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Weekly Spotlight: Toni Dove, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/589096598

On March 12, 1993, Toni Dove performed The Blessed Abyss--A Tale of Unmanageable Ecstasies as part of the Franklin Furnace In Exile performance art series at The New School. Dove's multi-media perfomance addresses the transgressive powers of desire using computer-programmed slide projectors, video and film projections, and eight tracks of pre-recorded sounds mixed for the live performance. This 27-minute documentary of The Blessed Abyss features changing narrators, video clips of a Trojan-era style battle, nuns on the run, skeletons caressing feminine forms, and much more to create an ethereal space in which viewers can explore and contemplate the tangled, primordial nature of public and private eroticism. (Text by Julia Larberg, FF Intern, Summer 2021)

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1. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, now online in Hyperallergic

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2. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles, FF Alumn, now online at Sage-ing and more

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles at Sage-ing International 2021 Online Summit/ Evolving Elders Shifting from "I" to "We"

For more details about the Summit: https://www.sage-ing.org/workshops-2021/

October 29-31, 2021

The world needs your wisdom, genius, and brilliance more than ever! After the unprecedented challenges and events we have experienced during the last few years, it is time for us to come together; to be bold and courageous as we step into our new story and expand our vision for the future.

We look forward to seeing you at the Summit as we expand our potential and strengthen our capacity to thrive individually and in community.

Please register today to take advantage of the Early Bird registration and to join our global community for three transformative days, to hear from visionary leaders who use their voices, gifts and actions to change the world.
For more information about the speakers and their workshops, and/or the Early Bird Registration (7/1 to 8/15), click: https://www.sage-ing.org/summit-2021/

To learn more about Sage-ing International, click: https://www.sage-ing.org/summit-2021/



3. Alvin Hall, David Hammons, Adam Pendleton, Xaviera Simmons, FF Alumns, at Alexander Gray Associates, Germantown, NY, thru Oct.3

Subliminal Horizons: Part 2
Exhibition Dates
Germantown: August 20 – October 3, 2021

Alexander Gray Associates, Germantown presents Subliminal Horizons: Part 2, the second iteration of an exhibition curated by Alvin Hall. Subliminal Horizons: Part 2 continues as an open-ended survey of Black, indigenous, brown, and Asian artists living and working in the Hudson Valley in New York.

BIPOC creators and their predecessors have always been present in the Hudson Valley. They numbered among its original inhabitants and labored in its agrarian and industrial economies. They have been a force in the countercultural and creative communities that have historically been drawn to the area and are now driving its ongoing transformation into an arts-driven economy. Nonetheless, their work has largely been left out of a cultural narrative that historically gives primacy to the nearly all-white, all-male Hudson River School. Bringing together painting, sculptures, and drawings by an intergenerational group of BIPOC artists living and working in Hudson Valley, Subliminal Horizons: Part 2 invites a fluid, open-ended consideration of the area’s cultural life oriented towards an expanded field and a more complete context.

Rather than presenting a purely critical thesis, the exhibition offers a point of departure for this expanded field. The artists and the works on view are connected by loosely recurring art historical themes such as the contrast between the sublime, realist landscapes of the Hudson River School and the figuration, interiority, textuality, or abstraction of much contemporary work; and by the possibilities for community and collectivity embedded in their shared geography. “I’ve looked at the Hudson River and the surrounding landscape so many times during train rides. The metaphor of the estuary—a body of water that flows in multiple directions—resonates in the works,” says Alvin Hall. “One can locate the covering and uncovering of personal and social histories; a blurring of distinction between the representational and the abstract; the conflicts of the documented and imaginary; and a tension among traditions, modernism, and contemporary art’s growing pluralism in the diverse works in the exhibition.”

A necessarily incomplete intervention, Subliminal Horizons: Part 2 is an exercise in building community, shifting narratives, and reframing dialogue. Generous rather than exclusive, responsive rather than prescriptive, the exhibition aims to strengthen and extend community ties by uncovering existing histories, affinities, and artistic connections. Collectively, the artists and their works speak to the many ways the Hudson Valley is today an important magnet for artistic expression, intellectual pursuit, and emotional expansion.

Participating Artists:

Diana Al-Hadid
Huma Bhabha
Henri Paul Broyard
Karlos Cárcamo
Lisa Corinne Davis
Melvin Edwards
Kenji Fujita
Jeffrey Gibson
David Hammons
Lyle Ashton Harris
Jennie C. Jones
Laleh Khorramian
Glenn Ligon
Adam Pendleton
Martin Puryear
Angel Otero
Tschabalala Self
Xaviera Simmons
Kianja Strobert
Carlos Vega

Covid-19 Safety Measures
• Only vaccinated visitors may enter the Gallery, with the exception of children under 12
• Masks required for all visitors
• Do not enter the Gallery if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently tested positive
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Alexander Gray Associates
Alexander Gray Associates is a contemporary art gallery in New York City and Germantown NY. Through exhibitions, research, and artist representation, the Gallery spotlights artistic movements and artists who emerged in the mid- to late-Twentieth Century. Influential in cultural, social, and political spheres, these artists are notable for creating work that crosses geographic borders, generational contexts and artistic disciplines. Alexander Gray Associates is an organization committed to anti-racist and feminist principles.

Alexander Gray Associates is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America.



4. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, at The Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada, Sept. 2-26

The Art Gallery of York University, Toronto presents:

Jess Dobkin’s Wetrospective
Curated by Emelie Chhangur
September 2 – September 26, 2021

The AGYU is thrilled to re-open its doors with the first-ever retrospective exhibition of Toronto’s performance art matriarch Jess Dobkin, curated by Emelie Chhangur.

Internationally acclaimed artist Jess Dobkin, who splashed Toronto with projects including The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar (2006–2016), The Artist-Run Newsstand at Chester Subway Station (2015–2016), and The Artists’ Soup Kitchen (2012), welcomes the public to the re-opening of the AGYU. With her Wetrospective, Dobkin invites us into 25 years of her playful and provocative practice with animated “litrine vitrines” (portable toilets) and a custom-designed augmented reality app. The exhibition is curated by award-winning, nationally celebrated curatorEmelie Chhangur, Director and Curator of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

Chhangur writes, “Dobkin upcycles her own archive of past performances in ways that constitute her concept of ‘bendy-time.’ This exhibition demands of archives what we expect from performance: the live encounter of experience in a ritual of transformation.”

The Collective Effervescence Opening Party will feature an outdoor celebration with DJ Cozmic Cat, Nik Red, Sasha Van Bon Bon, and John Caffery spinning archives of Toronto’s favorite parties plus Jewish Performance Food Truck with Guillermina Buzio and Bar Bacan.

A signed and numbered artist multiple will be given to the first 200 visitors to the gallery.

GALLERY HOURS: For Jess Dobkin’s Wetrospective the AGYU will be open 7 days a week from 12-5pm. Extended hours until 7pm on Wednesdays.

Jess Dobkin’s Wetrospective includes a constellation of talks, tours and engagements featuring seminal cultural critic Ann Cvetkovich; artist and scholar Jehan L. Roberson; artist and archivist Joyce LeeAnn; and performance scholar Laura Levin.

Thursday, September 9 • 3pm @ AGYU
You’re Welcome Wetro Tour with Emelie Chhangur and Jess Dobkin

Monday, September 20 • 3pm @ AGYU
The Live Encounter Performative Gallery Tour with Laura Levin

Saturday, September 18 • 3pm @ AGYU (and livestream)
Portals, Potions, and Archives with Jehan Roberson

Tuesday September 21 • 7pm @ 401 Richmond Street (and livestream)
Archival Alchemy® with Joyce LeeAnn (in collaboration with FADO Performance Art Centre)

Thursday, September 23 • 3-4pm (livestream)
Hemispheric Encounters with Performance Art Archivists: Roundtable Discussion

Friday, September 24 • 3pm @ AGYU (and livestream)
All the Feels with Ann Cvetkovich

Pre-registration is required to attend the exhibition and for all events: https://AGYU.as.me. AGYU visitors are required to pre-screen before coming to campus. For accessibility and accommodation assistance please email agyu@yorku.ca

Contact: Fatma Yehia, Assistant Curator, hendawy@yorku.ca

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a public, university-affiliated, non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and by its membership. Jess Dobkin’s Wetrospective is produced by the AGYU with support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University; York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; FADO Performance Art Centre; and The Theatre Centre. Special thanks to: 16Tonnes, PolyJohn, and Quest AV.

In recognition of our place on the traditional territory of numerous Indigenous Nations, the Art Gallery of York University thanks the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabek who have and continue to care for this land. This land is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Covenant and Wampum between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Three Fires Confederacy (the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi), and other allied nations in an agreement to share land and its resources. We occupy land referred to in Crown Treaty 13, known as the Toronto Purchase, signed in 1805. Terms of this Treaty were not met by Canada until 2010, when the Federal Government settled the claims of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

AGYU promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces & experiences and works towards being barrier free.

The AGYU is committed to anti-racism. We work to eradicate institutional biases and develop accountable programs that support Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

Art Gallery of York University, Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON M3J 1P3
agyu@yorku.ca • http://AGYU.art



5. Harold Olejarz, FF Alumn, at Atelier Rosal, Rahway, NJ, opening Aug. 20

I am pleased to have my images included in this exhibition:

https://www.facebook.com/AtelierRosal invites you to an artist reception for From Water on Friday, August 20th from 5-8pm at the gallery 74 E Cherry St, Rahway, NJ 07065

Works by Joe Brown, Rodriguez Colero, Jim Fischer, Trish Gianakkis, Zev Jonas, Erin Karp, Debbie Livingston, Dave McGrath, Eric Miles, Harold Olejarz, and Francisco Silva will be featured.



6. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, now online at Vimeo

Two new videos - created for and premiered at the 2021 American Accordionists' Association Seminars (curated by Dr William Schimmel):

Pandemic Cocktails - composed by Denise Koncelik, arranged / performed by Bob Goldberg.
After the Gold Rush - composed by Neil Young, arranged/performed by Bob Goldberg, artwork by Cam Goldberg.

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7. Susan Newman, Jacquelyn Schiffman, FF Alumns, at Figureworks, Brooklyn, opening September 24

Figureworks 20/20

20 Artists/20 Years
September 18 – October 31, 2021
Opening: Saturday, September 24, 2-6pm

A cornerstone of the Williamsburg Brooklyn gallery scene, Figureworks opened its doors on April 16, 2000. In these 20 years the gallery has presented the work of hundreds of uniquely talented figure-based artists. To celebrate this anniversary, 20 artists who have continually exhibited with the gallery were selected for Figureworks 20/20, an exhibition that will run from September 18 – October 30, 2021. Including past and present work, these artists exemplify the diverse potential in realizing Figureworks' continued mission to represent fine art of the human form. To reduce a large gathering at a single reception, there will be four smaller receptions over two weekends highlighting five artists each. Join me on Saturday, September 25th from 2-6pm

Figureworks: 168 North 6th Street Williamsburg, Brookln, NY 11211



8. Adele Ursone, FF Alumn, at Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME, opening Aug. 26

New Works
Opening Reception


5 - 7pm

Join us for a reception with the artist, enjoying refreshments and fine art.
Artemis Gallery
1Old Firehouse Lane
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662



9. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, now online at https://substack.com

Inter-Relations presents:

essays, writings & rants ...

Welcome to Frankly Speaking. Essays, writings, rants, and excerpts from books by performance artist/shaman Frank Moore (1946-2013). Curated by his publishers, Linda Mac and Michael LaBash.

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The first issue:
The Combine Plot
Originally written in 1990, The Combine Plot was widely published in such publications as P-Form Magazine and Short Fuse.

Stay tuned for more to come!

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10. Louise Lawler, FF Alumn, at Metro Pictures, opening Sept. 16

LIGHTS OFF, AFTER HOURS, IN THE DARK features a new series of works by Louise Lawler in which she has photographed the 2020 Judd exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. These photographs were taken over two evenings after the museum was closed to the public and relied on long exposures and ambient light emanating from exit signs, skylights, and hallways.

Since the 1970s, Lawler has photographed artworks in museums, galleries, art fairs, auction houses, storage, and homes, highlighting the lives of these objects and the contexts in which they are seen. She was the subject of a one-person exhibition, WHY PICTURES NOW, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2017. Additional one-person exhibitions include Adjusted, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2013); Twice Untitled and Other Pictures (Looking Back), Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2006); Louise Lawler and Andy Warhol: In and Out of Place, Dia Beacon, New York (2005); and Louise Lawler and Others, Museum for Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2004). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; MoMA PS1, New York; MUMOK, Vienna; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Museum, New York, which has additionally featured the artist in its 1991, 2000, and 2008 biennials.

For more information, please visit metropictures.com.

519 West 24th Street New York NY 10011 T 212 206 7100 gallery@metropictures.com



11. Nancy Azara, Virginia Maksymowicz, Vernita N’Cognita, Susan Newmark, Clarissa Sligh, Linda Stein, FF Alumns, at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY, opening Aug. 21

Nancy Azara, Virginia Maksymowicz, Vernita N’Cognita, Susan Newmark, Clarissa Sligh, Linda Stein, FF Alumns, in Don’t Shut Up 2021, at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor, 1000 Rchmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY, opening Aug. 21, 12-5 outdoors in Shinbone Alley and continuing thru Dec. 31



12. Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, FF Alumns, August news

Earth, Water, Fire and Updates— Dear Franklin Furnace Friends & Colleagues,

Last summer, in our neck of the woods in Northern California, the CZU wall of fire came within a block from our house. We were evacuated and are now bracing for lots more fires any moment.. To see so many people displaced, living things die terrible deaths, to loose it all… knowing climate change is largely caused by humans is tragic. One of our responses was to start a new film, Playing with Fire, where we will link the social fires happening, such as how our prison fire fighters get paid next to nothing ($5 a day) but are then too sick with COVID 19 to fight the fires, since their “guards” won’t be vaccinated. We’ll examine fires from an ecosexual, environmental/social justice perspective. We are grateful that we were recently awarded a Guggenheim grant to help produce the film. Miracles happen!

Speaking of films, our film which is an homage to water, Water Makes Us Wet—An Ecosexual Adventure is streaming for free until August 31. Go to our new website sprinklestephens.org and the link is on the homepage. Please do watch it, if you love water, and want to stop corporations like Nestle who steal water from us all!

Last week our new book, Assuming the Ecosexual Position—Earth as Lover came out. We had worked on the book for over six years, and finishing it was our COVID 19 quarantine silver lining. The book is a love story about two artists in love, who make work about love, and the love grows to cosmic proportions! We have an entire juicy chapter about our experiences in Kassel and Athens, called A Whore and a Hillbilly Make a Splash at documenta 14. The book is available from University of Minnesota Press here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/assuming-the-ecosexual-position. Our wonderful publisher produced the most beautiful book we could have dreamed of. Our dear friend, author and documenta curator, Paul B. Preciado wrote a sumptuous afterward, ecofeminist Una Chaudhuri did the introduction, and our beloved performance art saint, Linda M. Montano wrote a blessing. Esteemed feminist techno-scientist, Donna Haraway gave us a great blurb/review. We are so proud of this work. Please get a copy! We can mail you a free artistic book plate, signed by us, and a few ecosexy stickers if you email us that you have the book. (anniesprinkle@me.com, or Bethstephens@me.com)

Happy to report a LONG piece about our work just came out on CNN’s homepage. It offers some positive news mixed in with all the day’s awful news. We hope it does some good somehow, someway, somewhere. https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ecosexual-annie-sprinkle-beth-stephens-new-book/index.html Check it out.

We wish you all well during this crazy, scary, potent time. We’ll aim to be practicing “strategies of joy” (concept by artist Roberto Jacoby) until we meet again. If ever we can be of support let us know.

Love, love, and more love,

Annie M. Sprinkle & Beth M. Stephens



13. Peculiar Works Project, FF Alumn, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland, thru Aug. 30

Peculiar Works Project (New York, USA)

Language Games
by Barbara Yoshida, directed by Ralph Lewis

Language Games is a smart and peculiar theatrical film, inspired by Ionesco and Beckett, and driven by current social mores and the fight for equality.

Set in an absurd world of philosophy and language, Sheela joins three great thinkers from the past for a spirited game of mahjong. As they play, her energy conjures Joseph Beuys as a mythological hare. Invisible to the players, he interjects cultural incantations while the players contemplate how language evolved from naming animals to representing them with signs and how myths serve the human need to imagine. Physical chair-play creates an escalating rhythm as tensions build and the hare inspires Sheela to use more confrontational words. As the chair-e-ography builds to a crescendo, Sheela rejects the men’s sexism, and wins the game.

Barbara Yoshida and Ralph Lewis have collaborated on many theatrical projects and have worked separately on other videos, so while they have incorporated video and projection in live projects, this is their first work to employ experimental theatre tools in the visual storytelling format of film.

The pandemic didn’t make it easy, but Language Games uses magical situations and unexpected actions to amplify a mature, feminist voice aiming to engage the next generation of socially conscious audiences on today’s screen-based platforms. Language Games was completed during the pandemic, and it is part of the Covid context in which it was created. This 20-minute short theatrical film including its “Making Of” Covid epilogue is perfect for on deamand viewing.

Peculiar Works Project was founded in 1993 by Ralph Lewis, Catherine Porter and Barry Rowell to create original performances that are accessible and engaging for diverse audiences. Using various artistic disciplines in unique combinations, this Obie Award-winning company challenges the conventions of alternative theatre. From initial concept to full production, the performance encourages collaboration, experimentation and a rebel spirit in creative artists by providing the tools and opportunities to realise their artistic goals.



Venue: C digital, online, venue 4, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
6-30 August 2021 on-demand (0hr20) Tickets £3.50-£10 Theatre (Absurdist, Film) (recommended for ages 12+) C ARTS box office: +44 (0)131 581 5555 / res.cthearts.com/event/34:3409/34:59374/
Fringe box office: +44 (0)131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com

For further information, images and interview availability please contact Ralph Lewis at Peculiar Works Project on +1 347 420 3973 / rlewis@peculiarworks.org or the C ARTS press office on +44 (0)131 581 5550 / press@cvenues.com



14. jc lenochan, FF Alumn, online at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Sept. 7

September 7 – December 7, 2021

Virtual Panel Discussion September 7, 6:30–8:30 PM

Keren Anavy
Mahsa Biglow
Janet Loren Hill
Melissa Joseph
Kosuke Kawahara
Hayoon Jay Lee
jc lenochan
Michael Mandiberg
A young Yu
Curated by Natalia Nakazawa and HC Huỳnh

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program warmly welcomes the 2021 New Studio Member Artists in the exhibition: [body]2[body]. This cohort of New Studio Member Artists were selected by a jury panel from a competitive pool of applicants. We thank our distinguished panel of arts professionals: Solana Chehtman, Kayla Coleman, Ilaria Conti, Laurel Ptak, and Seph Rodney. The nine selected New Studio Member Artists are awarded a two-year renewable membership that includes a subsidized studio and professional development opportunities in our Midtown Manhattan arts building.

What is our bodily relation to
[other bodies] [places] & [mental spaces] ?

[body]2[body] frames the varying media and practices of the nine EFA New Studio Member Artists by reflecting on our own bodily relations under the circumstances of the pandemic. These artists fixate, negotiate, and/or appreciate relationships through exploring modes such as abstraction, materiality, and personal narratives. For more please visit this link:


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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller