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Melva Bucksbaum, FF Member, In Memoriam

The New York Times
Melva Bucksbaum, Art Collector and Curator, Dies at 82
AUG. 18, 2015

Melva Bucksbaum, who transformed her childhood passion for collecting dolls and glass animals into a career as one of America's leading art collectors, curators and patrons, died on Sunday at her home in Aspen, Colo. She was 82.

The cause was bladder cancer, her husband, Raymond J. Learsy, said.

As a 9-year-old in Washington in the early 1940s, Ms. Bucksbaum regularly took the downtown-bound bus from her immigrant parents' grocery store to escape "into another world" at the National Gallery of Art.

She aspired to be an artist, but when her "hand would never do what the head wanted it to do," she recalled, she started collecting instead. She was president of the Des Moines Art Center board in Iowa, where her first husband, Martin Bucksbaum, pioneered shopping centers and real estate investment trusts. He died in 1995.

In New York, she became vice chairwoman of the Whitney Museum of American Art and married Mr. Learsy, a collector of contemporary art, commodities trader, developer and fellow Whitney board member. In 2000, she and her family started the Bucksbaum Award, which every two years grants an artist $100,000 (an amount that has been described as the largest cash award to an individual visual artist) and an invitation to exhibit at the Whitney. Last year, the eighth winner, chosen from 103 participants in the Whitney Biennial, was Zoe Leonard, the photographer and sculptor.

Ms. Bucksbaum and Mr. Learsy have been described by ARTnews magazine as being among the world's leading collectors, owning works by Matisse, David Salle, Richard Serra, Robert Mapplethorpe, Frank Gehry, Terry Winters and Nan Goldin.
She also served on several other boards, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Aspen Institute, the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the International Committee of the Tate Gallery in London, the Drawing Center in New York, the American Friends of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.
Last year, she organized "The Distaff Side," a collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs and video by women - works from the couple's collection - at their private exhibition space in Sharon, Conn.

Melva Jane Venezky was born in Washington on April 5, 1933, the daughter of William Venezky and the former Millie Ruth Bronstein, Jewish immigrants from Russia. She attended the University of Maryland. After Mr. Bucksbaum, chairman of General Growth Properties, died, she moved to Aspen and then to New York, where she met and married Robert I. Goldman, who died in 1998. Besides her husband, Mr. Learsy, survivors include her sons, Gene and Glenn Bucksbaum; her daughter, Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan; her stepchildren, Bill and Peter Lese and Olexa Mandelbaum; seven grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.



1. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, on the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, Sept. 15-16

WMAT new video by Nina Sobell in collaboration with Laura Ortman part of Views Projected on the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo
Anchorage Place and Pearl Street
September 16th, 8-10
Presented by the Leo Kuelbs Collection

Subject: Sept. 15,Tues 6-9
Views on View
Tuesday September 15, 6-9
30 John St, Brooklyn
Please come see my new video work WMAT, shot at the White Mountain Apache Tribe territory in NE Arizona, in collaboration with composer Laura Ortman who is originally from there. Views is a project conceived and sponsored by Leo Kuelbs consisting of five other pairs of collaborators.



2. Ann-Marie LeQuesne, FF Alumn, at Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 30

Ann-Marie LeQuesne
invites you to join
Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Sunday - August 30th - 2pm (Please arrive promptly to be measured.)

Join us at Icebox to make structured noise with London based artist, Ann-Marie LeQuesne. Using your voices and your height you will collectively build a CRESCENDO! Filmed as you process into the space - in order of height and speaking your initials - the sound will get louder and LOUDER until everyone is in the space. The procession will then reverse and exit, with sound becoming quieter and quieter until finally there is only a white wall and silence.

Ann-Marie LeQuesne is an artist living and working in London. She stages collaborative performances with groups of people. Previous events include Wave. a re-enactment off an icebreaker in the Arctic Circle; Double Exposure, simultaneous group photographs in London and Helsinki, linked by cell phone; and After the Fact, a re-enactment of the execution of the Emperor Maximilian on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The film of this performance will open in Icebox on Thursday, October 8th.



3. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at MIdA Museum, Auletta, Italy, opening Aug. 21

There is an opening on August 21st of a group show

L'Inferno Necessario
at MIdA Museum
Auletta (Salerno)
Partisipating artists:
Santino Campagna, Anna Colmayer, Irina Danilova, Elena Dell'Andrea, Pina Della Rossa, Peppe Esposito, Roberta Filippi, Mauro Kronstadiano Fiore, Stefanie Krings, Pino Lauria, Angelo Riviello, Roberto Scala, Rocco Sciaudone, Giorgio Scotti, Alejandrina Solares, Rino Telaro, Winny Tewes.



4. Benoit Maubrey, FF Alumn, at Kobe Biennale, Japan, opening Sept. 19

SHRINE: a Torii Gate (where the spirits are more likely to hear your prayers) at the Kobe Biennale.

A public interactive sound sculpture that allows the spectators to express themselves and play music and messages directly through it.

In effect SHRINE functions as a "Speakers Corner" (like in Hyde Park in London) or a social "hub" where people meet by chance. 300 recycled loudspeakers are mounted on a 4 -meter high Torii Gate structure. Four people can simultaneously be connected to a 4-channel speakers system that allows them to express themselves directly via a microphone input or their smart phones with Bluetooth technology.

At the same time the sculpture amplifies "recycled" electromagnetic waves (white noise): the low-volume sounds are permanently hearable as a "background" sound that changes throughout the day: this is the "pulse" of the sculpture. Additionally SHRINE can also be used as a sound system for concerts, formal occasions and open-air events.

Short description of work:
300 recycled loudspeakers are mounted on a 4 -meter high Torii Gate structure. They are electronically connected into an 4-channel speakers system that allows the public to express themselves directly through it via a microphone or their smart phones and Bluetooth technology.
The "pulse" of the sculpture is low-volume electromagnetic waves (white noise).

web links:


opening Sept 19th



5. Vernita N'Cognita, Quimetta Perle, FF Alumns, at Carter Burden Gallery, Manhattan, thru Sept. 3

Representational Exhibition
On the Wall: Leslie Shaw Zadoian
Opening Reception

Thursday, August 13th, 6 to 8 PM

Join us for our opening reception!

In the Representational group exhibition, the Carter Burden Gallery will exhibit the work of twenty-one artists: Diogenes Ballester, David Cerulli, Marilyn Church, Betti Franceschi, Emily Fuller, Basia Goldsmith, Ginny Howsam, Barbara Isaacs, Lindsay, Thomas McAnulty, Margo Mead, Kate Missett, Vernita N'Cognita, Quimetta Perle, Henriette Simon Picker, Sheila Schwid, Sue Skoorka, Ronnie Tuft, Angela Valeria, Jerry Vezzuso, Yong-Kui Zhang.

August 13th to September 3rd, 2015

548 W. 28th Street, #534
New York, NY 10001

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Carter Burden Center



6. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, at Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, Aug. 20

Date: Thursday, August 20th
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY

"The Zombie of Great Peru" was written in 1697 by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, murderer, arsonist, libertine, mercenary, galley slave, and man of letters. The book is a memoir of occultism, seduction, slapstick, and humiliation, set in the racial and sexual hothouse of colonial Guadeloupe. It marks the first appearance of the word "zombie." It is now translated for the first time by Doug Skinner, and published by Black Scat Books. Mr. Skinner will talk about the book, and read some juicy parts. Cold drinks will be on hand.

Doug Skinner has contributed to "Fate," "The Fortean Times," "Strange Attractor Journal," "Cabinet," and other fine periodicals. He has written many scores for dance and theater, especially for actor/clown Bill Irwin. His books include a collection of picture stories, "The Unknown Adjective," as well as translations of Alphonse Allais, Isidore Isou, and Giovanni Battista Nazari.



7. Stacy Scibelli, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Aug. 20

Play the game and surrender your love life to the stars!
Psychic Love Connection is a mishmash of speed dating and the classic game show which pairs singles according to the wisdom of the tarot. Lonesome, open-hearted lovers of all persuasions are invited to participate in this hilarious, fast-paced interactive performance which aims to send you home with a soul full of passion and an arrow in your heart. And if you've already found that special someone, then come have a drink and watch the fun!

Psychic Love Connection is a matchmaking performance brought to you by "The Six of Boobs," a collaboration including Jenny Morgan, Stacy Scibelli, and Rachel Fainter. Starring Jenny Morgan as "The Golden Oracle" and Rachel Fainter as "The Fool." Costumes by Stacy Scibelli.

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. Bar proceeds directly support DP's artists and mission. There is a $10 Suggested Donation.




8. Dustin Grella, FF Alumn, now online at dustystudio.com


We've made seven new Animation Hotline videos in the past two weeks and plan to continue creating new animations as long as you are willing to call in new stories.


There are plenty of ways to plug in and see the new animations, Facebook, tumblr, Behance, and Vimeo. Please "follow" or "like" so that you can see the new ones as we make them. Right now we are making three a week, but ideally we would like to make five a week. That means we need five interesting phone calls a week, which also means we need your stories!

Right now we are doing summertime stories, but we are also looking for poems, insights, questions, visions, quests, drunkalogues, lists, memories, passions, current events, opinions, secrets, truths, lies, or anything else you want to talk about in about a minute or less. Call as many times and as often as you like.

+1 212-683-2490

Dusty Grella



9. Shirin Neshat, FF Alumn, now online at http://www.supportpeace.org

Please visit:


thank you.



10. Mendi + Keith Obadike, FF Alumns, at Ryan Lee Gallery, Manhattan, opening September 10

We have a new performance and installation coming up at the RYAN LEE Gallery in NY in September.

RYAN LEE is pleased to announce the debut of Numbers Station [Furtive Movements], a performance and installation of sound and objects by Mendi + Keith Obadike that employs the radical misuse of the data that reduces Black bodies to numbers.

Numbers Station [Furtive Movements] is the first in a new series of works originally conceived in 2010 that utilizes the structure of numbers stations- mysterious shortwave radio broadcasts used to transmit clandestine information by a single voice reading a series of cryptic numbers, punctuated by electronic sounds and music. Using a radio transmitter and tone generators, the artists will read a series of numbers culled from the self-reported Stop-and-Frisk data of 123 New York Police Department precincts. The numbers exist as the material, the subject, and the score of the work: the artists' voices and fragmented music tones are processed, broadcast, and played back in real-time during the performance and later as a recording for the duration of the exhibition.



11. Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, at Queer NY International Arts Festival, Manhattan, Sept. 16

Contact: Kate Fritz, kate.d.fritz@gmail.com (707)484-8885

Website: http://goodbyegauleymountain.org/press/, Sexcecology.org Kino Lorber website: http://gauleymountain.com

Ecosexuals Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens Coming to Pollinate Manhattan at Queer NY International Arts Festival

New York, NY-Activist/filmmaker duo Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle are presenting new work at the Queer NY International Arts Festival. At what will be the New York premiere of their documentary feature film, Goodbye Gauley Mountain - An Ecosexual Love Story, they will offer an "introduction to ecosexuality performative lecture" as foreplay to the film and a post-screening Q&A. The film will play Wednesday, September 16 at 8 pm at Abrons Arts Center Underground Theater. Earlier in the afternoon, Stephens and Sprinkle will perform (one show only) their Ecosex Walking Tour of Central Park, assisted by three festive tour guide scouts.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain documents a trip back to Beth's hometown of Gauley Bridge, West Virginia, and examines how small communities face destruction for short-term corporate gain and the brave activists who put their own bodies on the line to try to stop mountain top removal coal mining destruction. Featuring extreme tree hugging, rock kissing, and skinny-dipping, it shows how the fight against environmental injustice can be a little more sexy, fun, hopeful, and diverse. Respected NYC film distributor Kino Lorber has added Goodbye Gauley Mountain to its excellent catalogue.

The two artists are committed to shifting the metaphor of 'Earth as mother' to 'Earth as lover', inspiring and engaging others to have a more mutual, sustainable relationship with nature.. Their hour and a half Ecosex Walking Tour of Central Park will offer eco-sensual pleasures, humor, a water toast, and the unexpected. Tour guides will help audiences "get their ecosexual gaze on and find their E spots." Tour is directed by Joy Brook Fairfield with costumes by Sarah Stolar, and it will be held on Wednesday, September 16 at 3PM at Central Park (Meet at South East Corner @ 59th Street and 5th Avenue).

Recent highlights of Stephens and Sprinkle's work include their SF Pride Parade Ecosex Contingent "officially adding the 'E' to LGBTQI'E'", a forthcoming book, Assuming the Ecosexual Position from University of Minnesota Press, the formation of the E.A.R.T.H. Lab at UC Santa Cruz, where Stephens is a professor of art, and a forthcoming documentary film about water, "Water Makes us Wet!". See Ecosex Manifesto 2.0 here
Goodbye Gauley Mountain Screening Wednesday, September 16 // 8 pm Abrons Arts Center Underground Theater MIX NYC partnership presentation
$25 // abronsartscenter.org
Ecosex Walking Tour of Central Park
Wednesday, September 16 // 3 pm
Central Park (South East Corner @ 59th Street and 5th Avenue) $25
Festival Website: www.queerny.org
Venue Website: http://www.abronsartscenter.org
Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens: www.TheEcosexuals.com
Goodbye Gauley Mountain Website: www.goodbyegauleymountain.org Kino Lorber film distributor website: www.kinolorber.com



12. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, at Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions

Curated by Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon

Terry Braunstein's photomontages simultaneously provoke and enchant. Deeply rooted in Dada, Surrealism and mid-20th century Assemblage, they examines life's passages and other human experiences, evoking an imagery that is dreamlike, poetic, and refreshingly authentic.

For almost forty years the Los Angeles-based artist has engaged a wide array of artistic media-photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and even video-revealing layers of hidden meaning beneath the seemingly mundane and obvious. Braunstein is primarily known for her collage work. Clipping images from contemporary magazines, vintage books, and other print media, and assembling them into new, often startling, contexts, she presents the viewer with a new visual syntax that explores issues of identity, alienation, and myth.

For the artist, personal memory and experience, which form an individual's subconscious, can reveal, as she observes, "the hidden forces that govern the universe and human history." Dreams and subconscious experience manifest as viewers construct their own meaning in her distinctive visual arrangements. Through images of technology, mythology, memory and history, Braunstein presents her "reality" as life within her collages. Her exploration of the world through what she calls "research and scientific observation" culminates in a dynamic redefinition of the real that exists somewhere between photographic documentation and psychological expression.

As can be seen in her comprehensive body of work, Braunstein's broad-ranging themes are at once personal and universal, simple and complex, attesting to one woman's journey through the modern-day world. This mid-career retrospective begins in the late 1980s and ends with the exhibition's leading question-"Who Is She?"- in a series of works begun in 2013.

In this age of ubiquitous digital manipulation, this survey exhibition gives us a rare opportunity to relish the virtuosic precision of the hand-made, highlighting as it does the juxtaposition of disparate media and illustrating Braunstein's message clearly and profoundly.

For more information please visit our exhibition webpage or contact:
Maurice Ortega, Director of Exhibitions
Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions
113 East Union Street, Pasadena, California 91103
626.577.0044 | maurice@curatorial.org



13. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, at New Jersey City University, Jersey City, opening September 9

September 9 to October 14, 2015

Artists' Talk at 6p.m.

Curated by Dina Brodsky and Michelle Doll

Featuring: Ajay Brainard, Jessie Brugger, Caroline Burton,
April Coppini, Ester Curini, Cara DeAngelis, Aliene de Souza Howell, Angela Gram, Caitlin Hurd, Will Kurtz, Anna Mogilevsky,
John Rappleye, Babs Reingold, Nicolas Sanchez, and Wade Schuman.

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery
Hepburn Hall, Room 323

New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 200-3246
Gallery Hours M-F, 11a.m. to 5p.m.
Open for Jersey City Artist Studio Tour, Oct. 3, 12-5p.m.



14. Terry Berkowitz, FF Alumn, at Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL, opening Sept. 11

Terry Berkowitz
one person exhibition

Veil of Memory/Prologue: The Last Supper
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton FL
September 11, 2015-January 10, 2016.
Curated by Kathy Goncharov.



15. Lauren Ewing, FF Alumn, at Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, thru Aug. 26

Illumination and Habitation
Lauren Ewing
through August 26, 2015
Schoolhouse Gallery
494 Commercial Street
Provincetown MA 02657

Lauren Ewing presents Illumination and Habitation, new work consisting of four photographic images, each 36 x 36", two sets of sculpture and one individual sculpture, all editioned. The two groups of work in the exhibition Illumination and Habitation are conceptually related. Both involve illumination and familiar aspects of domestic material culture, houses and chandeliers so that the work asks the eye and the mind to move back and forth between light and darkness, nature and culture, object and place, natural material (coal) and synthetic process. These are some of the parameters of technological society that perpetually interest this artist. In making Illumination and The Forest Ewing has made images that are gorgeous and contradictory, like life itself. In them it is difficult to visually separate nature and culture and therein to ask if those separations are truly possible today. The fragment of a tree at the edge of a forest has been softened so it recedes behind the sharp silhouette of a Venetian chandelier. The complex biomorphic tracery of the tree both precedes its cultural imitator, the chandelier, and merges with it in these collided images. At differing times of day and night the two images merge and separate themselves out from one another, a kind of visual dance, coming together and moving apart.

Common Houses (American pre-modern) is a collection of house types that are a part of social memory. It is this shared memory that creates a sense of belonging. As such these shapes and their respective proportions are thoroughly familiar to all of us. They are part of a vast vocabulary of the shapes of habitation that have been repeated millions and millions of times in American cityscapes before the 20th C. They are a part of our visual culture that we take for granted. These editions articulate that vocabulary of habitation. The three different editions vary between solid and hollow, dark and illuminated. Ewing made them in the scale of the hand to emphasize that the built environment is our creation and we are responsible for its effects.



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