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Contents for October 23, 2017

1. Carlos Martiel, FF Fund recipient 2017-18, at Y Gallery, Manhattan, Nov. 22

Carlos Martiel
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Y Gallery
319 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

This performance reflects on the way black bodies are sequestered, seized, and abducted; and the consequent plunder and despoil of the cultural and material wealth of the African Continent. This work is not reduced only to the history of the transatlantic slave trade. It is meant as a critique of the present situation of constant vulnerability and crisis in which African nations and others continue to be indiscriminately exploited by the postcolonial and neoliberal policies of the USA, European states, and other parts of the developed world.

About the artist:
Carlos Martiel (born 1989, Havana) lives and works in New York and Havana. He graduated in 2009 from the National Academy of Fine Arts "San Alejandro" in Havana. Between the years 2008-2010, he studied in the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel's works have been included in: the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Casablanca Biennale, Morocco; Biennial "La Otra", Bogotá, Colombia; Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom; Pontevedra Biennial, Galicia, Spain; Havana Biennial, Cuba. He has had performances at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston, USA; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (MACZUL), Maracaibo, Venezuela; Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA; and Nitsch Museum, Naples, Italy. He has received several awards, including the Franklin Furnace Fund, New York, USA, 2016; "CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award," Miami, USA, 2014; and "Arte Laguna," Venice, Italy, 2013. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, USA; Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee (ZAC), Palermo, Italy; Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, USA; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, and elsewhere.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and with general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts.



2. Raquel Rabinovich, FF Alumn, at Y Gallery, Manhattan, opening Nov. 4

Opening Reception: Saturday November 4th | 5 - 8 pm
November 4th - December 10th, 2017
Y Gallery at 124 Forsyth Street corner with Delancey St.

Y Gallery is pleased to present Raquel Rabinovich's Thresholds, an exhibition of new work by the artist. Her second solo exhibition at the gallery, it will include paintings and drawings from her new series,Thresholds (2014-2017).This event anticipates her forthcoming retrospective at El Museo del Barrio, that will open in 2019, the year Rabinovich turns 90.

There is an invisible thread connecting Raquel Rabinovich's work throughout the many decades of her artistic career. Her new series, Thresholds, is the latest addition to that thread. A threshold is an undefinable space in between places, a gateway, a point of entry, an opening, a portal, a space that connects and also separates the inside and the outside. In Raquel Rabinovich's Thresholds, her paintings and drawings seem to inhabit such an ambiguity. In these pieces, where the material becomes immaterial and where letters of the alphabet and text barely emerge into view, are at the edge of perception and thus require that the viewer experiences them in a slowed down temporality. They invite the viewers to step out of their preconceived assumptions and fixed ideas to enter a new territory: to go from the known into the unknown. Also included in the exhibition is a suite of watercolors dedicated to the poet Robert Kelly.

The use of text embedded into the paintings and drawings first appeared in Rabinovich's work in her series Temples of the Blind Windows (1978-83), and continued in Invisible Cities (1984-85), Chhodrtens (1989-90), Gateless Gates(1995-97), Enfolded Darkness (1998), and Light Unworn (1998-2000). 'Unwritten texts' appear in her River Library drawings (2002- ) in which the artist uses mud from rivers from around the world as her medium. These drawings are like manuscripts, like pages of books, at once literal and metaphorical. Here mud functions like a text, providing a memory of our existence. Transcending the physicality of the material, the drawing is the text and the text is the drawing.

Raquel Rabinovich was born in Argentina in 1929, and has lived and worked in the United States since 1967. Her art has been informed by an underlying fascination with the concealed aspects of existence that we don't see, or that seem to be invisible. Through the processes she explores, she tries to reveal how that which is concealed emerges into view. She tries to make the invisible visible. This paradox has been central to her art practice and is the essence of her artwork, now and for the last sixty years. Rabinovich has been the recipient of the Lee Krasner Award for Lifetime Achievement from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2011 as well as the recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants in 2006 and 2001. She was also awarded a National Endowment for the Arts US/France Fellowship in 1992, and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in 1991. Rabinovich is included in the Oral History Program of the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art. She represented the United States in the 10th International Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador in 2009. Her work is included in many public and private collections including among others The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York City; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Museo de Arte Morderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina; World Bank Fine Art Collection, Washington, D.C.; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia; The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, and El Museo del Barrio, New York City.



3. Mimi Smith, FF Alumn, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Oct.24

Mimi Smith: 2017-18 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist

Exhibition: Protection and Other Time Considerations - September 5 - December 15, 2017 - Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries ▪ Douglass Library, Rutgers University - Reception & Lecture by Mimi Smith, Tuesday, October 24 ▪ 5-6:30pm,

Introductory remarks by Douglass Residential College Dean, Jacquelyn Litt, Ph.D., Mabel Smith Douglass Room ▪

The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) is pleased to announce that in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Douglass Residential College renowned feminist artist and Rutgers graduate Mimi Smith has been named the 2017-18 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist at Rutgers University. CWAH's Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist program annually brings to the University community and general public the work and ideas of exceptional women artists through solo exhibitions, lectures, and short campus residencies. Born in Massachusetts and based in New York, Smith graduated with her MFA from the Visual Arts Department at Rutgers in 1966 when the program was located on the Douglass Campus. As a student at Rutgers in the 60's Smith studied with Fluxus and Conceptual artists and began making sculptural works. She became a pioneer in early feminist and conceptual art focusing on clothing sculpture and drawing installation, and attributes her time at Rutgers to this development in her work when clothing and materials became both subject and form. Her various bodies of works include clothing made from plastic and steel wool, traditionally rendered drawings, drawings made from knotted thread and tape measures, clocks, and knitted sculptures. Her work embodies the relationship between everyday life, intimacy, anxiety, and time. Her work is included in public collections such as The Getty Center, Los Angeles; the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.



4. Sarah East Johnson, FF Alumn, at the Flea Theater, Manhattan, and more, Nov. 30-Dec. 10

Hello LAVA Family,
I am so thrilled to announce that LAVA's newest show, A Goddessey will have a two week run at the brand spanking new Flea Theater as part of their inaugural season at 20 Thomas Street. As many of you already know, A Goddessey had her glorious "coming out" at the LAVA Studio in June. Now she is traveling to Brattleboro, VT on November 11, will be holding forth in Manhattan for 2 weeks at the Flea, and then will have her day in the cold sun in Philadelphia at the Neighborhood Theater on December 16th. Catch us when you can. And pass it on to sisters brothers and all of us others if you please.
With love,
Sarah East Johnson

LAVA presents A Goddessey, our feminist survival story that journeys through landscapes emotional and geologic carrying a transmuting traveler from a bleak and blurry patriarchal present into a rainbow colored feminist future with the help of ancestors geologic and otherwise. A Goddessey is the synthesis, culmination, and explosion of 15 years of earth-moving feminist acrobatic dance by LAVA.
Created and performed by Efe Alibo, Hilary Melcher Chapman, Molly Chanoff, Lex Garnett, Sarah Dey Hirshan, Sarah East Johnson, Lollo Romanski with special guest Ana Carolina
Conceived and Directed by Sarah East Johnson
Music by DJ Tikka Masala
Costumes by Claudia Brown
Lighting Design by Alison May
November 30 - December 10
Tickets $15
Special Guests Magma, our junior company, on December 3 and 10

Tickets for A Goddessey at The Flea:



5. Pamela Enz, FF Alumn, at Bad Rep Theater, Manhattan, Oct. 26

Visuals Artist Multi Media Actors & FILMMAKERS especially!

Please join BAD REP in making a relevant film:

AIRTIME '- starring Anita Durst that allows us to walk into history with our protagonist utilizing video and photos from the archives of social activist artist Clayton Patterson via the art of projectionist Julie Petrusak - a master of ISADORA a revolutionary new computer program.

Please send resumes and a sentence to two regarding why you are interested in working with us.

Go to badreptheater.webs.com Get Involved and donate a$5 processing fee & you will be contacted
attend our Party hosted by Ms. Durst on Oct.' 26th 7-10pm
@873 Broadway #303 and bring it and your ideas with you!



6. Pope Alice, FF Alumn, fall newsletter

Pope Alice - Open Sésame / Ouvre-Toi (Open Yourself)


The Pope Alice Xorporation (PAX) in association with Mr Josh Milani of Milani Gallery welcomes Ms Angeline Chan of Chan+Hori Contemporary and distinguished artist Mr Ruben Pang, cultural envoys from the Lion Gate Garden City Republic of Singapore.

In a formal celebration ceremony Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice will acknowledge Mr Pang and his dedicated artwork 'Sacred Blister Companions (After Pope Alice)' as part of his current exhibition, 'The Glass Eye Opens', on show at Milani Gallery, temporarily in Gerard's Laneway James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

HDH Pope Alice's mission to Planet Earth is an encouragement for all eyes to open wide as Humanity awakens to increasing awareness and wonders. The performance continues HDH Pope Alice's Consciousness Raising Exercises and Encounters.

Open Sésame / Ouvre-Toi (Open Yourself) incorporates a ceremonial procession with Saharan temple dancers performing an angelic veil dance. Gifts will be distributed and diplomatic protocols exchanged.


Exhibition Dates: 28 October to 11 November 2017
Opening event: 28 October 2017, 4 - 6 pm
Location: Gerard's Lane, James Street, New Farm

This off-site exhibition will present a major new installation by Luke Roberts alongside a suite of recent paintings by Singapore based artist Ruben Pang, including his new work Sacred Blister Companions (After Pope Alice) 2017. The exhibition will open with a performance by HDH Pope Alice at 4pm, in the carpark for Harveys.

Ruben Pang is exhibiting courtesy of Chan+Hori Contemporary, Singapore. The exhibition is supported by RESORT, a James Street initiative.
IMAGE: Left: Island series, 2015, camera Alec Schultz. Right: Ruben Pang, Sacred Blister Companions (After Pope Alice) 2017 Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminium composite panel, 192 x 140 cm. Image courtesy Chan+Hori.




7. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, in The Antioch Review, now online

Just to mention,
There's a new essay by Magie Dominic with The Antioch Review
http://bit.ly/2yEOX7X ~ "The Fisherman and the Photograph" about the life of a Newfoundland fisherman and memories and the mighty, ever changing ocean.

(It's one of my new favourites)

Magie Dominic at NYPL/Lincoln Center Archives
twitter @magiedominic



8. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, Oct. 24, and more

The Unquotable Trump by R. Sikoryak published by Drawn & Quarterly is out this month!
Cartoonist R. Sikoryak (Terms & Conditions, Masterpiece Comics) draws upon the power of comics and satire to frame President Trump and his controversial declarations as the words and actions of the most notable villains and antagonists in comic book history. Reimagining the most famous comic covers, Sikoryak transforms Wonder Woman into Nasty Woman; Uncle Scrooge into Trump withholding his tax returns; the Black Panther into the Black Voter; the Fantastic Four into the Hombres Fantasticos; and more. Word for word, page by page, Sikoryak drives home the absurdity and the breadth of claims made by the 45th President of the United States.
Cambridge, MA
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Miassachusetts Independent Comics Expo
University Hall, Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave

Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
powerHouse Arena
28 Adams St. 11201, with Lauren Naturale

Miami, FL
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 11:00am to Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 6:00pm
Miami Book Fair
Miami Dade College

25% of net proceeds from The Unquotable Trump will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.



9. Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, FF Alumn, at Underdonk, Brooklyn, Nov. 10, and more

You are invited to join me at the following exhibitions and performances:

Damali Abrams, Aya Eukawa, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Sarada Rauch, Andre Springer, Rachel Eulena Williams

October 20th - November 19th 2017
Opening Reception: October 20th, 7 - 9PM
Performances on Friday November 10th, 8-9PM
"You are an extension of the power that created the whole universe. You are God in drag. You are dressed up in this outfit of a body, which is temporary. You are eternal. You are forever. You are unchanged. And this is a dream you're having. So don't get to attached to it. Make love. Love people. Be sweet. Have corn dogs. Dance. Live. Love. Fuck shit up. But it's all good. You can't fuck it up because you're eternal."

This show is an ode of sorts to RuPaul, a performer who inspires many as a cultural icon, artist and guru. Bringing a range of both media and approaches, Joy Decision takes a cue from Rupaul's philosophy to present artists who subvert dominant paradigms with a sense of irreverence, purpose and joy.
Curated by Georgia Elrod

Underdonk is an artist-run project space in Brooklyn, NY (L train to Jefferson Stop)
1329 Willoughby Avenue, #211, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12- 6PM, and by appointment
For more information please contact

Sanctuary: Protest Party Art Benefit for Make the Road NY
The Park Church Co-op, Greenpoint, Brooklyn "Make the Road NY" DACA Fundraiser,
Please join us on Saturday, October 21st, for some consciousness-and-fund-raising: an evening of performances, installations, food, drink, a raffle with fabulous prizes, and a sale of gorgeous art work to benefit Make the Road NY, a network of courageous folx who stand up for immigrant and working class communities, communities of color, and LGBTQIA people. Check out their website: http://www.maketheroad.org/index.php.
We firmly believe that getting together for a minute in support of a good cause, to commune with all our hearts and souls and make new alliances, is an affirming, energizing, and healing protest action. 100% of proceeds from this event will go to Make the Road NY. Come join us.
The Park Church Co-op
129 Russell Street, Brooklyn, 11222
Saturday, October 21st
5:00 PM Preview of artworks in benefit sale
--All works will be priced at $100 or less--
6:00 PM Benefit sale and Protest Partying commence!
8:00 - 10:00 PM Performances in church sanctuary include Hector Canonge and Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
11:00 PM Event winds down
Sunday, October 22nd
1:00 - 4:00 PM Panel Discussion
Follow us on Instagram @sanctuaryprotest. We'll be previewing artworks for sale and our line-up of performance and installation artists!

Crop Killa's Soca Social

CROP KILLA (Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow)
About "Crop Killa's Soca Social"...
On Nov 6, 1983 Adrian Piper's performance "Funk lessons" debuted as a response to xenophobia. 34 years later our generation continues to encounter racial and cultural tensions. The artist, Lyn-Kee-Chow responds to our times with a new iteration of her Crop Killa performance, "Crop Killa's Soca Social". Both a dance instruction and social event the artist embodies her character, a Jamaican dance hall queen from her "Crop Killa" performance to engage others to let loose, learn a few dance moves, and enjoy life.

Friday, November 3
Panoply Performance Laboratory
104 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
More to come including my work in a private collection and a performance in December. On that note I'll keep things lit!

Thanks for your support and I hope to see you all very soon!
Yours truly,




10. Joseph Keckler, FF Alumn, at Howl Gallery, Manhattan, Nov. 19


My book Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World will be coming out from Turtle Point Press next month. New Yorkers, please save the date: I'll be launching the book and signing copies at Howl Gallery (6 E. 1st St.) at 7pm, Sunday November 19th.

Before that, I'll be doing readings in Austin and Houston, TX. I'll be adding a bunch more cities in the next couple months! My regular concert schedule and book tour dates are here on my website.

For those interested in supporting my ongoing work-- production and release of songs, new videos, two theatrical premieres in 2019-- I am offering signed, advance copies the book as a perk when you make tax-deductible donations to my sponsor, Fractured Atlas. More information about all my projects is on the patron page.

Hope to see you soon.





11. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at American Pen Women, Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 9

Claire Jeanine Satin will be giving a presentation on her Books As Art to the American Pen Women of Ft Lauderdale, NOVEMBER 9, 2017. Several of her bookworks will be on exhibit and available for acquisition.



12. Susan Gold, FF Alumn, at Oneten Windows, Windsor, Ontario, Canada,

Fifth Anniversary of one ten park: a working space (onetenpark.com) an experimental studio space in downtown Windsor Ontario, interfacing conceptual and performance art with the community. Oneten Windows on Windsor now presenting the International MailArt project, MAKE: PUBLIC‎, mail and images from over 26 countries interpreting the theme.



13. Francesc Torres, FF Alumn, at Museum Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, thru Jan. 14, 2018

Francesc Torres, FF alum, [La capsa entrópico] El museu d'objectes perduts
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Thursday, October 19, 2017-January 14, 2018



14. Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, Oct. 20

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15. Claes Oldenburg, Coosje Van Bruggen, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, FF Alumns, in T Magazine, October 20, 2017

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