August 14 th, 2006
Press Contact:
Martha Wilson, Director
(718) 398-7255


Franklin Furnace Artists and the Long Arm of the Law

Documentation of works by:

Reverend Billy
Carnival Knowledge
Billy Curmano
Dawn Egazarian
Karen Finley
John Fleck
Jon Hendricks
Tehching Hsieh
Holly Hughes
Joshua Kinberg and Yury Gitman
Tim Miller
Por El Ojo

Opening Friday, August 18th from 5 to 7 PM
Show on view Monday-Friday August 18th to October 27th 2006

“Arresting Artists: Franklin Furnace Artists and the Long Arm of the Law” will be mounted at 80 Arts - The James E. Davis Arts Building, 80 Hanson Place, Suite #301, at the corner of South Portland Street in Brooklyn, NY. The artists featured in this show have changed art discourse, and additionally have suffered arrest, admonishments and sanctions from funding and other powerful sources, attacks in the press, and even death threats. Still, they sally forth doing their work whatever the cost.

Works selected for the exhibition include original prints by Argentine graffiti artists Por el Ojo; photographs and slides of performances by the NEA 4: Jon Fleck, Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller, as well as artist statements and press documentation outlining the subsequent withdrawal of their funding; video interviews with Jon Hendricks, the founding member of Guerilla Art Action Group, and Harley Spiller, Franklin Furnace’s long-time administrator and co-curator of “Hello! My Name is…Graffiti Stickers from the Buckman/Magnusson/Spiller Collection”; and a film by Yury Gitman of Joshua Kinberg’s arrest.

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.

Founded by artist Martha Wilson in 1976, Franklin Furnace’s mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, an ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. Franklin Furnace is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited to artists’ books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, “live art on the Internet,” and undertaking other activities related to these purposes. Franklin Furnace is committed to serving emerging artists; to assuming an aggressive pedagogical stance with regard to the value of avant-garde art to cultural life; and to fostering artists’ zeal to broadcast ideas.

Franklin Furnace Archives
80 Arts - The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn , NY 11217-1506
718 398 7255