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Contents for January 26, 2015

1. Martha Wilson, Ann Messner, Jennifer Miller, Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumns, at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, opening Feb. 5

FF Alumns Martha Wilson, Theodora Skipitares, Ann Messner, and Jennifer Miller (and their classes) are involved in this show.

The Artist as Provocateur: Pioneering Performance at Pratt Institute
An exhibition of objects and ephemera from the performance practices of Pratt Institute students and faculty

February 2 through March 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday February 5th, 5-7pm
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus
The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery
Chemistry Building, 1st Floor
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 636-3517



2. John Baldessari, Peter Downsbrough, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, Buzz Spector, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR, opening Feb. 25

Words, Words, Words
An Exhibition of Text Based Artwork
February 5 - March 28, 2015

Words, Words, Words is an exhibition of text-based work featuring 21 regional, national and internationally renowned artists, who are recognized for utilizing text in their work as a primary vehicle for expression. As far back as the graffiti of Pompeii, artists have used text to elicit an emotional response. Whether it is Jack Pierson's repurposing of letters from old signs or Barbara Kruger's terse and often aggressive layering of text over photographs, the artists in Words, Words, Words use text to evoke feeling and stimulate discourse. Ranging in media from Ghada Amer's embroidered painting to Chris Johanson's works on paper, the variety in the way each artist incorporates text into their work makes for a dynamic and engaging exhibition.

Ghada Amer was born in Cairo and studied at the Villa Arson in Nice, France. Her embroidered canvases address cultural identity, religious fundamentalism, acts of sexual violence and confronts the language of hostility and finality with narratives of love and longing. Amer currently lives and works in New York and has exhibited at the Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy), the Sydney Biennale (Sydney, Australia), the Whitney Biennale (New York, NY) and the Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY).

Lisa Anne Auerbach is best known for her knit sweaters that channel female labor, craft and text-based conceptual art. Auerbach typically knits the sweaters to fit her body, adorning them with political messages. Her work can be seen in institutions such as The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, CA), The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), LACMA (Los Angeles, CA), Printed Matter (New York, NY) and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor, MI).

John Baldessari is an internationally acclaimed American artist commonly associated with Conceptual or Minimalist art, though he has called this characterization "a little bit boring." He fuses photography and painting with text to create compositions that explore our cultural landscape. Baldessari's work is included in numerous public collections around the globe including Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon (Lyon, France), Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Tate Britain (London, England) and the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia).

Robert Barry creates conceptual artworks in a variety of forms including his "word list" installations, in which Barry prints capitalized words directly on walls or surfaces to evoke a narrative and inspire contemplation. Barry encourages free association of meaning to his work. His work can be found in public collections such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), Museum Of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, Germany) and Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY).

Pat Boas makes drawings, paintings, prints and digital projects about the activity of reading. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), the Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM), the Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID), the Center on Contemporary Art and Consolidated Works (Seattle, WA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH). In 2012, she received a Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship and a Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Residency Award. Boas lives and works in Portland, OR.

Mel Bochner, is noted to be one of the most influential pioneers and practitioners of Conceptual art. His paintings, installations and photography reflect his avid engagement of language as image and content. His work can be found in collections around the world such as Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), The Art Museum of South Texas (Corpus Christi, TX), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia) and the Städel Museum (Frankfurt, Germany).

Andrea Bowers work largely centers around the convergence of art and activism. She uses a wide variety of media including drawing and installation in her practice to address issues ranging from workers' rights, to sexuality and gender discrimination. Bowers' work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial (New York, NY) and 2008 California Biennial (Newport Beach, CA). She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA,

Peter Downsbrough is an architect, photographer and conceptual artist who creates spatial interventions with a minimalist visual vocabulary of letters and lines. "The word for me is an object," he has said. Downsbrough's work is included in the permanent collection of many institutions including the Museum of Modern Art Library (New York, NY), New York Public Library (New York, NY), Tate Gallery Library (London, England) as well as the Centre national d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou (Paris, France).

Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual artist. Whether she is questioning consumerism, describing torture, or lamenting death and disease, her use of language is designed to agitate and disturb. In 1990, Holzer received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. Her work can be found in such public collections as the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and the Tate Collection (London, England).

Chris Johanson's career stems from his early activities in the Northern California punk scene, in which he produced murals, posters, and zines. He became known early in his career for his cartoon-like aesthetic as well as his use of recycled materials to create conceptual themes. In 2014 Johanson had a solo exhibition at the Portland Museum of Modern Art (Portland, OR). His work has been included in exhibitions at institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), Museo De La Ciudad De Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL).

Barbara Kruger is an internationally renown artist best known for layering found photographs with provocative text. Her works challenge the viewer to question issues of classism, feminism and consumerism. Kruger has been included in exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY).

Michael Lazarus' creates paintings on panels constructed from found materials including commercial signage and lettering. He reconfigures these elements to create statements or questions that lure the viewer into the work. His work has been exhibited at Deitch Projects (Long Island City, NY), San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA), Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington (Seattle, WA), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), among others. Lazarus lives and works in Portland, OR.

Glenn Ligon is a multimedia conceptual artist known for his text-based paintings exploring issues of race and sexuality in America. A mid-career retrospective of Ligon's work, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in March 2011. Ligon has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Power Plant in (Toronto, Canada) the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia, PA) and the Kunstverein (Munich, Germany). His work was included in Documenta XI in 2002, and the 1991 and 1993 Whitney Biennials. Ligon lives and works in New York, NY.

Bruce Nauman is an innovative and provocative artist whose practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking, and performance. Known for his text-based work, Nauman uses the evocative power of language, dismantling linguistic structure, creating puns and oxymorons, and linking contradictory words in alliterative sequences. His work was included in the 2013 Venice Biennale and can be found in such collections as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Tate Gallery (London, England), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY).

Melody Owen creates collages incorporating print media that are captivating and quiet, encouraging the viewer to find the narrative within. She has exhibited at such venues as the Royal College of Art (London, England), Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Spoonbill and Sugartown (Brooklyn, NY), the Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, WA) and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR). In 2009 she was artist-in-residence at Gaestatelier Krone in Aarau, Switzerland, funded in part by the Oregon Arts Commission. Owen is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Matthew Picton's wall-mounted sculptures of urban environments reconstruct, in paper and vellum, aerial views of city streets and blocks. Unlike street maps, Picton's representations are at once cartographic, topographical and cultural, incorporating period-specific texts and musical scores. Born in London England, Picton studied Politics and History at the London School of Economics. His work is included in the collections of The De Young Museum (San Francisco, CA), The Herbert Museum of Art (Coventry, UK), The Fidelity Bank collection (London, UK), The Stadt Museum (Dresden, Germany) and The New York University Langone Medical Center Collection (New York, NY).

Jack Pierson is a multimedia artist known for word signage installations, drawings, and artist's books that explore the emotional undercurrents of everyday life, infused with a sly sense of humor. Pierson's work can be found in collections as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), Seattle Art Museum, (Seattle, WA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY).

Jaume Plensa is a Catalan Spanish artist and sculptor, known for his public art projects. He combines both traditional and unconventional materials, often with text, to create energized hybrid works that engage his viewers on an intuitive, psychological level. Plensa's work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna, Austria) and the Museum Marugame Hirai (Maugame, Japan). Jaume Plensa is represented by Galerie Lelong, New York, NY.

Michelle Ross examines the relationship between abstract painting and digital photography, a medium used to record, disseminate, and contextualize painting. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including those at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), and Rome International University (Rome, Italy). In 2012, Ross was named as a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. Ross is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Ed Ruscha is an internationally known artist widely associated with the Pop Art movement. Ruscha's work is heavily influenced by his initial interest in graphic arts, incorporating text as well as urban and western landscapes into his art. His work is included in numerous public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Tate Gallery (London, UK) The National Gallery of Art, (Washington DC), National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland).

Buzz Spector is an internationally recognized artist, who works in a wide range of mediums. Spector's work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. Spectors work in included in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis, MN), Whitney Museum
of American Art (New York, NY) and Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu (Berlin, Germany).

Lawrence Weiner is a prolific artist and a central figure in the field of Conceptual art, advocating a practice based in ideas and actions rather than on the art object itself. While his art encompasses various media, his primary form since the 1970s is text-based wall installations. Weiner's work can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), the British Museum (London, England), the Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY).

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 N.W. 9th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503.224.0521



3. Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, FF Alumn, at Stanford University, CA, Feb. 5-7

FF Alumn Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa at Stanford University, February 5 - 7

The next iteration of Intertwining Roots will be presented at Stanford during the first weekend of February (Thursday-Saturday). Intertwining Roots is a solo performance incorporating my research about Argentina's Dirty War (1976-1983) and archives of my Filipino grandfather who worked as a diplomat in Buenos Aires during Juan Peron's term in the late 1940s and early 1950s. My quest for him and research about the disappeared are intertwining processes of memory recuperation.
Intertwining Roots
February 5, 6, and 7 @ 7pm
Nitery Theater (above the Centro Chicano, directly across from the Bookstore)
514 Lausen Mall, Building 590 (Old Union)
Stanford University
More info: http://www.gigiotalvaro.com/news-events/
FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/812988618762817/?pnref=story



4. Roberto Guerra Memorial, St. Peter's Church, Manhattan, Jan. 31

Dear friends:

I just returned from Peru where we held a beautiful memorial celebration for Roberto with friends and family on January 10th -- the one year anniversary of his passing..(I posted images on my Facebook page.)

Now looking forward to completing the circle of the year here in NYC..

SATURDAY, January 31st, 2015, 3 pm at St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue @ 54th Street
(If you think you'll be able to attend, please send me an email back so I can get a sense of numbers for the reception: kathybrew@verizon.net

I'm also happy to report that we have raised over $10,000 for the Roberto Guerra documentary fund... Thanks to all supporters of this!




5. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Ceres Gallery, Manhattan, Jan. 29

CHELSEA: Vernita N'Cognita & Sean Carolan are presenting a new collaborative performance entitled "NEW BEGINNINGS"
at Ceres Gallery, Thursday January 29th at 7PM. Ceres Gallery is located at 547 W 27th St., Chelsea, NYC.

N'Cognita aka Vernita Nemec and Sean Carolan, a composer and musician, have collaborated since 2007, utilizing experimental and improvisational motifs in their works.
Carolan and his band performed recently at Arlene's Grocery in the East Village.

Nemec has received numerous awards for her work, including a Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Grant and inclusion in
Movement Research's Monday Night5 Series at Judson Memorial Church.
She is listed in Wikipedia at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernita_Nemec.
More performances can be seen on UTube and Vimeo.
More information about the artist can be seen on her website:



6. Ken Butler, Terry Dame, FF Alumns, at Barbes, Brooklyn, Jan. 29

Hello friends,
This month Terry Dame's Weird Wednesdays presents a Weird Wednesday ALL STAR BLOWOUT to inaugurate the start of season 3 -Episode 20!!!! The date is January 29th, the place is Barbes. The scene: 10 + weirdos scattered around the back room of Barbes playing conducted, improvised music on the most fantastic musical inventions. You: wander about gawking in wonderment and delight at the sheer weirdness of it all. Weird duos, trios, four-Os and five-Os, everyone-Os. I'm talking all-stars here people. Check out this line up and mark your calendar. It will be an epic event. Epic I tell you, EPIC!!
Ken Butler-VibraBand & weird bowed things
Isaac Zal-the Zaltar
Ranjit Bhatnagar & Phyllis Chen- Typatunes
Lee Free- Digital Bike Wheel
Kelly Horrigan- electric scissors
Eric Farber -weird small percussive objects
Katie Down-glass xylophone
Daniel Jodocy balloon bassoon
Merche Blasco -Synth Purse
Thessia Machado-Barbie WalkieTalkies and other strange devises
Terry Dame-Horn of Plenty Sounds or Sitello or something else weird.
...and perhaps more.
The talent pool is deep and it will be amazing. You don't want to miss it.
Hope to see you there.
Peace, love and weirdness

Jan 29th 7:30pm




7. Rae C Wright, FF Alumn, joins FUSION FILM FESTIVAL Jury

The Fusion Film Festival is NYU's premiere film and television festival dedicated to celebrating women in film, television, and new media from student to icon. Founded 10 years ago, it has as it's mission encouraging, promoting, and inspiring women filmmakers and the collaboration between the sexes. Every spring, Fusion mounts a multi-day film festival with multiple screenings, industry panels, pitch meetings, master-classes, retrospectives, and student showcases. This year's festival will be from February 26-28.www.fusionfilmfestival.com/

Ms. Wright has previously juried the TAC Tiny Film Festival and the 2013 Fusion Film Festival.
She was most recently seen in Hartford in "Angels In America" and on CBS television in Episode 6 of "Madame Secretary" as the French Ambassador. She's currently working on "The Howeds" - a film by Jake Fertig.



8. Jayoung Yoon, FF Alumn, on Brooklyn TV, Feb. 2, 9 and more

My video performance will be on Brooklyn TV.

BRIC has programmed '2014 BIRC Media Arts Fellowship Screening' to air on their channels over the next couple of weeks. Also you can watch only my interview on BRIC's Youtube.

All BRIC Media Artist Fellowship screening (1 Hour)
Monday, 2/2/15 @ 4pm, Ch. BPN 1 (TW 34, CV 67, Verizon 42, RCN 82)
Monday, 2/9/15 @ 4pm, Ch. BPN 1 (TW 34, CV 67, Verizon 42, RCN 82)

Group 1 BRIC Media Artist Fellowship screening (30 mins)
(Santina Amato, Jenn Kahn, Jayoung Yoon and Ryan Hartley-Smith)
Wednesday, 2/4/15 @ 5:30pm, Ch. BPN 3 (TW 56, CV 69, Verizon 44, RCN 84)
Wednesday, 2/11/15 @ 5:30pm, Ch. BPN 3 (TW 56, CV 69, Verizon 44, RCN 84)

Jayoung Yoon



9. Sarah Mattes, FF Intern Alumn, at Mason Gross University, New Brunswick, NJ, January 29

Hi Friends,

Hope this finds you all happy and cozy on this winter day.

Graduate school is nearing its close for me and I'm happy to announce the opening of my thesis exhibition, 'Catch & Release', next Thursday the 29th from 5 - 9 pm in the gallery at Mason Gross, 33 livingston ave new Brunswick nj, followed by a celebration/dance party at The Court Tavern (woop!).

I'm showing an installation of new work, alongside the work of 7 other wonderful artists. I'd love to see you all and have you see what I've been up to out here in New Jersey this last year and a half! The show runs through February 12th, so if you can't make it to the opening and still want a peek we can meet up for a walk through any time!

Sarah Owens Mattes



10. Olivia Beens, Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumns, at WAH Center, Brooklyn, thru Feb. 22

Caroline Absher, Kayo Albert, Margery Appelbaum, Sven Ballenthin, Ayako Bando, Bienvenido Banez, Carole Barlowe, Robert Bassal, Olivia Beens, Tomek Bogack, Benjamin Bohnsack, Beryl Brenner, Orin Buck, Linda Butti, Roy Carrubba, Leokadia M. Cemak, Diane Cherr, Laura Conliffe, Blake Conroy, Cedric Cox, Ilana Dodelson, Val Dyshlov, Carol Fluekger, Carmen Frank, Debra Friedkin, Naoaki Funayama, Eleanor Goldstein, Glen Goodenough, Grigory Gurevich, Richard Hatter, Susan Handwerker, Christine Herman, Halona Hilbertz, Tom Hooper, Susan Jacobs, Sam Jungkurth, Yuko K., Mildred Kaye, Frank Krasicki, Kwant (Eric) Lau, Terrance Lindall, Drew Maillard, Ellen Mandelbaum, Anna Mavromatis, Margo Mead, Gail Mitchell, Ankica Mitrovska, Kenichi Nakajima, Chris Perry, Carmen Porfido, Jennifer Primosch, Tina Psoinos, Renee Radenberg, Laurie Russell, Cheryl Safren, Mira Satryan, Julie Joy Saypoff, Larry Scaturro, Carol Scavotto, Gloria Schuster, Tasneem Shahzad, Brad Simon, Joel Simpson, Linda Smith, Suprina, Larry Szycher, Agnieszka Szyfter, Muhammad Tufail, Gabe Turow, Jania Vanderwerff, John Vinklarek, Courtney Weida, Mary Westring, Marcia Widenor, Dale Williams

The WAH Center offers an artist membership program called the "WAH Salon Art Club". Every January, the members can participate in the Annual WAH Salon Show, which gives exposure to artists of a wide range and spectrum - from emerging, to mid-career, and established artists in all media. It fulfills one of the WAH Center's missions based upon the WAH Founder's "Bridge Concept". At the Salon, fine art can meet functional art (craft) and performing art (music, dance, theater, and poetry). Technology can also give means to artist expression. Here, young and old and all nations and cultures can bridge their expressions through the international language of art. In concept, the Salon is all the colors of the artist's palette. We invite everyone to come and visit us and see the merit of the international "Bridge Concept" in the arts.

Saturday, January 24 - February 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 24, 4-6 PM
Coordinated by Mary Westring, Curated by Yuko Nii, Assisted by Alaina Nuehring

WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center)
135 Broadway (corner of Bedford Ave.)
Brooklyn NY 11211 USA
(718) 486-6012 or (718) 486-7372

J train to Marcy Avenue
L train to Bedford Avenue



11. Tom Murrin, James Romberger, Kiki Smith, Robin Tewes, Anton Van Dalen, at Manny Cantor Center, Manhattan, opening Feb. 12

A Survey of Working Artists on the Lower East Side
February 12 - April 1, 2015
Ernest Rubenstein and Jewish Communal Galleries at the Manny Cantor Center

ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT, a survey of current Lower East Side artists steadfastly engaged with the forever-changing and forever-the-same neighborhood, will be on view at the Ernest Rubenstein and Jewish Communal Galleries at the Manny Cantor Center at 197 East Broadway from February 12-April 1, 2015. Curated by Linda Griggs and Yona Verwer, with work dating from 1982-2015, the exhibition brings together nearly 100 Lower East Side artists and arts organizations actively working in the community. ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT, a project of the Educational Alliance Art School @ Manny Cantor Center, will open with a reception on February 12 from 7-9 p.m.

On view will be paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, prints, installation, and video from artists aged 29 to 92, including Kiki Smith, Roger Welch, Richard Hambleton, Kim Keever, Kembra Pfahler, Rick Prol, Jim Radakovich, James Romberger, Anton Van Dalen, Marc Kehoe, David Sandlin, Judith Simonian, Hans Witschi, Susannah Coffey, and Marguerite Van Cook.

Jan Baracz | Sarah Beatty | Linda Byrne | Kathleen Casey | Chico | Susanna Coffey | Marguerite Van Cook | John Copeland | Jamie Dalglish | Daria Deshuk | Elizabeth Dworkin | Ula Einstein | Steve Ellis | Erik Foss | David Friedman | Day Gleeson | William Graef | Robert Grant | Linda Griggs | Dominick Guida | Fred Gutzeit | Richard Hambleton | Allen Hansen | Daniel G. Hill | David Hochbaum | Kylie Hydenheimer | Bruno Jakob | Tom Jarmusch | Else Kahane | Kim Keever | Marc Kehoe | Tine Kindermann | Lisa Lebofsky | Susan Leopold | Wayne Liu | Bonnie Lucas | Yuri Masnyj | Bill Massey | Everett McCourt | Mary Jane Montalto | Molua Muldown | Joe Heaps Nelson | Angel Ortiz | Andrei Petrov | Kembra Pfahler | Philly aka Kondor 8 | Jim Power - The Mosaic Man | Mark Power | Rick Prol | Jim Radakovich | Louis Renzoni | James Romberger | Cynthia Beth Rubin | Samoa | David Sandlin | Phyllis Sanfiorenzo | Karen Schifano | Mary Schiliro | Larry Silver | Judith Simonian | Kiki Smith | Nico Dios Smith | Flavia Souza | Robin Tewes | Miguel Trelles | Anton Van Dalen | Mary Jo Vath | Rafael Velez | Yona Verwer | April Vollmer | Melanie Vote | Pauline Walsh | David Wander | Roger Welch | Amy Westphal |Scott Williams | Hans Witschi | Jimmy Wright | Jeffrey Cyphers Wright | Guang Zhu | Anthony Zito

The Clemente | ABC No Rio | FusionArts Museum | Culture Push | Le Petit Versailles / Allied productions, Inc. | PS 122 | Gathering of the Tribes

Carlucci Bencivenga | Edward Brezinski | Craig Coleman | Sean Early | Blake Ferris | Luis Frangella | Greer Lankton | Tom Murrin | Chris Twomey

Please visit www.mannycantor.org/exhibitions for public program schedule.


The Manny Cantor Center, a project of Educational Alliance, is a state-of-the-art, 103,000 square-foot, six-story community and cultural center located at 197 East Broadway on the Lower East Side. The newly renovated Center offers high-quality services for people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels including: a new health and fitness center, a Jewish preschool, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, parenting programs, a senior center, an Art School, a Teen Center and cultural programs. For more information on the Lower East Side's new hub, visit www.MannyCantor.org. Follow the Center on Twitter and Facebook: @MannyCantorNYC

Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway, NYC 10002
More Information: www.MannyCantor.org/Art

Dara Lehon
Manny Cantor Center Dlehon@MannyCantor.org / 646.395.4075

Margery Newman
Margery Newman Publicity & Communications
MargeryNewman@aol.com / 212.465.0252

This Exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.



12. Gulsen Calik, FF Alumn, at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, thru Feb. 1

Hello and of course Happy New Year! I have good news:
"Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection" (with my work "Joss Joists") opened on November 7, 2014 and is closing on February 1, 2015 at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven. This is a wonderful show; I feel sad that I was unable to send this notice earlier because I was "unwell" for a while. Looking back, I realize I was having a rough time. Anyway, I'm happy to be well and alive in 2015, and I look forward to living up to my expectations this year.
Have fun, people!!! Gülsen Calik



13. Katya Grokhovsky, FF Alumn, January events

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

HAPPY 2015!

I would like to inform you of my news and events taking place this January 2015:


Immediate Female
Group Exhibition
Opening Sunday Jan 25th 2015 5-8pm
Exhibition: Jan 25th-March 8th 2015
Artists: Sarah Anderson, Irina Arnaut, Itziar Barrio, Genesis Belanger, Jen Catron, Caitlin Cherry, Natalee Clayton, Amanda Dandeneau, Katya Grokhovsky, Heidi Hahn, Justine Hill, Seung Huh, Mira Hunter, Tamara Johnson, Maria Lynch, Nikki Maloof, Irini Miga, Danielle Orchard, Amanda Pohan, Sarah Reynolds, Shellyne Rodriguez and Dana Sherwood.

Judith Charles Gallery
196 Bowery (at Spring street)
New York, NY 10012

Press previews :
*The Huffington Post


NYSRP / AICAD - New York Studio Residency program
Spring Semester Artist in Residence
January - April 2015
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

BRIC Media Arts Fellowship
January - October 2015
BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Best Wishes

Katya Grokhovsky



14. Cynthia Carr, Coco Fusco, Yoko Inoue, Annie Lanzillotto, Norman Magnusson, Laura Parnes, Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumns, awarded NYFA 2014 Artists' Fellowships

NYFA Proudly Announces the 2014 Artists' Fellowships Awardees

Peter Beasecker (Madison)
Charlotte Becket (Kings)
Anna Betbeze (New York)
Amy Brener (Kings)
Kate Clark (Kings)
Mikhail Gubin (Queens)
Yoko Inoue (Kings)
Cal Lane (Putnam)
Harry Leigh (Rockland)
Norman Magnusson (New York)
Amanda C. Mathis (Kings)
Walter McConnell (Allegany)
Ian McMahon (Steuben)
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Ulster)
Ryan Sarah Murphy (New York)
Armita Raafat (New York)
Jessica Segall (Kings)
Michelle Segre (New York)
Gregory Skochko (Albany)
Kako Ueda (Kings)
Chris Victor (Ulster)
Jian-Jun Zhang (New York)
R.M. Fischer (New York)
Jessica Stoller (Kings)
Jane South (Kings)
Claire Watson (Suffolk)
Linda Cordell (Chautauqua)
Hiroyuki Hamada (Suffolk)
Charles McGill (Westchester)
Shari Mendelson (New York)
Digital/Electronic Arts
Aziz + Cucher (Kings)
Justin Berry (Kings)
Peter Burr (Kings)
Heather Bursch (Kings)
Blake Carrington (Kings)
Shamus Clisset (New York)
Nicholas Fraser (Kings)
Shih Chieh Huang (New York)
Adam Hurwitz (New York)
Oleg Mavromatti/Boryana Dragoeva (Onondaga)
Lisa Park (New York)
Laura Parnes (Kings)
Saya Woolfalk (New York)
Faith Holland (New York)
Phillip Stearns (Kings)
Katie Torn (New York)
Adam Daily (Washington)
Michael Greathouse (Kings)
Sophie Kahn (Kings)
Moo Kwon Han (New York)
Leila Christine Nadir (Madison)
Non-Fiction Literature
Colin Asher (Kings)
Jonathan Blunk (Westchester)
Cynthia Carr (New York)
Jace Clayton (Kings)
Coco Fusco (Kings)
Shahnaz Habib (New York)
Abeer Hoque (New York)
Will Hunt (Kings)
Suki Kim (New York)
Annie Lanzillotto (Westchester)
Oona Patrick (Kings)
Amanda Petrusich (Kings)
Luc Sante (Ulster)
Ned Sublette (New York)
Richard Tayson (Queens)
Ava Chin (New York)
Robin Marantz Henig (New York)
Aurvi Sharma (New York)
Vivian Heller (Dutchess)
Mary Emily O'Hara (Kings)
Catherine McKinley (NYC)
Damien VanDenburgh (New York)
Gabrielle Selz (Suffolk)
Albert Abonado (Monroe)
Rosebud Ben-oni (Queens)
Emily Blair (Kings)
Charity Coleman (New York)
John Coletti (Kings)
Corina Copp (Kings)
Amanda K. Davidson (New York)
BC Edwards (Kings)
Simone Kearney (New York)
Dawn Lundy Martin (Suffolk)
Rachel McKibbens (Monroe)
Judah Rubin (Queens)
Beth Steidle (Kings)
Stacy Szymaszek (Kings)
Vincent Toro (Bronx)
Karen Weiser (New York)
Matvei Yankelevich (Kings)
Cynthia Manick (Kings)
Idrissa Simmonds (Kings)
Michael Leong (New York)
Jose Perez Beduya (Tompkins)
Nathaniel Otting (Kings)
Marc Straus (New York)
Ellen Graf (Rensselaer)
Tonya Foster (Kings)
Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts
Perry Angelora (Kings)
Gil Avineri (New York)
Cui Fei (New York)
Zaria Forman (Kings)
Maria Elena Gonzalez (Kings)
Linda Herritt (Kings)
George Hrycun (Allegany)
Yashua Klos (New York)
Kakyoung Lee (Kings)
Matt Marello (New York)
Gordon Moore (New York)
Andrea Moreau (Dutchess)
Anne Muntges (Erie)
Doug Navarra (Ulster)
Seamus O'Brien (Kings)
John O Connor (Westchester)
Gary Panter (Kings)
Svetlana Rabey (New York)
Patricia Smith (Kings)
Nicholas Vaughan/Jacob Margolin (Kings)
Dale Williams (Kings)
Heeseop Yoon (Kings)
Eugenia Yu (Kings)
Donald Powley (Schoharie)
Cynthia Lin (New York)
Jade Townsend (Kings)
Geoff Chadsey (Kings)
Rosemarie Fiore (Bronx)
Chris Fritton (Erie)
Takuji Hamanaka (Kings)

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15. Anton van Dalen, FF Alumn, at PPOW, Manhattan, opening Feb. 13

Anton van Dalen
New Works and the Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre
February 13 - March 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 13, 6-8 pm
Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre performance: Sat. Feb. 28 at 7pm

PPOW is pleased to present an exhibition by Anton van Dalen, the artist's first show with the gallery and first solo exhibition in eight years. Since 1972 Van Dalen has lived in the East Village, documenting the ever-changing culture of the neighborhood through paintings, drawings, prints, stencils, collage works and performances that captured the evolving history of the place.

Van Dalen immigrated to the United States from Holland in 1965 and was captivated by the vibrancy, violence and cultural diversity of his neighborhood. As a child Van Dalen was influenced by the European Masters from Rembrandt to Van Gogh, as well as contemporary artists like Saul Steinberg, who took as subject matter their quotidian surroundings. Drawing on their practice as a source of inspiration, Van Dalen took to the streets, documenting the people and landscapes that surrounded him, creating a body of work that reads as a social and cultural documentation of one of New York's most dynamic neighborhoods.

For Van Dalen this practice was more than just a creative process, it was a social and political directive as well. Van Dalen named his house PEACE, brandishing it with a stenciled sign that remains in place today. He collaborated and worked alongside artists like Sue Coe, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, and Keith Haring, who believed fervently that artists had to leave the studio for the streets to reflect on the issues plaguing the city and to take a stand against gentrification and related inequities.

The exhibition at P.P.O.W will feature new paintings by Van Dalen that present the now largely gentrified East Village populated with upscale bars, fast food restaurants, and well-heeled women. While Van Dalen's works do not aspire towards Photorealism, they do seek to create an accurate documentation of place, combining an imaginative aesthetic that features abstracted humans, skeletal animals and dramatically angled buildings, set against carefully detailed street signs documenting a specific place at a particular moment in time.

Van Dalen's depiction of a changed East Village is reflected in a shift in color palette, media and texture as well. Interested in mirroring what he describes as "the colors of our time," his most recent body of work forgoes his black and white nightscapes in favor of a palette that mimics the light of flat screens, cell phones and computers. Despite this shift, much of the iconic imagery that has shaped Van Dalen's formal vocabulary remains. His works are peopled with rabbits and pigeons - symbols of nature that recall his early days in Holland - as well as cars and religious institutions that have formed the backdrop of his East Village works for decades.
Van Dalen will also exhibit, and perform, his work Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre, a portable model of his house, which he uses as a staging ground for telling the story of the evolution of the East Village. This one-man show incorporates a rotating selection of miniature cut outs and props that each contain a story about the neighborhood from the 1970s until the present. This performance has traveled throughout the United States and Europe, and has been performed at The Drawing Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition will be complimented by a solo booth, at ADAA's The Art Show, of the artist's 1970's and early 80's graphite drawings and stencils. Taken together, the two installations act as a retrospective of sorts for the East Village and, on a larger level, serve as a reflection of the changing nature of inner-city life.

Anton van Dalen was born in Amstelveen, Holland and lives in New York City. He has been included in group exhibitions at notable institutions including the: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; New Museum, New York; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, and the New York Historical Society. He has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at: Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia; University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Exit Art, New York. Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre has toured since 1995 both nationally and internationally, and has been shown at numerous institutions including The Drawing Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and The New York Historical Society.



16. Richard Artschwager, Don Celender, Louise Lawler, FF Alumns, at The Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville PA, opening Jan. 27

Opening Tuesday, 27 January at The Berman Museum of Art.
4:30-6:30 pm:
Museum Studies
Including work by Joe Amrhein, Richard Artschwager, Don Celender, Thomas Demand, David Diao, Elliott Erwitt, Alicia Framis, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Julian Montague, Vik Muniz, David Shapiro
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The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College
Museum Studies
27 January - 3 April 2015
Opening Reception: Tuesday, 27 January, 4:30 - 6:30pm
601 East Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426

The Berman Museum at URSINUS COLLEGE presents Museum Studies brings which together the artwork of twelve internationally renowned contemporary artists where the vocabulary, procedures, and conventions of the museum predominate. The artists are Joe Amrhein, Richard Artschwager, Don Celender, Thomas Demand, David Diao, Alicia Framis, Elliott Erwitt, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Julian Montague, Vik Muniz, and David Shapiro.

These artists have taken as their cue seemingly routine machinations from the realm of art handlers, conservators, critics, curators, and registrars to explore the essential and often mundane aspects of the museum's functionality: the day-to-day practices that generally remain out-of-sight or unacknowledged. The wooden shipping crate, the salient information affixed to the backs of paintings, the often obtuse language used in art magazines, and the conservation of artworks are as essential to the museum as the more public facets of its galleries. The artists' works find an "aesthetics of administration" within the museum experience, resulting in pieces that together form a "how-to-guide" for running a first-rate art museum.

The artists represented are all celebrated and influential contemporary artists. Vik Muniz is the subject of the 2010 film Waste Land directed by Lucy Walker, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category. Thomas Demand is an artist who first meticulously recreates images as three-dimensional scenes in paper, later rephotographing the constructions to make uncanny new images. His "Presidency Series," depicting the Oval Office, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine. Throughout her career, Louise Lawler has produced an ongoing series of photographs that critique the often-odd placement of famous artwork in collectors' homes, such as Jeff Koon's iconic "Bunny" in close proximity to a kitchen refrigerator.

Two artists, Richard Artschwager and Glenn Ligon, were recently honored with major retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Other artists featured in Museum Studies have had works presented at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Tate Modern, London; and other prestigious galleries and museums around the world.

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. The museum is closed on Mondays. It will also be closed for holidays from November 27-December 1, 2014, and from December 24, 2014-January 5, 2015. Admission to the Berman Museum is always free. It is accessible to visitors with disabilities.

The Berman Museum of Art
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays.
All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.



17. Maria the Korean Bride, FF Alumn, at WIX lounge, Manhattan, Feb. 13

Another screening of the Korean Bride just in time for the Valentine's Day. Here are the details:
Date: Friday, Feb 13, 2015
Time: 7 - 9:00 p.m.
WIX lounge, 235 West 23 Street, 8th Floor, NYC.

Maria Yoon



18. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, now online at visualaids.org

A piece just published with Visual AIDS!




19. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 21


Let Everyone Mingle, Awkward as It May Be

Taylor Mac's 'A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,' 1930s-1950s NYT Critics' Pick


"Everything you're feeling is appropriate," says Taylor Mac, repeatedly, as if to soothe anxious children, during the second three-hour installment of his opus in progress, "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," which is having its premiere at New York Live Arts as part of the Under the Radar festival. The assurance may well be needed for anyone in the audience uncomfortable with being uncomfortable - either physically, emotionally or politically.

In Mr. Mac's frolicsome romp through three decades of the hit parade (with many digressions into music more obscure), much is asked of the audience. We descend from our seats almost as soon as the show has begun to huddle onstage together as if in a Depression-era shantytown. Later, all the white members in several rows of the audience are asked to squeeze into the sides to mimic in miniature the white flight to the suburbs that took place in the 1950s.

Given the demographics of theater audiences - even for a genre-bending and gender-obliterating performer like Mr. Mac - much squeezing is necessary; the suburbs are more crowded than the shantytowns. I was relieved when the gays were allowed back downtown. ("But no gentrifying!" Mr. Mac admonished.)
And how do you feel about Nazi armbands rendered in glittering sequins? Would you be interested in slipping one on and joining Mr. Mac for a romp through the bucolic German countryside to the jaunty tune of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top"? In truth, of course, those of us who have come along for Mr. Mac's sprawling adventure into the making and masking of culture(s) through music will mostly feel the same giddy exhilaration we experienced through the first part. And even Mr. Mac's more discomfiting salvos are charged with sly purpose. As he explains during the show, an overriding theme of this ambitious endeavor - to culminate in a 24-hour concert covering all 24 decades of music, from 1776 to 2016 - is exploring "how communities are built through dire circumstances."

As before, roughly each hour of the show is devoted to a single decade - here the 1930s through the 1950s and directed by Mr. Mac and Niegel Smith. For the 1930s, Mr. Mac glides onstage in a tattered black dress that looks like a Bob Mackie as repurposed by Martin Margiela. Sentiment inside the shantytown is galvanized around our mutual suffering, as Mr. Mac sings heart-tugging numbers like "Soup," a mournful ode to that minimal meal, and the classic "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" This segment felt somewhat less shapely than most of the others, but Mr. Mac's performance is a nightly work in progress that makes room for improvisatory digressions, and as he cheerfully confesses, he doesn't at all mind things that go on longer than they should.
The segment devoted to the 1940s, by contrast, was perhaps the most emotionally stirring so far. Mr. Mac, sporting a brilliant headpiece that evokes Joan Crawford's complicated coifs of the time, rendered in what looks like a neon-colored Slinky, begins with a perky version of "The Trolley Song." But he then segues into a subversive rendering of that inviolably upbeat song, "Accentuate the Positive."

The lyrics remain the same, but we have now entered the concentration camps, and the song has been eerily transmogrified into an anthem echoing the ethos of the Third Reich. (I'm not sure I'll ever hear the line "eliminate the negative" again without feeling a distinct chill.) The lyrics to Cole Porter's Wild West number "Don't Fence Me In" are also cast in a ghoulishly comic light. That Mr. Mac is not afraid of bad taste is abundantly clear. He jokingly refers to the shows the prisoners put on in the camps as "out-of-town tryouts."

Mr. Mac returns to a recurring theme in the performances, the experience of gay men and women in a time before homosexuality was acknowledged, let alone accepted, in the final section devoted to the 1950s. Here he movingly recalls his own first discovery that there were men who felt like he did about men - many of them - when he and a friend journeyed from his hometown, Stockton, Calif., to San Francisco to watch that city's first AIDS march. Mr. Mac's recollection of discovering a home in the world just as it was burning down makes for a particularly piercing moment.

But much lighter passages abound, too: It was the 1950s in America, after all. Mr. Mac winks his way through the Connie Francis teenybopper anthem "Where the Boys Are." And, in a slapstick sequence, he bounces around the audience, enacting a mad fantasy of prison as, ahem, a liberating sexual playground for a gay man of the 1950s.

Remember, those of you asked to mimic sexual play with Mr. Mac: Everything you're feeling is appropriate.



20. Jessica Hagerdorn, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street journal, Jan. 23


Marlon James Chooses 'Dogeaters' for WSJ Book Club

The author of 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' reflects on Jessica Hagedorn's portrait of the Philippines during the 1950s


Jessica Hagedorn's "Dogeaters" is set in the Philippines, but for Jamaica-born Marlon James, the novel conjures up Kingston.

"I read it and thought, 'This is the greatest novel about Jamaica ever written, except it's set in the Philippines,'" said Mr. James, the author of last year's critically acclaimed "A Brief History of Seven Killings."

"There's a certain craziness to living in Jamaica that only people who live in countries like Jamaica can understand," he said. "There's the same sort of craziness to living in Colombia or living in the Philippines. There's danger, there's energy, there's a sort of phantasmagoric feel."

Mr. James, the host of the WSJ Book Club this month, will lead a discussion of "Dogeaters," Ms. Hagedorn's explosive portrait of late-1950s Manila, which was published 25 years ago. The club invites authors to select and discuss a favorite work. Coming hosts include Irish author Colm Tóibín and nonfiction writer Erik Larson.
Mr. James picked up the work, which recounts many individuals' overlapping lives rather than one overarching narrative, in a Jamaican bookstore in 1990 and emerged "stunned." Layered and often surreal, "Dogeaters" has a spectrum of viewpoints and characters, such as clever schoolgirls, radical beauty queens, gay prostitutes, movie stars and corrupt officials. It was nominated for a National Book Award and later adapted for the stage.

Mr. James has read "Dogeaters" three times and calls it "universal." "If I want people to understand the psyche of Jamaica, I have them read that book," he said. "It's like: You want to understand Manila? You want to understand Medellín? You want to understand Kingston? This is your book. Everything you need to know-this is the book."
When making his choice, the author considered works that made him want to become an author. That means books "where I read something and was like 'All right, where is the pen? Where is the paper? I'm going to write,'" he said. "It was the first time I felt as if my own voice was being empowered."



21. DAZE, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 21

Rigoberto Torres' sculptural portrait of DAZE was featured as an illustration on the front page and the front arts page of the Jan. 21 New York Times. Here's a link to the text:




22. Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser, FF Alums, in The New York Post, Jan. 20, and more

In 2000, British-born Mat Fraser ignored the advice of his friends and bought a plane ticket to New York City. He planned to visit Coney Island's famous Circus Sideshow to study the cultural heritage of disabled performers.

His interest was personal: he was born with phocomelia, a deformation that gave him stunted arms, after his mother was prescribed the dangerous chemical thalidomide during pregnancy.

But seeing those Coney Island freaks in action opened up a whole new world of performing: 15 years later, Fraser is one of the most recognizable freak performers in the world after starring as Paul the Illustrated Seal on "American Horror Story: Freak Show," which wraps its season Wednesday night.

"I got hooked into the way of the carny, the sideshow and the grind show with [sideshow founder] Dick Zigun down there," says Fraser, 52, who started performing at Coney Island. "I just kept coming back."
This season's "AHS" storyline revolves around a '50s-era freak show in Jupiter, Fla. beset by murder, deceit and social stigma.

It's the first ever all-star cast of real freak performers on TV, including Jyoti Amge (the world's smallest woman) and Erika Ervin (called the world's tallest model) mixed with actors portraying freaks (Kathy Bates as the bearded lady, for instance).
Fraser is an outspoken advocate for disabled rights but never worried about how the performers would be depicted on the show.

"I've arrived at a place where I realize the real problem is visibility," he says. "Peter Dinklage and the occasional dwarf actor aside, it's the first time you've seen profoundly disabled people on TV, acting."
Unlike Paul, Fraser isn't covered in tattoos; for his real-life stage show, he doesn't do a stunt like sword swallowing: he talks about bigger issues facing disabled performers.

"I don't just stand there and wave my arms," he says. The show, filmed in New Orleans,had the feel of a backstage freakshow, as crew members learned to work with actors, such as Legless Suzy (Rose Siggins), who gets around on skateboard.

"It's a window of opportunity that's been opened by (creator) Ryan Murphy casting us," he says. "That's what I'd like to see: a bit more bravery from the casting directors and producers."

Paul is the right-hand man and sometimes paramour to show owner Elsa, a German songstress with dreams of Hollywood, played by Jessica Lange. Sharing intimate bedroom scenes with Lange was a quick master- class in acting.

"I'm used to the high pressure of working with veteran actors, but I've never worked with a bloody Hollywood film star before," he says. "I knew I had to bring my 'A' game if I was going to be in the same frame as Jessica Lange."

Fraser has been on several British TV series, and played drums with Coldplay during the 2012 Paralympics. But even after TV fame, Fraser holds the Coney Island show in his heart. He met his wife, the burlesque performer Julie Atlas Muz, there in 2005.

"There's something really raw and brutal and honest about performing in a freak show," says Fraser, who lives with his wife in the Lower East Side when he's in New York.

Fraser performed in Coney Island intermittently until filming began last year on "American Horror Story: Freak Show." He plans to return to Coney Island in some fashion, through hosting events or fundraising.
Once used to getting stares on the streets for his arms, Fraser is now drawing awestruck glances from "American Horror Story" fans.
"I'm fine with that," he says. "I'm interesting to look at. I'm different. Difference is OK."



23. Ed Ruscha, Regina Silvera, FF Alumns, in The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 23

The Wall Street Journal
Icons collector's eye: Aaron and BARBARA LEVINE
An Attorney's offbeat Trove
Aaron and Barbara Levine focus on conceptual art
Updated Jan. 23, 2015 8:20 p.m. ET
Although they are longtime residents of Washington, D.C., a town ruled by political tribes, the art collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine cherish mavericks. If their large collection has a patron saint, it's the 20th century's revolutionary prankster Marcel Duchamp , of the urinal and hat rack sculptures. They own 25 Duchamps, and Mr. Levine, 80, includes a photo of the artist among his family snapshots. Ms. Levine, 77, delights in owning art that others might ridicule, including a 1960s-era work by Robert Barry that nearly doesn't exist. The piece is the eighth-inch of space-the air itself-below a small metal disc suspended from the ceiling.
Mr. Levine, a personal-injury lawyer, and his wife, who works with him, are lending a Today series painting by On Kawara for a retrospective on the late Japanese conceptual artist at New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Every picture in the series depicts the date on which it was made, written in the language of the country in which it was created. The Levines discussed that work and the rest of their collection. Here, an edited version.
-Jessica Dawson
Ms. Levine: A lot of people think conceptual art is a bunch of baloney. When we first got that On Kawara, Aaron thought it was nuts. "You want it, you can have it." Now he loves it. I was always much more minimal. The first time I saw the early 20th-century abstractions of Kazimir Malevich, I was in tears. I have an emotional relationship to the work. Aaron started with German Expressionists and social realism, which is totally the opposite end.
Mr. Levine: She got me off that as soon as we had kids. Now we gravitate to brainy art, stuff that requires you to contemplate over time to get it. Conceptual art doesn't give you the jump that visual art gives you, but it comes on better later. It all comes out of Duchamp. There's nothing of the hand of the artist, there's nothing of the materials of the artist. But he takes a hat rack out of the hardware store, and he puts it in the museum. And with that one act, he draws the curtain down on the Renaissance.
Ms. Levine: I have two Duchamp look-alikes. One is Regina Silveira, who is a South American artist. It's a urinal. Where Duchamp took his hands off the work, she's got her handprints all over it. Downstairs I have an early Joana Vasconcelos. It's a double urinal embroidered with Portuguese fabrics.
Mr. Levine: At first I didn't get Christopher Williams. [Mr. Williams often hires proxies to create images, challenging the norms of commercial photography.] He's on the edge. He's weird. It's about photography. But it's about how we live with images and how they lie.
Ms. Levine: We must have about a hundred books by artists. That's a very special joy. We have every Duchamp-the White Box, the Green Box. Every single one. All the On Kawara books, every Ed Ruscha book. It's obsessive.



24. Eleanor Antin, Ida Applebroog, John Baldessari, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Allan Kaprow, Melissa Smedley, FF Alumns, at The San Diego Central Library, CA, opening Jan. 31

David Adey | Ida Applebroog | John Baldessari | Adam Belt
Michele Burgess | Michele Burgess/Bill Kelly/James Renner/Jane Tassi
Judy Christensen | Joyce Cutler-Shaw | Tom Driscoll | Melissa Elliott
Faiya Fredman | David Fobes | Raul Guerrero | Jim Jahn
Allan Kaprow | Bill Kelly | Wendell M. Kling | Mary Ellen Long
Jean Lowe | Jim Machacek | Kathy Miller | Zandra Rhodes | Al Rodríguez
Derli Romero/Sonya Devine/Melissa Smedley/Ante Marinovic
Sara Rosenbluth | Jerome Rothenberg/Eleanor Antin | Sibyl Rubottom
Genie Shenk | Phel Steinmetz/Esther Barath | Harry Sternberg | Claire Van Vliet
[ U N ]Artists' Books from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

The San Diego Public Library is pleased to partner with the Athenaeum Music & Arts
Library in the presentation of [UN]BOUND: Artists' Books from the Athenaeum Music &
Arts Library. In 25 years of collecting, the Athenaeum artists' book collection has grown
into an important resource for artists, researchers, and presses. While portions of the
collection are continually displayed for visitors in the Athenaeum's North Reading Room
and are also available for use by appointment, this exhibition provides unprecedented
access to over 50 books by 36 local artists.
The artists' books featured often push the form, employ a wide assortment of materials
and methods of bookbinding, and explore varied subjects from the personal to the
public. Through the outstanding collection of the Athenaeum, [UN]BOUND offers a
unique opportunity to discover the book as both object and idea in the hands of San
Diego artists.
[UN]BOUND: Artists' Books from the Athenaeum
Music & Arts Library
January 31, 2015 to April 26, 2015
Central Library | 330 Park Boulevard | San Diego, California 92101 | (619) 236-5881
Reception: Saturday, January 31 from 12 pm - 2 pm



25. Mark Bloch, Alison Knowles, FF Alumns, now online at whitehotmagazine.com




26. Rachel Mason, FF Member, in The New York Times, Jan. 18

The Lives of Hamilton Fish, a feature film sung in one voice, by Rachel Mason in The New York Times, here's a link, followed by the text of the illustrated article:


The New York Times
N.Y. / Region | Arts
Both Were Born Hamilton Fish, but Their Paths Differed
The Film 'The Lives of Hamilton Fish' Is About a Politician and a Criminal

Clockwise, from top: Rachel Mason performing as her film, "The Lives of Hamilton Fish," is shown; Theodore Bouloukos as Hamilton Fish II; Ms. Mason in a still from the film; Credit Top, Jaime Alvarez; bottom center and right, Rachel Mason
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When Hillary Fontana entered the black-box theater at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill last fall for a screening of the film "The Lives of Hamilton Fish," which also included a performance by its director, it was with a low-grade sense of anxiety.
"I'm hoping it's not creepy or spooky," said Ms. Fontana, a Buchanan resident. Her limited knowledge of Hamilton Fish, she said, included the facts that he was a murderer and that he was executed at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining.
Helene Getz, a Scarsdale resident a few seats down from Ms. Fontana, had a different thought. "I hope it gets into the local history," she said. "He was a big-deal politician from this area, and I grew up here."
Neither Ms. Fontana nor Ms. Getz was mistaken about whose biography was about to unfold: Hamilton Fish was the name of both a serial killer and a celebrated Westchester politician who died one day apart, in January 1936. The Peekskill Evening Star ran separate articles about their deaths on its Jan. 16, 1936, front page.
And as the lights went down, Rachel Mason, the eclectic performance artist who created "The Lives of Hamilton Fish" and who also appears in the film, set about further disentangling their disparate, though strangely parallel, existences. Dressed as a 1930s newsman in tweed trousers, a white button-down shirt and a fedora, she sang her film's lyrics as it played on a large screen to her right. It is entirely musical, with no dialogue.
"This all came about because of some huge coincidences," Ms. Mason, of Queens, said in an interview after the 70-minute screening and performance, described by the center as "a cinematic rock opera." The show will return to the area on Jan. 29 at the Albany Institute of History and Art, and on Feb. 9 at the Kent Public Library in Carmel.
While performing the film's 21 original songs in a voice part Emmylou Harris and part Yoko Ono, Ms. Mason stood behind a lectern at a typewriter, mock-editing stories for the film's version of The Evening Star. Playing the role of editor onstage was a way into the linked narratives she began exploring in 2004, after finding the articles on the deaths while researching the killer, whose story she learned while she was volunteering as an art teacher at Sing Sing.
"When you think about it, the people who assigned these real-life stories and then wove the facts together are the ones who helped me make sense of this," Ms. Mason, 35, said. "Not that there's any real way of making sense of it."
The Hamilton Fish who murdered several people, including a child, Grace Budd, in Irvington in 1928, died at age 65 in the electric chair at Sing Sing; he had changed his name to Albert Fish. Hamilton Fish II, a speaker of the New York State Assembly, a member of the United States House of Representatives and a son of a former governor and secretary of state, was 86 when he died after an illness. In the film, Bill Weeden plays the murderous Mr. Fish while Theodore Bouloukos plays the lawmaker.
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Elements of the story, including the killer's complicated relationship to his name - Ms. Mason's research suggests he was named after the politician's prominent father but changed his name to Albert because he was teased by children in the Washington orphanage where he was raised - connected with a strong psychological thread that runs through her work.
In the dozen or so years she has been exhibiting her sculpture, film and multimedia pieces at galleries and museums, including the Queens Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Ms. Mason has made a theme of subjectivity, trying to imagine the thoughts of figures who seem particularly unreachable. "I deliberately climb into other people's heads," she said. Doing so brings dimension to her own life, she explained.
"I sometimes think, how do I reconcile the fact that I'm Rachel Mason, an artist, and I'll never have a real conversation from someone else's point of view?" she asked.
"Imagining myself in the minds of people like politicians, who are familiar to me but also very distant from my background, is very compelling to me."
She also uses such shape-shifting to write songs and create music videos. "It's the only way I can write a song. And for me, everything comes back to songwriting. Even making sculpture comes back to songwriting. It's my starting point," she said. Ms. Mason, who earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Yale in 2004, has also written three operas and recorded 10 albums, though she has no formal musical training. "I have to write songs from the first person, because I'm tapping into this very deep emotional place that extends from this sense of one's own experience," she said. Inhabiting the thoughts of Fish required adopting the perspective of a killer, but doing so enabled her to broaden the narrative.
"I ended up writing a song about what he was thinking while he was potentially having some second thoughts about killing a child," she said. "I don't know if those were his real thoughts, but it all just came together." Self-doubt also hovers over Hamilton Fish II in the film.
"Part of the dramatic story line has to do with the fact that Hamilton Fish II was born into a distinguished line, but was not the most notable of that line. His feeling of being a less important descendant permeates his sense of self," Ms. Mason said.
Her budget for the film, which she shot in 2012 at locations including the Garrison Institute and the Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library, was around $100,000; she received aid from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
She has entered the film in festivals including the New England Underground Film Festival, where it won best picture in 2014. She envisions a future for the film in which it travels to theaters and festivals without her performing alongside it. But she also enjoys the live performances because they give her a chance to take in audience reactions.
"People are amazed, especially in Westchester, where so much of this happened," Ms. Mason said.
"No one seemed to know about this truly weird discovery. And everyone seems to like the interpretation."
Screenings of the film "The Lives of Hamilton Fish" are set for a number of sites in the region, including one on Jan. 24 at the Putnam History Museum, 63 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring, $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, 845-265-4010 or putnamhistorymuseum.org. Rachel Mason, the creator of the film, will perform alongside her film. For more information on other screenings, go to livesofhamiltonfish.com.



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