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Contents for October 24, 2016

1. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, at PPOW Gallery, Manhattan, Oct. 28


Katharine Kuharic
Sandow Birk
Martha Wilson

October 28 - November 12, 2016

Opening Reception, 6th Floor
Friday, October 28, 6 - 8 PM
Martha Wilson Performing as Donald Trump: 7:30 PM

P·P·O·W is pleased to inaugurate our new space with a performative painting and political action by long standing gallery artist and provocateur Katharine Kuharic. In 2008, Kuharic began What Women Lost during Hillary Clinton's first campaign for the presidency. This large scale oil painting will be publicly completed in the 6th floor gallery on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays up to the election of our 45th President. Given the historic nature of this election, Kuharic's painting-come-performance examines gender inequity and representative democracy. In posing questions that each citizen must answer for themselves, What Women Lost exhibits that our democracy and our culture are inseparable, if not one and the same. Concurrently, Kuharic will be creating a series of 44 watercolors, one for each President, to benefit The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, while she occupies the gallery.

Artworks by Sandow Birk and Martha Wilson will also be presented. Like Kuharic, Birk and Wilson use humor and satire to critique American politics. Birk's recently completed Triumph of Fear 2016 appropriates the density and depravity of Bruegel's Triumph of Death. In the work Birk uses similarly proverbial imagery to indict the industrial-prison complex, corporate welfare and culture wars within a dystopian landscape implacably overseen by the Supreme Court. Following his exhaustive series American Qur'an, Birk's new painting characteristically captures contemporary culture and perilous social dynamics. Focusing on uniquely American racial and institutional conflicts that have plagued the final term of our first African American president, and pervade the current election, Birk's appropriation contextualizes current maladies in a deep trajectory of Western democracy.

Salesmanship and psychological manipulation are the characteristics Martha Wilson embodies in Thump 2016, her most recent work, which continues her decades-long body of images and performances that critique political ideologies on both sides of the aisle. Housed in a bright red frame that signals a kind of put-on-patriotism, Wilson is blonde-wigged and orange-faced. She stands with arms crossed so as to confront the viewer with the alarming extremism of Trump's political posturing, which Wilson has successfully decoded. Also on view, in a loop of video performances, Wilson dons the personas of Barbara Bush (1991, 2002, and 2008), Nancy Reagan (1985 and 1987), and Tipper Gore (1994). In these performances, Wilson discusses issues such as voting rights, mental health, civil rights, and what it means to be a woman in politics.

PPOW 535 W. 22, 6th Floor Manhattan, www.ppowgallery.com



2. Guerrilla Girls, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, Oct. 19

The New York Times
The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Taking On the Boys' Club at the Art Museum
OCT. 19, 2016

LONDON - The directors of two of the world's most popular art museums recently announced their resignations. Martin Roth, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, will step down this year, and Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate museums, both in Britain, will depart next year. These job vacancies, which search committees are now working to fill, offer an opportunity to correct the gender imbalance in art museum leadership in Britain, America and beyond.

In 2015, the world's top 12 art museums as based on attendance - what I call the "directors' dozen" - were all led by men. When Frances Morris became the director of the Tate Modern in April, she became the first woman to join the club. This gender gap extends from Europe to North America, where only five of the 33 directors of the most prominent museums (those with operating budgets of more than $20 million) are women, including Kaywin Feldman of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Nathalie Bondil of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It's the leaders of those big-budget institutions who set the tone for all.

The top three art museums have never been run by a woman. The Louvre, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are treasure-filled, international destinations. They are also big businesses, together attracting more than 20 million people a year. A large portion of these visitors are tourists who spend money at hotels and shops along the way to contemplating the Rosetta Stone or taking selfies with the Mona Lisa. Museums directly contribute $21 billion a year to the American economy alone, and far more thanks to the indirect spending of their visitors.

Many women work as curators. In American art museums, about 70 percent of curators are women; where I work, at the Victoria and Albert, also known as the V&A, the figure is about 75 percent.

Yet women remain scarce in the directorial roles. A 2014 report released by the Association of Art Museum Directors suggested that gender might not matter in selecting the best candidates, but that museum boards and their search committees, still predominantly male, may be appointing in their own image.

The report also asked whether some women simply aren't applying for the top jobs. As a curator at the V&A for 18 years, and not on an executive shortlist, I've seen firsthand that for the women who aim to balance an arts career with a life outside the institution, reluctance to throw their hats into the ring may be linked to the international travel and all-consuming nature of a directors' dozen role. For many, the most productive work years coincide with child-rearing years.

Much is at stake, and not just for museums. Last year, 62 million people visited the world's top dozen art museums. In Britain, there are an estimated 97,000 jobs in museums, galleries and libraries, while 400,000 people are employed in American museums. Executive recruitment at these institutions matters because the cultural sector has such influence. Museums and galleries frame the world for us: Senior managers decide what goes on the walls, and this in turn shapes what the public values and remembers. The male dominance in leadership at the directors' dozen helps to explain why so much of what's on display is man-made, rather than work by female artists.
Some women are challenging the gender bias of arts programming and partnerships. In the early 2000s, the V&A's design director, Moira Gemmill, championed award-winning commissions from emerging female architects and artists. At the Tate Modern, Ms. Morris has voiced her desire to show more work by women; a recent Sonia Delaunay show and the currentGeorgia O'Keeffe exhibition hint at the new emphasis. This month, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum is presenting a Beverly Buchanan retrospective as part of its 10th anniversary.

Nearly three decades ago, a poster by the Guerrilla Girls, an activist group of female artists, asked: "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met Museum?" Their continuing protest at women's underrepresentation in museum collections still applies to museum leadership. But there are reasons for optimism. Changing gender expectations have resulted in the emergence of a generation of female arts leaders. Outside the top 12, women are now running influential arts institutions like the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

The Victoria and Albert became a pioneer in equal opportunity when it appointed Elizabeth Esteve-Coll to be its director in 1987. Whatever the museum's board members thought they were getting with Britain's first female leader of a national arts collection, I suspect their expectations were confounded. Ms. Esteve-Coll's polarizing tenure, which ended in 1995, included some highly publicized firings and controversial crowd-pleasing shows, like one devoted to the singer Elton John and another on the history of the fashion house Burberry.

Her aim - to be "more popular without trivializing" - was radical at the time; today, it seems in tune with the constant calls for cultural inclusion. What's undeniable with hindsight is that she showed the benefits of offering opportunities to a more diverse pool of talent and being open to new approaches. As Jude Kelly, the artistic director of London's Southbank Center for performing arts, has said, being inclusive is not about "standing in the middle and saying, 'I'd like to include you.' " Instead, she said, "You have to stand in a different place."

Sonnet Stanfill is a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum.



3. R Sikoryak, Sabrina Jones, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Oct. 26

Dixon Place presents
The Political Show

Comics performances, readings, and picture shows, just in time for the election.

Featuring the cartoonists and graphic novelists:
Ruben Bolling
Mike Dawson
Bob Eckstein
Kat Fajardo
Sabrina Jones
and more!

Hosted by R. Sikoryak

Wednesday, October 26, 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 Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP's mission and artists.)

Ruben Bolling is the creator of the award-winning satirical comic strip Tom the Dancing Bug, which appears in newspapers across the country and can be found online at tomthedancingbug.com. He's also the author of a series of science fiction / humor books for kids, The EMU Club Adventures.

Mike Dawson is a comics podcaster, and the author of the graphic novels Troop 142, Angie Bongiolatti, and Rules For Dating My Daughter: The Modern Father's Guide to Good Parenting.

Bob Eckstein works for the New York Times, New York Daily News and The New Yorker. His new book is Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores.

Kat Fajardo is a native nyc cartoonist and illustrator with an unhealthy obsession for coffee and puppies. She likes creating playful and colorful work about self acceptance and Latinx culture. http://www.katfajardo.com

Sabrina Jones writes and draws about social justice and radical history. Her latest book is "Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist's Encounter with Margaret Sanger." http://www.sabrinaland.com



4. Barbara T. Smith, FF Alumn, in Artforum, now online


Barbara T. Smith
805 Traction Avenue
September 17-October 29

Outfitted in a white dress and matching head wrap, Barbara T. Smith sits on the ground. She places a photograph ceremoniously on a piece of fabric, next to eight others. This is the tarot by way of Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida; photographs of plants, architectural spaces, friends, students, colleagues, and the artist's own body form the major and minor arcana of The Cloistered Study, 1976, an arrangement based on Smith's performance at the experimental Johnston College of the University of Redlands, where she taught at the time. An enlarged black-and-white photograph documenting Smith's performance is installed above a pedestal draped with fabric and photographs that were used in the performance, adjacent to a grid of four shallow shadow boxes, each containing a baroque composition of photographs, feathers, shells, and sundry other items from the natural world. The Cloistered Study is both activity and ideogram-a picture of a practice, and it is emblematic of the focus on language and meaning that runs through Smith's decades-long, complicated oeuvre. Two years ago, the Getty Research Institute acquired the artist's archive of correspondence, photographs, project files, and artists' books. Although none of the books from that collection are displayed here, Smith's books are, in many ways, at the heart of this exhibition and of her practice in general. Ever shifting in format, they document epic road trips, banal business contacts, and an ongoing (perhaps spiritual) relationship to materiality. Many of the books in the Getty's archive are restricted due to their fragility, and the ones shown here are sealed up in vitrines. But no matter: The vibrancy of such a book as Reminder (1967) spills out from its edges, exceeding what we think we know about this important artist.



5. Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, FF Alumns, at Cabinet, Brooklyn, Oct. 26

Book Launch and Conversation / Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere with Kate Kraczon and Everything Studio (Jessica Green and Tom Griffiths)

Date: Wednesday, 26 October 2016 7-9pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

Please join us to celebrate the catalogue launch of the work of Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere from their recent self-titled survey exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. The artists will be joined in conversation with curator Kate Kraczon, and designers Everything Studio.
The discussion will be followed by music, care of Textual Records.

The catalogue for their first United States survey includes essays by ICA curator Kate Kraczon; Karen Tongson, Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at USC; and Susan Glassman, Director, and Lynn Dorwaldt, Librarian, at the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

About the Participants
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere have been working collaboratively for more than fifteen years, the first seven under the collective name neuroTransmitter. Their projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent, and public fora. Nevarez and Tevere have exhibited in the US and internationally at MoMA, Creative Time, and The New Museum in New York; Henie Onstad Art Center, Høvikkoden, NO; Manifesta 8, Murcia, ES; Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, MX; among others. Nevarez is Faculty in the MFA Fine Arts Program at SVA, NY. Tevere is Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island / CUNY.

Kate Kraczon joined ICA in 2008 from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She is currently organizing Ree Morton's first major retrospective in the United States in over three decades (2018). Recent projects include the first museum exhibition of the work of Becky Suss (2015), as well as a survey of Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere's collaborative practice (2016). She worked with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme on the first North American presentation of their project "The Incidental Insurgents" (2012-present) at ICA (2015), and commissioned the major video installation "Easternsports" (2014) by Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson.

Everything Studio (Jessica Green and Tom Griffiths) is a New York-based design studio working on books, magazines, websites, and graphic identities. Recent clients include 4Columns, Cabinet, BOMB magazine, Futurepoem and Verso Books.



6. Victoria Keddie, Ann Magnusson, Richard Serra, LoVid, FF Alumns, at Roulette, Brooklyn, Nov. 2-4

Optics O:O Festival
The inagural Optics 0:0 multimedia festival directed by Victoria Keddie looks into the modalities of creation, production, and performance involving video based technologies. The festival looks to continue a trajectory in the exploration of process, with three curated events. Featuring live performances, new premieres, and historical works by:
Alex Bag, Tom Rubnitz featuring Ann Magnusson, Brenna Murphy, Richard Serra, Rose Kallal, Kenny Curwood, Ben Vida, Jeff DeGolier, Jeremy Couillard, Sabrina Ratté, Roger Tellier Craig, Sara Ludy, Peter Burr, Xeno & Oaklander Scott Kiernan, Michael Robinson, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Elena Romenkova, Takeshi Murata, Damon Zucconi, Sydney Shen, Laurel Schwulst, Erica Magrey, Georgia, Data Garden, Camilla Padgitt-Coles, LoVid, Mv Carbon, and Lauryn Siegel.

Full Program:
Nov 2: Parallax View- Sara Ludy, Jeremy Couillard, Peter Burr, Takeshi Murata, Elena Romenkova, Sabrina Ratté, Roger Tellier Craig, Georgia, Brenna Murphy,
Nov 3: TV EYE - Scott Kiernan, Xeno and Oaklander, Michael Robinson, Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Erica Magrey, Alex Bag, Tom Rubnitz featuring Ann Magnusson, Richard Serra.
Nov 4: Encoder/Decoder- Damon Zucconi, Sydney Shen, Laurel Schwulst, Rose Kallal, Kenny Curwood, Ben Vida, Jeff DeGolier

Installations by MV Carbon, Lovid, Data Garden with Camilla Padgitt- Coles
Poster and promotional trailer by Lauryn Siegel.

Roulette link: http://roulette.org/event/optics-00-parallax-view/
Tickets: https://roulette.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F36000003ZWj1EAG
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142250905834834/
Wire listing: http://www.thewire.co.uk/events/optics-0-0#

Thursday October 27 2016
Victoria Keddie at Knock Down Center, Queens NY
Links: http://knockdown.center/event/sam-haar-zs-victoria-keddie-more/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/196960150730247/



7. Miles Ladin, at Station Independent Projects, Manhattan, thru Oct. 30, and more

Miles Ladin has artwork in the following exhibitions:

Supermodels at the End of Time at Station Independent Projects, NYC, October 7th through the 30th

American Dreamin' at Hudson Guild, NYC, December 2nd through February 11th

Thank you.



8. Peter d'Agostino FF Alumn, at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, PA, thru Oct. 30, and more

Peter d'Agostino presented East / West space-time & World-Wide-Web
a collaborative Internet project with Taka Iimura on October 6. The event
was at Iimura's exhibition, MA: Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoanji
at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia. Sponsored by
Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America Society of Greater
Philadelphia, the exhibition continues to Oct 30.

Photography and Language, an exhibition at the Cherry & Martin gallery,
Los Angeles features Peter d'Agostino's work LA ( Century City ).
" While it cannot be considered a movement, Photography and Language certainly
can be described as representing one of the most fascinating, yet overlooked, critical
moments in West Coast conceptual art history." The exhibition continues to Oct 29.
[ http://www.cherryandmartin.com/exhibitions/200/15 ]

LA ( Century City ) is a photo-text- video installation, a deconstruction of a short
meta-narrative movie loop d'Agostino staged at sites in Los Angeles. It premiered
at at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art ( LAICA ) and was also exhibited
with Dayton MALLING as part of d'Agostino's SUBURBAN STRATEGIES installation
at the Photographs and Words exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1981.

( " Initially inspired by Reyner Banham's 1973 book Los Angeles: the architecture of
four ecologies ( beach, freeways, flatlands, and foothills ), I kept only the beach and
freeway updating the concept by adding a mall and media - TV and surveillance ." -+pdA)

More at http://peterdagostino.com



9. Pablo Helguera, FF Alumn, at DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, thru Nov. 19

Pablo Helguera:
The Fable Is To Be Retold
September 17-November 19, 2016

3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday noon-6pm,
Friday-Saturday noon-8pm

New York-based, Mexican artist Pablo Helguera presents artworks inspired by childhood for his first solo exhibition in Houston. Through stories, fables, educational and museum environments, and other playful scenarios, the artist invites us to reflect upon childhood as a metaphor, in ways that range from poetic (as a reverie about lost innocence) to political (as the way we experience power relationships).

His exhibition at DiverseWorks includes collage, video, sound, and installation work, including a mini-museum of school life and an interactive optical illusion room. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Pedro and the Wolf Captain, is a trapezoidal room based on an invention by American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. in 1934. The room creates an optical illusion that is activated by two or more participants and visible through a camera lens or peephole. An accompanying video documents a short play performed by Helguera and Houston actor and director, Tim Fried-Fiori. Helguera's script is a hybrid of a play by Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti, Pedro y el capitán, about the power relationships between a military official and a captured student activist during the Argentinian military dictatorship in 1976, and Peter and the Wolf, composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. Gallery visitors to the exhibition are provided with Helguera's script and are invited to perform their own version of the play in the Ames room.

Through this and other conceptual artworks, Helguera invites visitors to consider the dynamics at play between those in a position to teach (adults, parents, teachers, curators, etc.) and those looking to others for learning and access (children, students, museum visitors, etc.). The exhibition at DiverseWorks continues Helguera's unique investigations into the social structures and ideologies at play in both classrooms and museums.

About the artist
Pablo Helguera (b. 1971, Mexico City) combines performance, visual art, community outreach, and political activism to examine the social and cultural function of teaching and memory systems. He has exhibited and performed internationally in many museums and biennials (most recently at the 2016 Manifesta and Site Santa Fe biennials) and is currently the Director of Adult and Academic Programs in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

About DiverseWorks
DiverseWorks is a non-profit multidisciplinary art center in Houston, Texas. The mission of DiverseWorks is to commission, produce, and present new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist's vision without constraint.

This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, The Brown Foundation, Inc., the Houston Endowment, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Wortham Foundation. Special thanks to the DiverseWorks Board of Directors and Artist Advisory Board, the African American Library at the Gregory School, Dance Source Houston, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Houston Young Artists' Concert, MATCH, Mercury, Bruce Robinson Design, and White Rabbit Design Studio.



10. Ken Weaver, FF Alumn, at Big Sky Works, Brooklyn, Oct. 29

@ BIG SKY WORKS 29 Wythe Ave @ N. 14th Williamsburg Brooklyn

Calling all sexy DEmons, coNtorted freakazoids, deMented Momentos and psychObilly sycopHants!
Join us for the best HALLOWEEN extravaganza of the season FOR a night of MaDneSs, mOnSTerS, and MAYHEM!!!

Spellbinding sirens ONDYNE'S DEMISE!
GlittTTer-glamaZons THE DANGLES!
And thee HEAD BANGING demon gods GROWLER!


LIVE AERIAL acts from TANYA GAGNE and her deAth defying CREW!



MIND BLOWING sound and vision

Set Times

20 $ COVER
Doors open @ 8 PM
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



11. Gabriel Martinez, FF Alumn, at Boston Arts Academy, MA, thru Nov. 18
Sandra and Philip Gordon Gallery at Boston Arts Academy
On View 10.6.16 - 11.18.16
Boston Arts Academy is proud to present a group exhibition that investigates themes of language and identity in relationship to gender, class and race. The exhibition is structured around the demographic of artists in the school and confronts the subjectivity of being of color, class, feminist ideals, and the language we use to connect with one another. This presentation focuses on showing the work of marginalized artists of different class and race, including women, minorities, foreigners, gays and lesbians.
The exhibition features video, painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper by artists associated with building new social structures and/or highlighting an obscured experience. The artworks investigate the relationship between the visual and spoken language of identity and the geographical constructs developed in the western world. The works peer into personal memories, ancestral connections and a collective past. The works examine the relationship between power and privilege, or lack of, and use historical references to expand on broader truths, while underscoring debates around social politics, identity and representation through contemporary art practices.

Participating artists:
Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Eduardo Restrepo Castaño, Caleb Cole, Giancarlo Corbacho, Furen Dai, Corey Escoto, Rico Gatson, Massiel Grullon, Dell M. Hamilton, Dylan Hurwitz, Sawool Kim, Steve Locke, Carlos Martiel, Gabriel Martinez, Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo & Andrew Mroczek, Todd Pavlisko, Robert Siegelman, Suzannah Sinclair, Corinne Spencer, Alyse Stuck, Nabeela Vega, & Anthony Peyton Young II



12. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, FF ALumn, at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Manhattan, Nov. 15, and more
Museum Next
November 15, 2016
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
For more information: https://www.museumnext.com/
Rocío Aranda, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, Jessica Lagunas and Sofía Reeser del Río
Speaking at...
Gallery as Studio: Making Space for Artists Inside El Museo

In 2015, El Museo del Barrio's curatorial team, working with artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez, began using one of the galleries in the museum's exhibition spaces as an artist residency space. "BACK IN FIVE MINUTES" was born of a need for working space for artists in one of the most expensive cities in the world. El Museo's residency invites one artist to take over space in one of the museum's public galleries during regular hours. An open call underscored the public nature of the residency and sought artists interested in extensive interaction with museum visitors.

Since then, they have hosted 7 artists with a flexible schedule allowing them to work during the museum's public hours anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks. Residency artists have also been tapped for public programming and have taught workshops on various topics including how to crochet plastic bags into anything, connecting art and philosophy, working with living subjects and other topics. The project rejects the hierarchy of traditional museum spaces by allowing artists to take over a gallery and use it to work, to think, to display, to perform and to become part of a larger conversation in contemporary art.



13. John Fleck, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Nov. 4-19

John Fleck's Blacktop Highway, Nov. 4-19, 2016, Dixon Place 161A Chrystie St. NYC 10002

Oh boy oh boy, we we're one of New York's 10 Most Fascinating Solo Shows Happening Right Now


Perhaps we can meet for a drink after the show upstairs in the Lounge? - Cheers, John

Link to purchase tickets

John Fleck's Blacktop Highway, Nov. 4-19, 2016, Dixon Place 161A Chrystie St. NYC 10002

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Thank you.




14. Guerrilla Girls, Lynne Tillman, FF Alumns, in The Village Voice, Oct. 19

The Downtown Collection at the Fales Library and Special Collections, Bobst Library, New York University

Following the city's 2012 approval of New York University's $6 billion plan to expand its downtown campus, the righteous and razor-tongued Fran Lebowitz cut to the heart of the matter: "It really should be stopped from being called NYU, because it really has nothing to do with New York. It is suburban - to the core. Those buildings they built on the south side of Washington Square Park are giant pieces of suburban junk. They have no place in any city - even cities we hate!" (Where's Fran's MacArthur Award?) Stowed inside that junk pile, however, is a cultural treasure chest brimming with the spirit of dissent: The Downtown Collection at the Fales Library. Under the direction of Marvin J. Taylor, it has provided a welcoming home since 1994 for the archives of artists, writers, thinkers, and collectives with roots in the neighborhood. There you can sift through the Exit Art archive, bury yourself in Kathy Acker's notebooks, or watch hundreds of hours of parties and performances via Nelson Sullivan's videos. David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, Tim Dlugos, María Irene Fornés, Lynne Tillman, Guerrilla Girls - open up any of these Pandora's boxes and see what ferocities you unleash. With 12,000 books, 90,000 pieces of media, and 7,000 feet of manuscripts and archives in the Fales's continually expanding collection, perhaps one day downtown might be able to take the neighborhood back. Jennifer Krasinski
By appointment only, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
70 Washington Square South, 3rd floor, Manhattan
70 Washington Square S., New York, 10011



15. Andres Serrano, Xaviera Simmons, Hidemi Takagi, FF Alumns, at The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Manhattan, opening Oct. 27


My work is in the group exhibition "Home(ward)" at The Nathan Cummings Foundation. The opening will be this Thursday 27th. If you are around, please pass by. Thank you. Hidemi

Opening: Thursday, October 27th, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 PM
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 Tenth Avenue, 14th floor
RSVP: exhibits@nathancummings.org

Featuring artwork and documentation of public art commissions by
Justin Blinder, Ofri Cnaani, Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida, Michelle Melo, Andrea Mastrovito, Soi Park, Andres Serrano, Xaviera Simmons, and Hidemi Takagi

More Info:

Visual Artist



16. Adriene Jenik, FF Alumn, at Arizona State University, Tempe, Nov. 12


On Saturday November 12, 2016 I will perform THE SKY IS FALLING,
the third in an ongoing series of performances that make up The Data
Humanization Project*.

For THE SKY IS FALLING I'm choosing to translate a contested number- the number of civilians killed as a result of drone strikes by the
US military.

Estimates by non-governmental sources collecting data related to drone
strikes are verified through comparison of multiple sources. Ground
reports culled from interviews with survivors are compared with
numbers published by independent press and other official sources.
This process produces a range of numbers - from a low estimate to a
high estimate of strikes, deaths, injuries, etc. Since the United
States has weaponized drones deployed in many countries at different
times, the data is not consistent across a specific country, region or

The low estimate of civilian deaths by drone strikes recorded in
Pakistan (since 2004), Yemen (since 2002) Somalia (since 2007) and
Afghanistan (since 2015) totals 582.**

Two ways to view the performance:

a) The performance will be live streamed from beginning at
6am(PST) until the end at: http://ustre.am/1lyZk

b) The ASU Art Museum will host a live stream on Nov 12 in
conjunction with the exhibition ANA MENDIETA: Energy Charge during
its operating hours 11-5pm

* In The Data Humanization Project, I re-assert the connection of data
to human scale and context. The project emerges alongside the field of
data visualization and big data analytics, in which large and complex
datasets are presented through visual effects that render it
readable. In contrast to this trend toward distilling big data, each
of my 'data humanization' performances seek to physically translate
a single datapoint so that it can be more fully comprehended by myself
and others. Chosen datapoints are numbers that trouble or baffle me,
and that I seek to imprint within my body. I invite my audiences to
serve as witnesses and aids.

** source: the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

the full reported range of civilian deaths from US drone strikes is
582-1283 (more than 10 times the high estimate released in official US
civilian drone death statistics at a range of 64-116).

NOTE: Though drones are currently deployed in both Iraq and Syria, the
deaths that result cannot be clearly distinguished from other air
bombing campaigns or from airstrikes by other forces.



17. Maja Petrić, FF Alumn, at King Street Station, Seattle, WA, thru Oct. 29

I am thrilled to invite you

The Skies Epitomized II at the 9e2 exhibit
Celebrating 50 Years of Art and Technology

It has been 50 years since the iconic meeting of art and technology took place in New York City, 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering. 9 Evenings was organized by Robert Rauschenberg, FF Alumn, and Billy Klüver. Artists such as Rauschenberg, Yvonne Rainier, FF Alumn, John Cage, FF Alumn, and Deborah Hay collaborated with engineers from Bell Labs to create 9 evenings of performances that incorporated the cutting-edge technology of the time. 50 years later, 9e2 embraces that same spirit of experimentation and collaboration in Seattle.

WHERE: Seattle's King Street Station
WHEN: October 21-29, 2016

The Skies Epitomized II is a series of light art boxes exploring the essence of the sky from the perspective of humans gazing at it. We have one sky, but the experiences are infinite. People have been turning their eyes towards the sky for meaning and guidance since prehistoric times.
The piece investigates what does one see when gazing at the sky in peaceful parts of the world such as Iceland and New Zealand, and what does the sky look like in the most conflicted areas in the world such as Syria and Iraq?

This work is a continuation of collaboration, The Skies Epitomized, between Maja Petrić and Nebojša Jojić that was initiated at Microsoft Research in 2015 on the topic of combining art and machine learning algorithms to summarize and present large amounts of data. The Skies Epitomized is permanently exhibited at Microsoft Research Headquarters.

The Skies Epitomized has been featured in Fast Co. magazine, and it has been selected as a finalist for the Co.Design's Innovation by Design Awards 2016.

Created by
Maja Petrić, Artist
Nebojša Jojić, Principal Machine Learning Researcher

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18. Graciela Cassel, FF Member, at 61 Local, Brooklyn, Oct. 26

Dear Friends:
We invite you to celebrate our 11 episodes of the TV series Conversation with Artists.
We are very proud of our program and the amazing artists that engaged in a conversation about art.
Thanks to all our artists, collaborators and fans!

I hope you can join us to celebrate next Next Weds, oct 26 @ 7-9 PM

This event is part of a Science Art Member Event series.
61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jovana Stokic, Julia Buntaine, TransBorder Art Artists are meeting in an evening of cross-disciplinary conversation and art as we present "Transborder Art," a TV series produced and directed by SciArt member and artist Graciela Cassel. Featuring clips of the 'best of' moments from the TV series, "Transborder Art" showcases the wide breadth that contemporary artists have in their work addressing topics from neuroscience to tenderness, on caring, traversing territories, on light, object hood, discomfort, art and science, women and art, utopias and realities.

Artists Featured:
Alison Kuo, Leah Dixon, Michelle Segre,Pamela Council,Mathew Stone,Sally Bozzuto,
Julia Buntaine, Daniel Hill, John Torreano, Rico Gatson, Ellie Murphy, David Row,
Esther Ruiz, Letha Wilson, Judith Page, Katy Halfin, Charlotte Schulz, Art Vidrine, Donna Cleary, Magda Sawon, Paulina Bebecka, Diana Cooper,Nadia Haji Omar, Kathleen MacQueen, Patricia Villalobos Echeverria, Nayda Collazo Llorens,Judith Escalona, Alex Jovanovich, Abbey Montymon, Michelle Grabner, Dynasty Hedia,Maria Bamford, Ben Fain, Allan Bailey, Craig Robinson, Jovana Stokic, Julie Favreau,Kate Harding, Jody Wood, Tribble &Mancenido, Gerald Pryor, Jorge Zuzulich, Hakan Topal, Alejandro Schianchi, Davey Hawkins, Graciela Taquini, Felipe Steinberg, Noor Abed, Demet Taspinar, Jeanne Wilkinson.



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