137 – Walters Workers United

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137 - Walters Workers United
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Art and Labor is joined by members of the union-to-be of Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum, the Walters Workers United! OK and Lucia interview Ruby, Garrett, and Allison (who we unfortunately lost connection with!) about their path towards worker organization- from your standard total mismanagement of COVID in 2020 to toxic fumes passing staff out; dealing with the Walter’s particularly unique private/public state of matter, and what that means for accountability (xXx spoiler alert xXx: there’s a lack of it). The bright side of the bullshit? Secret slacks, not realizing you had a coworker ready for your trust fall, and as always, teachers’ unions!

 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 atartandlaborpodcast@gmail.com. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia school “Constructing the Real” Also! Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

You can check out the work the WWU is doing, a form letter to email, and information about how to get involved yourself at: https://waltersworkersunited.org

Alison Garret and Ruby also wanted to shout out to the Baltimore DSA in addition to the teachers union: https://baltimoredsa.org/

Episode 99 – Public Process and Deacquisition

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Episode 99 - Public Process and Deacquisition
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*Join us on twitch for a special 100th episode/fuck the election stream on Tuesday! Don’t go through the horrors alone!!* We discuss the Contrapoints voting video, catch up on a recent art worker round table, and have a light debate on the Baltimore Museum of Art deacquisition controversy. There’s a very funny idea to make everyone with a BFA participate in their public museum’s acquisition process. 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” Please write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!

Contrapoints vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3Vah8sUFgI

BMA curators respond to critics: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/bma-curators-letter-response-to-deaccessioning

their plan to do this from 2018: https://hyperallergic.com/441782/baltimore-museum-of-art-deaccession-reactions-artists-curators/

op-ed critical of BMA: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-10-19/baltimore-museum-art-auction-andy-warhol-last-supper

Episode 54 – Art Handler Horror Stories with Zachary Small

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Episode 54 – Art Handler Horror Stories with Zachary Small
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We were joined by Zachary Small (@zacharyhsmall) to discuss their 5-part series on Art Handlers for Hyperallergic. There are discussions of gruesome workplace injuries as well as the infuriating ways employers skirt responsibility. We even hear a wild tale involving the the Emancipation Proclamation and some Mountain Dew. If you have any tips for Zach please email zachary@hyperallergic.com. 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

Check out Zach’s writing here: https://hyperallergic.com/author/zachary-small/

Art Handler Mag: http://art-handler.com/

Art Handler Alliance of New York: https://www.instagram.com/arthandlersalliance/

Episode 48 – Unions Rule, New York Times Drools

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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