A new exhibition “(Re)Visiting SPURA,” by the New School’s City Studio class, explores the many ways to view Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), the largest undeveloped city-owned parcel of land south of 96th Street, which has been a contested site since it was cleared for “renewal” more than 40 years ago.
For the past three years, New School Urban Studies faculty Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani has taught the “City Studio” class to look at this contested site and its history, while stressing engagement with the community planning process and the multiple Lower East Side communities. City Studio has collaborated with Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), the Pratt Center for Community Development, common room, and the Abrons Art Center.
The students exhibiting in “Exploring SPURA” are: Matthew Fujibayashi, Joshua Guerra, Jaclyn Hersh, Sohee Kim, Corey Mullee, Amy Nguyen, David Privat-Gilman, Ian Pugh and Matthew Taylor.
The exhibition will open on Thursday, April 7 (6-8pm) and will run through May 20, 2011.