253 East Houston Street
New York City, NY
February 26 – March 1, 2015
In conjuntion with the final presentation of the exhibition Martha Wilson in New York, Martha Wilson and ICI have organized a series of performances, which capture the spirit of Franklin Furnace as a physical space. The program will take place at Participant Inc. in lower Manhattan from February 26 – March 1, 2015. It includes live works by Michael Smith (who will re-create a version of Baby Ikki he presented at Franklin Furnace in 1978), Coco Fusco (a Franklin Furnace alum presenting a recent work), a day of screenings of Franklin Furnace alumni from each decade, and a day of improvisational / in-progress performances hosted by Clifford Owens inspired by typical Sunday events at Franklin Furnace.
Franklin Furnace has served the local, national and international community of activist artists—artists who have addressed urgent subjects such as war, poverty, disease, racism, sexism, and homophobia. In 1976, artist Martha Wilson founded Franklin Furnace in Lower Manhattan as a primary source for producing and mediating works vulnerable to neglect due to lack of institutional support, ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. Until 1996, when it moved online to its current digital platform, Franklin Furnace occupied a Tribeca storefront space presenting historical and contemporary exhibitions of artists’ books as well as temporary installation and performance art to the public.
In 2011, Independent Curators International (ICI) organized the international touring exhibition Martha Wilson, which took Wilson out of New York and paired her with hosting curators to further explore the ideas behind her work and the history of Franklin Furnace. This exhibition returns to New York City for a grand finale in 2015 at NYU Fales Library and Pratt Manhattan Gallery.
Thursday, February 26
Friday, February 27
Franklin Furnace Screenings
Featuring Julia Heyward, Ericka Beckman, Deborah Edmeades, and Zachary Drucker
(videos on rotation throughout the day)
Saturday, February 28
Performances hosted by Clifford Owens
Featuring Amanda Alfieri, Wilmer Wilson IV, Kris Grey + Rafael Sanchez
Sunday, March 1
Pratt Manhattan Gallery and NYU Fales Library exhibition
February 20 - April 30, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
NYU Fales Library 5-7PM
Pratt Manhattan Gallery 6-8PM
Karen Finley, professor, Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, leads her students in an evening of performance, video and installation.
Thursday, March 12
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 6:30-9PM
Pratt Manhattan Panel
Wednesday, April 22 6:30PM