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Contents for May 26, 2017

1. Martha Wilson, Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumns, at The Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, June 4

Artists Books Resource Roundtable at BABZ Fair

When: Sunday 4 June 2017 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. during the BABZ Fair
Where: The Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378
Phone: (347) 915-5615
Web: https://knockdown.center/event/babz2017/ (BABZ Fair)
http://www.smalleditionsnyc.com/artists-book-resource-roundtable-june-4th-1-3pm-at-babz-fair/ (roundtable event)

Have you been thinking about artists books lately? We have!

Register to join us in conversation! On Sunday June 4th at 1:00PM Blonde Art Books and Small Editions will be leading a series of informal discussions about topics in artists books with like-minded artists, publishers, organizers, collectors, curators and librarians. This program is organized to encourage discourse, discovery, and collaboration within the emerging publishing community. The first half of the program will be reserved for the roundtable discussions followed by a public group discussion and Q&A.

At 1:00 PM artists, writers, and publishers are invited to participate in open conversations with some of the most fascinating curators, librarians, and organizers in New York. Topics will include: accessing local collections and diverse resources, learning about upcoming opportunities, and gaining feedback about publishing projects.

At 2:00PM, the program will be open to the public for a Group Discussion and Q&A moderated by Small Editions Director, Corina Reynolds.

Roundtable registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Matter of Fact, a guide to NYC artists book resources (will also be available for purchase at the fair) including an index of artists book collections, book shops, printers, binders, and workshops in the city.Space is limited.

Register to participate by following this link. ( https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdavKVPzhTaK7SKZQj2IXoKxXXKGsLRvvLdaADEM9C43mgyZA/viewform )

Presenters include:

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature & sisterhood. Her book club has met with several award-winning authors including Margo Jefferson, Naomi Jackson, Angela Flournoy and Yaa Gyasi. WRBG's mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. Glory has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at startups and cultural institutions, including The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she is the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter, where she helps writers use the platform to build community and find support for their creative endeavors. Follow her on Instagram, @wellreadblackgirl, for book recommendations.

Jenna Freedman is a zine librarian and makes zines. She is the Associate Director of Communications at the Barnard Library in NYC. She has published articles on zine librarianship and presented around the United States and in France on that topic as well as on other themes of library activism.

Paul Romaine is Development & Membership Manager at the Center for Book Arts where he devotes his time to the continuation and preservation of the Book Arts. Before accepting his position at CBA, he worked as a librarian for 20 years and has been involved with NYC's letterpress scene for the last 16 years.

Max Schumann is Executive Director of Printed Matter. During his time at Printed Matter, Max has played a key role in the development of many of Printed Matter's programs and services over the past three decades and he has overseen the organization's transition into it's new location on 11th Avenue. In addition to his work for Printed Matter, Max is an artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. He serves on the Board of Directors of Primary Information, a non-profit artists' publishing imprint, and Bread and Puppet Theater, one of America's longest running non-profit experimental theater groups.

David Senior is the Senior Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library's artists' books collection. Senior lectures often on the history of artists' publications and contemporary art and design publishing. He also curates exhibitions of MoMA Library materials including: THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY (2016), Ray Johnson Designs (2014), Please Come to the Show (2013), Millennium Magazines (2012), Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968-74 (2011). His most recent exhibition Back in Time with Time-Based Works: Artists' Books at Franklin Furnace, 1976-1980, celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Archive. Please Come to the Show, a book documenting his exhibition of artists' invitations and show flyers from the MoMA Library, was published by Occasional Papers in 2014. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, ART PAPERS, and C Magazine. He organizes a regular program of events for Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair and the LA Art Book Fair called the Classroom. Senior edited an artist book series through Printed Matter and the NYABF from 2008-2014, which included publications with Dexter Sinister, David Horvitz, Emily Roysdon, Aaron Flint Jamison, James Hoff and Eve Fowler. He serves on the advisory committees of Printed Matter, Art Metropole and Art Resources Transfer and the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.

Robbin Ami Silverberg is founding Director of Dobbin Mill / Dobbin Books in Greenpoint, dedicated to the production of art in handmade paper and artists books, which she makes herself and in collaboration with others. She has exhibited and taught internationally, with artwork found in numerous collections, including the National Libraries in Paris, Leipzig, Vienna, and The Hague. Silverberg is an Associate Professor of Art of the Book at Pratt Institute, NYC. She also sits on the boards of the Center for Book Arts, Booklyn Artists Alliance, and is the NY Representative for the Ampersand Foundation, New York & Johannesburg.

Farris Wahbeh, Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources, Whitney Museum of American Art, works within the field of cultural informatics to enhance access to art and archival collections. Mr. Wahbeh has worked with collections that house archival materials ranging from the eighteenth century to art collections of the twenty-first. At the Getty Research Institute, he worked as a Research Database Editor at the Provenance Index, and in Chicago, Mr. Wahbeh managed the Creative Audio Archive. Mr. Wahbeh has consulted with educational and corporate organizations to integrate art and archival collections within their institutional mandate. Prior to joining the Whitney Museum of American Art, he was the Project Archivist of the Meyer Schapiro Collection housed at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which includes 400 linear feet of manuscript material and the art historian's art works. Before the appointment to his current position, Mr. Wahbeh worked as the Manager of Cataloguing and Documentation at the Whitney, creating standards for the description and information access for works of art held in the museum's permanent collection.

Tony White is Associate Chief Librarian of the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previous to joining the team at the MET, he was the Director of the Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art and before that Head of the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University.

Martha Wilson is an artist and Founder/Director of Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists' books, installation art, video, online and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums. As a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and "invasions" of other people's personae.

Join the facebook event ( https://www.facebook.com/events/129039254316144/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A257381581004759%2C%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A257381581004759%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D )

For more information about the BABZ Fair and other programing happening at the Knockdown Center during the fair visit www.blondeartbooks.com



2. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, spring events

By the Book
Kaller Fine Arts, 3732 Chesapeake Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016
May 5-June 30, 2017


Featuring works utilizing discarded books
Doug Beube • Andrew Hayes • Lisa Hill • Lisa Kokin • Emily Payne
Maria Porges • Wendy Wahl • Barbara Wildenboer

Open House Hours
Every Saturday & Sunday, 12-4 pm
Show Runs May 5-June 30
RSVP: candace@kallerfinearts.com

3732 Chesapeake St. NW
Washington, DC 20016



Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting,
A group exhibition curated by Samantha E. Cataldo, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
Feb. 25-May 21, 2017 (oops, sorry I'm a little late on the announcement)



By the Book: A Tribute to Dolph Smith
A group exhibition curated by Marina Pacini, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
July 15-Nov 26, 2017

http://www.brooksmuseum.org (check back for the listing on their website in July)


Radical Bookwork: Re-purposing Found Books from Meaning To Structure
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, 04627 • 207-348-2306
Session 5: August 12-August 25, 2017
Please contact Haystack if you would like to enroll in the class



Doug Beube: Re-Breaking the Codex
A solo exhibition at the Stevenson Library, Bard College, 1 Library Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504
Oct. 3-Nov. 9, 2017 (tentative closing date)

http://www.bard.edu/library/ (check back for the listing on their website in September)


The Internal Machine (inspirited by Bruno Munari)
A group exhibition curated by John Roach, The New York Center for Book Arts,
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor. New York, NY 10001 • 212-481-0295
Oct. 6-Dec. 16, 2017

http://centerforbookarts.org (check back for the listing on their website in July)


Doug Beube: A Succession of Cuts
An in depth article about my bookwork, collagework and text based installations will be written for the CBBAG magazine, both online and in print (writer to be announced).
The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 80 Ward St, Suite 207, Toronto, ON M6H 4A6, cbbag@cbbag.ca • 416-581-107
Spring, 2018

http://www.cbbag.ca (check back for the listing on their website later this year and in early 2018)

Gallery Representation
JHB Gallery
Jayne Baum
6 Grove St 4C
New York, NY 10014

Central Booking
Maddy Rosenberg
21 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

Doug Beube: Breaking the Codex
Bookwork, Collage and Mixed Media

Doug Beube: Breaking the Codex retails for $50.00 plus shipping/handling through dougbeube.com or my email address.

Doug Beube



3. Evelyn Eller, FF Alumn, at Yeshiva University Museum, Manhattan, thru July 30

Evelyn Eller's artist Book, "Jerusalem Pilgrim", is included in the current Exhibition.

"City of God, Bronze and Light, Jerusalem between Word and Image", at the

Yeshiva University Museum
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY

The exhibition closes on July 30th.



4. Vernita Nemec, Penny Arcade, Nicky Paraiso, RENO, FF Alumns, at Theater for the New City, Manhattan, May 28

Dear friends:
If you happen to be in the city on Sunday May 28th, please come- its free & a gas...
Theater for the New City Lower East Side Festival
Sunday, May 28, 2017 7:54PM for just 10 minutes
Vernita Nemec, also known as N'Cognita


The Theater for the New City Lower East Side Festival organized by Crystal field & happening Memorial Day weekend in NYC's Lower East Side at 1st Avenue & 10th Street will be presenting a multitude of 10 minute performances & readings- all free, all weekend. Among the performers & poets are Penny Arcade, Tammy Faye, Phoebe Legere, Nicky Paraiso, Reno, Yuko & Vernita N'Cognita. Come Sunday 7:54 PM to the Cabaret Theater (check the red door to the left of the 1st entrance) & stay for the evening!

In "Entangled", N'Cognita again incorporates out of scale props to search within the media of performance for a clearer understanding of what it is to be a woman today. In this work, she has braided 600 yards of ribbon into a large ball and sits in a child sized chair as she explores with the audience unanswerable questions discovered in a book. The artist uses Butoh movement forms interpreted uniquely & personally to explore, along with words and props, conceptual ideas in her performance work.

Vernita Nemec, also known as N'Cognita to honor underknown artists, has been creating performance artworks since 1978 when she "occupied" a corner of Prince &Wooster Streets in early days of SoHo. Since that time she has presented more than 70 performances in the United States, Hungary, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Mexico and France, including guerrilla performances at the Pompidou Museum in Paris and Documenta 13 in Kasel. This is the third Lower East Side Festival season in which she has performed. A different iteration of "Entangled" was presented at Judson Church as part of the Movement Research Monday Night Series. Her performances can also be seen on UTube. Come Sunday 7:54 PM to the Cabaret Theater (check the red door to the left of the 1st entrance) & stay for the evening!




5. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, spring events

reroot@comcast.net www.jaycritchley.com

Happy Spring!

I'd like to share my upcoming events with you:
May 26-Jun 8: People of Colors, AMP Gallery, Provincetown
July 12: Reading from fictional memoir, Uncle Jay,+ performance texts,
Provincetown Library, 6:00pm
July 14-27: The Whiteness House, AMP Gallery, Provincetown

Updates on the 34th Re-Rooters Day Ceremony (Jan 7, 2017);
and the 30th Provincetown Swim for Life (Sept 9)

Ever wonder what happens to all that plastic that hangs over us on Commercial Street every summer? After the roses have faded and the event is over?

Artist Jay Critchley's new venture, the Affirmative Re-Action Project recycles and recreates these discarded signs and re-hangs them over Commercial Street, Provincetown. The first is installed until May 31 next toTown Hall, designed with paint and naturally colored sand. The banner was stolen and then found by the police and rehung!

The concept for this first two-sided banner - 8' X 30" - is rooted in both the centennial of Provincetown's historic, fecund decade: 1910-1920, and the new Cold War. Side one reads in large Russian constructivist numbers, 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution and WWI; side two, the word, DEAL.

People of Colors Series.
One hundred years later, Russia looms as a dominant political force. The young American journalist, Communist and Provincetown Player, John Reed, wrote Ten Days That Shook the World, an iconic book about the Russian Revolution.

It inspired a riveting black and white documentary by Sergei Eisenstein, and a popular movie, Reds, about Reed, O'Neill and Louise Bryant, played by Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, respectively.

Thanks. Peace, Jay




6. Brendan Fernandes, FF Alumn, May events

Dear Friends!

I hope all is well. First, I would like to extends a huge thank you to Solange (Solange Knowles) for siting my work as an inspiration for her recent performance at the Guggenheim! I am honoured and humbled.

I am also very excited to share with you the Chicago launch of two books. "Still Move" and "Lost Bodies" will be launching on May 25th at the Graham Foundation. I will be in conversation with Zach Stafford and David Getsy, after which we will celebrate the books with a signing and drinks. I also have the honour of being included in the Whitney ISP's curatorial exhibition. The ISP program has been of much investment to me since my time as a studio fellow in 2006, and to be part of this show now means a great deal. This show, "That I am Reading Backwards and into for a Purpose, To Go On" opens on May 23rd at the Kitchen in NYC, from 5-8PM.

In the media, I am happy to share a short video created by "Gesso" a Chicago arts non-profit, about my performance work "Clean Labour." This gives an inside look at the work and its ideas. I am also happy to share an in depth article written by Queens University PhD Candidate, Sharday C. Mosurinjohn on my exhibition "Lost Bodies."

I hope you can explore some of these events, stories and happenings and as always, thank you!



7. Peggy Shaw & Lois Weaver, FF Alumns, at Queen Mary University of London, UK, June 2-3

Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd of June at 8pm
at Queen Mary, University of London
Pinter Studio, Queen Mary University of London,
Mile End Rd, London, E1 4NS

Split Britches' greatest hits medley Retro(per)spective comes to London
as part of Peopling the Palace's at Queen Mary University of London!

Performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver,
Retro(per)spective provides a humorous slant on
love, life, work and play, featuring much-loved moments from
old and new shows.

'Chemistry and comic timing honed over decades is evident -
they work beautifully together, effortlessly riffing off one another,
two halves of a seamless whole.'
- Tracy Sinclair, Exuent Magazine



8. Charles Clough, FF Alumn, at Cass Project, Buffalo, NY thru Sept. 15

Charles Clough, FF Alumn, presents The Cluffaloes, thru Sept. 15 at Cass Projects, 500 Seneca St. Buffalo, NY artist talk, June 16, 12-1pm



9. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, at 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA, June 3

Dear Friends,

On June 3rd, between 5 and 10PM, Angel's Gate will host a new version of Long Beach's Soundwalk, titled "Sound Pedro," It will be an evening of Indoor/Outdoor site-specific sound installations and ear-oriented multi-sensory presentations. I am excited to be a part of this exhibition, and, if you are in town, I'd love to see you there. Time: 5-10PM, at 3601 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro, CA 90731. Admission is free.

Sending you all my best wishes,




10. Peter Baren, FF Alumn, at FLAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 30-June 3

Peter Baren, Franklin Furnace Alumn, performs his collaborative work BLIND DATES WITH THE HISTORY OF MANKIND (RAGE AND TIME) in Amsterdam during FLAM 2017. On 1 June.

FLAM 2017. Forum of Live Art Amsterdam
May 30 to June 3
Arti et Amicitiae (Rokin 112) and Frascati Theater (Nes 71)

From May 30 to June 3, 2017 FLAM (Forum of Live Art Amsterdam) presents a week of ongoing experimental performance and Live Art presentations at Arti et Amicitiae and Frascati Theater, featuring a program of cross-disciplinary and radically experimental work by more than twenty local and international artists.
Participating artists: Alondra Castellanos Arreola, Anthony Nestel, Bea McMahon, Beati Niesyta Jolanda, Black Circus, Cathrine Andresen, Clara Saito, David Bloom, Eva Susova, Fernando Belfiore, Geo Wyeth, HellFun (Josefin Arnell & Max Göran) , Jean-Lorin Sterian, Joaquin Wall, Julian Weber, Maciej Sado, Mariana Lanari & Adriana Macul, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Peter Baren, Samira Elagoz, Simon Asencio, Vincent Riebeek, Zuzanna Ratajczyk

FLAM 2017 is curated and organized by Rose Akras in collaboration with Titus Nouwens, Alice Pons and Olivia Reschofsky

For its seventh iteration, FLAM explores questions around self-presentation, self-transformation and a heightened state of alterity (otherness) in the digital age. With a particular focus on the performativity of 'the self', the artists respond to different states of alterity, for example by subverting the specific roles and social codes of today's social media platforms.

The possibilities to create, manipulate and perform different selves through selfies and constant status updates, have given rise to a variety of questions about performance and performativity. FLAM 2017 aims to provoke reflection and debate about the ways in which states of alterity, performativity and otherness are embodied and manifested in the daily presentations of the self. Next to Live Art presentations, this year's program includes a residency, workshops and a panel discussion about alterity.

Over the course of six years, FLAM has been supportive of and key to the development of young artists whose works transgress the boundaries between the 'black box' and the 'white cube'. Through presenting Live Art works by young and established visual artists and performance artists within the gallery space and the theatre, FLAM seeks to challenge the conventions of these spaces.

FLAM was initiated by Rose Akras and Dirk Jan Jager at Arti et Amicitiae. From its beginnings, FLAM has aimed to be an agency for live art, representing artists that explore and research performativity through various approaches.
The focus is on artists whose works transgress their disciplinary backgrounds-highlighting the pollination and polymorphic features of performance art. FLAM contributes to the dissemination of performance art among a broad audience and fosters a critical reflection on this art form through a program of lectures and panel discussions with divergent speakers.

FLAM moreover stimulates dialogue between the Dutch and international performance scene, including an ongoing collaboration with VERBO, the performance platform of Galeria Vermelho in São Paulo, Brazil.

PR & Communication Katayoun Arian Graphic design & Social Media Bea Correa Production Rob Visser Technique Ivy van de Veer Text production application Margarita Osipian Video Peter Franken photo Thomas Lenden Archive Petros Panagiotis Orfanos Coverage Petra Ponte
FLAM 2017 is generously supported by Amsterdam Fund for the Arts/AFK, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stadsdeel Centrum Amsterdam, Stichting Outline, basis for Live Art, Arti et Amicitiae and Frascati Theater

For more information please visit www.basisforliveart.com



11. Lilliana Porter, FF Alumn, at 2nd Bienal de Performance, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 1-4

Hi! I am participating with a theater piece at the 2nd Bienal de Performance, Buenos Aires, 2017 with the performance "Domar al leon y otras dudas"
The play is co-directed by Ana Tiscornia. June 1 to June 4 2017. ( 6 performances)
I wish you all were here! regards, Liliana Porter




12. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, FF Alumn, at DuSable Museum, Chicago, IL, thru Aug. 13


EN MAS': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean
May 1, 2017 - August 13, 2017
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson

John Beadle, Charles Campbell, Christophe Chassol, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Marlon Griffith, Hew Locke, Lorraine O'Grady, Ebony G. Patterson, Cauleen Smith

EN MAS': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean is a pioneering exploration of the influences of Carnival on contemporary performance practices in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.

Conceived around a series of nine commissioned performances realized during the 2014 Caribbean Carnival season across eight cities in six different countries, the exhibition considers the connections between Carnival and performance, masquerade and social criticism, diaspora and transnationalism. Taking its title from a pun on "Mas" (short for masquerade and synonymous with carnival in the English-speaking Caribbean), EN MAS' considers a history of performance that does not take place on the stage or in the gallery but rather in the streets, addressing not the few but the many. Indeed, EN MAS' takes into account performance practices that do not trace their genealogy to the European avant-gardes of the early twentieth century but rather to the experiences of slavery and colonialism through to the mid-nineteenth century, the independence struggles and civil right movements of the mid-twentieth century and population migrations to and from the former colonial centers for most of the last century.

EN MAS': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean is an exhibition curated by Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson; organized by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Additional support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and by the Institut français in support of African and Caribbean projects. The exhibition debuted at CAC New Orleans in spring 2015, and will tour through 2018.



13. Elaine Angelopoulos, Eleanor Antin, Ida Applebroog, Terry Berkowitz, Cassils, Leon Golub, Jenny Holzer, Komar & Melamid, Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid, Pope.L, Robert Rauschenberg, Dread Scott, Nancy Spero, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Hannah Wilke, FF Alumns, at Ronald Feldman Gallery, Manhattan, thru Aug. 19



May 24 - August 19, 2017

Jaishri Abichandani, Elaine Angelopoulos, Eleanor Antin, Ida Applebroog, Madeleine Hope Arthurs, Conrad Atkinson, Eric Ayotte, Terry Berkowitz, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Cassils, Nancy Chunn, Chuck Close, Elliot Crown (King Trump), Gerri Davis, Alex de Janosi, Eric Dyer, Yishay Garbasz, Rico Gatson, David Gleeson (t.Rutt), Leon Golub, Margaret Harrison, Kelly Heaton, Jenny Holzer, Homocats, Robert Indiana, Mark Kelner, Komar & Melamid, Vitaly Komar, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Lombardi, Alex Melamid, David McDevitt, Mary Mihelic (a.k.a. t.Rutt), J. Morrison, Pepón Osorio, Pope.L, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexis Rockman, Julia Salinger, Alan Scarritt, Edwin Schlossberg, Dread Scott, Todd Siler, Federico Solmi, Nancy Spero, Gail Stoicheff, Andy Warhol, We Make America Collective, Carrie Mae Weems, William Wegman, Hannah Wilke, Martin Wilner.

Ronald Feldman Gallery presents Art on the Front Lines, a sprawling exhibition of more than fifty artists in response to the dark realities of the recent election. The exhibition includes both established and emerging artists. Within the traditional relationship between the artist and institutional power often lies an inherent tension, but the present political climate ups the ante. In response, artists let loose, conceptualizing strategies in all media. The exhibition is not only about what is happening in America, but intersects with what artists are doing in other parts of the world.

The works address hot button issues: war, feminism, race, climate change, refugees, inequality, technophobia, and most recently, abuse of power. As you would expect, the President appears many times - It's a "star" performance.

Armageddon meets the absurd. Experienced in its entirety, the exhibition presents a dizzying cacophony of sounds, moving parts, weird sights, and protest signs that evokes a crazy funhouse. Capturing the present moment, the exhibition places the spectator on the front line.

Opening Reception on Wednesday, May 24, 6-8 PM, featuring live performance by Elliot Crown.
Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6. Monday by appointment.
July and August: Monday-Thursday, 10-6. Friday, 10-3.
For more information: contact Megan Paetzhold (212) 226-3232 or megan@feldmangallery.com.
Press Link: http://bit.ly/2pXaX79

31 Mercer Street | New York, NY 10013 | 212-226-3232 | www.feldmangallery.com



14. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, in e-flux, now online

Dread Scott in e-flux



15. Mark Bloch, FF Alumn, now online

Mark Bloch reviews

"The Exuberant 80s: An East Village Painters Circle" exhibition at Johannes Vogt Gallery on the Lower East Side

The artists showed in East Village galleries ...as well as ...
non-traditional social spaces. They were young and enthusiastic, in their late 20s or 30s, producing work on readily available materials in fast and energetic bursts of vital energy.

Then just as interesting as it was when things ramped up in the middle of the 1970s, things began to change as the 80s wore on. "It was soon overwhelmed by media attention, money, and the stakes got higher."





16. Zachary Fabri, FF Alumn, spring news

Zachary Fabri / Upcoming Work

Dear Family and Friends,

I'm very excited to be part of the Barnes Foundation's Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie exhibition this weekend. I will be performing throughout the streets of Philadelphia May 13-14.

Also, I was honored to be included in some great press from Volta's Curated Section, Your Body is a Battleground: ArtFCity, Hyperallergic, and here's an article that touches on my work in Moving Image NY.

More great stuff in the works -- details below.


Person of the Crowd:
The Contemporary Art of Flanerie
The Barnes Foundation | Philadelphia, PA
Performance: May 13-14, 2017
The Presidential Library Project:
Black Presidential Imaginary
Hyde Park Art Center | Chicago, IL
Exhibition: March 26, 2017 - July 2, 2017

Closed quarters
Seattle, WA
Exhibition: July 7-Sept 25, 2017
with Kenneth Tam and Shana Hoehn

Expo Chicago
Navy Pier | Chicago, IL
Dates: Sept 13-17, 2017
with Kathleen Vance
Represented by Rockelmann & Gallery

Copyright (c) 2016 Zachary Fabri, All rights reserved.



17. Hanne H7L, FF Alumn, at Coco-Mat Suite 417, Manhattan, thru June 23


FROM MAY 24 TO JUNE 23, 2017.


With "Who Is The Monster?" Installation Hanne embarked on a truly international adventure, inaugurating an installation in Paris that was soon followed by equally successful shows and performances in Copenhagen and New York.
It included mixed-media paintings on un-stretched canvases and on burlap potato sacks, masks of handmade paper, sculptures of papier-mâché and chicken wire, and ink drawings on rice paper created by pouring ink directly from the bottle.

In this provocative installation, visitors were immediately confronted with the "Big Black Monster" in the form of the Wolf-Dog, a phantom hybrid creature, half wolf, half Labrador. It was an encounter meant to tease the subconscious and seed the question that reverberated throughout an exhibit intended to trigger reactions and elicit answers which guests were then invited to write in the guestbook.

In Copenhagen, Hanne performed by painting monsters on the T-shirts of visitors, and in the East Village show, fifteen poets were invited to let the installation inspire their poetry and then encourage to read it out loud at the exhibit closing, during which a dancer Francis Alenikoff performed a monster dance.

While in Copenhagen Hanne also onionized the Round Tower and after doing so placed her last leftover onions in the stomach of the chicken-wire wolfsculpture installed outside the gallery. www.H7L.com



18. Pope.L, FF Alumn, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Manhattan, thru June 30

May 23-June 30, 2017
1018 Madison Avenue, New York
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 23, 5-7pm

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present Proto-Skin Set, an exhibition of early work by Pope.L from 1979 to 1994 that explores the use of materiality and language in his practice. On view for the first time is the artist's Proto-Skin Sets, a selection of mixed media collages and assemblages that deal with the social constructions of language, race, and gender. The exhibition also includes a five-part document from 1979 that is part of an open-ended set of written works titled Communications Devices. This is Pope.L's fourth exhibition with the gallery and is accompanied by a catalogue with a Q&A between Pope.L and Bennett Simpson, Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Pope.L began making Proto-Skin Sets and Communication Devices in the 1970s and 1980s while he was a student at Montclair State University in New Jersey and continued working with them throughout his teaching tenure at Bates College in Maine. Using language and writing as a starting point, these works anticipate his ongoing project "Skin Sets," text-based works that employ language to construct pointed, absurd, and layered messages about the vagaries of color. The Proto-Skin Sets use found materials like local newspapers, commercial poster boards, and billboard advertisements as a point of departure to examine the possibilities of language. Pope.L interpolates the methods and uses of writing, both visually and literarily. Seeing language as image and image as language, Pope.L uses texture and mark-making to make these definitions concrete. He incorporates organic materials to speak about duration-for example peanut butter, semen, and human hair-in several of the works, something he has done subsequently throughout his practice.

Pope.L began creating Communications Devices in 1976 when he was navigating how to write language and text within his practice. Communications Devices are a wide-ranging enterprise composed primarily of written things-in the form of stories, novels, plays, song lyrics, documentation, and more-and is part of the larger Proto-Skin Sets series. Some of the stories in the Communications Devices set, for example, were published as fiction in small literary presses while others were kept in an accounting ledger (now lost) along with the majority of the oeuvre. The Communications Device on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash is a project from the 1970s. For this project, Pope.L gathered gallery show postcards intended to promote contemporary exhibitions in SoHo, wrote on them, and mailed them out to galleries of which he was aware. In addition, he created an enlarged version of the same text, typing it out on 250 copies of standard photocopy paper before leaving small stacks in the same galleries. The total number of postcards or which particular ones were mailed for this four-part work is unknown. While a variety of postcards was originally mailed, the only one that remains is in photocopy form and advertises a group show at The Clocktower.

About Pope.L
Pope.L (b. 1955, Newark, New Jersey) is a visual artist and educator whose multidisciplinary practice uses binaries, contraries, and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture to create art works in various formats, such as writing, painting, performance, installation, video, and sculpture. Building upon his long history of enacting arduous, provocative, absurdist performances and interventions in public spaces, Pope.L applies some of the same social, formal, and performative strategies to his interests in language, system, gender, race, and community. The goals for his work are several: joy, money, and uncertainty-not necessarily in that order. Current and recent exhibitions, performances, and projects include Whispering Campaign at documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); "Claim (Whitney Version)" at the 2017 Whitney Biennial (2017); "PLAMA (The Spot)," a commercial commissioned for On the Tip of the Tongue at Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2016); the 32nd Biennal de São Paulo (2016); The Freedom Principle at ICA Philadelphia (2016) and MCA Chicago (2015); The Public Body at Artspace, Sydney (2016); Less than One at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Trinket at The Geffen Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2015).

About Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Founded by Lucy Mitchell-Innes and David Nash, who previously headed the worldwide Contemporary and Impressionist & Modern Art divisions of Sotheby's, Mitchell-Innes & Nash places exemplary contemporary artists within a historical context, revealing a continuity of ideas and aesthetic virtuosity from the Modern era through the present day. Mitchell-Innes & Nash's renowned exhibition program, in both their Madison Avenue and Chelsea locations, fosters excellence within artistic practice, while forging an informed dialogue between emerging and established internationally recognized artists. From acclaimed surveys of 20th century masters, such as Jean Arp, Anthony Caro, Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Leon Kossoff, Kenneth Noland, Roy Lichtenstein, and Nicolas de Stael, to solo exhibitions of Sarah Braman, Keltie Ferris, Daniel Lefcourt, Pope.L, Martha Rosler, and Jessica Stockholder, Mitchell-Innes & Nash has proven expertise in both advancing the careers of emerging artists and maintaining the
superior standard set by established artists.

Listings Information:
Mitchell-Innes & Nash is located at 534 West 26th Street in Chelsea and 1018 Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side. Tel: 212 744 7400 | Web: www.miandn.com | Email: josie@miandn.com Press Inquiries:
Taylor Maatman | FITZ & CO | Tel: 646 589 0926 | Email: tmaatman@fitzandco.art
Yun Lee | FITZ & CO | Tel: 646 589 0920 | Email: ylee@fitzandco.art



19. Jenny Polak & Dread Scott, FF Alumns, awarded Art Matters Jerome@Camargo Fellowship, Cassis, France, and more

Jenny Polak and I have been awarded an Art Matters Jerome@Camargo Fellowship to do research and work at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. We are working on Passes, a collaborative artwork that will focus on the intersections of the legacy of forced migrations of the slave trade with contemporary immigration from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe.
Meanwhile back in America, I have work in exhibitions and available to download.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Barnes Foundation
Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie
February 25, 2017 - May 22, 2017

Oakland, California
Museum of Capitalism
Opening Exhibition
June 17, 2017 - August 20, 2017

New York, New York
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art |SUNY New Paltz
Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York Council on the Arts / New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships
August 30, 2017 - November 12, 2017



20. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, FF Alumn, at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, The Bronx, opening June 7

Bronx Council on the Arts | Longwood Arts Project invites you to attend the opening reception for Sovereign: Recent Works by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz on Wednesday, June 7 (5pm-9pm) at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. This solo exhibition will feature drawings, photographs, and objects created for her Reinas/Queens performance series, in which five allegorical self-portraits depict royal archetypes deeply rooted in personal anxiety, trauma, and fear.

Featured queens/reinas include PorcelaReina, GuerrilleReina, Bargain Basement Sovereign, GringaReina and the most recent, Pietá. They are symbolic reminders of female empowerment, dignity, and resilience. The regalia is constructed from unusual materials that explore the nature of each queen and allow viewers to connect to the works.

Wed. June 7, 2017 | 5-9pm

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
450 Grand Concourse, Room C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

*Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Exhibition on view
June 7 - August 2, 2017



21. Elana Katz, FF Alumn, in Belgrade, Serbia, May 2017, and more

Dear friends,

I'm pleased to be doing this piece in Belgrade this week, a durational performance in public space covering 15km, the conclusion of my past 6 years of work in Serbia... please find all info below and stay tuned for the film resulting from the performance, to be released in the fall !


Elana Katz

A [non-public] performance, in public space.

May, 2017
Belgrade, Serbia

Sponsored by the Trust For Mutual Understanding [TMU], New York

Production in cooperation with REX Cultural Center, Belgrade
& DFBL8R Performance Art Gallery, Chicago

Running on Empty is the final site-specific work of Katz's Spaced Memory, the conclusion of a 6-year initiative in which Katz has researched and produced artwork addressing the pervasive topics of memory, post-memory, and absence at locations of historical erasure in various nations of the Balkans.

The artist will run the historic route of the "gas van" - a mobile gas chamber used during the Holocaust in Serbia during a 3-month period in 1942, primarily for the extermination of women and children. Pushing the body to uncomfortable limits - running <on empty> as well as running <to empty out > - the piece treats the body as a vehicle, and reactivates a landscape of trauma that has been integrated into the mundane local urban and suburban surroundings. The performance will take place in public space, yet no public is invited to attend. The work remains as such isolated in its nature, and maintains the integrated presence of the artist's action in public space.

This live piece will result in a video work intended to play with both documenting as well as distorting performance as a subject, with emphasis on bodily limitations, capacities, and function. Running on Empty the film is scheduled to be released and screened at the DFBRL8R Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, in the autumn of 2017.

Studio Elana Katz
+49 17620406836




22. Diana Heise, FF Alumn, at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Wales, UK, thru July 8

I have artwork in an exhibition, Oceans: Surface - Below, opening May 19 at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Wales, UK. The show includes two works, a video entitled Lamer Nou Fer/The Sea We Make and a performance piece called Seeded. These pieces considers anthropogenic disturbances to coastal habitats and their impact upon artisanal fishing communities. For more information, please see my website and the overarching project site entitled Ephemeral Coast, curated by Celina Jeffery.




23. Graciela Cassel, FF Member, at PDV Fest 2017, Rhode Island, June 2, and more

Dear Friends:
We are so excited and we want to share the news:
Thank you Rhode Island and especially to Analia Alcolea!

Rivers was selected for 2 festivals in Rhode Island!
PDV Fest 2017, Rhode Island, June 2nd, 2017
Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF), Rhode Island, Sep 27-Oct 1,2017.

Director: Graciela Cassel
Producers: Graciela Cassel, Edgardo Parada
Music: Massimo Sammi
Singer: Alexandra Tejeda Rieloff
Camera operators: Edgardo Parada
Jonathan Clarke
Albo Greene
Eugenia Vlasova
Victor Torres
Polish Sailing Club: captains and crew
Children: Isaiah, Mathew and Brian Jeds
Special Thanks to: Queens Council for the Arts
Mihaela M. Mihut



24. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, FF Alumns, in The New Yorker, May 29, and more

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble

The Art of Luv (Part 5):

May 24 - June 10
Weds - Sat @ 8pm

at The Bushwick Starr
207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Tickets + more info: www.thebushwickstarr.org
Tix $18
(buy in advance, limited seating!)

Swipe Right / ROKÉ Cupid is a cycle of sacred love songs for the era of Internet Romance, a meditation on selfhood and intimacy in a mediated society. Three officiants perform an elaborate courtship ritual inside a kaleidoscopic video tent. The ritual is accompanied by live music and text taken from online dating profiles, internet scams, how-to dating guides, and the works of ecstatic poets. In Part 5 of their epic multi-disciplinary series The Art of Luv, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble attempts to imbue our modern search for love with a forgotten spiritual resonance.

The Art of Luv (Part 5): SWIPE RIGHT / ROKÉ Cupid was developed with support from The Bushwick Starr.
The Art of Luv is a project of Creative Capital.

For industry requests or more information about Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, contact Alexandra Rosenberg at RosieManagement@gmail.com


The New Yorker
MAY 29, 2017
Finding Mystical Absurdity in Modern Life
Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble splices together found media and ancient ritual to explore love and dating.
The Bushwick Starr | 207 Starr St., Brooklyn | 866-811-4111
by The New Yorker

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, the "musical priesthood" formed by Tei Blow and Sean McElroy, finds mystical absurdity in modern life by splicing found media and ancient ritual. In "The Art of Luv (Part 1): Elliot," the group explored toxic masculinity by repurposing YouTube videos by the mass murderer Elliot Rodger while dressed like pagan gods. Part 5 of the series, "Swipe Right / ROKÉ Cupid" (above), at the Bushwick Starr May 24-June 10, draws on dating profiles and ecstatic poetry to create a postmodern courtship ceremony.



25. Donald Hải Phu Daedalus, FF Alumn, now online at qoarmy.com

Donald Hải Phu Daedalus launches "SGT STAR" videos and ad campaign online. Targeting the keywords that potential recruits search to learn about the military, Daedalus aims to send traffic away from the U.S. military's site, www.goarmy.com, to his subversive site, www.qoarmy.com, where visitors can view his interview with the military's machine-learning bot, SGT STAR. Through challenging the avatar's (mis)information answers, he elucidates how the military is using AI to manipulate young people.

Visit qoarmy.com to learn more and follow dhpdaedalus on instagram and twitter for social media campaigns about the project.

This project is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Electronic Media and Film Finishing Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

SGT STAR was made possible, in part, by funds from Rhizome.



26. Joan Jonas, FF Alumn, in The New Yorker, May 29

The New Yorker
MAY 29, 2017
Joan Jonas's Mythopoetic Vision
The eighty-year-old pioneer of performance and video finally gets her due, with a show at Gavin Brown's new headquarters.
Brown | 439 W. 127th St. | 212-627-5258
By Andrea K. Scott

In 1970, Joan Jonas, then in her mid-thirties, took a trip to Japan, where she first encountered Noh theatre. The fourteenth-century form's use of masks and embrace of the supernatural would both become hallmarks of her own work. She also bought a Sony Portapak camera-her next-door neighbor in SoHo, Nam June Paik, had recently invented video art-setting the course for a genre-bending career in which distinctions between ritual and technology, performance and drawing, image and language, figure and landscape, and even human and animal become moot. It has taken art-world power brokers almost fifty years to catch up to Jonas's mythopoetic vision. (Never mind that when the German artist Joseph Beuys waxed similarly shamanic, he was labelled a genius.) Jonas triumphed at the 2015 Venice Biennale with an audiovisual ghost story, based on accounts collected in Nova Scotia. (The artist has long divided her time between Cape Breton and her native New York City.) Next year, the Tate Modern will mount a career retrospective. And in Harlem the taste-making gallerist Gavin Brown inaugurates his new four-story headquarters with a show by the eighty-year-old artist, through June 11.

Before visitors reach the two immersive video installations at the heart of the exhibition, on the second and fourth floors of Brown's still not-quite-finished space, Jonas plays Toto to her own Wizard of Oz, pulling back the curtain to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her process. A big room on the ground floor is filled with found objects that have appeared in Jonas's works over the decades and, to less winning effect, with repetitive charcoal drawings of her body, made during past performances. A taxidermic coyote, perched on top of a packing crate, oversees the proceedings. Tables display orderly arrangements of fishing lures, ramshackle models of houses, a painted-tin butterfly, a stitched-leather polar bear, a flea-market painting of three shaggy dogs, talismanic rocks, and much more. On one wall, a bestiary of masks is punctuated by mirrors: you become just another prop in Jonas's animal pageant, which also includes watercolor sketches of birds.

"It's a pity we don't whistle at one another like birds. Words are misleading," the Icelandic novelist Halldór Laxness wrote in "Under the Glacier," the 1968 book that inspired the most soul-stirring work in Jonas's exhibition, "Reanimation." What began as a lecture-performance at M.I.T., in 2010, has evolved into a multiscreen extravaganza surrounding a sculpture of dangling prismatic crystals, which sends flashes of light darting onto projections of glacial landscapes and the occasional seal, filmed in an archipelago in the Arctic Circle. Jonas also appears onscreen, drawing with black ink and with ice. The spellbinding piece is non-narrative, with no sense of beginning or end. As long as you remain in this world, Jonas seems to suggest, you're still just passing through. ♦

This article appears in other versions of the May 29, 2017, issue, with the headline "Arc of Joan."



27. Rosecrans Baldwin, FF Alumn, at Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, June 22, and more

Dear friends,

Please forgive the mass email. My new novel, THE LAST KID LEFT, arrives on bookshelves in about two weeks. The book is six years in the making, "a twisted love story / crime thriller / witch hunt," as my publisher said recently on Twitter, which pretty much nails it.

If you'd consider supporting the book and me, we'd really appreciate it. Here are a couple ways:

Pre-order the book or audiobook (with narrator Xe Sands)
- Via Amazon
- Via Barnes & Noble
- Via iBooks
- Via Indiebound (to order from your nearest independent bookstore)

Join the circus
Los Angeles, June 14 @ Skylight Books, 7:30PM
- Reading and signing with Dan Riley (FLY ME)

Brooklyn, June 22 @ Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30PM
- Reading and signing with Dan Riley

Darien, CT, June 24 @ Barrett Bookstore, 5:30PM
- Reading and signing

San Francisco, June 26 @ The Booksmith
- Reading and signing with Amelia Gray (ISADORA)

Los Angeles, June 29 @ The Last Bookstore, 7:30PM
- Reading and signing with Amelia Gray and Catherine Lacey (THE ANSWERS)

As other events get scheduled, I'll add them to my website, plus news, reviews, etc. You can also catch me on my Facebook page or Instagram.

You have my enormous gratitude, and I send you many wishes of good health and good luck. Hope to see you on the road!

All the best,




28. Renate Bertlmann, FF Alumn, receives 2017 Grand Austrian State Prize

The 2017 Grand Austrian State Prize has been awarded to Renate Bertlmann.




29. Tehching Hsieh, FF Alumn, at Venice Biennale, thru Nov. 26


13 May - 26 November 2017
Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello 4209, San Marco, Venice
Station: S. Zaccaria
Opening hours: 10am-6pm (closed Mondays)
Preview: 10am-8pm, 10-12 May 2017
Open on Monday 15 May

Downtown Manhattan, 30th September 1978. Tehching Hsieh, a young Taiwanese artist, begins to make an exceptional series of artworks. Working outside the art world's sanctioned spaces, Hsieh embarks on five consecutive yearlong performances. He starts each work by releasing a statement: a strict set of rules that will govern his behaviour for the entire year. These performances will be unprecedented in their use of physical difficulty over extreme durations; they will also be unyielding in their conviction that art is a living process.

Doing Time exhibits two of Hsieh's One Year Performances together for the first time, assembling his accumulated documents and artefacts into detailed installations. In One Year Performance 1980-1981, Hsieh subjected himself to the dizzying discipline of clocking on to a worker's time clock on the hour, every hour, for a whole year. In One Year Performance 1981-1982, Hsieh inhabited a further sustained deprivation: he remained outside for a year without taking any shelter. Each work convenes different methods of documentation, challenging what it might mean to archive a life. Together these monumental performances of subjection mount an intense and affective discourse on human existence, its relation to systems of control, to time and to nature. Hsieh's fugitive presence - traced throughout - speaks both of the abject conditions and ingenuity of survival for those who have nothing. During the course of his One Year Performances Hsieh was an illegal immigrant.

The final room of Doing Time takes us back to three of Hsieh's previously unseen works: short performances and photographs, all made in Taipei in 1973, before his emigration. At the close of the exhibition a documentary, Outside Again, returns Hsieh at the age of sixty-five to the original sites of his performances in Taipei and New York, making a meditation on the resonances of these far-sighted works.

Wasting Time
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice
24 November 2017, 2-4.30pm

Speakers: Tehching Hsieh, Adrian Heathfield, Tim Ingold, Bojana Kunst,
Jow Jiun Gong

Artist Tehching Hsieh and curator Adrian Heathfield are joined by leading figures from the fields of performance theory, philosophy and anthropology to mark the close of Hsieh's exhibition Doing Time. Responding to the propositions around time, labour and productivity in this work, the participants will discuss the use of negation, the open and waste in contemporary arts practice. RSVP
Out of Now: The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh is the first major publication on the influential Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh. To coincide with the exhibition at Venice Biennale, and for a limited time only, you can buy the paperback of Out of Now from Unbound for the discount price of £24 (RRP £32.95).

Co-published by Live Art Development Agency and MIT Press.



30. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, releases new album, and more

My new album is out!
Thanks to Exec Producers:
AL HEMBERGER, The Loft Recording Studios

Copyright (c) 2017 Annie Lanzillotto, All rights reserved.

FF ALUMN Annie Lanzillotto releases her new album: NEVER ARGUE WITH A JACKASS

Thurs June 1st
8:00 sharp, at a private loft in the village. The address will be sent to the first 30 people to sign up for a reservation. so RSVP me! lanzillotto@gmail.com
Sat June 3
at CityLore, 56 East 1st Street, NYC (between 1st & 2nd Ave)
All Welcome!
suggested $20



31. Adam Pendleton, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 18

The New York Times
A Basquiat Sells for 'Mind-Blowing' $110.5 Million at Auction
MAY 18, 2017

Joining the rarefied $100 million-plus club in a salesroom punctuated by periodic gasps from the crowd, Jean-Michel Basquiat's powerful 1982 painting of a skull brought $110.5 million at Sotheby's, to become the sixth most expensive work ever sold at auction. Only 10 other works have broken the $100 million mark.

"He's now in the same league as Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso," said the dealer Jeffrey Deitch, an expert on Basquiat. The sale of the painting, "Untitled," made for a thrilling moment at Sotheby's postwar and contemporary auction as at least four bidders on the phones and in the room sailed past the $60 million level at which the work - forged from oil stick and spray paint - had been guaranteed to sell by a third party.
Soon after the sustained applause had subsided, the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa revealed himself to be the buyer through a post on his Instagram account. "I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece," he said in the post. "When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible."
It was Mr. Maezawa, the 41-year-old founder of Contemporary Art Foundation, who last year set the previous auction high for Basquiat, paying $57.3 million for the artist's large 1982 painting of a horned devil at Christie's. Mr. Maezawa is also the founder of Japan's large online fashion mall, Zozotown.

Mr. Maezawa later told Sotheby's that he acquired his latest painting by the artist for a planned museum in his hometown, Chiba, Japan. "But before then I wish to loan this piece - which has been unseen by the public for more than 30 years - to institutions and exhibitions around the world," he said in a statement. "I hope it brings as much joy to others as it does to me, and that this masterpiece by the 21-year-old Basquiat inspires our future generations."
The winning bid was taken on the phone by Yuki Terase, who oversees Japanese business development for Sotheby's in Hong Kong, against the dealer Nicholas Maclean, who was hunched over in the room on the phone with a bidder.
Whether one active collector makes a market remains to be seen. It will take another major Basquiat to test the sustainability of this $100 million level.
In the meantime, however, Basquiat's vibrant painting set several records Thursday night: for a work by any American artist, for a work by an African-American artist and as the first work created since 1980 to make over $100 million.

"It's a really historical moment," said Larry Warsh, a longtime Basquiat collector. "It does cement this artist once again."
The Brooklyn-born Basquiat went from graffiti artist to an art collector darling in the span of a mere seven years. He died at 27 of a drug overdose in 1988. Last year, Basquiat became the highest-grossing American artist at auction, generating $171.5 million from 80 works, according to Artprice, and his auction high has increased at least tenfold in the last 15 years.
"Here he is, blazing a trail not only in terms of the market but also in terms of how his work is perceived more widely," said the artist Adam Pendleton, who is African-American. "It speaks to the broader elements of American culture. And what a powerful moment to have that happen."
Perhaps poignantly, the price exceeded the auction high of Basquiat's friend and mentor, Andy Warhol, whose "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) (in 2 Parts)" sold for an artist high of $105.4 million in 2013.
Sotheby's sale, which brought a total of $319 million against a low estimate of $211 million with 96 percent of the 50 lots sold, was a contrast to Tuesday night's lower-energy contemporary auction at Christie's. Sixty percent of the lots reached prices above their estimates.
"There was more depth of bidding than last night," said Morgan Long, a senior director at the Fine Art Group, an advisory company based in London. "Sotheby's had a lot more works in the middle range around $5 million to $10 million that appealed to the market."
Earlier in the evening, Phillips held its latest auction in its newer format of 20th-century and contemporary art. At that sale over half the 37 lots carried guaranteed minimum prices, emphasizing sellers' reluctance to consign to auction without a definite sale.

Peter Doig's 1991 canvas, "Rosedale," of a Toronto snowfall, which was guaranteed for $25 million, sold for $28.8 million to a telephone bidder, an auction high for the artist. As Phillips pointed out before the auction, the Scottish-born Doig, whose grand, painterly landscapes are prized by collectors, is one of just five living artists who have sold for more than $25 million at auction.

The estimate "was aggressive, but it was fresh to the market and had been in a major show," said Anthony McNerney, director of contemporary art at Gurr Johns, an art advisory and valuation company based in London. Mr. McNerney was referring to the inclusion of the painting in a one-man show at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1998.

"Early landscapes with that wintry feel is what people want. It deserved the record price," Mr. McNerney added. But the night belonged to Basquiat, and his ascendancy to the summit of the art market. "It's mind-blowing," Mr. Warsh said. "I'm not usually impressed by numbers, but this is really out of the boundaries." Mr. Pendleton said the sale underscored the importance of black artists, "not that anyone should need an auction record to make this clear. "They were when Basquiat picked up his brush in the 1980s," he added, "and they certainly are today."

Motoko Rich contributed reporting from Tokyo.



32. John Ahearn, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, May 14

The New York Times
An Artistic Partnership Reunites in the Bronx
Side Street

Lennon and McCartney. Abbott and Costello. Siegfried and Roy. Ahearn and Torres.

In the history of creative duos, John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres may not have name recognition - or money - but they have longevity. For almost 40 years the two artists have collaborated on life casts, making them from the South Bronx to Taiwan and from Brazil to Puerto Rico. Creatively, they are like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, sharing credit on life-size sculptures of famous and obscure people. Temperamentally, Mr. Torres can be reticent to the point of being more like George Harrison, the quiet Beatle.
Their partnership has endured through distance, even as both pursued solo projects. About 15 years ago Mr. Torres left New York for Orlando, Fla., while Mr. Ahearn continued working in his South Bronx studio. With Mr. Ahearn the one with connections to the city's art world, people sometimes forget about Mr. Torres's equal contributions to their oeuvre. But if anything, Mr. Ahearn was relieved and excited when Mr. Torres returned to his studio recently to prepare several pieces for a show in Chelsea in the fall.
"John has his own anxieties going on," Mr. Torres, 54, said with a laugh. "I'm the more relaxed one. I'm the one who fixes everything after they're broken. I'm not so anxious about things."

They met in summer 1979 at Fashion Moda, a fabled gallery near 149th Street and Third Avenue in the Bronx that attracted downtown artists like Tom Otterness, Jane Dickson and Mr. Ahearn, as well as local graffiti artists and break dancers. Mr. Ahearn had been making casts of people by the gallery's big storefront windows when a cousin of Mr. Torres's stopped by to check out the scene. Mr. Torres soon went to see for himself.

Sculpture ran in the Torres family - his uncle Raul had a statue factory not too far away, churning out saints and knickknacks that graced countless living rooms where plastic-covered furniture bought on installment was the major design statement. He mentioned to Mr. Ahearn that he had worked in the factory.
"I knew we were meant to work together," Mr. Ahearn, 65, recalled. "He had a poise, a sense of independence and a warm, strong, simple and clear presence. He was honest and sincere and wanted to talk about the technical aspects. He came back the next day and began assisting me with the casting."
That meeting changed both of them. Mr. Ahearn took a studio apartment in the building where Mr. Torres lived on Walton Avenue, where they would cast people on the sidewalk during block parties. Mr. Torres's skills would take him overseas to work on installations - or to help Mr. Ahearn when he got into a jam.

"John was in Taiwan doing a project with scooters and a friend called to tell me he was freaking out," Mr. Torres recalled. "I'm good under high pressure, so I went and spent a month there. When things get tough, I'm O.K. with that. I don't panic."
He may not always have been that laid back. In the early 1990s, he suffered an asthma attack that deprived his brain of oxygen for several minutes. He was hospitalized for weeks, followed by a long convalescence during which he had to relearn simple tasks. The attack came while he and Mr. Ahearn were doing a project in Times Square that had them working around the clock.
He has since learned to take it easier, even if it has unexpected results. Last year, the day of his marriage to Wanda Echevarria, he was sick with a cold and passed out in church. Undaunted, he got a chair, sat down and asked his wife-to-be to sit on his lap for the ceremony.
Since moving to Florida, Mr. Torres has devoted himself to his solo projects, exhibiting at a local museum, as well as doing workshops and demonstrations for students. A recent piece - of the former Tuskegee airman Richard Hall Jr. - is now on display at a show in Winter Park. Still, he knows that being in Orlando, he is far from the spotlight, working in relative anonymity.
So as much as Florida agrees with him on a personal level, he felt good to be back in New York, teamed up with Mr. Ahearn. They went about recasting some pieces and touched up some older ones. Mr. Torres spent time painting a pair of 12-year-old boxers whom he had cast in Puerto Rico years ago.
"It had been a long time, but we still got it," Mr. Torres said. "We can still work together. We still got it. We can do one more run."
A version of this article appears in print on May 15, 2017, on Page A17 of the New York edition with the headline: 'Meant to Work Together,' Artists Reunite in the Bronx.



33. Anton Van Dalen, FF Alumn, at MoRUS, Manhattan, thru June 21, and more

Anton Van Dalen in "TAKING IT TO THE STREETS!" on view until June 21, 2017 at MoRUS, 155 Avenue C and in "WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY" thru June 25, 2017 at BULLET SPACE, 292 East 3rd Street



34. James Godwin, R Sikoryak, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, May 31
Last show of the season!
Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak
Presentations of graphic novels and gag cartoons, plus live drawing & more.
Gabrielle Bell
Jeffrey Burandt
James Godwin
Maria Hoey
Feifei Ruan
Jim Torok
and R.S.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door),
$12 (students/seniors/idNYC)
Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP's mission and artists.)



35. Alicia Grullon, FF Alumn, at Columbia University, Manhattan, opening June 1, and more

Alicia Grullon- FF Alumn

In "Uptown" a new "Uptown"- a new triennial of artists living above 99th street at the Wallach Art Gallery on 125th St and 10th ave. Curated by Deborah Cullen. Opening June 1st 6-8. Through August 20th, 2017. In Artnews: http://www.artnews.com/2017/05/22/columbia-university-starts-uptown-triennial-for-artists-living-and-working-in-upper-manhattan/

Also, in Hyperallergic and Artforum on The People's Cultural Plan.





36. Alice Wu, FF ALumn, at Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco, CA, opening June 8


Featuring works by Miriam Dym, Joyce Hsu , Jimin Lee, Cathy Lu, Louise Leong, Gabby Miller, Johanna Poethig, Chelsea Wong, Leland Wong, Christine Wong Yap and curated by Alice Wu.

June 8 - August 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday June 8, 5-8pm
CCC Design Store at the Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Fl.
San Francisco, CA, 94108
(inside the Hilton Hotel)

FREE TRADE 自由貿易 貿易自由 features artists and designers who examine the geopolitical history of the movement of goods across the Pacific Ocean, and propose a more socially just, ecological global supply chain. The exhibition is inspired by the Bay Area's significant role in the development of modern transoceanic trade and the Chinese Culture Center's unique site between San Francisco's Financial District and Chinatown. FREE TRADE riffs on the current political climate and talk of trade (dis)agreements, providing an opportunity for conversations about art and commerce, the complexities of consumption, artistic production, cultural exchange, and the high human cost of capitalism. With a nod to the "gift shop," selected artworks are available for purchase and immediate takeaway - souvenirs of a more thoughtful kind.

CCC Design Store is the Chinese Culture Center's unique store featuring fresh curated pieces made by contemporary artists and designers. Visitors will find local and international, one-of-a-kind and limited edition art pieces, and a creative space for pop-up events and exhibitions from the artist community. The artist and design driven store's approach provides a platform for emerging artists and designers while also supporting the CCC's mission to uplift the community.

RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/1975966202640131/ or reply to me directly.
CCC's website - http://www.cccsf.us/exhibition-free-trade/

For images, artist bios, and additional information, please email me.
Thank you for your support!

Alice Wu
917 541 4306
Instagram: @minamunari



37. Pope.L, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 25

The New York Times
What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
May 25, 2017
Through June 24. Martos Gallery, 41 Elizabeth Street, Manhattan; 212-560-0670, martosgallery.com.
Martos Gallery's director, Ebony L. Haynes, named the inaugural exhibition at its new Chinatown home after Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel, "Invisible Man," whose hero is invisible because people "refuse to see" him. A grouping of spare works by Torkwase Dyson, Kayode Ojo, Pope.L and Jessica Vaughn, this show is a brilliant solution to the contemporary art-world version of the same problem, demonstrating how to show work in a way that includes but is not limited to its makers' blackness.

Pope.L's "Well (elh version)," a series of small ledges bearing water glasses that must be topped up with eyedroppers every day by gallery employees.CreditPope.L, Martos Gallery and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, N.Y.
If you stare across the room at Ms. Vaughn's inspired display of discarded Chicago Transit Authority train seats, they look interchangeable, but on closer inspection, each seat reveals a distinct pattern of wear. Every two-and-a-half minutes exactly, Pope.L's "Pedestal," an upside-down water fountain bolted to the ceiling, releases a thin jet of water into a hole in the floor. It's a disquieting meditation on the nature of time - endlessly replenished but endlessly fleeting - made more ominous by "Well (elh version)," a series of small ledges bearing water glasses that must be topped up with eyedroppers every day by gallery staff.

Each of Ms. Dyson's three white-on-gray paintings is 6 feet wide by 8 feet tall and dominated by a subtle circular pattern applied with plastery strokes of a palette knife. But sharp pencil lines and brighter white wedges cut through this engulfing fog like spirit through flesh. Mr. Ojo's upended brown couch, meanwhile, on which he's draped a silvery sequined prom dress, evokes a fascinating combination of potential and regret. All together it makes for a starkly minimal aesthetic, but one that elevates, instead of eliding, the human body. By WILL HEINRICH



38. Sally Greenhouse, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, May 28

Sally Greenhouse, FF Alumn, suffering from PTSD, OCD, CPTSD, MTBI, SCI, returns to DP for some reason she cannot even begin to fathom. Saturday, May 27 @ 8pm. Not to worry. it's FREE. 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey. www.dixonplace.org



39. Donna Stroud, FF Alumn, now online

Donna Stroud, FF Alumn, has published a new book that is free online and can be found at:

thank you.



40. Harley J. Spiller, FF Alumn, in McSweeney's, now online

Please visit this link to Harley J. Spiller's first article in McSweeney's, a brief illustrated piece about his key ring collection:


Thank you.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller