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3 May 2013

Cryptome Artworks Censored by The New Museum

Four of Eight Panels Installed, April 30 (L), Cryptome. Panels Censored, May 3 (R), Sukie Park

Cryptome's artworks, questioning The New Museum's neglect of city dwellers, mounted at the Bowery Mission have been removed due to a New Museum takedown demand to the Mission.

The artwork series, titled Party Wall, presented a dialogue between the Bowery Mission and New Museum posing questions of potential cooperation:

Have You Been Colonized?

What's Your Worth?

Are You Being Curated?

Have You Been Loitering?

Are You Hungry?

Where Will You Sleep?

Will You Go Underground?

The works, installed on April 30 (below) and removed on May 2, may be seen online here:

The Cryptome series was installed for a street festival along the Bowery on May 4, but not affiliated with "IDEAS CITY-Untapped Capital" sponsored by The New Museum and funded by Goldman Sachs and Brookfield Properties (owner of Zuccotti Park).

Deborah Natsios
John Young

John Young is currently architect for the Bowery Mission for underground vault repairs (1) (2) which served as the parallel initiative of architect Deborah Natsios to more broadly research the Mission's history and the Bowery neighborhood as presented in the museum-censored panels.

Date: Fri, 03 May 2013 19:36:14 -0400
To: Michael Sorkin <mdsorkin[at]>
From: Deborah Natsios <dn[at]>
Subject: Re: New Museum Has Cryptome Artworks Censored from Bowery
Cc: Joan Copjec <joancopjec[at]>, 
Aleksandra Wagner <WagnerA1[at]>, 
Joseph Grima <grima[at]>, 
'John Cook' <john[at]>, 
William Menking <wmenking[at]>, 
Michael Kimmelman <mikimm[at]>, 
Paul Goldberger <paul[at]>, 
"Pearson, Clifford" <Clifford_Pearson[at]>, 
Alexandra Lange <alexandra.lange[at]>, 
John Palattella <john[at]>

Here is background on how the Bowery Mission installation came about 
(we are architect for the Mission for underground vault repair work). Deborah Natsios John Young 212-873-8700 From: "Matt Krivich" <mkrivich[at]> To: "'Deborah Natsios'" <dn[at]> Cc: "'john Young'" <jya[at]> Subject: RE: Bowery StreetFest Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:01:12 -0400 Deborah, We are participating and wanted to ask the two of you if you would like to partner with the Bowery but simply chickened out and I am glad that you asked! We are again showcasing our rooftop farm but beginning by giving tours of the Mission, talking about what we do and the people that we serve, and hopefully raising awareness in many areas. Where would be the best place to display the panels? Matt -----Original Message----- From: Deborah Natsios <dn[at]> Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:49 AM To: mkrivich[at] Cc: john Young Subject: Bowery StreetFest Dear Matt, Is Bowery Mission participating in the New Museum's upcoming StreetFest in early May? From New Museum website: The 2013 iteration of IDEAS CITY, the biennial festival created to explore the future city and to effect change, will take place in downtown New York from May 1-4, 2013... An innovative StreetFest along the Bowery featuring over 100 organizations and small businesses presenting model products and practices for a better city ... John and I would be pleased to display that series of panels we showed you called PARTYWALL Bowery Survey, that explores ideas about the Bowery and the city. (Requires browser with Java and Flash enabled for magnify tool to work): Let us know what you think. Best regards, Deborah ----- Date: Fri, 03 May 2013 20:08:24 -0400 To: Michael Sorkin <mdsorkin[at]> From: John Young <jya[at]> Subject: Re: New Museum Has Cryptome Artworks Censored from Bowery Cc: Joan Copjec <joancopjec[at]>, Aleksandra Wagner <WagnerA1[at]>, Joseph Grima <grima[at]>, 'John Cook' <john[at]>, William Menking <wmenking[at]>, Michael Kimmelman <mikimm[at]>, Paul Goldberger <paul[at]>, "Pearson, Clifford" <Clifford_Pearson[at]>, Alexandra Lange <alexandra.lange[at]>, John Palattella <john[at]> Deborah Natsios <dn[at]> Michael, More recent background: From: "Matt Krivich" <mkrivich[at]> To: "'John Young'" <jya[at]> Subject: RE: Panel Removal Option Date: Thu, 2 May 2013 13:41:54 -0400 John, I am getting a little kickback from the Museum and may need remove the panels to help keep the peace. I will let you know shortly. Matt ----- From: "Matt Krivich" <mkrivich[at]> To: "'John Young'" <jya[at]> Cc: "'Michael Sorkin'" <mdsorkin[at]>, "'Deborah Natsios'" <dn[at]>, "'Joan Copjec'" <joancopjec[at]>, "'Aleksandra Wagner'" <WagnerA1[at]>, "'John Cook'" <john[at]> Subject: RE: Panel Removal Option Date: Thu, 2 May 2013 14:23:00 -0400 John, It wasn't a demand but rather an email asking about it. I am currently waiting on a response to my response and will keep you in the loop! Matt ----- Regards, John Young Deborah Natsios 212-873-8700

The installation on April 30, 2013, removed on May 2, 2013.






This Cryptome/Deborah Natsios panel was installed on the Bowery Mission roof stair bulkhead facing the New Museum on April 30, 2013. It is not known if it remains.



This Cryptome/Deborah Natsios panel remained on the Bowery Mission facade on May 3, 2013, installed August, 2012:


Online version:


More on the architecture of Cryptome-Deborah Natsios John Young:

Deborah Natsios has long created Cryptome architectural and critical visual essays:

Cryptome/Cartome Essays, Deborah Natsios and John Young

Bowery Mission Sidewalk Vaults

Cryptome project tracking the political geography of the Cold War as precursor to current national security frameworks:

L'Empire des Oiseaux: Schoolgirl Quarantines from Dalat to the Rue Alexandre de Rhodes

Greece: Irredenta in the Eurozone

Cryptome Tracks the NYPD Ring of Steel

Common Lines of Flight Towards the Open City, The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory, publication February 2012

New York VOIR DIRE: Interrogating the Juridical City State of Exception
Deborah Natsios / Cryptome, 20 December 2010

Initial version presented 17 April 2010, during panel: "Sovereign spaces: security after the war on terror"
2010 Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers (AAG) (3.4MB)

Watchlisting the Diaspora
Presented 3 October 2008: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)
Targeted Publics: Arts and Technologies of the Security City

Expanded and to be published as:

The Geographer in Jules Romains' 'Donogoo Tonka or the Miracles of Science: A Cinematographic Tale'
Commentary and digital film presented at Forum Finale, Temple Hoyn Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, 5 April 2008.

Towards a New Blast Zone
in Architectures of Fear: Terrorism and the Future of Urbanism in the West, Urbanitats, No. 19, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona 2008.

Paper presented 18 May 2007, at the symposium “Architectures of Fear: Terrorism and the Future of Urbanism in the West”, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona.

National Security Sprawl
In Sensing the 21st Century City: Close-Up and Remote
AD Architectural Design
Vol. 75 No. 6 Nov/Dec 2005
Brian McGrath and Grahame Shane (eds.)
Wiley-Academy (London)

Jerusalem Sky
In The Next Jerusalem : Sharing the Divided City, Ed. Michael Sorkin
2002 Monacelli Press, New York, NY

Parallel Atlas: 38°N
Version 10, May 2002

Reversing the Panopticon
Invited Talk, 16 August 2001
10th USENIX Security Symposium, Washington, DC.

Homeland Defense and the Prosecution of Jim Bell
8 June 2001

Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 18:56:51 -0400
Subject: cryptome/idea city
From: Adam Greenfield <ag[at]>
To: Corinne Erni <cerni[at]>, Richard Flood <rflood[at]>
Cc: jya[at], dn[at]

Dear Corinne, dear Richard —

It was lovely to see the both of you yesterday. I hear the panel apparently went over pretty well, and I'm delighted to have played some small part in helping that happen.

Unfortunately, there's something distinctly less happy I need to ask you about at the moment. Via Facebook, I've just heard that someone acting in the name of the New Museum apparently asked that some posters placed on the Bowery by the Cryptome folks be removed.

I have seen the posters in question, and find that while the questions they ask are surely uncomfortable, there is nothing in them that is not well within the bounds of valid and even necessary critical discourse. If it does turn out to have been the case that someone acting in an official capacity asked for their removal, I would of course be hugely disturbed — such an act would, in my view, violate every principle of respectful dialogue and engagement the event is built upon, and which my contributions have been predicated upon. Again, should this turn out to be the case, I'm afraid I would have to respectfully decline any further involvement in this or any New Museum event.

Can I ask you to get to the bottom of this, and let me know what, in your view, actually happened here? I understand that my involvement is the very smallest and least important part of Idea City, but even so I could not in good conscience continue to lend my name and energy to the event if it was involved in an act which contravenes everything I believe in. I am hoping against hope that you'll have good news for me.


Adam Greenfield
Founder and Managing Director, Urbanscale, New York City
Urbanscale | Design for networked cities and citizens

Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 22:52:58 -0400
Subject: partywall
From: Susan Surface <susansurface[at]>
To: dn[at], jya[at]

It looked provocative.

The whole thing reminds me of what started long ago, well before New Museum was there. I worked at Common Ground Community in 2003, administering the First Step Housing design competition for the Andrews House. It was distinctly appalling that a new bar called MISSION opportunistically opened up next door to the actual Bowery Mission. And so it continues.

Sorry / enraged to hear about your censorship, but I'm not surprised, given how safe - friendly - quirky - sanitized the Ideas City event is.

In Solidarity

Susan SUrface