Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Annie MacDonell


Jeffrey Hoone, Executive Director, CMAC,
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor,
Eric Spina, Vice Chancellor/Provost,
Carole Brzozowski, Dean of CVPA,

I am writing in support of Astria Suparak. As I am uninvolved in the affairs
of the gallery, and as I do not live in Syracuse, I don't know much about
the circumstances of her dismissal. But it mustn't have anything to do with
her competence, professionalism or creative vision, as all my experiences
and exchanges with Suparak have proved her to be highly capable in those

Some of my work was include in the show Faux Naturel, in 2006. I have
followed the programming at the gallery with great interest since then.
Suparak's curatorial concerns are consistently relevant and intriguing. It
seems a terrible shame to halt her work now, when she has done so much, of
such high quality, in the little time that she has been at work there so

The Warehouse Gallery has becoming the kind of institution of contemporary
art that is worth watching in the short time that Suparak has been there. I
understand that it is also a significant contributor to the art world of
Syracuse as well. If that is true than it is Suparak and her staff that have
made it such. Please reconsider your decision.

Thank you,
Annie MacDonell
Toronto, ON, Canada

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Syracuse has lost one its greatest assets. Astria Suparak, Inaugural Director of The Warehouse Gallery of Syracuse University, was removed from her position as of Sept. 30th, 2007, despite widespread support from community members, students, faculty, and the international art community. This decision was made unilaterally by Jeffrey Hoone, Executive Director of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC).

At the time of Suparak's dismissal, Hoone also canceled her forthcoming exhibitions, including "Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men," due to open in November 2007.