Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Carl Diehl

It's incredibly disappointing and frustrating to hear that Astria
Suparak has been dismissed from her position at the Warehouse gallery.
Born and raised in Syracuse, I earned my BFA in Art Video at SU in
2000 before moving to the West Coast. As an undergrad, there was a
frustrating lack of opportunities and spaces for contemporary art
exhibits. Scattered DIY events never seemed to generate enough
momentum. It's been exciting to watch (from afar) the growing
contemporary arts presence in Syracuse over the last several years.
When I heard Suparak was going to be the Warehouse director, I was
very excited for Syracuse. I'd been impressed by her programs at
screenings elsewhere, and was certain that her enthusiastic efforts
would accelerate the Syracuse scene. From the acres of outrage
accumulated, it's obvious that the Syracuse community has similar
feelings. Suparak's dismissal is as unfortunate as it is unfathomable

Carl Diehl

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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.