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Contents for November 16, 2015

1. DAZE, FF Alumn, at Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan, opening Nov. 18

Chris "Daze" Ellis: The City is My Muse at the Museum of the City of New York

Chris "Daze" Ellis Legendary Graffiti Writer Turned Studio Artist Paints Vivid Portrait of New York City, His Lifelong Home and Muse

Media Preview: Tuesday, November 17, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Public Opening: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 New York, NY (November 5, 2015):

The Museum of the City of New York presents Chris "Daze" Ellis: The City is My Muse, a visual journey through the five boroughs as seen in the paintings of Christopher Ellis, best known by his street name, Daze, who gained notoriety and fame as a teenager painting trains in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The trail Chris Ellis blazed from subways to canvasses gives him a unique ability to bring the city, his lifelong home, to life. Ellis, as Daze, was a highlight of the City Museum's 2014 exhibition, City As Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection. A work that he created on the Museum's front terrace in 2013 was included in City as Canvas and appears again in this exhibition. The City is My Muse opens to the public on Wednesday, November 18. Members of the press are invited to preview the exhibition on Tuesday, November 17, from 10 a.m. - 12 noon.

"Chris Ellis' career exemplifies the story of our city incubating and inspiring creativity, and with this exhibition he has chosen to share his muse with the world," said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the City Museum. "Chris' distinctive studio paintings will bring the diversity and energy of the five boroughs to life on the walls of the City Museum, and we are delighted to present his work once more." Ellis, who attended High School of Art & Design in Manhattan, began his transition to studio art in 1980 at Sam Esses Studio as part of a two-month project to introduce the best graffiti writers to the studio setting. Throughout the 1980s, Ellis diligently developed a studio practice that drew upon the original energy and attitude of the graffiti movement and combined it with more traditional modes of figurative representation and narrative, using spray paint as well as oil and acrylic. Curated by Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the City Museum, The City is My Muse includes older work on canvas as well as his more recent paintings of iconic NYC scenes and settings like Times Square, Coney Island, the Staten Island Ferry and the intricacies of the subway system. The show will feature dozens of paintings, photographs, etchings, and ephemera. "Daze's paintings are unique in their fusion of street style and easel painting," explained Corcoran. "His paintings are imbued with memory of the New York of his youth, but remain unbound by nostalgia. Ellis celebrates the city in its present form, from the colorful lights of Times Square to the calm of the Staten Island Ferry."

Credentialed members of the media are invited to preview The City is My Muse on Tuesday, November 17, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Please RSVP to the contacts below.

About the Museum of the City of New York Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Visit www.mcny.org to learn more.

Media Contacts Jacob Tugendrajch (917) 492-3480 | pressoffice@mcny.org Brittnie Bordonaro (646) 490-6446 | brittnie@philandcompany.com



2. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, at Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, Long Island, thru Dec. 14

Stephanie Brody-Lederman at Sara Nightingale allery
I will be having a solo show at Sara Nightingale gallery on Montauk Highway in WaterMill, Long Island. The show is called "Out Gallivanting "



3. Gilbert & George, FF Alumns, at Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia, opening Nov. 28

Gilbert & George
The Art Exhibition
November 28, 2015-March 28, 2016

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
655 Main Road
Berriedale, Hobart Tasmania


Gilbert & George's first major exhibition in Australasia to open at Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art

Two people, but one artist: the legendary Gilbert & George have announced their first ever exhibition in Australasia: Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition, which opens at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia on November 28, 2015.

Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition is a major retrospective, including pictures spanning five decades, dating from 1970 to the most recent, dating from 2014. Curated by Nicole Durling, MONA's Co-Directors of Exhibitions, and Olivier Varenne, together with Gilbert & George, the pictures will be exhibited across the entirety of MONA's touring galleries.

"We are coming all the way from London to celebrate the first exhibition of our pictures in Australasia, at the wonderful Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania," Gilbert & George announced via video from their home studio in London.

"Our pictures deal with the great universals: death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion. Seeing is believing. See for yourself: Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition. This is your very first-and last-chance to see 100 of our pictures."

Since first meeting at St Martin's school of Art, London in 1967, Gilbert & George have lived and worked together as one single and fiercely independent artist, dedicated solely to the creation of their art. They have no allegiance to any other trend, school, movement, doctrine, theory or style of art.

From the outset, Gilbert & George have pursued a form of art that was, to them, entirely rooted in the real world-in the streets and clamour and traffic and buildings and hearts of strangers: an "Art For All." Today, their art continues to be multi-allusive, contemporary and contentious, as their subject is literally at their feet-along countless streets, the thoroughfares of the passage of millions of lives, and dense with the sedimentary tracings of social existence.



4. Liz Magic Laser, FF Alumn, at Mercer Union, Manhattan, Nov. 20

Liz Magic Laser Kiss and Cry
20 November 2015 - 23 January 2016
Artist talk Friday 20 November, 7PM with reception to follow

Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by New York based artist Liz Magic Laser. The exhibition presents a new video work entitled Kiss and Cry commissioned by Mercer Union and supported by Partners in Art.
Liz Magic Laser works across performance, video and installation. Emerging from an interest in movement and the body, her work explores the processes instrumental in forming opinion, engaging with the mechanisms of how we perform and how we are performed to through multiple modalities. She stages situations, dialogues, monologues or plays and uses the urban environment and its population as the context for her work. This is her first solo exhibition in Canada.

Liz Magic Laser (b. 1981, New York) earned a BA from Wesleyan University (2003) and an MFA from Columbia University (2008). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2008) and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). Most recently, her work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Wilifried Lentz, Rotterdam (2015); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015); Yale Union, Portland (2013); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) and the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2013). Her work has also been shown at The Whitney Museum, New York (2015); Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna (2015); Art Space, Sydney (2015); Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea (2014); Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill (2014); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014); The Kitchen, New York (2014); Lisson Gallery, London (2013); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); The Pace Gallery, New York (2011) and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant (2013), the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance (2010) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). She lives and works in Brooklyn.

This exhibition is presented with leading support from Partners In Art.



5. Cathy Weis, FF Alumn, at WeisAcres, Manhattan, Nov. 22

537 Broadway #3
New York, NY 10012
Free admission
Sunday, November 22 at 6pm

Sundays on Broadway presents work by Cathy Weis and and Juliette Mapp

Cathy Weis will present Jury Duty, a solo from her evening-length work Electric Haiku: Calm as Custard. In this work from 2005, Weis dances and tells personal stories. Her image is recorded by two cameras and projected live, creating a layered narrative of moving and merging images.

Juliette Mapp will show excerpts from a new evening-length work titled Luxury Rentals. The work deals with the emotional and economic repercussions that many artists are contending with as their neighborhoods rapidly undergo gentrification. The work will feature Levi Gonzalez, Molly Lieber, Mapp, Kayvon Pourazar, Cathy Weis and Dana Florin-Weiss. For more information about this event please visit www.cathyweis.org.



6. Simone Forti, FF Alumn, at The Box, Los Angeles, CA, thru Jan. 9, 2016

The Box, LA

Simone Forti
November 14, 2015 - January 9, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 14, 6-9PM
Performance: Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8PM

If you have any questions please contact info@theboxla.com or call 213-625-1747.

The Box
805 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013



7. Alison Knowles, FF Alumn, at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Manhattan, Nov. 19

Kirby Gookin & Robin Kahn, guest curators of The Value of Food
Present a Special Evening Performance

Red Beans All Day

The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave (@112th St) NYC 10025

Thursday 19, November 2015
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Red Beans All Day invites each visitor to have a delicious bowl of red beans prepared by Alison Knowles and to bring one red object to share with her. The artist asks guests to place each red object within a prepared grid on the Cathedral's floor. Some of the objects will be used in her upcoming series of prints.

Red Beans All Day is part of Alison Knowles' ongoing series Celebration Red. Last month, Knowles participated in the Parisian exhibition "Take Me (I'm Yours)" curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chiara Parisi at Monnaie de Paris, where she presented Homage To Each Red Thing, an installation of red objects brought by people from all over the City.

A founding member of Fluxus, Alison Knowles creates art across a variety of media including print and papermaking, performance and sound. She has made and shared food as art since the early 1960's when she debuted "Make a Salad" at ICA, London. "The Identical Lunch" print portraits of the people with whom she has shared a tuna fish sandwich, and the meal itself, are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY. The artist is represented by James Fuentes at 55 Delancey Street, NY.

For more information: www.valueoffood.org



8. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan, Dec. 16

Elise Kermani's POE [...and the museum of lost arts]

POE/MOLA is a performance film based on an imagined meeting between two 19th century authors: Charles Baudelaire (play by Rinde Eckert) from France, and Edgar Allan Poe (played by Theo Bleckmann) from the United States. In reality, Baudelaire never met Poe, but was obsessed with his writings and spent much of his life translating the works of Poe into French, making Poe famous in Europe. Our fictional story is that Baudelaire time travels to modern-day New York to give a lecture on Poe, and assisted by technology, is able to depict scenes from Poe's colorful life and stories.

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 6pm

Location: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave (@ 2nd Street, New York City, NY, USA)

Tickets are $6 and available at the door
More information: http://www.newfilmmakers.com/
or email: info-at-mishinnah.org

POE/MOLA is a large scale collaboration between visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians and puppeteers and was filmed during a 2 month residency of rehearsals and performances at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in August 2010.

This project explores the tension between human desire and reality. Throughout history humans have aspired to overcome their physical limitations with the use of technology, whether it is called a cave painting, the Oracle at Delphi, magic, virtual reality or stem-cell research - the drive to exceed our limited bodies remains a deep and permanent desire. This desire to transcend our bodies through technology has brought with it a loss a physicality - of 'touching' another human. There is a sadness in this loss, even though the 'virtual,' whether it be a photograph or film, promises a form of immortality.

The film includes the participation of these (and many more) artists:
Performers: Theo Bleckmann (Poe), Rinde Eckert (Baudelaire), Pamela Z (Techne), Laurel Tentindo (Virginia) and Luis Tentindo (Roderick).

Directed and written by Elise Kermani with texts by Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe.

BIO: Elise Kermani, Writer/Producer/Director

Elise Kermani is a sound media artist based out of New York City and Delmar, New York. She is the creator and artistic director of MiShinnah Productions, a company dedicated to promoting collaborative cross-genre artwork. Most recently, MiShinnah has produced three projects: JOCASTA, POE, and Iphigenia: Book of Change (the last of which is still in-progress). Inspired by magical realism, these pieces mix ancient stories with modern sensibilities. There is little interest in precise historical accuracy; the inspiration merely comes from old stories with universal themes. History, however, is essential: as the foundation for the times we now live in. Fascinated by origins, Kermani wishes to explore where things come from and how differing time periods might relate to one another.

Kermani received a PhD in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School, and currently teaches Media Arts at SUNY/Empire State College. Her book "SonicSoma: Sound Body and the Origins" of the Alphabet is available at Amazon.com

More at www.mishinnah.org or https://www.facebook.com/POEMOLA/



9. Ann-Marie LeQuesne, FF Alumn, at Tintype Gallery, London, UK, Nov. 29

On reflection

Ann-Marie LeQuesne invites you to join

107 Essex Rd, London N1 2SL

Sunday, Nov 29 - 2 pm
Photographing will begin at 2:15

On Reflection will place our "real" group against our reflected selves. In TEN at Tate Modern in 2007, we stood in front of a live video projection of the group and were photographed as two realities, merged. TINTYPE, with its vast glass frontage, habitually experiences another type of doubling, sharing the internal view with external reflections. We will use this paradox to build a surreal narrative starring the weather, the traffic, the pedestrians and us.

Hope to see you there!
Best wishes




10. Suzanne Lacy, FF Alumn, at Plaza Belmonte, Quito, Ecuador, Nov. 25

Suzanne Lacy
de tu puño y letra, diálogos en el ruedo
Presented by Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito
November 25, 2015

Plaza Belmonte


On Wednesday, November 25, 2015, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Plaza Belmonte is the site of a new performance under the artistic direction of Suzanne Lacy, in collaboration with a number of institutions, organizations, social groups and universities in Quito, Ecuador. De tu puño y letra, diálogos en el ruedo is presented by the Fundación Museos de la Ciudad and the Secretaria de Cultura through the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito.

Over a year in the making, the project builds on the earlier South American campaign, Carta de Mujeres (Women's Letters), in which 10,000 Ecuadorian women wrote testimonials on their experiences of violence. Lacy has worked with international artists, educators, feminist groups and the LGBTI community in Quito to discuss constructions of masculinity and eradicating gender violence. A men-only, public educational program has been developed as part of the project and is being adopted as curriculum by partners like the medical school from the Universidad de las Américas.

On November 25, De tu puño y letra, diálogos en el ruedo (In My Own Hand), produced by Oderay Game, features hundreds of diverse men in a still-functioning bullring, who will read from 600 original letters. The script, written by Gabriela Ponce, takes us through the different stages of the violence cycle in the authentic words of Ecuadorian women. The soundtrack, composed by Bruno Louchouarn, will feature pre-recorded and live musicians scattered throughout the arena. The audience will have an active role in the conversation up to and after the performance, creating an engagement of hundreds of people in this one-time live event. Like many of Lacy's works, this production includes large-scale community organizing, extensive aesthetic collaborations, and support for the ongoing work of local collectives and civic institutions.

Suzanne Lacy
A Los Angeles-based artist, Lacy is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of socially engaged and public art. Her installations, videos, and performances have dealt with issues such as sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, labor, and aging. Working collaboratively and in the model of a community organizer, Lacy has realized large-scale projects in London, Brooklyn, Medellin, Los Angeles and Madrid. Lacy is founder and chair of the MFA Public Practice Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

About the Center for Contemporary Art in Quito
The Centre for Contemporary Art in Quito (CAC) was established in 2010 as a space for generating knowledge through contemporary artistic practices. It fosters new ways to exercise political and citizen participation, and validates the aesthetic and emotional dimension in the construction of new imagery and new citizen subjectivities.

Project support is provided by Municipality of Quito and The Secretary of Culture. Other partners include the US Embassy in Ecuador, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), The Diners Club, The Creative Artists Residency at Bellagio, A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, Creative Time's Global Residency Program funded by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Universidad de las Américas, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and ForYourArt.



11. Julia Scher, FF Alumn, at Drei, Cologne, Germany, thru Jan. 9, 2016

'copy g_ods'
Julia Scher
Melike Kara
Yves Scherer
Nov 13, 2015 - Jan 9, 2016
Opening Nov 12, 6 - 9pm

Arndtstrasse 4
D-50676 Cologne
+49 221 46753979



12. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at The Foundry of Art Design + Culture, Cohoes, NY, thru Dec. 4

"Soldadera" comes to the Capital Region!

I'm very happy that I've been able to bring my solo exhibition, "Soldadera," to upstate New York. If you can't make the opening, perhaps you can make the closing talk or any weekend while the show is up.

Also please see a series of articles on KCET Artbound:

Aw, what the heck! Check out my profile in the Los Angeles Times while you're at it!

All my best,
Atelier Bustamante

Nao Bustamante: Soldadera November 13 - December 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Friday, December 4, 6 p.m.

The Foundry of Art Design + Culture
119 Remsen St, Cohoes, New York 12047

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture presents Soldadera, a multi-media exhibition that marks artist Nao Bustamante's solo Upstate New York debut. Soldadera presents a variety of projects inspired by the women who fought during the Mexican Revolution (1910-20). The exhibition Soldadera opens on November 13 and continues through December 4, 2015. The opening reception will take place on Friday, November 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m., and is free to all.

This exhibition is a creative engagement with soldaderas (Spanish for "female soldiers") as imagined figures, and as actual women with their own histories. Today, we know the soldadera through a romantic tradition that idealizes her: in song and on the silver screen she is celebrated for traditionally feminine values (for her beauty, for example, or for supportive labor such as cooking and maintaining the camp). In this exhibition, Bustamante deploys a methodology she calls "speculative re-enactment." She asks: How can we reach across time to know the soldadera's experience of the past? How do we bring her into the here and now, to experience her future?

The artist's search for the soldadera's wisdom culminated in a unique pilgrimage: Bustamante traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, to meet 127-year-old Soldadera Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, the last survivor of the Mexican Revolution, and notably the oldest person in the world. Their transformative meeting inspired work that will be featured in this exhibition, as well as an ongoing documentary project. Leandra, at times referred to as La Abuela del Mundo, passed over to the next life on March 19, 2015. We mourn her loss and are grateful for her contributions to the Soldadera project.

Bustamante creates hybrid works that hover over the line between fact and fiction, between the past and the future, and engage the soldadera's capacity, as a figure, to signify vulnerability and violence. The artist places women inside historical scenes from which they are normally elided, and also imagines the soldadera protected by contemporary combat materials. Bustamante's historically appropriate, period-specific dresses made from Kevlar(r) add a sculptural element to this exhibition. Kevlar is a modern material used in personal protection products such as combat helmets and ballistic vests. The artist fired shots at one of her frocks using weapons and ammunition appropriate to the period of the Mexican Revolution. This "fighting costume" will be on view, displayed as an artifact of a fantastical battle. Soldadera will also include the debut of a cinematic installation inspired by Sergei Eisenstein's unfinished film, ¡Que Viva México! (1930-32). The only chapter of that work that Eisenstein never finished shooting is a lightly scripted segment called "Soldadera." This installation, in essence, "finishes" Eisenstein's project.

About the artist:
Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, originally from California; she now resides in upstate New York. Bustamante's precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. The New York Times says, "She has a knack for using her body." Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival, Outfest International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio Museum of Contemporary Art, First International Performance Biennial, Deformes in Santiago, Chile and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. In 2008 She received the Chase Legacy award in Film (In conjunction with Kodak and HBO). And was the Artist in Residence of the American Studies Association in 2012. In 2013, Bustamante was awarded the (Short-term) CMAS-Benson Latin American Collection Research Fellowship and also a Makers Muse Award from the Kindle Foundation. In 2014/15 Bustamante was the Queer Artist in Residence at UC Riverside and in 2015 she was a UC MEXUS Scholar in Residence in preparation for Soldadera at Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles. Bustamante's video work is in the Kadist Collection.

2010 she was an unlikely contestant on TV network, Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist." Bustamante is alum of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program and the Skowhegen School of Painting & Sculpture. Currently she holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bustamante will be joining the USC Roski School of Art and Design in January 2016.

Public Programs:
Friday, November 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Opening Reception

Friday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Conversations with the Soldadera

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture
Hours: Sat. & Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. during the exhibition
Tel: (518) 229-2173 | Email: asparrow@thefoundrysite.com Web: http://www.thefoundrysite.com
Admission and events are free and open to the public.



13. Candida Royalle, FF Alumn, at Judson Memorial Church, Nov. 22, ADDRESS CORRECTION

Dear Friends, Family and Fans. Please read and pass this information to those who need it.

You are invited to attend Celebrating Candice Vadala aka Candida Royalle : A Life Of Passion and Purpose

Your Hosts: Veronica Vera, Mary D. Dorman, Dianne Stasi, Jane Hamilton, Annie Sprinkle
When: November 22, 2015. Gather at 5:30p.

Memorial: 6p - 7:30pm

Afterglow: 7:30 - 9pm Reunions and refreshments.

Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South. (Wheelchair entry 243 Thompson St.)

Dress: Please wear something red in honor of Candida.

Remembrances: If you would like to honor Candice with a donation, we suggest The Defenders of Wildlife, and Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality: Candida Royalle Memorial Fund: registrar@iashs.edu

On Facebook: Celebrating Candida Royalle: A Life of Passion and Purpose



14. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Haber Space/Central Booking, opening Nov. 19

Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alum, is exhibiting two works (a VIDEO and a PRINT DIPTYCH) in "Twisted: Phrenology and Eugenics" Nov 19 - Jan 22
, in at Haber Space/Central Booking on the Lower East Side, NYC
Opening Thurs, Nov 19, 6-8pm

VIDEO: "Leah Gluck: Victim of the Twins Experiments"

PRINT DIPTYCH: "Evidence of Personality: Phrenology and Palmistry"

LOCATION: Haber Space / Central Booking, 21 Ludlow St, NY, NY 10002

(NOTE: there are also 3 additional works by Barbara Rosenthal on display in the Represented Artists front section of the gallery, too! "Prints and Jackets Hanging Print Suite;" "Homo Futurus;" and "Dirty Book," as well as her works offered by this gallery online: http://centralbookingnyc.com/galleries/gallery-1-artist-books-prints/artists-work/barbara-rosenthal/)

Barbara Rosenthal
463 West Street, #A629
NY, NY, USA 10014-2035
+1-646-368-5623 (voice and voicemail, no texts)
+1-646-541-4772 (text preferred)
Skype: barbararosenthal



15. Jane Dickson, Priscilla Stadler, FF Alumns, at Borough of Manhattan Community College, opening Nov. 24, and more

Jane Dickson
Three events, three venues, one city

Group Show: Downtown
Please join me for the opening of City Lives, curated by Michael Klein at The Shirley Fiterman Art Center OPENING TUES. NOV. 24, 2015 AT 6:00 P.M.
Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York (BMCC/CUNY) will host an art opening for the exhibit City Lives in the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, located on the first floor of BMCC's Fiterman Hall, 81 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007, on Tuesday, November 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The exhibit is being curated by noted art critic Michael Klein and will run from November 24, 2015 through January 16, 2016.

According to Klein, the exhibit explores the impact of living in an urban environment such as New York City, on artists and their work. It showcases traditional painting and sculpture, as well as conceptually based works, photography, printmaking, film, video and ceramics.

"For artists of any generation, the city is a living laboratory ... colossal in scale with pedestrians everywhere and endless traffic," says Klein, adding that artists, "become observers of day-to-day life of the city; reporting back, recording experiences or simply absorbing what they see and translating it onto canvas or into sculptural forms. There is no single reaction to the city ... and the diverse range of works presented in City Lives underscores that proposition."

The featured artists are Alice Aycock, Michael Ashkin, Richard Bosman, Richmond Burton, Dietmar Busse, Lawrence Carroll, Sally Davies, Jane Dickson, Maureen Dougherty, Kate Ericson / Mel Ziegler, Spencer Finch, Kathy Forer, James Greco, Philippe Gronon, Cary Leibowitz, Robert Lobe, Kathryn Lynch, Rita McBride, Robert Moskowitz, James Nares, Lothar Osterburg, Michael Spano, Priscilla Stadler and Roger Welch.

The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, in partnership with the BMCC Foundation Board (a not-for-profit organization), is dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships and ensuring the success of students who come from every borough of New York and countries around the world, seeking better lives.
Art will be available for sale at the event, with proceeds benefiting the BMCC Foundation Scholarship Fund.


Panel Discussion: Uptown
I am delighted to join my old friends Daze and Crash for a panel discussion, moderated by Sean Corcoran at the opening of Daze's exhibition, The City is My Muse.
The City is My Muse: Artists in Conversation
The Museum of the City of New York
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Exhibition Tour: The Bronx
Join Charlie Ahearn and I for a walk of our discussion of our old friend Martin Wong's Human Instamatic exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts
Saturday, December 12th, 2015



16. Magdalen Wong, FF Alumn, at 437A Pulaski Street, Brooklyn, opening Nov. 20

Dear Friends,

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful fall day.

Please come and join us for the opening of our new show at 437A. "Left to Right" will bring together works by Beverly Acha, Nobutaka Aozaki, Jennifer Grimyser, and Robin Kang, along with a poetry reading by Elizabeth Gollan at 8pm.

Friday . Nov. 20 . 7-9pm
437 A Pulaski Street, Apt. 2
Brooklyn, NY 11221

You may also check out our previous shows at : http://437a.tumblr.com/

Hope to see you there 🎆




17. Barbara Bloom, FF Alumn, at The Jewish Museum, Manhattan, November 23

As it were... So to speak:
A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom

by Barbara Bloom

Yale University Press, 2015

Launch event
Monday, November 23, 6-8 PM
The Jewish Museum

Join Barbara Bloom, artist and author, at the Jewish Museum to launch her new book,
As it were ... So to speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom.

In this beautiful artist's book, Bloom revisits her landmark 2013 solo exhibition at the Jewish Museum. The book features images of the Museum's galleries reconstructed as rooms in a fictive house. These staged spaces are intertwined with fragments of text and images drawn from intellectuals, artists, and authors, both historical and contemporary.

Bloom is a New York-based conceptual artist whose installations have captivated audiences for decades. Since the 1970s, her work has consistently redefined the way in which viewers understand objects.

Free with RSVP




18. Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, at The New Museum, Manhattan, Nov. 19

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, Twenty-Five Years Later
New Museum, New York City
Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 19, 7 PM
Organized by the Cincinnati-based nonprofit FotoFocus, the panel discussion Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, Twenty-Five Years Later commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the obscenity trial sparked by the artist's controversial exhibition The Perfect Moment at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.

Following an introduction by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum, the discussion will feature leading curators joined by a legal expert, including: Amy Adler, Emily Kemplin Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Paul Martineau, Associate Curator, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Britt Salvesen, Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The panel is moderated by Kevin Moore, Artistic Director and Curator of FotoFocus. This discussion follows the Mapplethorpe +25 symposium, which was organized by FotoFocus and held at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati on October 23-24, 2015.

For tickets and more information, please visit newmuseum.org

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19. LuLu LoLo, FF Member, in The New York Times, Nov. 16

The New York Times
A Street-Level Search for Women to Put on a Manhattan Pedestal
NOV. 15, 2015

Joan of Arc's armor glistened in the noonday sun as she walked slowly through the lunchtime crowds rushing past the Flatiron Building in Manhattan recently. Every now and then, she paused and scanned the sidewalk, slightly tilting her head back as she announced her mission.

"Where are the women?" she cried with a touch of drama in her voice. "I've just stepped off my pedestal on 93rd Street! Where are the women?"

She approached Joshua Randle, a traffic agent. "There are only five monuments to women in New York City," she said to him. "Would you like to nominate a woman?"

Well, since she put it that way, Mr. Randle did.

"Oprah," he said. "She's done a lot for the community. She opened schools. Kids need role models."

Grown-ups need them too, Joan of Arc might say. At least that's what the woman beneath the armor, Lois Evans, a playwright and performance artist known as LuLu LoLo, believes.

Ms. Evans has been popping up around New York recently, asking people to nominate women who they think should be memorialized with a public monument. Over the last few weeks, people have suggested everyone from Bella S. Abzug and Dorothy Day to Fannie Lou Hamer and Patti LaBelle. More than a few of those she asked singled out - no surprise - their own mothers.

"I don't try to set limits on them," Ms. Evans said. "I'm curious about who people think are important and who inspires them. All of my work has been about history, New York City and women."

Memory and honor, too. Ms. Evans got the idea for this particular performance in 2011, during events commemorating the centennial of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire in Greenwich Village. Of the 146 people who died in the fire, Ms. Evans had focused her energy on the 10 from East Harlem, where she was raised. During discussions about a possible monument related to the fire - she also belongs to a group that wants to put a memorial at the place where it happened - she began to think about how women had, or had not, been portrayed in monuments.

She said Manhattan had only five public monuments of women: statues of Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein and Joan of Arc (at Riverside Park and 93rd Street). There is also a fountain in Bryant Park dedicated to Josephine Shaw Lowell, an early consumer advocate. Statues of Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland in Central Park do not count, which is why Ms. Evans supports a campaign to erect a statue there that honors the pioneering feminists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

"There are many memorials that depict woman allegorically, representing beauty or sacrifice," Ms. Evans said. "Most of the models for those were Audrey Munson, who was beautiful, in the movies even, but wound up in an insane asylum. She was the model for so many. She's the Spirit of Commerce on the Manhattan Bridge."

The decision to have Joan of Arc step off her pedestal came a few months ago, when Ms. Evans was asked to participate in this year's edition of the public art project Art in Odd Places. In previous years, she had performed in Union Square as a newsboy and an elegantly hatted gentleman. This year, with sword and shield - emblazoned with "Where Are the Women?" - she took to the streets. She needed the patience of, well, a saint when she tried to approach people rushing past.

"With everybody on a cellphone, they're so absorbed in technology that we've lost that human contact with people on the street," she said. "I grew up when everybody was on the street and knew everybody. But now, trying to get somebody to stop is difficult."

Ms. Evans does have fans who follow her, like Andi Sosin, who has worked with her to raise money for the Triangle memorial. Ms. Sosin and her husband, Joel Sosinsky, sought Ms. Evans out at her Flatiron performance.

"She is just an amazing street artist," Ms. Sosin said. "She really has figured out so many ways to involve New Yorkers in the life and history of our city."

Eric Zimmerman, a construction worker, slowed down as Ms. Evans came toward him with her practiced pitch to nominate a woman for a monument. Maybe Mr. Zimmerman, with his hard hat, could relate to Joan of Arc, with her helmet. Soon he was nominating Bessie Coleman, the first African-American to be licensed as a civilian pilot. Ms. Coleman turned to barnstorming when discrimination prevented her from flying planes commercially. Mr. Zimmerman said he had heard that the Postal Service was among those who refused to hire her.

"My mother and sister work for the Postal Service," Mr. Zimmerman said. "I wanted to honor their work."

With a flourish, Ms. Evans turned toward him. "Mr. Zimmerman," she said, "I dub thee a Follower of Women."



20. Harley J. Spiller, FF Alumn, at The Artists Newsstand, Toronto, Canada, Nov. 19-20

Harley J. Spiller speaking and signing

Harley J. Spiller, named one of America's Top 100 Collectors, is a museum educator and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of menus. Totaling approximately 10,000 items, his menu collection was acquired by the UTSC Library in early 2015 and is currently undergoing archival processing to facilitate access for users. These menus have been featured in several displays and exhibits, including the "A Million Menus" exhibit at the Franklin Furnace Archive in New York. Recently, Mr. Spiller released his book Keep the Change: A Collectors Tales of Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes and Other Curious Currency, published by Princeton Architectural Press, which looks at uncommon coins and bills.

Harley will be speaking, and signing books, at The Artists Newsstand at Chester Subway Station on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7 pm. He will also be in residence at the kiosk on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4 - 7 pm.





Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller