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Contents for January 9, 2017

1. Martha Wilson, Patty Chang, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, Cindy Sherman, FF Alumns, at The 8th Floor, Manhattan, opening Feb. 10



Opening Reception, Friday, February 10 from 6 to 8pm

On View February 9 to May 19, 2017
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York City

We are pleased to announce The Intersectional Self, an exhibition centered on gender and feminist politics in the age of trans-identity, opening February 10, 2017 at The 8th Floor. Featuring the work of artists Janine Antoni, Andrea Bowers, Patty Chang, Abigail DeVille, Ana Mendieta, Catherine Opie, Adrian Piper, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cindy Sherman, and Martha Wilson, the exhibition explores how notions of femininity (and alternately, masculinity) have shifted in the context of newly defined gender identities, and how family structures have been reimagined and reshaped through relatively recent advances in reproductive medicine and evolving gender roles. Ultimately, The Intersectional Self examines how feminism in its many forms has changed the world as we know it. The exhibition will be on view from February 9 through May 19, 2017 at The 8th Floor.

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About The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural
resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need. sdrubin.org

About The 8th Floor
The 8th Floor is an independent exhibition and event space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin to promote artistic and cultural initiatives. Inspired by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the gallery is committed to broadening the access and availability of art to New York audiences. Seeking further cultural exchange, The 8th Floor explores the potential of art as an instrument for social change in the 21st century, through an annual program of innovative contemporary art exhibitions and an events program comprised of performances, salon-style discussions, and those organized by external partners. the8thfloor.org

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2. Veronica Vera, FF Alumn, now online at wfuv.org

Veronica Vera, FF Alumn, and Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls are the subject of a podcast by WFUV presenter George Bodarky. Bodarky went inside the academy to interview Veronica Vera, student Richard aka Bianca and the student's wife "Lee." Included are excerpts of Bianca's lessons with Miss Vera's academy deans, Julia Bingham (dean of high heels), Judy Pollak (dean of voice, Bridie Coughlan (dean of make-up), Allyee Whaley, deputy headmistress, documented with photos.
Running time approx 6 mins.


Cherchez la Femme!
Veronica Vera, D.H.S.

Doctor of Human Sexuality
Author & Founder
Miss Vera's Finishing School
For Boys Who Want To Be Girls



3. Galinsky, FF Alumn, now online at www.thefreshtoast.com

Galinsky, FF Alumn, named Contributing Editor, The Fresh Toast

Galinsky is now writing articles for The Fresh Toast is taking pitches for interesting stories that fit the sites profile. Take a look a http://www.thefreshtoast.com. The Fresh Toast is a lifestyle and entertainment platform featuring dynamic and robust coverage of cannabis, culture, comedy, glorious triumphs, hot messes, food, drink, edibles, and much, much more. With a mission that includes helping make the cannabis conversation mainstream, The Fresh Toast is the premier, comprehensive destination for discovering everything you've ever wanted to know about the fast-growing cannabis phenomenon. Offering witty insights on the latest news, hilarious quizzes and quips, performances by up-and-coming talent, and jaw-dropping images from around the world, we aim to entertain as much as we inform. Substance, with style. Every day.



4. Adam Pendleton, Yvonne Rainer, FF Alumns, at Anthology Film Archives, Manhattan, Jan. 9




Monday, January 9, 2017, 7 pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave
New York City

Free admission with reservation

Just back from Los Angeles: A Portrait of Yvonne Rainer is the third in a series of portraits by artist Adam Pendleton. The video poetically captures the choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer in conversation with Pendleton at a diner in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. Rainer and Pendleton, through a scripted and unscripted exchange, reflect on life and work, politics and art, and the relationship between memory and movement.

Just back from Los Angeles: A Portrait of Yvonne Rainer is commissioned on the occasion of 100 Degrees Above Dada, the Performa 17 biennial's history anchor. As with previous biennials in which we explored Futurism (2009), Russian Constructivism (2011), Surrealism (2013), and the Renaissance (2015), we approach Dada's (1916-1925) art historical relevance and influence on artists through unexpected and unusual perspectives and juxtapositions in intermedia art.

Both Adam Pendleton and Yvonne Rainer received Performa Commissions in 2007.


Launched during the Performa 11 biennial, the Performa Institute is a platform for the research and scholarly components of Performa and also an experimental laboratory for artists. The Institute creates a space for the exchange, presentation, and exploration of ideas and knowledge, with a focus on the study of art history and the critical role of performance - by visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, composers, and playwrights - in shaping that history. Forging a new intellectual culture around contemporary performance, the Performa Institute provides lectures and other public programs year-round, including the Portrait of the Artist series, as well as publications, a repository of digital and print archives, and fellowships.

The Performa Institute is supported by the Lambent Foundation for Tides Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, and David and Elaine Potter Foundation.

Curated by Adrienne Edwards.
For more information, visit www.performa-arts.org.

Copyright (c) 2017 PERFORMA, All rights reserved.



5. Joan Jonas, Louise Lawler, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, Jan. 8

The New York Times
Artists and Critics Call for Culture 'Strike' on Inauguration Day
JAN. 8, 2017

More than 130 artists and critics have signed a petition calling for cultural institutions to close on Friday, Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Donald J. Trump's inauguration.

Cindy Sherman, Richard Serra, Louise Lawler, Joan Jonas and Julie Mehretu were among the art stars signing the invitation for a "J20 Art Strike," which urges museums, galleries, concert halls, art schools and nonprofit institutions to close to protest "the normalization of Trumpism," according to a statement. "It is not a strike against art, theater or any other cultural form. It is an invitation to motivate these activities anew, to reimagine these spaces as places where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling and acting can be produced."

Ms. Jonas, who represented the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale, said in an interview that she hoped people would attend protests on Jan. 20. "I'm interested in action and protest and people expressing their feelings about this situation that we're in," she said. "I'm concerned about minorities, immigrants, corruption and security."

Cultural institutions around the country are still mulling their moves, with some, including the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, pledging to maintain their regular hours that day.

Melissa Parsoff, director of communications for the nonprofit Dia Art Foundation, said, "We plan to be open but we are continuing to discuss this and to see how the situation unfolds in the coming days." She added, "We are giving our staff the opportunity to take the time off if they want to attend the protest."

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will also be open, Miranda Carroll, its director of communications, wrote in an email. "Our entire program and mission, every day, is an expression of inclusion and appreciation of every culture."

Many universities will be closed anyway on Jan. 20 - it's winter break.

"If your school is open and relevant, you should go to school," said Tom Eccles, the executive director of Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies. "Inauguration Day is symbolic but let's not just make it a day of symbolism. What we have to worry about is the next four years. At a certain moment in history, one has to retrench and consider the forms of resistance one is promoting. The struggle is long, and I would say it is not our role to close. It is our role to watch, to listen, to encourage."


Coco Fusco, Hans Haacke, Barbara Kruger, Lucy Lippard, Naeem Mohaiemen, Yvonne Rainer, Dread Scott, Greg Sholette, FF Alumns, also signed the petition which can be reviewed at this link:




6. Josh Harris, Marina Abramovic, David Leslie, FF Alumns, now online at news.artnet.com

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7. Chun Hua Catherine Dong, FF Alumn, at Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, BC, Canada, opening Jan. 13

Chun Hua Catherine Dong, FF Alumn, group exhibition at Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Jan 13-Mar 12, 2017

Chun Hua Catherine Dong will have a group exhibition, "What Remains," at Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, Canada, Jan 13-Mar 12, 2017

Opening: January 13, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
exhibition: January 13-March 12, 2017
Location: 88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K3

What Remains is comprised of the work of four artists who contend with conditions of identity through unique and varied means. This multimedia exhibition incorporates dialogical performance highlighting resistance to a gendering and racializing gaze formed on Eurocentric constructions of identity politics. Sincere, experiential, embodied works from the following artists will be featured: Afuwa, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Marbella Anne Carlos and Jordan Martin. The artists' performances relate to moments of their lived experience as they consider what remains after the performance -placeholders for future engagements with a gallery audience. The residue of performance includes video, photography, physical objects and other remnants -elements that can only linger as memory. This exhibition will focus on the importance of performance as process that decenters value constructs placed upon the art object. In this case, these processes are not concerned with success tied to a commercial market of production. The work presented is a culmination of the everyday experiences generously shared by the artists, held and supported by the gallery.
For more about the exhibition

Chun Hua Catherine Dong, born in China, is a visual artist working with performance, photography, and video. She received a M.F.A. from Concordia University and a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design in Canada. She has performed in multiple international performance art festivals and venues, such as, The Great American Performance Art in New York, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, Infr'Action in Venice, Dublin Live Art Festival in Dublin, 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art in Toronto, Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, ENCUENTRO Performance and Conference in Santiago, Internationales Festival für Performance in Mannheim, Place des Arts in Montreal, and so on.
She has exhibited her works at Fernando Pradilla Gallery in Madrid, The Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, Gera Museum in Vrsac, New Art Center in Boston, The Others Art Fair in Turin, Delhi Photo Festival in Delhi, The Aine Art Museum in Tornio, Art Museum at University of Toronto in Toronto, and Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver. Her video work has been screened in Brazil, Mexico, Finland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Colombia, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Greece, Romania, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, China, USA, and Canada. Among many other awards and grants, she is the recipient of Franklin Furnace Award for contemporary avant-garde art in New York in 2014. Her performance is featured at Marina Abramovic Institute and listed amongst the ''Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010'' by Art and Threat magazine. Dong now lives in Montreal.



8. Lucio Pozzi, FF Alumn, at Frittelli Arte Contemporanea, Firenze, Italy, Jan. 19-Feb. 12

Lucio Pozzi

Stanze #2
Star Exchange Mini-Paintings 2009-2016
Frittelli Arte Contemporanea, Via Val di Marina 15 - 50127 Firenze, Italy
19 January - 12 February 2017

The Minipaintings are part of a group of meditations in restraint that started with my Level Group Paintings in the early seventies. I began them while I was also painting very large canvases of a completely different order. The first ones were painted with gestures and colors of varied contrast. They were followed by the Texture Minipaintings, in which small scratches and little calligraphic brushstrokes reveal and imitate che colors hidden under an allover coat of thick palette-knifed oil paint.

Finally, the Minipaintings of the Star Exchange group, like their predecessors often not larger than a hand, are painted on canvases stretched on wood or directly on wooden blocks. The support is stained front and sides. I spread a first field of oil paint delimited by masking tape with a palette knife on half of the surface. The second half is then added, again with a palette knife, but its edge, parallel to the harder tape-generated edge of the first, is tensely approximated by free hand. Tiny dots of color from each field are then added to the other.

"An architectural referent is found in all of Pozzi's art. In painting, architectural considerations inflect the making of every work, from the thickness of the support, from the first washes seen also on its sides to the construction of layers of painterly thought, which the viewer discerns differently depending on how far s/he is from the piece, to the placement and function of each piece in the environment. Pozzi stated in 1972: <This is not a painting on a wall but a wall activated by a painting> (BCB Art 2007)."



9. Aviva Rahmani, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Manhattan, Jan. 13

Art and Science Discussion Series:
Us and the Animal Other
Friday, January 13, 2017, 6:30 PM
Admission: $5

Moderator: Aviva Rahmani

Panelists: Reiko Matsuda Goodwin, Susan Hoenig, Aimee Morgana, Hope Sandrow
Us and the Animal Other is a panel discussion on the art and science of endangered species accompanying the In Harm's Way exhibition. In the time of the sixth extinction, what does segregating other species into domesticated, caged and "wild" mean? Do our relationships to endangered animals predict our own future survival? Dr. Aviva Rahmani, whose ecological artwork, The Blued Trees Symphony, has been challenging the habitat destruction of natural gas pipelines worldwide, will moderate this panel on endangered animal species. Participants include three additional artists who each work with birds, Susan Hoenig, Aimee Morgana and Hope Sandrow, to question and observe our relationships to domestication, and wildness, and Dr. Reiko Matsuda Goodwin, an animal behavioral scientist working with primates.

Aviva Rahmani holds a PhD from Plymouth University, UK, is an Affiliate with INSTAAR, University of Colorado at Boulder, and a visiting professor at Stony Brook University. Her project, The Blued Trees Symphony was awarded a 2016 Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Rahmani's "Trigger Points/ Tipping Points," project on global warming premiered at the 2007 Venice Biennale, as part of Gulf to Gulf (2009- present), a NYFA sponsored webcast project accessed from 85 countries.

Reiko Matsuda Goodwin is an adjunct professor in biological anthropology at Fordham University, a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group, a member of the Conservation Committee of the International Primatological Society, and an author of a number of scholarly publications. She has years of experience conducting conservation research on critically endangered primates such as the white-thighed colobus and the red-bellied guenon and educating local practitioners in West Africa. She also runs the Guenon Conservation Community on Facebook.

Susan Hoenig is an ecological sculptor and painter. She teaches at the Arts Council of Princeton and in Art Out-Reach Programs. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Hoenig works at the Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station in the Sourland Mountains of New Jersey. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and her BA from Bennington College in Vermont.

Aimee Morgana is an artist and researcher in interspecies communication, working with parrots. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Royal Society of Arts in London, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Whitney Biennial. She has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Times of London.

Conceptual artist Hope Sandrow's multidisciplinary practice is her 'way' of life. Public engagement informs and directs her artistic vision. Sandrow's ongoing project open air studio spacetime sited in and around her own "backyard" relates to one in Silanggana, Bali and another in Komodo Island. As part of "The Fabric of Time and Space", a commission from Art in Embassies. Works included in public collections such as MET, MOMA, Whitney and Corcoran; magazines including Artforum; New York Times and Sculpture.

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10. Emma Amos, Janet Davidson-Hues, Rimma and Valeriy Gerlovin, Miriam Schapiro, Linda Stein, FF Alumns, at Flomenhaft Gallery, Manhattan, thru Feb. 8

Flomenhaft Gallery is proud to announce

The Flomenhaft Gallery is proud to present About Women on view January 6 through February 8, 2017. In the past we have had one show each year called Women Only focusing on female artists and their point of view. Now we feel it is more exciting and thought provoking to examine how men portray women, how women are viewed by other women, how women's creativity reveals what they think and feel, and how different it is from the male depiction of the opposite sex.

The works in this exhibit are by: Emma Amos, Romare Bearden, Siona Benjamin, Beverly Buchanan, Janet Davidson-Hues, Neil Folberg, Rimma and Valeriy Gerlovin, Mira Lehr, Builder Levy, Laura Murlender, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Miriam Schapiro, Linda Stein, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Flomenhaft Gallery, 547 W. 27th Street, Suite 200, New York, NY 10001



11. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, now online at http://blog.historians.org

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