Timeline

April 2016
Franklin Furnace celebrates its 40th anniversary.

November 2015
Franklin Furnace celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Franklin Furnace Fund with a public event on Pratt Institute’s campus at which the 2015 class of Franklin Furnace Fund recipients presented their work.

December 2014
Franklin Furnace relocates to Pratt Institute's Brooklyn campus under a long-term "nesting" agreement.

August 2014
The Weissman Family Foundation provided $100,000, of which $35,000 was permitted for use to upgrade the organization's computer hardware, and $65,000 to upscale Franklin Furnace's arts-in-education program, SEQuential ART for KIDS.

June 2010
The National Endowment for the Humanities awards Franklin Furnace a major, two-year grant, PUBLISHING FRANKLIN FURNACE'S SECOND DECADE ONLINE: PROVIDING INTELLECTUAL ACCESS TO VARIABLE MEDIA ART, to digitize and publish on its website records of performances, installations, exhibitions and other events produced by the organization during it second ten years, 1986 to 1996. This project expands upon a recent initiative to publish documentation from Franklin Furnace’s first decade of events on its website and on ARTstor to preserve and catalog the only remaining artifacts of these singular "variable media" works of social, political and cultural expression.

May 2010
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awards a 2010-2011 grant of $25,000 to support the 25th Anniversary Year of SEQuential ART for KIDS, Franklin Furnace's arts-in-education program. By enhancing learning across disciplines through creative, hands-on collaborations between students, teachers, artists, and the community at large, SEQ ART develops the "multiple intelligences," in particular the visual-spatial and intra-personal intelligences. Over the past twenty-five years, SEQ ART graduates have demonstrated increased vocabulary, general and specific knowledge; and an improved understanding of the arts and how they relate to other disciplines.

November 2009
Franklin Furnace presents The History of the Future II. Honoring Guy de Cointet (1934-1983), a French artist known for encrypted works on paper, theatrical productions, and readymade language, The History of the Future II intersperses live performances - reconstructions of historic works as well as brand new creations - by some of today's emerging stars with videos of related performance works that changed cultural discourse during the last three decades.

August 2009
The online version of the Franklin Furnace Database is launched. This database, which contains information about every performance art work, temporary installation, exhibition or benefit presented by Franklin Furnace also contains, thanks to major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts' Digitization Initiative, images of events presented during Franklin Furnace’s first ten years, 1976 to 1985.

March 2009
"Martha Wilson: Staging the Self" opens at Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This exhibition of Martha Wilson's artwork from 1971 to the present is complemented by a selection made by Peter Dykhuis, Director of Dalhousie University Art Gallery, and Martha Wilson, Founding Director of Franklin Furnace, of archival documentation of works by artists presented by Franklin Furnace during the last three decades: Eric Bogosian, Jenny Holzer, Tehching Hsieh, Ana Mendieta, Shirin Neshat, among others.

July 2008
Franklin Furnace receives new and welcomed support from the Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation, matching increased and longstanding funding from Jerome Foundation, and enabling Franklin Furnace's peer review panel to award $70,000 to eleven deserving artists selected from among 465 proposals to the Franklin Furnace Fund.

June 2007
Five Alive from Franklin Furnace

April 2007
Franklin Furnace presents The History of the Future: A Franklin Furnace View of Performance Art, a one night only bash to celebrate its 30 years of fostering, preserving, and proselytizing visionary art at the Harry de Jur Playhouse, Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement.

February 2007
Franklin Furnace celebrates ten years as a virtual institution!

September 16-November 12, 2006
Liverpool Biennial 2006

MAN Museum
25 Parliament Street, Liverpool L8, Merseyside, England, UK
Contact: Adam Nankervis
See announcement

August 2006
ARRESTING ARTISTS
“Arresting Artists: Franklin Furnace Artists and the Long Arm of the Law” was mounted at Franklin Furnace's office at 80 Hanson Place in Brooklyn, NY. The artists featured in this show changed art discourse, and additionally suffered arrest, admonishments and sanctions from funding and other powerful sources, attacks in the press, and even death threats. This exhibition was conceived by Franklin Furnace Program Coordinator Dolores Zorreguieta and curated and installed by Franklin Furnace summer 2006 museum interns David Howe, Eunyoung Ju, Anastasia Latsos, Elaine Saly, and Terence Trouillot.

July 2006
ARTstor and Franklin Furnace announce a collaboration agreement, ARTstor’s first with an “alternative space.” Digital images are fast replacing slides and slide projectors in the teaching of art and art history. To respond to these changes, Franklin Furnace will work with ARTstor to digitize and distribute images and documentation of events presented and produced by Franklin Furnace, with the goal of embedding the value of ephemeral practice into art and cultural history.

May 2006
Franklin Furnace receives notification of $124,030 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year grant to digitize and publish on the Internet records of performances, installations, exhibits and other events produced by the organization during its first ten years. This project will create electronic access to what are now the only remaining artifacts of these singular works of social, political and cultural expression.

April-June 2006
TRACE
"TRACE: in New York" was a retrospective of the first five years of Trace, an independent art gallery in Cardiff, Wales, celebrating its standing as an international center for installation and real-time art. The exhibition consisted of reconstituted elements from live performance or action based processes - objects, detritus, manipulated materials, documents, photographs, texts, drawings and sculptural or ersatz ethnographic displays.

April 2006
FRANKLIN FURNACE 30TH ANNIVERSARY

April 2006
The Future of the Present artists WOOLOO PRODUCTIONS: Martin Rosengaard & Sixten Kai Nielsen’s “AsylumNYC” is the centerpiece of Franklin Furnace’s 30 th anniversary celebration at White Box in Chelsea. “AsylumNYC” targets the challenge faced by artists interested in working in the United States . On Monday April 24, 2006, ten young artists from ten different countries arrive in New York to apply for “creative asylum” in White Box in Chelsea. The gallery is converted into a “detention center,” and the artists are not permitted to leave the premises for the rest of the week. One talented artist, Dusanka Komnenic, is selected to receive free help from an immigration lawyer to apply for an O-1 Visa for “extraordinary ability in the field of arts.” If successful, she will earn the privilege to remain legally in the United States for three years.

March 27 - April 14, 2006
Galleria neon>fdv
Via Procaccini 4, La Fabbrica del Vapore, 20125, Milano, Italy
Tel: 02 45486367
Coordinated in Italy by Chiara Tiberio

June 2005 - ???
The History of Disappearance, an exhibition drawn from the archives of Franklin Furnace, opened at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK. This major exhibition was presented Italy in the spring of 2006, from March 27 to April 14 at Galleria Neon>fdv in Milan. Under the auspices of MuseumMAN, History of Disappearance was presented in September and October during the Liverpool Biennial 2006. In the fall of 2007, History of Disappearance traveled again under the auspices of MusumMAN to Santiago, Chile where from October 25 to December 13, 2007, it was presented at the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda. From September 15 to 28, 2008, History of Disappearance was organized by Jenny Brown and exhibited under the aegis of the Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia. From November 12, 2010 to January 9, 2011, the exhibition was shown at Arhus Kunstbygning/The Aarhus Art Building, Arhus, Denmark. From July 15 to 31, 2011, History of Disappearance was on view in the PHOTOIRELAND FESTIVAL, Dublin, Ireland. Martha Wilson presented the video portion of History of Disappearance on November 8 and 9 at Laznia Center, in Gdansk, Poland. This major exhibition includes a symposium on June 18 and concluded on September 3, 2005, with performances by Billy Curmano, Andrea Fraser, Teh-Ching Hsieh, and William Pope.L.

May 2005
Franklin Furnace Alumn Art Sale
Franklin Furnace holds an Alumn Art Sale at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, raising over $60,000 for its programs by selling works of art by artists who got their start at Franklin Furnace.

November 2004 - January 2005
"The C-Series" exhibition and seminar were proposed to Franklin Furnace in 2004 by Courtney J. Martin, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at Yale University. She hoped to organize an exhibition of "activist" artists' books drawn from Franklin Furnace's collection of third, or "C," copies. These copies comprised the archive returned to us after the "A" and "B" copies were acquired in 1993 by the Museum of Modern Art. Courtney asked Martha Wilson how many copies could be considered activist in intent, and she replied, "About half." Courtney patiently reviewed the entire collection, sitting at a table near one of the only windows in the Bergen Street warehouse where the collection was being kept, selecting thirty-five for an exhibition mounted at The Nathan Cummings Foundation's offices in New York. A symposium on Day Without Art, December 1, 2004, includes presentations by artists Jon Hendricks, Conrad Gleber, Edmonia Lewis and Clarissa Sligh.

November 2004
Franklin Furnace celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and announces its 2005 Fund for Performance Art Awards in Celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial (founder of Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN) at SculptureCenter, Long Island City. Performances by 2004-05 awardees Gary Corbin, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, and Melissa Madden Grey and Lance Horne are complemented by video of works by awardees Cave Dogs, Ex.Pgirl, Red Dive, and Alexander Komlosi. These artists were selected in June, 2004, by peer panel review of 300 proposals received from around the world.

October 2004
On October 1, 2004 Franklin Furnace moves from the financial district to 80 Arts--The James E. Davis Arts Building in the BAM cultural district at 80 Hanson Place in Brooklyn. Collegial organizations in the building include Bomb magazine and Bang on a Can music festival.

July 2004
On July 15, 2004, Franklin Furnace applies for the first time to the National Endowment for the Humanities to publish its first ten years of event records online in order to embed the value of ephemeral art practice in art and cultural history.

January to November 2001
Franklin Furnace's 25th Anniversary Season is saluted by a MoMA library exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art's Artport site, a special issue of TDR, Artform magazine, and Rhizome Remix at Galapagos Celebrating Franklin Furnace's 25th Anniversary. Franklin Furnace makes its $25,000, 25th anniversary McMartha Award to artist/architect Kyong Park for his "Adamah" project in Detroit, a vision of a new society built upon the xeric urban space left as the affluent population moved out of downtown to the suburbs.

25th ANNIVERSARY SITE
Here you can see video interviews with artists who helped Franklin Furnace reach this milestone year, a history of our public face, from our letterhead to our virtual presentations, and a timeline tracing Franklin Furnace's journey from Martha Wilson's apartment in 1976 to our present home on the Internet.

January to December 2000
The Future of the Present 2000 is redesigned as a residency program in collaboration with Parsons School of Design in order to give artists access to the full range of digital tools. Franklin Furnace's website receives 79,000 hits per month.

ARCHIVES OF THE AVANT-GARDE
Franklin Furnace's Archives of the Avant-Garde project received support in 2000 from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Cowles Charitable Trust, enabling us to create a Location Database of the archives of art spaces, living and defunct, founded after 1960 in and around New York City. We organized groups into categories such as Alternative Spaces, Group or Collective, Gallery Spaces, Nightspots, Periodicals, Film/Video, Theater and Other to accommodate the wide variety of forms avant-garde groups have taken and are still taking!
In the spring of 2004, Franklin Furnace contributed this database to the Art Spaces Archives Project, an initiative founded by a consortium of alternative art organizations which is expanding its Location Database nationally, and gathering virtual resources:http://www.as-ap.org

October 1999
THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE is a Martha Wilson's selection of 50 performance art works which in her opinion had changed art discourse during the last quarter of the 20th century. Organized into 20 thematic shows, videos were edited, digitized and streamed, beginning in October 1999 until ChannelP was cancelled by Pseudo management. Franklin Furnace is indebted to webmistress, Alice Wu, and interns and artists Alex Burke, Alex Walsh, Deborah Edmeades and Heather Cassils for coordinating work with Pseudo.com. This program is being recycled as The Franklin Furnace Networked Digital Video Archive Prototype Project. This section of Franklin Furnace's site was designed by Tiffany Ludwig.
The Age of Avant-Garde Innocence
The Body as Art Medium
Endurance
Art in the Environment
Music as Art
Art History
Feminism
The World's a Stage
Art in the Age of AIDS
Gender Benders
Art and Madness
The Culture Wars, I.
The Culture Wars, II.
Monologue
Dis-Ability
Race
Art and Politics
Art/Life
The Extended Body
Global Art

August 1999
CIAO welcomes as new members: The Tate Gallery, Anthology Film Archives, Electronic Café International, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Performance Art Festival Archives, and Rhizome.org.

September 1998 - July 1999
Franklin Furnace's second netcasting season with Pseudo.com, The Future of the Present, presents 22 artists.

August 1998
Franklin Furnace is invited to join the Conceptual and Intermedia Arts Online (CIAO) consortium to help develop electronic and vocabulary standards for the cataloguing and accessibility of contemporary avant-garde works. CIAO is a collaborative project designed to create networked access to educational and scholarly material on the broad theme of conceptual and intermedia art. Members include: Berkley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive @ The University of California; Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities; The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College; National Gallery of Canada; University of Iowa Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts; and The Walker Art Center.

March 1998
Franklin Furnace moves to 45 John Street, in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan.

January 1998
FRANKLIN FURNACE AT PSEUDO PROGRAMS
Franklin Furnace's first netcasting season of ten artists is mounted in collaboration with Pseudo.com and documented with the publication of Franklin Furnace's first CD-Rom published in collaboration with Parsons School of Design. Pseudo Programs, Inc. is the world's largest producer of Internet television, broadcasting over thirty shows featuring emerging artists, news and entertainment.

This section of Franklin Furnace's site was designed by Yoon Hoe(Kelly) Gu
Performances are netcast live from Pseudo's studios, and then archived on Pseudo's servers for at least six months. To view upcoming and archived performances, download the RealPlayer plug-in, available at www.real.com. Consult , Franklin Furnace's website for complete program descriptions and updates, or email us.
The artists selected for this residency project are:
Halona Hilbertz
Bingo Gazingo
Patricia Hoffbauer
Jon Keith
Nora York
Jason E. Bowman
Kali Lela Colton
Anna Mosby Coleman
Lenora Champagne Alvin Eng & Yoav Gal

September 1997
Sale of Franklin Furnace's TriBeCa loft; Cash Reserve Account established with the proceeds, matching the NEA Challenge Grant.

February 1997
Franklin Furnace launches its website, www.franklinfurnace.org, as the Board determines that access to freedom of expression and a broader audience for emerging artists through new media will be a prime program focus.

October 1996
IN THE FLOW
In the Flow: Alternate Authoring Strategies, the twentieth anniversary, and final, exhibition in the Franklin Street loft space, brings together a selection of work that treats content as flowing information rather than property.

In October 1996 Franklin Furnace advanced its commitment to the history of the future with our final gallery exhibition, "In The Flow: Alternate Authoring Strategies." In that show we traced some of the artistic threads which already treated art work as flowing information rather than as property. The effects of the fruition of digital media on our perception of content and ultimately upon the nature of individuality and personhood were seen to be predicated by trends already existing within the culture of art. Thus, practice by artists who had used strategies since the seventies and eighties that contradict the notion of a single personal vision such as Sol Lewitt, Louise Lawler, Group Material, Guerrilla Girls, Frank Gillette, Sylvia Benitez, and the international Mail Art movement were shown together with artists whose new strategies were more specifically responsive to developments in the early and mid-nineties including the X-Art foundation, The Thing, Beattie and Davidson, Laura Parnes, Ben Kinmont, Gabriel Martinez, Robbin Silverberg, and the unknown artist. Conceptual and collaborative art dealing with issues of dematerialization of the object, appropriation, and group participation were seen by artist and curator Daniel Georges, the organizer of the exhibition, to be linked to more recent issues of interaction, non-linear narrative, de-centralization of the self, and equalizing of genres in a single digital medium.
In keeping with the exhibition focus, the catalogue for "In The Flow" was created as an on-line feature of the newly launched Franklin Furnace web site designed by Seth which launched on February 1st 1997:
This online catalogue was designed by Daniel Georges.

September-October 1996
UBD JUDGE
U-B-D-Judge is an on-line forum of discussion relating to Franklin Furnace's 20th Anniversary exhibition entitled Voyeur's Delight, and the issue of freedom of expression as it relates to images in general. The exhibition was organized by artists Babs Rhinegold and Grace Roselli. This section of Franklin Furnace's site was designed by Betsey Gallagher.

September 1995
Challenge Grant awarded by the NEA. Martha Wilson, Founding Director, realizes Franklin Furnace will never be remembered for its renovated real estate, but for the importance of its program, and that the Capital campaign is raising money for the wrong reasons.

November 1993
The Museum of Modern Art acquires Franklin Furnace's collection of artists' books published internationally after 1960, the largest in the U.S., to form the Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artist Book Collection.

October 1993
Fluxus: A Conceptual Country organized by curator Estera Milman begins international tour at Franklin Furnace.

June 1992
Franklin Furnace presents "Too Shocking To Show" at The Brooklyn Museum with performances by Holly Hughes, Tim Miller, Sapphire and Scarlet O, with introductory remarks by Robert T. Buck and Carole S. Vance.

May 1992
Franklin Furnace purchases its historic Italianate loft in TriBeCa with proceeds from a 15th Anniversary Art Sale mounted at Marian Goodman Gallery.

January 1992
Franklin Furnace's Visual Artists Organizations grant from the NEA is rescinded by the National Council because of the sexually explicit content of a 1991 performance by Scarlet O. The Peter Norton Family Foundation replaces this $25,000 grant. Eric Bogosian's benefit concert for Franklin Furnace fills every seat in Cooper Union's Great Hall.

October 1991
The Board of Directors makes the decision to transfer Franklin Furnace's collecting, cataloguing, and conservation responsibilities to another public institution in order to "do the right thing" for the care of the field it helped to create.

September 1990 - June 1991
Franklin Furnace mounts its first performance season "in exile" at Judson Memorial Church, cradle of experimentation in the 70s.

July 1990
Franklin Furnace refuses to limit the expression of artists it presents and funds, holding Franklin Furnace Fights for First Amendment Rights at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, with an all-star cast including Eric Bogosian, Cee Scott Brown, Karen Finley, Allan Ginsburg, Leon Golub and Nancy Spero, The Guerrilla Girls, Frank Maya, Pauline Oliveros and IONE, Nicky Paraiso and Jessica Hagedorn, RENO, Annie Sprinkle, Lynne Tillman, Diane Torr, and Jawole Willa Jo Zolar.

June 1990
Franklin Furnace is demonized for presenting Karen Finley's installation, A Woman's Life Isn't Worth Much. During the Summer of 1990, inquiries and audits are conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, the State Comptroller of New York and at the request of Senator Jesse Helms, the General Accounting Office.

May 1990
The New York City Fire Department closes Franklin Furnace's performance space in response to a call claiming Franklin Furnace is an "illegal social club."

April 1990
Governor Mario Cuomo halves the budget of NYSCA. Franklin Furnace's NYSCA funding drops from $144,000 to $40,000 in one year.

February 1989
Exhibition of The Avant-Garde Book: 1900-1945 opens, containing seldom seen Eastern European examples of avant-garde works. John Wilson's troupe reenacts Dada performance for a benefit evening.

February 1988
Franklin Furnace and Thought Music produce Teenytown, a multimedia performance by Jessica Hagedorn, Laurie Carlos and Robbie McCauley with film by John Woo and choreography by Jawole Willa Jo Zolar, which examines how racism is embedded in popular culture and entertainment.

October 1987
Celebration of Marcel Duchamp's 100th birthday with a performance art extravaganza, The Avant-Garde Breaks Into Midtown, inaugurating the Equitable Center's new state-of-the-art auditorium.

February 1987
Andy Warhol dies after serving on Franklin Furnace's Board of Directors for 21 days.

June 1986
With Lily Tomlin presiding, Franklin Furnace celebrates its 10th birthday with the Arties Awards to avant-garde achievers: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Eric Bogosian, Richard Foreman, Tehching Hsieh and Linda Montano, Allan Kaprow, The Kipper Kids, Lydia Lunch, Lisa Lyon, The Mastfor II Co, Leo Lionni, F. T. Marinetti, Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman, Pat Oleszko, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Michael Smith, Redy Story, William Wegman and Man Ray, Paul Zaloom.

September 1985
Franklin Furnace initiates its Sequential Art for Kids education program, which places professional artist bookmakers, performers, photographers, filmmakers, animators and videographers in New York City public schools.

May 1985
Franklin Furnace creates its Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, which allows emerging artists to produce major work in New York. The panel selects three of the "NEA Four" artists before they were so identified (Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, John Fleck) along with many others who have gone on to change the world: Papo Colo, Kaylynn Two Trees Sullivan, William Pope.L, Jennifer Miller, Andrea Fraser, Peggy Pettitt, Kim Irwin, Keith Antar Mason, Murray Hill, Pamela Sneed, Tanya Barfield, Deborah Edmeades, Patty Chang, and Stanya Kahn, and others. The Fund has been supported by Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation.

February 1984
Franklin Furnace is reprimanded by the NEA and dropped by several corporate sources for presenting Carnival Knowledge, an exhibition and performance extravaganza that questioned if there can be such a thing as "feminist pornography." Annie Sprinkle makes her debut as an artist during the performance of “Deep Inside Porn Stars.”

October 1983
Exhibition of Cubist Prints/Cubist Books begins national tour at Franklin Furnace, making stops at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Center for the Fine Arts, Miami; The Marian Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; and Galerie Berggruen, Paris, France.

August 1983
Franklin Furnace wins an Advancement Grant from the NEA to promote institutional stability through development and publicity plans.

February 1981
Eric Bogosian’s first performance in New York, “Men Inside,” is presented by Franklin Furnace.

September 1979 - June 1980
Exhibition of Page as Alternative Space (1909-1980) with curators Clive Phillpot, Charles Henri Ford, Jon Hendricks and Barbara Moore, and Ingrid Sischy. This exhibition inaugurated Franklin Furnace's commitment to presenting the historical antecedents of the contemporary artists' book publishing movement.

June 1979
Exhibition of In the Shadow of Duchamp: The Photomechanical Revolution and the Artist's Book at the Grolier Club, New York City. Works selected by Weston J. Naef and Martha Wilson.

September 1976
Franklin Furnace gets funding of its programs from both the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

April 1976
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. is founded to serve artists who choose publishing as a democratic artistic medium and who were not being supported by existing artistic organizations.