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New York: A Reading Group That Imagines a Future Beyond Gentrification

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In these times of plague and political reckoning, questions of futurity loom large. Artist, curator, and activist Betty Yu has been thinking through these in relation to public policy and housing, via her apexart exhibition Imagining De-Gentrified Futures. Join her and writer Samuel Stein for a reading group on the subject on December 1. (If you start now, you’ll have plenty of time to make it through her brilliant, accessible selections.)
Also worth checking out is Film at Lincoln Center’s annual Art of the Real festival, which fellow editor Dan Schindel calls a showcase for “artistically forward-thinking nonfiction film.” (I’ve been camped on my couch watching all weekend.)
Last but not least, check out Performa’s Nam June Paik-inspired Telethon, an eight-hour, performance-packed event streaming all day today (Nov. 18).
– Dessane Lopez Cassell, Editor, Reviews

A New Anti-Gentrification Reading Group
Sandra de la Loza, "The Speculator's Eden" (image courtesy apexart)
Sandra de la Loza, "The Speculator's Eden" (image courtesy apexart)
The question of what a de-gentrified future could, or rather should, look like remains an open one. This question sits at the center of an exhibition now on view at apexart, online and by appointment.
Curated by artist, activist, and educator Betty Yu, Imagining De-Gentrified Futures positions working-class, POC, and immigrant communities at the center of discussions of what US cities might look like if we abandoned the moneyed forces that have driven urban planning and “renewal” for decades.
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