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Contents for June 01, 2021

Robbie McCauley, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

please visit these links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/obituaries/robbie-mccauley-dead.html

For archival documentation of Robbie performing at Franklin Furnace over the years please visit this link:

http://franklinfurnace.proof-cloud.com/fmi/iwp/cgi?-db=ffa_Events&-loadframes

thank you.

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Weekly Spotlight: Steven Ausbury & Irina Danilova, FF Alumns, now online at https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/36/rec/2

This week’s spotlight shines on MIR is Here! by artists Steven Ausbury and Irina Danilova. This performance art piece was presented live on January 15, 1999 via Franklin Furnace's Future of the Present series, broadcast on Pseudo Online Network. The performance MIR is Here! appropriates two common paradigms from outer space-- the "space walk" and "space station," redeploying them in urban situations. Danilova, portraying a Russian cosmonaut, and Ausbury as a U.S. astronaut broadcast press conferences "from space." The early Internet video transmission quality adds to the character of the 1999 live video broadcasts from the real Mir. This 30-minute video offers a unique performative look at late 20th-century space and space travel, and concludes with live and online post-performance chat and Q&A with the audience and Franklin Furnace Founding Director Emerita Martha Wilson and intern Alexander J. G. Walsh. (Text by Rahna Morgan, FF Intern, Spring 2021)

Please watch here:

https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/36/rec/2

thank you.

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1. Carlos Martiel, FF Alumn, at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Manhattan, June 2

Carlos Martiel (b. 1989, Havana) lives and works in NY. Martiel’s works have been shown in the biennials of Venice, Sharjah, and Vancouver; at the Stedelijk Museum, Walker Art Center, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, MOLAA, Frost Art Museum, and the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, and elsewhere. His works are included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum; Museu de Arte do Rio, and the PAMM, among others.

Register for Dayna Danger: Remote Intimacies at:

https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001jFwNPAG5DScxrHpAzRfHXhj_d9mjcRWBhqG8Uhb3NcBZN9pPLJBT1MaWu2zYjG5AYFzShTDbqUPkagy2MKBFN6pDz9eUnd3qIFxNFI-DRDNKpYljtYf9U8rYJ4bYx06i18WgwtRQ14UDoR-V6L73QtwMpVfiohjRNhwlgnsnywIOD_XmowiilZogwhAuE3UHEEuRLnM7q2pk__rL46k0HA==&c=RTx-1Z55LB1jSVAynP55FRYXn-oFuTw2KlAOUYLu4nmX1jSEGw48Jg==&ch=QljyFk5NwuN0zfQ7fOL4SxEPQR4IZ8tCZ7K-OSIxD6v_Qhj_diSXEQ==

For this iteration of our Remote Intimacies performance series Danger will draw their performance/screening from their immersion in the hide tanning traditions passed down from their great-grandmother. Danger will join from the Buckskin Babes Hide Tanning Camp in Tio'tia:ke, or so-called Montreal, Canada, where they are currently in residence. Following the screening, they will be in conversation with artist and curator Regan de Loggans

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2. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, at Sarasota Art Museum, FL, thru Nov. 14

Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, has curated an exhibition of the art of Charles McGill.

Please visit this link:

https://www.sarasotaartmuseum.org/charles-mcgill/

thank you.

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3. Brendan Fernandes, FF Alumn, now online at Design Miami

Design Miami has featured a text work of mine in their most recent newsletter. It is a letter written to Isamu Noguchi after my solo show at The Noguchi Museum in 2019, and is part of the publication “Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the Arts”. I hope you can find insight in my words to him.

https://shop.designmiami.com/blogs/news/a-letter-to-noguchi

Hoping our paths can cross again soon!

Brendan

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4. Justin Randolph Thompson, FF Alumn, recent news

Here is a link to one performance: https://www.sndancegroup.org/events/harlem-air-shaft-1?fbclid=IwAR332A6ibcpLfrYZCR-KY86pkJi-HJ5tVL0k5eXj43BQQCf8bPdllOk5VTw

The other will be on the Socrates site soon.
https://socratessculpturepark.org/programs/all/

Thanks,

Justin Randolph Thompson

www.justinrandolphthompson.com

Director and Co-Founder of Black History Month Florence
www.blackhistorymonthflorence.com

Producer and Founder of Friskin' the Whiskers
www.friskinthewhiskers.com

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5. Brendan Fernandes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Louise Lawler, Adam Pendleton, FF Alumns, at Hellenic Parliament Library and Printing House, Athens, Greece, opening June 11

PORTALS—a group show and collaboration between NEON and the Hellenic Parliament in Athens, Greece, curated by Elina Kountouri and Madeleine Grynsztejn.

https://neon.org.gr/en/exhibition/portals/

Opening June 11, PORTALS will take place at the former Public Tobacco Factory in Athens. The project engages this newly renovated cultural centre through a series of site specific installations and performances contributed by 59 artists from 27 countries.

Former Public Tobacco Factory
Hellenic Parliament Library and Printing House
218 Lenorman St.
104 43, Athens

Participating Artists: Nikos Alexiou, El Anatsui, Dimitrios Antonitsis, Kutluğ Ataman, Kostas Bassanos, Vlassis Caniaris, Joana Choumali, Anastasia Douka, Eirene Efstathiou, Brendan Fernandes, Apostolos Georgiou, Jeffrey Gibson, Robert Gober, Vangelis Gokas, Sonia Gomes, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Shilpa Gupta, Elif Kamisli, Kapwani Kiwanga, Panos Kokkinias, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Jannis Kounellis, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Liliane Lijn, Maria Loizidou, Tala Madani, Teresa Margolles, Steve McQueen, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Marisa Merz, Ad Minoliti, Alex Mylona, Nikos Navridis, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Duro Olowu, Maria Papadimitriou, Dimitris Papaioannou, Cornelia Parker, Adam Pendleton, Solange Pessoa, Francis Picabia, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Ed Ruscha, Dana Schutz, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Elias Sime, Christiana Soulou, Do Ho Suh, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Alexandros Tzannis, Adriana Varejão, Erika Verzutti, Adrián Villar Rojas , Danh Võ, Daphne Wright, Myrto Xanthopoulou, Billie Zangewa.

The new commissions are by artists: Anastasia Douka, Brendan Fernandes, Elif Kamisli, Panos Kokkinias, Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Glenn Ligon, Maria Loizidou, Teresa Margolles, Ad Minoliti, Duro Olowu, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Alexandros Tzannis, Adrián Villar Rojas and Danh Võ.

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6. Joseph Nechvatal, Martha Wilson, David Hammons, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, RIchard Prince, Cindy Sherman, FF Alumns, now online in White Hot Magazine

Joseph Nechvatal hails Martha Wilson in his review of The Pinault Collection at La Bourse de Commerce in Paris at Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art at:

https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/la-bourse-de-commerce-2021/4997

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7. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, now online in The New York Times

Please visit this link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/arts/television/1971-year-music-changed-everything.html?searchResultPosition=1

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8. Jane Dickson, FF Alumn, recent news

Dear Friends,
I'm pleased to share my current projects with you.

A show of recent drawings at James Fuentes online gallery, and on the Zwirner Platform Online, both running May 20- June 20.

For work at James Fuentes, visit:
https://janedickson.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aee73176286b48787964d06c3&id=5804f9f9cb&e=a8fde9472e

For work at Zwirner Platform Online, visit:
https://janedickson.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aee73176286b48787964d06c3&id=5ff89b7ad6&e=a8fde9472e

I have work IRL in the Intimate Intricate exhibition at Allouche Gallery, curated by Swoon.

Allouche Gallery
May 6- June 2
82 Gansevoort St
New York, NY 10014

I'm thrilled to release my first photo print edition, published by Stems Gallery, Bruxelles.

and I was delighted to do album Cover art for Spanish musician Sau Poler's new release, Nocturno.

I hope you are healthy and enjoying more calm, freedom and the beautiful weather.

Jane

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9. Bonnie Ora Sherk, FF Alumn, now online at Youtube

Hello Again Friends,

For those who may have missed my illustrated talk on the Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco, we now have a link to the You Tube video recorded on May 5, 2021. The Presentation was made in conjunction with the Planet Drum Foundation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr-Wt_fMiwQ

Please view at your leisure and see the many opportunities for ecological transformation and flood mitigation, including some of the past accomplishments and ecological transformations that address many local, national, and international issues, including climate change, sea level rise, and other related systemic issues that Life Frames, Inc. & A Living Library have made, and projects we are still working on.

Even though this particular Watershed is in San Francisco, there are many applicable opportunities that we are working on that are transferable to other places.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Bonnie Ora

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10. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, now online

please visit this link:

https://agelessnewyork.cityofnewyork.us/ken-butler/

thank you

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11. Circus Amok, FF Alumns, at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, opening June 8

Dear Friends of Circus Amok!

Please join us on June 8th, 2021 at 6pm for:

“We Remember: A Community Covid Memorial”
Dedication and Activation at Green-Wood Cemetery
(5th Ave & 25th Street Entrance, Brooklyn NY)

Twenty NYC community groups are coming together to create a memorial honoring those lost to Covid-19.

Join us on June 8 as we honor our dead through music and dance, create a shared space for reflection, and complete the memorial, which will remain up for the month of June. Featuring performance and offerings by:

La Troupe Makandal
Aeilushi Mistry
Winston "Jeggae" Hoppie,
Mazarte & the Villalobos Brothers
Judith Berkson
Monica Hope & Kelvyn Bell
and Brooklyn Roots Lullaby Project

FB event for dedication
https://fb.me/e/EM9YVvZY

With Gratitude,
Jenny Romaine
from Great Small Works +
Naming The Lost Memorials +
Circus Amok

Naming the Lost Memorials is a small team of volunteer artists, activists, and folklorists who have lost loved ones, neighbors, and co-workers to Covid-19. In response to the ever-accumulating numbers of deceased, we have been creating memorial sites in New York City to name and remember victims of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our work began in May 2020. Now we’ve passed the first anniversary since the first Covid deaths occurred in the United States and the pandemic continues to take lives daily. We know that grieving and mourning are far from finished, even as vaccination brings hope. Our intention is to continue the necessary process of mournfully and respectfully naming those lost to COVID. The virus continues to claim lives and we are continuing the work of creating memorial sites to name and honor the lost. Visit our website for helpful instructions and other examples of memorials that we and others have made: https://namingthelost.com/memorials/.

List of Community Partners Contributing to the Memorial:
Hebrew Tabernacle
Fort Tryon Jewish Center
Flushing Town Hall
Inside Change Arts: Bowery Resident Street Artists & The 5th Grade Formulators of the Bedford Village School
Building Stories
Bronx Documentary Center
Mazarte Dance Company Inc.
Brooklyn Roots
Guyana Cultural Association of New York
Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA)
Makandal: Bridging the Past and the Future of Traditional Haitian Arts Teachers and Writers Collaborative
Mixteca
Academy of Medical and Public Health Services
The Center For Family Life
JouvayFest
Collective Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
Worker Justice Project
Caring Majority

Co-Produced with Circus Amok and Great Small Works and Funded by Green-wood Foundation, Great Small Works, City Lore, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts Folk Arts Program, CATCH (Center for Art, Tradition, and Cultural Heritage)

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12. Morgan O’Hara, FF Alumn, online June 4

ON FRIDAY 4 JUNE 2021
7:00 - 9:00 PM BRITISH SUMMER TIME 20:00 - 22:00 EUROPEAN TIME
11AM - 1:00 PM CALIFORNIA TIME 2:00 - 4:00 PM NEW YORK TIME MIDNITE - 2:00AM ASIAN TIME
WE WILL BE GATHERING ON ZOOM
TO HANDWRITE FOR THE FIRST TIME
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF
CLIMATE RIGHTS
YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US.
PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YOUR COPY OF THE DOCUMENT PRIOR TO THE SESSION. You will need a pen, paper and a copy of the document before the session begins.
The text of the UDCR can be found here:
https://leonardalf.com/udcr/
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 740 1498 9471 Passcode: Estuary21
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74014989471?pwd=aHh4OFJmbk1Pd21JakJLYUhHSXZ6UT09
INTRODUCED BY HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION,
A SOCIAL ART PRACTICE BEGUN IN JANUARY 2017.
THIS SESSION IS A PART OF THE ESTUARY FESTIVAL 2021 / METAL IN THE UK AND HAS BEEN ORGANIZED BY THEA BEHRMAN, MORGAN O’HARA AND LEONARD ALF
www.handwritingtheconstitution.com
www.estuaryfestival.com

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13. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, now online at Patreon

Penny Arcade has uploaded New Works to her online Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/Penny_Arcade

Performance: New York Values 2019

Performance Improvisation PS 122 2011

Steve Ben Israel. Interview for The Lower East Side Biography Project

Penny Arcade Performance Patreon is by donation - beginning at $2.00 we offer inclusion in our artistic community for all with dignity

This week we have uploaded a three videos

a. One Night only solo performance of New York Values we did September 30th 2019 for the Greenwich Village Festival at Joe's Pub

In the summer of 2019, I was approached my old friend Danny Kapillion, producer around town, to take part in a festival devoted to downtown New York, The Greenwich Village Festival devoted to the kind of art, music and counterculture the Village in particular is known for. The events for the festival take place at lots of different venues but Danny asked us to present our performance at Joe’s Pub, where we present so much work. We thought we would present one more performance of Longing Lasts Longer having just done four performances at Joe’s but Danny asked if we would do something special for the festival, so Steve and I decided to revisit New York Values, our 2002 post 9/11 performance piece where I presented an "Autopsy on the Death of Bohemia" along with with an investigation of the "new" political correctness coming from liberal American universities along with a fresh inquirey into Orwells 1984 with the post 9/11 front line fascism leading to Totalitarianism. We revisited and re-investigated what had changed and what had stayed the same 17 years later.
Steve and I revisited the script and created an updated version of that show which has resonance in the present moment.
We continued to re-envision this show with two developmental performances at Pangea when Covid closed everything down and in June 2020 we did a live zoom performance with accapella songs added - marking my return to singing in my work

b. A 7 minute improvisational performance
As is my style, I improvised a one-off performance. I enjoy going on stage with only IDEAS and trying to make theatre out of NOTHING. I brought a small bag with a little derringer lighter I bought at a truck stop. It had a red beam…and I decided that would be my prop.

I discussed with Steve Zehentner, my long-time collaborator a three-part structure. We didn’t rehearse. Steve improvised the music live. The third part would start when stage manager Lori E Seid yelled, “Start now!”, signaling the last 12 seconds where the lights would do a slow fade leaving me in the dark.

The piece focused on all the people who once worked in the space, the reality of my not having performed in the space that had been my home theatre in New York since 1985. I also revealed how I had long dealt with my career frustration over the years in the Not For Profit Industrial Complex, and broke down the categories that make it up: The arts administrators, the boards and funders, the artists, and the critics. I also spoke about the difference between the Avant-Garde and the rear guard.

In the last minutes I sang the last verse from Mein Herr from Cabaret, ending in total darkness.

You have to understand the way I am,
Mein Herr.
A tiger is a tiger, not a lamb.
Mein Herr.
You'll never turn the vinegar to jam,
Mein Herr.
So I do...
What I do...
When I'm through...
Then I'm through...
And I'm through...
Toodle-oo!

c. Also uploaded this week is our Lower Eastside Biography Project interview with the actor and performance genius great Steve Ben Israel

Steve Ben Israel was a giant in alternative theatre , first as a mesmerizing force in The Living Theater and later in his own one man shows. Originally a jazz drummer he sequed into comedy deeply affected by Lenny Bruce.
When I first saw Stevie Ben, as many of us affectionately refered to him, in 1981 or 1982
At Theatre For The New City , I sat in shock thru his entire performance wondering constantly thru the performance how he could weave the web of intimacy with us the audience. I then remembered where I had seen him before! In Paradise Now The Living Theatre’s extraordinary performace at BAM in 1968.
Steve’s work was always surreal and hilarious and deeply poetic and always political in the most transparent sense ; politics as in what people do to each other. Stevie Ben was deeply optimistic, a quality that Judith Malina shared and which as she once told me made her an anarchist.
Stevie Ben was an anarchist and a peacenik, deeply oppose to the death penalty, he participated in many street performances against executions with The Living Theatre Called “Not In My Name”.
Steve Ben Israel was an early and constant supporter of my work.
The first thing he ever said to me was “I was your show. Penny Arcade: no dick jokes! Brilliant!”
Stevie Ben continued to always make a point see my work and I always continued to make the point that it was he who had shown me what it was possible to create in solo performance.
Steve Ben Israel was a giant in performance and theatre and never got his due.He knew this and it did not stop his momentum in constant artistic inquirey.
Stevie B was also an extraordinary human, a unique philosopher who defined the creative spirit and personal, political and cultural evolution. We miss Stevie Ben and are honored to share him with you

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14. Alice Klugherz, FF Alumn, online at Dance Entropy, June 8-July 31

As part of The Green Space's FERTILE GROUND 2021 SEASON
Alice Klugherz's Becoming MeToo, an excerpt from Deer In the Light will be streamed June 8 - July 31

Becoming MeToo
An excerpt from Deer In the Light
Choreographed, directed and performed by Alice Klugherz with
Cynthia Xavier
Text and voiceover by Marlene Nichols
Music sample PJ Harvey
Costumes by Alice Klugherz
Video by Peter Richards

List of artists on this program:
wantheater/Huiwang Zhang
Living Story Lab
Crosses
Ninja Ballet
wonderland/wizehart Alice Klugherz
Catey Ott Dance Collective

Tickets are by donation of $10 or more
https://danceentropy.networkforgood.com/projects/120567-fertile-ground-2021-performances

My Bio:
Alice Klugherz started performing her docu/whimsy talk/dance work in1988. She writes, choreographs and performs through the perspective of an aging feminist. Her work delves into the chaos of everyday life: technology overload, agism and loneliness. She has received an Independent Challenge Grant (The Field), a Public Imaginations Grant (Dance Theatre Workshop), three LMCC grants: Creative Imaginations (2017&18) and a SuCasa in 2020. In 2020 she received a Franklin Furnace. Alice has performed at PS122, Dixon Place; Dance Theatre Workshop, West End Theatre Pre COVID she was a regular reader at the late Cornelia St Café and Pangea.

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15. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, now online at You Tube

Dear Friends: Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested. If they are, tell me and I will send you&them a PERFORMANCE ART SAINT CERTIFICATE. Gratitude..... In art=life=love, Chicken Linda

https://youtu.be/aMIbeR8KWhE

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16. Sol LeWitt, FF Alumn, at 192 Books, Manhattan, June 3

192 Books
192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street
T: 212.255.4022
Thursday, June 3rd at 6 PM

David S. Areford—Locating Sol LeWitt

With David S. Areford, Anna Lovatt, Veronica Roberts, and Kirsten Swenson

Presented by 192 Books and Paula Cooper Gallery, this live virtual event will be streamed directly on PCG Studio on June 3rd at 6 PM ET. There is no login or rsvp required. A recording will be archived and posted shortly afterwards.

Locating Sol LeWitt
(Yale University Press, 2021)
Order via 192 Books

A pioneer of minimalism and conceptual art, Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) is best known for his monumental wall drawings. LeWitt’s broad artistic practice, however, also included photography, artist’s books, sculpture, and printmaking. From the familiar to the underappreciated aspects of the artist’s oeuvre, this book examines the ways that LeWitt’s work was multidisciplinary, humorous, philosophical, and even religious.

Locating Sol LeWitt contains nine new essays that explore the artist’s work across media and address topics, such as LeWitt’s formative friendships with colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art in the early 1960s; his photographs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side; his 1979 collaboration with Lucinda Childs and Philip Glass and its impact on his printmaking; and his commissions linked to Jewish history and the Holocaust. The essays offer insights into the role of parody, experimentation, and uncertainty in the artist’s practice, along with contingency in relation to site, space, and movement. Together, these studies shed light on the full scope of LeWitt’s creativity and offer a multifaceted reassessment of this singular and influential artist.
David S. Areford is associate professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints (Yale University Press, 2020), as well as books and essays on fifteenth-century European printmaking and devotional art.

Anna Lovatt is assistant professor of art history at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. She is the author of Drawing Degree Zero: The Line from Minimal to Conceptual Art (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019) and Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature (Hatje Cantz, 2013).

Veronica Roberts is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the editor and co-author of Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt (Blanton Museum, 2014). Her essay “Sol LeWitt’s Radical Rips” is included in Sol LeWitt: Not to Be Sold for More Than $100 (Radius Books, 2020).

Kirsten Swenson is associate professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She is the author of Irrational Judgments: Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and 1960s New York (Yale University Press, 2015) and co-editor and co-author of Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (University of California Press, 2015).

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17. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, online at City Lore, June 10

Thursday June 10, 7pmEST
Annie hosts and performs
FREE Tickets here: https://tellmeastory6.eventbrite.com/

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18. Common Field announces convening partners 2021

Common Field is thrilled to share our 2021 Convening Partners! As a virtual gathering, this year’s Convening offers a unique opportunity to bring Partners together across geographies. For the first time, our Partners will come together around a guiding theme of Sustaining Futures – a collectively considered framework reflected in each Partner’s place of practice. Our Partners’ grounding values, active work, and dreams for the future will guide the shape and content of this year’s Convening.

A group of individuals and organizations, our Convening Partners reflect a broad range of places, identities, scales, and focus – all working in intentional and reflective ways to build what’s needed for the road ahead.

For 2021, we are proud to be in collaboration with:

AS220 – Providence, Rhode Island

A non-profit community arts organization founded on the principle that freedom of expression is crucial for the development of strong communities and individual spirits.

Center for Afrofuturist Studies – Iowa City, Iowa

An artist residency program of Public Space One that reimagines the futures of marginalized people by creating dynamic workspaces for artists of color. Dynamic means interactive, supportive, community-engaged, rigorous, and inclusive.

Martina Dodd (she/her) – Atlanta, Georgia

An art historian and curator whose concept driven shows have touched on topics relating to race, gender, and power dynamics.

Racing Magpie – Rapid City, South Dakota

A Lakota-centric arts and culture organization, founded in 2015 to center the Lakota practice of being a good relative in everything that one does. Racing Magpie's work is focused on elevating and amplifying the ongoing work of community-based artists and culture bearers.

S Rodriguez (they/them) – Dallas, Texas

An interdisciplinary artist, writer, arts organizer, and co-creator of Paraspace Books – a transient bookstore dedicated to queer sci-fi and speculative fiction.

Wide Awakes – Global

An open-source network who radically reimagine the future through creative collaboration.
Sustainability requires a sense of collective purpose and responsibility, and the emerging forms of our field depend on how we bring our minds and hearts together now. We welcome our Partners as collaborators in our work of building resilience and dreaming together.

A green and gold graphic with text detailing information around the Convening 2021 Open Call, shared below.

A reminder that our Convening Open Call for Session Proposals is open now through Friday, June 11, 2021. We welcome all members of our field to offer their ideas and expertise to the Convening through conversations, panels, workshops, and alternative forms of engagement.

Questions? Peruse our Open Call FAQs, or email the Convening Team directly at convening@CommonField.org

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19. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in Provincetown Independent

THE ART OF COVID

Jay Critchley’s Banner Year

His show at AMP Gallery puts pandemics into perspective

BY HOWARD KARREN MAY 26, 2021

As Covid began its roller-coaster ride of infection in early 2020, causing panic, sickness, and death, much of the art world came to a halt.

“I read one article after another about artists and what they lost during the epidemic,” says Jay Critchley, sitting at an outdoor table in his back yard on a sunny May afternoon and chatting about his show at AMP Gallery, “Viral Warming,” opening on Friday. “For me, I just feel fortunate living in Provincetown with the means to create art and survive. That’s what makes this place so special and privileged.”

Critchley washed ashore here 40-odd years ago, doing social work and working in public health until he came out as gay and as an artist. He has been a nonstop creative force ever since. His art is visual, conceptual, subversive, and theatrical — he has even turned his own identity into a performance piece, registering himself as a corporation.

The Provincetown Community Compact, which he founded, holds the annual fund-raising Swim for Life to support local charities, dune shacks, and artist residencies, but like all of Critchley’s projects, from covering a Truro motel with sand to wearing a dress made of tampon applicators, the Compact itself is a kind of aesthetic commentary.

He considers himself an environmental activist, and most of his artwork is anti-corporate satire with an aim of speaking truth to power and making ecological sense of our lives.

Critchley sees a pandemic such as Covid as indicative of the environmental havoc we have inflicted for centuries. “Let’s back up a minute,” Critchley says. “I’ve already been through a pandemic — the AIDS pandemic. How many people have died of AIDS? Around 50 million. How many have died of Covid? Three million. This virus is just another iteration of pandemics. There are other, related pandemics going on: climate change, social injustice, racial injustice, economic injustice. We’ve been living with them all along. It’s all connected.”

Critchley is a collector, and the objects he collects are fetishes, of a sort, of his art and activism. He collects sand from beaches all over the world. And he has also collected advertising banners, the kind that are hung across Commercial Street, hawking events.

In collecting them, Critchley says, “I certainly thought it would be an art project, but I had no idea what.”

He had been doing research on the history of the Americas as part of Provincetown 400 — his “Moo Moo World” project — and saw that “pandemics were so defining of the occupation and invasion of the Americas, with cows and horses and pigs.” That correlated to current environmental crises. “Deforesting the Amazon, the palm oil trees in Malaysia — everything is disrupting the ecosystem. Animals are being pushed into close contact.” The result: pandemics.

“That’s kind of the background of this project,” he says. “What are the banners used for? They herald events. They’re disposable objects. They’re very commercial on Commercial Street. They have a provenance. What are we promoting? What could we promote?”

For his “Viral Warming” show, Critchley painted the names of viruses over the ads on the banners. “I usually don’t do two-dimensional work,” he says. “It was me and a paint brush and spray can. Because of Covid, I was working on my own. I used to make a lot of signs when I was younger. Going back to making letters was kind of fun.”

That resourcefulness is Critchley’s trademark. He took some solar-powered lamps he was going to use on a communal project at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall that was about to be torn down — a project halted by Covid — and turned them into a short film, Provincetown 2020 — 36 Solar Lights, which will be screened at the upcoming

Provincetown Film Festival. In it, he bikes around town at night with the lights, illuminating the ghostly pandemic landscape.

It’s all part of a process. “The banners are just the beginning of a project,” Critchley says. “It could be a parade of banners. I could install them in a space for performative actions and involve other artists. It could be a stage set, or whatever. That’s the way I look at my life and work: once something is created, you move on to the next thing.”

Spread the Word

The event: “Democracy of the Land: Viral Warming,” an exhibit of banners by Jay Critchley

The time: Friday, May 28 through June 23

The place: AMP: Art Market Provincetown, 432 Commercial St.

The cost: Free

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20. Stella Waitzkin, FF Alumn, now online in The New York Times

Please visit this link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/arts/design/Art-Preserve-Sheboygan.html?searchResultPosition=1

Thank you.

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