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Contents for February 26, 2018

1. Nadja Verena Marcin, FF Alumn, at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA, opening March 3, and more

NADJA VERENA MARCIN | OPHELIA at Minnesota Street Project |
OPHELIA at Parsons, The New School | V BIENAL CONTEXTOS 2018

Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco
Live Performance: Saturday, March 3 at 4 PM
Solo Exhibition of Video Installation through March 31
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3 from 6 to 8 PM

San Francisco, CA (February 20, 2018) -- Opening at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco with a live performance in the atrium on Saturday, March 3 at 4pm, the two-year world tour of Nadja Verena Marcin's conceptual live performance and video sculpture OPHELIA, continues. Awarded a Franklin Furnace Grant and supported by a successful Kickstarter Campaign, the work investigates the relationship between the human destruction of the biosphere, and the history of female hysteria-while speaking to the democratizing power of the meme. Following the live performance, an immersive video installation featuring the video sculpture of OPHELIA, will remain on view in Minnesota Street Project's gallery 211 through March 31. In conjunction with the SF presentation of the project-curated by Amy Kisch of AKArt-the accompanying programming will be supported by the Goethe Institut San Francisco-including a panel discussion, OPHELIA: REBEL MEME TO SYSTEMS OF POWER & OPPRESSION, with Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab; Dorka Keehn, San Francisco Arts Commissioner and Principal KEEHN ON ART; Joseph Becker, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA (TBC); and Nadja Verena Marcin, Artist, on Thursday, March 22, 6-8pm at Minnesota Street Project.

OPHELIA was first 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. The live performance premiere of OPHELIA opened the New Ear Festival of sound and performance art in New York this February. Floating in a salt-water solution in a life-size stainless steel sarcophagus, wearing a breathing mask and Ophelia's dress, Marcin will quote text from Daniil Kharms' The Werld about our limited human subjective perception. Given the climate changes of the 21st century, in which the world is literally drowning, OPHELIA points to a dystopian future where life must be undertaken inside an underwater world. The project visualizes the fragility of our bodies compared to the forces of nature-in this case water. The image of Ophelia inside an advanced, constructed reality-unable to be heard, kept alive through a mask and encircled by technology, serves as a metaphor for the Anthropocene Period in which we currently live. The project serves as the counterpoint to Plato's Allegory of the Cave, in which as half-blinded entities, subjectivity guides our perceptions. In contrast, the art and science behind OPHELIA places us on the verge of recovery and discovery as communal effort and responsibility.

Ophelia, the ingénue driven mad by grief and unrequited love in Shakespeare's Hamlet, has captured the imaginations of worldwide artists, writers, and theorists over the years. Among the most recognized images of Ophelia is Sir John Everett Millais' masterpiece Ophelia (1851-2). It depicts the tragic figure moments before her death-the picturesque beauty singing her last song before the weight of her gown pulls her to the bottom of the riverbed. The poster girl for hysteria, she epitomizes a passionate, young woman, pressured by society to the point of a mental breakdown. Invoking the historical icons of Millais' Ophelia, Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Jeff Koons, 1985), and The Werld (Daniil Kharms, 1939), the modular sculpture-transformable both for the live performance and the video sculpture-is designed in collaboration with New York architect and co-founder of Kunstraum LLC, Fernando Schrupp.

As part of the San Francisco iteration of the project, Marcin also will lead a workshop March 16-18, exploring performance and video art as ways of reflecting on social and political constructs, human behavior and elemental emotions at The Growlery-where Marcin will be completing a month-long artist residency. Following the SF presentation of the project, OPHELIA will travel to Nube Gallery in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (April); SomoS in Berlin as part of the Gallery Weekend Berlin (April / May); 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); Museum Schauwerk in Sindelfingen, Germany (February 2019). In addition to the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, the work was made possible, in part, by 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. OPHELIA is part of the NYFA - New York Foundation of the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Supporters are provided with international tax deductible donation letters via the project's NYFA website. For more information, or to become a sponsor, partner, or other inquiries, please contact Nadja Verena Marcin Studio: nvmstudio@gmail.com.

Live Performance: Saturday, March 3, 4pm sharp
Minnesota Street Project Atrium
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 6-8 pm
Exhibition: March 3 - 31, 2018
Minnesota Street Project, Gallery 211
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm

Workshop OPHELIA: REBEL MEME TO SYSTEMS OF POWER & OPPRESSION Led by Nadja Verena Marcin: Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18, 12-6 pm
The Growlery Residency
235 Broderick Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

with Dena Beard, Director, The Lab; Dorka Keehn, San Francisco Arts Commissioner and Principal, Keehn on Art; Joseph Becker, Associate Curator Architecture and Design, SFMOMA (TBC); and Nadja Verena Marcin, Artist: Thursday, March 22, 6-8pm
Minnesota Street Project Atrium
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107


Parsons, The New School, New York
Aronson Gallery
curated by Pillow Culture
February 17 to March 10

Dream Machines Screening
Kellen Auditorium
Saturday March 3, 6.30 PM

TEST BED: Installation, Exhibition and Screening
Asclepeion: a complex of sanctuaries and temples overseen by Asclepius, the god of healing. The organization of the Ascleopeion fostered dream incubation, therapeutic sleep, prophetic dreaming, and medicinal healing. Abaton: 1. A place to which access is restricted, especially a sacred space or enclosure; a sanctuary. 2. An enclosure or building attached to a temple of Asclepius, in which supplicants wishing to be cured slept. (OED)
TEST BED: a Modern Abaton is an installation, an exhibition, and a series of fourteen public performances and dialogues on the interaction of space, the slumbering body, and the accessories of sleep. Organized by Pillow Culture and sponsored by the MFA Interior Design Department at the Parsons School of Design, TEST BED will be held at Parson's Aronson Gallery located at 66 Fifth Avenue and 13th St. from February 17 through March 10, 2018.
Dream Machines, assembles a series of short films exploring the ethereal borderlands between unconscious desires and conscious thought, visionary dreaming, and spaces of somnambulistic sanctuary. Films by an international roster of historical filmmakers and contemporary artists, have been selected by writer Deena Denaro-Bickerstaffe and experimental filmmaker Albert Nigrin, who will be introducing the screening.

OPHELIA - Nadja Verena Marcin
Aurelia or Echo In Her Eyes: Part 3 - Albert Gabriel Nigrin
Meshes of the Afternoon - Maya Deren
Dreams That Money Can Buy - Hans Richter

Sat, March 3, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Avenue, Room N101, New York, NY
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Colonialist at V BIENAL CONTEXTOS 2018
Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia
Curated by Rodrigo Rada
March 3 to 29

Through March 29, 2018, Marcin's Colonialist-a photograph from the collaborative performance with Fernando Schrupp-will be exhibited in V Bienal CONTEXTO, curated by Rodrigo Rada at Museo Nacional de Arte in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In Marcin's photographic performance work, a couple confronts us in the jungle. Like tribal leaders, they proudly carry a feather crown and look at us reproachfully. Have we, the invaders, accidentally entered their dominion and peeked into their private lives? Similar to an island that has been seized, their lives and couple-hood lay in front of us, an occupied paradise, subjected to our gaze. The paradigms of equalization and escape are at play-their world appearing as a hyperbolic fugue state from a singular reality. A provocative, ironic tone confirms the couple's level of self-awareness, and indicates a gesture of resistance. The couple must retain their world. The title of the piece alludes to the dynamic of occupied terrain. The paradise of love turns into an island of 'milles plateaux' of controversy, commitment, love, and meaning.

Nadja Verena Marcin utilizes performance art in video, photography and live action to examine the constructed persona. By creating a "theater of cinema" in which the audience can be immersed, Marcin raises awareness through a hyperbolic interpretation of relatable scenarios, enacting symbolic actions, catalyzing the visibility of hidden codes speaking to the Anthropocene Age, gender inequality, systems of power and distribution, and manipulative media representations. Her work appropriates familiar imagery, mirroring the ambiguities of human behavior and psychological mechanism-making visible inherent hierarchies and subverting patriarchal domain. Marcin's work has been exhibited internationally at: Abrons Art Center, New York; 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; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Jinsun Gallery, Seoul; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley; ICA Philadelphia; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow; Palacio Portales, Cochabamba; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Momentum | Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin; NADA New York; Hudson Valley Contemporary Art Center, Peekskill; Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn; Aesthetica Art Prize, York; Whitney Houston Biennale, New York; Goethe Institute, Santa Cruz; Middle Gate Geel'13, Geel; Dortmunder Kunstverein, Germany; Coup de Ville, Sint Niklaas; VOLTA 9, Basel; Jaeckel Gallery, New York; Temp Art Gallery, New York; Kapinos Gallery, Berlin; 80WSE Gallery, NYU, New York; Esther Donatz Gallery, Germany; Loop Video Art Fair, Barcelona.

Marcin's video has been included in worldwide film festivals such as Busan International Video Festival, Busan; FIFA, Festival pour film sur l'art, Montreal; International Video Art Festival, Athens; EJECT- Performance Festival, Mexico City; New Beijing International Film Festival, Beijing; Tirana International Film Festival, Tirana, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück and Videonale 11+12, Bonn. She has received grants, residencies, and prizes such as the Fulbright Award; DAAD Grant; Int. Artist Career Development Grant by Artworks Int; Film Production Grant by NRW Film-und Medienstiftung; Prize for Art and Language by Kunststiftung Sparkasse UnnaKamen; Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant; Arbeitsstipendium, Kunststiftung Bonn; and Franklin Furnace Grant amongst many others. She was an artist resident at the ISCP Residency, New York; KIOSKO Residency, Bolivia and Deutsche Börse Residency at Frankfurter Kunstverein. She has taught and lectured at P.I. Arts Center, New York, City College of New York and Brooklyn College. Her work is being featured in worldwide press such as Huffington Post, VICE, Hyperallergic, Kunstforum, Texte zur Kunst, Art Forum, MSN, and Artnet. Marcin is the Founder and CEO of Kunstraum LLC, an interdisciplinary team of curators, artists and architects that promotes emerging art and outstanding art concepts, recently awarded the Artfair Goers Award for "Video Shop" as Best Booth at NADA New York.



2. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, at Pavel Zoubok Gallery, Manhattan, March 1-April 21

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3. Sean Leonardo, FF Alumn, at Nathan Cummings Foundation, Manhattan, March 8, and more

No Longer Empty: Hold These Truths
November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018
The Nathan Cummings Foundation | 475 Tenth Avenue | 14th Floor | NYC
Performance Workshop | Thursday | March 8 | 6-8pm
Testimony #2: Experiences of Migration
Join us for a public-participatory performance where guests will locate intensely contested current affairs within their bodies. Utilizing the shifting perspectives embedded in testimony, news reports, and memory as a backdrop, willing participants will be asked to both recite their own testimonies and translate the narratives of others into performative gestures. While embodying the texts, the group will enact different identities, elusively tying each person in the room to one another.

To attend you must RSVP.

While this performance is participatory in nature, it is also open to the public for viewing. Those interested in being active participants should arrive promptly at 6pm with a written or memorized testimony related to the prompt: Experiences of Migration.


Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art
March 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018 | Bowdoin Museum of Art | Brunswick, ME
This exhibition explores the experiential, psychological, and metaphorical implications of the nonvisual in American art from the 1960s to today.


2018 Portland Biennial
January 26 - June 3, 2018 | Portland Museum of Art | Portland, ME
The 2018 Biennial highlights the diverse perspectives and interests of artists connected to Maine and makes a powerful statement about art's impact in this historical moment.


January 15 - March 14, 2018 | St. John's University's Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery | Queens
The exhibition features twenty artists whose work illuminates the concerns expressed by Claudia Rankine in her book of the same title.

Copyright (c) 2018 Shaun Leonardo, All rights reserved.



4. Edward Gomez, FF Alumn, now online in Hyperallergic.com

New York
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Greetings, art lovers and media colleagues:

The American photographer Peter Hujar (1934-1987) was regarded as a rather private, combative, enigmatic figure, even by those who knew him well. Although he began making photographs when he was young, and contributed commercial work to fashion and other consumer magazines in the 1960s and 1970s, it is for the images he produced in the 1980s, prior to his death from AIDS-related pneumonia, that he is probably best known.

With that body of work, especially through his portraits of artists, performers, writers and musicians, he documented the effervescent creative spirit that pulsed through downtown Manhattan in overlapping fields - visual art, post-punk music-making, performance art, and political activism (which often demanded government responses to the unfolding AIDS crisis of the Reagan era).

Now, a comprehensive survey of Hujar's work is on view at the Morgan Library & Museum (through May 20, 2018) in New York.

My feature article about this revealing -- and moving -- exhibition of Hujar's photography has been published in the "Weekend" edition of HYPERALLERGIC.

You can find it here:


Please share this article with your own contacts.

With best wishes,




5. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at 30 John Street, Brooklyn, March 1

LIGHT YEAR 35: Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories
FREE Tickets
International Premiere!
Nina Sobell & Laura Ortman: GREY MATTERS
Opening Reception: Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 6-8pm
30 John St, Dumbo (Brooklyn) 11201
After Party: The Triangle (Pearl Street and Anchorage Place),with videos on the Manhattan Bridge (Pearl St and Anchorage Pl. in DUMBO) 6-10 pm.




6. Iris Rose, FF Alumn, at Tweed Theater, Manhattan, March 25

Once more with feeling!

1987: Iris Rose commissions original torch songs for her Watchface show More Songs of Desire and Despair.

2011: She sings country torch classics with a cover band called Lost Train.

2017: Iris combines two from the former (written by the two original members of They Might Be Giants) and two from the latter (sung by Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette) with an eclectic mix of songs by The Magnetic Fields, The Handsome Family, Joni Mitchell, and Connie Converse, among others, for Torch Songs Revisited at Pangea.

2018: On Sunday, March 25th, Iris is joined by Christopher Berg (piano), Joel McGlynn (guitar), and Lily DePaula (vocals) to perform Torch Songs Revisited ONE LAST TIME.

Torch Songs Revisited FINAL PERFORMANCE
Sunday, March 25th
$15 for online tickets
$20 at the door (cash only)

$20 per person food/drink minimum
Dinner/cocktail service begins one hour before showtime

The show is presented as part of "Sundays at Seven".
"Sundays at Seven" is a series presented by TWEED TheaterWorks, Kevin Malony Artistic Director. www.tweedtheater.org

Downtown's Alternative Supper-Club
Tweed Theater at Pangea
178 Second Ave (bet 11th & 12th Streets)
For information call 212-995-0900



7. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, March 2

Dixon Place presents
Comics Performances and Picture Shows, Hosted by R. Sikoryak.
Featuring gag cartoons, filmstrips, comics readings and reinventions by
Brian Dewan
Sam Gross
Bishakh Som
Jeremy Sorese
Connie Sun
Matthew Thurber
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey), NYC
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door),
$12 (students/seniors/idNYC)
Advance tickets & info: www.dixonplace.org (212) 219-0736
(The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. All proceeds directly support DP's mission and artists.)



8. Vernita N'Cognita, FF Alumn, at aSpace, Manhattan, March 2

Dear friends-
back from Warren PA & performing again!
Friday, March 2, I'm scheduled to perform at approximately 9:30PM (or maybe before) but come at 8 or 8:30 to see & hear music/ words/ performances of David Rodgers/ Armand Rulhman & others too!!
@ aSpace, 614 East 9th Street (between Ave. B/C)

please feel free to spread the word...& C U there !

a Space presents
an East Village Happening
Friday, March 2, 2018, 8-10pm, 614 E 9, (B/C) free and open to the public

Music spoken word performance and the latest episode of FANTOMAS, Metaphysical Vampire of the Lower East Side

(Contact: armand.ruhlman@gmail.com)




9. Ann Meredith, FF Member, at Theatre of Note, Hollywood, CA, March 12

In Honor of The Female Survivors of Sexual Harassment
Rape and Sexual Assault

Swordfish Productions' All Male Cast reads SPECIAL'S Female Roles

in the Feature Film Script by Internationally acclaimed

Writer Director Producer and Survivor Ann P Meredith

Monday March 12th 2018 in Hollywood at Theatre of Note
Two Readings at 500 and 715pm
1517 Cahuenga @ Sunset 90028

$30.cash @ The Door

Now more Than Ever...SPECIAL is the Story That Must Be Told

Q & A with Actors/Survivors & Director/Survivor to follow

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has already requested a copy of Meredith's screenplay for their Permanent Core Collection

member of Women in Film, WIF International
American Cinematheque, End Rape in Hollywood Coalition, America Film Institute, Outfest
Legacy Project UCLA Film & Television Archives Hollywood

For More Information
Swordfish Productions



10. Gearoid Dolan, FF Alumn, at Superchief Gallery, Ridegwood, Queens, March 1

screaMachine presents "Protest", a multimedia installation and performance

@ Superchief Gallery, part of their Live Art Night Series
Location: 1628 Jefferson Ave Queens, New York 11385

March 1st, 2018, 7pm - Midnight. One night only!

Free before 8pm, $10 entry fee after 8pm.
Performance at 9pm

"Protest", winner of the 2017 New York State Council on the Arts Film, Media & New Technology Award and the 2017 Participatory Safety Public Interactive Art Award comprises many elements including street intervention projected video arrays, audio and performance and is presented in many incarnations. In late 2017 Protest was presented at 21 locations around New York City as street interventions with 8 channels of video projections, audio and performances which consisted of performers, armed with protest signs, marching and chanting protest chants within the activated spaces created by the video projections.

"Protest" street interventions installations are realized with custom video projectors, providing a complex virtual set, within which performances and audience participations can take place. Using a series of 8 semi- animated, highly stylized protest movies created by screaMachine, shot at protests spanning the Iraq War protests in 2003, through Occupy Wall St protests, Black Lives Matter protests and the recent anti-Trump protests.

"Protest" creates an illustration of protest through the years, moving from one era to another by simultaneously projecting the 8 movies next to each other in a continuous screen, so the viewers, performers and participants can move physically from one to the next. The 2017 street performances took place within this installation, where groups of pseudo protesters took to the projected environment, with placards and chanting and moved through it, protesting. Viewers were encouraged to enter this virtual space, take a placard and join the group while being video recorded and photographed.

"Protest" depicts, illustrates and brings back to life the documented demonstrations while also enlivening the area occupied by the installation and providing a large scale inviting spectacle. Activating dead spaces around the city, unannounced, in a "pop-up" style and interacting with the people in the area makes for a democratization of the discourse between art and public, breaking down the gallery/audience boundaries and engaging people directly outside of an art context, thus creating real dialog.

At Superchief Gallery, screaMachine will provide a variation on this series, projecting all 8 screens around the gallery walls, creating an enclosed space filled with moving images and sounds. In addition, documentation of the 21 street interventions will also be presented in projections. Within this space 3 performers will enact a new and unique performance with endurance and suspension elements and including roving projections, alluding to themes of oppression, torture, war, nationality, immigration, race and gender and the rise of the people in protest.

Performance starts at 9pm and lasts 20 minutes.

artist statement


a sudden loud penetrating cry expressing anger, terror or pain; to speak with intense expression;
to make violent protestations;
to move with a screaming sound;

to produce a vivid startling effect.


a device for performing a task;
an instrument that transmits or modifies the application of power or force;
a structure or constructed thing whether material or immaterial;
an assemblage of parts that transmit forces, motion and energy one to another in some predetermined manner and to some desired end;
a person or organization that acts like or resembles a machine.

I am an Irish artist, living and working in New York since 1987. I continue to work on an ever- evolving project titled "screaMachine", which I started in 1987. ScreaMachine is realized in the form of installations, performances, audio and video works, films, digital media art and more. My work is by nature experimental; it pushes the boundaries of new media, experiential and time based art. I produce works that are flexible and that can have many incarnations.

Gearóid Dolan a.k.a. screaMachine



11. Tom Leeser, Glenn Branca, Spalding Gray, Louise Lawler, Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumns, at CalArts, Valencia, CA, thru March 2

Imagining Tellus #28: Heard in LA
A speculative audiocassette: an archaeological artifact of the present.

Monday February 26 - Friday March 2

California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355


Created back in 1983 as an audiocassette publication and lasting ten years until 1993, The Tellus Project, produced and curated by Carol Parkinson, Joseph Nechvatal and Claudia Gould, is now considered a historic and significant archive of 1980s artists working with experimental sound, noise, performance and spoken word. The tapes included works by Sonic Youth, Louise Lawler, Elliot Sharp, Glenn Branca, Tom Cora, Fred Frith, and Spaulding Gray among others. Assembled as a series of twenty-seven audiotapes, each tape was titled with a number and a theme that reflected their sequential release. The tapes were compiled and distributed to their subscribers, bimonthly through the mail.

Imagining Tellus # 28 references and pays homage to this important project as an imagined twenty-eighth tape titled: Heard in LA. As curator, Tom Leeser designed this update to the project by assembling a selection of current artists working within the vibrant and active experimental soundscape of Los Angeles.

These new works will not be published as a cassette, rather they will be exhibited at the California Institute of the Arts in the WaveCave during the week of February 26. Previously they were exhibited at Harvestworks in New York in 2017 as part of the New York Electronic Art Festival. They are also archived and available for streaming online at viralnet-v4.net. Imagining Tellus # 28 includes emerging and mid-career artists that are exploring new forms of digitally produced sound works extracted from cross-disciplinary practices that fuse poetry, electronic composition, improvised music and performance into an assemblage of beautiful antagonisms. Heard in LA injects the original collective spirit of Tellus into an alternative archive for future reference.

This project is a collaboration between the Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and Harvestworks.

Curated and Produced by Tom Leeser
Harvestworks Executive Director: Carol Parkinson
Project Management: Tyler Calkin

Neela Banerjee, Matt Barbier, Scott Benzel, K. Bradford, Dan Bustillo, Tyler Calkin, Scott Cazan, Provisional Collective, Louis Coy, E.E.L., Carmina Escobar (with the Banda Filarmonica Maqueos Music, the Maqueos Music School, and Yulissa Maqueos), Sarah Fylak, Jacob Goldman, Ulrich Krieger, Gregory Lenczycki, Parches + Tim Tsang, Free Radicals (Jen Hofer, Rob Ray), Jason Richards, Sara Roberts and the Readers Chorus, sadubas (Robin Sukhadia and Ameet Mehta), Christina Santa Cruz, Stephanie Cheng Smith, Thomas Sturm, Jack Taylor, Daniel Watkins, Ebony Williams.

For questions, contact: im@calarts.edu



12. Nina Kuo & Lorin Roser, FF Alumns, at Central Booking, Manhattan, March 2

Join us for the Art & Science Discussion Panel
in conjunction with our Haber Space exhibition Fossil Tales

Fossils: An Imperfect Messenger

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Admission: $5

Moderator: Frank Ippolito
Panelists: Carl Mehling, Nina Kuo & Lorin Roser, Shelley Haven

Time travelers from an alien world, fossils have passed through hell and back again to arrive into our hands an imperfect messenger. Whether they are shells emerging from an ancient sandstone shore, insects frozen within hardened amber, minute impressions of leaf remains sitting delicately in silt-turned-cement, or the bones of massive beasts weathering out of a desert highway cut, fossils survive improbably and imperfectly to tell stories both of their past and their tortured journey to the present. While it is the role of science to teach us what we can know, it is the role of the arts to shine a light onto what we do not - or cannot - fully define. How does overlap and tension between these disciplines help us interpret these fragmented, strange clues from a strange land. Filling in the blanks, we have alternately pictured these creatures as reptilian monsters or as feathered angels on the wing - as mindless, man-eating beasts or as coddling mothers tending to their hatchlings. What does our impulses towards such visualizations tell us about these messengers, ourselves, and our collective past?

FRANK IPPOLITO is a multi-disciplinary artist who worked as a staff illustrator in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History for 30 odd years. His award winning illustrations have been commissioned by Scientific American, NYT/Science Times, U.S.G.S., and Audubon Society. Mr. Ippolito's artwork hangs on permanent exhibit at AMNH and The National Zoo. Also hanging in the Paleo halls of AMNH is the near complete skeleton of Notharctus tenebrosus, a primate from the early Eocene, which he discovered weathering out of a Wyoming hillside.

CARL MEHLING has been at the American Museum of Natural History since 1990 and is currently a Senior Museum Specialist taking care of the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils along with early synapsids and tetrapods, pterosaurs, crocodiles, turtles and marine reptiles. He is interested in all aspects of paleontology, especially the fringe areas that normally get little attention, including bizarre modes of fossil preservation, anomalous discoveries, and oddities within the history of paleontology.

LORIN ROSER is a multimedia artist focused on digital simulations and algorithmic generatrices, collaborated with Charlie Morrow, Stelarc, Raphael Mostel, Fred Wilson, Fred Ho, Bob Holman, Arleen Schloss, etc. all pioneers who had many projects that help shape multicultural arts-Animator, Architect -Studied w/ Ken Frampton, Emilio Ambasz, Yoshio Taniguchi and Craig Hodgetts.

NINA KUO is a photographer, painter, sculptor and video artist who has shown at the New Museum, P.S. 1,Artist Space, Brooklyn Museum, Newark Museum, Flushing Town Hall, Museum of Chinese in America, En Foco, Creative Time's Art in the Anchorage, Pierogi, Central Booking, Andre Zarre Gallery, 456 Gallery, CMG Gallery, Clocktower Gallery, Camerawork Gallery and Super Deluxe in Tokyo. Her work ranges from cross-temporal cultural vignettes to complex abstract shapes and forms.

SHELLEY HAVEN is a painter/printmaker inspired by the natural and cultural landscape. Transformations brought by time's passage motivate her practice. Her work is in the Library of Congress, MOMA; NYC Public Library Rare Books, Prints, and Periodicals; Stedelijk Museum; University of Iowa Library Rare Books; NYU, Pfizer and AIG collections. Awards include Puffin Foundation and Manhattan Community Arts Fund grants; residency fellowships at Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain; Anderson Center, and the Millay Colony.



13. Laura Blacklow, FF Alumn, releases new book

FF Alumn, Laura Blacklow announces the release 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. Painters, printmakers, and photographers alike will find value in this practical book, as these processes require little to no knowledge of photography, digital means, or chemistry.
Easy to use in a studio or lab, this edition highlights innovative work by internationally respected artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, Mike and Doug Starn, and Emmet Gowin.

In addition to including new sun-printing techniques, such as salted paper and lumen printing, this book has been updated throughout, from pinhole camera and digital methods of making color separations and contact negatives to making water color pigments photo-sensitive and more.

With step-by-step instructions and clear safety precautions, New Dimensions in Photo Processes will teach you how to:
Reproduce original photographic art, collages, and drawings on paper, fabric, metal, and other unusual surfaces.
Safely mix chemicals and apply antique light-sensitive emulsions by hand.
Create imagery in and out of the traditional darkroom and digital studio.
Relocate photo imagery and make prints from real objects, photocopies, and pictures from magazines and newspapers, as well as from your digitial files and black and white negatives.

Alter black and white photographs, smart phone images, and digital prints.



14. Michelle Handelman, FF Alumn, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, March 12-18

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
presents a commission with Michelle Handelman

Exhibition: March 12- 18, 2018
Performance: March 17, 6pm


HUSTLERS & EMPIRES is a newly commissioned multichannel video work and live performance, that interweaves stories of three aging hustlers from different time periods who each find themselves pushed out of their own game and forced back to confront what their lives have become. Inspired by Iceberg Slim's Pimp (1967), Marguerite Duras's The Lover (1984), and Federico Fellini's Toby Dammit (1968), Handelman draws on these stories to re-contextualize these historical and literary characters through three legendary performers - SHANNON FUNCHESS (LIGHT ASYLUM), JOHN KELLY (TIME NO LINE), VIVA RUIZ (THE CRYSTAL ARK) - in a queer, feminist framework, opening up questions of survival and belonging, intersecting with issues of race, class, and gender. This multichannel video work and live performance includes original songs written by Handelman's standout cast, commissioned specifically for this piece.

Curated by Frank Smigiel as part of the Limited Edition Series and organized by Open Space at SFMOMA.

MARCH 12-18: Installation on view during museum hours.



EXHIBITION INFORMATION: https://www.sfmoma.org


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third St.
San Francisco, Ca 94103



15. Olivia Beens, Janet Henry, Quimetta Perle, Miriam Schaer, at Taller Boricua, Manhattan, opening March 9

Taller Boricua in the Julia de Burgos Center, 1680 Lexington Ave, bet. 105th & 106th St., NYC
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 6-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 9-31, 2018

Tomie Arai
Audrey Anastasi
Olivia Beens
Kabuya Bowens
Annex Burgos
Cybil CharlierP
Maria Dominguez
Sandra Fernandez
Janet Goldner
Ana Golici
Marina Gutierrez
Valerie Hammond
Janet Henry
Robin Holder
Rodriguez Calero
Martha Jackson Jarvis
Charlotte Ka
Lynn Linnemeier
Carla Lobmier
Shervone Neckles
Quimetta Perle
Nora Rodriguez- Valles
Miriam Schaer
Mary Ting
Nitza Tufino

Disillusionment: Each artist has created a new work for this project. The artworks are a personal, global, familial, cultural, political or social disillusionment. The artists are addressing issues of deception, falseness, unfaithfulness, betrayal and treachery. Each artist has developed a piece that demonstrates wearing, being clothed in, wrapped up in or inhabiting disillusion. Some of the approaches will acknowledge the realities of living with, denying, transforming, inhabiting or surviving disillusion. Some will express the state of being veiled, clothed, draped, revealed, exposed or wrapped in disillusion.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller