Episode 84 – Art Institutions Update

Episode 84 – Art Institutions Update

 
 
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We discuss the bleak the state of art institutions. Schools and museums have been laying off staff without many cuts to executive pay or dips into endowments. They started with low level freelancers, moved on to anyone who to dared unionize, and are now making serious cuts to full-time positions. We use the viral gun-toting wealthy couple and their Louvre of a house to compare institutions to the democratic party—can they be reformed within capitalism, should they be abolished, and how? If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia’s school “Constructing the Real”

Details on Mark and Patricia McCloskey’s insane house: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/gun-wielding-mccloskeys-art-collectors-1891419?fbclid=IwAR3H2acEBL75BZS-nc-CkOuuwzmXTKk0orUvAe4MTrP-hjnXD_Hxw-KaF2s

Guggenheim situation: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/arts/design/guggenheim-investigation-racism.html?fbclid=IwAR1rWNxJ-QTI9tC2gC7Llpv8-SiPrmcQyT7Rw8hNLIZnm9PIsVg8VBUQ-r4

New Museum re-imagining: https://twitter.com/newmuseum_union/status/1277782811311775745


Episode 56 – Art Workers Authorize Strike!

Episode 56 – Art Workers Authorize Strike!

 
 
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While congress is on vacation after finally committing to the slightest gesture towards holding the president accountable, workers all over the country are taking power into their own hands. At General Motors in Detroit 50,000 United Auto Workers have been on strike due to contract disputes, meanwhile some of the newest UAW Local 2110 members at the New Museum announced yesterday that they have authorized a strike if their demands for a fair contract still cannot be met. Plus, even more art workers have unionized! UOVO Fine Art workers join the Teamsters Local 814 and the New Children’s Museum joins IBEW Local 465! Stay tuned to the end to hear our thoughts on Amanda Schmitt’s Appeal Against Knight Landesman and Artforum, legal fights like hers is another important way workers can fight back against abusive employers. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

Latest on the Artforum case: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/amanda-schmitt-appeal-artforum-1659862?__twitter_impression=true

Amanda Schmitt’s situation in her own words: https://www.textezurkunst.de/articles/miranda-warning/

Latest on the UAW GM Strike: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/here-s-where-things-stand-on-the-uaw-gm-strike

Rhonda Lieberman on the exploitation of identity politics: https://newrepublic.com/amp/article/154991/rich-art-museum-donors-exploit-identity-politics-launder-reputations-philanthropy?utm_content=buffer13002&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&__twitter_impression=true

Decolonize This Place’s latest action against the Ford Foundation: https://hyperallergic.com/519794/if-they-build-it-they-will-fill-it-prison-abolitionists-protest-outside-the-ford-foundation/

Episode 48 – Unions Rule, New York Times Drools

Episode 48 – Unions Rule, New York Times Drools

 
 
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So beautiful to see artworkers on the cover of the paper of record! Too bad NYT whiffs it so hard—for an article about worker struggle they sure showcase a lot of bosses. We discuss how the media frames systemic issues in defeatist or individualist terms, we push against the scarcity mindset, encourage more decentralized actions, and urge everyone to demand public museum ownership. This is the episode for our takes on “The Tear Gas Biennial,” and it’s complicated! PS the new Lion King is just The Veldt come true. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor (if you support us on drip, please switch over). Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at artandlaborpodcast@gmail.com

Inside Hushed Museum Hallways, a Rumble Over Pay Grows Louder (horrible title): https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/arts/museum-pay-unions.html

Artists who have pulled from Whitney: http://www.artnews.com/2019/07/19/whitney-biennial-artists-kanders-removal/

Artists who have decided to stay in: http://www.artnews.com/2019/07/23/whitney-biennial-artist-removals/

The Tear Gas Biennial: https://www.artforum.com/slant/hannah-black-ciaran-finlayson-and-tobi-haslett-on-the-2019-whitney-biennial-80328

On Willem Van Spronsen: https://itsgoingdown.org/on-williem-van-spronsen/

Gretchen Felker-Martin writes about regressive fandom stuff well: https://www.patreon.com/posts/25994657

Episode 43 – Art and Transparency

Episode 43 – Art and Transparency

 
 
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A tide is turning in the art and cultural world! We’re sick of the same tired, unproductive conversations, and are finding strength in solidarity with our peers. We discuss the bizarre Artforum panel about “accountability” and are later joined by Michelle Millar Fisher from the new group Art + Museum Transparency (@AMTransparency). She helped create the now viral document allowing museum workers to anonymously share salaries and urge reform in their industry. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us at: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor or https://d.rip/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram.

Contribute to the salary share doc: http://rebrand.ly/salaryspreadsheet

More info and context on the doc and Michelle’s work: https://hyperallergic.com/503089/museum-workers-share-their-salaries-and-urge-industry-wide-reform/

Look out for OK’s new Op-Ed in Hyperallergic hopefully dropping soon!