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Contents for December 23, 2016

1. Franklin Furnace Membership Campaign 2016-17

Dear Franklin Furnace Aficionado:

Welcome to Franklin Furnace's last Goings On e-blast of 2016. Happiest and healthiest of holidays and New Year's to you all. The next Goings On will land in your inbox in the first week of January 2017. Following is our current membership appeal letter:

Did you understand the Peter Greenaway film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover? Avant-garde art can be hard to parse while you're watching, but it can come into focus as it resonates over the years. Such is the case with the 40 years of ARTISTS' BOOKS, INSTALLATIONS, PERFORMANCE ART & EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES which Franklin Furnace has presented since first opening its doors in 1976. So even though we have no connection to Mr. Greenaway, we're riffing on his black comedy with our 2016-17 membership campaign: THE ARTIST, THE SIGNMAKER, THE LOVERS, & THEIR EDUCATION. Please join today http://franklinfurnace.org/support/membership2016/
Franklin Furnace Archive's mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of time-based art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, cultural bias, or politically unpopular content. Franklin Furnace continually evolves to present and preserve the ever-changing fabric of culture. Now in our second year on the campus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Franklin Furnace is facilitating academic access to its resources and developing ambitious collaborative projects to embody our aggressive pedagogical stance with regard to the value of avant-garde art.
This stance is exemplified by SEQuential ART for KIDS, our arts education program which began as a literacy workshop using artists' books to teach English to NYC public school children from China. Now thirty years old, SEQARTKIDS is focused on Brooklyn public elementary school classrooms. Our teaching artists specialize in "peripheral thinking" as defined by William Kentridge, the South African interdisciplinary artist. By encouraging people to combine contextual data from all five of their senses to derive a well-rounded base of knowledge, this type of learning develops cross-curricular literacy. Franklin Furnace's teaching artists use avant-garde art to accommodate different learning styles and promote creative and critical thinking through projects that prepare children to succeed in school, career, and life. Our teaching artists and their workshops are:

Ken Butler: Building Musical Instruments from Recycled Materials
Louise Diedrich: Creating Graphic Novels
Dustin Grella: Making Animated Films
Naimah Hassan: Theater Games
Inspector Collector aka Harley Spiller: Collecting & Exhibiting
Ron Littke: Filmmaking
Patricia Miranda: Making & Using Your Own Art Supplies
Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful: Utopian Urban Architecture
Alva Rogers: Writing Hearing Pictures
Mary Suk: Dance & Dance Making

These ten artists pursue professional careers in the creation of time-based works of art focused on individual audience experience. As teachers, they want their students to benefit from the challenge of assuming control of their creative processes, so they do not present masterpieces like the Mona Lisa; rather, they deploy a variety of mutable works of art intended to be instructive but undaunting. For example, Mary Suk literally and figuratively rolls the dice with her students, presenting variations of Merce Cunningham's Chance Operations based on John Cage's exploration of Eastern philosophy; performing her own dances; and above all, highlighting student work. With exposure to such variable master works and their teacher and classmate's creations, SEQARTKIDS are empowered to generate their own discovery-driven art.

In a recent SEQARTKIDS workshop 4th graders practiced the four pillars of Hip Hop: breaking, rapping, tagging, and dj'ing. The children unanimously selected their classmate Amira's rap for the grand finale, and she stole the show. What's more telling though, is that Amira is the same girl who froze with stage fright at last year's culminating performance!

Enabling people of every stripe to stretch their limits is at the heart of Franklin Furnace's mission. Please join THE ARTIST, THE SIGNMAKER, THE LOVERS, & THEIR EDUCATION membership campaign to help us continue making the world safe for avant-garde art. http://franklinfurnace.org/support/membership2016/

Very truly yours,

Martha Wilson
Founding Director

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2. Marian Goodman, Agnes Gund, Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns in The New York Times, Dec. 16

Please visit this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/arts/design/marian-goodman-arts-quiet-matriarch-hopes-the-market-cools.html?_r=0

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3. Emma Amos, Louise Bourgeois, Simone Forti, Mimi Gross, Lynn Gumpert, Allan Kaprow, Peter Moore, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Melissa Rachleff, Robert Rauschenberg, FF Alumns, at NYU Grey Art Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan. 10, 2017

Please visit this link:

https://greyartgallery.nyu.edu/exhibition/inventing-downtown-artist-run-galleries-in-new-york-city-1952-1965/

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4. Ruth Hardinger, Jane Dickson, Judy Glantzman, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Betty Tompkins, Hannah Wilke, FF Alumns, at David&Schweitzer Contemporary, Manhattan, thru Jan. 15, 2017

#PUSSYPOWER
An exhibition curated by Jennifer Samet and Michael David

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 21st, 6PM to 9PM
December 21, 2016 - January 15, 2017

ARTISTS: Andrea Belag, Katherine Bradford, Judith Braun, Mary DeVincentis, Jane Dickson, Jenny Dubnau, Angela Dufresne, E.V.A., Florencia Escudero, Louise Fishman, Judy Glantzman, Brenda Goodman, Ruth Hardinger, Clarity Haynes, Julie Heffernan, Susanna Heller, Sharon Horvath, Dana James, Penelope Jencks, Elisa Jensen, Anki King, Marjorie Kramer, June Leaf, Margrit Lewczuk, Judith Linhares, Sarah McEneaney, Marilyn Minter, Michele Mirisola, Lizbeth Mitty, Sai Mokhtari, Heather Morgan, Rebecca Morgan, Sharilyn Neidhardt, Janice Nowinski, Yoko Ono, GaHee Park, Melanie Parke, Sheila Pree Bright, Erika Ranee, Giordanne Salley, Hiba Schahbaz, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Elena Sisto, Joan Snyder, Kyle Staver, Betty Tompkins, Julie Torres, Hannah Wilke

DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary is proud to announce the upcoming exhibition #PUSSYPOWER, a group show of more than forty women artists. #PUSSYPOWER is a show of women using explicit, body-based, and politically activist imagery, as well as more abstract interpretations of these themes. The exhibition is designed to function as a large group statement of resistance and feminism.

The exhibition was inspired by seeing the work and words of women artists, in galleries and on social media, in the lead-up to Election Day, and after. For co-curator Jennifer Samet, it was inspiring and provided comfort to see work by women that dealt with the body, after a campaign filled with rhetoric of body-shaming and brags of sexual assault, and an election night that revealed the depths of misogyny. The concept for the exhibition grew out of that sentiment, as she and Michael David began collaborating to envision and co-curate this large group show.

The exhibition is a reminder that visual art can play an essential role in ensuring that women's issues, and women's bodies (as imaged by women themselves), are not rendered invisible. In this spirit, a percentage of proceeds from sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood. The opening night will include a silent auction component, to encourage the sale of work to benefit Planned Parenthood.

The title of the exhibition was inspired by protest responses to Trump's use of the word "pussy," in the context of sexually predatory behavior. At the October "Pussy Power Protest at Trump Tower," women wore feline-themed costumes, dressed as giant vulvas, created a human wall, and carried signs with slogans like "Pussy Grabs Back" and "Hands off my Cuntry." It was a reclaiming of the language and imagery by women, which this exhibition is designed to echo and reflect. The announcement card image for the exhibition is a documentary photograph of the protest, by Brooklyn photographer Sai Mokhtari.

The exhibition will include work across the media of painting, photography, sculpture, audio and video work.

The #PUSSYPOWER exhibition references the history of feminist art from the 1970s to today, showing that "pussy power" imagery is not new. Included in the exhibition are pioneer feminist artists such as Carolee Schneeman, with a film piece, "Mysteries of the Pussies," and Yoko Ono, with "Sound Piece for Trump" (2016).

It also includes mid-career and powerful art world figures such as Marilyn Minter, Angela Dufresne, Jane Dickson, Kyle Staver, and Katherine Bradford, with her painting "Supreme," referencing female Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

Younger, emerging artists are also represented: including Giordanne Salley, GaHee Park, and Rebecca Morgan. In different ways, these artists play with self-portraiture and explicit imagery to mirror and reflect societal and political issues, and the representation of women's bodies in today's larger visual culture.

Handmade protest signs, on the theme of pussy power, and used at Anti-Trump demonstrations, will be displayed along with the visual art.

Gallery Hours:
December 21, 22, 23 (1pm-6pm); December 24 (1pm-4pm)
December 29, 30 (1pm-6pm); December 31 (1pm-4pm)
January 6, 7, 8 (1pm-6pm)
January 14, 15 (1pm-6pm)

DAVID&SCHWEITZER CONTEMPORARY
56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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5. Paul McMahon, FF Alumn, now online at artnews.com

Please visit this link:

http://www.artnews.com/2016/12/15/consumer-reports-paul-mcmahon/

thank you.

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6. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/192270708

"Mandates for Art" video by Barbara Rosenthal, a 4 minute snippet of documentation from her 1989 panel discussion at Charles Plohn Gallery of Contemporary Art with Ellen Handy, Jane Hammond, Dan Devine and Madeleine Hatz. Some of Rosenthal's electrostatic prints can be seen on the walls as she extemporaneously lists such things as "that pattern replace color, that it be as inexpensive as possible," etc etc.) https://vimeo.com/192270708

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7. Allana Clarke, FF Alumn, now online at artnet.com

Allana Clarke, FF Alumn, is one of the 14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017. Please read about it at this link:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/emerging-female-artists-2017-766571

thank you.

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8. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at International Art Fair, Palm Beach, FL, January 18-20, 2017

CLAIRE JEANINE SATIN
Exhibition of her ART TO WEAR
at the International Art Fair Palm Beach Florida, January 18-20, 2017. Including New Repurposed unique works.

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller