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Admission for Friday’s show is pay what you wish if ticket is purchased in person from 4:30-8:15pm.
In our age of precarious work, what is the role of the “art worker?” What constitutes an “art action?” Using conventions of workers’ theater, academic conference, vaudeville, and postmodern dance, ACTIONS! gives thought to these questions by looking again at moments when "actions" were directed at the Museum of Modern Art: in 1960/70s by groups such as the Art Workers’ Coalition and Guerilla Art Action Group, when art activism was tied to civil rights and anti-war movements; and then in the year 2000, when members of the Professional and Administrative Staff Association (PASTA) at MoMA, which included curators, librarians, sales staff, editors and others, staged a four month-long labor strike. Originally inspired by the 2000 strike, ACTIONS! also returns to the recent past of the last two years, when protests in the art world by activist groups such as Occupy Museums and Occupy Wall Street Arts & Labor bring to bear the conditions of working in the art world today. Among collaborators reconsidering the intersection of art, labor, community, and politics today are union members, museum workers, activists, and artists, including Yvonne Rainer, Arlen Austin, Kabir Carter, Benj Gerdes, Sasha Sumner, Pat Catterson, Marina Urbach, Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez, Beth Whitney, Chris Kasper, Julian Tysh, Carina Evangelista, David Kelley, Filip Noterdaeme, Lumi Tan, Marcus Civin, Burns Magruder, Benjamin Young, W.A.G.E., and Andrea Fraser. Saturday’s performance concludes with a live discussion among participants including Leung and Julia Bryan-Wilson, moderated by Tim Griffin. Admission is based on MoMA policies in the year 2000.
Programs at The Kitchen are supported with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Simon Leung’s ACTIONS! received generous funding from the University of California Institute in the Arts (UCIRA), as well as from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and the Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Libraries (CORCL) at the University of California, Irvine.
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