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Contents for March 7, 2016

1. Martha Wilson, Agnes Denes, Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer, Tehching Hsieh, William Pope.L, REPOhistory, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, FF Alumns, at Nathan Cummings Foundation, Manhattan, March 10

We're thrilled to invite you to a panel discussion entitled Confrontations in Context with Martha Wilson, Agnes Denes, Todd Ayoung, and Muna Tseng as part of (Counter)Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978-1993 at the Nathan Cummings Foundation on Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm.

We hope you can join us!

Confrontations in Context: Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm
Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 Tenth Avenue, 14th Floor

RSVP HERE: https://www.tfaforms.com/411045 no later than Tuesday, March 8. RSVP is required as space is limited. Guests are first come, first served.

Todd Ayoung, Artist and Founding Member, REPOhistory Collective
Agnes Denes, Environmental Artist, Scholar
Muna Tseng, Artistic Director of Muna Tseng Dance Projects Inc. & Director of the Photographic Estate Archive of Tseng Kwong Chi

Moderated by Martha Wilson, Artist and Founding Director of Franklin Furnace Archive

Constantly in flux, Lower Manhattan has always moved in two directions - its rising skyscrapers pushing upwards at the forefront of "development" while over decades the city's history is continually buried deeper underfoot. Focusing on the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, this panel discussion highlights how artists have collectively altered the urban landscape, shifting public space through socially and politically engaged installations, performances, and interventions. Repossessed and reclaimed, the Lower Manhattan neighborhood's past is reframed as a "living narrative that includes untold stories" by these artists, ranging from subversive street signs marking under-known histories to a harvest of crops in a landfill that provokes considerations of world trade, hunger, and waste.

Martha Wilson, an artist who has long championed art forms "vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content," moderates the evening.

(Counter)Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978-1993 reflects a period of social, political, and artistic extremes in the downtown artistic community. This snapshot of a time and place presents a diverse range of projects while capturing each artist's varied response to the overall political climate, including the HIV/AIDS crisis, civil rights violations, the changing public sphere, and the impact of newly pervasive media.

The exhibition features artwork and documentation of public art, performance and interventions by Tseng Kwong Chi, Agnes Denes, Eiko & Koma, Guerrilla Girls, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Tehching Hsieh, John Kelly, William Pope.L, REPOhistory, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, the Visual AIDS Artists' Caucus, including Allen Frame, Frank Franca, and Nan Goldin, and more. Curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin.

On view: December 3, 2015-March 17, 2016
Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 Tenth Avenue, 14th Floor
Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

By appointment only
To view the exhibition, please contact the Nathan Cummings Foundation at exhibits@nathancummings.org

(Counter)Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978-1993 was first presented by LMCC in the Arts Center at Governors Island from May 23 - September 27, 2015. This presentation of the exhibition is made possible by support from Nathan Cummings Foundation. Special thanks to SRI Fine Art Services.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community, The Nathan Cummings Foundation seeks to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.

LMCC's Public Engagement Initiatives are supported, in part, by Ameriprise Financial, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Con Edison, and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.

Additionally, many artists and projects represented here are also featured in Creative Insider's Guide to Lower Manhattan, a web-based guide to idiosyncratic histories of Lower Manhattan's iconic architecture and the groundbreaking artists who have lived and worked there. More information at LMCC.net. Creative Insider's Guide is sponsored in part by Launch LM.



2. Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, FF Alumn, now online at artfcity.com


How an Art Exhibition in New York Led to Harassment from Chinese Authorities

This story has all the elements of a 1990s cyberpunk thriller: hackers, foreign government agents, and multinational corporations. But this is terrifying reality in 2016. A collaboration between American and Chinese activists, artists, and programmers has resulted in FIREWALL, a pop-up internet cafe/art installation that lays bare the censored version of the internet mainland Chinese citizens have access to. When visitors search a term at one of the consoles, they see the results in both Google and state-controlled Chinese equivalent Baidu.. That gesture appears innocent enough-after all, FIREWALL merely presents the internet as curated by the Chinese state. Those very censors, however, seem pretty unhappy about it.

We spoke online to a source involved in FIREWALL-who wishes to remain anonymous-about intimidation tactics used by the Chinese government to discourage participation in the project. We're told that China has reached out to a Chinese business and pressured them to bar a Chinese employee from participating in an NYC event related to the exhibition last week. According to this source, it is common practice to send government agents-often students-to observe workshops and other programming deemed relevant to the state in an act of cultural espionage. It seems likely that an event hosted by the cafe was attended by an agent "to monitor it".
"Censorship often takes form in social interactions and human relationships... For example, Chinese authorities will exert pressure on a large company or employer if one employee is 'saying too much.' The company then is obliged to silence this individual, and if the subsequent results don't appease the officials, then the government can flex their power over the entire organization. Censorship looks like manipulation and coercion of these working relationships. In America, I think we call this 'blackmail'?
Those employers and employees were reportedly contacted by "multiple methods" but our source couldn't divulge more details out of concern for the safety of those involved. When asked to elaborate, they replied:

Individuals and even corporations affected by censorship have to react in creative ways to avoid trouble: lead secret lives, change public names, publicly disassociate as much as possible from the targeted individual/party or sensitive material/terms.
Everyone involved was extremely surprised and shocked because we're not gathering people at a large scale, and our discussion still focuses on this art project. Tangential issues like LGBT and women's rights are often the target of censorship so make for substantial discussion, but we're just educating, raising awareness, and giving people a look into censorship. I never anticipated censorship to directly affect FIREWALL in real life this way.

While it's extremely disconcerting to know that China's Orwellian obsession with restricting access to information extends to art events in New York, it's promising to see how much positivity has come out of the project. From discussions around China's burgeoning internet underground as a site of feminist discourse to cross-cultural discussions of power, FIREWALL is creating a politicized social space on-and-offline. The artist who created FIREWALL, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, is willing to take some risk to engage with artists and activists across the globe.

Some collaborators I've never met face to face, we only collaborate virtually, and their location is undisclosed. Some I've met but do not know their real names or identities. Artistically, it was a very strange way to work, and I found myself wanting to ask personal questions like I would to a typical collaborator, but I've gotten used to letting those curiosities die in the creative process for the sake of individual security.

Instead, I focus on the common vision we share: examining Internet freedom from all angles... critiquing cultural and political biases from both sides: on American and Chinese access to information online. What forces curate, control, or dominate the information we have access to online? There are many forces at play both in the US and China: corporate interests, national security, political ideologies, etc.
To see the exhibition and try a Search Session yourself, head to Chinatown Soup (16B Orchard Street) today at 5p, where the pop-up cafe is located. Then at 7:30p, there will be a discussion about "Creative Hacktivism" up the street at Orbital (155 Rivington Street). More details are available here. Just watch your back, because chances are someone else will be too.



3. Chin Chih Yang, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at MoCA, Taipei, opening April 2

The artist Chin Chih Yang presents a major solo exhibition
Kill Me or Change! Taipei 2016
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MoCA Taipei)
Opening April 2, 2016 and continuing through June 1, 2016
MOCA Studio 2016. 04. 02-05.01
MOCA Plaza 2016. 04. 02-06.01

The Taiwanese-American artist and performer Chin Chih Yang will occupy the galleries and grounds of MoCA Taipei for a major solo exhibition entitled TRASH KING FAMILY. This retrospective will include an interactive performance art presentation; a 12x12 foot woven aluminum wall hanging; documentary prints and videos of Yang's international art events; and his 15-foot tall outdoor sculpture of a family of five, created from dozens of compressed cubes of recycled aluminum cans interspersed with benches made of solid blocks of ice. During the two-month exhibition Yang will also present interactive performances for audiences in different locations throughout the city of Taipei.

As the centerpiece of this wide ranging exhibition, Yang will reprise "Kill Me or Change," his most important performance to date, on April 15, 2016 and again on Earth Day April 23, 2016. In 2012, Chin Chih Yang presented the first iteration of this piece in New York City. The Taiwanese reprisal of "Kill Me or Change" will be customized for Yang's home nation to serve as a visceral demonstration of the suffocating effects of pollution. The artist will spend several months in Taipei to gather 30,000 used aluminum cans (on average, each human uses and discards 30,000 cans in their lifetime) and engage volunteers to help him clean, number, and sign each can. Once that work is completed, a construction crane will be placed on the grounds of the museum to hold the cans aloft in Yang's large sculptural aluminum sphere. After the first performance, audience members will be invited to help gather the aluminum cans and refill the sphere for the final performance, and once again after that so the sphere can be suspended in the sky for the duration of the exhibition. "Kill Me or Change" is Yang's call for people to examine their habits of personal consumption. A two-minute video of his original performance is online here: https://vimeo.com/46775357

On April 24, 2016, following the two performances of "Kill Me or Change", MoCA Taipei will host a performance/conversation event at the museum. Mr. Yang will perform with Dr. Martha Wilson, artist and founding director of Franklin Furnace Archive, the avant-garde arts organization now nested on the campus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Following their presentation, a conversation about performance art will engage the public in a discussion centered on the essential question "What is performance art and how does it fit into art history?" Moderated by representatives of Taipei MoCA, the panel will include Dr. Wilson; Mr. Huang Ming Chuan, former chair of the National Culture and Arts Foundation; and Ms. Peini Beatrice Hsieh, Director of Taipei City Cultural Affairs Bureau / former director of the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. A documentary film produced by Huang Ming Chuan will also be presented on April 24, 2016.

Chin Chih Yang was born in Taiwan, but has now lived longer in New York City than in the land of his birth. The multi-disciplinary artist graduated from Parsons School of Design in Manhattan (BFA, 1986) and holds a Master of Science degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (1994). In a 2009 review in The New York Times, Holland Cotter called Yang's work "magical." Yang has received fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., and has participated in several international residencies. The artist has lectured at Princeton and Columbia universities, and has been the subject of broadcasts on WCBS television and BBC World News. His work has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Taipei Times, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, The Village Voice, and many other major publications. It is Yang's mission to use art to redress environmental and social problems and instigate long-lasting positive change. He challenges all types of people with his activist presentations because he believes it is only by overcoming obstacles together that we can improve our planet and our selves.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MoCA Taipei) is located at No. 39, Chang'an W Road in the Datong District of Taipei, Taiwan 103. MoCA Taipei is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm. Housed in a landmark 1921 building that once served as Taipei City Hall, MoCA Taipei opened to the public in 2001 and focuses on presenting public exhibitions of contemporary art and culture in its landmark historical setting.

This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by the supported by National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Taiwanese American Arts Council and more.

U.S. Contact: Harley Spiller 917-553-4831, inspectorcollector@gmail.com



4. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, thru Jan. 8, 2017, and more

Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce that RATTLE, my exhibition commissioned by the Grounds For Sculpture, is now on view through January 8, 2017. The site-specific installation consists of over one hundred new works featuring paintings, ceramics, sound, furniture and window art. I hope you will have a chance to experience this immersive show! Paul Henry
Current Exhibition:
RATTLE, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (February 27,2016 through January 8, 2017).

Upcoming Exhibition:
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE (March 5 through May 29, 2016).
Click links here for more information:
Grounds For Sculpture
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
Delaware Art Museum

515 West 26th Street, NY 10001




5. Katherine Behar, FF Alumn, at The Alice, Seattle, WA, thru April 9, and more

A new book release & an exhibition in Seattle

Dear Friends,
I'm very excited to share two different projects, both involving my work on Big Data: a new essay chapbook on decelerationist aesthetics and a group show in Seattle!
Best wishes,
My video project Modeling Big Data will be presented in I Wasn't Just Saying What You Wanted To Hear... at The Alice in Seattle. Molly Mac beautifully curated this immersive video and sound exhibition, which stages a conversation between five single-channel video artworks by five different artists: Katherine Behar, Constance DeJong, Ellie Krakow, Jaeeun Lee and Elise Rasmussen.

I will also launch Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity, my new book published by Punctum Books on the occasion of this exhibition.

I Wasn't Just Saying What You Wanted To Hear...
Curated by Molly Mac

March 5-April 9, 2016

The Alice
6007 12th Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98108

More info: http://www.thealicegallery.com/current-show.html
Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity was officially released this week by Punctum Books. The e-book is available now online from punctum. The paperback version is now available at The Alice and is coming soon to order on punctum's site!

I shall consider human actions and appetites just as if it were a question of lines, planes, and bodies.
~Spinoza, Ethics
In her first inquiry toward a decelerationist aesthetics, Katherine Behar explores in this essay chapbook the rise of two "big deal" contemporary phenomena, big data and obesity. In both, scale rearticulates the human as a diffuse informational pattern, causing important shifts in political form as well as aesthetic form. Bigness redraws relationships between the singular and the collective. Understood as informational patterns, collectives can be radically inclusive, even incorporating nonhumans. As a result, the political subject is slowly becoming a new object. This social and informational body belongs to no single individual, but is shared in solidarity with something "bigger than you."
In decelerationist aesthetics, the aesthetic properties, proclivities, and performances of objects come to defy the accelerationist imperative to be nimbly individuated. Decelerationist aesthetics rejects atomistic, liberal, humanist subjects; this unit of self is too consonant with capitalist relations and functions. Instead, decelerationist aesthetics favors transhuman sociality embodied in particulate, mattered objects; the aesthetic form of such objects resists capitalist speed and immediacy by taking back and taking up space and time. In just this way, big data calls into question the conventions by which humans are defined as discrete entities, and individual scales of agency are made to form central binding pillars of social existence through which bodies are drawn into relations of power and pathos.

More info: https://punctumbooks.com/titles/bigger-than-you-big-data-and-obesity/

Copyright (c) 2016 Katherine Behar, All rights reserved.



6. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, March 23

David Medalla, FF Alumn, Director of the London Biennale, will give a talk
at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), in Baltimore. Maryland, on
March 23, 2016, at 10 a.m. The talk will be held in the Lazarus Center Auditorium, 131 W, North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland.
The talk is open to the public, admission free.
Luca Buvoli will introduce David Medalla to the audience.

David Medalla's talk will be on the subject of art and globalisation.
The talk is a continuing series of talks on culture and art
which David Medalla has been giving in recent months
in different parts of the world.
Fredric Gunve invited David Medalla to give a talk on his performances
at the University of Goteborg in Sweden.

Adam Nankervis invited David Medalla to give a talk on his recent oil painting
'In Praise of the Great Pioneers of Science', at 'another vacant space' in Berlin.
Adam Nankervis, David Medalla and Daniel Kupferberg performed in the Peggy
Guggenheim Collection in Venice with the interns of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the team of the Philippine Pavillion at the Venice Biennale.
Adam Nankervis and David Medalla participated in the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Bruni at the Gallery Enrico Astuni in Bologna, Italy.

Andrew Stahl invited David Medalla to give a talk on his art
at the Slade School of Art, University College London. England-

David Medalla has given talks on art and culture at many educational institutions all over the world, including Oxford University, England, the Sorbonne, France,
Boston College of Art and Design, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Utrecth, the Academy of Venice, the Academy of Brera Milan, the Academy of Fine Art of Florence, The University of Hawai'i in Manoa, Honolulu, the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, the University College of Los Angeles, the University of Southampton, England, Chelsea School of Art, St. Martin's School of Art, Goldsmiths School of Art, Camberwell School of Art, the Royal Academy School and the Royal College of Art in London. the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the City College of New York, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the School of Fine Art of Pelotas, Brazil. the British School in Rome. the Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of the Philippines.

David Medalla, who studied philosophy, literature and drama at Columbia University in New York City, will be happy to receive invitations from educational
and cultural foundations to give talks on art and culture.
Please contact him at his E mail address : : davidmedalla43@yahoo-com



7. Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, at Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain, thru April 24


Peter Downsbrough's intervention titled "AND / AS, HERE, PLACE, SET, THE, THEN" for the Barcelona Pavilion can be considered fortuitous. Here, two seemingly different disciplines, art and architecture, meet to share an equally sparse, austere yet engaging vocabulary. Mies van der Rohe's iconic masterpiece, a landmark of Modernism, was built during a decade in which his ground-breaking architecture literally surpassed the ordinary. To reach this conclusion, all one needs to do is take a look around, which is exactly what the artist has done. In comparison to the Palau Nacional de Montjuïc, built in 1929 in an eclectic, academic and imposing Italian Style reminiscent of the St. Peter's basilica, and the most prominent construction erected for the 21. Barcelona International Exposition, Mies' German Pavilion looks like a mere gesture, but an outstanding and thought-provoking one. A gesture picked up and carried further by Peter Downsbrough's intervention. The seven discreetly inserted words - verbs, adverbs and prepositions - interact in a subtle way with the constructive logic and spatial freedom of the Pavilion. They invite the visitor into a greater scenario of which SET - in the reflecting pool next to Georg Kolbe's figure - could be the architectural abstraction that enhances our awareness of our environment and PLACE.

(Moritz Küng)

FROM 9/03 TO 24/04
10 AM - 8 PM
After briefly studying architecture, Peter Downsbrough (1940, New Brunswick, N.J., lives in Brussels) started working as a sculptor. The body of work that he has since developed includes sculpture, work on paper, photography, books, film, video, audio pieces, maquettes and several public commissions. The work offers a reflection on the importance of the position taken: that of sculpture within its context, that of the viewer vis-à-vis the work, that of the artist within the world that surrounds. Within these complex structures the position of each element plays a decisive role, and this goes for language
as well as architecture. His work has been shown at institutions such as Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź; Mamco - Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva ; SMAK -Stedelijk Museum van Actuele Kunst, Ghent; MACBA - Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Fabra i Coats, Barcelona; Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin; MAC's - Musée des Arts Contemporains, Hornu; MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York.

A new book will be published on the occasion of the Pavilion Intervention.

For further information:
In collaboration with
Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 7
08038 Barcelona
àngels barcelona
c. pintor fortuny 27 - 08001 barcelona t+34 93 4125400
info@angelabarcelona.com www.angelsbarcelona.com



8. LuLu LoLo, FF Alumn, in Manhattan, March 12, and more

March LuLu LoLo Events
Saturday March 12, 2016 at 11am
LuLu LoLo and Municipal Arts Society Celebrates Women's History Month:

In Search of Monuments to Women

11:00 AM - Historian, guide, and activist LuLu LoLo, whose recent interactive street performance as Joan of Arc http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/16/nyregion/a-street-level-search-for-women-to-put-on-a-manhattan-pedestal.html
highlights the disgraceful disparity in New York City between public monuments honoring men (150) as opposed to only 5 public monuments honoring women, will lead a tour visiting three of these monuments honoring women in Upper Manhattan: the Harriet Tubman Memorial, the Joan of Arc Memorial, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument. Also included in this tour will be the Fireman's Memorial, which depicts the more traditionally acceptable anonymous allegorical figures of women in public monuments. The tragic Audrey Munson was the model not only for the Firemen's Memorial, but also for most of the allegorical monuments in New York. The brand new tour will detail the history of these monuments, the legacy of these women, and the sculptors who depicted them (three of whom were women). Due to the distance between these monuments the tour will use public transportation. Note that all tour-goers must bring a metro-card worth at least two fares. Cost: $30 / $20 Members
Please purchase tickets online or call (212) 935-2075, Monday-Friday 9-5.
Meeting locations are provided after tickets are purchased.
All tours proceed rain or shine.

Wed March 9, 2016 doors open 7:30 show 8pm
Dead Darlings 10th Edition
Phoebe Robinson, Jacqueline Novak, Adrienne Truscott, LuLu LoLo
Hosted by Amanda Duarte
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South

***Dead Darlings is a monthly salon where artists, writers, and Creatives of all disciplines present work that has been cut, abandoned, or is otherwise lying dead on the desktop. Always fun and always free, and always the only show where you'll see this material!***

March is Women's History Month: Remembering the Triangle Fire:

LuLu LoLo will perform an excerpt from "Soliloquy for a Seamstress: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire" link to http://www.lululolo.com/theater/soliloquy.html
at the following events:

March 8, 2016, 11am at Hofstra University
Remember the Triangle Fire Panel Discussion
Robin Berson, Eileen Follano, LuLu Lolo, Mary Anne Trasciatti

March 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm
105th Triangle Fire Memorial & Awards Ceremony Christ the King High School, Queens, NY

Join LuLu LoLo at the 105th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire Commemoration
March 23 11:30-1pm Washington Place and Greene Street



9. Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, at The J. Paul Getty Museum + LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, March 15-July 31

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium
The J. Paul Getty Museum + LACMA, Los Angeles, California
March 15 - July 31, 2016

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce the opening of two major complementary retrospective exhibitions on the work of Robert Mapplethorpe at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, drawn from the institutions' 2011 landmark joint acquisition of Mapplethorpe's work. The two exhibitions highlight different aspects of the artist's complex personality and reexamine the arc of his photographic career- from its beginnings in the early 1970s to the culture wars of the 1990s.

For more information, please visit mapplethorpe.la

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



10. R. Sikoryak, Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, March 9

Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows
Hosted by R. Sikoryak

Live drawings, gag cartoons, and graphic novels as created, performed, and read by:
Sam Gross
Ellen Lindner
Doug Skinner with Anne Shapiro
Connie Sun
Meghan Turbitt
Jess Worby
and more!
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door), $12 (students/seniors/idNYC))
Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Pla



11. Bernard Tschumi, FF Alumn, at Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, opening March 12

OPENING: Bernard Tschumi Architects Retrospective Exhibition in Shanghai

On March 12, 2016, the retrospective exhibition Bernard Tschumi/Architecture:
Concept & Notation, will open at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China. Featuring more than 35 projects, both built and unbuilt, the 10,000-square-foot display includes recent Chinese projects and a Chinese-language catalogue. The exhibition will remain open until June 19. The retrospective was first shown at Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou in Spring-Summer 2014, and then at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Switzerland in Spring-Summer 2015.

For more information, please visit:

227 W. 17th St., New York, NY
tel 212 807 6340 fax 212 242 3693



12. Yoko Ono, Jon Hendricks, FF Alumns, at Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France, Mar. 9-Jul. 10

Yoko Ono
Lumière de L'aube
(Light of Dawn)
March 9-July 10, 2016

Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon
81 quai Charles de Gaulle
Cité Internationale
69006 Lyon
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-7pm

T +33 4 72 69 17 17

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From March 9 to July 10, 2016, the macLYON presents the first French retrospective devoted to the work of Yoko Ono. Entitled Yoko Ono: Lumière de L'aube, the show brings together more than a hundred works, from the illustrated poems of 1952 to the big installations of 2016, encompassing performance, instructions, film, music, and writing. Faithful to the spirit of Yoko Ono's work, the exhibition can be seen, be heard, and above all, be experienced.

In a little less than seven years, from October 1955 to May 1962, between New York and Tokyo, Yoko Ono broadened the ambit of the visual arts to cover hitherto unexplored areas. By using the body, by probing the status of the original, by identifying with the present and the incomplete, and by inviting all and sundry to join in and create or interpret her scores, she was effectively writing a new page in the history of art. Her pionnering role in the development of conceptual art and performance art as well as her influence in the creation of the Fluxus "spirit" have been internationally acknowledged. Text and text-scores, instructions, sound, stage, collectives, and multiple versions opened incredible vistas for her, which she broadened and developed in her subsequent works.

Yoko Ono's entire oeuvre exists between these two ideals whose obviousness was for a long time held to be naive: Yes and Imagine.

As Yoko's work contains time within itself, this retrospective does not operate in chronological order, even though the dialogue opens with Instruction Paintings. And, because the visual art contains sound, or vice versa, Yoko's music has not been in any way "isolated" in the exhibition space in order for it to be heard. On the contrary, it radiates from the walls. Because the original, in its generally accepted sense, is no longer an original for Yoko but rather a beginning-that is to say the diagram of a story to be experienced-we have given preference to versions of the works that can be experienced by a wide public. This is the lesson Yoko Ono teaches us, a lesson in experimentation and sharing.

For Lyon's show, Yoko Ono has chosen the title Lumière de L'aube. It is generic, in so far as lumière (light) is one of the keywords of her oeuvre. At the same time, it is rooted in the city's history because it inevitably recalls that strange invention, which its creators, the Lumière Brothers, predicted would never catch on, namely, the cinema. And for such a young work, Yoko Ono's, this title is a beautiful beginning, a very nice opening.

Co-curators: Jon Hendricks, Thierry Raspail

Press contacts
Agency Heymann Renoult Associées
Agnès Renoult and Bettina Bauerfeind
b.bauerfeind@heymann-renoult.com / T +33 (0)1 44 61 76 76



13. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now online at quirkyberkeley.com

Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now featured on Quirky Berkeley: The Quirky Material Culture of Berkeley

"Curtis Street - The Wounded Healer's Home"
by Tom Dalzell

Lots of great photos!

A couple of excerpts from the article:

Performance artist/shaman Frank Moore lived here until his death in 2013. Linda Mac and Mikee LaBash, longtime collaborators with Moore, live here. The wounded healer's spirit lives on!

Moore pushed the envelope. He colored outside the lines. He knew no boundaries. He reached for the stars and shot the moon. Our daily lexicon doesn't serve well when trying to describe what Moore was and did.



14. Kirby Gookin, Alison Knowles, Larry Miller, Naoto Nakagawa, Tom Otterness, Christy Rupp, FF Alumns, at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Manhattan, thru April 3

We are happy to announce that The Value of Food received a nice Critics Pick last week.

And... if you haven't been able to see the exhibition, there are only four more weeks, sadly, until the exhibition closes.
Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn


Value of Food Images:

WABC / Eye Witness News ABC 7 NYC:

NY1 News:

The exhibition is free and open to the public.
October 6, 2015 - April 3, 2016
7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday - Saturday (Sundays, full access 1-3:00 pm)




15. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in the Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderale, FL, Feb. 3

Jay Critchley and the art of making up companies
Phillip Valys - Feb 3, 2016
SUN SENTINEL - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
In 1990, performance artist Jay Critchley donned his corporate hat for Nuclear Recycling Consultants, a company he founded, to pitch an idea to 80 realty investors at a bar in Exeter, N.H. Critchley told the realtors he aimed to convert a row of abandoned nuclear facilities into the Nuclear Resort Community at Seabrook, a community of "luxury seaside radiation cottages" in the shadow of Seabrook's active nuclear power plant. Even his posterboard illustrations seemed professional: idyllic summer nooks, occupied by couples smoking cigarettes and a blonde in a bathing suit, overlooking a lake filled with sailboats, seagulls and radiation poisoning.
Investors took him "way too seriously," Critchley recalls, flipping through old posterboards at Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt Center Gallery. "I didn't want to go up there and laugh in their faces at their stupidity," Critchley says. "But they didn't even blink when I told them the cottage would have louver-leaded windows, so if the plant melted down, at least the windows would be safe."
Some 150 posterboards, photographs, videos, sculptures and graphics capture 30 years of shenanigans in "Jay Critchley: Incorporated," opening Friday, Feb. 5, at the gallery. Critchley, an activist who turns spoofing corporate America into an art form, is the founder and CEO of 29 real companies, the logos for which decorate one wall in the gallery. A sample of names: Old Glory Condoms, TACKI (Tampon Applicator Creative Clubs International), Mobil Warming and P-Town Inc., that last one a satirical, Disney-fied rebranding of Provincetown, Mass., with replicas of Cinderella's castle and a "survivalist camp resort" for anyone afraid of "global warming and gay people."
Critchley, 69, says he turned to forming mock companies in the early 1980s as a way of "dealing with growing political and cultural problems" such as HIV-AIDS, corporate greed, Y2K and nuclear energy.
"Corporations now have a controlling factor on influence on politics and the distribution of wealth, especially since Citizens United," says Critchley, who lives in Provincetown. "So in the '80s, I decided I should become a corporation. What faster way is there to enhance your voice and give influence?"
Many of Critchley's companies have courted controversy. An infamous example is Old Glory Condoms - patriotic rubbers colored red, white and blue - which turned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office purple when the artist sought to trademark the contraceptives. The government denied the application (it was "immoral and scandalous to associate the flag with sex" one line of gallery-wall text reads), but Critchley won after a three-year legal battle, and shipped some 150,000 condoms to consumers.
"This was the year we had an AIDS crisis, but the Supreme Court was more interested in allowing flag-burning as protected free speech," Critchley recalls. "So then I thought, 'What does it really mean to be patriotic?' It means saving lives. I think creating an image of a flag on a condom was a logical thing."
At the gallery, Critchley's condoms decorate Statue of Liberty souvenirs and cover a row of copper busts depicting presidents John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. Nearby are artifacts from his other exploits: "Deep Bones," photos from a 2011 New York installation of a 1979 MG Sports car mummified in plastic shopping bags ("both are made from or use petroleum," Critchley says); and a sculpture he calls the Septic Space," an aboveground septic tank that resembles a teepee that, in 1997, he marketed to investors as a "theater in the ground" for "opera, drag and performance arts."
FAU gallery director Rod Faulds says he roped in FAU professors to collaborate on the "ambitious" art show. The "Septic Space," a skeleton of metal rods visitors can climb inside, was built by fine art students.
"A lot of Jay's projects take place outside of a gallery, so 70 percent of the show is documentary video and photos," Faulds says. "He's a crazy guy who revisits all of the political issues that affect us, and his persistence in carrying them out is what's most impressive."
"Jay Critchley: Incorporated" will run Friday, Feb. 5, until April 2 at Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, in Boca Raton. Critchley will deliver a staged reading and performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 5. Admission is free. Call 561-297-2661 or go to FAU.edu/Galleries www.jaycritchley.com



16. Christiane Dautresme at Rabbit Hole Gallery, Brooklyn, March 25

"Congressional District Voodoo"

Sugarlife brings you a one-night only participatory ceremony/performance using musical narrative as Voodoo, providing a gateway into the frozen hearts and deadened minds of our elected representatives.

The evening will involve a singalong and skewering of life-size effigies of a select few despicable elected officials.

Sugarlife is a New York based Franco/American/Japanese oddball performance group. These statesmen serve up a hilarious weirdo, off-kilter performance odyssey with live musical accompaniment as would be conducted and staged by Jack Smith, John Waters, David Lynch, Marlene Dietrich and the Residents.
Multi-instrumentalists Danny Tunick, Takuya Nakamura and Stuart Popejoy provide a masterful improvisational score to the anguish ridden narratives created by performance artist Christian Dautresme aka/ Sugarlife.
Mr. Dautresme has a knack for making you feel at home in a world of psychological discomfort. You may at times find yourself laughing or wanting to cry. This is work is daring and not for the faint of heart.

When: Friday March 25th at 8pm
Where: Rabbit Hole Gallery ( DUMBO)
33 Washington Street
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Donations welcome at the door

Contact : Christian Dautresme chalbeda@gmail.com



17. Eunice Golden, FF Alumn, now online

Graphic Design Degree Hub has named Eunice Golden, FF Alumn, one of the 30 Most Influential Women Artists Alive today

The complete illustrated article is available at this link:

Among the top 5 influential women artists:
along with Annie Leibovitz, Kathryn Bigelow, Vivienne Westwood, and Yayoi Kusama. In company with NanGoldin, Marina Abramovic, Cindy Sherman, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Rei Kawakubo, Sarah Burton, Sally Mann, Jenny Saville, Jane LaFarge Hamill, Alyssa Monks, Vija Celmins, Rachel Whiteread, Marina Debris, Anne Hardy, Sara VanDerBeek, Beatriz Milhazes, Chantal Joffe, Jeannette Hayes, Ann Hirsch, Yuu Watase, Cady Noland, Marlene Dumas, Wangechi, Mutu and Ariana Richards.

"What makes someone an amazing artist?
For the purpose of this list - which includes women from artistic fields such as photography, painting, fashion design, illustration, and more - artistic greatness is defined as possessing a variety of attributes and experiments that add up to artistic eminence. These include unique processes, prestigious awards won, books written, classes taught, films, museum collections, and high-profile clients, to name but a few. It is difficult to rank artists based on the perceived quality of their work, so instead this list is ranked by the overall length of their resume. Those artists with more impressive credits, and whose work is part of more prestigious collections, are ranked highest." #

Listed as the 5th most influential woman artist, she is a painter:
"A one-time psychology student, Eunice Golden is now a well-known figurative expressionist who explores sexuality and the women's liberation movement. Golden produced much of her most iconic work in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time she was one of many artists actively fighting censorship in the art world. Her revolutionary series "Male Landscapes" was highly controversial, but created a buzz among art historians that still exists today. In the 1990s, Golden's work evolved into a study of the relationship between mother and child - a theme brought on by the untimely death of her son. Golden's work is still included in various exhibitions depicting the political side of women's art." #

See her work in the current exhibition
"Concept, Performance, Documentation, Language"
The Mitchell Algus Gallery
132 Delancey Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10002
(entrance on Norfolk Street)
February 20 - April 17, 2016
Hours: Wed-Sun, 12-6pm and by appointment



18. Brendan Fernandes, FF Alumn, at BRIC, Brooklyn, opening March 16, and more

Dear Friends!
As we enter into March I hope all is well. I am writing from Chicago where I am the artist in residency at Northwestern University as an Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities fellow in the Dance and Performance Studies Department. I am thrilled to be here and look forward to having time to make new research inquires and projects. This month I am excited to be participating in a show entitled, "Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere" at Bric in Brooklyn. The opening is March 16th and I hope to see you at the reception. Furthermore, my work is currently being featured in Studio, the magazine of the Studio Museum in Harlem with a feature looking at my recent performance works using dance. In addition Art21 Blog showcases "In Your Words," my collaboration with Nanna Debois Buhl in a creative piece about migration and birds written by Sky Goodden.

As always, many thanks for you continued support and I look forward to our paths crossing in the near future!
Sending my best, Brendan

Copyright (c) Brendan Fernandes Studio 2016



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