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Contents for December 14, 2020

Weekly Spotlight: Sachiko Nakamura, FF Alumn, now online at https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/86

This documentary video of Sachiko Nakamura’s “Layers,” presented in April 1992 at Dance Space, Manhattan. Including parts of her “Fat Lady Sings” and “Approach the Mountains,” this performance deals frankly and fantastically with aspects of feminine consumption. The performance draws upon the theatricality of Japanese kabuki, and Mexican-American imagery from the artist’s California birthplace. With sonorous taiko drumbeats punctuated by forthright tales of little birds, Nakamura’s childhood, and her struggles with bulimia, “Layers” heightens and blends traditions from two cultures in a performance that directly aligns with neither. With fellow performer Jose Alarcon, Nakamura describes the voracity of her appetite and the world’s voracious appetite for her in this glittering, humorous 90-minute performance centering the vexations of womanhood. With Mitzie Abe, Theresa Dickinson, Wilbur Obata, and Pamela Wu (Text by M Gaudlitz, Fall 2020, Intern)

Please watch here: https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/86 Thank you.



1. Naimah Hassan & Steve Epstein, FF Alumns, now online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoTAURLMr2OoXgnTBRCHGIw

Please visit the youtube channel of Naimah Hassan and Steve Epstein, FF Alumns, Epstein & Hassan Dirty Truth Tellers, here:


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2. Rashaad Newsome, FF Alumn, Duffy Square, Manhattan, live nightly performance, thru December 31


Presented in partnership with Leslie-Lohman Museum
December 1–31, 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 11:30pm – 12am
Duffy Square, 46th and Broadway
Join us for a live dance performance on the Red Steps of Duffy Square in celebration of Newsome’s Midnight Moment. Guests attending this public, outdoor performance will be asked to respect social distancing guidelines and wear masks.

Every night in December at 11:57pm, Rashaad Newsome brings Black Magic to Times Square. The vogue performances in this multi-channel work are carefully choreographed across 72 digital displays and punctuated by Newsome’s animated graphic pattern King of Arms Tincture, which will also appear on the facade of the Leslie-Lohman Museum through January. The dancers featured in this month’s Midnight Moment were asked to improvise in response to the idea of ‘Black Magic’ — which the artist describes as “the human spirit's strength to navigate systemic racism, homophobia, and a deadly epidemic, with grace and dignity.” Black Magic is Newsome’s second Midnight Moment, following The Conductor in 2015.

"The opportunity to stage “Black Magic” in Times Square — a storied crossroads of commercialism, celebration, protest, performance — 'was a great proposition to do something transgressive,' said Mr. Newsome."

— The New York Times, Black Voguers Populate Billboards in a Times Square ‘Midnight Moment’

In the days leading up to the live performance on December 10, we're talking to each of the dancers — follow us on Instagram to hear these talented artists talk about what the concept of 'Black Magic' means to them.

"When I hear 'Black Magic' I think of ancestral power. I think of greatness."

— Brownie NiNa Oricci, dancer



3. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, now online at TheParisReview.org

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4. Chun Hua Catherine Dong, FF Alumn, receives Conseil des arts de Montréal 2020 Cultural Diversity in Visual Arts Award

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5. Martine Aballéa, FF Alumn, now online at fondation-pernod-ricard.com

New TextWorks: Martine Aballéa/Chus Martìnez and Sarah Tritz/Fernanda Brenner


Stage Fright
Sarah Tritz according to Fernanda Brenner

"In times when ten billion fingers are fumbling away, anxiously typing WhatsApp messages, taking selfies and tweeting their minds, the author’s obsession with the making of identity and personality, multiple viewpoints and the relativity of truth is very up-to-date. In other words: we understand less and less about the mechanics of the world as these powerful technologies assume more control over our everyday lives and our own psychology. Is there a way out? Lights to be turned on? I have a strange feeling that Sarah Tritz’s anti-utilitarian dysfunctional computers might hold the crack-code to something ominous and deadly earnest: the future."
Read more on TextWork: https://www.fondation-pernod-ricard.com/en/textwork/martine-aballea-chus-martinez

Radiant Ignition
Martine Aballéa according to Chus Martínez

"Aballéa’s installations present themselves as a state of givenness towards which we need to make an effort to arrive. The work does not say: 'see this' but: 'imagine this' and: 'depart from this to see the world.' In order to do so, the artist creates a world that is a little bit antagonistic to the world around us and, as well, the worlds of art. There is a beautiful strangeness in the work that she creates through an unceasing succession of retinal stimuli that has been—till very recently—very uncommon in art. With the arrival of different digital technologies, we became familiar with certain levels of brightness, but Martine Aballéa was there much before."

Upcoming essays:
Anne Bourse according to Iheanyi Onwuegbucha
Jean-Claude Ruggirello according to Barbara Casavecchia
Jagna Ciuchta according to Marta Dziewańska

TextWork fosters and supports the work of artists active in the French art scene through the publication of long-form critical essays produced by international writers. With this program, the Pernod Ricard Foundation reinforces its commitment of over 20 years to supporting and disseminating this art scene. TextWork is initiated in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture.

For more information: textwork@fondation-pernod-ricard.com
#textwork #fondationpernodricard



6. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo​, FF Alumn, now online thru Dec. 31

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo​ and The Interior Beauty Salon host Anna Costa e Silva for a 21-day series of online one-on-one encounters. You are welcome to join us.

To register contact Anna at IG: @annacostaesilva / email: annacostaesilva@gmail.com / WhatsApp +55 21 99406 9009 Participation is by donation ( pay from the heart). All proceeds go to the Creative.

Anna Costa e Silva is starting a 21-day process focused on one on one rituals (encounters) early in the morning by zoom. She and those who engage with her will start the day together and will open up space for something unknown to happen. Dreams, visions, eruptions, fear and shame will be the starting points motifs for the rituals. Join Anna by appointment

More information here: https://www.interiorbeautysalon.com/happenings/lulu-lolo-p99cm-lj5wd-c3pjc



7. Wanda Ortíz, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo, FF Alumns, now online at interiorbeautysalon.com

A Q&I with Wanda Ortíz and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo

To read the full Q&! visit: https://www.interiorbeautysalon.com/wanda-ortiz

To visit the Salon: www.interiorbeautysalon.com
To join us on Ig: @interiorbeautysalon

NDERE: I recall talking religion with you during the George W. Bush era. We were in a group at a diner in The Bronx. The conversation suggested that religion, in a general way, was on the verge of being dismissed. I contradicted that view, foreseeing the role of religion in the decades to come. Why your interest in the Pietà? How did you get involved with it?

WO: I was raised in the Catholic church, and while I no longer practice it, I am still impacted by its grandeur, spectacle, and ceremony. It seemed like the most fitting way to address communal and parental grief, loss, lives interrupted, and safe space. I thought so much about Mary and her knowledge of her son’s fate and inability to stop it and reflected on that feeling, as a brown mother to a brown child. It is impossible for me to completely shield my child from feeling injustice, ostracization, judgment or fear because of their skin. This feeling stretched out to the long line of brown parents and brown children. This fear amplified across our communities, all the while being told to “get over it,” “you already had a Black president, what more do you want,” “slavery ended,” “racism doesn’t exist anymore,” etc. These are crushing added blows that compound the pain felt in the community—the fear to let our guard down long enough to grieve at our own pace.



8. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, now online at NACLA.org

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9. Judith Bernstein, FF Alumn, at The Box, Los Angeles, CA, extended to Jan. 9, 2021



appointment@theboxla.com or (213) 625-1747

C: 917.734.2445
H: 212.267.5498

Knickerbocker Station
P.O. Box 1045
New York, NY 10002



10. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, receives Tom of Finland Foundation Award 2020

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11. Evelyn Eller, FF Alumn, now online, Experimental -O- Issue 13, Angle House Press, 2020

Ten of my artworks (pages 33 thru 42) are included in the annual PDF Magazine , Experimental -O- Issue 13, 2020, Angle House Press. Also my language collage is incorporated in the cover, and my bio is listed on page 130.

If you are interested in seeing the magazine, please click the link below.

Evelyn Eller




12. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, online talk, live Dec. 22, and more

Hi friends,

Hope you are all hanging in there as this intense year draws to a close. I have a couple upcoming events to share with you:

Extinction Salon

Organized by Hovey Brock

Panelists: David Brooks, Rachel Frank, Marina Zurkow, Elisabeth Smolarz, & Jude Griebel

I will be speaking about my work that explores local extirpations caused by climate change and human actions, and the rewilding of species back into ecosystems.
Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 pm
RSVP to get a Zoom link.

Seasonal Repression
I will have a mini rhyton in this holiday group show of artworks priced below $300.
Field Projects
Opening Reception December 15th, 1:00– 5:00 pm
December 15 — January 1, 2020

I also am pleased to announce I have started a new position at The Wild Bird Fund, where I am helping to rehabilitate and care for NYC wildlife. It’s intense work, but seems like the perfect fit for me.

Best wishes,

Rachel Frank



13. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, now online in the New York Times

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14. Donald Daedalus, FF Alumn, outdoor public artwork now on view across New York City

Don Daedalus mounts "String of Words," across New York's Five Boroughs.

"String of Words" is a series of public sculptures of words pertaining to climate change and the fight against SARS-COVID-2. The sculptures are made of reclaimed nautical cordage.


Bronx, NY (Pedestrian fence on 161st Street and Grand Concourse)

"Resiliency," 30 x 10 feet [10 x 3 m], 2020
Brooklyn, NY (Hope Ballfield on Knickerbocker Ave between Menahan Street and Grove Street)

"resilien-c," 16 x 4 feet [5.5 x 1.2 m], 2020
Manhattan, NY (West Harlem Piers at 131st Street and Marginal Street)

"Resiliency," 30 x 6 feet [ 10 x 2 m], 2020
Queens, NY (Torseny/Lou Lodati Playground on Skillman Ave at 42nd Street)

"Restore," 15 x 5 feet [4.5 x 1.5 m], 2020
Staten Island, NY (Freshkills Landfill entrance at West Service Road & Arden Ave)

*Made with support of Governors Island Trust, and Triangle Arts Association.



15. 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 19 – Private Ritual
“Private Rituals” explores Frank’s use of private or secret rituals both within and outside of his public performances, and how they powerfully affect one another. He also describes the role of the artist in society, and the important tool that private ritual gives the artist to bring “new dreams, new myths, new visions into society”. This episode also includes the story of how Frank and Linda first met Barbara Golden, and a brand new episode of the animated series, “How to Handle an Anthropologist”.
The readings in this segment are by Barbara Golden and Linda Mac. Barbara Golden is a musician, composer, writer and artist, and member of many bands, including being a frequent member of Frank Moore’s Cherotic All-Star band, and frequent guest on his Shaman’s Den streaming video show. Linda Mac was Frank’s lover and partner in crime for almost 40 years, and produces the Let Me Be Frank series with Michael LaBash. Music by Barbara Golden, Frank Moore, Vinnie Spit Santino, Vinnie Corbo, and Tha Archivez.

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 .



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller