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Contents for November 25, 2015

1. Alvin Eng, Martha Wilson, Bob Holman, FF Alumns, at NYU, Manhattan, Dec. 4

New York University's Fales Library and Special Collections presents a reading of 33 & 1/3 CORNELIA STREET, a new play by the critically acclaimed playwright Alvin Eng featuring Martha Wilson (Franklin Furnace founder) as iconic downtown painter Alice Neel and Bob Holman (Bowery Poetry Club founder) as urban legend/proto-Beat Poet, Joe Gould, and Paul Zimet (Talking Band artistic director) as renowned New Yorker journalist, Joseph Mitchell. The reading takes place on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7pm in Bobst Library, Third Floor, 70 Washington Square South, (at LaGuardia Place). Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.

To reserve a seat for the performance, the public must RSVP to: rsvp.bobst@nyu.edu with your name and title/date of the event. For more information the public may call Elizabeth Wiest, 212 992 9744 or email liz.wiest@nyu.edu. Reception to follow.

"Fales is a natural setting for this reading because many of the Joe Gould notebooks are are here in our manuscript collection," said Marvin J. Taylor, Fales Library director. "Also, Martha Wilson's personal papers are in our Downtown Collection, as are Bob Holman's videos of poetry readings, slams, and 'poetry spots,' and the archives of Talking Band. This play shows the link between the earlier Greenwich Village art scenes and the Downtown Collection, which documents the avant-garde New York art scene from the mid-1970s forward."

Alternating between 1930s-40s bohemian Greenwich Village and a 1970s Women's Studies conference, the play dramatizes how Alice Neel's powerful, controversial 1933 portrait of Joe Gould in which he has three penises (did he?) forever bonded the legacies of Gould and Joseph Mitchell, celebrated journalist for The New Yorker. Mitchell immortalized Gould in a 1942 New Yorker profile, "Professor Seagull," for writing "the longest book ever-written and the first oral history" - or did he? Some twenty years later, Mitchell published a second New Yorker profile, "Joe Gould's Secret," in which he famously claimed Gould's opus to be a hoax . . . or was it? A 2015 New Yorker profile, "Joe Gould's Teeth," as well as a 2015 biography, "Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker," suggest evidence in support of the existence of at least some of Gould's opus.

"As the NYU Fales Library's remarkable Downtown Collection houses Joe Gould's notebooks, I am honored to have a public reading of 33 & 1/3 CORNELIA STREET in this venerable venue and archive," said Eng.

The play was previously read at City Lore Gallery with Kathleen Chalfant as Alice Neel and Holman as Gould. The theater cast will also include Kelly McCrann as Younger Alice Neel & Professor Preston, Paul Gigante as Younger Alice's beau and Carlo Fiorletta as the bartender in the old Minetta Tavern.

This is the second work of Eng's "Portrait Plays" cycle of historical dramas about artists and portraiture. The first, THREE TREES, about the unique relationship between Alberto Giacometti and Isaku Yanaihara, had a well-received 2013 Off-Broadway production with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre at the West End Theatre. Eng is an alumnus of the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department of Goucher College.

About Fales Library and Special Collections:
The Fales Library, comprising nearly 358,000 volumes and over 10,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection, and the general special collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection, founded in 1994, documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video. The goal of the Downtown Collection is to comprehensively collect the full range of artistic practices and output of the Downtown scene, regardless of format. This research collection, built on a documentary strategy, supports the research of students and scholars interested in the intersection of the contemporary arts and other forms of cultural and artistic expression.
The NYU Division of Libraries holds over 4 million volumes and comprises five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually. Around the world the Libraries offers access to more than 1.2 million electronic journals, books, and databases. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu

Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876



2. Marja Samsom, FF Alumn, publishes new book

under pseudonym MBhave & Miss Kerr, Marja Samsom plays w concepts 'Housewife' and 'Pin.up'

1976 performs 'Miss Kerr' in de Appel /Arts Center Amsterdam
1980 travels to NY for 'Dutch Treat' , an exchange that Wies Smals from'De Appel' in Amsterdam set up w Martha Wilson from Franklin Furnace NYC Marja designs the Poster and does her performance piece @ Franklin Furnace
decides to stay in New York City
eventually opens her own restaurant 'The Kitchenclub&Chibis Bar '/ 1990-2010 is also known as 'the Dumpling Diva'

2015 in collaboration w Inez&Vinoodh Marja publishes her artist's book:
'Diary of a forgotten actress..' 1972-1979 limited signed edition/
$40 available @ Printed Matter , Dashwood Books McNally Jackson

Video available here: http://youtu.be/cPHO3YtU8d0



3. Hetty Huismans, Jan Fabre, Matt Mullican, FF Alumns, at Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands, thru Jan. 3, 2016 and more

An amusing exhibition has been put up at The Apple in Amsterdam.


Another nice surprise is the show: 'Longing for a happier times' at the
Kröller- Müller Museum,Otterlo, in which I do participate with other FF alumni. http://krollermuller.nl/en/en-longing-for-happier-times




4. Josh Harris, FF Alumn, now online




5. Jane Dickson, Crash, Daze, Lee, FF Alumns, at Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan, Dec. 8 and more

Panel Discussion
The City is My Muse: Artists in Conversation
I will be joining artists Crash and Lee for a discussion
at the reception for
Daze's exhibition, The City is My Muse at

The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 6:30pm


Gallery Talk
Charlie Ahearn and I will lead a walk and talk of our old friend
Martin Wong's wonderful exhibition Human Instamatic

Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 3pm



6. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, at Mama Donna's Tea Garden and Healing Haven, Brooklyn, Dec. 20

Winter Festival of Lights
A Solstice Celebration for Children of All Ages
With Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman
Sunday, December 20
4:30 PM

This is a family friendly event. Kids and dogs are welcome.
Please bring a candle in a glass container,
drums, percussion instruments,
and lots and lots of spirit.

At Mama Donna's Tea Garden and Healing Haven
Exotic Brooklyn, NY
For info: 718-857-1343
Hear the stories from around the world about the birth of the sun
Light the holiday lights of many cultures!

Divali * Kwanzaa * Chanukah * Amaterasu * Soyal * Christmas

Parent & 1 Child $30

Siblings $10/each

Additional Adult $25

Advance reservations required.

For info & reservations:



7. Kathy Brew, FF Alumn, at UnionDocs, Brooklyn, Dec. 4

Dear Friends of Roberto (and mine):

As most of you know, last fall I initiated the Roberto Guerra Documentary Award in partnership with UnionDocs. This summer we worked out the guidelines, had a small group of nominators, convened a panel this fall and awarded our first grant to Cecilia Aldarondo towards the completion of her first featuredocumentary, Memories of a Penitent Heart.

There's going to be a reception at UnionDocs to celebrate Cecilia as the first recipient on Friday, December 4th from 7-9 pm.
I know it's a busy time with the holidays and it being a Friday night, but hope you might be able to attend.

Here's the link to the announcement on the UnionDocs website, with a place at the top to RSVP.

RSVP and please also ping me to let me know if I can expect you.

We're getting support from the Trade Commission of Peru for Peruvian nibbles and drinks, so there should be some tasty treats. I know Roberto is smiling down with all of us. All best for the final weeks of 2015 and coming new year. Hope to see you on December 4th.

All best,

Kathy Brew


skype: kathybrew



8. Jessica Peri Chalmers, FF Alumn, at Uncharted Books, Chicago, IL, Dec. 5


Sat, Dec 5, 20152:00pm Tue, Jan 5, 20163:00pm

Reborn Again is a collection of digitally-rendered pieces that explore movement, contortion and growth. For Jessica Peri Chalmers, domestic life becomes a site for spiritual transformation as her subjects stretch in relief, dance with joy, and gaze in contemplation.

Jessica Peri Chalmers is an artist, writer and theater director. She has been "reborn again" more than once. Originally from NYC, she started her art life as a performance artist, writing and appearing with The V-Girls, a mock-academic group, between 1986-96. She moved to the Midwest to be an actual academic, teaching in the theater department at the University of Notre Dame from 1999 to 2008. In 2012 she moved to Chicago, was a visiting artist at Columbia College the next year, and started making visual art as part of the sets she created for a performance she wrote for Rhinofest at Prop Theater. In addition to writing plays, she has published fiction and essays. For a full bio please visit: http://jessicaperichalmers.tumblr.com/

Reborn Again will be up from December 5th through January 5th. Prints are available for purchase. Please visithttps://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/jessica-peri-chalmers to view additional work.



9. Joseph Kosuth, FF Alumn, at Krona Center for Culture and Knowledge, Kongsberg, Norway

'A Monument of Mines', an Installation by Joseph Kosuth
Krona Center for Culture and Knowledge, Kongsberg, Norway
Public Unveiling: November 20, 2015
Sean Kelly is delighted to announce the public unveiling of 'A Monument of Mines,' a permanent, site-specific installation by Joseph Kosuth. 'A Monument of Mines' connects the modern architecture of the new Krona Cultural and Knowledge Center in Kongsberg, Norway, with the city's unique history as the country's capital of silver mining. Kosuth's installation, strategically positioned on the walls throughout the building's public atrium, is comprised of 136 neon works featuring the names of all the silver mines that once operated in Kongsberg, as well as the year each closed, in a tribute to the history of the mining community. The new center houses three schools, two concert halls, three movie theaters, public libraries, academic libraries, a cafe and offices, and is expected to receive over a thousand visitors each day.

For more information, please visit krona.no

For press inquiries, please contact Christine McMonagle at the gallery (212.239.1181) or via email at christine@skny.com
For all other inquiries, please contact Cecile Panzieri at the gallery (212.239.1181) or via email at cecile@skny.com

Sean Kelly Gallery
475 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 239-1181



10. Barbara Moore, FF ALumn, at City College, Manhattan, Dec. 3

City College's Graduate Art History Society invites you to attend an upcoming lecture and slide show presented by Barbara Moore. The presentation will be held on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, followed by refreshments, in Compton-Goethals Hall 108 at City College:
Moore will present a lecture and slide presentation on her and her husband's archive of performance art photography. Moore and her late husband Peter Moore were both intimately involved with the Fluxus movement as close friends and sometime collaborators with artist George Maciunas.

She also manages the archives of Charlotte Moorman and consulted on the Moorman exhibition at the Block Museum, A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s.

Moore's talk should resonate with those interested in artist archives, postwar art, photography, and performance art.



11. Cathy Weis, FF Alumn, at WeisAcres, Manhattan, Dec. 6

Sundays on Broadway presents works by Jodi Melnick and Cathy Weis.

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

The evening begins with a recapitulation of Weis' A Bad Spot Hurts Like Mad (1999), performed by Tyler Fairbanks and Alexandra Saveanu; sound by Zeena Parkins. Jodi Melnick will perform a solo comprised from the constant unraveling of new movement. For more information on the event visit www.cathyweis.org.



12. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Manhattan, Dec. 7

"Magic Time at the Caffe Cino" , DECEMBER 7, 6PM - 8PM, FREE
Event website: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2015/12/07/magic-time-caffe%CC%81-cino

EVENT DESCRIPTION: From 1958 to 1968 the Caffe Cino in the West Village of New York City provided a safe haven to performers and playwrights who invented the Off-Off- Broadway movement. Seated under a canopy of twinkle lights, and curiosities that made up the Cino' decor, audiences found themselves immersed in a play, as performers often entered and exited scenes through the front door or from behind the coffee counter. The Broadway hit Dames at Sea premiered at the Caffe Cino in 1966, as were other groundbreaking theater works by Sam Shepard, Doric Wilson, John Guare, Tom Eyen, and Lanford Wilson, among others.

Artist and writer, Magie Dominic, the archivist of the Caffe Cino, comes to the library to share remarkable stories of the birthplace of Off-Off Broadway, illustrated by one-of-kind artifacts from the Library's Caffe Cino collection. This event will be of special interest to people interested in the foundation of new theater originating in the 1960's.
Reserve your free seat.

NY Dec 7 Canadian artist & writer @MagieDominic will give a free talk @NYPL Lincoln Ctr with stories of Off-Off-Bway on.nypl.org/1W1aBVG



13. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, to create BMW art car

BMW Group Cultural Engagement

Cao Fei and John Baldessari to create the next BMW Art Cars
Tumblr / #BMWArtCar

Following commissions by Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn, (1999), Olafur Elíasson (2007) and Jeff Koons (2010), the BMW Art Car series will now be continued. On the occasion of the series' 40th anniversary, a jury of distinguished museum directors and curators chose two internationally renowned artists to design one car each. Chinese artist Cao Fei (b. 1978) and American artist John Baldessari (b. 1931) will be the youngest and the oldest artist represented in the collection respectively. On November 19, Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, announced the collaboration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in front of 150 select guests, including the artists. Both will create a BMW M6 GT3 in the coming year. The newly-designed vehicles will then be presented in museums in 2017, while also having to prove themselves on the racetrack.

Artists' comments
"I'm thrilled to be able to join the magnificent list of BMW Art Car artists. Acceleration, a concept that reminds me of my desire for speed as a runner during the Young Pioneers days, is deeply connected to the entangled contemporary relationships between velocity, energy, and the country."
-Cao Fei

"I was honored to have many of my respected peers recommend me as a BMW Art Car artist. Creating art that exists outside of a museum is important to me, and should be a goal for all artists. This will definitely be my fastest artwork yet."
-John Baldessari

With their commitment, Cao Fei and John Baldessari will be joining the ranks of renowned artists such as Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, FF Alumn, Robert Rauschenberg, FF Alumn, and David Hockney.

The jury
The experts who conducted the judging were Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York); Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern (London); Juan Gaitán, Director, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City); Gabriele Horn, Director, KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin); Udo Kittelmann, Director, Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Dr. Matthias Mühling, Director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munich); Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery (London); Shwetal A. Patel, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India); Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Bisi Silva, Director, The Centre for Contemporary Art (Lagos); Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Bejing); and Adam D. Weinberg, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).

Regarding the nominations, the jury has said of their choice:
"We are convinced that both nominated artists can add-in their distinctive approaches-unique and new facets to the existing collection of the BMW Art Cars. Cao Fei is one of the most promising and boldest Chinese artists of her generation. For her work on the 18th BMW Art Car, we are in particular looking forward as to how she may turn the car into an imaginative part of her parallel universe. John Baldessari is a great pioneer and godfather of an entire art scene in LA and beyond. As a 'serial' inventor, he keeps surprising us, and we are excited to see the unexpected in what he will come up with for the 19th BMW Art Car."

Press contact:
Dr. Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs
Head of Cultural Engagement
T +49 89 382 24753 / thomas.girst@bmwgroup.com



14. Karen Finley, FF Alumn, at Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA, thru Jan. 3, 2016

Coagula Curatorial
NOVEMBER 21, 2015 - JANUARY 3, 2016

KAREN FINLEY - Broad Museum Performance and Coagula Solo Show.
Solo Show Love Field opens November 21 at Coagula Curatorial in Los Angeles.
Exhibit opening coincides with Finley performances at the Broad Museum.
Coagula Curatorial is pleased to announce Love Field, a solo show of new work by world-renowned artist Karen Finley.

The artist has been studying the traumatic images surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Here she presents reworkings of common and uncommon images associated with the tumultuous events and personalities surrounding November 22, 1963.

Love Field refers to the Dallas Airport that Jackie and Jack Kennedy landed at on November 22, 1963.

Here are some of the series she presents in the exhibit:

Representing the visualization of selective memory - a way of remembering and forgetting - Finley created Presence of Absence, a series of ink studies that abstract and fragment gestures, body parts and clothing that seem to disappear and haunt.

In reference to the infamous Warhol series of portraits of Jackie Kennedy, Finley's The Jackie Look Series repeats the worshipped face yet doesn't try to hold time, nor looks for perfection, but rather allows for transformation of the interior from cartoonish to mysterious to the grotesque.

In the Love Field Series, Finley highlights the significance of red roses given to Jackie after Air Force One had landed there. This was a break from the Texas tradition for visiting dignitaries to receive the yellow Texas Rose.

In Grassy Knoll, the artist pays homage to stills from the Zapruder film as a way of seeing certain meaning and conspiracy in frames that hold the utmost of tragic consequence but remain within a context of the tradition of landscape painting.

In Camera Misfire, Finley uses archived camera misfires from negative sheets of photographs as the source to draw from and represent the camera as weapon. The term "camera misfire" is when out-of-frame preservation of inessential areas are kept and archived to preserve all relative association for an uncertain future.The artist will also premiere a series of videos abstracted from memorabilia and images associated with the tragedy.

Karen Finley, "Jackie's Red Roses", 2015, Coagula Curatorial
The exhibit opens Saturday, November 21 and continues thru
Sunday, January 3, 2016. Coagula Curatorial is open WED - SUN, 1-6 PM.
The gallery is in Downtown L.A.'s historic Chinatown at 974 Chung King Road, Los Angeles 90012.

The exhibition opening coincides with the Los Angeles debut of Finley's performance entitled The Jackie Look.

She will be the first performer at the new Broad Museum on November 20 and 21.
She will perform The Jackie Look tailored to the Los Angeles audience.
Finley will appear as Jackie Kennedy Onassis looking back at her images in photographs.
Using the structure of a lecture set in the present day, Jackie contemplates her life in pictures and society's projection onto her as a monument of grief and mourning.
The performance is site specific, meaning Finley will situate Jackie to address the city or institution that she is invited to. But the performance speaks and includes her return to Dallas and the following memories. Finley will use the performance opportunity to consider the trauma of our nation's historical imageryand to be conscious of the healing power of the transformation of our painful memory landscape into new images of promise and imagination.

Included in the text is Jackie considering the public viewing of Michele Obama as First Lady. Using the presentation as a prepared talk by Jackie Kennedy reflecting on traumatic documentation, we see Finley depict the first lady witnessing the collective iconic imagery and coming to terms with world projection amidst her personal pain.
For the performance Jackie is a stand in as an archetype for all of us. For these Los Angeles performances there will be a heightened moment with remembering the Ambassador hotel. Accompanying the performance text will be montages of images abstracted and iconic and Jackie will be sure to visit souvenir shops and ebay for JFK memorabilia.

Media inquiries and interview requests please contact the gallery:
Coagula Curatorial: 88gallery @ gmail.com



15. Nina Yankowitz, Barry Holden, FF Alumns, in Bradford, UK, thru Dec. 19

Please visit these links. Thank you.





16. Louise Bourgeois, FF Alumn, at MoMA, NY, now online

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Major relaunch of Louise Bourgeois website


The Museum of Modern Art launched its interactive site on the prints and illustrated books of Louise Bourgeois in 2012, with 400 works available for study. Research and cataloguing has continued since then and is uploaded as it is finalized. Presently, Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books includes nearly 3,000 works; at completion, the number will approach 4,000. With the current relaunch, the website now also contains all of its architecture and functionality. In particular, a new home page features 14 interactive thematic categories, fundamental to an understanding of Bourgeois's work overall.

A Thematic Approach to Bourgeois's Work
Louise Bourgeois is known not only for her stylistic range, but also for a continuing focus on deeply felt emotions of pain, jealousy, anger, anxiety, and loneliness. She described her art as an "exorcism," with a relentless effort "to dig and to reveal." This approach yielded motifs that recur again and again as potent symbols of personal expression. The new version of the website singles out the themes that preoccupied Bourgeois: Abstraction; Animals & Insects; Architecture; Body Parts; Fabric Works; Faces & Portraits; Figures; Motherhood & Family; Music; Nature; Objects; Spiders; Spirals; and Words. The site also gives special attention to sculptures and drawings related to these themes, in order to provide a broader context for the artist's prints.

Bourgeois and Printmaking
Early in her career, Bourgeois was devoted to painting and printmaking, even owning a small printing press. Once she turned definitively to sculpture in the late 1940s, she continued to draw incessantly but abandoned printmaking and painting. Some four decades later, her interest in prints was revived when, as a more recognized artist, she began to receive invitations from publishers to undertake print projects. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she entered an intense period of collaboration with several printers and publishers that lasted until the end of her life in 2010. She set up her old printing press in the basement of her house, and later added a second one.

Website Searching Options
The Louise Bourgeois website is geared not only to specialists, but also the general art public. It provides an introduction to Bourgeois's work, as well as an in-depth exploration of her prints and books. In one popular section, "About the Artist," users find succinct biographical information and photographs of Bourgeois, as well as an illustrated chronology tracing the development of her work. There are also standard searching options by date and by title, as well as by print-related finding aides, such as the ability to locate works by "Printers & Publishers" and "Techniques," or those within the category of "Books, Portfolios & Series."

A unique aspect of the website is its presentation of the artist's creative process in a single glance. Each stage in the development of a composition is documented in a clearly designed "evolving composition diagram," which also provides the option to compare and contrast works. The twists and turns of Bourgeois's imagination are clearly charted: her prints sometimes evolved through as many as 20 states before she decided on her final composition.

The Louise Bourgeois Catalogue Team
Louise Bourgeois's prints constitute an archive in the MoMA collection that numbers over 3,000 sheets. That archive joins 38 drawings and 16 sculptures for a broad representation of the artist's work. The online catalogue, Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books, is a collaborative effort: the curatorial team of cataloguers in MoMA's Department of Drawings and Prints works closely with the Departments of Collection Exhibition and Technology and Digital Media. The Louise Bourgeois Studio provides additional research, the design firm Kiss Me I'm Polish is responsible for web design, and the digital agency CogApp for web development. The project is directed by Deborah Wye, Chief Curator Emerita, Prints and Illustrated Books, and supported by The Easton Foundation.

Visit moma.org/bourgeoisprints to learn about Louise Bourgeois and her creative process.



17. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, at Galerie Richard, Manhattan, thru Dec. 16

Joseph Nechvatal

Odyssey pandemOnium : a migrational metaphor
November 15th - December 16th
Galerie Richard
121 Orchard Street, New York City



18. Kimsooja, FF Alumn, at Centre Pompidou-Metz, France, thru Jan. 4

Centre Pompidou-Metz

To Breathe
October 26, 2015-January 4, 2016

Centre Pompidou-Metz
1 Parvis des Droits de l'Homme
57020 Metz
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10am-6pm

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For the French-Korean Year, Centre Pompidou-Metz presents Kimsooja, one of the most influential multidisciplinary conceptual Korean artists of her generation.

Kimsooja's new installation takes on the unique architecture of Centre Pompidou-Metz to create a tri-dimensional tableau. Spanning the museum's entrance, the 80-meter-long Gallery 2 and the breadth of its two bay windows, the space of the gallery finds its utmost revelation as a transient path. Light is diffracted into an iridescent color spectrum on the surface of its windows before reuniting inside the projection of the artist's video piece To Breathe: Invisible Mirror, Invisible Needle (2006), a sequence of digital monochromatic color fields projected against an expanse of mirrored floor accompanied by the sound of a chorus of the artist's inhalation and exhalation, titled The Weaving Factory (2004).

Kimsooja has steadily devoted her 30-year career to transcending most current issues of identity, migration, and displacement into a life-long poem, while always looking beyond material condition and the act of making. Thinking of mirror as a medium to fold and unfold space and time-following the artist's use of wrapping belongings into travel bundles, known as Bottari in Korean-Kimsooja first made use of mirror for the Venice Biennale curated by Harald Szeemann in 1999, where she reflected a loaded Bottari truck onto a wall-sized mirror that opened a virtual exit for the vehicle and wrapped the entire space of the Corderier in the Arsenale. The piece d'Aperttuto / Bottari Truck in Exile (1999) was dedicated to the refugees of Kosovo. She further explored the notion of wrapping and unwrapping by placing paralleled mirrors in an enclosed laundry installation with abandoned Korean bedcovers for A Mirror Woman in 2002. A Mirror Woman: The Ground of Nowhere, installed for the centennial of Korean Hawaiian immigrants at the Honolulu City Hall in 2003, explored the migratory experience by using mirrors to reflect the sky, which is nowhere and an unknown territory, onto the ground. Kimsooja enveloped the transparent architectural structure of the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid with mirrors and diffraction films for To Breathe: A Mirror Woman in 2006, and of the Korean Pavilion in Venice for To Breathe: Bottari in 2013.

For the last 30 years, Kimsooja has worked on an ever-evolving tableau, a continuation of the artist's early work with painting and drawing. The work presented at Centre Pompidou-Metz furthers her commitment to creating an encounter with the public, whose focus is a moment of active concentration, a revelation of one's body in space and time that defies horizontality and verticality. To Breathe, particularly in its latest installment at Centre Pompidou-Metz, seeks to be the sum of the artist's early meditation on painting, where the surface of the canvas is intuited to become a mirror that wraps body, space, and time, and where brushstrokes are destined to dematerialize into light. Kimsooja's enduring examination of dualism in life and art transforms elements of painting into a new language of light, sound, and mirrors in pursuit of totality.

Curator: Emma Lavigne, director of Centre Pompidou-Metz

Special thanks to Kukje Gallery, Seoul.

Still on view:

Warhol Underground
Until November 23, 2015

Until February 15, 2016

Cosa mentale
Until March 28, 2016

Only 85 minutes via high-speed train from Paris.



19. Zachary Fabri, Daniel Bejar, FF Alumns, at 808 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, thru December 20

Currently on display, I have two new works (prints and sculptures) in the group show:
Of Gentle Birth. Brooklyn Artists on Brooklyn Gentrification
Curated by Jonathan Allen

November 7 - December 20
808 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, New York 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



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