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Art, Politics, and Cities in Transition

Art, Politics, Cities in Transition explores the role of art and creative industries in urban regeneration. Organized by Purchase College, State University of New York and CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training, and Environmental Research), the symposia looks to several international and local case studies in an effort to examine the politics of urban revitalization and its relationship to gentrification, securitization, real estate development, exploring how artists, designers, activists imagine oppositional alternatives to culture-driven economic development.

With participants:

Davarian Baldwin, Jamie Bennett, Center for Artistic Activism (Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert), Cynthia Clabough, CLUSTER (Omar Nagati and Beth Stryker), Teddy Cruz, Arlene Davila, Andrea Frank, Jerold Kayden, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Lisa Jean Moore, MTL+ (Nitasha Dhillon and Amin Husain), Sara Reisman, Christopher Robbins (Ghana Think Tank), Meredith TenHoor, Nato Thompson, Hakan Topal, Adaku Utah, Margy Waller, Caroline Woolard, Woodbine NYC (Stephanie Wakefield, Glenn Dyer, and Clark Fitzgerald)

October, 21 – 22, 2016, 1 – 5 pm

Center for Architecture
Edgar A. Tafel Hall
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

SCHEDULE

Art, Politics, Cities in Transition: Culture beyond Profit

Friday, October 21, 2016

1:00 pm | Welcome and introductions

1:15 pm | Provocation: UniverCities: Higher Education and the New Management of Urban Space and Capital, Davarian Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College

1:30 pm | Discussion: Collective knowledge, Center for Artistic Activism (Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert), Cynthia Clabough, SUNY Oswego, MTL+ (Nitasha Dhillon and Amin Husain), moderated by Sara Reisman, Artistic Director, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

2:30 pm | Provocation: Weaving Interdependence for the Sake of Liberation, Adaku Utah, artist, healer, founder and director of Harriet’s Apothecary.

2:45 pm | Dialog: Creative Commonwealth – Linking Land trusts to Cultural Production, a conversation between Caroline Woolard, artist and educator, and Christopher Robbins, Ghana Think Tank and Associate Professor, School of Art+Design, Purchase College, SUNY and Ghana Think Tank, moderated by Margy Waller, Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership

3:45 pm | Provocation: The Ruins of Deep Time, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

4:00 pm | Discussion: Ruined Cities – reconsidering economic development through the Anthropocene, Woodbine NYC, Andrea Frank, Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz, Meredith TenHoor, Associate Professor, Pratt Institute, moderated by Lisa Jean Moore, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Purchase College, SUNY

Art, Politics, Cities in Transition: Public Space and Creative Placemaking

Saturday, October 22, 2016

1:00 pm | Welcome and Introduction
Carol Loewenson, President AIANY
Thomas J. Schwarz, President, Purchase College, SUNY
Don Chen, Equitable Development, Ford Foundation

1:30 pm | Panel: Whose Public Space? International case studies, CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training, and Environmental Research) Omar Nagati & Beth Stryker, Jerold Kayden, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Teddy Cruz, UCSD; Director, UCSD Center for Urban Ecologies; Co-Director, Civic Innovation Lab, City of San Diego, moderated by Hakan Topal, Assistant Professor of New Media and Art+Design, Purchase College, SUNY

3:30 pm | Panel: Creative Placemaking: Art as a catalyst for urban development, Jamie Bennett, Executive Director ArtPlace America, Nato Thompson, Artistic Director, Creative Time, Arlene Davila, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, NYU, moderated by Margy Waller, Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

To RSVP for the October 21 event, register here.

To RSVP for the October 22 event, register here.

For additional information contact Steven.Lam at purchase.edu.

The Art, Politics, Cities in Transition symposium builds on a dialogue begun in Cairo by CLUSTER through the Creative Cities: Reframing Downtown conference, held in association with the American University in Cairo in partnership with the Research Foundation of the State University of New York. The program hosted by the Center for Architecture is funded by Ford Foundation and the Network of Excellence in the Arts and Humanities by the State University of New York.

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