Thursday, September 27, 2007

Kipp Whittaker

Dear Jeff,

From what I’ve gathered from the blog and other sources, the reason for this decision is based on a difference in vision for the aesthetic future of the Warehouse Gallery. What this situation has shown the community and faculty is that you have a different aesthetic vision than the majority of people who wish to support Astria's endeavors here in Syracuse. As many people have stressed there has been no concrete reason made public for this decision, not even for Astria who is the conduit of this frustrating mess. So this is the explanation the community receives, nothing more. At least hold a meeting between you and those who feel differently about this situation. Please stop hiding behind your vague script and give the faculty and the students some real reasons behind your decision. Help us to understand your position, because ultimately the position of the majority, the people who this decision directly effects, want Astria to continue being a positive asset to such a fragile territory. I hope this whole mess also shows everyone that an art scene is not just one person working their butt off to make things interesting, which I feel Astria has most certainly done. It requires participation from everyone to show support, especially when something as unfortunate as this happens.


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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.