Panel 17: Gentrification—Good? Bad? Indifferent?

June 10, 2012


FRAMEWORK Panel 17: Gentrification -- Good? Bad? Indifferent?

In collaboration with Pleasant Plains Workshop and Artspace DC
Saturday, June 9th, 2012; 3:30 – 5pm

Gateway Center at Wardman Court
14th & Clifton Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
(use the 14th Street Entrance)

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, June 9, 2012; 6 – 8pm
EXHIBITION HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday, 1 – 7pm, and by appointment.

Transformer is proud to present FRAMEWORK Panel #17: Gentrification – Good? Bad? Indifferent? in tandem with Sean Lynch: Bandits in the Ruins, Sean Lynch’s first US solo exhibition taking place at Transformer June 9 – July 7, and In Our Hood, a multi-venue exhibition presented by Pleasant Plains Workshop and Artspace DC May 18 – June 30.

Expanding on issues of gentrification and its relationship to disappearing histories & landscapes as explored in the collaborating organizations’ exhibitions, the participating panelists – Lydia DePillis, journalist, reporter behind Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex blog; Cannon Hersey, photographer, writer, and producer, featured in In Our Hood; Sean Lynch, visual artist; Sylvia Robinson, Executive Director of the Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC) – will discuss the shifting cultural histories & value systems that gentrification affects at local, national, and international levels. The panel will be moderated by Kristina Bilonick, Founder and Director of Pleasant Plains Workshop, and Melissa Matthews, Artspace Coordinator at Artspace DC, with introductions by Victoria Reis, Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director, Transformer.

Questions for discussion will include:

- How does knowing the histories of our neighborhoods affect the way we interact with our locales?
- Is it possible to counteract negative effects of commercialization, globalization, and gentrification, and if so, how?
- What kinds of impacts do artists have on the communities they work in?

Following an hour of moderated conversation, the moderators will open up the conversation via questions and answers between panelists and audience.