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Contents for January 24, 2011
1. Rachel Frank, Franklin Furnace Fund recipient 2010-11, at HERE, Manhattan, February 18-19

2. Rae C Wright, FF Alumn, at Signature Theatre, Manhattan, thru March 29
3. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 21
4. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, in the Huffington Post, and more
5. Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium, Feb. 3 thru May 22
6. Scott McCarney, FF Alumn, now online at scottmccarneyvisualbooks.com
7. Susan Newmark, Miriam Schaer, FF Alumns, at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, opening Jan. 31
8. Matt Mullican, FF Alumn, at Artists Space, Manhattan, Jan 25
9. Shirin Neshat, FF Alumn, at the New York Public Library, Jan. 28
10. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn, launches new website kopljar.net
11. Andrea Kleine, FF Alumn, on the Upper West Side, Manhattan, Feb. 5-6
12. Robin Tewes, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, FF Alumns, at Adam Baumgold Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan. 26, and more
13. China Blue, Andrea Polli, FF Alumns, now online at engineinstitute.org
14. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, Manhattan, Jan. 26
15. Claudia Demonte, FF Alumn, at Simmons College, Boston, MA, Feb. 7-March 18 and more


1. Rachel Frank, Franklin Furnace Fund recipient 2010-11, at HERE, Manhattan, February 18-19

Sleep of Reason: A Sculptural Performance
Written and Directed by Rachel Frank

Friday, February 18th, at 8:30 pm
Saturday, February 19th at 8:30 pm

145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring)
Admission: $10
For Tickets & Information at: here.org or call 212-352-3101
The box office is open after 4:00 pm on show days only
Latecomers cannot be admitted once the performance has started.

Starring: Angelica Pinna-Perez, Ruthie Scarpino, Dan Theisen, and Melanie
Stage Lighting Design: Greg Goff
Costumes and Sets: Rachel Frank

Through a series of tableaux vivants, Sleep of Reason uses the narratives in Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos to examine the theatrical/performance implications of abuse as depicted in the Abu Ghraib photographs. Staged still scenes are briefly illuminated with light cutting through longer periods of darkness. Using masks, sculpture, and allegory, Sleep of Reason suggests the presence of a recurrent darkness beneath the rational and enlightened society of today.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Rachel Frank is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, Franklin Furnace Archive, and residencies at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She recently published a handmade artist book based on Sleep of Reason at The Women’s Studio Workshop.

For more information about Rachel Frank, visit: http://www.rachelfrank.com

This production is being presented through HEREstay, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical and administrative support.

This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and Jerome Foundation.



2. Rae C Wright, FF Alumn, at Signature Theatre, Manhattan, thru March 29

Rae C Wright, FF Alumn, joins the cast of "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner at Signature Theatre January 18

Rae C Wright is currently the understudy for the role of Hannah Pitt in Tony Kushner's two-part work, "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" directed by Micheal Greif at the Signature Theatre through March 29. Ms. Wright replaces Lynn McCollough in the current and third extension of this remarkable play, as Ms. McCollough moves into the role created here by Robin Bartlett.

While in NYC Rae continues to teach The Actor's Craft to aspiring film-directors in the Film & TV Department at NYU -- and expects to return to Germany in late spring as a follow-up on the Fulbright Fellowship she began there in the Spring of 2010.



3. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Jan. 21

The New York Times
January 20, 2011
Theater Review | 'The Walk Across America for Mother Earth'
Protesters Armed With Wigs and Sequins

What to wear when you’re about to chain yourself to a bowling alley to protest the nuclear arms race? Why, sequins, of course. Head to toe!

That, at least, is the collective choice of the ragtag band of misfits marching for peace, love, social justice and every other cause dear to the hearts of radicals in "The Walk Across America for Mother Earth," an inspired and inspiring new play by the downtown writer and performer Taylor Mac.

Mr. Mac, who generally appears with his face painted like a Pucci print, in outlandish garb that might have caused jaws to drop in a 1980s nightclub, has written big plays (last year’s madcap five-hour opus, "The Lily’s Revenge") and small plays (solo works like {ldquo}The Young Ladies Of{rdquo}). A singer-songwriter as well as an actor and director, he has established a devoted cult following among what’s left of the East Village glitterati. But with this new play, a sweet and satiric meditation on the beautiful folly of idealism, he establishes himself as a writer and artist of serious consequence.

Without sacrificing a single sequin or splash of eye shadow, I’m happy to report.

"The Walk Across America" opened on Thursday night at the Ellen Stewart Theater at La MaMa, as a co-production of La MaMa and the downtown troupe the Talking Band. There is a lovely poetry in its arrival just about a week after the death of Ms. Stewart, the founder of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and longtime mother hen of Off Off Broadway theater. In its freewheeling spirit and scrappy style, this playful but perceptive comedy represents much of what Ms. Stewart worked so valiantly to produce: theater that makes no concessions to cut-and-dried forms or cultural norms, but that goes its own merry, messy way, creating meaning and beauty from the deeply personal visions of artists who are happy to labor far from the mainstream.

Inspired by a marathon protest march that Mr. Mac once joined, "The Walk Across America," directed by Paul Zimet and featuring perky folk songs by Ellen Maddow, has been nominally inspired by commedia dell’arte. Its characters, all of whom are dressed in glorious, lunatic regalia created by a gifted costume designer named Machine Dazzle, are described in the text as analogues for various commedia figures. Each also represents, on a superficial level, a familiar type of the liberal genus: old-school radicals and feminists and confirmed hippies and gay militants. Oh, and a Belgian or two, because Belgians have "an unnatural fixation for all things Native American," we are told.

The tramp from the East Coast to Nevada, you see, is intended to call attention to the United States government’s land grab from the Western Shoshone Nation. The government had actually ceded the land to the Shoshone in the early 1860s, only to take it back when a site was needed for nuclear testing. The year is now 1992 — fanny packs, everyone! — which makes the march more broadly a protest against the "500 years of genocide" kicked off by a certain seafaring Italian’s big discovery.

Although the characters often directly address the audience, as in the style of commedia, Mr. Mac’s inspirations surely also include the panoramic social portraiture in Robert Altman movies, as well as that enduring classic about innocents and misfits searching for self-realization, "The Wizard of Oz." (The charming, folk-art-inspired sets by Anna Kiraly are simple wooden flats depicting vistas of roadway sprinkled in glitter.) At one point in the march, as the blisters blossom and clouds of disillusion gather, somebody grouses that these onward-stomping activists are "only refugees from the life they didn’t want to have."

Mr. Mac himself plays Kelly, the open-hearted Dorothy of the gang, a post-adolescent gay man yearning for escape from his aimless Midwestern life and finding new purpose in joining the march. His journey from wide-eyed belief to mature wisdom about the practical limits of large-spirited idealism (and the human flaws of idealists) is the play’s central arc, though to speak of a play this exuberantly untidy as possessing a central arc is a bit misleading.

Kelly is at first dazzled by the dedication of his fellow marchers: the nominal leader King Arthur (Steven Rattazzi), an ex-Hells Angel "who’s committed to being homeless by choice" and who looks like he belongs in a Kiss cover band; the passionate Angie (Daphne Gaines), who stops every few paces to get up on her soapbox (literally) and announce her beliefs to anyone who will listen; her older girlfriend, Marsha (Tina Shepard), who is suffering from ovarian cancer but is still determined to be at the head of the pack; the flamboyantly gay Greeter (James Tigger! Ferguson), who hopes to lure Kelly to join an all-male commune in Tennessee; and the Belgian activist Rainbow Carl (Jack Wetherall), described as "one of those highly political people who wants your politics to match his politics, but only after he’s taught you what politics to have. If you have his politics already, he’ll want nothing to do with you."

With their faces elaborately painted and wigs the size of topiary animals atop their heads, dolled up in fabulous finery, these spirited radicals might appear to be drawn with only the neon crayons from the box. You may at first feel as if you’re being lectured by a stage full of human-size, animated Troll dolls dressed up by an imaginative if slightly disturbed child. But Mr. Mac’s arch cartoons soon take on the contours of real, complicated people, thanks both to the richness of the writing and the across-the-board terrific performances.

As the march grows wearying and the fighting begins over who has latrine duty this week, the participants begin gossiping and sniping and trading angry accusations with the same fervent energy they bring to their noble speeches about right beliefs and the importance of collective effort. Mr. Mac observes his characters with a loving but amused eye, his respect for their beliefs tempered by an awareness that some of those who loudly proclaim their empathy for suffering humanity can be insufferable in close quarters.

Even the good-natured Kelly finds his altruism withering under the pressure of communal living. "Why would I want to change the world and make it a better place for these people?" he asks himself. "I can’t stand these people." But his very next words belie the cynicism that he has begun to feel gnawing at his ideals. "I’m one of these people," he admits, marching onward.

As with many picaresque narratives "The Walk Across America for Mother Earth" takes some unprofitable detours and occasionally gets bogged down in repetition. But its meandering style is essential to the enterprise, and one of Mr. Mac’s weirder digressions — the tornado that figures largely in the second act — is a potent metaphor for the centrifugal forces threatening to tear apart the collective.

For by the time they arrive at the site of the culminating demonstration in Nevada, just about everybody’s freak flag is flying at half-mast. A dispiriting sense of impending doom has infected the marchers. They can barely muster the energy to slip into those sequined gowns for the big day.

But the concluding tone of gentle disillusion is far more tender than bitter. At its deepest level "The Walk Across America for Mother Earth" celebrates the people who search for meaning in life by striving for social change, even if their motives are mixed and success remains stubbornly elusive. As Mr. Mac himself observes in this smart, funny and ultimately quite moving play, for idealists — and for artists — failure and success can look an awful lot alike.


By Taylor Mac; directed by Paul Zimet; music by Ellen Maddow; costumes by Machine Dazzle; sets by Anna Kiraly; lighting by Lenore Doxsee; makeup by Darrell Thorne; production stage manager, Robert Signom III. Presented by La MaMa E.T.C. in association with the Talking Band. At the Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East Fourth Street, East Village; (212) 475-7710; lamama.org. Through Jan. 30. Running time: two hours.

WITH: Will Badgett (Nick), Viva DeConcini (Beeka), James Tigger! Ferguson (Greeter), Daphne Gaines (Angie), Taylor Mac (Kelly), Ellen Maddow (Flower), Frank Paiva (Grass/Wakenhut), Steven Rattazzi (King Arthur), Tina Shepard (Marsha), Jack Wetherall (Rainbow Carl), Alex Franz Zehetbauer (Creek/Wakenhut) and Nikki Zialcita (Jimica/Key Key).



4. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, in the Huffington Post, and more

hi Everybody,

We are getting great press on our panel:

Huffington Post front page

Here is a podcast which you can listen to.

Please listen. This is very important!!

best wishes,



5. Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium, Feb. 3 thru May 22


Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
Leuvenstraat 32
2000 Antwerp Belgium
T +32 (0)3 260 99 99

Lawrence Weiner: "You and I know each other pretty well. And you and I have started off on tons of projects that did not happen..." Liam Gillick: "That's interesting, I think."

Liam Gillick / Lawrence Weiner: Between Artists, 2006

For more than twenty years now, New York-based artists Liam Gillick and Lawrence Weiner, who each represent different aspects of, and/or strands within, (the complex interplay between) the conceptual, post-conceptual and neo-conceptual traditions in art, have engaged in an intense intellectual and artistic dialogue. In one of a number of conversations between both artists that has been published over the years, and from which the above quote was taken, however, they noted how this dialogue has so far 'failed' to produce concretely artistic results—and how that has been 'interesting' indeed.

This casual observation on an apparently long history of unrealized projects prompted M HKA to invite both artists to develop a project together in which their dialogue would finally be allowed to acquire material (and no longer merely discursive) form.

The resulting collaborative artwork, itself a reflection upon the limits as much as the potentialities of artistic collaboration, is a direct response to M HKA's vast, quasi wall-less exhibition space, its scale and immersive quality an emphatic demonstration of the museum's programmatic dedication to fostering a culture of dialogue—between generations, between artistic cultures and paradigms, between artistic autonomy and cultural heteronomy, between form and content, and between differing conceptions of art and artisthood. The artists' commitment to exploring the many meanings and possibilities of the dialogical model in art is expressed in the title of the project (complete with orthographic anomaly)—the "syntax of dependency," that is, that ties these two exemplary practices together.

More concretely, the project's syntactic spirit blends Gillick's signature modernist sensibility and feel for an aesthetic of application with Weiner's command of language as a sculptural, i.e. material form, giving new depth to what could in essence be termed the materialism—as opposed to the mere materiality—of the signifier. A work with unique spatial and experiential features that prioritizes the horizontality of dialogue over the verticality of hierarchy, Gillick and Weiner's Syntax of Dependency: thus resonates with the literalized rhetoric of the level playing field as an essential, defining feature of contemporary cultural production.



6. Scott McCarney, FF Alumn, now online at scottmccarneyvisualbooks.com

Greetings all,

I'm not one for making resolutions, but I finished an update of ScottMcCarneyVisualBooks.com that might qualify.

Thirty works new to the site (most created in 2009/2010) have been added. New digital editions can be found behind the "New Work" label; The whole of "Encyclopornia" shown in the fall of 2010 at the Western New York Book Arts Center as part of Beyond/In Western New York has been digitized; and "Off The Shelf: Sculpture, Objects & Installation" finally has content after three years of "coming soon".

Thanks for visiting and may the new year be productive and healthful!





7. Susan Newmark, Miriam Schaer, FF Alumns, at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, opening Jan. 31

Everyday Fictions:
Artists Books and Other Work by Miriam Schaer and Susan Newmark

January 26 - March 2 2011

Opening Reception: Monday January 31, 5:30-8pm

Gallery Talk by Susan Newmark: Tuesday February 8 at 12:40
Afternoon Reception: Saturday February 12, 12-3

St. Joseph's College
245 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205



8. Matt Mullican, FF Alumn, at Artists Space, Manhattan, Jan 25

Matt Mullican
"Beyond the Planetarium"

Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
7:00 p.m., free admission

Matt Mullican discusses the collisions of real and virtual space in his work with digital and interactive media in the past twenty years.

"I went from being surrounded by things—dealing with how we name them and how we experience our environment through naming—to the opposite end of the spectrum: starting with nothing, then calling the objects into being."

—Matt Mullican, "Planetarium"

For Triple Canopy's tenth issue, And Yet It Moves, Matt Mullican collaborated with computer programmer Patrick Smith to create "Planetarium," a navigable scale model of the solar system. Mullican first experimented with digital environments in 1991, when he made Five into One, a virtual city constructed in accordance with his personal visual vocabulary and cosmological order. Exploring that city, Mullican was transfixed by his ability to leave the earth's surface and travel into nothingness. "I would fly upward," he says, "farther and farther into the sky, beyond the stratosphere, into pure, white, infinite space. I would go on forever, so far away from this city I had created that I couldn't find my way back. I became curious about where, exactly, I was when I was out there, in the middle of nowhere." This experience of unbounded space became a leitmotif in later works. At Artists Space Mullican will present and discuss his many explorations of virtual space—and the strange space between the virtual and the real—and examine their relationship to his iconographic sculptures, prints, and installations, as well as his performances under hypnosis.

Matt Mullican was born in 1951, in Santa Monica, California, and currently lives in Berlin. His work has been exhibited extensively in the US and internationally. Recently, his work was included in "The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009) and the 2008 Whitney Biennial; it has also been exhibited at the Drawing Center, New York (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2005); and Museu Serralves, Porto (2001). Mullican's work is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at the STUK Kunstencentrum in Leuven, Belgium, which will be traveling to de Appel, Amsterdam, and Haus der Kunst, Munich.



9. Shirin Neshat, FF Alumn, at the New York Public Library, Jan. 28

Glenn D. Lowry, Barbara Cassin, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Maira Kalman, Sophie Wahnich, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, D. Graham Burnett, Cécile Guilbert, Laura Kipnis, Wayne Koestenbaum, Paul Holdengräber, Salman Ahmad, Fabrice Hadjadj, Alicia Jo Rabins, Shirin Neshat, Damien Poisblaud, Reza Aslan, Didier Bigo, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Jeffrey Rosen, John Schwartz, Scott Atran, Grégoire Chamayou, Ariel Colonomos, Philip Gourevitch and Ann Stoler

LIVE from the New York Public Library: Maira Kalman, Lemony Snicket, Shirin Neshat, Glenn Lowry, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Wayne Koestenbaum, Cecile Guilbert


"We build too many walls and not enough bridges."—Isaac Newton

Over the course of three 10-day series in 2011 in New York City, WALLS & BRIDGES, curated by the Villa Gillet and presented by the Conseil de la Création artistique, will present nearly 50 cultural events, combining about 100 speakers and artists, 30 partners and over 20 venues. Join LIVE from the NYPL as we host WALLS & BRIDGES at The New York Public Library.


Glenn D. Lowry, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Carrie Lambert-Beatty,
Hosted by: D. Graham Burnett
Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:00PM in the Celeste Bartos Forum

We are witnessing a remarkable irruption of interventions and confections in contemporary art that can be loosely called "parafictional"—work that wields falsehood in powerful, ludic, and/or disturbing ways. What happens when the tricksterfakery of these artistic cons unsettles the archive itself? Should we be concerned? What are the implications for this convergence of the artist and the forger? French philosophers Pierre Cassou-Noguès and Jean-Pierre Dupuy, author of article Make-Believe: Parafiction and Plausibility Carrie Lambert-Beatty, and director of the MoMA Glenn D. Lowry will tackle issues such as art and politics, virtuality and expertise, and the values of play and seriousness.

Cécile Guilbert, Laura Kipnis, Wayne Koestenbaum
Hosted by: Paul Holdengräber
Friday, January 28, 2011 at 6:00PM in the Celeste Bartos Forum

Who has never dreamed of becoming famous? What is in a famous name? Why do we love stars and icons so much and why are we fascinated by them? Aren't fame and celebrity all relative? In the era of the Internet, do we finally have a good chance to get our 15 minutes of fame, or are we just a few clicks away from suddenly becoming ephemeral stars against our will? Essayist and literary critic Cécile Guilbert has written outstanding essays on icons like Andy Warhol, Guy Debord and Lawrence Sterne, poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum is the author of Andy Warhol and Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting An Icon, and cultural theorist Laura Kipnis has recently published How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior.

Salman Ahmad, Fabrice Hadjadj, Alicia Jo Rabins, Shirin Neshat, Damien Poisblaud
Hosted by: Reza Aslan
Friday, January 28, 2011 at 8:00PM in the Celeste Bartos Forum

Performing artists and writers will come together on stage: a testament to a hoped-for future of peaceful collaboration between the three great faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The evening will gather Shirin Neshat on the written word in Islam, Alicia Jo Rabins who will perform poems set to music about women in the Torah, Salman Ahmad who will play traditional ghazals mixed with rock and roll, and Fabrice Hadjadj who will read on the book of Job, in a duet with Gregorian chant singer Damien Poisblaud.

This event is sponsored in part by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Didier Bigo, Mireille Delmas-Marty & Jeffrey Rosen
Hosted by: John Schwartz
Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 2:30PM in the Celeste Bartos Forum

The degree of Western states' surveillance on their citizens has dramatically increased in the past few years—whether in public spaces or online. The threat of terrorism has generated innumerable precautions, but what is the price for freedom in a post-9/11 world? French experts on international law Mireille Delmas-Marty and Didier Bigo will discuss these issues with prominent commentator on legal affairs Jeffrey Rosen

Scott Atran, Grégoire Chamayou, Ariel Colonomos & Philip Gourevitch
Hosted by: Ann Stoler
Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 5:00pm in the Celeste Bartos Forum

There is always an other, but must there always be an enemy? Is there a need for an enemy in the solidifying of social groups? Thinkers and writers from very different backgrounds will share their analyses: Philip Gourevitch has written extensively on Abu Ghraib and Rwanda, Scott Atran has studied the making of suicide bombers, Grégoire Chamayou has just published a philosophical work on the peculiarity of man hunting, and Ariel Colonomos is investigating the idea of preventive war.

Barbara Cassin, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Maira Kalman, Sophie Wahnich
Hosted by: Paul Holdengräber
Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7:30PM in the Celeste Bartos Forum

America considers the pursuit of happiness an inalienable right. But where is this pursuit taking us? How valuable is positive thinking? In the arts, melancholia has long been a source of inspiration. Specialist of Ancient Greece Barbara Cassin will give a philosophical point of view on the topic, and historian of the French Revolution Sophie Wahnich will bring some insight on the conditions of happiness. They will be discussing with co-authors of 13 Words Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) and Maira Kalman, also New Yorker cover artist and author of the acclaimed And the Pursuit of Happiness.

The Villa Gillet (Lyon, France) is a unique cultural institute interested in thought in all its expressions. It brings together artists, writers, novelists and researchers from all over the world to encourage public debate on the big issues facing the world today.

The Conseil de la Création artistique is a laboratory for cultural experimentation created by the French Government in 2009 whose aim is to support innovative projects in the cultural field.

WALLS & BRIDGES programs are supported in part by Harper's Magazine.



10. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn, launches new website kopljar.net

Please visit the new website of Zlatko Kopljar, FF Alumn, at


thank you.



11. Andrea Kleine, FF Alumn, on the Upper West Side, Manhattan, Feb. 5-6

a new performance work
February 5-6, 2011 at 8PM

Andrea Kleine presents her latest project, Rationality, a performance work that re-creates an episode of a live, call-in, cable-access philosophy TV show that aired in Arlington, Virginia in 1992. The particular episode on the topic of "rationality" featured four philosophical symposers descending into crisis when one symposer argues that rationality is irrelevant - rationality cannot rationalize irrationality.

The performers attempt an exact remake of the episode, including a verbatim transcript, live callers, and technical glitches -- all performed in Andrea Kleine’s tiny Manhattan apartment -- creating an intimate, voyeuristic experience replicating the proximity, scale, and environment of watching television.

"enigmatic and eccentric" -- The New York Times
"a master of expression" -- The Village Voice
"there is something like genius afoot here" -- ArtVoice

Performed by Henry Baumgartner, Jim Findlay, Kourtney Rutherford, Jason Schuler.
With Hajoe Moderegger, Bobby Previte, Raquel Cion, Cecil Castellucci.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6th @ 8:00pm
at a location in the Borough of Manhattan, City of New York
RESERVATIONS: www.andreakleine.com
Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly encouraged

This performance is supported in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. RATIONALITY is a production of Art of Franza, Inc.


Andrea Kleine has presented her interdisciplinary performance works at PS 122, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Walker Arts Center, among many other venues in the U.S. and abroad. She has received numerous commissions, grants, and awards including five MacDowell Colony fellowships, the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship award, and a 2010 NYSCA independent artist commission. Her current project is a series of performance pieces about replication. She lives in New York City.

Collaborators for Rationality include dance scene icon Henry Baumgartner, Collapsable Giraffe/Botanica/Accinoso’s Jim Findlay, Kourntey Rutherford from Witness Relocation/Big Dance Theater, Jason Schuler aka Dr Schuler, Hajoe Moderegger of eteam, drummer/composer Bobby Previte, chanteuse/actress Raquel Cion, and novelist/comic book writer Cecil Castellucci.

CONTACT: rationality@andreakleine.com 917.287.1048 www.andreakleine.com

watch an excerpt form the original 1992 show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTKuk62iCLY

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6th @ 8:00pm
at a location in the Borough of Manhattan, City of New York.
make a reservation: www.andreakleine.com

Tickets are free, but there is a $10 reservation fee. Your reservation fee will be refunded to you at the performance.


Where is the performance?
It is on the Upper West Side between 72nd Street and 96th Street. We will give you the address when you make a reservation.

Why do I have to pay for a reservation if the performance is free?
Because seating is extremely limited and we want to know that you will definitely show up. Your reservation fee will be refunded to you at the performance.

I am not sure if I am coming or not, can I just show up and take my chances?
Yes, but we might not be able to accommodate you. Email us for more info.

I don’t have a Paypal account.
You can still make a reservation using your credit card with Paypal, even if you don’t have a Paypal account.

I don’t have a credit card.
Email us and we will see what we can do for you.

I don’t have ten dollars. I am broke.
Email us and we will see what we can do for you.

I am a member of the press or otherwise very important person and I don’t pay for reservations.
Email us and we will see what we can do for you.

Will you really give me back the reservation fee at the performance?
Yes. You will be refunded in cash or we will refund your Paypal, whichever you prefer.

If I make a reservation, but don’t show up, will you give me a refund?
No. You must show up to collect your refund. If you do not show up, your reservation fee will be donated to the project.

I need more help. I can’t figure this out. My question isn’t answered here.
Email us and we will help you.

CONTACT: rationality@andreakleine.com 917.287.1048 www.andreakleine.com



12. Robin Tewes, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, FF Alumns, at Adam Baumgold Gallery, Manhattan, opening Jan. 26, and more

Current exhibitions for Robin Tewes

"ex libris" at the Adam Baumgold Gallery, 60 East 66th Street, N.Y.C, January 26-February 26, 2011, opening reception, January 26, 6-8PM


"MYSELF: A Survey of Contemporary Self‐Portraiture" at the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, Phone 775‐784‐6658, curated by Marjorie Vecchio, PhD , January 18 – Friday, February 18, 2011. MYSELF’s 76‐page catalogue is available with co‐essay conversation between artist writers Joy Garnett and Mira Schor



13. China Blue, Andrea Polli, FF Alumns, now online at engineinstitute.org


I thought you might want to hear about the progress of my new non-profit The Engine Institute http://theengineinstitute.org/.

The Engine Institute’s purpose is to support artistic exploration at the frontiers of science and foster innovations to beneficially impact society and culture.
Our magazine Entanglement (http://theengineinstitute.org/category/entanglement-magazine) has some great new articles like the one by Tomas Hirst on "Brainstorm" an exhibition of compelling works that investigate the brain or Mary Bates’ piece on Brower Hatcher an artist who creates sculptures inspired by living organisms and natural forms.

There you can read China Blue’s interview with Judith Tannenbaum, the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI discussing the idea of artists as problem solvers and the work of Brian Knep or "Particle Falls" a real time visualization of particulate pollution by Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga.

At the website you can also subscribe to the newsletter.

I hope you enjoy the magazine and reading about all of our ongoing projects.
Please tell your friends about it.

China Blue
Founder and Executive Director



14. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, Manhattan, Jan. 26

Sabrina Jones of WWIII Illustrated is on a panel at Exit Art, 475 10th Avenue, Manhattan, June 26th from 7-9 pm. There is also a closing party on February 5 from 7-9 pm

An evening of performance, artists’ talks, and ice cream

at the retrospective exhibit of WW3 Illustrated

Wednesday January 26th, 7pm
Exit Art, 475 10th Avenue, NYC, (between 36th and 37th Streets.)

Admission is free!

Artists Sabrina Jones and Kevin Pyle (WW3 and Real Cost of Prisons)
will present comics against mass incarceration.

Milk Not Jails, a statewide campaign demanding a new urban-rural relationship, will host an ice cream social in the space with games, performance, and ice cream from Adirondack Creamery.

All this is happening in the galleries of Exit Art during the exhibit:
Graphic Radicals: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated.

Also a great way to see the show Holland Cotter at the Times calls "the real thing" and " If it had nothing more than that kind of dedication to recommend it, it would be invaluable. But it has much, much more."

More WW3 gallery events: January 14th, 21st, Feb 5th.






14. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, Manhattan, Jan. 26, and more



15. Claudia Demonte, FF Alumn, at Simmons College, Boston, MA, Feb. 7-March 18 and more

Hope life is good...
Here are links to 2 upcoming exhibits I’m having:

Global Thinking | 2011 | January
Claudia Demonte's exhibit of handmade dolls from around the world, entitled Real Beauty, focuses on conceptions of feminine beauty. ...


Archive for January, 2011

‘Real Beauty’ Opens Jan. 21

Some of the dolls in the "Real Beauty" exhibit
Claudia Demonte’s exhibit of handmade dolls from around the world, entitled "Real Beauty," focuses on conceptions of feminine beauty. Sponsored by The Year of International Human Rights 2011-11: Women’s Rights, the exhibit opens on Friday, Jan. 21, in the Hunt Gallery at 8342 Big Bend Blvd.

In conjunction with the exhibit’s opening, Katherine Poole, Assistant Professor of Art History at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, will speak on Renaissance notions of idealized female beauty. An art historian whose specialty is the Italian Renaissance and particularly women artists, Dr. Poole received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her lecture will be at noon on Jan. 21 in Sverdrup 123.

An opening reception for the "Real Beauty" exhibit takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. Andrea Miller, Ph.D., Coordinator of the Year of International Human Rights, will give remarks at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

A "Real Beauty" doll by Palestinian artist Rana Bishara
The "Real Beauty" exhibit comprises "found" dolls, which are older, handmade fabric dolls by unknown makers that Claudia Demonte has collected from around the world, as well as fabric dolls by contemporary artists. According to Demonte, "The juxtaposition of the old and new can inspire and inform our perceptions of cultural beauty. And, in our media-obsessed world, where personalities obsessed world, where personalities of the week get more news time than starvation and war, the handmade doll seems to evoke not only a simpler time but a time more in tune with what is truly important."

Demonte has called her exhibit of dolls from 80 countries from all corners of the world part of her "larger and ongoing goal to capture what is left of individual cultures as we evolve into one global culture."

"Real Beauty" will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Feb. 19. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Andrea Miller at 314-968-8698 or by e-mail at andreamiller31@webster.edu


Simmons College....
Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery PresentsSelf and the ...
BOSTONJanuary 5 2011 Simmons College presentsSelf and the Everywoman Mixed Media Works by Claudia DeMonte February 7 March 18 at the Simmons College ...

CONTACT: Marcia Lomedico

"Self and the Everywoman: Mixed Media Works by Claudia DeMonte"

- Simmons College presents Self and the Everywoman: Mixed Media Works by Claudia DeMonte, February 7 – March 18, at the Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery, fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway, in Boston.

A reception and artist talk will be held on Thursday, February 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

In her first Boston solo show spanning three decades, New York artist Claudia DeMonte employs photography, acrylic on canvas, pewter and wood, velvet paper cut-outs, painted gator board, and cast bronze to examine the role of women in contemporary society. Referencing fashion and housework, Cycladic art and the classical tradition, the religious and the secular--this mixed media display combines social commentary with humor and fantasy. Though rooted in her own life experience, DeMonte’s art moves beyond a narcissistic self-examination to address universal female themes: woman as nurturer, goddess, and domestic worker. Trustman Art Gallery Director Michele Cohen noted that "DeMonte’s work probes issues central to feminism using a vocabulary that would resonate with Simmons’ students."

Claudia DeMonte has had over sixty solo exhibitions and hundreds of group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Corcoran Museum of Art, Ft. Worth Museum, Mississippi Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum. Her work is in numerous permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Indianapolis Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum, Boca Raton Museum, and the Corcoran Museum. DeMonte's work is also in many corporate collections, including Prudential Life Insurance, Exxon, Hyatt Regency Hotels,Twentieth Century Fund, and Citibank. She has completed large scale public commissions for Prudential Life Insurance, the NYC School Construction Authority, and the Brooklyn Public Library System.

For 33 years, DeMonte served on the faculty of the University of Maryland, where she was named Distinguished Scholar Teacher and Professor Emerita. In 2006, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Santa Fe. DeMonte presently lives with her husband in New York City and Kent, Connecticut.

Trustman Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Marcia Lomedico at 617-521-2268 or visit the Trustman Art Gallery website at www.simmons.edu/trustman.



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