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Contents for January 27, 2020

1. Olivia Beens, FF Alumn, at El Barrio's Artspace PS109, Manhattan, Jan. 31

Artist's Walkthrough and Conversation

On Friday, January 31, please join Olivia Beens and the team behind her retrospective, The Storyteller: Olivia Beens Through the Decades, for a walkthrough and conversation. We will discuss the making of the exhibition, Olivia's extensive body of work, and any questions from the group. This is an exciting and intimate opportunity to learn more about Olivia's work from the artist herself!

The event will take place on January 31, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at El Barrio's Artspace PS109. Light refreshments will be served.

The Storyteller: Olivia Beens Through the Decades is on view until February 4, 2020, and will be on partial view the weekend of January 24-26. The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please reserve your spot here:

The Main Gallery. Installation image from The Storyteller: Olivia Beens Through the Decades at El Barrio's Artspace PS109.

El Barrio's Artspace PS109
215 East 99th Street
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10029
The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
El Barrio's Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project which transformed an abandoned public school in East Harlem into an arts facility. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder and completed in 1898, the structure is five stories tall with a steeply pitched roof, copper-clad cupolas, and a wealth of newly restored decorative terra cotta. Today, the project boasts 90 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families, as well as 10,000 square feet of complimentary space for arts organizations.



2. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, receives Phillips' Collection 2020 Arts Innovation, Impact award

AGNES DENES HONOREE - The Phillips Collection

Being the leader in so many innovative areas with pioneering work in sculpture and land art, with truly innovative and extraordinary accomplishments, Agnes Denes is The Phillips Collection's 2020 recipient awardee for "Arts Innovation, Impact" in its annual Gala in Washington, D.C.



3. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at International Art Fair, Jersey City, NJ, Feb. 21-23, and more

FRANC PALAIA -FF ALUMN will be showing new work in the 2nd Annual 14C International Art Fair in Jersey City, NJ from Feb 21 - 23. The fair is located in the Hyatt Regency hotel on the waterfront in Jersey City right next to the Exchange Place PATH station stop.
Hours are Feb 21- 4-9pm, Feb 22, 12-8pm, Feb 23 12-7pm. For more info contact Francpalaia1@gmail.com.


"Dimensions Variable". I am included in the annual member show at Woodstock Byrdcliffe gallery also known as the Kleinert-James gallery from Jan 18- Feb 16, 2020. gallery hours: Friday - Sunday 12-6pm. 36 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 845-679- 2079.
3. I was a guest and interviewed on the Comcast Cable TV ch. 21.program, "Hudson Valley Art Speak" with Lonna Kelly. I spoke about my new mixed media wall works, 'Urban Icons", a series with street art images from Rome, Naples, Paris, Havana, and NYC. The show was aired on Jan 15, 2020 and it can be viewed on Youtube.



4. Joseph Nechvatal, Kiki Smith, FF Alumns, in Hyperallergic now online

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A talk between Joseph Nechvatal and Kiki Smith about her film Cave Girls and ABC No Rio Cardboard Air Band performances and audio recordings has been published at Hyperallergic here: https://hyperallergic.com/537382/kiki-smith-on-cave-girls-collaboration-and-some-of-her-earliest-works

Thank you.



5. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, at The Performance Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand, February 26-March 1

Doug Beube, Wash -The Performance Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand
26 Feb - 1 March 2020
www.theperformancearcade.com / https://www.theperformancearcade.com/artists/Doug-Beube

The Performance Arcade is an award-winning festival of live art, music and performance based on the waterfront in Wellington, New Zealand. A diverse programme of works by New Zealand and International artists unfolds within a special architectural arrangement of shipping containers, stacked together to create an innovative 'village' for performance and arts presentation.

The 2020 programme [in the out sides] examines the island space of Aotearoa New Zealand, and states of inclusion and exclusion; experiencing the interior and exterior as interweaving conditions. Wash, an installation by NYC artist Doug Beube seeks to ask what it is like to live the life of the "other": to be the object of ethnic, religious, sexist or homophobic insults.

Known for his altered bookwork, Doug Beube's work often explores the book as an object, a seemingly antiquated technology that is still purposeful in the digital age. In Wash, Beube uses soap as the primary medium, with a collection of specially crafted bars etched with racial slurs and epithets. Carefully set onto a wall of soap dishes, this arrangement invites participants to wash their hands with a bar, letting the ink flow from the letters and mix with the suds and lather. As they drench themselves in the besmirching term, the sustained metaphor of this installation asks the viewer: what might it take to cleanse disdainful speech from the collective consciousness?



6. E. F. Higgins III, Anna Banana, John Evans, Ray Johnson, FF Alumns, at Apt. Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan 31

On January 31, 2019 (6-10pm), Apt. Gallery (211 1st Ave. #5) continues to follow the tradition of radical energy and exploration in the East Village. Kool Club exhibits works by Ed Higgins III and includes paintings, sculpture, artistamps, and mail art ephemera. Also included are portraits of Higgins by Ray Johnson and Carl Chew, both artists painted these portraits in Higgins' apartment on Ludlow street. Higgins has been an integral member of the mail art network since the 1970s, forming relationships and exchanging ideas long before social networking online existed. Mail art, as well as Higgins' work at the Rivington School, circumvented the traditional gallery, art business, and money-fame game while establishing him within a worldwide artist community. His colleagues and collaborators have included Ray Johnson, Anna Banana, John Evans and Buster Cleveland.

Apt. Gallery is a gallery and project space located in the hallway of an East Village apartment, curated by Brendan Brulon and Aiden Tuite. Apt. Gallery has hosted private viewings, events, and exhibitions with works from artists including Mark Gonzales, Daniel Johnston, Sandy Kim, Larry Clark, Dave Schubert, Chad Moore, and Jesse Michaels.


Ed Higgins III is an American mail artist, painter, printmaker, sculptor, and performance artist. Higgins played an important role in the development of the mail art movement. Born in a small town outside of Chicago and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan, he received his MFA from the University of Colorado. He made his artistic debut in the late 1970's in the East Village art scene in New York City. Higgins found company in performance art, welding and graffiti and became one of the first members of the rebellious anti-art movement, Rivington School, founded by Ray Kelly. During this period Higgins spray painted his moniker "the wingnut" around the Lower East Side and became friends with other graffiti artists like Samo (Jean Michel Basquiat) and Lee Quiñones. Higgins had several solo shows and was included in group exhibitions at spaces like Gracie Mansion Gallery (1982), Mudd Club (1981), Club 57 (1981), and the Museum of Modern Art (1984). His performance art was included at the Museum of Modern Art (1973) and Pyramid Club (1982). He was an active contributor to Vile Magazine and his works were featured in publications such as, Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice.

During his time with Rivington School, Higgins contributed to the massive illegal sculpture installations in the Lower East Side. These sculptures were repeatedly taken down by the city and rebuilt. The Rivington School sculpture garden was located down the street from No Se No Club, an artist run bar and performance space. At No Se No, Higgins would frequently perform alongside artists like Taylor Mead and Phoebe Legere. He described the activities of the school as "unconnected but coinciding with the professionalized gallery scene in the East Village." The difference being that they were not seeking commercial success and in the words of Higgins, "Rivington School had more in common with a motorcycle club than most artist groups of the time." Rivington School was never accepted by the New York art world, but their presence was more notably acknowledged in France, receiving an eight-page spread in French Vogue in the 1980's.

Higgins created his own zip code (10000), named it Doo-Da Post and has since created over eight hundred editions of the Doo-Da Postage Stamps. He works mainly with portraits and self-portraits in a medium format made to be reduced to stamp size, with the help of a color copier. Along with working as a mover, art handler, roofer, and dabbling in various other trade jobs, Higgins has hosted several of his own auctions over the years for his stamp paintings to fund his art practice. Several of these auctions were held at Club XOXO and hosted by Julius Klien. Higgins continues to live and create work in his apartment on Ludlow Street.



7. Krzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, now online

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thank you.



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


''Should auld acquaintance be
forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne..."

( "Auld Lang Syne," Robert Burns, 1788)

Please take another walk upstairs...




PZ, 1/27/2020



9. Ana Mendieta, Arlene Raven, Athena Tacha, Ellen Lanyon, Hannah Wilke, Helène Aylon, Howardena Pindell, Jerri Allyn, Joan Snyder, Joyce Kozloff, Linda Montano, Lucy Lippard, Martha Rosler, Martha Wilson, Mary Beth Edelson, Mimi Smith, Nancy Spero, Nao Bustamante, Nina Kuo, Rachel Rosenthal, Xandra Ibarra, Yong Soon Min, FF Alumns, at Archives of American Art, Washington, DC, thru Nov. 2020

What is Feminist Art? | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
https://www.aaa.si.edu/news/what-feminist-art 1/3
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
The Primary Source / News
The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Presents What
is Feminist Art?
Revisiting 1977 Woman's Building Exhibition
" "Archives are a weapon against being removed from history." -artist Joan Semmel (2015)

The Archives of American Art is pleased to present What is Feminist Art? on view November 26, 2019, through November 2020.

Organized by Curator of Manuscripts Mary Savig, the exhibition revisits a 1977 exhibition at Los Angeles' Woman's Building, a feminist art school, gallery, and community space founded by Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and Arlene Raven in 1971. The Archives, which holds the Woman's Building papers in its collections, will reconsider this exhibition by showing responses from the 1977 show alongside new submissions by both original participating artists as well as a new generation of diverse artists.

Approximately 75 works will be on view.
The genesis for the original exhibition was a 1976 project by activists Ruth Iskin, Lucy Lippard, and Arlene Raven in which they issued pink postcards to hundreds of artists across the country with the following prompt: "If you consider yourself a feminist,
would you respond by using one 8 1/2" x 11" page to share your ideas on what feminist art is or could be." At the time, the term "feminism" was new to the art world and Iskin, Lippard, and Raven hoped to stimulate discussion. They received more than 200 responses in the form of collage, poetry, photographs, prints, drawings, and manifestos. These responses were exhibited the following year in the original "What is Feminist Art?" exhibition at the Woman's Building. All of the responses were preserved in the Woman's Building records, which were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1991 and have recently been digitized and made available on the Archives' website.

In keeping with the spirit of the original exhibition, the Archives of American Art asked contemporary artists to respond to the same question, in the same 8 1/2" x 11" format. These present-day responses, shown in the context of the responses of 40 years ago, will bring a renewed nuance and urgency to the ongoing discussion of feminist art.
Curator of Manuscripts Mary Savig has formed an advisory committee of leaders in education and curatorial work to help highlight prominent Asian American, African American, Indigenous, Latinx, LBGTQ and non- binary artists whose creative practices engage with issues of feminism, gender, and sexuality, ensuring the exhibition takes an all-embracing approach to the question at hand. The committee includes Nao Bustamante, Alexandra Chang, Jaclyn Roessel, and Legacy Russell.

As Archives of American Art Director Kate Haw describes, "We hope to encourage viewers to expand conversations surrounding feminism and feminist art
in America by presenting both contemporary and historic responses to the question, 'What is feminist art?' This exhibition is the first time the Archives has commissioned new material on this scale, putting it in conversation with historical material. We are
excited to see what kind of dialogue will emerge from these juxtapositions."
Part of the Smithsonian's larger American Women's History Initiative, the exhibition at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery will help tell the story of the feminist art movement through firsthand accounts. Building on the responses of women artists in the 1970s, which challenged the very definition of art in the patriarchal and discriminatory art world, new submissions highlight the ongoing effort to define feminism and equality.

Participating Artists
adrienne maree brown (2019)
Amber McCrary (2019)
Ana Mendieta (1976)
Anäis Duplan (2019)
Anita Steckel (1976)
Ann Chernow (1976, 2019)
Annette Bird (1976)
Annette Hunt (1976)
Annysa Ng (2019)
Arlette Jassel (1976, 2019)
Athena Tacha (1976)
Audrey Flack (1976, 2019)
Carole Frances Lung (2019)
Cynthia Tom (2019)
E. Jane (2019)
Eiko Fan (2019)
Ellen Lanyon (1976)
Every Ocean Hughes (2019)
10/31/2019 What is Feminist Art? | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
https://www.aaa.si.edu/news/what-feminist-art 2/3
Faith Wilding (1976, 2019)
Ginny Huo (2019)
Grace Graupe-Pillard (1976, 2019)
Hannah Wilke (1976)
Hanne Darboven (1976)
Harmony Hammond (1976, 2019)
Helène Aylon (1976, 2019)
Howardena Pindell (2019)
Jerri Allyn (1976, 2019)
Jesse Chun (2019)
Joan Semmel (1976)
Joan Snyder (1976, 2019)
Jodie Herrera (2019)
Joyce Kozloff (2019)
Judith Golden (1976)
Judy Chicago (1976, 2019)
June Wayne (1976)
Kristen Dorsey (2019)
Laura Kina (2019)
Linda Montano (2019)
Liz Whitney Quisgard (1976, 2019)
LJ Roberts (2019)
Maren Hassinger (2019)
Marla Allison (2019)
Martha Lesser (1976)
Martha Rosler (1976, 2019)
Martha Wilson (2019)
Mary Beth Edelson (1976)
Mary Temple (2019)
Maya Mackrandilal (2019)
Mercedes Dorame (2019)
Mimi Smith (2019)
Mother Art (1976)
Nancy Graves (1976)
Nancy Spero (1976)
Nanibah Chacon (2019)
Nina Kuo (2019)
Nora Naranjo-Morse (2019)
Patricia Olson (2019)
Rachel Rosenthal (1976)
Regina Bogat (1976, 2019)
Rita Mae Brown (1976)
Rosemarie Castoro (1976)
Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (1976, 2019)
Siri Berg (1976, 2019)
Susan Michod (1976, 2019)
Sylvia Sleigh (1976)
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Tanya Aguiñiga (2019)
Terry Wolverton (1976, 2019)
Tina Takemoto (2019)
Ursula Meyer (1976)
Xandra Ibarra (2019)
Yong Soon Min (2019)

About the Curatorial Committee
Mary Savig, Curator of Manuscripts, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Nao Bustamante, Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Art, University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design
Alexandra Chang, Curator of Special Projects, New York University Asian/Pacific/American Institute Jaclyn Roessel, Founder, Grownup Navajo
Legacy Russell, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, The Studio Museum in Harlem

What is Feminist Art?
Lawrence A Fleishman Gallery
The Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture 8th and F Streets, NW (1st floor)
Washington, D.C. 20001
On view November 26, 2019-November 2020
Open seven days a week, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.) • Feminists

Mary Savig writes: I'm also grateful to our clever and collegial exhibition team: designer Madeline Wan and project manager Betsy Robinson. Many colleagues the Archives assisted in the cataloging and digitization of your documents: registrar Susan Cary, digital initiatives archivist Megan Burdi, digital experience manager Michelle Herman, digital imagist Sarah Larsen, and intern Lauren Kershenbaum



10. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA, Feb. 2-21

Inter-Relations Presents

The Art of Frank Moore & LaBash
The first ever showing of shaman performance artist Frank Moore's erotic innocent primitive passionate digital art, alongside the funny/disturbing/mind-scrambling/reality-bending drawings of LaBash.

Sunday, Feb. 2 - Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
M-F 12-8pm
Sa-Su 11am-8pm


Adobe Books
3130 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110




For more information, contact (510) 558-0461



11. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at WhitePageGallery.noemata.net/ online now thru Mar. 31

Please visit my solo show "Hindsight is 2020" at http://whitepagegallery.noemata.net/
part of the Very Large Works Pavilion at the Wrong Biennale, curated by
Bjørn Magnhildøen on now through March 31. Click on the
animations and prints and scroll away ; ~> There's a participatory aspect
at the bottom of the page- Enjoy! Nina Sobell



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller