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Contents for November 27, 2017

1. Doreen Garner, FF Fund recipient 2017-18, at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, Nov. 30

Doreen Garner's
November 30, 2017
Doors 7:30/Performance 8pm
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Purge forces us as a collective society to face the reality of racism that J. Marion Sims's legacy as the "Father of Modern Gynecology" was built upon.

Sims viewed Black people's bodies as disposable specimens, exploiting and torturing them through experimental procedures for the purposes of medical research. In the 1800s, it was considered unethical to view beneath a woman's skirt as a physician. When Sims accepted Anarcha, a seventeen-year-old enslaved black woman as a patient, he made her get on all fours atop his operating table while completely nude, and shoved a speculum inside her vagina. He invited crowds of townspeople to "see what no man had seen before." Sims attempted to close Anarcha's vesicovaginal fistula over 30 times without anesthesia between 1845 and 1850, despite the fact that he had used the anesthetic ether for his white patients 5 years prior to Anarcha's first operation.

This performance will reenact onto a silicone skin of J. Marion Sims's Central Park statue many of the same operations that Sims performed on the enslaved; as part of her exhibition White Man on a Pedestal with Kenya (Robinson), Garner recreated Sims's statue in life-size, encasing it in a thin layer of silicone. Once peeled, his 'skin' lies in situ on an operating table. Using dissection as a means to get to the truth, the symbolic mutilation of Sims's body on a surgical table seeks to undo his historically praised posture.

Seating is limited. RSVP via Eventbrite https://goo.gl/8L7Ugx .




2. Anamorphosis Prize exhibition, Rubber Factory, Manhattan, Nov. 30


We would love to invite you all this coming Thursday, 30 November (7 pm to 9 pm) to the Rubber Factory <http://www.rubber-factory.info/> (29C Ludlow Street in Chinatown, Manhattan) in New York for this event where we show and celebrate the 20 shortlisted books of the 3rd edition of The Anamorphosis Prize!

If you don't live in New York but have friends here of course feel free to invite them!

We wish to find a lot of enthusiasm for the 3rd edition of The Anamorphosis Prize!

https://www.facebook.com/events/122857041825188/ <https://www.facebook.com/events/122857041825188/>

Anouk Kruithof, Olga Yatskevich, John Phelan and Amanda de la Garza Mata



3. David Cale, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Nov. 22

The complete illustrated article is at the link directly below. Text only follows below the link.


The New York Times

Review: Who Is 'Harry Clarke,' and Why Is He So Appealing?
HARRY CLARKE NYT Critic's Pick Off Broadway, Play, Drama, Solo Performance Closing Date: December 10, 2017 Vineyard Theater, 108 E. 15th St. 212-353-0303

When Harry Clarke humblebrags that the singer Sade is "about the most real person I know," you believe him. If anyone's an expert on real people, he is.

That's because he's a fake.

Despite his sometimes posh, sometimes cockney accent, he's not (as he tells people) from London. Nor is he married to a Frenchwoman named Sabine. Most disappointing, he did not work for 20 years as the "tour manager slash personal assistant slash whatever-else-was-needed kind of person" for the woman who sang "Smooth Operator."

No, he's just Philip Brugglestein, Illinois born and Indiana bred and very good at Google. Never been to London, works as a barista. But what a story he has to tell.

That's the delicious conceit animating "Harry Clarke," the one-man, double-life play by David Cale that opened on Tuesday night at the Vineyard Theater. The conceit is also animating Billy Crudup, who after a four-year absence from the New York stage appears to be having the time of his life in a sly role terrifically suited to his gifts.

Among those gifts is the ability to build a performance from various angles at once, as if in a trifold dressing-room mirror. Mr. Crudup plays not only Philip - and Philip as his alter ego, Harry - but also dozens of people who pass through their lives. He doesn't impersonate those people, exactly, but sketches them for us as they might be seen through Harry's or Philip's eyes. In other words, he uses the secondary characters to characterize the main ones.

In the first part of the play, those supporting characters include sad young Philip's alcoholic father and overwhelmed mother, both of them bewildered by the emergence of their "pansy" son's new persona at age 8. (Not many American third graders say "Don't get your knickers in a twist, darlin'.") Mr. Crudup gives the father, who is verbally and physically abusive, a flat Midwestern accent that seems all the more brutal in contrast to Philip's jaunty Brit speak - and hints at why he adopted it.

At other times, especially after Philip moves to New York City and lets the insouciant Harry off the leash, the characters we meet through him are rendered more satirically. (If you don't know what a Hanukkah Brazilian is, go and learn.) It's an especially neat trick that in portraying several members of one family - the wealthy Schmidts, whom Harry infiltrates - they in turn are portraying him. Their infatuation, based though it is on credulousness, shows us how confident and attractive he's become.

Because we've seen where he started, we cannot disapprove too much of Harry as he attains comforts and companionship that Philip never could. One of the best things about the play is that for a long time it leaves us bamboozled into believing, despite the evidence of our senses, that they are different people.

If you've ever seen Mr. Cale perform his own work, you'll know that, in Philip, Mr. Crudup is doing a deft impersonation, with his wordless stammers, nervous smile and arms that dangle like parentheses at his sides. His Harry, though, has the randy swagger of a leprechaun.

The realization that the "two" men are actually one - a realization that they must face as well - eventually forces us to confront some rather large issues about the construction of identity. If Philip can become Harry just by acting like him, does that not mean Harry was always inside him? Is personality really so multiple and mutable? What about sexuality and morality?

These questions keep the play leaping forward, as Harry tests the edges of his fabulous new life. But in the last quarter, when he goes too far, so does Mr. Cale. The minute you feel the action straining toward an existential climax, you start to resist any further manipulation.

This was probably inevitable. Born in England, Mr. Cale first became known in New York for the swift, dreamlike monologues he performed in the 1980s at downtown spaces such as Dixon Place and P.S. 122. (He started out as a singer-songwriter but, facing rejection, took to reading his lyrics instead.) The marvelous compression of works like "The People in Your Life for 30 Seconds" is hard to maintain in a play of 80 minutes. And perhaps having a star of Mr. Crudup's wattage additionally encouraged Mr. Cale to turn up the heat.

He needn't have. Mr. Crudup has a natural sense of drama that needs no underlining. His vulpine charm - look out for those bright teeth! - makes it impossible not to like him, even as he grows alarming.

The production, directed by Leigh Silverman, is just as masterly, playing quietly on the theme of making much out of little. (In that way, it's a bit like a radio drama, so it's no surprise that Audible, the audio entertainment arm of Amazon, plans to release a words-only version of "Harry Clarke" in January.) Alexander Dodge's set consists of nothing more than a wooden deck, a chair and a wee table. Yet it is so lushly lit by Alan C. Edwards that it easily stands in for a yacht, a Gap, a beach and, in one memorable scene, a theater.

Of course, the whole play is set in a theater. One of the meta-delights of "Harry Clarke" is the way it applies the idea of performance to regular life. As Harry proves, we're all actors, working with whatever rickety materials we've got. If only we were all as good at impersonation as he and Mr. Crudup are, we might even be happy.

Harry Clarke
NYT Critic's Pick
Vineyard Theater
108 E. 15th St.
Flatiron/U. Sq.

Category Off Broadway, Play, Drama, Solo Performance Credits Written by David Cale; Directed by Leigh Silverman Cast Billy Crudup Preview October 26, 2017 Opened November 21, 2017 Closing Date December 10, 2017

Upcoming Shows
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4. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, at Studio 10, Brooklyn, Dec. 3

Dear Friends + Colleagues,

Very pleased to be reading from The Princess of Herself, my new story collection, in the Pretext Reading Series curated by Robert Marshall who has a show at Studio 10 and
will also read with Thomas Devany and T. Cole Rachel.

Pretext Reading Series
Studio 10
56 Bogart St. (L Train to Morgan Ave in Bushwick)
Sun. Dec. 3rd, 4pm - 6pm

"I love this book. The writer is always visible as one of the characters, trying to sort out reality and memory. She keeps collapsing her own life into her stories and in doing so creates a wonderful picture of the way our minds actually work.Everything merges and the act of writing and remembering is the real subject here." Laurie Anderson

Hope you can make it.




5. Roberley Bell, FF Alumn, at 201 Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, Nov. 30, and more

I am pleased to share with you two events which highlight my new book
Do You Know This Tree?

Gallery Talk with artist Roberley Bell and Visual Studies Workshop Director Tate Shaw
November 30th at 5:30pm
201 Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY 14260

Join us on November 30th in the 2nd floor gallery at the Center for the Arts to learn more about Wanderlust artist Roberley Bell's new book, Do You Know This Tree? Do You Know This Tree? collects daily walks the artist took from an apartment in Istanbul to various trees she had photographed five years prior in 2010. The book's diary-like text reveals Bell's thoughts and document her encounters as she searches for these "ugly" trees that in their caretaking represent for the artist the humanity of the city of Istanbul. On view in the gallery as part of Wanderlust is Still Visible, After Gezi, Bell's photographs of her trees during the process of finding and re-finding them. Bell will be in conversation with Visual Studies Workshop Director Tate Shaw and Senior Curator of UB Art Galleries Rachel Adams. Both Do You Know This Tree? and the Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017 catalogues will be available for sale.


Book launch VSW
Saturday the 9th of December
there will be a reading at 2:30
(lots of VSW festivities throughout the afternoon)
Visual Studies Workshop
31 Prince Str
Rochester, NY 14607



6. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF Alumn, at The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, FL, Nov. 30

Miami Beach Fl
November 30, 10:39-12 am

On Bookworks and Bookmaking
A presentation as part of
The Writers Room Project



7. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Nov. 21

The complete illustrated article is at the link directly below. Text only follows below the link.


Man Arrested in Berlin Over John Lennon's Stolen Diaries

A man was arrested in Berlin on Monday in connection with stolen diaries, glasses and other personal effects that belonged to the Beatles singer John Lennon, a spokesman for the city's public prosecutor said. The police believe a second man, thought to be a former employee of Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, was also involved.
In a statement, the Berlin police said that a 58-year-old man was arrested in the German capital as part of an investigation into fraud and the trading of stolen property.

The police did not name the man, and said another suspect is "unavailable for prosecution" because he is a Turkish citizen and cannot be extradited to Germany.
According to the police, about 100 items, including Lennon's diaries, spectacles, a cigarette case and a recording of a 1965 Beatles concert, were stolen from Ms. Ono in New York in 2006.

The police said on Tuesday that 86 of the items were recovered when Auctionata, a Berlin auction house, went bankrupt earlier this year. After Auctionata filed for insolvency, lawyers went through the auction house's remaining stock and found items from Lennon's estate, which they handed over to the police in July.

The police said Ms. Ono helped the authorities identify the items as belonging to her husband, and they started an investigation into suspected fraud and the handling of stolen goods.

When the police arrested the suspect in Berlin on Monday, they searched his car and said that they found more items from the Lennon estate. The investigation is ongoing, and the police said they did not yet know when the stolen items would be returned to Ms. Ono.

A version of this article appears in print on November 22, 2017, on Page C2 of the New York edition with the headline: Arrest Made in Theft Of Lennon Items.



8. Michelle Stuart, FF Alumn, receives 2017 Anonymous Was a Woman Award.

Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. The Award is given in recognition of an artist's accomplishments, artistic growth, originality and potential. It is not need-based. The Award is by nomination only.

The name of the grant program, Anonymous Was A Woman, refers to a line in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. As the name implies, nominators and those associated with the program are unnamed. The award was begun in 1996 in response to the decision of the National Endowment of the Arts to cease support of individual artists.

To date, some 220 women have received the award. Each year, an outstanding group of distinguished women - art historians, curators, writers and previous winners - serve as nominators.



9. Raquel Rabinovich, FF Alumn, at Y Gallery, Manhattan, Dec. 1

Please join me for an evening of poetry and conversation with George Quasha and Julia P. Herzberg on Friday, December 1st, from 6 to 7:30 pm This event will take place in the context of my current exhibition, Thresholds, at Y Gallery. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and two suites of watercolors, one entitled When Silence Becomes Poetry: for George Quasha, and the other When Silence Becomes Poetry: for Robert Kelly. I want to honor these two poets who, among others, have been a source of inspiration for my work. Included in the evening there will be, in addition to a poetry reading by George Quasha and a dialogue between me and Julia P. Herzberg, a conversation about my work among the three of us and the audience. The exhibition also anticipates my forthcoming retrospective at El Museo del Barrio, which will open in 2019.

I look forward to seeing you!

With warmest wishes,


http://www.raquelrabinovich. com/

EVENING OF POETRY AND CONVERSATION: Friday, December 1st, 6 - 7:30 pm
Exhibition dates: November 4 - December 10, 2017
Y Gallery
124 Forsyth Street (corner with Delancey), New York, NY 10002
Hours: Wed - Sun, 12 -6 PM
Contact: ceciliajurado8@yahoo.es
1 (917) 721 4539

Julia P. Herzberg, Ph.D. is an art historian and independent curator, who has curated and written about my work for many years.

George Quasha is a poet, artist and musician, author of some twenty books, who works with a principle ("axiality") in common within language, video, painting, sculpture, sound, and performance.



10. Brahna Yassky, FF Alumn, launches new website www.brahnayassky.com

Please visit:


Thank you.



11 Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at York College, Jamaica, Queens, NY, Dec. 3

Queens Council on the Arts' Artist Commissioning Program Awardee Judith Sloan will host the programs first artist event. Sloan invites attendees to participate in the development process of her artist commission entitled "It Can Happen Here," a theatrical performance developed from gathering stories of anguish and defiance in the face of xenophobia and repression. Free and Open to the public for reservations RSVP HERE: https://mp280.infusionsoft.com/app/form/2c7689de8d127888c7c555ab0eba685f?inf_contact_key=3d117211b409bf951fd43188a5e84ec3cb14364949ad999fe985616eeea83eee

During the event, Sloan will present short excerpts of the work-in-progress accompanied by violist Andrew Griffin. The presentation will be followed by a participatroy storytelling workshop and dialogue around the theme of "It Can Happen Here" where community members can share both painful and joyful stories in our current social and political climate. This content will inform the final work which is scheduled to premiere in Queens in September. 2018 in the genre of a "dark cabaret."

For more information about the Queens Artist Commission and the event click here:

Sloan has used this process in developing several multi-media projects which have been presented throughout the United States and abroad. As an actress, radio producer, writer and educator whose work combines humor,pathos and a love of the absurd, Sloan's solo works include Denial of the Fittest, Yo Miss!, and A Tattle Tale; Eyewitness in Mississippi. For over twenty years, she has been creating interdisciplinary works in audio and theatre, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media. She is the co-founder of EarSay, a non-profit arts company based in Queens and is the co-author and creator of Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, a multi-media project (book, theatre, exhibition, radio) focusing on the stories of new immigrants and refugees in Queens, NY (W.W. Norton & Co) and the librettist for 1001 Voices: A
Choral Symphony for a New America. For more info on Sloan's EarSay projects go to http://www.earsay.org
Follow Judith on twitter and facebook:
https://twitter.com/JSloanNYC @JSLOANNYC

About the Artist Commissioning Program:
The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) provides Queens choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 towards the creation and production of a new, original work to be interpreted for dance, theater, and music. This innovative program allows Queens community members to participate as Art Producers. Art Producers select the artists in a panel and serve as a support structure for the cohort. Both Artists and Art Producers receive access to professional development programming and collaborative arts events throughout the year-long program.

Kelly Olshan kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org

York College 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451



11. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Scholes Street Studio, Brooklyn, opening Dec. 6, and more

Ken Butler Hybrid Instruments
Exhibition, video, and performance
Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St. Brooklyn, NY 11206 scholesstreetstudio.com
December 6, 2017 - February 17, 2018

Reception Wed. Dec. 6th, 6pm
with music by Ken Butler and premiere of the short video "TORSO".

Ken Butler live in performance Fri. Feb. 9th, 2018 8pm
with musicians tba

Hybrid Instruments
Created primarily from urban detritus, the hybrid instruments express a poetic spirit of re-invention and hyper-utility as hidden meanings and associations momentarily create a striking and re-animated cultural identity for common objects. Anxious objects speak in tongues.

"TORSO", video and music by Ken Butler, 4:30, 2016
"TORSO" is an artistic exploration of the head/neck/body configuration of the guitar and human torso with imagery created from life-size collage works made of studio residue and other found images. (X-rays of full-size torsos printed on Diazo paper in 1976 spawned the guitar/body relationship that permeates the work with hybrid instruments). A diagnosis of liver cancer in 2007 and life-saving transplant after an intense 2-month hospitalization further stirs the pot of the transformative vibrating body in flux as form and function churn.

Voices of Anxious Objects live
The artist-musician performs mesmerizing world textures and driving melodic gypsy grooves with passion and purpose on an amazing arsenal of amplified hybrid string instruments made from household objects and tools. Duchampian Dada meets Hybrid Hindu Hendrix as function and form collide in an environment of hyper-active hardware.

Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose Hybrid musical instruments, performances and other works explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, and sounds as function and form collide in the intersection of art and music.

Butler is internationally recognized as an innovator of experimental musical instruments created from diverse materials including tools, sports equipment, and household objects. The idea of bricolage, essentially using whatever is "at hand", is at the center of his art, encompassing a wide range of practice that combines assemblage art, live music, instrument design, performance art, theater, sculpture, installation, photography, film/video, graphic design, drawing, and collage.

Ken Butler studied viola as a child and maintained an interest in music while studying visual arts in France, at Colorado College, and Portland State University where he completed his MFA in painting. He has been featured in exhibitions and performances worldwide including The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Prada Foundation in Venice (as part of the "Art or Sound" exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2014), The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Mass Moca, and The Kitchen, The Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum in New York City as well as in Canada, South America, and Japan.

Ken Butler
427 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11222




12. Mark Bloch, FF Alumn, in whitehotmagazine.com now online


Mark Bloch on "Josef and Anni and Ruth and Ray" at David Zwirner - David Zwirner's inaugural exhibition at the gallery's new 69th Street location features work by Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, and Ray Johnson, four creative explorers whose presence at the experimental Black Mountain College in the late 1940s shaped their own future and the course of 20th century American art. The show explored the early aesthetic and personal connections between artists by allowing a glimpse into works exchanged warmly amongst this particular group, accompanied by compositions with common looks and themes that emerged from their mutual immersion in the educational atmosphere that thrived at Black Mountain during the post war years.



13. Hector Canonge, FF Alumn, at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, thru Dec. 31, and more

HECTOR CANONGE, FF Alumn exhibits "DESGARRO" at Smack Mellon (Through December 31), performs "ASSOCIATIONS" at Cloying Parlor (December 2) and presents the new initiative NeXus, Transcontinental Performance Art Platform, during Miami Art Week (December 7-10).
Through December 31, 2017
Site-Responsive Installation and Video Performance Documentation
Uproot Fall Exhibition, Smack Mellon Gallery
92 Plymouth Street Brooklyn, NY
DESGARRO (TEARING) treats notions of psychological uprootedness, and forced physical relocation. The project relates to the present state of migratory reform politics in the United States. In particular, to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). As children, many "Dreamers" were brought here by their parents. They grew up not knowing any other country, but the United States as their own. Though they may feel connected to their parents' homeland, their upbringing makes them "American." Through this project, Canonge explores the notion of tearing one's position in the world. The "desgarro" (the tearing apart) is a form of segregation, displacement, and control. The performance took place during the opening of the exhibition. Audiences are able to experience the piece through the installation and video documentation of Canonge's performance.
More information: www.hectorcanonge.net
December 2, 2017, 8:00 PM
Cloying Parlor
309 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Canonge experiments with new forms of physical and artistic expression in collaboration with 2017 FF Award Fund, Veronica Peña, and sound artist, Jacob Cohen. The evening is hosted by artist Diane Dwyer, creator of Cloying Parlor.

Transcontinental Performance Art Festival during Miami Art Week
December 9th, 8-11 PM - EDGE ZONES ART GALLERY
December 10th, 2-5 PM - Public interventions in LUMMUS PARK, South Beach
ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB) in collaboration with PerForMIA and hosted by Edge Zones Project presents the program NeXus during Miami Art Week. NeXus, a new initiative organized and curated by Hector Canonge, will feature new works by local, national, and international artists during Miami Art Week. Hosted by Edge Zones Art Gallery, Miami's leading performance art venue, created and directed by Charo Oquet, NeXus will present new performance art works by selected artists. For its first edition, NeXus curatorial theme explores and treat notions of human (dis)connections, personal binds, social (re)attachements, misplaced identities, and focal (dis)placements. As a new initiative, NeXus will bring diverse manifestations of performance art where the body is at the center of artistic expression, corporeal examination, and challenging execution.
More information: NeXus

Hector Canonge
Interdisciplinary Arts



14. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, in Hyperallergic.com now online

Dread Scott, FF Alum, in Hyperallergic



15. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Dec. 2

Dixon Place presents:
Cartoon slide shows and picture performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak & Neil Numberman.
Cartoon slide shows drawn and narrated by an array of comic artists, graphic novelists, voice actors, and more.
Jef Czekaj
Deb Lucke
Rebecca Mock
Michael Rex
and Catherine Porter
Featuring stories, gags, live drawings, and audience participation! For kids and cartoon-loving adults.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 11:30 am
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St. (btwn Rivington & Delancey)
Tickets: $10 kids
$15 adults in advance, $18 adults at the door
$12 students/seniors/IDNYC
Tickets & info: DixonPlace.org (212) 219-0736

About the cartoonists:
Jef Czekaj is a cartoonist, children's book author and illustrator, and musician who lives and works in Somerville, MA.
He has written and/or illustrated 12 books with titles like Hip and Hop Don't Stop!, Cat Secrets, A Call for a New Alphabet, and Austin, Lost in America.

Deb Lucke is the author/illustrator of the Lunch Witch series which is being made into a movie starring Kate McKinnon.
She also does comic journalism and fine art.

Rebecca Mock is a NYC-based comic book artist and illustrator. She is the artist of the NYT best-selling Compass South, a high-seas adventure graphic novel, as well as its sequel Knife's Edge.

Michael Rex is the writer and illustrator of over 40 books for kids, and the creator of Fangbone! which is now on Netflix. Please, no bright lights, don't get him wet, and don't feed him after midnight.

Neil Numberman is the totally tubular illustrator of such groovy graphic novels as the Joey Fly, Private Eye series, and writer of the mondo bodacious picture book Do NOT Build a Frankenstein! His most recent picture books, Flip & Fin: We Rule the School, and Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue, are, like, in stores now. He also is known for illustrating Highlight's Magazines radically awesome-licious Hidden Pictures! You should totally scope out his work over at neilnumberman.com. FAR OUT!

More info: http://carouselslideshow.com



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