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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
July 06, 2004

1. Ana Mendieta, FF Alumn, retrospective at the Whitney Museum,through Sept. 19.
2. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, solo exhibition, Queens Museum of Art, July 18 thru Oct. 24.
3. Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumn, at Recoleta, Buenos Aires, opening July 7
4. Nora York, FF Alumn, sings at Joe's Pub, July 8, 7 pm
5. Thelma Mathias, FF Member, at Hart Gallery, Santa Fe, opening July 9
6. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, exhibits video stills in 3 exhibitions
7. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, CD release events in Boston, P-town & Providence, July '04
8. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place Veterans Series at the Marquee, July 28
9. Gutted, performance/installation festival in Chicago, July 17, 7-11 pm
10. Peter Cramer, FF Alumn, announces Le Petit Versailles, NY, July 2004 Schedule
11. Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, FF Alumn, at Pioneer Bar, July 9, 6-8 pm
12. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place @ the Marquee, July 21, 7:30 pm

there will be no Goings On the week of July 12t - publication resumes July 19th


1. Ana Mendieta, FF Alumn, retrospective at the Whitney Museum,through Sept. 19

Thru September 19, 2004
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York City
Exhibition and program information:
1 800 WHITNEY and http://www.whitney.org

Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985 is the most comprehensive survey to date of the artist's work. It places Mendieta's art in a broader, international context and examines her life and development as an artist. The exhibition, organized by Olga Viso, Deputy Director, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, premieres at the Whitney Museum of American Art on July 1, launching a four-venue national tour.

Ana Mendieta: Earth Body includes more than 100 works and traces the artist's development from the early performance-based works she made as a student at the University of Iowa, where she was grounded in the conceptual and body-oriented practices of the 1960s and 1970s. She then went on to create independent sculptures and objects in the early 1980s made with fragile, earthen materials. The objects on view include photographs, drawings, sculptures, film, and, sequenced slide projections documenting early performance works and time-based actions in nature.

Rooted in nature and in the body, Mendieta's art was inflected by personal identity and femininity, and distinguished by the singular hybrid form she created. Her earth-body works, or Silueta Series (silhouette series) -- sculptural interventions in the landscape that inserted her naked figure (or its outline or contours) in a natural setting -- fused aspects of Conceptual, process, performance, body, feminist, and land art.

Embracing the aims of feminism, Mendieta quietly subverted the monumental gestures of male land artists such as Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer by working at a human scale in the landscape. Critical of the exclusion of artists of diverse races and ethnicities from the art world and early feminism, she vehemently asserted her own trans-cultural identity. Borrowing freely from a variety of cultural traditions throughout the world, she frequently appropriated symbols and aspects of the ritual practices of ancient and indigenous cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Europe in her art. While abnegating all forms of boundaries, Mendieta's cipher -- the naked female form that performs in the studio, merges with the landscape, is etched on a leaf, or is burned into the soil or a tree trunk -- remained at the center of her production.

Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985 was organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. The exhibition is made possible by The Henry Luce Foundation, the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation, and The Judith Rothschild Foundation. Initial research was supported by Craig Robins and a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Getty Grant Program. Additional support for the exhibition catalog was made possible through the generosity of Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and Isabel and Ricardo Ernst.

Following its presentation at the Whitney, the Mendieta exhibition will be on view at the Hirshhorn from October 14, 2004 through January 6, 2005; the Des Moines Art Center from February 25 through May 22, 2005; and the Miami Art Museum from October 7, 2005 though January 15, 2006.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is located at 945 Madison Avenue, New York City. Museum hours are: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday. For information, please call 1-800 WHITNEY or visit http://www.whitney.org


2. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, solo exhibition, Queens Museum of Art, July 18 thru Oct. 24

Dear Friends,
Please consider a visit to my new solo exhibition opening at the Queens Museum of Art on July 18, from 3-6 pm. The exhibition stays on view through October 24th and it would be great to see you there. Please let me know if and when you're coming so we can arrange to meet for a personal tour. Yours truly, Harley

announcing an extraordinary exhibition of everyday objects
July 18th through October 24th, 2004
Grand Opening, July 18th, 3-6 pm (this is also the launch date for the new kids' website, www.inspectorcollector.com)
You're also invited to participate in Junior Collector's Day on October 10, 1-4 pm

The Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, next to the Unisphere
#7 express train to Shea Stadium; tel. 718-592-9700
July-August: Wednesdays thru Sundays, 1-8 pm
September-October: Wednesdays-Fridays 10-5; Saturdays-Sundays 12-5

Realizing a lifelong dream, Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, -- a museum and education professional better known to many New Yorkers as Inspector Collector -- will fill 45 feet of glass-topped museum cases with his singular group of collections. "Thousands of objects from dozens of different collections will be exhibited together for the first time ever in a museum," says the Inspector. "I'm showing scissors you won't believe, and hundreds of funky pencils, including some that may have belonged to George Washington we're borrowing from the New York Historical Society."

Other objects of intrigue include spoons like a ceremonial Native American potlatch ladle that belonged to Andy Warhol and 10 different spoons NOT used for eating. Remember the original blue Metrocards? Inspector Collector's got 'em. "Plus purple, green, and orange ones too; and subway, bus and train tokens from across the U.S.A." The list goes on and on.

Renowned artists Lady Pink and Smith will paint a trompe l'oeil newsstand displaying newspaper stand paperweights from the 1950s. There will be "MAPETERIA," a room where adults are not allowed, not even peeking (once inside, kids inspect a giant collection of unique maps and think about "who draws the lines around the countries?") There's also the "CHOOSEUM," a hands-on workspace where visitors make projects with a golconda of supplies. 6 mystery objects will challenge kids to make correct guesses and win prizes from the Museum shop.

"Junior Collectors Day," will be held on October 10th, when kids of all ages are invited to exhibit collections at the Museum. Exhibition cases and tables will be spread throughout the galleries and children and adults will share their prized possessions with the general public. "Inspector Collector's Cool Stuff" will be held in the Queens Museum's ArtZone, a hands-on gallery for children made possible by Emigrant Savings Bank.

INSPECTOR COLLECTOR ™ is a trademark owned by Harley Spiller.

I'm collecting your handouts now because they're pretty. I look forward to giving my children my collections and passing it down from generation to generation. Latisha, 12

My collection represents my personality. I collect Bookmarks = I love to read. Sharon, 9

We never had a science teacher like that. Michael, 7

Do you really just come here to make us happy? Chantalle, 5

Dear IC - I had a lot of fun with you. Lesson Learned: Don't say "oooo" or "eeewyo" say "hmmmm" let me try that! Tybree, 12

IC, Thank you for all the things you taught us. You are the best in the whole world, and earth. Have the Best time you never had. Justin, 10

Dear Inspector Collector, I think you forgot to show us your last collection, your heart. Your friend at P.S. 53, Olivia. P.S. I love you.


3. Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumn, at Recoleta, Buenos Aires, opening July 7

Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumn, opens solo show at Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires on Wednesday, July 7

Dolores Zorreguieta shows her new video piece "We" at Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The show opens on July 7 and closes on August 1.

Curator: Corinne Sacca-Abadi

Centro Cultural Recoleta
Junín 1930
Buenos Aires
(C.P. 1113) Buenos Aires


4. Nora York, FF Alumn, sings at Joe's Pub, July 8, 7 pm

Thursday JULY 8th concert.
7pm 20$
at Joe's Pub...The Public Theater.
doors open at 6 !
Showtime 7:00 !
Tickets $20
Box Office 212.539.8778
Telecharge 212.239.6200

Reservations suggested!

Steve Tarshis, guitar --
Jamie Lawrence -- piano
Charlie Giordano -- Accordion
Maryann McSweeney, Bass --
John Clancey -- Drums
Sherryl Marshall --voice

Surfing history, and her personal experience York edits and shuffles the musical deck to explore the contemporary shifting and spinning of the American narrative. Nora York addresses the confusions that abound in our shared relationship to love, power, and social liberty."This daring vocalist and conceptualist is able to turn her ruminations into fascinating musical explorations... York is sure to take it to parts un-dreamed of. " -- The New Yorker --

WHAT I WANT new NORA YORK release date DECEMBER 8th 2004!!!
too exciting!

CD RADIO www.wps1.org check out Nora's radio show on this new and
innovative internet radio -- tune in and listen to LOVE CRAZY!!!!!


5. Thelma Mathias, FF Member, at Hart Gallery, Santa Fe, opening July 9

Thelma Mathias 505. 983-8323
JAMES HART GALLERY- Santa Fe, New Mexico
JULY 9 -23, 2004

The James Hart Gallery is pleased to present artists Bobbe Besold and Thelma Mathias in a two person exhibition of their work. The show opens Friday July 9 from 6PM to 8PM and runs through July 23, with performances on Friday the 23rd from 7Pm -8PM by the artists. The multifaceted Besold and Mathias utilize language and conceptual ideas in their work, with their messages occasionally inter-weaving and playing off each other.

Mathias, a mid-career, conceptual sculptor, came to Santa Fe less than three years ago after establishing herself firmly in the avant-garde NYC art world, with numerous international exhibitions to her credit as well. In this, her first major Santa Fe showing, is the DreamSpace installation, which spans eighteen feet across the gallery, and is delicately suspended from the ceiling. One might find their own face or someone they know here among the random assortment of portraits and dreams. Mathias also offers other works here that deftly reflect her focus on cultural issues through a variety of materials in sculptural format.

Bobbe Besold is an artist/activist of diverse talents who has long been known for her passionate engagement with environmental and social concerns. Her art has taken such forms as photography, film, performance and public art (buses, billboards and murals). In this exhibition Besold will be presenting the early stages of her new installation work, Water Planet. This is cutting edge art & is a must see!!!!

The James Hart Gallery is located at 1410 Second Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 [off Cerrillos Rd] Hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 9AM to 6PM or by appointment,505. 983.7935 Thelma Mathias 505. 983-8323


6. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, exhibits video stills in 3 exhibitions

Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, is exhibiting video stills in three exhibitions:

A video still from "Death Valley Desert Classic" is in the Grand
Excursion Exhibition at the Winona Arts Center, Winona, MN, thru July 14.

Three video stills from "Death Valley Desert Classic" are in the Midwestern Invitational at the Rourke Museum (Fargo/Moorhead) thru Sept. 12th.

A video still from "The Fire Bearer" is at the new Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN through August 1st.

The performance, "Billy X: Solo Set" is at the "Peace, Politics and Propaganda Festival" near Red Wing, MN July 10.
Peace, Politics And Propaganda A Gathering For Peace, Justice And Regime Change
Sponsored By: Veterans For Peace Chapter 27 And The Red Wing Peace Group

July 10, 2004 will be yet another celebration of an alternative 4th of July by Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 and the Red Wing Peace Group. The event, which will be held at Pig Wisdom Farm in Hager City, WI, will include a variety of workshops centered on a theme of Peace, Politics and Propaganda. There will be a performance from Billy X. Curmano, "Billy X: Solo Set", and music by the Buffalo Gals and others plus bonfires, games, and ample opportunity for networking. Activities begin on the evening of Friday, July 9 and continue through breakfast on July 11. Children, pets [leashed!] encouraged. Republicans welcome if truly Dubious about Dubya. Camping on the farm or stay in local motels. Cost: $25. Information: 612-821-9141; 715-792-5127; "http://www.twincitiesvfp.org"
www.twincitiesvfp.org "mailto:vfpchapter27@hotmail.com"


7. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, CD release events in Boston, P-town & Providence, July '04

Boston's Big Dig Sings !
Big Twig Tunnel Tapes CD Released By Jay Critchley; Features Original Field Recordings And Produced Tracks From The $15 Billion Highway Project, Recorded Before Opening For Traffic; Includes Opera, Dance Mixes, A Rap Song, Tunnel Vision, And The Rose Kennedy Greenway Composition.

CD Release Events Scheduled For Boston, Provincetown And Providence, Rhode Island. CDAvailable On Website www.bigtwig.org

I've got tunnel vision, let the bombing go on!
We've got to protect ourselves from all those morons,
So I can charge and buy the goods to set myself free,
Sugar in my coffee, and my SUV.
- Lyrics from Tunnel Vision by Jay Critchley

Responding to the cacophonous sonic environment of the unfinished Big Dig Tunnel in Boston, Provincetown artist Jay Critchley has recorded and produced a surprising CD, Big Twig Tunnel Tapes ? Boston's Big Dig Sings, resplendent with dance tracks, opera, ambient trance music, his signature rap song, Tunnel Vision, and a reflective composition entitled Rose Kennedy Greenway. The concept for the project is an ecological one, inspired by the tree?like footprint of this monument to the automobile, our gluttonous appetite for petroleum, and our war making to defend it. The CD is available on the web at www.bigtwig.org. Samples from the CD along with video documentation of the project will be presented at DNA Gallery, 286 Bradford Street, Provincetown on Friday, July 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm (508 487-7700).

The Provincetown CD release event will be held on Thursday, July 22 at the new studios of WOMR 92.1 FM at the Schoolhouse Center, 494 Commercial Street from 6:00 to 8:00 pm (508 487-2106) as a benefit for Outermost Community Radio. The Boston CD release event is scheduled for Thursday, July 15 at SalonSoto, 63 Melcher Street, on the corner of A Street in Fort Point Channel, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. (617 426-7686). The Providence, Rhode Island CD release event will also be on July 15 as part of the monthly Gallery Night, AS220, 115 Empire Street from 5:00 to 9:00 pm (401 831-9327). Most events will offer CD giveaways, entertainment, surprise guests, and a video documentary of the Big Twig Tunnel Tapes Project.

"What can the sounds we find and the sounds we make deep inside the earth - inside
our buried past - tell us about ourselves and our relationship with the planet - in
this political convention-rich summer?" states Critchley, executive producer and
artistic director of the project.

Performers on Big Twig Tunnel Tapes - Boston's Big Dig Sings include opera singers Rachel Smith and Stephanie McGuire, students with Donna Roll at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, singer Serena Andrews, viola player and singer Jonah Rapino and Critchley. Video and photography credits go to Roberto Ugalde, Lydia Eccles, Kathy Chapman, Timothy O'Keefe and Critchley. Jeffrey Alexander, Ryan Rooney, Andrew Sawtelle, Adam R. Wadsworth, Chris Warren and O'Keefe, all from Providence, Rhode Island, produced the mixed tracks - composed mostly from the field recordings in the tunnel. The web site and CD graphics design were created by O'Keefe, who is also associate executive producer and engineer of the project. The CD was produced at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island and is partially funded by the LEF Foundation.

Copies of the Big Twig Tunnel Tapes CD and photos are available upon request. Released and distributed by Big Twig Productions
P.O. Box 819, Provincetown, MA 02657 USA
© 2004 Jay Critchley All rights reserved.
508 487-3684


8. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place Veterans Series at the Marquee, July 28

Dixon Place Veterans Series at the Marquee presents Jeff McMahon.
McMahon will present his HONORABLE DISCHARGE, a 25-minute monologue he
wrote and directed for performer Lance Gharavi. HONORABLE DISCHARGE
juxtaposes the police killing of a suicidal 15 year old with the
ongoing situation in Iraq. Using multiple voices and personas, quotes
from news reports, Henry IV, and Tom Sawyer, the piece examines
illusions of security and the use of force.
The evening will be shared with Greg Walloch.
Dixon Place at the Marquee, 356 Bowery (at E. 4th St) July 28 @7:30
(212) 219-0736
Media Contact: Deva Eveland (773) 227-8834 SeepArt@aol.com


9. Gutted, performance/installation festival in Chicago, July 17, 7-11 pm

An evening of site-specific installation and durational performance art Chicago Saturday july 17, 2004. 7 - 11pm. ONE NIGHT ONLY! Nine emerging Chicago artists will be let loose in a soon-to-be gutted Bucktown building.

This event is organized by Seep, a US/UK artist group. Its mission is to instigate and promote temporal, site-specific, and non-gallery based art forms.

1833 N. Leavitt
IL 60647

Damen blue line.
Walk north on Milwaukee, at Aldi go one block north on Leavitt
Deva Eveland
Erik Fabian
Flora McGarrell
Jennifer Towslee
Katrina Horne
Mike Browning
Richard Curtis
Thea Miklowski


10. Peter Cramer, FF Alumn, announces Le Petit Versailles, NY, July 2004 Schedule

Dear Friends,
A new season is underway! Join us for local hiphop boys THREAT? and the audiovisual mixing of Serhat Koskal of Istanbul, July 10 8pm.

We also are offering herbal workshops, film screenings and many other
surprises this summer so please come by to the lushness of the garden and
enjoy the evening breezes...

Peter Cramer
Le Petit Versailles Season 2004
346 East Houston Street < avenue b + c

July 10 Saturday 8pm
Music + Video Mix
¿Threat? (NYC) www.triple-a.us
2/5 BZ aka Serhat Köksal (Istanbul) www.2-5bz.com

July 17 Saturday 8pm
Ragas with Steve Sandberg -
Lecture Demonstration & Performance

July 24 Saturday 6 - 8pm
Tom Warren Open Air Photo Studio
Have your portrait taken. www.tomwarren.com
Indra Tamang
A reading in association with Goodie Magazine/Panther Books

All Events - Rain or Shine
By donation ($5) or whatever you can - Food, Drinks!
www.alliedproductions.org 212.529.8815

Events are made possible by Allied Productions,Inc., Gardeners & Friends of LPV, Citizens for NYC, The Trust for Public Land, GreenThumb/NYC Dept. of Parks, Materials for the Arts; NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept. of Sanitation, & NYC Board of Education. LPV Exhibitions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.



11. Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, FF Alumn, at Pioneer Bar, July 9, 6-8 pm

This July/August I am in a group show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. It's a site-specific show called Counter Culture and will include stuff by Flux Factory, Jean Shin, Julianne Swartz, Marion Wilson, Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, FF Alumn, and moi. For the opening reception on the 9th of July I will be making my BURRITOS and doing my best to ignore that little voice in head.

The opening is an invitation only/guest list affair so if you want to be there PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR FULL NAME in the body of the text by this weekend so I can copy and paste it with ease and submit the list!! No name no entry.....no burrito. Also, in the spirit of it all, I have made Hand-Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Extra Cheese Coupons. Be sure to get one....

The skinny....
Opening Reception July 9th 6-8pm
Pioneer Bar, 218 Bowery
Counter Culture
Raul Vincent Enriquez, Flux Factory, Jean Shin, Julianne Swartz, Marion Wilson and Ricardo Miranda Zuniga
July 10th - August 14th, 2004
at various locations on and around the Bowery
New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, NY

I hope to see you and feed you.
131 Boerum Street #1A
Brooklyn NY 11206
718 387 3382

p.s. During my struggle to meet the upcoming show's tight deadline I somehow managed to poke a throbbing hole in my aura. I of course promptly arranged a session with Judith, a certified spiritual advisor, to have my cards read and my numbers counted. She phonated something about how my aura hole was gaping, and a little sore, but that it would heal after I paid her. On my way out I tipped her twenty bucks and handed her one of my Hand-Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Extra Cheese Coupons. She responded by saying she was lactose intolerant but then squeezed my pinky finger and ranted about the grave dangers of overworking myself in an attempt to hand make 100 savory bean & cheese burritos within 2 hours time during the show's opening reception. According to Judith, at the exact moment the 100th burrito is consumed, I will buckle from the sheer weight of my cultural identity. And without warning, emotionally implode into my odious alter ego, an ambitious Latino conceptual artist named Sesos De Capitado, and spontaneously appropriate and recontextualize every past, present and future concept as his oeuvre and unleash a mind blowing concept to end all concepts! Thus and therefore, with his 'concepto final' embodied by an ornate hand gesture, Sesos De Capitado will conceptually render himself and several locations in Chelsea obsolete. So please, come eat a burrito on the 9th of July.


12. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place @ the Marquee, July 21, 7:30 pm

Been feelin like a kid lately, but have to keep workin, so I should tell you that I'll be doing just that a couple of times in July. See you at the anti Repub demo on the streets of NYC Sunday August 29th! Love, Reno

RENO, FF Alumn
Dixon Place @ THE MARQUEE
Tickets only $10 or TDF
Reservations: 212-219-0736 x106
356 Bowery (between Great Jones & E.4th St)
to benefit Dixon Place's capital fund building their own theatre!!



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