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Contents for March 17, 2015

1. Martha Wilson, Maureen Connor, FF Alumns, at Queens College, Flushing, Mar. 19

Godwin Ternbach Museum gtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu
Join us for ART/ACTIVISM Thursday, March 19, 6 pm
At the Godwin Ternbach Museum Queens College CUNY

Join us for an evening of discussion, readings, and performance about art as a powerful form of social activism. This event is in conjunction with the Year of South Africa exhibitions at the Godwin Ternbach Museum: Collection of Violet and Les Payne & Next Generation: Emerging Photographers from South Africa. Discussion and reception to follow.

Brother(hood) Dance
Maureen Connor, FF Alumn,
Tonya Foster
Zakia Henderson-Brown
Orlando Hunter
Gumboot performance by Queens College Dance
Saretta Morgan
Abel Shifferaw
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
Ricardo Vallentine
Martha Wilson, FF Alumn

Exhibition Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 am-7 pm, Saturdays 11 am-5 pm
Directions: LIE Exit 24 Kissena Boulevard; 7,E,F train Q25, 34 or 64 bus



2. Judith Simonian, FF Alumn, at Edward Thorp Gallery, Manhattan, thru April 18

Foreign Bodies

Dear friends and colleagues,
You are invited to an exhibit of recent paintings - Foreign Bodies at Edward Thorp Gallery
March 12 - April 18, 2015
It would be so nice to see you!
Edward Thorp Gallery
210 Eleventh Avenue, 6th Fl
New York, New York 10001
Located between 24th and 25th streets on 11th Avenue
Tuesday - Fri, 11am to 6pm

Copyright (c) 2015 Judith Simonian, All rights reserved.



3. Duston Spear, FF Alumn, at Bronx River Art Center, March 27

Screening and Performance of Red Thread: the prisoner and the painter
Bronx River Art Center
305 East 140th Street #1A
Bronx, NY
Friday March 27, 2015
Performance begins at 7:00

Duston Spear,Producer/Director FF Alum

"The film (Red Thread) offers a new, complex kind of art activism in which art, for once, has the upper hand; the politics are oblique, submerged but insistent, woven into the very different lives of two women.... Spear has created a resonant dialogue between her own art and (Judith) Clark's poetry, a story of misplaced revolutionary desire for justice, defiance of the establishment, and thirty-plus years behind bars, where Clark has transformed herself and her mission." - Lucy R. Lippard



4. Ericka Beckman, FF Alumn, at Mary Boone Gallery, thru April 25

You The Better
7 March to 25 April 2015
On 7 March 2015 Mary Boone Gallery will open at its Chelsea location
You The Better, an exhibition of work by ERICKA BECKMAN, curated by
Piper Marshall.
You The Better features an early film work of the same name. Created in
1983, the film was premiered at the New York Film Festival and shown at
The Kitchen in 1984, but never exhibited in New York as a fully developed
installation. For this exhibition, Beckman installs the film alongside its
props. Choreographed lighting cues highlight the props and then dim in
conjunction with specific points of film. This sequencing exteriorizes
the film, extending its gameplay into space.
The film You The Better follows a team of uniformed players as they navigate
a gaming world. The team performs a series of plays in a game controlled by
a mysterious betting entity "the House". While seemingly a game of skill,
rules are altered and competitors exchanged, and the film reveals itself as
based on mathematics of chance. While players go through the motions, the
"House" and "Bettor" are those maneuvering. This structure positions the
viewer as the contender, one struggling against a set of rules, a system
whose algorithm has been determined in advance and may change at whim. In
this film, the odds of gambling frustrate the assumed logic of competitive
In 1983, when Beckman created this film, she committed to making works that
deliver their material through the structure of a game, opposing the more
traditional narrative. This distinction is continued in later works such as
"Cinderella" (1986), as well as "Hiatus" (1999) and "Tension Building"
(2014). In making this choice, Beckman addresses how the mathematical chance
that is built into all game systems frustrates the self-determinism and will
of its players. You The Better and subsequent works shift the terms of social
behavior, asking us to consider how gaming is a means of engagement for the
ultimate dissemination of social rules.
The exhibition, at 541 West 24 Street, will be on view through 25 April
2015. For further information, please contact Ron Warren at the Gallery,
or visit our website www.maryboonegallery.com.



5. Alice Eve Cohen, FF Alumn, at The Corner Bookstore, Manhattan, March 31

The Corner Bookstore
request the pleasure of your
company for a reading by
Alice Eve Cohen
author of
The Year My Mother Came Back
Tuesday, March 31st • 6:00 p.m.
RSVP: 212-831-3554 or cornerbook@aol.com



6. Danielle Abrams, FF Alumn, at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, March 20
Danielle Abrams presents a new performance called "Bounce Pinky Bounce" on Friday, March 20 at 8pm. It is part of the BAADAss Women's Festival at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in NYC.

2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461 ~ 718-918-2110
Friday, March 20 at 8pm / $15

Below are links to the Festival's events as well as a Facebook invite.



Danielle has also revamped her website: www.danielleabrams.com. Please take a look ---- you'll find lots of movies and sound files!



7. Thana Alexa at SubCulture, Manhattan, March 23

Vocalist THANA ALEXA to Celebrate Release of
Debut Album, Ode to Heroes - Monday, March 23 at SubCulture

Thana Alexa / vocals
Antonio Sanchez / drums
Donny McCaslin / tenor saxophone
Ben Flocks / tenor saxophone
Sergio Salvatore / piano
Jorge Roeder / bass
Christos Rafalides / vibraphone
Nicole Zuraitis / background vocals
Rachel Eckroth / background vocals

Monday, March 23
Performance at 8:00PM

45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 533-5470
Web: SubCultureNewYork.com

"'Ode To Heroes' is an impressive collection of ambitious music beautifully
pulled together by the powerful vocals of Thana Alexa that gives it all continuity.
Alexa's music is challenging, but her use of the musicians and her voice makes everything sound natural and easy." - Pat Metheny

"Thana Alexa is a great new talent...has a beautiful voice and
is a great composer and bandleader...She's a musician first
and a vocalist second." - Antonio Sanchez

Vocalist Thana Alexa is set to perform in New York at SubCulture on Monday, March 23 at 8:00PM in celebration of her debut album , Ode to Heroes (available March 10 via Jazz Village). Thana Alexa will be joined by drummer Antonio Sanchez, tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophonist Ben Flocks, pianist Sergio Salvatore, bassist Jorge Roeder, vibraphonist Christos Rafalides, and background vocalists Nicole Zuraitis and Rachel Eckroth.

By the time an artist discovers their own voice, they've inevitably been shaped by countless influences. On her debut album, Ode To Heroes, vocalist Thana Alexa pays tribute to the personalities both personal and musical who have impacted her on the path to forging her own distinctively individual voice. It's a telling list that encompasses her own family; jazz giants like Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, and Paul Desmond; and the stellar musicians who collaborate with her on the album, including drummer and co-producer Antonio Sanchez, saxophonists
Donny McCaslin and Lenart Krecic, bassists Jorge Roeder and Scott Colley, pianist Sergio Salvatore and vibraphonist Christos Rafalides.

The release of Ode To Heroes marks the arrival of a rising star on the modern vocal jazz scene. The album mainly features her engaging original compositions, along with vibrant takes on jazz standards like Shorter's "Footprints," Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," and Desmond and Dave Brubeck's "Take 5." Most importantly, it spotlights Alexa's ability to engage in rewarding and illuminating conversation with some of the music's most renowned and forward-thinking players.

About Thana Alexa
Since dedicating herself to music, Alexa has performed and recorded with Antonio Sanchez on his album New Life and his upcoming album The Meridian Suite - performances have included Red Sea Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival - with legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie and two albums with guitarist Gene Ess. She won the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Andria International Competition for "Ode To Heroes," while "Siena" was nominated for a Best Jazz Composition award by PORIN, the Croatian Music Academy, an honor equivalent to the Grammy Awards in America. For the last two years she's been in residency at Greenwich Village's 55 Bar.

Thana Alexa • Ode to Heroes
Jazz Village • Release Date: March 10, 2015
For more information on Thana Alexa, please visit: ThanaAlexa.com
For more information on Jazz Village, please visit: JazzVillageMusic.com
For media information, please contact:
DL Media• 610-667-0501
Matthew Jurasek • matthew@dlmediamusic.com
Serving the Finest in Jazz Since 1988
Information and press materials (including album covers, promotional photos
and bios) on all DL Media artists can be found at our website: dlmediamusic.com
Thana Alexa
Vocalist, Composer, Arranger



8. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at LIU, Brooklyn, opening April 1

Dear friends,

I"m excited to invite you to my solo exhibition.

All the best,
the basement rocks
Opening reception Wed. April 1, 6-8 PM
plus a collage of sounds from the underground
by Andy Chase, will be played during the opening.

Exhibition March 30 - April 24
Long Island University, Humanities Gallery
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn
The LIU Brooklyn campus is served by all major subway lines. IRT: 4 or 5 train (Lexington Avenue Line) or 2 or 3 train (Seventh Avenue Line) to Nevins Street Station; BMT: B, Q, or R train to DeKalb Avenue Station; IND: A, C, or G train (Eighth Avenue Line) to Hoyt Schermerhorn Street Station.

The Basement Rocks encourages a look below Earth's surface where the largest biomass on the planet resides. These underground necessary forces of life exist in the dark. I'm intrigued by how this becomes an association with early civilizations legends and mythologies that recognized human connection to, and dependence on the earth underneath our feet.

Basement rocks, the most ancient planetary stones, are 1-3 billion years old, these formations ultimately made our planet. Often found under the sedimentary rocks, these granite, schist, basalt and igneous basement rocks can be set closer to the surface and can be thicker than 30 miles below the lower sedimentary rocks. Are the basement rocks active and alive? Yes!

The Basement Rocks is an artistic expression to honor the activity and vitality in a place we don't see that yet contains profound levels of life. The Humanity Gallery is a perfect place to exhibit these concepts, not only because of the consideration of humanity with respect to the gathering of sculptures as a community encased in the glass walls that we see through, a space that (in this case) could associate to a gigantic petri dish.
My concrete and cardboard works, the Envoys, are messengers with several Agents. When I started casting concrete and cement in cardboard boxes I thought of it as a difficult or impossible action. The word names of these materials intrigued me: Concrete = fact, truth and substantiality. Cardboard = something without substance. These stelae-like sculptures became totemic forms, and can even be interpreted as a satiric worship of industrial matter that has changed the underground in negative ways. Yet during those procedures, the underground has provided humanity a life with more luxury. Conflicting forces are expressed, and instability has been created by excessiveness.

There will be a brief conversation about this installation during the opening and will include how the underground has influenced my work and my concerns about environmental impacts in the underground. My friend, musician, Andy Chase, has produced a collage of sounds entirely from the underground that will be played during the opening.

Thank you Barbara Arrindell, Bryce Payne, PhD and Ron Bishop, PhD for information shared regarding the geological and bacterial science, Ben Holtzman for sharing his seismic sounds and Vera Scroggins for sharing her sounds of fracking.

Ruth Hardinger



9. Colette, FF Alumn, at HAGN, Berlin, Germany, March 21

Dear Friend ,

" SPRING FEVER "My coming out Party!
PLACE: H A G N Hair Salon ,
produced by Guido Shirmeyer .
with a presentation of my works
DATE: March 21st.( Works on view till April 21st)
TIME ; 7 to 10 pm ...
ADRESS Grolmenstrasse 32 .( near Kudamm towards Savinyplaz )
Hope to see you & dont forget to
Colette/Laboratoire Lumiere

Laboratoire Lumiere 0179 582 8141
HAGN Salon: 030 882 2364



10. James Godwin, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, April 24

The Flat Iron Cult
Designed and Performed by James Godwin
Friday, April 24 at 7:00pm
estimated runtime: 45 minutes
price: Free

The Flatiron Cult is a series of evenings of works-in-progress and occult experiments utilizing puppets and shamanic technology. Part performance ritual and part Alternate Reality Game, The Flatiron Cult will reveal the hidden mythos of the Flatiron building and decode the symbols behind the meta-narrative that is The Flatiron Hex. Weird puppets and scary stories conspire to tell the tale of a New York in a surreal, alternate dimension.

James Godwin is a performance and visual artist and puppeteer. He is a founding member of the Elementals puppet company and "Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement". His work has been presented all over NYC and beyond in such venues as P.S.122, Dixon Place, DTW, Franklin Furnace, LaMama and the Walker art center. He was also a cast member of Henson Alternative's off- Broadway show "Stuffed and Unstrung". James' one man show, "Lunatic Cunning" was awarded The Jim Henson award for innovation in puppetry and a UNIMA citation of excellence.



11. Betty Beaumont, FF Alumn, at New Arts Program Gallery, Kutztown, PA, thru May 30

March 13 - May 30, 2015

New Arts Program Gallery
Friday, March 13th, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, March 13th, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Betty Beaumont, Lost & Found. 2015
New Arts Program is pleased to announce Lost & Found, the latest solo exhibition of New York based artist Betty Beaumont.

Beaumont has for years produced work in a variety of media including photography, installations, public interventions, and new media. Her work challenges global social awareness, as well as socioeconomic and ecological practices. She freely integrates cross-disciplinary ideas and the connections among them to make works that reveal transformational ideas about our contemporary world and urban landscapes.

Beaumont's exhibition, Lost & Found, is a multimedia sound sculpture informed by extinct languages and lost cultures. The installation includes extinct language audio recordings, linguists' notes on nine monitors, global maps with locators, exhibition venue floor plans with site-specific installation configurations and concept and venue notes. A children's section is also included with brightly colored organ pipes in golden section patterns in proposed museum venues.

Of the diverse language recordings acquired from archives around the world, several will play in sequence when a sensor detects a viewer and wall mounted monitors will display provocative questions challenging the participant to examine their own linguistic heritage. The human body is the activating agent that orchestrates the work.

Historically and currently, language attrition has been hastened globally by political and social forces including war, colonization, ethnic cleansing and compulsory schooling in a national tongue. Of the 6,000-odd languages spoken in the world, half are not being taught to children today. With one language disappearing every two weeks, half of humanity's intellectual, social and spiritual legacy is being allowed to slip away. Lost & Found highlights social awareness of the fragility of language, while provoking the participants to consider their language of origin, questioning their cultural identity.

Betty Beaumont has received numerous grants and awards including the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California at Berkeley, and grants from Creative Capital, NEA, NYSCA, and Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In addition to numerous exhibitions at galleries in Europe, Asia, and the US, she has shown internationally at museums including The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria, Egypt), National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan), Museum Het Domein (Sittard, Netherlands), Bibliotéca Nacional José Marti (Havana, Cuba), Whitney Museum of Art, MoMA P.S. 1, Queens Museum, Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY), and Katonah Museum (Katonah, NY). Beaumont has held academic positions at the University of California at Berkeley, SUNY Purchase, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University and Columbia University.

For more information about the artist and the exhibition, please visit www.bettybeaumont.com.

New Arts Program Gallery
173 W. Main Street
Kutztown, PA, 19530

Gallery hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and by appointment
Gallery contact: 610-683-6440 or info@napconnection.com



12. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, at Witoka Contemporary, Winona, MN, March 18

Billy X. Curmano in the 24-hour Worldwide Rolling Nap
Relax.. Do less.. Save the *planet.
The 24-hour Worldwide Rolling Nap begins March 19th 7:33 am Central Daylight Savings Time. Documentation includes hourly tweets at https://twitter.com/BillyXC from bed-down through wake-up with Spring sunrise March 20th 2015 7:33 am CDST.

Join the project by adding your own nap images, stories etc. at www.rollingnap.com
or just take a nap.

Visitation: March 18 5-8 pm/Reception: March 20 7-9 pm
Witoka Contemporary, 27979 County Road 17, Winona, MN

*Actually, the planet will be okay... Humans... Not so much.

Billy X.




13. Julie Harrison, Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumns, now online at hyperallergic.com, and more

Dear Friends,

Happy (almost) spring!

I am thrilled to announce the incredible interview / review of my work by Joseph Nechvatal on Hyperallergic.

Images of War, Re-Photographed and Transformed

Also, in case you missed it, here's a video interview of me by Omar Adel at:

And finally:

Through April 1, 2015

Momentum: Women/Art/Technology
An exploration into the intersection of technology, art practice, and feminism.

MTV: Momentum Technology Videos presents video works by women and transgender artists in a juried online film festival playlist, giving viewers six months of continuous access to a gallery without walls. MTV highlights screen-works that utilize and embrace technology in their production.

Joeun Aatchim, Hiba Ali, Renae Barnard, Sarah Berkeley, Sheri Cornett, Sam DeMonte, Simone Doing, Lacie Garnes, Julie Harrison, Hästköttskandalen, Sarah Hill, Alex Hovet, Claire Jervert, Kathleen Kelley and Sarah Rose Nordgren, Elizabeth Leister, Christie Neptune, Sarah Oneschuk, Roberta Orlando, Cindy Rehm, Ela Shah, Loren Siems, Julia Kim Smith, and Jing Zhou

Julie Harrison



14. Susan Bee, Elke Solomon, Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumns, at the Standard Motors Building, Long Island City, Queens, opening April 2, and more

Van Deb Editions and Accola Griefen announce W2 - Works x Women, a Group Exhibition featuring prints by:

Susan Bee, Emily Berger, Nancy Cohen, Janet Culbertson, Deborah Freedman, Mary Grigoriadis, Sharon Horvath, Barbara Klein, Nancy Lasar, Elke Solomon, Marjorie Van Dyke, Adrianne Wortzel.

April 1 - 30
Reception April 2, 6 - 8 PM
Lobby Standard Motors Building, 37-18 Northern Blvd, LIC

Contact: VanDeb Editions 718-786-5553 & Accola Griefen 718-938-5941


Susan Bee
Unframed, March 5-29
[group drawing show]
A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street #228, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Word of Modern Art: Artists as Writers
Opening, Thurs., March 19, 6-8 pm, until August
The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation
526 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012


Susan Bee: The Challenge of Painting
April 9-August 20
curated by Arezoo Moseni
Third Floor Gallery
Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Artist Dialogue with Raphael Rubinstein
Mid-Manhattan Library
Saturday, June 6, 2:30pm, The Corner Room



15. Liz Magic Laser, FF Alumn, at The New School, Manhattan, March 18

Liz Magic Laser

Wednesday, March 18th 7:00pm
Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Avenue,
New York, NY 10011
Liz Magic Laser is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University (2003) and an MFA from Columbia University (2008); and she attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). She has had recent solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2013); DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (2013); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012). Her work has also been exhibited at Lisson Gallery, London (2013); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); the Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2011); and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation (2013), the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010).

Free and open to the public for more information call:



16. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, at Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, Mar. 25, Apr. 1, 8

I will be presenting three programs of "Anomalous Music" at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. They will be in the form of informal talks, with musical examples on keyboard.

Wednesday, March 25: Music from the Ultraterrestrials; music attributed to fairies, banshees, trowies, gnomes, ghosts, aliens, and other supposedly nonhuman creatures. Selections include fairy tunes from Norway and the British Isles and the channeled piano music of Rosemary Brown.

Wednesday, April 1: Music from the Occult; music by Rosicrucians, alchemists, Thelemites, and members of various secret societies.
Selections include Athanasius Kircher's music of the spheres, Lawsonomy hymns, and a puzzling tune by Paschal Beverly Randolph. Plus: the proper use of a monochord.

Wednesday, April 8: A Collection of Curiosities; agricultural plainchant, artificial musical languages, the music of Rameau's Nephew, the troubling history of the gizmo harp, and other oddities.

All events are at 8pm; admission is $8 apiece, or $20 for all three. The Morbid Anatomy Museum is at 424 Third Ave, in Brooklyn, at the corner of 7th Street. Their website is morbidanatomymuseum(dot)org.

Also, the current issue of "Cabinet" contains a postcard with an excerpt from my book "Horoscrapes." Buy it and mail it!



17. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, Mar. 31

Critchley will speak at Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00pm, at the Performing Arts Building, Room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. His presentation is entitled, "Don't Be Crude: Art & the Energy Grid." It will be preceded by a Meet and Greet at 6:00pm with activists and artists. Both events are free and open to the public. The artist's website: www.jaycritchley.com

Since his election in 2011, Governor Scott has ordered the Department of Environmental Protection, DEP, to refrain from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming." He says he's not convinced humans cause climate change. Artist Jay Critchley would like to help the governor out by proposing he use the term, "Mobil Warming."

"I can appreciate his position but it leaves the public confused. 'Mobil Warming' will allow Governor Scott to boldly state his policy towards ExxonMobile, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and other multi-nationals so cozy with the Republican Party," states the Provincetown, Massachusetts-based artist. The federal government has proposed opening up the south Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling.
"Mobil Warming" petition for Florida Rick Scott: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/855/751/739/mobil-warming-proposed-for-florida-governor-rick-scott/
Jay Critchley



18. Richard Tuttle, FF Alumn, at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, March 19

Bergen Kunsthall
Book launch: Making Silver
19 March 2015, 7pm

Bergen Kunsthall
Rasmus Meyers allé 5
5015 Bergen

T +47 55 55 93 10

Plattform presents:
Richard Tuttle book launch
Making Silver
Richard Tuttle in conversation with Steinar Sekkingstad and Martin Clark
Bergen Kunsthall - Landmark
Thursday 19 March, 7pm

Bergen Kunsthall is proud to present American artist Richard Tuttle's new book Making Silver. The book was released in the late autumn 2014, exactly two years after Tuttle's exhibition Slide, produced by Bergen Kunsthall in 2012 and presented within the historic collection of The Art Museums of Bergen (KODE).

Making Silver sits somewhere between an "artist's book" and an exhibition catalogue. It documents the exhibition from 2012, but is at the same time structured as a visual narrative in separate chapters. Featuring new texts and comprehensive installation photos from his exhibition Slide (2012), it documents the sculptural works Tuttle made on site in Bergen, as well as including full-colour reproductions of 121 drawings. These "notebook drawings" cover the artist's entire artistic output of a single year (2010). The unique concept for the book includes an inserted "book within a book," pop-out details, and an extensive fold-out cover. The book is conceived by Richard Tuttle and developed in close collaboration with designer Petri Henriksson.

Richard Tuttle (b. 1941) became known in the 1960s for his unique combination of sculpture, painting, poetry and drawing. Since then his production has been subject to continuously renewed interest. One of his most comprehensive projects to date took place in 2014 with a joint exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery-comprising a five-decade survey focusing on his use of textiles-and at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall, with a major new installation.

We are very pleased to invite Richard Tuttle back to Bergen this spring for a presentation of this extraordinary new book and a discussion with the exhibition co-curator and co-editor of Making Silver, Steinar Sekkingstad and Bergen Kunsthall director, Martin Clark.

Making Silver
Published by Bergen Kunsthall
Design by Petri Henriksson, Blank Blank
Text by Martin Clark, Stein-Inge Århus, Steinar Sekkingstad and Solveig Øvstebø

Plattform is Bergen Kunsthall's lecture series. Supported by Fritt Ord.



19. Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, at Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland, thru Sept. 13

Robert Mapplethorpe
13 March-13 September 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki

T +358 (0) 294 500 501


Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki reopens its doors with a solo exhibition by Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most prominent photographers of the 20th century. The retrospective is the most comprehensive and broad presentation of the artist's work and career ever to have appeared in Finland. At the same time, we will open two exhibitions from the Collections: Face to Face - Portrait Now and Elements.

The American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) lived a life of passion in the New York underground and art scenes in the 1970s and '80s. That passion also made its way into his art. In their aspiration for perfection, Mapplethorpe's pictures blend beauty and eroticism with pain, pleasure and death. Mapplethorpe also photographed his celebrity friends such as Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere. Although solidly anchored in their time, his photographs are also universal and topical even today.

Consisting of more than 250 works, the retrospective offers a broad overview of the key periods of Mapplethorpe's career, from early Polaroids to the 1980s portraits. Thematically, the show ranges from sculptural nudes to portraits and self-portraits, from still lifes to erotic subjects. Arriving from Paris to Helsinki, the high-profile exhibition is a unique opportunity to learn about the art and life of one of the most important photographic artists of our time.

The Kiasma exhibition was curated by Jérôme Neutres from the Grand Palais, Paris with Director Pirkko Siitari and Chief Curator Marja Sakari from Kiasma and it is open till 13 September. This exhibition is organized by The Finnish National Gallery - Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais, with the collaboration of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation New York.

Face to Face - Portrait Now!
13 March 2015-7 February 2016
A traditional portrait is a work of art that depicts an individual and reveals something of their character, personality or position. Portraiture as an art form has changed radically in recent decades as the concept of identity has altered. The idea of a "true self" that can be captured in a picture is no longer regarded as tenable. Art is now seeking new ways to depict varied and changeable identities.

The exhibition presents works from the Kiasma Collections and other contemporary artworks through the theme of portraiture. While some of the works are traditional self-portraits, many of the artists focus on the body or physical presence instead of the face and external likeness. Some works only show objects associated with a person or a role, while some depict a celebrity whom the artist has never met.

13 March-9 August 2015
Throughout the ages the elements have been used as a concept for understanding reality. Ancient Greek philosophers saw the world as constituted of fire, water, earth and air. Today the structure of the universe is studied by physicists and cosmologists-and also by artists. This exhibition explores our relationship with the world and the forces of nature through works of art from the Kiasma Collections.

The motifs in the works range from origins to destruction, change to permanence, lightness to weight. Some of the works are reminiscent of the mixed sense of awe and dread inspired by nature in the romantic period, or the fundamental uncertainty of things. On the other hand, our relationship with nature is also characterized by science and research and concern about the state of the environment.

More info for the media:
Marja Sakari, Chief Curator: T +358 (0) 294 500 519 / marja.sakari@kiasma.fi
Arja Miller, Chief Curator, Collections: T +358 (0) 503361980 / arja.miller@kiasma.fi

Kiasma Communications:
Piia Laita, Communications Manager: T +358 (0) 40 590 8805 / piia.laita@kiasma.fi
Päivi Oja, Press Officer: T +358 (0) 40 575 1486 / paivi.oja@kiasma.fi



20. Epstein and Hassan, FF Alumns, at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, Manhattan, March 21

The Black and The Jew Go Buddhist!

Epstein and Hassan, aka The Black and The Jew, have been happily married for 27 years.

A hilarious and true New York love story and this comedy duo share their secrets on how to have a happy marriage by using a technique they created called BlackJewLove Technology and they believe if it works for them it can work for ANY relationship!

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

TIME: 7:30PM
104 WEST 14T ST. b/t 6 & 7 Ave. Manhattan
WEBSITE: theblackandthejew.com



21. Tania Mouraud, FF Alumn, at Centre Pompidou-Metz, France, thru Oct. 5

Centre Pompidou-Metz
1, Parvis des Droits-de-l'Homme Metz

T +33 (0) 3 87 15 39 39 contact@centrepompidou-metz.fr


Tania Mouraud. A Retrospective
March 4-October 5
Galerie 2-Centre Pompidou-Metz
June 27-October 5
Centre Pompidou-Metz and partner venues in Metz

Curators: Hélène Guenin and Élodie Stroecken, Centre Pompidou-Metz

Centre Pompidou-Metz presents the first world-class exhibition entirely dedicated to the French artist Tania Mouraud in collaboration with nine cultural venues in Metz. Starting at Centre Pompidou-Metz, the show will then encompass the city of Metz and its metropolitan area from June 27, making it an unprecedented retrospective in both scope and form.

Tania Mouraud's work has constantly evolved since she started creating in the late 1960s, alternatively exploring multiple media: painting, installation, photography, performance, video and sound. The first part of the exhibition at Centre Pompidou-Metz covers Tania Mouraud's career and artistic practice, from the autodafe of 1968 ending her initial pictorial years and leading to her initiation and meditation rooms of the 1970s, up through her most recent works and monumental video installations. The exhibition highlights her tenacious career, marked by her encounters with prominent contemporary artists, as well as by her personal life story. Selected works unveil the portrait of a socially engaged artist.

The second stage of the event will take the visitor through the city to cultural sites including Arsenal-Metz en Scènes, Chapelle des Templiers, Église Saint Pierre-aux-Nonnains, Faux Mouvement, Frac Lorraine, Musée de la Cour d'Or - Metz Métropole, Toutouchic and Octave Cowbell galleries, and within the city's urban space, to reveal emblematic works by the artist. A one-year cooperation with the school for fine arts (École Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine) allows students to participate in workshops. The repeated collaboration with Frac Lorraine has intricately linked Mouraud's work to Metz since the 1990s, starting in 1995 with the acquisition of City Performance No. 1, and the monumental project titled HCYS? (2005).



22. Peter d'Agostino, FF Alumn, at Arizona State University, Tempe, March 22-29

Peter d'Agostino, FF Alumn, at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
March 22-29, 8am - 5pm Video installation, preview of a work-in-progress:
"World-Wide-Walks / between earth, water &sky / DESERTS"
Presented at 'Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments'
Balance-Unbalance 2015 International Conference http://www.balance-unbalance2015.org
March 28 , 10:30am Peter d'Agostino and David Tafler conference paper,
"Deserts: Crossroads of Natural-Cultural-Virtual Environments during Climatic Changes"

This project is conceived as a series of walks exploring natural-cultural-virtual environments in the four major deserts of North America: Chihuahuan, Mojave, Sonoran and Great Basin. Walks in the Chihuahuan Desert ( ASU preview ) include: soaptree yucca plants as testaments to natural survival in the desert ecosystem; fields of petroglyphs dating back to the Ancestral Pueblo period (c. 1300 to 1600 CE); and the location of the first Atomic Bomb detonated in 1945 preceding Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

"Deserts, which account for the largest percentage of the Earth's terrestrial surface
area and a majority of the western North American landscape, are among
the ecosystems predicted to be the most sensitive to global climate change."
- Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants

World-Wide-Walks have been performed on six continents over the past four decades.
Initiated in 1973 as The Walk Series, the video "documentation/performances" evolved
into video-web projects during the 1990s, and mobile-locative media installations in the 2000s. World-Wide-Walks explore elements of natural, cultural and virtual identities: mixed realities of walking through physical environments and virtually surfing the web. Current projects focus on climate change and the effects of global warming to address concerns for a sustainable future related to 'glocal' - global / local - ecologies.

"World-Wide-Walks: 1973-2012" catalog available at Printed Matter, NY and ebook
download at http://peterdagostino.com/texts.html



23. Marthe Ramm Fortun, FF Intern Alumn, at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium, March 20-22

Dear friends,

You are warmly welcome to give shape to the performance series I Saw My Future in Your Eyes at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels 20/3 - 22/3. Please be advised that tickets are limited. To register for one of the six performances, please follow the link: http://www.kaaitheater.be/en/e1571/i-saw-my-future-in-your-eyes/

I would be equally delighted to see you at Kaaistudios 21/3 for the conversation Art in public space in which I am a participant along with Esther Ferrer, Emilio Lopez-Menchero, Bullion Group, Germaine Kruip and Shannon Jackson. To sign up, please follow the link: http://www.kaaitheater.be/en/e1601/performance-in-public-space/

Nothing will be the same without you! So do devour the Performatik 2015 program, with an abundance of works turning the already dizzying city of Brussels on its head...

All my best



24. Jennifer Miller, Cathy Weis, FF Alumns, at WeisAcres, Manhattan, March 22

Sundays on Broadway, presented by Cathy Weis - March 22

537 Broadway #3
New York, NY 10012

Free admission
Reservations are required because seating is limited. RSVP to info@cathyweis.org

On March 22, join us for an evening with Jon Kinzel, Jennifer Miller, and Cathy Weis plus some time travel, as they perform a pastiche focused on Weis' interest in the way we watch dance in the present and the past. You will see performance, learn some dance history, and experience some magic. This will be the third of four evenings in March exploring this developing theme.



25. Bryan Zanisnik, FF Alumn, at 1646, The Hague, The Netherlands, opening March 20, and more

Dear Friends,

I have a few projects on view in Europe and the U.S. this spring. I'm also very happy to share my most recent Art 21 film, "Bryan Zanisnik Goes to the Meadowlands," which was released earlier this winter.

All the Best,
Bryan Zanisnik

Bryan Zanisnik - Office Paintings (solo)
March 20 - April 19, 2015
The Hague, The Netherlands

The Ties That Bind: Artists and Archives
February 17 - April 4, 2015
University Art Museum, University at Albany
Albany, New York

Lucky Draw SculptureCenter Benefit
April 13, 2015
Long Island City, NY

Bryan Zanisnik Goes to the Meadowlands
Art21 / New York Close Up



26. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, in The New Yorker, now online




27. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan,









TIME: 1:30-3:30 PM








28. Johanna Drucker, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, April 1

The Fales Library and the Department of English at
New York University cordially invite you to the

2015 Fales Lecture in
English & American Literature

Histories of the Alphabet
given by
Johanna Drucker
Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies
Department of Information Studies, UCLA

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
6:00 PM
Reception to follow

Fales Library & Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10012

RSVP to rsvp.bobst@nyu.edu
with guest name(s) and title/date of the event.



29. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, now online at http://mentalfloss.com/article/62091/12-fun-facts-about-money and more

Please follow the link below to read Harley J. Spiller’s posting at MentalFloss.com:


and for more about Harley’s new Princeton Architectural Press book Keep The Change: A Collector’s Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes please go to:

http://www.jimnolansblog.com/2015/03/keep-the-change-a-new-book-by-harley-sp iller.html

Thank you.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller