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Contents for May 02, 2016

1. Peter Downsbrough, Sol LeWitt, FF Alumns, at The Drawing Center, Manhattan, thru June 12, and more

Peter Downsbrough, FF Alumn, has work in these three exhibitions:

April 15 - June 12, 2016
Drawing Dialogues: The Sol LeWitt Collection
Drawing Center, New York (NY)

April 24 - June 26, 2016
Between the Ticks of the Watch
The Renaissance Society, Chicago (IL)

April 30 - June 4, 2016
Peter Downsbrough
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston (MA)



2. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, at The Phatory, Manhattan, May 1-22

Current Exhibit
Mutant Monkey Business
The Phatory is pleased to announce a new installation in the gallery's window by Joe Lewis entitled Mutant Monkey Business which will be on view starting Sunday, May 1st, through Friday, May 22nd.

As an advanced critique of Capitolism [sic] Lewis recalls:"The first time I saw the scaffolding around the Capitol building it reminded me of a jungle gym. I remember how my young daughter used to climb all over the one in Washington Square Park, hang upside down, and jump from the top rungs into my arms - scaring the hell out of me. I'd set her down and off she'd go again, not a care in the world as she'd twist and turn, trying to fly. When I was a kid, they called them monkey bars. And that's what comes to mind when I see our elected officials behind banks of microphones, imitating each other's body language, twitching with hostility held in check by the thinnest veneer of civility. It always reminds me of a field trip I went on in third grade to the Central Park Zoo Monkey House. It was loud and smelled bad. One monkey had his back to the group but kept looking over his shoulder. Mrs. Fireburg was chattering away about something, and the monkey turned around, and I think he spits in her face. We were quickly ushered out of the building, but Mrs. Fireburg never came back to class. Today, I know what that monkey was doing - the same thing those guys are doing in the Capitol Building".

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3. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Julie Ault, FF Alumns, at Andrea Rosen Gallery, Manhattan, opening May 5

Curated by
Julie Ault and Roni Horn

"Untitled", 1989 Paint on wall Dimensions vary with installation
Installation view of: Specific Objects without Specific Form Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, 2010

Three-part exhibition at Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York;
Massimo De Carlo, Milan; Hauser & Wirth, London

Andrea Rosen Gallery
525 West 24th Street, New York
Opening Reception May 5, 6 - 8 pm
May 3 - June 18, 2016

For more information, please contact Justin Conner (justin@hellothirdeye.com),
or visit our website, www.andrearosengallery.com



4. Betty Beaumont, FF Alumn, now online at forfatternesklimaaksjon.wordpress.com

Ocean Landmark, Conceptual Photographs


Forfatternes Klimaaksjon (Authors Climate Action) is pleased to include the works of American artist Betty Beaumont and other world-wide environmental artists, writers, and activists representing the notion: "Everyone has the right to an environment that ensures health and a nature where production, capability, and diversity is preserved. Natural resources should be allocated on the basis of a long-term and versatile use that safeguard this right for posterity."

Included on the website are a series of Beaumont’s photographs of the materials, fabrication, installation, and evolution of the project, Ocean Landmark, 1978-1980.

“Ocean Landmark dealt with the issues of reclamation and the future, working through the one toward the viability of the other. Beaumont was seeking alternatives to standard assumptions, both about art and about technology. She began with two pieces of information, first with the knowledge that the Atlantic Continental Shelf is unwilling host to the dumping of vast quantities of hazardous and toxic wastes, and that the burning of coal produces quantities of coal fly-ash waste. Beaumont worked with a team of scientists who were investigating ways to stabilize coal waste. They developed a process to stabilize it in water. Beaumont proposed the concept of turning this product into an underwater sculpture, which would function as an artificial reef, creating a place where people might come and fish. The sculpture now lies seventy feet below the surface, on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, an active fishing ground, unseen, but flourishing. It is documented in aerial photography of the process, underwater footage and sonograms. In her voiceover in the film, The Journey, some of the questions she poses as the barge makes its journey are ‘How do we use energy in a world of diminishing resources?’; ‘How do we feed the people of the world?’; ‘What is cognition?’; ‘What are the poetics of space?’” –Beth Harber, The Binnewater Tides

Beaumont freely integrates cross-disciplinary ideas and the connections among them to produce works that reveal transformational ideas about our contemporary world and urban landscapes. The flow from the specific, concrete, and technical, to the abstract, meditative and lyrical characterizes her work.

Since 1970, Beaumont’s art has been exhibited in the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, South America, Africa, Egypt, Mexico and Cuba, including the Whitney (NYC), Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt), National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo and Kyoto) and MoMA PS1 (NYC). Beaumont has received the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Calif., Berkeley), Pollock Krasner and Creative Capital grants and NEA and NYSCA Fellowships. She has produced work in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, installations, public interventions, and new media.

For more information about the artist and works, please visit www.bettybeaumont.com




5. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, May 6

Dear Friends,
This Friday May 6, 7-9 PM, there will be a talk at New York University about the magazine Black Renaissance Noire, and 16 or 17 pieces of my works-on-paper are published in this magazine covering 9 pages. I’ll be speaking about my work and its backgrounds. Other artists noted in the announcement will also speak. I’d be delighted to see you there.

Warmest regards,


Black Renaissance Noire Volume 16.1 Issue Release:
Readings and Reception
Friday, May 6, 2016

Black Renaissance Noire
The Institute of African American Affairs-NYUStep Dia
Ruth Hardinger
Stephon Alexander
Melvin Edwards and Lydie Diakhaté
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Friday, May 6, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

New York University
19 University Place, Rm. 102
(btwn E. 8th and Waverly Place)
New York, NY 10003
FREE & Open to the Public with Limited Space
Please RSVP to (212) 998-IAAA (4222)



6. Nina Yankowitz, FF Alumn, at Clemente Center, Manhattan, opening May 3

Nina Yankowitz’s Spiral Vortex Paint Game 2014-2016 from Criss~Crossing The Divine Interactive art series featured in Creative Tech Week Arts Hub
Clemente Center 107 Suffolk St. NYC Opening May 3 2016 6:30-11Pm.

LCF Agency for International Arts & Culture Programs and Creative Tech Week, New York City are pleased to announce the presentation of Nina Yankowitz’s Spiral Vortex Paint Game 2014-2016 from her ongoing series Criss~Crossing the Divine.

The Spiral Vortex Paint Game is a multimedia video installation that invited viewers to play games using an interactive wand to curate and prioritize topic-words they wish to explore.
The process of playing the games actively engages our understanding that as personal perspectives change so does how we interpret those sacred texts. The software interface was designed in collaboration with a team of tech experts to parse all the topics that the player chooses in order to determine which unique results will project on the wall. The participant can scroll through their customized collection of scriptures and even download a copy to keep. The searches deliver an expansive, constantly changing landscape in which new questions lead to new searches and results ad infinitum. Criss~Crossing The Divine highlights the core similarities between the holy books of different religions, to cultivate cross-cultural understanding.

The complete Criss~Crossing the Divine multimedia installation hosts robotic sculptures, video projections and interactive games addressing today’s expanding religious intolerance which fuels violence and global conflict. World religions were founded on great storytelling and a flexible body of scriptures whose content could be interpreted according to the shifting needs of different generations. While in a virtual dialogue with 46,000 original scriptures from five faiths: The Old Testament, New Testament, Hindu Rig Vedas, The Quran, and Buddhist texts, these explorations underscore that intolerance is not a function of differing religious beliefs. The project originated with the artist’s interest in inspiring people to reassess their personal biases regarding religion and faith.

As a pioneering feminist artist, known more recently for her bold technology-rich collaborative works, Nina Yankowitz’s prolific career, beginning late 1960’s /early 1970’s, has been defined by artistic experimentation across all media. Her works have been included in solo and group exhibitions at MOMA NY, the Brooklyn Museum, Kunsthaus Hamburg, GuildHall Art Museum, National Academy Museum, the Whitney Museum’s Inaugural Biennale, the Larry Aldrich Museum, MOMA Kiev, Thessaloniki Biennial, and Kunsthalle Vienna, among many others. Her work figures in numerous public and private collections worldwide and she has been awarded grants from various prestigious institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation and was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Yankowitz’s work has been written about in a wide range of publications including: The New York Times, The Village Voice, Vogue, Artforum, ArtNews, and the Wall Street Journal.



7. Chun Hua Catherine Dong, FF Alumn, at Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA, May 7 and 14

Chun Hua Catherine Dong will perform her two new performance pieces, “ To Begin” and “ Set me on My High Places,”  at Thomas Young Gallery, Boston,  as part of "Better Than The Alternative,”  a month long exploration of performance art.

May 7th,   19:00pm-22:00pm, 2016
May 14th, 12:00pm-16:00pm, 2016

For more info

Chun Hua Catherine Dong, born in China, is a visual artist working with performance, photography, and video. She received a M.F.A. from Concordia University and a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design in Canada. She has performed and exhibited her works in New York, Boston, London, Delhi, Dublin, Helsinki, Moscow, Turin, Tornio, Toronto, Venice, Montreal and Vancouver. Her perforamce video work has been screened in Mexico, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Colombia, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Greece, Romania, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, USA, and Canada. Among many other awards, she is the recipient of Franklin Furnace Award in 2014.



8. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, now online at chattanoogan.com

"The interview-cum-essay-cum-process statement by Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, edited by Bob Dombrowski, entitled "The Artist Who Works with Instability," was published in the print and online editions of "The Chatanoogan" January 27, 2016 (and she has just received a copy because her mailbox was so overstuffed, she had to finally get to the Varick Street post office to pick it up). http://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/1/27/316811/Dade-County-And-The-Arts---The-Artist.aspx

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



9. Cathy Weis, Mat Fraser, Kathy Westwater, FF Alumns, at Abrons Art Center, Manhattan, May 11, and more

May 11, 2016, 6:30 pm. Studies Project: Body Disrupt. Initiated and moderated by Kathy Westwater, FF Alumn, with Mat Fraser, FF Alumn, Petra Kuppers, Marissa Perel, and Cathy Weis, FF Alumn. Artists with disabilities and artists whose work disrupts normative notions of what constitutes a dancing body will come together in conversation. We will consider the artistic work of the panelists and how it opens up possibilities for dance to move beyond narrow historical paradigms to include a more expansive range of physical experience and formal content. Movement Research at Abrons Arts Center, Studio G05 466 Grand Street (between Pitt and Willett Streets) New York, NY 1000
May 15, 2016, 6:00pm Cathy Weis Projects and Sundays on Broadway present Charles Atlas. Renowned filmmaker Charles Atlas presents selections from his recent work (2010-2016). This includes excerpts from Cowboy Body (2015), based on his work with Douglas Dunn, MC9 (2012) and other pieces based on his early work with Merce Cunningham, and The Pedestrians (2011), a collaboration with Mike Tajima. He also discusses other large-scale installations, live video works, and his current collaboration with Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. WeisAcres, 537 Broadway #3, New York, NY 10012 Free admission



10. William Simmons, Petah Coyne, Kathy Grove, Guerrilla Girls, Martha Rosler, FF Alumns, now online at bombmagazine.com and crushfanzine.com


I thought you might like to look at the portfolio I did with Martha Rosler and the review I did of Petah Coyne's and Kathy Groves's show. I hope you enjoy them!





Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, on Minnesota Public Radio, now online

Please visit this link for a snippet of radio and an illustrated article:


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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller




Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller