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Contents for June 23, 2015

Miriam Schapiro, FF Member, In Memoriam

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Pioneering Feminist Artist Miriam Schapiro Dies at 91
Sarah Cascone, Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pioneering feminist artist Miriam Schapiro, age 91, died on Saturday.

A writer, sculptor, and teacher, Schapiro played an important role in the development and the definition of feminist art.

Born in Toronto, Shapiro began drawing at an early age, and took art classes at New York's Museum of Modern Art as a high school student. Her father was an artist and industrial designer, and her parents were supportive of her chosen career, despite the barriers she encountered as a female artist at the time. Schapiro studied at the State University of Iowa, receiving her BA, MA, and MFA. She began her career as a member of New York's second generation of Abstract Expressionists before moving to California in 1967 to teach at Cal-Arts in Valencia. It was there that Schapiro became a leading figure of the burgeoning feminist movement. Her computer-generated painting, OX (1968), is notable for its embrace of vaginal imagery and focus on the body, which became a hallmark of the work of such artists as Hannah Wilke, Carolee Schneemann, Judy Chicago, and Ida Applebroog, among others, as well as pioneering photographers such as Joan E. Biren.

With Chicago, Schapiro coined the term "central core imagery" in the essay "Female Imagery," published in Womanspace Journal in 1973. "To be a woman is to be an object of contempt, and the vagina, stamp of femaleness, is devalued. The woman artist, seeing herself as loathed, takes that very mark of her otherness and by asserting it as the hallmark of her iconography, establishes a vehicle by which to state the truth and beauty of her identity," the pair wrote. For Schapiro, such imagery and aesthetics served as a visual language through which feminist ideologies could be communicated. In 1971, Schapiro convinced CalArts to let her found the Feminist Art Program with Chicago, who had previously run the Fresno Feminist Art Program. An important part of the course was Womanhouse (1972), an art installation project where Chicago, Schapiro, and students such as Mira Schor and Faith Wilding, among others, transformed an abandoned 17-room house into a feminist art environment, complete with Chicago's pristine white "menstruation bathroom," with double-wrapped feminine hygiene products on display.

In the late 1970s, Schapiro moved back to New York and became an important figure in the Pattern and Decoration movement, creating collage works that straddled the line between painting and textile art, incorporating lace, sequins, needlework, and other traditional women's art objects collected from women across the country.
Schapiro dubbed such work "femmage."

"The thing about Pattern and Decoration for us feminists was that in women's traditional art you see pattern and decoration. And of course the decorative was always considered a trivialization," Schapiro explained in a 1989 oral history interview for the Archives of American Art. Her work looked to combat such prejudice, and to elevate craft and domestic culture.

In her later years, Schapiro made a series of works in "collaboration" with historical female artists such as Frida Kahlo and members of the Russian avant garde.
In 2006, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey opened the Miriam Schapiro Archives for Women Artists.

Her work is held in numerous international institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.

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1. Alicia Grullon, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Casita Maria, The Bronx, June 24

ALICIA GRULLÓN / LLEVAR
April 22 - June 24, 2015
Casita Maria is proud to present LLEVAR a survey of Bronx-based artist ALICIA GRULLÓN's recent work, curated by Christine Licata. Spanning the last 10 years of Grullón's interdisciplinary practice, the show includes a combination of on-going and individual projects that explore the politics of race, gender, class and economics between underrepresented communities and society as a whole.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

EXHIBITION DATES: April 22 - June 24, 2015

ARTIST RECEPTION WITH BSSWA GLOBAL KIDS PRESENTATION:
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6 PM

Youth Workshop: TAKE BACK OUR GOLD
Thursday., May 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM

ARTIST TALK: ALICIA GRULLÓN In Conversation With MARTHA WILSON
Wednesday., June 24, 2015 at 6 PM

For full press release and more information please visit: www.casitamaria.org

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2. Michael Smith, FF Alumn, at Greene Naftali, Manhattan, opening June 25

GREENE NAFTALI IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE

MICHAEL SMITH
EXCUSE ME!?!... I'M LOOKING FOR THE "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH"

JUNE 25 - AUGUST 14
OPENING RECEPTION THURS, JUNE 25TH, 6-8PM

GREENE NAFTALI 508 W 26TH ST GROUND FLOOR www.greenenaftaligallery.com

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3. Liz Phillips, FF Alumn, now online at http://lizphillipsgovsisland.blogspot.com/

"Wave Crossings" creates Chladni Figures in this wave, sound and site-specific installation. Harvestworks is sponsoring this Governors Island installation and its online presence. Liz Phillips has received a NYSCA Individual Artists commission through Harvestworks for this work for 2015. The duration is ideally July 9th to September 7th, 2015. "Wave Crossings" uses our full senses and telemetry systems (of sensors) to explore, amplify and reinforce the sonic architecture of a chapel (Cornelius) with the waterscape of the Island. http://lizphillipsgovsisland.blogspot.com/

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4. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn at The Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY, thru Nov. 8, and more

FF Alumn Norm Magnusson was selected by curator Mary-Kay Lombino for an exhibition at the Dorsky Museum entitled The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015, which provides a rare opportunity to examine the ways in which art and literature are closely related-both reflecting artistic practices of today as well as the role of the narrative structure in contemporary art. The exhibition runs through November 8, 2015 with an opening reception and curators talk from 4-7 on June 20. More information here: http://www.newpaltz.edu/museum/exhibitions/hva15.html

Magnusson is also performing his monologue "The signs in our lives" at 2:30pm on June 21 at McDaris Fine Art located at 623 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. The dramatic monologue examines the semiotics surrounding the break up of his marriage and his subsequent journey toward understanding. More information can be found here: http://mcdarisfineart.com/#

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5. jc lenochan, FF Alumn, at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, thru Sept. 18

jc lenochan at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

JUN 15 - SEP 18

GALLERY HOURS:
2 - 9 PM
56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Realartways.org

The works presented in unfinished business: gettin school'd by jc lenochan raise questions about gender, race and identity by focusing on the social and psychological impact of cultural bias in education systems. Using classroom-as-art installations, Lenochan challenges viewers to critically re-evaluate how history has facilitated and shaped classroom pedagogy, and reconsider the cultural norm.

"In "unfinished business: gettin school'd", jc lenochan continues his pedagogical critique of the academy as a multi-layered installation/performance using photography, sculpture and drawing with discarded materials as vessels of memory and subversions of meaning, comprehensively revealing our current social condition through Socratic means of questioning. This epistemological approach to images and objects as visual formations is a collision of decoding racial mythology, cultural bias and perceptions of otherness simultaneously as a hegemonic force of contradictions as methods in "high education" and riffs on traditional histories as cognitive dissonance creating multiple cumulative effects on awareness and transformational experiences."
- Rehema Barber, Curator

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6. Elaine Angelopoulos, Eleanor Antin, FF Alumns, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Manhattan, thru July 24

Human Ecology 101
June 20 - July 24, 2015
Terry Adkins, Justin Amrhein, Elaine Angelopoulos, Eleanor Antin, Martina Batan, Brandon Ballengée, Scott Vincent Campbell, Peter Collins, Rico Gatson, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, John O'Connor, Tavares Strachan

Human Ecology - the study of the relationships between humans and their natural, social, and built environments.

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts is proud to present Human Ecology 101, a group show exploring the significance of the artistic communities that are facilitated and nurtured by art galleries. The business model of the traditional gallery space is facing serious challenges from rising costs and increased competition. As a larger percentage of sales come from art fairs and via the Internet, the necessity and sustainability of a brick and mortar space is coming into question for small and mid-level galleries, particularly in New York. Facing these facts of the contemporary market place, how does one begin to quantify the social importance that the physical gallery space plays? This is an integral part of the equation if we are to consciously build the kind of future art world we want and not simply have it shaped for us by restrictive market forces.
Running an art gallery is just as much a social experiment as it is a business. Gallerists create homes for artists to gather and exchange ideas. They find dedicated and knowledgeable art dealers, and passionate staff, who are often young artists, critics, and curators themselves. Relationships form, and from these a larger community grows. In these communities, countless young artists find mentorship, guidance, and inspiration.
Human Ecology 101 looks at the relationships that grow out of this personal and cultural exchange, and the influence of these interactions on the work and career of the artists involved. Each of the six artists who the curator came to know through his association with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts is paired with another artist with whom they have a friendship and who has influenced their work in some way. The artists in the mentor group are part of the same community, either represented by Pierogi, Salon 94, and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.
The artists in the exhibition work within a broad range of concepts and materials. Often there are common threads, including similar interests, modalities of thought, and approaches to practice. However, when viewed together in this setting, we see a certain continuity that goes beyond the simply aesthetic. The artists have different dialects, and each discovers his/her own language.
Human Ecology 101 is dedicated to Martina Batan, who has been associated with the Feldman Gallery since the '70s. She is ill and currently resides at the Northeast Center for Special Care near Kingston, NY that specializes in traumatic brain injury. Martina participates in their art program, which is where she met Peter Collins, a young man who suffered a terrible accident and is in recovery as well. Peter had never made art before, but he attributes Martina's encouragement to changing his life.
A big thank you to Mae Skidmore and the entire staff at Northeast Center for Special Care. This show is curated by Scott Vincent Campbell.
A press kit with more information can be found at: http://bit.ly/1Gm9V97
Reception on Saturday, June 20, 6-8. June gallery hours Tuesday - Saturday, 10-6. Monday by appointment. July gallery hours Monday - Thursday, 10-6. Friday, 10-3. For more information, contact Casey Dorobek (212) 226-3232 or Casey@feldmangallery.com.

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7. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at One Art Space, Manhattan, June 25

KB live on Hybrid Instruments
Thursday June 25th at 7:30 pm
One Art Space 23 Warren St. NYC

Hope to see you!
Ken Butler

http://kenbutler.squarespace.com

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8. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Brendan Fernandes, Ana Mendieta, Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumns, at The 8th Floor, Manhattan, opening July 9

THE 8TH FLOOR

BETWEEN HISTORY AND THE BODY

FEATURING ARTISTS ELIA ALBA, NICK CAVE, JEAN-ULRICK DÉSERT, ANA MENDIETA, PAUL ANTHONY SMITH AND SAYA WOOLFALK, AMONG OTHERS

JULY 9 TO OCTOBER 16, 2015
Opening Reception, Thursday, July 9, from 6:00-8:00pm

New York, June 17, 2015 - The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation presents Between History and the Body, an exhibition looking closely at the ways in which cultural identity is defined, how it is used as a force of exclusion, and how it works as a unifying and transformative energy among artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. The exhibition will be on view July 9 to October 16, 2015 at The 8th Floor located at 17 West 17th Street, New York City.

Between History and the Body features artists Elia Alba, Firelei Baez, Nick Cave, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Brendan Fernandes, Jeffrey Gibson, Shaun Leonardo, Ana Mendieta, Paul Anthony Smith, Chungpo Tsering and Saya Woolfalk, who work across a variety of media including sculpture, painting, photography, performance and video. Together, these artists generate dialogue on cultural identity and history through representation of the body as an active force in ritual, both historic and imagined, and as an agent in the production of relics that communicate narratives of the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Join the conversation with The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtags #The8thFloor, #RubinFoundation, #BetweenHistoryandBody and #ArtandSocialJustice.

Contacts
For further information, members of the media may contact:

Andy Ptaschinski or Newlin Tillotson
Blue Medium Inc.
212.675.1800
andy@bluemedium.com / newlin@bluemedium.com

George Bolster
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
646.738.3971
gbolster@sdrubin.org

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9. Alice Wu, FF Alumn, at Legion, San Francisco, CA, thru June 25

Dear friends,

One more week to catch the show I put together at LEGION in San Francisco, an exhibition of paintings, prints and multiples by Oakland artist Evah Fan.
Stop in if you haven't already, and take some art home. If you can't make it, enjoy a virtual tour of the show here:

http://legionpresentsevahfanawafflelot.tumblr.com/

Evah's show is up until June 25. Stay tuned for details on our next show, featuring new work by Jessalyn Aaland.
Please get in touch with any questions or if you are interested in purchasing artwork. We will ship!

Thank you for your support,
Alice
Evah Fan: A Waffle Lot
Recent Paintings, Prints, Zines and Multiples

On view through June 25, 2015
Legion, 679 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA

http://www.legionsf.com
http://www.evahfan.com
Map it: https://goo.gl/maps/Fydc3
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/776124822483500/

Check out this recent feature on the neighborhood:
http://hoodline.com/2015/05/a-fashion-hub-emerges-at-crux-of-jackson-square-fidi-and-chinatown

"A Waffle Lot" on ArrestedMotion:
http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/05/showing-evah-fan-a-waffle-lot-legion/

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10. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, at The Poetry Club, Glasgow, Scotland, July 3, and more

Hi there!

I am organising, together with performance artist, Stephanie Black, a DRAG BALL on July 3 as a fundraiser to bring DONALD DOES DUSTY (see description below) to Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 17-30.
I wondered if you would like to attend? You don't need to do drag, but still, it would be a hoot to see everyone dragged up! Here is the link:
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drag-ball-tickets-16929605907
Please forward if you know of anyone who might like to come.
We're also organising an indie go-go campaign. More of that in another email.
Hope to see you soon one way or another.

All the best,
Diane xx
Apologies for cross-posting but not for cross-dressing!

DONALD DOES DUSTY BY Diane Torr

My brother Donald was fascinated with the pop singer, Dusty Springfield. Growing up in Aberdeen, Scotland in the 60s, he would regularly impersonate her. At the age of 10, I was his audience, judge and jury and would award him points for how well he performed Dusty. From a young age, Donald knew he was gay and he took power from knowing that "the normal rules don't apply" to him. I was a conspirator in his rebellion against hetero-normativity. As the field hockey playing younger sister, Donald's outrageousness had a big impact.

In 1970, Dusty was the first female pop singer celebrity to come out in the UK. She was already known for her outspoken-ness. Performing in S. Africa in 1963, Dusty refused to perform for white-only audiences and under the apartheid segregation laws, she was arrested and thrown in jail and then out of the country. She later used her influence as host of the BBC TV show Ready Steady Go, to bring black American musicians, such as Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas and Smokey Robinson, to the UK for the first time.

During the early 70's Donald was a singer and dancer in the television troupe, The Young Generation and later appeared in West End shows such as Anthony Newley's, Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. He did not receive the fame he wanted, but he did become a millionaire as a savvy antique dealer and owner of real estate. Sadly, Donald died of AIDS-related causes in 1992. Dusty died of breast cancer in 1999.

DONALD DOES DUSTY pays homage to them both and draws upon Donald and Dusty's lives and careers. They shared a common heritage: both coming from lower class backgrounds; both singers and performers; both desirous of fame and fortune and both closeted gays in a homophobic Britain. The performance raises issues of death and bereavement, and creates a new celebration space in which to celebrate the spirit of our loved ones who have passed on.

Diane Torr, March 2015

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11. Krzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumn, at Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland, thru Sept. 13

Krzysztof Wodiczko. On Behalf of the Public Domain
Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz
msl.org.pl/en/wydarzenia/krzysztof-wodiczko-public-domain/#
Contact
muzeum@msl.org.pl
Phone: (00 48 42) 633 97 90 Address
msl.org.pl/en/wydarzenia/krzysztof-wodiczko-public-domain/#
Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz
ms2, Ogrodowa 19
St. Lodz
Poland Info
Exhibition 26 March - 13 September 2015
Curator: Bożena Czubak
Coordinator: Beata Bocian

The exhibition focuses on art practice of Krzysztof Wodiczko, the pioneer in art productions in public space, one of the most important personalities in critical art. Wodiczko, by continuing the avant-garde tradition, has worked out the technologies of disagreement and transformation of the reality and highlights critical and utopian dimension of art, which he understands as practicing democracy.
The exhibition On Behalf of the Public Domain reflects the diversity of his artistic productions stressing the importance of his early works, which marked the beginning of the passage from artistic to political issues and from the private sphere to public space. This retrospective, although not fully chronological, provides an overview of Krzysztof Wodiczko's artworks and develops the main themes of his productions over the period 1969-2014.

Works from the 1970s are reminded as the key to his further practice, in which ethical imperative links aesthetics with politics. The period is marked with interdisciplinary experiments and the combination of the tradition of constructivism with the experience of a designer and a neo-avant-garde artist placing himself against the context of the developments of those times.

These interests are illustrated with recordings of live performances, a series of ironic, self-portrait productions, objects, drawings and documentation of the first interventions in public space. Huge spatial installation of 1972 is being especially reconstructed for the exhibition to introduce the visitors to a long corridor of the eponymous Passages. Another crucial work of this period is called References, in which images of various historic epochs are projected against canvases covered with lines painted on them. Its analytical view upon ideological dimension of what it represents was further developed at the beginning of the 1980s in monumental projects in the public space.

The works of Krzysztof Wodiczko "on behalf of the public domain' and his efforts to make the common space available to all users are evidenced by a vast body of documentation covering the selection from among ca. 90 projections, which took place in various countries and continents. Starting with the first productions dating back to the beginning of the 1980s, which analysed the political sense of architecture as a representation of power, through a series of productions, in which he critically read the history written down in buildings or delivered in response to political developments; Wodiczko's projections reject the official narrative of monumental history and go against monopolising the collective memory. Film footages presented at the exhibition are meant to remind monumental projections presented since the mid-1990s using the video technique, where Wodiczko enlivened buildings and monuments with images and voices of homeless people, immigrants, victims of violence and abuse, war veterans.
Xenology: Immigrant Instruments and Vehicles shown and tested in Europe and the United States since 1989 demonstrate how the philosophy of dialogue developed. Wodiczko, a designer by education, was working out more and more technologically advanced devices giving visibility and voice in the public space to those who are Different. The exhibition will also show, inter alia, Veteran's helmet the latest communication tool designed by the artist.

Recent works reflect Wodiczko's involvement in anti-war debates. His idea of the 'disarmament of the memory' is translated into projects, which de-construct the memories of war and violence and have their origins in earlier artistic practice of the artist. The idea of the World Institute for the Abolition of War engaged in activities consisting in cultural disarmament of myths created around wars and housed in the Arc de Triomphe in Paris covered with an architectural structure is a spectacular example of his attitude. At the exhibition the project is illustrated with large scale visualisations and offers an aesthetic and political response of the artist to the need of working out public discourses of anti-war culture.

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12. Robert Rauschenberg, FF Alumn, at Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, opening July 1

July 1-October 25, 2015

The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

www.clevelandart.org

Taking its name from Gloria, 1956, an iconic Combine by Robert Rauschenberg in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, this exhibition explores the interests and actions of Robert Rauschenberg in the 1950s through a younger set of eyes: those of internationally acclaimed artist Rachel Harrison, who has become known for her original approach to art-making that simultaneously addresses and analyzes the conventions of art and mass culture, like Rauschenberg before her.

An amalgam of artistic innovation, pop culture trivia, wry humor, and sharp critique, Gloria: Robert Rauschenberg & Rachel Harrison juxtaposes these two unconventional thinkers, featuring landmark Combine works and photographs by Rauschenberg amidst a grouping of pivotal sculptures and drawings by Harrison.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, Rachel Harrison: G•L•O•R•I•A, published by The Cleveland Museum of Art and Yale University Press, featuring contributions by Beau Rutland, Johanna Burton, Amy Adler, and new digital collages by Harrison created specifically for this project.

Curator: Beau Rutland

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13. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at Kings County Saloon, Brooklyn, June 26

Hallo!

FETZIG would LOVE to see YOU in Bushwick:

Friday June 26
8 - Melt
9_ FETZIG
10 - Defgrls
11 - Starlight Girls

Xs from Halona Hilfetz!

Kings County Saloon
http://www.kingscountysaloon.com/
1 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn

$8/21+
Doors at 7:30

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