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Contents for November 21, 2011

1. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn,a t MondoPop Gallery, Rome, Italy, opening Dec. 10

Isabel Samaras will have two new paintings in the exhibition "Taetrum & Dulce" (Creepy & Sweet) in Italy's MondoPop Gallery. The show opens December 10th and will be up through January 21st. The pieces continue her "Redivivus" series exploring the after-hours adventures of a disembodied hand that snuck out of Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory...

MondoPop Gallery
Via de Greci 30
Roma, Italy



2. Lorraine O'Grady, FF Alumn, launches new website, lorraineogrady2.com

I am thrilled to announce the launch of
established to present new projects.
The first project up is
"Work Development"
... a non-chronological mapping of
the newly completed website,
lorraineogrady.com, to accent how
the work's motifs emerge through
interweaving back-and-forth
across time

Lorraine O'Grady




3. LAPD, FF Alumns, at Gladys Park, Los Angeles, Dec. 2-3

'Festival for All Skid Row Artists' --- December 2 and 3, 2011
The Los Angeles Poverty Department is producing the 2nd annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists on Friday and Saturday December 2 and 3, from 12 - 4 PM in Gladys Park, at the corner of 6th and Gladys Streets in Skid Row.
Because there is so much creative energy in the community we are expanding this years 'Festival for All Skid Row Artists' to two afternoons of performances and visual arts activities by artists who live and work on Skid Row. We are also inviting a few artists from outside Skid Row to create artistic exchange. Neighborhood artists will perform and Los Angeles Poverty Department will collect digital data to create an artists' registry and an archive of artists work. We will film and photograph art, writing, song and performances of neighborhood residents in Gladys Park.
In 2009, the Animating Democracy Initiative of Americans for the Arts, released "Making a Case for Skid Row Culture: Findings from a Collaborative Inquiry by the Los Angeles Poverty Department and the Urban Institute". This study by John Malpede (Los Angeles Poverty Department) and Mario Rosario Jackson (Urban Institute) documents the role of arts and culture in Skid Row. This study found that culture comes from the ground up in Skid Row and is often initiated by residents and resident driven initiatives. This festival is undertaken to recognize these people and initiatives and to stimulate a new way of envisioning and talking about this neighborhood.
The paper is available at www.artsusa.org/animatingdemocracy/pdf/reading_room/LAPD.pdf
The festival is moving the case for Skid Row culture forward in practice by creating a unique context that will both generate cultural participation and document it. This project will encourage known neighborhood artists and identify and bring together arts makers who are unknown, even in their own Skid Row neighborhood.
All participating artists will receive a pair of yellow shades, with the inscription "Skid Row Artist: menacing cool" imprinted on the left temple. The 'Festival for All Skid Row Artists' will give a menacing-cool face to the creative community of Skid Row.
Los Angeles Poverty Department is a theater company comprised primarily of low income, formerly homeless people living in those blocks of downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row. Founded in 1985, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) creates performance work that connects lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty.
The Skid Row Arts Fest is produced by LA Poverty Department with the support from the California Arts Council's Creating Public Value program and The James Irvine Foundation. CAC's CPV program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.



4. Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, FF Alumns, at The James Gallery, CUNY, Manhattan, thru Feb. 17, 2012

Nov 16, 2011 - Feb 17, 2012
The James Gallery, The Center for the
Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York

Opening Reception, Nov 18, 2011, 6pm

The video exhibition Shifters focuses on three artistic practices that propose new means of engagement with public space in cities as diverse as Guadalajara, Cairo, Novi Sad, and Austin. Whether nomadic or bound to the conditions of a specific locale, these practices operate at the scale of personal relation to larger urban dynamics. Participating artists include Hala Elkoussy, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, and the artist collective Kuda.org.


Angel Nevarez
MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology http://visualarts.mit.edu



5. Eleanor Antin, Susan Bee, Anney Bonney, Maureen Connor, Vanalyne Green, Mimi Gross, Julie Harrison, Amelia Jones, Joyce Kozloff, Ligorano/Reese, Ann Messner, Beverly Naidus, Joseph Nechvatal, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, and Buzz Spector, FF Alumns, in M/E/A/N/I/N/G journal, now online

The editors of M/E/A/N/I/N/G are proud to announce the 25th anniversary issue of our journal. This issue is available online and as a PDF.

This is an unusual moment of global economic crisis, failure of capitalism and of progressive political movements, a moment of political impasse, and of generational shift, following upon a series of traumatic political events and a decade of war. Methods of communication have changed since we began our project 25 years ago and concepts of privacy and individuality seem to be in a process of radical transformation.

Our 25th anniversary issue centers around two themes: the impact of public trauma on art and art critical practice, and the nature of privacy for the artist or critic working in the age of social networking and global spectacle.

The first issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues, was published in December 1986. We published 20 issues biannually over ten years. In 2000, M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists' Writings, Theory, and Criticism was published by Duke University Press. In 2002 we began to publish M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online and have published four previous online issues. The M/E/A/N/I/N/G archive from 1986 to 2002 is in the collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

To address our themes in this online issue, we invited a wide spectrum of artists, art historians, and poets, some who had written for our journal before and many new artists and writers whose work we have encountered in recent years. We are proud to continue our commitment to maintaining an open, non-profit space for independent writing about art.

Contributors include: Suzanne Anker, Eleanor Antin, Susan Bee, Bill Berkson, Charles Bernstein, Nayland Blake, Anney Bonney, Jackie Brookner, Joyce Burstein, Sharon L. Butler, Tom Butter, Anna Chave, Daryl Chin, Jennifer Coates, Maureen Connor, Patricia Cronin, Jennifer Dalton, G. Roger Denson, Dubravka Đjurić, Bailey Doogan, Johanna Drucker, Noah Fischer, Hermine Ford, Joe Fyfe, Joy Garnett, Andrea Geyer, Vanalyne Green, Mimi Gross, Julie Harrison, Eleanor Heartney, Susanna Heller, David Humphrey, Julia Jacquette, Amelia Jones, Shirley Kaneda, Vincent Katz, Joyce Kozloff, Rachel Levitsky, Ellen K. Levy, Ligorano/Reese, Greg Lindquist, Judith Linhares, Mary Lucier, Lenore Malen, Ann McCoy, Ann Messner, Robin Mitchell, Erik Moskowitz and Amanda Trager, Beverly Naidus, Joseph Nechvatal, Craig Olson, Our Literal Speed, Alix Pearlstein, Sheila Pepe, Dushko Petrovich, Nick Piombino, William Powhida, Nancy Princenthal, Melissa Ragona + Abigail Child, Hilary Robinson, Kara L. Rooney, Bradley Rubenstein, Raphael Rubinstein, Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Francie Shaw, Alexandria Smith, Buzz Spector, Misko Šuvaković, Jeremy Sigler, Anne Swartz, Aldrin Valdez, Marjorie Vecchio, Roger White, Daniel Wiener, Faith Wilding, Tom Winchester

We are honored to publish the responses we have received, people really wrote what they wanted, what they felt, each very individually, many clearly inspired and energized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began September 17th in Lower Manhattan and has rapidly sent a wave of optimism around the world.

Susan Bee and Mira Schor
New York City, November 18 2011



6. John Fleck, FF Alumn, at La Mama Club, Manhattan, Dec. 2-11

LA Times says "Women" is a vastly entertaining yarn from a born storyteller whose outsized personality threatens to blow the walls off this small theater space"

Huffington Post says "We left purged, agog at how live theatre not only exposes the complexity of the he-on-stage but also holds up a contorting circus mirror to our own lives, loves, and dreams"

LA MAMA Club - 7 performances only.
December 2 - 11 / Fridays & Saturdays 10pm
Sundays 5:30 pm and Thursday Dec 8 @ 10pm
BOX OFFICE: 212-475-7710
Tickets are $18 or $13 (students/seniors)



7. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6, Richmond, VA, opening Dec. 2

FF Alumn Mitzi Humphrey will be in GLIMPSES: A focus show of art6 members Henrietta Near, Mitzi Humphrey, Lloyd C. Chaser, and Eugene Vango in the art6 Skylight Gallery, 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219. Opening reception First Friday, December 2, 5-9 pm. Show runs concurrently with TRIBAL: PHASE 2 in the downstairs galleries. Both shows end midnight December 31, following New Year's Eve party featuring the music group My Son the Doctor. Gallery hours 12-4 pm on Saturdays and by appointment. 804-343-1406.



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