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Contents for May 21, 2018

Joyce Cutler-Shaw, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

Joyce Cutler-Shaw 1932 - 2018 La Jolla. Ever concerned with the life cycle, San Diego artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw passed away peacefully on March 18, 2018, at her home in La Jolla, CA with her family at her side. Cutler-Shaw was born in Detroit, MI, in 1932 and grew up in New York, NY. She received a BA in English from NYU before moving to California with her husband, Jerome, in the early 60's. She was a member of the first graduating class of the UC San Diego MFA program in Visual Arts in 1972. Cutler-Shaw was an artist of many disciplines including poetry, drawings, installations, public commissions, artist's books and short films. Her Namewall (1974) was the first installation by an individual artist created for the Los Angeles International Airport. For the United Nations Plaza, Cutler-Shaw installed Waters of the Nation/Messages of the World, an ice sculpture created from the collected waters of over 90 nations. She was the first visual artist to be appointed Artist-In-Residence by the School of Medicine at UCSD, a position she originated and held from 1992 until 2015. She also taught medical students the power of empathy and understanding through art in her class, "Representing the Human Body: Drawing as a Way of Seeing." Drawing was her primary language, from two dimensional pen and ink works on paper, to their sculptural translations. Her Alphabet of Bones, an original calligraphy inspired by the hollow bones of birds, has been widely published and was central to many of her artist books. Cutler-Shaw is survived by husband, Jerome; sons, Michael and Steven; daughter, Rachel; grandsons, Al and Leo; and extended family. A memorial will be announced in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Atheneum of La Jolla, The California League of Women's Voters or the ACLU. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/lajollalight .

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Geoffrey Hendricks, FF Alumn, In Memoriam

Artforum, May 16, 2018 at 2:45pm

GEOFFREY HENDRICKS (1931-2018)
Geoffrey Hendricks, whose enduring portrayals of sky in paintings, installations, and performances earned him the moniker "Cloudsmith," died on May 12 at age eighty-six. Hendricks became affiliated with the avant-garde Fluxus collective in the mid-1960s, a participation that informed his work as much as his Quaker upbringing, curiosity in Zen Buddhism, rural connection, and early exposure to John Cage did. Among those Hendricks is survived by are his husband, the artist Sur Rodney (Sur), and his former wife, the artist Nye Ffarrabas (née Beatrice Forbes).

Born in 1931 in Littleton, New Hampshire, and raised in Chicago, Hendricks developed an early affinity for nature, summering with with his family at a farm in Marlboro, Vermont, that his parents would later turn into Marlboro College. After graduating in 1953 from Amherst College-where his father, Walter, had been a protégé of Robert Frost-Hendricks moved to New York City, where he would remain throughout his life. Hendricks had already gotten to know the New York art world as an undergraduate through trips to the Eighth Street Artist Club talks, where he attended Cage's "Lecture on Nothing" performance in 1950.

During his first years in New York, Hendricks taught art to chronically ill patients in the Bronx from 1953 to 1955. He became associated with Fluxus about a decade later, and would be present at a number of Fluxus rites, including George Maciunas's "Flux Mass, Flux Sports, Flux Show" at Rutgers University in 1970; his own Flux Divorce from his wife Beatrice Forbes in 1971; and a Fluxwedding in New York in 1978 between Maciunas and Billie Hutching.

It was in 1965 that Hendricks began incorporating sky imagery into his works, so much that fellow Fluxus artist Dick Higgins-coiner of the term "intermedia"-nicknamed him "Cloudsmith." Hendricks painted sky-often evoked in vivid blues and sunstruck cumulus-on canvases, boots, laundry, ladders, cars, guns, and stairwells, among other everyday objects. Hendricks published a book titled Sky Anatomy in 1985 and a collection of watercolor cards, 100 Skies, in 1993. Perhaps the most recognized (though uncredited) of all of Hendricks's skies is the one that appears on the cover of John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band's 1969 album Live Peace in Toronto. In 1977, one critic described his art in these pages as "correct answers to ninth-century Zen koans." The artist said his fascination with the sky originated with the death of his sister Cynthia, who died when Hendricks was five.

Hendricks's art has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, including, most recently, in "More Than 100 Skies," which was on view at the Fondation du Doute in France from May to November of last year. In addition to artmaking, he taught at Rutgers University, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria, among other places. In 2003, he edited Critical Mass: Happenings, Fluxus, Performance, Intermedia, and Rutgers University, 1958-1972, a record of the largely ephemeral art being made both in New York and at Rutgers University. The book serves as a catalogue for an exhibition of the same name, which was curated by Hendricks and staged at the Mead Art Museum in Amherst that same year.

Please visit the complete illustrated article linked here:
HTTPS://WWW.ARTFORUM.COM/NEWS/GEOFFREY-HENDRICKS-1931-2018-75436

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1. Ayana Evans, FF Fund recipient 2017-18, at Medium Tings Gallery, Brooklyn, June 3

Ayana Evans, "If Keisha Jumped Off a Bridge, Would You Do It Too?"
Performance and solo exhibition
June 3rd, 3 - 6 pm
Medium Tings Gallery
Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Live performance will begin promptly at 3:30pm on the Northeast corner of Nostrand Avenue and Eastern Parkway. RSVP: hello@mediumtingsbk.com or DM @mediumtings. With RSVP full location address details is given. *wink* We're exclusive.

Ayana Evans will be showing prints, video, t-shirts and one surprise item. This will be the last installment of Evans' I Want Some Sugar on My Shit Series. WEAR YOUR HUSBAND/WIFE/THEY HUNT SHIRTS!!! If you don't have a shirt, just come in your Sunday best and a festive mood.

MORE ABOUT THE GALLERY
Medium Tings is an apartment gallery and project space in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The gallery operates as a conceptual art incubator for emerging contemporary artists and seeks to expand creative engagement through programming, publications and collaborations. The gallery is open on Sundays from 1 - 5pm, and by appointment.

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2. Erin Markey, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, May 20

The New York Times
Review: In the Relationships in 'Singlet,' One and One Make One
Singlet
Off Off Broadway, Comedy/Drama, Play
Closing Date: June 3, 2018
Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr St., 866-811-4111
By Ben Brantley
May 20, 2018

If these two were any closer, they'd be wearing each other's skin. First seen in silhouette, in profile, the pair of performers who make up the entire cast of Erin Markey's "Singlet," which runs through June 3 at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, suggest a pair of cranially conjoined twins.
They are breathing as if they shared a single set of overtaxed lungs. And when they speak, it is directly into each other's open mouths.

Eventually, and inevitably, they separate, to become their autonomous selves. But as these two actresses, Ms. Markey and Emily Davis, go on to portray a succession of distinct individuals, the will to be one with the other keeps pulling at them, like some ineffable but unavoidable force of gravity.

The word singlet has a physics-related meaning, which is (and I am borrowing from the most accessible one I found online), "a single unresolvable line in a spectrum." It can also refer to the stretchy, torso-covering garment worn by wrestlers.

Both meanings apply to this intense performance piece, which is directed by Jordan Fein. Ms. Markey, a cult cabaret artist and experimental actress of a singular stripe, is considering the nature of relationships in which one and one often seem to add up to, well, one.

As for the wrestling garb aspect, Ms. Markey and Ms. Davis have that covered, too, with their two-tone spandex athletic wear. They are indeed dressed to wrestle. Their hair has been pulled into identical, tightly braided ponytails, presumably to emphasize them as mirror images of each other, but also to avoid the distractions of stray locks falling into their faces.

For soon enough, they will be going mano a mano, with holds and twists and headlocks, accompanied by grunts of determination and frustration that verge on orgasmic. Are they trying to master each other, destroy each other or be subsumed by each other? The answer, I would venture, is all of the above.

That response would appear to hold true for all the various identities that Ms. Markey and Ms. Davis assume during the show's 80 minutes. The first of these are (hilariously) a teenage girl who has discovered, triumphantly, that she can wear a size small, and is being photographed by her best friend, who urges her, in the voice of a tough coach, to go for extra-small.

At least, that was how I read the scene. There is no contextual explanation given, and we are thrust in medias res into each of the play's duets.

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3. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at Geary, Manhattan, May 31, and more

Dear Friends,

Greeting from sunny Arizona! I'm in my final week as an artist-in-residence here at MOCA Tucson where I have been working on a project that uses the rewilding of the Sonoran Pronghorn as an entryway to explore broader issues, including the intersection of wildlife corridors, borders, and drought in the borderlands region of the southern Arizona Sonoran Desert.

My time here's been amazing, but also I'm excited to get back to New York. At the end of May, I have a two-person show with Heidi Lau where we both will be presenting a number of large-scale sculptural works in ceramic and fabric, as well as new videos imagining how natural history and past myths can inform and interpret our current placement in the landscape and provide guidance for the future. I hope to see you there!

The Sentinels, Rachel Frank and Heidi Lau
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
May 31 - July 14, 2018
Geary
185 Varick Street, New York, NY

and

Some of my ceramic rhytons are included in this exhibition that relates the works of a number of contemporary artists to Thomas Cole, the Hudson Valley, and the Hudson River School.

The Creek Flows Into the River: New Work from the Hudson River Valley
Curated by Richard Saja
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 26, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Walnut Hill Gallery
551 Warren Street, Hudson, NY

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I also have some of my Rewilding work and a couple videos in this sculptural show centered around nature opening next week in Massachusetts. Catalog coming soon!

Taking Notice: Sculptors Respond to Nature
Curated by Sachiko Akiyama and Kitty Wales
Artists: Andy Rosen, Chris Patch, Tory Fair, Jessica Straus, Natalie Miebach, Sachiko Akiyama, Carly Glovinski, Rachel Frank, Angela Cunningham, Kitty Wales, Deb Pettengill, Sarah Wagner
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
South Shore Art Center
119 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, MA

I look forward to reconnecting with you when I get back to NYC. Thanks for your support!
Best wishes,

Rachel

http://www.rachelfrank.com

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4. Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, at City Lore, Manhattan, June 2-23

Dramatize and perform memories and interactions with NYC landmarks and characters
--actual or fictional--in this four-weekend theatre/playwriting workshop for all ages and abilities!

Taught by Playwriting, Directing and Dramaturgy team
ALVIN ENG and WENDY WASDAHL

SATURDAYS, from 2 - 5 pm / JUNE 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018
City Lore, 56 East 1st Street, NYC, 212.529.1955

In conjunction with City Lore's current exhibition, "What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts"¬¬--Alvin Eng and Wendy Wasdahl will lead City As Muse--What You Bring.

With NYC as muse and theatre/playwriting as medium, a unique opportunity to engage personal histories in a dramatic dialogue with NYC's artistic, cultural and social legacy. Learning fundamentals of playwriting, acting/improvisation and collaborative ensemble work, workshop participants will create and perform short dramatic monologues and scenes. Create and collaborate on the page and the stage!

Alvin Eng and Wendy Wasdahl are a NYC-based Playwright, Director and Dramaturg team specializing in new play development and theatre education workshops for all levels and ages. They have presented plays and led workshops throughout NYC and the U.S., as well as in Paris, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.

Course Tuition is $50 and includes all four sessions
TO REGISTER: http://bit.ly/EventbriteCityAsMuse

FOR MORE INFORMATION: citylore@citylore.org / alvin.eng8@gmail.com
Please like us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBCityAsMuse

CITY AS MUSE is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net

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5. Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Jean Shin, FF Alumns, at The 8th Floor, Manhattan, opening June 21

THE SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION PRESENTS
Sedimentations:
Assemblage as Social Repair

AN EXHIBITION FEATURING EL ANATSUI,
MARY MATTINGLY, MICHAEL RAKOWITZ, JEAN SHIN, SHINIQUE SMITH, MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES,
AND OTHERS
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
June 21 - December 8, 2018
Opening Reception, Thursday, June 21
6 to 8pm

Michael Kelly Williams, Wodakota, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is pleased to announce Sedimentations:
Assemblage as Social Repair, a new exhibition featuring artists who employ
strategies of reuse in their artmaking. On view at The 8th Floor from June 21 through December 8, 2018, the show will include artworks by El Anatsui, Maren Hassinger, Elana Herzog, Samuel Levi Jones, Mary Mattingly, Lina Puerta, Michael Rakowitz, Jean Shin, Shinique Smith, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Roberto Visani, and Michael Kelly Williams. Artworks in the exhibition are embedded with content such as cultural heritage and preservation, technological obsolescence, spiritual engagement, sustainable ecology, the impacts of gun culture on the environment, and more generally, social responsibility, using artifacts of human existence to reinterpret the cycles of creation, consumption, and waste.

Press Release

About The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with s
ocial justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources
to organizations and areas of New York City in need. sdrubin.org

About The 8th Floor
The 8th Floor is an exhibition and events space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin, dedicated to promoting cultural and philanthropic initiatives, and to expanding artistic and cultural accessibility in New York City. The 8th Floor is located at 17 West 17th Street and is free and open to the public. Schools groups are encouraged. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm.
the8thfloor.org

Connect with the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and The 8th Floor

#RubinFoundation, #The8thFloor, #Sedimentations,
#AssemblageAsSocialRepair, and #ArtandSocialJustice

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, 17 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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6. Kate Gilmore, FF Alumn, at September, Hudson, NY, May 27

Closing: Sunday, May 27!

SIT-IN

SARAH BRAMAN
JANE BUSTIN
NICOLE CHERUBINI
LIZ COLLINS
FRANCESCA DIMATTIO
DEVON DIKEOU
BARBARA GALLUCCI
KATE GILMORE
MARY HEILMANN
JESSICA JACKSON HUTCHINS
LALEH KHORRAMIAN
HANNAH LEVY
LAUREL NAKADATE
SARA GREENBERGER RAFFERTY
JESSI REAVES
NANCY SHAVER
AGATHE SNOW
KIANJA STROBERT

For the exhibition Sit-In, a cacophonous individuality arises. Vastly distinctive seats have been created, deconstructed, reconfigured and repurposed. Positioned in rows and facing a unified direction, a collective stance arises. Draped curtains provide the suggestion of a backdrop- a gesture of substantiation or revelation of artifice. Sit-in is a theatre of subversion and a revision of what we know.

For more information, see the show in person, or contact kristen@septembergallery.com.

Image: Sit-In installation view featuring Nancy Shaver, Agathe Snow, Kate Gilmore. Photo: Pete Mauney.

Copyright (c) SEPTEMBER, All rights reserved.

SEPTEMBER
449 Warren Street #3
Hudson, NY 12534

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7. Eleanor Boileau Clarke, FF Alumn, at Everyman Cinema, London, UK, June 27-Jul 27

Queer Encounters at Everyman Cinema Kings Cross 27th June - 27th July

"Because I had no money for the bus I used to walk home at really unusual hours, the small hours, unpleasant hours to be walking home as a young woman. It never occurred to me that that wasn't advisable. But it was obvious to many of the prostitutes in Kings Cross that that wasn't a good hour for me to be walking home alone. So I got to know them all. So they'd keep an eye out for me. Kings Cross sort of took care of me, became a bit of a family. They'd ask where I was if they'd miss me for a night. They'd say do I want to be walked halfway down Pentonville Road with them."
-VIC ROBERTS, who worked at The Scala in the '80s

After six months of collecting Queer Stories dating from the 80's, 90's and 00's in Kings Cross, I am delighted to show them in audio and physical format in the foyer of the brand new Everyman Cinema next month, coinciding with London Pride. A 25 minute film made with one of my participants, Ramón Salgado-Touzón, will be shown in the cinema during this time. Further updates will be published on my website http://www.ellyclarke.com/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/elly_clarke with the audio available online. Supported by Argent / Kings Cross Visitor's Centre.

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8. Lizzie Olesker, FF Alumn, at BAM, Brooklyn, June 23

Dear Friends,

We're thrilled that our film The Washing Society will have its New York City premiere at BAMcinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Saturday, June 23 at 2PM.

If you'd like to join us at BAM, go to this link for tickets: https://www.bam.org/film/2018/the-washing-society.
We think that tickets may sell rather quickly for this festival so we are reaching out to you today, the first day for festival ticket sales.

You can see our 3:04 trailer here:
https://vimeo.com/228701531

BAMcinemaFest is the next stop for the film, which recently appeared at Encuentro de Otre Cine Festival in Quito Ecuador, European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Germany, and Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival in Pamplona, Spain.

Our collaborators on the film include: laundry workers Wing Ho, Lula Holloway, and Margarita Lopez; actors Ching Valdes-Aran, Jasmine Holloway, and Veraalba Santa; cinematographer Sean Hanley; editor Amanda Katz; sound artist Stephen Vitiello; and live performance producer Emily Rubin. We are so honored that they will all be at BAM for this special screening.

We are very grateful to the Workers Unite Film Festival, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Women and Media Coalition, Puffin Foundation and Fandor FIX Filmmakers for their support of our film.

We hope you can join us at BAM on June 23, but if you can't make it, no worries. We will be sending you more information about upcoming NYC fall screenings at Anthology Film Archives, and other venues around town.

All the best,

Lizzie & Lynne
Co-directors, The Washing Society

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9. Theodora Skipitares, FF Alumn, at La MaMa Theater, Manhattan, thru June 3

There's Blood at the Wedding
created, designed and directed by Theodora Skipitares
La MaMa Theater 66 East 4th Street

May 18 - June 3, 2018
Thursday thru Saturday 8pm
Sunday May 20th 5pm
Sunday May 27 4pm
Sunday June 3 4pm
$25. Students and seniors $20.
tickets at lamama.org
THERE'S BLOOD AT THE WEDDING is set within six giant-scale pop-up book constructions, through which we reflect on the lives and deaths of six victims of police violence: Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Philando Castile, Justine Damond, Amadou Diallo, and Eric Garner.

Sxip Shirey composes and performs original songs and music. Fragments of Lorca's masterpiece connect a Circle of Mothers--the mothers of the American victims--with the
grieving mothers of the classic Spanish play.

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10. Irina Danilova & Hiram Levy, Billy X. Curmano, Alyson Pou, FF Alumns, on Governors Island, NY, thru July 8

PROJECT 59,INC. IS PLEASED TO PRESENT
Free public program

ISLAND UNIVERSE

MAY 27 - JULY 8

407A Colonels Row, Governors Island, NY
Fridays: 1pm - 9pm; Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays: 11am - 5pm
Opening Reception: May 27, 1-5PM

ALBERTO BURSZTYN & ADRIAN D. CAMERON, BILLY X.CURMANO, IRINA DANILOVA & HIRAM LEVY, ELLEN HARVEY, LISA HEIN & BOB SENG, ED HERMAN, RITA LEDUC, ALYSON POU, ANGELO RIVIELLO MARGARET ROLEKE, RINO TELARO, MARY TING, DASHA ZIBOROVA, NATALIA ZUBKO & BEAU KENYON

In the project Island Universe, following the ancient Chinese notion of the five main elements of nature (fire, earth, water, metal, and wood), a group of artists was invited to explore elements of Governors Island: Water, Wind, Light, (Is)land, and People. Transforming the rooms, stairways, and hallways of a house into a series of installations, photo/video presentations, sculptures, murals, and performances, artists broadened the elements of Governors Island to range from its recreational present to the visible landscapes and landmarks in the collective memory of the city's past. Island Universe invites reflection on the environment of the island and its history, provokes questions about the relationship between the people and nature, and elicits personal memory to form into a narrative within the framing structure of the island. The exhibition Island Universe explores the distinct characteristics of Governors Island, once nearly forgotten by the city's citizens, which now provide a canvas and space for leisure, memory, reflection and creative transformation. Along with New York based artists, the exhibition presents a documentation of elements related art by artists from around the globe.

Curator: Irina Danilova

Contact: 917.621.5941 project59inc@gmail.com
www.project59.org

Copyright (c) 2018 Project 59, Inc., All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Project 59, Inc.
303 Beverley Rd Apt 5K
Brooklyn, NY 11218-3141

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11. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, at Morean Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL, thru June 29

Water Over the Bridge: Contemporary Seascapes

I'm pleased to exhibit "The Last Sea" and "Painting With Bag No.1" at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg FL.

NYC independent curator D. Dominick Lombardi selects artists whose work reflects the effects of global warming on our oceans. This exhibition features the works of artists from both the New York City metro area, as well as Tampa Bay area artists, creating a provocative, cross-country dialog. Selected artists include Selina Roman, Anne Bowen, Babs Reingold, Carolina Cleere, Margaret LeJeune, Holly Sears, Rieko Fujinami, Bill Gusky, Dale Leifeste, China Marks and Kenny Jensen.

Members Preview: May 11 5-7pm
Public Reception: May 12th 6-9pm
May 12 - June 29, 2018

Morean Art Center
719 Central Avenue, St Petersburg FL
For more information: http://www.moreanartscenter.org/morean-arts-center-current-exhibitions/

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12. Verónica Peña, Arantxa Araujo, FF Alumns, at Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn, May 26

PERFORMANCY FORUM: CIVIC REFLEX
Panoply Performance Laboratory
May 26, 2018
8:00 - 11:00 PM
104 Meserole St, Brooklyn

PERFORMANCY FORUM: CIVIC REFLEX is a collective performance/social art project involving: 1) the formation of a self-reflexive collective of 20 artists/groups 2) a series of 5 public forum events and 3) an online blog substantiating and framing "civic" "civil" and "reflexive" performance practices and performative theoretics.

PERFORMANCY FORUM: REFLEJO CÍVICO es un colectivo de arte social y performance que consiste en: 1) la creación de un colectivo de 20 artistas/grupos que se comporte de manera auto-reflexiva 2) una serie de 5 eventos/foros abiertos al público 3) un blog online dedicado a proveer contexto y enmarcar teóricamente prácticas de arte performático, civil, cívico y auto-reflexivo. http://reflejocivico.civicreflex.us/

The 20 artists/groups are: Rina Espiritu, Pei-Ling Ho, Tsedaye Makonnen, Diane Dwyer, David Ian Bellows/Griess, Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, Daniel Gonzalez, Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill, Aditi Natasha Kini and Amin Husain, Leopold Krist, Megan Livingston, Feminist Art Group (F.A.G.), Amelia Marzec, Samantha CC, Sierra Ortega, Verónica Peña, Ada Pinkston, Lorene Bouboushian, Arantxa Araujo, Helen Yung.
This temporary collective will meet on each of the five Saturdays for forum discussion and interaction 6pm-7:30pm, followed by public performances/presentations/situations at 8pm on each date:
April 21, 8pm. Public performances/presentations by: Diane Dwyer, Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, Rina Espiritu

May 26, 8pm. Public performances/presentations by: Pei-Ling Ho, Tsedaye Makonnen, Daniel Gonzalez, Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill

September 29, 8pm. Public performances/presentations by: Aditi Natasha Kini and Amin Husain, Leopold Krist, Megan Livingston, Feminist Art Group (F.A.G.)

October 20, 8pm. Public performances/presentations by: Amelia Marzec, Samantha CC, Sierra Ortega, Verónica Peña

November 10, 8pm. Public performances/presentations by: Ada Pinkston, Lorene Bouboushian, Arantxa Araujo, Helen Yung, David Ian Bellows/Griess

CIVIC REFLEX/REFLEJO CIVICO is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

VERÓNICA PEÑA is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in migration policies, cross-cultural dialogue, and women's empowerment. Recent works include experimental participatory performances that create shared moments amongst strangers. Peña has performed in various countries around Europe, Asia, and America. In the United States, her work has been featured at Times Square, Armory Show, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Queens Museum, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Grace Exhibition Space, Triskelion Arts, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Momenta Art Gallery, Gabarron Foundation, Dumbo Arts Festival, and Consulate General of Spain in New York, amongst others. She is a recipient to the Franklin Furnace Fund 2017-18. She was a recipient of the Socrates and Erasmus Grants, a Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship, and a candidate for the Dedalus Foundation Grant. She has published "The Presence Of The Absent", a thesis about her body of work. She was a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She curates "Collective Becoming", an initiative to make cities a place less hostile. She is currently at work on her new project about freedom, fear, and resistance, "The Substance of Unity."
http://www.veronicapena.com

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13. Barbara Rosenthal, FF Alumn, in ragazine.cc now online

My May-June column is up on Ragazine:

http://ragazine.cc/2018/05/a-crack-in-the-sidewalk-barbara-rosenthal-2/

Thank you.

Barbara Rosenthal

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14. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA, June 2, and more

Dear Friends & Family,

Collage Vivante (aka "Marco Schindelmann") and I would like to invite you to Soundpedro, "an evening of ear-oriented multi-sensory presentations" on June 2nd at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, CA. Presentations will be from 7PM--11PM. More Information is at soundpedro.org

Hope to see you there!

Terry & Collage Vivante

and

Dear Friends and Family,

Although you will not be able to see this exhibition, Victor Raphael and I would like you to know that we have three photomontages from our collaborative series, "Moon Drawings" in an exciting exhibition at the Munich Airport in Germany. The exhibition, curated by Michael Haerteis of Mayer of Munich, is one of ten exhibitions that the work will be in various locations in Europe.

Thank you for your interest.

Terry Braunstein & Victor Raphael

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15. Louise Bourgeois, Carolee Schneemann, Betty Tompkins, FF Alumns, at Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Germany, thru Sept. 30

In the Cut
The Male Body in Feminist Art
May 18-September 30, 2018

Opening : May 18, 7-10pm
The Imagery of Sexuality in Feminist Art: May 19-20, Symposium
Pussy Riot, Riot Days: July 17, 8-10pm, Performance
Garage Saarbrücken

Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken
St. Johanner Markt 24
66111 Saarbrücken
Germany
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-6pm,
Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm

T +49 681 9051842
stadtgalerie@saarbruecken.de

www.stadtgalerie.de
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Louise Bourgeois / Sophie Calle / Anke Doberauer / Tracey Emin / Alicia Framis / Kathleen Gilje / Eunice Golden / Aude du Pasquier Grall / Anna Jermolaewa / Herlinde Koelbl / Mwangi Hutter / ORLAN / Julika Rudelius / Carolee Schneemann / Joan Semmel / Susan Silas / Jana Sterbak / Betty Tompkins / Paula Winkler
Sexuality has played a decisive role in the history of art ab initio. Until the 1970s, however, it was the male gaze at the female body which informed the politics of these images. In the first feminist examinations of the erotic which followed, woman artists also focused their explorations on their own body. The (hetero)erotic female gaze, on the other hand-directed at the male body-continues to be an exception in art. When feminist artists take a desirous look at the male body they break more than one taboo and reverse the power relations inherent to the traditional canon of images. With their own depictions of the erotic male body they raise a claim to sexual self-determination and artistic authority. At the same time they question determined role models and open up the discourse for new options of sexual identities.

Artists like Louise Bourgeois (US), Eunice Golden (US), Herlinde Koelbl (DE), Carolee Schneemann (US), Joan Semmel (US), and Betty Tompkins (US) pushed the development of these feminist approaches from the 1960s onwards. So their work determines this internationally set exhibition along with that of the next generation, including Sophie Calle (FR), Anke Doberauer (DE), Tracey Emin (GB), Alicia Framis (ES), Kathleen Gilje (US), Aude du Pasquier Grall (FR), Anna Jermolaewa (RU), Julika Rudelius (DE), Mwangi Hutter (KE/DE), ORLAN (FR), Jana Sterbak (CAN), Susan Silas (US) and Paula Winkler (DE).

The exhibition comprises not only first-wave feminist works, but the work of a younger generation as well, who depict the desirable male body, either in its own right or by way of an encounter with their own bodies. Here, the man is both an object of desire and a character with agency. Formally, these male portraits do not necessarily differ from homoerotic depictions. A woman, however, is always present as the artistic subject. Perhaps it is because she allows the models to display vulnerability, imperfection, and individuality: a concession which makes them, in turn, all the more desirable. In other cases, we are confronted with objects, photographs, and video images which contain deliberately placed traces of female sexual activity.

The distinctiveness of this exhibition's approach, however, lies also in its creating a platform for woman artists to explore a subject which remains taboo for women; that is to say, it gives private female sexuality-a subject with has been either excluded or ignored by social, artistic, and even feminist discussions-a stage for artistic expression. Although curiosity for the female body's sensuality and the desire which it inspires have long been a source of creative impetus and a central theme of the artistic production for many male artists, the sensual gaze upon the male body remains an exception in the work of woman artists.
The exhibition is curated by Andrea Jahn and funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The catalog accompanying the exhibition is published by Kerber Verlag (230 pages, German/English).

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16. Mark Bloch, FF Alumn, now online at artobserved.com and whitehotmagazine.com

2 articles by Mark Bloch online

http://artobserved.com/2018/05/new-york-harmony-hammond-inappropriate-longings-at-alexander-gray-through-may-26th-2018/

https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/corpse-at-greene-naftali-gallery/3952

Mark

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17. Split Britches, Deb Margolin, Holly Hughes, and Stacy Makishi, FF Alumns, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, DK, and more

Retro(per)spective is coming to
Battersea Arts Centre, London
AND Warehouse 9, Copenhagen!

Retro(per)spective is a Split Britches greatest hits album for those who remember the 1980's and a Split Britches primer for those who may have missed it.
A medley of 30 years of Split Britches' performances that made the politics of gender and sexuality and the humour of human relations accessible to all ages and persuasions.
Performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, Retro(per)spective provides a humorous slant on love, life, work and play and features excerpts from old favourites such as Upwardly Mobile Home, Belle Reprieve, Lesbians Who Kill, Dress Suits to Hire and Anniversary Waltz as well as material from their newer shows, Lost Lounge and Miss America.

Written and Performed by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw. Including work created in collaboration with Deb Margolin, Holly Hughes, Stacy Makishi, Vivian Stoll, Stormy Brandenberger and Bette Bourne and Paul Shaw of Bloolips.

Retro(per)spective at Battersea Arts Centre, London
May 31st, June 1st, June 2nd

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

"As difficult as it must be to look back and see you have travelled most of your road, these two find humour, art and pathos in creating the next moment of their story together. In this way the work is deeper than a simple nostalgia or 'medley of extracts'. It's a stratification of various stages of their creative evolution." - DRAFF Magazine

Retro(per)spective at Warehouse 9, osborn&møller, Copenhagen
June 7th & 8th
Tickets available here

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller