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Summer Session – Value/Labor/Arts: The Manifestos

Art Workers Coalition. Courtesy of Primary Information.

This installment of our Summer Session considering labor comes from our sister publication Art Practical. In 2014, the Arts Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, held a day-long practicum entitled Valuing Labor in the Arts, and today we’re sharing a collection of artists’ manifestos put together by organizers Shannon Jackson and Helena Keeffe. This article was originally published on April 3, 2014. The Art Workers’ Coalition (AWC) was a loose group of artists,[…..]

Summer Session – Akram Zaatari at SFMOMA

As part of this month’s Summer Session regarding the theme of labor, today we bring you a video clip from our friends at SFMOMA. Artist Akram Zaatari describes the work of Hashem el Madani, the first person to own a 35mm camera in Saïda, Lebanon. Zaatari calls Madani the “photographer of the working class,” whose studio both documented daily life in the city and became an important[…..]

Summer Session – Vipralambha (Union Through Separation)

Zahra-Jewanjee-and-Simon-Coates

This month we’re taking an in-depth look at the nexus of labor and art, and today from our friends at Guernica we bring you an excerpt from an essay by Simon Coates, who discusses a project completed with his collaborator Zahra Jewanjee: “Vipralambha didn’t start life as a paean to the Indo-Pak workforce in Dubai. The stated aim of the piece was to meld sounds from two countries that share[…..]

Summer Session – Amer Kobaslija at Arthur Roger Gallery

Amer Kobaslija. Sputnik Sweetheart of New Orleans and the End of the World. 2007. Oil on two panels. 85 x 124 ¼ in.

For the first part of our Summer Session, we’re thinking about labor, and today we’re considering the traditional site of artistic work: the studio. Author Jordan Amirkhani notes: “If the studio has traditionally been a place of solace from reality’s complications, this exhibition seems to respond with urgent ambiguity by asking important and unresolved questions about the place of artistic practice within today’s society, and the traditions of Western[…..]

Summer Session – Reskill Now!

Suzanne Lacy. Still from the making of The Roof Is on Fire, 1992–94. To make this work, a collaborative performance directed by Lacy and documented in photos, videos, and a film, 220 inner-city teens in 100 cars came together on the garage roof of Oakland’s Federal Building to talk openly, with predetermined topics but no script, in front of “eavesdropping” audiences and cameras.

Today’s installment of our Summer Session considering labor comes from our sister publication Art Practical. Author Celeste Connor contributes an Op-Ed that claims, “To fetishize style trends, as institutions do, as singular models for development of cultural ideas and actions is tragicomically flattening. If we makers are serious about the goal of a growing, inclusive public, reskilling is a crucial antidote.” This article was originally published on June[…..]

Summer Session – Audio Guide Stop For Fred Wilson, Guarded View, 1991, at the Whitney

Fred Wilson. Guarded View, 1991. Sculpture, dimensions variable.

Continuing our labor-themed Summer Session, today we direct you to an excerpt from Fred Wilson’s audio guide to his sculpture Guarded View for the Whitney Museum of American Art. The artist says, “When I was in college, I had been a guard for our college museum. While this was not a major experience, it was something that stayed with me a very long time. And I[…..]

Summer Session – Appropriate Technologies

The Thing Quarterly, John Baldessari edition. Courtesy of The Thing Quarterly. Photo: Michael O'Neal.

From our sister publication Art Practical, today we bring you the next installment of our Summer Session—and this month, we’re considering the idea of labor. Author Abigail Satinsky assesses systems “in which working artists and arts organizations are empowered to devise their own structures for sustainability.” This article was originally published on April 3, 2014. Artists and other creative people who organize their lives around the arts have long[…..]