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Contents for June 29, 2020

Weekly Spotlight: Kim Irwin, Jody Oberfelder, FF Alumns, now online at https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/127/rec/2

Energy, empowerment, and excitement is the name of the game for this Weekly Spotlight on Kim Irwin and Jody Oberfelder’s “Wanted X-Cheerleaders” (with theatrical consultant Neill Bogan, and performers Dexter Collins, Keila Cordova, Kim Irwin, Stephanie Kemper Liu, Kate Kennedy, Mercedes Murphy, Lynn Neuman, Jody Oberfelder, Susan Perlbachs, Cydney Pullman, and Jule Jo Ramirez, Joanne Schultz, and Sarah Wilson).

This 47-minute performance from 1994 includes interviews with current and former cheerleaders reflecting on the lessons they have learned, their perceived roles in their environments, and what stereotypes they have faced and embraced throughout their cheer careers. Following the interviews is a live routine, where the performance artists, all former cheerleaders, reclaim their sexuality and power. They joyously shout cheers with feminist messages and call out gendered stereotypes and systems, all the while inspiring the audience to join in. This twist on a traditional routine enables the performers to redefine cheerleading by sharing and embodying liberating messages with a uniquely fun, humorous, and acrobatic delivery. Enjoy! (Text by Mamou Samaké, FF Intern, June 2020)

Kim Irwin, conceptual artist/co-director
Jody Oberfelder, choreographer/co-director www.jodyoberfelder.com
Neill Bogan, theatrical consultant
Dexter Collins @madamedexx
Keila Cordova https://keilacordova.com/
Stephanie Kemper Liu
Kate Kennedy
Mercedes Murphy
Lynn Neuman www.artichokedance.org
Susan Perlbachs
Cydney Pullman cydneypullman@gmail.com

Joanne Schultz, drums https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanne-schultz-7a361a26/
Sarah Wilson, trumpet http://www.sarahwilsonmusic.com

Link: https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/127/rec/2

Thank you!



1. Alva Rogers, FF Alumn, at Women’s Theatre Festival 2020, online July 16

SPEAKERS: Paulette Richards and Alva Rogers

We welcome your presence and participation; single event tickets are available for $10.00 at this link:


Thursday July 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm Zoom

Western-style theatrical presentations with stages separate from audiences did not exist in traditional African society. Drama was intrinsic to community building and/or religious rituals that encompassed song, dance, and object performance. The material culture of this type of performance did not survive slavery in the United States, but the storytelling performance context in which it had originally functioned preserved other modes of figurative representation. During this session, artist/scholar, Paulette Richards traces the lineage of African American women playwrights who have sought to reintegrate object performance into theatrical productions, specifically examining works by Rita Bonner, Zora Neale Hurston, Ntozake Shange, Pearl Cleage, and Alva Rogers.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Please visit our Eventbrite to purchase a ticket.
This session will begin at 3:00 pm ET on Thursday, July 16th, 2020.
Its link to join will only be visible to those registered and signed in to their Sched account.


Alva Rogers
Playwright, alvasworld
Playwright Alva Rogers’ writing uses magic realism to explore themes of American identity. She was a co-founder of the performance collective/theater troupe Rodeo Caldonia. Her work with Rodeo Caldonia was included in the 2017 Brooklyn Museum exhibition We Wanted a Revolution.

Paulette Richards
Executive Producer, Ayamedia

Paulette Richards survived a ten month stint in Senegal as a 2013/ 2014 Fulbright Scholar without contracting any tropical diseases, but sometime during her service as an artist in residence at the Institut français de Saint Louis, the puppet bug bit her hard.

Alva Rogers writer /artist/ educator



2. Adam Pendleton, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, now online

Please visit this link:


Thank you.



3. Rosamond S. King, FF Alumn, now online
Dear friends,
I send you good wishes, deep breaths, and occasional belly laughs in these hard times.
At many cultural events and some religious gatherings, there is a “love offering” – a request for donations of any size out of community, not obligation.
Now is a good time for love offerings of all kinds. And while I need an income to eat, I see a lot my work, especially poetry and other art, in this way. What’s below is a love offering to you and to us.
a) On Juneteenth, Hyperallergic published two of my poems as part of an issue celebrating Black liberation.

b) Also on Juneteenth, I started “The 12 Days of Protest: A Beginning.” Watch the videos here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCjxe1bU0fw and email me if you want to record your own video! This poem was also featured on “Writing for Radical Futures,” the latest episode of the It’sLit podcast w/PhDJ, which combines poetry readings and music, here: https://itslitwithphdj.wordpress.com/2020/06/17/ep-119-write-now-writing-for-radical-futures-in-support-of-black-lives-future-episode/

c) I kept looking for an essay about the subtle racism in language about the pandemic. I couldn't find it, so I wrote it: “Words, Race, and the Pandemic” was published by The Progressive https://progressive.org/op-eds/words-race-and-pandemic-king-200625/
I hope it helps people think twice about using "lockdown," which makes light of the cruelty in the prison industrial complex, and "shelter in place," which suggests the virus needs to be fought with guns and not science.

d) Curator and dance critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa featured me in “Artists Reach Out,” her interviews with dancers and performers in isolation, here: https://infinitebody.blogspot.com/2020/04/artists-reach-out-rosamond-s-king.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR1Nkm41pfP9ir-Lspd2zTn2S1NjjuoVaHHluw-eWypzuZ2z0a8FZqANm3M

e) I read Kamau Brathwaite’s “Eating the Dead” both in his honor and, on Breonna Taylor’s birthday, in her honor, as part of a 40-day project to honor Brathwaite.
I’m gratified that my work continues to resonate; people have been posting links to “Breathe. As In (shadow,” originally written in response to the non-indictment of the murderers of Eric Garner. This was one of the first poems in my Living in the Abattoir series, the center of my second poetry book All the Rage, which will come out with Nightboat next year.
Usually, my shout-outs are to friends who have published books, won awards, or done something else great. This time, my shout-outs are to organizations you can go to for information, or to support community organizing.
Communities United for Police Reform is a coalition of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists working to end discriminatory policing.
Glits (Gays & Lesbians in a Transgender Society), which right now is focusing on housing for trans people.
Or better yet, find an organization in your community doing work you are passionate about, and send them a love offering.
good wishes, deep breaths, and belly laughs,
RSK (Rosamond S. King)



4. Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumn, at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, thru Aug. 30
Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards and Lorraine O'Grady
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983
June 27 – August 30, 2020
Alexander Gray Associates announces Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983, including work by Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards and Lorraine O'Grady at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition was curated by Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley at Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom.
The institution's press release follows:
This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the final venue to present Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, featuring work by more than 60 Black artists that was created over two revolutionary decades in American history.
The exhibition, organized by Tate Modern in London, was slated to open at the MFAH in April, but it was delayed because of the pandemic lockdown at the previous venue in San Francisco, the de Young Museum. Soul of a Nation is on view in Houston from June 27 through August 30 as the final presentation of the three-year tour.
Soul of a Nation explores what it meant to be a Black artist in America during two revolutionary decades, from the 1960s and the Civil Rights movement to the early 1980s and the emergence of identity politics. The story unfolds in thematic sections, with a special emphasis on aligned groups in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and another focus on the work of artist Betye Saar. Among the many other artists featured are Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Roy DeCarava, David Hammons, Lorraine O’Grady, and Faith Ringgold.
The MFAH presentation adds a section with a number of works from the Museum’s collections to spotlight the legacy of Black American art made in Houston and Texas during this period. Artists represented in this gallery include John Biggers, Kermit Oliver, and Carroll Harris Simms, all of whom contributed to the dynamic local arts scene.



5. Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, now online at Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ, thru Aug. 16

Last week Goings On mistakenly sent out an incorrect URL for this project - please accept our apologies. The correct URL is:


Ken Friedman: 92 Events
Adam Art Gallery
Wellington, New Zealand
June 2 - August 16, 2020

Playful but profound scores provide a model for ways to envisage
how art can function as a mental game.

The imagination roams when our bodies can’t.

Download the exhibition booklet by Stephen Cleland at this URL:




6. Lucio Pozzi, FF Alumn, at Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium, opens July 4

Paintings 1966 – 2019
HardEdge Baroque, Flowers, Scatters

Sabine Wachters Fine Arts
Knokke – Zoute

4 July – 31 December 2020
A changing exhibition.
(italiano qui sotto)
The small gouaches on paper of the HardEdge Baroque group started in Rome in the mid 60’s. Flat color areas are placed next to one another. In the context of my painting story they contain elements that return in other cycles of my art.
The Scatter Paintings echo the Hardedge Baroque imagery inasmuch as both groups are not afraid of hinting at three-dimensional illusionism. The Scatter paintings, quick-drying acrylics on canvas, consist of overlapping hard-edged blocks of thick paint applied with large palette knives.
The Flower Group started in the 70’s when I became ever more impatient with branding in art. They are painted with slow-drying oil paint. Bundling biomorphic and geometric forms overlapping and alternating as a bustle that falls into- or explodes from a container, attracted me as yet another pictorial territory I could explore.

Una lunga mostra che cambia di continuo.
Le piccole tempere del gruppo HardEdge Baroque iniziarono a Roma negli anni ’60. Aree di colore uniforme sono accostate l’una all’altra. Nel contesto della mia storia contengono elementi che ritornano in altri cicli della mia arte.
Gli Scatter Paintings sono un’eco degli HardEdge Baroque in quanto in ambedue i gruppi non c’è timore di accennare all’illusionismo tridimensionale. Approfittando del breve tempo di asciugatura dell’acrilico, gli Scatter consistono nella sovrapposizione di forme ottenute con spatolate di colore spesso in zone delineate da nastro adesivo.
I Quadri di Fiori del Flower Group ebbero inizio negli anni ’70, quando mi ritrovai sempre più impaziente verso la pratica del marchio riconoscibile in arte. Sono dipinti con pittura a olio, a lenta asciugatura. Mi attirava affastellare forme geometriche e biomorfe che si alternano e scavalcano in un trambusto che precipita dentro un contenitore oppure ne esplode verso l’alto. Era un altro territorio da esplorare, una dimensione di nuovo fresca.



7. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, at The 8th Floor, online June 30

Please Join Us for

From the Personal Collection of Eileen Myles

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
8pm EST

This event will be held on Zoom

Poet and novelist Eileen Myles will lead a tour of their home in Marfa, Texas, discussing a variety of works in their extensive art collection, which includes paintings by Robin Bruch and Xylor Jane, as well as photography by Jack Pierson. Myles will elaborate on specific pieces, mapping their relationship with each of these artists and the personal memories associated with the objects and artworks in their home.

Access Information: If you have any accessibility needs, please email Events Manager William Furio by Friday, June 26 at wfurio@rubinfrost.com.

For more information on this event, please click here. https://www.the8thfloor.org/upcoming-events/2020/5/27/short-tour-of-the-myles-collection-amp-home-in-marfa-tx



8. Laurie Anderson, FF Alumn, now online at thevinylfactory.com

Please visit this link:
Thank you.



9. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, now online at: https://unarmedblackmen.blogspot.com/

Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, unveils new ‘historic’ marker project entitled “Unarmed Black Men” now online at: https://unarmedblackmen.blogspot.com/. Proposed locations include the Michigan Statehouse and others.



10. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, at Tampa Airport Gallery, FL, thru Feb. 2021

at the
Tampa Airport Gallery
June 2020 - February 2021

I'm pleased to participate in


Invitational Exhibition at the Tampa International Airport

A visual dialogue exploring multiple interpretations
of the word Element

Exclusively at the Airport Gallery

The artworks of seven award-winning Tampa Bay women artists are featured in an invitational exhibition at the Tampa International Airport Main Terminal Gallery from June of 2020 through February of 2021.

The invited artists met once when they toured the Public Art Collection at Tampa International Airport but worked on this artwork separately in their studios. Thus, creating this visual dialogue with no ongoing conversations between the artists about their personal interpretations of the title. Photography, mixed media, sculpture, painting and glasswork are represented. Participating artists include: Jenny Carey, Melissa Fair, Kim Radatz, Akiko Kotani, Debra Radke, Babs Reingold, Rose Rosen.

June 23, 2020 – February 8, 2021
Tampa International Airport Gallery
The Tampa International Airport Main Terminal Gallery is open to travelers during airport hours. The TIA Main Terminal Gallery is located between the main terminal and the Marriott airport hotel.
For additional information and images, please contact: Jenny Carey, jcarey@msn.com, 813-833-2594 or Kim Radatz, kim@kimradatz.com, 813-294-8115.
TIA contact for press inquiries: KFigley@TampaAirport.com (813) 801-6028



11. Laura McGough, FF Alumn, online at https://vvvr.hallwalls.org/ thru July 31

Curated by Laura McGough
Notes Towards an Infinite Film
Program II: Signal, Skin, Pixel, Camera
Online at https://vvvr.hallwalls.org/ thru July 31

“Notes Towards an Infinite Film” is a series of online screenings that surveys four decades of film, video and new media work created by Buffalo’s extended community of media artists. Channeling the spirit of Hallwalls’ physical video viewing rooms of yore, each program will be online and viewable for two weeks before being archived. Visitors are invited to spend time with individual videos and films, following the program Laura has curated or self-curating their own version.

The experimental works that comprise Signal, Skin, Pixel, Camera interrogate the material properties of film, video and digital moving images. The skin, or the emulsion, of film is reconsidered as cinematic image through hand-processing and chemical alteration. Software tools glitch and pixelate the digital image revealing its display elements. Image processing instruments foreground video’s noisy electronic signal. Rich, lush color is culled from the electronic eye of the camera. The resulting works offer viewers a richly sensual and haptic visual experience and entry into a unique conversation across decades of Buffalo film and video history.

Magnetic North, 1996/2007, 7 mins., 3/4 inch Umatic
Andrew Deutsch

HandMade, 2007, 6 mins., 16 mm film transferred to video
Vincenzo Mistretta

Sweepers, 2019, 5 mins., video
Tammy McGovern

— gh05T1ng —, 2015, 2 mins., Digital Video
Jax Deluca

Untitled #5 (From Nothing to Nothing), 2006, 7 mins., Super 8 film transferred to video
Brian Milbrand

Music for Voices, 1979/2009, 8 mins., 16mm film transferred to digital video
Barbara Lattanzi

Metamorphosis, 2010, 10 mins, Digital Video
Su Hyun Nam

Spore Print Film #16, 2016, 3 mins., 6mm film to digital video
Anna Scime
Bog Rushes, 1978, 4 mins., video
Hank Linehart

A Dialogue of Dissonance, 2016, 6 mins., digital video
Kalpana Subramanian

Aquamarine, 2018, 7 mins., digital video
Laura Kraning and Blue Kraning

Precession of The Simulacrum, 1988-2000, 22 mins., Video and Digital Video
Sara Hornbacher



12. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, now online

YOU CAN STILL WATCH my performance of "Tracking Chimaera: a peripatetic guide" on TWITCH till Saturday (you may get ads, but that can be interesting). Here's the link:

It will also be added to the Experimental Sound Studio YouTube channel in a couple of weeks here:

You can check out pix from concert on my FB page.

THIS SATURDAY is VOX EFFUSIS, Volume 2! It's the second half of the curated series I was part of on June 13th. See info here:

BE well, be with,




13. Erin McGill, FF Alumn, live online at paperlesspost.com/go/MqK4ZeqfPVAV5RIwDAjq July 11-12

Book launch party

Hosted by Books of Wonder

Join author-illustrator Erin McGill for the release of her new book, “If you want a friend in Washington: Wacky, Wild, and Wonderful Presidential Pets,” some live drawing and fun giveaway surprises.

The instagram live event will be visible for 24 hours from 1pm July 11 thru 1 pm July 12 at this link:


Thank you.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller