Monday, October 1, 2007

Stephen Vitiello

September 26, 2007

To whom it may concern: it's come to my attention through numerous
channels that Astria Suparak is being laid off from her position as
gallery director. I've known Astria through professional channels
for close to 15 years. I was incredibly happy to hear that she was
serving the university through this important position. Astria has
been a unique and important curator as long as I've known her. Her
exhibitions are exciting, challenging and well researched. I
absolutely believe she is someone who is very conscious of the
cutting edge of contemporary art but also the right person to make
this work accessible and comprehensive. While I'm not aware of the
politics that have gone on behind the scene I can only say that her
being "let go" is disappointment to the entire field and it must be
a blow to your local community in Syracuse. As an artist included in
the Networked Nature exhibition I was treated professionally and
with care. If there is any reference I can offer or additional
letter of support, please let me know.


Stephen Vitiello,
Media Artist
Assistant Professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University
Archivist, The Kitchen, NYC

Clayton to Hoone

Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 12:26:32 -0700 (PDT)
From:"David Clayton"
Subject: Two Questions
To:"Jeff Hoone"


I have two questions regarding the changes at the Warehouse Gallery.

First, I understand that you chaired the rather large, 9 member of search committee that hired Astria Suparak as Director of the Warehouse Gallery. Were any of the other committee members given prior notice or consulted in the decision of Ms. Suparak's termination? Will this search committee be reconvened to choose the new Director of the Warehouse Gallery?

Second, who will became the Interim Director of the Warehouse Gallery in Ms. Suparak's absence? I have heard that SUArt Galleries will take charge of the programming and eventually absorb the Warehouse Gallery. Is the Warehouse Gallery becoming another venue for the University's lackluster art collection?

Remaining Hopeful,

David Clayton
Syracuse University MFA, 2007


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.