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Contents for June 01, 2015

1.Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, receives Herb Alpert Award 2015

For complete information please visit


thank you.



2. Papo Colo, Zachary Fabri, Sherman Fleming, Coco Fusco, David Hammons, Wayne Hodge, Shaun Leonardo, Lorraine O'Grady, Clifford Owens, Benjamin Patterson, Adam Pendleton, Pope.L, Dread Scott, Xaviera Simmons, Sur Rodney (Sur), Danny Tisdale, FF Alumns, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, opening June 13

Radical Presence
Opening Reception | Saturday | June 13 | noon - 10pm | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Sculpture Court | 701 Mission Street | San Francisco | CA 94103
The Eulogy - 8:30pm
Closing an incredible, start-studded day of performances.

This new performance, commissioned for the San Francisco presentation of Radical Presence, takes Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man as its starting point. As Leonardo performs the speech given by the novel's narrator at Brother Clifton's funeral, a traditional New Orleans Brass-line band punctuates certain moments, mimicking the impact of the speech and interweaving the artist's words with choreographed moments of confusion and disorder. These words serve as a memorial, a rejection, a challenge, and call to action, all at once.

Appropriate funeral attire is encouraged. The piece will be conducted in memory of Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin... and countless others.
YBCA is thrilled to be the only West Coast venue for Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, the first comprehensive survey of performance art by black visual artists from the United States and the Caribbean. The artists included in this exhibition have been using performance in their work for more than five decades, generating an incredible wealth of performance art that has been largely unrecognized until now. Radical Presence explores the history of black performance traditions within visual arts, beginning with Fluxus and Conceptual art in the 1960s all the way through present practices. This groundbreaking exhibition features video and photo documentation of performances, performance scores and installations, audience interactive works, as well as works created as a result of performances. Live performances will be scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition, including a special opening day celebration packed with nine performances.

The exhibition features work by three generations of artists including Derrick Adams, Terry Adkins, Papo Colo, Jamal Cyrus, Jean‐Ulrick Désert, Zachary Fabri, Sherman Fleming, Coco Fusco, Theaster Gates, Girl [Chitra Ganesh + Simone Leigh], David Hammons, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lyle Ashton Harris, Maren Hassinger, Wayne Hodge, Satch Hoyt, Ulysses S. Jenkins, Shaun Leonardo, Kalup Linzy, Dave McKenzie, Jayson Musson aka Hennessy Youngman, Senga Nengudi, Tameka Norris, Lorraine O'Grady, Clifford Owens, Benjamin Patterson, Adam Pendleton, Pope.L, Rammellzee, Jacolby Satterwhite, Dread Scott, Xaviera Simmons, Sur Rodney (Sur), Danny Tisdale, and Carrie Mae Weems.



3. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, at Provincetown Film Festival, MA, June 21, and more

Viewed Above: I Can't Breathe - a workshop & performance, 30 min. at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, 2/22/15

Jay Critchley, FF Alum at Provincetown Film Fest and more

Greetings, There will be a showcase of my video shorts at the Provincetown International Film Festival, June 21:
http://www.ptownfilmfest.org/films/schedule_detail.php?id=54 In conjunction with a solo museum show: Jay Critchley, Incorporated: https://www.paam.org/exhibitions/jay-critchley-incorporated/
There were two interviews on NPR: http://capeandislands.org/post/provincetown-artist-tackles-big-issues , and, http://capeandislands.org/post/provincetown-performance-artist-jay-critchley-finds-unusual-path-fame Thanks!

Jay Critchley



4. John Baldessari, Robert Longo, Shirin Neshar, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, FF Alumns, in WSJ Magazine, June 2015

Please visit this link for the complete illustrated article:


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5. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at Stuyvesant Cove Park, Manhattan, June 6

Hi friends,
I recently performed a Rewilding at the Select Fair in May and will be performing again this coming Saturday at Stuyvesant Cove Park on the East River. The performance will start at the Solar One stage (the metallic building a little south of 23rd and FDR Drive) and end around 20th and the waterfront.
Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 5:00 pm*
Stuyvesant Cove Park
20th to 23rd Streets and FDR Drive on the East River
New York, NY
This event is free and open to all ages
Presented by Solar One
(* In the event of rain, the performance will take place Sunday, June 7th at 5:00 pm. I will send out an announcement.)
Performed by: Rachel Frank, Ben Lee, and Brian Zegeer
Closing performance music by: Baby Copperhead



6. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at St. Mary's Park, The Bronx, June, Sept., Oct.

Play Date

June, Sept and October 2015

You are invited to slide down with me from the very top of the iconic rock that crowns Saint Mary's Park in the South Bronx.

If interested:

We agree on a specific date and time to meet near the Hub.

We wear comfortable clothes to join the throng of children who with their constant interactions have polished the surface of the rock to a shiny finish.

If you can't climb steep surfaces, we find other ways to engage together with the rock.

We forget about time, cell phones, professional conventions, and hence allow play, just play to freeform our action.

We record our date through a photograph taken by a park visitor.

To participate e-mail: indioclaro@hotmail.com

About Saint Mary's Park: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/st-marys-park
About the Hub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hub,_Bronx

With kind regards,




7. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Bank Street Bookstore, Manhattan, June 14

NYC's one and only Inspector Collector presents
at the Bank Street Bookstore,
Sunday, June 14, 2:30-5:30 PM
2780 Broadway at 107th Street

Inspector Collector aka Harley J. Spiller, will tell true stories from his new book "KEEP THE CHANGE: A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency."

Come hear a wealth of anecdotes about money. Learn why US cash is green; what happens when artists alter money, and if it's ever acceptable to burn banknotes (short answer: maybe).

Pop in for a few minutes or stay for three hours. Investigate the secret life of money. Inspect real bills with ultraviolet light and handle rare specimens. Design your own money. Have your book inscribed. Contests! Prizes!

Harley began collecting money at the age of five when his father tossed him a sack of pennies and a Whitman coin folder. In the decades since, he has become a museum director and amassed one of America's most extensive personal collections of unusual coins and banknotes. Spiller teaches at the Bank Street School, The Museum of American Finance, a Smithsonian affiliate, and many other NYC schools and museums.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller