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Harvey Lichtenstein, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

The New York Times
Harvey Lichtenstein, Who Led Brooklyn Academy of Music's Rebirth, Dies at 87
FEB. 11, 2017

Harvey Lichtenstein, who transformed a moribund Brooklyn Academy of Music into a dynamic showcase for cutting-edge performing arts and its Fort Greene neighborhood into a cultural hub during his 32 years there as the executive producer, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.

His son John confirmed his death. He said Mr. Lichtenstein had a stroke about seven years ago, and had been in declining health over the past few months.

When Mr. Lichtenstein arrived at the academy in 1967, its stately building on Lafayette Avenue, erected in 1908, needed extensive and costly renovation. Portions of it had been rented out, and there had even been talk of tearing down the building and using the site for tennis courts. Many members of Mr. Lichtenstein's target audience, especially Manhattanites, viewed the neighborhood - the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn - as undesirable.

"It was a risky business, and we often landed in the soup," Mr. Lichtenstein wrote in a reminiscence in The New York Times in 1998, after he had announced his retirement as the president and executive director. "For all the excitement, audiences and money were hard to come by."

The 1967-68 season, Mr. Lichtenstein's first, included Alban Berg's atonal opera "Lulu"; performances by a number of modern-dance troupes - Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham and Alwin Nikolais, among others; and the Living Theater's evening of political protest, "Paradise Now." Attendance was sparse at first, but Mr. Lichtenstein's efforts began to draw attention.

"Recognition came first," he acknowledged ruefully; "attendance only later."

The academy, which was founded in 1861 and calls itself America's oldest continuously operating performing arts center, gained a reputation as the place to find new and provocative work, be it dance, drama or music. And audiences grew.

All the while, Mr. Lichtenstein hardly seemed to pause to draw breath, and those who dealt with him knew he was a man with a mission. His ebullient managerial style could also become blunt and abrasive. John Rockwell, the first director of the Lincoln Center Festival and a longtime critic and editor at The Times, characterized that style in a 1998 Times article as a mixture of "the inspirationally collegial and the petulantly dictatorial."

Even so, he added, "People complain but, with a few exceptions, they keep working with him."

There were some missteps, including Mr. Lichtenstein's unsuccessful attempt to set up a repertory theater company in the early 1980s headed by the British director David Jones. But there were plenty of highlights as well, among them Peter Brook's imaginative staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Philip Glass's "Satyagraha," an opera about Mahatma Gandhi's youth in South Africa; "The Gospel at Colonus," a freewheeling adaptation by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson of a work by the Greek tragedian Sophocles; another Glass opera, "Einstein on the Beach"; and Mr. Brook's monumental 1987 staging of "The Mahabharata," a nine-hour dramatic voyage through Hindu theology and mythology.

When they began planning for "The Mahabharata," Mr. Lichtenstein and Mr. Brook agreed that the Opera House was too large for the production, which had first been staged at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Mr. Brook's more intimate Parisian theater.

The problem was solved when Mr. Lichtenstein suggested they take a look at the Majestic, an abandoned theater built in 1904 and later used as a movie house, on nearby Fulton Street. There they climbed a ladder, entered through a window and found what they decided was the perfect performance space, surrounded by an ocean of decay.

After a $5 million renovation - with most of the funds supplied by the city - the Majestic was deemed ready and was renamed the BAM Majestic Theater. Seating was reduced to just under 900 from a little more than 1,700, and although there had been some patching and painting, there was no effort to fully modernize. Both Mr. Lichtenstein and Mr. Brook wanted the theater to remain in an unfinished, distressed state - an archaeological link to the past.

After "The Mahabharata" was staged there, the Majestic became a thriving academy annex, and when Mr. Lichtenstein stepped down in 1999, the house was renamed in his honor. It is now the BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater - the Harvey, for short.

The main building also underwent changes during Mr. Lichtenstein's tenure. The upstairs Carey Playhouse was converted into a four-screen movie theater, now known as BAM Rose Cinemas, and the Lepercq Space ballroom became the popular BAMcafé, a combination restaurant and performance space.

In addition, Mr. Lichtenstein was instrumental in helping the choreographer Mark Morris acquire a derelict state-owned building a block away from the academy in 1998. The sparkling Mark Morris Dance Center opened in 2001.

One of the most important milestones of Mr. Lichtenstein's tenure was the Next Wave Festival, which he formally established in 1983 and quickly became a prime showcase for the avant-garde, with an accent on dance and drama.

Mr. Lichtenstein brought in Joseph V. Melillo as director of the festival - he would ultimately succeed Mr. Lichtenstein as the academy's executive producer - and their combined efforts brought in a diverse group of artists, including Mr. Brook, Robert Wilson, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Glass, Pina Bausch and Steve Reich.

Harvey Lichtenstein was born on April 9, 1929, in Brooklyn, the son of Samuel Lichtenstein, an immigrant from Poland, and Jennie Waldarsky, an immigrant from Ukraine. After graduating from Brooklyn College, he became a dancer and performed with several modern-dance troupes, including the Pearl Lang company. He also studied and performed with Ms. Graham and Sophie Maslow.

After starting in 1954 as a Ford Foundation administrative intern at New York City Ballet, he went on, during the 1960s, to develop audiences as subscription manager for both the ballet company and the New York City Opera. He became president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1967.

He also served as the American director of the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy from 1971 to 1973.

Mr. Lichtenstein married Phyllis Holbrook in 1971. Besides his son John, he is survived by Saul, a son from his first marriage, to Eve Johnson.

Mr. Lichtenstein was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1999. In 2013, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented him with the Handel Medallion, New York City's highest award for achievement in the arts.

After his retirement, Mr. Lichtenstein became the chairman of the BAM Local Development Corporation, a multimillion-dollar project designed to create an entirely new cultural district in the surrounding area including new theaters, dance halls, art galleries and libraries.

The project ran into financial difficulties, as well as strong opposition from residents, who feared they would be displaced by the inevitable gentrification of their Fort Greene neighborhood. The project stalled, funds melted away, and, in 2006, the city stepped in and took control of the cultural district, making it part of what it called the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, made up of several organizations devoted to improving the downtown area.

Jeanne Lutfy, the president of the project, said that she and Mr. Lichtenstein would continue to take part in planning for the district. More time passed. Finally, on June 24, 2011, ground was broken for the Theater for a New Audience's Classical Theater on Ashland Place in Fort Greene.

Among those attending the ceremony were the Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz, as well as the director Julie Taymor, the actor Mark Rylance and Mr. Lichtenstein, whose presence reaffirmed a vow he had made during a 2004 interview with The Times. "I've got this vision," he said then. "I think that my job is to keep the real heart and soul and core of the plan alive."

Correction: February 14, 2017
An obituary on Monday about the former Brooklyn Academy of Music president Harvey Lichtenstein referred incorrectly, in some copies, to his son Saul. He is from Mr. Lichtenstein's first marriage, to Eve Johnson - not his second, to Phyllis Holbrook.

Christopher Mele contributed reporting.

A version of this article appears in print on February 13, 2017, on Page B5 of the New York edition with the headline: Harvey Lichtenstein, 87, the Driving Force Behind Brooklyn Academy of Music's Rebirth. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe



1. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, winter news

Dear Friends + Colleagues,

Three good things]:

a. 2015 Honorable Mention for my story "Forgotten," The Gertrude Stein Award

b. "The Guest," a story in the February issue of The Brooklyn Rail


c. "Icons in Ash: Death in Art," Group exhibition, Central Booking, 21 Ludlow St., opens February 9, 6-8 pm


My best,

Roberta has had 29 one-person exhibitions, including one-person museum exhibitions: two at PS 1, MoMA; the Kunstforum, Lenbachhaus, the State Museum in Munich; and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia. One-person gallery exhibitions include New York, Milan, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Munich. She has participated in over 100 group exhibitions worldwide. Her work is held in permanent collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Bibliotheque du France, among others.

A short story writer, novelist and memoirist, Roberta is the author of 8 books, soon to be 9. Her 3rd story collection will be published later this year. Her private writing workshops began in 1991. She taught at The New School for many years and at Columbia University. Her next 1-Day Sat. Writing Intensive will take place March 4.





2. Terry Berkowitz, FF Alumn, at Kustera Projects, Brooklyn, thru Feb. 26

Dear All,

I am very happy to have two recently completed works included in this show opening on February 11th. Unfortunately, I will not be at the opening due to traveling. But, please, see the show if you can.
Terry Berkowitz

Kustera Projects presents

February 11 - 26, 2017

A Call To Action is an exhibition and series of performances at Kustera Projects in reaction to Donald Trump's presidency and his policies. We are living in a time of great uncertainty and unrest where our civil liberties, environment and culture are being threatened. Artists, writers, musicians and performers have always been at the forefront of political activism providing a voice in challenging the policies and administrations in power.

Inspired by the vibrant spirit of the Cabaret Voltaire and corresponding with its 101st anniversary, A Call To Action will feature over 60 artists and performers in an expression of protest. The exhibition will open on Saturday, February 11th with events scheduled throughout the day. Please visit our website for additional information and a complete schedule.

KUSTERA PROJECTS is located at 57 Wolcott Street between Van Brunt and Richards Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. For additional information and directions, please contact us 718-522-3811 or email info@kusteraprojects.com

Gallery hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 6pm, and by appointment

Kustera Projects, 57 Wolcott Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231



3. Liliana Porter, FF Alumn, in Venice Biennale, Italy, May 13-Nov. 26

57th Venice Biennale

Curated by Christine Macel

13 May - 26 November, 2017

Galeria Baginski congratulates Liliana Porter on her participation in the 57th Venice Biennale.

Rua Capitão Leitão, 51-53 1950-050 Lisboa
+351 21 3970719



4. Jacob Burckhardt, FF Alumn, at AMC Marketplace 6, Marina del Ray, CA, Feb. 26 and more

Dear Friends,

If you happen to be in Marina Del Rey, California on Sunday, February 26, and La Mesa, California April 29, you might be interested in seeing a documentary called THE SARA SPENCER WASHINGTON STORY by Royston Scott, which I shot, edited, and associate produced.

below is a description, the dates and locations, and links to a couple of articles that just came out about it.

All the best,

Here's a Description:
Directed, Written and Produced by Royston Scott
Camera, Editing, Associate Producer Jacob Burckhardt
Original Music by Matt Chiasson
28 minutes - USA www.sswmovie.com

Interviewees recall the life of a black woman who
became a phenomenal success selling her line of
hair products door-to-door in 1920s Atlantic City,
New Jersey. A business that lasted through
The Great Depression. A business that became a
million dollar empire. A business that gave tens
of thousands of black women the opportunity to
become self-sufficient. She called the business
Apex, and they called her
Sara Spencer Washington.

Here are the screenings:

Sunday Feb. 26th @ 2:20 PM
AMC Marketplace 6
13450 Maxella Ave. # 240
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Tickets $15.00

Saturday April 29th @ 1 PM
Reading Cinemas
Grossmont Center
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
Screening Pass $40.00

And here are links to a couple of articles:




5. LAPD, FF Alumns, at LA CAN, CA, Feb. 24

Black History Month - Free Movie Night
Fri, Feb 24 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Hosted by Los Angeles Community Action Network, 838 E 6th St. Los Angeles CA 90021

For more information: 213-413-1077 | info@lapovertydept.org | www.lapovertydept.org

During February's Black History Month, Los Angeles Poverty Department's Free Movie Nights will screen films that honor the struggles of African Americans.
Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) has opened its doors of their new space, and will be hosting both film screenings.
General Dogon, a longtime Skid Row inhabitant and champion, and leading community civil rights organizer with LA CAN, will facilitate the conversations following the films.

Fri, Feb 24
"Revolution '67"
Directed by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno | Running time: approx. 1 hr 27 min
"Revolution '67" is an anatomy of a riot. It focuses on the factors that precipitated the Newark riots; the explosive urban rebellion that erupted in New Jersey, in July 1967 - a tragedy caused by similar factors that sparked "race riots" across America. These factors are still causing riots today in US cities like Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD. Voices from across the spectrum - activists Tom Hayden and Amiri Baraka, journalist Bob Herbert, former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, and other officials - recall lessons as hard-earned then as they have been easy to neglect since.
About Free Movie Nights
Free movie screenings, free popcorn, free coffee & free conversations. Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, we screen movies about issues that are important to our Skid Row and downtown community at the #skidrowmuseum.
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. LAPD's Skid Row History Museum and Archive project is supported with funding from the Surdna Foundation.
About Skid Row History Museum and Archive
The Los Angeles Poverty Department's Skid Row History Museum and Archive has moved out of our space on the mezzanine on Broadway and we will soon announce the new location of the permanent home of the museum.



6. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, Billy Curmano, Irina Danilova, FF Alumns, at 21ST.PROJECTS, Manhattan, Feb. 14-15

Critical Practices Inc. and 21ST.PROJECTS is pleased to host a series of performative and collaborative works by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful. Below is information for the third and fourth in a series of four works by Nicolás.

Please respond to this email with your RSVP for either or both events. Please note that space is limited for both events and requires a confirmed RSVP, and location information will be sent with the confirmation email.

The P Word is a process-based experiment that rethinks the exhibition space as a playground where the performative is allowed to thrive away from the constraints imposed by visual documentation and instead just be. Concurrently, all possible attempts to turn the art experience into a material object are counter- acted by the slippery nature of the seemingly absurd activities comprising the program, as well as by their communal format. And other than the publication that will record in writing some of the conversations and moments that will emerge along the way, all other aspects of The P Word are to be recalled from one's memory.

The P Word dispels the need for art, specifically performance art, to rely on audiences and viewers, as it requires every potential voyeur to become a co-creator. It also challenges the unquestioned system that keeps funneling an endless supply of art goods, as opposed to experiences, onto our already burdened planet.

More details are included below.

Best regards,
Sara Reisman

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 7:00pm (reservations for 9 people maximum plus their other halves)
Apt Action: Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful in Complicity with Billy X. Curmano
On Valentine's Day, Nicolás and Billy invite lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersexual, pansexual, queer, polysexual, ecosexual, questioning, asexual, hetero... individuals to join in for a session of exercises followed by a slice of cake and a glass of red wine. Come alone or with a partner!

February 15, 2017 @ 7:00pm (reservations for 15 people maximum)
Re-envisioning Performance without talking about it: Nicolás Dumit Estévez with Irina Danilova
This event will feature a P meal created by Irina Danilova as part of her Alphabet Project.

Guests are asked to bring a bed sheet and a garment they have not worn in a long time.

Nicolás retakes the impetus of some of his early work centered on food or eating: Las Frutas Tropicales (1999), Missa Linguarum (2001), The Last Supper (2007), and Prayer Lessons (2011), among others, to bring together a group of friends for a meal, with the purpose of Re-envisioning Performance without talking about it. This is quite a task, given the propensity of forbidden words, thoughts or actions to have a luring effect on people, and to push them to pursue them instead of refraining from using them. But rather than constrain guests' conversations, Nicolás imagines this gathering as an opportunity to free aspects of the group's inner and unconscious lives that might remain dominated by career, professionalism, and job-related demands. Anything goes, as far as there is no mention of The P Word, in which case, Nicolás will gently sound a bell as a reminder to redirect the impetus of the experience.



7. Hans Haacke, FF Alumn, receives 2017 Roswitha Haftmann Prize

Hans Haacke Wins $150,000 Roswitha Haftmann Prize
It's the largest cash art award in Europe, honoring lifelong artistic achievement.
Alyssa Buffenstein, February 8, 2017

The Roswitha Haftmann Foundation in Zurich has announced that Hans Haacke is the recipient of its 2017 prize. At 150,000 Swiss Francs (about $150,000), it is the largest cash art award in Europe, annually honoring artists who have demonstrated an outstanding, lifelong artistic career.

"The jury praised his courageous and unflinching commitment over many decades and his ability to foster debate on social issues through provocative art, but also his intellectual brilliance and the formal quality of his works," said the jury in a statement.
Haacke is the 18th artist to have been awarded the prize. Judged by directors of Kunstmuseums in Bern and Basel, the Museum Ludwig, and Kunsthaus Zurich among other board members, it has been previously given to luminaries such as Lawrence Wiener, FF Alumn; Rosemarie Trockel; Cindy Sherman, FF Alumn; Vija Celmins, and Maria Lassnig.

Recommended Reading

Lawrence Weiner Awarded 2015 Roswitha Haftmann Prize

By Henri Neuendorf, May 26, 2015
Born in 1936 in Cologne, Haacke was a key figure in the Conceptual Art and Institutional Critique movements in the 1960s and 70s in New York, where he has lived since 1965.
His early works were controversial and provocative, like the 1970 MOMA Poll, part of the "Information" exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, which asked the question, "Would the fact that Governor Rockefeller has not denounced President Nixon's Indochina policy be a reason for you not to vote for him in November?" The wall text prompted viewers to cast ballots into clear plexiglass boxes. More than just bringing the world of politics into the museum, MOMA Poll targeted Nelson Rockefeller, the then-Governor of New York, who also sat on MOMA board of trustees.

Recommended Reading

Hans Haacke Fourth Plinth 'Gift Horse': Is This Propaganda We Can All Agree With?

By JJ Charlesworth, Mar 19, 2015
One of his best-known works is Condensation Cube (originally made in 1965), a plexiglass cube containing a small amount of water that becomes its own water-cycle, reflecting the artist's interest in systems. In the 1980s, he explored forms of Land Art, painting, and installation. His 1990 "Cowboy with Cigarette" collage, featured in the Venice Biennale, targeted Philip Morris' sponsorship of MoMA by turning a Picasso into an ad for cigarettes. In 2015 Haacke installed "Gift Horse," a sculpture of a horse skeleton with a stock ticker attached to its leg, on the fourth plinth of London's Trafalgar Square.
His commitment to digging up institutional dirt has not wavered over his long career. He has shown at four different Documentas, had solo shows at the Tate, London; the New Museum, New York; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.
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8. Paul McMahon, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, in T Magazine now online, February 13

a bunch of us pictures generationers including not limited to cindy sherman, robert longo, troy brauntuch, allan mccollum, jim welling, sherrie levine, laurie simmons, moi and others will be in T, fashion supplement of the times. february 19th. the expanded online video article goes up february 13.





9. Linda Montano, Paul McMahon, FF Alumns, at NADA Art Fair, march 3

march 3 at 3 (3/3@3) i will sing at the NADA art fair, wherever it lands, as part of the 321 gallery's entry. linda montano will be me in person or in skype in this performance of love songs to the matriarchy called MAKE AMERICA LACTATE AGAIN.

Paul McMahon, FF Alumn



10. Sheryl Oring, FF Alumn, at Hilton Midtown, Manhattan, Feb. 16

FF Alumn Sheryl Oring will be typing postcards to the President as part of her "I Wish to Say" project at the College Art Association conference in New York.
Office hours: Thursday, Feb. 16, from noon to 2:30 in the Second Floor Promenade of the Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.



11. Judith Bernstein, FF ALumn, at The Box LA, CA, thru March 18

February 11 - March 18, 2017
The Box LA, 805 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013

For The Box's fourth solo-exhibition of Judith Bernstein, a powerhouse known for her large-scale drawings of screws and provocative paintings, we expose another side of her process. Focusing on smaller-scale works, this show brings together some early masculine screw drawings with Bernstein's explorations of male-to-female form, Anthuriums. The space holds a conversation in gendered shapes and forms.

This exhibition features a large selection of Bernstein's Anthuriums. Eighteen 24 x 24 inch paintings and works on linen, the Anthuriums started in the early 1980s for an exhibition at A.I.R., with many of the early pieces rendered in charcoal, and drawn from botanical drawings of anthuriums and cacti. As the Anthuriums continued to develop, a prominent shape dominated and repeated, each recurring shape exploring variants of color and line. Together they tell a story of female form and strength.

Almost in binary opposition to the Anthuriums, there is a never-before-seen Circle Screw from 1970. This rare work, a charcoal drawing on canvas, shows the long cylindrical shape of the phallic screw compacted into a stubby, round shape. This work is accompanied by a selection of framed screw drawings, also from 1970, that show the classic screws alone, or in groups. Serving as studies for larger-scale multi-screw installations, these works were done prior to her infamous, Horizontal (1973), that was censored from an exhibition at the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum in 1974.

We deliberately chose smaller-scale pieces for this exhibition as a means of showing another side of Bernstein's practice. These works served both as preparatory drawings for larger works and as a way for the artist to explore shapes, materials, topics and forms. The titular work for the show, Cock in the Box (1966), is an example of an early small-scale drawing that culls the language of graffiti in men's public toilets during the Vietnam era. The drawing references the Cock in the Box as 'America's Favorite Toy', a sentiment that can echo the current state of uncertainty in America, as it seems clear how strongly 'America's Favorite Toy' suggests the commodification of authoritarian actions.

A group of Bernstein's word drawings are clustered together to show the power of her gesture in strong black charcoal line. These pieces from the mid 1990s reference and play off of Bernstein's now infamous signature work, originally installed at Hillwood Art Museum (1986) then on the glass of the New Museum lobby (2011). Bernstein began making large-scale versions of her own signature in the mid 1980s as an exploration of the ego. As a nod to these large-scale signatures, Bernstein has designed a signature for the front roll-up door of The Box. It is the first of her signature works to focus solely on her first name Judith.



12. Michael Bramwell, FF Alumn, receives Citizens Exchange Council's ArtsLink Fellowship 2017

Michael Bramwell receives Citizens Exchange Council's ArtsLink Fellowship, 2017 for St. Petersburg, Russia. During his stay, Bramwell will deliver a lecture at the Likhachev Foundation entitled: "I Like Kabakov and Kabakov Likes Me: From Kommunalkas to the Projects," conduct a series of professional development workshops for emerging and mid-career artists and complete three, new genre public art commissions.



13. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, on RTE Radio, now online

Longing Lasts Longer on RTE Radio 1 Show, Interview , Blog
You may know that Longing Lasts Longer was commissioned by RTERadio 1 Ireland for national broadcast- a first for their

Radio Drama division

but I think you may be VERY interested in the interview they did with me about the influence of Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore!

in 1994 when I did the show in three critical Irish markets Gallway Cork and Dublin as well as my appearence on The Gay Byrnne show , irelands most watched television show and the contribution it made towards the National Referendum on Gay Marriage in Ireland

Here is a link to the feature piece:-


I just got the link for RTE Radio 1 Irish National Radio's broadcast of Longing Lasts

Longer in advance of their Feb 12th broadcast!

It is recorded for radio and a 50 minute version of a 75 minute show!

It is not as dynamic as a live mix as when steve my long time collaborator mixes the music but it is a wonderful use of migrating media

Share as freely as you like
It will broadcast on Feb 12 RTERadio 1 at 3 pm




Here is a blog I wrote for RTE Radio 1




14. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, at 4 Times Square, Manhattan, Feb. 28-Mar. 6

Monika Fabijanska at the
SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2017 (booth 23.49)


February 28 - March 6, 2017
4 Times Square, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10036, entrance on 43rd Street

Preview Day: Tuesday, February 28
Collectors Preview: 11 AM-5 PM (by invitation only, RSVP required, register by Feb. 15)
Press Preview: 3-5 PM (register)
Vernissage: 5-9 PM (ticketed event, $20; SPRING/BREAK VIP cardholders, free)

Public hours: March 1-6, 11 AM-6 PM
Day Guest Passes will be available for purchase at the door or online



15. Eleanor Antin, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, FF Alumns, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Manhattan, Feb. 22

One for the Books

You are cordially invited to a festive reading and book signing honoring five pioneering artists, on Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:30 - 8:30pm. Expect readings, remarks and a celebratory toast. We will have copies on hand for you to purchase.

Eleanor Antin, Allan Wexler,
Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison,
Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10013



16. Mierle Laderman Ukeles, FF Alumn, at Queens Museum of Art, Feb. 16

College Art Association Honors
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Public Art Dialogue Award & Reception

The College Art Association will host an award presentation and reception at the Queens Museum for Mierle Laderman Ukeles, 2017 Public Art Dialogue awardee for achievement in the field of public art. Tour the retrospective, Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art with the artist. Sponsored by Ronald Feldman Gallery, the Queens Museum of Art, and PAD.

Date: February 16, 2017, 5PM -7PM
Location: Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368. Meet at the Park entrance.
Web: conference.collegeart.org/programs/public-art-dialogue-award-reception-honoring-mierle-laderman-ukeles/
Directions: queensmuseum.org/directions



17. Beth B, FF Alumn, at HOWL! Art Gallery, Manhattan, Feb. 23

ILLUMINATION: Spotlighting the Culture of Violence Against Women
Ms. Foundation panel featuring BETH B exhibition of photos, sculpture & video
HOWL! Art Gallery February 23, 6:30-8:30pm

In the current political climate, the issue of safety for women and girls is even more critical - especially for low-income women, immigrant women, trans women, and women of color.

The Ms. Foundation for Women has long prioritized and supported organizations and efforts to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Please join me on Thursday, February 23 for Illumination: Spotlighting the Culture of Violence Against Women at HOWL! Happening, featuring the renowned artist Beth B's latest exhibition VOYEUR: Video, Sculpture, and Photographic Installation.

"Illumination" will be a provocative panel discussion on women's safety, covering topics such as trans safety, sex trafficking, domestic assault, mass incarceration, rape, and the political power of art. I will be on the panel with four formidable feminist activists: Ruchira Gupta, Founder of Apne Aap, a global grassroots organization committed to ending sex trafficking; Sharon Richardson, Founder of Re-Entry Rocks, which supports formerly incarcerated women; Beverly Tillery, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, which serves LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities. Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation, will moderate the panel.

Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project
6 East First Street (between Bowery & 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
(917) 475-1294
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun, 11-6 PM

For further information contact: MartinMPR
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18. Nicole Eisenman, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 9

The Wall Street Journal

Feb. 9, 2017
The Jewish Museum Is Switching Up Its Permanent Exhibition
Institution will replace 25-year-old display with new exhibit; move comes as more museums are looking to give visitors a different experience

Nearly 25 years ago, the Jewish Museum unveiled a permanent exhibition designed to tell an "unfolding story" of culture and religious identity through works of art, ceremonial objects and other items.
But on Sunday, that story will come to an end.
The Upper East Side institution will close the exhibit, called "Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey," with plans to replace it in the fall with a new anchor showcase, "Scenes from the Collection."
"It is time for a fresh perspective," said Claudia Gould, the museum's director.
It is a move that doesn't come cheap. Museum officials estimate the cost of putting together the new show and exhibit space at $1.3 million, not exactly a small sum for an institution with a $19 million annual budget. The $1.3 million was collected through a separate fundraising campaign.
There is also an investment of effort, since curators have had to work their way through 30,000 items in the 113-year-old museum's permanent collection-including around 500 already featured in "Culture and Continuity"-to decide which would make the cut. About 650 pieces are expected be featured in the new exhibit, with offerings ranging from a 19th-century Tunisian Torah case to a painting by contemporary artist Nicole Eisenman depicting a Passover Seder.

Oil paintings by Jewish artists on display at the Jewish Museum. PHOTO: ANDREW LAMBERSON FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
But museum officials believe there will be a payoff in that a new permanent exhibition will create buzz and drive foot traffic. By contrast, they say "Culture and Continuity" wasn't proving much of a draw any more-in part because so many visitors had already seen it, but also because it no longer painted a full picture of Jewish life.
Other museums have also looked at similar ways to update or expand what they showcase from their collections.
This April, the New-York Historical Society will unveil two new permanent exhibitions, including one of 100 Tiffany lamps, drawn from its holdings of two million items. The American Museum of Natural History also has plans for a massive glass-walled "Collections Core," showcasing nearly 4 million specimens from its archives, as part of its Richard Gilder Center, a new wing slated to open in 2020.
And earlier this month, the Museum of Modern Art installed eight works in its permanent galleries and garden lobby at its Midtown location by artists from the seven predominantly Muslim countries targeted by President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Museum-industry insiders and observers say institutions are becoming increasingly wise to the fact that "permanent" exhibitions need to have a certain flexibility to them. That is especially true, they say, in an internet-driven era when information is free-flowing and ideas about art, society and culture change at a breakneck pace.
Today's museum is all about "being nimble," said Wayne LaBar, a veteran Connecticut-based museum-exhibit designer. Having an exhibit fixed in place for 25 years is "the way it used to be in our grandfathers' time," he added.
Still, those same industry professionals note there is always a risk that comes with swapping out items in a permanent exhibit, much less changing the exhibit altogether. Regular visitors come to expect certain items and are known to complain when they suddenly are gone.
Jewish Museum officials say they aren't too worried about fielding such complaints when the new permanent exhibition goes up, since many items from the old showcase will be a part of it.
But should any protests arise, Jewish Museum curator Susan Braunstein says she will take it as a compliment of sorts, since it shows visitors are paying close attention.
"I would be absolutely delighted if people noticed our exhibition enough to say, 'Where is this?' " she said.

The Jewish Museum's new "Scenes from the Collection" showcase will concentrate on several themes. Among them:
Origins: A look at how the museum has approached building its collection since the institution's inception in 1904.
Personas: A selection of portraits from different times and places, offering historical, social and political insights on Jewish life.
Taxonomies: A display in the spirit of a "cabinet of wonders," with art and artifacts of various origins and materials, from Torah ornaments to a spice container.
Television and Beyond: A rotating selection of television clips that will "examine how Jews have been portrayed and portray themselves."



19. Brian O'Doherty, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Feb. 10

Please follow this link to the complete illustrated article. Text only follows below.

Through Feb. 19. Simone Subal Gallery, 131 Bowery, second floor, Manhattan; 917-409-0612, simonesubal.com.

Brian O'Doherty is one of contemporary art's notable polymaths. Born in 1928 in Ireland, he studied medicine there and, already an artist, moved to the United States in 1957. Here he took on many roles, including that of editor in chief of Art in America magazine and part-time director of the visual arts and the film and media programs at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has written epoch-shaping criticism, published novels, and produced a body of art poised on a line between Minimalism and Conceptualism.
Strictly speaking, Minimalism is about blank matter, Conceptualism about dematerialized ideas. The late-1960s and early-1970s work in Mr. O'Doherty's fine-grained solo show at Simone Subal - organized with Prem Krishnamurthy, founder of the art project P! - combines these essences. Four six-foot-tall wall sculptures are as narrow and plain as a carpenter's level, their sides painted with flat Mondrian colors: yellow, red-orange, blue. Their recessed interiors, though, are lined with sheets of reflective aluminum that meet at sharp 45-degree angles and are incised with horizontal lines. Two large canvases, dating to 1975, appear from a distance to be empty, as if they were waiting for paintings to happen. Closer up you see that they're marked with faint, wavelike tangles of colored lines.
These paintings have an organic source: They're magnified versions of small earlier collages made from hairs the artist plucked from his head. The incised lines in the sculptures have an unexpected source too: They're based on the written form of Ogham, an ancient Celtic language dating at least to the first century. It has an alphabet comprising lines of different lengths and combinations, and many of the earliest surviving Ogham inscriptions spell people's names.
So Mr. O'Doherty has merged two modern art styles often defined as fundamentally objective - the one about unmetaphorical matter, the other about abstract concepts - and personalized them, even turned them into vehicles of self-portraiture: physical, in one case; cultural, in the other. And he's done so without abandoning the multitasking complications that make art an invaluable speculative tool. My guess is that the full study of those complications in Mr. O'Doherty's nearly 60 years of work has just begun.




20. Leon Golub, Elizabeth Murray, Nancy Spero, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, February 10

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Thank you.



21. David Cale, FF Alumn, at Pangea, Manhattan, March 6

TWEED Theaterworks'
Happy Cry Pretty!
Matthew Dean Marsh on piano and accordion
Special Guest
Monday March 6th at 7 PM

Pangea, 178 Second Avenue, NYC

Songs for Charming Strangers is performance artist David Cale's first all singing evening of his original songs. Cale's songs have been featured in his musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky at Playwrights Horizons and 600 Highwaymen's Employee of the Year at the 2016 Under the Radar Festival (The Public Theater) and the Crossing the Line Festival (FIAF). He has written lyrics for songs sung by artists including Elvis Costello and Debbie Harry. Songs for Charming Strangers marks the first time in NYC that he's assembled an evening singing his own songs. From the deeply emotional "Will I Ever Love A Man Again?" to the comically raucous "All the Escorts and the Cocaine (Will Never Take the Place of Me)", from his lyrically poetic collaboration with Carol Lipnik "A History of Kisses" to the sea shanty "Man at Sea", Cale's original songs cross a wide array of styles but have an emotional complexity akin to his acclaimed solo performance works. For Songs for Charming Strangers Cale will be accompanied by Matthew Dean Marsh on piano and accordion.

DAVID CALE is the writer and performer of ten solo works including A Likely Story (The New Group), Lillian (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award) and Deep in a Dream of You (Public Theater, Bessie Award). He wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music for, and appeared as Floyd in the musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky (Playwrights Horizons, Outer Critics Circle Nomination). He wrote the songs for 600 Highwaymen's Employee of the Year (UTR Public Theater, Bessie Nomination), and has written lyrics for songs sung by artists including Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, John Kelly and Jimmy Scott. As an actor he appears in films including The Slaughter Rule and Pollock, and most recently he performed on stage in The Total Bent (Public Theater).



22. Donald Hải Phú Daedalus, FF Alumn, at Triangle Arts Association, Manhattan, February 15

Peristalsis through the Pipes addresses the problem of industrial pollution and it's impact on society through one proposed solution: the use of an invasive fish whose bones are being used to clean up brownfields. Including footage from August 2016, in which Daedalus traveled to the Bath, Illinois to compete in the Redneck Fishing Tournament, these four parts frame the remediation attempt of our increasing urban world. This special screening will take place within an aquatic vermiculture installation at Triangle. The excerpted parts run 22 minutes and will be introduced by the artist and followed by a Q&A. RSVP for 25 seats available.

6:30 pm
February 15, 2016
Triangle Arts Association
20 Jay Street
Suite 318
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tickets are limited please RSVP here.



23. Stefanie Trojan, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, FF Alumns, at Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Hereford, Germany, March 4-June 4

Marta Herford
Die innere Haut
Kunst und Scham
04.03. - 04.06.17
The Inner Skin
Art and Shame
04.03. - 04.06.17

Hardly any other emotion has such a profound effect on the person concerned as shame: our face turns red, we become lost for words, or would simply love to sink into the ground.
Despite all the cultural differences, shame still affects almost every individual. Indeed, given the broad dissemination of nude images in the media, the subject appears more topical than ever. But can we actually diagnose a lowering of the shame threshold, or are we, on the contrary, observing an escalation of tabooisation? With humorous but also sensitive and moving contributions, the exhibition explores this familiar but inscrutable phenomenon.
In Cooperation with
Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig
Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Bielefeld
Ulf Aminde, François-Marie Banier, John Bock, Michaël Borremans, Louise Bourgeois, Leigh Bowery / Fergus Greer, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Miriam Cahn, Donigan Cumming, , Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Albrecht Dürer, Nezaket Ekici, Tracey Emin, EVA & ADELE, VALIE EXPORT, Gao Brothers, Josephine Garbe, Toussaint Gelton (Kelton), Bruce Gilden, Nan Goldin, John Isaacs, Jamie Isenstein, Jürgen Klauke, Gustav Kluge, Eva Kot'átková, Clemens Krauss, Oleg Kulik, Ulrike Lienbacher, Johannes Lingelbach, Sarah Lucas, Boris Mikhailov, Michael Najjar, Shahryar Nashat, Virgile Novarina, Yoko Ono, Oksana Pasaiko, Laure Prouvost, Jon Pylypchuk, Jan Symonsz Pynas, Lotte Reimann, Julian Rosefeldt, Lars Rosenbohm, Bojan Šarčević, Gary Schneider, Santiago Sierra, John Stark, Juergen Teller, David Teniers D.J., Miroslav Tichý, Larry Towell, Stefanie Trojan, Gillian Wearing, Erwin Wurm

Marta Herford
Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design
Goebenstraße 2 - 10
32052 Herford, Germany
Tel +49.5221.9944300
opening hours
Tue till Sun and bank holidays:
11:00 till 18:00 o'clock
1st Wed of every month:
11:00 till 21:00 o'clock



24. Sean Leonardo, FF Alumn, at Assembly, Brooklyn, March 9

an arts-based diversion program for court-involved youth organized in partnership with Recess and Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Thursday, March 9
Closing Party: 5:00-7:00pm | Public Participatory Performance: 6:00pm
370 Schermerhorn Street (across Flatbush from BAM) | Brooklyn, NY
Please join me, along with Assembly collaborators, for a final gallery viewing of my work and a culminating, public-participatory performance, stemming from the program curriculum. This performance will be documented and require audience involvement.

Assembly is a nine-month pilot program operating from the Recess satellite space in Downtown Brooklyn. To expand upon its mission to connect artists and publics, Assembly offers an arts-based diversion program, which presents an alternative to incarceration and other adult sanctions for court-involved youth. After participants complete the program, prosecutors may close and seal their case, avoiding an adult record.

Sean Leonardo



25. Brad Brockmann, FF Alumn, in Brown Medicine Magazine, now online

Here's a link to the article: http://www.brownmedicinemagazine.org/blog/social-justice-league/

Thank you.



26. Chun Hua Catherine Dong, FF Alumn, at Quebec City Biennial, Canada, Feb. 17-May 14

Chun Hua Catherine Dong will exhibit her work, "Husbands and I," at Quebec City Biennial, presented by Theatre Periscope, Feb 17th-May 14th, 2017
Opening: Feb 19th at 3:00pm
exhibition: Feb 17th-May 14th, 2017
Location: 2, rue Crémazie Est, Theatre Periscope, Quebec City, CA

For more about " Husbands and I"

For more info about the Biennial

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.



27. Brad Buckley, EIDIA, Jim Costanzo & Aaron Burr Society, Nina Kuo, Alexander Melamid, Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumns, at Plato's Cave, Brooklyn, thru Feb. 21



Closing Reception Monday February 20, President's Day, 6-8pm Exhibition extended January 15 - February 21, 2017 And you can still submit your poem !!! Take mine and have at it!

Plato's Cave at EIDIA House
14 Dunham Place
Brooklyn, NY 11249

View by appointment
646 945 3830

EIDIA House announces a special group exhibition of poetry: PUPPET PRESIDENT[S] & POWER for its continuing initiative PLATO'S CAVE. This is the 26th show in the series. The artists included thus far are: Todd Ayoung, Bruce Barber, Fredie Beckmans, Brad Buckley, EIDIA, Jim Costanzo & Aaron Burr Society, Heide Hatry, Helen Hyatt-Johnston, Jacqueline de Jong, Nina Kuo, Joke Lanz, Susanne Lingemann, Sean Lowry, Alexander Melamid, Maynard Monrow, Bill Mutter, Joseph Nechvatal, Elizabeth Rogers, Sarah Safford, Patrick Scheid, Clark Stoeckley, Tony Schwensen, with others to be announced.

In the spirit of J20 Art Strike January 20 and WRITERS RESIST to be held nationally in the US on January 15, MLK day, EIDIA House Plato's Cave made an open invitation to our artists network to participate in a special exhibit that will display each poem entered in the Plato's Cave vault space. Each work in its PDF form will be printed Giclée on archival card stock or photographic paper.

The artists were requested to improve on the following poem provided by Paul Lamarre of EIDIA House.
Lamarre states: "I know that there is a prodigious preponderance of the 'p' here, (b)put, propose your own poem or prose on the topic at hand-or it can be in strictly visual form-as you wish."

The submitted versions will be exhibited in Plato's Cave for WRITERS RESIST January 15th, celebrated with a wine reception on January. 21, 6-8pm at Plato's Cave.


A patronizing puppet President
picked, primped, preened and plumed
to NOT be "Presidential"
so to piss off the proletariat, the plebs, and the hoi polloi, for peoples to be pitted against peoples..
and that is the point..
A puppet president again placed in place by predominate powers driven by powerfulness, greed, paranoia, and sociopathic self proclaimed providence, so to perpetrate atrocities on peoples for profit propagated plunder, and in the end "policed"
by the privatized thereof and prisoned.

For PLATO'S CAVE, EIDIA House Inc. Co-Directors Melissa P. Wolf and Paul Lamarre (EIDIA) curate invited fellow artists to create an installation with (in some cases) an accompanying limited edition. EIDIA House functions as an art gallery and meeting place, collaborating with artists to create "socially radical" art forms-framed within the discipline of aesthetic research.

View by appointment.
Contact Paul Lamarre or Melissa Wolf, 646 945 3830, email to: eidiahouse@earthlink.net



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