Friday, September 21, 2007

Ben Gembler

Hello,

Although I’m on the periphery of the issue, I must say that I’ve enjoyed having the gallery and the creativity, color and excitement of the shows that have come there. We need that in Syracuse. It’s fresh, it’s exciting and it’s unique. It would be a shame if Ms. Suparak’s departure had something to do with this. Keeping the quality content of exhibitions should remain in gallery restructuring plans.


Thank you,

Ben Gembler

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BACKGROUND

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.