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Streetopia discussion at NYABF

8.31.15

Booklyn is pleased to present the conversation “STREETOPIA: artists respond to displacement” at the 2015 NY Art Book Fair.

With: Erick Lyle, Sarah Schulman, Maya Taylor, Ivy Jeanne McClelland, and Bill Daniel.

After San Francisco’s new mayor announced imminent plans to “clean up” downtown with a new corporate “dot com corridor” and arts district, curators Erick Lyle, Chris Johanson, and Kal Spelletich brought over one hundred artists and activists together with local residents fearing displacement to consider Utopian aspirations and to plot alternate futures for the city. Opening in May 2012 at the Luggage Store Gallery, the resulting exhibition “Streetopia” was a massive anti-gentrification art fair that took place in venues throughout the city. For five weeks, Streetopia featured daily free talks, performances, and skillshares while operating a free community kitchen out of the gallery. The Streetopia book brings together all of the art and ephemera from the now-infamous show. On the occasion of its publication, artists and organizers discuss responses to displacement and gentrification via actions, artworks, and alternative fundraising methods.

Sunday, September 20th, 2015, 2-3 pm
Part of The Classroom  at the NY Art Book Fair.

Now in its seventh year, this curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs is also an informal venue for artists, writers and publishers to feature new releases and present their publications. The Classroom is organized by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.

More information here.


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