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Contents for February 28, 2017

1. Raquel Rabinovich, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Pratt Institute Library, March 1

PANEL DISCUSSION: Raquel Rabinovich: Excerpts. Pratt Institute Library, Wednesday, March 1st, 6 - 8 pm

Dear Friends,

Please join me for a panel discussion in conjunction with Raquel Rabinovich: Excerpts, an exhibition that brings together drawings from my ongoing "River Library" series in the context of the Pratt Library, on Wednesday, March 1st from 6- 8 pm. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Pratt Institute Libraries and Franklin Furnace Archive.

Joining me as panelists: Alex Bacon is a curator, scholar and writer based in New York City. He is a regular contributor to the Brooklyn Rail, has taught at the School of Visual Arts, and has served as a guest critic in the graduate painting department of the Rhode Island School of Design. His curatorial projects dot the globe including "Correspondences: Ad Reinhardt at 100" (Ad Reinhardt Foundation, New York) and "Politics of Surface" (Berthold Pott, Cologne). He is the curator of this exhibition. Robert C. Morgan is an art critic, curator, artist, lecturer and writer. A member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg, he is the author of Art Into Ideas: Essays on Conceptual Art (Cambridge, 1996), Between Modernism and Conceptual Art (London, 1997), and The End of the Art World (Allworth, 1998). A regular contributor to Sculpture Magazine and Hyperallergic.com, based in New York City, he lectures at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. He proposed this exhibition for the Pratt Library. Panel moderator, Martha Wilson is a groundbreaking feminist and performance artist, and founding Director of Franklin Furnace Archive, an organization which has championed artists books, installation art, video and performance art, avant-garde art forms and ephemeral works since 1976. The discussion will explore a deeper understanding of the exhibition through the history of my work and life.
The exhibition will be on view until April 3. I hope you'll have a chance to see it even if you're not able to attend the panel discussion on March 1st. Please see the library hours below.

With warmest wishes,


Raquel Rabinovich

Panel Discussion
Wednesday March 1st, 6-8 pm
Raquel Rabinovich: Excerpts
Brooklyn Campus Library
Alumni Reading Room
Exhibition dates: January 31 - April 3, 2017
Pratt Institute Libraries-Brooklyn Campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
T 718-399-4356 (Enter the Campus at the Hall Street and Dekalb Avenue corner campus gate)
Library hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 - 11pm, Friday 8:30 - 6pm, Saturday 10 - 6pm, Sunday 2 - 9pm



2. Martine Aballéa, Eleanor Antin, Ida Applebroog, Barbara Bloom, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Athena Tacha, Martha Wilson

There is a show opening on the 23rd in Paris curated and organized by Didier Mathieu (of the Centre des Livres d'artistes in St Yrieix la Perche) at mfc didier

Exposition du 24 février au 22 avril 2017

récits / écrits
Martine Aballéa, Eleanor Antin, Ida Applebroog, Barbara Bloom, Mirtha Dermisache, Marianne Mispelaëre, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann, Athena Tacha, Martha Wilson mfc-michèle Didier




3. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at SOPHIENSÆLE, Berlin-Mitte, Germany, March 11

Weekend #6

11 March 17, 5 pm
SOPHIENSÆLE, Sophienstraße 18, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Ticket 7 €, reduced 5 € (Onlineticket)
In English
Tickets can be purchased online and at the ticket desk of SOPHIENSÆLE.

Coco Fusco: Words May Not Be Found, 2017


Extermination order of Lothar von Trotha (1904), only surviving copy of the Botswana National Archives RC II/I (edited copy); from: J. B. Gewald: The great General of the Kaiser, In: Botswana notes and records, vol. 26, 1994, p. 72.

For nearly three decades, Coco Fusco has delved into historical records and colonial archives to create works that tease out subtexts and counter-narratives embedded in them. In her new work Words May Not Be Found for the events series The Weekends at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, she seeks to draw out parallels between colonial and contemporary perceptions of non-western "others."

More than a century after the German military campaign in South-West Africa, the conflict that emerged in response to an insurrection by the Nama and Herero peoples of Namibia remains a source of collective trauma for both nations. The traumatic nature of this history is due in not only to the scale of violence that was carried out against civilians, but also to the efforts to suppress the sole document that contained Namibian testimony relating to the conflict. Fusco's performance will focus on the struggle over the words of the native informants.

Coco Fusco, born 1960 in New York, US, is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida. She divides her time between New York, Florida and Cuba. Fusco explores the politics of racial classification and gender, and the role of both in the practice of war. Fusco has performed at exhibited internationally since the 1980s, most recently at Frieze Projects London, the Museo Jumex in Mexico City, and the 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, IT. She has received numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Absolut Art Writing Award and the Fulbright Fellowship in 2013. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.

A collaboration between KW Institute for Contemporary Art and SOPHIENSÆLE.

Please note that the event is taking place at SOPHIENSÆLE.

The Weekends

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 243459-0



4. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck NY, opening March 11

Franc Palaia, FF Alumn with present a solo survey show "100 Points of View" a selection of 100 color photographs at Montgomery Row Second Level exhibition space in Rhinebeck, NY. The selection of photos culled from 35 years of photographs taken in nine countries, the U.S., Italy, France, Turkey, China, Spain, Cuba, Greece and Canada.

Imagery includes; architecture, landscapes, aqueducts, urban murals, street art, Polaroids and oddities.

Exhibit dates: March 11 - April 28, 2017. Opening reception: Saturday March 11,
5 -7pm.
For more info: Francpalaia1@gail.com. www.FrancPalaia.com. The gallery is open 7 days 9-6pm. Montgomery Row, 6423 Montgomery Ave., (Rt 9), Rhinebeck, NY 12572.





5. Kimsooja, FF Alumn, now online

Please visit this link to a video about the work of Kimsooja


Thank you.



6. Olivia Beens, FF Alumn, at Carter Burden Gallery, Manhattan, opening March 2

Hello Everyone!

I hope you can make it to the opening on Thursday March 2nd, 6 to 8 pm. I will also be at the gallery
Saturday March 11th, 3-5 pm.

I look forward to see you.

Best regards,

Carter Burden Gallery
Olivia Beens
"Changing Patterns"
Opening Reception
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m.

Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: Changing Patterns in the east gallery featuring Olivia Beens, Claire Boren and Sylvia Harnick, Reflections in the west gallery featuring Joan Mellon, and On the Wall featuring Elisabeth Jacobsen. The reception will be heldMarch 2, 2017 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from March 2 through 23th at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The gallery hours areTuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

In Changing Patterns, Olivia Beens presents ceramic sculptures that explore issues of identity, feminism, and spirituality. The gilded and brightly glazed faces she sculpts in the clay provoke a sense of ritual and ceremony. Beens states, "The pieces create visual anomalies that question or confuse fundamental ideas of perspective and perception... but most importantly they suggest 'transcendence'". Without a preconceived notion as to what the sculpture will turn into, Beens' works are process driven, often influenced by her everyday experiences. She reflects, "The spirit moves me but the world informs me."

Olivia Beens was born in the Netherlands of Czech and Dutch parents and lived in Portugal until age 7. After receiving a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Hunter College she moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan where she lives and works. During the 1980's she exhibited installation and performance work in many alternative art galleries including Franklin Furnace, ABC No Rio, PS 122 and was a member of artists groups such as Colab, PADD, and other political art groups. She has received many grants, awards, and fellowships including a NYSCA grant, fellowship to Mac Dowell, and traveled abroad with a Fullbright-Hayes award. Currently, she is Artist In Residence at the Carter Burden Leonard Covello Senior Center.

A program of the Carter Burden Center
548 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001



7. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, at the Center for Book Arts, Manhattan, March 3

MARCH 3, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Panel 1: PAPER AS VEHICLE FOR HISTORY AND MEMORY, will focus on the impact of paper on the daily lives of people, both in western and non-western regions, creating historical relevancy.
Panel Includes:
Alexandra Soteriou, Behind the Sheet: Paper as Cultural DNA
Papermaking historian on India and Central Asia during the Middle Ages and its survival to this day,
John Bidwell, Hand Papermaking in England
Morgan Library curator and printing historian on the revival of hand papermaking in England prompted in part by William Morris's Kelmscott Press.
Donald Farnsworth, Director Magnolia Editions, Studio Production of Large Format 16th c Paper for Contemporary Artists
Farnsworth will speak about his contemporary studio in Oakland, CA, creating large handmade sheets using historical techniques.
Lisa Gitelman, Paper in Motion: Circulation and Authentication
NYU Media historian Lisa Gitelman on documents and the function of paper in the world, drawing upon her recent book, Paper Knowledge.

The moderator for this panel is Robbin Ami Silverberg, professor at Pratt Institute and Proprietor of Dobbin Mill.




8. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at the Jewish Museum, Milwaukee, WI, Sept. 17, 2017-June 18, 2018 and more

Invited to exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee WI on "Shabbat Revisited", Sept 17, 2017- June 18, 2018

Also invited to exhibit at The Hebrew Union College Museum in "Home And Homeless ", NYC Spring 2018 with the Bookwork "Family Roots II"



9. Vernita Nemec, FF Alumn, at Viridian Artists, Manhattan, March 2, and more

During the fascinating exhibition, "30 Under 30" (30 artists under 30 years of age), curated by Vernita Nemec at Viridian Artists, 548 W 28th St, 6th floor, the gallery will remain open for special presentations on:

*Thursday March 2nd, 7PM, Vernita Nemec aka N'Cognita, visual & performance artist/curator ( & Viridian's Director) will talk about her life as an artist in NYC. (previously presented at MSU)

*Thursday, 9th, 7PM, Fred Gutzeit, a long time painter/artist is coming to talk at "30 Under 30" about his life as an artist in NYC.

and on the last day of the show,

*March 11th, Saturday, a closing & poetry slam at 4-6. At this time, you may also pick up & take your work if its not been sold.

Hope to see you at one or all of these events.



Viridian Artists, Inc.
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VIRIDIAN ARTISTS INC. A Contemporary Art Gallery



10. Aviva Rahmani, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Manhattan, March 2

Art and Science Discussion Series

"Vanishing Green"

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:30pm
Admission $5

Moderator: Aviva Rahmani
Panelists: Mary Mattingly, Anne Percoco, Patricia Watts, Greta Zarro

Vanishing Green, the latest panel in CENTRAL BOOKING's Art & Science Discussion Series, is in conjunction with The Wasteland?, Part II of our Haber Space exhibitions on endangered species, with a particular focus on plant life and woodlands. The sixth extinction is affecting plants as well as animals, punching holes in all levels of the ecosystems humans depend upon for our survival. The threat extends from the most delicate wildflower or lordly oak, to the food we might put on our plates. As green fades to gray, what is our world becoming and what might we do about it? Dr. Aviva Rahmani continues the probing discussion of individual and collective engagement, this time joined by artists Mary Mattingly and Anne Percoco, curator Patricia Watts and activist Greta Zarro.

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.

Mary Mattingly is an American visual artist living and working in New York. She explores the themes of home, travel, cartography, and humans' relationships with each other, with the environment, and has been recognized for creating photographs and sculptures depicting and representing futuristic and obscure landscapes, and her ecological installations including "Swale," and "wearable homes."

Anne Percoco is a Jersey City based artist who studies the interface between nature and culture, re-contextualizing overlooked places, plants, and materials. For the past 10 years she has produced public artworks, exhibitions, web-based projects, and publications. She cofounded the Next Epoch Seed Library with Ellie Irons two years ago. Stocked with seeds gathered from vacant lots, street verges and superfund sites, NESL champions a gene pool of tough, adaptable plants most likely to survive and thrive in a landscape dominated by human excess.

Patricia Watts is a founder/curator of ecoartspace. She has curated over fifty art and nature exhibitions and programs, and has worked with hundreds of artists who engage the human-nature interface. From 2001-2004, she worked as the Topanga Creek Watershed Coordinator on a citizen science program removing invasive species.

Greta Zarro is a New York Organizer for Food & Water Watch, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to championing healthy food and clean water for all. Food & Water Watch stands up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocates for a democracy that protects our environment. Greta assists with field organizing campaigns, statewide coalition-building, and volunteer engagement in support of Food & Water Watch policy goals. She graduated from St. Michael's College with a bachelor's degree in Sociology/Anthropology.




11. Arlene Rush, FF Member, at AHA Fine Art, Manhattan, March 2-5

Arlene Rush - AHA Fine Art

March 2-5, 2017

AHA Fine Art @ Art on Paper
Pier 36
Booth G17

Featured Artists:
Jon Allen
Vincent Arcilesi
John Breiner
India Evans
Rachel Grobstein
Alexis Hilliard
Arlene Rush

VIP Opening on Thursday, March 2, 6-10 pm

Fair Hours: Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4
11 am-7 pm
Sunday, March 5
12 - 6 PM



12. Jonathan Berger, FF Alumn, at JTT, Manhattan, March 2-5


Jonathan Berger
Independent New York
March 2 - 5, 2017

also showing work by

Charles Burchfield
Ellen Lesperance
Conny Purtill

in collaboration with Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR

Independent, New York
50 Varick Street
between Laight and Beach Street
New York, NY 10013

Friday, March 3, 12 - 7 pm
Saturday, March 4, 12 - 7pm
Sunday, March 5, 12 - 6 pm




13. Brendan Fernandes, FF Alumn, at More Art/Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, Mar. 5 and more

Created by artist Brendan Fernandes, Clean Labor is a contemporary dance performance that make visible what is too often overlooked - the work of hospitality workers and cleaning professionals whose contributions ensure that our homes, offices, schools, hotels, and public spaces are safe, clean, and livable.

On Sunday, March 5, Clean Labor will be performed at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The performances will take place in numerous rooms throughout the Wythe as well as in the Ides Rooftop Bar. The artist is collaborating with members of the housekeeping staff at the hotel to design an original, contemporary dance inspired by the movements and routines involved in their work. The resulting performance explores the similarities between the graceful and methodical movements of maintenance and those of dance, establishing a dialogue between the two, physically demanding professions and making us all more aware of how our bodies shape and are shaped by the work we do.

Throughout the performances, movement artists will engage with and activate the spaces of numerous occupied hotel rooms, shared spaces of the Wythe Hotel by reproducing the gestures of maintenance professionals within the lexicon of contemporary dance. In the hotel itself cleaning and maintenance will go on as usual both with cleaner and her/his dancer shadow. Accompanying them will be the tools of the trade such as brooms, mops, trash cans, and sanitizers contained within stylized janitorial carts that will function as a sculptural element embedded within the performance. While the piece will be rehearsed and scored, the live performance will rely on improvised movements inspired by the spatial elements of each site's floor plan composed of numerous and interlocking corridors, galleries, cafes, bed quarters, and lounges.

The performance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.
(Sam, Jeff + Micaela: info@moreart.org).


Dear Friends!
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who supported my Kickstarted campaign, which has helped fund "Clean Labour". I am so grateful to you all.
If anyone is in NYC for Armory week, please join me in any number of these events and exhibitions:
On the 28th of February, I will be showing working in the Spring Break Art Fair. "The Skin We Are In" is an exhibition curated by Emie Diamond and Anne Huntington, featuring works by myself, Pryce Lee, Shantell Martin, Andrea Mary Marshal, Kristin McIver and Cleo Wade. Located at 4 Times Square, New York, NY, in Room #2342, the fair will be open to the public from March 1st - 6th f4th rom 11 am - 6 pm.
On March 4th, I will be signing my new monograph "Still Move" at Monique Meloche Gallery's pop up space in the Lower East Side at Irvington Street from 1 - 3 PM.
Finally on March 5th, "Clean Labour" will have its grand opening at the Wythe Hotel. In this work, I am collaborating with cleaning professionals at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to design and original contemporary dance inspired by the movements and routines involved in their work. The resulting performance, to be shown at the Wythe Hotel's Ides rooftop bar, explores the similarities between the graceful and methodical movements of cleaning and those of dance, establishing a dialogue between these two physically demanding professions, raising awareness towards how our bodies shape and are shaped by the work we do.
"Clean Labour" is an event produced by More Art and is free and open to the public, however capacity is limited so please RSVP to info@moreart.org.
Event schedule:
1-2PM Main performance staged throughout three Wythe Hotel rooms.
2-4PM Second performance, closing reception and book-signing at the Ides Rooftop Bar.
This week is set to be full of excitement, and I look forward to seeing you at any one of these events!
Cheers and thank you, as always!



14. Francheska Alcantara, FF Alumn, at Bronx-Breeze Gallery, closing March 2

"I AM NEW HERE" - Selected works of: Francheska Alcantara, Diane Arrieta the Birds Are Nice, Alexandra Avlonitis, Cat Del Buono, John Folchi, Katherine Liberovskaya, Anna Pásztor, Lili White, Maike Zimmermann

Closing Reception
Thursday, March 2nd between 6:30-9:30
610 Trinity Ave. #3J
Bronx NY 10455
Tel: 646-745-5346



15. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, in Tribes Magazine, now online, and more

Hi, friends,

This 1500-word review of my 1-1/2 min video I HAVE A NEW YORK ACCENT, screened this month at The Film-makers CoOp, just appeared in Tribes Magazine:

If you're also following my public events in NY, I invite you to these up now and upcoming:

a. a few of my image-text/prints/books pieces are up at Central Booking (21 Ludlow) through March 26. centralbookingnyc.com

b. about 70 of my books and DVDs at PrintedMatter (231 Eleventh Ave.) https://www.printedmatter.org/catalog/artist/641

c. I'll be reading an Amy Lowell poem for Women's History Month, at Cornelia Street Cafe ( 29 Cornelia St) on Sunday, March 26, 6pm.

d. "An Evening with Barbara Rosenthal and Friends" books and videos screening and talk at Printed Matter (231 Eleventh Ave) Fri. April 28, 6-8pm.

Happy Spring-like days in NY this week!



16. Gabriel Martinez, FF Alumn, at Volta NY, Manhattan, March 1-5

Gabriel Martinez participates in VOLTA NY, Video Wall. New York, NY, March 1-5, 2017.
The Video Wall, located at the fair's entrance, is a supplemental program to this year's Curated Section, Your Body is a Battleground, curated by Wendy Vogel. The video works have been chosen by Vogel to provide added context and content to the exhibition.



17. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, FF Alumn, now online

Dear Friends,

I am excited to share the multimedia that Hemispheric Institute at NYU has created as part of "States of Devotion," the most recent issue of e-misférica. This multimedia encapsulates almost 20 years of solo as well as collaborative undertakings.

With kind regards,

Link to multimedia:


This issue maps the changing intersections of religion and biopolitics, examining the convergent trajectories of religion, subjectivity, and the State in the wake ofneoliberal regimes across the Americas. The essays, interviews, and art works contained herein seek to foreground emerging and longstanding social conflicts activated by these processes and to suggest an open-ended multidisciplinary map for the critical engagement of these issues in the American hemisphere.

Link the publication:




18. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Adam Baumgold Gallery, Manhattan, thru April 8

60 E. 66TH ST., NEW YORK, NY 10065
212.861.7338 abaumgold@aol.com
HOURS: TUES. - SAT. 11 - 5:30PM

60 E. 66TH ST., NEW YORK, NY 10065
212.861.7338 abaumgold@aol.com
HOURS: TUES. - SAT. 11 - 5:30PM



19. Alicia Grullon, FF Alumn, at The American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan, March 11, and more

Dear Friends:

I wanted to share an upcoming PERCENT FOR GREEN workshop I will be doing at The American Museum of Natural History as part of Our Earth's Future: Understanding Climate Science and Sea Level Rise on March 11th.

Here's a quick description:

In this one-day offering, Dr. Debra Tillinger leads an in-depth course about the forces that determine sea levels. Compare human-induced sea level rise, a consequence of global warming, with other phenomena related to the interaction of the ocean and the atmosphere. Through the use of mapping on multiple scales, participants will come away with a better understanding of climate change, and the ability to discuss the science behind the headlines with friends and family.

Participants Include:
Arnold Gordon, Associate Director of Ocean and Climate Physics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
Alicia Grullón, Wallach Network Fellow at Columbia University and Artist Catalyst for The Laundromat Project.
Stephanie Pfirman, Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Barnard University.
Debra Tillinger, Visiting scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor at Marymount Manhattan College and CUNY.
Please pass along to people who may be interested. Hope you can make it.

Alicia Grullon continuing to work on Percent for Green, the project she worked on in Franklin Furnace's "inClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness, Action."


Winter updates and upcoming events
Dear Friends,
At this time of such uncertainty, I hope this email finds you well. I want to share with you some exciting upcoming and past events. Please keep me posted on your events. I will do my best to make it. Hope to see you soon.

All best, Alicia

Opening this Week!

PERCENT FOR GREEN ephemera and the Percent for Green bill will be exhibited in REFRESH curated by Art in Flux Harlem and hosted by RUSH Gallery Thursday, February 23, 6:00-9:00PM at 526 West 26th Street, RM 311, NYC. The exhibition examines how the structure of cities affects social justice, using art, play, and community engagement as a catalyst for innovating urban life. PERCENT FOR GREEN is my on-going socially engaged art project focused on addressing climate change affects in urban Environmental Justice (EJ) communities in the Bronx. The project's goal is to influence the passing of legislation addressing climate change in New York City and presenting curricula exploring issues contributing to climate change such as fossil fuels, over-consumption, and pollution.

I'm Published!

I wrote a chapter titled "PERCENT FOR GREEN: Creating Space as Consciousness" for Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work? edited by Nicola Mann and Charlotte Bonham-Carter published by Palgrave-Macmillian in London. The book presents a variety of perspectives on social practice and considers the social, political, curatorial and institutional contexts and implications.

And Ongoing for 2017...

I have just started my year long artist in residency with Center for Book Arts in Chelsea. So far I have started to learn letterpress techniques (made a first edition) and book binding. For my residency, I will continue to explore ideas in my work on identity and de/post-colonialism. Stay tuned for studio visits.

Past events

Above is a image from Enacting Stillness curated by Sara Reisman at The 8th Floor. I presented a new durational performance in January tilted The Rule is Love. The piece dealt with normalizing practices of exclusion, spectatorship, apathy, and conformity. From participants/onlookers, it demanded their commitment and at times disobedience to keep me from stepping on the close to 2000 tacks surrounding me.

On February 12th, I was over the moon to be invited to be a part of the brain trust the responded to presentations as part of Care as Culture: Artists, Activists, and Scientists Build Coalitions to Resist Climate Change at the Queens Museum part of closing events for Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art.

Group Show
Below, my small silkscreens are a part of a group exhibition Mi Casa Es Mi Casa at The Point CDC in Hunt's Point curated by The House of Spoof. These prints have been distributed to various locations throughout the Bronx.

Short writing
Lastly, I was invited to contribute a short piece responding to the inauguration for Hyperallergic Five Artists, Writers, and Curators Share their Inauguration Plans.

Copyright (c) 2017 Alicia Grullon, All rights reserved.



20. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, thru March 18

Kate Gilmore & Heather Rowe: Only in Your Way
January 21-March 18, 2017

Live performance schedule:
Friday-Saturday noon-8pm

3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday noon-6pm,
Friday-Saturday noon-8pm


Only in Your Way features new works by New York-based artists Kate Gilmore and Heather Rowe that address sculpture and architecture in relation to the female body. This collaborative exhibition includes commissioned site-specific sculpture and a live durational performance. Questions concerning definitions of labor, acts of looking and seeing, and how framing devices shape our contemporary world are raised by this unique collaboration. Performances take place every Friday and Saturday from noon to 8pm.

In the exhibition, Gilmore and Rowe's works are physically and conceptually intertwined, yet each artist maintains a distinct voice. Gilmore's site-specific work continues her investigation of the physical constraints of materials through the juxtaposition of bulky, brightly colored sculptural objects with female bodies. This new project features a lone female performer who navigates the gallery space along a bright red elevated walkway. She carries one of Rowe's delicate sculptures, which plays a short pop song sample, over and over again, conjuring emotional feelings of frustration. The performer follows Gilmore's pathway through and around Rowe's architectural installation, and engages with the sculptural elements through her proximity to them.

Rowe's work pivots at the intersections of sculpture, architecture, and installation, often creating settings that produce psychological tension within the viewer. Her new installation for Only in Your Way consists of three free-floating pavilions made of wooden grids atop slender metal columns that have individual sculptures-constructed of wooden frames, glass, screens, and mirrors-attached to them. Through her use of mirrors and semi-transparent materials, Rowe's sculptures allow for the reflection, reframing, and obscuring of the body (both the viewers' and the performer's) throughout the gallery space.

Only in Your Way expands the artists' individual practices and speaks to the idea of creating sculpture as proxy for drama and emotionality. For Gilmore and Rowe, the gallery is an architectural space to be navigated, with sculpture and performers both acting as objects and conceptual material for the work.

About the artists
Kate Gilmore was born in Washington, D.C. in 1975 and lives and works in New York, NY. Gilmore received her MFA from the School of the Visual Arts, New York, NY and her undergraduate degree from Bates College, Lewiston, ME. She has participated in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; The Moscow Biennial, Russia (2011); and Greater New York, MoMA/PS1 (2005 and 2010), in addition to solo exhibitions at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (2016); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2014); MoCA Cleveland (2013); Public Art Fund, Bryant Park, NY (2010); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008). Gilmore is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Purchase College, State University of New York.

Heather Rowe is a New York-based artist who received her MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries including PS1/MoMA, Long Island City; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; UMMA/University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; Galerie Zink, Berlin; D'Amelio Terras, New York; Michael Benevento Gallery, Los Angeles; Ballroom Marfa, TX; Andrea Rosen, New York; White Columns, New York; and Artists Space, New York. In 2008 her work was featured in the Whitney Biennial. Most recently, she installed a large-scale solo outdoor project at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, and presented solo exhibitions at James Cohan Gallery and Lucien Terras in New York City.

About DiverseWorks
DiverseWorks is a non-profit multidisciplinary art center in Houston, Texas. The mission of DiverseWorks is to commission, produce, and present new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist's vision without constraint.

This project is made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. DiverseWorks is a Partner of the Visual Artists Network (VAN). This project is made possible in part through support from the VAN Exhibition Residency, which is a program of the National Performance Network.

DiverseWorks Season Sponsors: The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Houston Endowment, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Wortham Foundation



21. Paco Cao, FF Alumn, at National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy, thru May 1

Paco Cao
Museum Beauty Contest
Finals: the exhibition of portraits
February 21-May 1, 2017

National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (Rome)
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131
00197 Rome
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8:30am-7:30pm

T +39 06 3229 8221


A meticulous selection of portraits from the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome has been curated to comprise the group of contestants for a beauty contest, directed by Spanish-born, New York-based artist Paco Cao. The selection of the contestants involved the active participation of the entire museum staff, from the director to the curatorial, education, and restoration teams, with special attention given to the security guards, considering their daily and constant relationship with the works of art.
The beauty contest has established two categories: male and female; the objective is to select the most beautiful person in each category, based on physical appearance, demeanor, and attitude, independently of the style or technical quality of the works. The jury is the audience. In the competing line-up are portraits from the early 19th century to the late 20th century, created by masters ranging from Giorgio de Chirico to Vincent van Gogh, Umberto Boccioni, Giovanni Boldini, Vincenzo Gemito, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Vittorio Corcos and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as lesser-known and anonymous artists.
In the primaries-from October 10, 2016 to January 22, 2017-18 males and 18 females were chosen from the 35 males and 35 females initially selected. Only online voting was available. In the last phase of the contest-from February 20 to May 1, 2017-the contestants will be displayed in the museum's galleries and the voting process will include online as well as in-person participation, the latter following the traditional method of casting a ballot in a box.
The Museum Beauty Contest will culminate with the celebration of the grand finale, March 27, 2017-an award ceremony to proclaim the winners in each category, Miss and Mister National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, as well as to grant several honorific prizes. The exhibition will continue until May 1, 2017. The two winners will become ambassadors for the National Gallery throughout 2017.
The project carried out by Paco Cao activates a powerful, multilayered relationship with the audience using several channels of communication. Indeed, the artist considers that "a media presence and all the processes of intense public mediation are crucial. My projects," he explains, "challenge the boundaries between high and low culture. My art practice seeks to give an unexpected perspective that reflects on contemporary society and establishes a strong interaction between art, context and public. This project is intended to merge contemporary art with the mechanisms of pop culture." Irony and parody should not be ignored to better comprehend a project that breaks the museum´s fourth wall, questions the "democratic dogma," and implies a subtle comment on gender and social issues.
The contest mimics a classic format, the golden apple for the fairest of them all, the beauty contest proclaimed by Zeus to choose between Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, an iconography shared by the entire history of art through the ages, which treats beauty as a quality, and as a medium of exchange.
The Museum Beauty Contest is an on-going project part of Time Is Out of Joint.
This project is supported by the Fondazione Banca Nazionale delle Comunicazioni, American Academy in Rome, Molto Roma, Lorenzo Bassetti and A3M Associazione Amici dell'Arte Moderna a Valle Giulia.
Press materials: gan-amc.uffstampa@beniculturali.it



22. LAPD, FF Alumn, at LA CAN, Los Angeles, CA, March 3, and more

"The Back 9" event #2: Friday March 3, 7pm.
Hosted by Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), 838 E 6th St., Los Angeles CA 90021
Presentation and Workshop with Jonathan Crisman, looking at income inequality and alternative economic models. Jonathan Crisman is the director of No Style, a design and publishing practice, and with Jia Gu he forms LABOR, an interdisciplinary art and architecture studio.

About Los Angeles Poverty Department: Currently celebrating its 32nd year, Los Angeles Poverty Department was the first ongoing arts initiative on Skid Row. LAPD creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD's works express the realities, hopes, dreams, and rights of people who live and work in L.A.'s Skid Row. LAPD has created projects with communities throughout the US and in The Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Bolivia.
Rosten Woo is an artist, designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. I make things that help people understand complex systems, re-orient themselves to places, and participate in-group decision-making.
Materials & Applications (M&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture in Los Angeles. Our mission is to advance innovative and critical ideas about architectural design through public projects and programs. We produce outdoor installations, workshops, and dialogues in collaboration with architects, artists, and communities.
The mission of Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) is to help people dealing with poverty create & discover opportunities, while serving as a vehicle to ensure we have voice, power & opinion in the decisions that are directly affecting us.
This program has been made possible by a grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts with additional support from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Coming up in March:
The Back 9 kicks off with a series of conversations and workshops, organized by Rosten Woo, Los Angeles Poverty Department and Materials and Applications.
Hosted by Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), 838 East 6th St, LA, CA 90021
* March 4, 1-3 PM: Jonathan Crisman - workshop Know Your Property Rights!
At the NEW location of Skid Row History Museum & Archive, 250 S. Broadway, LA CA 90012
* March 11, 3-5 PM: Rosten Woo - workshop What is Zoning?
* March 18, 3-5 PM: LA DCP's Bryan Eck and Tal Harari present Rezoning Skid Row
Free Movie Nights at the Museum,
Hosted by Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), 838 East 6th St, LA, CA 90021
* Feb. 24, 7:30 PM: Revolution '67 - honoring Black History Month
* March 10, 7PM: How to Let Go of the World
At the NEW location of Skid Row History Museum & Archive, 250 S. Broadway, LA CA 90012
* March 24, 7:30PM: Class Divide



23. Susana Cook, A. Lanzillotto, Simba Yangala, FF Alumns, at La MaMa, Manhattan, March 24-April 2

Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts

La MaMa Experimental Theater, The Club
74A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

March 24, 25, 26, 31 April 1 and 2, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 10PM Sundays at 6PM

Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors; ten tickets are available for every performance for $10 each, advance sales only, as part of La MaMa's 10 @ $10 ticketing initiative. Tickets may be purchased at www.lamama.org or by phone at 212-352-3101

Susana Cook writes, directs and performs bold, authentic, gender bending, funny, queer performance art/theater that sharply critiques injustice. Susana's voice of protest contains visceral knowledge of the look and feel of dictatorship.

Non-Consensual Relationships with Ghosts was the story of a king who is actually a queen, who is sent in exile, imprisoned in Athens and found 45 years later in Argentina at a tomb contest. But then, major historical events disrupt the process revealing that nobody is dead. The ghosts of totalitarian past and present enter to haunt the story. The narrative that got us here no longer serves us. Immigrants and refugees respond with urgency to resist and survive, creating a theatrical language of dissent and pleasure. In this witty and funny magic realistic play, Susana Cook redefines presence, the energy of the people who inhabit our life, and the ghosts of our past following us everywhere.

Written and Directed Susana Cook, featuring D. Campbell, Hector Canonge, Mistah Coles, Susana Cook, Michael Freeman, Lex Garnett, Kathie Horejsi, Marie Christine Katz, A. Lanzillotto, Jennifer Rodriguez, David Sierra, Cece Suazo, Shelby Zoe Coley and Simba Yangala.

"Susana Cook is among the best artists working in America, doing cultural work that will transform the way we see things" - Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace

Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based performance artist who has been writing and producing original work for over 20 years. She has presented over 17 original plays in New York and around the world. Susana writes and directs all her shows and performs in them with her company. Her work is bold and funny, cleverly tackling racism, homophobia and animal rights. Her cast is comprised mostly of minority and queer women. Her work has been presented in numerous performance spaces in New York City, including Dixon Place, PS. 122, W.O.W Cafe Theater and The Kitchen. She also performed internationally in Spain, France, India, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and at several colleges and universities around the country.

Some of her latest shows are: Conversations with Humans, We Are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, The Fury of the Gods, Homeland Insecurities, The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats: The Fantasy of Extermination and Tango Lesbiango.

Susana has received awards from New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts International, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, The Franklin Furnace Archives, The Puffin Foundation and INTAR. Her work is archived at the Digital Video Library of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of New York University.

About La MaMa
La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. The organization has a worldwide reputation for producing daring performance works that defy form and transcend barriers of ethnic and cultural identity. Founded in 1961 by award-winning theatre pioneer Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists from more than 70 nations. A recipient of more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie, and Villager Awards, La MaMa has helped launch the careers of countless artists, many of whom have made important contributions to American and international arts milieus.

La MaMa's 55th season celebrates the creative and collective histories of La MaMa's local and global communities. Since its beginning, La MaMa has forged creative partnerships with artists based in different parts of the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. In recent years, these long-term relationships have taken on new life through distance collaborations over the Internet. The 55th season embraces new pathways forged in performance and technology to connect the myriad experiences, politics, conflicts, aesthetics, intimacies and dreams of people and communities participating in an increasingly globalized world.

Press Contact:
Hjørdis Linn-Blanford
917-589-4743 or artnycpublicity@gmail.com



24. Jane Dickson, FF Alumn, at Pace University, Manhattan, opening Mar. 2 and more

SPRING/BREAK + Paintings Across Landscapes

Dear friends, please join me if you can.

Jane Dickson: The Solipsism of Anatomy
Curated by Michelle Y. Loh
March 1 - 6, 11am-6pm 4 Times Square, 22nd Floor

Up, In, Out and Away: Painting Across Landscapes
Jane Dickson, GAMA
Curated by Michelle Y. Loh
Exhibition Opening: March 2, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Panel Discussion: March 7, 6-8pm, Student Union Reading Room
Pace University, Co-hosted by Confucius Institute
FINGESTEN Gallery, 9 Spruce Street, New York
March 2 - 31, 2017

And check out my art at UNIQLO Soho continuing through the end of March

Copyright (c) 2017 Jane Dickson, Artist, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Jane Dickson, Artist
17 Hubert Street
New York, NY 10013



25. Louise Lawler, FF Alumn, at Columbia University, Manhattan, thru March 11

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University
Through March 11, 2017

The Wallach Art Gallery
Columbia University
Schermerhorn Hall, 8th Floor
Enter campus at 116th Street and Broadway
New York
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm


Finesse, curated by Leah Pires, featuring recent and newly commissioned work by Fia Backström, Cooperative Performance, Phoebe d'Heurle, Jill Magid, Lucy McKenzie / Atelier E.B., Carissa Rodriguez, and Karin Schneider and books by Louise Lawler, is on view through March 11.

Related programming

What do you think you might need?
Public performance by Cooperative Performance
Saturday, February 25, 3pm

Curator-led walkthrough
Saturday, March 11, 3pm

"It is no longer a matter of trying to subvert or intrude. Those strategies are now recognized and invited. Now it is a matter of finessing, which is certainly not enough." -Louise Lawler

This statement, and the slippery relationship between artists and institutions that it conjures, are the starting point for the exhibition Finesse.

What is finesse? In its most general sense, the word denotes skill and discretion in the handling of a situation-perhaps even the subtle manipulation of circumstances to one's advantage. This may involve clever maneuvering, cunning, or artifice. Finesse can also designate delicate workmanship or refined comportment. Its synonyms include dexterity, trickery, and sleight. In the context of the card game bridge, "to finesse" has another nuance: to win a round not by playing one's strongest card, but by using a lesser card that one knows will nonetheless trump one's opponents.

This exhibition brings together recent and newly commissioned work by seven artists whose work, like Lawler's, deliberately finesses the relationship between the artist and the structures she occupies-whether material, social, or political. This tactic rests on the premise that those attuned to the conditions that reproduce a system, in all their limits and contingencies, are best positioned to transform them from within.

Cooperative Performance, What do you think you might need?
Some of the resources used to rehearse and make this performance include: the work to manage this exhibition space, the materials of this exhibition and the space itself, plus the time that the space of the gallery is open and time between exhibitions.

Artist Emma Hedditch initiated Cooperative Performance as an outgrowth of her research into the history of cooperative organizations: groups of people who join together to meet their shared economic, social, and cultural needs by establishing jointly-owned, democratically-controlled enterprises. Unlike corporate business models, which distribute profits between a limited number of shareholders, cooperatives emphasize fairness, equity, and responsibility by extending these privileges to all participants.

Through a series of ongoing discussions, rehearsals in the Wallach Art Gallery, and a public performance, Hedditch and her collaborators explore how the principles of cooperative organization might emerge from the group exhibition Finesse. Many different resources enter into the situation: artists' time, material, and activities; the institution's economic and spatial resources; the labor of the curator and the gallery staff. How would the production, work, and consumption of an exhibition be reorganized if they were cooperatized? Resources might be reconceptualized as "investments." Each investor would be a member of the cooperative and have a 'share' in the surplus outcome.

Finesse has been made possible by an endowment established by Miriam and Ira D. Wallach. A companion publication is available.

About the gallery
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery advances Columbia University's historical, critical, and creative engagement with the visual arts. Serving as both a laboratory and a forum, The Wallach Art Gallery offers opportunities for curatorial practice and discourse, while bridging the diverse approaches to the arts at the University with a welcome broader public.

In April 2017, The Wallach Art Gallery expands its space, ambition and reach when it re-opens at The Lenfest Center for the Arts, a new state-of-the-art complex on Columbia's Manhattanville campus on 125th Street just west of Broadway. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, The Lenfest Center for the Arts includes a screening room, a flexible theatre and a sky-lit hall for educational and public activities.



26. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at ADAA, Manhattan, March 1-5

Betty Tompkins

ADAA: The Art Show
March 1 - 5, 2017
Booth D29

P.P.O.W is pleased to present a one person exhibition of rare vintage works by Betty Tompkins (b. 1945). Over the last few years the work of Betty Tompkins has become ubiquitous and heralded for its provocative feminist iconography. Her work has been featured in innumerable group exhibitions including her critically acclaimed solo exhibition WOMEN Words, Phrases and Stories at FLAG Art Foundation, her inclusion in the four-artist exhibition Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics curated by Alison Gingeras at Dallas Contemporary. Our booth installation will display her early 1970s works and demonstrate how she navigated the male dominated art movements established by the pop, conceptual and minimalist artists that were being celebrated at that time. The selected works on view exhibit how she used pop iconography, the grid, methods of erasure, and the use of text, which are still evident in her current work. Taken together the works will offer a fascinating and profound glimpse into the work of a woman systematically ignored and now being celebrated.

For the last forty years, Tompkins has based her paintings on the tension of intimacy and representation of sexuality in monochromatic tones. Her radicalism in the late 1960's led to the unfortunate censoring of her work and later put a spotlight on her role in the American and European art scene. Her large-scale, hyper realistic figure paintings are made by cropping photographs and then building paint layer by layer, using two airbrush nozzles to apply black and white acrylic. During the feminist movement of the 1960's and 70's, the paintings were not widely shown and once were even flagged by French custom officials for pornographic content. Her work is not meant to arouse fantasy but to transpose light and shade, the effect of the process enveloping the scene in sfumato. Tompkin's work in the context of the 21st century and the emergence of fourth wave feminism, with young women coming to terms with body autonomy and sexuality, is now highly regarded as groundbreaking.

Betty Tompkins (b. 1945) is an artist living and working in New York, NY, and Pleasant Mount, PA. Recent solo exhibitions include WOMEN Words, Phrases, and Stories, Flag Art Foundation, New York (2016); Sex Works/ WOMEN Words, Phrases and Stories, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Real Ersatz, FUG, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York (2015); Art Basel Feature, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Basel, Switzerland (2014); Paintings & Works on Paper 1972-2013, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL (2014); Woman Words, Dinter Fine Art, Project Room #63, New York (2013); Fuck Paintings, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (2012); New Work, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York (2009). Tompkins's work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas (2016); The Shell (LANDSCAPES, PORTRAITS & SHAPES), Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France (2014); A Drawing Show, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2014); CORPUS, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2014); A Chromatic Loss, Bortolami Gallery, New York (2014); Sunset and Pussy, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2013); Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011). Tompkins will open her first solo exhibition with P.P.O.W entitled "Virgins" on March 30, 2017.



27. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, now online at livesustain.org and more

The Artist as Culture Producer

Dear Friends, I'm happy to be included in this book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life! The book features a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. Edited by artist and educator, Sharon Louden, the book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios and contribute to the well being of others and their communities. With a foreword by Hyperallergic Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Hrag Vartanian. To purchase a copy, please visit Amazon or University of Chicago Press. For more information please press livesustain.org. I hope you have a chance to get a copy of this insightful and educational book!
- Paul Henry

Current Events

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee
February 17, 2017 - June 4, 2017

515 West 26th Street, NYC 10001
P. 212-397-0742



28. Beth B, Ida Applebroog, FF ALumns, at The Ludlow House, Manhattan, March 1

Screening is March 1st, Wed
A film by BETH B
139 Ludlow St., New York
March 1, 2017 - 7pm
MUST RSVP - filmmakerscoop@gmail.com


139 Ludlow St., New York
March 1, 2017 - 7pm

Post-screening discussion with Beth B


A Zeitgeist Films Release www.zeitgeistfilms.com

Facebook: Call Her Applebroog



Our mailing address is:

Copyright B Productions 2016



29. Istvan Kantor, FF Alumn, at Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 4

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 5-7pm Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal
In presence of the artist and the curator

As part as the 35th Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Vidéographe will launch the publication Istvan Kantor - Video Anthology, directed by the curator Etienne Desrosiers. Covering more than 30 years of video practice, this publication, along with a selection of 29 works, highlights the innovative and proteiform practice of the Canadian artist, recipient of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004.

Istvan Kantor's latest short piece, Scriptures, will be screened during the event.

Istvan Kantor - Video Anthology
In this publication, curator Etienne Desrosiers sheds new light on Kantor's themes and formal vocabulary. The selection of works included in the anthology represent the essential components of the artist's practice-video, performance, music, sound art, robotic art, text, and spoken word-as well as its major themes: neoism, oppression, technology, and socio-political critique.
The making of this publication also offered an opportunity to preserve a part of Kantor's body of work. Several works that were originally made in now-obsolete formats (U-Matic, 1/2 inch, VHS) have been digitalized. By restoring and preserving Kantor's works, Vidéographe has made them accessible to broadcasters and their audiences.



30. Ellen Fisher, FF Alumn, at Roulette, Brooklyn, March 23

Ellen Fisher presents TIME DON'T STOP FOR NOBODY- a movement-based performance relating to the perception of age. A small ensemble of four performers, each 25-30 years apart, will collaborate during the creative process to highlight their shared experiences on the progression of growing up. Fisher's observational work experience and honest answers from a requested questionnaire help guide the structure of this intimate performance.
Please come and invite your friends.
Performers: Pablo Vela, Leo Garcia, Mina Nishimura, Ellen Fisher
MARCH 23 8:00 pm
Roulette 509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
www.Roulette.org for tickets



31. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, March 20

42nd Annual World Famous Spring Equinox Celebration & Egg Balancing Ceremony
with Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

Brooklyn, NY -- Join Urban Shaman Mama Donna Henes, New York's "Unofficial
Commissioner of Public Spirit" (The New Yorker) on Monday, March 20th, in welcoming
spring at her 42nd Annual World Famous Spring Equinox Egg Balancing Celebration:
Eggs on End - Standing on Ceremony.

This year's eggstraordinary event will begin just before sunrise, at 6:00 AM, at Bailey Fountain,
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. Rain, snow or shine. This is a free, family-friendly event.

The equinox moment: eggsactly 6:29 AM Monday morning, signals the official start of spring.
At this time, the sun crosses the equator into the Northern Hemisphere and it is possible to
stand an egg up on its end.

According to Chinese custom, if you stand an egg on its end on the first day of spring,
you will have eggsceptionally good luck for the entire year. The egg represents the life
force in many cultures, and is particularly used to symbolize the rebirth of nature in the
spring season.

A basket of 360 eggs will be provided for the eggshilarating standing ceremony.


For info, contact:

Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed Ezine and writes for The Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI Religion and Spirituality Forum. A noted ritual expert, she serves as a consultant to the television and motion picture industry. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she offers intuitive tarot readings and spiritual counseling, and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.


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32. Eleanor Antin, FF Alumn, at Alden Projects, Manhaattan, thru April 9

Eleanor Antin
100 BOOTS: The Lost Picture Show

February 24 - April 9, 2017
Opening Friday, February 24, 6 - 8 pm

100 BOOTS: The Lost Picture Show opens on February 24th, 2017 (6 - 8 pm) and runs through April 9th at Alden Projects(tm). This exhibition presents recently discovered vintage photographs by Eleanor Antin from her personal collection, expanding our understanding of the peripatetic adventures of her most celebrated series, 100 BOOTS (1971-73).

100 BOOTS is a travelogue, along the lines of Huckleberry Finn or Jack Kerouac's On the Road, featuring the cross-country adventures of 100 stage-photographed rubber boots-Army-Navy surplus boots. They are a unitary protagonist in an allegorical narrative that a then-contemporary audience easily connected with the Nixon era and Vietnam War. The work earned its initial underground reputation as a series of 51 components that were sent through the mail over a two-and-a-half year span, to between 600-1000 recipients, bypassing the conventions of reception and distribution. All of the postcards are accompanied by plot-driving titles, dates, and shooting locations, all printed verso. Bringing the war home in such a direct manner, 100 BOOTS was celebrated for its canny circumvention of the conventions of unique artworks well before the Museum of Modern Art invited Antin to exhibit there in 1973.

What is not widely recalled are the specifics of Antin's multi-component MoMA installation of 100 BOOTS, which included three distinct sections. The largest in the North West Gallery was Crash Pad for 100 BOOTS (1973), an installation comprising a room-within-a-room, described in the museum's exhibition materials as "a tenement apartment for the boots"..."complete with mattresses, sleeping bags, radio, and a front door equipped with a peep-hole and a chain lock."[1] (Crash Pad for 100 Boots is presently in LACMA's collection). Hanging in the Far West Gallery were the better-remembered 50 postcards (the final, 51st card captioned "100 Boots Go on Vacation," was sent from California after the show closed). Also notably present were more than two dozen photographs of the "BOOTS adventures in New York" all of which are not otherwise pictured as postcards. The dimensions of the "photograph panels" are listed on the typewritten Checklist as "each approximately 20 x 16 in" (but also corrected by hand to read "each approximately 8 1/8 x 12 in").

And so this exhibition sets out to clarify that the work we thought we knew so well-what the artist call's "my fur tea cup"-extends beyond the four corners of the postcards. 100 BOOTS: The Lost Picture Show, curated by Alden Projects(tm) in collaboration with Eleanor Antin, brings to light "lost" and mostly unknown pictures of the boots in California and New York, most approximately the same range of scale as listed above. On view at Alden Projects(tm) are photo panels and vintage printed, gelatin silver prints, "showing the BOOTS adventures in New York". (See below, 100 BOOTS Under the Brooklyn Bridge [1973].) Additionally, a number of arresting scenes of the boots in California, also previously unknown, are also present. Notable among them is the cabinet-sized picture, 100 BOOTS at the Checkpoint, San Onofre (1972), depicting 100 BOOTS stage-photographed at an American immigration checkpoint near the Mexican border (and requiring considerable bureaucratic effort on the part of the artist to realize). In this picture, as elsewhere, Antin's works are uncanny allegories of discomforting times, strangely familiar to our own. Standing together, we are reminded again that when sorrows come, they come not in single spies, but in battalions.

(c) Todd Alden 2017

Alden Projects(tm) is grateful to the artist for the opportunity to work collaboratively on this special exhibition as well as to Ronald Feldman, the artist's legendary, long-time dealer.

Artist's Statement for 100 BOOTS: The Lost Picture Show at Alden Projects(tm):

100 BOOTS is my fur cup. Think of the surrealist artist, Meret Oppenheim, and that strange, disorienting fur cup comes to mind. Many people react to 100 BOOTS like that. As Yvonne Rainer once said many years ago, oh, Eleanor Antin, she does boots. Happily, after half a century in the art world, most people are aware of my other works, many people even prefer some of my other works. Sometimes I do too. But I luv 100 BOOTS. He changed my life though it took me 2 1/2 years to realize fully who he was. He was becoming my female version of Kerouac's "On the Road". Two travel narratives, one bad boy literary, the other a leisurely visual odyssey from a respectable American town into a more dramatic, wilder, more dangerous place.

Somehow the images that didn't make it into the final piece were too dramatic, too overtly political, too suggestive of other meanings. So they remained photo prints, not postcards, and stored away in my studio where I forgot them for 50 years. Among them were images from their NY adventure when they moved into MOMA and which were shown at the museum in 1973 and never shown again. I vaguely remember some other MoMA prints but I never found them. Besides, after MoMA, I went on a hunger strike for my new piece "CARVING: A Traditional Sculpture". I was moving on. But when Todd Alden visited my studio in San Diego and told me how much he loved 100 BOOTS, my assistant Pam rummaged around into my deepest drawers and discovered those old photo prints sleeping way in the back. We were surprised. 50 years old and they look so contemporary and yet also suggestive of another time. Many of them have an angst that frankly looks uncomfortably like today.

-Eleanor Antin, February 24, 2017

[1] See 100 BOOTS Head East, The Museum of Modern Art Press Release No. 41, May 30, 1973 and Checklist for Projects: 100 BOOTS by Eleanor Antin (May 30 - July 8, 1973), The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition 1035 Master Checklist.

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33. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at 4 Times Square, Manhattan, thru March 6

Hello friends,

I am pleased to announce I will have a solo show this year at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show.
PAST FUTURE TENSE continues much of my environmentally-themed sculptures with a focus on the growing tensions between the natural world and the manmade in the age of the Anthropocene. I will be showing some sculptural Ice Age era animal masks and dioramas, a pair of beaded panels from my Pattern for a Yurt series, and a brand new video, Vapors where performers wearing the masks of an extinct woolly rhinoceros and an extinct woolly mammoth carry out a philosophical conversation as they wander through the forests, former mining caves, and contemporary ruins of our contemporary landscape.

Curated by Jacob Rhodes

4 Times Square, Floor 22, Room # 9
VIP Preview: February 28, 2017, 5 - 9 pm
Dates: March 1 - March 6, 2017, 11 am - 6 pm
Advanced tickets can be purchased here.

Best wishes,

Rachel Frank



34. Paul McMahon, FF Alumn, at Skylight Clarkson North, Manhattan, March 3

Make America Lactate Again.
Note exposed breast in profile at tip of fingers. She feeds her baby.
Paul McMahon will sing songs of love to and from the goddess and back again. He has a beautiful voice and his lyrics are endearing and provocative, tracing the trails of a life in the arts and spirit. Feminist performance art pioneer Linda Montano has been performing with Paul as Paul since 2007. She will be there in person or in Skype.
Paul is also the Rock'n'Roll Therapist and will gladly make up a song on the spot to cure what ails you.

Appearing live Friday 3/3@3 pm
Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington St.
New York, NY 10014

321 Gallery@NADA NEW YORK




35. Paul Zelevansky, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/151238376

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36. Saya Woolfalk, FF Alumn, at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, Manhattan, thru April 1

ChimaCloud and the Pose System
LESLIE TONKONOW Artworks + Projects
535 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Opening Thursday, February 16
6:00 to 8:00 pm
through April 1, 2017

For her second one person show at the gallery, Saya Woolfalk builds a symbolic world that brings new meaning to her investigations of the shifting and relational nature of culture. Video animations, life-sized humanoid figures, real and virtual sculptural objects, textiles, and drawings in vinyl and on paper will fill the gallery in the newest manifestation of her ongoing exploration of hybrid identity, accomplished through an elaborate fiction inspired by her own family background.

Combining elements of African American, Japanese, and European cultures with allusions to anthropology, feminist theory, science fiction, Eastern religion, and fashion, Woolfalk depicts the story of a chimeric species she names the Empathics, botanic humanoid beings with a highly evolved ability to understand the experiences of others. Since 2012, in exhibitions, performances, and screenings, Woolfalk has presented "artifacts" of the Empathic society and products by ChimateK (their corporate entity) designed to enable consumers to "explode physical limits" and to "blur cultural boundaries."

The exhibition features new works created using both traditional hand-crafted and digital techniques that extend and refine ideas developed during the past year for museum exhibitions and public art displays. Upon entering the gallery, viewers will confront a life-sized figure wearing a dress that interacts with an animated sculpture enabled by an augmented reality app. Among the other works on view are sculptures inspired by spirit masks from Burkina Faso thought to be imbued with an animated protective natural force; wall hangings from the CloudSkins series depicting lift-sized fantastic figures digitally printed on French and Japanese silks; and architectural renderings on paper and in an animated video of the ChimTEK: Virtual Reality Outpost, a structure that Woolfalk proposes to actually build, designed to house a virtual reality chamber where viewers can access the ChimaCloud which stores the collective symbolic memory of the Empathics.



37. Taylor Mac, FF Alumn, wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

The New York Times
February 23, 2017

Taylor Mac Wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

The genre-busting, glitter-dusting performance artist Taylor Mac and his musical director, Matt Ray, have been named winners of the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, for their 24-hour work, "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music."

The piece, billed as a "radical fairy realness ritual," is a decade-by-decade walk through American history from 1776 to 2016, told through the songs of the time, reinterpreted through a radical queer lens.

It was performed in its entirety last fall at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, first in three-hour segments and then in a continuous 24-hour marathon, complete with shared audience meals, group dance breaks and, mercifully, a sleeping loft for weaklings (like this reporter).

The prize jury called it "a vast, immersive, subversive, audacious and outrageous experience," that uses a variety of techniques to "explode our country's history" and show, in Mr. Mac's words, how "in America the oppressor is forgiven but the outsider is vilified." (Wesley Morris, reviewing the marathon performance in The New York Times, called it simply "one of the great experiences of my life.")

The prize, which carries an award of $100,000, will be presented at a ceremony at Columbia University in the spring. Created by Jean Kennedy Smith, a former United States ambassador to Ireland, in honor of Senator Kennedy, her brother, it is aimed at galvanizing "a new and vigorous exploration of American history and the institutions of American politics among dramatists and creators of musical theater." The jury includes playwrights, musical theater writers, scholars of American history and politics and others. Last year's winner was Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the musical "Hamilton."



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