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Re: “Miller Gallery director Astria Suparak removed as CMU plans "new direction" for gallery

It is mind blowing that CMU would let Suparak go. She made the Miller Gallery one of the most exciting and interesting art spaces in the country. Her shows made visitors think critically about the world around them. More over she tapped into a vast network of artists, collectives, filmmakers, and thinkers from the region, country and the world. I don't buy for a second that her shows were too edgy, political, or that she was too controversial. Quite the opposite: she brought huge numbers of people - many of whom who do not visit galleries often - into the Miller Gallery. Her shows, if ones looks at attendance alone and the buzz that they created in the local and national press - set the bar for what a campus contemporary art gallery should be: exhibitions that reach out to the community and exhibitions that address topics that matter. Suparak has the ultimate respect of her peers across the country in the art community and we can look forward to her next curatorial position because that space will then set the bar of what is being exhibited today. It is too bad that a handful of people in position of power at CMU could not see this. This does not reflect well on CMU and its reputation.

Nicolas Lampert (based in Pittsburgh)

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Posted by nlampert on 01/21/2014 at 7:51 PM

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