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Weekly Spotlight: Coreen Simpson & Gylbert Coker, FF Alumns, live online TONIGHT

HER EYES ONLY: Coreen Simpson & Gylbert Coker on Black Women’s Photography and Photobooks in the 1970s

Please register by 5 pm visiting this URL to access Franklin Furnace's virtual LOFT:

https://franklinfurnaceloft.org/her-eyes-only-coreen-simpson-gylbert-coker-on-black-wom ens-photography-in-the-1970s/

Tonight, Monday March 1, from 7-8 pm est, Franklin Furnace & 10x10Photobooks present Dr. Gylbert Coker, museum director, & Coreen Simpson, artist, in conversation about hurdles for Black women artists, photographers and bookmakers in the 1970s and how we can move forward today. Audience member questions will be fielded. Weeping Mary, a music video sung by Alva Rogers, FF Alumn, will conclude the evening.

This project of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. with Coreen Simpson and Gylbert Coker, in collaboration with 10x10 Photobooks, is funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



1. Nguyen Smith, FF Alumn, now online at artsy.net

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2. Kazuko Miyamoto, FF Alumn, now online at NYTimes.com

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3. Lorraine O'Grady, FF Alumn, online at NewYorker.com

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4. Guadalupe Maravilla, FF Alumn, at P. P. O. W., Manhattan, thru Mar. 27

P·P·O·W is pleased to present Guadalupe Maravilla’s Seven Ancestral Stomachs, the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery. Combining sculpture, painting, performative acts, and installation, Maravilla grounds his transdisciplinary practice in activism and healing. For Maravilla, his own life story is his primary material.

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Maravilla was part of the first wave of unaccompanied, undocumented children to arrive at the United States border in the 1980s as a result of the Salvadoran Civil War. While Maravilla emigrated at the age of eight, he became a U.S. citizen at the age of 26. Yet it was not until his recovery from colon cancer in 2013 that he felt the urgency to speak out about the struggles so many undocumented immigrants and their families face. By tracing his migration history and healing journey, Maravilla explores how the trauma undocumented immigrants experience physically manifests in the body. Reflecting upon his own battle with cancer, which began in his gut, as well as that of members of his family, Maravilla examines how genetic trauma manifests in the body over generations. Throughout the many teachings Maravilla experienced in his healing process, one notion kept returning – if one cleanses properly, they will heal seven generations back and seven generations forward.

Discovering sound therapy during his cancer radiation treatment, Maravilla has since developed a series of vertical, large-scale, free-standing sculptures, titled Disease Throwers. Functioning as headdresses, instruments, and shrines, the towering sculptures serve as symbols of renewal, generating vibrational sound from gongs. Described by Maravilla as “healing machines”, the structures incorporate materials collected from sites across Central America, such as anatomical models, toys, sacred objects, and sonic instruments including conch shells and flutes.

In addition to Disease Throwers, Maravilla will unveil a new series of wall sculptures. The exhibition’s eponymous seven twisting gourds with extending talons embody the seven stomachs of the artist’s ancestors. Surrounding the walls of the Seven Ancestral Stomachs is Maravilla’s reinterpretation of the popular Salvadorian children’s game, Tripa Chuca or “Dirty Guts,” in which two players take turns drawing lines that never intersect. Over the course of Maravilla’s more than two-month journey to the U.S., Tripa Chuca became a survival tool. For Seven Ancestral Stomachs, Maravilla has invited an undocumented person to collaborate with him on the Tripa Chuca mural in order to create a mapping between two displaced people on the walls of the gallery.

Furthering this investigation of various curative approaches, Maravilla will also present a series of retablos chronicling his healing journey. Originating in Medieval Spain, retablos are small devotional paintings, traditionally used in Mexican and Central American cultures to honor and celebrate the miracles of everyday life. Sending detailed digital sketches to a four-generation retablo painter he met in Mexico while retracing his migration route, Maravilla’s personalization of these votive offerings exemplifies his dedication to supporting a micro-economy through his artistic practice. Rather than making these paintings himself, Maravilla’s choice to collaborate expands the cross-cultural exchange of his practice and helps preserve the tradition of retablo painting in Mexico.

Guadalupe Maravilla (b. 1976) currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and his MFA from Hunter College in New York. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Additionally, he has performed and presented his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida; Queens Museum, New York; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of Art of El Salvador, San Salvador; X Central American Biennial, Costa Rica; Performa 11, New York; Performa 13, New York;, Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York; the Drawing Center, New York; SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, Texas; and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, among others.

Maravilla has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2019; Soros Fellowship: Art Migration and Public Space, 2019; MAP Fund Grant, 2019; Franklin Furnace Fund, 2018; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, 2018; Art Matters Fellowship, 2017; Creative Capital Grant, 2016; Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, 2016; The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Award 2003, among others. He has also completed residencies with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York; SOMA, Mexico City; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine; and the Drawing Center, New York.



5. Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, FF Alumn, now online in White Hot Magazine, and more

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow's performance "Junkanoohakkamama" for LAND AKIN at Smack Mellon.
Curated by Gabriel de Guzman was recently reviewed in White Host Magazine.



Printed Matter's Virtual Art Book Fair (Feb 25-28)
Published by EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio & Triangle Arts Association
This risograph coloring and activity book was created as a response to the inadequate distribution of low cost educational tools on black history and black art. Jamaican-American artist, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow incorporates line drawings of her interpreted Jamaican Jonkunnu characters for her performance and workshop series, Junkanooacome inspired by the 18th century Jamaican masquerade based on the legend of John Canoe, chief of the Ahanta people in Ghana who once defeated the Dutch colonizers. Junkanooacome celebrates the legacy of John Canoe and the Pan-African festival based in his name.

Junkanooacome: A Masquerade Coloring (& Activity) Book w/ Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair
"Land Akin" at Smack Mellon
GUILTY PARTY at Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA
Triangle- Artist in Residence

Recent Reviews:
White Hot Magazine on Smack Mellon's "Land Akin" by Sophia Ma

IG: lynkeeart
Current project IG: junkanooacome



6. Nancy Azara, FF Member, at Essex Flowers, Manhattan, opening Mar. 6

Curated by Linnea Vedder
March 6-28, 2021

Opening Reception: Saturday March 6th, 12-6pm

Nancy Azara / Karen Azoulay / Jesse Cohen / Tom Costa / Erin Eikler / Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves / Eva Joly / Caitlin Macbride / Virginia Lee Montgomery / Greg Parma-Smith / Michael Wang

I sit still and feel my roots growing down into the ground. I’m turning green, but I don’t have eyes, so it’s more of the feeling of green than the color. I soak up the sun with my tiny solar arrays that are appearing all over my back, the backs of my arms, and now sprouting out of the top of my head. I am becoming hollow in some places so that my structure grows taller and I can effortlessly blow back and forth in the wind. I flutter...

Many science fiction writers have conjectured about ways to talk to plants. Ursula K. Leguin proposed ideas like “therolinguistics”(the language of animals), “kinesics” (communicative motion), and “tactile language”, all of which are ways to speak animals and plants with a sort of telepathy. Perhaps these abilities already exist, and if we reframe what it is to communicate, and consider what the language of plants might be, we could see that we are already in deep communication with the world of flora. On a basic level, this exhibition is a show about plants. Digging deeper, it is a consideration of human culture, language as an abstract concept based on social constructs, and of communication that happens in the realm of the nonverbal.

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19 Monroe St., New York, NY 10002
Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm and by appointment



7. R. Sikoryak, Kriota Willberg, FF Alumns, live online at SocietyIllustrators.org Mar. 3

“Teaching (Practically Anything) with Comics”
Society of Illustrators webinar
Wednesday, March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

A slideshow presentation and discussion on non-fiction comics as a teaching tool, featuring cartoonists working in the fields of science, politics, art and more. This event is part of Will Eisner Week, and Eisner’s own educational and instructional comics are the inspiration for this panel. With Malaka Gharib, Scott McCloud, Whit Taylor, and Kriota Willberg, moderated by R. Sikoryak.

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About the Artists:
Malaka Gharib is a journalist on NPR’s science desk, where she covers global health and development through digital, audio and comics journalism. She is the author of “I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir” (Clarkson Potter 2019) and the forthcoming illustrated memoir “It Won’t Always Be Like This” (Ten Speed Press, 2023).

Scott McCloud is the author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and The Sculptor. He’s lectured and consulted on comics and digital media for Google, MIT, Pixar, Sony, and Harvard University, and his comics are available in 30 languages in print and online at scottmccloud.com.

Whit Taylor is an Ignatz Award winning cartoonist and contributing editor at The Nib. Her graphic novel with Kazimir Lee, Harriet: Toward Freedom, will be published by Little, Brown Young Readers in 2021.

Kriota Willberg is the author of Draw Stronger: Self-Care for Cartoonists and Visual Artists (Uncivilized Books). Her comic Silver Wire was nominated for a 2019 Ignatz Award and is included in the BCALA and ALA Black Lives Matter Reading List. Once the inaugural Artist In Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library, she’s now the AIR in The Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where she teaches graphic medicine and drawing. She is a co-host of the Graphic Medicine Confabs.

R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist and the author of Constitution Illustrated, Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump (Drawn & Quarterly). He’s the host of the live comics performance series Carousel.



8. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, now online at books-on-books.com

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9. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, March events

Sunday March 7, 4:00pm EST "Game Night: From Boomers to Zoomers" How to do Somethin' with Nothin'”A City Lore Salon with Annie Lanzillotto, with Dionne Kamara and John Gennari. FREE TKTS / DONATIONS WELCOME: tellmeastory5.eventbrite.com or go directly to Zoom Webinar ID 875 5238 9437. These times require skills of invention. What games are you playing? Bring your 1-2 minute story or poem on a game you play or teach us a game.

Sunday March 14, 6:00pm EST Sarah Lawrence College Theatre and Civic Engagement"Our Yonkers Our Youth Our Stories"Annie performs and interviews poets/performers Marcus C. John and Tyreek Kid. Curated by Allen Lang. FREE TICKETS

Tuesday March 16th 8:45-9:30am EST Chicagoland Italian American Professionals Annie tells stories and talks. Curated by Jolean Olsen.You can sign up for this event by getting their newsletter. FREE TICKETS register at https://www.chicagolanditalians.com/

Thursday March 18th, 11:30am EST New Jersey City University, Department of English.Annie speaks and reads to students and community. All welcome.Curated by Edvige Giunta. FREE TICKETS

Friday March 19th 7pm EST Annie interviewed by author Emily BernardTICKETS T.B.A.GLIMPSE, Burlington, Vermont

Sunday March 20th New York Society for Ethical Culture Young Ethical Explorer’s Workshop 11:00am EST Directed by Audrey Kindred

Ongoing: “Annie's Story Cave” podcast. Annie’s solo decameron, 100 stories while sheltering-in-place alone. Episodes can be listened to on every podcast platform, and also at www.streetcryinc.org



10. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now online at youtube.com and more

I Zoom Results!
Keith Wilson and Jordan Stein in conversation with Linda Mac and Mikee LaBash
February 16, 2021

Available by visiting the URLs below:




“I Zoom Results!” was a conversation accompanying the exhibition “I Get Results! Frank Moore for President 2008”, still on view at Cushion Works gallery from January 20 to March 6, 2021. Linda Mac and Mikee LaBash, Frank Moore's closest collaborators, talked about the campaign, the ins and outs of official write-in status, the stakes of personal and political freedom, and most importantly, living and learning with Frank Moore.

Linda and Mikee shared a home and family with Frank for decades and collaborated on countless projects, including a radio station, public access television program, numerous publications, a series of durational, participatory performances, and the Outrageous Beauty Revue, a cabaret of bad taste held at legendary San Francisco punk club Mabuhay Gardens.
Frank Moore (1946–2013) was a Berkeley-based artist, shaman, poet, essayist, painter, musician, and internet/television personality who experimented in performance, ritual, and shamanistic teaching. In 2008, and with no political experience, he ran for the office of President of the United States of America as a write-in candidate.

Linda Mac was Frank Moore’s lover and partner in crime for almost 40 years. She is currently immersed in organizing Frank’s archives for the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, and publishing his work. Linda is the co-producer of the documentary series “Let Me Be Frank” and is Treasurer of Inter-Relations, the non-profit church established by Frank in the late 1970s.

Michael LaBash is a designer and artist who was in an intimate relationship with Frank Moore and Linda Mac for 25 years. He designs all Inter-Relations books and websites, is co-producer and editor of “Let Me Be Frank,” and serves on the board of Inter-Relations.

Keith Wilson is a filmmaker and artist based in San Francisco whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest Film Festival, the U.S. National Gallery of Art, documenta14, and the Museum of Modern Art. He teaches in the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley and has an MFA in film production from the University of Texas-Austin. Wilson is presently working on a documentary film about Frank Moore, https://frankmoorefilm.com/.
Jordan Stein operates Cushion Works, https://www.cushionworks.info/.


Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now online at Frankmoorefilm.com

We are excited to announce the new website for Keith Wilson’s
Untitled Frank Moore Film:
a film about freedom
a film about possibilities
a film about discomfort
a film about joy
“An in-progress feature-length film about Berkeley-based performance artist, painter, writer and presidential candidate Frank Moore (1946-2013). During his earthly life, Moore’s creative, political and pedagogical activities inspired fellow artists, poets, and students while drawing ire from Senator Jesse Helms who saw Moore’s NEA- funded work as pornographic and indecent. Combining rich archival materials, interviews from those who knew him, and Frank’s own extensive writings as narration, the film will provide an in-depth exploration of a beloved, polarizing and messy countercultural figure.”

Frankmoorefilm.com features selected paintings, writings and videos of Frank Moore, as well as bios.

Producer/Director Keith Wilson:

Keith Wilson is a filmmaker and visual artist based in San Francisco. His films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest, documenta, the U.S. National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. He was a BAVC National Mediamaker Fellow for Deep Inside the Shaman’s Den, a finalist for the 2014 Sundance Screenwriting Lab and the recipient of two Kenneth Rainin Foundation grants from the San Francisco Film Society.



11. Nicole Eisenman, FF Alumn, now online in The New Yorker

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12. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, online at Abu Dhabi Festival, March 2


I’m honoured to be one of the featured speakers at the Abu Dhabi Festival, Riwaq Al Fikr – Talks Series in Partnership with the American University of Sharjah. Please visit the URL below for your free registration for my lecture on Tuesday, March 2 at 8:30 am EST. Please feel free to pass this info onto anyone else who might be interested in my talk.

I hope you’re well and staying healthy.


In collaboration with and supported by the Abu Dhabi Music and Art Foundation (ADMAF), please join us for the next lecture as part of ADMAF’s Riwaq al Fikr series:

Speaker: Doug Beube
Title: The Medium & The Message in Our Time
Date: March 2, 2021
Time: 8:30 am EST (or at 5:30 pm in the UAE)

ADMAF requires participants to register. Please view the ‘pre-register’ page to book yourselves a spot:




13. Suzy Lake, FF Alumn, now online at Art Canada Institute

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14. Joseph Keckler, FF Alumn, launches new website at josephkeckler.com

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15. Susan Kleinberg, FF Alumn, now online at vimeo.com

Five years ago today, Susan and I, along with director of photography John Armstrong and our crew were at the National Press Club in Washington DC to film LIGO’s historic announcement of its discovery of gravitational waves caused by the catastrophic collision of two black holes 1.4 billion years ago.

We also had been on location five months earlier at the LIGO Livingston Observatory near Baton Rouge on the day the discovery was made. We continued filming while the 1,000-member LIGO Scientific Collaboration kept the detection secret and wrestled with the apparent truth of their profound discovery, after a 40-year search.

I thought February 11, 2016 would be our last major production day and that post production would begin soon. But my plans changed when LIGO later made a second spectacular discovery and then Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, our three principal characters, won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Our last major shoot was, in fact. an icy, unforgettable week in Stockholm.

Our documentary, “LIGO,” has been in 12 film festivals, from Bali and Bhutan to Maui and Tokyo — and has won six awards, including Best Documentary at the Solaris Film Festival in Vienna. It returns next month, for the second year in a row, to the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, hosted by the Carnegie Institution for Science.

In this COVID year, all but two of the festival screenings were virtual. If you haven’t seen “LIGO,” we created a public Vimeo site for these showings.

“LIGO” can be seen at https://vimeo.com/397284387

LIGO Trailer - https://vimeo.com/295194785

We’ve had strong commentary about the film, which you’ll find on our website www.ligothefilm.com … along with information about upcoming screenings, including our return to the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital next month; and the Manhattan Film Festival in June (postponed from 2020). Many more to come, along with the public release of “LIGO” this spring.

Our eight-part video series, “A Discovery That Shook the World” has had over 50,000 views on YouTube and the five LIGO websites — I’m told that ranks it among the top one percent in science education. LIGO tweeted about it this morning:

In September, on the 5th Anniversary of the detection itself, we released an ebook based on the series. It includes the transcription of all eight episodes and more than 80 photographs and LIGO super computer images. It’s been a great success and will be published in print next month.

All of this was made possible by the invaluable support of the LIGO Laboratory, The National Science Foundation, MathWorks, Caltech and MIT.

Sarah Gossan, then a graduate student at Caltech, set the tone that morning at the National Press Club, “We’re seeing something that has never been seen before, and today, a lot of people’s dreams have come true."

Les Guthman





16. Crystal Z. Campbell, FF Alumn, at SF MoMA, CA, March 5-31 and more

Go-Rilla Means War, a short film that doubles as a relic of
gentrification found on the floor of the now demolished Slave Theater,
in Bed-Stuy, will be screening at SFMOMA from March 5-31st with works
by Garrett Bradley, Christopher Harris, and Edward Owens:

from the corner of my eye is a virtual retrospective of video/film
works on view at University of Rochester's Hartnett Gallery from Mar
1st-22nd, curated by Almudena Escobar-Lopez:

Debuting a 3-channel video installation of my latest short,
VIEWFINDER, at the Springfield Art Museum in the 4x4 exhibition
highlighting 4 artists in 4 neighboring states:

With warmth from the middle of the US,
Crystal Z Campbell



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller