Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Caspar Stracke

Dear Mr Hoone, Ladies / Sirs

I am certainly aware of the fact that by now, eight days after Ms. Suparak's last official day in the Warehouse Gallery and endless chain of emails and discussions you certainly will have stopped reading any further email regarding this case.

Nonetheless, I feel obligated to send this mail. Here is a distant voice from South Korea where Astria Suparak's curatorial work is known. And I hope this geological distance underlines the dimension which this case has now taken. I appeal to Mr Hoone to re-consider his decision, after realizing what a strong international support stands behind Ms Suparak, an extraordinary curator and important creative force for Syracuse University and the region.


Prof. Caspar Stracke
Department of Design, office: B/D 6-302
P.O. Box 18, Ulsan, 680-749, Korea

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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.