Gavin Kroeber is an artist, writer, and head of the interdisciplinary curatorial office The Studio for Art & Urbanism. His projects and writings, which poach from visual art, urban theory, and performance, are concerned broadly with cultural dynamics of power and in particular with their expression in the poetics of place. His current work is focused on the extreme urbanism of America's Western Sun Belt and redirective approaches to landscape. Projects in development include the performance-lecture Verdant Cities: A Warning and two public programs in St. Louis: the Fall 2017 social series At the Edge of Everything Else and a Spring 2018 event, The Autumnal City: A Midwestern Festival of Urbanism and Futurism. He is half of the curatorial collaborative Experience Economies (with Rebecca Uchill) and holds a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design, and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
New Cities, Future Ruins is a four-year curatorial initiative inviting artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine the extreme urbanism of America’s Western Sun Belt.
Fast-growing symbols of opportunity and entrepreneurialism, the region’s cities are sprawling agglomerations in delicate ecosystems, marked by resource overuse, dramatic demographic change, and political struggle that particularize and illuminate global crises of rapid urbanization. Suburban in texture, they are 21st-century spaces that resist creative and political strategies inherited from the industrial city. Bringing critical and innovative practices from around the world to bear on this urban landscape, New Cities, Future Ruins is designed to foster visionary thought and artistic experimentation at these urgent sites.
The initiative will launch with a convening in Dallas, TX, featuring artists’ projects, tours, and events throughout the city, as well as talks, roundtable discussions, screenings, and workshops. The roster of participants includes Noura Al-Sayeh, Mary Ellen Carroll, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Naima J. Keith, and Postcommodity, among others.
Following the convening, New Cities, Future Ruins will expand to include artist residencies and public projects around the region (2017-18) and culminate in an international touring exhibition and publication (2019).