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Contents for November 02, 2015

1. Kathy Brew, FF Alumn, in Beirut Art Film Festival, Lebanon, Nov. 5-6

DESIGN IS ONE: LELLA & MASSIMO VIGNELLI will have two screenings at the first
Beirut Art Film Festival in Lebanon on November 5th & 6th.
The home DVD version, with 11 bonus extras — including: Diffuser of Helvetica, Lella’s Jewelry Numbers, Massimo’s Mentor, The Girl with the Graphic Tattoo, From the Canon — is available from First Run Features
and makes a nice holiday gift for those interested in design.



2. Laura Cooper, FF Alumn, at 354 Bowery, Manhattan, Nov. 3

Eyes As Sieves

Off Site | Screening and Performances
3 November | 7pm
3rd Floor, 354 Bowery, Manhattan, NYC, 10012
Jenna Bliss / Lea Cetera / Kate Clark / Laura Cooper / Hermione Spriggs & Curtis Tamm / Shen Xin
To translate is to filter, to sieve one substance through another. This act is inevitably transformative, altering and displacing the original, producing unforeseeable consequences, and opening up a space of understanding and transformation.
All of the art works in Eyes as Sieves share an impulse to translate: between materiality, and forms, between ways of seeing and forms of knowing, between histories and cultures, between visceral experiences, artistic representations and disconnected spaces.
In keeping with ideas of translation and displacement, Eyes As Sieves will open offsite, as a screening and performance event that is physically removed from the exhibition in the Global Committee space. The works shown in the gallery are fragments of larger bodies of work related to the moving image and performance works.
Off-Site Location: 3rd Floor, 354 Bowery, Manhattan, NYC, 10012 Map



3. Paul Zelevansky, FF Alumn, at SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, thru Dec. 31, and more

A show and a lecture
a. Paul Zelevansky at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, September 25-December 31;
b. IFPE conference in Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 6.


“Mixtape…" combines video footage, animation, graphics, text, sound effects, and music samples to create a narrative exploring the intersections of everyday life, pop culture, and various questions about knowledge and belief. One monitor screen will be set up facing through the window onto downtown Liberty Avenue, and music, and sound will be audible on the street 24 hours a day.

b. "EMPATHY FOR THE DOUBLE:" A multimedia talk before the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education; http://www.ifpe.org/2015-conference/

State of mind, action, or ideal, empathy presumes an ability to deeply engage another’s pain, loss, or alienation. Incorporating photographs, music, and video, this talk looks at the impulse to “stand in another’s shoes” in regard to encounters with puppets, pets, people, images, and varied political and social expressions circulated on social media.



4. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at 59 E. 4th St., Manhattan, Nov. 12



November 12 @ 8pm

Hosted by Creative Time
59 E. 4th Street, 7th floor
Buzzer 14
East Village, NYC

ADULT CONTEMPORARY is an experimental non/fiction salon series featuring readings, lectures, performances and interviews with and by established and emerging writers, artists and academics. We ask participants to "read" in whatever way they see fit, to use the platform to experiment in form, to give us words, movements, sounds or textures.

Organized by Katherine Brewer Ball and Svetlana Kitto



5. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NY, Nov. 6

Hello Friends,

Pages and Passages The Twenty-first Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium and Exhibition is on Friday November 6th from 8:45am to 5:00pm at the Archibald S. Alexander Library at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. (close to several major NJ roadways and accessible by rail from NYC and Philadelphia). We’ve made it to our 21st year!

Archibald S. Alexander Library
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Symposium and Exhibition:
Friday November 6, 2015
8:45am - 5:00 pm

Morning includes a curatorial discussion by Diane Shaw, of Lafayette College and a wonderful hands-on workshop conducted by Asha Ganpat. Featured artists Lynne Buschman, Peter Jacobs and Maryann Riker will present and talk about their work.

Afternoon includes presentations by featured artists Doug Beube, Sydney Jean Reisen and Elizabeth Mackie. We are very pleased that once again Judith K. Brodsky, Professor Emeritus and Founder of the Brodsky Center will speak about the art presented and sum up the Symposium. A Book Artist Jam open to all participants will take place after the afternoon program. Everyone is invited to show their own books and book art.

In addition our lunchtime seminar will feature readings from artists books, featuring Barbara Henry and Sarah K. Stengle.

Accompanying exhibit curated by Amanda Thackray on view until December 22nd.

Exhibiting Artists
Doug Beube, Lynne Buschman, Asha Ganpat, Karen Guancione, Barbara Henry, Peter Jacobs, Elizabeth Mackie, Anna Pinto, Sydney Jean Reisen, Maryann Riker, Sarah K. Stengle, Therese Swift-Hahn, Amanda Thackray, Marcia Wilson and others

For registration, directions and free parking please call Nancy G. Martin, Archives Assistant: (848) 932-6156

For more information please write to: mjoseph@rutgers.edu or karenguancione@gmail.com




6. Julie Tolentino, Harry Dodge, FF Alumns, at Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, thru Dec. 5

One After Another, In Succession

Thru Dec. 5, 2015 at Charlie James Gallery
969 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Featured Artists:
Carmen Argote, Johanna Breiding, Harry Dodge, Charles Gaines, Ken Gonzales-Day, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Dylan Mira, Julie Tolentino, Alice Wang, Kim Zumpfe. Accompanying Text by: Hanna Wildow, edited by Litia Perta

This group exhibition explores the notion of tracing as a means to relocate and archive one's own memory, as unwritten history. Through bodily and linguistic acts of repetition, the act of tracing simulates not only a linear structure that is methodically repeated over time, but it also signifies the retelling of a narrative. Tracing is a form of copying, and therefore a form of questioning authenticity, authorship and ownership, and history. Acts of re-doing and re-formulating expose that which has been forgotten, left unsaid or made invisible, and in doing so present a multiplicity of stories and layered realities.



7. Carl Andre, Louise Lawler, Richard Prince, Xaviera Simmons, Kiki Smith, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Printed Matter, Manhattan, Nov. 11

Benefit Auction for
Printed Matter's New Home

Cocktails and Silent Auction

Wednesday, November 11, 6-9PM
231 Eleventh Avenue

Please join us for Printed Matter's Benefit Auction to support the move to our wonderful new home at 231 Eleventh Avenue!

Bidding on more than 50 works is now live : http://paddle8.com/auction/printedmatter/
Tickets to the Silent Auction event are $50, including cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Purchase your ticket here.

Bidding both online and at the Silent Auction will conclude at the close of the Benefit Event on November 11, 9PM.

Our enormous gratitude to the many artists and galleries who have so generously contributed works and otherwise supported this event!

Works by:
Rita Ackermann, Carl Andre, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, Will Boone, Paul Chan, Larry Clark, Chuck Close, Thomas Dozol, Jim Drain, Urs Fischer, Nan Goldin, Mark Gonzales, Cameron Jamie, Chris Johanson, Matt Keegan, Terence Koh, Andrew Kuo, Louise Lawler, Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ryan McGinness, Josephine Meckseper, Landon Metz, Dave Muller, Bruce Nauman, Paul P. Marlo Pascual, Richard Prince, Walter Robinson, Rafaël Rozendaal, Tom Sachs, Fred Sandback, Xaviera Simmons, Travess Smalley, Kiki Smith, Michael Stipe, Ed Templeton, Scott Treleaven, Mary Weatherford, Lawrence Weiner, Hannah Whitaker, Sue Williams, Jonas Wood, Dustin Yellin, and others

Benefit Auction Committee
Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Vera Alemani, Fabiola Alondra, Gina Diez Barroso, Frances Beatty, Heather Bhandari, Christine Burgin, Ashley Carr, John Cheim, Adam Cohen, Elizabeth Dee, Brendan Dugan, Daelyn Short Farnham, Jessamyn Fiore, James Fuentes, Michael Gillespie, Sean Kelly, Janine Latham, David Leiber, Robert McKenzie, Suzanne Modica, Carolina Nitsch, Wendy Osloff, Maureen Paley, Anne Pasternak, Penny Pilkington, Bill Powers, Eva Presenhuber, Howard Read, Lisa Spellman, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Edsel Williams, Heidi Zuckerman

Printed Matter, Inc.
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.


Printed Matter, Inc. has received support, in part, through grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Booth Ferris Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund (The Charles E. Culpeper Arts & Culture Grants), The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Gesso Foundation, Mayor's Fund to Advance New York and the Fund for the City of New York, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Art Dealers of America Association, The Jerome Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Orphiflamme Foundation, The Harpo Foundation, The Leon Levy Foundation, The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Furthermore Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Mondriaan Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Schoenstadt Family Foundation, The Jay DeFeo Trust, Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation, Society of American Archivists, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, New York Council for the Humanities, Shapco, and individuals worldwide.

Printed Matter, Inc.
231 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

T: 212 925 0325
F: 212 925 0464
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8. Susan Newmark, FF Alumn, at John Jay College, Manhattan, opening Nov. 11

Cautionary Tales: Old Visions Through New Eyes
Cecile Chong, Yuliya Lanina, Meridith McNeal, Edward Monovich, Susan Newmark, Mary Ting

Curated by Randall Harris and Anne Hoppe

November 11, 2015- January 22, 2016
Reception: Wednesday evening, November 11th, 6-8pm

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
President’s Gallery in Haaren Hall
524 West 59 Street, New York, NY 10019

Drawn from common culture and rooted in our deepest memories, stories from childhood hold special power over personal and collective consciousness. Iconic representations of characters from these tales are deeply resonant, granting the artist who uses them potent emotional tools.
While the stories relegated to the nursery have always held messages—some conventional, some subversive—the artists in this exhibition use their imagery to explore contemporary social and political issues, to comment on personal experiences, and to challenge innate cultural associations. These pieces evoke viewer responses through seemingly incongruous juxtapositions as well as by shining new light on beloved characters, icons, and stories.
Timely subjects addressed range from Edward Monovich’s use of imagery from Heidi to examine the effects of global warming (pictured) to Meridith McNeal’s exploration of lies and the uneven application of justice in Pinocchio. Cecile Chong, whose drawings in wax reference the classic Dick and Jane books, reflects on cross-cultural assimilation from the perspective of her unique childhood in China, Ecuador, and the US, while collage artist Susan Newmark addresses the roles of women through images from 1950’s childhood books, celebrity culture, and comic strips. Yuliya Lanina creates small-scale music boxes based on popular folk tales to examine the underlying moral messages of these stories and their effects on a child’s psyche; and Mary Ting employs the three “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” monkeys to convey the horrors of laboratory experiments on primates and other animals.



9. Moya Devine, FF Alumn, at Art San Diego 2015, CA, opening Nov. 5

Moya Devine presented by FIG at Booth #504 Art Labs

Art San Diego 2015 Contemporary Art Fair

"There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch"
Ms. Devine's call to action on gun control !

Moya Devine will be in attendance
November 5th at Booth #504 6-7 p.m.
with gifts for the first 50 guests that visit her during that hour

Thursday, November 5, 2015

5:00pm – 7:00pm: First Preview (invitation only)
7:00pm – 9:00pm: VIP Opening Night Party


Friday, November 6, 12 - 8 pm
Saturday, November 7, 12 - 8 pm
Sunday, November 8, 12 - 5 pm

LOCATION: Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 - FREE PARKING

For tickets and prices go to:



10. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, at Long Beach Museum of Art, CA, opening Nov. 20

who is she?
terry braunstein
November 20 -- February 14, 2016

It would be a joy to have you come to my exhibition, opening November 19th (5-7pm) at the Long Beach Museum of Art curated by Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon.

"...her work is always surprising – thriving on glaring non-sequiturs, pushing us to recognize the illusory nature of everyday assumptions."
-Claudia Bohn-Spector

“Terry Braunstein's photomontages simultaneously provoke and enchant. Deeply rooted in Dada and Surrealism, they examine life's passages and other human experiences, evoking an imagery that is dreamlike, poetic and refreshingly authentic.

She presents the viewer with a new visual syntax that explores issues of identity, alienation, and myth.

Her exploration of the world 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, attention to one woman's journey through the modern day world.”
-Curatorial Assistance 201

The exhibition will also feature a catalogue with essays by Bohn-Spector and by writer/poet Tosh Berman. It will also debut a film by Kate Lain.

Long Beach Museum Hours: Thursday 11AM to 8PM
2300 E. Ocean Blvd. Friday -- Sunday 11AM to 5PM
Long Beach, CA 90803



11. Marina Abramovic, Alison Knowles, Clifford Owens, FF Alumns, now online at artnews.com




12. BikeBANQUET at Nomad Cycle, Long Island City, Nov. 7

Please join us for a BikeBANQUET November 7 with Randy Cohen, to benefit Recycle-A-Bicycle

The BikeBANQUET is going to be a great evening with special guest Randy Cohen, humorist, author and radio host of Person, Place, Thing. There will be great food, conversation, live music, a silent auction and a raffle-- but it won't be a party without you!

We’ll start at 5 pm with drinks and brainstorming to envision how cities can be more bike friendly. Anyone who wants to can have their bike portrait taken and digitally composited into the Bicycle Utopia of their own design.

At 9 pm, there will be a raffle with a Vanmoof bike and bikes accessories of all sorts.

You can find out more and purchase tickets here: http://bicycleutopianyc.com/?p=5468

Recycle-A-Bicycle utilizes the bicycle as a resource to foster youth development, environmental education, community engagement, and healthy living.

Bicycle Utopia's public programming brings people together across geographic, cultural, virtual and physical boundaries to encourage creativity and social interactions around everyday biking.

About Randy Cohen
Writer and humorist Randy Cohen is known as the author of The Ethicist column in The New York Times Magazine between 1999 and 2011. The column was syndicated throughout the U.S. and Canada. Cohen is also known as the author of several books, a playwright, and the host of the public radio show Person Place Thing.

About Nomad Cycle
Founder Damon Strub has been restoring, repairing and racing motorcycles and bicycles for over forty years. Nomad Cycle in Long Island City strives to be more than a traditional bike shop, offering high quality service, custom bikes, a fine selection of bicycles, do-it-yourself repair workstations, bicycle repair training, and cycling-related events and gatherings.

Bicycle Utopia
T. 917.779.9408
237 Flatbush Ave Nº 554
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Art, culture + bikes = great quality of life in New York City.
Bicycle Utopia provides resources and creates events that combine art and biking in the city. We publish maps, a zine and a blog. In partnership with arts and community organizations, Bicycle Utopia public programming brings people together across geographic, cultural, virtual and physical boundaries to encourage creativity and social interactions around everyday biking.



13. Hidemi Takagi, Zachary Fabri, FF Alumns, at Repair the World NYC, Brooklyn, Nov. 7

Hello everyone,

I'm going to have a showcase in my neighborhood (Crown heights, BK) from this coming Saturday: Nov 7th and an opening will be on same evening 6-9. If you are around, please pass by. ABSOLUTELY NO PRESSURE, but that would be great to see you all.

I'm showing 60P of photo collage from my brand new project called "The Barbershops" for this time. I've been hanging out at barbershops in my neighborhood and shooting photographs of them. Some images and statement here. (Sorry not everything but you may get an idea from those)
And we have other new projects from other GREAT artists as well. (seriously... check them out!!)

Here's some info, PR, etc.

Thanks and Have a great Monday!


Brooklyn artists on Brooklyn gentrification

Saturday, November 7 – Sunday, December 20, 2015*
Open Thursday–Saturday 12–6pm
Opening reception: Saturday, November 7 from 6–9pm
Free admission

OF GENTLE BIRTH is closed November 26–29

Repair the World NYC
808 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Featuring Work BY:

Daniel Bejar
Zachary Fabri
Heather Hart
Carl E. Hazlewood
Naomi Safran-Hon
Steffani Jemison
Baseera Khan
Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Gabriel Specter
Hidemi Takagi
Claudia Weber

Curated by:
Jonathan Allen


A Group Visual Art Exhibition and Live Event Series
At Repair The World NYC in Crown Heights
Curated by Jonathan Allen

In response to the ongoing gentrification of Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, and Lefferts Gardens, painter / collage / performing artist Jonathan Allen has brought together 11 artists to present work at Repair the World NYC (808 Nostrand Ave.) from November 7 – December 20, 2015. The photography, paintings, and live events engage directly with the themes of place, displacement, change, and community. A list of participants, who are all based in Brooklyn, and a schedule of events is below.

Highlights include a slideshow of photographs by Carl E. Hazlewood that documents an eight-story condo rising swiftly behind his apartment near Eastern Parkway, a series of portraits of barbers and their clients by Hidemi Takagi, and a site-specific wall painting by Gabriel Specter. A series of live events include a reading and artist talk with novelists Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely on their new book, All American Boys, an evening of stories from long time Crown Heights residents, and Heather Hart’s Barter Town, which may at first look like a street fair or block party, but is run on the barter system only.

“As talk of gentrification and change continues and as the plot of land was cleared, I noticed trucks carting away huge smooth boulders, and smaller rocks from the site. Then I remembered that this area we live in, Eastern Parkway and vicinity, was at the leading edge of the Cleveland Glacier, which covered practically the entire land area of the US. Those rocks are part of what remains of the 'moraine' — glacial debris—gravel, sand and rocks ground down and pushed along by the advancing or retreating glacier. It was bracing to think of our time and place in relation to that scale. Those thousand or million-year-old rocks being removed to make way for a new condo in the evolving neighborhood, put the idea of what real 'change' is into perspective.” – Carl E. Hazelwood on the construction site behind his apartment on Eastern Parkway.

From the curator: I've lived in Crown Heights for 12 years, seen changes to the local business owners and patrons in that time and gotten to know my neighbors who lived here in the 1960s and 1970s. Recently I find myself asking what do the artists and young white people signal to the local community, who've seen and known this neighborhood through extraordinarily challenging times? Artists are regularly confronted by economic marginalization and restricted means and agency - issues that resonate strongly with the current conversations surrounding gentrification, but pale in comparison to the structural racism the Crown Heights community has endured for decades. This group of artists has prepared poetic and passionate responses to these issues and I’m interested to hear them question privilege, creativity, and community, and see their work provoke others to join in the asking and sharing. – Jonathan Allen

Allen, the participating artists, and Repair the World NYC are coming together in hopes to further dialogue, and celebrate the personal experiences of those who live in these neighborhoods.

Brooklyn artists on Brooklyn gentrification

Saturday, November 7 – Sunday, December 20, 2015*
Open Thursday–Saturday 12–6pm
Opening reception: Saturday, November 7 from 6–9pm
Free admission

*Calendar of special events below
OF GENTLE BIRTH is closed November 26–29


Repair the World NYC
808 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Featuring work by:
Daniel Bejar http://www.danielbejar.com/
Zachary Fabri http://www.zacharyfabri.com/
Heather Hart http://heather-hart.com/
Carl E. Hazlewood http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/231706-carl-e-hazlewood
Naomi Safran-Hon http://naomisafranhon.com/home.html
Steffani Jemison http://steffanijemison.com/
Baseera Khan http://www.baseerakhan.com/
Kameelah Janan Rasheed http://www.kameelahr.com/
Gabriel Specter http://www.specterart.com/
Hidemi Takagi http://hidemitakagi.com
Claudia Weber http://www.claudiaweber.net/

Curated by:
Jonathan Allen http://www.jonathanallen.org/

Schedule of Events
November 7 6–9pm
Artists and exhibit organizers kick off this six-week exhibition and series of live events.

November 10 5–7pm
Novelists Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely read from their unforgettable new novel in which two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

November 18 Time 7:30–9pm
Longtime residents of Crown Heights share personal stories.

December 12 3–5pm
As part of her ongoing Trading Post series, Heather Hart presents what may look like a carnival or block party but is run on bartering only. Participants are invited to bring ideas, services, songs, stories, unwanted goods, canned goods, handmade art, appliances, anything they think hold value, and haggle for something that they want.

About Jonathan Allen
Jonathan Allen works in painting, collage, video, and performance. He holds a B.A. in Visual Arts / Art History from Columbia University, and in New York has exhibited at Lu Magnus, PS122, Exit Art, Socrates Scultpure Park, Artists Space, Bravin Lee, Caren Folden, Oliver Kamm, and BRIC Gallery. He has participated in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)’s Workspace, Process Space, and Swing Space residency programs, the Bronx Museum of Art’s Artist in the Marketplace program, and has been awarded residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, Cill Rialaig in Ireland, Blue Mountain Center, and Micro Art Space. A recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner, Chenven, Puffin, George Sugarman foundations and Brooklyn Arts Council, Allen is the on-site assistant in LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island. He frequently collaborates with poets and performers, recently appearing in Joanna Kotze’s FIND YOURSELF HERE at Baryshnikov Arts Center, and is currently working on ABOUT A MINUTE, a series of short videos with New York poets, and FOUNDERS, a series of pop-up performances at NYC contemporary art museums.

About Repair the World NYC
Repair the World NYC launched in the fall of 2015 to tackle pressing local needs by mobilizing communities to volunteer. We enable people to transform their neighborhoods, city and lives through meaningful service experiences, rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage. Our team of eight full time fellows partners with sixteen organizations in Crown Heights and Bed Stuy to recruit and train the volunteers needed to address education and food justice needs in Central Brooklyn. Repair the World's collaborative community storefront space at 808 Nostrand Ave is a hub for service and social justice initiatives.

Of Gentle Birth is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Press Inquiries: Laura Nicoll, lknicoll@gmail.com / 412-215-1349



14. Dave Morice, FF Alumn, in Krakow, Poland

Hi, Everybody,

Iowa City is one of the 9 Cities of Literature. The 2015 celebration occurred recently. Iowa City and Krakow Poland are "partner cities" and work together on different projects. This year a poem of mine was chosen to be projected on a building in downtown Krakow, in both English and Polish. Here is a copy of the poem below.

I hope you enjoy the vidw!



I bought a book with all my wages.

Between its covers were no pages.

All the words were clear as air

About a truth that wasn't there.



15. Paul McMahon, FF Alumn, now online at artnews.com

very cool article in artnews just came out!




16. Ray Johnson, FF Alumn, at Printed Matter, Manhattan, thru Nov. 28

Please Add to and Return to:
Mail Art Homage to Ray Johnson

Now on view
October 27-November 28

Printed Matter is pleased to present “Please Add To and Return To: Mail Art Homage to Ray Johnson”, the culminating exhibition realized as part of Performa 2015, in collaboration with The Ray Johnson Estate. Spanning the back wall of Printed Matter’s new location at 231 11th Avenue, the exhibition puts on view hundreds of submitted works that were received in response to a mail art activation celebrating the life and work of artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995).
The exhibition will be on view at Printed Matter October 27-November 28 in two phases, with the installation turning over halfway through. Please join us for an opening reception, co-hosted with Performa and The Ray Johnson Estate on Friday, October 30th, 6-8PM. A panel discussion and set of performances from Brian Fuata will be held at Printed Matter during the course of the exhibition, details forthcoming.
The exhibition on view extends a component of Johnson’s mail art practice in which he distributed “templates” with the instructions “Please Add To.” The artist would send these photocopies of his original drawings en masse via USPS, instructing recipients to “Return To Ray Johnson” or forward to someone else entirely. Upon return of work, Johnson would typically photocopy and recirculate the altered versions or add them to his archive.
As a special homage to Johnson in the year of the 20th anniversary of his passing, several of the artist’s mail art “templates” were placed back into circulation as a call to action for the next generation of Johnson enthusiasts. Performa asked all participants to simply “Please Add To and Return To.”
Submissions for the project were received from eighty-five cities in nineteen countries, demonstrating that Johnson’s legendary mail art practice continues to resonate.
Johnson’s body of work spans many media, and he is well known for his intricate and complex collages. His mail art project, The New York Correspondance [sic] School, utilized the postal system as a means of dissemination, circumventing the commercial art world and inviting others to collaborate. This egalitarian system of art creation and distribution, incorporating social interaction, inspired a vast international network of artistic exchange and collaboration that exists to this day.
In addition to re-circulated templates, the exhibition also puts on view Johnson’s original templates from 1976, which were distributed through 1990. Other “please add to and return to” mailings such as “The Starn Twins,” “Please Add Hair to Cher,” and “Ray Johnson Silhouette,” will be displayed.
Additionally, Printed Matter will have a station on-site for visitors to create new works on blank templates, which will be collected into the exhibition and placed on view in accompanying binders. Once received, all submissions are posted to a page on the Ray Johnson Estate website and become part of the Ray Johnson Estate archive. Read More



17. Susan Newmark, FF Alumn, at Carter Burden Gallery, Manhattan, opening Nov. 12

Carter Burden Gallery

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 12th, 6 to 8 PM

Carter Burden Gallery presents two new exhibitions: Recent Paintings in the east gallery featuring Hilda O’Connell and John Beardman, and 2 X 6 X 17 Drawing Show in both the west gallery and the On the Wall space featuring 17 artists.

Recent Paintings, Hilda O’Connell and John Beardman

In Recent Paintings, New York City-based artists Hilda O’Connell and John Beardman present powerful abstract paintings reflecting a commitment to paint, color, and form. This is Hilda O’Connell’s second exhibition and John Beardman’s first exhibition at the Carter Burden Gallery. The two-person exhibition explores the dialogue between free expression and masterful technique.

Language begins as the primary subject of O’Connell’s paintings. A range of influences inspires the artist; from James Joyce’s Ulysses to the aesthetics of medieval illuminated manuscripts. O'Connell also explores the unintelligible speech of glossolalia or speaking in tongues. For the artist, this is understood as "beyond reason." O’Connell often initiates her painting process with a large stencil letter. She then works instinctively adding random marks and clusters of fragmented letters, and using disruptive techniques such as collage. The artist states that the resulting paintings “represent freedom of choice in an indeterminate world, and opens possibilities otherwise smothered by calculation.”

Beardman's work is a personal expression of remembered visual phenomena. His forms are loosely referential to everyday objects such as flowers and trees. The artist is guided by his impulses to understand the world in front of him by using his canvas and paint. These urges become physical actions of adding, pouring, and scraping away. For the artist, painting is a way to catch or sieve time. Beardman states, "Painting is for me a means of experiencing myself and giving form to that experience. Time and thought stop for me. My job is to make them stop for you."

2 X 6 X 17 Drawing Show

This exhibition features many of the artists that have previously shown at the Carter Burden Gallery: Myrna Burks, David Cerulli, Liz Curtin, Lynn Gall, Lindsay, Robert Ludwig, Carol Massa, Tom McAnulty, Susan Newmark, Charles Ramsburg, Vera Sapozhnikova, Angela Valeria, Jerry Vezzuso, Ellen Wallenstein, and Arnold Wechsler.

The artists in this show were asked to create a drawing that would be exactly 6 feet high by 2 feet wide. Each artist responded to the medium and size parameters in their own unique way. Some artists began with the specific size requirement, some began with a larger size that they cut down, and others began smaller. The resulting life-sized works collectively test what is typically conceived of as drawing.

November 12th to December 3rd, 2015

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

Copyright © Carter Burden Gallery , All rights reserved.
a program of the Carter Burden Center carterburdencenter.org



18. Chun Hua Catherine Dong, FF Alumn, at PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, Canada, opening Nov. 6

Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Solo Exhibition, at PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, Canada, Nov 6 – Dec 12

The Surface - Chun Hua Catherine Dong
Opening Reception: Nov 6 - 8:00PM ( Friday)
Artist Talk: Nov 6 - 7:00PM
Exhibition: November 6 - December 12, 2015
The Surface brings together several video and photographic installation works by Chun Hua Catherine Dong. Shared among these works, for Dong, is the underlying premise that the body is political. She is interested in blurring boundaries between personal and political, between private and public, between performance and everyday practice. She has established her body as a visual territory, and a primary material in her artwork to activate social commentary on immigration, race and gender. Through encapsulating these global issues in microcosm or magnifying personal predicaments until they become universally visible, she presents the body as a defined and experienced reality, and locates herself at the nexus of author, artwork and audience.
Multimedia artist Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a visual artist working with performance art, photography, and video. She received a M.F.A. from Concordia University and a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design in Canada. She has exhibited her works in New York, Boston, London, Delhi, Dublin, Helsinki, Moscow, Turin, Tornio, Toronto, Venice, Montreal and Vancouver. Her video work has been screened in Mexico, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Colombia, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Greece, Romania, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, USA, and Canada. Among many other awards, she is the recipient of Franklin Furnace Award for avant-garde art in New York in 2014.
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19. Brendan Fernandes, FF Alumn, November events

Dear Friends,

November is here and with it comes an exciting schedule of performances. They include a new work at Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC on November 3rd, a new commission by SculptureCenter, NYC for their 2015 gala at the Rainbow Room with dancers from American Ballet Theatre on November 4th, a dance workshop and performance at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, BC and a remounting of "Encomium" at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University, Montreal. Details to these works are attached below. A special thanks to my dancers for their continued dedication in these collaborations.
Lastly I am very excited and proud to launch a new website for my work, same address, please check it out - www.brendanfernandes.ca.
As always my gratitude and thanks to you all for your continued support!
Sending my best,


We As One - Mixed Greens - November 3rd - 6:30 - 8pm
Révérence - SculptureCenter at the Rainbow Room - November 4th
Still Move and Dance Work Shop - The Reach - November 13th - 7 - 9pm
Encomium - Exercices de Lecture - Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery - November 18th - 5:30 - 7:30pm



20. Lenora Champagne, Fiona Templeton, FF Alumns, at Nuyorican Poets Café, Manhattan, Nov. 2


On Monday, November 2 a short play of mine will be performed as part of a Kick Off event for two months of play readings and performances on six continents.

December 10th to 20th, I will be performing in Khadijah Queen's play, Non Sequitur.

Details below.

Climate Change Theatre Action Kick-off Event
Monday, November 2, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 East 3rd Street, New York City
Tickets: http://www.nuyorican.org/event/966689

A collection of 1-5 minute plays, songs and poems by writers from all six livable continents, curated by Caridad Svich, Chantal Bilodeau and Elaine Avila, has been made available to collaborators worldwide. One hundred events ranging from informal readings in classrooms to day-long festivals, from radio programs and film adaptations to site-specific performances at the foot of glaciers, will be held throughout the months of November and December 2015 in over 20 countries.

To kick-off the project, we invite you to join us for a presentation by NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt followed by a reading of pieces by Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda), Elaine Avila (Canada), Chantal Bilodeau (US/Canada), Lenora Champagne (US), Jody Christopherson and Ryan McCurdy (US), Mindi Dickstein (US), Daniel Gallant (US), Dipika Guha (US/India), Amina Henry (US/Jamaica), Neil Labute (US), Oliver Mayer (US), Winter Miller (US), Chiori Miyagawa (US), Giovanni Ortega (US/Philippines/Spain), Jeremy Pickard (US), August Schulenburg (US), Stephen Sewell (Australia), Saviana Stanescu (US/Romania), Caridad Svich (US), and Heather Woodbury (US).

Directed by Emily Mendelsohn


Performer in Khadijah Queen’s Non Sequitur
(winner of the Leslie Scalapino Award)
Directed by Fiona Templeton
Produced by The Relationship
at Theaterlab, 357 West 36th Street, 3rd floor
Thursday – Saturday, 8 p.m. Sundays, 3 p.m.
Tickets $15

Lenora Champagne

New World Plays, No Passport Press, 2015



21. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, FF Alumn, at Metropolitan Art Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Andrea Rosen Gallery is excited to announce the opening of

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

This Place

Metropolitan Art Centre
Belfast, Northern Ireland

October 30, 2015 - January 24, 2016



22. Linda Mac, Michael LaBash, Frank Moore, FF Alumns, on KPFA radio, Berkeley, Nov. 3

Linda Mac & Michael LaBash feature shaman performance artist Frank Moore’s work
Barb Golden's Crack O Dawn radio show, KPFA 94.1 Berkeley
Thursday, November 5th, midnight to 3am

Linda Mac & Michael LaBash will continue a yearly tradition as guests on Barb Golden’s experimental music/interview radio show, Crack O Dawn. They will be talking about the late shaman performance artist Frank Moore, and new publications of his work. Music by Frank Moore from his jams & his band will also be featured. From the 1980s until his death in 2013, Frank Moore was an almost annual guest on Crack O Dawn, usually for the full three hours of the show. Frank would often read from his poetry and other writings, talk deeply with Barb, sing or have music jams, and field lively phone calls from listeners. Linda and Michael will continue this tradition!

Call in if you are awake!! It is an FM station in the Bay Area but you can listen to it online.

you can listen on their site from this link:
or here:

The call-in number is 510-848-6767



23. Iris Rose, FF Alumn, at LIU Brooklyn, Nov. 17-21

Messages for Gary
a drama in voicemail

Written by Patrick E. Horrigan
Directed by Iris Rose
With Chris Burgess, Morgan Hotchkiss, Winchelle Jean-Pierre, Kyle Petrshin, Samantha Samant, Alexander Simon, Aidan Wallace, and Andrew Williams

November 17 to 21, 7:00pm

The Barbara and Melvin Pasternack Little Theatre
Humanities Building, Room H608
LIU Brooklyn

$5 (pay at the door)
Please reserve seats at vscardinal@gmail.com
Seating is very limited

Messages for Gary documents the true story of a young political activist and writer named Gary Lucek. For unknown reasons, Gary saved his answering machine messages for five years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. After Gary’s death, his friend Patrick E. Horrigan had over 18 hours of the messages transcribed, and he later used them to create Messages for Gary. The original production, directed by Iris Rose, appeared in 1999 as part of the New York Fringe Festival.

Through the ordinary voices of everyday people, the play chronicles the dawning of AIDS activism, the changing tides of local and national politics, and the intersecting lives of Gary’s friends, family, lovers, and acquaintances. Messages for Gary is both an intimate portrait of a unique individual and a devastating commentary on the struggle to find connection in an increasingly alienated world.



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