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Contents for December 12, 2016

1. Hector Canonge, FF Fund recipient, at Glasshouse, Brooklyn, Dec. 20

Hector Canonge, FF Alumn, presents his Franklin Furnace Fund project LABoRAL at GLASSHOUSE: Art Life Lab in Brooklyn

Hector Canonge
L A B o R A L
Performance and Immersive Environment, 2016

December 20, 2016, 7:00-10:00 pm
246 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Tickets are $10 at the door)

LABoRAL is a durational performance and immersive environment that reflects on the present position of labor and politics in the United States. Part experiment, and part social criticism, the project is based on Canonge's incursion in various communities in New York City where undocumented workers: day laborers, sex workers, restaurant servers, and street vendors, among others, are forced to take low paying jobs.

LABoRAL has been an experiential laboratory, a window to labor relations, and an instrument for the artist to record personal stories/histories. Canonge will develop his new work over a period of 3 hours transforming kinetically the main floor space of Glasshouse. Through LABoRAL, the artist explores possible workspace relations and labor interactions inviting, at times, the participation of the audience to follow the carefully constructed actions. The presentation will culminate in a 20-minute performance in the style defined by the artist as "generative performative exploration."

Biography (short):
Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, performance, and socially engaged art to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. His installations, interactive platforms, and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created the annual Performance Art Festival, ITINERANT, and directs the programs ARTerial PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB), a transcontinental initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas; PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Canonge teaches Media Arts at City University of New York, and conducts workshops in Performance Art as a guest artist for universities and cultural organizations. From his living-studio in Queens, MODULO 715, Canonge directs projects, programs, and initiatives like CONVIVIR, the international residency program for co-habitation and collaboration, and the new Performance Art initiatives TALKaCTIVE, LiVEART.US, and CENTIPDE hosted at Queens Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and JACK respectively. The artist is currently finishing his long term Franklin Furnace Award project, LABoRAL to be presented at Glasshouse Project on December 20, 2016.

More information: www.hectorcanonge.net
Contact: hector@hectorcanonge.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hectorcanonge
Twiter: @hectorcanonge

LABoRAL was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Hector Canonge
Artist / Curator / Educator / Cultural Promoter
Email: hector@hectorcanonge.net
Website: www.hectorcanonge.net
Skype: HectorCanong



2. Jennifer Bartlett, Susan Bee, Christen Clifford, Maureen Connor, Kate Gilmore, Kat Griefen, Mimi Gross, Joyce Kozloff, Ligorano/Reese, Beverly Naidus, Joseph Nechvatal, Aviva Rahmani, Mira Schor, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, now online at http://ayearofpositivethinking.com/

M/E/A/N/I/N/G: The Final Issue on A Year of Positive Thinking published and edited by FF alums Mira Schor and Susan Bee

The first issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues, was published in December 1986. M/E/A/N/I/N/G is a collaboration between two artists, Susan Bee and Mira Schor, both painters with expanded interests in writing and politics, and an extended community of artists, art critics, historians, theorists, and poets, whom we sought to engage in discourse and to give a voice to.

We published 20 issues biannually over ten years from 1986-1996. In 2000, M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists' Writings, Theory, and Criticism was published by Duke University Press. In 2002 we began to publish M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online and have published six online issues. Issue #6 is a link to the digital reissue of all of the original twenty hard copy issues of the journal. The M/E/A/N/I/N/G archive from 1986 to 2002 is in the collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Our 25th anniversary issue came out in November 2011, sparked by the transformative moment of Occupy Wall Street. During the past year, we considered marking the 30th anniversary of our collaborative project by publishing a final issue in hard copy, a format we still cherish. Entropy and life intervened. Now, in the wake of the recent election, when the optimism of Occupy is dramatically reversed, we have decided to produce our final issue as a series of posts on A Year of Positive Thinking. Subsequently all the material will be permanently posted and archived on the M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online site.

We have asked some long-time contributors and some new friends to create images and write about where they place meaning today, as we stand weeks before the official inauguration of the right-wing government takeover that has so many of us depressed, terrified, grieving, angry, and trying to figure out what activism we can engage in and how we can balance our dedication to our art with our existence as citizens, local and global. In keeping with the contingency of the time, they have chosen to submit a text, a poem, an image or video clip, a painting, drawing, photograph, or collage, that expresses their views, desires, fears, and thoughts at this time. Hopefully, something that will burrow into people's consciousness, appeal to their humor, educate, enrage, or inspire.
Because we have always focused our publication on a broad range of issues deeply relevant to the arts community, and because this is our final issue, we also have welcomed reflections on the impact of our entire project over thirty years, including our forums on meaning, on motherhood and art, on racism, on feminism, on resistance, on collaboration, on privacy, on trauma, and on art making over a lifetime from youth to older age. As ever, we have encouraged artists and writers to feel free to speak to the concerns that have the most meaning to them right now.

Every other day from December 5 until we are done, a grouping of contributions will appear on A Year of Positive Thinking. We invite you to live through this time with all of us in a spirit of impromptu improvisation and passionate care for our futures.

Contributors will include Alexandria Smith, Altoon Sultan, Ann McCoy, Aviva Rahmani, Aziz+Cucher, Bailey Doogan, Beverly Naidus, Bradley Rubenstein, Charles Bernstein, Christen Clifford, Deborah Kass, Erica Hunt, Faith Wilding, Hermine Ford, Jennifer Bartlett, Jenny Perlin, Johanna Drucker, Joseph Nechvatal, Joy Garnett and Bill Jones, Joyce Kozloff, Judith Linhares, Kat Griefen, Kate Gilmore, Legacy Russell, Lenore Malen, Mary Garrard, Martha Wilson, Maureen Connor, Michelle Jaffé, Mimi Gross, Myrel Chernick, Noah Dillon, Noah Fischer, Peter Rostovsky, LigoranoReese, Rachel Owens, Rit Premnath, Robert C. Morgan, Robin Mitchell, Roger Denson, Sharon Louden, Sheila Pepe, Shirley Kaneda, Susanna Heller, Suzy Spence, Tamara Gonzalez and Chris Martin, Tatiana Istomina,Toni Simon, William Villalongo, Susan Bee, Mira Schor, and more. If you are interested in this series and don't want to miss any of it, please subscribe to A Year of Positive Thinking during this period, by clicking on subscribe at the upper right of the blog online, making sure to verify your email when prompted.

First issue URL: http://ayearofpositivethinking.com/2016/12/05/meaning-the-final-issue-on-a-year-of-positive-thinking-1/



3. R. Sikoryak, Kriota Willberg, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 14

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

Presentations of graphic novels and gag cartoons, plus live drawing & music.

Pénélope Bagieu
Cynthia Kaplan
Asterios Kokkinos
Summer Pierre

Flash Rosenberg
Whit Taylor
Kriota Willberg
and more

Wednesday, December 14, 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.)

Pénélope Bagieu is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Her books with First Second include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin'. http://www.penelope-jolicoeur.com

Cynthia Kaplan is the author of two collections of humorous essays, Why I'm Like This: True Stories and Leave the Building Quickly, among other things, and she is the founder of the band The Cynthia Kaplan Ordeal. You can find her, if you choose, at www.cynthiakaplan.com.

Asterios Kokkinos is the writer of the all-new graphic novel, "Toys 4 Cheap!" drawn by Jimmy Hasse. It's a fake catalogue of dangerous and insane toys. https://twitter.com/asterios

Summer Pierre is a cartoonist and illustrator living in the Hudson Valley, New York. She is the author of the autobiographical comic series, Paper Pencil Life, as well as the books The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week and Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life. http://summerpierre.com
As an "Attention-Span-for-Hire" (and plain-clothes clown) Flash Rosenberg uses drawing, animation, photography, writing, and performing to accelerate the levity of awareness. This Guggenheim Fellow was the pioneering Artist in Residence for LIVE from the NY Public Library. www.flashrosenberg.com

Whit Taylor is a cartoonist, writer, and editor from New Jersey. www.whittaylorcomics.com

Kriota Willberg writes, draws, teaches, needlepoints, and performs about body-oriented sciences. The newest version of her injury prevention comic book for cartoonists will be published this fall by Uncivilized press. She is on the brink of becoming the first ever Artist in Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library's Historical Collection. http://kriotawelt.blogspot.com



4. Ann P. Meredith, FF Member, at Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, Manhattan, Jan. 27

TRIANGLES - Witnesses of the Holocaust

A Performance/Installation by Ann P Meredith

In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Friday January 27th 2017 600-800pm

Prince Street Project Space
programming administered by
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art
127 'B' Prince Street
New York, New York 10012

This Event is Free & Open to the Public

Seating is First Come First Served

TRIANGLES - Witnesses of the Holocaust is a Performance Installation piece created by trans-media artist Ann P Meredith created to honor the lives, persecution, and deaths of the numerous types of people who were forced to wear the various colors of TRIANGLES during the Holocaust.

TRIANGLES utilizes Art, Film, Photography and Live participation by The Artist.

Ann P Meredith was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1948. She is an artist, fine art photographer, writer, director, producer, adjunct professor and community arts organizer who has worked for over four decades at home and abroad to help give a realistic and compassionate face and voice to people and cultures who have been injured, oppressed, marginalized, under-recognized and therefore underserved.

Ann's work is in The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress, The New York and San Francisco Public Libraries, The Schlesinger at Harvard University, numerous Museum and Private Collections and The UCLA Film & Television Archives in Hollywood among others.

See: http://www.annpmeredith.com

For More Information Contact
Jerry Kajpust
Deputy Director for External Relations



5. Jaime Davidovich, Nicole Eisenman, Hans Haacke, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Howardena Pindell, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, Dec. 7

Excerpted text follows below. Here is a link to the complete illustrated article online: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/arts/design/best-art.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0

The New York Times
The Best Art of 2016
DEC. 7, 2016

'MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES, FF Alumn: MAINTENANCE ART' "After the revolution, who's going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?" That's what Ms. Ukeles asked herself in the 1960s, when, fed up with an art world that put painting on a pedestal and shut women out, she began making art from stuff that most people threw away. She is now into her fourth decade as honorary artist in residence with New York Department of Sanitation. Her retrospective at the Queens Museum is a tribute to a career that has consistently looked at what's overlooked, including the environmental crisis. So there are saints after all. (Through Feb. 19.)

THE NEW YORK SEASON YEAR SAW SOME FINE GALLERY SOLOS. Omer Fast (James Cohan); Rachid Koraichi (Aicon); Zoe Leonard (Hauser & Wirth); Hilton Als (The Artist's Institute); Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn (Lelong and P.P.O.W.); Howardena Pindell, FF Alumn (Garth Greenan); and an installation by the ineffable Genesis P-Orridge at the Rubin Museum.

TREASURED PEOPLE LEFT US. Bill Berkson, Tony Conrad, Houston Conwill, Bill Cunningham, Jaime Davidovich, FF Alumn, Marisol Escobar, Fred Holland, Abbas Kiarostami, Ben Patterson, Annie Pootoogook, S. H. Raza, Malick Sidibé, K. G. Subramanyan.

INDISPENSABLE BOOKS arrived, among them "Working Conditions: The Writings of Hans Haacke", FF Alumn, (M.I.T. Press); "Civic Radar," by Lynn Hershman Leeson, FF Member, accompanying her retrospective at ZKM/Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany; and "Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965," the catalog for a world-embracing global show at the Haus der Kunst, Munich.

THE NEW MUSEUM also reshaped the definition of art and those who make it with "The Keeper" and gave monographic shows to the painter Nicole Eisenman, FF Alumn, and the digital shaman Pipilotti Rist, two of our moment's best artists who happen to be women.



6. Susan Newmark, FF Alumn, at The Cluster Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Jan. 6, 2017

Susan Newmark Antonia Perez
Curator: Susan Newmark
Opening Reception Friday, January 6, 2017 from 6 - 8 pm
On View: January 6-28

The Cluster Gallery is pleased to present Mindful Practices, a two person exhibition of mixed media collages by Susan Newmark, and crocheted wall hangings and sculpture from plastic bags by Antonia Perez. In the tradition of artists choosing artists for exhibitions, Newmark has "long sensed an affinity with Perez as they work in a common additive process and practice a meditative mindful approach to art making. "Mindfulness", as defined by the neurologist John Kabat-Zinn, "is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the moment, non-judgmentally... it is about knowing what is in your mind". And although the artist's materials and techniques vary, they both use the detritus of our culture to accumulate layers of details, density, repetition with variation, and welcome surprises as an invitations for discovery. Weaving and collage were perfected by women of earlier times who worked in the home making rugs, doilies, tablecloths and family scrapbooks, and it's a reaffirmation of those traditions that these important forms are being redefined and transformed by contemporary artists.
The Cluster Gallery is an artist owned and directed space located in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.
A part of the Brooklyn Art Cluster, which includes artist studios and an artist residency program, its curatorial program is international in scope and focuses on the contemporary arts.

Cluster Gallery, 200 6th Street, 3E, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (929) 337-8472



7. Lorraine O'Grady, FF Alumn, now online at hyperallergic.com

Please visit this link:


thank you.



8. LuLu LoLo, Susan Joy Ripperberger, FF Alumns, receive Coveted Big Winner Award for Artistic Defacement

27979 COUNTY ROAD 17
WINONA, MN 55987


Deface Billy Project Winners Announced

Twelve winning entries were selected for the Deface Billy Project during Enacting the Text: Performing with Words at the Center for Book Arts galleries in New York City. Minnesota based Art Works USA and the Center for Book Arts distributed over 3,000 images of American artist Billy X. Curmano to be defaced, displayed and archived. Enacting the Text curator Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful is pleased to announce his selections for The Coveted Big Winner Award for Artistic Defacement. The twelve honorees are:

Cynthia Hollandsworth Batty (Newcastle, DE), Mercy De La Cruz (Corona, NY), M. Wicka-Ezdon (Dakota, MN), Ginju-An (St. Louis, MO), Nicole Girgen (Winona, MN), Amy "Banner Queen" Johnquest (Holyoke, MA), LuLu LoLo, (New York, NY), Barbara Lubliner (New York, NY), Seho Park (Winona, MN), Susan Joy Rippberger (Brooklyn, NY) Lily Satchi and Joan Winkler (Lacombe, LA)

Their works will be archived, along with other defacements from 15 countries, in the Fine Art Reading Room at Art Works USA outside of Winona, MN. Winners will receive a handsome wall certificate, signed digital videodisc and cash award. As of this announcement, the exhibition organizers have been unable to locate winner Lily Satchi and hope she will come forward.
Billy X.



9. Linda Stein, FF Member, at Holter Museum, Helena, MT, thru Dec. 30, and more

The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein is currently on view at the Holter Museum in Helena, MT. It will be up until December 30.The exhibition explores the continuum between the binaries of masculinity and femininity, while inspiring the compassion, empathy and bravery it takes to become an upstander rather than a bystander. HAWT asks people to re-invent and visualize bravery for themselves, to look at the armor they wear, the safety they seek.


Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females Tapestries and Sculpture by Linda Stein is now at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX. It will be on view until December 16. The Holocaust Heroes project demonstrates that while most people are bystanders under conditions of terror, there are always a few who defy a malevolent authority and do what they feel is the right thing. If heroes existed during the Holocaust, then certainly we can increase the propensity for individuals to become more empathetic and compassionate under normal conditions.



10. Yong Soon Min, FF Alumn, at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA, thru Jan. 7, 2017

Commonwealth and Council presents
Yong Soon Min: AVM: After Venus (Mal)formation
November 19, 2016-January 7, 2017

New Reception Hours: Saturday, November 19, 5-7PM
Location: 3006 W 7TH ST STE 220 Los Angeles CA 90005
Exhibition Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6PM and by appointment
Closed: Saturday, December 24; and Saturday, December 31

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) refers to an abnormal network of blood vessels in which arteries connect directly to veins instead of going through a bed of capillaries. In 2010, Yong Soon Min experienced a massive headache-triggered by the stress of a Korean language proficiency exam-that turned out to be a cerebral hemorrhage. The malformed blood vessels in the left hemisphere of her brain had ruptured, engulfing it in blood. Though AVM surgery removed the tiny abnormality, Min underwent a year-long process of therapy to rehabilitate her affected speech and memory. Even to this day, she confuses pronouns like 'she' and 'he' and often speaks one word when she means another, disrupting the relationship between the signifier and the signified.

Installed above a printed flooring of Min's personal library of books and mementos, a decagon-shaped table extends around a partition wall which divides the exhibition space into halves, like the two hemispheres of the brain. The ten sections are cut through with five corresponding pairs of words: pizza/pyramid; diaspora/diarrhea; womb/tomb; happiness/penis; and thank/spank. Across the surface, glass spheres flow along the grooves suggesting synaptic connection between each pair. The benches for the visitors to sit on are carved with phrases based on Min's memory retrieval of five slogans, including one which she inherited from her parents: 남남북녀 (nam nam buk nyuh), a severe shorthand expression that means: 'handsome South Korean men are best with beautiful North Korean women.' In the two corners of the space, wall vinyl of a Vulcan greeting and air quotes connect like a Mobius strip suggesting that cognition is based on a foundation of constructs within which language can elaborate our thoughts, yet becomes susceptible to the slip of the tongue.

"Last Notes and Sketches, Min Tae Yong (1918-2001)" is an homage to Min's father composed of folded panels in the style of Korean byung poong. The pages are displayed as swiveling windows to reveal marks on both sides. On disposable notepads, her father's handwritings and diagrams combine complex and sophisticated ideas about physics, revealing an obsessive mind for order and latent cognitive strife. Written in Korean, the panels contain thirteen concepts of the multiverse that defy easy translation. In his "Cognitive Transitive Simulation To Achieve Communication" prose, Min Tae Yong writes about being in a 'cosmic membrane' composed of 'cosmoans, galaxians, starmen,' and all the anthropic entities whose spirits permeate the cosmos. He ends this page with a series of questions: "Is the spirit strong enough? Is the technology advanced enough? To be able to be on line with them?" This final draft bears the deliberate marks of his revision as he crossed out 'the' to replace it with 'your.'



11. Thomas Waters, FF Alumn, at Bloomcraft Building, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 17

Artist: FF Alum Thomas Waters

Holiday Open Studio
Dec. 17, 12-8 pm

Invitation to visit my new studio in the Bloomcraft Building, Pittsburgh PA- a new artist/creative studio space housing 30+ artist, makers and creatives.


Thomas Waters
Art Site: tcwaters.com

thomascwaters.com 2012 Beacons of Equality Award Winner; 2015 Best of the Burghosphere Award Winner!



12. Jody Pinto, Richard Nonas, Lucio Pozzi, FF Alumns, at Hal Bromm Gallery, Manhattan, thru Jan. 31, 2017

Jody Pinto, FF Alumn, at Hal Bromm Gallery, NYC, group show, "1970s", until January 31, 2017. http://halbromm.com/1970s/

"1970s", an exhibition highlighting works from a seminal moment of New York Minimalism, includes works by nine artists: Robert Barry, Rosemarie Castoro, Linda Francis, Judith Murray, Richard Nonas, Jody Pinto, Lucio Pozzi, Susanna Tanger, and Robert Yasuda.

Two triptychs by Jody Pinto are the only truly figurative works in "1970s". In these works, Pinto depicts nuanced imagery incorporating body parts interacting with landscapes that become alive through Pinto's interventions. Created over forty years ago, these drawings presage Pinto's large-scale site works now known internationally such as Fingerspan Bridge in Philadelphia and Widow's Perch at the Battery Park City landfill. That the works echo social concerns over identity, race and violence often seems to parallel contemporary concerns.

For the complete Press Release, go to: http://halbromm.com/1970s/
Hal Bromm Gallery, 90 West Broadway, New York, NY 10007, (212) 732-6196



13. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, at Lichtundfire, Manhattan, opening Dec. 16

SPORTSVERGNÜGEN - Artists Working in Various Media Inspired by Team Sports
Group Show curated by D. Dominick Lombardi and Augustus Goertz
With Works by Gennadi Barbush, Ryan Cronin, Chris Dimino, Don Doe, Cary Leibowitz (Candyass), D. Dominick Lombardi, Ray Materson, Tony Petracca, Tyson Reeder, Karen Shaw, Lewis Smith and Robert Yoder

Exhibition Dates: December 16- January 29, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 16, 5:30- 8:30 PM

In Memory of the Players and the Staff of the Brazilian Club Chapecoense, the Sports Journalists and All Friends of the Sport who perished on their way to the 1st leg of the Copa Sudamericana Final in Columbia.

Lichtundfire is happy to announce SPORTSVERGNÜGEN, a tightly weaved group show curated by D. Dominick Lombardi and Augustus Goertz, and comprised of works in various media inspired by team sports.
By D. Dominick Lombardi:
Visual art and sports rarely mix well. Most can mention any number of successful sports related films, songs, plays and books, yet, for the visual arts, there are few major works that measure up to the greatest sports related art such as Myron's Discobolus (Discus Thrower) (450 B.C.E.), George Bellows iconic Dempsey and Firpo (1924), or, in more recent times, Catherine Opie's poignant photographic portraits of High School, American Football players.
When I googled in images "sports related fine art" the first thing that came up was a photograph of three old naked guys playing golf, followed by a bunch of Leroy Neiman paintings or art inspired by Leroy Neiman paintings, plus lots of very slick sports-action photographs - nothing for a contemporary art exhibition.
After months of searching, Augustus Goertz and I have selected a number of compelling works that break the mold of the aforementioned lowest common denominator-type. With our selections of sculpture, painting, collages, needlework and objects, we hope to challenge the viewer to see past the over commercialized and commoditized sports world to find a more complex and expansive reality that lies beyond money and marketability. Few artists care to admit they have an interest in sports yet there are some that see a starting point like any other aspect of popular culture: a starting point to create.

By Augustus Goertz:
When I was a kid, I often would draw sports scenes for the entertainment of my friends. Later, I enjoyed playing sports with fellow art students. For most of my life I have taken pleasure in some form of sports or another, usually with painters or filmmakers, photographers and videographers etc. Even though the history of art is replete with iconic works associated with competitive activities, the art world has kept sports at arms length, bordering on disdain. Except in the case of their own promotional materials, the sports world, even though, athletes themselves are very obviously engaged in a self conscious effort to perfect their craft and art, seems to be very uncurious about what artists are up to.
Out of years of musing about this came the idea for this show. I discussed it with D. Dominick Lombardi, a respected curator friend, and Priska Juschka, who is so open to unusual exhibition ideas, and here we are! I am grateful to Dominick for his generosity in sharing credit with a first time curator such as myself. I have learned a lot just seeing the volumes of correspondence involved! Game on!

Lichtundfire: 175 Rivington Street, NY NY 10002
Contact: Priska Juschka, info@lichtundfire.com, New Tel: 917-675-7835
Gallery Hours: Wed- Sat. 12-6 PM, Sun 1-6 PM



14. Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, FF Alumns, at Essex Street Market, Manhattan, Dec. 18-19

Recetas y Gangas: The Essex Street Market Recordings
An installation by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga
curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful

On View: December 18 and 19, 2016
Location: Exterior of Essex Street Market at 120 Essex Street NY, NY 10002

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is very pleased to present Recetas y Gangas, a temporary audio installation by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga on the exterior of Essex Street Market on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Over the last decade, Zúñiga has recorded the calls of vendors, particularly those from traditional Latin American markets, threading together the sounds of various products being sung into the air into compositions that modify the experience of space. The resonant sounds of vendors' voices begin to extend the interior of the market out onto the street to create a completely new sense of familiar spaces.

For this installation Zúñiga has created an audio composition featuring the voices of the Essex Street Market vendors and customers describing their products or sharing recipes. The audio montage will be emitted by an amplified speaker located above the Delancey/Essex Subway station, on the exterior of the Essex Market, emulating the traditional selling strategies used by market vendors to beckon pedestrians into the market. The installation honors both the long history of market vendors announcing, singing or "chanting" their goods to the public, as well as Essex Street Market's original intention as a space to house street cart vendors.

Recetas y Gangas was first conceived by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga at the invitation of curator Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful for the exhibition Lettuce, Artichokes, Red Beets, Mangoes, Broccoli, Honey and Nutmeg: The Essex Street Market as Collaborator (Cuchifritos Gallery, on view February 26 through March 27, 2016). During this show, six socially conscious artists-Laia Solé, Antonia Pérez, Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, Mary Ting, Beatrice Glow, and Harley Spiller- were invited to engage vendors, customers and the Market itself in their artistic processes as a means of co-generating experiences centered on the life that unfolds outside Cuchifritos Gallery. The participating artists and their collaborators brought to the forefront issues relevant to their respective trades and roles, while paying attention to the narratives as well as to the material culture that their presence in the place spawns as a result of their encounters.

Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga approaches art as a social practice that seeks to establish dialogue in public spaces. Having been born of immigrant parents and grown up between Nicaragua and San Francisco, a strong awareness of inequality and discrimination was established at an early age. Themes such as immigration, discrimination, gentrification and the effects of globalization extend from highly subjective experiences and observations into works that tactically engage others through populist metaphors while maintaining critical perspectives. Over the past several years, Ricardo has established a practice based in research and investigation leading to the final presentation. This is a practice that utilizes whatever media possible to present the content in a manner that may generate interaction and discussion by others.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. During the past seven years Estévez Raful has received mentorship in art in everyday life from Linda Mary Montano, a historic figure in the performance art field. Montano and Estévez Raful have also collaborated on several performances. He has curated exhibitions and programs for El Museo del Barrio, the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, The Center for Book Arts, and Longwood Art Gallery/Bronx Council on the Arts, New York; and for the Filmoteca de Andalucía, Córdoba, Spain. Publications include Pleased to Meet You, Life as Material for Art and Vice Versa (editor) and For Art's Sake. Born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, in 2011 Estévez was baptized as a Bronxite; a citizen of the Bronx.

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is a program of Artists Alliance Inc., a 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This program is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the following for their generous support: Marie and John Zimmermann Fund, Gilbert MacKay Foundation, New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers, without whom this program would not be possible. For more information, visit artistsallianceinc.org



15. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 21

There are two kinds of people in the world. Washboard Jungle fans, and people who have never seen Washboard Jungle live. So here's your chance to see Washboard Jungle while it's still 2016.
to quote critic and band member S.C. Vance:
"If you've never seen WASHBOARD JUNGLE, the world's greatest post-modern jug band, this is your big chance. If you have seen us, then you know what a hilarious good show we put on so we don't want to hear any excuses.
PLUS there will be CD and T-SHIRT GIVEAWAYS!"
So join Henry Hample, Bob Goldberg, McPaul Smith, and Stuart Vance at our only appearance this year: The "Sunnyland" CD Release Party on the Mainstage at Dixon Place,
Wednesday,December 21, 2016, at 7:30pm.
Dixon Place is an award-winning experimental performance space located at 161A Chrystie Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Tickets are $15.
For more information and tickets, go to http://dixonplace.org/performan.../washboard-jungle-sunnyland/

Our new CD "Sunnyland" will be available for purchase. And if you just can't wait to hear it, look for it on iTunes, CDBaby, or write to your favorite band member.

Seriously. You gotta hear it.



16. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Joe's Pub, Manhattan, Jan. 2, and more

Attention! Weirdo Night has been moved to TUESDAY Dec 20th! and we have added some other "acts" to the lineup! KATE BERLANT and PENIS (the band) along with brilliant KRISTINA WONG and wretched shock comic Jerry Jergens! This show is going to be insane in the rememberbrain.

AND here is my message:
Oakland I am with you. Artists and Weirdos I am with you. Fighters of mediocrity and bullshit I am with you. See you out there. Visible and aware.
DYNASTY "no other choice here" HANDBAG.

January 2nd
I, An Moron,
Presented by NYPAC and Joe's Pub
Joe's Pub
9:30 PM
Thursday January 12th - Saturday January 14th
The Lab presents Constance Hockaday - Attention! We've Moved! (on a boat)
Dynasty Handbag hosts party show on a boat floating around the SF bay dont ask me but im excited
San Francisco, CA

Friday, January 20th
PUSH International Performance Festival
Vancouver, BC
maybe i will just stay there. i wont be at the march but i will just march around the stage for an hour is that worth ticket price i think so

does anyone know people here that will show me where to get GF waffle? thnx.

limited edition holiday cards! these are a HOT controversial item that the printers had to have and EXECUTIVE MEETING to decide if they would print such trash! THEY SAID YES! 50% of profits will go to the ACLU so that pervs like me can continue making shit like this.



17. Devora Neumark, FF Alumn, now online

Greetings from Hong Kong, where I am entering my second week of a month-long the artistic research-creation residency at the Things that can happen contemporary art space in collaboration with Jennifer Van de Pol.

The project is called, "Cultivating Joy as Radical Practice".

Information has just today become available on the Things website:


All best,




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