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November 11, 2004

1. Miriam Schapiro, FF Member, in Tampa, FL and at Rutgers, New Brunswick
2. Preston Foerder, FF Alumn, at Theater for the New City, NY, Nov 11-14
3. Saul Ostrow, FF Alumn, at Deutsche Bank, NY, thru December 18, 2004
4. Kristin Jones/Andrew Ginzel, FF Alumns, in Kansas City Airport, opening Nov 10
5. Mendi+Keith Obadike, FF Alumns, release three new works
6. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, emcees at City Lore's Hall of Fame awards at Museum of the City of New York, November 18, 7 pm
7. Guillermo Gómez-Peña, FF Alumn, several events in NYC, Nov 16-20
8. Anahí Cáceres, FF Alumn, online opening, November 9, 6-10 pm
9. Lily Tomlin, FF Alumn, at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Nov 10, 7 pm
10. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, opens Nov 13
11. Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett, Julia Mandle, FF Alumns, at Van Alen Inst. NY, TONITE, 6:30 pm
12. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, at Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX Nov 20, 2004 - Jan 16, 2005
13. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in London and Glasgow, November 2004
14. Le Petit Versailles, NY, indoor/outdoor potluck brunch, Nov 14 at noon
15. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at UC Berkeley, Nov 29, 7:30 pm

1. Miriam Schapiro, FF Member, in Tampa, FL and at Rutgers, New Brunswick

"Miriam Schapiro in Tampa"-
Inaugural Exhibition At Scarone/Hartley Gallery
University of Tampa
thru December 3, 2004

"Works By Miriam Schapiro"
"Anarchy And Form" thru February 18, 2005
Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series
Rutgers - 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ
Mabel Smith Douglas Library
Artist In Residence Lectureship
"An Artist Talks About Quilts"
Tuesday 11-30-'04


2. Preston Foerder, FF Alumn, at Theater for the New City, NY, Nov 11-14

Preston Foerder, FF Alumn, will be presenting his adult puppet theatre piece, LONERS, as part of the Voice4Vision Puppet Festival at Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave., N.Y., NY, (212) 254-1109, from Nov.11-14. Thursday and Saturday @ 9:30, Friday @ 8:00, and Sunday @ 3:00. LONERS is an insightful and often extremely humorous journey through the worlds of the alone. Preston Foerder, using a variety of puppet techniques, examines the people society tends to ignore. Through a series of short sketches we enter the worlds of these characters, in life, fantasy, and classic works of art. From the ridiculous to the sublime, he presents puppet characters that will not soon be forgotten. For more info on the festival: http://www.jsnyc.com/voice4vision/


3. Saul Ostrow, FF Alumn, at Deutsche Bank, NY, thru December 18, 2004

If You Were Here
Thru December 18, 2004
Exhibition Catalog - Artist Essays Written By Saul Ostrow

Gallery w 52
The Lobby Gallery at Deutsche Bank
31 West 52nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas

Jennifer Coates, Gerald DePrie, Michael Eade, Mike Goodlett, David Humphrey, Charley Kinney, Gilbert Perrin, Lawrence Tarpey, Daniel Wiener

If You Were Here is an innovative and scholarly exhibition bringing together the work of nine seemingly disparate artists from New York and Kentucky. These artists share a common thread in the treatment of an internal landscape in their work; an obsessive preoccupation with rendering a world constructed of enigmatic images that are amazing and, at times, unsettling. The nine artists in this exhibition are connected through an interest in fantastic, even visionary, images that construct highly personal landscapes or psychological terrain. The exhibition has been co-curated by Lexington Arts and Cultural Council President and CEO, Jim Clark, and Mary Dinaburg, an independent curator from New York.


4. Kristin Jones/Andrew Ginzel, FF Alumns, in Kansas City Airport, opening Nov 10

6 to 9 PM Terminal B
Kansas City International Airport, Kansas City, Missouri
Terminal A, Terminal B, Terminal C
Commissioned by The City of Kansas City, Missouri, Municipal Art Commission 160,200 square feet of epoxy matrix terrazzo floor with blue glass, clear glass, mirror, mother of pearl, and marble aggregates; brass, zinc and green plastic strip; brass, marble and stone and glass mosaic imbedded inserts. Polarities is a collection of overlapping systems as a very large, ever-shifting diagrammatic "drawing" suggesting and questioning the infinite depth of space, scale, gravity, groundlessness, suspense and flight. A deep ultramarine blue band of terrazzo is contained within a narrow black and white border alluding to mapping and measure. Wind and water currents, electrical charges, and magnetism are suggested by brass plus and minus inlays that stir this blue field and give evidence to the invisible animation of flow, the pull of gravity and the dream of release. This charged blue field is contrasted by adjacent fields of gray terrazzo with random, chaotic brass plus and minus signs . Fine brilliant green lines crisscross and segment the floor creating a volume of depth that is spatial beneath one's feet and appear as longitudinal lines on a map or chart, or like the web of lines from the flight control radar screen. The blue field is punctuated by many images outlined in brass strip and inset images of marble, mosaic and brass.

For more information on this and other projects please visit www.jonesginzel.com


5. Mendi+Keith Obadike, FF Alumns, release three new works

Artists Mendi+Keith Obadike announce the release of three new works -
The Sour Thunder, Armor and Flesh, and SOFTSHELL.

*The Sour Thunder*
Mendi+Keith's CD "The Sour Thunder, an internet opera" was just released on Bridge Records. It can be ordered directly from Bridge or through Amazon.com. http://bridgerecords.com

"The Sour Thunder" blends science fiction and autobiography with hip-hop, new music, and a theatrical bi-lingual text (English and Spanish), creating a personal and surreal tale of cultural and racial identity. Musically, "The Sour Thunder" is told through a series of 23 sound-text pieces and songs. The textures that make up "The Sour Thunder" were created using digitally treated hollow body guitars, Nigerian mbiras, field recordings of environmental sounds, and electronically processed vocals.

*Armor and Flesh*
Armor and Flesh is a new book by Mendi Obadike. It is available directly from the publisher, Lotus Press, and from Amazon.com


The poems in this collection explore protective gestures (physical and emotional hardness) and vulnerability. Armor and Flesh received the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize.

Keith Obadike composed a companion soundscape for Armor and Flesh entitled SOFTSHELL. This composition, built from metallic abstractions and synthesized sinews, functions as a micro score to the book. It is available on a special edition transparent CD from http://Hellomachine.com.

More information can be found at http://www.blacknetart.com. For more information regarding Mendi + Keith's readings, exhibitions, or performances contact Evelyn McGhee at Office@blacknetart.com.

Mendi Lewis Obadike


6. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, emcees at City Lore's Hall of Fame awards at Museum of the City of New York, November 18, 7 pm

City Lore's Ninth People's Hall of Fame

If you've followed our work over the years, you probably think you know us pretty well - but you've never truly known City Lore if you haven't attended the People's Hall of Fame. It only comes around every other year, so this is your big chance. And if you've had the opportunity to see us present our "tokens of esteem" (actually a large, bronze subway token) to the inimitable characters and performers who sustain the City's grassroots cultures, and then danced and celebrated with us afterwards, we know you'll want to join us once again.

This year's awards ceremony will be held on:

Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm
at the Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street

Performance artist Annie Lanzillotto will emcee the ceremony, which will be interlaced with performances honoring the honorees, including a special guest appearance by Odetta! The Old Harlem Jazz and Blues Band will perform at the dance party afterwards, and Tina Pratt and the Swinging Seniors will hit the floor to show the young 'ns the shim sham shimmy.

And the honorees are:

*Reverend Deacon Edgar W. Hopper, for saving the 'Slave Gallery,' a racially segregated area of seating behind the balcony of St. Augustine's Church on the Lower East Side. Today the Gallery serves as a potent reminder of how entrenched racism was in the fabric of everyday life in New York, both for the present congregation, largely African American, and all New Yorkers who visit there;

*Aurelia Fernández and Margarita Larios, two vibrant grandmothers and activists, for working vigilantly for decades to preserve traditional Mexican cuisine, music, dance, craftwork, and art in New York, and for fostering the Mano a Mano Program of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance;

*Terry Marone and the Actors' Equity's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs, for keeping alive the tradition of the gypsy robe, a good luck charm for countless Broadway chorus lines for more than 40 years. Freighted with good luck mementos, the robe is passed from one chorine to the next each time a new musical opens;

*Jim Power, New York's "Mosaic Man," for beautifying the City with distinctive, artful mosaics for almost 20 years. The artist and Vietnam vet is now at work on what may be his pièce de résistance, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln applied to a lamppost in front of The Cooper Union;

*Tina Pratt and the Swinging Seniors, for continuing to brighten the world with their shim sham shimmy, even at ages 82 to 93. Ms. Pratt and her group of veteran pros remember the Cotton Club, Apollo Theatre, and the TOBA ("Tough on Black Actors") circuit of road shows - and more, much more - in careers stretching back more than a half-century.

Tickets are $15.00 for members, seniors, and students and $25.00 for others. Enjoy the exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York, and ethnic desserts and refreshments. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call City Lore at 212 529 1955, or print out and mail in the attached form.

City Lore
72 E. First Street
New York, NY 10003

Looking forward to shim sham shimmying with all of you!
- Steve-


7. Guillermo Gómez-Peña, FF Alumn, several events in NYC, Nov 16-20

Post-Mexican performance artist/writer and All Things Considered commentator Guillermo Gómez-Peña, director of the infamous San Francisco-based troupe La Pocha Nostra (www.pochanostra.com) will be in New York City for one week. Events will include a lecture (hosted by NYU's Department of Performance Studies), a performance, and a 2-day workshop (both at the Guggenheim). Details:

*November 16th
NYU Performance Studies: Lecture Ethno-Techno Art

"Ethno-techno art: In search of a new aesthetic" is an audio-visual performative lecture that chronicles Gomez-Pena's performance projects over the past five years. He uses this material as a point of departure from which to discuss the cultural side effects of globalization, the digital divide, corporate multiculturalism, xenophobia and the culture of "the mainstream bizarre" and how these developments impact the Chicano/Latino community, as well as notions of the body in performance.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 16, 6 pm

Location: NYU
Department of Performance Studies
721 Broadway
RM 636

*November 18-19
Performance Workshop at the Guggenheim Museum

"The Brown Sheep" is a two-day hands on performance workshop aimed at merging artists, students and cultural leaders. The goal is to sharpen performance and analytical skills in dialogue with like-minded cultural rebels.

Workshop schedule:
Thursday & Friday, November 18 & 19, 6:30-10:00 pm
Fee is $75, $65 for members and students.
For information or to register, call (212) 423-3784.

November 20
Performance at the Guggenheim: "From Aztec to High Tech"

Guillermo Gómez-Peña uses multilingualism, humor, and hybrid literary genres as subversive strategies to explore the fear of immigration, the dark side of globalization, the digital divide, censorship, and interracial sexuality.

Date and Time:
Saturday, November 20, 7 pm

Peter B. Lewis Theater
Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street

$20 ($15 for members, students, and seniors).
For more information, call the Box Office at (212) 423-3587.


8. Anahí Cáceres, FF Alumn, online opening, November 9, 6-10 pm

arteU na.com invites to the on-line opening of MUROS(WALLS) XXth and XXIst Centuries 2nd. open call of the year Guests and participations here

Tuesday november 9 from 18.00 to 22 pm
15 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall
Log-in and participate

arteU na, a multiple space of art in the internet invites you to express yourself on the theme of WALLS: the physical and the virtual ones, those which have already fallen and those still standing, those under construction, the intangible ones, those for defence, for contention, for setting up boundaries, the walls of discrimination, the walls of limits, of segregation...bases Director Anahí Cáceres

18:00 pm Session with DemoKino participation in Walls XX- XXI - An Anti-Entertainment Streaming Event "Virtual Biopolitical Parliament - Davide Grassi's DemoKino * Revision of the system requirements in www.demokino.net 20 :00 pm Virtual toast with the public. participant arteUna rtists, collaborators, special guests and sponsors.arteUna is a extention of [R][R][F] 2004 ---XP [Remembering-Repressing-Forgetting] by Agrícola de Cologne. At 26th march 2004 with : Women Memory of Repression in Argentina

9 november: WALLS XXth and XXIst Centuries
participations Esther Andradi (Berlín) Ester Abuter Ananías (Chile) Eduardo Blaustein (Buenos Aires) Luciano Beccaría (Buenos Aires) Fernanda Bragone (Buenos Aires) Gabriela Borgna (Buenos Aires) María Carman (Buenos Aires) Anahí Cáceres (Buenos Aires) Walter Costas (Buenos Aires) León Ferrari (Buenos Aires) Davide Grassi (Eslovenia) Martín Kovensky (Buenos Aires) Liliana Lukin (Buenos Aires) Susana Torres Molina (Buenos Aires) Marcos Luczkow (Buenos Aires) Jorge Mazzinghi (Buenos Aires) Nicolás Ojeda (Buenos Aires) Jorge Pinedo (Buenos Aires) Gloria Pampillo (Buenos Aires) Raquel Roberti (Buenos Aires) Gustavo Rapoport (USA) Margarita Schultz (Chile) Lucía Seguí (Córdoba) Marta Sacco (Buenos Aires) Lionel Wainstock (Buenos Aires) artists from Tucumán, curator: Marisa Rossini / Alejandro Gómez Tolosa (Tucumán) / José Quiero (USA) / Alicia Porcel de Peralta (Buenos Aires)/ Amelia Eguía (Italia)/Florencia Alterman (Buenos Aires)/Rosa Revsyn /Alejandro Delgado (Buenos Aires)/Fernanda Veiga (Buenos Aires) / Andrea Racciatti (Buenos Aires)/ Santiago Capri (Buenos Aires)/argentine artists Curator Graciela Taquini: Mónica Jacobo (Córdoba) - Paula Gaetano (San Juan) -Julia Masvernat - Mariela Yeregui - Marina Zerbarini (Buenos Aires) Brian Mackern (Uruguay) - Javier Sobrino (Buenos Aires) - /La Plata artists Curator: Natalia Matewecki /Carmen Pezido (Rosario) /Melanie Mahler (Buenos Aires) /Claudio Escobar (Buenos Aires) /Marta González (Buenos Aires) /Fernando Noy (Buenos Aires)/ Maria del Carmen Colombo (Buenos Aires) / Valencia artists , curator Cristina Guetti: Claudia Martinez,Germá Lloris y Josep Ginestar (Valencia)/Santiago artists , Curator : Margarita Schultz (Chile) /Los Angeles writters , selection : Librería Liberarte (Chile) /and more...


9. Lily Tomlin, FF Alumn, at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Nov 10, 7 pm

Don't miss award-winning director David O. Russell in conversation with legendary Hollywood actress and comedian Lily Tomlin, FF Alumn, as they discuss their work and the existential themes addressed in Russell's latest feature, "I Heart Huckabees." Starring Tomlin, the film was praised by The New York Times as "snort-out-loud-funny."

Free Admission.
Seating is first-come, first-served. Priority seating for Hammer Museum Members - please arrive early.

David O. Russell & Lily Tomlin
Wednesday, Nov 10, 7pm
Director, producer, and writer David O. Russell's award-winning first feature, "Spanking the Monkey," premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. He continued to garner recognition with his subsequent films, "Flirting with Disaster" and "Three Kings." In 2002, Russell was the first director honored by the Museum of Modern Art's series "Works in Progress," and his latest feature, "I Heart Huckabee's," was released to great critical acclaim this fall.

Celebrated actress and comedian Lily Tomlin has received many awards including six Emmys, two Tony awards, and the 2003 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. She made her television debut in 1966, and in 1969 garnered national attention as a cast member of the top-rated Laugh-In. In 1975, Tomlin made her film debut in Robert Altman's "Nashville," and went on to star in numerous feature films. She is a central character in the stellar ensemble cast of Russell's "I Heart Huckabee's."

10899 Wilshire Blvd at Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90024
310.443.7000 http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

Museum Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 11am-7pm; Thu 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Free on Thursdays Closed on Mondays


10. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, opens Nov 13

Friends Near & Far, This is to keep you informed of my Doings...I won't be at this Opening since the Cabin is beckoning to cure me from my Post-Election Blues, still so noticeable all over New York City and, from what I hear, all over the World. Two brand-new pieces of mine can be seen in the WAH's wonderful, wild, weird space: "Wrapped Woman", 2004, and "Wrapped Red & Black", 2004. Do stop by if you can.

November 13 - November 28, 2004
8th Annual Williamsburg Salon
28 Artists and a live Installation by 2 more
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
135 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211


11. Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett, Julia Mandle, FF Alumns, at Van Alen Inst. NY, TONITE, 6:30 pm

Dear friends,
I would love for you to attend a discussion at the Van Alen Institute about "Alternative Approaches to City-Making" next week. Discussion will be held where our solo exhibition is on view and joining the conversation will be one of my favorite thinkers of all times: Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett. I hope you won't miss this evening!
(info below)
Julia Mandle, FF Alumn,

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 pm

WHERE: Van Alen Institute
30 West 22 Street, 6th Floor (betw 5 & 6 ave)

RSVP to vanalen@vanalen.org or 212 924 7000 x16
Seating is limited. FREE event

WHAT: Alternative Approaches to City-Making
Taking cues from the VARIABLE CITY: a panel discussion addressing multidisciplinary approaches to the design and
planning of the city.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Ariel Krasnow
Urban Designer and co-creator VARIABLE CITY: fox square
Julia Mandle
Director, J Mandle Performance and co-creator VARIABLE CITY: fox square

This event is organized in association with Van Alen Institute's current exhibition, VARIABLE CITY: fox square on view through November 19th. AIA CES Credits are available for this event

J Mandle Performance


12. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, at Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX. Nov.20, 2004 - Jan 16, 2005

Arthouse has commissioned, SIXTY WEAK KNEES, a temporary installation by Matthew Geller to provide an environment for LOUNGE!--a forum of programs and discussions about art, architecture and design today. This interaction of art and design is organized by Regine Basha, Adjunct Curator, Arthouse and Kevin S. Alter, Associate Dean, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. For a full list of programs: http://www.arthousetexas.org/

Arthouse at the Jones Center
700 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701


13. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, in London and Glasgow, November 2004


Hi All,
Well, with the truly HORRIBLE election in the States this week all I can do is just keep being pissed off and engaged (and fabulous, of course, part of that performer power thang) With that spirit...I am glad to tell you I will be performing the London premiere of my new show "Us" at the Drill Hall Nov 17-27. Send London pals to see this new show! The can call and reserve tickets right away. 020 7307 5060 Here's info on Drill Hall shows from their website where one can also get tix.

I will be also be performing "Us" at the Center for Contemporary Art nn Glasgow, Scotland Nov 12-13 as part of Glasgay Festival. Here's the CCA website. http://www.cca-glasgow.com/events/vdetail1.asp?AddInfoID=534&id=769
Here's the Glasgay website too

Stay fierce in these hard times.
Tim Miller


14. Le Petit Versailles, NY, indoor/outdoor potluck brunch, Nov 14 at noon

It's been a great Spring/Summer and now it's time to prepare for the coming Winter, next Spring and the future ahead!

Indoor/Outdoor potluck brunch Next Sunday November 14th at 12:00 noon.

Le Petit Versailles Season 2004
346 East Houston Street < avenue b + c
(Indoor site next door at 245 East 2nd Street)
F/V train to Second Ave. J/M -Delancey Street.

ITEMS TO ADDRESS (not necessarily in this order or all at once):
We'll set a schedule to finish what we can't get done. If it's raining we'll just meet indoors to plan. Indoor accommodations will be available for warm-up breaks.

a.Oil tools
b. Harvest seeds
c. Pruning
d. Winter cover crop (rye)
e. Soil Treatment (nitrogen, etc)
f. Bulb planting


a. Review Past Season Show and tell with video and pictures!
b. Membership and structure , status, duties
c. Permanent Status issues
d. Next Season Forecast

This invitation is to all our New York City friends and anyone from out of town who can come to help the garden circle continue to grow. Bring a friend. The more the merrier!

Monetary contributions are always welcome and can be made at our home page at:


15. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at UC Berkeley, Nov 29, 7:30 pm

From Homunculus to Golem: Tracking an Alter Avatar
A Talk by Sonya Rapoport, FF Alum

Art, Technology and Culture Series
Monday November 29, 7:30 PM,
160 Kroeber Hall, U.C. Berkeley

In recent years, scientists have advanced our ability to understand and control human sexuality, reproduction, and gender. These developments have been highly controversial and politicized, as witnessed in our recent election. Artist Sonya Rapoport draws from historical references such as alchemy and Jewish mysticism to construct multimedia projects that address contemporary dilemmas.

Combining ancient myths with modern technological sophistication, Sonya Rapoport will trace the evolution of her artwork through the past four decades. Starting from her abstract expressionist paintings of the 60's to her pioneering computer assisted art works of the 70's and 80's. Robert Edgar summarizes her early interdisciplinary work as a "mix between Marcel Duchamp and the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss." Rapoport will present slides, video, and her recent interactive webworks: REDEEMING THE GENE, and KABBALAH/KABUL, that address the constitution of artificial beings.

The ATC is sponsored by UC Berkeley's: Center for New Media, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, College of Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society, Consortium for the Arts, BAM/PFA, Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Intel Corporation.



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