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Contents for March 31, 2015

1. Martha Wilson, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Robert Longo, FF Alumns, at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Manhattan, April 22

Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Room 213
April 22, 2015
6:30 - 8PM

Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Robert Longo, Tavia Nyong'o and Martha Wilson
Moderated by Alaina Claire Feldman, Independent Curators International (ICI)

In conjunction with the exhibition Martha Wilson, Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting will explore key complex issues surrounding the current tendency to re-perform historical works. How do artists (and sometimes institutions) re-enact a performance outside of its original artistic milieu? How do re-enacted performances differ from the original work (temporally, contextually) and how can we continue to present them in the now? Should there be a standardization for presenting performance today? Bringing together artists and art historians who have extensive engagements with performance in New York, this panel will consider the participants' diverse approaches in answering these questions through several specific case studies.

Performing, Re-enacting and Reacting is presented in tandem with Martha Wilson's Franklin Furnace at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Martha Wilson: Downtown at NYU Fales Library, and with the performance series Performing Franklin Furnace at Participant Inc.



2. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, in Phonebook

First published in 2006, PHONEBOOK publications act as directories/archives of independent and noncommercial art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the United States. PHONEBOOK includes artist-run galleries and performance venues, public programming organizations, unconventional artist residencies, alternative schools, and community resources like micro-grants - projects that can often be difficult to locate due to lack of resources for marketing costs. PHONEBOOK acts as a travel-guide to artist communities around the nation, and is an essential resource for artists, organizers, critics, and art audiences today.
Currently under development, The Phonebook App will bring the information and activities of grassroots, independent, and small-scale arts programs to smart-phones in perpetuity, so that audiences can more easily locate dynamic and local art activity from home or while traveling. Organizers of venues or projects will be able to live-update their profile with upcoming events, while users can utilize mapping functions to readily

"PHONEBOOK will continue to be a critical resource text for artists and organizers all over, while the Phonebook App will multiply their reach ten-fold through the personal mobile devices the wider-world uses everyday," says Abigail Satinsky, Interim Executive Director of Threewalls & Editor of PHONEBOOK.

In addition to venue listings and project descriptions, the PHONEBOOK 4 publication will also feature writing by leading figures in the field of artist-run culture, includinghttp://www.marthawilson.com/ Martha Wilson (artist and founder/director of Franklin Furnace, NYC), James McNally (founder/director of Temporary Art Review and The Luminary, St. Louis), Ryan Dennis (Public Art Director for Project Row Houses, Houston), artist Sam Gould (Red76, Los Angeles), Outpost Journal (Providence), artist Brandon Alvendia (Chicago), artist Helena Keeffe (San Francisco), and artist collectives The Present Group (San Francisco) and Working Artists in the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), among others, in a beautiful print edition designed by Chad Kouri.

From Friday, March 27, 2015 through Friday, May 8, 2015, Chicago's Threewalls aims to raise at least $15k, with a stretch goal of $90k, in support of the fourth installment of their PHONEBOOK publication series and the development of The Phonebook App - two resources aggregating the information of 800+ independent, artist-run, and noncommercial artist spaces and projects throughout the United States. With $15k of funds needed for the physical publication of PHONEBOOK 4, all additional funds will be applied towards the development of The Phonebook App; the first and only downloadable mobile-app dedicated to connecting artists, organizers, and audiences across the nation through user-updated listings and content.

Link to Fundraiser: http://www.tinyurl.com/PHONEBOOK4

Founded in 2003 to provide greater support and visibility for the visual arts community, Threewalls is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to increasing Chicago's cultural capital by cultivating contemporary art practice and discourse. Through a range of exhibition and public programs, including symposiums, lectures, performances and publications, Threewalls creates a locus of exchange between local, national and international contemporary art communities.
More at three-walls.org



3. Chin Chih Yang, FF Alumn, at Columbia University, Manhattan, opening April 2

March 23 -April 9, 2015.
Opening reception April 2, 5-7pm

Teachers College Macy Gallery
444 Macy Building, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

This group exhibition "Repsychling" presents the works of professional, self-taught, and student artists who investigate processes which explore art making through recycling, repurposing and repetition. The group exhibition introduces art that explores how artists' conceptualizes what they see through materiality, multiplicity and replication. The diversity of participating artists in "Repsychling" offers new perspectives and raises inquiry of the traditional paradigms of art in society and art education through materials and reiterations of content.

Best Regards,
Chin Chih



4. Isabella Bannerman, FF Alumn, at MOCCA, Manhattan, April 11-12

For complete details on the arts festival at MOCCA, April 11-12, 11 am-6 pm, please visit this link:


thank you.



5. Jerri Allyn, FF Alumn, at the Port of Los Angeles-San Pedro, CA

Hi friends and colleagues,

I'm Artist in Residence in the Port of Los Angeles-San Pedro this season 2014-2015 (for those who didn't know). If you're in the City of Angels, I hope to see you at the opening, or at one of the events, for the culmination of this year-long project, Hidden in Plain Site: Creative Referendums to Human Trafficking.

The best to all of you,

Jerri Allyn
Artist Educator / Project Director
310. 963. 8118



6. Jill Scott, FF Alumn, at Anatomisches Museum Basel, Switzerland, April 2-Aug. 31

AURALROOTS by Jill Scott
Anatomisches Museum Basel
2. April - 31. August 2015 |
Pestalozzistr. 20 | 4056 Basel
T +41 61 267 35 35 | https://anatomie.unibas.ch/museum/

In AURALROOTS, artist Jill Scott, combines inspiration from tactile and aural sensory perception. It consists of two hanging interactive sculptures, based on the functions and forms of the stereocilia, tiny hairs on the auditory cells of the inner ear in the cochlea. The viewers can use these to mix 54 sound tracks based on volume and harmonics. These tracks can be changed into low, medium and high pitch compositions by triggering animations and graphics on a touch screen. The low pitch composition features interior recordings from inside the womb with filtered sounds from the environment outside. In the high pitch range, aboriginal women's stories about wild plants can be mixed with landscape sounds and in the upper range, human scientific environments can be blended with experimental tests on human hearing.

Mediated Perception
Retrospective Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jill Scott
9. July, 8PM 2015,
at HeK - Hause of Electronic Art, Basel (www.hek.ch)

Related Publication
Eds. J.Scott, E.Stoeckli (ISBN 978-3-642-30322-7) Springer. 2012

Dr. V. Radojevic, Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel and Dr. N. Diller, The Laboratory of Experimental Audiology, University Hospital, Zurich

Research Residency
SymbioticA in corporation with
The Auditory Laboritory,
H. Mulders, D. Robertson,
University of Western Australia

Nikolaus Völzow, Olav Lervik, Gregg Skerman, Andrew Quinn, Matthias Gommel, Patrick Jost, Marille Hahne, Anna Trzaska. TM Corino. King Studios and Koori Radio / Gadigal Info Service, Sydney.

Pro Helvetia
The Swiss Arts Council



7. Helen Varley Jamieson, FF Alumn, at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, March 31

hi everyone,
during march i am a virtual artist in residence at nanyang technical university in singapore; as part of this residency i'm working with a group of students to create a cyberformance, "we r now[here]", for the opening of an online symposium, "the art of networked practice", taking place next week.

"we r now[here]" (with thanks to annie abrahams for the title)
7.30pm singapore time
tuesday 31 march
find your local time here: https://tinyurl.com/o84bc8j

we r now[here] is a cyberformance about nowhere and somewhere: the "nowhere" of the internet becomes "now" and "here" through our virtual presence. Approaching the virtual somewhere from a physical nowhere, we glimpse streets, public transport, corridors, doorways - physical representation of data packets and pixels on the move - until the audio-visual streams converge into a single "now-here" in the somewhere of the internet.

the link for the performance is https://ntu.adobeconnect.com/symposium2015

this is also the link for all of the symposium events. the full programme and further information about the symposium is available here: http://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/symposium2015/

and as part of the residency, i've been interviewed by randall packer for furtherfield: http://furtherfield.org/features/cyberformance-third-space-conversation-helen-varley-jamieson

i hope to see some of you online on tuesday,
helen : )

helen varley jamieson



8. Vitaly Komar, FF Alumn, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Manhattan, thru May 2


Allegories of Justice
March 28 - May 2, 2015

When I was a child, I used to draw the Allegory of Justice - an antique bronze figurine who held scales and a sword in her hands. My mother and father were lawyers, and this mysterious female figure stood on a bookshelf in our apartment. A blindfold (symbolizing the impartiality of the judicial system) covered her eyes, and her foot rested on a serpent. I was most drawn to the concave cups of the scales; they looked like the bronze woman's breasts. Vitaly Komar 2015

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts will exhibit paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Vitaly Komar. In the new series, Allegories of Justice, 2010-2014, Komar imbues the tradition of allegorical art, not only with a moral truth, but also with a contemporary perspective and virtuoso painting. The series takes as its truth the transcendental balance of the physical universe, against which our societal justice must be measured. Pop art-style irony gives new meaning to the statue of justice symbol, which, in a sense, has become a cliché that has lost its meaning. The multi-layered theme of Allegories of Justice suggests another truth: the loss of childhood innocence.

The bear, both an ancient symbol of primordial power and Russia, and other creatures such as birds, butterflies, a serpent, a deer, and a cat, rendered in classical chiaroscuro style, represent the struggle between forces of "good and evil" that play out against abstract backgrounds that evoke the energy of the cosmos. One painting shows the bear driving a bulldozer - a reference to the infamous government demolition of the Moscow outdoor art exhibition in 1974 in which Komar & Melamid took part. Other paintings include Sentence to the Hunter,which illustrates the harsh justice of the Greek goddess Diana: an allegory also painted by Titian and Rubens. Victory Over the Sun, titled after the Russian opera, represents the dualities of balanced and unfair justice as light and shade.

Two paintings contrast reality with the ideal. The Bear's Justice is an eclectic diptych that shows an ephemeral illusion of independence and separation of the judicial branch (lady with the scale) and executive branch (bear with an ax). Yin Yang as a Scale presents an abstract vision of perfect balance, analogous to the duality represented by the mathematics equal sign ("= "). The concept and images of the exhibition can be read as a reflection on the current international political situation.

Komar writes: I want to believe in the transcendental balance of the universe, but you won't see a blindfold covering my creatures' eyes {the eyes of justice}. As a child, I believed in the existence of an impartial system of justice; alas, this faith has remained in my childhood.
Vitaly Komar was born in Moscow and has lived in New York since 1978. His other solo exhibitions at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts include Three-Day Weekend (2005) and New Symbolism (2009). Vitaly Komar collaborated with Alexander Melamid from 1973 to 2003, as well as with the chimpanzee Mikki the photographer and the elephant Renee the painter. Ronald Feldman Fine Arts has presented fourteen exhibitions by the satirical team Komar & Melamid, including their first exhibition of works which were smuggled out of the Soviet Union in 1976.

A press kit with more information can be found at: http://bit.ly/1Ei1vNv

Reception on Saturday, March 28, 6-8. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6. Monday by appointment. For more information, contact Casey Dorobek (212) 226-3232 or Casey@feldmangallery.com.



9. Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, in Berlin, Germany, April-June 2015

a place - Berlin
Peter Downsbrough
April - June 2015

Berlin Spring Art Events 2015 will kick off with a series of three exhibitions on the work of Peter Downsbrough, as well as an artist talk

This spring, a series of exhibitions and an artist talk will introduce to Berlin works by internationally acclaimed artist, Peter Downsbrough. The series, entitled A PLACE - BERLIN, will provide the first comprehensive overview of Downsbrough in Berlin, encompassing works that oscillate between minimal and conceptual positions.
Since the 1960s Brussels-based Peter Downsbrough (born in New Jersey in 1940) has been one of the key artists in the contemporary art arena, associated with minimal art, conceptual art, and visual poetry. In his artistic work he explores various media including sculpture, photography and photographic series, postcards, collages, and artist's books, all revolving around the central topic of space and time.

Apart from expanding the idea of drawing in a wider spatial field, one of the key elements thatregularly appears in Downsbrough's work is language. Downsbrough's use of words in specific contexts (as in architecture, books, prints, etc) produces a change in perception, in order to engage viewers in new discourses on a theoretical, visual, and even physical level. His work has the potential to become institutional critique as well as something akin to a particle accelerator, encouraging the audience to rediscover the beauty of surrounding structures. Writing on one of their own recent acquisitions of Downsbrough's work, the MoMA states: "With his modestly formed sculptures, the artist creates delicate shifts, thus reframing how we perceive space and our physical relationship to an artwork."

For A PLACE - BERLIN Peter Downsbrough's work is presented in a series of three exhibitions in three different spaces and an additional artist talk addressing the role of artist books in Downsbrough's oeuvre. It is the first time that this amount of new and historic works can be seen in Germany.

The series will start on April 19th with the opening of the exhibition UND, curated by Elke Giffeler at the iconic Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin. The show will focus on Downsbrough's work with architectural dynamics.

On Tuesday, the 21 st of April the series will continue with ANOTHER SPACE, a conversation between Dr. Michael Lailach and Peter Downsbrough at the Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, accompanied by a wall piece and the presentation of a selection of the artist's books.

Wednesday the 22nd will see the inauguration of a large-scale new wall piece LIMIT/S by Downsbrough at Andreas Murkudis' store at Potsdamer Strasse. The eponymously titled artist book edition A PLACE - BERLIN will also be launched on this night.
The opening week will conclude with the exhibition TIME curated by Dr. Marc Glöde at Kunstsaele. It will bring together a series of photographic, filmic and installation works addressing the question of time in relation to space, all of which have never before been shown in Berlin.

The series of events have been developed by Elke Giffeler and Dr. Marc Glöde.

For any further questions, information or press material concerning this series please contact Elke Giffeler, Dr. Marc Glöde or the venues. You will find contact information at the end of this press release.

Elke Giffeler, born 1972, Master in Art History, director of the Sammlung Hoffmann, 1999-2009; Project-space SOUTERRAIN, Berlin, 2007-2014; teaching assignment at Haute Ecole des Arts et Design in Geneva, 2010. Based in Berlin.
e-Mail: elke.giffeler@gmail.com, tel: +49.170.7938795

Dr. Marc Glöde, born 1969, studied film studies, comparative literature
and Dutch philology at the Free University in Berlin where he also received his PhD. He has curated numerous exhibitions and film programs since the mid 1990s, was the curator of Art Basel Film from 2008-2014, and the curator/senior advisor of the abc Berlin from 2010-12. Parallel to his exhibitions he has published widely in the field. Currently he is teaching at the ETH Zürich and holds the position of research fellow at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf. He lives and works in Berlin.
e-Mail: marcgloede@freenet.de, tel: +49.179.8106212

Mies van der Rohe Haus Berlin
Oberseestr. 60, 13053 Berlin

Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

Andreas Murkudis
Potsdamer Straße 81 E, 10785 Berlin

Bülowstrasse 90, 10783 Berlin



10. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, on the cover of La Voz magazine, April 2015

Franc Palaia, FF Alum was commissioned to design the April cover of La Voz Magazine, a Bard College Spanish language monthly magazine distributed throughout New York's Hudson Valley. The cover is a simulated mural promoting a Spanish spelling bee competition which will take place in Poughkeepsie, NY in April 2015. Palaia has had several articles and photographs published in several magazines over the past year on a variety of subjects that include Public Art, Roman Aqueducts, solar energy, Cuban Murals and Street Art and Tower Music.

Palaia's photo book on Cuban Murals and Street Art will be published later this year.



11. Ralph Lewis, Catherine Porter, Barry Rowell, Kriota Wilberg, FF Alumns at The Merchant's Square Building, Manhattan, thru April 11

written by BARRY ROWELL
The Merchant's Square Building
(between Church and West Broadway: map it)
MARCH 26 - APRIL 11, 2015, 7pm
Previews: Thursday - Saturday, March 26, 27 & 28 - $10
Opening: Monday, March 30 - $15/$10
Performances: Wednesday - Saturday, April 1-4 & 8-11
performed by
On the plains of West Texas in 1927, the small town of Floydada is home to two middle-aged sisters: Dalia, an artist forced to return due to a terminal illness, and Ada, the dutiful caretaker. Not satisfied to sit around and wait for the end, Dalia shakes up the mundane existence of her sister by convincing her to open a Dada-inspired cabaret in the family's recently closed general store. Revitalized by their creative impulses, the sisters entertain their unsuspecting neighbors with original, avant-garde performance.

*Equity Approved Showcase: These Actors and Stage Manager(s) are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

FLOYDADA is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs; with private funds from Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Mental Insight Foundation, and by the Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).



12. LAPD, FF Alumns, at Skid Row History Museum and Archive, Los Angeles, CA, opening April 11

Exhibition: Blue Book / Silver Book
Saturday, April 11 through June 27

Open: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 2-5 ~ Friday 3-6
Skid Row History Museum and Archive
440 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 ~ Mezzanine Level
OPENING RECEPTION APRIL 11, Saturday, 6-9 pm

Los Angeles Poverty Department is pleased to announce the opening of our Skid Row History Museum and Archive, and its inaugural exhibition, "Blue Book / Silver Book," running Saturday, April 11 - June 27. The exhibition juxtaposes dueling city development plans for the future of Skid Row, both created in the mid 1970s, as a way of making transparent the role urban design plays in determining the fate of communities.
The exhibition consists of a minimal installation of physical objects: two books, one Blue one Silver, on a bare table. As visitors turn the pages of each, thematically linked photos, videos, audio and paper documents, pop up, projected on the gallery walls.

The show is curated by LAPD and designed by LAPD in collaboration with Robert M Ochshorn. Ochshorn is a researcher at the Communications Design Group (San Francisco, USA), where he designs media interfaces for extending human perceptive and expressive capabilities. Ochshorn designed video / computer installation elements of LAPD director John Malpede's "Bright Futures" project produced by MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies.

This exhibition "Blue Book / Silver Book" historically contextualizes both adoption of the city plan that saved the low income housing in Skid Row (known as the Blue Book) and the defeat of a front running alternative "Silver Book" plan that proposed "massive development of the area." In the wake of the clear-cutting of historic Bunker Hill in 1955, Skid Row was headed for a similar "redevelopment," under a proposed general development plan known as the "Silver Book." Community advocates, frustrated by the wholesale displacement of Bunker Hill residents, organized and presented an alternative plan, one that saved the single room occupancy hotels and committed resources to renovating and augmenting this housing and locating social services in the area. This plan, known as "The Blue Book," was adopted by the city, in part as a strategy that would "contain" poor people in one corner of downtown. Significantly, it had the reverse effect of also preventing upscale development within Skid Row. As a result, the area's primary stakeholders remain its low-income residents, and their interests are increasingly prioritized as the community works to create a vibrant, viable neighborhood. This show utilizes the interplay of historical documents and non-linear, digitally reconfigured content--activated by each visitor--to unfold its story, thereby creating a mechanism for each visitor to experience the exhibition uniquely.

In a second museum space an extensive archive of Skid Row History (planning documents, articles, videos, audios, interview transcripts etc.), will be available for casual and scholarly research. Visitors will be able to access this archive, comment upon it and use it to further explore the show's themes.

About the Skid Row History Museum and Archive
The Skid Row History Museum and Archive is a pop-up exhibition /performing arts space curated by LAPD. It foregrounds the distinctive artistic and historical consciousness of Skid Row, a 40-year-old social experiment. The Skid Row History Museum and Archive functions as a means for exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality, by mining a neighborhood's activist history and amplifying effective community strategies. The space operates as an archive, exhibition, performance and meeting space. Exhibitions will focus on grassroots strategies that have preserved the neighborhood from successive threats of gentrification and displacement, to be studied for current adaptation and use. The space will be activated by performances, community meetings and films addressing gentrification and displacement locally, nationally and globally.



13. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, March 19

The New York Times
Art & Design
Carolee Schneemann: 'Part One'
MARCH 19, 2015
Art in Review
Established in 2010 by Hunter College, the Artist's Institute is a combination of exhibition gallery, historical laboratory and studio space dedicated to meditating on the work of one contemporary artist at a time for roughly one semester. Artists who've been in the spotlight - or under the microscope - have included Jo Baer, Jimmie Durham, Rosemarie Trockel and Haim Steinbach. Carolee Schneemann is the subject of attention this spring, and a richer one would be hard to find.

Ms. Schneemann's shaping influence on contemporary performance art and film are a matter of record, but the Artist's Institute show, organized by Jenny Jaskey, returns to the start of her history in the late 1950s, when she was in art school. There were confusions. Cézanne was her hero, partly because the "anne" in his name had originally led her to think he was a woman. And because the school didn't hire life models, she did nude portraits of her boyfriend and herself, which got her expelled. Three pictures from the '50s - expressionistic, high-colored, joyous things - are on view, as are 1962 photographs by A. V. Sobolewski that show Ms. Schneemann, who has always considered herself primarily a painter, posing, her body smeared with chalk and grease, within assemblage environments.

Her liberationist trajectory soon afterward produced classic group performances like the 1964 "Meat Joy," as well as films that brought sensuality and politics, feminist and otherwise, together. Along the revolutionary route she encountered resistance; it wasn't until the 1990s that she received something like a mainstream embrace. But she's one of the greats, and Hunter knows it. Exactly how, under the hand of Ms. Jaskey, the director of the Artist's Institute, the interpretive emphasis on Ms. Schneemann's career will be shaped as the semester goes on remains to be seen. But the artist will certainly be part of the process, beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. when she gives a "performative lecture" at Hunter's studio building, at 205 Hudson Street in TriBeCa.
The Artist's Institute
163 Eldridge Street
Lower East Side
Through March 29



14. Tish Benson, FF Alumn, now online at youtube.com

new work



15. Roberley Bell, FF Alumn, at BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY, opening April 9

Roberley Bell: some things
April 9 - May 29, 2015

BT&C Gallery announces Roberley Bell: some things opening Thursday, April
9th with a reception 6-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view through May 29th.
Gallery hours are Fridays 12-5pm or by appointment. As part of the BT&C
Conversations series, on Friday, April 24th the artist will speak with Aaron Ott,
Public Art Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in an event that will begin at 6:30pm
(www.btandcgallery.com for more information).

Some things showcases Roberley Bell's latest body of work continuing her
decades long investigation of the idea of the "natural" in our contemporary
environment through sculptural organic abstraction. Bell is best known for
sculptural and installation work that creates a dialogue between our interior and
exterior worlds, as well as nature and its synthetic likeness. Heralding Spring into
Buffalo, Bell's boldly colored large sculpture from the series Other Landscapes
will be included in the exhibition. As Bell explains:

The Other Landscapes series continues to explore the space where the
artificial meets the real. My sculptures reconsider or interrogate what is
real against what is not, to the point where even nature itself is uncertain.
It is my intent to employ our imagination and our senses even with the

The Other Landscapes series is grounded in the origins of organic abstraction
and computer aided Blob Design. Bell states, "like the current trend in design
where buildings and form adopt an organic structure that is made possible only
though computer-aided technologies, my Other Landscapes sculptures reveal
themselves as natural forms, though they are, in fact, paradoxically based on
nothing that exists in nature." These sculptures, characteristic of Bell's creative
practice, do not just occupy the gallery space, but interact with the architecture;
occupying the realm of installation work, Bell's sculptures combine multiple
elements, some of which directly interact with the gallery walls.
Also included is a series of small sculpture which Bell has titled some things and
from which the exhibition takes its name. These small works are meditations for
Bell- they allow the artist to work spontaneously and intuitively, serving as
mental preparation for her large-scale work. An extension of the themes explored
in her other work, but on a different scale, both visually and psychically, they are
delicately subtle musings on the boundary between nature and artifice. This is
the first time these works have been exhibited en masse.

During the run of this exhibition, for the month of May, Bell will be an artist in
residence at Chesterwood, the summer home/studio and gardens of the
American sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, MA, now a National
Trust Historic Site. Bell's project at Chesterwood will consist of documenting her
daily experiences in the gardens, French's studio and house as resource material
for future sculptures. Bell's plan is to respond directly and immediately to some
source of inspiration discovered on location. The result will be a sculptural
response by Bell created each day of her residency. BT&C will be involved with
documenting and sharing Bell's process at Chesterwood- stay tuned through
instagram (@btandcgallery), facebook and www.btandcgallery.com.
Roberley Bell spent her childhood in Latin America and Southeast Asia. She
attended the University of Massachusetts and State University of New York at
Alfred from where she holds an MFA. Bell is the recipient of many grants and
fellowships including the New York Foundation for the Arts, Pollock Krasner
Fellowship, a summer Fulbright to the Netherlands and a 2010 Senior Scholar
Fulbright to Turkey. In 2012 she received a Fellowship for the Turkish Cultural
Foundation and Dave Bowen Projects. Bell has received several residency
awards both nationally and internationally, including a residency to the Stadt
Kunstlerhaus in Salzburg Austria and a Studio fellowship from the international
Studio Program in NY. Bell's work has been exhibited nationally and
internationally including at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Alan Space,
Istanbul; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Denise Bibro Gallery, NY; and
most recently in a solo exhibition at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park,
Lincoln, MA. A solo exhibition of Bell's work is scheduled to open September
2015 at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, VA. Bell has completed
public projects in Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Russia,
Turkey and most recently installed her sculpture at the Albany International
Airport. Bell lives in Bethany, New York and teaches in the School of
Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.

BT&C Gallery is a new commercial art gallery that builds the career of artists
based in Buffalo and beyond, and fosters a base of emerging and seasoned
collectors. BT&C opened at 1250 Niagara St, Buffalo in June 2014.
Visit www.btandcgallery.com for more information.
The gallery is open Friday, 12-5pm or by appointment Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For more information, please contact Anna Kaplan, Gallery Director at
(716) 604-6183 or anna@btandcgallery.com.



16. Mona Hatoum, FF Alumn, at Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, thru June 14

Mona Hatoum
March 28-June 14, 2015

Fundación Proa
Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929
Buenos Aires
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm

T +54 11 4104 1000/43/44


Fundación Proa has the pleasure to present the first exhibition by widely recognized contemporary artist Mona Hatoum ever held in Argentina.

Curated by Chiara Bertola, the show gathers together over 30 works that are not shown in chronological order but rather as a series of unexpected juxtapositions that create new meanings. In this way, each work echoes the complexity with which the artist manages to challenge and, at times, disturb our experience of the ordinary.

In the art scene, Hatoum initially attracted public attention with her performance and video works in which the body gave expression to a divided reality, besieged by manifestations of political and social control.

In the 1990s her work gradually moved towards large-scale installations and sculpture. Everyday objects feature prominently in these works, items such as chairs, beds and domestic utensils, which, when modified or blown up in size, re-present a familiar reality that reflects a suspicious, insidious and hostile world. These works appear vulnerable and disorientating, and leave no room for fixed meanings of any kind. What is familiar ceases to be so, and the expected is replaced by new visual and conceptual associations.

In the curatorial text published in the exhibition catalogue, in Chiara Bertola's words: "[her work] is bound up with life, with all its implications of wonder, amazement, irony and intimacy, but also rooted in an awareness of conflict and violence, of nomadism and personal freedom being taken away."

A fully illustrated publication, with texts including an interview with the artist by the curator and an essay by Edward Saïd, will be released by Fundación Proa over the course of the exhibition.

The first South American tour of Mona Hatoum's work is made possible by the cooperation agreement between the Pinacoteca de São Paulo and Fundación Proa and the support in both countries of the Organización Techint through Tecpetrol.

Mona Hatoum
Curator: Chiara Bertola
Organization: Arte Marca, Pinacoteca Estado de São Paulo, Fundación Proa
Sponsors: Tecpetrol, Organización Techint



17. Elizabeth Murray, FF Alumn, at OMI, Ghent, NY, opening April 4


Reception + Curator's Talk: Saturday, April 4, 4-6 PM
On view: March 27 - May 31

Join us for the reception of Omi's newest gallery exhibition "Elizabeth Murray" on Saturday April 4, from 4 PM - 6 PM featuring several paintings and drawings by the late artist. Curator Nicole Hayes will give a short talk on Elizabeth Murray, whose paintings burst with lively excitement, at the same time maintaining a sense of stability and order. Reminiscent of pop art sensibilities, there is an element of fun and a type of graphic cubism happening in these energetic works. Her paintings provide a strong sense of sculptural qualities, and are distant reminders of the three-dimensional wall pieces of Rauschenberg and Rosenquist.



18. Betty Beaumont, FF Alumn, in Reading Eagle, March 22

Art review: Finding visual form for the loss of language
By Ron Schira - Reading Eagle correspondent Sunday March 22, 2015 12:01 AM
In what has become an ambitious undertaking for the New Arts Program in Kutztown, an installation of multiple computer monitors coupled with a large map of the world and at least 20 wooden organ pipes is testing the capacity of the program's modest gallery space. The exhibit, titled "Lost and Found: Betty Beaumont," is a cultural exposition by New York City artist Betty Beaumont regarding the diminishing number of indigenous languages throughout the world.
Beaumont is the 2015 recipient of the NAP residency and dual exhibits award. A separate display of her photographs regarding women's rights, titled "Million-Woman March," was shown through Saturday at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem.
The Kutztown show continues through May 3.
According to the artist's research, at least 6,000 different languages are known to have existed, a few of which have been vocally recorded by historians and anthropologists. Due to a number of reasons, these dialects are disappearing at an alarming rate, and like the extinction of a species, is a concern as more dominant societies overtake and subsume the cultures and natural resources of the indigenous people using that language.
In an effort to preserve, memorialize and document these cultures and their spoken word, Beaumont has created an interesting tableau of sound, image and form that brings her project to public awareness. For this exhibit, 11 languages across three continents are spoken in their native dialects through nine miniature computers with a small amount of text displayed on the flatscreens.
The text announces the name of the language, where it comes from, while requesting if the viewer has had any experiences with that or another language.
The organ pipes are salvaged from churches that are upgrading their systems from pressure- and steam-operated bellows to electronic or computerized amplification, mostly for logistical and economical reasons, but still at the price of what has gone before.
These large wooden totems, of sorts, symbolize the loss of a historical voice in the world overview. To illustrate this point, a large map of the world is pasted to the back wall with 11 of the smallest pipes, or voices, marking off the locations of where the languages were being used, some in our own country and only a smattering of the total amount.
Whether it happens by choice or not is a question of linguistic evolution and societal assimilation, as well as the displacement of peoples by war, genocide, natural disaster and the ever-increasing encroachment of technology. The exhibit utilizes art in service to a social concern, as art is known to do on a continual basis.
Of course, this may also be the directive of natural selection, but how do we know what we are replacing if we don't fully understand what we are discarding. We may be, as they say, throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
An indispensable booklet containing an interview with the artist - along with diagrams of her projects and the computer texts of the Ubykh (Turkey), Ainu (Japan, Russia) and Eyak (Alaska) languages - is available for free at the entrance.
An information-based show, it speaks not only on the loss of language, which in itself is plenty, but the loss of personal heritage and familial ground to stand on.
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19. Jaime Davidovich, FF Alumn, at The Bronx Museum of Art, thru June 14

Jaime Davidovich: Adventures of the Avant-Garde
March 29 to June 14, 2015
Jaime Davidovich is perhaps best known in New York for his original contributions to the video and television practices of the 1970s and early 1980s through Cable Soho and the Artists' Television Network. Nevertheless, his incursion into video and television was the result of more than two decades of artistic experimentation that developed from an initial interest in monochrome painting to an engagement with space and process aligned with the Minimalist and site-specific practices on the 1960s and early 1970s. Born in 1936, his life and artistic pursuits took him from his native Argentina, to Brazil, where he spent a short period of time in the late 1950s, and in 1963 to New York City, where he has lived ever since.

Evocative of his quest for "the meaning of the avant-garde" in the video that gives the title to this exhibition, the selection of works presented here charts Davidovich's transit through different iterations of the avant-garde; from an early exploration in the monochrome's possibilities and spatial concerns that would also later inform his site-specific works of the late sixties and early seventies, to the video works of the of the same period up until the 1990s, which not only pioneered the use of television as a medium but also addressed themes such as identity, diaspora and globalization. The artist's singular use of tape as a medium, as a surface, as a space, and then its transfiguration into the medium of video-tape is revisited through the presentation of several bodies of work that highlight the process-based and site-specific nature of his practice as well as Davidovich's engagement with experimental practices throughout his trajectory of the past five decades.

Organized by guest curator Julieta González.

With the support of ISLAA (Institute for Studies on Latin American Art) and Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr



20. Charles Yuen, FF Alumn, at Three Rooms, Brooklyn, opening April 4, and more

Hello friends,

I'm in a couple of shows coming up this spring. It would be fun to see you.

Opening: Three Rooms, Saturday, April 4, 6-8pm. 490 Atlantic Gallery

Opening: The Human Condition. Friday, April 10, 6-8pm, Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014

Three Rooms
April 4-May 9
490 Atlantic Ave.
tues-sat 2-6pm
718 344 4856


21ST Century Challenges Through the Eyes of Eight Artists

opening reception: Friday, April 10, 6-8pm
hours: April 11- April 26 th; Wednesday-Sunday, 1-6pm;
contact info: Diana Jensen 646-942-7555, jensenmania@gmail.com

Westbeth Gallery | 55 Bethune St | New York, NY 10014 | www.westbeth.org



21. Mendi and Keith Obadike, FF Alumns, at New School, Manhattan, opening Apr. 2

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know about a couple of events coming up. Keith and I have an installation going up in the University Center of the New School called Blues Speaker [for James Baldwin]. There's an opening on Thursday April 2nd and a series of readings of James Baldwin's story "Sonny's Blues" by a different musician who engages the blues Fridays at noon on April 10, 17, and 24. There's also an artist talk on April 17 and a conference on the politics of listening on April 24 (with a panel on the installation). We'd love to see you for any of these events if you can come.

Best regards,




22. Harley Spiller, Peggy Diggs, Marty Heitner, Paul McMahon, Rumiko Tsuda, Micki Watanabe Spiller, FF Alumns, in The Wall Street Journal, now online

Harley Spiller's new book "Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency" is the subject of a review in The Wall Street Journal, March 28-29, 2015. Written by Alexandra Wolfe, the article includes full-color reproductions of artwork from the book by FF Alumns Peggy Diggs and Rumiko Tsuda, and Paul McMahon (whose yellow dyed dollar bill can be seen in the first illustration - Paul was credited in the print version but somehow this important information slipped from the online report). The images used were created for the book by FF Alumns Marty Heitner and Micki Watanabe Spiller. Here is a link to the online slide show:


Thank you very much.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller