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Your Bank of America

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 9:24 AM

This press release, which just appeared in my Inbox and is appended fully below, would indicate that the Yes Men and/or fellow activists have once again spoofed the corporate oligarchy, this time with a bogus Bank of America website that foregrounds general public dissatisfaction with current banking practices and features a letter from the CEO in which he solicits public suggestions on how banking should be run: "We want to make sure the American people are well positioned to assert control and implement changes in the direction of banking, in the eventuality that such control becomes feasible.”

Herewith the entire text of the press release, received 24 minutes ago:


Bank of America Corporation has added a news release to its Newsroom.

Bank of America Announces “Your Bank of America” Campaign, Partnership with Taxpayers to Revamp U.S. Banking

Date(s): 18-Apr-2012 9:00 AM

As future clouds, opportunities arise for public synergy

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 18, 2012-- Bank of America today announced the launch of an unprecedented campaign to reach out to the American public for guidelines on how banking should happen. The campaign, Your Bank of America (, leverages the American public’s disaffection with today’s banking practices into a full suite of real banking solutions.

FREE ARTS NYC ANNUAL ART AUCTION Monday April 23 EYEBEAM 540 West 21st St 7-10 pm


Monday, April 23, 2012

540 West 21st Street

7 - 10 PM

To purchase tickets:

From April 13 -22, preview the art and bid on Paddle 8:

PAPER VIEW 2012, Benefit Party and Silent Auction for Manhattan Graphics Center at Bohemian National Hall, April 17, 6 - 9 pm

Benefit Party and Silent Auction

April 17, 6 - 9 pm


Event exhibition preview:
April 16, 10am - 5pm
April 17, 10am - 3pm

Benefit party with silent auction:
April 17, 6 - 9 pm

Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York City

The Von Show: even if you never look at art in bars

In a season marked by the Whitney Biennial, with art fairs and benefits for non-profit art organizations in great profusion, with the blandishments of high toned connoisseurship spiced with high octane commerce, with Spring in the air and Winter never really having arrived, with a powerful burgeoning thirst for the eternal verities, what could be better than an art show hung in a local watering hole, an exhibition that hopefully combines the hip with the possibility of a nip?

Such seems to be the rationale of local kneipe VON when they brought in artist/musician/polymath Emil Memon to organize a show during Armory Week. They were not alone in their attempts to end run the business and the busy-ness of art during this crowded moment. VON is down the street from Salon Zurcher, which provided a compact alternative to Armory hoopla by showcasing seven women artists from seven galleries. And VON is just a few blocks from both the Spring/Break "curator-driven art fair" in the Old School at Mott and Prince and also the second edition of BHQF's Brucennial, which gathered the work of 500 artists in a former theater at Bleecker and Sullivan.

Like all of these modest, downtown, indigenous and socially integrated projects, The Von Show happily avers that History is Made at Night. It goes to bat for the home team, but with an international roster of artists that provides an object lesson in "think globally, act locally."

Thomas Lee Murrin (February 8, 1939 - March 12, 2012)

Thomas Lee Murrin (February 8, 1939 - March 12, 2012)

Tom Murrin, 2008. Photo by Joseph O. Holmes

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of performance artist and writer Thomas Lee Murrin who, surrounded by his wife Patricia and friends, died on March 12, 2012 of complications from cancer. He was 73.

Tom Murrin created non-traditional theater as both the Alien Comic and then later as Jack Bump and tirelessly supported generations of younger artists. Tom will be missed not only by his family and friends, but also by the greater New York performance community who celebrates Tom’s humorous, heartfelt artistry and shares his passion for non-traditional theater created freely and without restrictions.

PS 122 Spring Gala 2012 at St. Ann's Warehouse, DUMBO, Brooklyn, Thursday March 15, 6 pm

*** R.I.P. Tom Murrin 1939 - 2012 ***


Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Ann's Warehouse
38 Water St., DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

6 PM Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres with DJ JOHNNY DYNELL
7:30 PM Performance
9PM Dessert & silent auction
10:30 PM Afterparty at SUPERFINE

Sponsorships from $25,000 - $1,500
Single tickets from $350

Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information or assistance
Lori Vroegindewey
212.477.5829 ext. 302

Rehearsal for a review of the 2012 Whitney Biennial

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Omnipresence, Overdrive

Elisabeth Sussman at the media preview (speaking for herself and co-curator Jay Sanders): "We share a common problem. We know exactly what we want to do, and we want to do everything all the time.”

Everything is just about as hard to do as Nothing. Together they form a daunting dialectic, a binary of either total presence or total absence, total immersion or total negation, the one essentially necessitating its opposite. It seems a reasonable starting point for the alternate filling/emptying of a museum with images, sounds, light and action. With an emphasis on exploration and process, on film programs for each artist screened for one week, dance companies in residence for two weeks, itinerant musical and fashion performers, a polymorphous pursuit of recombinant activity, the 2012 Biennial exists on the heady continuum of Be Here Now/Be Here Never/Be Here Always. It's the Baba Ram Dass of exhibitions and would happily Catalog the Whole Earth if you let it. With artwork that generously bleeds into realms of the organic, the scientific and the encyclopedic, this Biennial is also the closest in recent memory to connote a contemporary Wunderkammer.

Hoax Whitney 2012 site claims Biennial has severed ties with Sotheby's, Deutsche Bank

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ersatz Whitney 2012 website now online, announcing the Biennial's break with corporate sponsors Sotheby's and Deutsche Bank.

The 2012 Whitney Biennial held a well attended media preview today and also allowed Sotheby's auction house, one of the exhibition's major corporate sponsors, to host a private preview reception this evening.

Also today, a hoax website appeared online,, seemingly a direct intervention by art hacktivists, possibly the Yes Men or Arts and Labor, a “working group” of Occupy Wall Street.

It announces that the Biennial has broken ties with both Sotheby's and another corporate sponsor, Deutsche Bank, and returned their money. Reasons cited are the lockout of unionized art handlers and secondary market speculation by Sotheby's, and mortgage fraud by Deutsche Bank.

WikiLeaks publishes over five million e-mails from "global intelligence" company Stratfor, includes Yes Men/Bhopal material

Feb. 27, 2012

Dow pays "strategic intelligence" firm to spy on Yes Men and grassroots activists. Takeaway: movement is on the right track!

WikiLeaks begins to publish today over five million e-mails obtained by Anonymous from "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails, which reveal everything from sinister spy tactics to an insider trading scheme with Goldman Sachs (see below), also include several discussions of the Yes Men and Bhopal activists. (Bhopal activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India, that led to thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting environmental damage.)

Many of the Bhopal-related emails, addressed from Stratfor to Dow and Union Carbide public relations directors, reveal concern that, in the lead-up to the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, the Bhopal issue might be expanded into an effective systemic critique of corporate rule, and speculate at length about why this hasn't yet happened—providing a fascinating window onto what at least some corporate types fear most from activists.

A Taste of Greenwich House, Metropolitan Pavilion, Monday, March 12, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

On Monday, March 12, 2012, Greenwich House hosts the 10th Annual “A Taste of Greenwich House” event, presented by the Paul Singer Family Foundation. Top restaurants and chefs from around New York City will donate their services to support GH's wide variety of art and urban social service programs.

“A Taste of Greenwich House” once again returns to the 17,000 square-foot Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in the Flatiron District of New York City. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the celebration continues until 9:30 pm.

Guests will enjoy a variety of cuisine from around NYC as they support the critical programs of Greenwich House, including GH Pottery, the GH Music School, plus help for victims of child abuse, medical care for home-bound seniors, support for those living with HIV and AIDS, a substance abuse program, health and mental health programs, and many other vital social services.

For tickets or sponsorship please contact Hannah Read at or 212-991-0003 x 401. To purchase tickets online:

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