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Contents for February 28, 2019

1. Martha Wilson, Carol Jacobson, Holly Hughes, Connie Samaras, FF Alumns, at Denise Bibro Fine Art, Manhattan, opening March 7

March 7 - April 6, 2019

Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, NYC, is pleased to present MSDEMEANORS, a photography and book exhibition by and about eleven feminist artists who address issues of gender, race and justice. The show runs March 7 - April 6, 2019.

MSDEMEANORS presents a feminist perspective on the intersection of gender and justice in social, cultural, political, and legal contexts. Each work in the show create a dynamic dialogue on questions of justice in the face of racial discrimination, wrongful criminalization, LGBTQI bias, economic inequity, and other obstructions to individual human and civil freedoms based on gender.

All artists participants are professional artists with extensive careers and experience in publishing, photography, teaching, exhibitions and social/political activism. The artists featured in the exhibition include Paula Allen, Carol Jacobsen, Holly Hughes, Joanne Leonard, Susan Meiselas, Catherine Opie, Sheila Pinkel, Connie Samaras, Clarissa Sligh, Pat Ward Williams, and Martha Wilson.

Books by the artists are for sale. A portion of the proceeds of works and books will be donated to Amnesty International's Women's Rights projects.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by Amnesty International, with support from The University of Michigan Office of Research, Institute for the Humanities, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

There will be a panel discussion with the artists about their work and books at the gallery on Thursday, April 4, 6-8pm.

Opening reception is Thursday, March 7, 6-8pm. The artists will be present.



2. Jeff McMahon, FF ALumn, at Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA, March 15

Jeff McMahon will perform/read from his recent book SIX MONOLOGUES 1990-2007 (NoPassport Press 2018), incorporating recent graduates from Arizona State University now living in LA.
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA Friday March 15 at 8pm. Free. Book $12. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html www.nopassport.org/press
www.jeffmcmahonprojects.net and take a look at Jacki Apple's review of the book https://fabrikmagazine.com/performing-language-from-stage-to-page/



3. Kris Grey, FF Alumn, now online at theintermountainnews.com

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thank you.



4. Susan Leopold, FF Alumn, at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, thru June 16

Susan Leopold's work is included in Interior Monologues, a group exhibition at The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.

Show Dates: February 22, 2019-June 16, 2019
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901

Contact: Susan Leopold



5. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at Atelier Otteme Rossi, Florence, Italy, March 21-24

Claire Jeanine Satin 's
Work will be exhibited in
"Leonardesque Victuals" at
Atelier Otteme Rossi
Via Tiscarella, Florence Italy on March 21, 2019 - March 24 and travel to several other Italian cities through 2019
"Leonardo Da Vinci's Palate " and "The Last Supper/The Last Seder".



6. Benoît Maubrey, FF Alumn, recent news

Just heard that after 6 rejections over the last 4 years the ARENA project has been finally accepted by the Berlin city Kulturhaupstadt Fonds.
Building is planned for July-August with set up in Berlin/Schöneberg for Sept-Oct 2019.
Furthermore this will be a transportable interactive sculpture that can be placed at different strategic places in Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany, Europe, and the world.
Arena is already underway in Canada: last summer at the Cafka Biennale in Kitchener, Ontario and currently (until March 10th) at the Hillside Festival in Guelph , ontario.

Link to the Canadian ARENA project 2018:
ARENA project at the Cafka festival in Canada:



7. JP-Anne Judy Giera, FF Intern Alumn, now online at art511mag.com

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8. Jacki Apple, FF Alum now online at https://fabrikmagazine.com/peripheral-visions/

Jacki Apple's latest essay In the Here and Now: Site-Specific Performance is now online in her column Peripheral Visions: Perspectives on Performance, Media and Culture. It discusses two events - homeLA's Passages at Sowden House (designed by Lloyd Wright in 1926), and the Four Larks' opera Katabasis at the Getty Villa. https://fabrikmagazine.com/peripheral-visions/
All previous essays from 2018 are also available. Please note new Fabrik URL.



9. Sarah Schulman, Pamela Sneed, Keijaun Thomas, FF Alumns, at Performance Space New York, Manhattan, March 4, 17, 23

First Mondays: Readings of New Works in Progress
Belladonna* Lesbian Allstars

Raquel Gutiérrez, Ru (Nina) Puro, Camille Roy, Gail Scott, and Pamela Sneed

Organized by Sarah Schulman.

March 4 | 6:30pm

Free with RSVP

An ongoing program with accomplished writers who give us an intimate insight into their work in-progress, long before publication or performances.


First Mondays: Readings of New Works in Progress
Marathon Reading of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee

Co-organized by Ken Chen and Sarah Schulman.
Co-hosted with Asian American Writers' Workshop.

March 17 | 1pm

Free with RSVP

All day reading of the avant-garde classic which grapples with themes of language, time, and memory.


Octopus: Seent
Xander Gaines, Pauli Cakes, Keijaun Thomas, and Lu Yim

Organized by Richard Kennedy.

March 23 | 4pm


A guest curated program that creates space for the exploration of ideas free from expectations.

Visit PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org to see the full "No Series" line-up and to purchase tickets now.

Performance Space New York
150 First Ave, NY, NY 10009



10. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, at Hauser & Wirth, Manhattan, March 5

Doug Skinner presents the latest version of his concert/talk on music attributed to fairies, aliens, and other shadowy entities, "Music from Elsewhere," on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 pm. It's part of the series Utopia/Dystopia, curated by Morbid Anatomy and Hauser & Wirth, at Hauser & Wirth, 548 W. 22nd St., NYC. You can find more info at hauserwirth(dot)com/events/22695-utopia-dystopia-music-elsewhere. (This event was originally scheduled for November, but canceled due to a blizzard. It's back!) Admission is free, but an RSVP is requested.

Let me also mention that "The Best of Le Scat Noir," containing many of my cartoons, stories, and translations, is now available at blackscatbooks(dot)com; and that you can read my terrifying sonnet sequence "The Werechurch" at daggermag(dot)com.



11. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, recent events

Dear friends,

I've had a busy season and I wanted to let you know about a couple shows I am involved with at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show this year!

CORAL PROJECTS: Underwater Land Art Lab
Curated by Vanessa Albury and Tamara Weg

I will have a number of my ceramic Indicator Offering Vessels in the show as well as some other works. Coral Projectsis the launch for the first-ever underwater art exhibition, which will take place on the coral reef in Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica with the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary. I am super excited to be involved with this coral restoration/rewilding project!

688 UN Plaza, New York, NY, Room E33
Opening VIP Preview: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Exhibition Dates: March 6th - 11th, 2019

Tickets can be purchased at SPRING/BREAK Art Show

I also helped curate a room of the fair for Field Projects:

Metal, Foam & Lace: Taylor Baldwin and Katarina Riesing
Curated by Jacob Rhodes, Rachel Frank, Alissa D. Polan, and Mikela Wesson
METAL, FOAM, AND LACE presents the work of Taylor Baldwin and Katarina Riesing in an exhibition revealing the tensions between illusion and reality, object and history, and tinkering and mastery. With a high level of skill and attention to detail, both artists address the physicality of the body through their works acknowledging its hidden histories, anxieties, and dissonances.

688 UN Plaza, New York, NY, Room W2

Field Projects also has another room in the fair:
Zorawar Sidhu: Ideal Violence
Curated by Kristen Racaniello

688 UN Plaza, New York, NY, Room W9

A number of my sculptures and videos were included in Staging Groundin Kansas City, which just came down but received a nice long review by Erin Dodson in Informality

Staging Ground
Curated by Lilly McElroy
Jennifer Baker, Carl Baratta, Blue River Road Investigators (Trey Hock and Brent Jackson), Christopher Carroll, Rachel Frank, Jenny Kendler, Lilly McElroy, Eduardo Restrepo, and Rodrigo Valenzuela
La Esquina Gallery
1000 W 25th St Suite A, Kansas City, MO

Thanks for your support and hope to see you at SPRING/BREAK!






12. Paul Zelevansky, FF Alumn, at Printed Matter, Manhattan, Feb. 28

24 Ideas About Pictures
A lecture by Paul Zelevansky
Thursday, Feb. 28, 6-8PM
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Paul Zelevansky delivers a new performative lecture centered on 24 IDEAS ABOUT PICTURES, a book project exploring 24 visual/verbal propositions about the grammar, meaning, and metaphysics of pictures. Utilizing a step-by-step structure in which each lesson builds on those that precede it, 24 IDEAS considers what makes pictures-in collusion and competition with words-alternatively powerful and unreliable as representations of reality. Read More here: https://www.printedmatter.org/programs/events/789?utm_source=Full+Contact+List&utm_campaign=14c41c84d4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_26_05_58&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_30fcd60143-14c41c84d4-210130821



13. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, shortlisted for Columbia Journalism School 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards

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14. Francheska Alcantara, JP-Anne Judy Giera, FF Alumns, at Bronx Art Space, thru April 6

Artists Respond to Politics

February 27- April 6, 2019

Curated by Deborah Yasinsky


Francheska Alcantara, Seyi Adebanjo, Lizzy Alejandro, Pamela Cortez, JP-Anne Judy Giera, Barbara King, Jody MacDonald, Wyeth Moss, Gina Randazzo, Ruth Rodriguez, Christine Sloan Stoddard , Rosemary Taylor, Sima Schloss

Binary gender profiling begins pre-birth. Testing assigns a sex in utero and the inculcation of the gender divide begins, from the unveiling parties that have arisen with gendered cakes assigned colors and symbols to highly specific offerings in clothing, toys and accessories for children. From the boy/girl lineup present in many schools to the numbers of women entering STEM careers, gender is ubiquitous, LISTEN: Artists Respond to Politics, explores the diversity of responses among 13 cis and trans women and gender non-conforming artists to our current political times and the #MeToo movement. Political upheaval forces society to name the wrong, to define oneself, to advocate for the rights of ourselves and others, and to respond to oppression of all marginalized groups. The artists explore social, political and gender constructs and how they play a part in sexual harassment, assault and the emergence of the #MeToo movement. Is there a direct correlation to how one is depicted and how they are treated? How are sexualized depictions of women in the media contributing to sexual assault? How are trans women and gender non-conforming persons represented in the media? How can the tide be shifted? In these troubling times voices need to be heard. We want you to listen and respond. Visitors will be asked to share their reactions, ideas and plans for confronting these issues.

Francheska Alcantara's work explores Caribbean culture and the diaspora. Alcantara examines core aspects of the #MeToo movement and the public and private aspects of coming forward about sexual assault and harassment. Seyi Adebanjo is a gender-non-conforming trans artist whose film focuses on the impact queer/trans/gender non-conforming persons are having in the Bronx and living proudly, with joy and boldness. Lizzy Alejandro's work addresses menstrual equality and taxation of sanitary products as luxury items, encasing sanitary products in gold and jewels bringing to light the lack of equity in access to women's health needs. Pamela Cortez's digitally manipulated photographs depicts women as both powerful and delicate, possessing the ability to carry and give life. Based on the artist's experience as a transgender femme-identified individual, JP-Anne Judy Giera's mixed media installation elucidates the complexities of public restroom use for transgender people and transforms it into a sacred space, a holder of "holy water". Barbara King creates paper installations evocative of femininity and decoration. These cut paper patterns are presented in undulating rhythmic formations. Jody MacDonald explores identity, hierarchies, and stereotypes through poetry and humor in her sculptural figures. Wyeth Moss focuses on sexual identity, abuse, mental illness, and healing through ancestral remedies in detailed figurative drawings. Gina Randazzo documents protests and rallies through photography capturing the spirit of protesters through intense and colorful photographs. Ruth Rodriguez's work questions the quality and validity of ornament, her figurative work is embedded in rich patterning, inspired by Afro-Caribbean and American Pop culture. Christine Sloan Stoddard's work explores gender expectations through her vivid piece of a bloody vagina and poem. Rosemary Taylor's mixed media collages confront representations of the female body in media and race and gender in voting patterns. Sima Schloss's work contains a raw emotionality using layers of vellum creating depth of experience and a luminous quality of a person turned inside out.

Deborah Yasinsky is an artist, curator and the Curator of Education at Lehman College Art Gallery. Deborah has exhibited at Dominican University, Local Project Art Space, 14 Street Y Gallery, Trestle Online Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Riverfront Art Gallery, Urban Studio Unbound, Blue Door Gallery, Pubic Appliance, YoHo Artists, Purchase College PC4, and YAW. Currently she is an MFA in painting candidate at LC, CUNY, she holds an M.S., Ed in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education, a BA in Fine Arts from Stern College, YU, and an AAS in Textile/Surface Design from FIT.

Free Workshops + Events
RSVP at www.withfriends.co/bronxartspace

Mi Casa Writers Workshop
Thursday, February 28, 7-8pm

One Book I One Bronx Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
organized by Literary Freedom Project
Tuesdays, March 5 - April 2, 6-8pm

Panel Discussion moderated by Kiara Ventura
Friday, March 8, 6-9pm

Mi Casa Open Mic
Wednesday, March 13, 7-8pm

The Gathering + Open Mic
Saturday, March 9 and 23, 6-9pm

Curatorial Tour
Thursday, March 14, 6:30-7:30pm

Gather.Chat.Grow. Teen Dialogue
Thursday, March 21, 6-9pm

Artist Panel Discussion moderated by Deborah Yasinsky
Thursday, March 28, 6-9pm

Family Program | Collages + Portrait Workshop
with Ruth Rodriguez
Saturday, March 30, 1-3pm

BronxArtSpace (BAS) is a non-profit gallery that promotes the innovative ideas of underrepresented and emerging artists and curators. BAS is dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality artwork from the Bronx and beyond in order to foster dialogue around today's pressing issues and advance local arts education and opportunities. BAS is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, and is generously supported by private donors and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with City Councilmember Diana Ayala and The New York State Council on the Arts. BAS is a member of the Urban Arts Cooperative.



15. Culture Push, Dread Scott, Greg Sholette, FF Alumns, at the 8th Floor, Manhattan, thru May 4


Featuring panel discussions, symposia, and workshops with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Andrea Bowers, Tony Cokes, Culture Push, Guadalupe Maravilla,
Nikolay Oleynikov, Dread Scott, and others.

Revolution from Without... is on view through May 4, 2019.
Program of events will take place between March 2 and April 29, 2019.

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is delighted to announce their Winter/Spring program of events presented in conjunction with Revolution from Without... currently on view at The 8th Floor. This series of panel discussions, symposia, and workshops expand upon artworks and ephemera by artists and collectives in the exhibition. The practices of Tania Bruguera, Tony Cokes, Chto Delat, Raqs Media Collective, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, and Mark Wallinger engage with structures of power that determine who is entitled to, and excluded from, access to human rights and positions of privilege.


Saturday, March 2, 11am-3pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
Double Disappearance: A Symposium About the Undocumented Memorial of 9/11
Curated by Andrea Valencia Aranda

Organized by curator Andrea Valencia Aranda, this symposium reflects on the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the National September 11 Memorial. Double Disappearance: A Symposium About the Undocumented Memorial of 9/11 will bring together scholars and artists including Andrea Bowers, Alexandra Délano, Juan Manuel Esquivel, Camilo Godoy, Pablo Helguera, Guadalupe Maravilla, Benjamin Nienass, and Harriet Senie to open a new dialogue about the politics of memorialization of September 11. It frames 9/11 as a landmark event in the construction of negative narratives on immigration and the consequences of a double disappearance: one from the everyday social life and a second from the official narrative of history.

Thursday, March 7, 4-8pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
Feminist Prop-making Workshop

In preparation for the International Women's Day March on March 8th, Nikolay Oleynikov, artist and member of Chto Delat, along with local artists, activists, and organizers from Workers Art Coalition, Tradeswomen's group, Tools and Tiaras Inc., The NYC Light Brigade, International Women's Strike - Campus Coordinating Committee, The Loisaida Center, and others will come together to create props to bring to the street. Bring your struggle, ideas, and tools! Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials.

Saturday, March 9, 12-8pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
Learn-in: arts, pedagogy and reimagining our existence in dark times

This symposium featuring Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Adelita Husni-Bey, and Michael Roberson and Robert Sember of Ultra-red, convened by Nikolay Oleynikov, artist and member of Chto Delat, and Alessandra Pomarico of Free Home University will address different modes of experimental pedagogy and artistic and activist mediums, considering which strategies are more effective in today's political climate. Through workshops, intentional listening exercises, and a screening, the event urges the re-imagining of pedagogical and political processes as a necessity to produce the paradigmatic shift called for in the troubling present. Closing remarks will be made by writer and artist Rehan Ansari, independent curator Stamatina Gregory, artist and educator Greg Sholette, and others.

Wednesday, April 10, 6-8pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
On Nationalism, Patriotism, and Radical Dissent: Dread Scott in Conversation with Joey Johnson and Ronald L. Kuby

On Nationalism, Patriotism, and Radical Dissent features Dread Scott - whose artwork figures prominently in The 8th Floor's current exhibition Revolution from Without... - in dialogue with fellow activist Joey Johnson and civil rights lawyer Ronald L. Kuby. The discussion reflects on the politics surrounding Scott's artwork What Is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?, and his activism with Johnson in response to the Flag Protection Act of 1989.

Saturday, April 27, 6-8pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
Subjects under Capital: Tony Cokes and Tom McDonough in Conversation

Post-conceptual artist Tony Cokes and art historian and critic Tom McDonough will discuss Cokes' artwork in connection with several of his text-based videos currently on view in Revolution from Without... at The 8th Floor. Drawing from sources including journalism, critical and cultural theory, and propaganda, Cokes edits and deconstructs language to make visible that which we already know but has been strategically removed from circulation.

Sunday, April 28, 1-5pm and Monday, April 29, 6-9pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
Show Don't Tell: A Symposium with The Fellowship for Utopian Practice
Presented by Culture Push

Culture Push, a 2019 Rubin Foundation art and social justice grantee, will present a series of workshops and panel discussions featuring artists recipients of the Fellowship for Utopian Practice. The symposium is an opportunity to get a close-up and participatory view into the projects of artists working at the intersection of imagination and civic participation and learn about the unique perspectives that the Culture Push Fellows and their collaborators bring to each urgent topic.
RSVP Here for Sunday, April 28
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All events are free, open to the public, and located at The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York, NY. For more information on these events and to RSVP, please visit the8thfloor.org.

About The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need. sdrubin.org

About The 8th Floor
The 8th Floor is an exhibition and events space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin, dedicated to promoting cultural and philanthropic initiatives, and to expanding artistic and cultural accessibility in New York City. The 8th Floor is located at 17 West 17th Street and is free and open to the public. Schools groups are encouraged. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. the8thfloor.org

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16. Nicole Eisenman, Brendan Fernandes, Barbara Hammer, FF Alumns, in The Whitney Biennial 2019

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17. Tulis McCall, FF Member, at Pangea, Manhattan, March 12

Tulis McCall is rounding second base in the World Series of Life and warning the shortstop not to get in her way.
TICKET LINK: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4096625
Award-winning wit, wag, and piquant observer of life's mysterious ways, Tulis McCall has lived long enough to have a fist full of opinions and life hacks to share with anyone within earshot. The hour glass is suspiciously full on the bottom, and McCall is looking through the nuggets drifting about on the top. McCall sets her sites on the greatest mystery of all: the conveyor belt of life and our place in the line-up.




18. Edward Gomez, FF Alumn, now online at Hyperallergic https://bit.ly/2IzeUN9

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Dear art lovers and media colleagues:

My article about the just-opened exhibition Flying High: Women Artists of Art Brut, which has opened at Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien in Vienna, Austria, has just been published in HYPERALLERGIC, the online arts-and-culture magazine.

You can find this new article here:


Last week, I was in Vienna to preview this large, historical-survey exhibition, which has been curated by Ingried Brugger (Kunstforum Wien's director), along with Hannah Rieger, a Vienna-based expert on art brut and outsider art who has amassed one of the most significant collections of these related genres in Europe.

The exhibition looks back as far as the latter half of the 19th century to recognize the collecting activities of certain psychiatrists in Europe who took an interest in the artistic creations of their patients; at the research and collecting work of the French modern artist Jean Dubuffet, who, in the 1940s, gave the art brut genre its name; and at some of the most significant European institutional collections of self-taught art-makers' works.

The show remains on view through June 23, 2019.

I hope you'll enjoy reading this article and learning about this revealing new exhibition.

I send you all best wishes...




19. Rose English, FF Alumn, at Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, UK, opening Feb. 28, and more

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I thought that you might like to know of some upcoming events:

Rose English: Form, Feminisms, Femininities, my first solo exhibition at Richard Saltoun Gallery, London will be open from 1 March until 13 April 2019.
Please do come along to the private view on Thursday 28 February 6 - 8pm if you are in town!

On Thursday 11 April I will be in conversation with writer and curator Paul Clinton at Richard Saltoun Gallery
- it is free but if you would like to attend please email rsvp@richardsaltoun.com to book your seat.

I am also participating in two group exhibitions:
House of the Sleeping Beauties at S/2. London 14 February - 28 March 2019:
The Lie of the Land, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes 16 March - 26 May 2019:

Lastly, my performance installation Quadrille (1975) will feature in Tate Britain's all-female display, Sixty Years, from 22 April 2019:

with all best wishes,

Rose English




20. Mark Bloch, Dick Higgins, now online at whitehotmagazine.com

Mark Bloch wrote this article about Dick Higgins in White Hot Magazine.


It is a detailed review of
Intermedia, Fluxus And The Something Else Press: Selected Writings By Dick Higgins
by Siglio Press. Edited by Steve Clay and Ken Friedman. Bloch looks at each chapter of the book and explains what it means to him. He is searching for an underlying philosophy of Higgins and Fluxus and the times covered by Higgins in his endeavors.

"One of the editors of this book, scholar and Fluxus artist Ken Friedman, refers to Higgins' contribution as an "artistic reformation" similar to Martin Luther's reformation in the 1500s-thanks to the printing press-crediting Higgins' Great Bear Pamphlets and Xerox machines that easily reproduced them-as well as the books published by Higgins' creation the Something Else Press-for circulating elements of Higgins profound but elusive "philosophy." Friedman doesn't call it that, I do, but he does cite an element of that potential philosophy, a simple truth that probably both helped and hurt its circulation: that Higgins was more eager to spread ideas than make money."

"...The aforementioned checklist book by book, compiled by Steve Clay, covers the same ground that Higgins hit anecdotally in his essay from pages 176 to 237, in the middle of the book. Fabulous pictures accompany the list. Dick's notes provide insights and tidbits on many of the books, newscards, gallery announcements, catalogues and excerpts he published. Camille's reports, objects, posters, special cases and lists within lists of all of it provide a very full picture of Higgins' distinguished printing career.
Following the checklist, Some Poetry Intermedia is a 1976 text that distinguishes "quick flash" art from art that is "time-based" expression. Five Traditions of Art History contains taxonomy of Mimetic, Pragmatic, Expressive, Objective and Exemplicative Art. Higgins's preference is the last one, which he elucidates in a manifesto, which follows. Higgins names his new movement that will fight the pudgies, the cognitives, the previous generation in favor of a new one who will borrow their resources in order to survive, advocating cannibalization of his own past and not adhering to a single identity. He likes the interplay between roles. He embraces failure stating that perfection is only one of many possibilities. He states, "all form is a process of notation."
Finally Higgins speaks against controlling his audience and describes the changes he had lived through, beginning in the late 1950s, as a time "when the social and cultural revolutions of our century finally broke our historic mentality down-precipitating a time of tremendous ferment, from which only now are some of the clear outlines of things to come emerging."
He talks about the baby boomers, a new tribe unlike the generation that precedes them. He talks about art as exchange vs. art as capital. He even wants to rename Fluxus and Intermedia at this point. There is no manifesto necessary, only to consider his audience who calls his "brothers and sisters," while describing the pudgies' world as so much dross, a "gaudyverse." He needn't be concerned about image, he says, and results are only so useful. Higgins is describing an art of process, a far cry from today's market place of mega-expensive art products that wag what's left of a dead art market dog breathing its last breaths. Higgins was writing about something that was then new, perhaps so much so that he didn't feel the need to think of encompassing it in an overall philosophy.
After these game plans are revealed and I finally got to learn what my late friend was going for, in spite of its ethereal nature, Higgins launches into The Strategy of Each of My Books (1984), with its title reminiscent of Raymond Roussel's How I Wrote Certain of My Books (1935), in which Higgins takes each of his manuscripts covering ideas in many media and devotes a meaty paragraph to what was behind it."
"...Somewhere in the middle of the book, discussing the demise of the Something Else Press and his eventual move upstate, the elder Higgins digresses into a discussion of different printers, what his unusual Printed Editions experiment did for him and why he chose George Quasha in the Hudson Valley to ostensibly have his back, both professionally and as a colleague. Higgins was, in the end, a part of a community. He published with and for a community of like-minded souls. Everything seems personal for him. He was engaged, not detached, for better or worse. We must acknowledge his profound contribution not only because he did his homework but also because it came from the heart. Maybe that was the elusive philosophy I am looking for or the missing teleology he referred to: the communicator's need to bridge the gaps between boundaries with personable kindness, with sharing, reaching out, reaching within, in a sincere attempt to help others to understand. Higgins seems to have wanted people to get him and his amazing "new" times-the 1960s and 70s-a whirlwind that he repeatedly tried to make sense of-with careful descriptions of current events supplemented by connections to history.



21. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at Centre for Book Arts, Manhattan, April 4-18

Art Auction at the Centre for Book Arts Apr. 4/18 . . .
This year's auction promises to be the best yet with artworks available by Rosaire Appel, Doug Beube, Melissa Brown, Maurizio Cattelan, Kari Cholnoky, Ben Denzer, Tammy Nguyen, Sheryl Oppenheim, Haim Steinbach, Maria Veronica San Martin, Sun You, and more.



22. Siah Armajani, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Now Open: Siah Armajani's "Bridge Over Tree" at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Bridge Over Tree is Now On View

Yesterday we launched our 2019 season with the unveiling of Iranian-born, Minneapolis-based Siah Armajani's Bridge Over Tree at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn. When first conceived nearly 50 years ago, Bridge Over Tree was one of the first large-scale temporary public artworks to respond to its site and invite interaction. Situated between the iconic Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, the form of this 91-foot-long timber truss structure rises and falls at a sharp angle in the center to accommodate a single evergreen tree. Absurd and functional in equal parts, Armajani's work invites us to experience the idea of a bridge in a new way. Presented for the first time since 1970, and coinciding with the Met Breuer's career-spanning survey Follow This Line, this seminal installation brings the full scope of Armajani's revolutionary practice to New York City.

"We're obsessed right now with walls," Director & Chief Curator Nicholas Baume recently told The Art Newspaper. "I think it's about time we started talking about bridges."



23. Renee Cox, Seung Min Lee, FF Alumns, at EFA Center, Manhattan, March 4

You are invited to a
Cocktail Party

Monday, March 4, 6-8 PM
EFA Center, 323 W. 39th St.
3rd Floor (btw 8th & 9th Ave.)

Join EFA artists, curators, and friends for cocktails. Start the art fair week off with an insider view of this diverse and dynamic artists community in the heart of Manhattan's bustling Garment District.

The Studio Member's exhibition 'American Psyche' curated by Samira Abbassy will be on view. 'CURRICULUM: spaces of learning and unlearning' curated by Stamatina Gregory and Jeanne Vaccaro will be open at EFA Project Space on the 2nd Floor. Unique prints by Chakaia Booker, editions by Renee Cox, Kenny Rivero, Seung Min-Lee, and more will be on view at EFA RBPMW.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) is a 501 (c) (3) public charity. Through its three core programs, EFA Studio Program, EFA Project Space, and the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, EFA is dedicated to providing artists across all disciplines with space, tools and a cooperative forum for the development of individual practice.

Accessibility Note: EFA Studio Exhibitions are located at 323 W. 39th Street, 3rd Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues, in Manhattan. The building is wheelchair accessible, with two accessible elevators in the lobby. Guests are asked to sign in in the lobby, but no ID is required for entry. The nearest accessible subway station is 42nd Street/Port Authority, 1 block north on 8th Avenue.



24. Katya Grokhovsky, Brooke Singer, Hidemi Takagi, FF Alumns, receive Brooklyn Arts Council Grants 2019

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25. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, at Quotidian Gallery, Los Angeles, March 3

Good evening all, sorry for the mass email. Hope to see you there - come a little early to get a good spot..... With regards, Joe

Join us March 3rd 1 pm - for a radical performance by artist Joe Lewis with drums, teeter totter, sign language, trumpet and music box!

@ Quotidian Gallery 410 S. Spring St DTLA
For additional information call 310.890.5455

Joe Lewis is a non-media specific artist, and his work is usually project based. He was a Co-Director of the Bronx space Fashion Moda (1978-1993), Dean of the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts (2010 - 2014) and Director of Beall Center for Art + Technology. Currently, he is a professor at UC Irvine.

Last year Lewis performed Three Black Bungalows with Marion Cowings, and David Wells at MoMA. This is his first LA performance in 2019.

Currently on view at Quotidian:

Quotidian presents Serpentine Fire featuring some of LA's standard bearers in iconoclasm who push boundaries, developing new techniques, modalities and aesthetics.

Mel Edwards Ed Love
Henry Taylor Todd Gray
Kori Newkirk Umar Rashid
Lyndon Barrois Duane Paul
Glen Wilson



26. Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumn, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan, thru July 10

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