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Contents for May 18, 2017

1. John Held, Jr., Carl Andre, John Cage, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Allan Kaprow, FF Alumns, at the Smithsonian Institution, now online

11,595 images from the Papers of John Held, Jr. at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, now available online at:

John Held papers relating to Mail Art, 1973-2013
Held, John, 1947-
Mail artist, Librarian, Performance artist

This site provides access to the papers of John Held in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2014, and total 11,595 images.
Collection Information
Size: 11.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of rubberstamp and artistamp artist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and fine arts librarian John Held, Jr. date from 1973-2013, and measure 11.9 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical material, 18 printed diaries, letters received by Held from mail artists around the world, art work consisting of artistamps designed by miscellaneous mail artists, interview transcripts, writings, project and event files, printed material, and mail art sent for the Gutai Historical Survey Exhibition held at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013.

Scattered biographical material consists primarily of miscellaneous biographical writings and accounts. Eighteen printed diaries provide very brief descriptions of daily activities and more detailed descriptions of art mail events, conferences, and travel experiences.
Letters comprise the largest and most important series in the collection. Letters received by John Held, Jr. are from an extensive number of national and international mail artists, including Vittore Baroni, Guy Bleus, Jean Brown, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson, Shozo Shimamoto, Ryosuke Cohen, Michael Leigh, Guglielmo Cavellini, and Rod Summers. There are also scattered letters from Carl Andre and Clement Greenberg, typescripts of letters sent by Held, and a file of letters exchanged with Steve Durland.

There are twelve folders of artistamps, non-official or pseudo-postage stamps designed by miscellaneous participants in the international mail art network.
Transcripts are of interviews conducted by John Held, Jr. with some of the more notable
artists involved with mail art movement Al Ackerman, John Cage, Ray Johnson, and Allan Kaprow. There are also interviews with John Held, Jr., William (Picasso) Gaglione, and Milan Knizák, including an interview with Held conducted by Ruud Janssen.
Extensive writings by John Held, Jr. consist of catalog essays, miscellaneous essays, bibliographies, miscellaneous box set texts, and miscellaneous typescripts. Project and event files concern miscellaneous projects, tours, lectures, and exhibitions with which John Held, Jr. was involved.
Printed material consists primarily of printouts of Bibliozone issues, a newsletter, exhibition catalogs, and press releases concerning mail art.

The Gutai exhibition project files include printed material related to the 2013 Experimental Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the mid-Winter Burning Sun: Gutai Historical Survey and Contemporary Response held at the San Francisco Art Institute. The bulk of the series consists of mail art created by over 135 artists who were asked to submit work inspired by Gutai and the artist Shozo Shimamoto.

Biographical/Historical Note
John Held, Jr. (born 1947) of San Francisco, California, is a rubberstamp and artistamp artist, participant in the international mail art network, activist, performance artist, collector of mail art, and a fine arts librarian.
John Held donated his papers relating to Mail Art in 1999, 2008, and 2013.
Location of Originals

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.



2. Micki Watanabe Spiller, FF Alumn, at Art Lot, Brooklyn, opening May 13

Please join us for the Spring exhibition of the Art Lot:

in the MOMent

OPENING: Saturday, May 13th, 1-3pm

We are so excited to be kicking off the Spring season with this collaborative Mother's Day show. With new works by:
Micki Spiller & Hiro Spiller
Regan Avery & Mason Avery
Staci Offutt & Penelope + Eloise Feldman
Aimée Burg & Henry Stutzman-Burg
Naomi Lev & Yahm Lev-Talpaz

Hope to see you there!

Art Lot
206 Columbia St @ Sacket, Brooklyn, New York 11231
(718) 614-8119

f or g to Carroll St / B61 & B71 to Sackett



3. Sinda Karklina, FF Intern Alumn, now online

Sinda Karklina, FF Intern alumn, is now online at sissymoon.com



4. Mel Watkin, FF Alumn, at Cedarhurst Ctr. for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, opening May 13

Mel Watkin & Marie Bukowski present PERSONAL AND SOCIAL VIEWS OF NATURE, May 14-July 16, 2017 at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 RIchview Rd., Mt. Vernon, IL www.cedarhurst.org



5. Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, FF Alumn, at 920 Kelly Street, The Bronx, May 13

Listening to our Bodies-Connecting with the Earth
With Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful
Saturday, May 13th, 3-5 PM

Presented with The Laundromat Project
920 Kelly Street
Bronx, NY

This multi-sensory workshop combines healing with art-making, inviting participants to use clay as a point of departure for a conversation on our bodies in connection to the Earth and the Cosmos. Those attending will be guided through theprocess of undertaking an internal journey with the purpose of unlocking our creative selves, achieving relaxation, and kindling wellness.

This class is geared to adults. No previous art background required. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that you can take off if you wish.



6. Andrea Kleine, Anya Liftig, Bobby Previte, Paul Langland, FF Alumns, at Gibney Dance, Manhattan, May 11th

Sorry I Missed Your Show: Andrea Kleine
Thursday, May 11 / 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street)
New York, NY

RSVP → http://bit.ly/2ofOLDz

Andrea Kleine mashes up excerpts of "the talky parts" from her two recent works, 'Screening Room, or, the Return of Andrea Kleine (as revealed through a re-enactment of a 1977 television program about a 'long and baffling' film by Yvonne Rainer)' [2014] and 'My Dinner with Andrea: the piece formerly known as Torture Playlist' [2017]. What happens when we dance about the talky parts and talk about the dancey parts? What happens when you re-enact works about re-enactment? What happens when durational, autobiographical works catch up with your life story? I just finished a big piece. Where do I go from here? Featuring performances by Paul Langland, Anya Liftig, Andrea Kleine, and Bobby Previte. Discussion moderated by Aysnley Vandenbroucke.

"Performance pieces by the smart, self-aware Kleine, who is also a novelist, tend to be self-reflexive, questioning their own purpose." -- The New Yorker.

"The work itself is not unlike the title, a realm of alternate routes and nested stories, running its own kind of elaborate course. And though it's largely autobiographical, it feels bigger: the story of anyone who has chosen one path and switched to another, anyone nomadic, anyone about whom the question "What is she up to these days?" has been asked. In other words, most of us." -- The New York Times
More info: https://gibneydance.org/event/sorry-i-missed-your-show-andrea-kleine/



7. Los Angeles Poverty Department, FF Alumn, at Skid Row History Museum & Archive, Los Angeles, CA, June 8-16, and more

Contact: John Malpede at John@lapovertydept.org, cell: 310 259 1038

The Back 9: Golf and Zoning Policy in Los Angeles

at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive - a project of Los Angeles Poverty Department
250 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 2-5pm

June 8, 9, 10 & 16, 2017 at 8pm
Matinee: June 17 at 3pm
Directed by John Malpede
in collaboration with LAPD

June 10 through October 31, 2017
Opening: June 10 from 2-5pm
Designed by Rosten Woo
in collaboration with LAPD

The Back 9 is a multidisciplinary art project, interrogating the power structures that have literally built Los Angeles. LAPD's new performance goes behind the scenes to look at the assumptions of public policy that get played out in private by the rich and powerful. Join LAPD'ers as they democratize the process by playing miniature golf during their performance that imagines and critiques the decisions made on The Back 9. The performance takes place on a zoning themed miniature golf course designed by Rosten Woo. While the project is a response to the re-zoning of Los Angeles (now in process), it has additional resonance in the current moment: a time when Golf is at the center of Trumpian world politics. The mini-golf course installation will be open and playable by the public starting Saturday, June 10, 2-5pm, and open Thursday - Saturday through October 31.

City zoning codes are now in process of being re-written as part of the Re:Code LA initiative and the new codes will first be applied in downtown. A new Community Plan for downtown is also in process, and as proposed it will have devastating consequences for the voice and autonomy of the Skid Row community. The plan now being written by the City Planning Department, claims that it will make Skid Row a "walkable community" by creating market rate housing on 5th, 6th & 7th Streets. Right now Skid Row, heavy with pedestrian traffic, is eminently walkable. The "Downtown Community Plan" intends to insert different people to do the walking. The Back 9 looks at the issues, mechanisms, hidden assumptions, and the consequences of the proposed plan.
Based in the Skid Row neighborhood since 1985, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is a non-profit arts organization that connects lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty.

Rosten Woo is an artist, designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He makes things that help people understand complex systems, re-orient themselves to places, and participate in-group decision-making.

Materials & Applications (M&A) has partnered with LAPD and Rosten Woo in designing the public education workshops of The back 9. M&A is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture in Los Angeles. Their mission is to advance innovative and critical ideas about architectural design through public projects and programs. M&A produces outdoor installations, workshops, and dialogues in collaboration with architects, artists, and communities.

The Back 9 is an LAPD project and 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, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Surdna Foundation.

Los Angeles Poverty Department - POB 26190, Los Angeles, CA 90026
www.lapovertydept.org - info@lapovertydept.org - office: 213-413.1077



8. David Hammons, Louise Lawler, Julia Scher, FF Alumns, at KW Insititute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, May 20-August 6

Summer program 2017
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 11am-7pm,
Thursday 11am-9pm


Enemy of the Stars
Ronald Jones in dialogue with David Hammons, Louise Lawler, Helmar Lerski, and
Julia Scher
May 20-August 6, 2017

Departing from an investigation into language as a driving force and political instrument in artistic practices the summer season at KW looks at the impact that politics have more specifically on objects, locations, and the infrastructures that shape our everyday life. Through a constellation of exhibitions the season probes the ideological systems that govern our existence and the complex and interrelated causes and effects that each decision has within these networks.

The season is spearheaded by the exhibition Enemy of the Stars, which reflects on Ronald Jones' artistic and theoretical practice in regards to the current political climate. During the 1980s and 90s, Jones produced a body of work that sought to reveal the patterns of key political occurrences that shape our existence through drawing connections between parallel and seemingly unrelated events. Jones often drew on design and art historical references and placed them in conversation with historical incidents and socio cultural manifestations often with the aim to bridge abstraction, utility, and historical fact, questioning the relationship between style and aesthetics and a social political consciousness.

The exhibition Enemy of the Stars is curated by Jason Dodge and Krist Gruijthuijsen and aims to reflect and expand upon Jones' practice by placing crucial work in close dialogue with peers at the time, such as David Hammons, Louise Lawler, and Julia Scher as well as with historical works from Helmar Lerski in order to open a critical dialogue on how political ideas relate to biography, text relates to form, and identity relates to the notion of the subject.

During the exhibition, a public program titled Addendum is presented with a series of commissions and adaptations, featuring works by Jenna Bliss, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ishion Hutchinson, and K.r.m. Mooney. Addendum is organized by Anna Gritz, Curator at KW.

Enemy of the Stars is generously supported by the KW Freunde e. V., U.S. Embassy Berlin, Pedro Barbosa, and Julia Stoschek Collection. The presentation of the work of Helmar Lerski is supported by Museum Folkwang, Essen (Germany). With a special thanks to Christine König and Christiane Rhein.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art is institutionally supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.



9. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Portland, OR, May 11, and more

one night only!
MAY 11th, 7:30 PM
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Portland, Oregon
511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
Shipley/Collins Mediatheque
511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209
$15.00 general seating, free for PNCA students with an ID.

MAY 21st, 7:00 PM
Cavern Club Celebrity Theater at Casita Del Campo
1920 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
$20.00 / $25 door

MAY 27th, 8:00 PM
2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Reservations available here

Dynasty Handbag's new falling-apart stand-up show is a current events review of her privates and her publics. Have you ever wondered why lesbians carry their drinks in a jar? Do white women having more babies make you feel enraged/grossedout/inadequate? Did you ever hear Rihanna's well-known blue-collar anthem celebrating the proletariat and journey with her to industrial wastelands that make up our useless garbage life? All this ANNNDDD accurate analysis of coyote discrimination in relationship to the Hollywood desert nightmare that is now a metaphor for complete global destruction. Show is updated to include horrible current event jokes. Day of show events even!

Artillery Magazine on "I, An Moron"
"Dynasty Handbag's dreams of financial security couldn't completely kill her nihilist streak, thank God! She started family friendly enough, dressed in a dapper white pantsuit and talking about lesbians who BYO hemp water to cultural events... read full article by - Yxta Maya Murra"

more stuff:

May 25th - An Evening with Jibz Cameron - Artist Talk - 500 Capp Street
May 28th - Writing for Performance / Workshop - The Lab, San Francisco / 1-4 PM
June/July - Weirdo Night returns! MORE TBA

"Her one art was histrionics of the kind that made an individual appeal."
- Thesaurus.com

A note to my fans:
Listen, get still, every day is a journey, each moment an opportunity to come back to the present and hear what the spirit of creativity and joy want to share with you. Shhhhh, what is the spirit saying? It says, do your social media outreach you lazy hoe or you will never get mailchimp stats and see who opened these shitty newsletters and know who really loves you



10. Aviva Rahmani, FF Alumn, receives A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art 2017

ABOG Fellows for Socially Engaged Art 2017
A Blade of Grass
81 Prospect St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

T +1 646 945 0860

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / #ABOGFellows

A Blade of Grass (ABOG), the first arts organization dedicated solely to socially engaged art, is pleased to announce their 2017 cohort of ABOG Fellows for Socially Engaged Art.

Artists Stephanie Dinkins, Rick Lowe, Ronny Quevedo, Aviva Rahmani, Ashley Sparks, Jackie Sumell, Freeman Word, and art collective Hello Velocity will join a growing body of artists and artist collectives that A Blade of Grass collaborates with and directly supports. At the core of the program is the ongoing goal to build a body of field research, films, publications, public programs and web content that highlight the expanding practice of socially engaged art at the intersection of art and social change.

The 2017 Fellows will realize projects in New York City, New Orleans, St. Louis, rural Virginia, and at documenta 14 in Athens, Greece, where they will be exploring issues of digital equity, immigrant rights, gentrification, and environmental and racial justice, among others. The final eight projects were chosen by two selection committees from an initial pool of 534 applicants, the largest A Blade of Grass has received to date. These applicants were elected as leading examples of artists engaging community members as equal partners in ambitious and creative collaboration.

Artist Stephanie Dinkins will create Project al-Khwarizmi (PAK) with artists, youth, and elders of color to address digital discrimination within artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Working alongside computer and data scientists, Dinkins and collaborators will develop a web-based chatbot to empower communities of color to understand how algorithms and AI systems impact daily life, and create a more culturally inclusive prototype.

Working collectively as Hello Velocity, artists Lukas Bentel, Kevin Wiesner, and JS Tan will create Gradient, an e-commerce plugin that prices products higher or lower depending on a customer's income level. Leveraging their design, marketing, and technical expertise, Hello Velocity will use Gradient to demonstrate an equitable pricing system to a mass consumer audience.

Artist Rick Lowe will create the Victoria Square Project using the opportunity of documenta 14 to consider the situation of immigrants and refugees in relation to native Athenians in Victoria Square, Athens. Working collaboratively with local partners, the project will operate long-term to assure that the positive value and assets of immigrants and refugees are integrated into the overall changing narrative of Victoria Square.

Artist Ronny Quevedo will create Higher Sails in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, transforming small businesses into social agents by broadcasting community concerns through store signage, awnings and other graphic materials, and encouraging residents to respond to the impact of gentrification through art and design.

Artist Aviva Rahmani will create Blued Trees Symphony in prospective US pipeline locations in collaboration with scientists, and copyright, environmental policy, and real estate lawyers. Utilizing site-specific painting to create "tree-notes" on private land facing condemnation for eminent domain, Rahmani will create copyright-protected sonified biogeographic sculptural compositions to halt proposed pipeline expansion. Rahmani is the inaugural ABOG Fellow for Contemplative Practice, in partnership with the Hemera Foundation.

Theater maker Ashley Sparks will create Good Old Boys, a portable participatory performance for white southern male audiences in rural Virginia. Incorporating remote control cars, music, and characters inspired by the Dukes of Hazzard, the show draws upon Sparks' experience as a Southerner, and explores themes of class, race, privilege, and power through intimate reframing of pop culture.

Artist Jackie Sumell will create The Garrison, a mobile classroom for prison abolition. During a three-month, multi-state tour, Sumell will collaborate with local partners to facilitate restorative justice forums and establish "Solitary Gardens," cell-sized garden beds created through correspondence with incarcerated individuals. Sumell is the 2017 ABOG-David Rockefeller Fund Joint Fellow in Criminal Justice.

Artist Freeman Word will create the Zakatu Madrasa, a cooperatively owned and operated spiritual subscription bookstore in St. Louis. Referring to historical African educational institutions (both secular and religious), the Madrasa will bring together artists, educators, activists and young people of color to co-create art addressing regional social issues.

About A Blade of Grass
A Blade of Grass nurtures socially engaged art. We provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. We evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue.

The ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art is made possible through the generous support of over 100 individual contributors and foundation and government partners. We are grateful for major contributions from the Hemera Foundation, David Rockefeller Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and Groundbreakers Agnes Gund, Eva Haller, Shelley Frost Rubin, and Linda Schejola. Related public programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

To learn more about A Blade of Grass and the artists we work with, please visit: www.abladeofgrass.org

Media contacts
Joelle Te Paske, Programs & Communications Manager, A Blade of Grass
T +1 646 945 0848 / jtepaske@abladeofgrass.org

Mathilde Campergue, Blue Medium Inc.
T +1 212 675 1800 / mathilde@bluemedium.com



11. Anya Liftig, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, May 30

Hello Friends,

I am writing to invite you and yours to a reading of some new sections of my (hopefully) upcoming memoir. If you are in the city, please join me on Tuesday May 30th in the lounge at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NYC on the LES. The event starts at 7:30 and is FREE. The evening is part of the Experiments and Disorders series curated by Christen Clifford and Tom Cole and I will be sharing the bill with Ian McDonald.

Wishing you every good wish for a wonderful spring and exciting summer,

Info here:



12. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, at Villa Medici, Rome, Italy, thru July 2

Yoko Ono / Claire Tabouret
One day I broke a mirror
May 5-July 2, 2017

Yoko Ono, Sky piece for Jesus Christ: May 4, 8:30pm, with JuniOrchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Villa Medici
viale Trinità dei Monti, 1
00187 Rome
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7pm

T +39 06 67611


Following the exhibition by Annette Messager, the Académie de France à Rome - Villa Medici is opening its doors to Yoko Ono and Claire Tabouret with One day I broke a mirror, from May 5 to July 2, 2017. This is the second exhibition in the Une series initiated by Villa Medici director Muriel Mayette-Holtz and curated by Chiara Parisi.
Featuring artist-icon Yoko Ono and Claire Tabouret, that astonishing revelation of the latest generation, One day I broke a mirror is going to be a must on this year's rich international art calendar.

From Cardinal Ferdinand's galleries to the Loggia, and from the splendid gardens to the Balthus Studio, the works of these artists interact in a musical counterpoint that will transform the Villa Medici into a unique project for two solo voices.

One day I broke a mirror is the title chosen by Yoko Ono for an exhibition mainly exploring the output of an eclectic, multidisciplinary artist of the 1960s and 1970s who was very active on the New York underground scene.

Involving instructions, "chance" and sensory experiences, her works require the active participation of the public in order to achieve completeness and totality.
All these elements, as well as many others, echo through Claire Tabouret's big canvases, with their conditioned, armored, constrained bodies. Tabouret has earned critical acclaim for her vivid, mysteriously timeless colors, her determined-looking women warriors, her hordes of disguised children brandishing light sabers in a mingling of Paolo Uccello and the imaginary realm of Star Wars. After taking part in the group show Shit and Die curated by Maurizio Cattelan and L'illusione della luce at the Palazzo Grassi in 2014, she is back in Italy with new works from her studio in Los Angeles, where she is now based.

The strong women, that together are vulnerable, portrayed by Claire Tabouret in the new productions for the exhibition at Villa Medici, reverberate with Yoko Ono's first artworks; they are adventuresses that defy the visitor to undertake a journey through continents and time.

There is a kind of shock wave running through the exhibition, a movement that develops into protest, a kind of pacific but unyielding insurrection on the part of individuals and groups confronting each other, standing up to each other, each with a gesture that becomes symbolic of its own everyday resistance. It is a constructive confrontation and dialog between two artists of different generations and different creative process but united by a sharp reflection on the role of the artist, on the condition between being in the world and withdrawing from it; between being a warrior, an adventuress and a conqueror, and the desire to stay apart, to observe reality with discretion. The game takes a fundamental role because it enables both not to take themselves too seriously and to free themselves from any kind of social and academic constraint. Thus, the game shows the strength of solidarity, and becomes a popular instrument that federates people.

The image of the mirror in the title chosen by Yoko Ono provides an opportunity for both comparison and confrontation: to break the mirror is also to go through and beyond it. A metaphor, you might say, for the Villa Medici, which almost seems bent on protecting the artists from the noise of the street; but the fury of life and art bursts in, shattering the Renaissance idyll.

A double catalogue, part of the new contemporary art series and published in English, French, and Italian by Electa-Mondadori, is devoted to the two artists and it include a notes, ideas booklet and images of the artists' works, with also conversations between Yoko Ono, Caroline Bourgeois and Chiara Parisi.

Press contacts:
French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici
Marta Colombo: T +39 340 34 42 805 / martacolombo@gmail.com
Francesca Venuto: T +39 349 57 80 211 / francescavenuto.@gmail.com



13. Anne P. Meredith, FF Member, receives 1st Hatch Digital Creative Grant

Lesbian/Queer Feminist, Human Rights & Arts Activist
Adjunct Professor Writer Director Producer and
Cinematographer Ann P Meredith has just been awarded the WEHO - West Hollywood's 1st Hatch Digital Creative Grant for her historic new project...

Re-Discovering Genetically-Born Female Lesbians and Lesbian Culture



14. Lenora Champagne, FF Alumn, now online at http://larktheatre.org/blog/traps/


This excerpt from my solo, TRAPS, is live on the Lark Theatre's blog. I thought you might find it of interest.



Lenora Champagne

New World Plays, No Passport Press, 2015



15. Heide Hatry, FF Member, at The New Museum, Manhattan, May 12

With Death Related Performances by Jonas Mekas, Jennifer Elster, Queen Esther, Ulrich Baer, Danielle Blau, Nora Fox, Christine Isherwood, Hot Glue & The Gun, Anthony Haden-Guest, Jane LeCroy, Lutz Rath, Christopher Willauer, and Ursula Scherrer. (Please see more info about performers below.)

MAY 12, 7 - 10pm

This event takes place in conjunction with the exhibition
Heide Hatry, Icons in Ash at Ubu Gallery, 416 E 59th St., NYC.
Closing on May 16, 2017

For more information please visit: IconsInAsh.com, UbuGallery.com and HeideHatry.com

Access to the book party only with RSVP confirmation number: RSVP.BookParty.NewMuseumStore@gmail.com
Confirmation numbers are only available until May 10, 6pm.

This event is sponsored by Michelle Ross, Ubu Gallery, and Station Hill Press

The art of the human image arose millennia ago as a way beyond impermanence and, especially, to keep the dead among us. The pictorial object - the icon - often carried a charge as ritual or ceremonial artifact and, indeed, as a thing with a certain power. The artist Heide Hatry has extended this tradition by creating realistic portraits made out of the actual ashes of the departed person portrayed. Are the results reminiscent of ancient sacred and secular traditions and their complex, even mysterious function to, say, calm, enrich or transform our experience? Icons in Ash includes twenty of Hatry's portraits and twenty-seven contemporary writers who explore this phenomenon in original and engaging meditations on death, the dead body, art, relics, psychology, philosophy, religion, mourning, evolution, transformation, and immortality. Contributors include, among others, Hans Belting, Mark Dery, Eleanor Heartney, Siri Hustvedt, Jonas Mekas, Rick Moody, Mark Pachter, Steven Pinker, Wolf Singer, Luisa Valenzuela, and Peter Weibel.

Heide Hatry, Icons in Ash, Station Hill, Barrytown, NY, in association with Ubu Gallery, NYC, 2017. 268 pp., 7.75 x 9.75" illustrated linen-covered boards with sandpaper tipin and 19 illustrations. ISBN 978-15-8177-161-9 $38.00

Blurbs for Icons in Ash
Ashes to ashes, ashes to art. Only Heide Hatry could have dared to confront (and collaborate with) eons of belief systems and taboos to produce these evocative portraits of mortality and its mirror image.
Lucy R. Lippard (art critic, curator, activist

Artist Heide Hatry understands the fundamental human desire to have the dead with us always - as image, as memory, as physical remnant. Her portraits made from the ashes of the deceased are haunting modern-day relics, poignant to any viewer, virtually sacred to those who knew and loved the departed. Each is a compelling likeness, a personal shrine.
Richard Vine (art critic, managing editor of Art in America

In Heide Hatry's Icons in Ash ... Each work is a likeness of a person made from a part of them, a union that conserves both their form and essence. It reaches to the deepest and most superficial, the most primitive and most sophisticated, ways in which we relate to that ultimate mystery - another person.
Steven Pinker (cognitive scientist, psychologist, linguist, Prof. for Harvard)

Biographies of performers

Ulrich Baer was born in Germany, lived in California, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He was a Varsity oarsman at Harvard and earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale and is the editor of Rilke's Letters on Life, a literary theorist who has written on the representation of trauma in poetry and photography, and a fiction writer who has published a collection of short stories set in contemporary China. He teaches at New York University where he is also Vice Provost. He will read from Rainer Maria Rilke's condolence letters.

Danielle Blau's Rhyme and Reason: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Art of Living the Big Questions is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. Her collection mere eye was selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Award, and she curates/ hosts the monthly Gavagai Music + Reading Series.Danielle will perform Nth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Native New Yorker Jennifer Elster is an experimentalist, thinker, artist, filmmaker, writer, photographer, and performer. She is obsessed with the truth, explores boundaries in all mediums, and has collaborated with such artists as David Bowie and Yoko Ono. Elster explores ways to deal with the severity of reality. Her most recent work WARFARE spoke directly and foresaw the current climate in America and currently she has been performing and hosting multimedia art happenings in the underground studio, The Development, in NYC to bring deeper awareness to the human condition and our current world crisis. Jennifer will perform Cemetery: Is Death?

Described as a "...brutal, original, explosive singer..." by Vanity Fair, Queen Esther is a solo performer, playwright/librettist, musician and vocalist. Released in 2015, Paste called her critically acclaimed album The Other Side "...the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year." She continues to perform internationally with her Black Americana collective as well as with harmelodic guitarist James Blood Ulmer and sings all over New York City. She will perform Gloomy Sunday - also known as The Hungarian Suicide Song.

Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer, reporter, cartoonist, and sporadic performer. He was born in Paris, grew up in London, has lived in Rome, San Francisco, and Los Angeles but is long settled in New York. He has published in leading magazines in Britain and America, most recently in Esquire and Britain's Observer Magazine. His books include Bad Dreams,True Colours: The Real Life of the Art World, and The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and the Culture of the Night. His more ambitious current projects include an animated movie, a follow-up book on the art world, and a much illustrated memoir. He will talk about Art and Death.

The indie duo Hot Glue & The Gun heat up the room with Song & Story as they shake the Spirit loose. Believing that art is not a spectator sport, Carrie Klein & Joel McGlynn work and play with transformation and collaboration in their song, performance and visual art. Since they began writing and performing together in 2014, they have continually sought to sink into the mysteries of human experience: birth, life, death, love, fear, masculine, feminine, poetry, harmony. They will perform the Paper Love Song.

Christine Isherwood is a singer, writer, and Voice Movement Therapist who lives on Martha's Vineyard. The last few years have been spent tending to dying, and now she sings only lullabies and laments. She teaches the Voice Movement Therapy Training Singing The Psyche and is currently recording an album of death songs. She will sing a Death Song from her new album.

Jane LeCroy is a NYC based poet, singer and performance artist who fronts the avant-pop band, The Icebergs, and the psychedelic experimental music project, Ohmslice. She has toured with the SF based all women's poetry troupe, Sister Spit. Jane is a poet-in-the-schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Her chapbook, Names, published by the art-book house Brooklyn, was purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! Three Rooms Press published, Signature Play, a multimedia book of lyrical poems, nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Icebergs just released their debut album, Eldorado. She will sing the Iceberg Death Song.

Jonas Mekas. Lithuanian born poet and film-maker, since 1949 residing in New York. Is known for developing the diaristic form of cinema with films such as WALDEN and AS I WAS MOVING AHEAD I SAW BRIEF GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY. He is equally known for the creation of a series of organizations for the promotion of the avant-garde cinema, such as Film-Makers Cooperative, Film-Makers Cinematheque and Anthology Film Archives. He was editor of Film Culture magazine and during l958-1978 movie critic for the Village Voice. Allen Ginsberg is a reading of a diary entry about Allen Ginsberg's Tibetan monks "wake" ceremony with a video of Allen's body and a presentation of Allan Ginsberg's beard.

Nora Fox is a performing artist, writer and multi-instrumentalist. She recently performed in the International Festival of Dance in Belarus, sang in Macedonia, collaborated with David Dorfman Dance, and taught at Brown University. Fox has performed on Broadway, choreographed/danced for film, holds a degree in Literary Arts from Brown, and is currently working on her debut EP. She will sing Hostage.

German born Lutz Rath is an interdisciplinary performer, cellist, conductor, narrator, DADA reciter. Rath is artistic director of Washington Square Music Festival and produced concerts, events, and recordings with the subject of "Forbidden Music" - music which was performed or composed in concentration camps. He will play an improvisation of Bach's Oh Haupt voll Blut und Wunden.

Ursula Scherrer is a Swiss artist living in New York. Her aesthetic training began with dance, transitioned to choreography and expanded to photography, video, text, mixed media and performance art. I will die - you will die. We will all die, a knowledge that is often lying quietly within ourselves, buried underneath not to be touched. What will happen if this simple knowledge is spoken out again and again and again?

Christopher Willauer is a queer interdisciplinary artist and recovering catholic from Dubuque, Iowa. He works primarily through performance, sculpture, and video to engage with the body and the Earth in a ritualistic and reverent manner. He now lives and works in New York. Watered with Kisses is an interactive performance based sculpture that puts the materiality of our body and it's relationship to the natural world into question. The plants are watered solely with kisses. It is with optimism that I hope love will be enough to sustain their life. It is within reality that I know I can love but not provide the light necessary for them to live.



16. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at 615 E. 14th Street, Manhattan, opening May 11

Hello Friends, Fellow Artists, Art lovers, Art Orgs., and Folks interested in seeing some great artwork by 10 contemporary artists:
I'm excited to be part of this exhibit curated by Sally Apfelbaum.
Please join me for the opening for Sally's First Annual Spring Invitational which will be held on May 11, 2017, 6-8pm.

The Invitational is a group show featuring artists from across the US including New York, Oregon, Los Angeles, Georgia, and Michigan(!): Tamara Gayer, ML McCorkle, Peter Cramer, Mary McDonnell, Amina Cruz, Nathaniel Lieb, Jack Waters, Sally Apfelbaum, Bettina Demetz, and Julia Oldham.

Address: 615 East 14th Street, #3G NYC, NY 10009 (between Avenue B & C)
Door code - 130 (also posted to the right of the intercom system)
This show reflects an appreciation for the individual intelligence and originality of each artists' work, their interest and ability in experimenting with materials and form, their authenticity, and connection to their subjects, the humanity and joyfulness of the work.I've known some of these artists for a long time, some are new friends, and some I've never met, but all are artists I admire.I'll expand on more on the show in my next email - right now, I want to get the word out - come by on Thursday - help celebrate spring, art, life in general! Bring a friend- Sally Apfelbaum

Also on view, 'The Secret Laws of Art', the limited edition portfolio project, with 4 works -
one by each of the following artists: Desiree Alvarez, Sally Apfelbaum, Tamara Gayer, and Hope Sandrow.

Hope to see you there,

Peter Cramer
PO Box 20260
New YOrk New YOrk 10009
917 803 0501



17. Marni Kotak, FF Alumn, at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, opening May 12

Marni Kotak
May 12 - June 18, 2017
Opening Friday May 12, 6-9pm

Microscope is very pleased to announce Treehouse the fourth solo exhibition by Marni Kotak at the gallery.

Kotak, whose previous exhibitions include "The Birth of Baby X" (2011), "Raising Baby X: Year 1" (2012) and "Mad Meds" (2014), continues in Treehouse to present life as art, this time in the context of a recent and major fire in the artist's and family's home and art studio, involving substantial losses of possessions, temporary displacement, and a long restoration, testing the artist's sense of security and familial stability.

The new photographs, paintings, videos, sculpture and a durational performance installation - most of which were made in direct responses to the event or its recovery process - find the artist reflecting upon life decisions and striving to achieve a less anxious existence, focused on what she considers most important. In a series of impromptu performance photographs shot on the night of the fire, Kotak appears as a trespasser in the devastation of her own home; sculptures upon closer look are revealed as the actual charred remains of earlier works shown at the gallery; and paintings featuring texts written in red oil pen on gold-painted wood, copied from the artist's diary entries, including erasures, reflect her conflicting emotions: despite the extensive damages, fortunately no one was seriously injured.

A durational performance and installation work also titled "Treehouse", positions the exhibit in the here and now. Conceived as a gift for her son Ajax and an act of rebellion against a society that tends to undervalue personal time, the triangular-shaped wood structure - elevated on tree stumps, with chalkboard paint on its interior walls - is proposed as an alternative world for playing games, for making art, and for enjoying each other's company free from fears and distractions, both immediate and seemingly distant. Kotak, who will be in the space on most days, at times accompanied by her son, invites the public to join her in setting aside time for meaningful endeavors and to contemplate the concepts of love and compassion, beyond their clichés.

Two new video works, recorded over months and years, offer broader context. In "Fire", a roughly 20-minute video, Kotak records the aftermath from the initial inspection of the damage room-by-room, to discussions with fire officials, to the beginning of the re-construction process, before passing the camera to her son to record the family's return to their "new" home just before Christmas. Everyday moments stand alongside monumental occasions in "Raising Baby X: Five Years" a nearly 6-hour video portrait of Kotak's family life culled from hundreds of hours of footage shot entirely from the view point of the artist's son, whom she has regularly equipped with a GoPro camera since the age of three months.

Marni Kotak is a multimedia and performance artist presenting everyday life being lived. She has received international attention for her durational performance installation / exhibitions including "The Birth of Baby X" (2011) in which she gave birth to her son as a live performance and "Mad Meds" (2014) during which the artist slowly withdrew from psychiatric medications prescribed for postpartum depression. Kotak's works have also appeared at the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile, Artists Space, Exit Art, Momenta Art, English Kills Gallery, Grace Exhibition Space, among others. She has performed extensively in the US and abroad. Kotak has been featured in ArtFCity, Artforum, Blouin Artinfo, Art Pulse, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Los Angeles Times, Studio International, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Washington Post, among many others. She has also appeared on Good Morning America (ABC), CBC Radio, NPR, and other broadcasts. Grants include Franklin Furnace Fund Award (2012-13) and the Brooklyn Arts Council among others. She received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Brooklyn College.

Marni Kotak: Treehouse opens Friday May 12 and continues through June 18. Opening Reception: Friday May 12, 6-9pm. Hours: Thursday to Monday, 1-6pm.

For inquiries please contact the gallery at inquiries@microscopegallery.com or by phone at 347.925.1433.

1329 Willoughby Avenue, 2B
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Hours: Thurs to Mon, 1-6pm
or by appointment
T: 347 925 1433



18. Jerri Allyn, FF Alumn, at Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA, opening May 13

Hi friends and colleagues,

For those in the region, please join us this Saturday for the opening this Saturday 5/13/17 of Animating the Archives: The Woman's Building (May 13- June 3, 2017)! If you can't make the opening, there are a series of performances and events.

For those out-of-town, FYI.

15 emerging artists @ Avenue 50 Studio (gallery)
131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, LA, CA.

Johanna Breiding
CamLab-Anna Mayer and Jemima Wyman
Teresa Flores in collaboration with Maryam Hosseinzadeh
Raquel Gutierrez
Hackers of Resistance
Onya Hogan-Finaly in collaboration with Phranc
Carlina Ibarra-Mendoza
Marissa Magdalena
J.Alex Mathews
Felicia 'Fe' Montes
Cindy Rehm
Gladys Rodriguez
Hana Ward
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth
Diana Wyen

Hope to see you! Cheers,

Jerri Allyn

Jerri Allyn
Project Manager / Artist Educator / Monkey
310. 963. 8118

"I am not nearly so interested in what monkey wo/man was derived from, as I am in what kind of monkey s/he is to become." Loren Eiseley



19. Adam Pendleton, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, April 18

The text of the complete illustrated article follows below. Here is a link to the complete illustrated article:


The New York Times
The Rising Art World Star Behind 'Black Dada'
Up Next

Name Adam Pendleton
Age 33
Hometown Richmond, Va.
Now Lives In Brooklyn, where he shares a brownstone apartment with his husband, Karsten Ch'ien, and works in a tranquil studio in Sunset Park.

Claim to Fame Mr. Pendleton is an artist and rising art world star whose work has been included in the Venice Biennale and acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern. "I moved to New York to be an artist when I was 18," he said. "I always say to people that I went to art school in public."

Big Break Frustrated creatively in Brooklyn, Mr. Pendleton decamped to Germantown, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley in 2007 to live and work. "I began thinking very deeply about what it meant to create space for yourself as an artist from an art historical standpoint," he said. "But also, what ideas can you contribute to the world as an artist that matter." Out of that fertile time came his Black Dada paintings - large, monochromatic, abstract-seeming diptychs that incorporate type. He described Black Dada as "a way of articulating a broad conceptualization of blackness." The paintings went on view at the New Museum, and one of them was acquired by MoMA.

Latest Projects Mr. Pendleton is finishing up "Black Dada Reader," a book that incorporates essays by curators, as well as text from W. E. B. Dubois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and others and will be published this fall by Walther Koenig Books. He is also working on a commission from MoMA to delve into the archive of Avalanche, the art magazine from the 1970s. The commission will result in a wall work, immersive floor to ceiling pieces, based on collages. In his studio, he has begun a new series of large-scale paintings using spray paint.

On Display Mr. Pendleton has three solo museum exhibitions this spring - at MOCA Cleveland until May 14; at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin until May 14; and at the Baltimore Museum of Art through Oct. 1. The show in Baltimore is an exhibition of new work that responds to recent political events, and race in America in 2017.

Copy That As someone whose Saturday night out in high school was a trip to Borders, Mr. Pendleton finds two things indispensable to his work: books and his old Sharp copy machine. He can buy 10 to 15 books a week, he said, and when he comes across an image or a passage that inspires him, he copies it. "I'm hoping it never breaks down," he said of the machine, which he calls the "queen of the studio." He laughed. "I'm also hoping they don't stop making the toner."



20. Arantxa Araujo, Hector Canonge, Rossella Matamoros, FF Alumns, Itinerant 2017 Performance Art Festival, NYC, May 13-21

Performance Art Festival NYC
May 13 - 21

ITINERANT, New York City's annual Performance Art festival, will launch its 2017 program on Saturday, May 13th at Last Frontier NYC in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The festival continues through May 21st with the presentations of performances and public interventions in different venues in the city. This year's program, organized and curated independently by interdisciplinary artist Hector Canonge, focuses on works that treat notions of human displacement, pilgrimage, physical dislocations, psychological migrations, and corporeal transformations. ITINERANT 2017 will feature performance art works by local, national and international artists coming from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North America.

The festival's OPENING NIGHT (Saturday, May 13th, 8:00-11:00 pm) will be hosted at Last Frontier NYC in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The CLOSING EVENT (Sunday, May 21st, 2:00 - 7:00 pm) will take place with outdoor performances and interventions at Flushing Meadows Park in Corona, Queens.

ITINERANT 2017 will be hosted at the following venues and boroughs: Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, May 14th, 3-8 pm), Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, May 15th, 7-10 pm), Panoply Performance Laboratory (Brooklyn, May 16th, 8-11pm), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, May 19th, 7-11pm), and Queens Museum (Queens, May 20th, 2-5 pm).

PROGRAM (Date & Time, Hosting Venue, Artists):

Saturday, May 13th, 8 - 11 PM * OPENING NIGHT *
520 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Participating Artists:
Alex Côté (Canada), Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut (Martinique), Carolina Mayorga (Colombia), Jerico Domingo (Philippines), Arantxa Araujo (Mexico), Qinza Najm (Pakistan), Jil Guyon (United States), Siw Laurent (Norway), and Amy Wilson (United States).

Sunday, May 14th, 3 - 8 PM
32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11106
Participating Artists:
Wild Torus (United States), Alejandro Chellet (Mexico), Rosary Solimanto (United States), Milton Afanador Alvarado (Colombia), Colleen Itani (United States), Jill McDermid and Erik Hokanson (United States), Maritea Daehlin (Mexico / Norway), John Chiaromonte (United States), and Leah Aron (United States).

Monday, May 15th, 7 - 10 pm
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
Participating Artists:
Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle, PPL (United States), Rachel Cohen (United States), Feng Jiang (Taiwan), Alexander D'Agostino (United States), Agnieszka Karasch (Poland), and Ayana Evans (United States) and Tianyu Qiu (China).

Tuesday, May 16th, 8 - 11 PM
104 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Participating Artists:
Sierra Ortega, Raki Malhotra, Meli Sanfiorenzo, and Abbey of Misrule.

Friday, May 19th, 7 - 11 PM
840 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Participating Artists:
David Linton (United States), Shubho Saha (Bangladesh), Michael Barrett (United States), Veronica Rodriguez and stofer&stofer (Puerto Rico / Switzerland), Luke Mannarino (United States), Zhiyuan Yang (China), Katiana Rangel (Brazil), and Marcela Torres (United States).

Saturday, May 20th, 2 - 5 PM
NYC Building , Flushing Meadows, Corona, NY 11368
Participating Artists:
Sarah Haddou (France), Jil Guyon (United States), Milton Afanador Alvarado (Colombia), Jessica Hirst (United States), Mina Büker and Amy Wilson (Turkey / United States), Tsedaye Makonnen (Ethiopia), Jenna Kline (United States), Tianyu Qiu (China), Alexander D'Agostino (United States), and Qinza Najm (Pakistan).

Sunday, May 21, 2 - 7 PM * CLOSING EVENT *
Queens, New York City
Participating Artists:
Annabele Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut (Martinique), Nathaniel Hendrickson (United States), Eliu Almonte (Dominican Republic), Tingying Ma (China), Mina Büker (Turkey), Sylva Dean (United States), Sahily Tamayo and Gregorio Alvarez (Cuba / Dominican Republic), Camila Cañeque (Spain), Rossella Matamoros (Costa Rica) and Autumn Kioti (United States).

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: ITINERANT was created in 2010 by artist Hector Canonge. The initiative was a small platform for Contemporary Performance Art, and had its origins in the monthly series A-Lab Forum that Canonge organized at Crossing Art Gallery in Flushing, Queens. Following the growing interest in Live Art, and the need to present performance in the borough, ITINERANT was launched in 2011 under the auspices of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development. In 2012, ITINERANT was recognized by the City of New York as the first Performance Art festival taking place in the five boroughs (Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island) that make the metropolitan region. Following the large scale venture in NYC, Canonge journeyed through Europe and Latin America creating, in 2013, the Spanish edition of the festival and calling it Encuentro ITINERANTe with public presentations in various cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Website: www.itinerant.website
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itinerantpafnyc
Email: itinerant.paf@gmail.com



21. Jeanine Oleson, Anita Chao, FF Alumns, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, May 13-14, and more


I am very excited to announce the opening of my project, Conduct Matters, at the Hammer Museum! It opens to the public today, and the official opening reception is June 3rd. The exhibition includes a Crossed Wires* a 3-channel video, a weaving, terra-cotta speaker, glass-cast monitor and...wire. The exhibition was curated by the stellar Connie Butler and Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, and the entire team there has been amazing. It's been an intense couple of years making this work with the help of so many amazing collaborators/friend/supporters and I am beyond excited to see it up.

I'm also presenting a performance, Breathe in the World, on May 13th and 14th at 4 pm in the Hammer's Annex theater if you happen to be in LA. It includes experiments in the symbiotic playing of a new instrument(see below) by Tim Aaron and Scott Cazan, performance by Sharon Chohi Kim and sets/inevitable performance by Rachel Higgins.

I hope some of you get to see the show and please let me know if you have any questions! Sending out the best to all of you and hoping this finds you in good spirits.


*Crossed Wires credits:
Performers: Beth Griffith, Lisa Reynolds, Diwa Tamrong & nyx zierhut; Editor: Anita Chao; Score & mixing: Rainy Orteca; Costumes: Kim Charles Kay; Camera: Elizabeth Harnarine, Leah Moskowitz & Nica Ross; Sound recording: Marina Ancona & James Kienitz Wilkins

This project was made possible by funding from Creative Capital & residencies at the Hammer Museum and UrbanGlass, BK.

PS- If you're in Seoul, I'm in a show at Coreana Museum.



22. Kimsooja, FF Alumn, at Kewenig Gallery, Berlin, Germany, thru June 30, and more

Kimsooja - Geometry of Breath
April 28 - June 30, 2017
Kewenig Gallery, Berlin
Brüderstraße 10, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Kewenig is pleased to open the exhibition "Geometry of Breath" by Kimsooja on the occasion of the Gallery Weekend. The exhibition was planned by Michael O. Kewenig together with Kimsooja. Due to his recent passing away Kimsooja dedicates her exhibition at the Kewenig Gallery Berlin in commemoration of the gallerist.
The conceptual artist Kimsooja (born in 1957 in Daegu, South Korea) lives in New York, Seoul and recently in Berlin. For more than thirty years, she has dedicated her oeuvre to the themes of migration, the human condition, and issues of the displaced self. In site-specific installations, performances, sculptures, videos and photographic works, she responds to the human condition with investigations into current cultural and political phenomena such as migration, cosmopolitanism and transculturalism in an increasingly globalized yet destructive world.
The exhibition "Geometry of Breath" contextualizes Kimsooja's last 10 years of work that focus on the corporeal aspect of her practice. The exhibit begins with the installation "To Breathe: Mandala" (2010), a readymade American jukebox, which amplifies the artist's breathing sound performance, "The Weaving Factory" (2004). The jukebox is presented on a painted wall, together with the breathing and humming sound, the speaker symbolizes and becomes the artist's body, mandala. Kimsooja leads us to a hypnotic and meditative outer space and timelessness.

The black "Bottari" (2017) line the historical stairway leading to the upper level of the exhibition. Kimsooja first tied together Bottari (Korean for "bundles") in 1992 during her time as artist- in-residence at MoMA PS1; since then, she has repeatedly taken them up anew as an artistic evolution and as a signature, each time in a site-specific manner in response to the personal and social condition around her. Traditionally in Korea, until well into the twentieth century, Bottaris were constructed by gathering a person's most important possessions into a wrapping cloth (in Kimsooja's work, used bedcovers) often when a native place had to be left behind. According to Kimsooja, "Homeland is not a topographically definable place but a state of consciousness and belonging." Wherever Kimsooja finds herself to be, her body is simultaneously her studio and her home. In these new body of works, the borders between her body - as the space where new ideas arise - and the works themselves become increasingly blurred.
In the vestibule of the upper floor of the exhibition Kimsooja exhibits a selection of her recent print series "Topology of Time" (2016), which are produced from a collection of the artist's hair since the early 90s. The hair functions in the pictorial space simultaneously as a drawing and an instrument for measuring time. "Geometry of Body" (2013-2016) are abstracted from fingerprints taken for security clearance at the American-Mexican border crossing Mariposa Land Port of Entry. In the framework of the U.S. GSA Art in Architecture Program in 2013, Kimsooja installed large-format outdoor LED screen video portraits of border residents of Mexican descent living in the US - directly above the high-security zone of the controversial borderline - to offer a gesture of greeting to migrants who passed through the border daily. The abstracted fingerprints, once symbols of identity, now reference the lines of a topographic map.
The adjacent room contains "A Laundry Woman," (2017) where the artist's clothing, which after many years of wear show traces of her body, are installed on a clothesline. Next, a visitor reaches the print and video work "An Album: Havana" (2007), a panning shot in which bodies of anonymous passersby are blurred and disappear into the wind as the focus softens.
In the third room on the upper floor, one encounters the sculpture "Deductive Object" (2016), Kimsooja's first plaster-cast of the artist's arms and hands exhibited on an antique wooden table. The casting captures the artist's hands as her index fingers meet her thumb constructing a void within the hand. This work is installed alongside "One Breath" (2006 / 2016), a digital embroidery of the sound waves of a single breath from the artist's "The Weaving Factory" (2006) sound performance, as well as "Geometry of Body" (2006 - 2015), a yoga mat that the artist had used for nine years until it held the impression of her body as a painting. The three works correspond to the clay spheres - relics, "Deductive Object" (2016), which reference the major work "Archive of Mind" (2016) at Kimsooja's solo exhibition at the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2016. In what is the artist's first interactive installation, over the course of the exhibition visitors are invited to sit around a 19-meter-long elliptical table and shape balls of fresh clay between the palms of their hands, accompanied by a sound performance "Unfolding Sphere" of rolling clay spheres and gurgling sounds by the artist.
In the final room of the exhibition, the video work "An Album: Hudson Guild" (2009), inquires into the changes and subjective conditions of spatial and temporal perception in old age. In the video recordings of the senior citizens from the Hudson Guild center in the Chelsea district of New York, the artist focuses on the phenomena of memory loss and detachment from reality, while remembering her deceased father, who suffered a stroke. The portrayed individuals are immigrants from Latin America, Europe and Asia, who are increasingly being forced out of Chelsea due to rising rents. In the photograph produced on the occasion of the exhibition and titled "An Album: Hudson Guild" (2009/2017), they gather into a group portrait of America - as a country of immigrants.
In the warehouse of the gallery in the district of Moabit, Kewenig is installing Kimsooja's video-performance "Bottari Truck - Migrateurs" (2007), in which the artist was conveyed through the streets of Paris as a journey which commemorated the 'Sans Papier' Movement at Eglise Saint Bernard where immigrants without papers protected themselves in the early 90s. Upon the loading area of the warehouse, the pick-up truck complete with her paradigmatic Bottaris is installed. The work was conceived at the Artist-in- Residence Program at the MAC/VAL (Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne) in an outlying district of Paris, where immigrants from Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe live.
Kimsooja's works have been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions at international museums including MoMA PS1, New York (2001); Crystal Palace, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2006); Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain St. Étienne (2012); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2012); Vancouver Art Gallery (2013); Guggenheim Bilbao (2015); Centre Pompidou-Metz (2015); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2010, 2016/17) and CAC Málaga (2016). In 2013, Kimsooja represented the Korean Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial. Furthermore, her works have been exhibited at the 5th Istanbul Biennale (1997), São Paulo (1998) and Venice (1999, 2001, 2005, 2007). She was recently honored with the Ho-Am Prize (2015) and the Asia Society Arts Award in Hong Kong (2017).

Kewenig Gallery, Berlin

Upcoming: Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

Archive of Mind, 2016, participatory site specific installation consisting of clay balls, 19 m elliptical wooden table, and sound performance Unfolding Sphere, 2016, Installation at Kimsooja - 마음의 기하학 / Archive of Mind at MMCA, Seoul, Photo by Jeon Byung Cheol, Courtesy of MMCA, Hyundai Motor Co., Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp and Kimsooja Studio
May 13 - November 26, 2017
Palazzo Fortuny
Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco 3958-San Beneto, Venice, Italy
To coincide with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale, the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia will present their sixth, and final, exhibition: Intuition. Curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, Director of the Palazzo Fortuny, and co-curated by Dario Dalla Lana, Davide Daninos and Anne-Sophie Dusselier, the exhibition will explore how intuition has, in some form, shaped art across geographies, cultures and generations. It will bring together historic, modern and contemporary works related to the concept of intuition, dreams, telepathy, paranormal fantasy, meditation, creative power, hypnosis and inspiration.
Intuition will be the last in a highly acclaimed series at the Palazzo Fortuny co-curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, which include Artempo (2007), In-finitum (2009), TRA (2011), Tàpies. Lo Sguardo dell'artista (2013) and most recently, Proportio (2015).
Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning: a feeling that guides a person to act in a certain way without fully understanding why.
Some of the earliest works on display in the exhibition will reveal the role of intuition in encouraging artists to connect the two worlds, first attempts by man to create an immediate link between the sky and the earth: from the erection of totems to shamanism and mystical ecstasy; and from religious iconography describing illuminations (Annunciation, Visitation, Pentecost...), to classical works capturing the divine revelation of dreams.
Modern works by Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hilma af Klint and more will highlight the intuitive experience and feeling that drives the creative process, and led to the rise of abstract art. The importance of the spatial and temporal research undertaken by the Gutai, Cobra, Zero, Spazialismo and Fluxus groups will be illustrated with works by Kazuo Shiraga, Pierre Alechinsky, Günther Uecker, Lucio Fontana, Mario Deluigi and Joseph Beuys.
The Surrealists interest in the unconscious will also be an important focus of the exhibition. Their fascination with dreams, automatic writing and drawing, collective creations and the state of alteration of the ego will be represented with the 'dessins communiqués' and 'cadavres exquis' of André Breton, André Masson, Paul Eluard, Remedios Varo, Victor Brauner amongst others, along with the experiments of camera-less photography of Raoul Ubac and Man Ray, and the works on paper by Henry Michaux, Oscar Dominguez and Joan Miró.
This legacy will be reflected in a number of works by contemporary artists such as Robert Morris, William Anastasi, Isa Genzken, Renato Leotta and Susan Morris who, since the 1960s, have revived, developed and modernised the Surrealists' interest with automatism, leading to new formal and technical results. Other contemporary works by artists including Marina Abramović, Chung Chang-Sup, Ann Veronica Janssens and Anish Kapoor, are inspired by striking subjective experiences or states of mind, and the artists' concern and preoccupation with the viewer.
During the opening days visitors will be invited to explore and experience the paranormal fantasy of artists through four performances related to dreams, telepathy, and hypnosis - of the mind and body -by young artists Marcos Lutyens, Yasmine Hugonnet, Angel Vergara and Matteo Nasini.
Intuition aims to provoke questions about the origins of creation, and is intended to be viewed as a 'work in progress', with leading contemporary artists creating a dialogue with the historic works and with the unique character of Mariano and Henriette Fortuny's former home. Kimsooja, Alberto Garutti, Kurt Ralske, Bruna Esposito and Nicola Martini will all create site-specific installations as part of the exhibition - a direct, and intuitive, response to the spaces of Palazzo Fortuny.
Palazzo Fortuny

Socle Du Monde Biennale 2017
HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning

Deductive Object, 2016, site specific installation consisting of painted welded steel, aluminum mirror panels, Sculpture: 2.45 x 1.50 m, Mirror: 10 x 10 m, Installation at Kimsooja Archive of Mind at MMCA, Seoul, Photo by Aaron Wax, Courtesy of MMCA and Hyundai Motor Co., Kukje Gallery, Seoul, and Kimsooja Studio
Socle Du Monde Biennale 2017
April 21 - August 27, 2017
HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning
Birk Centerpark 8, 7400 Herning, Denmark

The Socle du Monde Biennale was founded in 2002, making it the oldest Danish biennale focusing on contemporary art. It is named after Piero Manzoni's groundbreaking sculpture Socle du Monde, one of the main masterpieces in the HEART collection.
Socle du Monde 2017 presents a wide range of works. Paintings, installation art, sculptures and performances - from colourless paintings, shit in a can and live chickens to art exchanges and a dancing light robot.
The biennale celebrates Piero Manzoni by turning its gaze partly towards the past, partly to the future as it presents a carefully chosen selection of exciting artists. It also presents a wide range of works that have never before been shown in Scandinavia.
The 2017 Socle du Monde Biennale - to challenge the Earth, the Moon, the Sun & the Stars is the 7th instalment of the biennale.
The 2017 Socle Du Monde Biennale takes place at HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning Højskole, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt's Museum, The Geometric Gardens and HEART's Sculpture Park.
The Socle du Monde Biennale will be presenting a number of internationally renowned curators headed by Mattijs Visser, founding director ZERO foundation, with curators Olivier Varenne, Jean-Hubert Martin, Daniel Birnbaum and Maria Finders . Assisting the team are Holger Reenberg, director at HEART and founding Director of The Socle du Monde Biennale , the director at Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, Lotte Korshøj and Chief curator at HEART Michael Bank Christoffersen. Each of the 5 curators will create their individual chapter, based on a work by Manzoni, while the 'outdoor' chapters with permanent installations will be curated by the complete team.

Socle Du Monde Biennale

Person in the Crowd, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

A Beggar Woman - Cairo, 2001, single channel video, Tibetan Monk Chanting (sound), 8:53, Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio
Person in the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie
February 25 - May 22, 2017
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States
Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie features work by more than 50 international artists who have taken to the street to play detective, make fantastic maps, scavenge and shop for new materials, launch guerrilla campaigns, and make provocative spectacles of themselves to speak to issues as diverse as commodity fetishism, gentrification, gender politics, globalization, racism, and homelessness. The exhibition is on view February 25 through May 22, 2017, and features works, new performances, and historical pieces by Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Constant, David Hammons, and Zhang Huan, among many others.

While much of the exhibition will be presented in the Barnes Foundation's Roberts Gallery, Person of the Crowd will also reach into the city of Philadelphia. A series of performances-by artists including Sanford Biggers, Tania Bruguera, Ayana Evans, Zachary Fabri, and Wilmer Wilson IV-will take place on the streets of Philadelphia, and billboard and street poster projects will activate the city throughout the exhibition run.

The Barnes has also commissioned New York-based artist Man Bartlett to create a project site and digital artwork exploring themes related to the exhibition and the concept of "cyberflânerie." Bartlett will act as a flâneur by documenting the street performances taking place throughout the run of the exhibition and inviting the general public to step into the position of the flâneur and share their perceptions of everyday urban life via social media using the hashtag #personofthecrowd. He will also work with teens in the Philadelphia region to develop videos documenting their own experiences as flâneurs inspired by their engagement in the public spaces of the city.

Bartlett will weave together this rich digital content-his documentation of the performances, the public's social media posts as interpreted by a custom-built machine learning application, and Philadelphia students' videos-to create the final piece which will live on a project site and will be projected inside the Barnes Foundation's Annenberg Court.
Artists: Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Franz Ackermann, Francis Alÿs, Eleanor Antin, Arman, Man Bartlett, Sanford Biggers, Slater Bradley, Stanley Brouwn, Tania Bruguera, Ingrid Calame, Sophie Calle, Papo Colo, Constant, Guy Debord, Allan Espiritu, Ayana Evans, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Zachary Fabri, Guerrilla Girls, Kendell Geers, Adler Guerrier, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Hi Red Center, Jenny Holzer, Tehching Hsieh, Zhang Huan, Allan Kaprow, Kimsooja, Moshekwa Langa, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Virgil Marti, Lee Mingwei, Annette Messager, Ivan Cardoso / Hélio Oiticica, Jefferson Pinder, Adrian Piper, William Pope.L, Robert Rauschenberg, Martha Rosler, Christy Rupp, Ed Ruscha, Carolee Schneemann, Dread Scott, Jean Shin, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Gillian Wearing, Wilmer Wilson IV, Brett Day Windham, David Wojnarowicz

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Tous, des sang-mêlés, MAC/VAL Musée d'art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne

To Breathe - The Flags, 2012, Single channel video, 40:41 min. loop, silent, Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio
Tous, des sang-mêlés
April 22 - September 3, 2017
MAC/VAL Musée d'art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne
Place de la Libération, 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine, France
The Val-de-Marne Contemporary Art Museum is happy to present a group show entitled "Tous, des sang-mêlés" ("All, mixed-bloods") around the universal and burning issue of cultural identity. This original proposal echoes previous curatorial projects conducted by the MAC VAL over the last few years.
In tune with the current world affairs, this exhibition explores the notion of cultural identity through various artistic visions and experiences: what is our common denominator? How do we build a shared culture in spite of more and more diverse/opposite origins? Those are some of the current global issues. Under the co-patronage of French historian Lucien Febvre and his book We are all mixed-bloods: a manual on the history of the French civilization (1950), and that of Stuart Hall, founding father of Cultural Studies, this exhibition highlights the fictional dimension of the concept of cultural identity. Our curators have build an exhibition around different proposals that raise questions and shed light on what relates and sets us apart, on transfer of knowledge and future, on power and resistance, on individuals and communities...
Through the voice of about sixty international artists and around one hundred artworks, the exhibition investigates the topics of cultural, national and sexual identities. They all revolve around the notion of being, yet some are obvious, others bring up -often passionate, always political- debates, and others call up memories of the past, sensitivity, experiences, and existence itself, from survival instinct to the notion of living together.
The works gathered in this exhibition tackle these topics from a real-life standpoint in a spirit of exchange and dialogue. If cultural identity is a fiction, artists have different ways to interpret, investigate and question it...while taking distance with the -all too reductive- identity perspective.
How do we shape ourselves in regard to our tongue, territory, family, History, story, and stereotypes?
The exhibition proposes several elements to establish a common ground on which alterities could develop together and in regard to one another.
Through the story, sensitivity, words and commitment of artists from all horizons, ages and nationalities, each visitor can grow his own understanding of the notion of "Identity". Set up in the very heart of the exhibition, "De quoi j'me mêle?" offers a space of encounters, debates, reading and relaxation all throughout the duration of the show. Its goal is to take time to think together or individually about the issues raised by the exhibition and the reality of today's world. Singular voices will speak up to share opinions as well as personal and collective experiences.
These encounters organized by everyone who collaborated in the organization of the event, are free of charge and open to all audience on Sunday, 30 April, 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 June, 11 June, 25 June, 9 July, 27 August and 3 September at 4pm.
MAC/VAL Musée d'art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne

Thread Lines, KMAC Museum, Kentucky

Thread Routes - Chapter I, 2010, 16mm film transferred to HD format 29:31 min, sound, Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio
Thread Lines
April 29 - August 6, 2017
KMAC Museum, Kentucky
715 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, United States
Curated by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow
Organized by The Drawing Center, New York
This group exhibition features fifteen artists who engage in sewing, knitting, and weaving to create a wide-range of works that activate the expressive and conceptual potential of line and illuminate affinities between the mediums of textile and drawing. Multi-generational in scope, Thread Lines brings together those pioneers who-challenging entrenched modernist hierarchies-first unraveled the distinction between textile and art with a new wave of contemporary practitioners who have inherited and expanded upon their groundbreaking gestures.
KMAC Museum

The 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale
Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art

Unfolding Bottari - Geometry of Possession, Digital Slideshow of 223 Flea-Market Photographs from the artist's on going photo project around the world, 11:37 min loop, silent, Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio
The 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale
April 28 - July 28, 2017
Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art
Chongqing nanbing Yangtze River Art Plaza, China
It has been 2 years since the 1st Session of Changjiang International Photography &Video Biennale achieved success. And the 2nd Session is coming now! This Biennale, sponsored by Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, will be held in April 2017 for 3 months.
In the 2nd Session, we invite Bisi Silva (Nigeria), Cui Cancan and Wang Qingsong in China as curators. These three curators, with varied academic background, from different countries and regions, will bring us a great exhibition. Bisi Silva is the founder and art director of CCA who has devoted to the study and the plan of international contemporary art and feminine art. Moreover, she has been one of the curators for many significant Biennales. Cui Cancan, Chinese independent curator, is active in Chinese contemporary art and the joint area connected art and social movement, who stands out and gets much attention for planning experimental exhibitions and critical projects. Wang Qingsong, the Chinese artist that focus on the field of contemporary photography, has participated in many important international Biennales and also is the founder and curator-in-chief of the 1st Session of Changjiang International Biennale of Video Art and Photography. The 2ed Session of Biennale will continue to put the video art and photography as the main objective, which is just as the 1st session, and use space and halls in a broader way to explore a brand-new format for showcase. All the space and halls in Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art will get artists, of different ages, from varied region all over the world together, whose works will form new relationship for narration and show the impact and value of video art and photography on every systems.
After a year's discussion, the objective of this Biennale has settled as "Every Skyscraper is Built from the Ground", which describes the process of art development during the history and emphasizes its base. The objective also metaphorizes that everything develops from nothing, symbolizes that image art are ubiquitous and influenced all trades and professions, and manifests the Biennale's ambition to enter into the public full-fledged.
This Biennale includes two parts: one is Theme Exhibition, the other is Special Project. Five Units makes up the Theme Exhibition, namely, "Video Art and Film Art", "Images and Visual Communication", "Images and books, classic magazines, network", "Images and Local time, Self-organization, Experimental space", "Images and Contemporary Art". These five units focus on the wonderful relationship between image art and different systems. Image art not only activates the development and boundaries of various social fields, but also constantly changes itself in this process, adding new attributes. The units, the literature and the works, intertwining and complementing each other, form rich and complex cultural clues together.
This Biennale, just as the one in last year, sets Video Art and Photography Award and other relative awards, judged by a jury comprised 5 reviewers and curators. During the 90 days, roundtable meetings and workshops will be held with artists in multi-fields, through cruising , broadcasting and recreation, which emphasizes the objective of "Every Skyscraper is Built from the Ground" that is to bring the exhibition, transmission and application of art to the social front, and strengthen the relationship between Biennale and different regional art practices.
"Rip It Up" happens in west China, which converged as a flood of video art and photography in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art

Upcoming: The Urge to Create Vision, Centrum Rzezby Polskiej, Oronsko, Poland

A Mirror Woman: The Sun & The Moon, 2008, Four Channel Video Projection, 12:33, Sound, Commissioned by Shiseido Foundation, Tokyo, Courtesy of Kimsooja Studio
The Urge to Create Vision
May 27 - September 17, 2017
Centrum Rzezby Polskiej
Topolowa 1, 26-505 Oronsko, Poland
International Exhibition carried out in cooperation with the Foundation Signum includes works by renowned artists of historical avant-garde and contemporary artists. In Orońsko we see, among others, the work of artists such as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Jesus Rafael Soto, Francisco and Stefan Themersonowie Wojciech Fangor, Kimsooja, Mikołaj Grospierre. The exhibition will be the main highlight of the summer season 2017

Curator: Grzegorz Musiał
Coordinator: Leszek Golec
Participants: Elias Crespin, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Wojciech Fangor, Paweł Grobelny, Mikołaj Grospierre, Bethan Huws, Kimsooja, Lin Yi, Michał Martychowiec, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Jesus Rafael Soto, Francisco and Stefan Themerson Ludwig Wilding, Chi Tsung Wu
Cetrum Rzezby Polskiej, Oronsko, Poland



23. Anna Ogier-Bloomer, FF Intern Alumn, at Gateway Project Spaces, Newark, NJ, opening May 10

Please join me next Wednesday night, May 10th, for the opening of CLAW: Grab Back Feminist Residency Exhibition, at Project for Empty Space in Newark, NJ.

Feminist in Residence Exhibition: CLAW
May 10, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Opening Reception:
Wednesday, May 10th, 6 - 8pm
Project For Empty Space [at] Gateway Project Spaces
2 Gateway Center, #Newark

Saying good night while on the road, 2017

I'll be showing my recent series Let Down, and a few large pieces from my new series,
Family of Woman, along with three other talented Feminists in Residence.

We know that Newark, NJ, is often perceived as a magical and faraway place; however, it's much, MUCH, closer than you think!

Project For Empty Space is located in a concourse that is directly attached to Newark Penn Station, essentially, we are the station! Therefore, we strongly recommend using Public Transportation.

Take the WTC PATH train station and take the Newark bound train. Newark is the last stop on this line, and you do not need to change trains.
Take the PATH from another station, transfer across the platform at Journal Square to the Newark bound train. Newark is the last stop on this train too.
Find your way to New York Penn Station and take NJ Transit

How to find Project For Empty Space once you're IN Newark Penn Station.
Once in Newark Penn Station do not exit to the street.
Follow signs to the Gateway Center, from the PATH platform you'll take the escalator down and be in front of the center. If you're coming from street level in the station, follow signs to escalator five (5) towards the Hilton/ Gateway Center.

If you've followed directions carefully you'll find yourself in a glass overpass- do not be scared- walk forth into the gateways. You will follow this path until you get to the gallery- on your way you'll pass the Hilton Hotel on your right, a New York Sports Club, also on the right, you'll go up a short flight of stairs and be in another glass portal.

After you've gone through the second enclosed skyway you'll see NJTV followed by Project For Empty Space (on your right). You Have Arrived!

Anna Ogier-Bloomer



24. David Everitt Howe, FF Alumn, at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, opening May 14, and more

Hi there!

I have two exhibitions opening at Pioneer Works, Tahir Karmali's PAPER/work and Mollie McKinley's Salt Priestess. Karmali's show is presented in conjunction with the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, and is literally composed of paper pulp made out of Xeroxes of his Kenyan passport documents - the show revolves around notions of migration. If you're going to the fair, go up to the third floor gallery to take a look. I mopped the water off the floor as the installation was being made on-site. Manual labor for once!

McKinley's show is opening next Sunday, May 14th, as part of Second Sunday. A "feminist clarion call," she's showing photographs and salt and glass sculptures on pedestals, all revolving around "priestesses" in eerie natural landscapes; they're equal parts The Crucible and Barbarella. Her show is on the second floor.

Come if you can! Full PRs are below.

Tahir Karmali: PAPER/Work
May 4 - May 28, 2017
Pioneer Works, 3rd floor gallery

Working across photography and digital mediums, Brooklyn-based artist Tahir Karmali's interests lie in narrating outlier communities: groups who live away from mainstream society, but whose existences are indelibly shaped by economic, geopolitical, and social infrastructures. He draws from his own experiences as a well-traveled Kenyan citizen to structure narratives around migratory identity, specifically as it pertains to Indian migration of East Africa during the 1890s-prior to Kenya's independence in 1963-and its contemporary implications.

More specifically, Karmali is drawn to paper or "papers," documents key to legitimizing travel between borders. For PAPER/work, the artist has literally used his own passport as a basis for this new, site-specific installation of undulating, pulp-infused mesh screens and handmade paper sculptures. These documents' embedded fibers, imagery, and textual details have been broken down and reconstituted as almost topographical, map-like abstractions. In interrogating paper's material significance, Karmali utilizes papermaking-a process dealing in a filtration of sorts-as a tool to rethink notions of nationality, borders, and colonial history in personal terms.

PAPER/work is presented in conjunction with 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, as a 1:54 Special Project, and curated by Pioneer Works' Curator/Editor David Everitt Howe. Karmali will be a Pioneer Works artist-in-residence in Fall 2017.


Mollie McKinley: Salt Priestess
May 14 - June 25, 2017
Pioneer Works, 2nd floor gallery

Mollie McKinley's Salt Priestess, the artist's first institutional solo exhibition in the United States, is comprised of photographs and salt and glass sculptures. The exhibition presents alchemical transmutations as a feminist clarion call, one in which female archetypes-situated in and around supernatural landscapes-hover in a strange, symbolic space of ritual and unknowable, primal drama.

Made with a wooden 4×5 camera, McKinley's photographic tableaux typically portray "priestesses" inhabiting surreal American landscapes, such as desert dunes, abandoned parking lots, glacial lakes and weathered, wood cabins. Sometimes these settings stand in for themselves, as places of ritualized regeneration and resilience. At other times these locales become cinematic backdrops for the artist's heroines, who are equal parts Barbarella and The Crucible, part playful camp fantasy and dark, puritanical allegory. Wearing ceremonial wigs, bathrobes, fur scraps, rags, and fishing nets, they present offerings of pineapples, snakeskins, and other objects to the mystic forces of nature. Relationships between the femme body and the inherent vacuity of capitalist objects are activated.

The salt sculptures-or monoliths, as McKinley calls them-symbolize time, existential phenomenology, and nature's processes on physical material. They're deconstructed from fifty-pound salt licks used for livestock supplements. Rigid and compact in their factory state, McKinley uses a hammer and chisel to geometrically work away at the salt in patterns before further eroding them with pressurized water. This erosion process is violent and intense. The finished works allude to textures of weathered stone canyons in the American West, of exaggerated bone marrow, and of glacial surfaces. If the photographs represent these natural forces, McKinley's salt monoliths dramatically actuate them, in bodily form. Taken together, Salt Priestess twins this bodily preoccupation with the natural landscape; one functions as foil for the other.

Curated by Gabriel Florenz and David Everitt Howe

David Everitt Howe (DEH)

Online Art Editor, BOMB

Curator/Editor, Pioneer Works

Contributing Editor, ArtReview



25. Tamar Ettun, FF Alumn, at Battery Park, Manhattan, May 24

Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly: Part PINK
Tamar Ettun and The Moving Company
Presented by The Battery Conservancy

May 24, 6-7pm
The Bosque Fountain at Battery Park

On Wednesday, May 24, at sunset, The Moving Company will premiere the third part of its ongoing performance series Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly: Part PINK.
During the 45-minute performance, the Movers will delicately manipulate enormous pink balloons and handmade sculptures, walk on cement balls, draw on the pavement, jump through bike tires, climb, fall, and interact with the audience. The Moving Company will activate The Battery as a communal, pictorial playground.
Part PINK playfully explores the concept of aggression. It is a sequel to Part Blue and Part Yellow that dealt with empathy and desire (premiered at the Watermill Center and Bryant Park in 2015 and 2016). Each of the four parts in the Mauve Bird tetralogy is based on a color signifying an emotion that is felt when relating to others. The final chapter will premiere in 2018.

The Moving Company - a contemporary dance ensemble led by artist Tamar Ettun - is committed to bringing JOY & EMPATHY to public spaces through art and performance!

The performance is FREE and open to everyone.

+1 917-975-5188



26. Rumi Tsuda, FF Alumn, at Choplet, Brooklyn, opening May 13

Hello Everybody,

My recent ceramics will be on display May 13 - June 22 at

238 Grand St.
Brooklyn NY 11211

Opening Reception Saturday May 13, 7 - 9pm

Hope to see you.

Rumi Tsuda



27. Elly Clarke, FF Alumn, spring events
These months seem to be (not for the first time!) - about places beginning with B, with my work taking me (from Berlin) to Belgrade, Brussels, Birmingham and Bonn.. More info on some of the things I'm doing in some of these place follows.

a. #Sergina in Belgrade

Two weeks ago I was in Belgrade for a residency about AI at School for Machines and Learning, which coincided with Resonate - and to spend (same physical space) time with my long-term #Sergina collaborator Vladimir Bjelicic. On the last day I was photographed & interviewed both as myself and as #Sergina by Milica Kolarić for Before After Magazine. Read the full interview online in Serbian / in English.

b. Oscar Wilde in Brussels

Next week I am heading to Brussels to (for the 4th time!) be part of Mette Edvardsen's living book project Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine at Kunstenfestivaldesarts where individuals commit books to heart. My book is The Short Stories of Oscar Wilde and the tales I am embodying are The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Selfish Giant. I'll be doing this 9th-13th May and would be delighted to be read by you. More info & bookings here.

c. A Book for Richmond

Kerber Verlag in Berlin has offered to produce and promote a book of The George Richmond Portrait Project. Kerber is highly respected as an artist book publisher, but like most artist books these days, funding unfortunately does not come with the offer. If you would like to contribute towards this publication, or know someone who might, please get in touch.
d. A Course for Online Selling in Berlin

Art School Berlin's next workshop - Sell Your Art Online: 4-Week Course for Professional Artists - is lead by Rachel Marsden from The Great Creative Life and kicks off on 16th May for four weeks. There are still a couple of places left. More info & booking here.
BERLIN: Sell Your Art Online: 4-Week Course for Professional Artists with Rachel Marsden from The Great Creative Life.
e. Mapping Memories Online & Off - for Camden

An offscreen pixillated triptych created from a Google Map I put together out of my 2015 Camden Encounters commission from Camden Council is to be exhibited at Swiss Cottage Library from tomorrow, 3rd May for two months. At the same time an animated black & white version will feature on the Love Camden website, as a header.
MAPPING ENCOUNTERS at Swiss Cottage Library for 2 months from tomorrow - and online

MAPPING ENCOUNTERS (FADED MEMORIES) online at Love Camden for 2 months from tomorrow.
f. #Sergina plays at Yo Sissy

And finally, looking ahead, #Sergina will play at Berlin Music festival Yo Sissy along with four others from vinyl record label Wicked Hag on 29th July. #Sergina's new song Ganz Allein Mit Ihr will be on Wicked Hag's next compilation. Follow #Sergina on Instagram or Facebook for updates...

Thanks for reading and let me know if you think our physical paths can cross at any point along the way!




28. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, now online

"Fumiya Island," video excerpt from "archipelago.ch," created in collaboration with Daniel Bisig at the Artificial Intelligence Lab, University of Zurich, is featured in the May issue of Labocine, "Digital Worlds" online at https://www.labocine.com/issue/10 <https://www.labocine.com/issue/10.

Labocine is an Imagine Science Films <http://imaginesciencefilms.org/ initiative to extend its film programming to a broader and diverse audience online.



29. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, announces new publication

THRILLED about the Catalogue Raisonne of my 1970s multiple edition artist books, just published by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, CA. Mine is the 8th in a series. I'm honored to be in such wonderful company with Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Ida Applebroog, John Baldessari, Allan Kaprow, FF Alumns, as well as Allen Ruppersberg and Mel Bochner.



30. Vito Acconci, Cathy Weis, at WeisAcres, Manhattan, May 14

Film screening of The Red Tapes (1977)
by Vito Acconci
May 14, 2017

Vito Acconci did his work in front of the camera, not behind it. His old, grainy Sony black and white camera unleashed something passionate inside him and he mastered a relationship with it that was unique in the annals of early video. The Red Tapes (1977) are a great monument in the realm of early video art; an intense two hours and twenty minutes by a video master at the top of his game.

This event was planned before Vito's recent passing and is not in memoriam. Davidson Gigliotti and David Ross will lead a discussion about his work after the screening.
All Sundays on Broadway events are free and open to the public.

All events begin at 6:00pm. Doors open at 5:45pm at WeisAcres, 537 Broadway, #3. There are no reservations. Seating is first come, first served.

Keep in mind, this is a small space! Please arrive on time out of courtesy to the artists.
For more information, please visit cathyweis.org.



31. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, now online at hillsidehouseproductions.com

An Art Chat radio interview with Harley Spiller is now online at

Thanks for listening!



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller