Photograph by Shunji Noda

Untapped Cities Insiders are invited to join artist, urban scholar, and curator Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani on a guided walkthrough of her new exhibition, Keep Me Nearby, inside the Cuchifritos/Artists Alliance Gallery at the new Essex Street Market. The exhibition visit will be followed by a members-only Layered SPURA walking tour of the surrounding area. Keep Me Nearby and the Layered SPURA tour are both centered around the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, a contested urban renewal project in the Lower East Side which started in the 1960s. Today, the new Essex Crossings development is being built atop the SPURA site, making discussion of urban renewal in the area as relevant as ever.

Keep Me Nearby explores the themes of making home and long term activism through the display of never-before-seen photographs of the interiors of houses that were demolished for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) in the late 1960s. On the Layered SPURA walk, an engaging tour that was developed by Bendiner-Viani, participants are encouraged to use their bodies, their voices, and their capacity for dialogue to understand the contested urban past, present, and future(s) of the Lower East Side.

DATE: Thursday, July 18th, 2019 6:00PM-7:30PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 12 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Opens Monday, July 8th, 2019 at 12PM EST

Photograph by Sindayiganza Photography

Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani is an urbanist, curator, and artist pioneering public arts, design, and urban research for community engagement, and is author ofContested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (Humanities and Public Life) (University of Iowa Press, 2018). She is principal of the design and research studio Buscada and teaches urban studies and public art at The New School. She was Post-doctoral Fellow in Visual Culture at the International Center of Photography and holds a PhD in environmental psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. 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, Artists Alliance / Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space, 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. She lives in New York City.

HOW TO BOOK: This is a members-only tour for Untapped Cities Insiders.

If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account, and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 7/8 at 12 PM EST.

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Photograph by Shunji Noda

Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

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Photograph by Shunji Noda

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