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Contents for September 8, 2020

Weekly Spotlight: Alyson Pou, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/326905468

Alyson Pou’s “The Garden; The Fall; The Tea Party,” questions the juxtaposition of movement and isolation. Through image, text, dialogue, dance, movement and more, Pou captures the feeling of loneliness and the impact of violence in her performance invoking the senses and sadnesses of her fellow performers. A collage of snippets, this 9-minute video showcases footage of “The Garden; The Fall; The Tea Party,” performed at Franklin Furnace on January 22, 1987. Pou invites her audience to consider the complexity of one’s actions and how the ways we move reflect our perceptions of the world. (Text by Zaria George).

Please visit this link https://vimeo.com/326905468 Thank you.



1. Alva Rogers, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/430190331

Weeping Mary was composed by Matthew Petty after spending time in Weeping Mary, TX and meeting the eldest descendants of those freed slaves whose land was stolen. Mr. Petty asked me to record the song in his studio while we were Lucas Artist Fellows at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. It was recorded in 2018 and today we can feel the profound resonance for the times in which we are living. It is time to be shared. Listen, weep, mourn, love, and keep moving. Alva Rogers, 4 June 2020

Please visit this link: https://vimeo.com/430190331 Thank you.



2. Xaviera Simmons, FF Alumn, at Socrates Sculpture Park, now online


Artist Xaviera Simmons' powerful three-part monument, The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause, is now on view at the Park as part of the MONUMENTS NOW
Exhibition. https://socratessculpturepark.org/monuments-now/

Simmons' installation considers, among many layers of conceptual and formal intent, the history and future of reparations for descendants of American chattel slavery. Learn more about her thoughts and artistic process in conversation with Socrates' Curator, Jess Wilcox, on Thursday, September 10 at 5pm EST via Zoom or Facebook Live.

Please visit: https://socratessculpturepark.org/artist/xaviera-simmons/ Thank you.



2. Francesc Torres, FF Alumn, at Center for Galician Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, thru Jan. 10, 2021

Francesc Torres exhibition at CGAC (Center for Galician Contemporary Art) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain is on display until January 10, 2021.

Please visit this link: https://hyperallergic.com/583562/evoking-the-messiness-of-memory-with-the-oceans-tide/?utm_campaign=Daily&utm_content=20200831&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Hyperallergic%20Newsletter Thank you.



4. Edward M. Gómez, in Hyperallergic, online now at https://bit.ly/3hKmcLo

Dear art lovers and media colleagues:

My article about an exhibition of drawings made by the American self-taught artist Frank Jones (1900-1969), which are rarely seen in quantity, has been published in HYPERALLERGIC. The current show is on view at Shrine, a gallery in New York City's Lower East Side district, near the border with Chinatown. The exhibition remains on view through September 13, 2020. Nine of Jones's remarkable drawings are on display at Shrine.

Jones, an African American who was born in rural, northeastern Texas, near Oklahoma, created his unusual drawings while serving a sentence at the state penitentiary in Hunstville, Texas, north of Houston, for a murder he claimed he had not committed.

Jones was born with a caul: part of the fetal membrane covered his left eye. In the society in which he grew up, it was believed that such children were "double-sighted" and could communicate with the spirit world. Throughout his life, Jones claimed that he could see supernatural beings — animated objects, animal-like creatures, demons — which he called “haints” (“haunts”), “devils,” or “haint devils.”
In the 1960s, as an inmate, he began making drawings on found scraps of paper with the stubs of blue-and-red accountants’ pencils. In them, he developed his “devils’ houses” motif — wiry-looking structures depicted in cross-section, in which his omnipresent, horned, bird-like “haints” resided. By depicting the demons he claimed to be able to see, Jones gave visible form to his spirit sightings and also contained or curtailed what he perceived to be their mischievous, potentially harmful powers.
With their fantasy architecture, rich patterning, and mysterious auras, Jones's drawings have become highly sought after by collectors. Shrine's current exhibition offers an opportunity to examine his art up close and, relatively speaking, in depth.
You can find my magazine article here:


I hope you'll enjoy reading it.

With best wishes...




5. Jody Oberfelder, FF Alumn, at Espacio Gallery, London, UK, thru Sept. 20 and more

Three of my films: X and O, Back Float Drift and Having a Ball During Covid will be shown at the *Espacio Gallery
In a show presented by Degrees of Freedom, curated by Ahmed Farooqui
159 Bethnel Green Road London UK September 7-20


I will have Screen. Dance. Window., presented at 4CoP Fourth Congress of Psychogeography up on my website after September 6 at www.jodyoberfelder.com



6. Chloë Bass, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, now online

Please visit this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/arts/design/chloe-bass-studio-museum-in-harlem.html Thank you!



7. Susan Mogul, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/445314681

Part Bio, part memoir, Susan Mogul’s “Mom’s Move” is an intergenerational film about mothers and daughters, women and photography, remembering and forgetting, and the tension between women’s private and public selves. Rhoda Mogul passed away this Spring and we present the video in collaboration with the artist in memoriam.

This special limited screening of Mom’s Move is available through September 2020, with support of the artist and Video Data bank. Learn about the video and Susan Mogul’s work in Kristina Newhouse’s review in the issue of Susan Mogul’s recent exhibitions in Los Angeles, “A Feminist Survival Index.”

Please visit this link: https://vimeo.com/445314681 Thank you.



8. Jonathan Berger, FF Alumn, at Participant Inc, Manhattan, Sept. 9 thru Oct. 11

Jonathan Berger, An Introduction to Nameless Love
September 9–October 11, 2020
Appointments are required: https://appointments.seesawmap.com/book/21664/
Wednesday–Sunday, noon–7pm

View the exhibition online: http://participantinc.org/seasons/season-18/an-introduction-to-nameless-love

In collaboration with Mady Schutzman, Emily Anderson, Tina Beebe, Julian Bittiner, Matthew Brannon, Barbara Fahs Charles, Brother Arnold Hadd, Erica Heilman, Esther Kaplan, Margaret Morton, Richard Ogust, Maria A. Prado, Robert Staples, Michael Stipe, Mark Utter, Michael Wiener, and Sara Workneh

Jonathan Berger, An Introduction to Nameless Love takes the form of a large-scale sculptural installation that includes over 533,000 tin, nickel, and charcoal parts, Berger’s exhibition chronicles a series of remarkable relationships, creating a platform for complex stories about love to be told. The exhibition draws from Berger’s expansive practice, which comprises a spectrum of activity — brought together here for the first time — including experimental approaches to non-fiction, sculpture and installation, oral history and biography-based narratives, and exhibition-making practices.

Co-organized by Participant Inc and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University.

Health & safety protocols:
Appointments are required and are limited to two people, and require contact information for tracing purposes. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, all visitors and staff members must wear a mask at all times, use available hand sanitizer and temperature check upon entry, and practice social distancing. We ask that you do not visit if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive in the past 14 days.

Access info:
Participant is located at 253 East Houston Street on the Lower East Side, between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets. The closest trains are the F (2nd Ave) and the J/M/Z (Essex/Delancey); the closest wheelchair accessible stop is the 4/6 (Bleecker/Lafayette). The entry is on grade and the gallery is barrier free throughout. Service animals are welcome.



9. Marina Abramović, FF Alumn, streaming online thru Oct. 7

7 Deaths of Maria Callas
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany

The Bayerische Staatsoper opened their 2020–2021 season with Marina Abramović's opera 7 Deaths of Maria Callas. The presentation will be available on demand from September 7 - October 7, 2020.

7 Deaths of Maria Callas is a continuation of Marina Abramović’s lifelong meditation on the female body as a source of both power and pain. In this performance, Abramović turns her focus to renowned opera singer Maria Callas, whose stunning soprano voice captivated audiences around the world in the mid-20th century. Through a mix of narrative opera and film, Abramović recreates seven iconic death scenes from the American-born Greek singer’s most important roles—in La Traviata, Tosca, Otello, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor and Norma—followed by an interpretive recreation of Callas’ own death performed onstage by Abramović herself.

see a lot of myself in Callas,” Abramović said. “We’re both Sagittarius, we’re both intensely emotional, but fragile at the same time. I almost encountered a similar fate,” she added, saying that Callas died from a broken heart. “The difference [is that] my work saved me,” Abramović says that the opera work is about female empowerment. “I wanted to show the strength and perseverance that a woman can have,” she said. “Not all heartbreak ends in tragedy. I believe in hope.”




10. Maya Ciarrocchi, FF Alumn,
Art Off-Screen, Suttons Bay, Michigan, thru Sept. 14

I am happily participating in Art Off-Screen, an international exhibition, organized by Eileen Jeng Lynch, of artwork and performances in outward-facing locations around the globe. In response to pause orders during the pandemic, Art Off-Screen showcases works that can be viewed from the outside by the community, providing access to art beyond a computer screen —inspiring creativity, amplifying voices, encouraging change, and sharing messages of hope and healing. Employing a variety of mediums and sites, artists create new work and/or explore new directions as well as ways of how their art is seen or experienced. Artists address issues surrounding the pandemic, racial violence, social injustice, climate change as well as reflections on their artistic practices, among other topics.

The work will be on view through September 14, 2020 in Suttons Bay, Michigan.
20% of proceeds of sales will go to The Loveland Foundation. https://thelovelandfoundation.org/

More information about this work and Art Off-Screen: https://neumeraki.com/art-offscreen-maya-ciarrocchi

Please join us for an artist talk on Thursday, September 10th from 5:30-7pm EST.
Registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/750141525551281

Collar Works 2020 Flat Files

I am pleased to have two prints selected for Collar Works 2020 Flat Files. Collar Works’ Flat File aims to exhibit a range of diverse, two-dimensional works by emerging and underrepresented artists. The mission of the program is to promote selected artists’ work, create a space for affordable art, enhance current exhibition opportunities, and expand + enrich the Collar Works community. All works featured are sized 16”x20” or below and priced under $450. Individual works from the Flat File will be selectively highlighted throughout the year in the gallery, and online. Gallery visitors will be able to view and purchase works in the Collar Works Flat File Program on an ongoing basis. The 2020-2021 program will run for one full year, from September 2020 through August 2021.

Collar Works Flat File is on view in the gallery or online: http://collarworks.org/flat-files
This year's Flat Files were curated by Jessica Cannon of Far x Wide: https://farbywide.com/
25% of all Flat Files Sales will be donated to Soul Fire Farm, a BIPOC-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. https://www.soulfirefarm.org

Bound Up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Smack Mellon
This October I am thrilled to be included in Bound Up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, a group exhibition curated by Rachel Gugelberger at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY.
I have two large scale drawings of Murderous Women in the show and on October 17th from 2-6pm, I am organizing a performance of A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, a multilingual reading by multiple performers of the United States Constitution. This event is participatory so I hope you will join us!
More details about the exhibition and the performance are forthcoming.



11. Elise Engler, Judy Glantzman, Elana Herzog, Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler, Jenny Polak, James Siena, Judith Simonian, Michael Smith, Lawrence Weiner, Charles Yuen, FF Alumns, at Pierogi, now online thru Oct. 1

In 2018, together with you, we raised $20,000+ for Swing Left to direct toward the mid-term elections to turn the House blue! In 2004, Pierogi and Mike Ballou undertook the first POWER Ts campaign selling artist-designed T-shirts, raising nearly $30,000 for Democrats. We’re bringing it back once again with Lisa Gold and we’re ready to raise even more for the 2020 presidential election. (Scroll down for full press release.)
T-shirts, Tote Bags, and Face Masks will be available.Purchasers will be able to choose from among three organizations to direct their proceeds:

Swing Left, ACLU (Protect the Vote), and Black Lives Matter* (*these donations go through ActBlue)
Order here
(Click desired item to purchase, and specify artist’s design and shirt size on the next page).

There will 100+ artist designs. You pick the art, your item, and size (for Ts). All are to be picked up at Pierogi (curbside pick up available) and, unfortunately, cannot be shipped. (First pick up date will be September 19, then weekly through October 17) T-shirts are $45. Each. Tote Bags are $45. Each Face Masks are $20 each. The T-shirts are soft 100% cotton, made in the USA.
(T-shirt size chart here https://pierogi2000.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3e580c37e331fad14b3fe68d0&id=fcff4eb91a&e=a12259fcdf%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank)

The Tote Bags are heavy duty, 100% cotton (13.75″ H x 14.75″ W with a 3.75″ bottom gusset and 12″ high straps). The Face Masks are 100% US three-ply cotton with filter pocket and all around binding (non-medical grade). Each order is printed upon demand.

Press Release
Power T’s Fundraiser (and Totes and Masks)

Two years ago, before the 2018 mid-term elections, Lisa Gold, Mike Ballou, and Pierogi organized a Power Ts event to raise money to help take back control of the House and regain a sense of hope from the downward spiral that the current administration was taking us. We asked artists to do what they do best: to create artwork that spoke to the moment. We set up a website and installed an exhibition of the works at Pierogi where people could choose an artwork to be printed on T-shirts and tote bags. Together we raised more than $20,000, which was donated to Swing Left to target specific candidates and locations to turn the House blue!

We’re bringing Power T’s back once again for the November elections and we’re ready to raise even more to help make it a full sweep. Late August through September 2020, we will post available artworks on the Pierogi website. These will be offered on T-shirts, tote bags, as well as facemasks this time because, well, you know why. Unfortunately, this year we won't be able to hold an opening reception where the Ts and other items are produced on demand in the sweat scented gallery. All orders can be purchased online, by phone, or at the gallery, and will be available for either pick up inside the gallery or curbside, from mid- through mid-October (exact dates to be announced). T-shirts and tote bags will be $45 each and facemasks $20 each. Buyers can choose from three organizations to direct their funds: Swing Left, ACLU Protect the Vote, and Black Lives Matter* (*these funds go through ActBlue).

We will have 100+ artworks to choose from and we will also have some of the original artworks for sale, as indicated on the site. As we stated in our letter to the artists—“We need you and your country needs you.” I think the same can be said to the people selecting from these artists’ creations.



12. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, now online

If you missed the world crushing premier last Sunday, you can rent the Weirdo Night special on demand!
Rent me: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/zebulonweirdonight1

Extra special beautifully shot film computer TV movie fully produced and edited classy fancy special!

with performances by BLASIA DISCOTECA, SMILING BETH, PATTI HARRISON with SASAMI and VAGABON, and too much DYNASTY HANDBAG - SARAH SQUIRM, MORGAN BASSICHIS and HEDIA MARON will be joining us by hi-qual video arts! Directed by Mariah Garnett Shot on location at Zebulon. https://www.instagram.com/zebulonla/

Your generous ticket purchase goes directly to supporting the artists in the show and our beloved club Zebulon that puts on Weirdo Night. FRANK YOU!



13. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, artist talk, online Sept. 12

LIVE on Zoom Webinar: https://youtu.be/w9mZefh4pbI
Saturday, September 12
2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

This panel explores how creative experimentation with EEG technology has inspired new approaches to making sense of affective communication, body-mind relations, and consciousness. It brings together foremost representatives of visual art, music, new media, and cognitive neuroscience who have pioneered the use of biofeedback in art and revealed how entwined people are in physical and social relations that may elude their awareness. The panel investigates the agency of artists, scientists, and participants in choreographing states of mental and bodily attunement through interaction with visual and acoustic environments shaped by oscillating brain rhythms. It looks into the role of aesthetics and collaborative experimentation in interdisciplinary inquiries into the workings of the embodied mind.

At a time of increased social distancing, the panel sets out to examine if consciousness of neural and bodily entanglement can generate mindfulness by undermining egocentric models of understanding our interaction with the world. It also asks if such connections can be established even when participants are not found in close proximity or have no prior acquaintance. Last but not least, it invites brainstorming on the ecology of invisible entanglements and means of enacting change in a complex field of social relations.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Please use




14. Amy Khoshbin, Karen Finley, FF Alumns, online Oct. 1, and more

Civic engagement series

Thursday, October 1, 2020 Online at 7:00PM Organized by Amy Khoshbin, Pratt’s Civic Engagement Fellow in partnership with Pratt’s Public Programs, co-hosted by Artist Karen Finley with participants from City Council Candidates: Chi Ossé, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Walk the Walk: Anoka + Mishi Faruqee, Plan Your Vote: Christine Messineo, Artists 4 Democracy
Creative Strategies + Abolitionist Frameworks in Electoral Politics on Thursday, October 22, Online at 7:00PM
Healing, Mutual Aid, Moving Forward on Thursday, November 12, Online at 7:00PM

For more information and event link visit here: www.pratt.edu/civicseries



15. Patricia Miranda, FF Alumn, at ODETTA Gallery, thru Sept. 27

Patricia Miranda Artist Talk
Seeing RED
ODETTA Gallery
Tuesday September 8, 6pm
Zoom link for Sept 8:

Exhibition on view August 26 - September 27, by appt.

Please join me for an informal talk about the exhibition. I'm also happy to meet you at the gallery anytime for a masked tour. Social distancing is required.

See more about this and other work at my website www.patriciamiranda.com
Email for an appointment to visit the exhibition.

I am excited to talk with the artists of the London Calling Collective on September 15 about the Radical Women exhibition that I guest curated for ODETTA. We will talk about the art in the exhibit, collectivity, and artist families during a pandemic. Zoom link for September 15.

London Calling Collective: Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, Jo Yarrington.

Both events will be recorded in case you are unable to join live.

ODETTA is located at
64 West 127th Street, #1, New York, NY 10027

I am honored by the thoughtful essay on my work, written by the inimitable Jason Stopa, for the exhibition catalog.

Download a free PDF of this beautiful catalog - designed by Patricia Fabricant.

Available print on demand soon.

Please visit this link: https://patriciamiranda.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=676c4c6344d5a1322ad230d2f&id=cc47b7597d&e=7637de2726 Thank you.



16. Anton Van Dalen, FF Alumn, at Whitney Museum, Manhattan, thru Oct. 25, and more

Whitney Museum
Exhibition: "Around Day’s End: Downtown New York. 1970-1986".

"The exhibition is drawn primarily from the Museum’s holdings, and presents works that that explore downtown Manhattan as site, history, and memory at a time of upheaval, fiscal crisis, and possibility in New York City".

Dates: September 3-October 25, 2020.

The Drawing Center
Exhibition: "100 Drawings from Now”

"Our world, but especially our country is in the midst of several significant struggles, all of which add up to an inflection point in our society, in our politics, and in our culture. As a result, we have postponed our planned schedule of exhibitions to concentrate on creating a show of 100 drawings from around the world made over the past six months".

Dates: September 24, 2020 - January 17, 2021

Please visit this link: https://www.vulture.com/2020/09/drawing-center-100-drawings-from-now.html Thank you.



17. Peter Cramer, Bradley Eros, FF Alumns, at Le Petit Versailles, Manhattan, Sept. 10, and more

I know covid has put a kibosh on goings on and being about in the city but we at Le Petit Versailles have been open since July and invite you again to visit my installation
https://www.facebook.com/artfortartsake/posts/607173273307005 of set elements from GENERATOR: Pestilence Part 1 that some of you thankfully saw at La MaMa before everything shut down.

Bradley Eros is also projecting at LPV as part of MORUS Film Fest on Thursday night 9/10 at 7:30pm. with Live Music. Folks will be able to enter garden socially distanced and limited numbers of 3 at a time or view from the sidewalks on 2nd St.

Otherwise I’m sitting alone with my own projections Tuesday and Wednesday Nights 8-10pm. Would love to see you on our turf.

regards & best wishes,
Peter Cramer
PO Box 20260
New York New York 10009
917 803 0501



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