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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
May 19, 2005


1. G.H. Hovagimyan, FF Alumn, at Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 6-Sept 15
2. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Laguardia Performing Arts Center, Queens, May 23, 7 pm
3. Ron Ehmke, FF Alumn, at Carnegie Art Center, N. Tonawanda, NY, May 21, 8 pm
4. Artists Against the War at Ronald Feldman Gallery, June 1, 7 pm
5. Andrea Fraser, FF Alumn, at the Guggenheim Museum, TONITE, 6:30 6
6. Robert Longo, FF Alumn, at American Federation of Arts, May 25 7
7. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, at Wave Hill, June 11-Aug 28
8. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, in Beijing, May 17-20
9. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Asia Society, May 19-20, 8 pm
10. Mendi & Keith Obadike, FF Alumns, at South Street Seaport, May 19, and more

1. G.H. Hovagimyan, FF Alumn, at Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 6-Sept 15

In 1998 a SoaPOPera for Laptops by G.H. Hovagimyan & Peter Sinclair won a prize in the computer music category at Ars Electronica. I'm pleased to announce that the installation format of the work A SoaPOPera for iMacs will be in the summer exhibition titled Burlesque at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, France. The exhibition runs from June 6th to September 15th. It's a rather interesting exhibition curated by Cristophe Kihm on the influence of burlesque on contemporary art practice.


2. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at Laguardia Performing Arts Center, Queens, May 23, 7 pm

Performing with Warren Lehrer in Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America based on their award-winning book.
May 23rd 7 PM
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

Crossing the BLVD:
Strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America
performance with Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer on Monday May 23, at 7 PM

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Little Theatre
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens, NY (15 min from Grand Central on 7 train)
Tickets free with Student ID/ $10 general public
Q & A to follow performance
Presented in conjunction with the traveling Crossing the BLVD Mobile Story Booth LaGuardia Community College Presents a Performance of Crossing the BLVD on May 23
Long Island City, NY—Stories of new immigrants and refugees come to life in a performance by Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer. The performance, based on their award-winning book and cross media project, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America will be held at LaGuardia Community College on May 23. The event will be held in the college's Little Theatre at 47th Avenue and Van Dam Street in Long Island City at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free with student I.D. and $10 for general public. 718-482-5151.
For three years, photographer, writer, book artist Warren Lehrer and oral historian and actress/audio artist Judith Sloan traveled the world by trekking the streets of their home borough of Queens, NY-the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States. The Crossing the BLVD project documents the people and stories they encountered along their journey. In the performance, Lehrer is our tour guide, providing wry commentary on the follies of Queens living and U.S. immigration policy, while Sloan “channels” a variety of interviewees. Judith Sloan is a mesmerizing performer, whose vocalization work and movement bring these characters to life. Their performance is illuminated by Lehrer’s photographic images of the Crossing the BLVD subjects, objects they have carried with them from home to home, landscapes and maps, along with Sloan’s engaging soundtrack of original music, sounds and voices.

At the end of the production, five LaGuardia students will read their own narratives directed by Judith Sloan.
for more information about the project: www.crossingtheblvd.org


3. Ron Ehmke, FF Alumn, at Carnegie Art Center, N. Tonawanda, NY, May 21, 8 pm

CARNEGIE ART CENTER presents EVERYTHING: An Evening with Ron Ehmke and His or Her Very Special Guests Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m.
The Carnegie Art Center will present a free live performance by writer/performer/media artist Ron Ehmke on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. as part of the multi-site Beyond/In Western New York series of projects by artists from throughout the region. Ron Ehmke does a little of everything: spoken-word performances, large-scale ensemble theater, autobiographical storytelling, political satire, improvisational cabaret, cable access television, arts programming, DJ-ing, you name it. He has been creating live art throughout the U.S. for the last 25 years, both alone and frequently in collaboration with actors, visual and media artists, dancers, and others. EVERYTHING: AN EVENING WITH RON EHMKE AND HIS OR HER VERY SPECIAL GUESTS is his first new evening-long solo project since 1998. The show is structured like a touring rock concert, from a merchandise table in the lobby (offering t-shirts, DVDs, and even action figures of characters from the show) to a set list which changes from venue to venue and night to night. (Three different versions of EVERYTHING also appeared at the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center in April, and another will be presented at Soundlab on June 11.) The content is drawn from every phase of Ehmke¹s career, which includes monologues, stories, rants, videotapes, character sketches, audio pieces, and brand-new material.

Each production includes one or more hand-picked guest artists and spur-of-the-moment surprises. Joining Ehmke at the Carnegie show will be singer/songwriter Tom Stahl, one of the most respected performers in Buffalo¹s thriving acoustic music scene, and Jack Papier, a founding member of the Real Dream Cabaret. The show is co-directed by Catherine Young and Taunee Grant, and features a site-specific environmental set (which also changes radically from venue to venue) designed by David Butler. For information on the performance and Ehmke¹s other work, see http://www.everythingron.com/
Tonawandas' Council on the Arts
240 Goundry Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Phone: 716.694.4400
Fax: 716.995.0180
www.carnegieartcenter.org < http://www.carnegieartcenter.org>

This event is made possible by the Tonawandas’ Council on the Arts, the members of the Carnegie Art Center, the City of North Tonawanda, Hadley Exhibits, Inc., and, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Ron Ehmke
"The assumption was--a very dangerous assumption--that if the enemy is evil, then your side must be good." --Howard Zinn on WW I


4. Artists Against the War at Ronald Feldman Gallery, June 1, 7 pm

You Are Invited To A Preview Of "Disarming Images (Picturing Dissent In The United States)" at Ronald Feldman Gallery, 31 Mercer St. 7 PM, Wednesday, June 1
a 3 monitor, one hour long DVD about grassroots anti-war protest in the United States since 9/11 We will be travelling this project as an exhibition domestically and internationally starting in September, 2005. This is our first public screening. Please come to give us feedback - we would love your support on this occasion!


5. Andrea Fraser, FF Alumn, at the Guggenheim Museum, TONITE, 6:30    


6. Robert Longo, FF Alumn, at American Federation of Arts, May 25

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
6:30–8:30 p.m.
American Federation of Arts
41 East 65th Street, New York

Internationally acclaimed artist Robert Longo will discuss his work, which though increasingly introspective, reflects the appropriation of images from existing photographic sources and the mood of emotional conflict and violence for which he is best known.
Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Call 212.988.7700 ext. 64.
Robert Longo, who became synonymous with pictorial art in the 1980s, will discuss his unique large-scale works, his influences, and the inspiration for his images as part of AFA’s lecture series, ArtTalks. ArtTalks will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. at the AFA, located at 41 East 65th Street, New York. Following the talk, audience members are invited to join the artist for an intimate reception. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, please call 212.988.7700, ext. 64. ArtTalks is presented by Target Stores.

Born in Brooklyn in 1953, Robert Longo obtained his BFA from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1975. During his studies there, he co-founded Hallwalls, a studio and exhibition space for contemporary art, with Cindy Sherman. After graduation, Longo moved to New York because he was invited to participate in the seminal 1977 Artists Space show, Pictures. In New York, he continued to experiment with sculptural, pictorial, and performance work that would become the foundation for his ongoing interest in utilizing the multi-disciplinary potential of art. Blending techniques from the worlds of photography, video, painting, and drawing, Longo’s work seemed to mirror the media-infused climate of the United States in the Reagan era. In 1980, he had his first one-person exhibition, in Europe at Studio d’Arte Cannaviello in Milan. The following year, his first New York solo show, Men in the Cities, at Metro Pictures, brought him international critical acclaim.
For the past two decades, Longo has continued to produce works in monumental scale that touch on social, political, and economic issues. Regardless of the medium, he consistently explores the importance of images in our society and investigates the individual’s relationship to these images. In addition to painting and drawing, his work has included theatre projects (for the Salzburg Festival), performances (collaborations with Bill T. Jones and Eric Bogosian), sculpture, photography, feature films (he directed 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic), and music videos (he directed videos for R.E.M. and New Order).
In 1989, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art mounted a major retrospective of Longo’s work. He has also had solo exhibitions at Museum Haus Lange and Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany; the Brooklyn Museum; the Albertina, Vienna; Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid; Gallery Hans Mayer in Dusseldorf; and Galerie Piece Unique, Paris. His work is in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Tate Gallery, London; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Broad Foundation, Los Angeles. Most recently, Longo was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He is also the 2005 recipient of the Goslar Kaiser Ring, one of the most prestigious awards in modern art.

The AFA is a nonprofit institution that organizes art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues, and develops educational and professional development program. For more information, log on to our Web site at http://www.afaweb.org


7. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, at Wave Hill, June 11-Aug. 28

Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, in "Meteorologic Phenomena" at Wave Hill in The Bronx, NY, June 11-August 28, 2005

Matthew Geller's outdoor installation, Whether or not you love me, will be included in the exhibition "Meteorologic Phenomena" at Wave Hill in The Bronx, NY.
June 11-August 28, 2005 Exhibition. Reception: June 12, 1–4pm

Using Glyndor Gallery and the grounds, Meteorologic Phenomena explores a variety of artistic responses to the weather, that elemental force that shapes all human relationships to nature. Atmospheric conditions influence ecological and biological progress as well cultural and technological development. The artists consider the weather as a psychological condition, source of scientific information, and aesthetic inspiration.

Other artists in the exhibition include: Margaret Cogswell, John Dooley, Spencer Finch,Sandy Gellis, Stefan Hagen, Lisa Hein & Bob Seng, Cassandra James, Ned Kahn, Michael Krondl, Rima Mardoyan-Smyth, Andrea Polli, Kevin Todd and Lisa Young

Curator: Jennifer McGregor / Assistant Curator: Erica Strongin


8. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, in Beijing, May 17-20

Conceptual artist Marcus Young will perform " Pacific Avenue" on WangFuJing, Beijing's busiest commerical street, May 17-20. The work is simple--slow walking and gentle smiling in public.  The pedestrian walkway that typically takes seven minutes to walk Marcus will walk with micro-steps in three hours. Inspired by the behavior of The Umbrella Man, a resident and street personality of Santa Cruz, California, this work will re-interpret his behavior as public art. " Pacific Avenue" premieres in Beijing and will then show in Minneapolis and other cities in the U.S. The showing in Beijing is part of the 3 rd DaDao Live Arts Festival and will run through May 20. Costume is by Feng Ling.

contact: TheBigIdeaStore@gmail.com


9. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Asia Society, May 19-20, 8 pm

Nora York to Sing a very interesting program!
UNION/SEVERED: Expressions of the Divine:
(Companion works-in progress)
A collaborative work between Odissi dancer RAJIKA PURI & NORA YORK singer (www.norayork.com for What I Want!) With
Charlie Giordano -- accordion
and Steve Gorn -- Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute).

May 19th and 20th at 8 p.m.
at ASIA SOCIETY (70th & Park)
$10 members, students, seniors
$15.00 public.
Call: 212 517 ASIA

UNION/SEVERED: Two distinct ways of representing divinity are explored through text, visual image, movement and, in particular, a collage of songs from Orissa and America.
Directed by Yuval Sharon

As Rajika sings and dances verses from traditional Sanskrit texts, Nora introduces popular American songs within the Sanskrit material to access the emotional heart of these contrasting (and complementary?) ways of relating to divinity.

The four other Odissi dancers:
Taiis Pascal,
Alicia Pascal,
Sylvia Lim
Aditi Dhruv


10. Mendi & Keith Obadike, FF Alumns, at South Street Seaport, May 19, and more

Upcoming Readings/Performances
May 19 , 7-9 in New York
Race and New Media Art panel
Thursday May 19, 2005 7-9PM
South Street Seaport
133 Beekman St. Enter at Front St.
Reception to follow (free & open to the public)

Performances and screenings by: Mendi and Keith Obadike & Rico Gatson
Erika Muhammed, Moderator

Join us for an evening of live performance, digital video, and surround sound by artists who cross disciplinary boundaries. Hear from artists who work with video, film, sound, internet, live performance and everything in between. Artist duo Keith and Mendi Obadike present a surround sound presentation of "The Pink of Stealth" and a live performance of "4-1-9, Or You Can't View A Masquerade by Standing in One Place." Rico Gatson screens a portion of his four-part video, "History Lessons" and Erika Muhammed, mistress of ceremonies, moderates this conversation about the importance of mixing it up. Undisciplined is co-presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as a part of harlem is. . .Downtown and by the New Museum's Visible Knowledge Program: Re-Presenting Race in the Digital Age.

May 20, 5:30-7:30 in Santa Barbara
Performance: Mendi + Keith Obadike "The Sour Thunder and 4-1-9"
AFROGeeks Conference, free ansd open to the public
Keynote: Performing Digital Blackness II
Moderator: Duriel E. Harris, Center for Black Studies
UC Santa Barbara
Ph. 805.893.3914, Fax: 805.893.7243
Email: afrogeeks@cbs.ucsb.edu



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