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Contents for April 13, 2020

Helene Aylon, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

Helene Aylon (1931-2020), FF Alumn, passed away on April 6, 2020 from Covid-19 related complications.

please visit these links:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/helene-aylon-dead-coronavirus-1202683365/

www.jta.org/2020/04/08/bonds-of-life/helene-aylon-89-feminist-artist-whose-work-reflected-her-evolution-as-a-woman-and-a-jew/amp

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Weekly Spotlight: Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, now online at https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/23/rec/19

Michael Bramwell’s 30 minute 1999 video depicts two of his live performances, FormalBall and Cultural Maintenance 2000, raising issues concerning race, stereotype, perception, uniform, and awareness. In Formalball, the artist in a tuxedo dribbles a basketball through a sleepy neighborhood in Somerset, England; the action is a "homeopathic use of stereotype" according to Bramwell. In Cultural Maintenance 2000 he also wears a tux, this time to clean a gallery floor. The 30-minute program, originally presented by Franklin Furnace at Pseudo Programs, also provides a glimpse into the formative days of live streaming internet chat. Please visit this link:

https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/23/rec/19

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1. Martha Wilson, FF Alumn, now online at https://artatatimelikethis.com/martha-wilson

please visit this link:

https://artatatimelikethis.com/martha-wilson

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2. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, now online at https://samiamchef.blogspot.com

Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, doing a “chapter” a day on instagram, twitter and Facebook of his new work, “Chef I Am”, a retelling of a beloved children’s book from the point of the view of the chef. @normmagnusson on social media and also on his blog: https://samiamchef.blogspot.com . April, 2020

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3. Galinsky, FF Alumn, now online at https://www.facebook.com/robertgalinsky

Galinsky, FF Alumn, performing live, 5 nights a week on FacebookLive at https://www.facebook.com/robertgalinsky

Galinsky takes audiences on a unique journey each night of the week, Monday through Friday at 10pm EST, with a half hour of poetry, screenplays, stage plays, improvisations, interviews with live guests and interactive chat with audiences. It’s ‘10pm With Galinsky’ Mon-Fri on Facebook Live! Thirty minutes of reading aloud and alive, w/
Robert Galinsky. Just get online and meet at his Facebook Page at 10pmEST and click play or refresh the page. https://www.facebook.com/robertgalinsky

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4. KC Weakley, FF Members, now online at www.kcweakley.com

Hi, I'm KC Weakley, artist and designer. I've created a gratitude list of drawings using the alphabet as prompt. I'm working on the letter O today. The entire series, so far, is on my Instagram account @kentcurtis_art.
More of my work is available at www.kcweakley.com
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5. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/404176708

Here is a link to a play Ana Tiscornia and myself did recently. Each actor filmed with cellular phones in their house in Buenos Aires.
I hope you like it!!!
Liliana y Ana
https://vimeo.com/404176708

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6. Rev. Billy, FF Alumn, now online in Gothamist.com

Hello Friends,
Sunday afternoon I planted a Rainbow Flag in the East Meadow in Central Park, where right wing christians Samaritan's Purse have set up their NYC field hospital.

So I was arrested and held for 20 hours. What I saw in jail was wrong- the general lack of care and humane treatment for all those incarcerated was horrible- the cells were filthier even than usual, the air was bad, prisoners had no masks, in fact the mask i was wearing was taken from me at booking because the elastics are a suicide risk.... come on!

I am currently in isolation for 12-14 days to keep Savitri and Lena safe, I hope all of you are doing ok, I'd love to hear from you. Talk to me. What’s happening in your world?
In the next days we will let people know about continuing steps being taken to contain
the Samaritans Purse and their Lords Army of Hate, as M. put it :

As a nurse, I found that tent in the Central Park also a piece of propaganda for that homophobic church in our public territory! We are not in a desert war zone or jungle in a Doctor's Without Borders mission where we need a structure like that ridiculous thing. We have many empty buildings with water, electricity, proper bathrooms etc to use as a hospital. That is to show nice images and make propaganda also of Mount Sinai big corporation of the health care on the suffering of people affected by the pandemic. A total infected, difficult to clean improvisation in our park
Earthalujah! Rev

Reverend Billy Talen

http://www.revbilly.com/

please visit this link:
https://gothamist.com/news/rev-billy-arrested-planting-rainbow-flag-central-park-tent-hospital?fbclid=IwAR35Ce17RyCekULM4SXGA9z1y2XD-YkGxSaes_QlVraB-mJ1ZYf8xbk78SU
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7. Angel Nevarez, Clifford Owens, Valerie Tevere, FF Alumns, receive Guggenheim Fellowship 2020

Please visit this link:

https://www.gf.org/fellows/current/

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8. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, FF Alumn, in The Recorder, Albion, MI

This piece published today with The Recorder, Albion, Michigan. It mentions BCA and SU-CASA and Thomas Guess Neighborhood Senior center. May you all be safe and protected. Nicolás

Albion Through My Eyes / Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful

The endangered Midwest hug — not yet, please!

A stroll outside home in the Bronx reveals how much has changed so soon, very rapidly, in less than a week. Trees are buddying and flowers are blooming, seemingly oblivious, but not really, to the collective health devastation on our planet. I spot some ornamental cherries with blossoms coming right out of the tree trunk. I stop to query their logic, but nature can be quirky. No responses for me. Daffodils planted along the sidewalk are actually opening up, completely unbothered by passersby and their four-legged companions. Birds are minding their own bird business, which seems to me more like play, and the air quality Downstate resembles that of a rural Upstate town. The Earth is finally getting a break, but at what expense for many of us. Those who are part of the sparse pedestrian flow circulating around my neighborhood avoid being in proximity with one another. Most everyone is cautious. Many cars are parked, but only a handful is circulating the streets. And except for the group of Garífuna men from Honduras, who gather in community day in and day out, rain, thunder or shine, at Rainey Park, all spaces of public use are almost deserted. We have been instructed to elude gatherings of more than ten souls and to forgo physical contact as much as possible. In any case, New Yorkers do enjoy a good talk, but are not necessarily the most effusive people when it comes to greeting, the Bronx, in my opinion, being an exception. Getting a hello in certain parts of the city can sometimes be like pulling teeth. This brings me to the last Midwest hugs that I received not long ago. They came from Ikpemesi and her father James Ogundare during their visit to Manhattan from Ohio and Michigan. Little did I know at the time that, as a result of the coronavirus, interactions would morph drastically. Our faces then were not donning masks and James, Ikpemesi and I moved freely along the High Line, the former elevated freight train tracks that have been repurposed as an urban garden. The afternoon was cool and sunny. Splendid. People were out in big numbers enjoying the city. Our encounter was brief and, of course, determined by how long Ikpemesi and James could park their car downtown. Two hours: coffee, tea, selfies, sightseeing, a stop at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe on 14th Street to peek at its turquoise painted interior, and hugs at the end of our meeting by the entrance of the parking space on 13th Street. So fast!

Several weeks later, exchanges like those I had with Ikpemesi and James would take for sure a different contour. No handshakes permitted, much less the Midwest hugs that I learned to perform with ease while in residence in Albion. I am therefore curious as to how the current health situation is redefining the quotidian in that city, where physical displays of affection are key to its daily life. It could well be that the Midwest hug will have to be put in storage until the pandemic subsides. I might have read somewhere, or perhaps I am totally making this up, that such form of greeting was probably born out of the need to connect in a vast landscape with extreme winter temperatures. But New York is somewhat similarly cold, and the Dominican Republic, where I was born, enjoys pretty hot weather, and people do hug plenty in that Caribbean nation. All this said, hug or no hug, there is great love in the Bronx, and even citywide, if one learns how to intuit this and go beyond the superficial roughness that seems to characterize New Yorkers. We too in the Bronx, like neighbors in Albion, are figuring out how we acknowledge each other in the midst of the virus. The Thomas Guess Neighborhood Senior Center, where I teach with a city program called SU-CASA and the Bronx Council on the Arts, is a good example of this. This elder haven is one of those places where everything seems to be happening all at once, from enacting friendship to playing domino games, to watching TV and tending to a couple of ring-neck doves—to cake sharing, to eating bagels and drinking coffee, while working on coloring books and welcoming those who arrive for the day. “Are you new?” Asked a senior, as he opened the door for me at the center, hence welcoming me unknowingly into my own seniorhood. My midlife rite of passage! Friendly hugs, I must admit, are not a rarity at these premises, that was, until last week, when I forgetfully shook an elder’s hand and he pulled out a bottle of sanitizer. I assured him that I would try to remember not to do this again. He smiled gently. No words. Empathy. A few days later the center closed until further notice, and with it all of the love and caring that the group kindles everyday, under one roof, including hugs, handshakes and referring to one another other as “sweetie.”

Talking about hugs as an endangered form of affection at this moment in history might not be an exaggeration on my part. Hugs have being brought to an abrupt halt for obvious safety reasons. I therefore question how a prolong stay of the virus could redefine who we are in the long run, especially in Albion. That is so, because who we are happens in connection to those around us and as result of our interactions. We co-regulate one another through eye contact, conversations, the sharing of stories and, yes, through touch. Hugs bring two hearts in close proximity, physically and emotionally. If a handshake reassures a potential enemy that one is not carrying a weapon, a hug spells surrender and momentary fusion with another being. A hug protects the back of the one being hugged from harm, symbolically speaking. It also spells, in essence, the act of accepting the other as that person is, and in opening oneself to another person as one is. Hugs help us acknowledge life and mortality. Every time we hug another person, we hold their bones in our arms; their skeletons. We hug them in life and death simultaneously.

The afternoon I left the Thomas Guess Neighborhood Senior Center before its closure, our group of African American and Latinx elders were working on collages using butterflies, bunches of flowers and personal photographs. The final picture I have from the participants, as they assembled for lunch, is that of laugher. I blew a kiss at them from afar. When will we see each other again? Only time will tell. How will we greet each other upon coming back together? That is the uncertainty. Same for Ikpemesi, James, as well as the neighbors I met in Albion. In the meantime, I urge you not to render the Midwest hug obsolete. Not yet, please! Let’s keep it safe until we can take it out of the trunk in our emotional attic, and activate it again. Chances are that we will value it more. May you all in Albion be safe and protected.

The endangered Midwest hug — not yet, please! © 2020 Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful

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9. George Peck, FF Alumn, April news

https://mailchi.mp/90702b36fc33/newsletterno1double?e=dbdbef9e45https://mailchi.mp/90702b36fc33/newsletterno1double?e=dbdbef9e45

My Dear Friends,

This quarantine is multifaceted. It is an uncertain time, a time to care for yourself and loved ones and a time to be hopeful about the future. Moreover, this is a time to focus concentrate. The artist Maholy Nagy said: "A dwelling should be not a retreat from space, but life in space."

Today is an excellent day for a Studio Update. My studio is fully functioning Upstate; I am continuing with ongoing works, new projects, and revisiting old ones. I am a chess player in simultaneous display.

These are tough days, but art has never been more crucial. I wanted to reach out to you as if extending a hand straight from the studio. In 1968 I made a painting called Double. It marked a critical pivot in my work. I still believe, as I did then, that this painting expressed optimism, a positive vision, and possibility.

I want to give you Double, 1968, Acrylic fluorescent on canvas, 35 x 35 inches
through this virtual medium:

https://mailchi.mp/90702b36fc33/newsletterno1double?e=dbdbef9e45https://mailchi.mp/90702b36fc33/newsletterno1double?e=dbdbef9e45

Print it out and proceed to cut it out.
Place scotch tape on each corner allowing it to best adhere to the wall.
Find an appropriate location in your space to place it.
Once placed, it can be glanced at and allowed to shine. It will become a small tangible scale "painting.

In printing it out, we recommend the brightest ink you can choose on your printer. We encourage you to share a photograph of Double in your space with us.
You will be hearing from us in the months ahead. So stay tuned for new visions and insights and concepts that would surprise me as it could you. Feel free this concept of this cutout with friends and others you believe would appreciate it.

Stay safe and in touch as we are all in the same space and world.

With all best wishes,
George

Copyright © 2019 George Peck Studio, All rights reserved.

Our emailing address is:
georgerpeck@gmail.com

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10. Jonathan Berger, Mike Glier, Lucy Lippard, Clive Phillpot, Max Schumann, Pat Steir, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, now online at youtube.com

In a special conversation at Judson Memorial Church on February 13, 2015,, Mike Glier, Lucy Lippard, Clive Phillpot, Pat Steir, and Martha Wilson discuss the early history of Printed Matter. Bringing together several PM founders and others closely connected to the organization, the roundtable explores both the founding vision and the more tangible experience of getting the organization off the ground. Moderated by Director Max Schumann. Please visit this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNTbru966J8&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Full+Contact+List&utm_campaign=d720b99e65-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_06_04_39&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_30fcd60143-d720b99e65-210130821

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11. Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jenny Polak, Barbara Pollack, Dread Scott, FF Alumns, now online in the New York Times

Please visit this link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/arts/design/virtual-art-galleries.html

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12. Richard Kennedy, Robert Rauschenberg, FF Alumns, now online at https://performa-arts.org/

RADICAL BROADCAST presents TIME SHARE

https://performa-arts.org/

TIME SHARE, an online exhibition on Performa’s website channel, explores live performance’s relationship to video sharing platforms, and imagines, in a few select examples, how social media might have shaped our experience of iconic works from history.

The series begins with Judy Chicago’s Women and Smoke, 1971-72, an early film of her atmosphere works, in which performers ignite fireworks to paint the California desert with colored smoke. The Performa website has been programmed to suspend Women and Smoke as a double exposure, creating the effect of smoke emanating from the internet and moving across your screen. Women and Smoke, among many of the other selected works, is

streamed online for the first time
available for audiences to watch each day
across all global time zones
edited expressly for your tablet or phone

TIME SHARE features work by Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic, Honey Balenciaga, Sam Banks, Vanessa Beecroft, Xavier Cha, Judy Chicago, Sara Cwynar, FlucT (Monica Mirabile and Sigrid Lauren), Christian Jankowski, Jane Jin Kaisen, Farrah Karapetian, Richard Kennedy, Shigeko Kubota, Zanele Muholi, Oscar Nñ, Robert Rauschenberg, Robin Rhode, Viva Ruiz, Jamilah Sabur, Jacolby Satterwhite, Nick Sethi, Ryan Trecartin, and Tori Wraanes.

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13. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, now online at blackscatbooks(dot)com

The 19th issue of "Black Scat Review" is now available! This issue’s theme is “ecstasy.” I contributed “Two and One” (a story about a love triangle, told entirely in three-letter words), “Up to the Summit” (in which Owen’s daily mountain climbing is interrupted by his mother’s sudden wedding), and “C11H13NO2” (an alliterative consideration of a certain hallucinogen). Other contributors include Peter Ruric, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Eurydice, Catherine D’Avis, Galya Kerns, Tom Whalen, Bob McNeil, Nicole Scherer, Tom Bussmann, Paul Rosheim, William Minor, Norman Conquest, Adam Matson, Dynamic Wang, Alexandr Ivanov, Jim McMenamin, Rhys Hughes, Amy Kurman, and Emiliano Vittoriosi.

It’s available on Amazon, and there’s more info at blackscatbooks(dot)com. Get some short stories to read while avoiding other people!
And stay safe, everyone.

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14. Raquel Rabinovich, FF Alumn, at Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary, Manhattan

Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary
is pleased to announce representation of
Raquel Rabinovich

Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary is pleased to announce representation of New York-based Argentinian-American artist Raquel Rabinovich. Over the course of a seventy-year-long career, Rabinovich (b. 1929, Buenos Aires) has been concerned with the paradox of making the invisible visible. She pursues themes of mythology, existence, nature, and transcendence in her monochromatic paintings and drawings, as well as in her sculptural practice that encompasses large-scale glass environments and site-specific stone installations along the shores of the Hudson River. Rabinovich tries to reveal, through the processes she explores, how that which is concealed emerges into view. In her glass environments she aims to create spaces that are “simultaneously accessible and inaccessible, open and enclosed, tangible and intangible, private and public, visible and invisible.”

Copyright © 2020 Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary, All rights reserved.
Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary
47 E 64th Street
New York, NY 10065-7044
https://hutchinsonmodern.com/

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15. Marina Abramović, FF Alumn, now online in the New York Times

please visit this link:

\https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/arts/music/marina-abramovic-maria-callas.html

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16. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, now online at trickleupnyc.org

Hello Fabulons,

A group of us have been hard at work creating TrickleUpNYC.org an Artists helping Artists network. How it works is, we put up incredible content from some of NYC's best performance based artists, you pay $10 a month to subscribe and see it, every month we add at least fifty new videos, and all the money raised goes to helping artists who are gig-less due to the Covid Shutdown.

So far we've got enough subscriptions to give out $10,000 every month. But we want to do better. We want to give $10,000 a week, which may seem like a lot but all we have to do is get three thousand more subscriptions. So please join up, ask two friends to do the same, enjoy the exclusive and original content, and we'll see you on the other side of the Pandemic or at the creative solution.

Here's the link: www.trickleupnyc.org

xo
Taylor Mac

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17. Verónica Peña, FF Alumna, now online at creatrixmag.com/awaiting-in-stillness/

Please visit this link:

creatrixmag.com/awaiting-in-stillness/

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18. Nina Kuo, Lorin Roser, FF Alumns, now online at tribes.org/openmiccovid-19

Kind spirit of Spring Be Alive & meet here =Bye for now !

Tribes Virtual Open Mic;” A Gathering in the Time” of Covid-19 page is now live.
Link: https://www.tribes.org/openmiccovid-19 to April 15 - RUSH to see “PANDEMIC BLUES“ by Lorin Roser, 3d animator & composer, Nina Kuo, “Mask Lady “PAINTING on cover : camera, art direction
See animated 50 sec. 2020 copyright
Our current craziness and “wrong song” was created in a lost melancholy world. We enter a zone of cloudy dusty afterlife of ashes .

Bio : Lorin Roser : composed music score “Steve Cannon, Lower East Side Icon” video tribute by M. Corber, White Box, NYC 2018
Exhibited group Works: Puffin Room, Bronx Museum, Judson Church, ideas City, New Museum, White Box, NYC, Spectrum, Harvestworks etc.
Collaborated with N. Kuo as well. Video and sound scores are a passion that shoot out from the mind! Keep our Tribes alive and connect globally.

I apprec it a lot NINA KUO – made for ya today!!

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