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If change is the only constant—as the Fluxus artists attested—Franklin Furnace has remained constant since its inception in 1976. Now Franklin Furnace is announcing another major change: On July 24, 2019, the Board of Directors of Franklin Furnace established the Ken Dewey Directorship, appointed Harley Spiller as the first Ken Dewey Director, and Martha Wilson became Founding Director Emerita and will remain actively involved. Together, we welcome you to join Franklin Furnace’s

Ken Dewey Video Still
Still from KEN DEWEY This Is a Test

The Franklin Furnace directorship is now named in honor of Ken Dewey, who wore two hats and could talk equally comfortably with crazy artists and “suits” (business people). Like Harley Spiller and Martha Wilson, Ken Dewey was both an artist and an administrator: in the early 1970s, he became Project Development Director at the New York State Council on the Arts. This is rare; few art spaces in New York are run by a person who wears two hats. To assume the post, future Ken Dewey Directors will also be required to be both artists and administrators.

Please join Franklin Furnace’s TWO HATS MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN 2019-20!

Franklin Furnace is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please join through PayPal by clicking the Donate button below.

$40 + Up…or Under! This category of membership entitles you to weekly Goings On email bulletins; links between your website and ours; an invitation to the November 21, 2019 performance event celebrating the selection of 2019-20 Franklin Furnace Fund recipients; plus our new handmade artists’ cap which is adding new dimensions to the term “hat-hair.”

$100 + Up Dual Membership. All the above for two!

$500 + Up. All the above + a Victorian-style six-inch jeweled hat pin.

$1,000 + Up. All the above + an inscribed copy of The Two Halves of Martha Wilson’s Brain, the color catalogue for Martha’s 2017 exhibition curated by Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein for Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria (while supplies last).

$10,000 + Up. All the above + round-trip airfare to Buffalo, NY to consult with the USA’s last traditional hat maker, Gary White of who will create your own signature chapeau!