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Contents for December 19, 2011

1. Bobby Previte, FF Fund recipient 2010-11, at Chashama, Manhattan, Jan. 6-7

@ Chashama 266, New York, NY
Friday, January 6, 5-7 PM and 8-10 PM
Saturday, January 7, 1-4 PM and 8-10 PM

Chashama and Art of Franza, Inc. present Bobby Previte: Diorama, a solo drum set concert performed for one listener at a time at Chashama 266, an empty storefront in midtown Manhattan.

In Previte's Diorama, each listener enters a small room and sits directly behind the drum set. Unaware of their identity, Previte plays an improvised 10-minute piece for his solo audience member. The strange, heightened intimacy of the interaction and the publicly exposed space create a concert of extremes and oppositions.

Drummer and prolific composer Previte first created Diorama in March 2010 as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program, where he performed it on the 31st floor of a landmark Wall Street building. He now brings Diorama to a new site-specific location at Chashama 266 in January 2012.

"Not unlike a sex scene in a Milan Kundera novel...a totally weird experience."
--Trevor Hunter, New Music Box

Friday, January 6, 5-7 PM and 8-10 PM
Saturday, January 7, 1-4 PM and 8-10 PM
@ Chashama 266, New York, NY
TICKETS ARE FREE, but reservations are required. You will first arrive at a waiting area before going to Chashama. Complete information will be given to you when you make your reservation.
Reserve a 15-minute slot: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/216009

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. Space provide by Chashama. A production of Art of Franza.

I have wanted to do a performance piece of drum solos for individual audience members ever since I was an artist-in-residence at SUNY Buffalo. A colleague, Benjamin Hudson, asked me to preview his performance of the solo violin work Mikka S, by Iannis Xenakis, which he was preparing to play the following evening at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. As Benjamin stood two feet away and played the piece in my cramped, cinder-block office, I was flabbergasted. I felt I could actually see the sound waves shooting through the body of the violin.

I had to experience that again, so the following evening I went to the concert hall, sat in the first row, and was shocked; it was not the same piece. This was a revelation. I understood how my extreme proximity to the instrument had made the experience much more powerful.

Diorama will allow the listener to hear the sound of the drums as I do; the sound that first captivated me at age 13, and still does today.

CONTACT: diorama@bobbyprevite.com

WEB: www.bobbyprevite.com/projects/diorama
BLOG: http://bobbyprevitediorama.tumblr.com
ARTICLE: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/Sounds-Heard-Bobby-Previte-Diorama/
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/user/BobbyPrevite#p/u/9/dK0_-8y6-hY

Friday, January 6, 5-7 PM and 8-10 PM
Saturday, January 7, 1-4 PM and 8-10 PM
TICKETS ARE FREE, but reservations are required. You will first arrive at a waiting area before going to Chashama. Complete information will be given to you when you make your reservation.
Reserve a 15-minute slot: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/216009

Bobby Previte's first stage appearance came in 1956 at the Niagara Falls Talent Show, where, guitar in hand, and adorned in an over-sized suit, he belted out a solo rendition of Elvis Presley's 'Hound Dog.'

Eight years later, thinking drumming might be a good way to get girls, he fashioned a bass drum from a rusted garbage can, a kick pedal from a wire coat hanger wedged between two pieces of linoleum and a rubber ball stuck on top, tom toms from upside-down trash bins, cymbals from aluminum pie plates suspended on plungers, and a box of loose junk for a snare - then practiced for a year in his dark basement with a lone spotlight shining on him before eventually starting a band, the "Devil's Disciples." But when they finally got a gig at the church he was fired for not having 'real' drums. Seeking revenge, he took a job as a paperboy, saved every penny, and a year later bought the Rogers kit he still uses today in concerts all over the world.

In 1968, while walking in the West Village, Previte spotted Jimi Hendrix in a limo. He quickly unfurled the Jimi poster he happened to have with him, and watched in amazement as Hendrix smiled and flashed Previte the peace sign.

All the rest, as they say, is noise.

HISTORY: BA, SUNY Buffalo. Moved to New York City in 1979. Has worked for/with an unlikely array of leading lights including John Adams, Terry Adams, Robert Altman, Johnny Copeland, Lejaren Hiller, Charlie Hunter, Lenny Kaye, John Lurie, Sonny Sharrock, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Tom Waits, Victoria Williams, and, the internet swears Iggy Pop, although he can't seem to remember that, exactly.
AWARDS: NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Franklin Furnace, The American Music Center, MCAF, Mid Atlantic Arts, NY State Music Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Jerome Foundation.
EVENTS: TERMINALS, New Sounds Live/Ecstatic Music Festival/Merkin Hall, 2011; DIORAMA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2010; THE 23 CONSTELLATIONS OF JOAN MIRÓ, Winter Garden, New York, 2008; THE SEPARATION, Walker Art Center, 2007; DIALED IN (with Benton-C Bainbridge), Lincoln Center, EMPAC, Eyebeam, 2007; Touring various other bands and projects since 1985 at festivals and clubs worldwide.
RECORDINGS: Sony, Nonesuch, Palmetto, Gramavision, Enja, Thirsty Ear, New World, more.
MASTER CLASSES: Eastman School of Music, Walker Art Center, Art and Music Omi, Cornish University, The New School.
RESIDENCIES: The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Civitella Ranieri, eleven MacDowell Colony fellowships.
ODDITIES: actor, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, "The Mute Marine," w/ William Shatner, 1984; as "The Drummer" in SHORT CUTS - Robert Altman, 1993.

CONTACT: diorama@bobbyprevite.com




2. Jeannette Ingberman, FF Alumn, memorial service and celebration, at Exit Art, Manhattan, January 15, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012
Memorial Service and Celebration of Jeanette's Life and Work
Celebration of Jeanette's Life and Work
Exit Art
475 Tenth Avenue, New York City

This service will honor Jeanette with tributes and remembrances given by her family, friends, and colleagues. A free-flowing celebration with live music, performances, and an opportunity for the public and the artistic community to shout-out their memories in an open forum, will follow. An installation honoring Jeanette created by Papo Colo, her partner/husband for more than 30 years, will also be on view. All are welcome.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Co-Founder, Executive Director, and friend, Jeanette Ingberman, who died on August 24, 2011 from complications of leukemia.

We would like to extend our gratitude to those of you who have supported Jeanette's vision for Exit Art over the years. She devoted her life to establishing an open, interdisciplinary forum for artists of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience--a forum which her family, friends, and colleagues will continue to cherish.

A public memorial will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2012. More information is below. Our thoughts are with Jeanette's husband and partner, Papo Colo, and her brother, Israel Ingberman.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Exit Art in memory of Jeanette.



3. Michelle Handelman, FF Member, at Guangzhou 53 Art Museum, China, thru February 18, 2012, and more

Michelle Handelman Upcoming Shows
Dear Friends + Colleagues,

I'm thrilled to announce that Dorian, a cinematic perfume will be showing for two months in China. I'm currently in Guangzhou and this week will be giving talks at The Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and 53 Art Museum. If you're in town or have any friends in the area, please come by. The beginning of 2012 brings several shows in New York City so stay tuned! Michelle XO

Guangzhou 53 Art Museum
8 + 8 Contemporary International Video Art

Exhibition Dates: Dec 15, 2011 - Feb 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Thurs Dec 15, 6:30pm

Lecture by Michelle Handelman:
December 14, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
My Video Practices (2001 - 2011)
Introduction: Feng Feng, James Hu
Location: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Mega Center Lecture Hall

8 Artists chosen by 8 curators:
Sonia Bryce | Zoe Shearman + Axel lapp
Lu Fang | Xiaodong Fu
Michelle Handelman | Michael Rush
Siman Keramati Hamid Keshmershekan
Lynne Marsh | Gordon Laurin
Agneiszka Polska | Dominik Kurylek
ChaoFang Shen | Bin Hu
Tao Zhou | James Hu

Artistic Directors: Feng Feng, James Hu,
Gordon Laurin

Stephan Stoyanov Gallery

The Family Jewels, and by appointment of Xir Royal Highness, Dorian the Wallpaper Collection
Exhibition Dates: Jan 15 - Feb 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday Jan 15, 6 - 8pm

Stephan Stoyanov Gallery presents, The Family Jewels, by Hannah Barrett, a series of paintings and drawings of a hermaphrodite master race and Dorian the Wallpaper Collection, by Michelle Handelman, a collection of ambient video loops from her project, Dorian, a cinematic perfume.

Barrett's subtly subversive works are constructed with meticulous craftsmanship. In accompaniment to her first solo New York show, Barrett invites 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Michelle Handelman to exhibit photographs and videos from her acclaimed parable of decadence and narcissism based on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. While Barrett paints in oil and gold leaf on panel, and Handelman shoots in high definition video, both create a cast of morally and sexually deviant characters engaged in exclusive and rarified power games or rituals.




4. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at The Art Institute of Chicago, thru March 11, and more

Agnes Denes in two exhibitions opening at The Art Institute of Chicago:

"Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph-1964 to 1977,
till March 11, 2012



"Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. Collection",

Till February 26, 2012



Agnes Denes has been selected as the artist of the year, Art/Act honoree, for a full fledged solo exhibition and lecture at the Broward Center in Berkeley California.

"The Center recognizes exceptional work at the intersection of art and activism, and the significant work an artist has done who thoughtfully considers challenging social and ecological issues, while also proposing solutions and affecting change. With this Award, the Broward Center will feature a solo exhibition of the work of Agnes Denes in the Hazel Wolf Gallery from September 2012 to January 2013, in Berkeley, California."



5. Kristin Jones, Andrew Ginzel, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, Dec. 16

The New York Times
December 16, 2011
Like Christo, Thinking Big

THE artist Kristin Jones, 55, wrapped in a double layer of green velvet capes with her blond Rapunzel braid askew over one shoulder, stood in the northwest corner of Washington Square Park gazing rapturously at a 330-year-old tree known as the Hangman's Elm. She placed a protective hand on its mighty trunk.

Then she whipped off her blue-rimmed glasses and, conducting the conversation with her ungloved hands, described her plans for that tree and four others in New York City: a 24-hour multimedia extravaganza of lighting, time-lapse filming, poetry and music, to be called "Behold."

Ms. Jones wants New Yorkers not only to appreciate the ancient giants in their midst but also to pitch in and help conserve them. In that respect, "Behold" is an artistic intervention.

"Imagine how beautiful she would be all lit up," she mused, stepping back from the English elm, one of just a few of its vintage left in the city. Ms. Jones assigned it a gender based on, well, women's intuition. Her intended subject dwarfs her, but then, all of her artistic ambitions are supersize.

If "Behold" comes to fruition, it will be Ms. Jones's first major public art project in New York City since "Metronome," the nine-story, 500-ton, $4.2 million, steam-spouting installation at 1 Union Square South that she and Andrew Ginzel, then her partner in life and art, unveiled 12 years ago. That artwork/digital timepiece, intended as a modernist meditation on the dissolution of time, was met with scathing reaction. Herbert Muschamp, then The New York Times's architecture critic, called it "pretentious" and dismissed it as part of an "unhappy consortium of art, architecture and real estate development."

The fiasco unfolded as Ms. Jones's marriage to Mr. Ginzel was breaking up, and it temporarily curtailed their artistic partnership. Her escape route: a Fulbright grant to live and work in Rome.

Her mantra, based on advice she received from her mentors Christo and Jeanne-Claude before her departure: "Never ever ever take no for an answer."

Ms. Jones had figured to spend a year in Italy mending her heart and reputation. Instead, she stayed for a decade and returned to making public art there, focusing on the derelict banks of the Tiber.

For her "Eternal Tiber" project, she used a combination of power-washing and stenciling to fashion a dozen she-wolves, based on Rome's mascot, on the 32-foot-tall travertine wall along one of the river's banks. For Rome's 2,758th birthday in 2005, she lighted the Tiber with 2,758 floating candles. She still hopes to install a ceiling-to-floor design, made from monofilament thread and called "Gravity," in the Pantheon.

If most people simply navigate their environment, Ms. Jones prefers to imbue hers with spatial and spiritual significance. The youngest of three children of a poet and an American diplomat (or so she thought) posted to a kaleidoscopic array of European cities, she first envisioned herself as a magician.

At a family meeting over the dinner table in Oslo when she was 12 and old enough to keep a secret, she says she was enlightened about her father's real profession: C.I.A. operative. "In Warsaw our walls were repainted every month," she said, "because they were making sure the rooms weren't bugged."

In their teens, Ms. Jones and her sisters completed their schooling in the United States. For her, this meant Concord Academy in Massachusetts and then the Rhode Island School of Design, where, encouraged by a speech by Christo, she decided to expand her artistic ambitions beyond ceramics. She met Mr. Ginzel, an assistant to the artist Red Grooms, in 1981 while she was a graduate student at Yale, and they married in 1986.

They received their first Public Art Fund commission in 1987 for "Pananemone," a temporary sculpture in City Hall Park, and in 1989 they received a commission to design the popular "Mnenomics" time capsule wall at the new Stuyvesant High School. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority commissioned their "Oculus" design for the World Trade Center subway hub connecting the Chambers Street and Park Place stations (for it, Ms. Jones photographed the left eye of 1,200 high school students, then had 300 eyes rendered in Italian mosaics). The pièce de résistance of that 1995 project is a map of New York City rendered in 1.8 million pieces of stone.

Those endeavors led to the commission, following a design competition, for "Metronome." It was a monster project - Ms. Jones refers to it as a "four-year epic" and says that important elements of the design, including night lighting and a steam geyser, were not incorporated as planned. The goal, according to the artists, was a "grandiose public clock and glockenspiel with which New Yorkers could confront the dissolution of time." Mr. Muschamp groused that it "incoherently tracks some chronological measurement not worth thinking about." Another Times critic, Ken Johnson, cited the work's "post-modernist allegorical pretension," but more positively noted that "it enlivens our experience of the city."

Kent Barwick, then president of the Municipal Art Society, which oversaw the design competition, said the Union Square site demanded art on an over-the-top scale. "Everyone said, 'Let's do something out of the ordinary,' and something out of the ordinary was done," he said. "Love it or hate it, you're conscious of it."

"Until Metronome, we were together night and day, living and working and collaborating and sharing every thought, and then suddenly we weren't," Ms. Jones said recently in the Bleecker Street studio/loft where she began living and working, with and without Mr. Ginzel, in 1982. She disclosed this while sipping tea from a green mug, as she nestled in an antique chair with carved wooden gargoyles for armrests. A leftover eyeball from "Oculus" stared out from above the kitchen sink. Mr. Ginzel's collection of antique plumbs occupied the wall behind the wood-burning stove, and the man himself was at work in the front studio.

The artists arrived at a professional truce after Ms. Jones made peace with Mr. Ginzel's having fathered a son while she was away in Rome. They now compete as a team in roughly a dozen public design competitions each year. "Last year we competed for 12 projects and got none," Ms. Jones said. "It's hard work."

They did win a competition sponsored by New Jersey Transit, for an installation at the newly renovated 1907 Hoboken Ferry Terminal. The piece, "Fluent," a mélange of 190 stainless steel shapes dangling above, and dipping into, the Hudson River, was unveiled Dec. 7 at the terminal's grand reopening. They have also collaborated on a mosaic project at the Kansas City International Airport and are completing an installation for the library at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

And they confide in each other constantly. "This is not to say we couldn't survive as artists on our own," Mr. Ginzel, 57, said, "but we realize how much energy can be gotten by projecting thoughts and ideas into realms where you wouldn't normally project. In a sense it's like having another mind, an alter ego."

These days they also work alone. Rome is contemplating Ms. Jones's proposal to reveal 65 more she-wolves (grime has already obscured the original dozen) on the walls that border the Tiber, for the city's 2,765th birthday next year. In New York, she has plans for the Park Avenue Armory, where she wants to install a double helix of monofilament threads; and for the airspace above 16th Street west of the High Line, where she hopes to suspend "X-ing," an arrangement of Valentine-red strapping between two buildings.

Then there are the trees. Ms. Jones's idea is to celebrate five of them, one from each borough. Arbor Day 2013 (April 26) is the target date for the 24-hour event.

"This tree kind of chose me," she said of the Hangman's Elm. As with the Tiber in Rome, she considers the trees natural wonders given short shrift by the city they nurture.

Deterring her is not an option. Adrian Benepe, the parks commissioner, has already found that out; so has Benjamin Swett, the photographer and author of "The Great Trees of New York," whom Ms. Jones has enlisted in identifying the five boroughs' most extraordinary trees, with age, height and beauty as major criteria. "She's tenacious," he said.

"I was daunted when I first got back to the city," Ms. Jones said. "But now the ideas are just bursting out of me."



6. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, in The New Collectors Book 2012

I am in The New Collectors Book/2012 Edition. The New Collectors Book operates as a showcase publication dedicated to raising awareness for a range of fine arts. Providing an opportunity to appreciate a variety of artworks to both the art world professionals and to those who simply wish to enjoy and acknowledge art.
Basak Malone LLC will hold a book launch party and feature artists from the book on January 7th, 2012; between 7-9 pm at 178 Prince Street, (Between Thompson and Sullivan), New York, NY To buy the book online please go to:

Hope to see you there.

Joseph Nechvatal





7. Romy Achituv, FF Alumn, receives Harpo Foundation grant

Harpo Foundation is pleased to announce 11 new grants that will support the production of new work by under-recognized artists in the United States and internationally.

Romy Achituv / Arteam Interdisciplinary Art (Jerusalem, Israel)
Aram Bartholl / Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, New York)
Deborah Brevoort / Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk, Virginia)
Jeffrey Gibson / PARTICIPANT INC (New York, New York)
Mary Mattingly / Eyebeam Atelier (New York, New York)
Ali Momeni / Elsewhere Inc. (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Bundith Phunsombatlert / New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, New York)
Stephanie Rothenberg / 516 ARTS (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Deborah Stratman / The Images Festival (Toronto, Ontario)
Emma Wilcox / The Print Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Will Wilson / Navajo Nation Museum (Window Rock, Arizona)
This latest distribution of funds concludes a two-year thematic focus that has sought to explore the relationship between art and site in a dematerializing world.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller