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Contents for October 29, 2018


Please visit this link


for the online catalog companion to "Franklin Furnace: Performance & Politics" (2018)-a collection of archival materials in the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library that represents the historical, cultural, and political legacy of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. To access the collection, please visit www.hemisphericinstitute.org/hemi/en/hidvl.

"Franklin Furnace: Performance & Politics" is a collaboration between the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics and Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Co-curators: Martha Wilson & Oraison H. Larmon
Author & Editor: Oraison H. Larmon
Foreword: Macarena Gómez-Barris
Book Design: Alexander Kohnke & Oraison H. Larmon
Copyright (c) 2018
Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
New York University
20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor
New York, New York 10003
www.hemi.press | www.hemisphericinstitute.org

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205



1. Anna Natt, FF Fund Recipient 2018, at Judson Church, Manhattan, Nov. 12

Mother Tongue is a collaboration between the performer and flamenco dancer Anna Natt and thereminist and vocalist Ursula Haese. The piece is composed of devotional Christian songs written by my mother in the 1970s translated into Láadan, the feminist constructed language conceived by linguist and science fiction novelist Suzette Hadin Elgin in her Native Tongue trilogy in 1984.

Mother Tongue is a way to honor my mother and the way she shared her lived female experience with me while exploring the notion of transversal timescale by re-translating the past in order to shape the future while offering an artful perspective into the possibilities of feminist worldings.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by The SHS Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Practical information:

Movement Research at the Judson Church, November 12, 2018

Featuring works by:
Patricia Hoffbauer, FF Alumn; Anna Natt, FF Alumn; Karen Bernard, Jennifer Nugent

Monday at 8pm
doors open at 7:45pm

Location: Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South

No reservations and admission is free. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

About Movement Research at Judson Church:
Movement Research presents a high visibility, low-tech forum on Monday nights throughout the fall/winter and spring seasons. Movement Research at the Judson Church supports experiments in performance rather than finished products. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists.



2. Erica Van Horn & Simon Cutts, FF Alumns, at Conway Hall, London, UK, Nov. 9-10

Erica Van Horn and Simon Cutts --CORACLE PRESS will be showing and selling Wonderful New Books as well as some Wonderful Older Titles at the SMALL PUBLISHERS FAIR

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Friday & Saturday the 9th and 10th of November




3. Barbara Kruger, FF Alumn, at Mary Boone Gallery, Manhattan, opening Nov. 1

On 1 November 2018, Mary Boone Gallery will open at its
Fifth Avenue location 1978, an exhibition of works by BARBARA KRUGER.

Made in the year 1978, these works are early examples of Kruger's use of image
and text. Forty years later, they elucidate the roots of her engagement with
pictures, words, the episodic, and the everyday.

The exhibition, at 745 Fifth Avenue, is on view through 21 December 2018.
For further information, please contact Ron Warren at the Gallery,
or visit our website www.maryboonegallery.com.



4. Leila Nadir, FF Alumn, now online at asterixjournal.com/bad-muslim/

Leila Nadir, FF alum, publishes essay "Bad Muslim" in Aster(ix) journal, Special Issue: EDGES (fall 2018)



5. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, at Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, Brazil, thru Jan. 19, 2019


(c)2018 Galeria Jaqueline Martins | Rua Dr. Cesário Mota Júnior, 443 - Vila Buarque, São Paulo - SP - 01221-020



6. Christy Rupp, FF Alumn, at The 8th Floor, Manhattan, Nov. 10

Christy Rupp

RSVP today!

CALL/VoCA Talk: Christy Rupp

4 pm, Saturday, November 10, 2018

Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
at The 8th Floor
17 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

For this program, hosted by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation at The 8th Floor, VoCA Program Committee member Jonathan Allen will sit down with artist Christy Rupp to discuss how Rupp's work studies the impact of economics on the environment, exploring topics such as the commodification of natural resources, climate chaos, plastic pollution, and feedback from the planet. This discussion is part of the fourth season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, held in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These Talks aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work.

Christy Rupp is an ecoartist whose studies in animal behavior in the 70's led her to become an environmental activist. She was born in upstate New York, too young for Elvis and too old for Barbie. A veteran of the East Village art scene of the late 70's, Rupp was a participant/organizer of shows including the Times Square show (1980) and the Real Estate show (1979), which gave birth to the enduring artists space ABC NoRio. She has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation, NY State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Matters Inc., and recently the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) Program. Her work has been visible recently in "Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986," Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Howl ! Happening Space in NYC, the Hirshhorn Museum, The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA, the Maier Museum of Art in Lynchburg, VA, The Wild Bird Fund, NYC, and upcoming at the Schunck Museum, Heerlen, Netherlands.

Jonathan Allen is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, collage, video, and performance. He often collaborates with poets and choreographers and regularly curates art exhibitions at a community center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He is also a member of the VoCA Program Committee. Allen has exhibited extensively in New York, in both private galleries and non-profit art spaces, and has been awarded residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation, Cill Rialaig, BRIC, Blue Mountain Center, and LMCC. In 2019 he will perform in the US tour of Joanna Kotze's What will we be like when we get there. In June 2017 he began INTERRUPTIONS, a series of ad interventions in New York City subway stations that seek to interrupt the language of advertising with imagery from our current political predicament. The project is ongoing and currently viewable on Instagram @JonathanAllenStudio.

This program is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please RSVP
The 8th Floor | 17 West 17th Street | 646.839.5908 | info@the8thfloor.org

VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) is a non-profit organization that generates critical dialogue and collaborative programming around the stewardship of contemporary art. Though based in New York City, VoCA is a mobile organization, partnering with institutions across the globe to develop knowledge via three major program streams: VoCA Talks, VoCA Journal, and VoCA Workshops.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit us on our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA)
Bobst Library at New York University
70 Washington Square South, 8SW
New York, NY 10012

212 998 2623



7. Sarah Schulman, FF Alumn, at Bluestockings, Manhattan, Nov. 1

On November 1 at 7, I will be at Bluestockings 172 Allen Street at 7pm, presenting the second edition of MY AMERICAN HISTORY, collected journalism from 1980-1992 - reviewing the early years of the Christian/Republican alliance and illuminating how Trump is a direct consequence of Reagan. The book documents the grassroots anti-racist lesbian movement of the 1980's. I also covered the last days before the AIDS epidemic, and its sudden growth into the crisis that we now know.
Join Me.



8. Jayoung Yoon, FF Alumn, at Form & Concept, Santa fe, NM, thru Dec. 31


October 26 - December 31, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, October 26, 5 - 7 pm

Form & Concept
435 S Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501

"Hand/Eye is a group exhibition of ten artists from across the United States who merge photography and craft mediums. The artworks in the show incorporate a wide array of materials-fiber, cast glass, micaceous clay, human hair-that shatter the picture plane and push photographic imagery into the real world. Features the work of Ginger Owen, Cathryn Amidei, Gary Goldberg, Elizabeth Claffey, Jodi Colella, Mira Burack, Ruben Olguin, Jayoung Yoon, Jacquelyn Royal, David Samuel Stern."


All the best,
Jayoung Yoon
interdisciplinary artist



9. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Performistanbul, Turkey

Frank Moore, FF Alumn, to be included in the Live Art Research Space of Performistanbul

The work of shaman/performance artist Frank Moore will now be archived in a new performance art research library in Istanbul, Turkey, the Live Art Research Space.

Frank Moore's estate was contacted by Performistanbul requesting a donation of Frank's work to their archiving project. As a result, all of Frank's digitized videos (almost 1000), and all of his published books will be added to the collection, plus other publications, a collection of posters, some original performance scripts, paraphernalia from Frank's 2008 Presidential campaign, and more.

Performistanbul Live Art Research Space will focus on archiving, documenting and exhibiting performance art while providing space and resources for doing research.

"Over the course of our conversations and collaborations with performance art experts in the past two years, the need to conduct further research and access the means by which to do so has become ever more pressing. To this end, Performistanbul has decided to create the Live Art Research Space to meet the needs of students and researchers working in the field of performance art both locally and globally."

"Performistanbul believes in the uniting and healing power of performance art, which is at the same time, a very effective tool to reach out to people around the world. This has motivated us to plant the seeds of discovering and creating new languages in the field of live art and as a first step, we decided to establish a specialized library and an archive of more than 7000 physical and digital resources within the research space. Planning to open in 2018, the Live Art Research Space will also launch Performistanbul Publishing, aiming to publish new books as well as translated books in Turkish."

Learn more about Performistanbul at www.performistanbul.org

See Frank Moore's website at http://www.eroplay.com



10. Halona Hilbertz. FF Alumn, at Ceres Gallery, Manhattan, opening Nov. 1, and more


I'll be showing 8 Wall Dolls at the Ceres Gallery Doll Show, opening next week Thursday Nov. 1 (6 - 8pm) at Ceres Gallery; as well as one brand-new standing figure, "Blue Crab", at the Society of Japanese & American Creators' 2018 Show at Gallery Max, opening on Friday Nov. 2 (6 - 8pm). Please come say hello!


The Doll Show: Oct. 30 - Nov. 24. Opening Thurs. Nov. 1, 6 - 8pm
Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27th Street Suite 201, New York, NY 10001, www.ceresgallery.org

SJAC 2018: Oct. 31 - Nov. 17. Opening Fri. Nov. 2, 6 - 8pm
Gallery Max, 552 Broadway Suite 401, New York, NY 10012, gallerymaxny.com



11. Terry Braunstein, FF Alumn, at SPARC Gallery, South Pasadena, CA, opening November 10

Dear Friends,

I will be showing my entire suite of 12 assemblages from the "Chutes and Ladders" series, never exhibited before, at the SPARC Gallery in South Pasadena. (See announcement below)

I know, I know. South Pasadena -- that's almost as far away as Long Beach. But think of it this way: you could combine it with a trip to the Huntington, the Norton Simon Museum, Descanso Gardens, or the Gamble House. Or, you could just come up for the opening of my little show on November 10th from 6--9PM.

Details: SPARC Gallery 1121 Mission Street South Pasadena, CA
November 10th, 2018 -- January 4, 2019
Artist Reception: November 10th from 6 -- 9PM
Artist Talk: December 8, 2010 at 6PM

The SPARC Gallery is in the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, so the regular hours are
Tuesday -- Friday from 10--5PM but PLEASE confirm with the Laurie Wheeler or
Sharon Frayer at the Chamber 626-441-2339

Or special arrangements may possibly be arranged 48 hours in advance with
Claudia Bohn-Spector 626-379-5152 or
Sam Mellon 323-529-7527

I would love to see you there.

With my best,



12. Nancy Azara, FF Member, at Ceres Gallery, Manhattan, Nov. 30

(RE)Present: Feminism + Art, A Feminist Dialogue Across Generations, Fri., Nov. 30, 6-8pm

"Truth to Power"
In your experience, what historic/contemporary woman artist has manifested "truth to power" in their work? Share how this artist has influenced you in your artmaking process and finished work.

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street, #201
New York, NY 10001
(212) 947-6100
Join us in this Intergenerational Feminist Dialogue.

Link to announcement online: https://mailchi.mp/3013c021aeeb/eqlcnza8og-3337317?e=caa2ba6244

For further info. contact: Nancy Azara, nancy@nancyazara.com (917) 572-7461
Stefany Benson, Director, Ceres Gallery (212) 947-6100



13. Marc Bloch, FF Alumn, now online in whitehotmagazine.com


Mark Bloch reviews the recent WHITE ANXIETIES show at the Lower East art mecca WHITE BOX:

"Anxiety has never sat well with many of the white, heterosexual, and male set... But it's been a long transition of usurping old traditions. Other languages than English have long been spoken here (Think: Forever) and People of Color have long openly expressed their own cultural traditions as "real" Americans. So move over, white boy. Assume nobody is hating on you, we are just living in a different America than in the past and other historically marginalized communities are asserting their rights...

"But the accelerated social transformation of an America historically uncomfortable reflecting on at its race issues has been a cause for unease, if not alarm, for many of every creed and color. Barack Obama's election as America's first African-American president seems to have created a new reactive era of intolerance and exclusivity. Hence, the need for White Anxieties, a show at White Box.

"The curators, Raúl Zamudio, FF Alumn, Juan Puntes and Peter Wayne Lewis have selected works by over 60 artists who collectively push back against xenophobia, a desire to "Make America Great Again," the repulsive David Duke and his acolytes who now proudly run for political office supported by the general socio-political regression that seeks but fails to normalize a racial supremacist ideology. Despite good old fashioned American denial, the dismantling of Confederate monuments that memorialize hate will continue, Latinos/Hispanics will eventually become the largest demographic in the U.S. and the LGBTQ+ community will continue to assert that, yes, it was here all along. White Anxieties offers a diverse glimpse into a diverse and sometimes predictable country at war with itself."



14. Circus Amok, FF Alumn, at The Wild Project, Manhattan, Nov. 18

For complete details on the International Human Rights Arts Festival at The Wild Project please visit https://ihraf.org/2018-schedule/ thank you.



15. Jane Dickson, FF Alumn, at McNally Jackson, Manhattan, Nov. 1

I am thrilled to announce the official release of the book, Jane Dickson in Times Square, an artist monograph on my work, published by the rockstars over at Anthology Editions in collaboration with Boo-Hooray. The book follows the acquisition of the Dickson | Ahearn Archive of ephemera by Cornell University Library and highlights a body of work from a time when the legacies of downtown art, punk rock, and hip hop, were intertwined in the midst of an infamously seedy Times Square.

The book is now available for sale through Anthology's website and there will be some great book release events in November.
The first of which will be on Thursday, November 1st at 7pm:
Jane Dickson in conversation with Jennifer Kabat at McNally Jackson on Prince Street.

We hope you can join us!

Copyright (c) 2018 Jane Dickson All rights reserved.



16. Warren Lehrer, FF Alumn, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Nov. 2

24th annual New Jersey BOOK ARTS Symposium
Save America, Catherine LeCleire
November 2, 2018 ** The Alexander Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey * 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ ** 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

ART WAVE, the twenty-fourth annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, will feature seven artists who work with books, readings by book artist/writers, an onsite collaborative artwork, and a book artists jam for all attendees. Continental breakfast and lunch will be included in the price of admission.

ART WAVE ARTISTS will be Golnar ADILI, an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY, Asha GANPAT, a sculptor and book artist born in Trinidad, W.I., and NJBAS artist in residence 2015-2017, Amos Paul KENNEDY Jr, an American printer, and book-maker best known for social and political commentary, particularly in printed posters, Catherine LECLEIRE, a printmaker and book artist, Warren LEHRER, an American author, artist and designer known mostly for his highly visual books and multimedia projects, Anna PINTO a book artist, calligrapher who specializes in the Italic style and casual handwriting styles, and Jean STUFFLEBEEM, a fiber artist who makes prints, sculptures and books.

During a portion of the two-hour lunch, artist / authors will read from their works. The lunchtime seminar, organized by MaryAnn MILLER, printmaker, poet and proprietor of Lucia Press, will feature Warren LEHRER and China MARKS, an artist who makes books and tapestries.

Judith K. BRODSKY, an artist and founder of the Brodsky Center, now at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), will be the Respondent; Sarah K. STENGLE, an artist who makes books, sculptures, drawings, will be The NJBAS 2018 Artist in Residence, and she will organize an onsite collaborative artwork; Amanda THACKRAY, an artist who makes books and sculptures, will be the curator of the 2018 exhibition. Anna Pinto, The NJBAS scribe, will create unique calligraphic nametags. The NJBAS Artistic Director, Karen GUANCIONE, an artist who makes installations, prints and books, will introduce the featured artists.

(Please note that Holly Brigham and Marilyn Nelson, originally scheduled to read, have
had to withdraw due to illness.)

Name: ________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________
E-mail: ________________________________________________
Registration fee - $45 (Includes catered lunch)
Rutgers faculty and staff - $15
All checks must be made payable to:
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Send registration form and check to: Jill Morrow
James Dickson Carr Library Administration
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
75 Avenue E, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040

Registration deadline - October 31 , 2018
Students may attend without charge, but must register beforehand by calling Jill Morrow at 1-732-445-3472, or email Michael Joseph mjoseph@rutgers.edu



17. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, at Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris, France, Nov. 15

Nov 15th, 19:00 - 21:00 there will be a CONVERSATION ON CULTURE called PULL MY CRAZY with JEAN-JACQUES LEBEL & JOSEPH NECHVATAL at Mona Bismarck American Center Paris.

The evening will begin with the projection of "Pull my Daisy", a 1959 American short film loosely based on the third act of Jack Kerouac's play "Beat Generation", followed by a conversation between Jean-Jacques Lebel, curator of the exhibition "Beat Generation" (Musée d'art moderne - Centre Pompidou) and artist Joseph Nechvatal, about the relevance of this movement to their own work and to the cultural climate in the post-World War II era in France and the United States.




18. Lisa Bufano, FF Alumn, at Snug Harbor, Staten Island, Nov. 8

November 8, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
art artist talk Newhouse Center visual art

Take a closer look at the themes of the RE/Configurations exhibition at "Widening the Lens on Disability," a sneak peek at film "Code of the Freaks" and a panel discussion of disability art and dynamics, with distinguished panelists Dr. Carrie Sandahl, Jerron Herman, Anthony Ptak, and Christopher Preissing, and with Milenka Berengolc as moderator.

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Buildings C&G)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Admission: Free with gallery admission

RE/Configurations: art, disability, identity is a major exhibition, guest curated by Milenka Berengolc (project originator) and Margaret Chase, that is part of "Artists Undeterred," a forum for disabled artists who exemplify bold vision and distinctive execution, and provides an expanded frame of reference for general audiences.

The project explores the multi-faceted relationship of disability vis-à-vis contemporary art, through the lens of creators and producers who are disabled and whose work addresses disability. Featured artists include Gema Alava, Robin Bartholick, Milenka Berengolc, Jamie Berube, Erika Boudreau-Barbee, Lisa Bufano, Monica Chulewicz, DisArt, Susan Dupor, Ryan Haddad, Antoine Hunter, Riva Lehrer, Mandem, Leroy Moore Jr., Carmen Papalia, Anthony Ptak, Gordon Sasaki, Judith Scott, Charles Steffen, Sunaura Taylor, Efrat Vaknin, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Wobbly Dance, and Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi.

Co-curator Milenka Berengolc has curated 3 major exhibitions/projects: "Life as Art", at
the Viepo Gallery, Staten Island, New York; "Healing/Transforming", at the Snug Harbor Studios, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island; and CURA, together with Sophia Marisa Lucas. She holds an MFA from Bard College in video and performance. As a performance artist and actor, she has showcased original material via numerous venues and collaborations such as the Brooklyn Museum, the State Museum of New York, Albany, New York, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York.
Co-curator Margaret Chase has worked in exhibition development and interpretation, public programming and education at the New York Hall of Science, Fraunces Tavern Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she was an artist-in-residence and coordinated the museum theatre program. She also served as Vice President of the International Museum Theatre Alliance. Margaret holds a BFA Theatre from Boston University School for the Arts.

RE/Configurations contains mature content. The co-curators gratefully acknowledge that this exhibition is made possible in part by a DCA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. It is also sponsored in part by a Humanities New York Quick Grant, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; and by the following:

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled; Pride Center of Staten Island; United Spinal Association - New York City Chapter; Kershner, Grosso & Co.; Angelica Patient Assistance Program/OPEN DOORS; Curtis High School; Staten Island Center for Independent Living; J's on the Bay; Materials for the Arts; International Sports and Music Project Inc.; Staples, Inc. (1520 Forest Avenue, SI); Steven Wakeman; Zach Grenier and Lynn Bailey; and Go Fund Me donors (to date): Patricia & Jeff Rosen, Katie Eichhorn, Julie Ridge, Vivian Vassar, Jason Steinberg, and Susan King. Special thanks to Dr. Carrie Sandahl, project advisor; Mary Campbell, Graphics; and Kimbra Eberly, Marketing.

All exhibits and artist talks are located in the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Buildings C & G). Admission is $5 ($4 students/seniors). Spring - Autumn hours are Thurs-Fri 12:00 - 7:00 PM and Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.



19. L. Brandon Krall, FF Alumn, at Philipse Manor Hall, Yonkers, NY, opening Nov. 1

L. Brandon Krall // WORKS
The Gallery @ Philipse Manor Hall
1 November - 30 November 2018


The idea of Social Sculpture is derived from utopian ideology rooted in the 18th and 19th century philosophies of the Enlightenment and Romanticism, brought up to the present. It is the belief that all people are creative beings and embraces the artistic practice that acknowledges the experience of the art audience. Every person is an artist, (jeder mensch ist ein künstler) is how German artist and founder of the Green Party, Joseph Beuys stated it in the 60s. Fundamental to aesthetic, social and religious thought, the idea of universal creativity crosses national barriers and informs studio and post-studio art practices for artists and their audiences who complete the work by experiencing it.

For The Gallery @ Philipse Manor Hall, L. Brandon Krall will present a medley of works that include paintings from the Alphabetic Equivalents, EXPERIENCE and CHANGEchance series, sculptures that include model French Doors, NATURE CULTURE and Occupational Hazard, light boxes and projections, an ambient sound piece based on Erik Satie's "Socrate," and works on paper including the Captioned series. Visitors are invited, on opening night, to create by acting out colloquial phrases in the video art series, LIT. FIG. the literal + the figurative. Props will be on hand at the event. About literal figuratives:

What is it to "literally" do something? If someone says, 'he was so mad he literally hit the ceiling' well, in fact he didn't "literally" do anything and he probably didn't physically hit the ceiling. The essence of "LIT. FIG. the literal + the figurative" video art is to imagine and then execute the fascinating and frequently used idiomatic expressions from everyday life, which are found in every language and culture.


29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701, 914.965.4027



20. Willie Cole, Mary Beth Edelson, Leon Golub, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nancy Spero, David Wojnarowicz, FF Alumns, at David Lewis Gallery, Manhattan, thru Nov. 4

The Assassination of Leon Trotsky

James Beckett
Hans Bellmer
Willie Cole
Thornton Dial
Mary Beth Edelson
Leon Golub
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Todd Gray
Jeffrey Joyal
Megan Marrin
Manuel Solano
Nancy Spero
Paul Thek
David Wojnarowicz
Portia Zvavahera

Extended through November 4

David Lewis Gallery | 88 Eldridge Street, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10002



21. Julia Scher, FF Alumn, at DREI, Cologne, Germany, thru Dec. 2

Julia Scher
Oct 28 - Dec 2, 2018
OPENING Oct 27, 2018, 7 pm

NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein

Increased and almost omnipresent private as well as governmental surveillance has become a consciously made concession in modern society. Loss of control and need for security become the counterpart of potential risks and hazards.

In her series Security By Julia Julia Scher dealt with the concept of surveillance in an artistic way already way back in the eighties. The project was realized at various places in the USA as well as in Europe and out public spaces under observation. In 1991 Scher installed such a surveillance system at the house of collector Wilhelm Schürmann, titling the work The Schürmann House. One year later this installation became a part of the exhibition Dirty Data at Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen. Tying in with this, she planned another project in the municipal park of Aachen at the same time. The building of present-day Kunstverein as well as the surrounding green area should have been video monitored by Scher. The complex media installation was never carried out, plans no longer exist as well.

Now Scher calls forth the memory of the scheme anew and initiates a conceptual advancement, presenting it at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein. Entitled Delta she links park and Kunstverein in a site-specific installation. Applied in the process are classic ways of observation as well as modern technology, taking the shape of voice-operated smart speakers, internalizing today's duality of consensus and control. In this seemingly discomforting combination Scher's artworks are significantly prevailing and contemporary, though staying ambivalent in their debate about the idea of permanent supervision at the same time. Besides the dangers of by now sophisticated technical systems the works display a concurrent fascination, a downright longing for electronic supervision and the thus involved power structures and ideologies. Hence fear and dread are mixed with a subliminal desire for regulated superintendence and transfer of control. The social mechanisms of control and dynamics in the public space are purposefully questioned.

Julia Scher (*1954 in Hollywood, USA) studied painting, sculpture and graphic design at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Since 2006 Scher is a professor for Multimedia Performance and Surveillant Architectures at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln. Scher lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

Arndtstrasse 4, 50676 Cologne
+49 221 95814522, gallery@drei.cologne



22. Hector Canonge, FF Alumn, at Grace Exhibition Space, Manhattan, Nov. 2

Hector Canonge premieres his new performance art project "Atlas" at Grace Exhibition Space in Manhattan on Friday, November 2nd at 8 pm.

"Atlas," new performance art project by Hector Canonge, evokes notions of the "masculine" and treats possible constructions of "masculinity" in contemporary society. Informed by readings about the "patriarchal," "paternal," and about the "manly" expectations placed on men since an early age, the performance constitutes the artist's attempt to reconcile present attitudes towards a "good male figure." Through a series of actions where attitudes about archetypal maleness are at times challenged and at others embraced, "Atlas" prompts reflection about gender inadequacies and expectations.

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and cultural producer based in New York City. His work incorporates various forms of artistic expression: Performance Art, Experimental Dance, Multimedia Installation, and Social Practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His performances and media installations have been presented and exhibited in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Canonge. As cultural producer, Canonge founded and direct the annual Performance Art Festival of NYC, ITINERANT, and started the initiatives: ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), an initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUS a performance platform for Miami Art Week, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. As curator, he has organized exhibitions at Queens Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Space 37 Gallery, and Visual AIDS. He started the monthly artists' program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, and created the monthly independent film series CINEMAROSA. Canonge's work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ART FORUM, Art in America, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Hispanic Magazine; by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and online by Art Experience NYC, Hyperallergic, Turbulence, Art Card Review, and New York Foundation for the Arts' bulletin NYFA News. Canonge returned to the U.S. this past September after having completed the realization of his multinational project "Temptations" in Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece this past Summer. The artist recently presented his new dance project "TULLIDO" at Green Space Dance Studio, and his performance "SEEDS" in the program "The Weight of Inheritance" in NYC at Queens Museum, and in Boston at Boston Center for the Arts. Canonge is preparing for future presentations in the United States and India this Fall.

More information: http://www.hectorcanonge.net
Contact: hectorcanonge@gmail.com



23. Laurie Carlos, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, October 29, 2018

Please visit this link:
Thank you.



24. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Caveat, Manhattan, Oct. 31, and more

10/31 - Wednesday, 9:00pm, at Caveat, 20A Clinton Street, NYC
As part of Neil Goldberg's performance: "Body Horror: Talking Mortality with Future Dead People," Neil will perform a live interview of me, with his special questions, the likes of which you've never heard. Advance tickets are $15 - CLICK HERE

11/1 - Thursday, 7:00pm, at CITYLORE, 56 East 1st Street, NYC
"Storytelling Cafe: Cannoli, Kenafe, and Kulfi." I am MCing this is event where you get all three desserts after I tell stories, lead a sing along, and the chefs talk about their regional specialties. Advance tickets are $15 - CLICK HERE

11/3 - Saturday, 8:00pm, at LAST FRONTIER NYC, 520 Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
In the Desire Path Variety Show produced by The Van Alan Institue and NOoSPHERE Arts,

I'll performin a ten minute set. Celebrate DIY "City Making, from the Outside In."
Advance tickets are $10 - CLICK HERE



25. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, new book release

"101 Cartoons from Le Chat Noir: Early Comics from Bohemian Paris" is now available from Black Scat Books!

"Le Chat Noir" was one of the liveliest avant-garde papers in 19th century Paris. Published by the legendary cabaret, it delivered a weekly blast of anarchism, pranks, Decadent poetry, and black humor by such luminaries as Alphonse Allais, Charles Cros, and Paul Verlaine. It was also famous for its cartoons. Here are 101 of them: the poetic fantasies of Adolphe Willette, the slapstick animals of Théophile Steinlen, the military sketches of Caran d'Ache, the bawdy gags of Döes and Fernand Fau, and much more. With an introduction, translations, and notes by Doug Skinner.

You can find it on Amazon, or at blackscatbooks(dot)com.



26. Rafael Sánchez, FF Alumn, at Marlborough Contemporary, Manhattan, opening November 1

Marlborough Contemporary

Rafael Sánchez
Tree of Heaven
Nov 01 - Dec 15 Viewing Room
Opening Reception:
November 1, 6-8 pm
New York
Viewing Room is pleased to present Tree of Heaven, an installation of works by Cuban-born, New York-based artist Rafael Sánchez. The installation presents the artist's drawings and paintings with his poem sculptures which combine performative objects with a panoply of used household items. Balloons, honey, shavers, batteries, dust, light bulbs, books, fruit peelings, bread ends, street shards, branches, splinters, and objects flattened fuse with a matrix of universal symbols, structures, and spirits-in tandem with the nuances of the room itself.
As in much of Sánchez' practice, seemingly arbitrary tangents become elliptical source pools of meaning and craft. As a non-English speaking child in 1960s Flushing, Queens, and later Woodside, the landscape seemed a virtual forest of trees to the young boy. It was much later he realized that the common Ailanthus altissima tree, which grows everywhere out of cracks in the cement, was seen by most as a weed: a symbol of urban blight. While the show's title refers to Francie Nolan's ailanthus tree in Betty Smith's novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Sánchez sees the ailanthus as a 'tree of life' or anima mundi-the soul of the earth as a symbolic connecter between all living things.
As Sánchez puts it, "I recall my earliest memories when we lived in Queens, and I barely knew we were from somewhere else, somewhere far away. Most vividly I remember peeling potatoes in the kitchen with my mom and making drawings with the peels onto the steamy window panes...color forms made of earth. The potato curls turned to spirals, connecting me to my mom and all things. This remains the source of my joy and work."
Sanchez' practice oscillates between the studio and the stage. While trained in traditional studio methods, he has become known in underground circles for shapeshifting performance and theater works. What is perhaps lesser known is that art and theater find confluence in drawing as his primary medium-drawing as an open conduit between form and the unconscious. Roberta Smith has noted this aspect of his work, comparing it to Brecht and Cocteau. Perhaps Sánchez may be closer to Beuys in his activation of material as potential and means of transit between the worlds of the real, the imagination, and the narrative of one's own life.
This plasticity results in a multitude of approaches from the artist's hand. A doodle can spark boundless streams of thought-paintings, costumes, environments, films, plays, and even installations for the outdoor bookstand that Sánchez runs. A sensitivity to site and context may be the strongest indicator of the continuum within the artist's open practice. Tree of Heaven also includes collaborative gestures by presenting a Polaroid portrait of Sánchez by artist Gail Thacker and a recent drawing of one of his sculptures by artist-writer Jorge Clar.
Tree of Heaven is the first one-person exhibition since his show at Participant Inc in 2004. That year marked the beginning of what was to become a decade-long partnership with artist Kathleen White. Sánchez and White collaborated continually until her death in 2014. Since then, the nature of drawing and its connection to loss, and the nature of dust in itself as essential element became the artist's existential obsession.
Still, themes of loss and dust as material have run through the architecture of much of Sánchez' work since the beginning. In his hands dust becomes an agent of liberation-straddling the philosophical area between existence and non-existence, refocused as creative prima materia, the starting point for an alchemical opus.

Marlborough Contemporary
545 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
+1 (212) 463 8634
Gallery Hours Tues - Sat 10-6



27. Yoko Ono, Edward M. Gomez, FF Alumns, now online at hyperallergic.com

New York
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Greetings, music fans and media colleagues:

Featuring material from an exclusive, in-person interview, my article about artist-composer Yoko Ono's new record album Warzone (Chimera Music) has just been published in the "Weekend" edition of HYPERALLERGIC, the online arts-and-culture magazine.

You can find my article here:


On Warzone, Ono and the young, American keyboardist and producer Thomas Bartlett (who normally performs as "Doveman") revisit a batch of Yoko's songs from the past, reworking and stripping down their original arrangements, and calling attention to the timeliness of their messages and themes. In this intimate, recital-like setting, such Ono tunes and anthems as "Now or Never," "Woman Power," "Where Do We Go from Here?," "Hell in Paradise," and "Warzone," with their calls to action on behalf of freedom, human rights, and protecting the Earth, and their look at anxiety and alienation in the face of an inundation of spirit-crushing bad news, sound more urgent than ever.

Several tracks from the new record have been sneak-previewed via social media in recent weeks and may be heard on the album's own website:


The new album is available in compact disc, vinyl-LP, and digital-download formats.



28. Cassils, FF Alumn, at The Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX, November 3, 2018-March 3, 2019

Cassils: Solutions
Exhibition: November 3, 2018-March 3, 2019

A prayer for political climate change: Artist Cassils invokes Athena, Goddess
of War, in elemental rituals of the sacred and the profane

The Station Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Solutions , a politically timely and formally arresting mid-career retrospective of the work of Cassils. The artist's first solo exhibition in Texas, Solutions opens on November 3, 2018 and runs through March 3, 2019, pouring urgent content into pure form.

The Exhibition
Amidst the raging culture war being waged in the United States, Solutions mobilizes the interior architecture of the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, an exhibition space modelled after the Greek Temple of Athena, Goddess of War. Currently in the US, the rhetoric of "religious freedom" is being used as justification for curtailing the civil rights of minoritized groups. What if the constitutional right to religious freedom were invoked to protect a religion where our deities were brown people, Muslims, women and queers? What if to harm such a body was framed, not as the quotidian victim of police brutality, xenophobia or transphobia but as an act of religious persecution: would the sanctity of our lives finally be given value? The altar of the exhibition is PISSED, a minimalist sculpture in the form of a glass cube containing more than 200 gallons of urine collected between Feb 17, 2017 and Sep 16, 2017. Initially, the material was collection of all fluid Cassils's body passed since the current administration rescinded an Obama era executive order allowing transgender students to use the school bathroom matching their current gender identities (versus the sex they were assigned at birth). This piece indexes bodily endurance in relation to the law in a visceral manifestation which demonstrates the impact of policy on the body. In this remounting of PISSED the urine will be donated by the citizens of Houston through a "urine drive" in act of solidarity. Solutions additionally presents Ailene's Orchard, 103 Shots, PISSED, Becoming An Image, Resilience of the 20%, Monument Push, Inextinguishable Fire, Encapsulated Breaths and Powers That Be , a body of work that offers shared experiences for contemplating histories of violence, representation, struggle, and survival.

The Performance
The exhibition's opening will feature Solution , a live performance that reinterprets and expands Cassils's durational performance Tiresias . Tiresias is a mythological figure, the blind prophet of Thebes, who is famous for being transformed from a man into a woman for seven years. Cassils embodies Tiresias by pressing their body up against the back of a neoclassical Greek male torso carved out of ice for precise contact with the artist's physique. Cassils melts the ice sculpture with pure body heat, performing the resolve required to persist at the point of contact between masculine and feminine. For the premier of Solution , Cassils is has collaborated with Rafa Esparza , Arshia Haq and Keijaun Thomas , artists whose subject positions differ, but whose civil rights are all being eroded by the current US administrations. By expanding and reimagining Tiresias to incorporate other performing bodies and by working with the medium of ICE in Texas, under the current political climate, speaks of the coming together of diverging expressions, the power of performative actions, and the generation of collective creative forces. For the remainder of the exhibition these performances will remounted as four films, installed to formally reference the classical sculptures of divine figures found in temples of worship.

The Artist
Based in Los Angeles and from Montreal, Cassils is listed by the Huffington Post as "one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art." Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Featuring a series of bodies transformed by strict physical training regimes, Cassils' artworks offer shared experiences for contemplating histories of violence, representation, struggle, and survival. It is with sweat, blood and sinew that they construct a visual critique around ideologies and histories. Cassils' work has been exhibited widely including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), MU (Eindhoven), the Deutsches Historisches Museum (Berlin), and the National Theatre (London). A recipient of a United Artist Fellowship (2018), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2017) and a Creative Capital Award (2015), they have received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (2002-2016), an Alpert Visiting Artist Fellowship from Syracuse University (2016), a California Community Foundation Grant, and a MOTHA (Museum of Transgender Hirstory) award. Cassils has lectured at museums, universities and colleges across the globe such as Goldsmiths University (London) and at Stanford University and the New School Parsons (USA). Their films have premiered at Sundance Film Festival (Utah), OutFest (Los Angeles) and the Institute for Contemporary Art (London).

The Museum
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art organizes exhibitions that question our society's morality and ethics. It embraces the idea that art plays a critical role in society as an agent of creativity and civil discourse and as a resource that deepens and broadens public awareness of the cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art. Note to Journalists: Cassils uses plural gender-neutral pronouns (i.e. "they") as defined in the GLAAD Media Reference Guide on Transgender Issues .



29. Patricia Hoffbauer, Jennifer Miller, Cathy Weis, FF Alumns, at WeisAcres, Manhattan, Nov. 4

November 4, 2018

The Fall 2018 season kicks off with an evening of performance and video, co-curated by Jennifer Miller and Cathy Weis. The shared evening features performances by Patricia Hoffbauer and David Thomson, Nicholas Sciscione of the Stephen Petronio Company, and a video of Steve Paxton by Cathy Weis.

Two downtown choreographer/performers-Patricia Hoffbauer and David Thomson-will perform a duet they co-created entitled Dark & Stormy: When things get rough, grab pussy. As our world spins out of control, the usual methods of rarefied abstraction no longer serves our best artistic intentions. We have resorted to literal forms of expression. As in other historically perilous times, the absurd serves a dish of reimagined truth.

Cathy Weis will show excerpts of videos she shot in the mid-'80s of Steve Paxton improvising on stage in Philadelphia and in the fields of Vermont to the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach played by Glenn Gould.

Stephen Petronio Company will present an excerpt from Steve Paxton's Goldberg Variations (1986), danced by Nicholas Sciscione, who received a 2017 Bessie nomination for his performance. Paxton's Goldberg Variations is part of the Stephen Petronio Company's Bloodlines series, a five-year autobiographical project that not only honors the lineage of American postmodern dance, but also traces the influences and impulses that have shaped choreographer Stephen Petronio, an artist uniquely positioned to preserve this postmodern tradition.

537 Broadway, #3
All events begin at 6:00 pm - doors open at 5:45 pm.
No reservations. No late seating.
$10 suggested contribution.

Keep in mind, this is a small space! Please arrive on time out of courtesy to the artists.
Please be advised: Due to repairs, the elevator will not be available this season. All audience members must use the stairs. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller