, a 2013 recipient of Franklin Furnace Fund, shows two of her recently completed animation pieces, The Transparent Tree, and Order/Entropy. The Transparent Trees is a stop-motion animation about a transparent forest taking over the ruined city. Oder/Entropy is a Cel animation that explores the desire for order and the inevitability of entropy.

For more information visit http://www.tomatohouse.org/

The Transparent Tree is a stop motion animation depicts an apocalypse where a transparent forest ingests the ruined city as the last man wanders the debris and becomes nostalgic of the lost civilization.

Order/Entropy is Cel animation exploring the desire for order and the inevitability of entropy. The frames are printed with letterpress to create the effect of repetition, and the colors are produced by superimposing the three primary colors in three individual letterpresses. The laborious effort mimics the effort of solving the Rubik's cube and the probability for chaos.



2. Franklin Furnace, Skuta Helgason, Scott McCarney, Jeanine Oleson, and other FF Alumns, at New York Art Book Fair, Long Island City, Sept. 25-28

New York Art Book Fair
September 25-28, 2014
Preview Thursday, September 25, 6-9 pm
Friday, September 26, 12-7 pm
Saturday, September 27, 11 am-9 pm
Sunday, September 28, 11 am-7 pm

22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Franklin Furnace Archive will have a booth with Halifax Ink. Skuta Helgason and Scott McCarney will be exhibiting on the second floor in room "R" table #06. New editions & titles!

Jeanine Oleson's performance at the New York Art Book Fair, PS1, will be on Thursday, Sept. 25 @ 8pm in The Classroom as a part of the Performance as Publishing program. She'll be presenting an excerpt of the experimental opera she recently presented at the New Museum. Lisa Reynolds, Tony Torn and nyx zierhut are performing!



3. Lynn Cazabon, FF Alumn, at The Point, The Bronx, Oct. 1

UNCULTIVATED ― a project by Lynn Cazabon
for the multi-site exhibition inClimate―
proudly presents:

Harvesting, Cooking and Eating Wild Plants with "Wildman" Steve Brill

Foraging Tour
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014, 2-3:30
The Point Campus for the Arts & Environment
1391 Lafayette Ave (corner of Edgewater Rd)
Bronx, NY 10474

Culinary Demonstration
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014, 4-6pm
The Point
940 Garrison Ave
Bronx, NY 10474

"Wildman" Steve Brill, world-renowned writer and naturalist, will enjoy center-stage in a chapter of artist Lynn Cazabon's project Uncultivated, created for the exhibition inClimate, hosted at The Point's two locations in the Bronx. Brill will lead one of his signature foraging tours, exploring The Point Campus for the Arts and Environment in search of edible wild plants, while sharing with the participants good harvesting techniques. At the culinary demonstration, which follows at The Point Café, Brill will use the foraged plants, along with others harvested from the edible weed garden Cazabon created earlier in the summer with youngsters from The Point's after school program.

Brill will select recipes from his Wild Vegan Cookbook, enlisting audience members as sous chefs, for a meal to be shared by all. He will explain how to recognize the edible parts of wild plants, while revealing his techniques for making the most unlikely looking specimens delicious.

Uncultivated is one of seven works in inClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness and Action, organized by curator Regina Cornwell, under the auspices of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. InClimate works are being presented in underserved neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens where they appear in public spaces in cooperation with community organizations or public schools. InClimate opened in June and continues through May 2015. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Compton Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.

Both events are free and open to the public, but require an RSVP. For the Foraging Tour, please note that the number of participants is limited. Please email Agustina Bullrich, abullrich@inclimate.org, if you plan to attend one or both of these events.

For more information on Uncultivated and the inClimate exhibition see www.inclimate.org and www.facebook.com/inclimate

The events will be recorded on video.

To The Point Campus for the Arts & Environment:
Take the 6 train to Hunts Point Avenue in the Bronx. Exit Station At: HUNTS PT AV & SOUTHERN BLVD. Walk a short distance E on E 163rd St., Turn right on Hunts Point Ave., passing under the Bruckner. Walk approx. 4 blocks SE on Hunts Point Ave. Turn left on Lafayette Ave. Walk approx. 2 blocks E on Lafayette Ave. Arrive At: 1391 Lafayette Ave

Take the 6 train to Hunts Point Avenue in the Bronx. Walk under the Bruckner Expressway (right in front of you when you exit the train station onto Hunts Point Avenue) and make a right turn at the first light onto Garrison Avenue. THE POINT is on the corner of Garrison and Manida Street (the first street on your left walking on Garrison). The entrance is on Manida Street.

Press contact:
Agustina Bullrich, Project Coordinator
abullrich@inclimate.org 347.737.9422



4. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, at The Writers Room, Manhattan, Sept. 23, and more

On Tuesday, September 23, from 6pm - 9pm, there'll be a celebration of Magie Dominic's new memoir "Street Angel", in the reception room at The Writers Room, 740 Broadway, 12th floor, (near Astor Place). Magie Dominic is a Newfoundland writer and artist, living in New York.
Cake and wine will be served. No RSVP is necessary but an email to magiedominic@gmail.com will be greatly appreciated if you plan to attend.


Magie Dominic is now on youtube.com
The YouTube video of my Cino/Off-Off Broadway presentation was just posted.
Probably history - Caffe Cino on P Point!
Part Two forthcoming in the spring.



5. Eleanor Antin, FF Alumn, now online at bombmagazine.org

My interview with Eleanor Antin in Bomb magazine is now online at

thank you.

Rachel Mason



6. M. Lamar, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Sept. 18

M. Lamar: 'Negrogothic, a Manifesto, the Aesthetics of M. Lamar'
By KEN JOHNSON, SEPT. 18, 2014

With "Negrogothic, a Manifesto, the Aesthetics of M. Lamar," the composer M. Lamar offers a bracing alternative to the dispiriting traffic in blandly competent art clogging the New York gallery system these days. Surrealistic, campy and ferociously expressionist, Mr. Lamar's multimedia work is a heady blend of music, performance, film and political allegory that grapples with the legacy of slavery in America.

The twin brother of Laverne Cox, the transgender actor known for her role in "Orange Is the New Black," Mr. Lamar gravitated to radical post-punk, goth and heavy metal music scenes while a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. He studied sculpture in Yale's M.F.A. program before dropping out to concentrate on music and performance.

"Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche, Part Two, Overseer," a 10-minute, black-and-white film is projected on one wall in the darkened gallery. Harking back to the days of early silent movies, the film proceeds in a dreamlike series of vignettes accompanied by the sound of Mr. Lamar singing in a keening, operatic soprano. Playing the role of a mysterious black man called the Overseer, he's a magnetic, androgynous figure with long, shiny hair, heavy eye makeup and a voluminous, raggedy cloak. In the most extreme scene, he subjects a group of naked young white men to a sadomasochistic ritual based on Robert Mapplethorpe's famous photograph "Self-Portrait With Bullwhip."
In a five-minute music video shown on a flat screen, Mr. Lamar directs naked young white men to kneel and put their heads and hands into a pillory, where they are forced to read copies of Toni Morrison's "Beloved," Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" and "The Cornel West Reader." With these and other works, Mr. Lamar plumbs the depths of all-American trauma with visionary verve.

'Negrogothic, a Manifesto, the Aesthetics of M. Lamar'
Participant Inc.
253 East Houston Street,
Lower East Side
Through Oct. 12

Here is a link to this review online:




7. Tanya Barfield, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Sept. 18

Women's Project Theater to Present New Laura Eason Play
The New York Times
by Allan Kozinn
September 18, 2014

The world premiere of a new play by Laura Eason ("Sex With Strangers") is a highlight of the 2014-15 season of the Women's Project Theater. The season is the organization's first since Lisa McNulty became its producing artistic director in July.

Ms. Eason's work, "The Undeniable Sound of Right Now," is a co-production with the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it opens on March 18. Set in 1992, the play centers on a rock club owner who is fighting to keep his club alive as musical tastes change, and his daughter, who is dating a rising hip-hop star. Kirsten Kelly will direct.

The company will also present the first fully staged production of "Bright Half Life," by Tanya Barfield, which follows the relationship of a married couple, Erica and Vicki, over 25 years. Ms. Barfield's play has had readings at New Dramatists, in New York; the Huntington Theater, in Boston; and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, in Waterford, Conn. The Women's Project Theater production, which opens at the New York City Center on Feb. 15, will be directed by Leigh Silverman.

Two productions have already been seen in New York. "A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes," Kate Benson's take on a family's multigenerational Thanksgiving dinner (with a narrative overview by a pair of sportscasters), opens at City Center on Jan. 13, in a co-production with the New George's theater group. And Cori Thomas's "When January Feels Like Summer," a co-production with the Ensemble Studio Theater, opens on Oct. 1.

The season is the first since the Women's Project Theater, founded in 1978 with the development and production of new works by women as its mission, went through a contentious reorganization. In July, Julie Crosby, its producing artistic director since 2006, resigned abruptly, saying she was pushed out in a dispute over finances and programming. Several board members resigned after Ms. Crosby's departure, and an online petition demanding the resignation of the top board members was signed by several hundred people, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Paula Vogel and Lynn Nottage, and James Bundy, the dean of the Yale School of Drama.

But within a week, the organization had added five new members to its board, and announced that it had appointed Ms. McNulty, an artistic line producer at the Manhattan Theater Club, as its new producing artistic director. A spokesman for the company said that the new season did not reflect any of Ms. Crosby's planning, and was programmed by Jessica Jenen, the company's interim executive director, and Ms. McNulty.
A version of this article appears in print on 09/19/2014, on page C2 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Women's Project Theater News.



8. Allen Ruppersberg, FF Alumn, at mfc-michèle didier gallery, Paris, France,

El Segundo Record Club

Open day and night on the website www.elsegundorecordclub.com

El Segundo Record Club is currently on display at mfc-michèle didier gallery, Paris

El Segundo Record Club follows the mythical tradition of the 1969 Al's cafe and the 1972 Al's Grand Hotel, two projects by Allen Ruppersberg which consisted of the opening a fully-functionning café and hotel, the originality coming from the fact that they were run according to rules defined by the artist.

The idea here is also that each visitor is invited to come and discover what El Segundo Record Club has in store for him.

Allen Ruppersberg has imagined El Segundo Record Club in accordance with a precise protocol. He has digitalized a part of his personal record collection - records from the 1920's to the year 1995 - which he has copied on blank vintage discs, using an old disc recorder.

Each title selected by Allen Ruppersberg has been recorded on several discs, forming series - consisting of 10 to 20 copies. Each one of these records has been slipped into a unique sleeve - different from the title - that was customized by the artist using another vintage record sleeve. Each one is signed, dated and shows the label "El Segundo Record Club". Each record is thus unique.

In accordance with the artist's wish, the originality of the store is that it is only possible to purchase the records and the posters through a website, set up especially for this project: www.elsegundorecordclub.com


mfc-michèle didier
66, rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, F-75003 Paris
+33 (0)1 71 97 49 13 - M: +33 (0)6 09 94 13 46
info@micheledidier.com - www.micheledidier.com
open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 am to 7 pm
Subway: République, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, Arts et Métiers



9. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at Hudson River Park Pier 25, Manhattan, Sept. 27

Talking life and art while applying eye shadow and spreading PB&J on bread

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Floating Library

The Floating Library is taking place on the Lilac Museum Steamship that is berthed at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 at West Street and N. Moore Street. Please note that N Moore Street is closed between Hudson and Greenwich Street for construction until Oct. 28, 2014.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez invites a small group to join in an improvisational encounter that approaches art as part of a larger experience called life. This event is meant to develop into an embodied conversation of a collaborative nature involving all of those attending. The outcome of this gathering is shaped in situ by the participants' stories, intellectual contributions, bodily movements, and performative gestures.

Talking life and art while applying eye shadow and spreading PB&J on bread seeks to break away from binaries such as art- life, audience - performer, among others, while offering participants the opportunity to open themselves up to that which does not care to be defined or categorized.

*Because of the food that will be served, this experience is not open to those with allergies to nuts.*

NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ treads an elusive path that manifests itself through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has exhibited/performed at Madrid Abierto/ARCO, The IX Havana Biennial, PERFORMA, IDENSITAT, Prague Quadrennial, The Pontevedra Biennial, The Queens Museum, MoMA, Printed Matter, P.S. 122, Hemispheric Institute, Princeton University, NYU Cantor Film Center, The Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, The MacDowell Colony, Provisions Library, El Museo del Barrio, Anthology Film Archives, EFA, The Center for Book Arts, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Franklin Furnace, and LMCC. Residencies attended: P.S. 1/MoMA, Yaddo, Lower East Side Printshop, and the MacDowell Colony. Grants received: Art Matters, Lambent Foundation, Printed Matter and Puffin Foundation. Estévez has curated exhibitions for El Museo del Barrio, the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice, Longwood Art Gallery/BCA, New York; and for Filmoteca de Andalucía, Córdoba, Spain. Publications: Pleased to Meet You, Life as Material for Art and Vice Versa (editor) and For Art's Sake. Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, he lives and works in the South Bronx.



10. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, Autumn events

Hi Everybody,

Very excited to hit the road soon! I will be back at the Trinity College semester in NYC program at La Mama theater, up in Canada at Trent Univ, heading south for my Alabama debut at Auburn (only 6 states left that I haven't performed in!) and residencies at Georgia College and State University, UNC Wilmington and SMU. Here are some tour highlights this Fall

Oct 6-9 Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario CANADA
Oct 17-19 Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Oct 20-25 Trinity La Mama Residency
Oct 21 Columbia University
Oct 25 Oct 30 Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville GA
Oct 31 - Nov 6 Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Nov 7- Nov13 Univ of Northern Carolina, Wilmington
Nov 19-23 National Communications Assoc Conf, Chicago

One of the realities of life on the road as a performer is the deep connection it makes to places all over the world. In the hope of INDEPENDENCE triumphing today in Scotland, I am posting my TBT photo of when I was the cover boy of the GAY SCOTLAND glossy magazine in 1994. I have been performing in Scotland since I was 24 and first did my solo POSTWAR at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. This moment of GAY SCOTLAND cover boy fame on the Sept 1994 issue was really important to me. I was at the Center for Contemporary Art on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow performing a solo and devising a piece with many gay Glaswegian men called QUEERGLOW for Glasgay, the fantastic queer arts festival there. (tip of hat to Cordelia Ditton, Steven Thomson, David Leddy and others!) and I was also courting my future husband Alistair Duncan McCartney in Glasgow that September twenty years ago. Alistair's Dad was born and raised in Glasgow and lots of McCartneys are still there. Alistair and I had just met in London in July and I lured him up to Glasgow and we played house in a lovely flat in the West End of Glasgow. (Buying Fairy Liquid together at the Byers Road Safeway begins 20 years of living together) For me, Glasgow is the most romantic city on earth!
xo Tim



11. Elana Katz, FF Alumn, now online at haaretz.com

Elana Katz was in Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/1.616436



12. Mira Schor, FF Alumn, in The Brooklyn Rail September 2014

Mira Schor, "Amnesiac Return Amnesiac Return," Brooklyn Rail (September 2014) published as part of the Critics Forum on Feminism and Art edited by Kara Rooney



13. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at La MaMa's The Club, Manhattan, Sept. 28

Peter Cramer and Jack Waters with David Sokolowski
in conjunction with Queer New York International Arts Festival 2014.

with special guests including John Michael Swartz (NYOBS),
Boy Wolf, Chris Tyler, Joe Castle Baker and Visuals by Ethan Weinstock.


La MaMa's The Club
74A East 4th Street, 2nd Floor.

ONLY 10 Available at this super price!!

An immersive cacophonic multi media blitz morphing TALKSHOW/GAMESHOW/TELEVANGELIST/NEWS TV Variety show formats into a live interactive environment with live music and DJ mixes!
Jackie's 60!
This performance launches a month-long celebration of Jack's emergence as a true SEXagenarian.
Don't miss SHOW SHOW SHOW.
This is your life.


JACK WATERS & PETER CRAMER are visual artists, film makers, writers, media artists, choreographers and performers. 2014 gigs so far have included their appearance at Punk Island with John Swartz as the newly formed pickup band NYOBS. They have a long association with La MaMa from their 1986 ONE NIGHT STANDS cabaret performances to their more recent exhibition and closing performance in June 2014 for the Visual AIDS exhibition "Ephemera As Evidence" curated by Josh Lubin-Levy and Ricardo Montez. In 2013 they exhibited their cross platform installation Short Memory/No History, A Case OF Cultural Amnesia at "NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS"; and in 2011 at the MIXploritorium, a queer installation and performance series, all at La Mama Galleria. Last summer they hosted the live variety talkshow "The Jack And Peter Show" co hosted with Justin Sayre at Participant Gallery in a revival of the original One Night Stands performance series for the Gordon Kurtti Project exhibition and events curated by Carl Michael George.

JACK & PETER are founders of The Greenthumb Garden Le Petit Versailles and the non-profit arts organization Allied Productions, Inc. They are former co-directors of ABC No Rio from 1983 -1990. Multiple Yaddo fellows and Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice artists in residence, they are working on a multi-media musical opus titled "Pestilence" that resulted in a collaborative exposition last fall in partnership with Harvestworks/PASS Studio at the Emily Harvey Gallery, New York. Publications that include their histories are Sur Rodney (Sur)'s revised chronology for "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art", "Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960 - 2010 edited by by Lauren Rosati and Mary Anne Staniszewski (MIT press), and "Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Generation" by Sarah Schulman (University of California Press).

DAVID SOKOLOWSKI is a Brooklyn-based promoter, producer & DJ. He occasionally dabbles in performance art with a preference for stream-of-consciousness improvisation based in media and politics. There's literally kind of a lot going on all the time.

JOHN MICHAEL SWARTZ is a classically-trained cellist and multimedia artist. His work is influenced by dalliances in record production, audio engineering, planetariums, color landscape photography, and the Internet. He has experimented most recently with singing and playing electric bass through a mixer that is plugged into itself. His real-time granular synthesizer/signal-processing instrument (variously referred to as "Magnum Opus", "Grantastic", "Grantasmic", "Pestulator", etc.) has been in continuous development for the past five years. Its functionality was greatly expanded while in residence at the Emily Harvey Gallery with Jack and Peter in 2013, where it served as the heart for a 12-channel wire-and-string set-piece.

BOYWOLF - Raunchy and in-your-face excerpts of BOYWOLF have shocked audiences across Brooklyn. Created and performed by Paul Leopold, BOYWOLF is a suburban prince who falls into urban decadence in an orgasmic bacchanal drenched with animal sexuality, and blending song, movement, poetry, video, ritual and myth.

CHRIS TYLER is an actor, performance artist, and occasional drag queen. A graduate of Brown University and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Chris has shown original work at the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, PRELUDE, P.S.122, La MaMa E.T.C., Dixon Place, and gay bars all over Brooklyn. Favorite stage credits include the title role in Vera; or, The Nihilists (HERE), Bryce in Waiting for Barbara (The New Museum), and Randy in A Crucible (The Wild Project). @NOTCHRISTYLER

ETHAN WEINSTOCK is a video artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in The MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, The Netherlands Transgender Film Festival and The Hot Festival. His writing has appeared in WIN Magazine (War Resisters League) and his work has been featured on the Hyperallergic Blog. All he ever wanted to be is the horse that she rides.




14. Joan Jonas, FF Alumn, at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy, opening Oct. 1

Joan Jonas
Light Time Tales
2 October 2014-1 February 2015

Opening: 1 October 2014

Pirelli HangarBicocca
Via Chiese 2
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am-11pm
Free admission

T +39 02 6611 1573


Light Time Tales, curated by Andrea Lissoni, will offer an insight into the constantly evolving artistic career of Joan Jonas. It includes ten installations and nine single-channel videos, bringing together Joan Jonas's most important works for the first time in Italy. These range from the most historic, such as Mirage (1976/1994/2005) and Volcano Saga (1985/1994), through to the more recent Lines in the Sand (2002), Reanimation (2010/2012/2013) and others that have never been seen before in Europe, such as Double Lunar Rabbits (2010).The works are shown together with films and videos dating from the 1960s to the present day, including Beautiful Dog (2014) a new video specially created for the exhibition.

Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York), one of the first female artists to combine video and performance, has since the 1960s explored the theme of identity and the relationship between the body and its representation, always avoiding any stereotyped image of herself. A great experimenter, always open to multi-disciplinary collaborations, Joan Jonas has deviced a personal artistic language that seamlessly interweaves video, installation and performance, creating a constant renewal of figurative art with formal solutions that have become a model for subsequent generations until the young artists of today.

The title of the exhibition refers both to the temporal aspects of the artist's work, which is based on time and on light, on video and narration, as to the particular nature of Pirelli HangarBicocca: a vast space where the darkness welcomes the works like luminous time capsules with all their tales and potential stories. For the very first time Joan Jonas has conceived a unique display in which the works coexist together in one single space, allowing them to relate to each other, generating new perspectives. Moreover it emphasizes the cyclical nature of artist's open-ended artistic research that is always in the making and never monolithic with themes and subjects that chase and renew each other.

On 21 October the artist will present Reanimation, a performance produced in collaboration with the musician and jazz composer Jason Moran offering visitors an opportunity to experience Joan Jonas's intense performing tension.

Light Time Tales is part of the programme of exhibitions created by Vicente Todolí together with Andrea Lissoni. It is being presented in conjunction with Papagaio, a solo show by João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva (until 26 October). The Pirelli HangarBicocca calendar will continue with exhibitions by Céline Condorelli (December), Juan Muñoz (April 2015), Damián Ortega (June 2015) and Philippe Parreno (October 2015).



15. Michel Auder, FF Alumn, at De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands, thru Nov. 30

Michel Auder: Large As Life
Christian Friedrich: On Something New / Dirt in a Hole
20 September-30 November 2014

Opening: Friday 19 September, 5pm

De Hallen Haarlem
Grote Markt 16
The Netherlands


De Hallen Haarlem opens the new season with two solo exhibitions: Large As Life by Michel Auder (b. 1945, Soissons; lives and works in New York), and On Something New / Dirt in a Hole by Christian Friedrich (b. 1977, Freiburg; lives and works in Amsterdam).

Michel Auder: Large As Life brings together a selection of films, videos and Polaroid photographs by Michel Auder, taken from over 40 years of production. Auder is a voracious and versatile filmmaker, who over the span of his career has produced thousands of hours of film and video footage, and continues to do so. His archive is in many ways the dynamic center of his practice: it holds a vast repository of footage that is continuously being revisited and recontextualized by the artist.

Since the late 1960s, Auder has staked out a highly personal territory between intuitive, diary-like recordings of his surroundings (New York City, his family and artist friends, his travels) on the one hand, and feature-length experimental films like Cleopatra (1970) and The Feature (2008) on the other hand. Constantly updating his medium, from the first portable consumer video camera up to the most recent iPhone, the artist has tirelessly sought to capture reality in both its mundane banality, and its glamorous seduction. Auder typically poses as the observer, or voyeur, eager to involve the uninitiated in the complicit act of viewing.

Large As Life aims to cover the entire spectrum of this seminal artist's body of work, with a focus on his single screen film and video pieces. From his portrait of Andy Warhol's Blue Movie Superstars Viva and Louis Waldon in Keeping Busy (1969), which is shot on 35 and 16mm film in hotel rooms in Rome (and which is typical for Auder's intimately realistic portraiture and languid observational style), to recent editing experiments like Endless Column (2011), the exhibition presents a selection of 25 film works including recent acquisitions by De Hallen Haarlem, as well as a series of Polaroid photographs created between 1978 and 1983.

In his first institutional solo show in the Netherlands, Christian Friedrich presents a new large scale sound and light work, On Something New (Dirt in a Hole), alongside an immersive, monumental five-screen video installation, and various existing sculptures. Friedrich's artistic interest lies in the design and manipulation of relations, both social and abstract, and the creation of conditions within which these relations can be played out-emphatically allowing for chance and improvisation to influence the process. His early drawings and sculptures are informed by cause-and-effect formulas, mining various conceptual traditions and their quasi-rational methods, both strict and frivolous. The subjugation of the human body is a recurring theme in Friedrich's work, and is typically extended to his exhibition approach. For De Hallen Haarlem's complex gallery structure, the artist has developed a minimal yet dominant architectural intervention, which heightens the viewer's self-awareness, and mirrors the delineated space in which the subjects in his videos act out their performative roles. For The Stone That the Builder Rejected Twice (2008-2014), the five-screen video installation at the core of this exhibition, Friedrich invited an unsuspecting stranger he contacted via a personal ad to his studio, where the guest was confronted with a strobe-lit scenography that included the artist himself-hanging immobilized and vulnerable. In this work, the artist activates and conflates various different power relations: those between strangers, between artist and muse, and between artist and spectator.

On Something New / Dirt in a Hole is a co-production of De Hallen Haarlem and Grazer Kunstverein, co-curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen and Xander Karskens. It is generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund.



16. Donald Daedalus, FF Alumn, releases new digital publication

Donald Daedalus publishes new edition of "News from Nowhere"
This digital version revives the socialist utopian classic written, designed, printed and bound by William Morris.

The protagonist awakes from a nap to find himself in an alternate reality that embodies his socialist ideals. Throughout the story, Morris creatively replies to detractors of socialism, particularly demonstrating that labor can be achieved by the sheer incentive of the enjoyment we derive from it.

Digitally restoring some many of the original page designs of the Kelmscott edition, this ebook is available to purchase on iTunes Bookstore and is part of a larger collection of digital books that comprise project bookEnd at the Center for Book Arts (October 10-Jan 15, 2014). For iPad and/or Mac computers.





17. Alexander Melamid, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Sept. 10

The New York Times
Who Needs Art? There's Plumbing

It tickles Alexander Melamid, a 69-year-old conceptual artist and provocateur, that his Chelsea landlord has printed his name on the building's tenant listing board as "Melamid's Healing Shrine." But so much amuses Mr. Melamid, a Russian-born painter with a ready cackle and a fondness for bear hugs, whose past provocations have included deep-frying photographs of artists like Andy Warhol, Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. It has long been Mr. Melamid's mission to poke fun at the art world. His Art Healing Ministry, an ongoing project, proposes that certain extractions and gadgets involving the emanations of Great Works - Raphael, say, or Botticelli - could be cures for a grab-bag of ailments: bulimia, acne, anxiety.

This month, he's filled the ministry, a modest room dominated by an enormous self-portrait with a tiny altar at its foot - "I am a false god," Mr. Melamid cautioned, "but if you want to pray...." (elaborate shrugging) - with a new obsession: plumbing fixtures. His meticulous paintings of U-bend pipes, O-rings, valves and plungers celebrate, he said, the marvel that is modern sanitation. They also make his point that modern art, which he considers a great big waste, might be well served by simply being flushed away. In a show titled "The Art of Plumbing" opening Wednesday at Vohn Gallery, 45 Lispenard Street, more plumbing pranks will be performed. (This interview has been edited and condensed.)

Q. O.K., let's talk about waste.
A. I think we need to open up the recycling station. Our world is polluted by art. It's millions and millions of objects that are created every day. So imagine there are recycling bins: plastic, paper, art ... .
Interesting. Recycling usually turns a material into something less than it was. Then there's upcycling, which makes the material into something better. What can we turn art into?
My idea is to make it into gypsum, you know, Sheetrock. We can put this creative power into the walls. If we believe it exists, it will spread out.
Huh, wow. Art would be a kind of green building material, then?
Yes, exactly. Like when they used to smash glass into pavements. It was very beautiful.
Let's talk about your proposal to flush the waste from museums.

Art is not only physical pollution, it's intellectual pollution. Spiritual pollution. I belong to the down-the-drain generation. We were promised salvation by art. I was a passionate believer, until I realized it was one of those allegiances, like spiritualism or theosophy. All of this kind of semi-religious teaching, like Mary Baker Eddy or Madame Blavatsky.

"I'm trying to get rid of the affliction of being in art," he said. "Why not introduce a new curriculum? Introduce a course of plumbing or electrical work." Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
What afflictions do you suffer from?

I'm trying to get rid of the affliction of being in art. Why not introduce a new curriculum? A course of plumbing or electrical work.
Because they are useful skills?
Yes, what happened in Medieval times was that a lot of able-bodied people went into convents and served God. Thousands of people got out of this normal economic life, and it was a disaster. Now it's getting to be the same because there are more and more artists.
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Do you mean to say that the labor pool is shrinking, particularly in the construction industry, because more people are going into art?
O.K., your artist's proposal for "The Art of Plumbing" mentions a libretto. Can you describe its plot?
I'm trying to get a composer. I was turned down by several friends. Maybe Philip Glass would be interested. The plot is like the "Nibelungen." The ring is lost, but it's not the ring. It's the O-ring, which has the magical power to seal the human excrement from leaking out everywhere. It protects the big city from diseases. That's a miracle of civilization.
In our work here in the Home section, plumbing can be a kind of excess, where the bathroom is a six-figure temple, with over-the-top showers and tubs. What do think about this practice of showering money into the bathroom?
I was in Albany in the biggest plumbing supply store in the Northeast. These are 19th-century creations. We believe that this is what we are [points to a computer], but this is what we really are [points to the plumbing fixture paintings]. Plumbing is invisible and an amazing human invention. These things are beautiful. Look at this quarter-turn angle valve. What a beauty. They are chrome-plated solid brass. Of course I've framed them traditionally. Come see me in December. I'll be talking about neo-senility.
What does that mean, and who coined the phrase?
Art is a neo-senility mode. It keeps forgetting stuff and imitating itself. It's a totally senile world. I coined the phrase. It's mine, yes. It belongs to me. I'm giving you permission to use it.
"The Art of Plumbing" will be on view at 45 Lispenard Street (Church Street) from Sept. 17 to Oct. 17. Information: 518-567-8922 or arthealingministry.net.



18. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, thru January 11, 2015

Dear Friends,

I want to invite you to the Crocker Art Museum's Our America: The Latino Presence In American Art, Sept 21, 20014 - January 11, 2015.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum is featuring my work from their permanent collection SPIN 2009. The exhibition catalog was published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, with essays by E. Carmen Ramos, and introduction by Tomas Yabarra-Frausto.

I hope you'll have a chance to check it out!

Thanks and all the best,




19. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, Oct. 11

CALENDAR LISTING for October 11th, 2014

With Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

Description: Our animal friends bless us every day with their love and devotion. Here is an opportunity to celebrate their special place in your life. Mama Donna will offer your animal loved ones sacred blessings of health, protection, gratitude and love.

Bring your pets - on leashes, in carriers, cages or bowls - to this non-denominational ceremony for all your furry, scaled and feathered friends!

When: OCTOBER 11, SATURDAY, Noon - 4:00 PM
Rain date: Sunday, October 12, Noon - 4:00 PM

Where: Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
At the Fountain. 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza

Cost: FREE!
Contact: For more info or to volunteer: 718-857-1343



20. Mierle Laderman Ukeles, FF Alumn, in St. Petersburg, FL, Sept. 22

performance work with St P sanitation workers and lecture both as part of MANIFESTA 10 and CEC ArtsLink in St P, September 22, 2014?



21. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, releases new book

"Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais" is now out! I selected, translated, and annotated a choice selection of plays by Alphonse Allais for this book. First performed in the cabarets and theaters of Paris in the rollicking 1890s, these plays include satire, absurdism, he-she sketches, a burlesque operetta, even a play for dogs. You'll find ten monologues, three one-act plays, and twelve shorter skits drawn from Allais's columns for "Le Journal," "Le Chat Noir," and other papers. It also includes my introduction and notes, a frontispiece I drew, and photos from the original production of "The Miserable Wretch and the Good Genie" in 1899.

It's 124 pages, and it's available from Black Scat Books, blackscatbooks(dot)com. It's proto=Dada at its most delicious!



22. Graciela Cassel, FF Member, at Anthology Film Archives, Sept. 29

We are pleased to announce TransBorder, a video panel
and discussion, at the Anthology Film Archives,
September 29 at 6:30 PM

We look forward to see you!

Graciela Cassel



23. Buzz Spector, FF Alumn, at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO, thru Oct. 11

Bruno David Gallery
BUZZ SPECTOR New Work Gallery Talk by Buzz Spector: Saturday, September 27 at 3 pm September 5 - October 11, 2014 RECENT VIDEOS



24. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, NY, Sept. 27

Hello friends,

I recently returned from the Catskills where I rewilded Platte Clove with a single American bison during my residency at The Catskill Center's Platte Clove cabin.

On Saturday, September 27th, I will be Rewilding Socrates Sculpture Park with a pair of American bison. This particular rewilding will be accompanied by the imagined sounds of animals from a pre-industrial New York State, including the echoes of a flock of passenger pigeons flying overhead. September 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the extinction of the last passenger pigeon, making this reincarnation of their presence particularly timely.
Rewilding Socrates Sculpture Park
Saturday, September 27th
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY
Rewilding will occur at 2:00 pm in proximity to Heidi Lau's Cave sculpture.

A second Rewilding will occur later in the day, time and area of the park TBD.
Each Rewilding will be approximately 30 minutes long.
Hope you will be able to join me for this performance event!
Best wishes,
Rachel Frank




25. Rumi Tsuda, FF Alumn, at Choplet Gallery, Brooklyn, thru Oct. 23, and more

Hi friends and colleagues,

I will exhibit my ceramics at Choplet Gallery in Williamsburg,
September 20 - October 23, 2014

Choplet, 238 Grand St., Brooklyn 11211 (between Driggs & Roebling )
917 547-8316

Danny and I are also in an exhibition in Mexico.




26. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, Autumn events

Hello Friends,
If you happen to find yourself in any of these places this Fall, please stop by and see these shows. I will have new projects in each of the solo exhibitions.
Sending you all my best,

Solo Exhibition
"A Roll in the Way", The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Oct. 19- April 5, 2014

Solo Exhibition
"Top Drawer", Stonybrook University Gallery, Stonybrook New York
September 6- October 18, 2014

Solo Exhibition
H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri
October 25- December 17, 2014

Socrates Sculpture Park Billboard Project : Wall Bearer
Long Island City, Queens
September 7, 2014- March22, 2015

Pierogi XX: 20th Anniversary Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Sept. 5, 2014- Oct. 5, 2014

"Unbound, Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo"
Group Exhibition
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
May 3- Oct. 5, 2014

Kate Gilmore



27. Priscilla Stadler, FF Member, Autumn events

Greetings, All!

Hope your fall is off to a good start!

There are two upcoming art events in which I'm participating - both are highly interactive public events and I hope you'll be able to join in! I realize some of you are in various locations but just wanted to let you know what's happening. If you are in the area, it would be lovely to see you at one or both events.

Saturday September 20, 12 - 5 pm
Join the 5 Create Change 2014 Hunts Point Artist Fellows (Ro Garrido, Sasha Phyars Burgess, Seyi Adebanjo, Alison Kibbe, and Priscilla Stadler) from The Laundromat Project and the Kelly Street Gardeners for GROW LOVE: From a Concrete Jungle a Garden Grows. This interactive arts festival at 924 Kelly Street, Bronx includes all ages activities ranging from co-creating a sculpture poem (the PoeTREE), chalk drawing, neighborhood stories by community members, community history exhibition of pictures and videos, yoga for kids & grownups, garden tours with kids and more! And that's just a smidgen, there are many other Field Day activities planned in Harlem, Hunts Point, and Bed-Stuy: http://laundromatproject.org/field-day-2014/ .

Saturday September 27, 1:00 - 2:30 pm and 3:30 - 5:00 pm
What do you call 25 (or more) creative acts throughout the most diverse county in the U.S. happening on the same day? The first-ever Queens Art Intervention! An amazing array of inspired actions for the public to participate in will be happening throughout the day in various Queens locations, and you are invited, whether or not you are from Queens! I'll be facilitating a Take What You Need (TWYN) station in Elmhurst from 1:00 - 2:30 and one in Jackson Heights from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. For more info see: http://www.regoparkgreenalliance.org/#!art-interventions/c3nw .

And we can add stations so if you are interested in being a TWYN facilitator just let me know!

Best wishes,


P.S. If you can't make it to the events you can always see some of my work on line at www.solanima.net



28. James Casebere, FF Alumn, at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY, thru Nov. 16

Homeland [IN]Security: Vanishing Dreams curated by Margaret Mathews Berenson
Artists: Seon Ghi Bahk, Matthew Brandt, Jeff Brouws, Beverly Buchanan, Leyla Cárdenas, James Casebere, Will Cotton, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ben Grasso, Stephanie Imbeau, Mary Mattingly, Adia Millett, Andrew Moore, Chen Qiulin, Doris Salcedo, Loren Schwerd, Alec Soth, Rob Stephenson, Brian Tolle, Chris Verene, and Marion Wilson

Timed to coincide with the anniversaries of the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 and with Superstorm Sandy, Homeland [IN]Security: Vanishing Dreams seeks to examine artists' responses to the many man-made and natural disasters that have resulted in the crippling of global economies and an increase in homeless populations around the world.
Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs
11-03 45th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
On 45th Ave btwn 21st street and 11th street

Closest Subways: E, M, 7, G
Exhibition Dates: On view through November 16th
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Monday 11am -6pm
All events Free and Open to the public
Contact Information: David Dorsky 718-937-6317 or registrar@dorsky.org



29. Susan Mills, FF Alumn, at Freshkills Park, Staten Island, NY, Sept. 28

Susan Mills will be teaching a free workshop on September 28 in conjunction with Station Island's in-progress- landfill-to-park - Freshkills Park.

'UnCommon Pages' is paper Susan handmade from Freshkills Park on site phragmites. Right now, phragmites is invasive in the park wetlands. The paper will be used to publish 2000 Field Notebooks on September 28th at the Sneak 'Peak" festival - stop by and bind your own book from local materials. Located just across from the 'contract goats' enlisted to eat phragmites on site....
More about the workshop and about Sneak 'Prak'



30. Ray Johnson, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Manhattan, Sept. 24, and more

Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson book signing on Wednesday, September 24, 6-8pm at the MoMA Library
A celebration of Not Nothing at the MoMA Library with editor Elizabeth Zuba in conjunction with the closing night reception for the exhibition Ray Johnson Designs, curated by David Senior. At the Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street, 6th floor. Free but RSVP is required-email library@moma.org.

"Ray Johnson: Nothing vs. Nothing" on Sunday, September 28, noon-1pm in The Classroom at the NY Art Book Fair
Editor/writer Elizabeth Zuba and multi-media artist Mark Bloch bring together their distinct literary and visual perspectives to explore Ray Johnson's innovative interpretations of "the book" and its relationship to his concept-practice of Nothing.

About Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994
"Because Johnson's mail art is epistolary, and likely considered more of a reading than a looking experience, its visibility in museums is fairly low, which makes the arrival of Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994, from Siglio Press, a real boon. But more than filling a gap, the book crackles with intellectual energy, with enough drawings and mini-collages embedded in its reproduced texts to hold even a nonreader's attention. Most important, it fills out the picture of what and who Johnson was: a brilliant, uncontainable polymath, an artist-poet, the genuine item."
-Holland Cotter, The New York Times

A conversation about Dorothy Iannone: You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends on Friday, September 26, 6-7pm in The Classroom at the NYABF
The often-censored, self-taught octogenarian American artist Dorothy Iannone has been making exuberantly sexual, joyfully transgressive image+text works for over five decades. Siglio publisher Lisa Pearson will talk with writer Trinie Dalton about Iannone's provocative and pioneering work.

Dorothy Iannone exhibition in The Dome at the NYABF, September 25-28
Printed Matter presents an exhibition showcasing artist's books and printed ephemera by Dorothy Iannone. The American-born, Berlin-based artist is famous for her vibrant, taboo-shattering and explicit depictions of female sexuality.

About Dorothy Iannone: You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends
Beginning with An Icelandic Saga in which Iannone narrates her journey to Iceland (where she meets artist Dieter Roth and leaves her husband to live with him), this singular volume traces Iannone's search for "ecstatic unity" from its carnal beginnings in her relationships with Roth and other men into its spiritual incarnation as she becomes a practicing Buddhist. Iannone's work-exploring sexual liberation and self-realization in a different but no less radical way than her feminist contemporaries-is rich with inversions of muse and maker, sacred and profane, male and female, submission and dominance. A fertile confluence of art and life, Iannone's work is inflected in surprising ways with equal parts Tantric metaphysics and Fluxus avant-garde.

About Siglio Press
Siglio is an independent press dedicated to publishing uncommon books and editions that live at the intersection of art & literature: inimitable, visionary works by renowned as well as little known artists and writers that defy categories and thoroughly engage a reader's intellect and imagination.



31. Carl Andre, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16

The Wall Street Journal
Arts & Entertainment
A Conflict of Minimalist Interests
The Retrospective Is Methodical, Handsome and Perplexing-Verging on Clinical
Lance Esplund
Sept. 16, 2014 6:16 p.m. ET

Retired New York artist Carl Andre is a founding father of American Minimalism-a postwar movement of utopian abstraction so spare, clean and reductive that you could mistake its paintings for blank white canvases and its sculptures for empty packing crates. He's also among the contemporary art world's greatest living conundrums.

Carl Andre:
Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010
Through March 2, 2015

His austere, human-scaled sculptures usually comprise numerous pieces of unaltered industrial building supplies such as bricks, stones, two-by-fours, lead pipes, square metal plates and blocks of concrete or rough-hewn timber. Specified numbers of these nearly identical units are usually laid flat on the floor or ground and lined up end-to-end, back-to-back or stacked and combined in various permutations. Unjoined and untransformed, they are arranged with mathematical precision, by human hands, with only gravity to hold them in place.
At Dia:Beacon-Minimalism's mecca on the Hudson-you may not immediately recognize some of Mr. Andre's works as sculptures, as in his signature flat-plate, metal-grid carpets such as "46 Roaring Forties" (1988). A rectangular floor arrangement of 46 one-foot-square steel plates, it's literally a pathway, and the only place in Dia where visitors are encouraged-challenged-to walk on art. "Actually," Mr. Andre has repeatedly stated since the 1960s, "my ideal piece of sculpture is a road."
Born in Quincy, Mass., in 1935, Mr. Andre lives in Manhattan, where his work has been shown at the Paula Cooper Gallery since 1968. He stopped making art in 2010. Although Mr. Andre has been widely exhibited and collected in Europe, he hasn't had a retrospective in the U.S. since 1978-80.
Curiosity stirred, then, when the comprehensive retrospective "Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010" was scheduled to open at Dia. Co-curated by Yasmil Raymond and Philippe Vergne, the show will travel to Madrid, Berlin and then Paris. At Dia, it promised to be definitive-especially when the reclusive Mr. Andre temporarily came out of retirement to help install it.
Commanding a battery of enormous sun-washed galleries and bolstered by Dia's superb permanent collection of sculptures by Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson and Richard Serra, the Andre retrospective is methodical, handsome and perplexing-verging on clinical. In its blatant simplicity and transparency, it's among the most agreeable and undemanding assortments of objects I've ever encountered in a museum. But few major exhibitions have left me feeling as ambivalent. If you believed that a five-decade survey would finally illuminate Mr. Andre's oeuvre as either poetic or prosaic, you may discover, as I did, that it plays cagily in the margins. At times this show inspired keen sensitivity and Zen-like calm; at others it left me cold, bored as a stump-often within the same sculpture.
Without question, Mr. Andre is serious. A suite of videos at Dia show him waxing philosophically about art and painstakingly arranging his stripped-to-the-bone sculptures. He obviously cares. Or does he? Mr. Andre considers himself the first "poststudio" artist. Many of his sculptures' mundane materials can be factory ordered and installed by curators and collectors, and then disassembled and stored when not on view. (If you were so inclined, you could re-create your own Andres at home.)
One of his early assemblages, the unassuming and ephemeral earthwork "Joint" (1968/2014), can be seen slumping and decaying in the middle-distance from Dia's panoramic windows. Offhand, even charming, "Joint" consists of an uninterrupted 252-foot-long tawny column of 126 hay bales laid side-to-side, bisecting Dia's south field. Though stationary, "Joint" seemingly creeps up a gently sloping grassy hill, hugging the ground like a single-file exodus of grazing yellow sheep.
Inside Dia, "Sculpture as Place," self-effacing yet passive-aggressive, is not chronological but, rather, beautifully scattershot. We get walloped with understatement in near-gymnasium-scale galleries that offer a whole lot of not much at all. Mega-Minimalist sculptures waddle among ancient temple ruins, primitive dwellings, monuments and totems; graveyard, loading dock and lumberyard.
In "12 Mixed Pipe & Track Run" (1969), a forlorn line of slightly bent, rusty steel pipes suggests a giant whip or the massive severed tail of the nearby corner-hugging sculpture "9th Cedar Corner" (2007)-a tightly packed triangular grouping of 45 36-inch-tall, 12-by-12-inch blocks of Western red cedar. Elsewhere, waist-high solid-timber walls nearly barricade passage through the museum. In the 91-unit ziggurat "Triskaidek" (1979), similar timbers are stepped high against Dia's wall, suggesting flying buttresses or a pyramid face. And coiled across Dia's floors are wide bands of copper, lead, magnesium, tin and zinc. Luminous, they interrupt expanses of worn, warm-wood floors like whirlpools or mammoth snakes. Likewise, Mr. Andre's flat-plate-metal grid sculptures conjure reflecting pools.
But Mr. Andre's art eschews analogies. I sense he wants each abstraction to be what it is: nothing less; nothing more-even in "Breda" (1986), which refers to the 1624-25 siege and fall of the Dutch fortified city during the Eighty Years' War. "Breda" comprises 97 bricks of Belgian chalky-bone-blue limestone arranged in a column of crosses. It suggests a machine-tooled dinosaur spine, crenellated parapets, headstones and a long manned rowboat. But "Breda" never lets you forget the bare fact-the facelessness-of its humble materials and its modest manufacture, which brings me back to my conflicting responses to Mr. Andre's art.
Mr. Andre began as an erstwhile Dadaist and writer of Concrete Poetry. Displayed here are more than 200 of his visually dense, geometrically constructed typewritten poems, some of which resemble Dadaist graphic design or weavings, as well as several of his early, small, amusing Duchampian Readymades. Other inspirations include the sculpture of Constantin Brancusi, and Mr. Andre's employment in a factory and as a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad. A trip to Stonehenge cemented Mr. Andre's desire to pursue sculpture. But the irreverent Readymade-not the singular, enigmatic beauty of Stonehenge or the pared-down essences of Brancusi-is the core influence behind Mr. Andre's cool Conceptualism.
Heightening awareness, "Sculpture as Place" reminds us that the repetition of almost anything can get at the essentials of art. At Dia, I became acutely aware of distinctions among different wood grains, knots and textures; among different colorations and striations in individual bricks and stones. I compared the temperature and shimmer of various metals; the densities among pine, aluminum, concrete and hot-rolled steel. But I recalled that I've had equally expansive experiences perusing aisles of goods at the lumberyard and the hardware store.
Ultimately, Mr. Andre's store-bought, chance-based oeuvre is a gamble, if not a gambit. Provocative yet evasive, his sculptures demand too much and too little: They ask that you question what is and isn't art. But they don't do much else. En masse, their militant informality conveys distance and neglect-dumbing down sculpture to its least common denominator. Art is a dialogue among artist, artwork and viewer. In Mr. Andre's monumental Minimalism, objects are multiplied but not transformed. There's little sense of call-and-response. The artist, in absentia, leaves viewers to do most of the heavy-lifting.
Mr. Esplund writes about art for the Journal.



32. Roberto Guerra Documentary Film Award announced

In partnership with UnionDocs, FF Alumn Kathy Brew, Roberto Guerra's long-time collaborator and wife, is establishing The Roberto Guerra Documentary Film Award.

This will be an annual award given to a NY-based documentary filmmaker based in NY, originally from a Latin American country. This award honors Roberto Guerra's legacy, as Guerra was originally from Peru, came to NY as a young aspiring filmmaker to meet the cinema verité pioneers and created many films while living in New York and in Europe.

UnionDocs will serve as the non-profit, tax-deductible receiver of donations to the fund.The award will be presented annually in the spring. The recipient will be chosen from a pool of nominees recommended by those in the field, with the final selection made by a panel organized by UnionDocs. (http://www.uniondocs.org/)

At this time we are looking to friends and family to establish this award. All donations should be made out to - UnionDocs/The Roberto Guerra Documentary Film Award and are tax-deductible. Checks should be sent to:

Kathy Brew
41 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001

To make a donation via PayPal:
Go to the PayPal website
Select "send" from the top menu
Send to info@uniondocs.org
and follow the instructions.



33. Jeanine Oleson, FF Alumn, at St. Marks Church, Manhattan, Oct. 8 and more

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know about a few events I have coming up:

a. Reading at the Poetry Project with Lucas de Lima, St. Marks Church, Wednesday, Oct. 8 @ 8pm. A chance to hear me read things instead of getting others (and myself) to perform them.

b. Performance at BRIC, Tuesday, Oct. 14 @ 7pm as part of a program called Utterances that Martha Wilson and Ben Thorpe Brown are organizing. I'll be presenting another excerpt of the opera, but this time with Beth Griffith and Rainy Orteca performing!

Hope to see you and that you are all doing well!

Jeanine Oleson



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