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Contents for September 15, 2015

1. Christy Rupp, FF Alumn, at BCB Art, Hudson, NY, opening Sept. 19

Carbon, Mostly

new work by Christy Rupp

September 19- October 11 2015
opening reception Saturday September 19, 6-8 PM

116 Warren St, Hudson, NY



2. Nam June Paik, FF Alumn, at Bard Graduate Center, Manhattan, September 18, 2015-January 10, 2016

Revisions-Zen for Film
On view September 18, 2015-January 10, 2016

How do works of art endure over time in the face of aging materials and changing interpretations of their meaning? How do decay, technological obsolescence, and the blending of old and new media affect what an artwork is and can become? And how can changeable artworks encourage us to rethink our assumptions of a work of art as fixed and static? Revisions-Zen for Film, an exhibition on view in Bard Graduate Center's Focus Gallery from September 18, 2015 through January 10, 2016 explores these questions through Zen for Film (1962-64), one of the most evocative artworks created by the Korean-American artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006).

The exhibition was curated by Hanna Hölling, Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation, at Bard Graduate Center.

The exhibition is accompanied by Revisions: Zen for Film-a fully illustrated book that offers an in-depth analysis of Zen for Film by constructing a sequence of ten thematically ordered chapters, or "revisions," spanning a theoretical-historical context and the frameworks of exhibition, dissemination, and continuation. Following an introduction that contextualizes Zen for Film within the emergence of experimental film, Fluxus, and Paik's own life, the "revisions" begin with the author's presentation of three encounters with the work that problematize its multifaceted existence. Other "revisions" explore the ideas of nothingness, boredom, and Zen Buddhism involved in Zen for Film; the issue of cinematic time so intriguingly destabilized by the work; an exploration of its multiple existences as film, editions, and object; and the particular problems posed by exhibiting it. The final "revisions" examine Zen for Film's associations with music, conceptual art, and performance, as well as the associated aspects of authenticity, authorship, and intention. The book concludes with a proposition for understanding Zen for Film in terms of relative duration.

For more information about the Main and Focus Gallery exhibitions email barnhart@bgc.bard.edu
or call 212.501.3074

Bard Graduate Center Gallery is located in New York City at 18 West 86th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Suggested admission is $7 general, $5 seniors. bgc.bard.edu



3. Bonnie Ora, FF Alumn, at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, opening Sept. 16

Greetings Friends !

I am very pleased to invite you, your friends and relations to the opening reception of Public Works - Artists' Interventions on September 16, 6-8 pm, a group exhibition at Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California, curated by Christian Frock and Tanya Zimbardo, and the following week, to my illustrated talk on selected works - Past Present Future - on September 23, 7 pm, in Danforth Hall, adjacent to the Museum.

The exhibition features Sitting Still l (pictured below and on attached pdf announcement) and the Sitting Still Series among other artists' works. At the time that I created this work (1970), I was exploring the nature of what a performance could be, where it could be, and who could be an audience. With this work, I thought I was simply demonstrating how a seated human figure could easily transform an environment - but as it turns out, I was really doing much, much more.

What I learned some years later, is that I was actually facing my future:

Sitting Still l took place in a neglected garbage area where water had collected due to the construction of the 101 Freeway Interchange at then called, Army & Potrero. Sitting in the overstuffed armchair I found there, I faced the "audience" of people in slow-moving cars, and I also faced:
Exact site of what would become Crossroads Community (the farm), a pioneering urban agriculture community farm, art and education center, and farm park that I developed beginning in 1974

Northern frame of Islais Creek Watershed along Cesar Chavez Street
101 Freeway Interchange at Army & Potrero that was being built, and that I am currently proposing to become the Northern Gateway to the Watershed

And, amazingly enough, I was actually sitting in water from the Islais Creek, in a pond created due to the heavy construction. Today, I am seeing multiple opportunities to daylight the Creek throughout this Watershed to address flooding, climate change, and habitat restoration, and am working to achieve that goal.

Because of all of this powerful and profound synchronicity, I now consider Sitting Still l to be my Watershed Piece, all meanings and puns intended.

Please come to the opening on September 16, 6-8 PM and see the show, and return again for my talk on September 23 at 7 PM. I will discuss how all of this early work has led directly to what I am creating today and for the future with A Living Library, aka, A.L.L.

I look forward to seeing you soon ! Thank you. http://mcam.mills.edu/events/

Sending love and appreciation,
Bonnie Ora



4. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, in T Magazine, Sept. 10, 2015, and more

They Made New York

On July 14, 2015, T magazine assembled some of the artists, writers, performers, musicians and intellectuals who defined New York's inimitable and electrifying cultural scene of the late 1970s and early '80s. There were longtime friends (and some rivals) in the group, but overall, the mood was one of celebration. And why not? Every generation thinks it's uniquely special, but this generation really is: These are the people who came to, and stayed in, New York when it was at its worst, and in so doing, created what was arguably the most important multidisciplinary artistic movement that the city has ever seen.

But while this historic gathering was notable for its presences, it was equally so for its absences: a whole group of people (the artists David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, Keith Haring, Tseng Kwong Chi and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, FF Alumn, among them) who were lost to AIDS. Those who remain are survivors - of a plague, of time and, most of all, of the wonders and the ravages of the era.
The photograph and a video are available at this link:


composer Philip Glass, artist Chuck Close, writer Bob Colacello, writer Edmund White, artist Duane Michals, writer Jessica Hagedorn, writer Larry Kramer, editor Jason Epstein and performer Penny Arcade. artist Lucas Samaras, writer Gary Indiana, artist John Dugdale, writer Vivian Gornick, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, artist Sue Williams, musician Richard Hell and artist Brice Marden. artist Tom Bianchi, writer Brad Gooch, actress Susan Sarandon, model Iman, writer Fran Lebowitz, musician David Johansen, musician DJ Kool Herc, actress Lauren Hutton, artist Anthony McCall, gallery owner Tony Shafrazi and musician and artist Fab Five Freddy.

At what point do the gate keepers and funding bodies start to reward and support artists for their achievement instead of for their potential? Penny Arcade

Paris Lit Up reading October 8th

Bitch!Dylke!Faghag!Whore! Lublin Poland Oct 13-15

Longing Lasts Longer Soho Theatre London Nov 2-21



5. Jayoung Yoon, FF Alumn, at HVCCA, Peekskill, NY, opening Sept. 27


Opening Reception: September 27th, from 12-5 pm at 100 North Water Street, Peekskill, New York

Festival will be on view: September 27th - December 31st, 2015

Locations: HVCCA + public parks + industrial spaces and storefronts in Peekskill, New York

All the best,
Jayoung Yoon



6. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at Priscilla Juvelis Books, Kennebunkport, ME

Claire Jeanine Satin's bookworks are now represented by Priscila Juvelis Books, Inc Kennebunkport, Maine. Included is the first of an ongoing series IL Giardino Palazzo Cappello Saranzo I, 2015, depicting the historical garden in Venice Italy which inspired Henry James to write The Aspern Papers.



7. Zachary Fabri, FF Alumn, at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Manhattan, Sept. 17-19

Hi Folks,

I would love to see you at my dance performance that I've been participating collaborating in at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Choreographed by Joanna Kotze (2013 "Bessie" Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer), it is a collaboration with 3 dancers and 3 visual artists. Everyone is dancing. details below. (and I'm showing videos)


Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents
Joanna Kotze
Sep 17-19, 2015

"Imbued with smart, philosophical underpinnings" - D.C. DanceWatcher

Choreographer Joanna Kotze's FIND YOURSELF HERE is a work for three dancers, three visual artists, and a composer/sound designer who utilize movement to examine the potential for hybridity across disciplines. Creating dialogue along a spectrum of tension and harmony, isolation and togetherness, the performers explore boundaries and shared concerns of visual art and live performance, and the forums for presenting each.

FIND YOURSELF HERE is performed by dancers Joanna Kotze, Stuart Singer, and Netta Yerushalmy; and visual artists Jonathan Allen, Zachary Fabri, and Asuka Goto; with composer/sound designer Ryan Seaton, who mixes sound live for each performance. Costume design is by Mary Jo Mecca and lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann.

FIND YOURSELF HERE was developed during a 2013 Martha Duffy Residency at BAC.

Purchase tickets here:

Howard Gilman Performance Space
Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 West 37th Street, btw 9th and 10th Ave
September 17 - 19



8. Anya Liftig, FF Alumn, now online at spin.com and more

Anya Liftig---MERGE Video released this music video and it was featured in SPIN Magazine--here is a link

also will be in residence at Kaus Australis in Rotterdam for November and December

In residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts in September

and also just finished residence at Yaddo for August.


also in this along with Andrea Kleine, FF Alumn




9. Lucio Pozzi, FF Alumn, at New York University, Manhattan, opening Oct. 5

Lucio Pozzi

5 October - 22 October, 2015
opening 6:00 PM on Monday Oct. 5
Casa Italiana New York University
24 West 12th Street (btwn 5th and 6th Ave.)
New York NY 10011
Open Mon. - Fri. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (closed Sat. Sun.)
(Italian text below)
In the long gallery I am installing a scattering of many paintings from the 'Diffraction' group. This exhibition happens in coincidence with the American poet Pellegrino Dacierno's presentation of his book of poems 'Fat man Arpeggios', which I have illustrated. In other rooms the show also includes prints from my black ink illustrations and a few other paintings from diverse families of works.
The Diffraction paintings are small works on board I started about 4 years ago. In each I improvise adding freely brushed demi-gloss acrylic areas onto a ground of matte 'flashe' vinylic gouache. The image is divided horizontally in two fields separated by a sharp edge. Each field has a mark obtained by painting over a narrow masking tape line, the removal of which reveals a bar of the same color as the ground's. The lines don't meet, yet respond to one another. The infinite variations offered by this simple format have led me to ceaselessly return to the theme every so often.



10. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Sept. 11

The New York Times
Penny Arcade is Still a Force in Edinburgh
SEPT. 11, 2015

EDINBURGH - In certain ways, Penny Arcade is a quintessential New Yorker. She's a pink-haired former Warhol superstar who can say "been there, done that" about a great many things (and does).

And she's a no-holds-barred performer, unafraid to let loose with an opinion about the gentrification of the Lower East Side, where she has lived in the same apartment for more than 30 years, or the negative impact of all those cute Manhattan bakeries pushing artisanal cupcakes.

"New York has gone from being the Big Apple to being the Big Cupcake," she complained at one point in "Longing Lasts Longer," her show that recently completed a run at the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The cupcakes are symbolic of gentrification, but are they also transforming us into zombies who roam the streets in a constant sugar coma, having lost the ability to think for ourselves?

Though it is in some ways New York City-centric, "Longing" hits on wide-ranging themes, including her general feeling that television and media have made people complacent. ("Hitting 'like' on Facebook: That's not activism.")

Her ideas seemed to land here. The show received good reviews and won the Fringe First and Herald Angel awards, coveted prizes in a festival that includes hundreds of productions.

"I'm like Jimi Hendrix," she said, nursing a cocktail after a late-August show. She was sitting in a beer garden adjacent to the theater where she had been performing. "I'm the kind of artist who is more embraced, more respected outside of America," she said.

Indeed, Penny Arcade, whose real name is Susana Ventura, is frustrated with the city she calls home. "I think the art scene in New York is very elitist," she said. "I'm working class. I speak from a working-class point of view, and I'm the scariest thing that's possible in America: an intelligent articulate woman speaking from my own experience who is not representing a specific minority."

Nonetheless, she hasn't slowed down over the decades. Now 65, she has been at it since the 1960s, when she cut her teeth working with John Vaccaro, Quentin Crisp and others, and she still has infectious energy. She expresses herself vigorously onstage and off, and seems in equal measure frustrated with and fascinated by the world.

During "Longing," she was constantly in motion, delivering her clever political monologue while her longtime collaborator and dramaturge, Steve Zehentner, stood in a corner of the stage running sound (snippets of rock and pop that vibrantly underscored the performance).

Outside, Mr. Zehentner seemed the more practical of the pair, reminding her when she needed to leave and when to rest her voice. They bickered like siblings at times, as when she wanted to share 2016 plans for "Longing" in New York, even though it wasn't confirmed (a November run at the Soho Theater in London, however, is very much official).

Just as she is in the show, Penny Arcade is something of a gale force in person; it cannot be easy to tell her no.

"I never fight with Penny, I just retreat," Mr. Zehentner said. She hit him under the table.

About an hour into her cocktail, a group of exuberant young people suddenly appeared.

"Penny, can we come and chill?" asked Cara Kinniburgh, 20, who had been handing out fliers for "Longing" and other shows during the festival. She and her friends were clearly smitten with Penny Arcade. "I feel so close to you," said Neil Anderson, 18, another leaflet-spreader. "I feel that you understand me more than some people who are younger than you but they're living in a completely different state of mind."

The scene was notable given that Penny Arcade had gone off script that night to grouse about one reviewer who found "Longing" too critical of young people. Young folks today, she said, are placed on a conveyor belt and expected to achieve as quickly as possible, to make big life decisions before they are ready.

"Whereas some people want to represent that I'm critical of young people, I'm trying to fight against what is being done to them," she said. "No one is addressing the adventure they feel in their souls."

She may not initially strike you as the maternal type, but she is full of surprises. "We need more people like you," she said to Mr. Anderson. "You're open and alive."



11. Public Memorial for Jane Farver, Cooper Union Great Hall, Manhattan, Sept. 27


Celebrating the Life of Jane Farver, 1947-2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Great Hall (7 E. 7th Street)
Cooper Union
New York City

Dennis Adams, Saskia Bos, Holly Block, Luis Camnitzer, Jenny Frutchy, Joan Jonas, Michael Joo, Sharon Kennedy, Paul Pfeiffer, and Michele Ridge.

NO RSVP required. All are welcome.

MEMORIAL GIFT FUNDS (list in formation follows)
The List Center for the Visual Arts at MIT will create an endowed Jane E. Farver Memorial Fund for the purpose of supporting artist fees and exhibition catalogs in perpetuity. http://listart.mit.edu/support

The Jane Farver Memorial Residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) will support an artist and/or curator named in honor of Jane Farver. http://www.iscp-nyc.org/support/donate.html

The Jane Farver Curatorial Fund for Diversity will support international research travel for curators. http://jfcfd.org/

HONORS AND DEDICATIONS (list in formation)
Bronx Museum of the Arts : Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial dedicated to Jane Farver http://www.bronxmuseum.org/aim/

MIT List Visual Arts Center 30th Anniversary Portfolio and 2015-2016 Exhibitions dedicated to Jane Farver.

For those wishing to honor Jane Farver's personal memory, her family asks that you consider the American Cancer Society or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or select a non-profit of your choice to make a donation.

Hitomi Iwasaki hiwasaki@queensmuseum.org
Nene Humphrey humphreynene27@gmail.com
Christina Yang cyang@guggenheim.org



12. Monstah Black, Tom Murrin, FF Alumns, at HOWL! Happening Gallery, Manhattan, Sept. 27

Tommy Award Presentation at HOWL! Happening Gallery
at 6 E. First St. on September 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM

The Tommy Award Presentation will take place at the HOWL! Happening Gallery this year, at 6 E. First St., between 2nd St. and Bowery, the new home of the Tom Murrin Archive.- HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!
Patricia Sullivan



13. Miriam Schapiro, FF Member, memorial at The Jewish Museum, Manhattan, Oct. 7

Miriam Schapiro's memorial will be held at The Jewish Museum on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11am. Miriam Schapiro (1923-2015), a founder of the Feminist Art Movement, an artist whose impact continues today, a teacher extraordinaire. Please join Miriam Schapiro's friends and colleagues in a celebration of her life. Reception to follow the program. The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St., New York, NY 10129. Please RSVP to jbrodsky3@aol.com or 609-921-3480.



14. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at Wall Street Collector's Bourse, Manhattan, Oct. 24

The 5th Wall Street Collector's Bourse presents
"The Secret Life of C-Notes"
a one-hour program for teens who like money
with Harley J. Spiller
Saturday October 24, 2015
at The Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall Street, NYC 10005

Teens are invited on an in-depth investigation of the hundred-dollar bill with Harley J. Spiller, author of KEEP THE CHANGE: A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency (Princeton Architectural Press 2015). Explore the complex amalgam of technology, engineering, and art that makes the newest U.S. banknote the hardest ever to counterfeit. Use an ultra-violet lamp, magnetic detector, and custom ink to unveil dozens of covert high-tech features (and one or two overt features you may have missed). Discuss strategies and philosophies of money. Then get creative and create your own design for an even better banknote. Prizes will be awarded for the most promising new ideas and designs.

Pop in for a few minutes or stay for hours at the Bourse...of course! Watch auction action and learn incredible details about coins and banknotes from the many experts and beautiful and rare specimens on hand.

The Secret Life of C-Notes is a one-hour hands-on education program led by Harley J. Spiller, a museum educator cited by Art & Antiques magazine as one of the nation's "Top 100 Collectors." Spiller, aka Inspector Collector(tm), has amassed one of the world's most extensive personal collections of unusual coins and banknotes. He teaches numismatics for The Bank Street School, The Museum of American Finance, and The New York Public Library and holds a Guinness World Record for collecting.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller