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Contents for February 02, 2015

1. Martha Wilson, Amanda Alfieri, Ericka Beckman, Zackary Drucker, Deborah Edmeades, Karen Finley, Coco Fusco, Julia Heyward, Clifford Owens, Rafael Sanchez, Michael Smith, FF Alumns, at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYU, and Participant, Inc., Manhattan, Feb. 20-Apr. 30


Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYU Fales Library, and Participant Inc.
New York City, NY
February 20 - April 30, 2015

In 1976, artist Martha Wilson founded Franklin Furnace in Lower Manhattan as a primary source for producing and mediating artwork vulnerable to neglect due to lack of institutional support, ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. For twenty years, from 1976 to 1996, Franklin Furnace occupied a Tribeca storefront space, presenting historical and contemporary exhibitions of artists' books as well as temporary installation and performance art to the public. Since its inception, Franklin Furnace has served the local, national and international community of activist artists-artists who have addressed urgent subjects such as war, poverty, disease, racism, sexism, and homophobia.

In 2011, Independent Curators International (ICI) organized the international touring exhibition Martha Wilson, which took Wilson out of New York and paired her with hosting curators to further explore the ideas behind her work and the history of Franklin Furnace. This exhibition will return to New York City for a grand finale in 2015 as Performing Franklin Furnace, activating several sites across the city in varying dimensions, presenting historic and live works and mining the ideas set forth in Franklin Furnace's mission.

Working in tandem with ICI, the NYU Fales Library and Pratt Manhattan Gallery will present two simultaneous exhibitions of artworks and ephemeral documents by Martha Wilson; and one project from each of Franklin Furnace's first 30 years, from February 20 - April 30, 2015, as of the original touring exhibition. On March 12, Franklin Furnace alum Karen Finley will host a day of performances by her students in NYU's Department of Art and Public Policy, all influenced by the exhibitions.

In conjunction, Martha Wilson and ICI have organized a series of performances, which capture the spirit of Franklin Furnace as a physical space at Participant Inc in lower Manhattan from February 26 - March 1, 2015. The program includes live works by Michael Smith (who will re-create a version of Baby Ikki he presented at Franklin Furnace in 1978), Coco Fusco (a Franklin Furnace alum presenting a recent work), a day of screenings of Franklin Furnace alumni from each decade, and a day of improvisational / in-progress performances by Clifford Owens inspired by typical Sunday events at Franklin Furnace.

Finally, ICI will organize a public panel at Pratt Manhattan Gallery on April 22, 2015 to bring together artists and curators to discuss several specific cases exploring the participants' diverse approaches presenting performance work.
For more information, please visit www.curatorsintl.org

Schedule of Events:
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
(144 West 14th Street)
& NYU Fales Library
(70 Washington Square South)
Exhibitions on view
February 20 - April 30, 2015

Exhibition Openings
Thursday, February 19, 2015
NYU Fales Library 5-7PM
Pratt Manhattan Gallery 6-8PM

Student Performances with Karen Finley at Pratt Manhattan
March 12, 2015

Performances at Participant Inc
(253 East Houston Street)

Michael Smith
Thursday, February 26

Coco Fusco
Friday, February 27

Franklin Furnace Screenings
Featuring Julia Heyward, Ericka Beckman, Deborah Edmeades, and Zackary Drucker
Saturday, February 28

Performances hosted by Clifford Owens
Featuring Amanda Alfieri, Wilmer Wilson IV, Kris Grey and Rafael Sanchez
Sunday, March 1

Pratt Manhattan Panel
(144 West 14th Street)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015



2. James Godwin, FF Alumn, receives Jim Henson Foundation grants 2015

Henson Foundation grants for 2015 have been awarded to James Godwin, FF Alumn. The complete information with images can be found at this link:


by Animal Cracker Conspiracy

Unfolding the Story: A Journey of Her Own
by Margarita Blush

Mulan: Holding up Half the Sky
by Chinese Theatre Works

by Julian Crouch & Saskia Lane

Object of Her Affection
by Marsian De Lellis

TUNGSTEN (artery)
by Janie Geiser

The Flatiron Hex
by James Godwin

American Weather
by Chris Green

by Inkfish

The Chronicles of Rose
by David Lane

Shank's Mare
by Tom Lee

Life's a Dream
by Loco7

Mementos Mori
by Manual Cinema

by Phantom Limb Company/Octopus Theatricals

The Siege of Heaven: Resistance
by Trouble Puppet Theater Company

An Excruciatingly Ordinary Toy Theater Show
by Zach Dorn

Untitled Female Pirate Project
by Drama of Works

Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls
by Great Small Works

by Spencer Lott

Tree Pop
by Lake Simons

Fox vs. Kingdom
by Studio Reynard

Dream of Land
by Visual Expressions

Laser Beak Man
by Dead Puppet Society

The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling
by Thistle Theatre

Two Stories About Exploring
by Eric Wright

Animal Cracker Conspiracy (San Diego, CA)
Paper Cities is a devised puppet theater performance that investigates man's relationship with cities, with nature, and the impact of cities on nature. Considering the 'sense of place', the piece questions, 'what do you take from your environment and more importantly, what do you contribute back to it?'

Margarita Blush (Storrs, CT)
Unfolding the Story: A Journey of Her Own
Unfolding the Story, A Journey of Her Own is a bold international project in which a diverse group of artists come together to create an original puppet theatre production delving into the themes of women's wisdom and empowerment. The show will feature hand-crafted puppets, live acting, unique scenography, composed music, and will be performed by a female cast. It will premiere in September, 2015 at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (BIMP) at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs, CT.

Chinese Theatre Works (Long Island City, NY)
Mulan: Holding Up Half the Sky
Written and directed by Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin, Mulan: Holding Up Half the Sky presents episodes from 2500 years of Chinese history, seen through the lives of four outstanding women warriors. Exploits from the lives of these four legendary women are interspersed with comic interludes on the 4 Confucian virtues that underlay proper woman's conduct and are depicted through a seamless blend of Chinese opera performance technique with modern rod, bunraku-style, hand puppets, direct screen and overhead projection shadows.

Julian Crouch & Saskia Lane (Brooklyn, NY)
Theatre maker Julian Crouch and composer/musician Saskia Lane join forces to tell a story of man's relationship to the world. Using a single sheet of paper, a box of sand and little else, Julian and Saskia create a world that expresses the inevitable loneliness of existence. Through a series of animated images built in front of the audiences' eyes, and accompanied by a self composed soundtrack, they conjure an intimate world together, creating something achingly beautiful from nothing.

Marsian De Lellis (Los Angeles, CA)
Object of Her Affection
Object of Her Affection is an unconventional love story centered on a woman who desires intimate relationships with inanimate objects and her search for love that is just beyond her reach. As a visual narrative about flesh and blood human beings developing relationships with things, Object of Her Affection explores the duality of objects as (in)/animate: animate and sentient through the eyes of the protagonist, Andrea, while the same objects appear inanimate to most. Creator, Marsian De Lellis will perform Object Of Her Affection under the direction of Michele Spears, with theatrical elements that stretch definitions of puppetry, and subject matter that complicates the categorization of sexual identity.

Janie Geiser (Los Angeles, CA)
TUNGSTEN (artery)
Tungsten (artery) is a multidisciplinary performance conceived and created by Janie Geiser (director/video/puppetry), Erik Ehn (playwright), and Shannon Scrofano (installation/space). Tungsten (artery) integrates elements of bunraku puppetry, shadows, video, sound, and text to create an elliptical/emotional rumination on our mortality, our earthliness, our dust. A woman is serially born and eaten by the planet; going back and forth from grave to rebirth, her experience grows confused. What does it mean to be free of the earth and in love with it; to be possessed by the earth and in doubt; to be born of the earth and to crush it; to be crushed by the earth and thereby freed? Tungsten (artery) will be presented as a work-in-progress at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, February 20-22, 2015. Tungsten (artery) will premiere in Los Angeles at Automata in November 2015.

James Godwin (Brooklyn, NY)
The Flatiron Hex
The Flatiron Hex is a solo puppet performance that tells the story of Wylie Walker, a contract shaman who works for NYORG, a city in the middle of a swamp. Inspired by speculative fiction and neo-noir, The Flatiron Hex is a peek inside a parallel world of weird magick and an impending super-storm. Tom Burnett directs, co-writes and provides live sound design.

Chris Green (Brooklyn, NY)
American Weather
American Weather is an original evening-length work of puppetry, movement, objects, and songs visualizing the strange and iconic folklore emanating from an empire in decline. The piece was initially developed through an LMCC Process Space Grant on Governor's Island, and has had subsequent excerpts performed in the Close To You Festival in Taipei, Taiwan 2013 and the Puppet Lab at St. Ann's Warehouse in May 2014. Premiere date is slated for 2016. Ensemble includes: Yoko Myoi, Erin K. Orr, Quince Marcum, Chris Green, Yasmin Reshamwala, and Kirstin Kammemeyer with original music by Chris Green.

Inkfish (Jackson Heights, NY)
Digger is dark comedy about holes and one man's descent into chaos. Inspired by Dante's Inferno, it ponders literal holes - black holes, holes in the earth, bullet holes - and imagines the transcendent journey and ultimate redemption of a common worker-bot as he struggles to find his humanity in a world dominated by lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. Digger features various puppet techniques, original music, live video and projection mapping.

David Lane (North Adams, MA)
The Chronicles of Rose
The Chronicles of Rose aims to pose questions about the nature of greed, the efficacy of war, Jewish identify and the perseverance of the human spirit. The play weaves together the story of Rose Valland, who fought to save countless treasures from being lost forever during Nazi occupied Paris, Coneilus Gurlitt, (the son of Hildebrand Gurlitt, who was one of a handful of Nazi-approved art dealers allowed to deal in Raubkunst), who had kept his father's collection of 1,280 Degenerate Art works hidden in his apartment in Munich for almost 60 years, and a contemporary historian, tasked with sorting through a famous museum's collection looking for works of questionable provenance.

Tom Lee (New York, NY)
Shank's Mare
Created by Tom Lee with Japanese Master Puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V, Shank's Mare is the story of two wandering travelers whose paths intersect in time and space. Using traditional kuruma ningyo puppetry, live feed video projection and live music, the piece explores themes of life and death and how tradition is passed on.

Loco7 Theatre Company (New York, NY)
Life's a Dream (or Undefined Fraction)
Life's a Dream (or Undefined Fraction) is a dance puppet theatre piece inspired by the Spanish-language play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca - Life Is A Dream, which traces inequality and reflects on the principles of justice, guilt, punishment and the conflict between free will and fate. Loco7 will explore the philosophical question of whether this so-called "real world" is actually some sort of illusion, a "dream" from which we will be awakened some day. The moral question, then, is how should we be acting if this is some sort of test, some revelation about our character, our "nobility" that will be revealed at death?

Manual Cinema (Chicago, IL)
Mementos Mori
When Death takes an unexpected holiday, an elderly film projectionist finds a new lease on life; a ghost explores the afterlife with her iPhone; and a seven-year-old girl discovers her own mortality. In Manual Cinema's most ambitious show to date, a cast of six puppeteers use hundreds of paper puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras, and three screens to create a live "movie" in front of the audience. Accompanied by four musicians and live sound effects, the result is a rich mosaic of cinematic storytelling all performed live with puppets.

Phantom Limb Company/Octopus Theatricals (Brooklyn, NY/Princeton, NJ)
Memory Rings
Memory Rings by Phantom Limb Company is a multidisciplinary theatrical event harnessing innovative puppetry, choreography, original music, sculptural set design and video to spellbinding and original effect, embodying a spirit of experimentation and inquiry. Co-Conceived by director/designer Jessica Grindstaff and puppet designer/composer Erik Sanko, and featuring the work of award-winning choreographer Ryan Heffington, Memory Rings is performed by an ensemble of eight actor/dancer/puppeteers who use these non-verbal storytelling techniques to weave myth and fable-old and new-with 5,000 years of human and environmental change, all under the watchful gaze of the Methuselah Tree, world's oldest living tree.

Trouble Puppet Theater Company (Austin, TX)
The Siege of Heaven: Resistance
The Siege of Heaven: Resistance is part II of a trilogy of puppet plays (Conspiracy, Resistance, and Rebellion) about a coalition of factions from the Heavenly Host and the Infernal Legions, who conspire to undermine Hell and overthrow a Heaven founded on arbitrary and autocratic rule. The show employs modified marionettes, American tabletop puppets, and Chinese dragon-style puppets to create a noir spectacle inspired by French Resistance films and espionage thrillers. Who will carry the day?

SEED GRANTS ($2,000)
Stefano Brancato & Michael Goldfried (Astoria, NY)
The Indelible Mark on Edward Barron
Edward Barron, a beautiful, toy theater puppeteer has secluded himself in his home suffering from the later stages of dementia. He is haunted by the memory of the one man he could have loved - and the work they could have made together. Pathos and humor collide in this unique theatrical experience that features puppetry, music, dance and the rarest possibility of love. The Indelible Mark on Edward Barron has been developed at Puppets at the Carriage House and The Drama League with generous support from Jane Henson, The Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, the people of Chaplin and The Jim Henson Foundation. Written, Directed and Designed by Stefano Brancato & Michael Goldfried.

Zach Dorn (San Antonio, TX)
An Excruciatingly Ordinary Toy Theater Show
Zach Dorn weaves lost journal entries into peculiar tales by manipulating digital cameras through toy-sized streets filled with paper puppets. A lonely puppeteer stalks the child of two notorious celebrities, a three-foot ghost plagues an eight-year-old boy's fragile psyche, and an opera-singing landlord refuses to return a security deposit. These stories and more explode onto the stage in this modern exploration into Toy Theater.

Drama of Works (Brooklyn, NY)
The Untitled Female Pirate Project
The Untitled Female Pirate Project is an immersive shadow puppet theater experience exploring the explosive history of female pirates. What made these women choose this life - as opposed to that of wife, salesgirl, cook or whore? Why choose to be a pirate? We want our audience to examine these choices - while at sea with us, drinking rum with us, singing along with us, going on a journey with us...

Great Small Works (New York, NY)
Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls
Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls is a new production by the Great Small Works collective, developed with Dr. Eddy Portnoy using the archives of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. It is based on the lives work of Yosl Cutler and Zuni Maud, two graphic artists and satirists whose Modicut Puppet Theater thrived in 1920's New York City, and was the first Yiddish-language puppet theater.

Dan Hurlin (New York, NY)
Dramma Plastico Futurista (working title)
Dramma Plastico Futurista (working title) is a puppet theater work by Dan Hurlin based on four, newly discovered plays written in 1917 by Fortunato Depero, a painter and leading member of the Italian Futurist movement. These short, wordless plays existed only in Depero's own handwriting and prior to Hurlin unearthing them in Italy, have never been translated into English. Hurlin will give the plays their world premiere and the publication of their fist English language translation in 2017 on the occasion of their 100th anniversary.

Lone Wolf Tribe (Brooklyn, NY)
Conceived by Kevin Augustine & created by Lone Wolf Tribe, BULLHEAD radically reexamines the ancient myth of the Minotaur to investigate modern corporate policy changes implemented during the Reaganomics years. LWT aims to daringly theatricalize to what extent income disparity and a growing class divide has contributed to a greater frequency of 'going postal' in Western society, leading more and more individuals down an inexorable path to violence.

Spencer Lott (Brooklyn, NY)
James Blossom has Alzheimer's disease, and now that he's living at Garden Ridge, he's disgusted to find that he is surrounded by old people. Forced into an early retirement, the former Hollywood set painter starts to fill his bland nursing home walls with a mural of his life's most defining moments. A relationship with a young volunteer grounds him as he finds less and less time for the monotony of the present day and becomes increasingly busy starring in his own cinematic adventures.

San Diego Guild of Puppetry (Chula Vista, CA)
To be told with music, movement and simple foam puppets, Life is envisioned as a piece about beginnings, endings, and all that lies between: an exploration of the "IF"s of the human condition, the decisions we make, the paths we take, that start at birth and end at death (or do they?) The play begins with a golden orb swirling out of the unknown dark, slowly unfolding into the letters: L, I, F and E which become the set of the play, forming and reforming as the action builds, becoming mountains to climb, depths to plumb, bridges to cross, mazes to conquer, scenes that rise, fall, crush, uplift.

Lake Simons (Brooklyn, NY)
Tree Pop
Tree Pop is a puppet theatre piece by Lake Simons with an original score composed by John Dyer. Tree Pop investigates the idea of things and people living in and amongst themselves in harmony within a crop of pine trees. Inhabitants emerge from the woods to share moments in their lives non verbally through images created with puppetry, mask, and movement.

Studio Reynard (Saugerties, NY)
Fox vs. Kingdom
A satiric performance of puppet theater, based on the darkly funny escapades of Reynard the Fox, an ancient beast epic. Told by a trio of troubadours through shadows, puppets and live music, Reynard stands accused of murder, theft, adultery, sacrelege and excessive violence. Witness the court's unraveling as lust for revenge and grisly tales of woe overwhelm the official festivities. Careening from folk song to operatic satire to salacious tango, animal appetites dominate in this retelling of a medieval blockbuster.

Visual Expressions (Boothwyn, PA)
Dream of Land
Dream of Land uses dreams as a vehicle to create a meditation on the expansive nature of consciousness and sub consciousness through puppet art, installation and performance.

Wakka Wakka Productions (Brooklyn, NY)
Made in China
Made in China will be a dark musical comedy about the complicated relationship between the U.S. and China, specifically related to the production and consumption of goods, and examined through the lens of an unlikely relationship between an eccentric middle-aged American woman and her Chinese ex-pat neighbor. It will feature over 30 puppets and masks, 7 puppeteers, 3 musicians and animated video.

Katie Campbell (Little Rock, AR)
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling is a modern reimagining of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Inspired by Andersen's paper cuttings, a young girl embarks on a journey of self discovery and personal transformation. The story unfolds with three actor/puppeteers, two overhead projectors, over sixty paper puppets, and original music performed live by an ensemble of youth musicians.

Dead Puppet Society (Jersey City, NJ)
Laser Beak Man
In a story jam packed with the trademark humor and visual puns that come from his literal interpretation of language, Laser Beak Man is a new visual theatre work under development by the Dead Puppet Society and Tim Sharp that explodes with color and energy.

Peppercorn Children's Theatre, Inc. (Winston-Salem,NC)
The Tourist Trap
The Tourist Trap is an original, musical road-trip that explores life, love, and companionship. When an aging couple, Jerry and Evelyn, become stranded on a drive to their granddaughter's wedding, they resort to a derelict and forgotten roadside attraction run entirely by a family of puppets. Song and storytelling guide them to revive the park, ultimately rekindling their love.

Spellbound Theatre (Brooklyn, NY)
Ears, Nose and Tail
Ears, Nose, and Tail is the story of a dog who isn't sure he wants to be a dog anymore. Blending shadow puppetry, animation, and live-illustration, Spellbound Theatre artists explore how play and imagination can shape who we are. This interactive show is being created for audiences ages 2-5 as part of the New Victory LabWorks Resident Artist Program.

Thistle Theatre (Seattle, WA)
The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling
Based on a Japanese story, a funny old woman follows a rice dumpling down a hole as it bounces it's way into another world. Following a road, she meets a talking statue, that warns the funny old woman of danger, but an Oni (horned demon) takes her captive. The Oni gives her a magic rice paddle and orders her to cook huge amounts of rice for him to eat. The funny old woman used her wits and humor to attempt an escape. Performed with tabletop Bunraku puppets and smaller rod puppets, the show features transformations in scale.

Eric Wright (New York, NY)
Two Stories About Explorings: The Soldier's Tale and Four Seasons in Buenos Dairies
A soldier trades with the devil and ends up whisked off to marvelous, fantastical and dangerous locations; two cows in love find themselves in a tango with the law when pushed outside their ordinary pastures. Classical music sets the scene, and puppets take audiences on a journey beyond our heroes' familiar territory.


ManxMouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear $5,000

Dixon Place
Puppet Blok 2015, James Godwin & Victor Morales $10,000

Gotham Chamber Opera
El Gato Con Botas $5,000

Dream Music Puppetry 2015 $10,000

St. Ann's Warehouse
Labapalooza 2015 $10,000



3. Alan Sondheim, FF Alumn, at Brown University, Providence, RI, Feb. 6

My Presentation at Brown, Friday Feb. 6th:


Broken World, Steerage

thinking through blankness, terror, and broken worlds

There is material from distorted motion capture employed in virtual
worlds; considerations of terror and genocide in terms of anguish and
the unutterable; phenomenology of blizzards and whiteout; revrev ? live
reverse reverberation or anticipatory music; and practical-theoretical
issues of gamespace/edgespace.

Join Alan Sondheim for a talk and presentation at 7pm on Friday,
6 in
Englander Studio, Granoff Center at Brown University. This event is
free and open to the public.

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Alan Sondheim is a cross-disciplinary artist, writer, and theorist. He
recently completed a successful residency at Eyebeam Art + Technology
Center in New York; while there he worked with a number of
collaborators on performances and sound pieces dealing with pain and
annihilation. He also created a series of texts and 3d printing models
of ?dead or wounded avatars.? He recently completed a residency at Nova
Scotia College of Art and Design and in 2011-2012 was a resident at
Eyebeam Art and Technology in New York. In 2012 he had a book published
through West Virginia University Press, Writing Under, and last year he
released two cds of experimental improvisation. - See his blog:


He lives with his partner and co-worker, Azure Carter in Providence, RI.

Talk at Brown University, Friday February 6


http://www.alansondheim.org/granoff.rtf (rough outine)

Please see the granoff.rtf

I've been working in a variety of media, from virtual worlds through
the Cave through music improvisation, etc. I'll present materials from
all of this, within a framework of thinking through blankness, terror,
and broken worlds.
There is material from distorted motion capture employed in virtual
worlds; considerations of terror and genocide in terms of anguish and
the unutterable; phenomenology of blizzards and whiteout; revrev - live
reverse reverberation or anticipatory music; and practical-theoretical
issues of gamespace/edgespace.

I'll go for as long as people are interested.

Brown University, Granoff Center, Friday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Englander Studio, Room N420
154 Angell Street, Providence, RI



4. Seung-Min Lee, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 29

The New York Times
'Sing's Millennium Mart' at Interstate Projects
JAN. 29, 2015
Art in Review

The Korean market is a relatively new institution in New York, but it has precedents in older corner stores, bodegas and delis where various cultures have mingled and clashed. "Sing's Millennium Mart," organized by Seung-Min Lee, is billed as "the corner deli of the future," rather than any particular type - although Ms. Lee was born in Korea and her family has worked in the food business in New York.

Ms. Lee's is a humorous, sometimes political, sometimes poetic take on the minimart. (And it's in a gallery basement rather than a storefront.) There are vacuum-sealed packages of homemade kimchi kale chips and candy made with herbal concoctions; eerily colored tapioca balls (for bubble tea) and nutritional capsules filled with glitter and ginkgo biloba.
A wall of edible plants growing in plastic bottles, conceived in collaboration with Simone Frazier, provides a living salad bar. Water bottles filled with tap water brought in from Detroit are being sold to fund the Detroit Water Project, which helps pay the overdue utility bills of Detroit residents facing water shut-offs. Contributions by Jonathan Butt, Arkadiy Ryabin, Mores McWreath, Amanda Turner Pohan and others include a poetry chapbook, vegetables cast in concrete and benches built like fruit stand shelves.
The best way to experience "Sing's Millennium Mart" might be to attend the last evening of related performances on Saturday night. It will be harder to see all the objects described here. But earlier performances by Clifford Owens and Jaeeun Lee, among others, used fruit, banana pudding and dialogue to raise issues of race, class and urban culture.

Interstate Projects
66 Knickerbocker Avenue, at Grattan Street, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Through Sunday



5. Elaine Tin Nyo, FF Alumn, at The New York Public Library, Manhattan, Feb. 4


Bringing the Art of Food to the Everyday | Shelly Boris, Amy Lipton, Elaine Tin Nyo, Linda Weintraub | Fresh Cooking | Art and Food Series Event

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6 - 8 p.m.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium
Fully accessible to wheelchairs

First come, first served
FREE - Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Is working with food an art? Are chefs and growers artists? Can artists be chefs and growers? Can anyone making food call it art?

Join us to take a closer look at these questions with a conversation between cookbook author Shelley Boris, curator Amy Lipton, artist Elaine Tin Nyo and writer Linda Weintraub. We discuss ways that artists think about the food they eat, the art of cooking and the art of living on the earth. The discussion, moderated by Amy Lipton, also includes information and advice for cooking, raising, producing, procuring and understanding food.

Trained as a painter Shelley Boris has cooked for years as a professional chef. She likes materials like charcoal, wax, paint and pencils the way she loves basic ingredients like onions and eggs. As a mildly dyslexic person, computers and smart phones were a godsend, but the textures and smells and feel of art supplies and food hold great attraction. She paints when she can, and cooks for a living. Her book Fresh Cooking: A Year of Recipes from the Garrison Institute Kitchen, an art project itself, with photographs by Caroline Kasterine, emphasizes cooking with considerable attention to detail, combined with the everyday need to feed oneself and others in a sensible way. Fresh Cookingfeatures recipes that use the best of ingredients-seasonal, sustainable, organic-but there is no preaching. It encourages people to shop where they can afford and cook what they like while thinking of the folks they are feeding, de-emphasizing the precious and the anxious.

Copies of the book are available for purchase and signing at the end of the event.

Shelley Boris is partner, creative director, and executive chef at Fresh Company. Fresh runs the food service at the Garrison Institute, Storm King Art Center, as well as for private and corporate clients. She is the author of Fresh Cooking: A Year of Recipes from the Garrison Institute Kitchen,. Shelley is inspired by a diversity of regional cooking styles from around the world and has cooked for such personalities as the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev. A board member of the Cold Spring's Farmers' Market, Shelley has long worked to support sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley. She lives in Garrison, NY, with her husband and two sons.

Amy Lipton is an independent curator and co-director of ecoartspace, a nonprofit dedicated to raising environmental awareness through the arts. She owned and directed Amy Lipton Gallery in NYC from 1989--1996. Since then she has organized exhibitions for museums, galleries, sculpture parks, environmental centers and in the public realm. She writes for books and journals, and organizes discussions and lectures on art and its relationship to the natural environment. Her pioneering museum exhibition co-curated with Sue Spaid, Ecovention: Artists Transform Ecologies with an accompanying 160-page catalog, was held at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, OH, in 2002. Lipton's curatorial public art project BiodiverCITY was part of the 5 x 5 Project in Washington D.C., presented by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. TRANSported, a temporary public art project took place in May 2013 in conjunction with The New Museum's, Ideas City Festival at the World Financial Center Plaza and at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in New York City.

Elaine Tin Nyo is a conceptual artist and omnivore. She translates the tradition of genre painting into new media. Since the early 1990s, food has been a vehicle for the artist to explore issues of mortality and responsibility. Using performance, video, photography, cooking and writing, she reframes the everyday rituals of food and its preparation so we may reflect on the inherent beauty and value of the seemingly mundane moments of our lives. In addition to her visual arts background, she has learned at the side of home cooks and restaurant chefs, and collaborated with farmers and butchers on three continents. Now based in New York, Tin Nyo has received project support from the Bronx Museum, Seoksu Art Project, Franklin Furnace and The Phillips Collection, among others. Her photographs, food, videos, installations and performances have been presented at New Museum, Deitch Projects, Creative Time, Färgfabriken, Brooklyn Museum, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Postmasters Gallery, the French Culinary Institute and other venues. Her project This Little Piggy received a Creative Capital Grant in 2013.

Linda Weintraub is a curator, educator, artist and author of several popular books about contemporary art. Her recent writing explores the vanguard intersection between art and environmentalism. Her newest book, TO LIFE! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, published by the University of California Press, is the first college-level eco-art textbook. Weintraub's previous books on eco-art include the series, Avant-Guardians: Textlets in Art and Ecology (2007). It includes EcoCentric Topics: Pioneering Themes for Eco-Art; Cycle-Logical Art: Recycling Matters for Eco-Art; EnvironMentalities: Twenty-two Approaches to Eco-Art. Weintraub is also the author of In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Artists and Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society. She served as the Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Art at Oberlin College, and as the director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute located on the Bard College campus, where she originated fifty exhibitions and published over twenty catalogs.

Conceived and organized by Arezoo Moseni in 2013, the Art and Food series events peel back the hidden layers of taste and aesthetics across the literary and visual arts with readings and discussions by acclaimed artists, authors, chefs, critics, historians and others.

Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.

Elaine Tin Nyo



6. Lizzie Olesker, FF Alumn, at New Lucky Laundromat, Brooklyn, Feb. 12-13

Wash and Dry Productions presents
Every Fold Matters
a site specific performance about working in a laundromat

Created by Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs
Performed by Veraalba Santa, Ching Valdes-Aran. Jasmine Holloway and Tony Torn
Sound design by Stephen Vitiello.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday February 12, 13, 14 8:30pm
New Lucky Laundromat
323 Lafayette Ave at Grand Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
$10 suggested donation.
Please reserve a place at: everyfoldmatters@gmail.com
Subway: G to Washington Ave or Classon Ave stops or C to Washington Ave.
EVERY FOLD MATTERS is an original, site-specific performance with film that explores the experience of working in a laundry. Olesker and Sachs have been criss-crossing New York City talking to people who work in laundromats, spending time with folks in Sunset Park, Red Hook and Chinatown, collecting stories that have guided them in the writing of the script. Amidst the washers and dryers of a working laundromat, stories around intimacy, clothes, dirt/stains, money, and time are revealed.
For more information: emrubin@earthlink.net

Lizzie Olesker (co-director, writer) is a playwright, director, and performer whose work focuses on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Plays and performances have been developed and presented at New Georges, HERE, the Ohio Theatre, Invisible Dog, Dixon Place, Old Stone House, Cherry Lane Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Intiman (Seattle) and Public Theater.
Emily Rubin (producer) founded Wash and Dry Productions in 2005 to produce Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose, a reading and performance series that takes place in laundromats around the country. Rubin is the author of the novel STALINA (Mariner Books) and is at work on another novel and memoir about urban homesteading. www.emilyrubin.net
Lynne Sachs (co-director, writer) is fascinated by the intersection between documentary film explorations and live performance. Her hybrid film works have screened at the New York Film Festival, Sundance, Punto de Vista, the China Women's Film Festival and the Vancouver Film Festival. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in the Arts. www.lynnesachs.com



7. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at KOW-Berlin, Germany, Feb. 7

Barbara Hammer
Lecture and Film Screening
6 Films Collage-Based
Feb. 7 @ 7pm



8. Nicole Eisenman, FF Alumn, at The Jewish Museum, Manhattan, March 26

The Jewish Museum
Public programs
Spring 2015

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128
Hours: Saturday-Tuesday 11am-5:45pm,
Wednesday closed (Shops/Café open 11am-3pm),
Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-4pm

T +1 212 423 3200
F +1 212 423 3232


The Jewish Museum is pleased to announce its spring public programs schedule, featuring lectures and conversations, music and film, and more.

Writers and Artists Respond: Nicole Eisenman
Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm
Artist Nicole Eisenman speaks with Joanna Montoya Robotham, Neubauer Family Foundation Assistant Curator, about Seder (2010), the latest featured work in the Museum's Masterpieces & Curiosities exhibition series.
Free with pay-what-you-wish admission; RSVP recommended

Public programs are made possible by endowment support from the William Petschek Family, the Trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, Barbara and Benjamin Zucker, William W. Hallo, the late Susanne Hallo Kalem, the late Ruth Hallo Landman, the Marshall M. Weinberg Fund, with additional support from Marshall M. Weinberg, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation, the Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Family Foundation and Ellen Liman.

Additional support is provided by Lorraine and Martin Beitler and through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



9. Lynne Tillman, FF Alumn, at The Jewish Museum, Manhattan, April 13

The Jewish Museum
Public programs
Spring 2015

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128
Hours: Saturday-Tuesday 11am-5:45pm,
Wednesday closed (Shops/Café open 11am-3pm),
Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-4pm

T +1 212 423 3200
F +1 212 423 3232


The Jewish Museum is pleased to announce its spring public programs schedule, featuring lectures and conversations, music and film, and more.

Dialogue and Discourse: Laurie Simmons and Lynne Tillman
The Mildred and George Weissman Program
Monday, April 13, 6:30 pm
Artist Laurie Simmons, whose exhibition How We See is currently on view, sits down with writer and critic Lynne Tillman to discuss her work.
Free with pay-what-you-wish admission; RSVP recommended

The Mildred and George Weissman Program has been endowed by Paul, Ellen, and Dan Weissman in honor of their parents.

Public programs are made possible by endowment support from the William Petschek Family, the Trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, Barbara and Benjamin Zucker, William W. Hallo, the late Susanne Hallo Kalem, the late Ruth Hallo Landman, the Marshall M. Weinberg Fund, with additional support from Marshall M. Weinberg, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation, the Saul and Harriet M. Rothkopf Family Foundation and Ellen Liman.

Additional support is provided by Lorraine and Martin Beitler and through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



10. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, FF Alumns, now online at dailyserving.com


Playing with Fire: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions at El Museo del Barrio

Declarations of dissent can manifest in many ways. Playing with Fire: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions, currently on view at El Museo del Barrio, surveys a range of Latin American and Caribbean artists who through their art practices have voiced their dissent from oppressive cultural forces. The curator, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, frames these artistic impulses as foundational to the history and spirit of El Museo del Barrio. Indeed the 1969 founding of the museum by Raphael Montañez Ortiz was itself an act of noncompliance with the mainstream art world, which at the time was largely unmotivated or unwilling to exhibit the work of Latino artists. El Museo is an institution, much like the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, that was formed to provide a platform for artists whose work and/or identity excluded them from opportunities in more established, heteronormative, and Eurocentric art venues.

Estévez's framework proves fruitful, producing a show whose works span four decades, nearly mirroring the lifetime of El Museo. Themes of social irreverence, activism, and testimony connect works from different times and origins, without diluting the cultural specificity of each artist and intention. Undeniably, one of the exhibition's great strengths is its underlying critique of conflating diverse Latino experiences and personhood in the United States; it accomplishes this without solidifying such tropes through reiteration.
Many works deploy dark humor to tackle overt political content. Visionario, a photograph by Adonis Flores, portrays a man in a trench, dressed in a camouflage uniform and holding two toilet-paper rolls to his eyes like binoculars. As there are few other signifiers in the image beyond the central figure, the piece can be read as satire of a militarized perspective that operates throughout the globe. Given Flores's background as an artist born and working in Cuba, the photograph makes a more precise reference to Fidel Castro's trademark uniform and parodies his professed vision for his people. Jessica Kairé also addresses symbols of combat through a disarming levity with her sculpture CONFORT Tropical Hand Grenade (Special Edition). The work's plush fabric in vivid yellows, pinks, and greens recalls a stuffed toy, a commentary on the war zones that define the childhood of thousands all over the world. When read through the lens of Kairé's Guatemalan descent, the work conjures the brutal history of the country's civil war, a conflict catalyzed by a coup d'état funded and armed by the United States government, which led to the disappearance of tens of thousands of Guatemalan people, many of them children.

Some artists deploy a more documentary style to discuss the struggles of innocent and underserved populations. Carlos Ortiz was a photographer from the South Bronx who took his neighborhood as his subject matter. Untitled (Boy on Big Wheel) shows a young child on his toy vehicle on the sidewalk, smiling before a smoking pile of rubble and debris. This image literally and figuratively echoes the exhibition's title and deftly functions both as a record of a particular community and time-a largely Puerto Rican neighborhood in the South Bronx in the '70s-and as a potent emblem of the severe realities of urban neglect.

The complexities of naturalization and equality in US culture are an undercurrent in many of the works. Alejandro Diaz's Dichos is a collection of hand-painted signs on cardboard. Each sign mixes commonplace sayings, advertisements, political statements, comedic misappropriations, and stereotypes of Latino or Chicano identity. Diaz held many of these signs-like "Wetback by Popular Demand," "Make Tacos Not War," "Never Mix, Never Worry," and "No Shoes, No Shirt, You're Probably Rich" outside elite and exclusive sites in New York City-while wearing either a suit or a Mexican mariachi costume. Each instance was an experiment in provocation, reminding a more privileged population of the gross inequities, bigotry, and danger experienced daily by many Hispanics. The work El Spanglish Sandwich by Adal Maldonado (known as ADAL), a ceramic plate printed with an image of rice and beans between two slices of white bread, is also born from a specifically US experience, that of the dual cultural allegiance and identity of Nuyoricans, or Puerto Ricans in New York.

Playing with Fire chronicles the artists' shared impulse for protest and pushback without homogenizing their provenance or concerns. As such, it offers viewers unfettered space to commune with discourses of rebellion.

Playing with Fire: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions is on view at El Museo del Barrio through February 7, 2015.



11. Epstein and Hassan, FF Alumns, at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, Manhattan, Feb. 5-7

The Black and The Jew Go Buddhist!
Epstein and Hassan, aka The Black and The Jew, have been happily married for 27 years. This is a true New York love story and they share their secrets on how to have a happy marriage or relationship just by using a technique they created called BlackJewLove Technology and they believe if it works for them it can work for ANY relationship!

Some of the topics we will cover.
a. How to keep the sex hot when your parent has a stroke.
b. What you can and canâ€(tm)t say during interracial sex.
c. Learn the secret to how a Black and A Jew were able to find love and peace and stop bitching and moaning about who had it worse.

"My laughter was illuminated by the insightful and humorous dialogue of interracial married couple Epstein & Hassan."
-Mariah Tauger, Los Angles Times

DATES & TIME: FEB. 5,6, & 7TH-@ 7:30PM
COST: $15- 104 WEST 14T ST. b/t 6 & 7 Ave.



12. Evelyn Eller, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Manhattan, opening Feb. 12

Evelyn Eller's collages will be included in the exhibition at CENTRAL BOOKING

Haber Space, Central Booking Gallery, NY
21 Ludlow Street, NY

Opening - February 12, - 6 - 8 PM
Exhibition Dates - February 12 to April 5



13. Jacob Burckhardt, Robert Rauschenberg, FF Alumns, at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Manhattan, Feb. 26

Edith Schloss: Still Life, Myths and Mountains
A Retrospective

curated by Jason Andrew
organized by Sundaram Tagore Gallery in collaboration with Norte Maar

Opening Reception, Thurs, Feb 26, 6-8pm

Sundaram Tagore Gallery
547 West 27th Street

Norte Maar is pleased to announce its collaboration with Sundaram Tagore Gallery to present a landmark retrospective of work by Edith Schloss (1919-2011), one of America's greatest expatriate artists whose paintings, assemblage, collage, watercolors and drawings border on the bittersweet, fragile, intimate and naïve. Intrinsically linked to the milieu of Postwar American Art, every aspect of the artist's eccentric personal iconography will be on view for rediscovery. This is the first show of the artist's work in New York in twenty-five years.

Curated by Jason Andrew and organized in collaboration with the Brooklyn-based nonprofit arts organization Norte Maar, this exhibition represents the most comprehensive showing of the artist's work, offering historic examples from all genres of her career beginning with early still lifes of the 1950s and painted scenes of Penobscot Bay in Maine, to seascapes from her beloved studio in Lerici, Italy, and finally to the mythological abstractions she painted up until her death.

The exhibition also includes a gallery dedicated to Edith's friends and acquaintances, with work by Marina Adams, Ellen Auerbach, Nell Blaine, Jacob Burckhardt, Rudy Burckhardt, Tom Burckhardt, Joseph Cornell, Alberto Giacometti, Mimi Gross, Willem de Kooning, Helen DeMott, Rackstraw Downes, Hermine Ford, Ernst Hacker, Philip Pearlstein, Yvonne Jacquette, Robert Moskowitz, Fairfield Porter, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Cy Twombly, Jack Tworkov, Lucia Vernarelli, Stanley Whitney and Francesca Woodman among others.



14. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, in new book

FRANK MOORE in new book from Italy: LOVE LAID BARE

A chapter is devoted to Frank Moore in a recently published book from Italy, titled:
50 Shades of Love
Words, ideas and images of the Love Revolution"

It is now available as an ebook, in Italian only!

Authors: Alfredo Meschi , Ilaria Farulli "A journey through practices and images that offer a positive vision of sexuality, beyond commodification, for the re-appropriation of pleasure, desire and freedom."

Below is a google translation of the chapter on Frank:

"47 And our memory Oscar goes to ...
"Mike Bongiorno and Fabio Fazio, Emilio Fede and Bruno Vespa, Paolo Bonolis and Carlo Conti, even Fabrizio Corona ..."

Who does not know them raise your hand! In the largest cultural world container, Wikipedia, both in Italian and in English, they all have their good page. Game shows from the '60s to the scandals of the 2000s, we find ourselves from generation to generation, to have memory cells filled by characters (no one is offended) that we could safely ignore. But how much and how many of you, friends and friends know Frank Moore? And why on Wikipedia in Italian you cannot find even a paragraph? "

"From the '60s to 2000, we said. Well Frank Moore in all these years was an artist, a poet, a painter, a shaman, a writer, a musician, a television personality and a presence on the Internet.

Born with cerebral palsy, he could neither speak nor walk and wrote books, directed art performances, starred in and produced films, played piano and was a member of musical groups, his paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Canada and he has a video archive viewed by more than seven million people around the world. "

"In the 90's he was voted" best performance artist" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and at the same time, has come under fire from the ultra conservative Senator Jesse Helms who regarded his art obscene. Considered obscene "art that you create in people the desire to go out and play with other people, to enjoy life."

As usual, obscene is only our ignoring the revolutionary impact of this great man. Take some time to visit his site, to watch his videos and you will find a deep contact between the work and the life of Frank and most of the experiences that we have so far reported.

Frank Moore died a few months ago, continuing to express himself through his art to the last. To him, go our Oscar and our admiration. "

"See, learn, read more at:

Special thanks and a great encouragement to Michael La Bash who continues to carry on the work of Frank Moore along with other students and people who were close to him. "

From: http://www.terranuovalibri.it/ebook/dettaglio/alfredo-meschi-ilaria-farulli/lamore-a-nudo-9788866810773-235797.html

We enshrined, finally, the death of God, religions, superstitions, beliefs, ideologies ... but still something inside us makes us ashamed to be born naked. It seems incredible that in the XXI century, people continue to be afraid of their bodies, their sexuality.
We are ashamed of having a body that is energized in the encounter with the other, in contact with another person. We have no decency to talk about money, speculation, competition but we are terrified of speaking in public masturbation, pleasure, orgasms.
Continue to behave like crazy aggressors, intimately desperate, against those who have sexual tastes different from ours, we continue to label the other based on ridiculous and idiotic cliches and stereotypes.
We confined our nakedness to zoos nudist campsite and voyeurism media, continuing to take on a heavy and unnecessary burden from the past: the body as sin.
Simultaneously spreading both of porn, amateur first professional now, but always illegal, outrageous, within communities of secret followers of false names.
This project was created to rid our bodies and our sexuality is a past obscurantist and a bigot who falsely present uninhibited pornographic.
Was created to give back to each and every one of us the naturalness, the beauty, the joy of living in that reality is unique and wonderful that our being-human.
Was created to allow us to finally look into the face of our being-sexual. We eat, we run, we play, we create and produce, we dance, we laugh, we hug and we make love. Beautiful as beautiful are bellied hippos among the water lilies and the slender gazelles in the grasslands. Beautiful as beautiful can be the old men playing bocce, mothers with the belly, a cook who enjoys her creativity, an opera singer who has of his own voice. Why is the true beauty of every creature that inhabits this planet and there is nothing more beautiful than human beings who live, play and enjoy together.



15. Alina and Jeff Bliumis, FF Alumns, at The James Gallery, CUNY, Manhattan, Feb. 6

Dear friends and colleagues

We are showing "A Painting For A Family Dinner" series (2008-2013) from all locations (Bat Yam, Israel; Bronx, US; Beijing, China; Lecce, Italy) for the first time at a group show curated by Boris Groys at the James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center.

Opening reception is this Friday February 6.
Please, join us, will be great to see you there.

Friday, February 6
The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue (34 Street)

Alina and Jeff Bliumis
Artists: Alina and Jeff Bliumis, Chto delat, Keti Chukhrov, Anton Ginzburg, Pussy Riot, Anton Vidokle, Arseny Zhilyaev

Curated by Boris Groys

Contemporary Russian artists are still haunted by the specters of communism. On the one hand, they do not want to close the utopian perspective that was opened by the October revolution and art of the Russian avant-garde. But, on the other hand, they cannot forget the long history of post-revolutionary violence, where artists are haunted by these specters in the middle of reality that does not welcome them.

In contemporary Russia in which the official political and cultural attitudes become increasingly conservative, a new generation of Russian artists continue the tradition of the Russian artistic and political Left: desire to change the reality by means of art, ideals of equality and social justice, radical Utopianism, secularism and internationalism. This exhibition includes the works of artists from Moscow and St. Petersburg who share a critical attitude towards the realities of contemporary Russian life.

Pussy Riot address the power of the Church and its complicity with the state. The group's famous "Punk Prayer" brought two of its members into prison. The videos of Chto delat thematize the cultural and political issues with which the Left is confronted in the contemporary world. Arseny Zhilyaev supplies an ironical commentary to the contemporary Russian media space in which the sensational news about UFOs and meteorites circulate together with Putin's quasi-artistic actions, like kissing the tiger and finding the antique amphorae at the bottom of the sea. And in her poetic and poignant video Keti Chukhrov shows the gap between the intellectual attitudes of the Russian leftist activists and their real social behavior.

The exhibition also includes the works of New York artists of Russian origin who also deal with the heritage of Russian communism. Anton Vidokle rediscovers in his works the radical Utopian projects of the Russian political and artistic avant-garde aiming at creating the world in which men become immortal and at the same time re-united with cosmic life. Anton Ginzburg finds the traces of the gigantic "earthworks" of the Soviet time. And Alina and Jeff Bliumis nostalgically try to reestablish the direct contact with the audience that was lost by art under the conditions of the art market.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller