Thursday, September 27, 2007

Zoe Beloff

Dear Jeffrey Hoone,

Just to introduce myself. I am an Assistant Professor at Queens College in New York. I am also a filmmaker and artist. The reason I am writing to you is that I just heard that Astria Suparak has just been dismissed from her position at the Warehouse Gallery and that you are personally responsible for this dismissal.

Frankly I was shocked to hear this. I have known Astria in her capacity as curator both of video and of art for many years now. She is a really interesting, lively and motivated young arts professional. Clearly she was raising the profile of Syracuse in the arts community all over this country. She was doing important work. I would have thought that you would applaud Astria not dismissed her.

From a purely selfish perspective I was just about to contact her and ask if she might be interested in looking at a new body of work I am completing. In light of what has just happened I wouldn't consider contacting the Warehouse gallery.

I sincerely ask that you reconsider and reinstate Astria Surparak,

Yours truly,

Zoe Beloff


Zoe Beloff
"What CAN be shown CANNOT be said" L.W.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great resource!



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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.