Episode 94 – The Museum Political Cycle

Art and Labor
Art and Labor
Episode 94 - The Museum Political Cycle

We say THANK U, NEXT to RBG and do an art world update. Massive layoffs abound, and the Guggenheim buys the banana, can someone good at the economy please help them budget this?? Direct demands for scumbag board members to be removed from museums is great, but doesn’t it feel like these open letters are repeating themselves. How do we break the cycle and organize more effectively? Is it possible given the material conditions of these situations? We’re gonna try not despair and focus on these questions!! 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 the collective school “Constructing the Real”

Hip hop auction https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/sothebys-hip-hop-auction-mulatto-xxl-freestyle/

I am a banana https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/arts/design/banana-art-guggenheim.html

another me too art boss https://hyperallergic.com/588480/bill-arning-contemporary-arts-museum-houston/

prison profiteer on LACMA board https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-09-16/tom-gores-platinum-equity-lacma-prison-phone

another year, another Whitney open letter https://hyperallergic.com/588978/whitney-museum-collective-actions/

Episode 29 – New Museum Union

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Art and Labor
Episode 29 - New Museum Union

UNIONIZE THE ART WORLD! This week we congratulate members of the New Museum Union’s (@newmuseum_union) bargaining committee Dana Kopel (@decafdana), Lily Bartle (@hole_earth), and Alicia Graziano. They won their vote to officially joined UAW Local 2110 last week! We discuss the conditions that led them to unionize, the inadequacy of liberal feminism, suggestions for other workplaces looking to organize, and the unexpected friendships they made along the way. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor or https://d.rip/artandlabor

NewMuUnion: https://newmuseumunion.org/

Lily in Jacobin: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/01/new-museum-union-uaw-art-bargaining

Martha Rosler: “‘When workers tell you they need a union, then they need a union,’ Ms. Rosler said by telephone. ‘There is no question that the labor movement is what brought us to whatever good spaces we’ve been brought to socially.'” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/23/arts/design/union-vote-sparks-debate-at-new-museum.html

Subscribe to Lily’s zine: http://hole.earth/

Decolonize This Place’s video from the Whitney Town Hall: https://twitter.com/decolonize_this/status/1089556316950065153

Episode 27 – Local 30 at MoMA PS1

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Art and Labor
Episode 27 - Local 30 at MoMA PS1


More museum unions!! This week we were joined by members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 30 at MoMA PS1 (@IUOELocal30) Chris Haag (@allwasalmost), Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein (@robinsreport), and Gary T Murphy. We discuss their modest demand for the same pay as their colleagues at MoMA 53rd street.  Plus: the precarious nature of 1099s, the stagnation of wages in the face of increasing rents, and the variety of expectations placed on art installers.  Support us and get our premium snackcast here: https://d.rip/artandlabor

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A review of Uberland by Alex Rosenblat


A review of Temp by Louis Hyman
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