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Contents for March 16, 2020

1. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at frankadelic.com now online

Frank Moore, FF Alumn, featured in a new episode of the web video series LET ME BE FRANK

Let Me Be Frank
Episode 16 - Eroplay

"Eroplay", the sixteenth episode in the Let Me Be Frank series, is a deep visual, erotic and mind-expanding journey into Frank Moore's concept of "Eroplay". Moore coined the word "eroplay" in the 1980s to define the "physical/spiritual" energy that he had been exploring in his work for years. This episode gives the historical context and evolution of this concept/word and an expanded definition of eroplay, with amazing footage spanning years of Frank's public and private performance work.

The readings in this segment are by sex therapist, author, filmmaker, cable TV talk show host and cultural commentator Dr. Susan Block; and by Fred Hatt, an artist working in many different media, including body art, performance, photography and poetry. Music by Frank Moore, Frank Moore's Chero Company, Michael LaBash, Vinnie Spit Santino, Tha Archivez, and Extreme Elvis.

Let Me Be Frank is a video series based on the life and art of shaman, performance artist, writer, poet, painter, rock singer, director, TV show host, teacher and bon vivant, Frank Moore.

The series is partly a biography, but also a presentation of Frank's philosophy on life and on art. Twenty-plus episodes have been planned based on Frank's book, Art of a Shaman, which was originally delivered as a lecture at New York University in 1990 as part of the conference "New Pathways in Performance". Each episode will feature readings by people who played an important part in Frank's life, either as friends, lovers, students, artistic collaborators or supporters of his art.

Let Me Be Frank presents Frank's exploration of performance and art as being a magical way to effect change in the world ... performance as an art of melting action, of ritualistic shamanistic doings/playings. Using Frank's career and life as a "baseline", it explores this dynamic playing within the context of reality shaping.

The series is available at http://frankadelic.com .



2. Aviva Rahmani, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Suzanne Lacy, FF Alumns, now online and more

I'm excited to share this recording of an amazing panel on Women, Art and Sexual Violence with Lynn Hershman Leeson, Suzanne Lacy, Nancy Princenthal and myself, held February 24th at dieFirma in New York City, please listen!


Then consider...

Joining me for five thoughtful days in the French Pyrenees!

At this turning point between Earth rights and Earth fragility how might we divine messages from the non-human inhabitants of our ecosystems to protect our collective future and find hope despite threats? Can trees and the small creatures of this world teach us ways of adapting to a global crisis even as much of the world holds its breath in the face of catastrophe? Are there threads from cultural, scientific, or spiritual knowledge to lead us out of a labyrinth of trouble? Activities for this workshop are designed to go beyond mindfulness and hear the silent cries of alarm and whispers of hope that we can pass on to others in order to collectively find the answers we need, welcome or not. During the workshop, each day we will focus on employing familiar tools in new ways: walking, journaling, recording, sharing and discussing the implications of our observations. Our frame of reference for these exercises will be the rules of trigger point theory, with the ultimate goal being to identify points for possible intervention in environmental cascades.

There is a short video https://www.dropbox.com/s/61asjx8edhv21kx/Can%20Art%20Stop%20a%20Pipeline%20-%20Aviva%20Rahmani.mp4?dl=0

with links for more information or you can visit the campfr.com website. https://www.campfr.com/course/41/modeling-resilience-with-art-aviva-rahmani#

Modeling Resilience with Art begins April 22nd, 2020 - availability is limited so register now. Grants are available.



3. Richard H. Alpert, FF Alumn, at Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS, March 18-22.

Richard H. Alpert's video titled, AVE Variation #10 will be included in the Oxford Film Festival in Oxford Mississippi (location of University of Mississippi) March 18-22. It is part of a special section of the festival called "Project(ion)". Films in this section will be looped and projected onto architectural surfaces in the main screening theater and surrounding exterior locations in the city. AVE Variation #10 is part of a series of visual poems titled "Variations on a Spanish Landscape" and was produced in 2019. This series of ten videos was created from footage recorded aboard a high-speed train between Madrid and Barcelona.



4. Candace Hill-Montgomery, FF Alumn, at Watermill Center, Watermill, NY, thru April 3, and more

I¹m at Watermill Center March 4- through April 3rd.
Also curating my one woman show "The Brute and the Beautiful" at Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY. May 2- May 31 to a 3 person show (I am planning to invite 2 women to join me as always I like work to speak to each other, they will be Darlene Charneco & Sabra Moon Elliot).

All the best , Candace Hill-Montgomery



5. Linda Mary Montano, Susan Martin, FF Alumns, at Plaza Blanca, Abiqu, NM, Summer



"In contemporary Western culture the liminal space of the transformer, the oracle, the innovator, the deviant, the mystic, and the mad is often occupied by the performance artist."
-Eliza Swann, interview with Linda Montano,
Bomb Magazine, May 2012

We're pleased to host two unique artists-Linda Mary Montano and Kestutis Nakas-on Plaza Blanca this Summer. They are both well known in the field of Performance. And both offer an opportunity for Some Serious Business to reconnect and collaborate with artists we worked with in the past who continue to comment on the human condition.
In 1977, SSB was operating in Los Angeles as an "alternative space" without a space, producing performances all around the city. Linda Montano was in town for the College Art Association conference which was being held in a downtown hotel. During the conference SSB produced a closed-circuit television program with David Ross as host (he was just starting to build a seminal video collection for the Long Beach Museum of Art). Linda was invited on the program. David and one of the beefy Kipper Kids were seated on a couch in our hotel room interviewing guests. Linda came on dressed in a nurse's uniform and a woolen Peruvian cap. The "boys" (and believe me, they were acting totally juvenile) asked her what she'd been up to. She said she'd just returned from South America where she had learned a new technique called "Nasal Netty" and asked if they'd like to see it. They took the bait, at which point, Linda took a tube out of her pocket, inserted it her nose, and proceeded to run it back and forth through her nasal cavity and out both nostrils. It was hilarious: their macho posture disappeared, their mouths dropped open, they were speechless. A perfect theatrical moment.

I am a performance artist and according to my mother I have always been "different." Raised strict Roman Catholic, I wanted to be a priest but luckily found a way to do that via performance art and the fact that creating healing rituals and performative Holy Actions were possible in this genre. My training was cultivated in San Francisco where my alter-ego, Chicken Woman was born. Having shown live chickens on the roof of the art building at the University of Wisconsin Madison, it was an easy evolution to move from collaborating with live chickens to becoming one myself. I chicken danced, chicken sat chicken sang and found a way to make ART OF EVERYDAY LIFE, EVERYDAY ISSUES, EVERYDAY TRAUMAS and by making art, I found I raised my everyday concerns into a new stratosphere: that is art made my life sacred and transformable and sometimes even humorous.


I first met writer/performer Nakas in 1983 at the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge at the height of the East Village Renaissance. The Pyramid was known for theatrical serialized extravaganza's in the early evening on its tiny stage. Legendary visionary impresario, Bobby Bradley had recently hired me to do PR and he booked Kestutis to direct his version of fractured Shakespeare: Titus Andronicas. Billed as "Shakespeare's worst play," it is almost never performed. In this intimate, cabaret-style setting, Ann Magnuson, Steve Buscemi, John Sex, John Kelly and others who were to become legendary performers camped it up and died covered in stage blood. In one particularly bloody scene, a character's arm (read giant bologna) was chopped off as Kestutis offered meat snacks to the audience. There were Meat-themed t-shirts and the whole back room of the club smelled like peanuts because of the quantity of Karo Syrup, red dye, and peanut butter that went into making the blood.

In my solo performance works I often depict lovable but hubris-filled guys who set out for enjoyable escapes or new projects. These turn dark and nightmarish but are finally resolved in some comic or surprising way. There is usually an underlying zeitgeist-charged theme like feminism or widening class divisions. In Remembrance of Things Pontiac, a tripping fifteen-year-old "dude" at a 1970 rock festival encounters a frightened, naked, bad-tripping teenage girl saved by an improbable rescuer. In No Bees for Bridgeport an urban beekeeper is harassed by his blue-collar Chicago neighbors until his bees (a new and "savage" race) drive marauding real estate speculators from their south side neighborhood. For my newest work, I plan to reverse the scary old "dummy takes power from the ventriloquist" theme. In this new piece, the dummy will start out as a tyrannical domineering figure wielding power over a captive ventriloquist who must find a way to take power back and restore the balance of the universe.



PO Box 35, Abiquiu
New Mexico 87510-0035 United States



6. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at Hudgens Art Center, Duluth, GA, thru April 25.

Please visit this link:


thank you.



7. Jenny Polak, FF Alumn, receives 2020 Socrates Annual Fellowship

Ten Artists Awarded The 2020 Socrates Annual Fellowship to Create Monument Projects for Socrates Sculpture Park

New York City, March 11, 2020 - We are thrilled to announce the ten artists selected for The 2020 Socrates Annual fellowship and the MONUMENTS NOW: Call and Response exhibition.

Fellowship applicants were asked to adhere to the topic of monuments. Over 200 proposals were submitted through a competitive open-call and reviewed by Socrates Director, John Hatfield and Socrates Curator, Jess Wilcox, as well as two Curatorial Advisors - Aimé Iglesias-Lukin, Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Americas Society and Legacy Russell, Associate Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

The 2020 Artist Fellows

Daniel Bejar
Fontaine Capel*
Patrick Costello
Dionisio Cortes Ortega
Bel Falleiros
Jenny Polak
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi
Andrea Solstad
Kiyan Williams*
Sandy Williams IV*

*New York Community Trust
Van Lier Fellows 2020

Each Artist Fellow receives a $5,000 production stipend, $1,000 honorarium, three months of access to Socrates' outdoor studio, and the administrative and technical support needed to realize their ambitious outdoor sculptures for public exhibition in the Park's landscape.

The 2020 Artist Fellows' completed projects will be incorporated into the Park's year-long exhibition on the topic of monuments, MONUMENTS NOW, which evolves over three cumulative phases:

MONUMENTS NOW: Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Xaviera Simmons
Opens May 16

New commissions for contemporary monuments by Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Ramírez Jonas, and Xaviera Simmons.

MONUMENTS NOW: Call and Response
Opens September 12

The Artist Fellows' projects for Call and Response take various archetypal monumental forms such as the arch or the column and dedicate them to underrepresented peoples and histories - from the civil servants who deliver fresh drinking water to the everyday struggle for self-determination by the country's descendants of chattel slavery.

What unites these various approaches is a focus on collective agency and power, departing from the hero narrative of traditional monuments. Much of the works' impact relies on public participation and reception by actively inviting visitors to take part in creating the meaning of the monument.

MONUMENTS NOW: The Next Generation
Opens October 10

A monument and accompanying 'zine collectively realized by local high school students.

All three phases of the exhibition remain on view through March 7, 2021. A robust offering of artist-driven public programming and opportunities for visitor engagement accompany the exhibition in acknowledgement of how monuments are shaped not just by their creator but also by the public.

MONUMENTS NOW is organized by Socrates Sculpture Park and curated by Jess Wilcox, Curator & Director of Exhibitions. It is made possible with generous support from the Ford Foundation, VIA Art Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Additional support for an accompanying publication is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation. Socrates's Exhibition Program is funded by the Charina Foundation, The Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Smith, Mark di Suvero and Spacetime C.C.

Funding for Socrates' visual arts programming is provided in part by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, & the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more than 30 years Socrates Sculpture Park has been a model of public art production, community activism, and socially inspired place-making. The Park has exhibited more than 1,000 artists on its five waterfront acres, providing them financial and material resources and outdoor studio facilities to create large-scale artworks on site. Socrates is free and open to the public 365 days a year from 9am to sunset. It is located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard (at Broadway) in Long Island City, New York.

Socrates Sculpture Park is a not-for-profit organization licensed by NYC Parks to manage and program Socrates Sculpture Park, a New York City public park.



8. Alfredo Jaar, FF Alumn, Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, and more

Alfredo Jaar has been announced as winner of the 40th edition of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. The award ceremony will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on October 19, 2020. The following day, October 20, an exhibition of Alfredo Jaar's work will open at the Hasselblad Center. A book about the artist will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, with an essay by Jacques Rancière.

"Alfredo Jaar explores complex socio-political issues, bringing to the fore the ethics of representation. Through quiet and meditative works, Jaar confronts issues of great magnitude, bearing witness to humanitarian disasters and attesting to the impact of military conflict, political corruption and economic inequality throughout the world. His photographs, films, elaborate installations and community-based projects provocatively disturb common perceptions of reality. At the heart of his practice is what Jaar refers to as the politics of images, questioning the way we use and consume images, while pointing to the limitations of photography and the media to represent significant events," reads the Foundation's citation regarding the Hasselblad Award Laureate 2020, Alfredo Jaar.

The Hasselblad Award Jury which submitted its proposal to the Hasselblad Foundation's Board of Directors, consisted of: Joshua Chuang, Senior Curator of Photography, New York Public Library (USA); Thyago Nogueira, Jury Chair, Head of the Contemporary Photography Department, Instituto Moreira Salles (Brazil); Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality, Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts (Finland); Laura Serani, Independent Curator (Italy/France); Yiannis Toumazis, Director NiMAC and Assistant Professor, Frederick University (Cyprus).

Past recipients of the award include Daido Moriyama (2019), Bernd & Hilla Becher (2004), Robert Frank (1996), Susan Meiselas (1994), William Klein (1990) and Henri Cartier-Bresson (1982).

Six Seconds, 2000.
Alfredo Jaar: The Rwanda Project
Zeits Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
March 28 - July 26, 2020

The Sound of Silence, 2006.
Alfredo Jaar: Hiroshima Art Prize Exhibition
Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Opening July 18, 2020

Shadows, 2014.
Alfredo Jaar: Hasselblad Award Exhibition
Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
Opening October 20, 2020



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


"Nevertheless, within these limits,
there is room to live..."

("Franz Kafkas's Diaries," 1914)

Please take another walk upstairs...




PZ, 3/11/2020



10. Antoni Muntadas, Regina Silveira, FF Alumns, at Galeria Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre, Brazil, opening March 19, and more


As trajetórias de Regina Silveira e de Antoni Muntadas, embora diversas, têm pontos comuns significativos, como o movimento constante, a experimentação e o olhar sempre à frente. Há muitos anos que conversam, mas esta é a primeira exposição conjunta dos dois artistas. Nela abre-se um diálogo entre seus trabalhos, articulado em torno de três conceitos gerais. Os espaços públicos e privados, a sociedade, a política e a comunicação organizam o mundo, e, portanto, faz-se necessário analisá-los. Na arte, o desvio dos referentes abre espaço para um discurso questionador, dando preferência às metodologias projetuais em vez de aos modos de fazer tradicionais. Para dar lugar à vida, o devaneio e a abstração da história têm de ser distraídos, fazendo da mordacidade um posicionamento estável frente ao futuro. Na proposta de conversa artística entre Muntadas e Silveira desta exposição, seja em sintonia ou por meios diferentes, esses conceitos abrem-se a novos estratos de significação, que não só partem de um olhar crítico e irônico, mas também o exigem àquele que os queira iluminar.

The trajectories of Regina Silveira and Antoni Muntadas, although diverse, share significant common points, such as constant movement, experimentation, and always looking ahead. They have been talking for years, but this is the first joint art exhibition of both artists. Through it, a dialogue between their works is opened, articulated around three general concepts. Public and private spaces, society, politics, and communication organize the world, and, therefore, it is paramount to analyze them. In art, the diversion of referents opens space for a questioning discourse, giving preference to design methodologies over traditional ways of doing. In order to make room for life, the reverie and abstraction of history have to be distracted, making mordacity a stable positioning towards the future. In the initiative of such artistic conversation between Muntadas and Silveira taking place in this exhibition, whether in tune or by different means, these concepts open up for new strata of meaning, which not only start from a critical and ironic eye, but which also demand it from those whom it wants to enlighten.


Galeria Bolsa de Arte
[19/03 - 25/04]
[03/19 - 04/25]

Fundação Vera Chaves Barcellos
[21/03 - 11/07]
[03/21 - 07/11]


[19/03] - Inauguração / [03/19] Opening - Galeria Bolsa de Arte (Porto Alegre)
[20/03] - Conversa com os artistas / [03/20] Talk with the artists - Galeria Bolsa de Arte (Porto Alegre)
[21/03] - Inauguração / [03/21] Opening - Fundação Vera Chaves Barcellos (Viamão)



11. Barbara T. Smith, FF Alumn, receives Nelbert Chouinard Award

CalArts and the Chouinard Alumni Council Present Awards to Barbara T. Smith, Chouinard '65 and Donald W. Graham

February 18th - Valencia, CA-The California Institute of the Arts and the Chouinard Alumni Award Committee will present the Nelbert Chouinard Award to artist Barbara T. Smith (Chouinard '65) for elevating feminist and performance art, as well as the Grand View Award to artist Donald W. Graham, a beloved Chouinard Art Institute Instructor, and Disney's legendary life drawing instructor and talent recruiter. The awards will be presented at the annual Chouinard Alumni Reunion hosted by CalArts on Sunday, February 29th at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Graham (1903-1976) enrolled at Chouinard Art Institute in 1923 and was among the first graduating classes of Chouinard. Graham became an instructor in life drawing at Chouinard in 1930 and retired in 1970. He is remembered as one of the most influential instructors at Chouinard, impacting the work of many professionals and students. In 1932, Graham was instrumental to the formation of the Disney Art School where he served as Director of Art. By 1935, Disney asked Graham to seek-out, hire, and train 300 artists who would animate the characters for Snow White, the first feature-length animated film. Working with Disney's top animators, Graham helped to establish and document many of the principles that make up the foundation of the art of traditional animation.

Smith has been at the forefront of artistic movements in Southern California for more than 50 years, particularly feminist art and performance. Her artwork-which ranges from paintings, drawings, and artist's books to installations, videos, and performances, often involving her own body-explores concepts that strike at the core of human nature, male and female sexuality, sensuality, physical and spiritual sustenance, and death. Smith was one of the first female performance artists in Los Angeles. Barbara T. Smith is among the featured artists in CalArts' recently announced project, 50+50: A creative Century from Chouinard to CalArts.*

Past recipients of the Nelbert Chouinard Award include costume designer Alice Davis ('50), portrait artist Don Bachardy ('60), renowned Chouinard educator Harold M. Kramer, and Larry Bell ('59). Davis, a Disney Legend, is best known for her work designing costumes for "It's a Small World" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" at Walt Disney theme parks, as well as consulting on many classic Disney films. Bachardy's work has been exhibited across the country, and resides in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and the National Portrait Gallery, London and more. Kramer was one of California's foremost abstract painters of the mid-20th century. He also taught "Experimental Illustration" at Chouinard, where he greatly impacted the lives and art training of the students. Bell is an American contemporary artist and sculptor. He is best known for his glass boxes and large-scaled illusionistic sculptures. His work can be viewed at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Gallery, London; Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary (MOCA), Los Angeles; National Collections of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco to name a few.
*In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of CalArts and the centennial of Chouinard, the Institute will launch 50+50: A Creative Century from Chouinard to CalArts, an unprecedented artist-led scholarship endowment initiative. CalArts, in partnership with publisher Lisa Ivorian-Jones, will newly commission and sell limited artwork by a prominent group of 50 artist alumni. Representing a broad range of cross-disciplinary art-making, the 50 new editioned works will be released in curated groupings of 10 over the course of five years starting in February 2020. The inaugural exhibition of the first group of 10 alumni artists' limited series and editions will be on view at REDCAT from Wednesday, February 12-Sunday, March 22, 2020.

The Chouinard Art Institute was a professional art school located in Los Angeles, established in 1921 by artist Nelbert Chouinard, with the goal of creating a world-renowned art school on the West Coast. Chouinard is best known for producing illustrious fine artists and becoming the training ground of Walt Disney's animators in the late 1920s, where multiple students from the school would later work on Disney feature animations. In 1961 the Chouinard Art Institute merged with the L.A. Conservatory of Music to form California Institute of the Arts. The legacy of Chouinard Art Institute helped put CalArts at the forefront of arts higher education.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools-Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater-CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.

For more information, contact:
Margaret Crane, CalArts Media Relations Manager
661-222-2787, mcrane@calarts.edu (do not publish)



12. Bing Lee, Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumns, at WhiteBox Harlem, thru April 12

WhiteBox Harlem



Curated by Elizabeth Rogers, Bing Lee, and Anthony Haden-Guest

Exhibition runs through April 12th
Opening Reception : Sunday March 15, 2020 5 - 8 PM

Exhibiting Artists
Ai Weiwei ・ Bing Lee ・ David Diao ・ Jon Tsoi Kwok MangHo・ Ma Kelu ・ Ming Fay ・ Szeto Keung Tehching Hsieh・ Tseng Kwong Chi・ Wucius Wong Xu Bing ・ Yan Li ・ Yin Mei・ Zhang Hongtu


Mexico in New York|From Orozco to Orozco

May 5 - June 7, 2020
Curated by Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller