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David Marquis, FF Alumn, in memoriam

David Marquis
actor, puppeteer and arts educator, was born and raised in San Francisco. At the age of eighteen David moved to England to pursue a career as an actor; in 1977 he returned to the United States and settled in New York City founding Marquis Studios as a non-profit dedicated to both theatrical performances and arts education. His original shows about issues such as gender politics, economic politics and the issues facing children regularly toured Europe and were presented at La Mama and PS 122 in the 80's. Parallel to his theatrical career the Marquis Studios' arts education program dedicated itself to bringing the arts to underprivileged students across five boroughs. By 1992 maintaining two careers proved too much and the theater company part of Marquis Studios was closed. This allowed David to focus on his work bringing the joy of art making to children. Marquis Studios grew exponentially and by 2016 the company was reaching 33,000 students annually. It was also named the VSA NYC affiliate due to some 33% of the annual programming being dedicated to students with disabilities. David served for six years on the Board of the Puppetry Guild of NYC, eight years on the Board of the NYC Arts Education Roundtable, and for nine years as a trustee of Pratt Institute, three of those years also serving as a representative on the Board of the Delaware College of Art and Design. He is remembered as a loving husband, friend and father. In his later years he sought to know himself better and to support others in their own struggles. David is survived by his loving wife, Beth, daughter Mina Odile, son Christopher, mother Ellen and sister Tessa. He would wish to acknowledge the love and support of his former partners Jane Wilson Marquis and Leyla Ebtehadj.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 16, 2017



1. Nadja Verena Marcin, FF Fund recipient 2017, at Fridman Gallery, Manhattan, Feb. 2

Fridman Gallery
287 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
Friday, February 2, 8 PM

OPHELIA is an architectural, interdisciplinary live performance incorporating sculpture, sound and text by Nadja Verena Marcin. The piece will draw on masterworks from art history-such as John Everett Millais's painting of the same name, "Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank" (Jeff Koons, 1985), and "The Werld" (Daniil Kharms, 1939) -to reveal the negative effects of human activity on the planet.

Floating in a salt-water solution in a life-size stainless steel sarcophagus, wearing a breathing mask and Ophelia's dress, the artist Nadja Verena Marcin will quote text from Daniil Kharms' "The Werld" about our limited human subjective perception. The image of a nineteenth-century Ophelia, supported via a breathing mask and reconfigured within a technologically constructed reality, becomes a metaphor for our current state of existence in the Anthropocene Period.

Marcin's work has been presented at: ZKM - Museum for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Zendai MOMA, Shanghai (Himalajas Museum); Museo National de Arte, La Paz; Veneto Videoart Archive, Verona; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley; ICA Philadelphia; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow; Palacio Portales, Cochabamba; Haus der Kunst, Munich, and other venues.

Awarded a Franklin Furnace Fund Grant, OPHELIA was unveiled as video-sculpture during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 at CONTEXT Art Miami, and highlighted both in Artnet's Everything You Need to Know About All 23 Artfairs at Art Basel Miami Beach and Hyperallergic's Your Concise Guide Miami Art Week 2017. In 2018, after Fridman Gallery it will travel to Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, curated by Amy Kisch of AKArt (March); Nube Gallery in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (April); SomoS in Berlin as part of the Gallery Weekend Berlin (April / May); Museum Schauwerk in Sindelfingen, Germany (June / July / August); Moltekerei e.V. in Cologne, Germany as part of the DC Open Gallery Weekend (September); AlbumArte in Rome, Italy, curated by Giulia Casalini of Arts Feminism Queer (November / December). The Goethe Institutes of San Francisco and Rome will accompany the exhibition with panels, lectures, workshops, and screenings.

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. Fernando Coco Bedoya, FF Alumn, at Henrique Faria Fine Art, Manhattan, opening Feb. 15

Traces & Infiltrations
Opening reception
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6-9pm
Exhibition runs through March 24, 2018

Tuesday to Saturday 11-6 pm
Tel. 212 517 4609
Henrique Faria Fine Art
35 East 67th Street 4th Floor
New York, NY 10065

Henrique Faria Fine Art is pleased to present Traces & Infiltrations, Fernando "Coco" Bedoya's first solo exhibition with the gallery in New York City. This exhibition highlights three important series, Mecenas (1979), Siluetas (1983-84) and Cultura Trepa-Nación (1991-93) from the artist's early career, which found him straddling the avant-garde art scenes both in Lima, Peru and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The themes of the trace and the act of infiltration are salient aspects of all three series, as they point to the work of an artist attempting to insert himself into established structures such as, broadly, communication-whether through language and wordplay, its dissemination via mass media or its repression by government-sponsored censorship-or the tourist souvenir industry and globalist, exploitative economies through anonymous, interventional or ephemeral actions. While the idea was central to the conception of the work of art, Bedoya also understood the limitations of the singular idea in enacting widespread change: that once the idea/artwork was set in motion, it no longer belonged to him but rather to those whose energy and input ensured its continuation and evolution to fit the needs of the people it served. As Irina Podgorny describes in the exhibition text, "Bedoya, recognizing this power [inherent in established institutions], has conceived of his practice as a collective and cooperative enterprise, in which sharing, recycling and exchanging represent an essential part of the creative process."

Mecenas (Patron) was an early experiment that took the form of a classified advertisement that was published in the popular Peruvian daily newspaper El Comercio on three consecutive Sundays in March 1979. The ads were, at first glance, like any other classified ad, a private search left to the whims and circumstances of the reading public to be fulfilled, but closer inspection created more questions about the ad's content than answers. An anonymous artist was searching for a patron, a "sensitive" person capable of financing art projects and serving as a "protector of the arts." As Podgorny notes, this was quite an improbable search in the Peru at that time, given not only the country's current economic state but also the state of the local contemporary art scene. While these classified ads were not successful in finding Bedoya a patron, they did connect him to other artists and led to the formation of the collective Paréntesis (Parenthesis). Their happenings and performances, developed in the spirit of political activism, served as a public platform to "[question] and [challenge] the artistic production in the country" by bringing art to the streets and usurping it with the goal of gaining more freedom for creative output.

Upon relocating to Buenos Aires in the early 80s, Bedoya, along with other members of Paréntesis, became involved with organizations that were nurturing the anti-dictatorship sentiments gaining momentum at that time, including the Madres de Plaza de Mayo. The Siluetas (Silhouettes) were engendered as a response to the shock, sadness, desperation and silence surrounding the people who had been disappeared by the military regime. These people had vanished without a trace, leaving behind the hollowed presence of their bodies. This series of work was also born of the streets, with significant public interventions such as The Whole Truth: Dalmiro Flores and El Siluetazo (both 1983) where artists convened upon the Plaza de Mayo and covered the pavement and building façades with the stark outlines of the desaparecidos, the disappeared, and the known victims of the regime. The works on paper produced as a continued exploration on the theme, were made using Letraset with the intent to capture the forms of absence using "the letters with which newspapers and histories are written" as a means to understand "how the dynamics of history are imprinted on our bodies and [...] how the traces of our actions are engraved in the course of history."

Bedoya's practice brought him back to Peru in the early 90s to continue his investigations on cultural-historical marks. The Trepanaciones peruanas (Peruvian Trepanations), taking the forms of intervened replicas of Incan pottery intended for tourist consumption, belong to a larger series that explores Peru's colonial history of exploitation and cultural erosion. In Spanish, the word trepanación, or trepanation (the surgical perforation of the skull), when hyphenated, turns into trepa-nación, which means "climbing-nation", a word-play interpreted by Bedoya to refer to "a colonized nation trepanned by opportunism, exploitation and by the ongoing tension between popular and fine art." By sawing the handles off these ready-made vessels, Bedoya imitates the act of trepanning by leaving two holes in the body of the vessel. One hole is left open, bearing the mark of the intervention, while the other is covered up by a Coca-Cola bottle cap, the mark of the modern-day global exploiter.

As Podgorny concludes, the work of Bedoya, in its appropriation of the spaces and means for dialogue and exchange, becomes work about the fleetingness and ephemerality of these interactions that points to the eventuality of the traces we will leave behind, that will become like "faces drawn in the sand at the edge of the sea."

Fernando "Coco" Bedoya (Borja, Peru, 1952) is a Peruvian artist who has been based in Argentina since the late 1970s and who is a key figure in linking the experiences of political artistic activism in both countries. Bedoya studied painting and drawing under the artist Cristina Galvéz and at the National School of Fine Arts in Lima, and went on to become a leading member of several artist collectives in Peru, such as Paréntesis and Huayco (1978-79). In Buenos Aires he continued his work by propelling the creation of the groups GAS-TAR and CAPa.Ta.Co, which used street interventions and public space to protest impunity of Argentina's authoritarian regime with the use of political artistic language, memory and participation. He has exhibited his work extensively, with solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI); Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; Museo de Bellas Artes Juan Blanes, Montevideo; among many others. He has also been featured in collective exhibitions at the Museo Jumex, Mexico City (forthcoming 2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; MALI, Lima; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and the Biennials of Cuenca, La Habana, Curitiba and Lima, among others. As part his creative practice, Bedoya has taught workshops and seminars at art schools as well as federal prisons in Argentina. He has won international prizes and fellowships for his work and has had work acquired by public and private institutions. The artist lives and works between Buenos Aires and Lima.

For press inquiries please contact Eugenia Sucre, Director, at eugenia@henriquefaria.com



3. Laura Blacklow, FF Alumn, at Chandler Gallery, Cambridge, MA, thru Feb. 19, and more

Laura Blacklow announces the publication of the 5th edition of her book, New Dimensions in Photo Processes: A Step by Step Manual for Alternative Techniques, which invites artists in all visual media to discover contemporary approaches to historical techniques and features a cyanotype by Christian Marclay, Daguerreotype by Chuck Close, and toned photo collage by Mike and Doug Starn, among others. See

Laura Blacklow's handmade book on devastation to the Guatemalan Rain Forest, will be at Chandler Gallery, Cambridge, MA in "Printmaking into Sculpture", January 16-February 19.



4. Babs Reingold, Ruth Hardinger, Christy Rupp, FF Alumns, at David&Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, opening Feb. 2

I'm pleased to exhibit "The Last Tree: Squared" and a group of drawings in this exciting exhibition focusing on the environment and climate change.

Planet Ax4+1
Ruth Hardinger • Kelin Perry • Babs Reingold
Christy Rupp • Rebecca Smith

February 2 - 25th 2018
Opening Reception: February 2nd, 6-9p
See you at the opening!

David&Schweitzer Contemporary
56 Bogart St. Brooklyn NY 11206
For more information contact Michael David at michael@davidandschweitzer.com

Babs Reingold



5. Chris Daze Ellis, FF Alumn, at P P O W, Manhattan, opening Feb. 15

Chris Daze Ellis
Daily Commute

February 15 - March 17, 2018
Opening Reception: February 15, 6-8 PM

P·P·O·W is pleased to present the gallery's first solo exhibition with Chris Daze Ellis. Daily Commute will feature paintings, drawings, and pastels that reflect Daze's exploration of and reflection on New York City, a subject that has always permeated his work. Daze first gained notoriety as a teenager in the late 70's and early 80's for painting on subway trains and city streets, before transitioning to painting on canvas and showing at alternative and established art spaces around the world.

Daily Commute will feature works in multiple mediums, including spray paint, oil, acrylic, and ground pumice, often all used within the context of a single painting. Daze's works simultaneously capture the energy and spontaneity of the graffiti movement, while also revealing a more meditative process and technique, with works featuring thick brush strokes and a layered use of paint that pay homage to artists like Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Joan Mitchell.

The works on view capture the day to day scenes that together comprise life in New York City - the interior of a subway train, a subway platform, Times Square on a snowy evening, a streetscape in the Bronx or Brooklyn - revealing both the artist's personal history while also creating a capsule of a particular moment in time. The paintings and drawings on view reflect the diversity and complexity of the city, often through layered works that evoke the true character of a place. With works like Eastern Parkway, Daze brings into a single frame the oversized eyes of a passerby witnessing the scene, a Hasidic man exiting a Subway stop, a Caribbean woman running errands - all set against the background of Eastern Parkway. The works take the form of snapshots captured in an abstract frame, reflecting Daze's position as an ever-observant artist and his experiences as a native New Yorker collecting memories to reinterpret and depict.

Among the works on view will be Masquerade, Portrait of W.H, a portrait of the artist's longtime friend Wendell Headley, an artist who gathers old clothes and reconstructs them to create elaborate outfits for himself. The work is part of Daze's Time Square Series, vibrant and sometimes fantastical portraits that bring together both iconic and oftentimes overlooked aspects of Times Square. Also on view will be works that subtly respond to the current political climate, such as Jackson Heights, a new painting that depicts the Queens neighborhood, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in all of New York City. Within a small radius, a number of different cultural backgrounds live side by side, reflecting what Daze describes as "the antithesis of everything Trump has come to symbolize so far."

While a few of the works reference Daze's history with the graffiti movement, including the interior of a subway train that features ads from the 1970s and tags from graffiti artists who were active at the time, most of the works on view are drawn from more recent history. With works like Masquerade, Daze turns to American painting, a genre that he is particularly inspired by, referencing the formal composition of American masters like Reginald Marsh, John Sloane, and Edward Hopper. Through these works Daze explores what it means to capture a personal and collective history, to distill the essence of a city, and to define the quotidian elements that ultimately shape the character of a place.

Chris Daze Ellis (b.1962) lives and works in New York City. He is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Brooklyn Museum; The Museum of the City of New York; The Groninger Museum, Netherlands; and The Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungry. In 2015 he was the subject of the solo exhibition The City is My Muse at the Museum of the City of New York, and in 2014 the exhibition Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection was on view at the Addison Gallery of American Art at the Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. He has been included in solo exhibitions around the world, including in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the U.S. His work has been exhibited in commercial and alternative galleries around the world since 1981, including at: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Grand Palais, Paris; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; The Edgewood Gallery at Yale University, New Haven, CT; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; and the Foundation Cartier, Paris, among many others. In 2015 Schiffer Books published Dazeworld: The Artwork of Chris Daze Ellis.



6. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at Standard Space, Sharon, CT, opening Jan. 27

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! I'm excited to announce I have an upcoming solo show at Standard Space in Sharon, CT opening soon. Landscapes of the Future Past further explores man's relationship to the environment and to other species in the epoch of the Anthropocene by imagining how our contemporary environmental understanding and practices can be informed by past ecosystems, ancient structures, and historical objects. This show will include a number of works from my Rewilding projects, Vapors and Vessels, and Patterns for Yurts, among others.

Rachel Frank: Landscapes of the Future Past
January 27 - March 4th, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27th, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Standard Space
147 Main Street, Sharon, CT

If you missed my solo show Vessels at Thomas Hunter Projects, exhibition photos can be found here and a clip from the new video included can be found here.

Best wishes,




7. Elana Katz, FF Alumn, at Gallery Rockelmann &, Berlin, Germany, thru Feb. 17

Dear friends,

I'll be showing some work this coming Thursday Jan. 18 (6-8pm) at gallery ROCKELMANN& in berlin, within the exhibition <my tether is clipped> . On View will be excerpts from my 2013 piece "Unnamed", the stones of which also were used in the performance <Lying With My Partner> last year in the biennial IEEB7 of Bucharest. The project pertains to naming the nameless and the complexity of memory culture... please find all info below.

It would be a pleasure to have you there at the reception, and the exhibition will be on view at ROCKELMANN & until Feb. 17th!


We cordially invite you to celebrate the addition of work by Berlin-based artist Elana Katz, to our current group exhibition my tether is clipped.

The work, UNNAMED (2013), sees Katz working with a collection of gravestones that she found discarded at a Berlin cemetery garbage. The stones are from an area of the cemetery dedicated to "victims" from the World War II period: the men and women were German soldiers, police officers, air force officers, prisoners of war, and civilians.
Katz took the stones with the intention of creating a series of artworks with them; these objects personalize The German of the Nazi period, a figure that, in the artist's social conditioning as an American and particularly as a Jew, has been highly dehumanized. Katz confronts and works with these stones that name the nameless enemy. Unnamed thus pertains to the humanization of the demonized, as well as the topics of concealment, protection, erasure, and memory.

Subsequent to the artist finding and collecting the discarded gravestones, it was brought to the cemetery administration's attention that Katz had the stones in her possession. She was obligated to return the stones, as they were scheduled for liquidation by the cemetery administration. The artist therefore did one parting action with the stones, as a clandestine performance in her Berlin studio, before the stones were sent to be destroyed by cemetery authorities.
The resulting body of work UNNAMED premiered at Diehl CUBE, Berlin, in 2013, and a related performance with the same material, LYING WITH MY PARTNER, was featured in the IEEB7 Biennial of Bucharest in 2017.
For more information press images and or press release please for this exhibition please contact gallery reception at: info@rockelmann-and.com

(c)2018 ROCKELMANN & | Schönleinstraße 5, 10967 Berlin (Kreuzberg) +49 (0) 30 - 863 841 34



8. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, at Center for Book Arts, Manhattan, thru Mar. 31

Thru March 31
FF Alumn Robbin Ami Silverberg will be in the exhibition, Our Anthropocene: Eco Crises at the Center for Book Arts Gallery, NYC, opening Jan. 18th, 6-8 pm.
The Alma Collaborative created an artist book installation about the Central African equatorial rain forest and its destruction, focusing on ritual acts of healing.
the group is comprised of 5 artists: Christoph Both-Asmus (Berlin), Hervé Youmbi (Cameroon), Owanto (Gabon/Spain), Andy Wengel (Berlin), and myself,
Robbin Ami Silverberg (Brooklyn).



9. Galinsky, FF Alumn, at East Village Playhouse, Manhattan, January 26- April 13

Galinsky's acclaimed one person show is extending beginning January 26th and he is offering 1/2 price tickets for Franklin Furnace faithful. Click this link for the discount and more info https://us15.campaign-archive.com/?e=&u=576a3bbd8185a6ca2aa4b7746&id=041a2668b4 and this is what Theater Is Easy says in it's review: "Galinsky transforms himself into a living ghost, His vital solo piece, is the most important kind of urban voyeurism. It puts a smile on your lips and moisture in your eyes."



10. Yoko Ono, FF Alumn, at Henningsvaer Lighthouse, Lofoten, Norway, thru Feb. 28

Yoko Ono
ONOCHORD (lighthouse)
January 20-February 28, 2018

Henningsvær Lighthouse

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"Let's send light to each other and let's send love!" -Yoko Ono, 2011.

Faurschou Art Resources and KaviarFactory present Yoko Ono: ONOCHORD (lighthouse) at Henningsvær Lighthouse, a new installation by the artist in the archipelago of Lofoten, Norway. A livestream from Henningsvær will make it visible throughout the world.

Yoko Ono is one of the great artists of today, renowned for her instruction pieces, installations, and films. Yoko Ono is also known as a musician, singer and peace activist. ONOCHORD is an instructional work by the artist, in which she invites everyone to send the message "I love you" to each other, around the world and to the universe. The message is sent through Yoko Ono's own code called ONOCHORD, consisting of a series of light flashes: I (one blink) Love (two blinks) You (three blinks).
For the first time the ONOCHORD message will be sent from a lighthouse. From January 20 through February 28, 2018, the lighthouse at Henningsvær, situated north of the arctic circle, will send out the ONOCHORD message continuously 24 hours a day. Surrounded by Northern lights, darkness, white mountains, and the sea, the message emitting from the lighthouse is not only a message from person to person, but also from people to the planet. In the words of the artist: "There is so much fear, confusion and anger in the world and it's nice to have a moment when we think of love, instead of anything else" (Yoko Ono).

In connection with the opening of the lighthouse installation, Yoko Ono's film ONOCHORD (2004) and ONOCHORD (documentary, 2005) will be screened at the KaviarFactory in Henningsvær. Originally shown at OPENASIA, during the Venice Film Festival in 2004, ONOCHORD encourages everyone to join in and send the message "I love you" to everyone, everywhere on the earth and beyond. Watch out, a flash of love is coming your way.

ONOCHORD (lighthouse) at Henningsvær Lighthouse is produced by Faurschou Art Resources in collaboration with KaviarFactory, and curated by Luise Faurschou and Jon Hendricks, Yoko Ono's curator of exhibitions.

Livestreaming will be available from January 20 (5pm CET) at: www.faurschou-art-resources.com and www.kaviarfactory.com.

The project is supported by: C. Ludens Ringnes Stiftelse, Kulturnæringsstiftelsen SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, Nordland fylkeskommune and Skyline Webcams.
Special thanks to Yoko Ono, Petter Hoff and Studio One.

Faurschou Art Resources trusts in art's ability to identify, articulate and visualize agendas that shape our realities and futures. Working internationally with art as a resource, we collaborate with artists, public institutions and private collections. Faurschou Art Resources curate exhibitions, facilitate temporary and permanent art projects worldwide and provide art advisory services to create art collections of lasting value. Faurschou Art Resources was established by Luise Faurschou in 2015.

KaviarFactory is a former caviar factory in Henningsvær turned into an international venue for contemporary art. Located in Henningsvær, it takes advantage of its off-the-grid location and aims to offer experiences and confrontations that never previously have been available to such regions. The KaviarFactory is owned and run by Venke Hoff and Rolf Hoff, who also own the lighthouse in Henningsvær.

For more information and press material, please contact:
Faurschou Art Resources



11. Brendan Fernandes, FF Alumn, winter news

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!

This month, I am excited to share the following news:

January 20 - May 13, I will be participating in a group exhibition, "In this place where the guest rests" at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT. The exhibition is curated by Jacqueline Mabey and features an exciting roster of artists. There will be an opening reception, January 27 from 5 - 8p at Franklin Street Works.

January 25 - March 10 - Following my intensive period of new research while in residency, I am excited to announce the opening of "The Master and Form" at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. The exhibition will present new works in collaboration with Norman Kelly Architects and the Joffrey Academy of Dance. The Master and Form" opens at the Graham Foundation's Madlener House on January 25 @ 6p and runs thru March 10. Further information on related events, artists talks and the exhibition can be found through the Graham Foundation web site.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to further engage in the ongoing group exhibition, "Sanctuary" in San Francisco. This exhibition is organized by the For-Site Foundation at Fort Mason Chapel. In addition to a new rug work for the exhibition, I also I created a new site-specific performance, "Safety" which brought the installation together. My work was also exhibited in the Untitled Art Fair with Monique Meloche gallery.

As always thank you for your continued support. Sending my best,

Brendan Fernandes



12. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Manhattan, Jan. 25

Three black bungalows: Joe Lewis,
Marion Cowings, and David Wells
Thursday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art
Gallery experience
T1, Theater 1 and Film
Exhibitions Galleries

This performance for acoustic voice, guitar, and manipulated machines, with a touch of tap, reunites a trio of renowned artists on the New York scene in songs of love, resistance, and poverty. Joe Lewis, co-director of Fashion Moda the pioneering uptown arts center founded in the late 1970s, has performed internationally with the likes of Charles Mingus, Keiko Bonk, and Julius Eastman. Vocalist and educator Marion Cowings has been a fixture in rhythm and blues, rock, and jazz music making for five decades. Artist David Wells's small kinetic sculptures, which take the form of motorized books, have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and club stages around the world.
Free and open to the public. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins at noon at the film desk.
Gallery will close at 3:00 p.m. for the performance.



13. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium, thru March 17

BETTY TOMPKINS at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen opening 6-9 pm , Thursday, January 18. The show runs until March 17, 2018 at Rue De Livourne 32 Livornostraat, Brussels



14. Luis Alfaro, Cassils, Dread Scott, FF Alumns, named USArtists 2018 Fellows

United States Artists Names 2018 Fellows, Including Dread Scott, Pepón Osorio, and Cassils

BY Maximilíano Durón POSTED 01/16/18 12:00 PM

The Chicago-based foundation United States Artists has named the 45 artists and collectives across nine disciplines who are its 2018 fellows. The fellowship comes with an unrestricted $50,000 grant.

The fellowships look "to address the lack of unrestricted funding available to artists," according to the organization's website. The fellows come from across the United States, from Montana to West Virginia, Alaska to Puerto Rico, Los Angeles to New York, and represent various fields of artistic production: Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts, and Writing.
"[The 2018 USA Fellows] produce some of the most moving, incisive, and powerful artistic work in this country, and it is our privilege to honor them," Deana Haggag, the foundation's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Collectively, they are a reminder of the beauty produced by hardworking artists on a daily basis, too much of which is often overlooked."

This year's recipients include: in media, the film production company TNEG, founded by Elissa Blount Moorhead, Arthur Jafa, and Malik Sayeed; in writing, poet and scholar Fred Moten; and in theater and performance, Tarell Alvin McCraney, who adapted his play for the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, and the performance art collective My Barbarian, which is composed of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, Alexandro Segade.
In visual arts, the fellows include Cassils, who recently had an exhibition at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York; Abigail DeVille, who staged a performance at the Whitney Museum as part of the programming of the "Calder: Hypermobility" exhibition; Pepón Osorio, whose moving installation, Badge of Honor (1994), is currently on display in the traveling exhibition "Home-So Different, So Appealing" at the MFA Houston; Dread Scott, whose 2015 flag A Man Was Lynched by Police was acquired by both the MCA San Diego and the Whitney; and Cauleen Smith, whose banners were included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial and some of which were acquired by the museum.
Past recipients of the fellowship include Judith F. Baca, Senga Nengudi, Shirin Neshat, and Stanley Whitney. The full list follows below.

Architecture & Design
Norman Kelley (Carrie Norman, Thomas Kelley) - Architects & Designers - Chicago, IL
Amanda Williams - Public Artist - Chicago, IL

Julia Galloway - Potter - Missoula, MT
Tony Marsh - Ceramicist - San Pedro, CA
Martinez Studio (Wence Martinez, Sandra Martinez) - Weaver & Painter/ Designer - Sturgeon Bay, WI
Warren Newton Seelig - Sculptor - Rockland, ME
Patti Warashina - Ceramicist - Seattle, WA

Oguri - Dancer & Choreographer - Venice, CA
Okwui Okpokwasili - Performer & Choreographer - Brooklyn, NY
Allison Orr - Choreographer - Austin, TX
Bill Shannon - Performance & Video Artist - Pittsburgh, PA
Amara Tabor-Smith - Dancer & Choreographer - Oakland, CA

Starlee Kine - Podcaster & Writer - Brooklyn, NY
Terence Nance - Artist - Brooklyn, NY
Elaine McMillion Sheldon - Filmmaker - Morgantown, WV
TNEG (Elissa Blount Moorhead, Arthur Jafa, Malik Sayeed) - Filmmakers - Baltimore, MD, Los Angeles, CA

Terence Blanchard - Trumpeter & Composer - New Orleans, LA
Amir ElSaffar - Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer - New York, NY
Ruthie Foster - Singer & Songwriter - Atlanta, GA
Tania León - Composer & Conductor - Nyack, NY
Danilo Pérez - Pianist & Composer - Quincy, MA
Toshi Reagon - Musician - Brooklyn, NY
Wayne Shorter - Composer - Los Angeles, CA
Somi - Vocalist & Songwriter - New York, NY
Tyshawn Sorey - Composer & Musician - New Haven, CT

Theater & Performance
Luis Alfaro - Playwright - Los Angeles, CA
Lileana Blain-Cruz - Theater Director - New York, NY
Las Nietas de Nonó (Lydela Nonó, Michel Nonó) - Performance Artists - Trujillo Alto, PR
Tarell Alvin McCraney - Writer - Miami, FL
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, Alexandro Segade) - Performance Art Collective - New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA
Mary Kathryn Nagle - Playwright - Tulsa, OK

Traditional Arts
D.Y. Begay - Textile Artist - Santa Fe, NM
Sonya Kelliher-Combs - Mixed-Media Artist - Anchorage, AK
Dawn Nichols Walden - Basketry Fiber Artist - Vulcan, MI

Visual Art
Cassils - Multidisciplinary & Performance Artist - Los Angeles, CA
Abigail DeVille - Installation Artist - Bronx, NY
Vanessa German - Sculptor & Citizen Artist - Pittsburgh, PA
Pepón Osorio - Installation Artist - Philadelphia, PA
Ebony G. Patterson - Painter & Mixed-Media Artist - Lexington, KY
Dread Scott - Multidisciplinary Artist - Brooklyn, NY
Cauleen Smith - Multidisciplinary Artist - Los Angeles, CA

Molly Brown - Poet & Essayist - Sweet Briar, VA
Lucas Mann - Writer / Literary Nonfiction - Providence, RI
Fred Moten - Poet & Cultural Critic - New York, NY
Susan Muaddi Darraj - Writer / Fiction - Phoenix, MD



15. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at Williamsburgh Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, thru Feb. 18


I'm showing my 2017 piece "From the Sea (Couple)" at the 19th Annual WAH Salon Show.


19th Annual WAH Salon Show
Sat. Jan. 20 - Sun. Feb. 18, 2018. Opening Sat. Jan. 20 4-6pm
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 135 Broadway, Brooklyn



16. Roberta Smith, FF Alumns, at JCC Manhattan, Feb. 4

Dear Friends + Colleagues,

I will be doing a new 3-hour writing workshop at the New York Writers Workshop:
Short Prompts for Long Prose
Learn to use five-minute prompts to write full-length memoirs and novels.

Sun, Feb 4, 2-5 pm, $60/$69 (This is the cheapest workshop I will ever give!!)
For more info and to register, click here

JCC Manhattan / 334 Amsterdam Ave. + 76th St.

A short story writer, novelist and memoirist, Roberta Allen is the author of 9 books.
Her latest is the story collection, The Princess of Herself, (Pelekinesis Press) published
in Sept. 2017. She is also a conceptual artist who has exhibited worldwide, with
work in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum.

To learn more about me, go to:



17. John Kelly, FF Alumn, at La MaMa, Manhattan, opening Feb. 28

John Kelly Sideways into The Shadows
Wednesday, 28 February-Sunday, February 25, 2018
Opening Reception, February 28, 6-9 PM
An Exhibition in Conjunction with Time No Line at La MaMa

Howl! Happening is pleased to present a rare look into the heart and art of a consummate creator: John Kelly's The Ground I'm Sitting On. Resonating and in conversation with Kelly's major new performance work Time No Line at La MaMa (Feb 22‐March 11, 2018) The Ground I'm Sitting On is a journey through Kelly's creative life that exposes both the unfolding of his artistic process and the generational rupture and emotional costs of the AIDS pandemic.

The exhibition consists of intimate and revealing journal entries rendered by hand on various sized panels, and a memorial wall of lovingly-drawn portraits of friends and loved ones Kelly lost to AIDS. "Beginning in 1982 my friends and colleagues were dying," says Kelly. "AIDS has framed my story to an unavoidable degree. Their absence remains part of my work."

The 70 hand-rendered transcriptions of dated journal entries are drawings on paper mounted on panel, installed as a horizontal timeline. Alternating raw and honest, funny, provocative, and deeply felt, they illuminate his artistic trajectory and reveal the intertwined worlds of clubs, drag, gender, sex and Kelly's own creative and personal process of navigating incomprehensible loss. Filled with ideas, sketches, poems, and plans for performances, the pages (going back to 1976) are also full of humor and gossip, observation and cultural commentary as he witnessed the world around him transform.

The memorial wall of portraits is comprised of 40 graphite on paper drawings mounted on panels, renderings of gifted individuals that were part of Kelly's life and creative circles, including such cultural luminaries as Sam Wagstaff, Hugh Steers, Peter Hujar, Cookie Mueller, Charles Ludlam, and Ethyl Eichelberger, and other individuals whose legacies have received less attention. The impulse behind these portraits stems from Kelly's habit (as a survivor of the AIDS epidemic) of pondering a scenario where his generation had not been lost to the epidemic, a world in which they would be flourishing and in their prime. As a balm to this tantalizing but painful fantasy, Kelly pays tribute to the men, women, and trans folk who held crucial and supportive roles in his life and work as it unfolded over the past 36 years.

Together with the performances at La MaMa, this exhibition displays one artist's personal journey, his choices, doubts, creative process, and his triumphs-about making art that consciously tells stories, witnesses, and demonstrates a unique activism and commitment in the face of absolute catastrophe.

"From this vantage point, it was a challenging time. It's still hard to get my head around it. This exhibition and 'Time No Line' are my way to process the entire range of how my personal experiences and the arc of my artistic career intertwined into a coherent whole during a time that was both exhilarating and tragic.

Leaving behind his early focus as a dancer, Kelly attended the Parsons School of Design in the 1970s, eventually immersing himself in the thriving Downtown and East Village scene, including his debut at the Anvil in 1979, and subsequent creative development in clubs such as Club 57, the Pyramid, 8BC, and Danceteria. He has had an extensive career as a performance and visual artist, musician, and poet. His visual art has been exhibited at Alexander Gray Associates, New York; The Arts Center at Governors Island, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Kitchen, New York; MACRO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the New Museum, New York, among other venues.

The Museum of Modern Art acquired two filmed versions of Kelly's early performance works, created in collaboration with filmmaker Anthony Chase, in 2017.

Residencies include The American Academy in Rome, The Radcliffe Institute for Advances Study at Harvard, Bard College, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, MASS MoCA, Park Avenue Armory, Yaddo, Civitella Ranieri, and The Bogliasco Foundation, and The Sundance Theatre Institute.

Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project
6 East First Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun, 11 AM-6 PM
About Howl! Happening

For information, interviews, images contact: Some Serious Business
susan@someseriousbusiness.org / norma@someseriousbusiness.org



18. Dotty Attie, Elaine Angelopoulos, Maureen Connor, Ilona Granet, Kathy Grove, Mira Schor, Robin Tewes, FF Alumns, at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, thru Feb. 4

Group Exhibition at A.I.R. | January 7 - February 4, 2018

The 5th edition of CURRENTS presents an exhibition in which artists
include depictions of choice, loss, and anger; works of fecundity, disease, shame, and pain; images of helplessness and of power. There are pieces that reach into the past to demonstrate ways in which women used abortifacients, as well as work that is pro life and religious. All these propositions are united in the gallery to create a space in which we listen to each other.

Curated by Barbara Zucker

Participating artists:
Adrienne Jenkins, Alexander Bernon, Amy Cannestra, Amy Finkbeiner, Anne Ferrer, Audrey Anastasi, Bernadette Despujols, Cali Kurlan, Catherine Hall & Meg Lipke, Charlotte Woolf, Christophe Lima, Coco Hall, Cristin Millet, Cynthia Winika, d'Anne de Simone, Dani Sigler, Danielle Siegelbaum, Deborah Wasserman, Devra Fox, Divine Williams, Dottie Attie, Elaine Angelopoulos, Elke Solomon, Ellen Jong, Eugenia Pigassiou, Gina Randazzo, Grace Burney, Greta Young, Heather Saunders & Cassandra, Heather Weathers, Ilona Granet, Indira Cesarine, Irene Gennaro, Jane Zweibel, Jessica Nissen, Julia Kim Smith, Julia Buck, Justine Walker, Karen Meersohn, Kathy Grove, Katrina Majkut, Lannie Hart, Leslie Fry, Leslie Tucker, Megan Pickering, Marie Tomanova, Martha Edelheit, Martha Fleming-Ives, Maureen Connor, Mira Schor, Nadine Faraj, Nancy Hellebrand, Nancy Lasar, Nina Meledandri, Parastoo Ahoon, Pat Lasch, Perri Nerri, Rachel Lindsay, Rachel Portesi, Robin Adsit, Robin Jordan, Robin Tewes, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Ruth Owens, Sabra Moore, Sooyeon Yun, Susan Carr, Valerie Hallier, Virginia Carey, Yael Ben-Zion.

Public Programs:
January 6, 1pm: The Beginning Choice performance by Parastoo Ahoon
January 7, 2-5 pm: With Women Workshop: Reproductive Self Determination and Autonomous Women's Health-Care, Maureen Connor and others.
January 12, 19, and 25, 2-6pm: Your Story, readers will read from personal abortion stories submitted to the gallery

A.I.R. GALLERY | 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn NY | info@airgallery.org | 212 255 6651 | Wed - Sun 12-6pm



19. Josh Harris, Robert Mapplethorpe, FF Alumns, in IndieWire.com, now online


Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary 'We Live in Public' - Sundance 2018

Ondi Timoner announced the project at a panel discussing her career - including "Mapplethorpe," her scripted debut that Sundance accepted but she couldn't screen.

By Jenna Marotta and Dana Harris

Jan 20, 2018 6:25 pm

Ondi Timoner's 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, "We Live in Public," will become a feature film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jonah Hill as Josh Harris, the dot-com millionaire who carried out a surveillance experiment with 150 residents at a Manhattan hotel amid Y2K panic.

Bold Films will finance the project, which Timoner will produce with Stiller's Red Hour Films. Timoner announced the project during an interview at a January 20, Dell-sponsored panel, "Life After Sundance - Building a Career in Indie Filmmaking."

Timoner also briefly discussed "Mapplethorpe," her just-completed biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe with "The Crown" star Matt Smith in the lead. She said Sundance accepted the film for the 2018 festival, but it hit "a bump" that prevented its screening.



20. Edward M. Gomez, FF Alumn, in Hyperallergic, now online

New York
Saturday, January 20, 2017

Greetings, art lovers and media colleagues:

My feature article previewing the new exhibition Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic, which will open tomorrow (Sunday, January 21) at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, has just been published in HYPERALLERGIC.

This new exhibition looks at works made by a diverse range of art brut and self-taught artists, works in which various kinds of texts and images are often indelibly entwined within vividly expressive compositions or inventive forms. In examining parts of each artist's larger oeuvre, the exhibition offers clues to understanding each art-maker's respective, broader creative achievements. It also suggests, as curator Valérie Rousseau has observed, that there might be some kind of inherent logic that is shared by the different kinds of text-and-image works they all produced.

Familiar artists whose works are on view include Adolf Wölfli, Henry Darger and Aloïse Corbaz. Interesting artists whose creations are here to discover include Ariane Bergrichter, Josep Baqué, Malcolm McKessen and Jean-Daniel Allanche.

You can find my magazine article here:

Best wishes to everyone!




21. Donna (Han) Stroud, FF Alumn, at Spokane Comedy Club, WA, Jan. 24

I will do some Stand Up Comedy this Wed., Jan. 24 at 8pm at Spokane Comedy Club, W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA.
Thank you.
Donna (Han) Stroud



22. Ann Rosen, FF Alumn, at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, April 1-30

I have been awarded a Project Space Residency from the Visual Studies Workshop for my project, In the Presence of Women: Living In Shelter, for the month of April 2018. This project started in 2012 at the Park Slope Women's Shelter, Brooklyn, NY, when I began teaching art and digital photography to the women who reside there. In 2016, I received a Puffin Foundation Grant that assisted me in purchasing equipment to use in my workshops, and greatly enhance the work of my students.

The following, my accepted proposal, describes this residency in more detail:

I'm concerned about the way our society treats women, oppresses women, especially those of a lower economic class. Many women living in shelter come out of the foster care system, neglected and abused. Research shows how this leads to mental illness and drug abuse. Creativity has been proven to be an effective way to benefit those with mental illness. Hence, I've photographed and taught photography to women living in shelter for several years.

This proposal is for a community project that involves VSW by bringing a small group of selected shelter women to the VSW gallery. After viewing and discussing the work on exhibit, I would run a series of workshops with them, during which time they would create photographs and artworks inspired by what they've seen, as well as being reflective of their private lives. This work would then be exhibited at VSW.

To view the images from this series, please visit my website:



23. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, on WBAI radio, Jan. 25

A 16-minute interview piece with Penny Arcade will run on the Arts Express radio program, this Thursday 1/25/18, some time between 2-3pm on WBAI radio, 99.5 FM in New York City. It will be broadcast on WBAI.org as well, at the same time.



24. Charlemagne Palestine, FF Alumn, at 356 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA, opening Jan. 25

Opening Jan 25, 7 pm



25. Diana Heise, FF Alumn, at University of Missouri Kansas City, opening Jan.25

Exhibition Opens Thursday January 25, 2018 at UMKC Gallery of Art.
Happy winter!

I have three films in an exhibition, Images Flash, opening January 25, 2018 at the UMKC Gallery of Art in Kansas City, MO. The show includes three works, Eyeshot, Duration and September-December 1966. Eyeshot is a 20-minute visual essay that investigates the nature of fighting in combat. Through the process of looking at my uncle's films, photographs, and objects and recording their conversations, this work resulted in a non-polemical exploration into the effects of war and violence upon an individual, their community and their country. Using the Vietnam-American conflict as a starting point, Eyeshot addresses our need to understand how armed conflict continues to impact us today. The exhibition also includes two companion pieces, Duration and September-December 1966. Each draw their influence from structural filmmaking to find methods to engage my uncle's archive of images and use strategies other than linear narrative to elucidate the power and effect of war.

It was an honor to make these films with my uncle and I am excited for this opportunity to continue to share this work. The reception will be from 5-7pm on January 25 and I hope that you can come. Here is the gallery info/address for you: UMKC Gallery of Art, Fine Arts-Building 203, located at 5015 Holmes St. KCMO 64110 or online at info.umkc.edu/gallery.

Sincerely, Diana



26. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, in the New York Post, now online

Please visit the complete illustrated article linked here (text only follows below):


The New York Post,

This guy collects scissors - and calls it art!
By Barbara Hoffman
January 19, 2018

Talk about your cutting-edge exhibitions: Harley Spiller's showing off his scissors. Some 200 of the 800 he owns - from the flimsy metal ones that pinched your fingers in grade school, to some awesome Korean choppers - are encased in the lobby of NoMad's Ace Hotel New York, as part of this weekend's Outsider Art Fair.

Since when is a self-billed "Inspector Collector" an "outsider artist"?

"His artistry is his collecting," says Andrew Edlin, head of Wide Open Arts, which oversees the fair. "Harley's a guy who sees beauty and intrigue in things others would deem mundane or uninteresting. He's radically individual."

This radical individual, now a 58-year-old arts administrator at downtown's nonprofit Franklin Furnace, grew up in Buffalo, NY. His parents owned a sales promotion company, and their home was full of tchotchkes, from plastic foodstuffs to fake dynamite. As a boy, he started collecting pennies before graduating to pencils and football cards. He wasn't interested in great players - just the ones with the best names: Jan Stenerud, Cookie Gilchrist.

But when he hit his teens, he stopped. "It was uncool," he says. "You couldn't get a girl by showing her your Emerson Boozer!"

That craving to collect returned in 1981 when he moved to the Upper West Side to work as a museum curator. One night, he heard a soft shhhhsh at the door and froze, thinking he was being robbed. Turns out, it was a Chinese takeout menu. Spiller, who never knew squid was a food, was smitten. He started collecting menus, and in 2016 sold some 10,000 of them for $40,000 to the University of Toronto. (Canadian academics, it seems, are tracing the history of Chinese food in America.)

But while menus can fit in a shoebox, other Spiller collections - magnets, neckties, bottles, objects that sound like Harley Spiller (such as an autograph from Phyllis Diller) - can't. Which is why Spiller, who in 2006 married sculptor Micki Watanabe, keeps a place in Queens he calls the Museum of Choking Hazards.

"My wife says, 'Don't bring anything in the house! Nothing more in the house!'" Spiller says of the Upper East Side studio they share with their 9-year-old son, Hiro. And so he often donates his collections, as he did his trove of Mr. T memorabilia, now housed at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, the actor's hometown.
You don't need to be rich to be a collector, says Spiller, a roving professor who teaches what he calls "storytelling with objects." Much of what he collects is free, or otherwise considered unimportant - but not to him. And the scissors show he calls "Scixibit" is a cut above anything he's shown before: Since it's in a hotel lobby, it's open 24 hours a day.

"Nobody's got an excuse for missing it!" he says.

Outsider Art Fair runs through Sunday at the Metropolitan Pavilion. 125 W. 18th St.;outsiderartfair.com. "Scixibit" runs through Jan. 31, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Ace Hotel, 20 W. 29th St. Please ask at the front desk for the exhibition flyer which has complete information on how to enter the free contests (the person who most accurately identify 8 unusual scissors; and the person who submits the best scissors story will each receive a pair of fine custom-selected scissors. Send entries to inspectorcollector@gmail.com )



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller