Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Access Restricted: Gregory Sholette, March 9, 2011

“Make History Now”

Seaport Museum New York, 12 Fulton Street

RSVP goes live Tuesday, March 1, 12PM

A conversation between Greg Sholette, artist, author, activist, co-founder, REPOhistory and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Queens College, New York, and John Kuo Wei Tchen, public historian, dumpster diver, co-founder of the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas and Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Gallatin School, New York University, moderated by Frederick Kaufman, Professor at City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism.


How can local history become a tool to reclaim time and space from master narratives? When is the process of forgetting convenient for urban development? And how has history itself become a hip marketable means of gentrification? This evening’s conversation will touch upon REPOhistory’s Lower Manhattan Sign Project (1992) and Tchen's "below the grid" history of the intermingled and creative port culture of Mannahatta, informing a discussion of the politics of public space. The Seaport Museum attic space once housed the old Fulton Ferry Hotel.



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