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Contents for December 07, 2015

1. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at The Poetry Project, Manhattan, Dec. 18

Friday, December 18
at 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th St, New York, New York 10003

Poet Transmit engages in the connections between poetry, transmission, and performance. The project was launched by artist/curator Victoria Keddie as a way to explore textual practice and modes of transmission. Writer/artist Cat Tyc acts as co-curator, exploring the potential of poetic projection and how it exists in expanded fields of time. This project is inspired by John Cage's statement that "Poetry is not prose simply because poetry is in one way or another formalized. It is not poetry by reason of its content or ambiguity, but by reason of its allowing musical elements (time, sound) to be introduced into the world of words" (Silence, June 1961). Poet Transmit focuses on artists who use alternative methods of recitation or engage in the elements of music in their process.

Please join us for live performances by Nina Sobell with Laura Ortman (WMAT), Stephanie Barber, Jen Liu, Giovanna Olmos, Mahogany L. Browne, Cathy de la Cruz and James Allister Sprang.

The event will be broadcasted live, both within Parish Hall and online via livestream. The event will later be broadcasted with Wave Farm Radio (wavefarm.org).

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2. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 9

Dear Friends and Relations:

Next Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, Bob Goldberg and His Famous Accordion Stylings will return to the Lounge at Dixon Place.
Since it's Chanukah, I'll be sharing Judaically-themed tunes, including Allan Sherman classics, Washboard Jungle rarities (hint), and Secret Alphabets.

I'll be joined by some special guests (stay tuned) from some of my future former bands.

Bob Goldberg and His Famous Accordion Stylings The Lounge at Dixon Place 161a Chrystie Street (just north of Delancey - 2 doors up from Sammy's Roumainian) New York NY 10002

Wednesday December 9
7:30 PM

$10 sugg. donation. Drinks available.

I hope to see you there!

http://dixonplace.org/performances/bob-goldberg-and-his-famous-accordion-stylings-2/

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3. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Westbeth Gallery, Manhattan, opening Dec. 12

Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn
Dec 13-Jan2 (opening Sat, Dec 12, 5-7pm)
"View East at Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St, Courtyard Entrance, A/C/E/1/2/3 to 14th St.)
on 57th St Outside NY Gallery Bldg with Karen Yager, Full Moon, 2010" photo

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4. Terry Berkowitz, FF Alumn, at Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL, thru Jan. 10, 2016

If you are in Miami for the Art Fairs
you have time to visit

Veil of Memory/Prologue: The Last Supper

an installation by Terry Berkowitz

at the Boca Raton Museum of Art
until January 10, 2016

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5. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at Simply Galler, Miami, FL, thru Dec. 7, and more

Claire Jeanine Satin
New website: satinartworks.com.

Art To Wear showing during Art Basel at the Simply Gallery 150 NW 24th Street. Wynwood Miami Fl. December 2 - 7, 12 noon to 12 midnight. All welcome to come

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6. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, in Berkeley Times, Oct. 22

Frank Moore is featured below in an article and excerpt in the Berkeley Times newspaper about a Berkeley City Council session regarding legal flyering in the city of Berkeley.

BERKELEY TIMES
a paper for the people of Berkeley
berkeleyx.org
October 22, 2015

City News
City Council Update
For a regular meeting and special session in Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 13, Mayor Tom Bates was absent. Consequently, Vice Mayor Linda Maio (District 1) led both sessions.

The most dramatic sequence of the regular session related to a referral item initially described as "Constitutional Questions raised about DBA Ambassadors taking down fliers that appear to comply with Berkeley Municipal Code."

During Public Comments, Linda Mac presented to Council flyers promoting an event featuring the artwork of the late Frank Moore and described how misinformed DBA Ambassadors removed them insisting the Mayor's Office had instructed them to. Then she read an excerpt of an essay by Moore (see related story).

There were other testimonies too, including one from DBA Executive Director John Caner, who turned to Corey Nicholl, who described himself as one of "Moore's flyerists," and earnestly apologized. Then Caner addressed the Council and apologized again.

"This is the first that I've heard of it," he said. Later he elaborated how Ambassadors had been instructed to remove "corporate clutter."

These words by Caner seemed to light a fuse among other citizens in the queue.
300, a familiar street person and not a stranger to Council Chambers, was incensed by Caner's remarks. Addressing the dais, 300 shouted obscenities as he banged on the podium. He concluded by describing the DBA Ambassador program as "Caner's campaign of terror."

After a short discussion, Council voted unanimously in favor of a revised version of the item that Councilmember Laurie Capitelli (District 5) had word-smithed in collaboration with Councilmember Kriss Worthington (District 7), the item's original author.

Speech excerpt "Cultural Subversion"
by Frank Moore, Deceased
Editor's note: The following text, an excerpt from an essay titled "Cultural Subversion" written in 1991 by the late Frank Moore, was presented by Linda Mac to the Council during its regular session on October 13. To read Moore's entire essay, go to http://www.eroplay.com/cultsub.html

... when I was trying to get established in New York City (NYC) in the early 70's I could not find out about art events until after the fact when I read about them in The Village Voice. So I couldn't go to them. So I couldn't meet people with whom I could have gotten something going. One reason for this was there was very little flyering. In NYC, organized crime has a monopoly on putting up posters. I did not realize how much no flyering isolated people until I moved to Berkeley where on every telephone pole, there were 10, 20, 30 flyers. Anyone who has an event, a group, a cause, something to say, can go to a xerox place, run off hundreds, or even thousands of flyers and staple them up all over town. This direct two-way form of the press plugged me immediately into the community where I could do my work.

We have to start seeing flyering, be it on telephone poles or on computer bulletin boards, as a form of personal press, and as such is protected under the freedom of press. Big Brother comes in many forms from the mafia to government (down to the anti-flyer laws as part of a city's "beautification" campaign) to corporations such as A.T.&T and Blockbuster Videos.

Just recently I saw the power of this direct personal press. For years I have not been able to be booked in the "alternative" performance galleries in the Bay Area for various reasons...so I put 500 "too controversial for the Bay Area" flyers up asking for leads to spaces in which to perform. From the very first flyer we put up came three good leads into the true alternative art scene. Moreover, the flyer directly exposed the true condition of the established "alternative" art world.'

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7. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, at the Brooklyn Museum, Dec. 10

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Presents Tania Bruguera and Dread Scott: "Political Art Is Uncomfortable Knowledge"

Artists Tania Bruguera and Dread Scott will lead a discussion on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. for the opening program of Agitprop!, presented by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Agitprop! connects contemporary art committed to fostering social change with historic moments in creative activism. The show explores the legacy and continued power of politically engaged art through more than fifty contemporary projects and artworks from five historical moments of political urgency.

The discussion will focus on the political issues that their art addresses and the strategies they employ to combat the demonization of immigrants, institutionalized oppression, and police brutality. The artists touch on historical precedents of agitprop that influence their work as well as the most urgent issues facing society today. As such, this conversation is an opportunity not only to learn from history, but to see art as a way to fight for a more just future.

A live stream of the discussion will be held.

Press Contact:
press@brooklynmuseum.org

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8. Nicole Eisenman, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 30

U.S. NEW YORK NY HEARD & SCENE
DKNY Teams Up With New Museum to Support Female Artists
DKNY will provide support for exhibitions by five female artists in the coming year
By MARSHALL HEYMAN
Nov. 30, 2015

Many brands dip in and out of the art scene, especially this week, at Art Basel Miami Beach. But DKNY, with its new creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, plans to enter into a longer partnership with the New Museum. Titled the New Women's Project, DKNY will provide support for exhibitions by five female artists in the coming year.

"Art is a big influence on our work," said Mr. Osborne. "Everything we look at just helps us get inspired all the time."

"It gets our brains going and really expands our horizons," said Mr. Chow.

In an interview, Messrs. Chow and Osborne, who also run the fashion label Public School, noted that they saw a synergy between DKNY and the New Museum. Both are part of the fabric of downtown New York, they said, and both were founded by women: DKNY by Donna Karan in the mid-1980s; the New Museum by Marcia Tucker in 1977.

"We want to be able to affect the culture from an artist's standpoint, which will ultimately lead us to create better collections," said Mr. Chow.

This spring's lineup at the museum will include first New York museum solo exhibits by Nicole Eisenman, Goshka Macuga, Cally Spooner, Andra Ursuta and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz.

"Our programming isn't going to change," based on the DKNY sponsorship, said the New Museum's director Lisa Phillips. "They were already happening. But we're really in alignment. We have very similar interests and goals."

Ms. Phillips added that DKNY will be involved with the New Museum's Artemis Council, a by-invitation membership initiative focused solely on supporting female artists.

As for Art Basel, DKNY and the New Museum will surely be there, too. Ms. Phillips and Messrs. Chow and Osborne are hosting a dinner celebrating their partnership Wednesday on the Matador Terrace at the Miami Beach Edition. Among the hosts are New York art scenesters Xin Li, Amalia Dayan and Maria Baibakova.

Write to Marshall Heyman at marshall.heyman@wsj.com

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9. Mierle Laderman Ukeles, FF Alumn, releases new publication

Publication
Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Seven Work Ballets out now!

Mierle Laderman Ukeles's Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969! Proposal for an Exhibition "CARE" (1969) was a major intervention in feminist performance practices and public art. The proposal argued for an intimate relationship between creative production in the public sphere and domestic labor-a relationship whose intricacies Ukeles has been unraveling ever since. In 1977, she became the official unsalaried Artist-in-Residence for the New York City Department of Sanitation, a position she still holds that enables her to introduce radical public art into an urban municipal infrastructure.

Through archival research, this monographic publication focuses on Ukeles's work ballets-a series of seven grand-scale collaborative performances involving workers, trucks, barges, and hundreds of tons of recyclables and steel-which took place between 1983 and 2012 in Givors, New York, Pittsburgh, Rotterdam and Tokamachi. Over the past four decades, Ukeles has pioneered how we perceive and ultimately engage in maintenance activities. The work ballets derive from her engagement in civic operations in order to reveal how they work though monumental coordination and cooperation as well as in creative collaboration with many workers. Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Seven Work Ballets is the first monograph on Ukeles's seminal practice, and is as much an artist's book as an art-historical publication.

Edited by Kari Conte
Contributions by Kari Conte, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Mierle Laderman Ukeles; conversation with Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Tom Finkelpearl, Shannon Jackson

Co-published by Kunstverein Publishing, Grazer Kunstverein, and Sternberg Press in collaboration with Arnolfini, Bristol; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Marabouparken konsthall, Stockholm.

Design by Marc Hollenstein.

For orders, please contact Sternberg Press at order@sternberg-press.com

Biographies

Mierle Laderman Ukeles works in a variety of mediums, creating installations, performances, permanent public art, and media works. She has received honorary doctorates from the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maine College of Art. She received a BA in international relations and history from Barnard College in 1961, and an MA in interrelated arts from New York University in 1974. Ukeles has exhibited internationally, including at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (1973, 1998); Whitney Museum, New York (1976, 1978, 1985); MoMA PS1, New York (1988, 2008, 2013); Queens Museum, New York (1992, 1995, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2016); Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (1995 1997, 2007, 2012); Tel Aviv Museum (1999); Armory Art Show, New York (2007); Sharjah Biennial 8, United Arab Emirates (2007); Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (2005, 2008); Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2010); Wellcome Trust, London (2011); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2012, 2013); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); and the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013). Her recent teaching includes positions as senior critic in sculpture at Yale University and lecturer at Bard College, UCLA and Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City.

Kari Conte is a New York-based curator and writer. Since 2010, she has been the Director of Programs and Exhibitions at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) where she leads residencies, exhibitions, and public programs. She has curated or organized thirty international exhibitions, site-specific commissions and performances including Animality, Katonah Museum of Art (2016), Aqueous Earth, ISCP (2015) and contributions to the Aichi Triennale (2013) and Performa Biennial (2011). She has given talks at institutions including Art in General, Bard College, Creative Time, Goethe-Institut, Helsinki Art Museum, Independent Curators International (ICI), and Sharjah Art Foundation.

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10. Julie Tolentino, FF Alumn, at Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany, Dec. 10

In case you are in or around the Black Forest
PACT ZOLLVEREIN
Atellier 2015
Dec 10, 2015

On Earth We Are Only Briefly Gorgeous
A solo after Ocean Vuong & Patti Smith for Natty Tolentino

Performed by Julie Tolentino, 2015 December 10

This series of works have been made as an exploration of natural death as a juxtaposition to an increasingly violent world. These VOIDS explore minimal yet vital force. How are we expressed through matter: skin, words, movement? "...matter feels, converses, suffers, desires, yearns and remembers"*
*Karen Barad, New materialism: Interviews & Cartographies, 2015
"This is what I know. I am here for a purpose. The purpose changes. Gifts that are not mine. Children who are not mine. An angel who is not mine. And this-to meet you at the urinal and draw you upright in my arms. I am still sturdy. This memory may enter me and I will realign the clay of my being. Will be you. Muscle shall be ours. All limbs intact. All brutal mirrors cracked. I am here and that is something. I am here my friend, and have always been. As much as for any living thing" Patti Smith to Arthur Rimbaud

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11. Lynne Tillman, FF Alumn, receives The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant 2015

Please visit this link for details of the award given to Lynn Tillman, FF Alumn

http://www.artswriters.org/

thank you.

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12. Sean Leonardo, FF Alumn, at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Manhattan, Dec. 11

Mirror / Echo / Tilt
a public participatory performance

Hard Work 3
Friday | December 11 | 7:30 - 8:30pm | Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
136 West 22nd Street | New York | NY 10011
Mirror / Echo / Tilt - 8pm
In Mirror / Echo / Tilt the artists will ask members of the public to participate in physical reenactments that locate a series of current events within their bodies through gesture, voice, and proximity. Utilizing testimony, news reports, and memory, participants will recreate intensely contested moments of police violence through shifting perspective. This performance, marked by voice and movement, poses the questions: What does it mean to enact and to activate? How do we measure our collective complicity in both systemic violence, trauma, and the legacy of constructed racial representations?

The piece will be conducted in memory of Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Jamar Clark, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin... and countless others.

Mirror / Echo / Tilt is a collaborative project between artists (Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith), educators, and individuals affected by the criminal justice system. The project investigates the range of factors contributing to cycles of police confrontation and incarceration, while questioning how images of people caught in those cycles are constructed through the media. Working toward a series of videos, performances, and a toolkit that reframes personal narratives of imprisonment, we insert counter narratives told through first person voice into the dominant media discourse, which commonly alienates and criminalizes black and brown bodies. By working with new forms of participatory engagement, we also aim to facilitate the sharing of perspective needed for polarized groups to discuss and enact change in seemingly impenetrable systems of justice.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, The SHS Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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13. Alice Eve Cohen, FF Alumn, at National Arts Club, Manhattan, Dec. 15

Alice Eve Cohen has a reading and signing from her acclaimed new memoir THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK (Algonquin, 2015) on Tues, Dec 15, 8pm at the National Arts Club. If you haven't been to the National Arts Club, it's worth the trip just to see this landmark 1840s mansion, with its stained glass windows and an awesome art collection.
National Arts Club
Tues, Dec 15, 8:00pm
15 Gramercy Park South.
Free and open to the public.

http://www.nationalartsclub.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=337064&ssid=235561&vnf=1

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14. R. Sikoryak, James Godwin, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 9

Dixon Place presents
CAROUSEL
Cartoon Slide Shows and Picture Performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak

Featuring
Maëlle Doliveux (Hollywood Freeway Chickens)
Felipe Galindo (No Man Is a Desert Island)
James Godwin (The Flatiron Hex)
Glenn Head (Chicago)
Carolita Johnson (The New Yorker)
John Mejias (PAPING)
Andrea Tsurumi (Cake Vs. Pie)
M. Sweeney Lawless (@Specky4Eyes)

With graphic narratives, gag cartoons, shadow puppets, and much more.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC

Tickets:
$12 (advance), $15 (at the door), $10 (students/seniors) or TDF

Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org (212) 219-0736

(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP's mission and artists.)

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15. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Francheska Alcantara, FF Alumns, at Casita Maria, The Bronx, Dec. 11

Join us at CASITA MARIA on
Friday, December 11, 2015 from 7:30 - 8:30 PM
for NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTEVÉZ and LUIS LARA MALVACÍAS' performance of P.S. with invited artists: PRISCILLA MARRERO, FERRÁN MARTÍN, JON KINZEL and LAIA SOLÉ; and with FRANCHESKA ALCÁNTARA, LINA BELTRÉ, ANGEL GONZÁLEZ, JUDAH LEVENSON, BETSY QUIROS and LYNN SAUNDERS.

P.S. (as in public school) is a transdisciplinary project that combines choreography, pedagogy, and performance art into a social gathering. This one time event is formed through a series of combined artistic genres that explore the idea of personal-collective spaces in the context of Casita Maria, a historic public school and arts center in the South Bronx.

P.S. explores Casita Maria's psychogeography, while weaving together the stories, sounds, poems, and movements of the organization's current staff, students, and neighbors with those of some of its distinguished alumni such as Benny Bonilla, Tito Puente, Américo Casiano, Jr. and Lynn Saunders. Performed throughout two floors of the building, P.S. invites the audience to both literally and figuratively see, hear, feel and taste what a school "is" and what education can symbolize for culture and the community.

Please be on time: Performance starts at 7:30 PM sharp

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ treads an elusive route that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. Concurrently, this path has been informed by a strong personal interest in immigration, cultural hybridization and Estévez's understanding of identity as a process always in flux. He hence approaches the concepts of home and belonging to the U.S. American context from the perspective of a Lebanese-Dominican, Dominican York who was recently baptized as a Bronxite: a citizen of the Bronx. While ephemeral by nature, Estévez's work gains permanence through audios, photographs, props, drawings, rumors, embodied memories, costumes, videos and publications. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally.

LUIS LARA MALVACÍAS/ 3RD CLASS CITIZEN is a Venezuelan choreographer and multidisciplinary artist. He danced in Caracas for the company Espacio Alterno as well as performed in the works of many renown choreographers such as David Zambrano, Jeremy Nelson and Mark Tompkins as well as in his own choreographic productions. Awards include a NYFA Fellowship, MAP Rockefeller Funds, Arts International, The Jerome Foundation and the Group Performance Award at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Bagnolet, Paris. His residences include: Movement Research (New York), 1998/1999 and 2002/2003; and DNA, 2006. Malvacías' choreographic work has been presented in multiple venues in New York and he regularly teaches and presents his work throughout Europe, South America, North America and Asia. He has also created, produced and presented interactive performance installations and cross-cultural multi-disciplinary projects in over 8 cities worldwide. He holds an MFA in New Media and has pursued studies at Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Art Student League, New York.

ABOUT THE INVITED ARTISTS
JON KINZEL has presented his work, including numerous commissions and solo shows, in a variety of national and international venues since 1988. Kinzel has received critical praise for Responsible Ballet, 2009; Responsible Ballet and What We Need Is a Bench to Put Books On, 2010; hurry, 2013; COWHAND CON MAN, 2015 as well as named one of the Best of 2013 in Artforum magazine for Someone Once Called Me A Sound Man (2013). His visual art has been exhibited in New York City and featured in publications such as SCHIZM and MR Performance Journal.

FERRÁN MARTÍN is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Valencia, Spain. He is recognized for his work as an experimental sculptor with a focus in the public realm and performance. Martín's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad including at Greene Naftali (New York), Newman & Popiashvili Gallery (New York), White Box (New York), St. Moritz Art Masters Festival 2011 and Beijing Biennale 2009.

PRISCILLA MARRERO is a Miami-born performer, choreographer, teaching artist and writer who investigates physical embodiment expressed through interdisciplinary performance rituals. Marrero's residencies include: Inkub8 Artist Residency, 2013; Dos Rios Retreat with Sara Shelton Mann & Abby Crain, 2013; and Ponderosa Choreographic Module, 2012.

LAIA SOLÉ's work explores the social and physical dimensions of space. She intervenes in spaces by actions that communicate and/or transform the dynamics of each site using resources that are immediate and interactive. Solé has a degree in Fine Arts from Universitat de Barcelona. She was an Artist-in- Residence at LABMIS at Museu da Imagem e do Som (Sao Paulo), 2012 and has exhibited her work extensively including at MAC (Santiago de Chile); Arts Santa Mònica (Barcelona); The Drawing Center (New York); and the Fundación Chirivella-Soriano (València).

CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION is an 80-year old South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization that presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages. www.casitamaria.org

CASITA MARIA is supported by The Ford Foundation the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE
CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION
928 SIMPSON ST. BRONX, NY 10459
6 train to Hunts Point Ave. just a 3 minute walk to Casita
or a 7 minute walk from the 2 / 5 train to Simpson St.
For more information visit www.casitamaria.org

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16. Jess Dobkin, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at www.TorontoArtsCouncil.org now online

Please visit this link for an illustrated article on Jess Dobkin's Artists Newsstand in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

http://www.torontoartscouncil.org/tac-impact/featured-stories/featured-stories/artists%E2%80%99-newsstand-transforms-chester-station-kios

thank you.

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17. EIDIA, FF Alumns, at Plato's Cave, Brooklyn, opening Dec. 11

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Melissa P. Wolf and Paul Lamarre (EIDIA) announce the last of the four PLATO'S CAVE artist exhibits this season, with Guatemala artist Jessica Kairé, opening Dec. 11, 6-8pm. The exhibition opening with be simulcast online with an exhibit of the Plato's Cave 22 limited artists' editions within The Deconsumptionists, Art As Archive 48ft semi-trailer at The FARM Fine Art Recreation Music gallery in Toledo, Ohio. The Deconsumption Sales continue at the EIDIA House Studio and the "EIDIA House Permanent Installation" is launched.
Hours: Wed.-Sun. 1-6pm or by appointment. The Jessica Kairé press release follows:

PLATO'S CAVE - EIDIA House presents:
Jessica Kairé "Tasting #2: Sephardic Architecture"

Opening reception Friday 11, 2015 6-8pm Libations served
Exhibition: December 11, 2015 - January 16, 2016 Hours 1-6pm, Wednesday - Saturday (or by appointment)

EIDIA House announces its continuing exhibition initiative PLATO'S CAVE, with the 23rd artist in the series, Guatemalan artist Jessica Kairé.

Entitled: Tasting #2: Sephardic Architecture, the exhibition proposes a savory exploration of new perspectives through the act of digestion rather than through cognitive processes-as the artwork gradually disappears from the table, it will become a part of the visitors' bodies.

For this project, Kairé will cast fragments of the Sephardic synagogue located in Guatemala City and built in the 1930s, a site she often visited during her upbringing. Replicas of its architecture are to be reproduced in freshly baked flat bread, and served along with za'atar and olive oil.

In several bodies of work which involve food, Kairé takes on the role of the naive master chef who offers a comedic approach to food preparation-jesting, in part, the new wave of "foodies", that are the new identifier of "being" Brooklyn. A Mid-eastern blend of spices (Sumac, thyme, salt and cumin), za'atar is a symbol of health and intelligence, of ritual, of culture and the appropriation thereof, and of displacement. Now a gourmet product in the U.S., this golden combination of za'atar with olive oil and bread has been an Arab cuisine staple for centuries-consumed by royalty and peasants alike.

As if slowly coming out of darkness into light, Kairé's Plato's Cave installation conjures an awakening. She is in a constant search for new truths questioning and challenging her own personal history that is deeply embedded, given her upbringing, as Jewish, Syrian, and Guatemalan. These new truths imply being open to new information and perspectives-intentionally putting into question her prior knowledge and beliefs.

This installation hopes to spur new conversations and affinities amongst visitors through food, as well as extend a continuous body of work which resides in the revisitation of Kaire's views and understanding of sensitive global issues currently at hand.

Jessica Kairé is a Guatemalan multidisciplinary artist and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo -NuMu- in Guatemala City, an egg-shaped museum that aims to satiate the lack of other contemporary art institutions in the city. Her work deals with the Guatemalan and Latin identity in general and specific subjects of her native country: violence, underdevelopment, and "tropicality" as well as gender issues and her Jewish background.

Kairé has presented her work in local and international venues including the Parsons Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, The New School, New York; Ciudad Imaginación, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV (2013); Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, Washington DC.; El Museo del Barrio, New York; the XVI and XIX Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Museo de Arte y Diseño (MADC), Costa Rica,; Museo de Arte Moderno, Guatemala; SWAB Contemporary Art Fari, Barcelona, Spain; Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Glasshouse, Brooklyn, New York; Proyectos Sauna, Colombia; Diablo Rosso, Panama; 1er Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (MDE11), Colombia; Longwood Art Gallery, The Bronx Council on the Arts, New York; Praxis International Art Gallery, New York; DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, Nueva York; Kilómetro Cero, National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Centro de "Formación de la Cooperación Española", Antigua, Guatemala; Galería 9.99/Proyecto, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Guatemala City, Guatemala and Galería Christinger de Mayo, Zurich Switzerland.

Kaire also recently participated as an artist in residence at 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles, USA, together with NuMu's co-director Stefan Benchoam and in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

For PLATO'S CAVE, EIDIA House Inc. Co-Directors Melissa P. Wolf and Paul Lamarre (aka EIDIA) curate invited fellow artists to create an installation with an accompanying edition for the underground space PLATO'S CAVE. EIDIA House functions as an art gallery and meeting place, collaborating with artists to create "socially radical" art forms-framed within the discipline of aesthetic research.

Plato's Cave Wed-Sat 1-6pm or by appointment. Contact Paul Lamarre or Melissa Wolf, 646 945 3830, email to: eidiahouse@earthlink.net EIDIA House eidia.com/

Jessica Kairé http://jessicakaire.com/

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18. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, Closing Party at P.P.O.W. Gallery, Manhattan, Dec. 17

On Thursday, December 17th here will be a Closing party from 6 to 8 PM in celebration of Martha Wilson's second solo exhibition at P.P.O.W Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), third floor. The exhibition, entitled "Mona/Marcel/Marge," includes a lenticular photograph by the same name as well as 13 other works. Do come!

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller