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 117 – The Museum Union Wave Dossier w/ Maxwell Paparella

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Episode 117 - The Museum Union Wave Dossier w/ Maxwell Paparella
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After a lot of laughs and a few boners, all 4 elemental stones have been carefully nested onto their pedestals, and now we’re emitting lasers onto Leeloo to bring about that wacky 5th element, the Art and Labor podcast! We chat with Maxwell Paparella on his new (enormous) work in Art Papers, a dossier on the ongoing unionization struggle for museum workers in 18 different institutions. Through valiant effort and rhetorical wizardry, we do in fact find good news on planet Earth! Paparella keys us in on some victories for the movement (we love you Nan), and the unique hiccups that come with organizing artists (aka, having to be both inside/outside the gala/protest, although you know, with a quote from Byung-Chul Han that’d be a fantastic start to an artist statement for a show in a humid 9’x6′ room on the fourth floor of a chinatown walkup. Do you see our problem?) 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!!


Check out the Museum Union Wave: https://www.artpapers.org/dossiers/the-museum-union-wave-dossier/
And Maxwell’s personal site: https://maxwellpaparella.com/

Dana Kopel’s new piece: https://www.textezurkunst.de/articles/dana-kopel-putting-work/

the ep where we yelled at jeff koons: http://www.artandlaborpodcast.com/podcast/dispatch-moma-local-2110s-party-on-the-pavement/

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/