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Contents for May 10, 2021

Weekly Spotlight: Mary L. Klein, FF Alumn, now online at

Mary L. Klein’s multimedia performance “Blue Tongues” is in the spotlight this week. This 47-minute solo performance, presented on March 19, 1993 at Wollman Hall in New York City, questions the basis of identities and the politicization of sexual preference. "Blue Tongues" also disrupts concepts of lesbianism and satirizes sexual theory, the fashion industry, and the art world. Framed by projections of paintings and text, "Blue Tongues" is directed by Stella Dawson and Karen Bralove-Stilwell and incorporates a chant created in collaboration with the Washington, D.C.-area Feminist Chorus, with audio engineering by Kennedy Smith. (Text by Eve Vishnick, FF Intern, Winter 2021)

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1. Peggy Ahwesh, FF Alumn, now online at Electronic Arts Intermix

Love and Theft: Peggy Ahwesh + Sondra Perry Play Video Games

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Video gaming is nearly as old as the mass-market television itself, with patents for ‘Cathode ray amusement devices’ dating back to 1947. As the first generation of video artists were staging interventions into the one-way directionality of TV, an industry of arcade and home-use interactive game consoles was emerging, raising a whole new set of conceptual possibilities and obstacles for the medium.

As curator Giampaolo Bianconi points out, video art history has not always known how to respond to this outgrowth, particularly in translating gaming’s real-time responsiveness and immersion into gallery-ready, single-channel works. For our seventh anniversary feature, Bianconi considers two videos that utilize footage from popular game franchises. Peggy Ahwesh’s She Puppet (2001) explores the “bazonga-femininity” of Laura Croft’s Tomb Raider, while Sondra Perry’s IT’S IN THE GAME ‘17 (2017) centers on the appropriated likenesses in Electronic Arts’s NCAA basketball series, both offering powerful commentary on virtuality, identity and theft. She Puppet is available through May 18th. Bianconi writes:

"Like video’s larger place in the history of art, video art doesn’t always know how to deal with video games. When used as an artistic medium, video games exacerbate the fundamental difficulties of video as a medium. Is this a work in and of itself or is it a record of an activity? Can the work survive removal from its material support? Can we find genuine agency among so many technologies? Artists who have tinkered with video games as a medium, including Peggy Ahwesh, Seth Price, JODI, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Cory Arcangel, and Sondra Perry, have answered these questions in various ways. A close work at two works—Peggy Ahwesh’s She Puppet (2001) and Sondra Perry’s IT’S IN THE GAME ‘17 (2017)—shows how, across almost twenty years, artists have contended with the potentials and pitfalls of video games."

Our programs are made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



2. Jessica Blinkhorn, Hector Canonge, Judy Giera, GOODW.Y.N., Amy Khoshbin, Georgia Lale, LuLu LoLo, Laura Splan, Lynn Yamamoto, Ed Woodham, FF Alumns in Art in Odd Places, 14th Street, Manhattan, May 14-16

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3. Modesto Flako Jimenez, FF Alumn, now online at Brooklyn Reader

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4. Ann P. Meredith, FF Alumn, to receive Steven Schwartzberg Grant from Dramatist Guild Foundation

Congratulations to Ann P. Meredith, FF Alumn, on the announcement she will receive the Steven Schwartzberg Grant from the Dramatist Guild Foundation.



5. Daze, Lady Pink, FF Alumns, now online in Art News

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6. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, now online in The New York Times

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7. LAPD, FF Alumns, live online and at Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, May 14-15

The New Compassionate Downtown A New Performance by Los Angeles Poverty Department.

May 14, and 15, 2021 at 8PM.
At Geffen Contemporary at MOCA plaza for a by invitation only, physically distanced audience
& on YouTube Live stream
May 14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1_nOxf7t6c
May 15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl4tl_7FBr0
May 6, 4-5pm: WEBINAR Creating the Compassionate City with Karen Mack, LA Commons; Charles Porter, UCEPP and Jeremy Liu, PolicyLink
Register at: https://losangelespovertydepartment.cmail19.com/t/r-l-tltlyhtd-owlkiyd-d/
Commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for WE RISE 2021
Visual Art by Robby Herbst

Downtown LA has long been marketed as a night-life destination. Los Angeles Poverty Department’s “The New Compassionate Downtown,” dares to imagine alternative marketing that draws people to Downtown who value the wisdom and compassionate practice exemplified by Skid Row residents and workers. The performance is set at a meeting of The New Compassionate Downtown, a diverse group of people living and working in all parts of Downtown who embrace building a community of compassion.

The performance promises that as a participant in The New Compassionate Downtown, “…you can live guilt- and resentment free. No longer will the subterranean guilt of ignoring privilege haunt you and through psychological- displacement manifest itself as anger.” The performance cuts from the meeting to scenes that concretely explore compassion, in action, as life unfolds daily.

Work on the performance began pre-pandemic and explores themes that have gained resonance in the past year. The performance will be staged in a socially distant manner by a cast of eleven Los Angeles Poverty Department performers and a very small, invited audience on The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA's outdoor plaza and it will be live streamed on YouTube. “The New Compassionate Downtown,” was devised in LA Poverty Department workshops live (pre-pandemic) and then on Zoom. All the cast members have contributed to the script.

The cast of the New Compassionate Downtown is Stephanie Bell, Iron Donato, Tom Grode, Leyla Martinez, Lee Maupin, Lorraine Morland, Clarence Powell, Dianne Prozeller, Anthony “ToneTone” Taylor and Maya Waterman. The performance is directed by John Malpede & Henriëtte Brouwers.

As with many LAPD projects, the performance is a central element of a multidisciplinary project that includes a visual arts component developed by collaborator Robby Herbst and a series of public conversations. Known for his idiosyncratic artworks and publications, including his socio-economic-psychological mappings of life in Los Angeles, Herbst is creating a new "guide", Compassion and Self-Deception; A Guide To Los Angeles' Moral Crisis. The print project will be published by LAPD and Herbst’s Llano del Rio Collective and begin distribution in the next months.

Public conversations will address not just the creation of housing but importantly, the creation of agency for all city residents to envision and determine their futures. The first conversation, “Creating the Compassionate City,” will take place this coming Thursday May 6th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM with arts and social change practitioners Karen Mack, Charles Porter and Jeremy Liu. Karen Mack is the founding director of LA Commons. LA Commons leverages art and cultural approaches to create positive change. Charles Porter has worked for 20-plus years in Skid Row with the United Coalition East Prevention Project to challenge systemic conditions and social disparities that threaten a healthy environment. Jeremy Liu, artist and social impact strategist, is the Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Equitable Development at PolicyLink.

Register for the webinar at: https://losangelespovertydepartment.cmail19.com/t/r-l-tltlyhtd-owlkiyd-c/
When you have registered, you get an email with the event link, and another reminder email an hour before the event starts.

The public conversations will continue throughout the summer and fall of 2021. Stay tuned for updates about the public conversations!

This project is funded by the Mike Kelly Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts – Theater, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Goethe-Institut, LA County Department of Arts and Culture, California Humanities and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), with additional support from The Box Gallery.



8. Barbara Bloom, FF Alumn, at David Lewis, thru July 13

David Lewis
Barbara Bloom
Works On Paper, on Paper
88 Eldridge Street & 47 West 12th Street*
May 7 —July 13, 2021

*Open by appointment only

David Lewis is pleased to present Works on Paper, on Paper, an exhibition of installations by Barbara Bloom, marking Bloom’s second exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition is in two parts across the gallery’s 88 Eldridge and 47 West 12th St locations. This will be the final exhibition before the gallery moves to TriBeCa in the Fall of 2021.

The exhibition is a companion to Bloom’s 2020 exhibition of the same title at Capitain Petzel, Berlin, which opened last March. The exhibition at David Lewis was originally scheduled to open in May of 2020 but was subsequently postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so we are, a year later, delighted to open this exhibition.

The works on view are composed of two series: Stand-Ins and Objects of Desire.

Stand-Ins, an ongoing body of work that Bloom began producing in the 1980s. Many of the works appear on an unfurled roll of seamless backdrop paper as a framing device, on which furniture is accompanied by particular objects and framed images. According to Bloom, these works “hover somewhere between sculpture, mise en scène, and the forensic clues left for a detective’s Perusal.”

Throughout her practice Bloom has explored the idea of tributes, and the ways in which one can conjure the presence of an absent person, or honor an intangible memory, through her work. Bloom has pondered the forms of memorials, commemoratives, and homages, and while these works take form in a realm that is close to portraiture, they are not portraits. This body of work is especially topical, as the feeling of an absent person has, over the course of the past year, taken on a whole new resonance and depth.

Objects of Desire, a series which Bloom debuted last year, considers objects as messengers between people, their capacity as carriers of meaning. Bloom is not a collector, but if she were, these would have been objects that she has coveted. The objects on view are not the originals of the ones she desires, but facsimiles, each displayed in a specific manner that infers the habits and actions of the original owner. Bloom prompts the viewer to consider the objects not just for their aesthetic, symbolic, or metaphoric qualities but as intermediaries between people.

Accompanying the exhibition is a small publication written by the artist, in which she examines the process and intention for each work presented. A forthcoming book, Works On Paper, On Paper, including text by writer Evan Moffitt, will be released in the Fall of 2021.

For more inquiries and information, contact: info@davidlewisgallery.com

David Lewis
88 Eldridge Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10002
+1 212 966 7990



9. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, now online at All Arts

A New Short Film Conceived and Performed by Taylor Mac
Streaming Now on All Arts!

Pomegranate Arts is thrilled to present Taylor Mac's Whitman in the Woods., starting May 2, 2021 at 10PM EST on All Arts. As the first Artist-in-Residence of the Emmy Award winning arts and culture hub, Mac was tasked to create content conceived entirely for the screen--- a first for the artist, and for creative producer Pomegranate Arts.

"This is our way of finding the fairy in Whitman... the queer and the wood spirit. I sing America indeed."
-Taylor Mac

Given this opportunity, Mac turned to 19th Century American poet and queer icon, Walt Whitman. This is not the first time Mac has channeled Whitman as a source of inspiration. Fans of the now legendary A 24-Decade History of Popular Music will remember Mac's portrayal of the 19th Century poet in a Decade #8's epic smackdown between Whitman and Stephen Foster over who would be awarded the title "Father of American Song."

For Whitman in the Woods, Mac selected favorite Whitman poems including “Native Moments” (interpreted three ways), “When I Heard at the Close of the Day”, “To A Stranger” and “XXIV” from Song of Myself.
Mac explains, “Like many others, my introduction to Walt Whitman happened indoors and through an academic, humorless, and heterosexual lens. As Whitman was so clearly in love with the outside world, with men, and had a unique sense of humor, I thought of a refreshing
way to deeply engage with his poems would be to put myself in nature and in drag, while performing them."

Pomegranate Arts was thrilled to bring old friends, Director Noah Greenberg and Editor Luis Moreno/ Other NYC, to the project to realize Mac's fresh vision for these classic works. Whitman In the Woods. marks Greenberg's directorial debut.

“I wanted to find a visual language that unified Whitman's words and Taylor's unique and brilliant performance. I had a careful plan for how to film each poem, and a loose idea of how they would all fit together in a larger film, but mostly I wanted to give Taylor room to improvise and play- to make room for both of us to discover something new together."
-Noah Greenberg

Whitman in the Woods. was shot with a small and intrepid crew following all safety protocols during the July 2020 heat wave in New York's Lower Hudson Valley. For all, it was a first opportunity to get back to work after the COVID-19 related lockdown. Mac's longtime collaborators Costume Designer Machine Dazzle and Makeup Designer Anastasia Durasova created looks for Mac inspired by the woodland surroundings, and in some cases, incorporated ferns, pinecones, snake skins and other natural elements found on set.
Rolled out in segments over the course of April in honor of National Poetry Month, Whitman In the Woods. can be enjoyed as a complete 15-minute film starting on May 2, 2021.
Watch it again or share it with friends! Whitman in the Woods will remain available for streaming on the free All Arts app and allarts.org and can be viewed in the NYC metro area on the All Arts TV Channel.

tel: 212-228-2221

Whitman in the Woods. is conceived and performed by Taylor Mac. Pomegranate Arts is Creative Producer: Linda Brumbach is Executive Producer and Alisa E. Regas is Producer. Noah Greenberg is Director, Cinematographer and Producer. Luis Moreno is Editor. Machine Dazzle is the Costume Designer. Anastasia Durasova is the Makeup Artist. For ALL ARTS, Kristy Geslain is Senior Producer. Joe Harrell is Senior Director. Jörn Weisbrodt is Artistic Director (2018-2020). James King is Artistic Director (present). Diane Masciale and Neal Shapiro are Executives in Charge.

About Pomegranate Arts

Founded by Linda Brumbach in 1998, Pomegranate Arts is an independent production company based in New York City dedicated to the development of international performing arts projects. As a creative producing team, Pomegranate Arts works in close collaboration with contemporary artists and arts institutions to bring bold and ambitious artistic ideas to fruition. With a hands-on approach, Pomegranate creates unique structures and partnerships in all performance mediums. Whether creating a new work with established artists at the peak of their career or introducing the vision of a younger artist, Pomegranate specializes in producing provocative performance events of the highest quality.



ALL ARTS is breaking new ground as the premier destination for inspiration, creativity and art of all forms. This New York Emmy-winning arts and culture hub is created by The WNET Group, the parent company of New York’s PBS stations. With the aim of being accessible to viewers everywhere, ALL ARTS’ Webby-nominated programming – from digital shorts to feature films – is available online nationwide through allarts.org, the free ALL ARTS app on all major streaming platforms, and @AllArtsTV on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. New York area TV viewers can also watch the 24/7 broadcast channel.

For all the ways to watch, visit: allarts.org/everywhere.



10. Paul Zelevansky, FF Alumn, now online


“Taking stock of what I have and what I haven’t. What do I find? The things I got will keep me satisfied..."

(Irving Berlin, “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” 1946)



PZ, 5/4/2021



11. Jodie Fink, Vernita Nemec, Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumns, online at Sculpture Alliance thru May 30

“Up-Cycling Detritus”
Curated by Vernita Nemec
Sculptors Alliance is pleased to present: "Up-Cycling Detritus" curated by Vernita Nemec View online at: http://www.sculptorsalliance.org/online-exhibitions
Online Release: Thursday April 15, 2021
Online Exhibition: April 15, 2021 - May 30, 2021
Online Panel Discussion: Friday May 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM

The Online Panel Discussion will be open to the public.

Information to access the online gathering will be provided via email invitation to those who RSVP at rsvp@sculptorsalliance.org by May 05, 2021. Instructions will be provided via email.

From April 15, 2021 - May 30, 2021, Sculptors Alliance, a New York-based not-for-profit organization, is presenting a virtual exhibition "Up-Cycling Detritus" on the Sculptors Alliance website.

"Up-Cycling Detritus" presents works by 44 artists who bridge the boundaries of sculpture in an effort to conceive their works using valuable materials that otherwise would have been discarded. Listed alphabetically by last name, they are:

Penny Babel, Z Behl, Michèle Fandel Bonner, Ellen Burnett, Emanuela Camacci, Irene Christensen, Marieken Cochius, Pam Cooper, Kyle Cottier, May deViney, Katherine Earle, Jodie Fink, Deb Flagel, Bess French, Garth Fry, Chris Hynes, Kazuo Ishikawa, Sun Young Kang, Soyoung L Kim, Henry Klimowitz, Bernice Sokol Kramer, Yvonne Lamar Rogers, Sandra Lapage, Eric David Laxman, Kathy Levine, Madeline Lord, Rick McCoy, Elizabeth Morrisette, Kenichi Nakajima, Minga Opazo, Carol Oster, Carol Paik, Gale Rothstein, Sophia Ruppert, Dani Schuller, Ruby Silvious, Ian Trask, Rebecca McGee Tuck, Yuko Uchida, Jeanne Verdoux, April Wright, Toby Zallman, Larry Zdeb, and Dolores Zorreguieta.

Upcycling is an important part of what humans can do to alleviate the environmental destruction of our planet and the artists in this exhibit are actively promoting the value of upcycling through their art making. Lewis Hyde in his book “The Gift” describes early artists as shamans whose art had the power to heal illness, bless the harvest and create culture, but the power of art continues to influence behavior in our contemporary world.

“Collectively, we believe that there is value, opportunity, and possibility for creation, action and expression in the objects that are discarded every second as well as the time imprinted in revisiting these objects to elevate their destiny. According to Merriam-Webster, ‘Upcycling’ is ‘creating an object of greater value from a discarded object of lesser value’ but in this exhibition we aim to prove that this definition is wrong! For us, ‘Upcycling’ is ‘the transformation of objects of great value into objects with even greater value.’”

—Marco Palli, President of Sculptors Alliance.

Images of electrified babies fashioned from discarded plastic bottles, birds made of wire-wrapped bits of fabric and metal, assemblages of painted and broken objects, paper shredded and transformed, clothing stuffed and painted, cardboard crushed and twisted, plastic bags crocheted into animals and rugs, leftovers of fabric, wood, or steel transformed into shoes, creatures, idols. These artists continue to set an example through their art making and the message implicit in it.

The questions concerning what materials we discard and how these materials decompose or not are ones that continue to baffle even the staunchest environmental activists in our community. Although in theory, paper can be recycled many times, its initial production now largely takes place in industrialized monoculture tree farms, with little future ecological value. Plastic, a crucial commodity for packaging, now fills our oceans, destroying sea life, while remaining nearly indestructible itself.

“Sixty-six percent of discarded paper and cardboard was recycled, 27 percent of glass, and 8 percent of plastics were recycled. Glass and metal can be recycled indefinitely; paper can be recycled five to seven times before it’s too degraded to be made into “new” paper; plastic can only be recycled once or twice—and usually not into a food container—since the polymers break down in the recycling process.”

—Renee Cho, Author at State of the Planet.*

Sculptors Alliance makes an effort in developing programs that foster sustainability. We believe that it is essential for us to educate, exhibit and discuss Sculpture in the terms of sustainability. We are proud to present this exhibition, with thanks to all our supporters, participants, and volunteers.

Sculptors Alliance has the honor and privilege to be Vernita Nemec’s ally supporting the 20th Art from Detritus exhibition: “Up-cycling Detritus." A special thank to her, and also recognition goes not only to the artists selected to be part of this show, but all the participants who entrusted their works to us for consideration.

Upon viewing the large pool of applicants who entered the open call for "Up-cycling Detritus," curator Vernita Nemec stated:
"Jurying an exhibition is not an easy task, for there are so many aspects that must be considered—especially in an exhibition having to do with environmental concerns. Of the thousands of images submitted, so many were creative, smart, and beautiful works that I wish I could have selected them all, but sadly I couldn't."

—Vernita Nemec, Curator.
* Source: https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/03/13/fix-recycling-america/

About the curator:
Vernita Nemec is an artist and curator who serves as Director of Viridian Artists and on the Board of Advisors of Soho20 in Chelsea NYC. She is the former Executive Director of Artists Talk on Art in New York City (1989-1999). Nemec is the creator of “Art from Detritus” (AFD) and conceived the first AFD Exhibition in 1993. The concept has received supportive funding from the Puffin Foundation, the Kaufmann Foundation, and the National Recycling Coalition, just to name a few. AFD has been presented through the U.S. at numerous universities, galleries, and corporate sites.

About the organization:
Sculptors Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization established in 1980 to support sculpture in the arts, through exhibitions and educational programs. We are devoted to supporting artists and organizations that include sculpture in their plans, facilitating programs centered on sculpture, for the benefit of the public with the intent of fostering creativity in our community, and for the benefit of the sculptors with the intent of fostering their career development.

Sculptors Alliance has long enjoyed an active exhibition history at galleries and alternative spaces in and around New York City. We are now reaching out to our community by the development of an online program in which exhibitions with virtual meetings can be attended by people everywhere.

About us:

137 East 36th Street #2B
New York, Ny, 10016
United States
Tel. 917-743-9272
Social media: @sculptors.alliance
Press Contact: press@sculptorsalliance



12. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, at Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY thru May 23

I am having a solo show at Sara Nightingale gallery, 26 Main Street, Sag Harbor, Long Island. The show is titled “Behind the Seen” and is up through May 23rd.



13. Zackary Drucker, FF Alumn, film updates and SPOOKABLE launch

Hello World,

It's Zackary Drucker calling. I've missed you terribly— every minute of every hour of every day since I was last a human being. I am writing to you with some creative updates…

I am so excited for you to meet Spookable: A trans horror/comedy television series I am producing! Please support these young trans creatives as they close in on their funding goal— they need 9k more to get the green light! Every contribution counts.

SPOOKABLE is an epic story that has never before been seen on the screen! Imagine the love child of Scary Movie, American Horror Story, and Lovecraft Country with an ENTIRELY TRANS CAST. It's an outrageously fun horror/comedy about two trans people, a trans woman and trans-man-turned-werewolf, who fall in love in a world full of supernatural monsters (sounds close to reality huh?)!! I am so excited to be involved in this project, and I hope you find it exciting and ground-breaking too! Please support them by visiting the following URL.


If you haven’t already seen The Lady and the Dale, please watch it on HBO Max! I co-directed it with Nick Camilleri! The Lady and the Dale is a documentary miniseries revolving around the indomitable Elizabeth Carmichael, who launched Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation and created a car called "The Dale". The series features some FAB animation, check it out!

There are some press highlights: A Time interview, Indiewire, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, and The Queer Review.

Sending LOVE, as ever, Z



14. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, now online in the Brooklyn Rail

Joseph Nechvatal's art review of the Hypnose exhibition in Nantes at The Brooklyn Rail at: https://brooklynrail.org/2021/05/artseen/Hypnose



15. Whoop Dee Doo, FF Alumns, at Garden of the Humanitarians, Manhattan, May 15

A free live show for the community

Sat May 15 from 6-9p
rain date: Sun May 16 from 6-9p
@ Garden of the Humanitarians: 270 East 4th St NYC

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Join us on Saturday, May 15, at the Garden of the Humanitarians for a free, live show for the community, open to all ages and fun for kids and adults alike!

Whoop Dee Doo artists, working in collaboration with local students and community members, founders of Garden of the Humanitarians, and the classical Indian dance company Aalokam, will stage a series of short performances (10-15 min), which change throughout the day in response to the setting of the sun. Through dance and an immersive set designed and built by the artists and local students, the performances will portray the story of a decades-long transformation of the community garden, told through the backdrop of a giant oversized sink.

This event is organized through Whoop Dee Doo’s residency in Artists Alliance’s LES Studio Program. Please note that this event will follow all New York State COVID guidelines. Masks will be required for entry and can be provided on-site if needed.

Special thanks to the office of New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera.



16. Jerry Kearns, FF Member, now online at White Hot Magazine

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17. Arlene Rush, FF Member, at Aha Fine Art, Brooklyn, reception May 15

"Recording The Nude"

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AHA Fine Art Grand Opening Reception on
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 5-9 PM in their new space
May 7 - May 30, 2021
*A mask is required to enter the building

56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
Gallery hours are as follows:
Friday - Sunday, 12pm - 6pm
and by appointment
email: info@ahafineart.com



18. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, now online in American Illustration - American Photography

Please take a look at this article & interview about the latest
"Upcycling Detritus" exhibit happening virtually at the Sculptors Alliance!

A special thanks to all the wonderful artists in the show!

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19. Isabella Bannerman, FF Alumn, at White Plains Library, NY, opening June 1

The White Plains Library Museum Gallery presents “Regeneration” June 1 - September 3, 2021. The exhibition looks at a future focused on climate justice and includes drawing, collage, mixed media, photography, painting and poetry. Participating artists are Stephanie J. Alvarado, Isabella Bannerman, Diane Brawarsky, Carlos Mateu, Gina Randazzo and Ed Young. White Plains Library Museum Gallery, 100 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY,




20. Mark Bloch, Ray Johnson, FF Alumns, now online at David Zwirner

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An online-only presentation published in conjunction with the current Ray Johnson exhibition at David Zwirner, WHAT A DUMP features a series of ten answering machine messages by Ray Johnson to Mark Bloch. The elaborate online page (URL above) covers different facets of the exhibition. About 2/3 of the way down the page is a clickable sound piece from Mark Bloch featuring the voice of Johnson from the 1980s and 90s. Bloch was also a lender to the exhibition with a few mailed pieces sent by Johnson. Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP at David Zwirner on 19th StreetDavid Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition on the American artist Ray Johnson (1927–1995), curated by Jarrett Earnest, at the gallery’s West 19th Street location in New York. Organized in collaboration with The Ray Johnson Estate, the exhibition will feature many never-before-exhibited works from the 1960s through the 1990s, focusing on Johnson as a seminal and influential queer artist as well as on his recurring fandoms and obsessions—from Arthur Rimbaud, Yoko Ono, and Shelley Duvall to false eyelashes—situated within an array of archival materials from his friends and collaborators. The 19th Street gallery is open to the public with a limited number of visitors allowed into the exhibition spaces at a time, in accordance with city guidelines.The show closes May 22.



21. R. Sikoryak, Kriota Willberg, FF Alumns, at Toronto Comic Fest, Canada, thru May 15

Hi all,

I’ll be taking part in the virtual Toronto Comics Arts Festival, which runs from today through May 15. This is one of my favorite comics shows, and for this online edition they’ve put together a wide range of events.

Details below.

TCAF Zoom Exhibitor Room

Sunday, May 9. 8-10pm ET

A virtual space for creators, publishers, and TCAF attendees to meet each other. Stop by to chat with me as I do some live drawing, share slideshows, and more.

Use this URL (scroll to Sunday, May 9, 8-10pm for my Zoom):

Kriota and many other artists will also have rooms at the same time—you can jump from one room to the next.

Carousel: Comics Performances at TCAF

Friday, May 14. 7 pm ET

Carousel returns with live readings and images from Abby Denson (Kitty Sweet Tooth), Decur (When You Look Up), and John Jennings (After the Rain). Hosted by R. Sikoryak.
These creators will offer an illuminating intersection of comics of the moment. Take a spin and stay to ask some questions about the varied and wonderful world of comics! Lorena Torres Loaiza joins as Spanish interpreter.

Register at:

Full TCAF Program schedule:

TCAF Marketplace
May 8 - May 15.
The marketplace will run through the whole week of the festival. I’ll be selling Constitution Illustrated and other comics.


You can also peruse and purchase from the other TCAF exhibitors, Spring Canzine vendors, and check out some amazing indie games from Comics x Games.


Related TCAF events:
2021 Doug Wright Awards
Saturday, May 8. 8 p.m. ET
I’ve contributed live drawing videos to this year’s Doug Wright Awards, which recognize the best in Canadian comics published in English.

Streaming at:
and at:

And Kriota’s got a panel too:
Graphic Medicine Confab Panel
Friday May 14. 2:45-3:45 pm ET
Registration for Libraries and Education Day is required.

Register at::

The Graphic Medicine Confab: Am I Teaching Graphic Medicine?

Our panel description: Join the Graphic Medicine Confab collective of cartoonist/educators Georgia Webber, Joel Christian Gill, Benjamin Schwartz, Kriota Willberg, and their guest librarian Matthew Noe for a panel moderated by Katherine Stebbins. This dynamic group shares their interests in graphic medicine topics including illness narratives, history, racism, surviving trauma, and more. They describe multiple approaches to teaching graphic medicine to medical, artistic, academic, and self-care populations. When you combine various resources, teaching objectives, course topics, and classroom exercises, it becomes evident that there are many different ways you could be teaching graphic medicine.

Thanks for reading to the end! I hope to see you virtually. And in person, very soon. R Sikoryak



22. Gearóid Dolan, FF Alumn, receives IndieFest Awards and more

Gearóid Dolan aka screaMachine won two Awards of Merit each for their two films in this year's IndieFest Awards.

"The Biggest Obstacle" won:
Award of Merit: Disability Issues
Award of Merit: Documentary Feature


"Protest: Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality, NYC 2020" won:
Award of Merit: Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
Award of Merit: Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising

Both were also selected for this year’s NYC Independent Film Festival, which will be held in The Producer’s Club next month.
“The Biggest Obstacle” on Wednesday, June 9th, 6pm

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"Protest: Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality, NYC 2020”, with other shorts, on Friday, June 11th, 5:15pm
The other shorts are: “In Transit” by Martijn Veldhoen, “The Heartland” by Marquise Mays and “The Skin I’m in” by Adrian Vieni.

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