Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Daniel Barrow

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to express my disappointment upon hearing the news that Astria
Suparak has been asked to leave her position at the Warehouse Gallery.

I first met Ms. Suparak at the University of Manitoba where she had stopped
as part of an impressive tour across North America with a curatorial program
of exciting, new video work. Though few students had heard of Astria before,
the screening room was packed. Astria is tapped into the concerns and
interests of young artists and this was made evident in her curatorail
decisions and press materials.

I have since worked with Astria as an artist represented in a couple of her
touring video programs. These programs also toured extensively. Astria has
worked, seemingly tirelessly, to distribute and promote the work of young
exciting new artists – often these are artists who were driven entirely by
creativity and enthusiasm without any commercial participation in the art

I was invited to perform last March at the Warehouse Gallery, and Astria was
a professional and exciting host. I fear U of Syracuse will regret their
decision to let such an ambitious and creative visionary leave their
institution. Ms Suparak's work is consequential and important. Please
reconsider this decision.


Daniel Barrow

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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.