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Sept. 24, 2009 

Artist and Parsons the New School for Design lightning rod Coco Fusco [see "Artnet News," Apr. 3, 2009] has assembled an impressive symposium to introduce her new "Intermedia Initiative" in the Parsons School of Art Media and Technology. "Human Rights and Human Wrongs: Performance and Politics in Guatemala," takes place on Oct. 3, 2009, 2-6 pm, at the Sheila Johnson Design Center at Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. The event features Guatemalan artists Regina Galindo, Anibal Lopez (aka A-1 53167) and David Perez, along with art historian Johanna Burton, NYU performance studies scholar Jill Lane, New School cultural theorist Silvia Vega-Llona and National Security Archive senior analyst Kate Doyle.

All three artists are performing elsewhere in New York around the time of the symposium. Galindo, who won a Golden Lion at the 2005 Venice Biennale, is opening a retrospective of her work at Exit Art on Oct. 2, and is scheduled to lecture at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute on Sept. 29. Perez is presenting Túmulos, a new work involving ten performers, at Exit Art on Oct. 3. And Lopez is staging a new work in the Wall Street area of Manhattan on Oct. 1.

Spanish art lovers get their first viewing this month of a monographic exhibition of paintings by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), with the presentation at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid of "Fantin-Latour 1836-1904," Sept. 29, 2009-Jan. 10, 2010. The exhibition, which is co-organized with the Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, where it has already appeared, includes 70 paintings, drawings and prints, selected by Vincent Pomarède, curator at the Musée du Louvre. For more info, see

Robert Frank
’s Cocksucker Blues, his famously suppressed 1972 documentary film of the Rolling Stones on tour, recently celebrated in these pages by Charlie Finch [see "Sockcucker Blues," Sept. 22, 2009], makes an appearance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the exhibition there, "Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans," Sept. 22, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010. Cocksucker Blues is due to be screened on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 24, at 2:30 pm, in the museum’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, as part of a series of screenings of four Frank films (including Pull My Daisy from 1959, Me and My Brother from 1965-68, and Candy Mountain from 1987). Single tickets are $15.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, now starting its 25th year of grant-making, has announced 125 grants totaling $2,093,140 to individual artists and arts organizations for fiscal 2008-09 (that’s an average of about $16,000). Grants are awarded to professional visual artists internationally, based on dual criteria of artistic merit and financial need. For more info, see

The individual winners for ’08-09: Jane Adams, Elise Adibi, Sam Ainsley, Adela Akers, Jonathan Allen, Md. Anisuzzaman, Rick Araluce, Jan Baracz, Jack Beal, Susan Benaricik, Eva Berendes, Joseph Biel, Rosalyn Bodycomb, Claudia Borgna, Jennifer Bornstein, Joan Carney, Dave Caudill, Lishan Chang, Carmen Cicero, Charles Clough, William Conger, Diana Cooper, Nancy Craig, Bill Creston, Maureen Cummins, Priscila De Carvalho, Hank De Ricco, Blane De St. Croix, Donna Dennis, Antonina Denysyuk, Markus Draper, Anindita Dutta, Yizhak Elyashiv, Lilly Fenichel, Kendra Ferguson, Mary Frank, John Franklin, Jeff Gauntt, Mark Grieve, Keith Hale, Mary Hambleton, Susan Hauptman, Richard Hennessy, Charles Hinman, Herbert Hinteregger, Pud Houstoun, Pang-Chieh Hsu, Kay Hwang, Esuko Ichikawa, Inge Jakobsen, Paul Jansen, Nicholas Jolly, Darina Karpov, Wade Kavanaugh, Ken Kelly, Tamara Kostianovsky, Anthony Drauss, Julia Kunin, Olawole Lagunju, Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Greg Lindquist, A. Mitchell Long, Jake Longstreth, Tea Makipaa, Knox Martin, Gregory Masurovsky, Joshua Meyer, Elizabeth Meyersohn, Frane Mlinar, Chuck Moffit, Stephen Mueller, Lydia Musco, Lynn Newcomb, John Newman, Roni Nicholson, Hedy O’Beil, Edgar Orlaineta, Rachel Owens, Mia Pearlman, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Nick Perret, Ben Pranger, Sebastian Preece, Raha Raissnia, Hunter Reynolds, Aurora Robson, Volf Roitman, Mel Rosas, Joan Rzadkiewicz, Paul Santoleri, Carri Scanga, L. Aili Schmeltz, Peter Schroth, Alex Schweder, Steve Smulka, Jane South, Bethany Springer, Miha Strukelj, Terry Thompson, Roy Thurston, Annie Varnot, Marlene Vine, Sarah Wagner, Randall Walker, Joan Waltemath, Lucia Warck Meister, Lorraine Weglarz, Jordan West, Lisa Zwerling.

Franklin Sirmans
, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection in Houston, has been appointed as curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, effective Jan. 1, 2010. Sirmans’ official title is Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art. In his new post, Sirmans is expected to "reach outside of traditional visual art parameters into music, performance and popular culture," and also to use his editorial experience -- he was an editor for Flash Art -- to strengthen the museum’s publishing initiatives. 

Sirmans is the latest member of a new curatorial team at LACMA, which includes Britt Salvesen as curator of photography and prints and drawings; Christine Kim as associate curator of contemporary art; Edward Robinson as associate curator of photography; and Elizabeth Williams as assistant curator in decorative arts and design.

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