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Contents for August 31, 2020

Siah Armajani, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

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Thank you.



Weekly Spotlight: Yvette Helin, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/326863902

Think about the black figures you see everyday on signs throughout your city. Think about their literal and symbolic meaning. Think about them coming to life. Yvette Helin’s “Pedestrian Project” consists of various performers in generic, all-black costumes interacting with the public. This 9-minute video collage starts with the costumes being created, sewn, and fitted in Helin’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio. It continues with footage from live performances in New York City from 1990-1996, with the Peds walking and standing statuesquely to engage with people in downtown NYC on Broadway, Wall Street and environs, and concludes with footage from the 1990 performance at Franklin Furnace’s basement black box theatre in TriBeCa. Inspired by mass-produced public signs, Helin’s ongoing "Pedestrian Project" comments on and satirizes social norms and conventions. Film by Carlton Bright, John Groh, Andrew Guidone, Scott Seraydarian and Yvette Helin. Music by Yvette Helin. Please also visit these links to learn more about Yvette’s oeuvre:



https://vimeo.com/326863902 Thank you. (Text by Zaria George, FF Intern, August 2020)



1. Kara Lynch, FF Alumn, online Sept. 6

We Begin with Play: An Embodied Artist Talk
Closing out Black August from a queer Black feminist lens, @galleryofthestreets is inviting you to join us as we launch, We Begin with Play: An Embodied Artist Talk, Sunday, September 6 from 5-8pm (cst). This event will honor two pivotal moments that inspire the [b]REACH project: The August Rebellion, the prisoner uprising at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women (1974), and the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (2005). The event will also introduce the artists and projects [circus acts] that make-up We Begin with Play. Register @galleryofthestreets https://forms.gle/RrP9JuyDNgJ4CEMV7

Please visit this link: https://www.breachadventuresinheterotopia.org/collaboration Thank you.



2. Helène Aylon, Betsy Damon, Agnes Denes, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Barbara Kruger, Ana Mendieta, Aviva Rahmani, Cecilia Vicuña, FF Alumns, at Thomas Erben Gallery, Manhattan, opening September 8

Helène Aylon, Andrea Bowers, Betsy Damon, Agnes Denes, Eliza Evans, Bilge Friedlaender, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Barbara Kruger, Carla Maldonado, Mary Mattingly, Ana Mendieta, Aviva Rahmani, Jessica Segall, Hanae Utamura, Cecilia Vicuña curated by Monika Fabijanska

In response to great interest, ecofeminism(s) will reopen
Tuesday, September 8 - Saturday, September 26, 2020,
Tue-Sat, 10-6
Thomas Erben Gallery 526 West 26th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Same rules apply as in June/July: four visitors at a time, masks are required.There is a sink on the way to the gallery for hand washing.

New programs online:
Thursday, September 10, 6:30 PM EST
Christies’s webinar: Spotlight on ecofeminism(s)
This complimentary webinar explores the critically acclaimed group exhibition ecofeminism(s) at Thomas Erben Gallery. Exhibition curator Monika Fabijanska and gallerist Thomas Erben will join Christie’s Education’s Julie Reiss for a discussion about the show’s timeliness and the increasing centrality in the art world of art grounded in ecological and other human rights concerns.

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 PM EST
Zoom conversation with Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, niece and goddaughter of
Ana Mendieta and Mira Friedlaender, daughter of
Bilge Friedlaender, moderated by Monika Fabijanska
Meeting ID: 969 1319 1806 Password: 411157

Recorded Programs:
I. July 8: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Mary Mattingly, Hanae Utamura, Julie Reiss, Ph.D. - Christie’s Education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=4s&v=TA00vw8K7H0

II. July 15: Aviva Rahmani, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Jessica Segall, Candice Hopkins - curator, writer, a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67ABg7ge65M&feature=youtu.be

III. July 22: Betsy Damon, Eliza Evans, Carla Maldonado, Eleanor Heartney - art writer, contributing editor, Art in America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvVp0mi2xXQ&feature=youtu.be

ecofeminism(s) explores the legacy of some of the pioneers of ecofeminist art: Helène Aylon, Betsy Damon, Agnes Denes, Bilge Friedlaender, Ana Mendieta, Aviva Rahmani, and Cecilia Vicuña, and how their ideas and strategies are continued, developed or opposed by younger generations – Andrea Bowers, Eliza Evans, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Carla Maldonado, Mary Mattingly, Jessica Segall, and Hanae Utamura. It also features ecofeminist works of Lynn Hershman Leeson and Barbara Kruger, who escape these categories.

Please visit this link: http://www.monikafabijanska.com/
Thank you.



3. Katya Grokhovsky, Ana Mendieta, FF Alumns, at EFA Project Space, Manhattan, opening Sept. 9

The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2020: Here, Together!

On View: September 9–October 24, 2020
Reservations Required
Hours: W-F, 10:30 am–6:30 pm

Virtual Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 9, 6–9 pm [via Zoom]

Artists: Blanka Amezkua, Esperanza Cortés, Bahareh Khoshooee, Daniela Kostova, Cole Lu, Ana Mendieta, Levan Mindiashvili, Qinza Najm, Anna Parisi, daàPò réo, Yali Romagoza

Curated by Katya Grokhovsky

EFA Project Space is thrilled to present The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2020: Here, Together! a timely exhibition featuring multidisciplinary works by eleven New York-based Immigrant artists, curated by Katya Grokhovsky. Initially postponed by the COVID crisis, Here, Together! explores displacement, alienation, and the steady erosion of American Empire.
Confronting a national rhetoric of exclusion, nationalism, and discrimination, the artists in the exhibition call for urgent unity, visibility, and criticality, by facilitating a necessary platform of cultural exchange. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, and culminating on the eve of a fraught election, the exhibition draws attention to the intertwined issues of immigration and the engineered neglect of othered bodies. In her curatorial statement, Grokhovsky writes: “These artists call forth the power dynamics and hierarchies of a late-stage struggling capitalist society in dire need of compassion and humanity. Their work grapples with issues of identity, the meaning of home and place, and the consistent, looming threats of erasure, removal, and cultural whitewashing.”

Born in Mexico, Blanka Amezkua often works with traditional portable materials such as paper and fabric flowers, deconstructing and shaping them into expansive wall based patterns and mosaics, examining the dynamics of cultural erasure and visibility in the process.
Esperanza Cortés explores the historical and cultural mosaic of the Americas and the Caribbean, reworking found objects with painstaking and labor intensive detail to capture cultural symbols that act as sites of memory, implementing the human body as a symbol and expression of vulnerability and power dynamics.

In her work, #Everchangingfacade (2019), Iranian artist Bahareh Khoshooee activates the multifaceted and multidimensional concept of migrant identity formation through Internet sourced and technological fragmentations, filling the gaps of re-imagined self with collaged fictional memories and alternative facts.

Daniela Kostova’s work, Body Without Organs: Bulgarian Bar (2006) is a documentary video which follows the “discovery” of the infamous Bulgarian Bar through the eyes of an immigrant artist in New York City. Kostova interprets the bar and her relationship to it as a place of cultural refuge for a particular immigrant experience, manifested through Gypsy-Punk music.

Cole Lu’s work employs myths and speculative futures to explore exile as the only possible state, in which the body can exist without borders of time, space and autobiography. Beasts, body parts and doors to other dimensions and centuries co-exist to manifest and shape a re-invented, improved fluid existence.

Ana Mendieta’s early and lesser-known video work, Parachute (1973), explores Mendieta’s role as an educator and a facilitator of knowledge and experience. The video presents the idea of imaginative play, human togetherness, and ultimate alienation through the use of a parachute as a gathering device of a student body.

Georgian-born artist Levan Mindiashvili’s window installation celebrates and honors the author James Baldwin and the artist Felix Gonzalez Torres, as significant cultural American catalysts for social change. Referencing Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (1956)—a seminal book in the history of queer literature—the work explores issues of race, colonial history, and class inequality through the lens of an Immigrant living in contemporary USA.

Qinza Najm’s painted figure on carpet, a ubiquitous object in households across much of the Middle East, stretches to fulfill roles and expectations and alternately presents an act of empowerment. The figure expands to dominate the carpet’s area, appearing and disappearing in an uneasy equilibrium with the background, suggesting the multitudes contained within an individual.

Brazilian-born artist Anna Parisi employs carefully sourced materials and historical facts, narratives and folklore to investigate the trauma and experiences of oppressed bodies. Parisi addresses questions of structural racism, white privilege, xenophobia, hegemonies, and colonialism through mixed media works on paper.

Nigerian-born artist daàPò réo boldly tackles the concepts of borders, walls, and restrictions of global migration through a participatory installation in which a hand crafted flag and barbed wire structure welcomes the viewer into the exhibition as an imagined “country.”

Yali Romagoza’s ongoing work The Mistress of Loneliness (2019-) is a sculptural, floor-based video installation which explores notions of migrant isolation, loneliness, longing, and strategies of survival, drawing on an autobiographical experience of migration from Cuba to the US.
Through the works on exhibit and public events, talks, and performances, The Immigrant Artist Biennial expresses ongoing efforts to counter the seemingly dominant paradigms of colonialism, xenophobia, and politically-motivated bigotry to create a common ground and a global community. By uplifting and spotlighting these artists from elsewhere who have chosen to make New York their home, the exhibition is a ray of hope for a future that we can yet create—“here, together!”

Exhibition Events:
Wednesday, September 9th, 6-9 pm: Virtual Opening Reception and Curatorial Walkthrough via Zoom (as a joint event with EFA Studio Program's opening of Freedom is an Act: EFA New Member Exhibition, curated by Natalia Nakazawa)

Friday, September 18th, 4 pm: Performance by Yali Romagoza via IG Live @efaprojectspace

Sunday, October 4th, 4 pm: Performance by Kalaktive collaborative duo (Bahareh Khoshooee & Sareh Imani) via Zoom

Saturday, October 24th, 6 pm: Closing Reception, Catalog Launch & Performances by Levan Mindiashvili and Anna Parisi via Zoom. Presented in conjunction with EFA Open Studios 2020.
For full event details, visit https://www.projectspace-efanyc.org/events.

About the Curator
Katya Grokhovsky was born in Ukraine, raised in Australia and is based in NYC. She is an artist, independent curator, educator and a Founding Artistic Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB). Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts and a BA (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including EFA Studio Program Membership, SVA MFA Art Practice Artist in Residence, Kickstarter Creator in Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Department Artist in Residence, Wythe Hotel Residency, Art and Law Fellowship, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Studios Program, BRICworkspace Residency, Ox-BOW School of Art Residency, Wassaic Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts Associate Artist in Residence, Studios at MASS MoCA, VOX Populi Curatorial Fellowship, NARS Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Watermill Center Residency and more. She has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, ArtSlant 2017 Prize, Asylum Arts Grant, Chashama space to create grant, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and others. She has curated numerous exhibitions and events, including: Art in Odd Places 2018: BODY, Soft Power at Lesley Heller Gallery, She's a Maniac at Kunstraum Gallery, Call of the Wild: Pioneers, Rebels and Heroines at Vox Populi, and more. Her work has been exhibited extensively.

Please visit this link: https://www.projectspace-efanyc.org/reservations?mc_cid=6ef71630e1&mc_eid=a74777bb01
Thank you.



4. Shaun Leonardo, FF Alumn, at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, thru Dec. 22

The Breath of Empty Space
August 26 - December 22, 2020 | MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY | North Adams, MA

January 20 - May 2021 | The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse | Bronx, NY
Through a series of intimate drawings based on images widely disseminated in the press and popular media, and accessed from his own recollection of these tragedies, Leonardo applies the additive nature of drawing — a rigorous visual editing — to explore the reductive nature of memory, powerfully addressing how time and the endless cycling of images in the media affect what we remember, and what we forget. The artist employs material strategies of blurring, removing, die-cut, and mirrored tint to draw attention to information and to reframe content.

Leonardo and MASS MoCA have a long-standing relationship. Leonardo is scheduled to be a featured artist in the Defining Moments exhibition in Kidspace in 2021, and at that time will also organize a social practice project titled You Walk… for a dedicated interactive community space within the museum. In 2018, a number of the works in The Breath of Empty Space were shown at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51, in the exhibition Witness, which Thompson — who is also a professor at MCLA in North Adams — involved her class in organizing. In 2016 at MASS MoCA, Leonardo conducted an artist residency with teens in conjunction with the exhibition Nick Cave: Until, which focused on race and policing.

The exhibition extends the exploration of race and masculinity — and the power structures that form and uphold them — that is at the core of Leonardo’s practice. Created between 2014 and 2019, this series asks viewers to confront uncomfortable images in order to bear witness to and recall the names, bodies, and lives of those depicted, from Rodney King and the “Central Park Five” to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Stephon Clark, and beyond.

“For these drawings, I take some of the most widely disseminated images of police violence, both recent and historical, and make choices that I think will slow down our looking,” Leonardo said. “I wish to literally create space in these images, so that we can sit with them differently, even in the hurt. I am intentionally removing or isolating details in order to point to the absence of lives lost and to critical information that would otherwise go overlooked. Ultimately, I want to turn people’s looking into bearing witness.”

The works in this exhibition offer but a few instances of violence. Just months since its debut at MICA in January 2020, the United States has witnessed the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and many more. In this environment of systemic violence against Black and Brown bodies, Leonardo continues to encourage us to engage in complex dialogues around race, representation, and the power of art, with the belief that art, and thoughtful conversation about it, can inspire change.



5. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo, FF Alumn, online Sept. 1

Edge Zones
Events Residency Studio
Miami Performance Festival International '20 (M/P ’20)
Curated by Charo Oquet

The 9th Edition of Miami Performance Festival International ‘20” (M/P ’20) will take place through virtual live streaming @MiamiPerformanceInternational.Festiva and virtual platform this year focusing of the critical state of the Earth now coincides with the coronavirus pandemic, proving core questions of the ecological crisis, inequality, income inequality and racist politic we are witnessing. This situation requires a new global earthly politics, which also implies new policies for performances and festival.

Hence, the live M/P’20 will take place on Miami Beach produced by Edge Zones and will be published in a digital performance platform and thus be connected to a non-local event field in real and virtual spaces. A three-day Streaming-Festival with a program consisting of live performances and the virtual space, as well as interviews and talks, will open the festival starting on September 1, 2020 culminating with a week of live streaming performances September 9-11, 2020 with a series of live and video curated performances with local Miami artists at Faena Forum, Miami Beach, FL locations each day from 9 P.M. to 10:00 PM . In this multidimensional, multichannel communication the aim is to turn receivers into active transmitters and inviting submissions of performance from all over to the @MiamiPerformanceInternational.Festiva. The exhibition will become an echo chamber, a resonating space of symbiotic forms of communication—a response to the symbiotic planet. The recognition that life on Earth arises and endures through the symbiosis of all life forms also demands new modes of communication.

Participating Artists:

Greg Alvarez | Jenna Balfe | Cookie and daWine | Dreamon | Sonia Hernandez-Baez | Jose Garza | Jan & Dave | Kunstwaffen | Male Model | Charo Oquet | Rafael Vargas Bernard | Eliu Almonte (Spain/Dom. Rep.) | Alina Labour (Dom. Rep) | Anna Recasens, Laia Solé, and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo (Spain, USA) | Seiko Kitayama (Japan) | Cristina Savage - Spain | Alexia Miranda - El Salvador | Salomé Cosmique - Colombia /US| Alexei Tellerias - (Dom. Rep) |Shanti Lalita (Puerto Rico) | Bartolomé Ferrando (Spain) | UOM | Three-Brained Robot | Gustavo Alvarez - Mex | Alba Soto - Spain | Rushad Eggleston | Krzysztof Dziemaszkiewicz - Poland/Berlin | Paperwater | Alba Soto (Spain) | Glaem Parls - Dom. Rep. | Randy Burman | Yeifri Ramirez Ramirez - Dom. Rep. | Kim Keever | Alette Simmons-Jimenez | Elvin Díaz - Dom. Rep. | Connor Bonvillain and João Felipe da Fraga - Brazil | Eugenia Chellet - Mexico | Eli Neira - Chile | Richard Vergez | House Pencil Green | Beltrán i Janés - Spain) | Claudio Marcotulli | Cecilia Stelini (Brazil) | Sandra L. Portal-Andreu | Johan Mijail - Dom. Rep. | Inpar - Chile | Fenix - Chile | Anna Steller -Poland | Abril Troncoso - Dom. Rep. | Analía Beltrán i Janés y Pedro Déniz | Lee Campbell - UK | Maricarmen Rodriguez - Dom. Rep.|

For more info:
Please contact Charo Oquet
(305) 303-8852

Edge Zones has a 23-year history of supporting artistic practices in the public domain. EZ produces events located specifically and contextually in Miami and the Caribbean region through participatory processes. With Miami Performance International Festival, EZ will seek to establish a new network of public engagement in Miami and Miami Beach.

EZ is a platform for cultural production, artists and volunteer-run contemporary arts non-profit dedicated to the research, conceptualization and execution of events that strengthen the contemporary art environment in Miami. EZ seeks to make contemporary art accessible, to engage audiences and to create a focal point for international research and awareness.

M/P’20 is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural
Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council and Faena Art.



6. Colette Lumiere, FF Alumn, in White Hot Magazine, now online

Please visit this link:

https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/pictures-from-pandemic-colette/4689?fbclid=IwAR0hmXUuzYVmu9AJ0ubUgJv_Ftcu-VCBOHvhAO8fo08L-k-Go2bjE5_qu-U Thank you.

Thank you.



7. Cyrilla Mozenter, FF Member, in Happening Magazine, now online

I am pleased that Anne Murray has written a new article about my work for the European online Happening Media Magazine.

Please visit this link:


Thank you. Cyrilla Mozenter



8. Cindy Sherman, FF Member, at Metro Pictures, Manhattan, opening Sept. 26, and online

For her latest body of work, Cindy Sherman has transformed herself into an extraordinary cast of androgynous characters, expanding her career-long investigation into the construction of identity and the nature of representation. The enigmatic figures pictured in the ten new photographs on view are dressed primarily in men’s designer clothing and are posed gallantly in front of digitally manipulated backgrounds composed from photographs Sherman took while traveling through Bavaria, Shanghai, and Sissinghurst (England). Each character draws the viewer in with their unique style, immediate eye contact and steely gaze.

Renowned for her depictions of female stereotypes, Sherman has played with masculinity and gender expression before. In a series referred to as "Doctor and Nurse,” Sherman became both a male and female character, embodying stereotypical mid-century professional archetypes. In the “History Portrait” series, Sherman became both male aristocrats and clergymen. In her more recent clown series, the artist donned layers of face paint and shapeless costumes, eliminating the question of gender for many of the characters.

One of the most influential artists of her generation, Cindy Sherman will be the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris that runs from September 23 through January 3, 2021, following major retrospective exhibitions in 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her 2012 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional recent exhibitions include Fosun Foundation, Shanghai; the inaugural exhibition at the Broad Museum, Los Angeles; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; and Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo. Sherman has participated in four Venice Biennales, co-curating a section at the 55th exhibition in 2013. Her work has been included in five iterations of the Whitney Biennial, two Biennales of Sydney, and the 1983 Documenta. She is the recipient of the 2020 Wolf Prize in Arts and has also been awarded the Praemium Imperiale, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

An online viewing room will accompany the gallery presentation. Appointments to see the exhibition in person will be available on our website shortly. For more information, please visit metropictures.com.

For press inquiries, please contact Christine McMonagle at christine@metropictures.com.
Connect with us on Instagram @metro_pictures.



9. Christy Gast, FF Alumn, at the New Museum, Manhattan, online Sept. 1

Christy Gast (1999) with Ensayos presents Act I of their experimental ecofeminist drama Cucú and Her Fishes online as part of a summer residency with the New Museum. Ensayos' bilingual play Cucú and Her Fishes will screen on September 1, 2020 at 6AM, 2PM, and 8PM ET. The 2PM screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ensayos cast members. This is the culminating event of our summer virtual residency at the New Museum!

The play will stream at this link: https://www.newmuseum.org/calendar/view/1666/cucu-and-her-fishes-1

Please visit: www.christygast.com and www.ensayostierradelfuego.net Thank you.



10. Priscilla Stadler, FF Member, now online

Hello, All –

I hope you’re finding meaningful ways to navigate these turbulent times. Just wanted to invite you to check out some of my current artwork, events, and projects:

USPS Art Project!
An innovative way to support the U.S. Postal Service (which needs all the help it can get) and collaborate with other creative people, started by artist Christina Massey. Three artist friends and I (Pamela Turczyn, Barbara Lubliner, and Eduardo Adam-Rabel) each sent a partial work for the other to complete. Four of these six collaborations are being shown at the USPS Art Project exhibition at Pelham Art Center ( https://e.givesmart.com/events/e5z/ for the online catalogue see #42, #101, #142, and #147) through Aug. 31. Two more will be included for the upcoming exhibition at Ely Center of Contemporary Art in Hamden, CT from September 13 To November 1, 2020. All the work is viewable online and available for sale.

One of the pieces artist Barbara Lubliner and I collaborated on for USPS Art Project was featured on artnet.com and Vasari 21!

During the past months my fascination (obsession?) with the symbiotic relationship between fungi and trees has deepened. Trees and underground connective fungal networks are now a prominent theme in both my studio work (the Rooted drawings https://www.priscillastadler.com/rooted ), and in my participatory community engagement work (The PoeTREE/A Tree I Love https://www.priscillastadler.com/thepoetree ).

Best wishes,



11. Susan Bee, FF Alumn, at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, opening Sept. 12

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce that it will be reopening its physical gallery at 155 Plymouth Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn on September 12, 2020 with exhibitions by A.I.R. New York Artist Susan Bee, Alumni Artist Ivy Dachman, and 2019-2020 Fellow Crys Yin. We are very excited to welcome you back into the space!

In keeping with city health advisories and in the interest of the safety of our staff and public, A.I.R. will be taking extra precautions to ensure that we are following contact tracing practices and minimizing transmission possibilities.

The gallery will be open by appointment Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm to 6PM daily. Appointments can be made through A.I.R. Gallery's See Saw page. The gallery will be open to a capacity of 8 people at a time. We will do everything we can to accommodate walk-in visitors—however, if the gallery is at capacity, we may ask that visitors book an appointment and return later.

We require that all visitors please wear face masks at the gallery. We will supply all visitors with hand sanitizer.

We're looking forward to seeing you soon! Please feel free to reach out to info@airgallery.org with any questions. And read more about our upcoming exhibitions below!



12. Carey Lovelace, FF Member, at CalArts, Santa Clarita, CA

CalArts and the Exploding Counterculture

Hippies erected a Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome in the courtyard. Long-haired faculty from the fringes of the avant-garde signed memos, “I embrace you!” There were classes in “alternate states of consciousness” and, rather than grades, experience reports that could be a poem or even a pot. Alan Ginsberg floated through in white robes, playing his sruti box, wrapped in the scent of marijuana; Allan Kaprow organized Happenings where an ice cube was passed mouth to mouth; Ravi Shankar played sitar in the Burbank quad of the decommissioned Catholic girls’ school, the school’s first home.

It was 1970, and the counterculture was exploding. In that first year, California Institute of the Arts brought together an array of rebels and anarchists, with an inevitable tension between The Revolution and an accredited degree-granting, admission-charging institution.

Experimentation runs deep in CalArts’ DNA. Animator, producer and theme-park inventor Walt Disney had the novel vision of bringing all arts under one roof. When the Imagineer Extraordinaire died in 1966, his heirs, trying to bring “Walt’s dream” into fruition, hired East Coast educators with rising reputations, Robert Corrigan and his provost, Herb Blau, to assemble a well-funded institute just northeast of Los Angeles. However, buoyed by late 1960s hubris, the two had their own dream: a community full of revolutionary synergy, like legendary art centers Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. At the same time, the counterculture had its own radical dreams: that free love and thought would blossom once the Establishment blew up.

Education would be reinvented! Meanwhile, art was dematerializing—in an anti-capitalist spirit, to pure concept, creating Polaroids and scraps of paper you couldn’t “sell.” Painting had been declared dead; conceptualist John Baldessari taught post-studio art, handing students a list of actions to execute. Everything had to be rethought. The harmonic system in Western music was corrupt: Nazis loved music, and it certainly hadn’t improved them. Electronic music embraced technology; world music from around the globe—Ghana, South and North India—would bring people together. And cinema was “expanding” into something called video art.
Beneath it all was the belief and the hope that art, taking risks, can transform society. Students were invited to constantly break rules. Authenticity over authority. CalArts struggled mightily between institutional needs and radical innovation—it still does. But there remains an openness that provides entry to all sorts of possibilities. Today when artists are much more directly engaged with civic issues, CalArts is perfectly positioned to draw from this DNA to take on a marriage of art and future-looking innovations.

-Carey Lovelace (BFA Music, 1975)

Educational Centers as Incubators for World-Changing Movements

CalArts was inspired by the visionary Bauhaus and Black Mountain College, charismatic locales legendary not just as sites for daring and experimental teaching, but where artist-faculty cross-pollinations advanced society forward.

Just as European modernism coalesced around the Bauhaus, Black Mountain was a melting pot for John Cage-influenced life-as-art approaches, visionary trends that promoted, as Holland Cotter put it, “the dream of art as a lived condition rather than a hoarded possession.” A small, shifting faculty included Buckminster Fuller, Robert Motherwell, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Olson, and Merce Cunningham among many others, and students included Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Sue Weil, Dorothea Rockburne, Ruth Asawa, to name a few.

Similarly, CalArts sought to create a vibrant, anarchic community, including the cream of Fluxus—Happenings inventor Kaprow, Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, Emmet Williams, Allison Knowles, choreographer Simone Forti, composer James Tenney—as well as conceptual artists Baldessari, Doug Huebler, and Wolfgang Stoehle, and many others, fostering an anarchy-riven climate that produced another social turning point with its dizzyingly diverse list of celebrated students. Arguably ushering in Post-Modernism, Pictures Generation and Feminist artists were followed, in later years, by such photographers as Carrie Mae Weems, painters as Mark Bradford, installation artists as Mike Kelly, and film directors as Tim Burton.

More About CalArts and its Inspirations:
A Community of Artists: Radical Pedagogy at CalArts, 1969-1972 by Janet Sarbanes
Womanhouse. Judy Chicago; Miriam Schapiro; California Institute of the Arts Feminist Art Program, 1972.
“A Very Unusual School”: Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Today by Diana C. Stoll
The Bauhaus’ Most Iconic Designs, Explained by Milly Burroughs



13. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, online Sept. 25

Save the date
Friday September 25th
8:00pm EST
(approx 45 min)

for "Tell Me a Story: A City Lore Salon with Annie Lanzillotto"

Live on Zoom



14. Ann Rosen, FF Alumn, at FiveMyles, Brooklyn, opening Sept. 12


Being Seen
Photographs by Ann Rosen
On view: Sept. 5 - Oct. 4, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12, 4-8pm

We are making exhibition viewing safe for our public by disinfecting our space regularly.

A maximum of 10 people can enter the main gallery at one time, and no more than 3 people can be together in the Plus/Space.

Please wear a mask inside the gallery!

We also document and make the exhibitions accessible on our website and continue our online programming.



15. Sarah H. Paulson, FF Alumn, online Sept. 8

Dear Friends,

A short video of "Witness," a 2-day private performance recorded on Zoom during Covid-19 quarantine will be premiered on September 8th in the 22nd International Multimedia Festival.

More info and photos of "Witness":

The full video program will be presented from September 4th to 9th, every evening from 7pm Central European Time.
Videos have already been uploaded to YouTube, but the start of viewing is scheduled according to the program.

The program on the IMAF festival website:

The program can also be watched on the YouTube channel:

IMAF 2020 festival participants live, online, and live stream performances:
Alexandra Holownia (Poland-Germany)
Amy Guilfoyle (Ireland)
Anita Cheng (Hong Kong-China)
Artur Tajber (Poland)
Calum Eccleston (UK)
Craphone Liu (Taiwan)
Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith (Germany) & Vincenzo Fiore Marrese (Italy)
Dimple B, Shah (India)
Edwin Jimeno (Colombia)
Eva Dabara (Israel)
Fausto Grossi (Italy-Spain)
Heather Warren-Crow (USA)
Hortense Gauthier (France)
Ileana Gherghina (Romania)
Irena Paskali (Northern Macedonia-Germany)
Izabela Brudkiewicz (UK)
Janusz Plota (Poland)
Lavoslava Benčić (Slovenia) & Marcello Lussana (Italy)
Lorenzo Papanti (Italy)
Makoto Maruyama (Japan)
Maura Prosperi (Italy)
Nenad Bogdanovic (Serbia)
Nitesh Kushwaha (India)
OPEN ACTION - John G. Boehme, Madeleine Elia, Brenda Petays, Judith Price, Grace Salez, Jayne Storey (Canada)
Paloma Orts (Spain)
Ras Sankara (Togo)
Ruth Vigueras Bravo (Mexico)
Sanskar Verma (India)
Sarah H. Paulson (USA)
Satadru Sovan (India)
Seiko Kitayama (Japan)
Sofia Vera (Mexico) & Makame Orozco (Mexico)
Spike Mclarrity (UK)
Stephanie Hanna (Germany)
Syporca Whandal (Hungary)
Vaishak Raj (India)
Valeria Barbas (Moldova-Romania)
WWW Johannes Deimling (Germany)

"For the first time, in the organization of the International Multimedia Art Festival - IMAF, there is an unexpected change in the very concept of presentation and creation of works. The IMAF festival is a manifestation known for the works of artists whose works were created live, during the realization of multi-day programs. After twenty-one years, the IMAF festival is facing an insurmountable obstacle, an obstacle in the form of emergency measures throughout the country, adopted to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This year's IMAF festival, the 22nd in a row, is embarking on a new adventure, going into the realm of virtual reality. The entire program of this year's festival, on September 4th, 5th and 6th, will be presented online. We hope that this unwanted transformation will bring some new quality, by digitizing the body and spirit, in the unexplored spaces of the virtuality of social networks."

Thank you!

Sarah H. Paulson



16. Brendan Fernandes, FF Alumn, at Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, now online thru Sept. 1

Dear Friends!

I am excited to tell you about a new online opportunity to share my work while we continue to social distance. In partnership with the Getty Museum, LA, my new work, Free Fall, for Camera will be streaming at getty.edu/everpresent.

Starting Friday, August 28 at 8 a.m. PDT and running until Tuesday, September 1 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, a new video work and a conversation between myself and Joshua Chambers-Letson will be available on demand.

In Free Fall, for Camera a cast of dancers create kaleidoscopic moments that serve as remembrances of the lives lost in the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub, Orlando, FL. The film evolved from elements in Free Fall 49, a performance previously presented at the Getty in June 2017. This work has been long in development, and I am honoured to have a new platform with the Getty to share it with you.

Feel free to pre-register at getty.edu/freefall to receive a link and notification as soon as the work and conversation is available.

As always, wishing you well, stay safe and hoping our paths cross again soon!



17. Paul Zelevansky, FF Alumn, now online

To the Great Blankness mailing list: I don’t mind borrowing from Beethoven, or from Art Tatum, or from Duke Ellington, or Ravel. That’s fine. And, I don’t think we just start here, we’re a continuation of a lot of things." (Johnny Costa) Hoping you are well! Here’s another walk upstairs...

Please visit this link: http://greatblankness.com/portfolio-items/7-make-a-right-turn/ and http://greatblankness.com/portfolio-gallery/make-a-right-turn-at-the-old-man/ Thank you.



18. John Baldessari, Marian Goodman, Robert C. Morgan, Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumns, in Whitehot Magazine, now online

Barbara Rosenthal's Column A CRACK IN THE SIDEWALK appears in Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art" this month, entitled Appropriate and Inappropriate Appropriation Art: Inspiration, Confluence or Rip-off: https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/inspiration-confluence-or-rip-off/4691

One of Rosenthal's Surreal to Conceptual Photo Collages illustrating the article will be on exhibit at Denise Bibro Fine Art September 24 - Octobert 10, and is currently among the Bibro Artsy offerings: https://www.artsy.net/artist/barbara-rosenthal

The following people and places are mentioned in the article:
Chelsea Hotel
Pool Art Fair
Scotto Mycklebust
Roger Denson
Fountain Art Fair
John Baldessari
Marian Goodman
Robert C. Morgan
Ryan Cadrette
Carlo Lamagna
Center for Book Arts
Philippa Hawker
The Sydney Morning Herald
Denise Bibro Fine Art
Cover Magazine
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Katie Peyton
Undercurrent Projects
Saatchi Art
Bob Dombrowski
The Chatanoogan
Duane Michals
Arthur Tress
Michael Martone
Anais Nin
Dr. Otto Rank
Dooley LeCappellaine
Sherrie Levine
Edward Weston
Allan McCollum
Friedrich Petzel Gallery
NY Arts
Morris Louis
Ken Noland
Clement Greenberg
Helen Frankenthaler
Barbara Rosenthal



19. Eric Bogosian, Jeff McMahon, FF Alumns, now online

Please visit these links: https://onscreen.thekitchen.org/media/eric-bogosian-and-tina-satter-in-conversation

Social Distances (camera-close): six short pieces Jeff McMahon wrote/directed with current/former students and premiered Dixon Place (virtual NYC July 2020) are now online at https://vimeo.com/showcase/7444491

Thank you:



20. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, at Galerie Richard, Paris France, opening Sept. 5

Orlando and the Tempest

Opening Saturday September 5, from 5 to 8 pm

September 5 - October 21, 2020




Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller