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Contents for May 26, 2020

Emma Amos, FF Alumn, in memoriam

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Weekly Spotlight: Patricia Winter, FF Alumn, now online at

Patricia Winter’s 1995 performances “Something strange will happen soon…” and "All this buttoning and unbuttoning!" explore dark fears and desires by physically expressing a usually hidden discourse that contrasts the erotic with the innocent. This is a 38-minute documentary film of performances drawn from Patricia Winter's background as a choreographer and incorporating theatrical elements and installation art inspired by her dreams and observations of the mundane.



1. Nadja Verena Marcin, FF Alumn, at FAIR/NADA, thru June 21

Femme Fatale
May 20-June 21, 2020
presented by Kunstraum LLC

Artists: Carla Giannis, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Nadja Verena Marcin and Susan Silas

Kunstraum LLC is pleased to announce our participation in FAIR from May 20 – June 21, 2020, presented by the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA). We will present works by Carla Giannis, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Nadja Verena Marcin, and Susan Silas under the title Femme Fatale.

FAIR is a new art fair initiative designed to be online, function cooperatively, and act as a benefit for NADA's community of galleries and artists. Each participating gallery presents up to four artworks, each for one week. The initiative will also feature a series of online performances, studio visits and talks to complement the artworks presented by participating galleries and artists. For more information, visit FAIR.

"Daenerys as the Mad Queen is strictly a male fantasy that expresses patriarchal ideology with its fear of a strong political woman. The finale not only fits into patriarchal themes most women would recognize from their daily lives, but there’s another disturbing ideology at play that echoes modern politics."

Žižek on Game of Thrones

Femme Fatale explores how the contemporary female protagonist becomes a heroine but remains suspended between disbelief and scrutiny on the larger stage of a patriarchal world framework. Setting up women's success narratives for tragedy and downfalls - in the truest sense fatal endings. A smart and alluring woman with a strong voice and character is eyed as manipulative, implausible, and often as having evil intentions, whereas the same attributes are only seen as positive for a male successor of the same leading role. Our exhibition can be seen as an anti-manifesto, an attempt to remove the sense of guilt from the act of female domination.

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

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

Let Me Be Frank
Episode 18 – The Dynamics

“The Dynamics” takes us deep into the core of Frank Moore’s performance work, detailing Frank’s theories of how private performance affects the outer world. Drawing on concepts from quantum physics and Chaos Theory, Frank talks about how his private work, both in performance and in his one-to-one work with students, expands private personal rituals into the realm of myths and the universals, and can create change and effect in the outer world through nonlinear channels of influence. This episode also includes a conversation with experimental electronic musician LX Rudis, and a brand new episode of the animated series, “How to Handle an Anthropologist”.

The reading in this segment is by Veronica Vera, former porn star, sexual explorer, activist, human sexuality author, and founder of the world’s first cross-gender academy. Music by Frank Moore, Vinnie Corbo, Vinnie Spit Santino, Sander Roscoe Wolff, Vinnie Spit Santino’s Ensemble Abstract Band, and Manta.

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



3. RT Livingston, FF Alumn, at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, thru June 20 and more

My archives are now a part of the University of California, Santa Barbara Library Special Collections.

I’m in two virtual exhibits:

Time & Memory at the Westmont Ridley Tree Museum, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA May 14th June 20, 2020

Copy and paste link please

Copy and paste link please
TIME LINES 2020 iphone copy.m4v


The Art of the Facemark, Elverhoj Museum of Art & History, Solvang, CA.

The Art of the Face Mask


RT Livingston www.rtlivingston.com



4. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, volume 43 now online

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art
Volume 43, Issue 2 (T125) (May 2020)
Table of Contents
main homepage https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/42/2
Decoding the Reality Studio
Mallory Catlett, G Lucas Crane, and Alex Wermer-Colan
Disrupting the Grid: Lucinda Childs's Scores for Silent Dances
Lauren DiGiulio
The State of Performance Art 2019
Jacki Apple, FF Alumn

Portfolio: The Desparacidos of Argentina—Memories in Glass
Missing Identity
Silvia Levenson
Art & Performance Notes
Tales From the Dead
Claudia Orenstein

World Crises On Stage
Dennis Barnett

Walking, Decay, Endurance: Two Year-Long Works by Yuji Agematsu
Stephanie Vella

Feminist Futures
Kelli Shermeyer

Seeking a Fairer View: Smashing Theatrical Mirrors in Contemporary Black Drama
Shane Breaux

Manifestos for Theatre and Nation
Dan Venning

Pathetic: A Phaedra Play
Julia Jarcho

Books & Company
Queering the Bauhaus Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics
Johannes Birringer

© 2020 MIT Press Journals. All Rights Reserved.



5. Brendan Fernandes, FF Alumn, receives Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant 2020, and more

Dear Friends,

How are you each doing in these new and trying times? I know that the consequences of this will be many, and it may affect each of us differently, but I hope that we can all find new ways to stay active, connected and together despite (or maybe within) the distance.

I'm writing today to share what I've been up to and some success that's come my way.

First, I want to thank and commend all my friends, curators, gallerists and directors who have had to take on the difficult decisions to cancel, postpone or adapt their programs to face COVID-19. I am proud of their work to prioritize collective health care and encourage us all to keep finding new ways to support one another through this. I am also grateful to everyone who has shown their commitment to my upcoming projects, even if many of them are now on a slightly further horizon. We have much to look forward to!

One such project, I am now excited to share, is that I have been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Much thanks to Kevin Dumouchelle, Karen Milbourne and Saisha Grayson for their support as advisers. I am looking forward to being a part of this incredible institution and the opportunities that pan out.

I am also excited to share that I am one of twenty incredible artists to receive a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant for 2020! I am honoured to be named along side these artists for this prize and am excited for the possibilities that this grant creates for us all. See their announcement with Artsy here: https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-twenty-artists-received-louis-comfort-tiffany-foundation-grants-including-tschabalala-paul-mpagi-sepuya

Closer, to home, I am finding space to reflect on the successes of 2019 and to think ahead to where my practice may take us next. I have been reading and writing towards future projects, and have been recombining elements from last year's projects and research into these new collages. I am excited to see where this process will lead, and what new movements may come from these when we can dance together again.

Always, Sending my best,

Copyright © Brendan Fernandes Studio 2020



6. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, online at letsreimagine.org, June 18 and 25

FF Alumn Annie Lanzillotto performs comedic rants for pandemic times. "Immunocompromised means... Sheltering-in-place alone." City Lore presents Annie in two participatory solo salons: Thursdays, June 18th & 25th, 8:00pm in the "Re-Imagine: Life, Loss, Love" Festival. https://letsreimagine.org/worldwide/schedule?query=lanzillo FREE. Registration required for ZOOM link. Audiences are invited to share their own experiences on living alone with vulnerabilities, at the same time continuing to grow creatively. Also, check out Annie's new still life paintings at www.fineartamerica.com



7. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, releases new publication

"Pink and Apple-Green" is now available from Black Scat Books! By Alphonse Allais, translated, introduced, and annotated by Doug Skinner!
This is the first English translation, and the first annotated edition in any language. It's 261 pages: 44 stories, plus 5 extra stories. My, what a spring bouquet it is. You can get one on Amazon, and find out more about Black Scat at blackscatbooks(dot)com. This is my tenth translation of Allais, so look for the others too.

Alphonse Allais (1854-1905) was France's greatest humorist. His elegance, scientific curiosity, preoccupation with language and logic, wordplay, and flashes of cruelty inspired Alfred Jarry, as well as succeeding generations of Surrealists, Pataphysicians, and Oulipians. As Paul Verlaine said, "Who is fresh? Allais."
Laurie Anderson, Barbara Ess, Roger Shimomura, FF Alumns, at American Academy of Arts and Letters, Manhattan



8. Laurie Anderson, Barbara Ess, Roger Shimomura, FF Alumns, selected by American Academy of Arts and Letters

Congratulations for being selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to FF Alumns Laurie Anderson (membership), and Barbara Ess and Roger Shimomura (art purchases).

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9. Jan Fabre, Larry Litt, FF Alumns, now online at youtube.com and more

Like offering a memory of pre-pandemic life frozen in amber, Studio Trisorio has just posted a beautiful video of highlights from the exhibitions Antwerp-based artist Jan Fabre presented in Naples just last year at this time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESuSHNZJPLM&feature=youtu.be
They also offer the catalog of Fabre’s related exhibition of encrusted coral sculptures, Oro Rosso, https://issuu.com/studiotrisorio/docs/jan_fabre_oro_rosso for which I contributed an essay. (pp. 127 - 139)
I felt really lucky to be invited to contribute to the project and get to be in Naples for a few days.....



10. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, now online at vava.visualaids.org/not-over and more

Pamela Sneed
Why I Cling to Flowers, 2020
3 minutes 19 seconds https://vava.visualaids.org/not-over

Poem from Funeral Diva http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100510140

Pamela Sneed, a Board member of Visual AIDS, is a New York-based poet, writer, performer and visual artist. She is the author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, KONG and Other Works, Sweet Dreams and two chaplets, Gift by Belladonna and Black Panther. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Hyperallergic and on the cover of New York Magazine. She is online faculty in SAIC’s low res MFA teaching Human Rights and Writing Art and has also been a Visiting Artist at SAIC in the program for 4 consecutive years. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project , MCA, The High Line , New Museum and Toronto Biennale. She delivered the closing keynote for Artist, Designers, Citizens Conference/a North American component of the Venice Biennale at SAIC. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, “The 100 Best African American Poems.” In 2018, she was nominated for two PushCart Prizes in poetry. She will publish a poetry and prose manuscript Funeral Diva with City Lights.



11. Stewart Wilson, FF Member, now online in the Hartford Courant

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12. Greg Sholette, FF Alumn, now online at gregsholette.tumblr.com/
welcome to our bare art world blog with guest curator Olga Kopenkina
Professor Gregory Sholette, PhD, Queens College Art Dept. CUNY
Banner Drop: The Quarantine Edition
welcome to our bare art world
Here's the latest 3 minutes from Santa's isolation trauma, crafted to relieve stress and generate guffaws. Please do share if you enjoy it; it's been a bit of a challenge getting views.

*Watch past the end credits for bonus gag!*




13. Edward Madrid Gómez, FF Members, now online at https://bit.ly/3cYb6Qt
Dear art lovers and media colleagues:
My article about the new book The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren (Little Brown, U.K.), by Paul Gorman, has been published in HYPERALLERGIC's "Weekend" edition.
McLaren, who died in 2010, will forever remain best known as the creator, in the 1970s, of the Sex Pistols and as the shaper of the essential elements of what would become the punk movement's look and worldview. In London, dramatically reinventing the character of the small, intimate clothing boutique, along with Vivienne Westwood, McLaren revisited styles catering to fans of 1950s Teddy Boys (postwar Britain’s first youth-culture movement) and went on to produce radical reworkings of bondage gear and T-shirts featuring mash-ups of subversive slogans, nude photos, and other images. Together, the these designer-entrepreneurs specialized in a kind of aggressive anti-fashion.
After the Sex Pistols broke up, and the punk movement ran out of steam, McLaren continued working in an array of creative fields. As an impresario and artist in his own right, his productions ranged from television and radio programs, to record albums and even a quixotic campaign to become the mayor of London in 2000.
This well-researched, in-depth biography's author, Paul Gorman, is a British journalist who has covered music and entertainment, and written extensively about contemporary fashion. His research and curatorial projects have focused on music, fashion, graphic design, and innovative pop-cultural trends.
This is a page-turner of a summer read to take to the beach -- to the beach in your mind and in your living room, that is, in these coronavirus-lockdown times.
You can find my new magazine article here:
I hope you'll enjoy reading this piece.
With best wishes...



14. Arlene Rush, FF Member, at Pelham Art Center, NY, online, May 29

Hope all of you are well possible and have some glimmer of peace in your days. I know these are challenging times that none of us had experienced before. In an act of pretending to be normal I accepted this generous offer to do a studio visit. It will mean allot to me if you can come and share in this visit so we can all connect even if it is virtual. If you can't afford the fee please let me know since no one will be turned away. Sending you all strength and love to get through to the other side and look forward to hugging again.

Stay well, safe and be kind to all.

Join Pelham Art Center
for a virtual studio visit with
Arlene Rush

May 29, Friday, 1:00-2:00 pm

Arlene Rush, a New York City-based artist, has exhibited extensively in museums, universities, and galleries across the world. Archilesi I Homberg Fine Art represents her in New York and most recently, her work has appeared in Art In Odd Places and Pen and Brush in New York City and 2019 CONTEXT Miami Basel Art Fair. In February 2020, she was included in a group exhibition curated by Francesca Arcilesi and Norma Homberg in conjunction with SFA Projects in New York City. She will be part of several future exhibitions: “Someone Will Remember Us – even in a different time”, Curated by Lisa di Donato at The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, NY and “Americans Looking In”, Curated by Sheri Littlefield and Emile Ahern at The Center for Book Art in New York City in 2020, and “Cogito, ergo sum – I Think Therefore I Am: Prisms of Identity”, Curated by Bina Sarkar Ellias at Pen and Brush in New York City in 2021.
She has been the recipient of the Pat Hearn & Colin De Land Foundation Grant, and a residency to Barcelona, Spain from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. For the last five years of Rush Art Gallery she was on the artist advisory board of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (no relations).

“My conceptual multidisciplinary work expands to sculptural objects, installations, and digital photography. Influenced by my own life and world events, I explore issues surrounding women’s rights, gender, identity, and the political and social climate of our era. I create sculptures, life casts of myself along with interactive performances. I appropriate and alter massed circulated objects – either material or virtual – and outline the increasing consumerism of late capitalism. My most current series Current Affairs explores the political state and how it challenges gender identity, me too era, racism and our human rights as a whole. Reflecting on the challenges of being a woman artist, I interrogate the patriarchal lens through which my work is viewed and create “new relics” of contemporary American culture and history.”
Learn more at arlenerush.com

Zoom information will be sent by email approximately 2 hours prior to event.
To ensure you can join on time, please use the zoom link to register at least a few minutes before start time. Make sure info@pelhamartcenter.org is not bouncing to your spam folder.
Thank you!



15. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, now online at newbooksnetwork.com
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Jacki Apple is featured in a 90 minute interview by New York critic Andy Boyd about her book Performance /Media /Art/ Culture. Selected Essays 1983 -2018 on his podcast New Books in Performing Arts on the New Books Network.
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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller