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Fri 10.21.2016

Art, Politics and Cities in Transition: Culture Beyond Profit

When: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM FRIDAY, ARCHTOBER 21

Where: At The Center   

The Art, Politics and Cities in Transition is a two day symposium that 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.

Featuring speakers from a range of fields (art, architecture, urban planning, ecology, economics, political science, education), the program at the Center for Architecture will report on earlier exchanges organized by CLUSTER in Cairo, while opening new avenues of debate regarding the impact of art and creative industries on their surrounding neighborhoods and local communities; urgent challenges to public space in times of conflict and climate chaos; and the potential of creative place making.


Friday October 21: Art, Politics, Cities in Transition: Culture Beyond Profit
1:00 pm
Welcome and Introduction
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: learning How to Build and Resist
Stephen Duncombe, Center for Artistic Activism
Steve Lambert, Center for Artistic Activism
Cynthia Clabough, SUNY Oswego
Nitasha Dhillon, MTL
Amin Husain, MTL
Moderator: 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, Harriet's Apothecary
2:45 pm
Dialog: Creative Commonwealth – Linking Land Trusts to Cultural Production
Caroline Woolard, artist and educator
Christopher Robbins, Associate Professor, School of Art+Design, Purchase College, SUNY; artist, Ghana Think Tank
Moderator: Margy Waller, Senior Fellow, 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
Andrea Frank, Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz
Meredith TenHoor, Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
Moderator: Lisa Jean Moore, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Purchase College, SUNY
Organized by: Purchase College and CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training, and Environmental Research)
Cost: Free
RSVP: RSVP using the form to the right. To learn more and RSVP for day 2, click here.
More Information: Click here or email
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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