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Contents for March 28, 2011
1. Arielle Falk, FF Fund recipient 2010-11, at Union Square Park, Manhattan, April 21
2. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK, April 6
3. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Brooklyn, April 1
4. Laurie Anderson, FF Alumn, at Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, opening March 29
5. Vernita N’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Viridian Artists, Manhattan, thru April 2
6. Deb Margolin, Judith Sloan, FF Alumns, at NY Society for Ethical Culture, Manhattan, April 9
7. Lisa Kahane, Alan Moore, Greg Sholette, and many other FF Alumns, at Rote Flora, Hamburg, Germany, thru April 3
8. Bill Gordh, FF Alumn, in The Tribeca Trib, March 2011
9. Roberta Allen, Peter Downsbrough, Max Gimblett, Richard Kostelanetz, Larry Miller, Carolee Schneemann, Pat Steir, FF Alumns, at Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA, thru April 9
10. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, now online at youtube.com
11. David Cale, FF Alumn at Dixon Place, Manhattan, April 5
12. Ericka Beckman, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archive, Manhattan, April 1-2
13. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, at Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, March 28, 2011
14. The Dark Bob, FF Alumn, in two new publications

1. Arielle Falk, FF Fund recipient 2010-11, at Union Square Park, Manhattan, April 21

Thursday, April 21, 2011*
10 am – 12 pm
Union Square Park (South End)
14th St. btw/ University & Park Pl., NYC *rain date: Thursday, April 28

DE-INHIBITIONATORS is a large-scale public performance art piece by artist and 2010-2011 Franklin Furnace Fundwinner Arielle Falk.

Performers will inhabit 6 differently colored and sized upright, rectangular, wheeled, wooden structures/sculptures, or DE-INHIBITIONATORS, and walk them around during the day in Union Square Park. The structures will cover the occupants from head to toe yet still allow them to see (through special privacy screens) and move about, experiencing the surrounding public space privately and anonymously, free from binding elements such as the ego, the physical self, and the gaze of the other, while creating a random dance of these unexpected sculptures in the park/cityscape.

The goal of this project is to provoke reflection on the consumer driven nature of our culture. DE-INHIBITIONATORS is a response to the prevailing ideology that instructs us that to live is to acquire and that modern identity - the Curated Self - is almost entirely assembled through the act of consumption. By reducing the identity of the inhabitant to that of an anonymous, genderless entity, devoid of any indicator of class or status, these structures playfully allude to a state of mind in which all are equal and force us to consider the ways in which our excessive consumer habits numb and inhibit us on both an individual and societal level. It is Falk’s hope that DE-INHIBITIONATORS will inspire viewers to look past their own carefully assembled identities, past the commodification of the self (via shopping, Facebook etc.) and to refocus on thinking about more authentic kinds of community for the 21st century.

Interactive on many levels, DE-INHIBITIONATORS requires participation from not only the volunteers occupying the structures, but also the passersby, the general public, who by moving through the park alongside the gliding sculptures will become both audience and part of the performance. The physical landscape of Union Square, a park as well as a major shopping destination, is also a vital interactive component both conceptually and visually. By freeing their inhabitants from their constructed identities, as well as by simply existing as a free public art piece, the DE-INHIBITIONATORS will actively challenge the surrounding consumerist environment, while at the same time, their colors and shapes will constantly interact with those of the natural and man made landscape.

This performance 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.

Arielle Falk, born 1983 in Washington DC, is a Brooklyn-based artist working in video, performance, and sculpture. She received her BA from Eugene Lang College (NYC) in 2007 and has since exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues such as P.P.O.W Gallery, Envoy Enterprises, Cuchifritos, Movement Research at Judson Church, Art in Odd Places Pedestrian Festival, BolteLang (Zurich), Antimatter Underground Film Festival (Canada), EXiS Experimental Film & Video Festival (Korea) and Festival Miden (Greece). Her first solo exhibition, "Lego My Ego", held last year at LZ Project Space in NYC's Lower East Side, was named "Best in Show" by "The Village Voice".


Franklin Furnace's mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. Franklin Furnace is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited to artists' books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, "variable media art"; and to undertake other activities related to these purposes. Franklin Furnace is committed to serving emerging artists; to assuming an aggressive pedagogical stance with regard to the value of avant-garde art to life; and to fostering artists' zeal to broadcast ideas. www.franklinfurnace.org



2. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK, April 6

David Medalla, FF Alumn, will give a recitation of an article from 'The Annals of Moebiusville', his on-going Archives collectively entitled 'I am an Enigma Even to My Self'. The recitation will take place at the David Roberts Art Foundation, no. 111 Great Titchfield street, London W1V 6RY, England, telephone: + 44 - 020 7637 0868,

on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 7: 00 p.m. The occasoon is the opening of an exhibition
of artists' texts, curated by Mathieur Copeland, publisher of 'Perfect' magazine.

David Medalla's recitation will follow the successful talks he gave last March
at the Castlefield Art Gallery and the MadLab Gallery, both in Manchester, England,
during the 'MERZ Flaneuries' he created with Adam Nankervis, sponsored by the Littoral Arts Trust.

In May 2011. David Medalla, Director of the London Biennale, Adam Nankervis, Director of Museum Man, and Jevijoe Vitug will give a three-man exhibition entitled 'Overflow' at the Brett Gallery in Las Vegas, USA



3. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Brooklyn, April 1


Please join us at Central Booking for the solo performance "Journal Into Art", Barbara Rosenthal's New York reprisal of her remarkable evening "Das Tagebuch gibt mir Ideen" last year at Lettrétage Berlin. Her audio recordings, photo-DVDs, page projections and live reading from her life/art artist's books Clues to Myself, Sensations, Homo Futurus, Soul & Psyche and forthcoming Performance and Persona (all Visual Studies Workshop Press), will be followed by a talk about how her 50 years of Journals have led to creative projects in art and writing. Especially notable is Rosenthal's idiosyncratic use of variable handwritings, line configuration and page design, elements of which were shown in "The Page as Alternative Space", curated by Martha Wilson at Franklin Furnace as long ago as 1982. You are encouraged to bring own diaries for discussion, and we'll conclude with a bit of improv leading to creative ideas and collaborations of your own. (Books and CDs available for signing and purchase.)

In the 3-page Book Arts review of Rosenthal's Berlin show, Ngan Le wrote: "What becomes so apparent when we allow ourselves to enter her page, willingly leaving our own sense of "normal" behind, is that her inimical positionings, no matter how Dada they look, are not meant to obscure communication, not constructed as pretense to avant-gardism, not fashioned in a whimsical way, but are formed precisely to aid communication: they are a way of separating and defining elements that would, if presented in a more usual, linear, form, actually be amalgamated chaotically."

For the full text, scroll to pg 25 of:

Born in The Bronx, NYC, Barbara Rosenthal is an avant-gardist who produces idiosyncratic combinations of words, communicative sounds, gestures, objects, prints, photographs and videos that are in the collections of MoMA, Whitney, Tate, Jewish Museum NY, Jewish Museum Berlin, Berlin Kunstbibliotek, Artpool, etc, and have been exhibited this year at Wilson Williams Gallery (London), 10Gales Gallery (London), Berlin Directors Lounge, Lettrétage Berlin, Gran' Place (Brussels), Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY), and Central Booking (Brooklyn). She has been reviewed in The NY Times, Village Voice, Arts, NYArts, Flash Art International, and Book Arts Magazine. Rosenthal taught photography for 12 years at Parsons School of Design, and writing for 21 years at The City University of New York. She writes art criticism for NYArts, and is contributing editor of Plush NY. In 2009 and 2010 she represented the U.S. in both Performance Art and Text-Based Art at Tina B Prague International Contemporary Art Festival.

Find her on FaceBook!

CENTRAL BOOKING: A space in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NYC, focusing on artist's books and prints and their integration into the larger art world.
Director and Curator: Maddy Rosenberg
111 Front St., Gallery # 210
Brooklyn, NY 11201
DIRECTIONS: http://centralbookingnyc.com/about/directions/
Friday, April 1. 7pm
$ 8



4. Laurie Anderson, FF Alumn, at Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, opening March 29


I in U - Eu em Tu

at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil (CCBB)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March 29 - June 26, 2011

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce that the major retrospective of work by Laurie Anderson, I in U - Eu em Tu, originally presented at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil (CCBB) in São Paulo will travel to the CCBB in Rio de Janeiro. The landmark exhibition was curated by Marcello Dantas and will be on view from March 29th through June 26, 2011. In conjunction with the opening celebration, Anderson will re-perform Duets on Ice, a piece originally created in 1974 in which the artist, wearing skates embedded in blocks of ice, plays the violin in duet with a recording of herself playing the violin until the ice beneath her feet melts.

Though she is known primarily for her multimedia performances, Laurie Anderson has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist and instrumentalist. The retrospective at the CCBB covers the full breadth of Anderson's dynamic body of work, including installations, photographs, drawings, videos, music and documentation of performances and films. Anderson has also created new works for the exhibition, such as the multifaceted installation Delusion, which combines musical and visual elements to tell a complex story of desire, memory and identity. I in U - Eu em Tu centers around the interactive, inquisitive nature of Anderson's oeuvre, emphasizing the powerful sensory experiences that characterize her work and exploring her focus on the relationship between an individual and society.

For further information on the exhibition and performances, please visit http://www.bb.com.br/portalbb/page501,128,10154,0,0,1,1.bb?codigoMenu=9894&codigoMenu=9890

For all other inquiries, please contact Maureen Bray at maureen@skny.com or at the gallery (212.239.1181).



5. Vernita N’Cognita, FF Alumn, at Viridian Artists, Manhattan, thru April 2

New Viridian Artists and Affiliates Exhibition
March 22- April 2, 2011
Reception: Saturday, March 26, 2011 4-7pm
Nancy Treherne Craig * John Cullen * Young Sam Kim * Vernita N'Cognita
Sarah Riley * Don Zurlo

Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present new work by new Viridian Artists & Affiliates. The exhibition features a wide variety of art by these exciting artists recently represented by Viridian Artists. The exhibit opens Tuesday, March 22nd and extends through Saturday, April 2nd with a reception Saturday, Saturday, March 26, 4-7 PM.

Each artist in this exhibit has been given approximately 10 linear feet of wall space to present a mini solo of their recent art. Three of these artists, Nancy Treherne Craig, Young Sam Kim and John Cullen, deal with landscape or cityscape, but all do so with very different and unique approaches.

John Cullen and Young Sam Kim are both exhibiting at Viridian for the first time. John Cullen is a painter of abstracted landscapes, and in fact calls himself an "abstract impressionist". His landscapes focus on water reflections. When looking at his paintings on panels, one sees clearly the swirling currents and the splashes of color and texture that allude to watery realms, unidentifiable in reality but more clearly understood inwardly. Cullen who received a Masters degree in Art Education from Pratt in 1970, has since taught on a college level and worked as a professional artist.

Young Sam Kim is a digital photographer who received his B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2002. Of Korean heritage, he has been afflicted since youth with a hearing impairment and came to the US to study and explore his creative impulses here. His art of arresting pictograms are created of urban buildings and scenes overlaid with fragments of photographs of people, sky, trees and planes, reminding him of dreams and memories of his youth. These, he has digitally collaged and layered into city scapes that speak of humans trapped in urban landscapes and forests of buildings yearning to fly away and to be free.

Nancy Treherne Craig who first had a solo exhibition at Viridian in 2008, aspires to paint more than pretty pictures. Her fascination with the natural world is focused on metaphysical movement and our life journeys. Composition is her most crucial tool when she paints, as she attempts to minimize gesture & aim for an appearance of anonymity. The work is intended as a reminder of the paths available to us if we will wake up and be aware. The artist studied with Elaine de Kooning at the Pennsylvania State University and received an Award of Excellence from the Kenan Art Center of Niagra Falls in 2004.

Vernita N'Cognita is a mixed media and performance artist who has been working and exhibiting in New York and throughout the world for more than twenty years. She came from Ohio to NYC in the early days of feminism, was part of that movement and has continued to explore through her art practice, the trials and concerns of contemporary women. She is also deeply involved with curating and creating as well with environmental activism, exhibits of art from recycled materials (Art from Detritus) and continuing to create since 2006, the "Endless Junkmail Scroll".

Don Zurlo, after study at Rutgers with Allan Kaprov and exploring a wide array of media & techniques, has returned to a minimalist approach in his painting in which ambiguity is presented through simple acrylic images resembling the torn paper compositions of his student years at Rutgers. Still as philosophical as he was then, his paintings echo his view of reality, for he states, "In many ways form is an illusion - our interpretation of an infinite variety of relationships between fields of energy".

Sarah Riley is the Chair of the art department at Southeastern Missouri State University and is finishing a book about various approaches to printmaking that combines a range of media. Her artwork too is an exploration and mixture of media and techniques combining drawing, collage, printmaking and paint. Many of her works contain feminist overtones, some alluding to autobiography while others, just moments in the life of an artist.

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12 - 6PM

530 West 25th Street #407 New York, NY 10001 212-414-4040
further information please contact info@viridianartists.com



6. Deb Margolin, Judith Sloan, FF Alumns, at NY Society for Ethical Culture, Manhattan, April 9

EarSay Benefit Performance for Immigrant Youth, Hosted by Brian Lehrer
Transforming Trauma Into Art
Saturday, April 9 • 8:00pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture West 64th Street (at Central Park West)
New York, NY
for more info: http://www.earsay.org
Performance event hosted by WNYC's Brian Lehrer of the Brian Lehrer show.

Honoring playwright/performance artist Deb Margolin, author/activist Ninotchka Rosca.

As budget cuts are sweeping the city impacting arts and education programs for vulnerable youth, artists and journalists gather in an evening to benefit EarSay’s youth program in Queens for immigrant teenagers and kids from conflict-zones who have little or no access to arts training.

One of the most eclectic events in New York City! An evening celebrating women and children, featuring performances of monologues, dance, poetry, music by:
Carl Hancock Rux
Judith Sloan (performing an excerpt from YO MISS!)
Warren Lehrer
Elise Knudson

Also actors reading excerpts from Crossing the BLVD including: Bridget Kelso, Chris Kamau, Justin Hudson, Catherine Hanna, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Vaimoana Niumeitolu, Percy Lujan, Prerana Reddy, and Jonathan Stuart (from Viper Records), and a special performance by high school students from EarSay’s Transforming Trauma Into Art theatre project.

Musical Guests: Jie-Song Zhang and Krussia of the Stone Forest Ensemble and MiWi LaLupa on bass, percussion and trumpet.

photo album of performers and participants click here:

Co- Sponsored by the New York Society for Ethical Culture and EarSay, with support from Viper Records.

contact: info@earsay.org

Advance Tix available through Brown Paper Tickets:

Advance tickets recommended and appreciated.



7. Lisa Kahane, Alan Moore, Greg Sholette, and many other FF Alumns, at Rote Flora, Hamburg, Germany, thru April 3

at the Rote Flora Occupied Social Center
Achidi-John-Platz 1
Hamburg, Germany
Rote Flora solidarity show, Hamburg // SQEK conference, Berlin
an announcement of cultural action in squats -- a rather rare extra-institutional exhibition in Hamburg, coincides with another conference in Berlin
PLEASE FORWARD -- "autogettoazzione" is not our objective...
1. -- Rote Flora solidarity show, Hamburg, Germany
"Nicht das Neue, nicht das Alte, sondern das Notwendige"
No Wave Squatter Punk (Anti)Art Ausstellung
March 21-April 3, 2011
This is an exhibition at the Rote Flora (Red Flower), an occupied theater in Hamburg, Germany on the occasion of their negotiation for renewal of permission to use...
In other words, a solidarity show with this center for independent political culture. The show consists largely of art information sent from New York City by agents of Colab and ABC No Rio that show a continuous history of radical culture in that global city.

March 21: Exhibition, ABC No Rio genesis, Films (Cave Girls + more)
March 24: (anti) art, zine, photo exhibition
March 27: DJ Battle, food, films (East Village Summer of Love + more)
March 28 and 31: documentation of Tompkins Square Park struggle (films), House Magic: European social centers in occupied spaces
April 1: Performance: Deus Ex Machina (Berlin)
April 3: Presentation by Alan W. Moore; wrap-up with "paint polit-kitsch like Daniel Richter" workshop (bring yer brushes!)

Presented by unlimited liability/Siebdruckwerkstatt Rote Flora/Radio Gargarin
links to the artists included or featured:
Press Release:
For two weeks an attempt will be made to put as much life and sense as possible into a mythical era that has not yet been fully understood: the tumultuous last gasps of musical and art rule-breaking in the capital of the twentieth century. In the first week, the Rote Flora will house an historical panorama (prints, books, posters, zines, videos, records) of the radically anti-commercial music, film and art-collective production that evolved in several low-income (and crumbling!) neighborhoods of New York City in the late seventies and early eighties. These people were not rule-breaking formalists of the ivory-tower type. Their struggles included attacks on the organization of society through norms, repression, and neoliberal "urban renewal" plans, and their gritty gallows-humor and clear focus was a karate kick against the

sunny amnesia, the return to the 1950s, that Reagan and his friends in the consciousness industry propagated with their overwhelming means. Most of the rule-breakers we look back on said goodbye, forever, to normal careers and even, in the case of the many featured artists who were also squatters, to physical safety.

In the second week, the previous artifacts will be supplemented by the more recent research and concerns of some of the "survivors" of this time and place, in particular the information project undertaken by Alan Moore (Colab, ABC No Rio), dedicated to raising awareness of Social Centers in squatted buildings worldwide, of which the Rote Flora is an example. Moore's new book on politicized collectives between 1969 and 1985 will also be included in the exhibition, and he will come for a talk at the Rote Flora on April 3rd. Our program will be further amplified by food from the Volksküche, a DJ battle, video screenings, a performance by Deus Ex Machina (Berlin), and a satirical DIY treatment of a wealthy Hamburg polit-kitsch painter. This project is the first attempt to collect these materials on this scale in Europe.

show website:



8. Bill Gordh, FF Alumn, in The Tribeca Trib, March 2011

Bill Gordh, FF Alumn, is featured in the Tribeca Trib’s March 2011 issue, for his work with children at PS 150.



9. Roberta Allen, Peter Downsbrough, Max Gimblett, Richard Kostelanetz, Larry Miller, Carolee Schneemann, Pat Steir, FF Alumns, at Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA, thru April 9

An Exhibition of Unique Artist’s Books
curated by
Heide Hatry

Through April 9, 2011
10 Arrow Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138

ONE OF A KIND, contains work by more than 60 artists using the book as a medium for a diverse range visual and aesthetic experience. The artists involved in this exhibition are: Roberta Allen (US), Tatjana Bergelt (Germany/Finland), Elena Berriolo (US/Italy), Star Black (US) Christine Bofinger (Germany), Dianne Bowen (US), Ian Boyden (US), Dove Bradshaw (US), Eli Brown (US), Inge Bruggeman (US), Kathline Carr (US), Chrissy Conant (US), Steven Daiber (US), George Deem (US),Thorsten Dennerline (US), Peter Downsbrough (US), Debra Drexler (US), Max Gimblett (US/New Zealand), Chie Hasegawa (Japan/US), Heide Hatry (Germany/US), Laura Hatry (Germany/Spain), Ric Haynes (US), Anna Helm (Germany), Betty Hirst (US), Richard Humann (US), Iliyan Ivanov (US/Bulgaria), Paul* M. Kaestner (Germany), Kahn & Selesnick (US), Ulrich Klieber (Germany), Bill Knott (US), Bodo Korsig (Germany/US), Rich Kostelanetz (US), Christina Kruse (US/Germany), Andrea Lange (Germany), Nick Lawrence (US), Jean-Jacques Lebel (France), Gregg LeFevre (US), Annette Lemieux (US), Stephen Lipman (US), Larry Miller (US), Kate Millett (US), Roberta Paul (US), Jim Peters (US), Raquel Rabinovich (Argentina/US), Aviva Rahmani (US), Osmo Rauhala (Finland), Tom Roth (Germany), Jacqueline Rush Lee (US), Elsbeth Sachs (Austria), Cheryl Schainfeld (US), Carolee Schneemann (US), Ilse Schreiber-Noll (Germany/US), Pat Steir (US), Michelle Stuart (US), Aldo Tambellini (US), Sharone Vendriger, (Israel/US), Maria Viviano (Italy), Jan Wechsler (US), Lewis Warsh (US), Clemens Weiss (Germany/US), Mark Wiener (US), Purvis Young (US) and Ottfried Zielke (Germany).

Exhibition catalogue available at pierre@pierremenardgallery.com:
Heide Hatry, ONE OF A KIND, Unique Artist's Books, 2011. 8.5 x 9 in., 155 pages, 78 images of artist's books and 62 portrait photos of the artists. With a curator's statement, a foreword by John Wronoski, and an essay by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve.

For those of us for whom the codex represents the apex of human achievement and the vessel for all that is greatest in our history, the fact that the printed book is at best a dubious medium for art, if not an environment overtly hostile to it, has always been a disappointment. Although there have been some glorious marriages of image and text, the vast majority of so-called livres d’artiste are unhappy ones, even many of the most celebrated. They rarely manage to transcend the aporia created by the juxtaposition of two media fundamentally at odds with each other, the regularity and visual gravity of text and the irrepressible vitality and multifarious flow of art.

Yet the codex has a wholly other life, which, though it was supplanted as the primary medium for the conveyance of information by the advent of print, has retained the power and aura that we associate with the great illuminated manuscripts of the middle ages, in the unique artist’s book. Untrammeled by the dictates of type or the standards of mass production and use, the unique artist’s book remains an expressive and versatile art medium, which is animated by the unique cultural, historical, and inherent potency of the codex. Its capacity for visual narrative and the expression of time in general, the creation and release of visual tensions, its integration of movement and meditation, make it a medium distinctly different from any other, and the intimacy of the codex form determines a relationship to visual material that is incomparable.

We rarely have the opportunity to dwell in the world of the unique artist’s book, as considerations of security render its purpose almost impotent in the context of the museum, and its very uniqueness insures that any individual example is going to have an almost hermetic history. It is therefore with great excitement that we announce an exhibition of unique artist’s books, curated by artist Heide Hatry, a German visual artist and curator. She studied art at various German art schools and art history at the University of Heidelberg. She taught painting at a private art school for 15 years, while simultaneously conducting an international business as an antiquarian bookseller. Since moving to New York in 2003 she has curated numerous exhibitions in Germany, Spain and the United States. She has shown her own work at museums and galleries in those countries as well and edited more than two dozen books and art catalogues. Her book SKIN was published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, in 2005 and HEADS AND TALES by Charta Art Books, Milan/New York in 2009. She has produced more than 100 unique artist's books, most of which are today held in private collections and public institutions.

ONE OF A KIND will then move on to New York City to be shown at the HP Garcia Gallery from April 19 to May 21, with an opening reception on April 21st.
More information at www.hpgarciagallery.com.

Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Gallery hours: Mon - Sat 12 - 6 pm, or by appointment.
More information, 617 868 2033, pierre@pierremenardgallery.com,
Curator: h.hatry@gmail.com
PR: marycurtin@comcast.net 617 470 5867



10. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, now online at youtube.com

Hi All,

For those that did not make it to see my installation, "Hung Out to Dry No. 3", at the ART LOT in Brooklyn, now you can see a 3 min video of it on You Tube.


My Best,
Babs Reingold



11. David Cale, FF Alumn at Dixon Place, Manhattan, April 5

I will be reading and performing an evening of new monologues and stories of amorous, ocean-side encounters, and singing some new, original sea shanties, from my work-in-progress, THE HISTORY OF KISSES, at Dixon Place on Tuesday April 5th at 7.30 p.m. This will be the first time most of these pieces have been outside my apartment, so if you feel inclined to venture into the unknown with me or have a yen for a kiss that's so big it could have had its own zip code...please come by.


Dixon Place

David Cale
The History of Kisses (a work in progress)
A writer sequesters himself in an oceanfront motel to finish his collection of seaside erotic stories, only to find himself getting drawn into the romantic and sexual goings-on around him.

Tuesday, April 05 at 7:30PM
at Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Btwn Rivington & Delancey
F to 2nd Ave, J to Bowery, B, D to Grand, 6 to Spring

For Tickets



12. Ericka Beckman, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archive, Manhattan, April 1-2

April 1-2

Two programs devoted to experimental filmmaker Ericka Beckman, featuring Anthology’s brand-new preservations of her Super-8mm "Piaget trilogy" (comprising WE IMITATE; WE BREAK-UP [1978], THE BROKEN RULE [1979], and OUT OF HAND [1981]), as well as a selection of older and more recent 16mm works

The PIAGET TRILOGY screening on Friday, April 1 will be followed by a Q&A with Beckman and film scholar Vera Dika.

Compared by critic J. Hoberman to Loie Fuller, Maya Deren, and Yvonne Rainer, Ericka Beckman made her initial mark in the late-1970s with a number of technically complicated, intellectually stimulating Super-8 movies. An MFA graduate of CalArts, where she studied under John Baldessari, Beckman quickly realized that her ideas were better expressed in terms of cinema than other plastic or conceptually-oriented forms. She moved to NYC and soon fell in with artists in the burgeoning SoHo community, as well as the developing artist-operated gallery and exhibition spaces. Her highly inventive films tapped into the resources of this vibrant community and were imbued with the new wave style and musical sensibility of the period.

Intrigued by learning processes and influenced by the theories of Swiss developmental psychology theorist Jean Piaget, in the late 1970s Beckman produced her powerful "Piaget trilogy", including the works WE IMITATE; WE BREAK-UP (1978), THE BROKEN RULE (1979), and OUT OF HAND (1981). These films were screened in the realms of art galleries, media centers, and cinematheques. Widely written about at the time, and included in the Whitney Biennial and other high-profile shows, the films have since nearly disappeared. Anthology is proud to reintroduce these long-dormant works in revelatory new Super-8-to-16mm blow-up prints. In addition to these early classics we also offer up another intriguing program of older and more recent 16mm works.

Special thanks to Bill Brand (BB Optics), Bill Seery & Kelly Spivey (Mercer Media), and The Moving Image Archiving Program at NYU.

The PIAGET TRILOGY screening on Friday, April 1 will be followed by a Q&A with Beckman and film scholar Vera Dika.

To be screened:

WE IMITATE; WE BREAK-UP (1978, 30 minutes, Super-8-to-16mm blow-up)
Preserved by the Moving Image Archiving Program at NYU with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.
"If Beckman’s narratives are often cryptic, her work is preoccupied by a recurring core of themes – competition, role-playing, and what she calls ‘the coordination of the self in the physical world’. In virtually every one of her movies some young (usually female) individual learns, through trial and error, how to act in (or upon) the world. In WE IMITATE a set of life-sized marionette legs teach the filmmaker/protagonist how to dance and play a version of soccer, and then chase her all over the lot when she runs away with the ‘loot’." –J. Hoberman

THE BROKEN RULE (1979, 25 minutes, Super-8-to-16mm blow-up)
Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
"Utilizing television-commercial stereotypes of women as either laundresses or cheerleaders and of men as engaged either in sports or commerce (or both) Beckman creates an ideological satire on sexism and American capitalism. Riveting in its choreography of space and rhythm, THE BROKEN RULE is a sort of Marxist musical. Oddly suggestive of Tashlin, the film is constructed with the precision of an animated work, and with the formal humor of a George Landow." (Starring artists Mike Kelley, Matt Mullican, James Welling, and others) –Bruce Jenkins, MEDIA STUDY MAGAZINE

OUT OF HAND (1981, 30 minutes, Super-8-to-16mm blow-up)
Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
"Singsong voice tracks, jerky robot motions, repetitive gestures, and the iconic use of sports equipment and cheerleaders characterize Beckman’s mise-en-scene. Beckman frequently links her work to Piaget but, with its obsessive images of property and loss, OUT OF HAND is an Allstate Insurance commercial as it might appear to an autistic child." –J. Hoberman

Total running time: ca. 90 minutes.
–Friday, April 1 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 2 at 5:45.

The PIAGET TRILOGY screening on Friday, April 1 will be followed by a Q&A with Beckman and film scholar Vera Dika.


YOU THE BETTER (1983, 35 minutes, 16mm), is "a film based on games of chance, and just like the gambling games of roulette or craps, this one is closed and the player cannot really affect the outcome. A team of uniformed players, led by the artist Ashley Bickerton, performs the mechanics of a game servicing an off-camera betting entity. Although the game keeps changing and players are swapped out, one thing remains the same, the ‘House’ is hidden and controls the bets and the ‘chance’ of winning is nil. The game, in fact, is not between the players, but rather between the ‘House’, and the ‘Bettor’." –E.B.

CINDERELLA (1986, 30 minutes, 16mm)
"[O]wes as much to pinball as to Perrault. Although no less fraught with psychosexual tension than Walt Disney’s version, Beckman drops the fairytale’s sibling rivalry and Oedipal underpinnings, reworking the heroine’s situation as an allegory of female socialization. Vintage Beckman, CINDERELLA exhibits the filmmaker’s characteristic use of ambiguous interior space, stutter-stop development, incantatory songs, and dreamlike condensation." –J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

HIATUS (1999, 20 minutes, 16mm)
"An experimental narrative film about a young woman who plays HIATUS, an on-line interactive ‘identity’ game. Propelled through action by her Go-Go cowgirl construct Wanda, and powered by a computer corset that stores her programs in a garden interface, Maid meets Wang, a powerful take-over artist. She must learn how to use the power of her ‘organic memory’ to block his expansion and preserve her freedom." –E.B.

SWITCH CENTER (2003, 12 minutes, 16mm)
"I chose an abandoned water purification plant on the outskirts of Budapest as the setting for Switch Center. In conceiving of this film, I was inspired by Léger’s early avant-garde picture BALLET MÉCANIQUE. In my film, the structure itself comes to life through the manipulations of the employees who work inside it. I wanted to make a tribute to the kind of futuristic pragmatism expressed by these buildings that are now being razed to allow space for shopping malls and corporate offices." –E.B.

Total running time: ca. 100 minutes.
–Saturday, April 2 at 8:00.



13. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, at Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, March 28, 2011

Yoko Ono and Friends: Poisson Rouge, 10 PM, $100, special Japan benefit show. 158 Bleecker Street between Sullivan and Thompson Streets (212) 505-3474



14. The Dark Bob, FF Alumn, in two new publications

The Dark Bob's collaborative work in the 1970's (as one half of the infamous art team Bob & Bob) is included in the new Lyn Kienholz book "LA Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980" and also the upcoming book "Live in LA: Performance Art in Southern California, 1970-1983" edited by Peggy Phelan.



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