Saturday, September 29, 2007

Lonnie Chu: Oct 1 Support and Coffee

Hello, friends and neighbors,

This coming Monday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m., a bunch of people will gather in front of City Hall to meet each other, drink some delicious coffee donated by Cafe Kubal (Eastwood) and show support for Astria Suparak, the curator of the Warehouse Gallery who was recently fired for vague reasons. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for her and a unified expression of admiration for her work, from all over the United States and even abroad, as well as outrage that Syracuse could lose her so quickly. She's only been here a year, yet there's been an explosion of public art in that time and her showings are bringing *positive* international attention to Syracuse and upstate in general. To lose her puts us in worse shape than we were in before she was here, for even though it was just one person at the university who fired her, booting such a professional and talented woman reflects on an entire city that until this year has been seen as somewhat of a cultural backwater.

Fortunately and laudably, the City of Syracuse has gone through with a previously expected appointment of Astria, with others, to the Public Arts Commission. There will be a reception put on by the City at 10:00 a.m. inside City Hall so that the public might meet all of the members of the Public Arts Commission.

You can learn more about the issues at and at And if you can't make it at 9:30 Monday morning, please send in a warm body - or anyone you know who supports the arts in Syracuse.

I hope I can see some of you then!


Lonnie Chu

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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.