UnHomeless NYC: Art, Activism, and Political Spatiality in Post-Pandemic World

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UnHomeless NYC (Kingsborough Art Museum, online and off-site Oct. 10, 2021 Apr 14, 2022/in-person exhibition Mar 3 Apr 14, 2022) is a group exhibition of artists utilizing participation, activism, and pedagogy as their media to consider and better understand New York Citys housing crisis, and to think about our future as the city emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. Traditionally, however, institutions of art remain integral to the citys gentrification process, as is being debated recently with the Museum of Chinese in America. At the same time, the pandemic has opened up a myriad of possibilities in the virtual space. This panel of scholars and artists will explore the possibilities for new political spatiality for exhibitions. After a brief introduction to UnHomeless NYC and its hybrid form of display by Prof. Midori Yamamura, participating artist Nancy Hwang will discuss Outdoor Dining (2021), which she will create as an extension of her daily life. Artist and housing activist Betty Yu will discuss Imagining De-Gentrified Future (Apex Art), a show she curated at the height of the pandemic in 2020.

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