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Contents for August 22, 2011
1. Aaron Burr Society, FF Alumn, on Wall Street, Manhattan, August 25
2. Edward M. Gómez, FF Alumn, at 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, Aug. 30
3. John Cage, FF Alumn, at Hayward Gallery, London, UK, thru Sept. 18
4. Olivia Beens, FF Alumn, at J.P. Art Market, Jamaica Plain, MA, Aug. 23-Sept. 22
5. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Aug. 18
6. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Musee Centre Pompidou, Metz, France, Sept. 10, 2011-March 2012
7. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA, Aug. 27

1. Aaron Burr Society, FF Alumn, on Wall Street, Manhattan, August 25

Summer of Change

Numismatic ritual offerings of 400 quarters on Wall Street to conjure the spirit of Freedom, Peace and Equality. Thursday August 25th at noon; Wall and Broad Street pedestrian mall between the NY Stock Exchange and Federal Hall.

The Summer of Change is a series of six site-specific, public art performances and videos. Each performance involves distributing $100 in American coins.

Presented by the Aaron Burr Society and Noah Fischer www.summerofchange.net



2. Edward M. Gómez, FF Alumn, at 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, Aug. 30

On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the critic, author, journalist and independent curator Edward M. Gómez will present "Critic's Notebook: A Look at Art and Artists in Post-postmodernist Times" at 3rd Ward, at 195 Morgan Avenue, in Brooklyn. (Subway: Grand Street on the L line.)

Gómez will examine the work and ideas of several artists that he is currently researching. He'll discuss the legacy of postmodernist critical theory, the role of craftsmanship as a powerful, expressive language in art-making and the blurring of the aesthetic line between works made by academically trained artists and their self-taught/outsider counterparts. Free admission. Seat reservation recommended. See www.3rdward.com; click on "Classes," then "Art and Ideas" to find event and reservation page.

3rd Ward is a membership-based facility with art and photography studios, computer-equipped "coworking spaces" and workshops for art-making in various media.



3. John Cage, FF Alumn, at Hayward Gallery, London, UK, thru Sept. 18

John Cage
Every Day is a Good Day
A Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre
12 August–18 September 2011

Hayward Project Space
Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

Admission Free.

This Hayward Touring exhibition is a celebration of the visual art of the American composer, writer and artist John Cage (1912–1992). Following an acclaimed tour around the country, the Hayward Project Space will present an abridged version of the exhibition featuring forty to fifty of Cage's works on paper. The exhibition was conceived by artist Jeremy Millar, and organised by Hayward Touring in collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the John Cage Trust.

To coincide with the exhibition the pioneering ensemble Apartment House celebrates the work of the groundbreaking composer with John Cage Night (13 September, Queen Elizabeth Hall). The programme includes a performance Cage's iconic silent work of 1952, 4'33". This event open's Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Season 2011/12.

John Cage was one of the leading avant-garde composers of the twentieth century and closely connected with art and artists throughout his long career. He collaborated frequently with Robert Rauschenberg and the dance choreographer Merce Cunningham, was a friend of Jasper Johns and Marcel Duchamp, and was a major influence on the Fluxus artists of the 1960s and '70s. It was not until he was in his mid-sixties that he began to practise seriously as a visual artist himself, producing over 600 prints with the Crown Point Press in San Francisco, as well as 260 drawings and watercolours. In these works he applied the same chance-determined procedures that he used in his musical compositions.

This display presents works on paper spanning his whole visual art career, including his extraordinary Ryoanji series, described by the art critic David Sylvester as 'among the most beautiful prints and drawings made anywhere in the 1980s'. In these works he drew around the outlines of stones scattered (according to chance) across the paper or printing plate, in one case drawing around 3,375 individually placed stones. He also experimented with burning or soaking the paper, and applied complex, painstaking procedures at each stage of the printmaking process.

Inspired by John Cage's own practice, the exhibition differs markedly from a conventional show. The work will be selected and hung according to chance operations, using a computer-generated random number programme similar to the Chinese oracle, the 'I Ching', which is essentially a random number programme. This will result in works being hung at different heights and in arrangements and groupings that no curator would ordinarily choose. Cage himself, who disliked linear displays, employed this method in several exhibitions, notably Rolywholyover, in Los Angeles in 1992, which he described a 'composition for museum'.

The book accompanying the exhibition 'Every Day is a Good Day: The Visual Art of John Cage' is the first to cover all aspects of John Cage's graphic art, with more than sixty plates and other illustrations. It includes interviews conducted by Jeremy Millar with people who knew Cage well and are authorities on his work; a 'Cage Companion' of quotations and commentaries on important aspects of his life and work; and a substantial extract from an interview with Cage by the American art critic Irving Sandler. ISBN 978-1-85332-283-9.

Opening Hours 10am–6pm every day.
Late nights opening Thursday and Friday until 8pm only when the main exhibition galleries are open for Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want until 29 August.

John Cage Night
Apartment House
13 September 2011, 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pioneering ensemble Apartment House presents an evening of music by one of the true iconoclasts of 20th-century music, John Cage, coinciding with the Hayward Gallery's touring Cage exhibition Every Day is a Good Day. Apartment House was formed in 1995 and is a regular visitor to Europe's leading contemporary music festivals and specialises in developing composer-focused programmes. Programme includes:

4' 33"
Radio music for 8 performers
Child of tree for solo percussion
Concert for piano & orchestra/Fontana mix
String Quartet in four parts
Music for nine
0' 00" (4' 33" No.2)

Prior to the concert at 6pm there will be a special preview of John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day, with an introductory talk on Cage's visual art. Admission free to ticket holders.



4. Olivia Beens, FF Alumn, at J.P. Art Market, Jamaica Plain, MA, Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Dear Friends,

I'm delighted to tell you that I'm exhibiting in Boston at JP Art Market "Practice and Rituals" with Mark Donovan August 23-September 22. If you're in Boston please stop by.

J.P. ART Market
30 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 / 617 522 1729
(Contact: Kevin Benisvy 617 903 0154)

My very best,

Olivia Beens



5. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Aug. 18

The New York Times, August 18, 2011
‘A Hero Never Fails’
Freight + Volume
530 West 24th Street, Chelsea
Through Sept. 10

In art as in life, desperate times call for desperate measures. That may mean mummifying an old car Egyptian style using plastic bags instead of fabric, which Jay Critchley has done as a quasi-magical ritual in the Freight + Volume gallery. He has partly dismantled a ’70s-era MG sports car, carefully wrapped its viscera — seats, engine and other parts — in strands of crumpled plastic and put it back together.

Plastic bags are petroleum based, and cars run on petroleum, a substance that continues to cause no end of worldly havoc. Mr. Critchley’s funereal tableau is not beautiful, but it effectively expresses an exasperation shared by many about modernity’s economic and ecological trajectory.

In a still-timely mockumentary video from 1988, also on view, Mr. Critchley poses as president of a fictional organization called Nuclear Recycling Consultants, whose purpose is in part to convert nuclear plants into residential complexes and historic sites. Resembling a younger, thinner John C. Reilly, he describes his project and performs rituals at nuclear sites with engaging, wide-eyed verve.

In the rear gallery Chad Person offers a complementary solution in the form of folksy signs jig sawed from wood or collaged from pieces of United States currency. They say things like "Resign" and "Accept Less." A giant inflated representation of the cartoon character Underdog sits irresolutely in the gallery too, while video montages show him performing frantic acts of heroism fueled by energizing vitamin pills. Two Cassandras, Mr. Critchley and Mr. Person, deplore our addictions to oil, drugs and competition. Give them credit for trying.



6. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Musee Centre Pompidou, Metz, France, Sept. 10, 2011-March 2012

Exhibition opening and catalog:

Agnes Denes, "Erre—Variations Labyrinths" ("Erre: Variations Labyrinthiques"),

September 10, 2011 to March 2012

Musee Centre Pompidou, Metz, France

Artists: Agnes Denes, Robert Smithson, Marcel Duchamp, Kasimir Malevitch, Lee Bontecou, Alexandre Rodtchenko, Frank Stella, Robert Morris, Richard Long, etc.




7. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA, Aug. 27

experiments in experience/participation performance

The Underground Hit!
CRITIC'S CHOICE: East Bay Express

Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.

Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations will be accepted.)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609-2058

For more information
Call: 510-526-7858
email: fmoore@eroplay.com

2011 Dates!

"We came, we saw, we read local performance artist-provocateur Frank Moore's poem . experience the joys of unsettled discomfort ." Kimberly Chun, SF Chronicle

"One of the country's most controversial and profound artists." Kotori Magazine

"...He's wonderful and hilarious and knows exactly what it's all about and has earned my undying respect. What he's doing is impossible, and he knows it. That's good art...." L.A. Weekly

"Merging improv, erotica, entertainment, religion and ritual, Frank Moore - self-styled shaman, world-renowned disabled performance artist, and 2008 presidential candidate ...." - East Bay Express

Resisting "the easy and superficial descriptions..., Moore's work challenges the consensus view more strongly in ways less acceptable than...angry tirades and bitter attacks on consumer culture." Chicago New City

"If performance art has a radical edge, it has to be Frank Moore." Cleveland Edition

"Transformative..." Moore "is thwarting nature in an astonishing manner, and is fusing art, ritual and religion in ways the Eurocentric world has only dim memories of. Espousing a kind of paganism without bite and aggression, Frank Moore is indeed worth watching." High Performance Magazine

"Surely wonderful and mind-goosing experience." L.A. Reader

Downloadable poster here:

In Freedom,
Frank Moore
facebook group: The Universal Underground Video Bank http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117921371580943&ref=ts



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