Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Karyn Riegel

To the administration of The Warehouse Gallery

I am shocked and deeply disappointed to learn that curator Astria
Superak has been fired from her position at the Warehouse Gallery. I
have followed her programming avidly since she began working with the
Warehouse Gallery, and I know I am not alone is attesting that her
innovative work was largely responsible for putting Syracuse on the
cultural map. Her dismissal is a tremendous blow to the central New
York arts community, and a great loss to all of us who appreciate Ms
Superak's unique curatorial vision.

I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Superak in NY at media
exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and Anthology Film
Archives nearly 9 years ago. Even at this early stage in her career,
Ms Superak demonstrated a consummate professionalism that earned
deserved respect from her peers and from the artists she worked with.
Her curatorial projects are consistently innovative and raise
important questions. Rather than propose a didactic position, Ms
Superak's curatorial approach creates an opening for questioning and
debate, which is the perfect approach for a University gallery.

Ms. Superak's dismissal will seriously discredit the Warehouse Gallery
within the US arts community in years to come. I truly hope the
administration has the foresight to reverse this decision.

Karyn Riegel

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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.