Toni Sant is back at the National Museum of Fine Arts! This time around he shall be presenting his international publication to the Maltese public … exclusively at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The discussion panel shall include media presenter and art conoisseur Charles Xuereb, artist Vince Briffa and the museum’s Senior Curator Sandro Debono.
Ever heard about Franklin Furnace? Franklin Furnace is a renowned New York-based arts organizationwhose mission is to preserve, document, and present works of avantgarde art by emerging artists – particularly those whose works maybe vulnerable due to institutional neglect or politically unpopular content. Over more than thirty years, Franklin Furnace has presented works by hundreds of avant-garde artists, some of whom – Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, Eric Bogosian, Jenny Holzer, Karen Finley,Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Annie Sprinkle, and the Blue Man Group, to name a few – are now established names in contemporary art and entertainment.
This publication is a first ever comprehensive history of this remarkable organization from its conception to the present. Organized around the context of the major art genres that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century – artists’ books, live art, and digital performance – this book intersperses first-person narratives with empirical observations on issues critical to the organization’s success as well as Franklin Furnace’s many contributions to avant-garde art.
Toni Sant is Director of Research at the University of Hull’s School of Arts and New Media in Scarborough, United Kingdom. He has also lectured about performance and new media at New York University and the University of Malta. For more see http://www.tonisant.com