Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Nancy Cantor

[ a newer automatic response from the Chancellor ]

Dear xxxxx,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me about the Warehouse Gallery.

As you may know, I am a strong supporter of the Warehouse Gallery and have been since the idea was originated more than two years ago. I believe it is one of Syracuse University's most critical resources in our efforts to engage the community through the arts.

As Chancellor, I look forward to the continuing dialogue among the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC), the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and our arts community about how we can continue to make the Warehouse Gallery a critical venue for our arts community and contemporary art.

I hope you understand that I cannot comment specifically on what is a confidential personnel matter at the Warehouse Gallery. I have asked Jeffrey Hoone, executive director of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers, to more fully respond to your concerns as I trust his leadership and this is a departmental personnel issue. I have copied him on this e-mail to facilitate his quick response to you.

Cordially,

Nancy Cantor

1 comment:

Cooper Battersby said...

"A great university should be agile—not arrogant. It should take a lesson
from the arts, being wary of the double-edged sword of expertise, wary of
believing that what we know is right. "

--Nancy Cantor speech at the MOMA January 24 2005

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BACKGROUND

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.