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1. Tish Benson, FF Fund 2013-14 recipient, live online at https://franklinfurnaceloft.org/ Jan. 21

Tish Benson’s Performance, FF Fund 2013-14 Recipient, live online
DATE: January 21th, 2021 - 7pm to 8pm EST
Register here: https://franklinfurnaceloft.org/tish-benson-event/
Performance will be followed by a conversation with Tish Benson & Martha Wilson.
Tish Benson is a cyberjunkie and experimental visual artist. The cyberjunkie is a confession of sorts- not having a website nor any mathematical proof of a following that relies on her truth to balance out the shenanigans known as “LIFE IS A MYSTERY” she can only deem the phone cling to her palms and “vital scans” of her instagram as some sort of weird addiction made sane only because of The Quaratine Pandemic. The experimental artist part is also a matter of opinion- or so it seems to be. Although in days gone by she has received a few honors and awards but lately she wonders how could those long ago accolades have turned into the strange Auditionings folks seem to put on for her without due cause. At any rate, Tish Benson is grateful for this Franklin Furnace opportunity to exist beyond her own imagination.
RSVP for this event by emailing arantxa@franklinfurnace.org.
There will be a limited amount of time for audience participation towards the conclusion of this free FF Loft presentation. Registration closes two hours prior to the event.
This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The SHS Foundation.



2. Franklin Furnace in a new novel by Yxta Mya Murray

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3. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at SA Exhibitions, Santa Ana, CA, thru Mar. 28


Nao Bustamante: Soldadera
January 21 – March 28, 2021
Opening Reception: January 21, 4 -10 p.m.
The opening reception will be limited to 8 guests at time.
Email to register a block of viewing time at swys.projects@gmail.com
S/A. Exhibitions presents Soldadera, a multi-media exhibition that marks artist Nao Bustamante’s Orange County debut. With the assistance of Project Director, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Soldadera premiered in 2015 at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles. Since then the work has traveled to upstate New York, Marfa, Mexico City, San Diego, San Francisco and now Orange County. Santa Ana stands as the face of a new California. Latinos have more influence in everyday life — electorally, culturally and demographically — than almost anywhere else in the country. A Mexican American Mayor, a Latin American majority serving on the City Council and a population that is 77% Latin American. What better place than Santa Ana to bring this work exploring one of the most important revolutions of the 20th century? Soldadera presents a variety of artworks inspired by the women who fought during the Mexican Revolution (1910-20). The exhibition opens on January 21st and continues through March 28th. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 4-10 pm and is free to all, who reserve via email, swys.projects@gmail.com.
This exhibition is a creative engagement with soldaderas (Spanish for “female soldiers”) as imagined figures, and as actual women with their own histories. Today, we know the soldadera through a romantic tradition that idealizes her. In this exhibition, Bustamante deploys a methodology she calls “speculative re-enactment.” She asks: How can we reach across time to know the soldadera's experience of the past? How do we bring her into the here and now, to experience her future?

The artist's search for the soldadera's wisdom culminated in a unique pilgrimage: Bustamante traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, to meet 127-year-old Soldadera Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, the last survivor of the Mexican Revolution, and notably the oldest person in the world at the time. Their transformative meeting inspired work that will be featured in this exhibition. Señora Becerra, at times referred to as La Abuela del Mundo, passed over to the next life on March 19, 2015. We continue to mourn her loss and are grateful for her contributions to the Soldadera project.

Bustamante creates hybrid works that hover over the line between fact and fiction, between the past and the future. Bustamante's period-specific dresses made from Kevlar® add a sculptural element to this exhibition. Kevlar is a modern material used in personal protection products such as combat helmets and ballistic vests. The artist tested one of her fighting costumes with weapons commonly used during the Mexican Revolution. The video, “Test Shoot” will be on display, as well as the “Fighting Costume.

The exhibition can be viewed from the Santa Ana Arts Collective courtyard or by appointment Thursday – Sunday, 11:30 am – 5pm



4. Ana Mendieta, FF Alumn, at Denver Art Museum, CO, thru Mar. 7

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5. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, FF Alumn, now online in The New York Times

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6. Gabriel Martinez, FF Alumn, receives Banff Centre In-Situ Residency

Dear Friends,

I was recently notified that I received a Banff Centre In-Situ Residency!
Super excited and feeling truly grateful.

Find out more at:

I hope y'all are doing well.

Strange days indeed. The future seems bright though...


Gabriel Martinez



7. GOODW.Y.N., FF Alumn, now online in antemag.com

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8. Howardena Pindell, FF Alumn, now online in The New York Times

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9. Anne Bean, Paul Burwell, FF Alumns, launch new website at bowgamelan.com

A website of Bow Gamelan Ensemble, the group co-founded by Anne Bean,
Paul Burwell and Richard Wilson, has just been launched:


thank you.



10. Pennelope Goodfriend, FF Alumn, at International Center of Photography, Manhattan, and more

Hi all,

As we end this rather eventful year I wanted to wish you a wonderful Holiday and New Year! May you all be healthy and safe and find comfort in whatever brings you joy.

If you feel like venturing out,( or online) I recommend two museum exhibits that my photographs are featured in: The International Center Of Photography show #ICPConcerned: Global Images for a Global Crisis and New York Responds at the Museum Of the City of New York.

Both of these exhibits show strangers yet trigger personal memories. We are indeed all in this together. These stories have faces. It is in the details, the specificity and individuality behind the numbers counted at the BLM protests, the numbers of the deceased, the numbers of the heroes, our 'essential workers' which can be so numbing. The ICP exhibit is extraordinary in that it reminds us that this pandemic is happening all over the world......which feels counter intuitive in our paralyzed quarantine state.

The exhibits capture the scope of these difficult times and preserves the feeling of community. Something that we are all made better for remembering.

Be well,
Pennelope Goodfriend



11. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, live online at The 8th Floor, Jan. 19

Please Join Us for

Rajkamal Kahlon, Joiri Minaya, and Betty Tompkins

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
1 to 2:30pm EST

This event will be held on Zoom
To RSVP, visit:


Figures brings together artists Rajkamal Kahlon, Joiri Minaya, and Betty Tompkins in conversation about their works currently on view in our exhibition To Cast Too Bold A Shadow. Each artist uses appropriated historical source materials with particular intent: Kahlon’s paintings are based on 19th Century anthropological illustrations of colonized women; Minaya draws from art history and images of exploitation on the internet; and Tompkins calls out misogyny, gender disparity, and predatory behavior through her repurposing of old master paintings. The conversation will be moderated by Rubin Foundation Executive and Artistic Director Sara Reisman.

Access Information: This event includes live ASL interpretation and captioning.

For more information on this event, please visit:


Currently On View

To Cast Too Bold A Shadow
Extended to Saturday, February 6

Wednesday – Friday: By appointment only
Saturday: Drop-in visitors are welcome
Hours: 11am to 6pm

To schedule your visit:


The 8th Floor
17 West 17th Street, NYC
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)

To request a distanced, guided tour,
please email info@the8thfloor.org



12. Eileen Myles, FF Alumn, now online at www.artatatimelikethis.com

The Picture, created by the great artist poet Eileen Myles in response to the incursion at the US Capital, demonstrates the power of art to interpret the impact of political events beyond common reason. It is featured in our current online exhibition, First Responders, which you can access at:


Art at a Time Like This is inviting all artists to submit work to this exhibition. We are getting thrilling images and statements which we will post online and in social media for the coming days, leading up to the Inauguration and beyond. ATLT is a platform for free expression so take advantage of this moment and send us your work to info@artatatimelikethis.com.


Live online at 192 Books, Jan. 21

Thursday, January 21 at 6pm ET
Amy Sillman — Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings
Amy Sillman in conversation with Eileen Myles
Watch the live event at PCG Studio.
Presented by 192 Books and Paula Cooper Gallery, Amy Sillman and Eileen Myles will discuss Sillman's new book Faux Pas: Selected Writing
and Drawings

The live event will be streamed directly on PCG Studio.

Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings
By Amy Sillman, edited by Charlotte Houette, François Lancien-Guilberteau, and Benjamin Thorel. With a foreword by Lynne Tillman.
(Published by After Eight Books, Paris, 2020, distributed by D.A.P.)

Order via 192 Books

Since the 1970s, Amy Sillman—a beloved and key figure of the New York art scene—has developed a singular body of work that includes large-scale gestural paintings blending abstraction with representation, as well as zines and iPad animations.

Over the past decade, Sillman has also produced stimulating essays on the practice of art or the work of other artists: for example, reevaluating the work of the abstract expressionists with a queer eye; elaborating on the role of awkwardness and the body in the artistic process; and discussing the role and meanings of color and shape in depth. Featuring a foreword by Lynne Tillman, Faux Pas is the first book to gather a significant selection of Sillman’s essays, reviews, and lectures, accompanied by drawings, most of which were made specially for the book.
Faux Pas aims at revealing the coherence and originality of Sillman’s reflection as she addresses the possibilities of art today—favoring excess over good taste, wrestling over dandyism, forms over symbols—with as much critical sense as humor. As Jason Farago notes in the New York Times, "Sillman is in a thin crowd (with, let’s say, Andrea Fraser, Hito Steyerl, Matias Faldbakken, David Salle) of artists who can really write. The evidence is in Faux Pas ... her writings display the same good humor and intelligence of her best paintings."



13. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, online Zoom event, Jan. 15 thru Jan. 16

Happy New Year!
I'll be taking part in this online Symposium, "Picturing Freedom: A Century of Illustration," along with a brilliant line-up of artists, writers, and historians.
I'm on the panel "DIY Print Culture and Citizenship" on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 am (Eastern Time).
Zoom Seminar (online)
Friday, January 15, 2021 7pm-8:30pm
Saturday, January 16, 2021 10am-1:30pm
RSVP ONLINE: https://www.rockwell-center.org/news/symposium-picturing-freedom-a-century-of-illustration/
You can also access the complete video coverage for the Symposium as a live stream at: https://rsikoryak.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=388bf2020c0eec2a1fb4dc851&id=39e050212d&e=f14100df96



14. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at Rhinebeck Historical Society, live online Jan. 29

FRANC PALAIA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom talk.
the link below will get you into the Zoom..

Topic: Rhinebeck Historical Society Program
Time: Jan 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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15. Jibz Cameron, FF Alumn, at Sundance 2021

Dear FF Community, I am pleased to announce that my film "Weirdo Night" ( https://fpg.festival.sundance.org/new-frontier-info/5fd1a93663d677ae28c3ab4d ) directed by Mariah Garnett and made during covid, is an official 2021 Sundance selection in the New Frontier program. It features many brilliant artists and videos. It's available on demand all through the festival Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2021. Thank you and best of health to all! - Jibz Cameron AKA Dynasty Handbag



16. Herb Perr, FF Alumn, now online at https://jewishcurrents.org/when-are-we-now/

An excerpt from my graphic novel-in-progress, Cartoon Graveyard, is in Jewish Currents magazine this week, featuring Herb Perr, FF Alumn. Please visit this URL:


Thanks and I hope you are doing well,
Joey Perr



17. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn at Bromer Gallery, opening Jan. 21

On January 21st, Bromer Gallery will begin the new year by hosting Stephanie Brody-Lederman in “The Time They Once Had,” an exhibit of her paintings and unique artist's books.Stephanie Brody-Lederman is a artist whose works have been shown throughout the world, including the Cooper Hewitt Museum and the Musée Bourdelle, and have been featured on the covers of The Paris Review #160 and L’Oeil magazine.“The Time They Once Had” will be on exhibit at Bromer Gallery from January 21st to April 16th, 2021. We hope to be open for in-person viewings throughout, and the exhibit will be digitally available at gallery.bromer.com
Bromer Booksellers & Gallery | 607 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 | 617-247-2818



18. Susan Bee, Johanna Drucker, FF Alumns, online at A. I. R. Gallery, Jan 18

Susan Bee: Collaboration and Feminism

Session 1: Johanna Drucker:
Visual Poetics—A Feminist Approach
Monday, January 18, 2021
8 AM Eastern Time | 9 PM China Standard Time
For more information, visit: https://www.airgallery.org/events-1/session1

Johanna Drucker has been making artist’s books for more than four decades. Many of them address feminist themes about language through the use of visual typography. This talk focuses on a number of those books: From A to Z (1977), History of the/my Wor(l)d (1990), Simulant Portrait (1990), Testament of Women (2006), Damaged Spring (2003) and several collaborations with Susan Bee, A Girl’s Life (2002) and Fabulas Feminae (2015). The talk also addresses ways in which the use of visual typography was gendered within the poetry community and where and how visual poetics as a feminist practice have increased in visibility in recent scholarship. I will touch on the work of Amanda Earl in her anthology project, Judith: 25 Women Making Visual Poetry, and her database of over 500 women writers.





19. Jackie Apple, Geoffrey Hendricks, Keith Antar Mason, FF Alumns, in PAJ 127 now online

A Journal of Performance and Art

Bonnie Marranca, Editor and Publisher

PAJ 127: Winter Issue, Now Available

View online: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/current


Bonnie Marranca, Words and Deeds, Read at:



Vaughan Pilikian, Parallel Seizure: Art and Culture at the End of Days, Read at:


Joseph Cermatori, The Coming Flood: Cultural Criticism in the Last Days of the Before Times
Ashley Chang, Staging Climate Science: No Drama, Just the Facts
Geoffrey Hendricks in conversation with David J. Getsy, Outing Queer Fluxus
Peter Eckersall, Toshiki Okada's Ecological Theatre
Paisid Aramphongphan, Embodied Abstraction

Radio Art
Helen Thorington, The Making of American Radio Art
Jacki Apple, American Radio Art 1985-1995: New Narrative and Media Strategies

Art & Performance Notes
Joshua Abrams and Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, "Seeing Theatre in 2020," Blindness, Donmar Warehouse, London
John Isaacs, "The Hudson Eye," The Hudson Eye Festival, Hudson, New York
Cen Liu, "The Carnival of Time," Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being, Morgan Library and Museum, New York.

Radio Art Script
Jacki Apple, Keith Antar Mason, Linda Albertano, Akilah Nayo Oliver, Redefining Democracy in America: Episodes in Black and White, Part I

Books & Company
Jennie Klein, Representations of Sexual Violence in Performance, Against Our Will: Sexual Trauma in American Art Since 1970 by Vivien Green Fryd; Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art, and Sexual Violence in the 1970s by Nancy Princenthal



20. Verónica Peña, FF Alumn, at Bbeyond, Ireland, now online, and more

Bbeyond (2001- 2021) is proud to announce that the work 'THE WATER TANK SESSIONS I' by VERÓNICA PEÑA (Spain) with collaborative sound by Tara Gladden (U.S.) received the highest score during the adjudication process for R-A-W (Recorded Action Web-Exhibition), and both Artists will be invited to perform in our 20th Anniversary in Belfast later this year.


'THE WATER TANK SESSIONS', curated by Verónica Peña, is a new series of long-distance audio-visual collaborations that invites professional musicians, singers, and sound artists to play while being inspired by the submerged body. For the first enactment of the series, invited sound artist Tara Gladden, and underwater performance artist Verónica Peña, collaborated live from different states of the U.S. Hosted by Grace Exhibition Space, NYC, the artists used an online platform to present the audience with a unique live audio-visual experience that combined respirations and hypnotic sounds with the enchanting vision of the suspended body.

Bbeyond is committed to promoting the practice of performance art and artists in Northern Ireland and further afield. Our aim is to raise people’s consciousness of live/performance art as being integral to the world in and around us, inspiring reflection and enriching lived experience. We host artists of international reputation throughout the performance art world and encourage newer artists to experience performance art practices for themselves. Bbeyond encourages greater access to and appreciation of this visually based art form, through facilitating modes of active private/public participation, allowing people from all sectors of society, not just the traditional arts, to experience and enjoy performance art directly

Bbeyond (2001 - 2021) Celebrating 20 Years of Promoting Performance Art Presents R-A-W (Recorded Action Web-Exhibition

Full schedule & artist information at: http://bbeyond.live/2021/01/11/r-a-w-exhibition-schedule

Organised by Sandra Corrigan Breathnach. Selection Panel: Alastair MacLennan - Brian Patterson - Eleni Kolliopoulou - Sandra Corrigan Breathnach - Sinéad Breathnach Cashell

and at ATOA Artists Talk On Art, Curator, Jan 18.

VERÓNICA PEÑA, Independent Curator, at ATOA Monday Virtual Performance Series

Monday, January 18th, 2021 6:00 - 7:30 pm EST

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84198882925

ATOA Artists Talk On Art is a nonprofit organization based in New York City promoting the work of artists through studio visits, artists talks, and nurturing conversation since 1975. Curated by Interdisciplinary Performance Artist Verónica Peña, and moderated by ATOA's Board President Barry Kostrinsky, ATOA collaborates with PERFORMANCE ART Open Call to present a new monthly series dedicated to showcase works of Live Art in its multiple manifestations. Join us this Monday, January 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm EST for the first enactment of the series featuring the work of Daniel Navarro Lorenzo/Dan Lourenço Dance from Edinburgh, Scotland. Dan will discuss 'State', a film and dance project he coordinated with 60 dancers around the globe and with composer Adrian Blezian Perez.

ATOA: https://www.atoanyc.org/

PERFORMANCE ART Open Call at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/208827689191980

and at NARS, Top Finalist.

FF Alumn Verónica Peña was one of the top finalists for the NARS Artist Residency Program, her work being one of the strongest among the many high caliber submissions.

Veronica Peña is an interdisciplinary performance artist and independent curator from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in migration politics, cross-cultural dialogue, peaceful resistance, liberation, and women’s empowerment. She has performed/exhibited around Europe, Asia, and America. In the U.S.: Pioneer Works(*2020-postponed due to Covid), Smack Mellon Foundation, Queens Museum, Triskelion Arts, Hemispheric Institute, Times Square, Armory Show, Dumbo Arts Festival, Consulate General of Spain in NY, amongst others. She received a Franklin Furnace Fund 2018, was selected for the Creative Capital Workshop 2019, leads Performance Art Open Call (14,000 members FB community), and curates “Collective_Becoming” to foster collaboration among artists. Visit http://www.veronicapena.com @Veronica_Pena_Live_Art

For information, contact:
Verónica Peña



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