Art & Labor chronicles the stories of social justice organizing within the arts. We hope to center the human cost of the “art world” and advocate for fair labor practices for artists, assistants, fabricators, docents, interns, registrars, janitors, writers, editors, curators, guards, performers, and anyone doing work for art & cultural institutions.
READING – Selva Journal on the Salon des Indépendants
We pump the breaks on our quarantidinal (word I just made up) looseness and read Emilie Anne-Yvonne Luse’s “This Is the Future Liberals Want”: The Crisis of Democracy and the Salon des Indépendants in Interwar France (1918–1939) from the second issue of Selva Journal. Read the piece and the of rest of the issue here! … Continue reading "READING – Selva Journal on the Salon des Indépendants"
Episode 103 – Indefensible Poor Image and Prestige TV
We revisit Hito Steyerl’s “In Defense of Poor Image” to make a point about naiveté of the American left during the Obama administration. The web was a frontier, meaning conditions have always been ripe for dissemination of far right disinformation as well as highly polished neoliberalism. It’s a positive development that left popular discourse is … Continue reading "Episode 103 – Indefensible Poor Image and Prestige TV"
Episode 102 – Can We Abolish the Art World?
This is (almost) the dawning of the age of Aquarius, how red will that dawn be? OK’s been a little fixated on China, would a new global superpower be beneficial to international communist movements? We try to focus back in the art and labor realm with the 3rd part of the Nika Dubrovsky and David … Continue reading "Episode 102 – Can We Abolish the Art World?"
Episode 101 – Election Aesthetics
In a crumbling democracy dictated by the bourgeois, regime change is mostly aesthetics. Biden Harris is serving us a kinder, gentler imperialism, while also giving the wink big to Thatcherism. Complete with corporate sponsored jingoism and drones. More the vibes of a Superbowl commercial than a celebratory tailgate. We also discuss local strategies, the Trump … Continue reading "Episode 101 – Election Aesthetics"
Episode 99 – Public Process and Deacquisition
*Join us on twitch for a special 100th episode/f**k 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 … Continue reading "Episode 99 – Public Process and Deacquisition"
Episode 98 – Modes of Production
We start with some clarity on the question of sex work under communism (well mostly this essay does), but eventually we enter the territory of “we don’t know” when it comes to the very differing left tendencies and strategies. Lucia has a beautiful show of paintings, the gallery is surrounded by beautiful upstate autumn, go … Continue reading "Episode 98 – Modes of Production"
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I wish Art and Labor was on Spotify because thats where I listen to all my podcasts, but Ill hop over here for them
Just what I needed
OK and Lucia itch a scratch I needed. They are really insightful and funny!! Make me feel better in these especially bananas time.
Important topics, weak analysis
The topics explored in this podcast are almost always worth talking about. I find much of the analysis to be a kind of ill-considered stream of consciousness type thing. They often scratch the surface of important topics but fail to deliver thoughtful analysis. It seems like they don’t prepare very well.