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Contents for November 19, 2018

Bobby Rainwater, FF Member, In Memoriam

Dearest friend and scholar Bobby Rainwater, age 74, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on November 13th at his home in New York City. Born in Muskogee, OK, Bobby's warmth, intelligence and biting wit endeared him to a wide circle of international art historians, dealers and admirers. A graduate of the University of Arkansas and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, he spent his illustrious 38-year career at the New York Public Library, retiring as the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Assistant Director and Curator of Spencer Collection. His passions for artist books ranged from Japanese scrolls to contemporary printed ephemera. He is perhaps most well-known for his exhibition and volume on the prints and books of Surrealist Max Ernst. A long-standing member of The Century Club and board member of Printed Matter, Bobby was an ardent follower of New York's cultural life, attending theater, dance, opera, museums and galleries from the renowned to the obscure with his many dear friends. He leaves a tremendous hole in the lives of all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his only sister and brother-in-law Peggy and Mike Askerman of Green Valley, Arizona.

Wendy Weitman, Diane Villani, Frank Green, Mee Hoe-Castleberry, Lesse Castleberry, LuRaye Tate



1. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, now online at http://thisisfabrik.com/peripheral-visions/

Jacki Apple has four new essays in her online column
Peripheral Visions: Perspectives on Performance Media and Culture.

#12 Performing Language: From Stage to Page November 13
It is about writer, performer, choreographer, filmmaker Jeff McMahon's compelling new book Six Monologues 1990-2007 and the challenges of transcription of language performed to a text on a page.

#11 Love Lost and the Enchantment of Objects November 2
Marsian DeLellis - Object of Her Affection

#10 LESSONS NOT LEARNED: Memorial for the Present October 8
Modern Hotel - KAMP

# 9 Looking, Seeing, Listening In The Blind Spots October 2
Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole - Blind Spot




2. Jenny Holzer, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, Nov. 13

Please visit this link:
Thank you.



3. Paul Zelevansky, FF Alumn, in the New York Times, Nov. 12, and more

The New York Times
November 12, 2018

To the Editor:

I agree with Nicholas Kristof that fulminating and threats from Democrats will be counterproductive in winning more elections. Where I find fault with his analysis is the claim that Democrats live in an elitist blue bubble and so misunderstand and disrespect voters in red states.

My friends, colleagues and family are all trying to do useful work and lead ethical lives, not sitting around sipping chardonnay at cocktail parties laughing at the real people in the imaginary heartland. That is a conservative version of political correctness that Republicans have been demagoguing for years.

Mr. Kristof would seem to be a good choice as someone who could open an honest discussion about what people in the red-state bubble don't understand about those in the blue.

Wherever we are, how do we live the lives that we do, and what are our biases and assumptions? Let me volunteer for that conversation.

Paul Zelevansky
New York


The theory that all knowledge is derived from sense experience.



PZ, November 2018



4. Dynasty Handbag, FF Alumn, at The New Museum, Manhattan, thru Jan. 6, 2019 and more

Shell Of A Woman
San Francisco
attend a lecture!
learn nothing!

November 17th - The Lab, San Francisco - tickets
November 18th - Show Thyself! WORKSHOP at The Lab - register
Shell of a Woman is Dynasty Handbag's expert powerpoint lecture on the "10 Greatest Works Of Art" according to the internet. Professor Bags will "explain" (make up lies) about the work's origins which naturally devolve into semi-autobiographical/insane narratives peppered with songs, dance numbers and psychedelic inner monologuing. For example, did you know that Picasso's Guernica is about animal rights activists setting free cows from a factory farm on the I5 and the subsequent rebellion of said cows against their liberators? and Jackson Pollock's famous sloppy wiggle paintings are representations of wild 90's pasta dishes that were served in a revolving restaurant in Time's Square?! - plus more true facts plus a tap dancing numbers to Black Sabbath's "The Wizard" plus the avante pirate classic "Yo Ho Ho It's The Artist Life For Me".

"A total nightmare" - Cole Escola


November 6th - January 6th - Dynasty Handbag Screen Series at The New Museum (free!)

December 2nd - WEIRDO NIGHT! With Julius Smack, Wizard Apprentice, Jennifer Vanilla - Zebulon - + more - tickets

December 15th - Shell of a Woman coming to The Hayworth Theater (aka Dynasty Typewriter!) Los Angeles - tickets

That is all for now. Thank you for reading, thank you for your support, thank you for not abandoning me because I expressed a need.



5. Laurie Anderson, Colette, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, FF Alumns, at Gucci Wooster Cinema, Manhattan, thru Dec. 6

GUCCI - WOOSTER presents
"STORIES from SOHO and ART/new york"
Shown continually at Gucci Wooster Cinema - 63 Wooster St. NYC
November 6, through December 6, 2018
Selections from interviews with the New York art community
Vignettes include - Forrest "Frosty" Myers (SOHO STORIES),
Alan Vega/Suicide,
Joan Semmel,
Alice Neel
Duane Hanson & John De Andrea,
Elizabeth Murray,
Robert Longo,
Jeff Koons,
Colette the Artist,
Cindy Sherman,
Colette & Sherman (SOHO STORIES),
Robert Mapplethorpe,
Laurie Anderson,
Expressionist Painting - Julian Schnabel, Lee Krasner, Malcolm Morley,
Mark Kostabi,
Paolo Bugiani & Mark Kostabi (SOHO STORIES), Phyllis Tuchman -
Aspects of Minimalism,
Jack Goldstein,
Kenny Scharf,
Chuck Close,
Eric Fischl,
Kiki Smith,
Joyce & Max Kozloff (SOHO STORIES),
Jean Michel Basquiat,
Walter Robinson (SOHO STORIES).

A graduate of the Yale School of Art, Paul Tschinkel, an artist and filmmaker, is a long time resident of SOHO. Over the years, Tschinkel has been an active member of the contemporary art community. He has been witness to, and involved in the many changes that have transformed SoHo, and it's artistic life over the years. He has shown his work at various SOHO galleries and participated in performances, exhibitions and events in lofts, theaters, and in the streets of SOHO. As an artist-turned video filmmaker, he recorded much of the art and music scene. And in 1974, after showing video pieces in galleries, he cablecast his and fellow artists' work, exhibitions, interviews, and the downtown scene on Manhattan Cable TV. "Paul Tschinkel's Inner-Tube", a weekly Sunday program, ran a decade, from 1974-84. A member of the art community since the 1970's, Tschinkel was affectionately referred to as 'Mayor of SOHO.'

Paul Tschinkel
Producer / Director
ART new york
138 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012




6. Betty Tompkins, FF Alumn, at P. P. O. W., Manhattan, thru Dec. 22

Betty Tompkins
Will She Ever Shut Up?
November 15 - December 22, 2018
Opening Reception: November 15, 6-8 PM

P.P.O.W is is pleased to present Will She Ever Shut Up? the gallery's second exhibition with Betty Tompkins, featuring new and historic work. Tompkins is a pioneering feminist artist, best known for her direct depiction of the female body, sexuality, and desire through paintings, drawings, photographs, and video works. The exhibition title comes from a phrase submitted as part of Tompkins' original Women Words project, which Tompkins worked on from 2002-2015, and serves as a poignant and humorous lens through which to grapple with the themes that Tompkins explores in her current exhibition.

The main room of the gallery will feature a new body of Women Words that Tompkins has created using pages torn from photography and art history books. The works feature phrases that Tompkins sourced from audience response cards from Tompkins' exhibitions at Flag Art Foundation and Gavlak Gallery. The responses yielded largely crude and sexual language about women. In these works, the text that Tompkins gathered is painted over well-known works from art history, obscuring the female figures. Created on paintings that span the Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century, this series variously features work by Brassäi, Richard Avedon, Jan van Eyck, Weegee, Bruce Davidson, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, subverting Western art historical narratives that, until recently, have focused almost exclusively on men's contributions. An additional group of paintings that combine image with text will also be on view.

The exhibition will also feature a series of Apologia works, an ongoing project where Tompkins paints verbatim apologies issued in response to accusations of sexual violence or harassment against women onto art historical images that were either created by or which depict women. The works feature paintings by a variety of artists throughout art history including Angelica Kauffmann, Judith Leyster, Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Caravaggio, and Raphael, among many others. The works are overlaid with apologies from art world figures like Chuck Close and Jens Hoffmann and pop culture figures such as R. Kelly and Mario Batali. One work, a reproduction of Caravaggio's Boy with a Basket of Fruit and Boy Bitten by a Lizard, features Matt Lauer's public statement after being fired from NBC, while another depicts Lucas Cranach the Elder's Judith with the Head of Holofernes with Charlie Rose's words painted over Holofernes' head.

The gallery's back room will feature a series of paintings created in the late 1970s and the early 1980s in response to a study at the time that showed that many high school students didn't recognize basic legal documents like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The works feature famous snippets of governing texts painted atop a meticulously painted grid of the word law repeated over and over. At a moment when basic human rights are being called into question by the government, the work offers a timely meditation on our current moment in society.

Betty Tompkins (b. 1945) lives and works in New York, NY, and Wayne County, PA. Recent solo exhibitions include Betty Tompkins, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland (2018); Betty Tompkins, Kunstraum Innsbrook, Insbrook, Austria (2017); Virgins, P.P.O.W (2017); WOMEN Words, Phrases, and Stories, Flag Art Foundation, New York (2016); Sex Works/WOMEN Words, Phrases and Stories, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Real Ersatz, FUG, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York (2015); Art Basel Feature, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Basel, Switzerland (2014); Paintings & Works on Paper 1972-2013, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL (2014); Woman Words, Dinter Fine Art, Project Room #63, New York (2013); Fuck Paintings, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (2012); New Work, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York (2009). Tompkins' work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including The Shell (LANDSCAPES, PORTRAITS & SHAPES), Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France (2014); A Drawing Show, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2014); CORPUS, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2014); A Chromatic Loss, Bortolami Gallery, New York (2014); Sunset and Pussy, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2013); Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011).

535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor
New York NY 10011
Tel: + 1 212 647 1044



7. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, at St. Agnes Library, Manhattan, Nov. 29, and more

Magie Dominic will be giving a reading on November 29 at 5:30pm at St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave, New York. She will be reading from her two memoirs from Wilfrid Laurier University Press.


and on December 15 she will be offering a one-day retreat at Mariandale Center near Croton-Harmon. The day will be from 9:30am to 5:30pm and include time for personal reflection, two writing workshops, lunch, sharing of work and snacks. Fee: $75.







8. Terry Berkowitz, FF Alumn, at Kunstraum, Brooklyn, thru Dec. 9, and more

ARMISTICE DAY, 2018, at Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ.curated by
Frontline Arts and Puffin Cultural Forum
November 10, 2018-January 18, 2019


Going Beyond
Curated by Hanna Schaich and Lena Marie Emrich
November 11- December 9
20 Grand Avenue, #509

All the best,




9. John Kelly, FF Alumn, fall news

How we've been navigating the creative life

John Kelly Performance Fall Newsletter - (or how I manifested the creative blessed unrest)

DOWN TO YOU: THE SONGS OF JONI MITCHELL (http://johnkellyperformance.org/wp2/projects-2/down-to-you-the-songs-of-joni-mitchell/) received 5 sold out performances at Joe's Pub during September and October. We tackled some new songs, and the audience responses were overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who came out for the shows, and special thanks to all who joined us for the benefit performance night on Sept. 19. John is pictured with pianist and music director Zecca Esquibel.

Work on Kelly's first graphic novel A FRIEND GAVE ME A BOOK (http://johnkellyperformance.org/wp2/projects-2/graphic-novel/) was completed during a summer residency at the MacDowell Colony. There are 174 10" x 10" mixed-media drawings on paper and linen-covered wood panels (graphite, oil pastel, gouache, colored pencil, wood-burning, sequins, acrylic paint, and oil paint) that are configured in pairs (including 2 triptychs). Next steps: find a publisher, and an exhibition space!

The film versions of THE DAGMAR ONASSIS STORY (1984), and THE MONA LISA (1983) were acquired by MOMA/The Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection. These film versions of live performances were directed by Anthony Chase & John Kelly. They were screened at MOMA in March as part of 'Spirit of the Eighties', Curated by Tessa Hughes-Freeland.

SIDEWAYS INTO THE SHADOWS (http://johnkellyperformance.org/wp2/projects-2/zero-conversion-working-title/) is a solo exhibition of a new body of visual artwork that was presented at Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project, during February and March. The exhibition then traveled to Real Artways in Hartford, CT.

The world premiere of TIME NO LINE (http://johnkellyperformance.org/wp2/performances/time-no-line/) ran February 22 - March 11. This performance work mined 40 years of journal writing to ignite deeply personal "live memoir", a solo performance with movement, video, song and live drawing.

T The New York Times Magazine article The Stars Who Got Their Start on the '80s New York Stage (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/t-magazine/broadway-1980s-actors-sarah-jessica-parker-willem-dafoe.html) featured John Kelly along with a host of acclaimed actors.

"These are the stars who got their start on the '80s New York stage. By the 1980s, the conventional acting ideology had been absorbed, filed away, and all that mattered was being smart. These actors knew the Meisner-influenced naturalism of New York's Neighborhood Playhouse and the elegant crispness of the British school, but they grew up in the 1970s when - after President Nixon and Vietnam - nobody believed in any kind of hegemony: American, theatrical or otherwise. So acting transformed in the 1980s into something post-Freudian and hypnotic, like Eric Fischl's paintings of that moment. Because in that era, being any kind of artist in New York meant you were living through the plague and you were one of its diarists. All shows, from the furthest reaches of the East Village (John Kelly at the Pyramid Club, playing a ravaged Mona Lisa) to the glitzy musicals ("La Cage aux Folles," starring Gene Barry) had the slight whiff of death. Death was this generation's teacher. These 21 extraordinary theatre actors came together and reminisced about their first big breaks on Broadway in the early 1980s."

Pictured: Standing, from left: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Stephen Bogardus, Michael Cerveris, Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, Elizabeth McGovern, Mia Katigbak, Kathy Bates, Mercedes Ruehl, Nathan Lane, John Kelly, Victor Garber, Ed Harris, Amanda Plummer and Cynthia Nixon. Seated, from left: Loretta Devine, Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Sir Pippin of Beanfield (Close's Havenese), Willem Dafoe, Joan Allen and LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Portrait by Neal Slavin.

We'd like to thank all the audiences, organizations, collaborators, funders and patrons who have supported these projects. These works could not happen without your involvement. You are all essential to both the process and the completed work.
Your donation makes the work of John Kelly Performance possible -

Donate Now (http://johnkellyperformance.org/wp2/donate/)



10. Graciela Cassel, FF Alumn, at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, Nov. 28

Dear Friends:
Save the date! We invite you Weds November 28 @ 8 PM
100 Flatbush Avenue. 2nd floor, Brooklyn, 11217

Julia Santoli presents the third and final work of her 2018 ISSUE residency with the premiere of a new work within her "Siren Sore" cycle: a mutant project of myriad form manifesting as visual project, recording album, and live performance through genre-crossing collaborations.

Santoli describes the work as retaining the narrative accessibility of song structures, but melding with the physical import of a collaborative, site-specific sonic approach. Through studying the transmission of body through voice, the "siren" emerges as a voice beyond the locus of capture or control -- an avenger of bodies transgressed.

The evening premieres "Oneiric receiver (((night throat)))" with glockenspielist Trevor Saint, staged in a landscape of neon and steel made by multimedia artist Graciela Cassel. The work is a ballad of sleepwalking slippage, apparitions through the night.

Julia Santoli is a Brooklyn-based artist and experimental musician. Creating immersive and precarious environments with voice, feedback, electronics, and installation, her work deals with intergenerational hauntings and reclamation through the body. She has presented solo and collaborative works at Queens Museum, Flux Factory, ISSUE Project Room, New York Live Arts, Judson Memorial Church, LUMP, Disjecta, Widow Jane Mine cave, GRACE Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory; as well as presented and taught workshops during a 5-month residency in Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE.

Graciela Cassel (born in Argentina) is a New York-based artist. She received an MA in Studio Art from NYU (2012) and a MFA from SVA(2014). She is a multimedia artist whose work in the past three years has been inspired by rivers and ocean, as well as clouds. Cassel has exhibited internationally with paintings, etchings, and videos. Her videos received 14 awards and they were selected for inclusion in 32 film festivals. Her latest installation "Dreaming Clouds and Cloud Machine" was presented at the Museo del Barrio show at SVA (2017).

Trevor Saint plays the glockenspiel. He performs the first solo works for the extended-range instrument, and improvises wildly with the instrument's extreme offerings. Trevor performs in the duos Skewed and Such (Jeff Herriott, laptop) and Tanngrisnir (Christopher Burns, electric guitar), with the duo Tongue Depressor (Henry Birdsey/Zach Rowden, fiddles), and in the Ever Present Orchestra.

Copyright (c) 2018 Graciela Cassel, All rights reserved.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller