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Contents for July 12, 2021

Weekly Spotlight: Melissa Smedley, FF Alumn, now online at https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/76/rec/120

Water Table, an installation of video performances and invented tools by Melissa Smedley, opened on June 16th, 1995 at Franklin Furnace's original TriBeCa space. Featuring the use of these invented tools and using the camera as an additional limb, this 6 minute video compilation depicts the artist in Baja, California using her tools which were designed for use in the Colorado River Basin. Her actions address human proximity and integration with the environment, and how machines are now a given within this experience, questioning Western myths and human interaction with nature. (Text by Julia Larberg, FF Intern, Summer 2021)

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1. Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, now online at Youtube

"History, Not Nostalgia, Crossroads, 2021: For James Baldwin"
Essay, Spoken Word Video and Playlist for National Sawdust's Fire This Time Project

Excited to share HISTORY, NOT NOSTALGIA: CROSSROADS 2021, for JAMES BALDWIN, an essay, spoken word video, and Baldwin-inspired playlist––all created at the invitation of the Brooklyn-based music/arts venue, National Sawdust, for their website. The five-minute video was shot on location at City Hall Park, NYC. The current Public Art Fund installation of sculptures by Melvin Edwards seemed the ideal visual counterpoint to contemplate the impact of the great James Baldwin’s words on this unique moment in American and world history.

This project was created in conjunction with National Sawdust’s salon project, Fire This Time, hosted by poet Lynn Procope. You can also checkout these amazing salon sessions on their website.

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2. Charles Dennis, FF Alumn, at Avant-Garde-Arama, Woodstock, NY, July 24-25

Lands in Woodstock
Charles Dennis Productions is pleased to announce the presentation of Avant-Garde-Arama Lands in Woodstock, a festival of short works of dance, film, music, performance art, poetry & puppetry Saturday and Sunday July 24-25 at 8pm at the Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountain View Avenue in Woodstock, NY. Admission is $20. For further information call 917-673-9023 or email charles@charlesdennis.net.
Avant-Garde-Arama was originally created in 1980 by performance artist Charles Dennis and musician/visual artist Jeffrey Isaac at the legendary East Village, Manhattan venue Performance Space 122 (P.S. 122) now Performance Space New York and continues to be presented there.
Producer Charles Dennis was a co-founder of P.S. 122 and has presented his critically acclaimed inter-disciplinary dance, performance art and video in that venue for the past 40 years.
In 2019 Charles Dennis moved to Hurley, NY and began searching for opportunities to bring avant-garde, experimental works to the Hudson Valley. That search led to the Mountain View Studio in Woodstock where Avant-Garde-Arama Lands in Woodstock will be presented.

Avant-Garde-Arama Lands in Woodstock presents the artists in an informal, cabaret setting and will be hosted by Charles Dennis. Performances will occur both inside the Mountain View Studio and on the Studio’s outdoor stage. Refreshments including beer and wine will be available.

Avant-Garde-Arama Lands in Woodstock will feature:
Adia Tamar Whitaker & her dance film “On The Matter” – a reaction to the 30th anniversary of the Rodney King murder in Los Angeles

Charles Dennis & his dance duet with a stack of 2x4 lumber, “2 x 2 x 4”, featuring live electric guitar music by Sal Cataldi

Isobel Seabrook, & her dance solo “Mattress Dance”, a piece inspired by Larry Keigwin's hour-long work, "Mattress Suite," and the universal experience of having difficulty falling asleep. Based on the stages of the sleep cycle, the piece traces the mover's brain activity through dance, beginning and ending with wakefulness, but never quite achieving stillness and rest in the process.

Phillip X Levine & his poetry, old and new, as well as hosting a poetry raffle in which poets in attendance can pay $3 to enter to win a chance to read a poem. The winner receives a $20 admission refund. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Family of Woodstock.

Sal Calaldi & his Spaghetti Eastern Music, which fuses krautrock and jazz fusion-fired guitar instrumentals with intimate vocal ballads.

Shayna Strype & an excerpt from her eco-feminist most recent work of puppetry/performance art work “MINE”.

Artist Biographies:

Adia Tamar Whitaker has performed contemporary vernacular movement, modern & Afro-Haitian dance in the U.S. and abroad for 16 years. Adia completed her BA in Dance at San Francisco State University (2001), the Professional Division U.S. Independent Studies Program at the Ailey School (2001), was Choreoquest Resident Artist @ Restoration Dance Theater (2004), a Ford Foundation Special Initiative for Africa Grant Recipient ((2004), an Urban Bush Women Apprentice (2005) and a Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography @ FSU Creative Entry Point Choreographic Fellow (2006). She is a former artist-in residence of the counter-PULSE Performing Diaspora (2009/2010), a recipient of the Theater Bay Area CA$H Grant and the Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant (2009). In 2011, Whitaker along with her other cast members received an Isadora Duncan Award for her performance in the choreopoem she wrote, directed, choreographed and costumed called “Ampey!”

Charles Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, director/producer, video cameraman/editor and proprietor of Charles Dennis Productions, a company that produces & distributes digital media content for artists and business clients. Charles has been an active participant in downtown New York dance and performance for over 40 years. In the 1970’s he performed in many of theater director Robert Wilson’s early works. In 1979 Charles co-founded Performance Space 122, one of this country’s most active presenters of new dance and performance. He created and performed solo and large group community-oriented performances at P.S. 122 and other venues from 1980-2000, receiving numerous fellowships. In 2000 Charles started Charles Dennis Productions where he works as a cameraman, editor, director and producer of digital media content for a host of clients. He also creates short films that explore the creative possibilities of digital video art.

Isobel Seabrook is a dancer and choreographer based out of the Hudson Valley, New York. She began her training in traditional irish dance at age five with Joel Hanna at the Rhinebeck Dance Centre. Since then, she has explored her passion for myriad dance genres from percussive dance styles and traditions to contemporary and more. As a member of the D'amby Project Dance Company, Isobel had the pleasure of performing works at venues such as Steps on Broadway, the Riverside Theatre, the Irish Arts Center Festival at Chelsea Piers, and the Fisher Center at Bard College. Isobel recently graduated with a major in dance from CUNY Queens College, where she performed works by classmates and professors, stage managed a student choreography showcase, and created an original dance film thesis project
Phillip X Levine is approximately an actor and poet, and, actually, the poetry editor for Chronogram magazine and president of the Woodstock Poetry Society. For over 8 years he hosted the weekly "Open Mic Forever" at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock, NY. A labor of labor. He has been described as "Wallace Stevens meets Steven Wright."

Sal Cataldi is a Saugerties & NYC based guitarist/keyboardist. Sal’s solo project Spaghetti Eastern Music fuses krautrock and jazz fusion-fired guitar instrumentals with intimate vocal ballads straight out of the Nick Drake/John Martyn playbook. The New York Times says “Cataldi's funk-tinged original instrumentals and acoustic vocal tunes have a beat unmistakably his own” while Time Out New York writes: "his largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere." Hudson Valley One calls him “part Sergio Leone fever dream, part Ravi Shankar raga, a whirling dervish of musical creation.”

Shayna Strype is a filmmaker, performer, and artist based in Brooklyn. Her work utilizes puppetry, objects, and a handmade aesthetic to investigate personal and political narratives. Her most recent film, Our Mine, was commissioned by Heather Henson and Handmade Puppet Dreams and screened as an official selection at Brooklyn Film Festival and Palm Springs Shortfest, among others. In 2020, she received a Jim Henson Foundation Workshop Grant to create and perform MINE, a multimedia solo performance that premiered in April 2021 at Dixon Place Theater in NYC. She holds an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College.

Charles Dennis Productions
25 Beesmer Road
Hurley, NY 12443

Sal Cataldi at Cataldi PR



3. Susan Kleinberg, FF Alumn, in Manifesta 12, Milan, Italy

“HELIX,” a video piece developed with the scientific team of the Louvre for Manifesta 12 in Palermo, is playing on monitors throughout the Milan Metro system, along with large prints installed throughout.

Deriving from our most elemental sources, "HELIX"plays on a continuous loop, glowing deep carnelian.

The imagery derives from looking profoundly through a great deal of diverse organic material. A connectivity of imagery emerges, a thread of curious, disconcerting beauty in the tracing of what we are composed. “HELIX" nudges perspective to the limit, far past delineation or boundaries.

It was shown during the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Video: https://vimeo.com/273062499



4. Kathy Brew, FF Alumn, now online at San Francisco Artists Alumni

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5. Le Petit Versailles, FF Alumns, July events

Le Petit Versailles July Events
Vaccinations, Face Coverings & Social Distancing requested.

a fund raiser for the garden.
July 14th. Wednesday 4-8pm
Le Petit Versailles 247 East 2nd Street.

The revolution will not be undernourished! Join us for a delectable a$$ortment of culinary morsel$ - cake$ & pie$ to delight tongue and tummy.

This event kicks off Allied Productions’ 40th anniversary celebration series. Each month we’ll recognize people that are essential to defining us as an artist run arts organization with both online and in person tributes, film screenings, silent auctions and crowd-fundraisers.


Friday, July 16th, 8:00 PM
Le Petit Versailles, 247 E 2nd St.
Takahiko Iimura is a Japanese experimental filmmaker who has been a pioneer of cinematic form since the early 1960s. This screening is a retrospective spanning 30 years of his work, from 1962 to 1993. Takahiko defines his own career as having three distinct phases, all represented in this screening -- His early, “imagist” films depicting concrete imagery, scenario, performance - such as Ai (Love) (with original score by Yoko Ono), and Onan. He shifted his focus to structuralism in the late 60s and early 70s, producing experiments in form and repetition, including In The River. This led to the pure conceptualism of his films from the mid-70s, including the mathematical + and - (Plus and Minus). Takahiko Iimura’s video experimentation represents another category of his multifaceted work, and we will be showing Camera/Monitor/Frame and AIEUONN from among his video selections as well. A 20 Minute Zoom discussion with Takahiko Iimura, recorded June 2021 will screen before the works.

All films will be presented on original 16mm prints from The Filmmakers’ Co-Operative.

Films: Camera/Monitor/Frame (video, from observer/observed DVD), Ai (love), Onan, Film Strips I + II, Seeing/Not Seeing, AIUEONN, In The River, + and - (Plus and Minus), Kiri (fog)

This program was curated by Joe Wakeman, Millennium Film Workshop Board member and filmmaker, with assistance from MM Serra and Anri Vartanov of The New American Cinema Group/Filmmakers’ Co-op, and from Takahiko Iimura and Kentaro Taki.

Like everyone we took a big hit with the pandemic. For the first time in over 20 years we are operating without public funding. This fiscal year ends in June just as LPV's return season begins.

We need your support NOW more than ever to keep the garden open to the public with events free of charge.

Join our regular individual contributors via Paypal Or send a check payable to: Allied Productions, Inc., PO Box 20260 Tompkins Square Station, New York, NY 10009

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6. John Fekner, Jon Hendricks, Ann Messner, Anton van Dalen, FF Alumns, at Trotter and Scholer, Manhattan, thru July 24

#NYisOK: Our New York Times
Curated by AIKO
Martha Cooper
John Fekner
Conrad Stojak

168 Suffolk St. New York, NY

Trotter&Sholer is pleased to present #NYisOK: Our New York Times, an exhibition curated by AIKO. The show includes herself and her chosen legendary figures in the New York street art scene Martha Cooper, John Fekner, and undeniable scion Conrad Stojak. It is a love letter to the streets which serve as an inspiration, studio and oftentimes canvas to generations of New York City Street artists.

#NYisOK: Our New York Times is rooted in the history of the medium. It brings together artists from earlier generations with those who entered the scene later. The exhibition evokes nostalgia, including tags, ephemera, art, and posters of the many members of the street art community and friends of the curator. The exhibition also embraces the future of the genre. The artists exhibited are excited to share their work and histories with younger members of the community and remind collectors that graffiti street art is an important and meaningful mode of cultural communication and artistic expression.

The exhibition follows in the tradition of Patti Astor’s legendary FUN Gallery, the first gallery in the East Village and the only one to introduce street and graffiti artists to the traditional art world, which was a radical move at the time. Astor did not differentiate be tween genres, her dedication created her space that allowed these street artists to be taken seriously by the larger art world. In that spirit, Trotter&Sholer provided AIKO the space to create freely, bringing the essence of the city streets indoors. #NYisOK merges the documentation of street art and scenes of New York City with works by prominent artists whose work has historically interacted with the city scape.

Martha Cooper began documenting and photographing graffiti and street art in the 1970s and 80s. Many of the works included in this exhibition capture scenes of daily life in the New York City streets, specifically in the Lower East Side. She influenced many artists and helped bring graffiti front and center. Cooper’s first book Subway Art is affectionately referred to as the “bible” by graffiti artists. Her work created mainstream legitimacy for graffiti and street art and allowed artists to share their work in the pre-social media era.

John Fekner is an unnamed rebel. With his stencils, he anonymously addressed issues relating to urban life and decay, pollution, indigenous concerns and media. His slogans interact with the city, providing a kind of narration or caption for the world around him. Starting in the late 60’s Fekner was a pioneer; his art predates all other street writers. His collaborative posters with Jon Hendricks and GAAG, Ann Messner, and Anton van Dalen, fellow FF Alumns, are on view.

Conrad Stojak’s works take familiar street objects, like the parking meter and bring
them inside transforming them into objects of art. In each of the parking meters,
Stojak creates whimsical vignettes that allude to the magic of city life. He elevates the
drabness of urban municipality and makes it beautiful.

As AIKO and Stojak work in the wake of their predecessors, Cooper and Fekner, there
is a kind of artistic lineage created. There is an awareness that those who come next
will build the scene of the future. Their works remind us how lucky we are to be in this
electric city. #NYisOK: Our New York Times will be on view at 168 Suffolk Street.

AIKO, aka LADY AIKO, was born and raised in Tokyo before moving to New York City in the mid-90’s. She is one of the most important female street artists known for her ability to combine western art movements and eastern technical artistic skills. Her art career in NYC began when she started assisting for Takashi Murakami at his Brooklyn through the late 90’s. AIKO continued to prac tice her own art and graduated from The New School where she completed an MFA in Media Studies with her street art practice. She would come to establish the group now known as FAILE with two American artists. Creating work within the collective locally and abroad for a number of years, she established herself as LADY AIKO in 2006.

AIKO continues to create work in the studio as well as public space. She is acclaimed in the contemporary art world and well-re spected within the international graffiti and street art scene. She had a two-person show “Bick Ladies” with Lady Pink in Brooklyn in 2008, and collaborated with Banksy on “Exit Through the Gift Shop” in 2010. Her large-scale works indoors and outdoors are in stalled in many cities, including Miami’s Wynwood Walls in 2009, New York City’s Bowery Wall in 2013, as the first female artist, and Coney Art Walls in 2015/2016/2017, all curated by Jeffrey Deitch. AIKO has also been involved in many group and solo exhibitions indluding “Animamix Biennale” at Shanghai MoCA in 2009, “Edo Pop” at Japan Society NYC in 2013, “Lady Go!” at Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum in 2018, and Beyond The Streets in LA 2018 and NY 2019, 2020. She has been working for numerous commercial commissions such as from Louis Vuitton, Estée Lauder, Fendi, The Standard, The First Lady and WTC.

Martha Cooper is a documentary photographer who has specialized in shooting urban vernacular art and architecture for over for ty years. In 1977, Martha moved from Rhode Island to New York City and worked as a staff photographer on the NY Post for three years. During that time she began to document graffiti and b-boying, subjects which led to her extensive coverage of early hip hop as it emerged from the Bronx. Her photos, published worldwide, helped make graffiti and hip hop the predominant international youth movements they are today.Martha’s first book Subway Art (with Henry Chalfant), has been in print since 1984 and is affection ately called the “bible” by graffiti artists. Her next book, R.I.P.: Memorial Wall Art looks at memorial murals in NYC and Hip Hop Files 1980-1984 contains hundreds of rare, early Hip Hop photos. We B*Girlz is an intensive look at B-girls worldwide. Street Play and New York State of Mind are her collections of NYC photos from the late 70’s. Tag Town shows the evolution of graffiti style from early tags to complicated pieces. Her books, Going Postal and Name Tagging contain hundreds of images of graffiti and street art on postal stickers. Tokyo Tattoo 1970, published in 2011 by Dokument in Sweden, showcases photos she took while living in Japan in the 70’s. Her latest book, One Week with 1UP, documents the daring exploits of Berlin’s notorious 1UP Crew.

Martha’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and published in
numerous magazines from National Geographic to Vibe. She lives in Manhattan but travels fre
quently to urban art festivals around the world. Martha: A Picture Story, a documentary about
her life and work, premiered at the Triboro Film Festival in 2019 and is now available on the
web at Apple TV.

John Fekner is a street and multimedia artist, who created hundreds of environmental, social,
political, and conceptual works consisting of stenciled words, symbols, dates, and icons paint
ed outdoors within the five boroughs of New York and other cities around the world. Through
the past five decades, Fekner has addressed issues involving concepts of perception and trans
formation, as well as specific environmental and sociological concerns such as urban decay,
greed, chemical pollution, mass media, and raising awareness of North America Indigenous

Conrad Stojak is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from Queens, New York. He interned at MoMA’s P.S.1 in the 90’s and later received his B.F.A. in filmmaking from the New York Insti tute of Technology. Conrad became a large scale public art documentarian having worked on Tom Otterness’ “Life Underground” (2000), “The Gates” (2005) installation by Christo & Jeanne-Claude in Central Park and most recently, on the Thomas Heatherwick’s “Vessel” (2017) at Hudson Yards. His own art rose to prominence when he started breaking into defunct parking meters in the middle of the night and built out elaborate dioramas within the glass domes. Conrad received considerable media attention for his, “Parking Meters Project”. He has received numerous accolades including the prestigious Pollack-Krasner grant and a writing fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. Conrad still creates street art with broken pay phones, old coin operated animal rides and obsolete ATM machines



7. Tari Ito, FF Alumn, in newly published book

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8. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles, FF Alumn, at Kelly Street Garden, The Bronx, July 24 and Aug. 28

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles Invites 8 participants to be part of upcoming experience in The Bronx

Walk 03-04: Six Feet Closer (Constellate a question with me)/July 24 (3-7 PM) and August 28 (1-5 PM) /An experience open to 8 participants/One per encounter

Kelly Street Garden (https://www.kellystreetgarden.org) / 924 Kelly Street, Bronx, NY, 10459 / FREE admission / Please wear mask and follow health protocols for Covid-19

I invite four individuals per day, one person at a time, to spend 45 mins together at the Kelly Street Garden shedding light on a pressing question or issue that may be emerging for you. Each encounter is confidential. The sessions unfold as we walk mindfully around flower and vegetable beds and engage inner as well as Earth wisdom. We will also use this as an opportunity to recharge and restore out in the open, as I guide you through a constellation process geared specifically towards you. All information shared remains confidential.

IMPORTANT: Those wishing to participate must make a reservation at least one week in advance by contacting Nicolás at: indioclaro@hotmail.com, @interiorbeautysalon, or by completing this poll: https://xoyondo.com/dp/brgJQZmEfZLH5XU

Once you reserve a spot, you will receive a message with details, including the meeting point. Please arrive ten minutes prior to your appointment.

With Ven-ve, I am interested in walking as art, but also for healing, and to kindle community and links amongst communities, peoples, organizations and towns as I have done for 20 years. Ven-ve brings awareness to the cycles of life in urban gardens, from germination and silent growth to more growth and harvest; all of this calling us to thanksgiving (as in giving thanks as an ongoing and daily practice).

Ven-ve is presented with funds as part of a regrant program awarded Kelly Street Garden by Kalliopeia Foundation (https://kalliopeia.org), as an important part of making Kelly Street Garden a spiritual hub and cultural treasure within the Longwood/ South Bronx community.

Ven-ve © 2020 Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo



9. Galinsky, FF Alumn, at Book Club Bar, Manhattan, July 28

FF Alumn Galinsky with Claudi Love of the band Pinc Louds and Shyanne Figueroa Bennett at Book Club Bar, July 28th, 8-9pm

Live poetry (not virtual) is back and East Village resident and poet Galinsky hosts an hour of “Poetry in New York” at the fabulous Book Club Bar (197 East 3rd Street by Avenue B) on Wednesday July 28th from 8-9pm! Featured artists include: Claudi Love of the band Pinc Louds (http://www.pinclouds.com), Shyanne Figueroa Bennett (https://www.tribes.org/tribesorgpoetry-1/shyanne-bennett), and Galinsky (https://franklinfurnaceloft.org/five-fights)! Free admission.



10. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, online at White Columns, July 14

Wednesday, July 14th
5pm EST

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9KYOgUxCRAy2rGuzEBR5zg

White Columns is pleased to announce ‘White Columns TALKS’ – a series of conversations with artists and curators held on the occasion of our 50th anniversary exhibition From The Archives: White Columns & 112 Greene Street / 112 Workshop, 1970 – 2021…, which is on view through July 31.

For the fourth conversation in the series, artists Marilyn Minter and Betty Tompkins will be in conversation with White Columns’ director Matthew Higgs. The discussion will take their respective White Columns solo exhibitions in 1988 (Minter) and 1991 (Tompkins) as its departure point. Minter and Tompkins currently have parallel solo survey exhibitions at Montpellier Contemporary in Montpellier, France that opened in June 2021.

Marilyn Minter (b. 1948) has shown her work internationally since 1975. She received her MFA in 1972 from the University of Syracuse. Her 1988 White Columns show was her first solo exhibition in New York. A retrospective of her work Pretty/Dirty was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 2017.

Betty Tompkins (b. 1945) has shown her work internationally for five decades. Her 2002 exhibition Fuck Paintings at Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York introduced her pioneering work of the late 1960s and early 1970s to new audiences. Her work is currently the subject of a solo exhibition Some Sex, Lots of Talking at Gavlak, Los Angeles.

White Columns
91 Horatio Street
New York, NY 10014
Tuesday–Saturday, 12–6 PM



11. Brahna Yassky, FF Alumn, now online in The Plentitudes Journal

I am honored to be included in the summer issue of The Plentitudes Journal. My piece Flaws has altered excerpts from my forthcoming memoir Slow Dancing with Fire.

Check out my essay at
thank you.

Brahna Yassky



12. Rory Golden, FF Alumn, now online at Youtube

Hello I just made #ithoughthedbeoverit (2016) public.


This project documents instances of violence I experienced between 2011 and say 2015 including an attack by the NYPD whilst doing Human Cannonball Countdown (AiOP 2013):


The piece also describes other assaults, another spurred on at least in part by my art, it would seem, and their aftermath obviating the connections between my work, poverty and violence.

Not merely personal, the piece lays bare some socioligal viewpoints that feed violence, and is contextualized by images projected behind me of performative public #dutyfreeranger fashion actions, travelogue photos, and my figurative works.

Please read more context for my choice to make this video of a 2016 public at this point in time on my latest eblast (and please subscribe as you wish!).

TRIGGER WARNING: The video contains descriptions and images of physical violence and of raw faggoty aka gay aka queer nature. One photo of my full frontal nudity, #gobears - and drawings and works on paper depicting male nudity.

Actions Described:
#wakeupwhiteidentifiedpeople #noreenactmentswithoutpriorpermission

Actions Described:
#wakeupwhiteidentifiedpeople #noreenactmentswithoutpriorpermission

APOLOGIES: I did not have the budget for an ASL live interpreter at that time, which is understandable. One goal is to close caption this video.

Thank you for watching.

Kind Regards,




13. Elana Katz, FF Alumn, at gallery KWADRAT, Berlin, Germany, thru Aug. 11

Dear friends,

"HOUSE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD”, the project space that I founded in cooperation with gallery KWADRAT back in March 2020, has developed largely over the past year. We now have a new fantastic (temporary) location in Ohlauerstr. It is very large, unnennovated, and carries a heavy presence of unknown pasts and unknown futures. The site-specific works that fill the space are strong and thought provoking in our upcoming show, opening on Sunday July 11th.. It’s really been an honor to curate this show and work with this whole team.

If you happen to be in Berlin, please join us Sunday July 11th, and the exhibition will run for 1 month by appointment. We will perhaps do a livestream tour of the show at some point as well.

I attached the flyer for the show below, and you’ll also find it on the HEW website: https://housefortheendoftheworld.com/UPCOMING-THIS-ONE-TIME
Please find all the info below, it would be a pleasure to have you there!




14. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at Project Artspace, Manhattan, opening July 14

Hi friends,

I am recently back from my residency at Open AIR as the artist-in-residence at the Rattlesnake Dam site. It was amazing to see the rewilding of the space in action! I worked on a video, staged a performance and even got access to the University of Montana's specimen archives, where I made a number of drawings of birds from the collection.

If you are free this coming Wednesday and once again venturing out to public openings, it would be great to see you at Why is Our Planet Green? at Project ARTspace. I have a number of ceramic and sculptural pieces in this show alongside other environmentally-driven artists.

Why is Our Planet Green?
OPENING: July 14, 2021, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
A group show about ecology and art at Project ArtSPACE, New York
Brian Buckley, Rachel Frank, Oskar Landi, Alexis Rockman, Sasha Vinci
Curated by Sarah Corona
Project ARTSpace
99 Madison Ave New York, NY 10016

Best wishes,

Rachel Frank




15. Rose English, FF Alumn, at Richard Saltoun Gallery, thru Aug. 14

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings - it has been some time since I was last in touch with many of you, and I do hope that all goes as well as can be hoped for in these challenging times.

I thought that you might like to know about an online exhibition of my work at Richard Saltoun Gallery July 5th - August 14th 2021.

The Pioneers. Part II: Rose English
A tribute to Guy Brett


The Gallery is hosting a number of online exhibitions as a celebration of the work of the art critic and curator Guy Brett, who died in February 2021. Guy was a cherished friend and colleague, both knowledgeable about and supportive of my work over many years. He authored the major monographic text in Abstract Vaudeville: The Work of Rose English (Ridinghouse 2014). I will miss him immeasurably, as will many.

The presentation features a very recently recorded ‘in-conversation’ about my work between Amy Tobin and Cora Gilroy-Ware, which can also be accessed directly on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user52644159

For those of you who missed the live ‘in-conversation’ between Paul Clinton and myself at my solo exhibition at Richard Saltoun Gallery in 2019, a recording of it is also accessible via the current online exhibition page.

I do hope you all have a great summer!

with all best wishes




16. Verónica Peña, FF Alumn, at NARS Foundation, summer 2021

FF alumna Verónica Peña selected as artist-in-residence at NARS Foundation, Summer 2021. Follow the link for details: https://www.narsfoundation.org/residency-artists
Veronica Peña is an interdisciplinary performance artist, independent curator, and international-community organizer from Spain based in the United States. She explores absence, separation, and the search for human harmony through Performance Art. Through body submersion, durational process, visual metamorphosis, and participation, her work addresses global issues of migration, cross-cultural dialogue, peaceful resistance, liberation, and women’s empowerment. She has performed/exhibited primarily in 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, among others. She received a Franklin Furnace Fund 2018, was selected for the Creative Capital Workshop 2019, leads Performance Art Open Call (17,000 members FB community), and curates “Collective_Becoming” to foster collaboration among artists. http://www.veronicapena.com @Veronica_Pena_Live_Art

For information, contact:
Verónica Peña



17. Erica Van Horn, FF Alumn, publishes new Ugly Duckling Presse book

ERICA VAN HORN has a new book from Ugly Duckling Presse.

BY BUS is a collection of journeys. Travel by bus in rural Ireland is never dull. It might be a bit uncomfortable, and probably it will be late—but it is never dull. Many people refuse to travel anywhere at all on a bus. They might make this choice from their experiences. These small texts may go some way towards giving readers a seat on the bus.

Available at good bookshops or directly from Ugly Duckling.


“Buses,” as Helen Hamilton once ventured, “should inspire writers.” This is certainly the case for Erica Van Horn, whose accounts of bus journeys taken across Ireland achieve the “compound of bathos and pathos” Hamilton proposed in 1913. Replacing the hackneyed footsteps of the flâneur with the more humble and sedentary position of the bus seat, By Bus is a compelling panorama of modern life as it is witnessed among the rhythms, odors, phone conversations, and evanescent idiosyncrasies of the bus journey. From lonely widowers to eczema sufferers, detours to U-turns, the quality of the story is in Van Horn’s economic telling which is always sharp, exacting, but never judgmental. Just remember, though: one should always, always, thank the driver before getting off the bus. Ross Hair

Erica Van Horn's BY BUS is the perfect vehicle for a uniquely matter-of-fact storytelling style, offering the reader a genuinely local ride. Lucy R. Lippard

[Van Horn] reveals so much about Ireland and about [herself] through these moments of shared public life in a close space. It is beautifully written and has a cumulative effect. Sarah Schulman




Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller