Franklin Furnace and the Spirit of the Avant-Garde (Book)

A History of the Future

Franklin Furnace is a renowned New York-based arts organization that preserves, documents and presents works of avant-garde art by emerging artists. This book shows its comprehensive history from conception to the present. It intersperses first-person narratives with readings by artists and scholars on issues critical to the organization’s success.

Category: Visual Arts

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Franklin Furnace is a renowned New York–based arts organization whose mission is to preserve, document and present works of avant-garde art by emerging artists – particularly those whose works may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect or politically unpopular content. Over more than thirty years, Franklin Furnace has exhibited works by hundreds of avant-garde artists, some of whom – Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, Karen Finley, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Jenny Holzer and the Blue Man Group, to name a few – are now established names in contemporary art.

Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive history of this remarkable organization from its conception to the present. Organized around the major art genres that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century, this book intersperses first-person narratives with readings by artists and scholars on issues critical to the organization's success as well as Franklin Furnace's many contributions to avant-garde art.

Toni Sant is a lecturer in performance and creative technologies at the University of Hull's School of Arts and New Media.

Introduction

Chapter 1: Franklin Furnace: A Timeline

Chapter 2: A Long Conversation with Martha Wilson

Chapter 3: Broadcasting Artists’ Ideas

Chapter 4: Virtually Live

Chapter 5: Preserving the Avant-Garde

Chapter 6: Franklin Furnace Publications

A fascinating and comprehensive read

Carmen Szabo, Studies in Theatre and Performance
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