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Contents for February 26, 2015

1. Martha Wilson, Amanda Alfieri, Ericka Beckman, Zackary Drucker, Deborah Edmeades, Coco Fusco, Julia Heyward, Clifford Owens, Raphael Sanchez, Michael Smith, FF Alumns, at Participant, Inc. Feb. 26-March 1


Participant Inc.
253 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

Michael Smith
Baby Ikki’s 40th Birthday Party
Thursday, February 26

Coco Fusco
Observations of Predation in Humans: A lecture by Dr. Zira,
Animal Psychologist
Friday, February 27

Franklin Furnace Screenings
Featuring Julia Heyward, Ericka Beckman, Deborah Edmeades, and Zackary Drucker
Saturday, February 28
1 – 6pm

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

Performing Franklin Furnace | Independent Curators International (ICI) | Participant Inc.
Thursday, February 26
Baby Ikki’s 40th Birthday Party
Originally performed in 1978 at Franklin Furnace, Baby Ikki is a performance persona first developed by artist Michael Smith in 1975 whereby he publicly performs in an oversized cloth diaper, hat and undersized sungalsses. As a performance identity, Baby Ikki is a mute, ambiguously gendered and aged character – an archetype creating as well as drawing attention to often absurd and humorous social
situations. Tonight we will celebrate his 40th birthday.

Friday, February 27
Observations of Predation in Humans: A lecture by Dr. Zira,
Animal Psychologist
In 1998, Coco Fusco was awarded a grant by the Franklin Furnace Fund, an award given to emerging artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Then, in January, 1999, she and Nao Bustamanate performed STUFF at Dixon Place. Coco Fusco’s performance, Observations of Predation in Humans: A lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist (first performed at the Studio Museum in Harlem on December 12 & 13, 2013) features Fusco as Dr. Zira, a chimpanzee psychologist who studies human behavior from the popular filmPlanet of the Apes. In her performance, Fusco personifies the fictional film character in order to look at very real economic violence from an evolutionary perspective.
Coco Fusco, Observations of Predation in Humans: A lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist, 2013.
Courtesy the artist and The Walker Art Center.

Saturday, February 28
1 – 6pm

Julia Heyward
This is my Blue Period, 1977
Video, 31 min 28 sec
Courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix

Ericka Beckman
Out of Hand, 1980
Super-8 transferred to video, 30 min
Courtesy of the artist

Deborah Edmeades
Fancy Ladies, 1999
Video, 10 min 24 sec
Courtesy of the artist

Zackary Drucker
At Least You Know: you exist, 2011
16mm transferred to video, 16 min
Courtesy of the artist

This series explores Franklin Furnace through documentation of performances, experimental narrative and non-narrative films, and poetic homages by artists presented by the legendary organization. These four works, each representing one decade of Franklin Furnace’s history, bring together the eccentric and original styles of artists it promoted early in their careers. Through its physical exhibition space at 112 Franklin Street to the creation of the Franklin Furnace Fund, the organization has continued to support art often described as subversive, evocative, and politically charged.

In all their diversity, the artworks here continue to embody Franklin Furnace’s mission: present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content.

Ericka Beckman
Out of Hand
“Out of Hand is a search film, where a small boy returns to a house that is being evacuated, to search for something that he left behind. His method is to follow hidden clues in this house and to respond to the hidden aids in his memory. Back and forth, between inquisition and logic, he constructs a search with two unknowns – ‘What it is’ and ‘Where it is’. Each object he chooses has multiple functions, which extend both into the physical space of his search, and into the imaginary world of his perception and memory.”
– Ericka Beckman,

Zackary Drucker
At Least You Know: you exist
“Created inside an archeology of the uptown New York City apartment inhabited by legendary performer/drag queen Mother Flawless Sabrina, At least you know: you exist is a site-specific exploration of a fixed space where everything is in a state of change. Known as Jack to those close to him, he has lived in the same apartment at 5 East 73rd Street for more than 45 years – a crowded, unwieldy place that fiercely pronounces his rejection of conformity. In this 16mm film, totemic mystical objects act as a collection of mysterious sculptures in different states of mutation, and rich layers of feverish history interface with a new vision of transgender performativity. Navigating the real and the unconscious, oscillating between documentary and myth narrative, Zackary Drucker weaves a fluid, parallel text of these two divergent lives, exploring a legacy being passed from a lost generation towards the future.”
– Zackary Drucker,

Julia Heyward
This is my Blue Period
“In This is my Blue Period, at the Artists Space, she examined the effects of television and its power to ‘collectivize the subconscious – round the clock – in your own home’, with equal irony. The work, she said, used ‘sound displacement’, ‘subliminal visual and audience techniques’ as well as ‘language and body gesture’ in order ‘to manipulate the audience emotionally and cerebrally’.”
– RoseLee Goldberg,
Performance: Live Art 1909 to the Present

Deborah Edmeades
Fancy Ladies
“The Fancy Ladies is a layering and re-enactment of invented childhood characters and their stories. It tells the story of the Fancy Ladies, as played by the character Slopper, who although he insists he is male, only ever exists through the performance of a female body. The characters of the Fancy Ladies are wealthy, socially elevated and have impeccable manners, yet they too cannot escape their bodies which ultimately betray them. Mediated through a child’s idea of presentation for the camera – a 1970s cooking show – the Fancy Ladies reveals a deep ambivalence towards gender and the body while also pointing to the therapeutic nature of play.”
– Deborah Edmeades,

Sunday, March 1
Sunday Night at the Performances (S.N.A.P.), hosted by Jeffrey Greenberg, brought together artists to present works in progress before their peers, allowing for critical feedback. Clifford Owens will host this Sunday’s event in a similar style with each performance lasting roughly ten minutes. Audience participation is encouraged.
Dick Higgins, Artists Reading (in conjunction with “The Something Else Press: A 20 Year Retrospective” at Franklin Furnace), 1979. Courtesy of Franklin Furnace.

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works. She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York; and has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; and in 2013 received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

Franklin Furnace’s mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. Franklin Furnace is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited to artists’ books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, and unforeseen avant-garde artforms; and to undertake other activities related to these purposes. Franklin Furnace is committed to serving emerging artists; to assuming an aggressive pedagogical stance with regard to the value of avant-garde art to life; and to fostering artists’ zeal to broadast ideas.

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations. ICI provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.



2. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, to receive 2015 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, at Capitale, Manhattan, April 15


The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is pleased to announce that Martha Wilson, Founding Director of Franklin Furnace in New York City, and Christine Tohme, Founding Director of Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Lebanon, are the recipients of the 2015 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. The awards will be presented at a gala celebration and dinner held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Capitale, 130 Bowery, in New York City, and be presented by Susanne Ghez, Adjunct Curator, Department of Contemporary Art, The Art Insitute of Chicago and Former Executive Director of The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, and Jay Sanders, Whitney Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Ramona Rosenberg at T +1 845 758 7574 or rrosenberg@bard.edu.

Tom Eccles, Executive Director of CCS Bard states: "We are delighted that two extraordinary pioneers from very different parts of the globe have been selected for this year's award. Both Christine Tohme and Martha Wilson represent the dedication, persistence, and vision that every young curator should aspire to. Each in their own way has been a transformative figure often working in challenging environments and under difficult conditions."

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of "the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s." In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion, and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works. She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists' freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; and in 2013 received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

Christine Tohme is an independent curator and founder/director of Ashkal Alwan – the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts. Founded in Beirut in 1993, Ashkal Alwan is committed to the production, research, and circulation of contemporary artistic and intellectual practices. In 2002, the association initiated Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices, a multidisciplinary platform that brings together artists, writers, thinkers, filmmakers, and choreographers, among others, for a public program of exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, and performances. In 2011, Ashkal Alwan opened its first multipurpose space and launched the Home Workspace Program, an annual tuition-free art-study program. Tohme received a Prince Claus Award in 2006 for her contribution to the development of critical culture in Lebanon and beyond. She is on the board of Marsa (Beirut), a sexual health center that provides specialized medical services for the general public as well as at-risk youth and marginalized communities. Tohme is also on the board of SAHA (Istanbul), an association supporting contemporary art from Turkey.

About CCS Bard's Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence
For 18 years, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College has celebrated and awarded the individual achievements of a leading curator or curators whose lasting contributions have shaped the way we conceive of exhibition-making today. Since 2012, the award has been given under the name of patron Audrey Irmas, who has bestowed the endowment for the Award. Irmas is a board member of CCS Bard and an active member of the Los Angeles arts and philanthropic community. The award has been designed by artist Lawrence Weiner, and is based on his 2006 commission Bard Enter, conceived for the entrance to the Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard.

The awardee is selected by an independent panel of leading contemporary art curators, museum directors, and artists. Past recipients include Harald Szeemann (1998), Marcia Tucker (1999), Kasper König (2000), Paul Schimmel (2001), Susanne Ghez (2002), Kynaston McShine (2003), Walter Hopps (2004), Kathy Halbreich and Mari Carmen Ramírez (2005), Lynne Cooke and Vasif Kortun (2006), Alanna Heiss (2007), Catherine David (2008), Okwui Enwezor (2009), Lucy Lippard (2010), Helen Molesworth and Hans Ulrich Obrist (2011), Ann Goldstein (2012), Elisabeth Sussman (2013), and Charles Esche (2014). The award reflects CCS Bard's commitment to recognizing individuals who have defined new thinking, bold vision, and dedicated service to the field of exhibition practice.

About the Center for Curatorial Studies
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) was founded in 1990 as an exhibition and research center for the study of late 20th-century and contemporary art and culture and to explore experimental approaches to the presentation of these topics and their impact on our world. Since 1994, the Center for Curatorial Studies and its graduate program have provided one of the world's most forward thinking teaching and learning environments for the research and practice of contemporary art and curatorship. Broadly interdisciplinary, CCS Bard encourages students, faculty and researchers to question the critical and political dimension of art, its mediation, and its social significance. CCS Bard cultivates innovative thinking, radical research, and new ways to challenge our understanding of the social and civic values of the visual arts. CCS Bard provides an intensive educational program alongside its public events, exhibitions, and publications, which collectively explore the critical potential of the institutions and practices of exhibition-making. It is uniquely positioned within the larger Center's tripartite resources, which include the internationally renowned CCS Bard Library and Archives and the Hessel Museum of Art, with its rich permanent collection.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Ramona Rosenberg at T +1 845 758 7574 or rrosenberg@bard.edu.

Center for Curatorial Studies and
Hessel Museum of Art
Bard College, PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
T +1 845 758 7598 / ccs@bard.edu



3. Martha Wilson, Disband, Karen Finley, Coco Fusco, Jenny Holzer, Michael Smith, William Wegman, FF Alumns, now online at blouinartinfo.com




4. . Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. now online at theliberatedpage.com




5. Veronica Vera, FF Alumn, in OUT Magazine, March 2015

Veronica Vera, FF Alumn, and 2014-25 FF Fund recipient, featured in OUT Magazine, March 2015, print and online.

Veronica Vera and Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls are the the subject of a frank and candid feature on the subject of crossdressing and transgender in OUT Magazine, on newsstands and online. Text Chadwick Moore.




6. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, at Mama Donna’s Tea Garden & Healing Haven, Brooklyn, March 13, and more

A Sizzling Shakti Ceremony for women who would tempt fate on Friday the 13th!
With Red Hot Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman.

Description: On this sacred day in honor of the Feminine Divine, let us bless and chant, drum up
and dance our highest and holiest Goddess Selves. Red libations of the fruit and the vine,
and ruby sweet treats will be served. Prepare to ascend to your highest and holiest Self!
Please wear your reddest finery and bring a symbol of your hearts desire for our altar.

Friday, March 13, 7:30 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: $40. Advance registration required. Register HERE or via email/phone below.

Contact: For more info:


Donna Henes, FF Alumn,

Spring Egg Balancing Ceremony with Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
40th Annual World Famous Spring Equinox Celebration

Join Urban Shaman Mama Donna Henes, New York's "Unofficial
Commissioner of Public Spirit" in welcoming spring at her 40th Annual
World Famous Spring Equinox Celebration and Egg Balancing Ceremony:
Eggs on End - Standing on Ceremony

This year's eggstraordinary event will take place:

Friday, March 20 at 6:15 PM
Bailey Fountain at Grand Army Plaza
Park Slope, Brooklyn


The equinox moment: eggsactly 6:45 PM, signals the official start of
spring. At this time, the sun crosses the equator into the Northern
Hemisphere and it is possible to stand an egg up on its end.

According to Chinese custom, if you stand an egg on its end on the first
day of spring, you will have eggsceptionally good luck for the entire
year. The egg represents the life force in many cultures, and is
particularly used to symbolize the rebirth of nature in the spring season.

A basket of 360 eggs will be provided for the eggshilarating standing
ceremony. Participants are invited to bring drums and other musical
instruments. This is a family-friendly event and FREE for all.


For info, contact:

Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, 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 consultant to the television and motion picture industry. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she offers intuitive tarot readings and spiritual counseling, and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.


Watch her videos:

Read her on the Huffington Post:

Read her on Beliefnet:

Connect with her on Facebook:

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7. Joseph Kosuth, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, in WSJ Magazine, Feb. 11, 2015

The complete illustrated article can be found at this link:


Thank you.



8. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, in Hudson Valley Magazine, Feb. 2015

Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, is included in Feb. Hudson Valley Magazine in an article about his "Ice House Mural" is featured illustrating the story of Poughkeepsie as an important center for ice harvesting from the mid 1800s to early 1900s where ice was cut from the Hudson River and distributed locally and as far as NYC. The mural also depicts the building of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge built in 1888 and was the longest bridge in the world at that time.



9. Warren Lehrer, Judith Sloan, FFAlumn, at Central Booking Gallery, Manhattan, March 7

Saturday March 7, 5pm
Central Booking Gallery
21 Ludlow St, NY, NY
The F train at East Broadway is around the corner
$5 admission
phone 347.731.6559

a funny and thought provoking multimedia performance/reading of A LIFE IN BOOKS: THE RISE AND FALL OF BLEU MOBLEY by writer/artist Warren Lehrer based on his illuminated novel with a special opening act appearance by actress/author Judith Sloan book signing after the performance

About the project:

³In A Life In Books, author and graphic design visionary Warren Lehrer crafts a vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man¹s life through not one, but one hundred different books‹and book jackets.² Jessica Helfand, founding editor DESIGN OBSERVER

³An ingenious, one-of-a-kind novel.² Kurt Andersen STUDIO 360 ³A genre-defying night that fuses art and literature, prose and design into a multi-media presentation unlike any other.² Skylight Books WINNER 2014 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Outstanding Book of the Year Award <http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1795> for Most Original Concept

³A stunningly unique take on the novel that unabashedly explores the relationship between narrator and reader, as well as the fragile and often blurry line that distinguishes truth and fiction. With A Life in Books, Lehrer has upended the modern novel form and its narrative limitations, creating a rich and engaging story through visual literature.
Mindblowing... reality bending... a laugh riot and visual feast.²

WINNER 2014 Best New Fiction USA Best Books Awards <http://www.usabooknews.com/2014awardannouncement/2014awardspressrelease.ht
WINNER Next Generation Indie Book Award
WINNER National Indie Book Award
WINNER CBAA Exhibition Prize College Book Art Association WINNER PRINT Magazine Regional Design Award

This event is part of the Lower East Side Gallery Walk in conjunction with the Armory Show for more info about the A Life In Books project www.alifeinbooks.net <http://www.alifeinbooks.net/>



10. Jayoung Yoon, Angeli Sion, FF Alumns, now online

I would like to share two articles:

My work & an interview has been featured in Stigmart Video Focus Special Edition, Feb 2015. A direct link to my article:



Hair as Ritual Embodied Practice, an article on my work written by Angeli Sion, FF Intern Alumn


Thank you so much for your support! :)

Jayoung Yoon



11. Guillaume Bijl, FF Alumn, at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, thru April 26

The Importance of Being...
13 February–26 April 2015
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Edificio de Arte Universal
San Rafael e/ Zulueta y Monserrate
Old Havana


Gathering 40 international artists, the exhibition The Importance of Being... will travel to four important museums in Latin America along one year and a half, offering a vast panorama of the contemporary art scene in Belgium, without intending to encompass thoroughly. Plural discourses and transversal approaches through a wide range of artistic supports make it possible to highlight nowadays crucial problematics worldwide in order to think on possible connections with other latitudes while mapping similarities and differences.

The goal has been to go beyond the notion of Belgium. It is a departure point as a laboratory/platform with specific but also global cultural dynamics and geopolitical approaches, in the center of Europe on the decision-making and towards the rest of the world. In this sense, subjects related to power and memory, to the binomial identity-alterity, conflicts and borders, human relations with both the technosphere and the biosphere in the context of the globalization are developed on the exhibition. In this sense, the exhibition proposes five conceptual trends establishing a strong thread between the selected artworks.

The title originates from the eponymous play by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest. The deliberate ellipse opens up to the conceptual approaches proposed by the exhibition in order to introduce the philosophical question of Being in its own equation and definition between/by time and space in contemporary times. From an ontological point of view, the definition of that being or entity encompasses reality par excellence, in its widest sense and also in its dimension of denial.

In parallel to the show, a program of performances, workshops with local art schools, conferences and panels of discussion will take place along the exhibition. The first venue will be Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana as from February 13 this year.

Artists: Marcel Broodthaers, Chantal Akerman, Francis Alÿs, Charif Benhelima, Guillaume Bijl, Michaël Borremans, Dirk Braeckman, Jacques Charlier, David Claerbout, Leo Copers, Patrick Corillon, Cel Crabeels, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jan De Cock, Peter de Cupere, Carl De Keyzer, Raoul De Keyser, Edith Dekyndt, Wim Delvoye, Fred Eerdekens, Jan Fabre, Michel François, Kendell Geers, Johan Grimonprez, Ann Veronica Janssens, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Jacques Lizène, Kris Martin, Hans Op de Beeck, Walter Swennen, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ana Torfs, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Philippe Vandenberg, Koen van den Broek, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Koen Vanmechelen, Lieve Van Stappen, Bruno Vekemans, Angel Vergara Santiago

Curator: Sara Alonso Gómez
Director: Bruno Devos

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba: February 13 to April 26, 2015
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina: July 4 to September 12, 2015
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: December 2, 2015 to February 14, 2016
Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil: April 11 to July 14, 2016



12. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, March 11

Artist and memoirist Magie Dominic discusses the early days of Joe Cino’s Caffé Cino, “the birthplace of Off-Off Broadway”, March 11 at 6:30pm.

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections presents “Off-Off Broadway’s Origins at Caffé Cino,” a lecture by Magie Dominic on March 11, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Fales Library, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor, New York, NY.
Complete details are on the following NYU website:
Space is limited; the public should please rsvp.bobst@nyu.edu, specifying the event.

Interview on writing
Magie Dominic at Lincoln Center Archives
twitter @magiedominic



13. Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumn, now online

Please visit the following link for an article on the work of Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumn:


thank you.



14. Louise Bourgeois, FF Alumn, at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, thru Aug. 2

Louise Bourgeois
Structures of Existence: The Cells
27 February–2 August 2015

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstr. 1
80538 Munich


"Space does not exist; it is just a metaphor for the structure of our existence."
–Louise Bourgeois

Over her long career as an artist, Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) developed concepts and formal inventions that later became key positions in contemporary art; these included the use of environmental installation and theatrical formats, and the engagement with psychoanalytic and feminist themes. Both her distinctive sculptural forms and her outstanding drawings and graphic works are second to none. Among the most innovative and sophisticated sculptural works in her extensive Œuvre are the "Cells," a series of architectural spaces that deal with a range of emotions. Created over a span of two decades, the "Cell" series presents individual microcosms: each "Cell" is an enclosure that separates the internal world from the external world. In these unique spaces, the artist composes found objects, clothes, fabric, furniture and distinctive sculptures into emotionally charged, theatrical sets.

The entire "Cell" series revolves around the desire to simultaneously remember and forget. "You have to tell your story and you have to forget your story. You forget and forgive. It liberates you," Louise Bourgeois once claimed. She has described her sculptures from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s as an attempt to summon together all the people she missed. Bourgeois created her first environmental installation with these Personages, carefully arranging them to stand upright, directly from the floor, and thereby allowing the viewer to walk amongst them. In this sense, thePersonages can be regarded as a kind of family constellation, her recreation of the past a form of exorcism. The "Cells" also contain references to individuals and past experiences. Thus, the needles, thread and spindles incorporated in the "Cells" allude to the artist's childhood and her parents' work—her mother restored valuable tapestries. The "Cells" also tell of abandonment, betrayal and loss. The Bourgeois family unit was subject to great strain: Louise's father betrayed her mother by having an affair with the family au pair, who lived in the family home for almost a decade. Further, in a reversal of roles, Louise nursed her mother, who had influenza. Louise soon became entangled in a web of conflicting emotions: admiration and solidarity, anger and powerlessness.

The artist established the connection between her work and the processing of her personal traumas. In 1982, she created an illustrated autobiographical text for Artforum about her traumatic childhood experiences. In the same period, the Museum of Modern Art in New York honored the artist, who was already 70 years old, with a retrospective. It was the first time the museum had dedicated a retrospective exhibition to a woman.

As a new sculptural category, Louise Bourgeois's "Cells" "occupy a place somewhere between museum panoramic, theatrical staging, environment, installation, and sculpture, which, in this form and quantity, is without precedent in the history of art" (Julienne Lorz).

Louise Bourgeois created a total of 62 "Cells" over the course of her career, of which 30 are presented in the exhibition, planned and organized by Haus der Kunst in collaboration with international partner institutions. It is the largest overview presentation of the "Cells" to date. Haus der Kunst is pleased to present such an extraordinary body of work.

With special thanks to the Louise Bourgeois Trust and The Easton Foundation. With major funding by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and with generous support by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Further support provided by Hauser & Wirth, Cheim & Read and Kukje Gallery.



15. Susan Cook, FF Alumn, at BAAD, The Bronx, March 14

Written and Directed by Susana Cook

Performed by:
Moira Cutler
Sofia Ortega
Julian Mesri
Mistah Denise Coles
Florencia Minniti
Jo Roberson
Jeremy Barker
Santiago Venegas
Guest of Honour: Opera singer Guadalupe Peraza

We are here. We are Queer. And we are entering the narrative.

As gay marriage becomes legal, queer lives enter the stage of rituals and the narrative of traditional families. The linear trajectories of life get convoluted in this hyper ritualistic drama, where graduation, marriage, baptism, death and aging speed up, overlap and move around the pattern of historical repetition. Vanishing the margins of normative ceremonies, this theater ritual unfolds layers of parallel realities in an almost spiritual/ schizophrenic manner. At the beginning there was an end. Then the rituals in between. And the layers, erasing all the margins.

We finally arrived to the party

March 14th. 8 PM. At BAAD (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)

Performing Arts Theater • Bronx
Address: 2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461
Phone:(718) 918-2110

Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based playwright, director and performer who has been presenting innovative works internationally for over 20 years.
Some of her latest shows are : We are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, a clown show, The Fury of The Gods, Homeland Insecurities, The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein and Hamletango,






16. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at Materials for the Arts, Long Island City, Queens, March 5

March 5, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Materials for the Arts 33-00 Northern Boulevard Long Island City,NY 11101 USA
COST: Free
CONTACT: (718) 729-2165

During this second annual exhibition, Materials for the Arts will showcase work created by members of its diverse group of recipients. All exhibited work is inspired from materials found at MFTA and is a testament to the artistic merit of reuse. The exhibit will be on view in the MFTA Gallery from March 5, 2015 through April 8, 2015.
Opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 6PM – 8PM.

Allied Productions,Inc. has been a member (#4) of Materials for the Arts since its first PS1/ Long Island City basement location. As founders of Le Petit Versailles, a NYC Department of Parks garden, we are honored to be part of the incredible collaborative work of city agencies that MFTA provides to artists - everything from soup bowls to nuts & bolts.

Our non profit status allows artists to access these invaluable recycled materials for free and create miracles of magic and more !!

Many Thanks MFTA and many more years of service to the arts.



17. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, March 7

Friends …. I am thrilled to be performing with the incomparable David Van Tieghem!

Ken Butler & David Van Tieghem
Sat. March 7, 2015 7pm
Sideshow Gallery
319 Bedford Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Ken http://kenbutler.squarespace.com
David http://www.vantieghem.com/

Check out their videos here:
Ken Butler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsup9O1HNCI
David Van Tieghem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt9lr2Jn9XE



18. Clive Phillpot, FF Alumn, at CHELSEA Space, London, UK, thru March 20

In Peril on the Sea: Sailing Ships, Stormy Seas
Curated by Clive Phillpot
Private View: Tuesday 27 January 2015, 6-8.30pm
Exhibition Runs: 28 January – 20 March 2015

CHELSEA space is pleased to present the exhibition In Peril on the Sea: Sailing Ships, Stormy Seas curated by Clive Phillpot.

Taking an excerpt from the text written for the booklet, A Voyage on the North Sea (1974) by the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers, “It is up to the attentive reader to find out what devilish motive inspired this book’s publication” as a provocation, the exhibition sets out to question and explore ‘motive’ and ‘decoy’ within artistic and curatorial practice.

Both a film and book, A Voyage on the North Sea were distributed together as part of the same package. Thematically connected, the works mutually consisted of 19th and 20th century nautical images including photographic reproductions of an amateur ‘grand master’ painting along with a photograph of a contemporary sailboat. This work, along with many of Broodthaers’ written, object-based and site-specific environments were not widely known in his lifetime – but this work has latterly been canonised within the sphere of contemporary art, not least in part by attention of the renowned US critic Rosalind Krauss in such works as A Voyage on the North Sea: Art in the Age of the Post-Medium Condition (2000).

Looking at artists who, like Broodthaers, approach art production from a post-medium perspective, the exhibition will display works from Lawrence Weiner and Ed Ruscha that contemplate the mysterious and somewhat perilous nature of making and showing art – by being, manifestly, ‘at sea’. Reproductions of nautical works by Willem van de Velde the Younger, Peter Monamy and J.M.W. Turner, unobtainable in their original formats, will be presented via forms of secondary documentation, endlessly accessible and reproducible via printed or digital means.

Book works by Helen Douglas and Elisabeth Tonnard as well as other works from the Special Collections at Chelsea will be on display alongside ephemera and other items.

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Public Programme:
To coincide with the exhibition in the gallery, please join us for The Copyists symposium at the ICA on Friday 20 March 2015, 12-4pm. This event has programmed by Sarah Dobai and Karen Di Franco in association with CHELSEA Space and Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School, University of the Arts London.

Recent acts of re-publication are the starting point for this symposium, which brings together artists, writers, curators and publishers for a wide-ranging discussion of subjects such as photography, re-enactment and the literary figure of the Copyist. Contributions will also address the use of the book form and consider publication as a radical gesture in historical and contemporary art. Featuring Michael Bracewell, David Campany, Sarah Dobai, Tom McCarthy and Jo Melvin.

As with each exhibition at CHELSEA space, a new illustrated publication will accompany the show.

Press Information
For further information, images or to discuss interviews please contact:
Karen Di Franco or Sinead Cullen at CHELSEA space
via email info@chelseaspace.org or tel:020 7514 6983

Notes to Editors
• Images and further information are available upon request
• About: CHELSEA space is a public exhibiting space, sited on the Millbank campus of Chelsea College of Arts, where invited art and design professionals are encouraged to work on experimental curatorial projects. See: www.chelseaspace.org
• In copy please refer to CHELSEA space and not ‘The Chelsea space.’
• Gallery opening times: Wed - Fri: 11:00 – 17:00 and by appointment.
• Private view: Tuesday 27 January 2015, 6-8.30pm
• Admission Free
• Chelsea College of Arts is one of the world’s leading art and design institutions.

Located at Millbank, next door to Tate Britain, Chelsea specialises in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Interior and Textiles Design. Since its origins in the 19th century, the College has produced many of the greatest names in the arts, including: Quentin Blake (illustrator and author) Ralph Fiennes (film and stage actor), Anish Kapoor (sculptor), Steve McQueen, (artist), Chris Ofili (artist), Alan Rickman (film and stage actor), Alexei Sayle (comedian) and Gavin Turk (sculptor).

Operating at the heart of the world’s creative capital, University of the Arts London is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art. Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include 12 Turner prize winners and over half of all nominees, 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year, more than half of the designers showcased in London Fashion Week and 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Award.



19. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, upcoming events

Many Thingys!!

this could be you!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
12am - 5pm
tickets here! limited capacity!

Artist Talk with Jibz Cameron - Cornell University
March 16th, 2015 - 5PM FREE
Ithica, New York

THE QUIET STORM (video installation)
by Jibz Cameron and Hedia Maron
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
on view through April 19th

a performance-based traveling panel featuring contemporary queer luminaries
Dynasty Handbag, Narcissister, Colin Self, and Chris E. Vargas
April 9th, 2015, 5PM FREE
University Of Pennsylvania

New Show New Show,
Good Morning Evening Feelings with Dynasty Handbag
April 24 -25th
The Kitchen, NYC
tickets go on sale next week folks!

also heres some articles NEWS NEWS NEWS
Soggy Glasses Review for HYPERALLERGIC by Iris Cushing
How To Be Funny In An Art Way for VICE by Whitney Kimball
Jill Soloway-Backed Web Series Features ‘Estrogen Comediennes’ BACKSTAGE MAGAZINE
The Best of Indie TV 2014: 25 Networks, Series and Creatives Worth 5 Minutes of Your Time IndieWire

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19. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at Ryan Lee, Manhattan, opening March 5

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

If you are in New York City in March, please come by and see my site-specific installation, drawings and sculptures in a solo booth presented by RYAN LEE, New York at Volta New York. Opens on March 5 - 8 2015. I hope to see you there!

Warmest regards ~ Paul Henry

Current Exhibitions:

Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Paintings, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio January 24, 2015 - May 3, 2015 (catalogue)

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt
Lake City, UT February 6 - May 17, 2015 (catalogue)

Upcoming Exhibitions:
Paul Henry Ramirez, debut solo exhibition at RYAN LEE, New York, fall 2015.

RYAN LEE, New York
515 West 26th Street, Third Floor
New York, NY 10001 (212) 397-7742



20. Lady Pink, FF Alumn, at Fordham University, Manhattan, Feb. 26

Law, Urban Space, and The Future of Artistic Expression Thursday, February 26, 2015
9 a.m.—5 p.m.
The symposium will examine legal issues surrounding street art, such as intellectual property and private and public spaces. It will also explore different perspectives of urban artistic expression, including large scale metropolitan art, the role of street art in shaping and changing communities, and the role of performance art generally in an urban space.

Keynote Speaker: Lady Pink
Lady Pink was a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art and started her career writing graffiti in 1979 New York City. Since then, Lady Pink's canvases have entered important art collections in renowned museums around the world.
Panels and Speakers:

Urban Expression, Cultural Property, and Intellectual Property
Moderator: Christopher Robinson, Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP Eric Bjorgum, President of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA), Partner, Karish & Bjorgum, PC Jeannine Chanes, Law Offices of Jeannine Chanes K.J. Greene, Law Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Christine Haight Farley, Law Professor, American University Washington College of Law

Perspectives of International and Large Scale Urban Art
Moderator: Rosemary Wakeman, the Director of the Urban Studies Program at Fordham University Pedro B. Ortiz, Senior Urban Consultant, World Bank Mario Gooden, AIA, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation

Artists’ Perspectives of Cultural Property, Ownership, and Cooperation with Regulators
Moderator: Nestor Davidson, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Law Professor and Director of Fordham Urban Law Center at Fordham Law School Matthew Christian, Classically-trained violinist and contra-dance fiddler, and Director, BuskNY Killy Kilford, Artist, Author, and Founder of the Dept. Of Well Being Michelle Young, Founder of and Publisher at Untapped Cities, and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Arts and Privately-Owned Public Spaces
Moderator: Nisha Mistry, Esq., MSc., Director of the Fordham Urban Law Center at Fordham Law School Lisa T. Alexander, Law Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School Lisa Keller, Professor of History, Purchase College SUNY and Research Adjunct & Lehman Faculty Fellow, Columbia University Jerold S. Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Closing Remarks: Steve Lambert
Steve Lambert is a conceptual artist and provocateur, who has garnered fame through politically driven artistic projects.

Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center
Costantino Room (Second Floor)
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Conference is co-sponsored by: Urban Law Center, Urban Studies Program at Fordham University, and Fordham Art Law Society The program is free and open to the public. For more information or questions, please contact: symposium@urbanlawjournal.com

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21. John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, Feb. 18

The New York Times
35 Artists Donate Works to Benefit Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
By jori finkel
February 18, 2015 9:00 pm February 18, 2015 9:00 pm

Many of the artists who voiced strong support — and also criticism — of the Museum of Contemporary Art here during its struggles of the last decade are now lending a hand financially: they have agreed to donate their own artworks for an auction to benefit the museum’s endowment. Only instead of taking place between courses at some gala dinner, these sales will take place at Sotheby’s New York, as part of the auction house’s flagship contemporary art sale on the evening of May 12 and its day sale on May 13.

While not yet finalized, at present the list of donations includes 35 artworks Sotheby’s that expects to bring around $10 million, before fees. The museum’s endowment currently stands at $100 million, according to Philippe Vergne, the museum’s director.
“What we raise through the auction for the endowment will be earmarked for exhibitions and education,” Mr. Vergne said. He explained that this focus was chosen by the five artists who serve on the museum’s board of trustees: Catherine Opie, Barbara Kruger, Mark Grotjahn, Mark Bradford and John Baldessari.

They each donated one work for the occasion, with a colorful so-called “face” painting by Mr. Grotjahn from 2011 estimated to bring $2 to $3 million. Other participating artists include Jeff Koons, Sam Durant, Liz Larner, Shepard Fairey, Elliott Hundley and Ed Ruscha, a former board member.

Mr. Fairey, Mr. Hundley and Ms. Kruger are making work specifically for the sale, and Ms. Kruger’s piece has a pointed art-market theme, combining an image of a man’s hands holding a wide, workmanlike paintbrush with the words “Overrated,” “Underrated,” “Speculated” and “Donated.”

Sotheby’s tried a similar arrangement in 2013 to raise money for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building by Renzo Piano. Those donations, which came from collectors and dealers as well as artists, brought a total of $19.1 million



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