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Contents for February 18, 2015

1. Martha Wilson, Anton Van Dalen, FF Alumns, in Interview magazine, now online




2. Shaun Leonardo, FF Alumn, at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, Feb. 22

I Can't Breathe
a performance by Shaun Leonardo
Sunday, February 22 at 4pm

As a culmination to RESPOND, please join artist Shaun Leonardo and the organization Smack Mellon for a public-participatory workshop and performance that will take the form of a self-defense class. Over the course of a half hour, participants will learn a range of self-defense technique - from purely pacifist, self-protective maneuvers (including how one may relieve the pressure of a chokehold) to more overt, defensive strategies. (Participants will not learn offensive strikes or moves.)
Participants will then be placed and paired off in a staggered arrangement. With certain cues given by the artist, each pair will enact the self-defense techniques just learned, alternating in the role of the aggressor. As the artist recites a script inspired by Nina Simone, each pair will elect which action to take solely based on how he or she internalizes the words' meaning.

The overall, impromptu composition of defensive actions thus creates a reflection and meditation on our community's legacy of self-preservation, and continued desire/need/fight to protect and survive. The piece will be conducted in memory of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin... and countless others.

Shaun Leonardo is a multidisciplinary artist who uses modes of self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of masculine identity and question preconceived notions of manhood. The portraits take the form of cutout paintings, drawings, and sculptures, while also brought to life through performance. Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received awards from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; The New York Studio School; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Art Matters; New York Foundation for the Arts; McColl Center for Visual Art; Franklin Furnace; and The Jerome Foundation. His work has been presented in galleries and institutions internationally with recent solo exhibitions in New York City, and is featured in the current exhibition Crossing Brooklyn at Brooklyn Museum.


Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street @ Washington
Brooklyn, NY 11201



3. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, Feb. 22








TIME: 1:30-3:30 PM








4. Irina Danilova, John Boone, FF Alumns, at Brooklyn Fire Proof Temporary Storage Gallery, opening Feb. 20

Irina Danilova,
Our fourth exhibition in BRURAL series, BRURAL: Skin of Liberty, Fractured & re-Structured, a collaboration of artists from greater Brooklyn with artists from Nizhny Tagil (Russia), will be open at the Brooklyn Fire Proof Temporary Storage Gallery at 119 Ingraham St. in Bushwick,

from February 20 through March 8.
Gallery hours are: Wednesday - Sunday, 3 - 8pm (March 7th 3-11pm, March 8th 2-6pm)
Opening on February 20th, 7-9pm

The guest curator
Vladimir Seleznev

Associate Curator at Ural branch of National Center for Contemporary Art
in Ekaterinburg, Russia
Participating artists:
Ekaterina Aksenova, Ron Barron, Oleg Blyablyas, John Boone, Todd Bryant Alberto Bursztyn, Vitaly Cherepanov,

Project 59
, Beth Dary, Irina Fillipova, Tatiana Istomina, JKP (group), Angelina Kotova, Ksenya Koshurnikova, Rita Leduc, Anna Mineeva & Maria Belova, Kenneth Pietrobono, Lisa Hein & Robert Seng, Carol Salmanson, Kate Stone, Fyodor Telkov, Ian Trask, Qi You, and Zer Gut (group)

With support of Brooklyn Arts Council, Ural Branch of National Center for Contemporary Art, Materials For The Arts, Sixpoint Brewery and private donations.

New York, a huge megalopolis, the center of the world and Nizhny Tagil, a small industrial city in the middle of nowhere, very different and far apart, have a peculiar connection. Every Ural tourist guide mentions that the famous Statue of Liberty in New York is covered with copper from Nizhny Tagil's famous Demidov's mines. Awarded at the World Exhibitions in Paris and Birmingham, sheet copper from Nizhny Tagil caught the attention of the sculptor F. Bartholdi, who was looking for material for the outer shell of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

The name Skin of Liberty reflects the Statue of Liberty's copper history, while Fractured & re-Structured refers to the current psycho-geographical state of Nizhny Tagil, the old industrial city in the Middle of Urals that started with the iron ore deposits in the mountain Tall that no longer exists. In its place there is now a huge deep crater filled with industrial waste. The oldest metallurgical plant built in the Urals during the time of the Demidovs is transformed into a museum. Two Soviet industrial giants, Nizhny Tagil Metallurgical Plant and Machinery UralVagonZavod, have been in permanent crisis and decline and became the exclusive backdrop for local artists.

BRURAL: Skin of Liberty, Fractured and re-Structured brings together artists of different creative strategies, styles and media, who make aesthetic experiments with the environment and postindustrial contemporary reality. They use ready-made industrial and postindustrial culture; new media space and modern social contexts; recycling of urban space and architecture, garbage, newspapers and magazines; ruins and remnants of things and ideas. Often with guerrilla methods, artists change the very essence of phenomena and objects, modifying their structure and developing new meanings.



5. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, upcoming events, Brooklyn

Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Weekly Listings for February 28th & March 2nd

Event: Tarot 101

Description: Learn the basics about the tarot. Connect with your inner wisdom and intuition to do simple readings for yourself and others.
This class is required for further tarot studies.

Saturday, February 28th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Prospect Heights/Park Slope (near Grand Army Plaza), Exotic Brooklyn, NY
Exact address provided upon registration.

Cost: $50. Register with SideTour: http://sdtr.co/1CieNWR

Contact: For more info:


It's in the Cards! Learn the Art of Tarot Reading from a World-Renowned Urban Shaman.
Description: Join Mama Donna Henes for an in-depth study of the mystical and magical secrets of the tarot. Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, Suits, Numerology, Royal Cards, and Spreads are covered. (Note: the beginners Tarot 101 workshop is required for this series.)

When: 6 Mondays, 7:00 - 9:30pm; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6

Where: Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Prospect Heights/Park Slope (near Grand Army Plaza), Exotic Brooklyn, NY

Exact address provided upon registration.

Cost: $360 ($60 per class)
Register by February 25th, 2015 and save $60!
$300 Early Bird

Contact: For more info:

* Unofficial Commissioner of Public Spirit of NYC. - The New Yorker
* For 35 years Ms. Henes has been putting city folk in touch with Mother Earth. - New York Times
* Part performance artist, part witch, part social director for planet earth. - The Village Voice
* A-List exorcist!" - NY Post
* The Original crystal-packing mama. - NY Press

Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, contemporary ceremonialist, spiritual teacher, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum. A noted ritual expert, she serves as a ritual consultant for the television and film industry. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.

Read her on the Huffington Post:

Connect with her on Facebook:

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Watch her videos:

Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
PO Box 380403
Exotic Brooklyn, New York, NY 11238-0403
Phone: 718/857-1343
Email: CityShaman@aol.com




6. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, Feb. 28

Sleep of Reason
Written and Directed by Rachel Frank
Produced & Co-Directed by Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez
Saturday, February 28th at 7:30 pm
The Marran Theater
Lesley University
34 Mellen Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The event is free. To RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sleep-of-reasonperformance-
*Latecomers cannot be admitted once the performance has started.
Performed by:
Alexandra Giacona, Angelica Pinna-Perez, Ciera Shimkus, Stephanie Soule-Maggio, &
Carmen Thurston
Lighting Design: Kayleigha Zawacki
Sets and Costumes: Rachel Frank
In light of the long awaited release of the Torture Report, Brooklyn based artist, Rachel
Frank and Lesley University Expressive Therapies professor, Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez are pleased to present the Boston premiere of Sleep of Reason at Lesley University after a
successful run in New York City in 2010 and 2011. Sleep of Reason borrows the narratives in Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos to examine the theatrical/performance implications of abuse as depicted in the Abu Ghraib photographs. Evoking both living sculpture and cinematic picture, staged tableaux vivants featuring beaded masks and sculptural forms are illuminated briefly between almost film-like cuts or void periods of silhouetted blackness, allegorically suggesting the recurrent darkness and repressed animality that underlies the rational and enlightened society of today.

Rachel Frank uses video, sculpture, and performance to explore themes combining the
theatrical, man's relationship to the natural world, and loss. She is the recipient of
numerous awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and The
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and residencies at The Marie Walsh Sharpe
Foundation, The Women's Studio Workshop, Sculpture Space, Yaddo, and Skowhegan.
Her performance piece Sleep of Reason was performed in New York City at The Bushwick Starr in 2010 and again at HERE in 2011 after receiving funding from The Franklin Furnace Archive and The Puffin Foundation.

More information can be found at: http://www.rachelfrank.com
Angelica Pinna-Perez, PhD, LICSW, LCAT, REAT, RDT

Dr. Pinna-Perez is on core faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, an Assistant\ Professor of Expressive Therapies and Interim Program Coordinator, Expressive Arts Therapy. She has worked as an actor/creator and creative arts therapist and psychotherapist engaging in community arts and community based mental health counseling since 2003. She has worked artistically and clinically in the US and abroad with a passion for intercultural work, including consulting, producing and acting in performance art for social justice. Scholarly interests include using creativity as a form of knowledge the application of expressive arts in the service of understanding, reframing,\ and making meaning of suffering, trauma and oppression in individual and social contexts. More information can be found at: http://www.lesley.edu/faculty/angelica-pinna-perez/



7. Jane Dickson, Joe Lewis, FF Alumns, at BronxArtSpace, opening Feb. 20

BronxArtSpace is pleased to announce:
"Turn Up the Volume"
Jane Dickson and Joe Lewis
celebrating aspects of the global hip-hop culture movement from the earliest moments
they shared in the South Bronx..... a special audio mix by Bob Durham !
Opening Friday February 20, 2015 6-9:00
Artist Talk moderated by Bronx Museum's Sergio Bessa, March 11, 6:30-8:30
Exhibition from February 20 - March 14, 2015 !
BronxArtSpace, 305 E. 140, 1A Bronx, NY 10454
art@bronxartspace.com 718 401 8144 www.bronxartspace.com,
20 min from mid-town; 138th St stop on the #6 train, walk 2 blocks up Alexander to 140



8. Anya Liftig, FF Alumn, at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, Feb. 19-20

Hello Friends,

Hope you can make this little show Tess and I have created. Tricky Dick is even touting a lobster about this one.

Liftig and I is an hour of experimental dance television brought to life by those frequent artistic compatriots, conversationalists and co-conspirators, Tess Dworman and Anya Liftig. The performance space of CPR is transformed into a live television studio minus cameras, lights, tripods and applause signs. (It goes without saying that highly paid on-air "talent" is also dispensed with in this show.) Exploring the choreographic potential of the absurdities of facial gestures, multiple limbs, hybrid species and legendary avant-garde performance artists, Liftig and I takes its cues from such diverse sources as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the lesser works of Tennessee Williams, D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Town Bloody Hall, Marvel Comics and the place where everybody knows your name,Cheers.

Performers, artists, choreographers, sound, costume: Anya Liftig and Tess Dworman

Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com

Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Center for Performance Research, 361 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn




9. Lillian Ball, Sydney Blum, Louise Bourgeois, Colette, Petah Coyne, Agnes Denes, Mary Beth Edelson, Sandra Fabara aka Lady Pink, Jenny Holzer, Eve Andree Laramee, Elizabeth Murray, Shirin Neshat, Howardena Pindell, Arleen Schloss, Carolee Schneemann, Regina Silveira, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, Chrysanne Stathacos, Michelle Stuart, Hannah Wilke, FF Alums, at LIU Brooklyn, opening March 5

100 Portraits: Women Artists -- Photographs by Barbara Yoshida
Salena Art Gallery at LIU Brooklyn
(Library Learning Center, Ground Floor, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY)
Exhibition on View: March 3 - 27, 2015, during Womens History Month
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7 - 9 PM

American fine art photographer, Barbara Yoshida, presents a photographic survey of women artists through portraits that reveal a key aspect of each artist's identity. Since 1990, Yoshida has travelled the world to document more than one hundred women in their studios and homes. Her diverse subjects, who range from art world luminaries to artists starting their careers, work in a variety of styles with no distinction between fine art and craft. Collectively, they can be seen as a community of artists that fearlessly pushes forward the boundaries of art making.

Artists whose portraits will be shown:

Candida Alvarez
Suzanne Anker
Lillian Ball
C Bangs
Lynda Benglis
Sara Berti
Xu Bing
Sydney Blum
Louise Bourgeois
Sokari Douglas Camp
Patty Cateura
Emily Cheng
Judy Chicago
Maya Churi
Amy Cohen
Petah Coyne
E.G. Crichton
Patricia Cronin
Peggy Cyphers
Agnes Denes
Marta Deskur
Kim Dingle
Rita Duffy
Mary Beth Edelson
Sandra Fabara ("Lady Pink")
Jackie Ferrara
Janet Fish
Regina Frank
Tina Girouard
Barbara Gonzales
Nancy Graves
Nancy Grossman
Jerelyn Hanrahan
Maren Hassinger
Julie Heffernan
Mary Heilmann
Jenny Holzer
Tigida Jarju
Valerie Jaudon
Suzanne Joelson
Deborah Kass
Germaine Keller
Zsuzsanna Kemenesi
Rachel Lachowicz
Eve Andree Laramee
Annette Lemieux
Christine Lidrbauch
Jacqueline Livingston
Hermelinda Lopez Vicente
Hilary Lorenz
Macrina Mateo Martinez
Kathleen McCarthy
Josefina Mendez Lopez
Katie Merz
Wendy Franklund Miller
Marilyn Minter
Elizabeth Murray
Crispina Navarro Gomez
Eva Nebeska
Shirin Neshat
Lori Nix
Melanie Parke
Beverly Pepper
Howardena Pindell
Rona Pondick
Sophie Rivera
Dorothea Rockburne
Veronica Ryan
Betye Saar
Minako Saitoh
Arleen Schloss
Carolee Schneemann
Anna Schuleit Haber
Joan Semmel
Malado Camara Sidibeh
Susan Silas
Regina Silveira
M. K. Simqu
Sandy Skoglund
Kiki Smith
Nancy Spero
Chrysanne Stathacos
Hedda Sterne
Michelle Stuart
Rella Stuart-Hunt
May Sun
Marcela Taboada
Toshiko Takaezu
Angelina Vasquez Cruz
Allie Vogt
Joan Waltemath
Mia Westerlund Roosen
Hannah Wilke
Jackie Winsor
Tamara Zahaykevich
Alicja Zebrowska

In addition, the following women will exhibit paintings, ceramics, or drawings in Salena Gallery: May Sun, Susan Silas, Peggy Cyphers, Li-lan, Sara Berti, Julie Heffernan, Rella Stuart-Hunt, Luce, Marcela Taboada, Eva Nebeska, Candida Alvarez, Chrysanne Stathacos, Joan Waltemath, Hannah Wilke, Emily Cheng, Jackie Ferrara, M. K. Foltz, Carolee Schneemann, Jacqueline Livingston, Regina Frank, Maren Hassinger, Barbara Gonzales, Josefina Mendez Lopez, Crispina Navarro Gomez, Macrina Mateo Martinez, Angelica Vasquez Cruz, and Suzanne Joelson.

Barbara Yoshida
My monograph, Moon Viewing: Megaliths By Moonlight, is now available.



10. Jennifer Miller, FF Alumn, at Lava Studio, Brooklyn, March 7-April 4

Circus Saturdays 2015!

Circus Amok welcomes you to 4 Saturdays of unstructured
informal workouts and practices. Come stretch, tumble, juggle!

All skill levels welcome...but experience is encouraged. Circus Amok members will be present and working out, but not offering formal instruction.

Saturdays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
March 7, 14, 28, April 4

At LAVA Studio
524 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
--between Carlton Ave and 6th Ave
--2,3 to Bergen Street or Q to 7th Ave

Free, with donations accepted!
All donations go directly to supporting Circus Amok.
RSVPs encouraged!



11. John Ahearn, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Yoko Inoue, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, at Purchase College School of Art + Design, Purchase, NY, opening Feb. 18

FEB 17-MAR 27 | Exhibition: "I Serve Art"

Purchase College School of Art+Design
Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Visual Arts Building

I Serve Art
Curated by Sara Reisman
On View
February 17-March 27, 2015 (Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm)
Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 18, 6-8 pm
Artist lecture with Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Thursday, February 19, 4:30pm, VA Building Room 1016

John Ahearn
Nicolás Dumit Estévez
Ghana Think Tank (Christopher Robbins, John Ewing and Carmen Montoya)
Wojciech Gilewicz
Heather Hart
Rachel Higgins
Yoko Inoue
Mladen Miljanovic
Michael Rakowitz
Tattfoo Tan
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Visual AIDS, curator/designer John Chaich and artists Ben Cuevas, Rebecca Levi, Charles Long, Nathan Vincent, Maria Piñeres and L.J. Roberts

This exhibition will take place in conjunction with
Art+Design Sculpture Week, March 25-27, 2015.
For a full list of programs, visit the Purchase College Campus Calendar.
School of the Arts exhibitions and programs in the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery are supported, in part, by the Purchase College Foundation and through an endowment from Richard and Dolly Maass.



12. Mike Asente, Nora Ligorano, Marshal Reese FF Alumns, at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, VT, opening Mar 14

Mike Asente, FF Alumn, at Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vt. opens March 14th.
Gathering Threads March 14 - May 3, 2015
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Brattleboro, Vermont
10 Vernon Street

Opening Reception: Saturday March 14 11:00 to 4:00 pm
(Open daily, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays)

artists included: Mike Asente, Melissa Zexter, Diane Meyer, Orly Cogan, Matthew Cox, Bhakti Ziek, Joan Morris, Michelle Ratté, Sam Talbot-Kelly, Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Nora Ligorano and Marshal Reese.



13. Xandra Ibarra, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, March 3

The Feminist Press & Dixon Place Presents:
$pread Anthology: The Book Launch
Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30pm
estimated runtime: 85 mins
price: $20
The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution is connected to Spark to a Flame, an art show at the Dixon Place Gallery celebrating the artists of $pread.

Book editors: Rachel Aimee, Eliyanna Kaiser, Audacia Ray
Show Director: Eliyanna Kaiser
Co-curators: Damien Luxe & Audacia Ray
Featuring: Brendan Michael Conner; Hawk Kincaid; Syd V.; Marisa Brigati; Morgan Page; Xandra Ibarra/Chica Boom; The Incredible, Edible Akynos; O,felia del Corazón; Fly Orr; Molly Crabapple; Cristy Road.

On the ten year anniversary of the launch of $pread, the first U.S. magazine by, for, and about sex workers and their allies, Feminist Press is bringing its most memorable voices back to life with the book $pread: The Best of a Magazine That Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution. Join us for an evening of readings, Q&A, and for the opening of "Spark to a Flame," an art show celebrating sex workers. Free book with admission.

The Feminist Press is a non-profit organization that promotes voices on the margins of dominant culture and publishes feminist works from around the world. Rachel Aimee cofounded $pread magazine in 2004 and was an editor-in-chief for four and a half years. Eliyanna Kaiser is a former executive editor of $pread magazine. Audacia Ray is the founder and executive director of the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP), a peer-led organization in New York that amplifies the voices of people in the sex trades and was an executive editor of $pread from 2005 to 2008.

Dixon Place
161 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-0736



14. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, March 5

In the Lounge, Comedy, Theatre, Spoken Word
Ignorance Is No Excuse, Reno
Thursday, March 5 (also March 12, 19, and 26) at 7:30
estimated runtime: 60mins
price: Free

Being alive comes with all kinds of unsolicited responsibilities. Reno still hasn't come to terms with that.

RENO is an opinionated, radical feminist alternative voice who creates heavily improvised stream-of-consciousness topical monologues with incredible wit, political consciousness and common sense. Starting with her first HBO comedy hour, Reno In Rage And Rehab through her HBO feature film, Reno Finds Her Mom, her Bravo series, Citizen Reno, to her live show commissioned by Hartford Stage, The God Show, Reno wrestles with the 'way it is' and points to the 'way it's supposed to be'. As such, she became the first artist to take on the challenge of dealing with 9/11 in public - opening a new show just 3 weeks later. Rebel is her rapid-fire witness of the events of September 11th and how they affected her personally, living a few blocks from the World Trade Center, and in the context of the world at large. Reno: Rebel Without A Pause became an emotional and cathartic service to the community. A performance film of the show was made by Nancy Savoca and has shown around the world, winning the 500-year-old Florentine Peace Prize.

Dixon Place
161 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-0736



15. Rose English, FF Alumn, at Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, March 11

Book launch at Camden Arts Centre, London
Wednesday 11 March
7 - 9pm

Edited by Martha Fleming and Doro Globus
Text by Guy Brett, scripts by Rose English, and interviews by Anne-Louise Rentell
Published by Ridinghouse, 2014

This comprehensive monograph documents English's 40-year career to date, including legendary site-specific performances and large-scale spectaculars. Accompanying many rare archival photographs and performance scripts, a major essay by Guy Brett surveys the artist's work and times alongside interviews with two of English's closest collaborators, Sally Potter and Simon Vincenzi.

Please join us to celebrate the launch, and a talk with speakers including Guy Brett, Chris Dercon, Rose English, and Martha Fleming.

The book launch and talk are free, but please note that if you would like to attend the talk, you need to book a place by following link on the Camden Arts Centre website here.

Signed copies of the book will be available.

For any of you who are able to travel to Dundee, please see below details for the final week of this group exhibition.

Men Gather, in Speech...

Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee
Until 21 February 2015
Bringing three film works by Emma Charles, Rose English and Abri de Swardt into proximity, Men Gather, in Speech... is a choreographed space that re-enacts and doubts the troubled relationships between "power and the space of appearance" in our present age. Touching upon the theatrical, the fictional and the digital, the exhibition offers a complex mediation upon speech, dialogue and the slow silencing of the political space that had once appeared between us.
Curated by Sophia Yadong Hao.

For more information about the exhibition please visit the DJCAD website



16. Hector Canonge, FF Alumn, at the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, Feb. 21

I hope you can make to the presentation of PERFORMEANDO on Sat. Feb. 21 at the Queens Museum.


Un abrazo,



17. Comedic Reform at Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, Feb. 19



WHO: Keisha Zollar (Orange is the New Black, UCB), Abbi Crutchfield (People.com), Jamie Kilstein (Citizen Radio), Aparna Nancherla(Conan, Time Out's 10 Funniest Women in NYC), Sue Smith (Time Out's 10 Funniest Women in NYC, VH1's Best Week Ever), Shonali Bhowmik (Variety Shac, Shayla Hates Celebrities, Tigers and Monkeys) and more TBA

WHAT: A comedy/variety show to benefit the New York City chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

HOW: RSVP on Facebook and buy tickets here ($7 presale, $10 at the door)

WHEN: Thursday, February 19th at 7:00pm

WHERE: Shea Stadium - 20 Meadow St. Brooklyn NY

Join Keisha Zollar and friends for a night of stand up and improv to raise money for the New York City chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a non-profit organization working on a non-partisan campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York. But it'll be really funny, we promise. Laughs in support of social justice!



18. Sanja Iveković, FF Alumn, at P420, Bologna, Italy, opening Feb. 20

Sanja Iveković - Franco Vaccari
The Opening
20 February-30 April 2015

Opening: 20 February, 6pm

Talk: 20 February, 4:30pm, with artists and Marco Scotini
MAMbo, Via Don Minzoni 14, Bologna

Piazza dei Martiri, 5/2
40121 Bologna

T +390514847957
M +393205635213


Almost 40 years since their last exhibition together, Franco Vaccari (b. 1936, Modena) and Sanja Iveković (b. 1949, Zagreb) meet again in the exhibition The Opening at Galleria P420 in Bologna.

The opening-Friday 20 February at 6pm, with the artists present-will be introduced at 4:30pm by a conference at the MAMbo (Via Don Minzoni 14) with Sanja Iveković and Franco Vaccari, moderated by Marco Scotini.

The important vanguard work of these two artists, both already active in the 1970s, has gone beyond the concept of performance to develop a new definition of the happening based on dialogue between the artist and the audience, activated from this point on as a fundamental agent in the invention and implementation of the work. The passive role of the viewer gives way to total engagement that "reactivates the processes of socialization and relation."

Franco Vaccari writes, "The work develops in relation to how the viewer/participant, suddenly emancipated from the status of a mere observer, receives it and reacts to it, contributing to determine its form and meaning."

The space becomes that of the gallery, the time that of the opening, in which everything is resolved, from the creation of the exhibition to the definitive experience of the work.

Franco Vaccari, from the start of his career, has enacted a process of emancipation of the individual subject with respect to the whole. He uses photography not only as the indicator of a presence, but also as a tool that permits recognition and construction of the single individual in the time of development of the work. It is precisely the artist, momentarily concealing his own presence, that allows the work to be realized through the awareness in the individual or his or her existence in a given place at a specific time. The Esposizioni in tempo reale (Exhibitions in Real Time) of Vaccari do not stage a script in which the viewer is relegated to a passive role, but an action in a state of becoming whose main dimension is therefore that of reception. These works "in real time," conceived and made by the artist starting in 1969, are therefore not predictable and can be potentially infinite, characterized by the ongoing mutation of relationships.

The exhibition includes Esposizione in tempo reale num.1, Maschere (Masks, 1969), Esposizione in tempo reale num.5, Spazio privato in spazio pubblico (Private Space in Public Space, 1973), Esposizione in tempo reale num.6, Il cieco elettronico (Electronic Blindness, 1973) and Esposizione in Tempo Reale num.7, Mito Istantaneo (Instant Myth, 1974).

Engagement also forms the basis of the works of Sanja Iveković, the Croatian artist who, starting in the 1970s, has developed a pioneering practice that approaches questions about female identity and the politics of power and consumption that lie beneath the collective dimension. The artist involves viewers in different ways, through various forms of stimulation, proposing a development of the work that once again is not determined a priori, which in a more or less extensive time frame determines a close relationship with the audience, involved on an intimate, emotional level.

The exhibition presents Inaugurazzione alla Tommaseo (Opening at the Tommaseo, 1977), where visitors were asked to make true physical contact with the artist; Inter nos (1978), in which the artist-viewer relationship was mediated by the technology of a video device; and First Belgrade Performance (1978), in which the artist bridges the distance from the audience to the point of triggering spontaneous, self-sustaining relations; and Meeting Points (1978) in which the meaning of the action itself changes, simply due to the presence of the audience.

The exhibition has been organized with Espaivisor gallery, Valencia.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue curated by Marco Scotini.

Sanja Iveković (b. 1949, Zagreb) graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts of Zagreb. Her art production has spanned a range of media such as photography, performance, video, installations and actions in the public domain since the 1970s. She belongs to the artistic generation which emerged after 1968 and was raised in Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia whose post-object art was usually covered by the umbrella term New Art Practice. Ivekovic's work is marked by the critical discourse with the politics of images and body. The analysis of identity constructions in media as well as political engagement, solidarity and activism belong to her artistic strategies. In the Yugoslav/Croatian art scene she was the first woman artist to express a clearly feminist attitude. In 1973 she started to work with video. Her work from the 1990s deals with the collapse of socialist regimes and the consequences of the triumph of capitalism and the market economy over living conditions, particularly of women. In the late eighties she was a founder and a member of a number of women's non-government organizations in Croatia such as Elektra Women's Art Centre, The Centre for Women's Studies, B.a.B.e - the women's human rights group.

She has been awarded the grants by the instiutions such as the Canada Council Grant for Visiting Artists (1979, 1982, 1994); The Arts Link Grant (USA); DAAD (Berlin); OCA, Oslo (2008); Recollets Paris (2009); and MAC/VAL, Paris (2012). Recent exhibitions include the participation at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; A Bigger Splash (2013) at the Tate Modern in London; and the solo show Sweet Violence (2011) at MoMA New York.

Franco Vaccari (b. 1936, Modena) was educated in the sciences, and took a degree in Physics. After his art debut as a visual poet, the theme of the trace and the photographic medium are two constants found throughout all his work (in Traces, 1966, he presents photographs of graffiti as anonymous found poetry). From the outset, Vaccari does not use photography to produce mimetic, analogical images, but as the imprint of a presence, a signal, a physical trace or track of a being-there. In this sense, his project for the Venice Biennale of 1972, Exhibition in Real Time no.4: Leave on the walls a photographic trace of your fleeting visit is emblematic. The position of his artwork is tangential to several areas, but what perhaps best expresses its meaning is the term "conceptual realism." He is recognized as the inventor of the concept of "exhibition in real time," which he has explored since 1969 in both theoretical and operative ways. Vaccari has always accompanied his artistic activity with theoretical reflections, and has also published Duchamp e l'occultamento del lavoro (1978), Fotografia e inconscio tecnologico (1979) and Duchamp messo a nudo. Dai ready made alla finanza creativa (2010).

He has shown in solo spaces at the Venice Biennale in 1972, in 1980 and again in 1993. In 2010 he participated to Strange Comfort at Basel Kunsthalle and he has been invited to participate at the Gwangju Biennial in Korea. In 2012 he participated in Derrière le Rideau - L'Esthétique du photomaton (behind the curtain, the beauty of the photobooth) at Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne. Finally, 2013 is the date of a solo show at the Mostyn Museum, and 2014 of the solo show Rumori telepatici at Fondazione Morra Greco in Naples.



19. Jennifer Miller, FF Alumn, at WeisAcres, Manhattan, March 1

Sundays on Broadway, presented by Cathy Weis Projects
March 1


537 Broadway #3
New York, NY 10012

Free admission

On March 1, Cathy Weis will share an evening with collaborator Jennifer Miller. In the first two-thirds of the program, each artist will show a work in development. Miller will dance a solo created in a long distance collaboration with Jennifer Monson, and Weis will show the latest version of The Bottom Fell Out of the Tub, her solo with a moving screen. In the last third of the program, the two artists will perform a structured improvisation together.



20. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn,a t Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, Feb. 26

Canceled From Memory: An Experimental Lecture/Performance by Barbara Hammer
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:30 PM
Screening Room (102)
Pratt Film/Video Department Building
550 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

In this experimental lecture/performance, Barbara Hammer will present a range of work that spans and elucidates her 40-year practice as an avant-garde artist and filmmaker. Utilizing a variety of media and working across genres, Hammer has continually sought the historical and cultural visibility of marginalized individuals and communities, particularly women and lesbians. For the purposes of this RiDE Episode, she will combine lecture, screenings, performance, and installation to create an experimental space that is designed to encourage the critical engagement, activation, and political renewal of the audience.

Co-sponsored by QueerPratt. This RiDE Episode is funded in part by the office of the Provost, Pratt Institute. Free and open to the public. Doors open to the Pratt community at 6 PM. Doors open to the general public at 6:15 PM.





21. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/119891906

FF Alumn Harley J. Spiller's first book is being released by Princeton Architectural Press on March 10, 2015. It includes documentation of art by fellow FF Alumns Gulsen Calik, Jim Costanzo, Peggy Diggs, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, David Greg Harth, Norm Magnusson, Iris Rose & Dread Scott. A 1-minute video about the book is now online at


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