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Contents for November 24, 2014

1. Seung-Min Lee, FF Fund recipient 2014-15, at Interstate, Brooklyn, opening Dec. 13

Sing's Millennium Mart
Curated by Seung-Min Lee

December 13 - February 1, 2014/2015

Call them corner stores, bodegas, delis, or organic food marts and they seem innocuous in their everyday nooks but these neighborhood markets are palimpsests of cultural battles and values. The winners of these merchant wars have always been those who could predict the desires of their customers and orchestrate them into a form of theatre.

How do the origin stories of eBay and Amazon, differ from the ancient markets like the agora and the souk? Once, paths of traders kept crossing each other at spots in the sand. People gathered in those intersections swapping smokes and spices, and some hung around for the action. It has always been the itchy discontent wanderers who loiter in the agora with their desires for self-improvement, seeking that certain perfect thing they convince themselves they need.

Nowadays, food sells itself, each package wrapped and labeled with its provenance and pedigree. Kale chips and coconut water beam their promise to enlighten us from the shelf. We reciprocate with demands that our food be smarter and closer to the land then we are; we fear dumb food as we fear the poverty and death that creeps in from subaltern spaces.

Agoraphobia. The market can trigger dread and anxiety as it promises sustenance. With its dizzying array of choices, it realizes and answers our desires for transformation before we do and tells us to follow. So the spotlight is on you the would-be buyer. When your corner store starts to stock food you don't understand and can't afford-it's your expiration date you should be worried about.

Sing's Millennium Mart is the corner deli of the future. Lee invites several artist collaborators to create their ideal market place. With Simone Frazier she will grow a 24/7, self-sustaining tossed salad garden and indoor greenscape. Jonathan Butt and Lee design generative, nurturing retail fixtures and with Ted Mineo, cast prototypes for the staple goods of tomorrow. In addition, Mores McWreath creates masks to keep your favorite old junk foods ever-green.

A series of performances in the installation will highlight the mixed and competing emotions the corner deli arouses. Artists participating include: Daniel Bozhkov, Allison Brainard, Nicholas Buffon, Sean J Patrick Carney, Kiran Chandra, Ana Fabrega, Danyel Ferrari, Sameer Kapoor, Devin Kenny, Dominika Ksel, Jaeeun Lee, Mores McWreath, Irvin Morazan, Sahra Motalebi, Clifford Owens, FF Alumn, Andre Springer, and Jennifer Sullivan. Full schedule of performances TBA as well as additional performers.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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L train to Morgan Ave. The gallery is located on Knickerbocker Ave, between Harrison Place and Grattan St. The entrance is through a courtyard on the street level.
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2. Lynn Cazabon, FF Alumn, at Baltimore Light Rail/Maryland Public Transit System, Dec. 1-28

Lynn Cazabon
Portrait Garden
Dec 1 - 28, Baltimore Light Rail/Maryland Public Transit System

Portrait Garden is a series of audio and photographic portraits of eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup, MD, culminating a 1-1/2 year long collaboration between artist Lynn Cazabon and the inmates to create perennial gardens on the prison grounds consisting of plants chosen to represent each woman and recorded interviews with each about the selected plants and her past and present experiences with gardening.

The completed portraits are photographs of the selected plants that were planted and cultivated over the course of a year, displayed with a short textual excerpt from the audio interviews and QR codes, which when scanned with a mobile device, play the full interview with each woman. The audio interviews are available through the project website: http://portraitgarden.org

For the month of December, Portrait Garden will be displayed as a series of 100 posters in trains within the Baltimore Light Rail system. This public dissemination is conceived as a moving gallery designed to bring the women metaphorically into the community of Baltimore City.

Portrait Garden started in the summer of 2013 when Cazabon began working with this group of women who volunteered to be part of the Maryland Green Prisons Initiative, a program that trains inmates to assist with ecological research. Portrait Garden was built upon the foundation of this training, while adding a personal dimension to environmental stewardship by fostering meaningful connections between the activity of cultivating plants and personal growth. Cazabon asked each woman to self-identify with perennial plants and to talk about their choices, in order to encourage self-reflection and renewal for this group of incarcerated women. Perennial plants were chosen specifically for their growth cycle throughout the year, with a dormant period over the winter months, as a symbol of re-birth. The project also seeks to shed light on the realities of long-term incarceration by bringing the thoughts and voices of these women to a wide public audience.

Nine of the inmates are each represented by two photographs: an image of a plant she selected and an image of a native plant Cazabon selected for her, based on their conversations. Two of the inmates have been released since the start of the project and are each represented by a single photograph. To protect the privacy of each woman, they are identified by their first name only, and in some cases, by a first initial.

Portrait Garden was made possible in part by a Rubys Media Arts Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and through support from Babikow Greenhouses and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Lynn Cazabon
Associate Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Department of Visual Arts
University of Maryland Baltimore County



3. Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, FF Alumns, at Cavellini Festival, Manhattan

THE CAVELLINI FESTIVAL IN NYC. Mark Bloch, curator and FF alum.

There was a three day celebration of Guglielmo Achille Cavellini in New York City, November 14 to 16, 2014 to celebrate the GAC Centennial 1914-2014 organized by writer and artist Mark Bloch.

On Friday night, November 14 there was a reception at the Museum of Modern Art library hosted by their director Milan Hughston in the Cullman Education Building and a viewing of MoMA's mailings received from Cavellini and their mail art historical show "Analog Network," both curated by Jennifer Tobias of MoMA. Festival organizer Mark Bloch showed a 1974 poster reprinted on canvas of Cavellini that (now correctly) predicted his exhibition at MoMA in the year 2014.

On Saturday, November 15, about 20 artists gathered to unfurl a large Cavellini 1914-2014 banner outside the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the shuttered Whitney Museum as an homage to the master of self-historifcation. Next, from 12 to 2 pm at Richard L. Feigen & Co., festival goers viewed the "Ray Johnson's Art World exhibition" followed by a private look at some of the Ray Johnson papers with the Ray Johnson Estate archivist, Diana Bowers.

At Lynch Tham, a gallery on the Lower East Side, a centennial exhibition of works by Cavellini from his estate and some performances took place followed by an evening Whitebox Art Center multi-media extravaganza, also on the Lower East Side that featured an extensive mail art show in honor of GAC and a survey of his career in the studio and as a mailer of posters, mail art, postage stamps, t shirts, postcards, performance documentation and artist books. The well-attended opening included 3 and one half hours of performance art by Mark Bloch, Jon Tsoi, Britta Wheeler and others as well as live music, video and poetry readings by Valery Oisteanu and Steve Dalachinsky.

On Sunday morning, November 16, there was a traditional Katz's Deli New York Correspondence Brunch Meeting in honor of Cavellini as well as Ray Johnson, E.M. Plunkett, Buster Cleveland, John Evans, Dick Higgins, Carlo Pittore, David Cole, Fernand Barbot and other late New York artists, all active participants in NY's mail art community between the 1960s and the present day.



4. Coco Go SuperSkyWoman, FF Alumn, current events

news for Coco Go SuperSkyWoman:

I have three masks in the Personae show that opened Oct 18th and proceeds to the end of the year 2014:
A. mask from sandcrab eye-like holes in sandy beach found by Ray Johnson and myself
B. mask self foto in front of the Venice Biennale framed by my blue Carnevale wig, with Emily's telltale John Cage-like smile inserted into my smile.
C. mask original assemblage from handmade paper-trapped mask for Emily.
PERSONAE: Masks, Photos, Video, Texts and Documents
In Memory of Emily Harvey, Curated by Berty Skuber
At Archivio Emily Harvey, San Polo 387, 30125 Venezia

this exhibition in memory of its founder, on the tenth anniversary of her death. Venetian masks were of particular interest to Emily Harvey. The curator of the exhibition, Berty Skuber, has developed a show on this theme, inviting the friends and past guests of the Emily Harvey Foundation to create a mask or mask-related work for this special occasion. As well, the show presents a selection of photos and documents concerning the life of Emily Harvey and the presence of her gallery in Venice. The exhibition includes masks, video and texts by over 130 artists and writers from all around the world.
ehf@emilyharveyfoundation.org - tel./fax: 041-522-6727


the show " Il Valore Della Memoria " at Casa del Popolo
Corso Ponticelli, 26 - Napoli that happened during the big flood recovery in my town when I had to be out of my home for 15 months:





5. John Kelly, FF Alumn, current events

November Newsletter - John Kelly Performance

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November 2014 John Kelly Performance Newsletter Information, news, & details about upcoming events ~

Coming up November 20-23 I'm presenting four live performances and a video installation at Bard Live Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. A revision of an earlier version that was originally presented in 2011, Escape Artist Redux is a solo performance with 3-channel video, and an entirely new 4-channel video installation. This meditation on mortality and the consequence of risk is based on a trapeze accident that left me stranded in an emergency room. The 'escape' is a video fantasy wold encounter with the sinners, saints, prostitutes and gods that populate the paintings of Caravaggio.

My presentation is part of Bard's The House is Open pop-up exhibition of installation and performance that also features the work Jack Ferver/Marc Swanson, Ralph Lemon, Jennifer Monson, Tad Beck and Nature Theater of Oklahoma.

Details Here (http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126880)

Bard College has been a fertile place for creative exploration for me over the past 13 months. Since fall of 2013, I've been a Visiting Artist in Residence, in addition to teaching courses in Visual Performance and a History of East Village Performance. This is a group shot with some of my 2013 students in the Resnick Studio at the Fisher Center.

I will be releasing my first solo recording Beauty Kills Me, in early 2015. We recently finished mastering this CD of original songs by myself and the incredibly talented Carol Lipnik. More information on the CD release will be out soon.

In the winter/spring of 2014 I had a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Art Center on Governors Island just off the southern tip of Manhattan. Taking the ferry to this beautiful island everyday and working within this community of artists supported me in completing new video work, as well as a series of 80 performance-related drawings.

On October 28th I participated in the Now and Then reading series at Abrons Arts Center reading a selection of personal journal entries from the 1980's and more recent times. This was an intense journey into my past, and a rewarding public conversation on the state of culture. I was very pleased to be on the program with the brilliant cultural critic Cynthia Carr. The series is curated by Sarah Maxfield.

John Kelly Performance is developing several performance and music events planned for New York City in 2015. Stay tuned for more info.

I hope to see you at one of our events in the near future.
As always, thank you for your support.

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6. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at Wave Hill, The Bronx, Jan. 24, 2015

Winter Workspace Workshop: Sounding Silence and The Winter Walk
Saturday, Jan 24 - 1:00PM-4:00PM
Glyndor Gallery & Ecology Building
To register: https://www.wavehill.org/events/winter-workspace-workshop-sounding-silence-and-winter-walk/

Join Winter Workspace artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez in an experiential workshop beginning with a mute stroll around the Wave Hill winter landscape. Also in silence, use the sounds, impressions and mental images collected on the walk to create an individual or collaborative mixed-media artwork in the warmth of the art studio. Oral communication is reestablished toward the end of the session, in time for a conversation on the work generated and on the overall experience. Hot ginger tea and cookies will be served. All workshops with Winter Workspace artists begin in their Glyndor Gallery studios with an introduction to their creative process. Unless otherwise noted, art materials are provided. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult.

$15/$5 Wave Hill Member per session. Registration recommended, starting November 12, online or at the Perkins Visitor Center.



7. Matt Mullican, FF Alumn, at Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany, thru Feb. 22, 2015

Matt Mullican. Books Representing Books
November 21, 2014-February 22, 2015

Opening: Thursday, November 20, 7pm

Kunsthalle Mainz
Am Zollhafen 3-5
55118 Mainz
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm,
Wednesday 10am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm

T + 49 6131/12 69 36
F + 49 6131/12 69 37

The Kunsthalle Mainz is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition by Matt Mullican. Born in 1951 in Santa Monica, California, Mullican is considered an outstanding figure in contemporary art, with knowledge about and actualization of the world and human experience at the center of his oeuvre. Books Representing Books is the first retrospective of Matt Mullican's extensive work with notes, sketches, and prints.

What are pictures, actually? Are they things that show people or objects, or only illusions which deceive us? Are they messages from the visual world, evidence of tangible existence, or even merely something that we imagine, which has no fixed place except in our minds? The concept artist Matt Mullican explores the genesis of pictures and what effects they have. Ever since he first began to create works of art, he has collected photographs, objects, and all manner of things he finds; he also makes drawings and sketches for his pictures. Mullican assembles these various materials into cosmological charts on knowledge and existence, love and feelings, signs and language, death and birth, which he calls the "Five Worlds." Nowadays he locates many pictures using the Internet, printing out his finds. The resulting series and groups of works are bound into books or spread out into charts. Others appear in finished form outlined in large canvas paintings or spread out into expansive wall friezes.

Books are compendiums of knowledge and time. They contain lists, numbers, texts and pictures. To Mullican, who always carries an A4 notebook around with him, they are an intimate record, a way of indexing and updating one's knowledge. The idea of developing a retrospective exhibition of an artist's book output came about during visits he made to the Kunsthalle in Mainz-mounting the exhibition in the city where Johannes Gutenberg had his workshop seemed to be more than fitting.

Large canvas sheets are suspended on ropes, creating the walls of a room configured as a labyrinth. Mullican most recently mounted a room installation of this kind in the cavernous spaces of the Venetian Arsenal at the Venice Biennale. The canvas features text elements, numbers, drawings of nooses and loops, all works that were created while the artist was under hypnosis, suggesting the absence of cognitive control as well as an underlying striving to achieve meaning and order.

In addition, Mullican is exhibiting a selection of pieces from his personal collection. These include comic books, scrapbooks, and historic works by the Venetian engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), who, like Mullican, created visions of architecture as brooding explorations of the world.

Curated by Thomas D. Trummer

Events and Lectures:
Artist talk with Matt Mullican
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7pm
Thomas D. Trummer (Director Kunsthalle Mainz) in conversation with Matt Mullican

Fade into You-a series of film screenings
View, drink, and discuss
Wednesdays, 7pm
December 10 episode XXXV
January 7 episode XXXVI
January 28 episode XXXVII
February 18 episode XXXVIII



8. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at The Center, Manhattan, December 10

FF AlumnAnnie Lanzillotto's Audiobook Thunder Party -- Wednesday 12/10 at 7PM at BGSQD in The Center, 208 W 13th St, Room 210, NYC 10011. Performance / Fundraiser / Not-so-silent Auction for book access for all - to support the audio book recordings of Lanzillotto's books "L is for Lion" SUNY Press, and "Schistsong" Bordighera Press, for visually impaired audiences, and for all for whom reading a book is too arduous. Add a buck here: http://kck.st/1x4MMkB Come raise a glass of vino or Pellegrino, get a book signed, dance.



9. Hans Haacke, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Dec. 21

Art in Review by Ken Johnson, Hans Haacke, The New York Times, Dec. 21, 2014

An ecologist in the broadest sense of the term, Hans Haacke has been working valiantly to promote sane thinking about the real world and its interwoven systems for more than four decades. This exhibition brings together new and old works to synergistic effect. An installation called "The Business Behind Art Knows the Art of the Koch Brothers" (2014) features a triptych of photographs: Two on the outside depict the banal new fountains in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that were financed by the billionaire David H. Koch, who, along with his brother, Charles G. Koch, is a major backer of conservative causes. In the middle image, a banner between columns on the museum's facade proclaims "The Business Behind Art Knows the Art of Good Business." Cascading below the photographs from the wall onto the floor are scores of photomontages, each picturing burbling water framed by the border of a $100 bill.

"Together," which Mr. Haacke first executed in 1969 but is here titled "Circulation," has two motors on opposite sides of the gallery pumping water through an intricate system of transparent tubing that covers most of the room's floor. In this context it's easy to see this revived sculpture as representing the Koch brothers' web of power and money.

A separate room presents "Gift Horse," Mr. Haacke's winning proposal for an artwork to be displayed atop the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London. A finely made bronze model of a horse skeleton stands for the full-size 13-foot-tall sculpture that will occupy the plinth beginning next March. A ribbon around one leg represents an LED sign that will function as a London Stock Exchange ticker. It will remain in the square for 18 months; would that it were permanent.

Paula Cooper
521 West 21st Street, Chelsea
Through Saturday



10. Claes Oldenburg, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Dec. 21

Weekend Miser by A.C. Lee, The New York Times, Dec. 21, 2014

The Miser's excuse for perennially failing to send out holiday cards goes like this: With shopping, cooking and traveling on top of life's quotidian travails, who has time? "Handmade: Artists' Holiday Cards From the Archives of American Art," a new show at the Morgan Library & Museum featuring bespoke cards by some of the 20th century's most acclaimed artists, puts that rationalization more to rest, and then some. Artists as productive as Helen Frankenthaler, Alexander Calder and Claes Oldenburg found the time not just to mail but to create cards. The exhibition opens on Friday, and admission is free that night from 7 to 9.
(Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.; 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street; 212-685-0008; themorgan.org.)



11. Michael Bramwell, Hector Canonge, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Meg Duguid, Katya Grokhovsky, Anya Liftig, Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, Miao Jiaxin, Anya Liftig, Ginny Lloyd, LuLu LoLo, Amapola Prada, Bobby Previte, Adam Putnam, Martha Wilson, Ed Woodham, FF Alumns, in new Ugly Duckling Presse publication

"A bible of performance art activity." - Martha Wilson
The pages of Emergency INDEX are open to all who work with performance. In each annual volume, contributors document works made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals the breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work today. Each volume features a comprehensive index of key terms used by contributors in describing and discussing their own work. Begun in 2011, INDEX is a lens for seeing the field of contemporary performance from the ground up.
Order before December 15 and get $10 off the cover price. Use this coupon code at checkout: performthis




12. Andrea Kleine, Anya Liftig, Bobby Previte, Yvonne Rainer, FF Alumns, at The Chocolate Factory, Long Island City, Queens, Dec. 3-6
Please visit this link for complete information on the upcoming presentations of "Screening Room, or, The Return of Andrea Kleine (as revealed through a re-enactment of a 1977 television program about a 'long and baffling' film by Yvonne Rainer.)"



13. Anya Liftig, FF Alumn, at Queer City Cinema Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Jan 22-25, 2015

Anya Liftig will be part of Queer City Cinema Festival in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada January 22-25th 2015.

Cheers and Happy Turkey or Tofurky Day!




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