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Contents for January 07, 2020

John Baldessari, FF Alumn, in memoriam

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1. Susan Leopold, FF Alumn, at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan. 11

I'm pleased to announce my exhibition at Elizabeth Harris Gallery. I hope to see you at the reception on January 11th from 3-6pm. If you can't make the opening the show runs Jan. 4th - Feb 15th.

Sending wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year!


Susan Leopold - Domestic Anxiety
Date: January 4th - February 15th
***Opening Reception: January 11th 3-6pm
Elizabeth Harris Gallery: 529 West 20th, 6th floor
New York, NY10011
Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-6pm.



2. Nicolas Dumit Estevez Raful Espejo, Billy Curmano, Irina Danilova, Maggie Ens, Alicia Grullón, Linda Mary Montano, Susan Joy Rippberger, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, new publication

The P Word

It is a pleasure to launch The P Word, a limited edition publication of 100 conceived and edited by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful. Design: Susan Bowman. Printing: Will Cameron.

The P Word serves as the only document attesting to a 2017 exhibition of the same name with Critical Practices Inc. and 21ST.PROJECTS

Publication dimensions and details:
Accordion book
12 pages including the cover
Folded: 6 1/2" x 8"
Unfolded: 39"

Irina Danilova and Project 59
Billy X. Curmano
Linda Mary Montano
Ellen Harvey
Harley Spiller
Alicia Grullón
Laia Solé
Elia Alba
Susan Joy Rippberger
Maggie Ens
Sara Reisman

The P Word was a process-based experiment that rethought the exhibition space at CPI as a playground. The performative was allowed to thrive away from the constraints of video/photo documentation on several goings-on as they were happening; instead they were just encouraged to be. All possible attempts to turn the art experience into an object were counteracted by the slippery contours of the seemingly absurd activities of the program, as well as by their ephemerality. Other than this publication, preserving in writing fragments of the conversations, moments and movements, together with traces of the actions; all other aspects of The P Word are recalled from memory. The P Word dispelled the need for performance art to rely on audiences, as it required voyeurs to become co-creators. It also challenged an unquestioned system that funnels endless supplies of art goods, as opposed to experiences, onto our already burdened planet.

To order a copy for your collection or your organizations, contact both: info@criticalpractices.org and indioclaro@hotmail.com

Support for this exhibition came from a CPI as well as from a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. Emotional support: David Hinkle. Thank you to all who participated, and to Thelma García.



3. Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumn, at La MaMa E. T. C., Manhattan, Jan. 23-Feb. 2

Don't miss my new show: The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker.

Magical puppetry, drumming by the Soul Tigers Marching Band, dance sequences, animated film, and video projections celebrate an 18th-century African American astronomer. Banneker's achievements were minimized and soon forgotten. His experience foreshadows NASA's treatment of its first black astronaut, Ed Dwight.

Conceived, Designed and Directed by Theodora Skipitares. Score composed and performed by LaFrae Sci. Choreography by Edisa Weeks. Set Design by Donald Eastman and Theodora Skipitares. Puppetry Direction by Jane Catherine Shaw.

La MaMa E.T.C.
66 East 4th Street
January 23- February 2
Thursday thru Saturday 7pm
Sundays at 3pm.
Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1014651
$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee



4. Lily Tomlin, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, now online

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5. Paul Zelevansky, FF Alumn, at greatblankness.com now online


"The labor into which a heart
has poured its whole love--
where will it have its say,
to excite and inspire, and when?"

(Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country, 157)

Please take another walk upstairs...




PZ, 1/6/2020



6. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at Bronx River Art Center, opening Jan. 12

Join us for an opening reception to celebrate 25 Years of Project 59 (1995-2020)

OPENING RECEPTION on Sunday, JANUARY 12, 2020, 2-5pm

Gallery hours, M- F Noon - 6 PM, Sat. Noon - 5 PM

1087 East Tremont Avenue Bronx, NY 10460
www.bronxriverart.org 718.589.5819

This Retrospective of Ukrainian-American Artist Irina Danilova will take place at the Bronx River Art Center from January 12 - March 11, 2020. The show will present installations, performances, video, events and interventions of this mid-career international but decidedly American immigrant artist.
The exhibition will examine Danilova's art through the eyes of like-minded (Russian) immigrant curators:

Yulia Tikhonova, Coordinator of Gallery and Museum Services, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Olga Kondur, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art History, Pennsylvania State University. Both have an in-depth knowledge of pre and post Soviet nonconformist artistic practice, and particularly the rarity of women artists in this mix. Tikhonova and Kondur strongly identify with, and support, the struggle of women artists in general, and particularly in the still male dominated arts circles of Eastern and Central Europe. Through thoughtful curatorial analysis, this exhibition aims to locate the art of this ingenious multi-disciplined and multi-national artist on the contemporary map of conceptual and participatory art.

Yulia Tikhonova observes Danilova's aesthetic origins in pre-Perestroika Soviet Russia. According to Tikhonova, "If you consider Irina Danilova a Russian artist, you are greatly mistaken. Danilova occupies a unique position amongst a long list of her (mostly male!) compatriots who escaped the reactionary and isolating reality of Soviet society and made America their home. While still in Russia in the 1980s, she joined the group of Moscow Nonconformist Artists, who borrowed Fluxus' stream of consciousness, unruliness, and absurdity as the best weapon to combat the crumbling edifice of Soviet pre-Perestroika reality. Transnationalism was at the heart of the Fluxus program and it has fueled the spirit of Danilova's cross-border practices".

According to Olga Kondur, "Irina Danilova's life-long art project is based on a deceivingly simple concept of a randomly chosen two-digit number, 59, which she uses to intervene in all possible spheres of human existence, ranging from everyday life and socio-political realms to aesthetic matters and metaphysical inquiries. On the surface, Danilova's art appears to be obvious, she has been collecting or recording every single evidence of 59 she encounters in the world for the last 25 years - material objects which contain the number in various media. The obsessive and utopian nature of this project poses a broader question: what is the potential of a single random criterion in building its own world of relationships? Danilova's idiosyncratic project reveals that such a world is far from being simple and obvious."

Trained as an artist in Ukraine (BA), Danilova immigrated to the United States in 1995 and received an MFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City (1996). She has been teaching at Kingsborough College of CUNY in Brooklyn, NY since 2002. Irina has participated in numerous group shows in museums and galleries throughout the US, including the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University, Smithsonian Museum, Islip Museum, and Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, as well as major art spaces including the Mattress Factory in Atlanta, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, Elizabeth Foundation, Gallery Project Space, the Bronx River Art Center, Vilcek Foundation, and the Center for Book Art in New York. Internationally she has shown her work, performed and lectured, in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Iceland, Australia, Chile, France, Israel, and the UK. Despite this prolific career, she has not had a solo survey or retrospective exhibition yet. This show, and its associative catalogue, with in-depth curatorial essays, intends to bring to light this ingenious and prolific multi-disciplined and multi-national artist.

Danilova has had a long history with BRAC, having curated two ground-breaking exhibitions in our galleries - "e-Europe", in 1999, an early internet-based exhibition of Eastern European artists that included live transmission with artists from Poland, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries; and Brurel: Shattering Phenomena, 2014, an exhibition of artists from Russia and New York that mined the impact on local communities and individuals by the Chelyabinsk Meteorite and Superstorm Sandy for its unique cultural content. We look forward to giving this extraordinary artist and individual her own stage to shine her star upon.

This multi-media exhibition runs until March 11th. Entrance to the exhibition is free and open to the public, Monday - Friday from Noon - 6 PM and on Saturdays from Noon - 5 PM. The opening reception is Sunday, January 12, 2020 / 2pm - 5pm.



7. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at San José Museum of Art, CA, opening Feb. 7

We are thrilled to kick off the new year by inviting you to Sonya Rapoport: Biorhythm, a solo exhibition of paintings, drawings, and early interactive computer installation art at San José Museum of Art, February 7th - July 5th, 2020!
Curator Kathryn Wade states, "Rapoport's early exploration of computer-human interaction suggests an enthusiastic but ambivalent relationship to technology. The artist's career-long interest in linkages between systems and the self incited her pioneering computer-based practice, as well as work with symbolic language, data collection, and the aesthetics of scientific and computer data representation."

Please join us for an Opening Reception: 5 - 9pm, Friday, February 7th, 2020. This event will feature an interactive recreation of Sonya Rapoport's computer-mediated installation and "audience participation performance" Biorhythm (1983). Free admission!



8. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Denise Bibro Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan. 9, and more

Th., Jan. 9 - Sat. Feb 8
Opening Thurs., Jan. 9, 5-8pm
Closing Sat., Feb. 8, 11am-6pm
Informal Talk Sat, Feb. 8, 4-6pm
Art from the Boros Show
Denise Bibro Fine Art
529 West 20th Street 4W
New York, NY 10011
Born in the Bronx, 1948, and living in Manhattan most of her life, Rosenthal is presented in the context of other artists producing prodigiously in the five boroughs of New York City. Works from Barbara Rosenthal's series Surreal to Conceptual Photos, Wafting, Connected will be in this exhibition, and will be included in the Denise Bibro Fine Art pages of Artsy, along with other related Rosenthal Surreal to Conceptual Photography.


Fri., Jan. 10 - Sun., Jan. 18
Opening Reception & Performances Fri., Jan 10, 6-10pm
Weekend Reception & Performances Sat., Jan. 11, 6-10
Synthetic Zero Show
Bronx Art Space
Venue Hours:
12 - 6:30pm Wed-Friday; 12-5pm Saturday
305 East 140th St
Bronx, NY, 10454
Rosenthal is presented in the context of other artists from the borough of her birth. During the run of the "Synthetic Zero Art Show," curated by Bronx Art Space co-founder Mitsu Hadeishi, Rosenthal will screen The Screen Will Be Black and Silent for Some Time, a single-channel video from among the 130 she has created since 1976.

More info:
Barbara Rosenthal
463 West Street, #A629
Twitter: @BRartistNYC
Facebook: barbara.rosenthal1



9. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, opening Jan. 17

LA CA 90012
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, starting at 8, Suggested donation $10
ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, starting at 8, Suggested donation $10
Organized by Jeanne Vaccaro
Press contact: jeannevaccaro@gmail.com or tourwithoutend@gmail.com

LOS ANGELES, CA- Human Resources is pleased to present Tour Without End (2014-
2019), a multi-platform installation that casts real-life musicians, artists and actors as
bands on tour, and expands into a cross-generational, Trump-era commentary on
contemporary culture and politics. It features members of Gang Gang Dance, LeTigre,
The Julie Ruin, MEN, Eartheater, MGMT, Light Asylum, and more.
Shot in real environments and situations, the core group of players improvised based on
semi-scripted scenes. Because many of these performers are legends themselves in
the New York City downtown scene, they are archetypes playing archetypes. The work
revels in the sometimes hilarious - but always complex - band dynamics that the
characters endure while touring, collaborating, and aging in a youth-driven music
industry. As the players move in and out of character, blending fiction and real life, the
film moves in and out of non-linear narrative and historical document. Shot from 2014-
2018 at over 15 DIY music spaces in and around New York City - many of which have
since shuttered their doors - the film acts as an urgent time capsule for the rapidly
gentrifying city.
The installation version highlights the extensive and growing archive of live performance
in NYC shot during the four-year production schedule and the raw footage from the
improvised scenes. These include more than thirty musicians and ten underground
music venues. The archive expands as the project is shown. Portraits of performers
taken By Justine Kurland are central to the installation. The feature film (92 min) will
screen everyday at 12, 1:32, 3:04, 4:36. The installation is travelling and was just
exhibited at Burchfield Penney in Buffalo, NY.
The film's multitude of characters include: Wooster Group founder Kate Valk, Jim
Fletcher (The NYC Players), musicians Lizzi Bougatsos, (Gang Gang Dance),
Kathleen Hanna (The Julie Ruin), Brontez Purnell (The Younger Lovers), Eileen
Myles, Alexandra Drewchin (Eartheater), Nicole Eisenman, K8 Hardy, Johanna
Fateman (Le Tigre) Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), JD Samson (MEN), Gary
Indiana, Kembra Pfahler, (Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black), Rachel Mason, Tom
McGrath, Matthew Asti (MGMT), Becca Blackwell, Christen Clifford, Alessandra
Genovese (Crush), Rogelio Ramos (Love Pig), Kenya Robinson (Cheeky LaShae)
and Neon Music (Youth Quake).
Laura Parnes' critically acclaimed films and installations address counter-cultural and
youth-culture references where the music is integral to the work. Her work has been
screened and exhibited widely in the US and internationally, including at the Whitney
Museum of American Art, NY; MoMA PS1, NY; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art,
FL; Brooklyn Museum; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; The
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Museo Nacional
Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and NY and on PBS and Spanish Television.
Recently she had solo exhibitions at LA><, LA, Participant Inc., Fitzroy Gallery; and solo
screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, and The Kitchen, New York City. Parnes is a
2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, a 2014 NYFA recipient, and a 2016
Creative Capital Awardee. Video Data Bank published a box set of her work, and
Participant Press published a book of her scripts titled 'Blood and Guts in Hollywood:
Two Screenplays' by Laura Parnes with an introduction by Chris Kraus. She has also
directed music videos for The Julie Ruin and Le Tigre.
Tour Without End is made possible with funds from The John Simon Guggenheim
Foundation, Creative Capital and the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership
with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant program of the New York State
Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film Program, with the support of Governor
Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



10. Debra Pearlman, FF Alumn, at ODETTA, Manhattan, Jan. 12

Turner's Patent Yellow

Reading Yellow

Sunday January 12, 2-4 pm
An afternoon of readings, around the theme of yellow, will be presented on January 12, 2020, to accompany the group exhibition Turner Patent Yellow, presented by Ellen Hackl Fagan in the new Harlem home of ODETTA. Participating artist Debra Pearlman has organized the readings, which move through time to time to include favorite poets of the painter J.M.W. Turner-intriguingly not the Turner after whom the widely used 18th century pigment was named-such as John Milton and Lord Byron. Also included are poets who were closely associated with artists, like Guillaume Apollinaire; who were artists themselves, notably Giorgio de Chirico; or ones whose writing led to works of art, as Paul Celan's poetry inspired paintings by Anselm Kiefer.

Readers for the event will include poet Karen Neuberg, fiction writers Alice Kaltman and Nancy Ludmerer, and art writer Christopher Lyon.

On view are works by Nancy Baker, Steven Baris, Emily Berger, Paul Clabby, Mary Dwyer, Peter Hopkins, Katherine Jackson, K K Kozik, Rene Lynch, Joanne Mattera, Stephen Maine, Lizbeth Mitty, Paula Overbay, Margaret Roleke, Alyse Rosner, Anne Russinof, Jane Sangerman, Sylvia Schwartz, Suzan Shutan, Susan Stair, Audrey Stone, and Jo Yarrington.

64 West 127th Street #1
New York, NY 10027
Sunday, January 12th from 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Space is limited to 35. Please r.s.v.p. to artistfagan@gmail.com or to eventbrite



11. Mark Bloch, FF Alumn, at brooklynrail.org now online and more

"Art-Rite Book Launch
The evening served as a clear demonstration of Art-Rite's unique importance in connecting the Fluxus-influenced Soho loft era to the go-go 1980s"

Dear Franklin Furnace friends,

I went to this event at Jeffrey Deitch which was a panel discussion about Walter Robinson and Edit DeAk's magazine Art-Rite. Here is an article about it I wrote for the Brooklyn Rail.

But I could not get into the article:

There is a fantastic new book out reproducing and about the magazine. I had never known much about it or exactly about the internal workings of the art world of that time. All my questions were answered. Many of you probably already knew a lot of it. It was revelatory for me to attend this talk. Deitch introduced the discussion by saying he was new in town and he worked as an assistant at the John Weber Gallery and there was no reception desk, but people used to sit in there and chat. And one day Walter and Edit walked in with a stack of Art-Rites and that was an important moment for Deitch.
"There was a narrow Kitchen area with no chairs sit on the formica counter where I would sit with a typewriter. It was the clubhouse. One afternoon, Walter and Edit walk in with a big stack of Art Rites and left them on the counter... I came to New York in June 1974. I didn't know anybody. I was the all purpose gallery assistant... all you needed to do to communicate with every single person in the in the art world was to leave stacks of Art Rite at John Weber Gallery, Paula Cooper, OK Harris, a few other places and that was it. That's all you needed. Everybody got the issue and everybody was in on the discourse."
Deitch encouraged the panelists to tell the Edit story of her escaping in a car trunk as a teenager. They did. She and her husband who was Jewish, Peter Grass, who now lives in church in Catskill, ran away from Hungary to Yugoslavia. They convinced two separate drivers to let them split up and get in the trunks of two strangers' cars. It worked. A Jewish relief agency brought them to Baltimore.
They eventually leased the top floor of 149 Wooster-- 7000 sq ft. and split in two, rented out the other half and their half was where they lived and where the magazine operated from during the 70s.
Robin Winters, also a panelist, told how he came from SF to be in Whitney program where he later met the three founders of Art-Rite. When Marcia Tucker gave talk in San Francisco he went up to her afterwards and begged her 'please I want to go to New York.' "Marcia wrote me a letter and called people and got me in by the skin of my teeth." He hitchhiked to NY and met Pat Stier, another of the panelists. "Marcia let me stay in her house. Pat was first person I met. You gave me the key."
It was a great evening. Robinson explained he did not give Art-Rite it's name because of any interest in rites or rituals. "I never thought any of that before. It's down-market. Shop Rite. Dollar Store. We were not very much into rituals." I recommend the book and also there is a video online of the talk by James Kalm that captures every word.
Happy New Year,

Mark Bloch



12. Colette, FF Alumn, at tmlarts.com now online

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13. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at The Ace Hotel, Manhattan, opening Jan. 15

Please come to the opening celebration for "On Point: Pencils from The Harley J. Spiller Collection" at The Ace Hotel, 20 W. 29th Street Manhattan, January 15, 2020 6-8:30 pm. Exhibition on view thru February 15 as part of the Outsider Art Fair NYC 2020. On view 24 hours a day for a month.

Join Harley J. Spiller for "The Re-mark-able Pencil," an interactive performance exploring the history of human marking on Wednesday January 15th at 7:00 pm and again at 7:45 pm at the Ace Hotel, Manhattan, 20 W. 29th Street. Please note that this interactive performance takes place in a bustling hotel lobby space, and participation is not guaranteed and will be very limited.

To accompany the performance and exhibition, Harley has prepared "Pencil Essentials", a handwritten essay which will be available as a limited edition zine.

Harley J. Spiller is an artist and museum worker focused on singing for the unsung - he currently serves as the first Ken Dewey Director of the avant-garde arts organization Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller