Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York's Seward Park Urban Renewal Area

Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani ’98

As struggles over gentrification in New York’s Lower East Side sparked enmity and stalled development, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani ’98 was invited to support a new approach to planning—one that featured collaboration, community organizing, public history, and public art. In a multiyear collaboration with community activists, she and her New School students staged exhibitions and tours that provided opportunities for dialogue about the neighborhood. Revealing stories of community and activism while shedding light on the importance of collaborative creative public projects, Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York's Seward Park Urban Renewal Area bridges art, design, community activism, and urban history. (University of Iowa Press, 2019)

Contested City