Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation in Manhattan Urban Renewal
Artist, activist and urbanist Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani will speak about her five years of work with community members and urban planning students at a 14-square-block area in lower Manhattan that remained vacant for many years after being cleared for redevelopment. She recently published Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York's Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, a chronicle of the community-engaged pedagogy she created with both students and community members. Bendiner-Viani's work echoes methods of urban conversation used in our Global Urban Humanites project at UC Berkeley, including exhibitions, interviews, and collaborative art creation.
This talk will be of interest to urban planners, artists, community organizers, housing specialists, architects, urban designers, public historians, and beyond.
About the speakerGabrielle Bendiner-Viani is an urbanist, curator, and artist pioneering public arts and urban research for community engagement, and is author of Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, forthcoming January 2019. She teaches urban studies and public art at The New School and is principal of Buscada, an interdisciplinary studio on place and civic dialogue. She was the 2017 Post-doctoral Fellow in Visual Culture at the International Center of Photography and holds a PhD in environmental psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her recent public art and dialogue project, Intersection | Prospect Heights, in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, engaged thousands of New Yorkers in talking about displacement and development, and she regularly consults with arts and culture organizations on community and art engagements and strategic visioning. Her creative practice has been shown at institutions including MIT, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Center for Architecture, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and Tate Britain. Her work on cities, culture and photography has appeared in journals including Visual Studies, Urban Omnibus, Space and Culture, Society & Space, and Buildings & Landscapes.
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