Layered SPURA in 105 degrees

In the last days of our exhibition Keep Me Nearby, we held this summer’s final Layered SPURA tour, which happened to fall on the day that New York declared a heat advisory and half the city seemed to be closing down. Yet, we turned up to the gallery to find 20 passionate people ready to brave … Read more

Keep Me Nearby in Untapped Cities

Our exhibition Keep Me Nearby was featured in Untapped Cities in July 2019, and Untapped Cities Insiders hosted a Layered SPURA tour for an eager group on one July evening. Read on below for a snippet from the article. The constant evolution and renewal of New York City can often leave casualties in its wake, whether it’s the shuttering of … Read more

Contested City on WNYC

We were honored that in July 2019 WNYC radio’s All of It with Alison Stewart rebroadcast the interview that Alison did with Gabrielle about Contested City, with a new introduction featuring Keep Me Nearby. Listen to the segment here! REBROADCAST: Artist, curator, and visiting assistant professor at The New School, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, joins us to discuss her book, Contested City: Art and Public History as … Read more

Contested City in California

In April 2019, Contested City moved west to California with an extraordinary series of talks and community conversations in Davis and Sacramento, hosted by Imagining America, and a series of events in Berkeley, culminating in Contested City: Art, Activism, and Urban Renewal,hosted by UC Berkeley’s Global Urban Humanities initiative. Talking about development, urban renewal, disinvestment and shared histories between the east and … Read more

Layered SPURA at Blade of Grass Assembly

In a spring full of travel across the country with Contested City, Gabrielle returned to New York for a minute, and was honored to lead a Layered SPURA tour in “Making Space for Dialogue Amidst Urban Renewal” on April 13, 2019 as part of Assembly, a day of art and learning hosted by A Blade of Grass and FABnyc. Beginning … Read more

Gabrielle interviewed by Prithi Kanakamedala — at the Gotham Center

Such a pleasure to be interviewed about Contested City by public historian Prithi Kanakamedala for the Gotham Center for New York City History. Read an excerpt of our conversation below — or read the whole thing here. *** Your name — Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani — is on the front cover as the author of Contested City (rightly so!) But the work … Read more

Contested City excerpt in Public Seminar

Get a sneak peek at Contested City in this excerpt from Chapter 2 “Walking the City”, recently published by Public Seminar. Several years after my work in Brooklyn, Oakland, and the Vladeck Houses, I returned to the Lower East Side, this time as a professor of urban studies at the New School and director of Buscada, which combines art … Read more

Gabrielle interviewed in Public Seminar

A great new interview with Gabrielle by Julia Foulkes in Public Seminar — on everything from disinvestment, to visual urbanism, to the possibilities of art, and the vagaries of social practice. Read an excerpt below, and read the rest here. *** JF: You have a unique set of skills and experiences — an artist with deep knowledge of … Read more

The City Amplified : Oral Histories and Radical Archives

We’re honored to have contributed a chapter — “Juxtaposition: The Case for the Radically Open Archive” — to The City Amplified: Oral Histories & Radical Archives, an incredible new publication from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, edited by Prithi Kanakamedala and Allison Guess. This whole collection of brilliant writings on oral histories, art, … Read more

Contested City is OUT!

Today’s the day! Contested City is now out in bookstores everywhere, and available online at Indiebound, Amazon, and from the University of Iowa Press. Can’t wait to see these in everyone’s hands. As a nice extra, it’s also Amazon’s #1 in new releases in Public Art.

Layered SPURA at the Queens Museum Panorama

In June 2018, Gabrielle got to live the urbanista dream–presenting at the Queens Museum’s scale model replica of New York City, the Panorama. As a speaker at the 2018 Open Engagement conference, she led participants through an hour-long virtual tour of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, as we walked above all of New York. … Read more

Gabrielle becomes Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Center of Photography

In 2017, Gabrielle joined the International Center of Photography as the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Culture. There she curated two groundbreaking events, making new spaces for dialogue around what’s at stake at the intersection of community and visual culture. “Community” is a potent, yet overused word, meaning dramatically different things to different people. Similarly, … Read more