Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani is an urbanist, curator, and artist pioneering public arts and urban research for community engagement, and is author of Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, forthcoming January 2019. She teaches urban studies and public art at The New School and is principal of Buscada, an interdisciplinary studio on place and civic dialogue. She was the 2017 Post-doctoral Fellow in Visual Culture at the International Center of Photography and holds a PhD in environmental psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her recent public art and dialogue project, Intersection | Prospect Heights, in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, engaged thousands of New Yorkers in talking about displacement and development, and she regularly consults with arts and culture organizations on community and art engagements and strategic visioning. Her creative practice has been shown at institutions including MIT, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Center for Architecture, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and Tate Britain. Her work on cities, culture and photography has appeared in journals including Visual Studies, Urban Omnibus, Space and Culture, Society & Space, and Buildings & Landscapes.
PhD in Environmental Psychology, Graduate Center, CUNY
MA in Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
BA in Growth and Structure of Cities, Bryn Mawr College
Association of American Geographers, Environmental Design Research Association, American Anthropological Association, International Visual Sociology Association
Forthcoming Peer Reviewed Book
2019 Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press,
Humanities and Public Life Series, January 2019.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
2016 “Bringing their worlds back : Using photographs to spur conversations on everyday place” Visual Studies, 31:1, 1-21.
2013 “The big world in the small : Layered dynamics of meaning-making in the everyday.” Society & Space : Environment & Planning D, 31:4, 708 – 726.
2012 “Layered SPURA : Spurring conversations through visual urbanism” Curated Spaces feature, Radical History Review, 2012:114, 206-215.
2010 “Hybrid ways of doing: A model for teaching public space.” International Journal of Architectural Research, 4:2, 407-418. (w/ Elliot Maltby)
2007 “Making Housing Home.” Places Journal, 19:2, 72-79. (w/ Susan Saegert)
2005 “Walking, Emotion and Dwelling.” Space and Culture, 8:4, 459-471.
2002 “Guided Tour: Villa 31.” DisClosure: A Journal of Social Theory, 11:1, 47-61.
2016 “The Triangle Fire Open Archive.” In R. Sergel, See You in the Streets: Art, Action, and Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Iowa City:
University of Iowa Press.
2011 “Walking, Emotion and Dwelling.” In M. Frackowiak & C. Olechnicki (eds.), Visual Research in Action / Badania Wizualne w Dzialaniu. Warsaw, Poland: Bec Zmiana, 135-152.
2003 “Place Identity.” In K. Christensen & D. Levinson (eds.), Encyclopedia of community: From the village to the virtual world. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE
Publications, Inc. (w/ Setha Low), 1074-1076.
2001 “Photography” & “SoHo”. In G. McDonogh, C. Wong & R. Gregg (eds.), Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture. London & New York:
Routledge, 873-875, 1036.
2016 “Book for Architects, Wolfgang Tillmans at the Met” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 23 (1).
Published Curricula (written & designed)
2014 Power of Perception: Youth Curriculum & Creative Community Guide. New York: The Laundromat Project. (w/ Ebony Golden)
2013 Working with People. New York: The New School. (w/ Shana Agid)
2009 The America Project: A Teaching Method for Collaboration, Creativity and Citizenship, based on the work of Sekou Sundiata. New York: MAPP
International, dance & be still arts.
Publications in the field
2016 “In the Same Room without Screaming.” Urban Omnibus.
2015 “Embedding Histories in a Changing Prospect Heights.” Urban Omnibus.
2015 “Finding ‘Community’ and Other Critical Words.” Urban Pamphleteer 5. London: UCL Urban Lab.
2015 “Productive Visiting in Contested Space : Exhibitions, Collaboration and the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area.” Roulotte, 11 : Translocations. Temporary Experiences, Artistic Practices and Local Contexts. Barcelona : Associació per a la Cultura i l’Art Contemporani.
2014 “Archives, Exhibitions, Art, and the Urban Public,” Invited contribution in Gieseking, J., W. Mangold, with C. Katz, S. Low, and S. Saegert (eds). 2014.
People, Place, and Space: Key Readings across the Disciplines. New York: Routledge.
2012 “Making meaning together: the Triangle Fire Open Archive and Open Museum.” Urban Omnibus.
2004 “Guided Tours at Urban Horizons.” Shelterforce, 134.
Selected scholarly and media coverage
2017 “Small Places in the Era of the Big Problem/ Big Place Documentary: The Triangle Fire Open Archive.” in Patricia R. Zimmerman & Helen De Michiel,
Open Space New Media Documentary: A Toolkit for Theory and Practice. New York & London: Routledge.
2016 “Fair Exchange.” in Ruth Sergel, See You in the Streets: Art, Action, and Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Iowa City: University of
2016 “Engaging Change & Displacement One Story at a Time in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.” Aminah Ricks. Emerging City. Apr 17 2016.
2015 “Intersection/Prospect Heights Project Uses Resident Stories to Highlight Neighborhood Change in Brooklyn.” Untapped Cities. Dec 23, 2015.
2015 “Before Brooklyn’s ‘Newest Neighborhood’ Pacific Park Arrives, a Reflection on How Things Were.” Natalie Rinn. Brooklyn Magazine. Dec 7, 2015.
2015 “Share What Prospect Heights Means to You in New Neighborhood Art Project.” Rachel Smith. DNA Info. Sept 27, 2015.
2012 “Engaging imagination to rebuild NYC's Lower East Side / Buscada has New Yorkers Talking.” CNN Next List. March 29, 2012.
2009 “New exhibit’s old goal is to spur on SPURA.” The Villager. Vol 78, No. 36, February 4 - 10 2009.
Urban and Architectural Studies; Photography; Exhibition and Curatorship; Housing in the Metropolis; Urban Visual Culture; Ethnographies of Small Urban Spaces
2017-18 Member of The City Amplified: Oral Histories and Radical Archives, part of the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research, The Graduate Center, CUNY
2017 Post-doctoral Fellow in Visual Culture, The International Center of Photography
2015 New York Council for the Humanities Action Grant, for Intersection | Prospect Heights
2015 Citizens Committee for New York City, (with the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council) for Intersection | Prospect Heights
2013-15 Funded project, with Shana Agid, The Ship's First Shape Was a Raft, of the New School Collaboratory, part of the Fund for Collaborative Innovation, The Rockefeller Foundation
2011 New York Council for the Humanities Planning Grant, (with the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition), for the Triangle Fire Open Museum
2010 Innovations in Education Award, The New School
2009 Innovations in Education Award, The New School
2009 Creative Curricula Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
2009-10 Design & Social Science Award, The New School
Senior Seminar Fall
Senior Seminar Spring