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Contents for January 13, 2020

1. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Stefani Mar, FF ALumns, at La MaMa, Manhattan, Feb. 20-March 1

https://pestilenza.com/

La MaMa in association with Allied Productions Inc. presents
GENERATOR: Pestilence Part 1

La MaMa
66 E 4th Street

THE DOWNSTAIRS THEATRE
February 20 - March 1, 2020

SHOW TIMES:
February 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and March 1, 2020; Thursdays - Saturdays at 8PM
and Sundays at 3PM

Running Time 90 Minutes

Box Office (212) 352-3101

Online ticketing available at http://lamama.org/generator/

Ticket Price $25.00 (promotional Codes TDF and discount details to follow)
Expressionistic and experimental in form and action GENERATOR's narrative begins
with a spark of energy triggering life on the planet. A cluster of single celled organisms
develop into a confluence of reptilian hybrids evoking an anamorphic mix of mythical
hydras, medusas, centaurs, mermaids and monsters that evolve into clusters of prehuman
primates. Tones ring in frequencies of celestial orbit that foreshadow melody.

The sonic and visual crossings of science and mythology create an origin narrative in
the marriage of acoustic and electronic instrumentals and vocalization. Led by the
queer skinned kitchen band NYOBS, GENERATOR climaxes in a lyrical expression of
language sung by the African spider god of stories, Anansi.

GENERATOR is the first of a 3 part cycle forming a musical opus titled Pestilence, the
latest and most ambitious live art creation in the partnership of Jack Waters, Peter
Cramer, and their collaborators. Known for their challenging and innovative
interventions in art and politics GENERATOR is a homecoming, a return to their
theatrical roots when La Mama presented two of Cramer and Waters' earliest
performance works in 1987. It is the first full-length theatrical work by Waters and
Cramer since their 2006 show, Spettacolo Provolone at NYC's Theater For The New
City. Prior to that they staged The Ring OUR Way, a ten year expanded cinema treatment of Wagner's Ring culminating in 1992 at Anthology Film Archives for MIX
NYC, then known as the New York Lesbian And Gay Experimental Film Festival.
Taking the form of a hybrid where music, art, dance, cinema and performance meet,
Pestilence emulates the very origins of the operatic idiom, a site of combined art forms
that harness the art, politics, and technology of the day. As with the most significant
operas that defined their time, Pestilence pushes up against aesthetic norms and
questions traditional rules of form. The instigation by suggestion is a radicalism that
challenges the perceived stability of the cultural status quo in a process that merges
art, social practice, and technology by combining theater, moving image, light, sound,
music, choreography, drama, comedy, and immersive interactive media. It is a fantasydriven tracing of the origins of the institutions that derive from the cultures that humans, as a social species, form;1 a parallel to the process in which cultures from which wine, bread, cheese and medicines like penicillin are derived at the meeting points of fertilization and fecundity.

Pestilence was conceived in 2006 at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy. In the following decade 10 Studies for Pestilence were staged in Venice, Berlin, and NYC as preludes to this theatrical premiere. As a meditation on epidemic as cultural phenomenon, Pestilence is about how virus infects and affects us all, from the perspectives of our personal and collective experiences of AIDS. Pestilence is a cycle of beginnings and endings towards a queered reformation of human institutions as we know them.

It is not coincidental that the Pestilence process reflects on the theater, art, music and
political hybrids that reentered western popular culture in the 60s and 70s. Pestilence's
precursors of Fluxus, Judson, and The Living Theater were preceded by Bauhaus and
German expressionism in the west, by Butoh in Asia, for centuries of collective ritual in
Africa, and globally in the ancient world. These precedents inform the Pestilence
creators' return to bold and creative responses to cultural upheaval that are predicated
upon this current climate of social unrest.

"...As Syberberg did in his "Parsifal" film, Waters presents Wagner as a collage of
information...Waters is a juggler of signifiers..."
-Marion Jacobson, Jack Waters's 'Ring'
Washington Post
1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Science

STRUCTURE GENERATOR operates as an order-three Venn diagram. The center of the Reuleaux triangle is the collaboration between Jack Waters and John Michael Swartz, followed by intersections created by NYOBS. The ring of greatest intersections represents the 35 year partnership of Jack Waters and Peter Cramer, former co-directors of ABC No Rio.

The Pestilence Team consists of multiply trained intergenerational, integrative artists
decentralized in a collaboration where form itself is a plastic, malleable element of
production. GENERATOR is improvisationally driven similar to the way in which jazz is
structured and varied around a musical theme. The structured improv strategy is highly
informed by the Sonic Meditations of Pauline Oliveros as well as by the fluxus practices
by artists like Charlotte Mormon, John Cage and Judson School artists like Merce
Cunningham. The musical engine is led by the Queer Skinned Kitchen band NYOBS, a
quartet of Jack, Peter John, and Mike. The rules of sonic engagement branch out into
the execution of movement and drama by three additional principal performers added
to the NYOBS ensemble. Following chance operations of Merce Cunningham and
others, the principal performers may rotate among a greater chorus of performers that
constitute the cast. Audience participation will be a core component of the work in
which electronic immersive interactive media is combined with interactions and
engagements instigated and led by GENERATOR's ensemble, following methods
originally made familiar to audiences by theater groups like the Living Theater, and
carried into mainstream audiences by productions such as Hair.

THE INSTALLATION
The lobby of the Downstairs Theater will be transformed into an environment as a prelude and companion piece to the performances - an ersatz gallery functioning as an extension of the theater set. The immersive installation is activated by motion, temperature and sound that trigger responses in lighting, moving image and fragrance extended to the set elements, costumes, and props. The core element of the installation that functions as a bridge to the theater set is an interactive sound design described here by composer John Michael Swartz:

"A 12-channel, whisper-quiet digital granular synthesizer I designed and built as a musical instrument and set-piece for Jack Waters' opera-in-process, Pestilence while in
residence at the Emily Harvey Foundation in New York City. Copper, steel, nylon rope, alligator clip test leads, tiny speakers. Approximately 14' bottom to top. Sound implemented with Pure Data. The main aim of the synthesizer design is to create a playable musical instrument, in the same way that I can play the cello, for example. My goal is to have a rich set of tools that will allow the microcosmic exploration of sound in the time-domain which can sustain compelling improvisatory performances."

BIOS
Artist, performer and film-maker, the Julliard trained JACK WATERS received
accolades for his starring role as Jason Holliday in the critically acclaimed controversial
2015 film Jason And Shirley directed by Stephen Winter and co staring writer Sarah
Schulman. Jack composed the music and choreography for Jason's nightclub sequence.
"...The result is a meticulous imagining of the shoot, especially in Waters's electrifying
impersonation of [Jason] Holliday...."
-Richard Brody, review of 'Jason And Shirley'
The New Yorker

PETER CRAMER is known for his installation environments at MIX NYC, the primary
venue for radical queer cinema/art intermix. As queer mentors they roll with the nonprofit
artist collective they founded, Allied Productions, Inc. whose primary venue is Le
Petit Versailles - the world renowned community arts garden: a presence that is a holdout
and sustainer of the historically cutting edge of NYC's culturally rich Lower East Side.
Through the '80s Peter and Jack carried the banner of the radical community arts center
ABC No Rio, a gritty standard raised by the notorious art collective CoLab, whose 1980
action The Times Square Show changed NYC art and culture by bringing radical politics
into a foreground previously held by a market-driven and hetero male dominated neo
expressionism. Jack and Peter were the second generation of directorship of ABC No Rio
that resulted from CoLab's 1981 public action The Real Estate Show. Waters and
Cramer's tenure at No Rio held the culture of resistance in the downtown 80's East
Village Art scene, a creative strategy that brought attention to the speculation of NYC's
first stage of gentrification. Peter and Jack's channeling of disruptive chaos overlaps
with those of performers Penny Arcade and Karen Finley. Their circle of community
include a longtime association with artist Kembra Pfahler with whom they have
collaborated through the years in many projects variously related to Kembra's band The
Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. The association spans from their mutual
involvements with ABC No Rio, Allied Productions, Inc., and as denizens of New York
City's downtown underground.

"...in response to the realities of their time...art continues to be made...by Jack Waters
and Peter Cramer.
-Holland Cotter 'Not Over': '25 Years of Visual AIDS'
NY Times

JOHN MICHAEL SWARTZ
Is a multidisciplinary, multimedia artist. A classically-trained cellist and pianist, John is a
self-trained vocalist with a background in experimental computer music composition and
instrument building. John brings his skills in improvisation and performance from
interdisciplinary collaborations in dance and theater to the composition and performance
of the Pestilence score. His background in independent and alternative audio engineering,
record production, and installation with an emphasis on digital and networked
technologies create the bridge to the GENERATOR as a hybrid of theater and gallery art.
As a technical consultant and sound recording engineer John scored the electronic
segments of the opera "No Sound The Earth Owes" by composer Alexander Vassos.
Highlighted performances included the Ashland, OR Chinquapin Arts Festival (2014).
John collaborated with artist Jeanine Oleson for her experimental opera, "Hear, Here"
(2014). He toured nationally from 2009-2012 with filmmaker Brent Green as a live sound
cellist for the film "Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then" at venues including Walker
Art Center. John, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in music
(cello/multimedia) and visual art (photography/history) met Jack and Peter performing as
a musician/composer/programmer for a production of Salome at Le Petit Versailles. They
regularly saw his installations and performances at MIX NYC and Hot Fruit, the premiere
party of Brooklyn's Queer edge of the 2010's at Metropolitan Bar2. John began
collaborating on Pestilence in April 2013 at the Pestilence Team residency at Harvest
Works Digital Media Arts Center April 20133. His Sourdough Bread Yeast reaction was
exhibited in May 2013 projected for the crew of film video computer and lighting artists
for the staging of John Cage's HPSCHD with The Pestilence Team at EyeBeam, NYC 4.
In October 2013 John's 12-channel, whisper-quiet digital granular synthesizer
designed and built as a musical instrument and set-piece was exhibited for
Pestilence In Process at Emily Harvey Gallery, NYC.
2 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hot-fruit-two-year-anniversery_n_6084734
3 https://www.harvestworks.org/jack-waters-pestilence-developed-at-harvestworksteamlab/
4 https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/arts/music/hpschd-at-eyebeam.html

MIKE CACCIATORE
Mike grew up consuming weird 90s television, college radio, underground film, and
"classic alternative" music (Bowie, Siouxsie, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Can). He did his
undergraduate studies in English and Fine Arts at NYU where he connected with folks in
the downtown experimental theater scene, which led to fruitful collaborations (most
extensively as audio designer/sound FX elf for "A Good Year For Hunters" with Jess
Barbagallo/Chris Giarmo). Mike got his musical performance chops up to speed by
spending several years touring and cutting an album with the band Griffin and The True
Believers (as bassist/guitarist), as well as performing at the New Museum and Joe's Pub
with members of the Half Straddle theater company.
He's a self-taught electronics tinkerer and builder of unconventional instruments. Mike is
interested in the connecting thread between entirely digital and entirely acoustic
instruments (plus their hybrid offspring) and how they inform one another in the sonic
domain. In keeping with his DIY ethics, He is very invested in presenting music
technology as accessible and understandable to all, instead of maintaining an intimidating
distance between creators and listeners. I like polyrhythms and microtones.
Mike is an avid sci-fi reader (Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, William Gibson). I have
many plants. He's queer, loves using power tools, and likes building things that may or
may not have a use in this plane of existence. Mike is an active member of the protean
musical entity known as NYOBS, and a Capricorn.

THE PESTILENCE TEAM
Jack Waters - Concept originator/Writer/Producer/Director
Peter Cramer - Concept direction, visual design, installations, lighting, and stagecraft
John Michael Swartz - Music/Sound composition, installations, interactive media
Mike Cacciatore - Music, sets, props, and moving image design and facilitation
Christopher Roberts - Co-design, fabrication, and coordination of sets and props
Rodrigo Chazarro - Co-design and fabrication of sets and props
Austin Windels - Co-design and fabrication of sets and props
Susan Salinger - Production resource development/projection visuals
Barbara Hoon - Production resource development/pilates trainer
Stefani Mar - Costume/set consultant
Ethan Shoshan - Olfactory Score
Tim Cusack - Consultant on dramaturgy and production
Sylvie Degiez - Consultant on tone, frequency, cultural anthropology, philosophy, magic

NYOBS is the musical heart of GENERATOR: Pestilence Part 1. NYOBS is
Michael Cacciatore, Peter Cramer, John Michael Swartz and Jack Waters
AKA Mikey Nyob, Peewee Nyob, Johnny Nyob, and Jackie Nyob.
NYOBS' trance lyrics and primal screams pierce the restive soul with mind-blowing
audio visual inducements of synthesthesia that tap all six senses. Perched on the border
wall between Brooklyn and The Lower East Side (otherwise known as the East River)
NYOBS is the alternative experimental free association queer skinned "kitchen" band
born at the Punk Island Festival Staten Island. Nurtured at the queer weekly Hot
Fruit party at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Lounge, Their home base
is Le Petit Versailles, the verdant garden oasis and electrifying arts venue of
NYC downtown's underground repute. Performance highlights include: The Whitney
Museum, Memories That Smell Like Gasoline (a tribute to David Wojnarovicz)
Mercury Lounge, La MaMa, Microscope Gallery (A Séance For Jonas Mekas),
Performance Space New York (Preview of Exposition Of The Prophet for
GENERATOR Pestilence: Part 1)

APRÉS AVANT GARDE FESTIVAL, DAY DE DADA, BWAC (With the legendary
3 Teens Kill 4), Incarnata Social Club at Berlin and From The Ashes, Rise at WRRQ Collective.

NYOBS SOUNDCLOUD
soundcloud.com/nyobsnyc/
NYOBS VIMEO
vimeo.com/nyobs
NYOBS INSTAGRAM
Nyobsnyc

PRESS CONTACT
Ron Lasko
SPIN CYCLE
ron@spincyclenyc.com
212-505-1700
PRODUCTION CONTACT
pestilence@alliedproductions.org
212-529-8815
https://pestilenza.com/

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2. Norm Magnusson at cma gallery, Newburgh, NY, through Feb. 1, and more

My exhibition at Mount Saint Mary College about the difficulties and fragilities of communication has been extended yet again!! Come visit! Open until Feb. 1! Alternately, check it out online at: https://namatcmaatmsmc.blogspot.com

Also: professor Dean Goldberg, of MSMC, made a fun artists interview video to coincide with the exhibition. Suitable for work, click here: https://vimeo.com/381677402

And, as always, I encourage you all to buy art!! To see available artworks, you can click here: https://availableartwork2019.blogspot.com

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3. Linda Mary Montano, Jennifer Hicks, FF Alumns, at Art Center/Gallery, Saugerties NY, Jan. 18

Performance Artist Linda Mary Montano's
Interactive Laugh-Cry Art/Life/Death 78th BirthdayArama Party
Curated by Art Center/Gallery owner Jennifer Hicks, FF Alumn
January 18th, 7:00-8:30p, 11 JANE ST. Art Center, 11 Jane Street Saugerties NY
Dedicated to Nursing Home CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants)
Please come. Linda Mary Montano's Very Interactive Laugh-Cry Art/Life/Death 78th Birthday Party is dedicated to nursing home CNAs.
The audience participation interactive party includes Montano's incomparable in-the-moment performance creativity, two premieres, blessings, and dance:
Performance artist, Linda Mary Montano
Premiere film of Benares, India, Cremations
Premiere film of Saugerties' Father Harty Drum Corps video, a tribute to Montano's Father and Mother, edited by Tobe Carey
Angel Blessings with Rev. Lynda Carré
Chicken Dance with Desmond Conrad-Ferm
If you wish, bring a very very very CREATIVE ART CAKE for our viewing pleasure and mutual celebration of
Laugh-Cry Art/Life/Death.
$10 Donation Suggested
info@11JANESTREET.COM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birthdayarama-with-linda-mary-montano-tickets-85976011565

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4. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, at Mesa College, San Diego, CA, February

Joe Lewis' exhibition "Forced Exodus: Coded Messages from the Underground Railroad" opens at Mesa College, San Diego, CA on February 13 and is on view thru February 27, 2020. Joe Lewis' artworks explore past and present migration between the US and Mexico-the connection between runaway slaves and indigenous people in their struggle for freedom-and the continuing search for social justice and self-determination. Featured exhibition for Black History Month. For more info on his work: http://joelewisartist.com/

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5. Amy Khoshbin, Barbara Kruger, Betty Tompkins, Christen Clifford, Cindy Sherman, Dominique Duroseau, Judith Bernstein, Louise Lawler, Shirin Neshat, Suzy Lake, Xaviera Simmons, FF Alumns, at Eva Presenhuber, Manhattan, thru Jan. 18, and more

Abortion is Normal

PART 1: JAN 9 - JAN 18, 2020
Opening Reception: JAN 9, 6 - 8pm
Eva Presenhuber, 39 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012
PART: 2 JAN 21 - FEB 1, 2020
Opening Reception: JAN 21, 6 - 8pm
Arsenal Contemporary, 214 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Abortion Is Normal is an EMERGENCY exhibition curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol and co-organized by Marilyn Minter, Gina Nanni, Laurie Simmons, and Sandy Tait.

AIN [NYC] is sponsored by Downtown for Democracy Independent Expenditure Committee. Works will be available for viewing and purchase exclusively through Artsy at artsy.net/downtownfordemocracy (Coming Soon!)

Media contact: Sophie Wise, Company Agenda, sophie@companyagenda.com/212 358-9516

Participating Artists Include: Allison Janae Hamilton, Ameya Marie Okamoto, Amy Khoshbin, Andrea Chung, Arlene Shechet, Barbara Kruger, Betty Tompkins, Carroll Dunham, Catherine Opie, Cecily Brown, Chloe Wise, Christopher Myers, Christen Clifford, Cindy Sherman, Delano Dunn, Dominique Duroseau, Elektra KB, Fin Simonetti, Grace Graupe Pillard, Hank Willis Thomas, hayv kahraman, Jaishri Abichandani, Jane Kaplowitz, Jon Kessler, Jonathan Horowitz, Judith Bernstein, Judith Hudson, Katrina Majkut, Laurie Simmons, Louise Lawler, Lyle Ashton Harris, Marilyn Minter, Michele Pred, Mika Rottenberg, Nadine Faraj, Nan Goldin, Natalie Frank, Rob Pruitt, Ryan McGinley, Sahana Ramakrishnan, Sarah Sze, Shirin Neshat, Shoshanna Weinberger, Shout Your Abortion, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Sue Williams, Suzy Lake, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Viva Ruiz/Thank God for Abortion, Walter Robinson, Wangechi Mutu, Xaviera Simmons, Yvette Molina, Zoe Buckman and more.
Abortion Is Normal is an exhibition organized by a collective of cultural practitioners as an urgent call-to-action exhibition to raise both awareness and funding in support of accessible, safe, and legal abortion. This show comes at a time when legal abortion is under acute attack throughout the United States.
Simultaneously, the 1973 landmark ruling, Roe vs. Wade, which federally sanction the right to choose, is in jeopardy of being reversed.
The exhibition brings together a heterogeneous array of artists countering with their personal response to abortion and abortion access in order to create an inclusive and empathetic entry point to this conversation. Not all of these artists have necessarily personally had an abortion; however, the underlying thread of this exhibition is that abortion and reproductive health affect everyone.
Abortion Is Normal is about access, open conversations, acknowledgment of intersectionality, inclusivity, and visibility within the context of a conversation on reproductive rights. It strives to be multi-centered in its approach; acknowledging both the nuance of who is affected by legal abortion as well as who is affected by the potentiality of relinquishing safe and legal access to care.

About the Exhibition Title:
Part of the strategy in the fight against reproductive rights is creating an atmosphere or fear, shame, and stigma. The choice to terminate a pregnancy is an important one, and can be both physically or emotionally traumatic for the person making that choice. The title of this exhibition is not trying to mitigate the gravity of that decision- nor is it trying to make light of it. It is also not trying to erase the historical phenomenon of forced sterilization and abortion-a legacy which taints our history. Rather, it is seeking to create an acknowledgment for those who may be further traumatized by the strategic agenda of those who continue to police and restrict choice.

This title is meant intended as a statement of camaraderie and caring that in short says: What you choose to do with your body is OK- it is normal. Can it be difficult? Yes. Is it your right? Yes. The idea of 'normal' is one that can be fraught, and even interpreted as ableist or homogeneous- that is something this group acknowledges. But our language is limited- we are restricted to the words of our lexicon that have the widest reach. 'Normal' in this instance is equated with 'OK'- in the same way that a basic human right should be seen as 'Normal'- Freedom is Normal, Safety is Normal- Abortion Is Normal.

Finally this statement can be seen as "[It's OK], Abortion Is Normal."

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6. Nina Kuo, FF Alumn, at Flushing Town Hall, Queens, Feb. 19-Mar 1

NINA KUO Exhibit Feb 19 - Mar 1 , 2020 - not listed on web site since this is a community art show but invited by Events Director

Making large scale artworks in Art jungle NINA KUO ART contact : artrdepartment@hotmail.com - public email - THANKS -

NINA KUO - ART DEVIATION - Painting & Video
Lobby Exhibit : Feb. 19 - Mar. 1, 2020
Free Nite event with Videoscape & Music Screening : Friday. FEB. 21 at 5 - 7 pm

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing - Queens NYC

Experience POP PAINTING that deviate from abstraction and zap Mixed Media tactile materials and Video that seize your Psche. "Asiatic " forms emerge or tempt us with non conformist forms + Video movements.

THANKS TO YOUR KIND ART SPIRIT !! NINA KUO

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7. Isabella Bannerman, Sabrina Jones, FF Alumns, at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, Jan. 18

We have been invited to participate in this book fair at the A.I.R. Gallery in Dumbo, on Saturday January 18th, from noon to 7PM.
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

https://www.airgallery.org/events-1/a-feminist-and-queer-art-book-fair

Our contributor Lauren Simkin Berke is affiliated with the venerable feminist co-op gallery, and invited us.
Isabella and I plan to spend the day there. We hope you will come visit, and send interested parties.
We only have 3 feet of table space, so we will only be showing Shameless Feminists and back issues of WW3 Illustrated.

Forever shameless,
Sabrina
ww3.nyc

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8. Vernita N'Cognita, FF Alumn, at Viridian, Manhattan, thru Jan. 25

"CONCERNING ... & ... & ..."
Viridian Affiliates & Alumni
January 2- 25, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9, 6-8PM
See map
JULIETTE GORDON ~ JOSHUA GREENBERG ~ MICHAEL RECK ~ MEREDETH TURSHEN ~ NANCY NICOL ~ DEBORAH SUDRAN ~ JENNY BELIN ~ VERNITA N'COGNITA

Juliette Gordon Untitled. Photomontage. Photography by Karen Mauch
Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to present an exhibition of outstanding art by seven artists who are part of Viridian Artists' Affiliate program and one who is a Viridian Alum. The show extends from January 2ND TO 25th with an opening reception on Thursday, January 9, 6-8PM. Some critics say the hot art is currently in the realm of realism, others are saying abstraction is back in full force. The art in this exhibit encompasses fragments of both and covers a wide range of concerns, ... & ... &...
Juliette Gordon was a trailblazer, an important member of the feminist art movement in New York and a respected artist in the inner-circle of radical anti-war politics in the early 70's. She suffered a stroke in 2001, but still would undoubtedly have taken her rightful place among more well known feminist contemporaries had her life not been drastically changed in 2003 by a disastrous fire in which she was seriously burned and nearly died. The artist, now 85, has been living in rehabilitation and nursing facilities since, but her spirit is not diminished. For the past 7 years she has been nurtured through bouts of self-doubt to continue creating by the artist Sharon Wybrants who visits her weekly. Dr. Andrew Hottle, an art historian and specialist in feminist art of the 70's, has created an inventory of Gordon's oeuvre with the hopes there will be a retrospective one day of her work. Viridian is pleased to be showing collages in this exhibit that are a part of her body of work.

Joshua Greenberg uses photo-based imagery to create contemporary abstract art. In The Trees at the Edge of the Field, he uses a sequence of abstract prints in the same catalogue to represent a visual story. The works are arranged as a narrative and the viewer is asked to create their own story. The artist makes the art, the observer interprets the art, and together they complete the implied social contract art represents.
Michael Reck is an abstract artist who uses NYC and urban living for his inspiration. He states the following about the art he's created for this exhibit:
"For the past several years I have been working with layering to create depth in my compositions. This technique has been heavily informed by graffiti, which turned out to be an influence I simply absorbed from my surroundings."

Meredeth Turshen's work took a sharp turn from abstract to representational this year after a challenge from two artists to produce 100 still lifes; the selection shown here - all in oil on paper - were spun from her imagination while living in a flower-rich paradise in northern Vermont. Turshen majored in studio art at Oberlin College, in workshops at Pratt, the Printmaking Council of NJ, the Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, the CT Center for Graphic Arts, and for the past ten years at Vermont Studio Center. Turshen joined Viridian in 2007. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists.

Nancy Nicol feels she is a New Yorker at heart, though she now works out of Cape Cod after growing up in the city via daily commutes from Jersey City to attended Friends Seminary, where art was core curriculum. She navigated without adult supervision, filling her pockets with interesting found objects and admired street art and graffiti. These youthful solo expeditions and familiarities continue to impact her work today. In addition to her affiliation with Viridian, she is an exhibiting member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Organization of Independent Artists, Brooklyn. Current projects include the illustration of a soon-to-be published children's book, Quiet Places.

Deborah Sudran, a long time Viridian Artist and now a Viridian Alum, has spent a lifetime creating large paintings that contain a strong emotional response to nature. Her interests are concerned primarily with the abstract underpinnings as she moves in close, isolating plant life from its surroundings and focusing on the forms, colors and textures. Working from photographs, she is particularly fascinated with desert and tropical images.
Jenny Belin's digitally created collages connect her figurative work with elements from her sketchbooks. In the past, much of her art has encompassed portraits of famous women we think of as feminists as well as animal portraits, particularly cats.

Vernita N'Cognita, both a visual & a performance artist is showing a series of recent collages that often explore the absence of objects, leaving only the negative shapes that imply a presence. Active politically since the 70's, she organized one of the first feminist exhibits of that time. More recently, much of her work has been concerned with junkmail, recycling and aging. In the current issue of Gallery & Studio magazine, Diane Root wrote about her performance work on the theme of aging which she presented in the Art in Odd Places (AIOP) Festival, "Invisible".

Viridian has created a number of programs to give outstanding and "underknown" artists an opportunity to have their work seen. In a world in which social media is making it possible for more & more individuals to have a tiny taste of fame, artists need avenues to have their work seen "in the flesh" as well. We look forward to seeing you in person in January, at this exhibition of captivating artworks and ideas.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6pm

For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director at 212-414-4040 or viridianartistsinc@gmail.com
or view the gallery website:www.viridianartists.com

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9. Louise Bourgeois, Petah Coyne, Ree Morton, Howardena Pindell, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Snyder, Stella Waitzkin, FF Alumns, at The Brooklyn Museum, opening Jan. 24

The Brooklyn Museum Presents Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection

Opens Friday, January 24

Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection presents more than sixty works from across the Brooklyn Museum's diverse collection. The exhibition features artworks that have historically been seen as "out of place" in major museums-because of the artist's identity or their unorthodox approach to materials and subjects-and examines how artists can transform long-held cultural assumptions. Following the 2018 exhibition Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection, Out of Place also explores collection works anew through an intersectional feminist framework.

The exhibition is organized around three distinct cultural contexts for making and understanding creativity: the role of museums and galleries, work made outside of the mainstream art world, and a focus on the domestic sphere that connects to feminist critiques of art hierarchies. Forty-four artists are represented in the exhibition, whose practices require a broader and more dynamic view of modern and contemporary art, including Louise Bourgeois, Beverly Buchanan, Chryssa, Thornton Dial, Helen Frankenthaler, Lourdes Grobet, Betye Saar, Judith Scott, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Snyder, and Emmi Whitehorse. Over half the works are on view for the first time, including key collection objects and new acquisitions, such as highlights from the recent Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift of art by Black artists of the American South, and a selection of American quilts.

Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection is curated by Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, and Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Helene Zucker Seeman Memorial Exhibition Fund.

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10. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, at University of Tennesee, Knoxville, thru Feb. 16

Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, is exhibiting in Unsustainable: A Planet in Crisis at Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. January 11 to Feb. 16, 2020

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present, Unsustainable: A Planet in Crisis - a group exhibition featuring artwork ranging in material, discipline, and execution that addresses the theme of planetary crises - climate change, the rise of disease and superbugs, world conflict and national instability, plastics in the ocean, gun violence, pollution of the waterways from mining, air pollution from use of fossil fuels, the opioid crisis, and species extinction.

Participating artists are:

Michele Banks https://www.artologica.net/
Brandon Ballengee, PhD https://brandonballengee.com/
Scott Chimileski, PhD + Roberto Kolter, PhD https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-beautiful-intelligence-of-bacteria-and-other-microbes-20171113/
Brandon Donahue https://brandonjaquezdonahue.com/home.html
Lorrie Fredette http://lorriefredette.com/
Yeon Jin Kim http://www.domesticmuseology.com/yeon-jin-kim
Pam Longobardi https://driftersproject.net/about/
Dan Mills http://abacus.bates.edu/~dmills/
John Sabraw http://www.johnsabraw.com/
Karen Shaw https://karenshaw100.com/

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11. Olivia Beens, Susan Newmark, FF Alumns, at Established Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Jan. 18

Hi to all, I am participating in a wonderful exhibition with 14 women artists at a new gallery in Park Slope and hope that you can attend the reception and see the show.

This exhibition will be on display from January 18th thru February 9th.

Established Gallery will host an opening reception on January 18th from 6-9pm

Location: Established Gallery, 75 6th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217, at Flatbush Avenue
Olivia Beens, Kathy Caraccio, Ellen Chuse, Gail Flanery, Karen Gibbons. Robin Holder, Tatana Kellner, JoAnne McFarland, Damali Miller, Susan Newmark, Tracy Penn, Doris Rodriguez, Amy Weil, Amy Williams.

Curator Gail Flanery describes CONTINUUM as,"a collaboration that brings together 14 multidisciplinary women artists who share experiences and a commitment to their respective artistic practices while building a supportive community as they navigate the New York art world. Mary Gabriel's fantastic book, Ninth Street Women made me think about my own life as an artist in and the work of these strong focused women. CONTINUUM developed from friendships and decades of making and showing art, and the work on view ranges from the political to the abstract. We all share the artistic discipline and desire. We also have shared the challenges of being a woman in the arts. We have never stopped---we keep on going. I believe the strength and truth in our art shines through.
About Established Gallery
Since opening its doors in 2019, Brooklyn-based Established Gallery has been dedicated to presenting art enthusiasts and collectors with thoughtfully curated and engaging contemporary art exhibitions. The gallery features local and international, emerging and mid-career artists. Established Gallery endeavors to provide awareness, engagement and market to the Park Slope neighborhood while engaging both the arts community and a broader general audience. The gallery was founded by Greg Griffith in 2019.
Contact: (914) 712-8532 info@establishedgallery.com
Gallery Hours: Saturday-Sunday 12-6pm, Monday-Friday by appointment

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12. Tadej Pogačar, FF Alumn, at galerie Michaela stock, Vienna, Austria, thru Feb. 29

Tadej Pogačar | CODE:RED
OPENING: Friday, 10.1.2019, 6pm
Brunch & Artist talk: Saturday, 11.01., 11am - 2pm
Cooperation with P74Gallery

WHERE: galerie michaela stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna
Duration: 11.01. - 29.02.2020

Thursday, 16.1., 6 - 9 pm: Gallery walk Schleifmühlgasse (Christine König Galerie, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Unttld contemporary & Koenig 2)

New exhibition launch will be on Friday evening, the 10th of January at the galerie michaela stock. The exhibition is called CODE:RED by the Slovenian post-conceptual artist Tadej Pogačar. He is one of the most important artists and curators on the Slovenian art scene of the past thirty years. Pogačar explores and puts a spotlight on hidden, obscured and ignored social phenomena, groups, practices, and relations. Furthermore, he delves into the critical research on social and political issues as well as participatory and collaborative projects.

The exhibition in Vienna will present the project CODE:RED (1999 to today), which problematizes informal economic and self-organization models of sex workers, and human trafficking. The other part of the exhibition will be the project School's Out (1997-2013). It deals with models of domination and control in the educational institutions of socialism and re-examines relationships between documentation, archives and history.

CODE:RED researches and discusses selected aspects of prostitution and sex work as a specific kind of parallel economy. The project takes the form of an open dialogue between artists, sex workers and the public in a selected micro-environment and within a local context. Sex work can no longer be viewed as a local or national phenomenon; it is a global phenomenon, involving migrant and mutli-cultural groups. CODE:RED has been carried out since 1999 in numerous cities just to name few of them: Venice, New York, Skopje, Tirana, Madrid, Zagreb or Bangkok.

CV
Tadej Pogačar was born 1960 in Ljubljana / Slovenia and studied ethnology and art history at the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts and painting and the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts. He is the founder and director of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art (www.parasite-pogacar.si), a virtual organization and a critical model he established in 1993. Pogačar has exhibited widely, most recently at the at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rijeka (2019), City Art Gallery, Ljubljana; including at the 10th Istanbul Biennial, the San Francisco Art Institute, the 49th São Paulo Biennial, NGBK in Berlin, the 3rd Tirana Biennial, ZKM Karlsruhe, the Stedelijk Museum, Sparwasser HQ in Berlin, Oyo Atomico in Madrid, the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City, and the Central House of Artists in Moscow. He received a Franklin Furnace grant in 2001 and a Shrinking Cities grant in 2004.

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13. Shirin Neshat, FF Alumn, at PPOW, Manhattan, Jan. 16

Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in
Contemporary Art
Book Launch and Conversation
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
6 - 8 pm
PPOW is pleased to invite you to attend a conversation about the impact of Apocalyptic thinking on contemporary art and culture. The event is in conjunction with the recent release of Eleanor Heartney's newest publication Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art. Using contemporary art as a lens, Doomsday Dreams reveals how profoundly our modern sense of self, world and history have been shaped by ancient conceptions of doom and apocalypse. The book details the way that themes from sacred apocalyptic literature - among them Armageddon, the Antichrist, the Grand Battle of Good and Evil and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - have served artists as metaphors for such pressing issues as climate change, AIDS, racism, war, greed and materialism.

Eleanor Heartney will be joined by Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari, two artists represented in the book. They will discuss how artists use myth, metaphor and religious tropes to explore the conflicting visions of good and evil, salvation and damnation, hope and doom that shape our political and cultural landscape.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Eleanor Heartney is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and author of numerous books on
contemporary art. These include Art and Today, Postmodernism, and Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art. She is co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art and The Reckoning: Women Artists in the New Millennium.

Shirin Neshat is a filmmaker, video artist and photographer whose work illuminates the gender and cultural conflicts of her native Iran and elsewhere. She frequently collaborates with her partner Shoja Azari. Her many honors include the International Award of the XLVIII Venice Biennale in 1999, the Grand Prix at the Gwangju Biennale in 2000, the Hiroshima Freedom Prize in 2005 and the Silver Lion for best director at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009. Her most recent film, created in collaboration with Shoja Azari, is Looking for Oum Kulthum.

Shoja Azari is an Iranian-born visual artist and filmmaker based in New York City. He creates experimental and art house films, as well as video paintings that deal with themes of gender, politics and piety. Many of his works draw inspiration from and re-interpret religious icons. His films include a 2000 adaptation of Franz Kafka's work, called K and a series of short films, Windows (2005), as well as his numerous collaborations with Shirin Neshat.

PPOW 535 W. 22nd St., 3rd Fl. NYC ppowgallery.com

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14. Christa Maiwald, L. Brandon Krall, FF Alumns, at Frances M. Naumann Fine Art, Manhattan, thru February 29

Depicting Duchamp: Portraits of Macel Duchamp and/or Rrose Sélavy
Thru February 28, 2020 at Frances M. Naumann Fine Art, 24 W. 57th Street #305 NYC 10019 www.francesnaumann.com

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15. Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, FF Alumn, January news

Hope you enjoyed your holidays... I'm sharing new year studio news:
My FIREWALL project has upgraded it's online Search Archive to include keyword filtering! Explore the archive of 4,600+ participant searches from the last 3 years, and vote on whether the results are affected by censorship.
\You're invited to an in-person FIREWALL Search Session at one of two upcoming shows:

EXHIBITIONS OPENING
A group show curated by Aline Lara Rezende & Julia Hartmann at the
Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ)
opening January 10th at 7p and on view until February 1st, 2020
Mayerdergasse 2, fourth floor, 1010 Vienna, Austria

with artists: Constant Dullaart, Kate Durbin, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, Martina Menegon, the Peng! Collective & Ye Hui
Search for...Feminism critically investigates the online world from a feminist point of view, tackling data bias, gender insensitive algorithms, and how women are influenced and treated differently online.
REDIRECT, a group exhibition curated by Suzanne Dittenber presented by
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville (TSA GVL) and Revolve
Opening Friday, January 24th, 6-8p and on view until February 24th, 2020
RAMP Gallery, 821 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801

featuring artists: Conrad Bakker, Victoria Bradbury, Ben Duvall, Janna Dyk, Benjamin Grosser, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, and Jorge Lucero
Redirect philosophically engages with technology, each artist examining the web, social media, mobile devices, or other contemporary technology with a calculated sense of intentionality or caution.

AWARDS
• Mid-Hudson Arts awarded me a 2020 Decentralization Grant, so stay tuned for news about my Poughkeepsie, NY exhibition in the fall.
• I also received a Marist College Strategic Plan Projects Advisory Committee grant to support further development of FIREWALL.

Thanks for your support & looking forward to sharing 2020 with you!

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee
Copyright (c) 2020 Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

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16. John Baldessari, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, now online

Please visit this link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/arts/design/john-baldessari-art.html

thank you.

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17. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo, FF Alumn, at albionmich.net now online and more

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo is pleased to launch the online archive of his 12 articles for the weekly newspaper The Recorder, with details about Caminata, his pilgrimage from the Bronx to Albion, a small and kind city in the U.S. Midwest. These articles were kindly compiled by artist Maggie LaNoue. In addition to the link to the articles a second link connects with the podcast archiving the voices and stories of 35 residents of Albion. Recorded by Nicolás. Sound engineer: Geoffrey Jones.

http://albionmich.net/albion-through-my-eyes/

https://youtu.be/SIDUjGeOT8E

About Caminata:
In September of 2019 I, Nicolás, relocated from the Bronx, New York, to Albion, Michigan, to engage in a cultural pilgrimage focused on walking, meeting people of all backgrounds and walks of life, and being in community. This exhibition seeks to document some of the many aspects of this embodied journey, almost all of which will remain as lived experiences.

Caminata combines all of my previous expertise and skills in art-making, teaching, public speaking, organizing people, healing, producing participatory workshops, writing for newspapers as well as academic publications, and creating multidimensional and transdisciplinary experiences where art and the day-to-day often walk side by side.

Caminata, was presented as part of the Philip C. Curtis Artist Residency at Albion College, Michigan

Caminata (c) 2015 Nicolás Dumit Estévez

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18. Tony Whitfield, FF Alumn, receives Jerome@Camargo Residency 2020

Please visit this link:

https://www.jeromefdn.org/news

Thank you.

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19. Pope.L, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, now online

Please visit this link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/arts/design/popel-moma-whitney-review.html

Thank you.

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20. Edward M. Gómez, FF Alumn, now online in Hyperallergic

Dear art lovers and media colleagues:

My exclusive preview of the 2020 Outsider Art Fair New York has just been published in HYPERALLERGIC, the online arts-and-culture magazine. I invite you to take a look at it here:

https://bit.ly/2Tf3mmc

The fair will take place in New York next week, from Thursday, January 16, through Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Best wishes to you...

EDWARD M. GÓMEZ

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