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IdeasCity New York

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IdeasCity New York will take place Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Chrystie Street, one block from the New Museum. This free and public event, themed around “100 Actions for the Future City,” will be a daylong investigation of strategies, ideas, and propositions featuring artist talks, initiatives by local organizations, performances, workshops, and a panel of mayors including Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, and Maurice Cox, former mayor of Charlottesville, VA.

The main arena on September 16 will be the Forum Stage, where a distinguished roster of participating artists, architects, activists, and community builders will present an array of innovative ideas. Highlights of the 100 Actions for the Future City will include a presentation by Tania Bruguera on migration as civic intervention, David Byrne’s “Reasons to be Cheerful,” a conversation between Rick Lowe and Kemi Ilesanmi on community building, Trevor Paglen’s research on surveillance, a screening by Superflex, and Mel Chin’s presentation of his most recent work.

Forum Stage: 100 Actions for the Future City

10 AM
Welcome by Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs
Introduction by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, and Joseph Grima, IdeasCity Director

10:20 AM
Eric Liu, Writer and Founder of Citizen University

10:40 AM
Mel Chin, Artist

11:00 AM
Kemi Ilesanmi, Community Leader and Executive Director of the Laundromat Project

11:20 AM
Tania Bruguera, Activist and Artist

11:40 AM
Trevor Paglen, Artist

12 PM
Jonathan Rose, Urban Developer and Writer

12:20 PM
dream hampton, Writer, Filmmaker, and Organizer

12:40 PM
IdeasCity Detroit Fellows, moderated by Joseph Grima

12:50 PM
Cézanne Charles, Community Leader

1 PM
Nadina Christopoulou, Anthropologist

1:20 PM
IdeasCity Athens Fellows, moderated by Joseph Grima

1:40 PM
Spacebuster Live Stream

1:50 PM
Bowery Poetry Slam

2 PM
Julien Frydman, LUMA Arles

2:10 PM
Henriette Waal, Atelier LUMA

2:20 PM
IdeasCity Arles Fellows, moderated by Joseph Grima

2:40 PM
Superflex, Artist Collective

3 PM
Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Artists and Architects, UCSD Cross-Border Initiative

3:30 PM
Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture

3:40 PM
Ghetto Gastro, Culinary Collective

3:50 PM
Justin Garrett Moore, Urban Designer; Leslie Koch, Cultural Professional; and Rosanne Haggerty, Community Leader, in conversation

4:20 PM
Ingrid LaFleur, Arts Advocate and Politician

4:30 PM
Mayors panel: Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, and Maurice Cox, former mayor of Charlottesville, VA, moderated by Majora Carter, Urbanist

5:30 PM
Bowery Poetry Slam

5:40 PM
Kamau Ware, Historian

5:50 PM
Mil M2

6 PM
Paul Ramírez Jonas, Artist and Educator

6:10 PM
Tatiana Bilbao, Architect

6:30 PM
David Byrne, Musician

In conjunction with programming on the Forum Stage, a series of workshops and panel discussions will be held on-site, including a conversation on food and social justice with Ghetto Gastro; workshops on urban activism led by MTL+; Black Gotham walking tours led by Kamau Ware; workshops by the Drawing Center; Crossroads Conversations by Van Alen Institute; Columbia University’s GSAPP debates; a presentation by North Brooklyn Farms and Clocktower Radio; and projects by The Rockefeller Foundation Fellows at IdeasCity. Additionally, an array of food trucks helmed by Hester Street Café and Ghetto Gastro will be stationed along Rivington Street, one block from the festival.

Additionally, IdeasCity New York will present programming with the Architectural League, Bowery Poetry Club, Cooper Union, the Drawing Center, and Storefront for Art and Architecture, as well as local community initiatives in Lower Manhattan, the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement, NEW INC, New Museum affiliate Rhizome, and Columbia University’s GSAPP.

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Leadership support for IdeasCity New York and the IdeasCity fellowship program is provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Lead support for IdeasCity New York is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

A/D/O is the design partner for IdeasCity New York.

New York magazine is media partner for IdeasCity New York.

Special thanks:
The Bowery Hotel
The Standard Hotel, East
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