Antonio Serna, Dec. 18th at Interference Archive

The Art Handlers Alliance of New York is proud to present

an artist’s talk by Antonio Serna:

Antonio Serna
From Civil Rights to Artists Rights: Artists of Color Protest 1960’s & 70’s

7pm, Friday, December 18 [PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE]

Interference Archive
131 8th Street #4 Brooklyn, NY 11215


Antonio Serna, Documents of Resistance

Artist Antonio Serna will discuss his ongoing project ‘Documents of Resistance’ and the ‘Timelines’ presented in the current exhibition. The visuals presented on these two timelines give us an overview of the people and activities that occurred during these two turbulent decades. What can we learn through this visual intersection of activities by groups such as the Young Lords, Brown Berets, Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation, and what more might be explored?

This performance is presented as part of the exhibition

Just Cause : Bad Faith
Artworkers’ Activism and Organizing in NYC and Beyond

@Interference Archive
131 8th Street #4
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Open Thursday 1-9pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-5pm
 

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arthandlersalliance.org

Neal Vandenbergh at the Interference Archive, Dec. 12th

The Art Handlers Alliance of New York is proud to present
a performance by Chicago artist Neal Vandenbergh:

Neal Vandenbergh
Fuck Individualisierungsschub

7pm, December 12th

Interference Archive, 131 8th St. Brooklyn

image courtesy Neal Vandenbergh
A performance that is really just a PowerPoint lecture responding to an e-mail sent from one co-worker to the others suggesting anyone who would cast a pro-union vote should participate in a drum circle immediately following said vote. A live-streamed slide-show of photographs from the past two and a half years looking down from the windows of Chicago’s wealthiest citizens and corporations. An advocacy to re-conceptualize and re-invigorate a new emancipatory class-consciousness: why collective action feels so good and how Unions can be fabulous.

This performance is presented as part of the exhibition

Just Cause : Bad Faith
Artworkers’ Activism and Organizing in NYC and Beyond

@Interference Archive
131 8th Street #4
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Open Thursday 1-9pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-5pm
 

interferencearchive.org
arthandlersalliance.org

Just Cause : Bad Faith – Opens Dec. 3rd, 2015

For Immediate Release
11/16/2015
Contact: Stephen Sewell and James Whitman at: arthandlersalliance@gmail.com

Just Cause : Bad Faith  – Art Workers’ Activism and Organizing in NYC and Beyond.12265764_902231906525830_3538263671257812538_o

December 3 – December 31, 2015
Opening Reception Thursday, December 3rd 6-9pm
Curatorial Walkthrough Saturday, December 5th 3pm

 

131 8th Street #4 Brooklyn, New York 11215
Thursday 1-9pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-5pm

 

Art Handlers Alliance of New York and Interference Archive are delighted to present an exhibition of ephemera, articles, and artworks that collectively address a history of cultural workers’ organizing efforts and demonstrations as well as the recent investigations and concerns of artists and individuals working within the culture industry.

In looking at a history of cultural workers’ movements, AHA and IA are less focused on creating a tally of victories and losses, but more concerned with establishing a ‘how-to’ for present day cultural workers. The majority of artists do not have self-sustaining practices and must find alternative means to support themselves and their art. And despite a history of poor labor practices, many artists seek employment within the culture industry. The proximity to art, flexible scheduling, opportunities for behind-the-scenes experiences, and networking compliment their skills and education while supplementing their practices.

However, with these attractions comes an equal opportunity for exploitation through underpayment, discrimination, lack of transparency, and instability. The point at which these concerns outweigh the benefits is the point at which individuals find themselves acting as a collective to protect themselves and their livelihood. Rather than focusing on the accomplishments of specific organizers or artists, we have chosen to emphasize the moments when collective action has been taken, and when artists have recognized their jobs as not just a way of supporting their art practices, but as a subject to be critically examined and possibly improved by their art.

AHA-NY will host its monthly Art Handlers Happy Hour on Tuesday, December 8th, and talks and performances are scheduled for Saturdays. See full schedule of events on the following page.

Acknowledgements:
AHA-NY and IA would like to thank the following individuals, and organizations that have lent their support throughout the exhibition planning and without which the exhibition would not have been possible:
Contributing Artists: Jo-Anne Balcaen, Antonio Serna, Neal Vandenbergh

Contributors, Collaborators, and Supporters: Art Handler Magazine, Adjunct Commuter Weekly, MoMA Library, OWS Arts & Labor, Teamsters Local 814, Temporary Services, W.A.G.E., Shane Caffrey, Benjamin Ferguson, Rachel Higgins, Jennifer Hoyer, Chris Kasper, Clynton Lowry, Kevin McGrath, Greig de Peuter, Blithe Riley, Chloe Seibert, Robert Smith, Stephen Sewell, Julian Tysh, James Whitman

Image Credit: Neal Vandenbergh. The Equality Rule. 2015. Vinyl, Graphite, Resin on Panel.
Detail View. Courtesy of Neal Vandenbergh.

 

 

For Immediate Release
11/16/2015
Contact: Stephen Sewell and James Whitman at: arthandlersalliance@gmail.com

Schedule of Events:
December 3rd 6-9pm – Opening Reception
December 5th 3pm – Curatorial Walkthrough with Stephen Sewell and James Whitman
December 8th 6:30pm – AHA-NY Art Handlers Happy Hour – Free and open to the public
December 12th 7pm – Artist Performance. Neal Vandenbergh. Fuck Individualisierungsschub.
December 19th 7pm – Artist Talk. Antonio Serna. Collective Timelines.

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Art Handlers Alliance of New York (AHA-NY):
AHA is a group of art handlers, cultural workers, and like-minded individuals advocating for Art Handlers rights. AHA meetings offer an expanded conversation regarding the unfixed nature of ‘creative’ labor and are focused on the development of potential new forms of organization and collective bargaining to address the contemporary challenges faced by workers involved in the transport, display, storage, and preservation of art objects. The meetings are open to the public and topics of discussion include: health benefits, fair wages, job protection, better working conditions, and solidarity amongst freelance, part-time, and full-time art handlers.
http://www.arthandlersalliance.org/
https://www.facebook.com/Art-Handlers-Alliance-of-New-York-582758691806488/

Interference Archive:
The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in an open stacks archival collection, publications, a study center, and public programs including as exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.
The archive contains many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the
participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials. As an all-volunteer organization, all members of our community are welcome and encouraged to shape our collection and programming; we are a space for all volunteers to learn from each other and develop new skills. We work in collaboration with like-minded projects, and encourage critical as well as creative
engagement with our own histories and current struggles.
http://interferencearchive.org/
https://www.facebook.com/InterferenceArc

 

 

Support for the Art Handlers at Terry Dowd, Inc.

Please read the below statement from Local 705 and please come out and join us FRIDAY 11am- 3pm for a day of informational flyering at MANA FINE ART in Jersey City.

— PLEASE FORWARD —

Terry Dowd, Inc. is a large specialty moving, installation, and warehousing, company focusing on the high end art niche nationally.

About a year ago the art handlers/installers/transporters/warehouse at Terry Dowd were certified here in Chicago as a bargaining unit.  That seems to be the easy part. Getting to a meaningful first contract is the struggle.

Teamsters 705 has kicked off a contract campaign taking the issues raised by the employees to the public.  As you may imagine, irregular on call hours, low wages in the $14-15 range combined with insurance payments by employees of nearly $5000 a year, just don’t make it.

We have been leafleting premiere locations such as the Denver Santa Fe Ave Art shows, the Detroit Henry Ford Museum, and the Chicago Art Institute.  The impact has been positive at the bargaining table but the economics are still out there.

We need volunteers for Friday, November 20, 11 am to 3 pm.
Location:
Mana Fine Arts Building
888 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ

WE HAVE NO DISPUTE WITH MOISHE MANA, THIS IS STRICTLY INFORMING THE PUBLIC WE HAVE AN ISSUE WITH TERRY DOWD, INC.

 

Press:

Art handlers to vote on union representation, Chicago Tribune, April 2014

Allegations Emerge Against Mana-Terry Dowd for Intimidating Art Handlers, ArtFCity, April 2014

Open Call / Exhibition Opportunity – Art / Labor / Activism

Organization: Art Handlers Alliance / Interference Archive

Country: United States

Location: Brooklyn, NY


Call for Entry/Open Call
All Disciplines

Application Deadline: 10/16/2015


Description

The Art Handlers Alliance of New York and Interference Archive invite submissions to an exhibition addressing the history of cultural workers movements and activism within New York City. We are looking specifically at prior and current art workers movements and the strategies utilized to solicit and organize members/participants and plan and execute demonstrations. Exhibition materials include ephemera and photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, and other documentation of labor disputes and strategies for organizing workers. Artists whose works address any of the previously mentioned issues or reflect critically on the conditions of labor within the culture industry are encouraged to submit.

EXHIBITION DATES: December 3, 2015 – December 31, 2015

LOCATION: Interference Archive. 131 8th Street. #4 Brooklyn, NY 11215


Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

SUBMISSIONS:

1. Up to 5 images or link(s) to 5 minutes of video.
• File Format: JPEGs
• Dimensions: No larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side
• File Resolution: 72 DPI
2. Image list. Must include:
• Artist’s Name
• Title
• Date of Work
• Medium
• Dimensions
• You may include a brief description for each image. Optional.
3. A one-page resume/CV.
4. Artist’s statement. Optional.
5. Submit all documents as PDFs.

MEDIA ACCEPTED: Open to all media. [Video/Media artists, if selected may need to provide their own equipment. A projector and two iPads are available]

NOTIFICATION: Accepted artists will be notified via email by October 30th.

DROP OFF: Drop off of accepted artwork will be November 21st at Interference Archive from noon-4pm. Mailed artwork must arrive by November 20th and include return shipping label/postage/etc.

PICK UP: Artists (or their representative) are responsible for picking up artwork on January 8th, noon to 4pm. Return of mailed artwork with return postage will begin on January 8th.

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS: arthandlersalliance@gmail.com

DATES TO REMEMBER*:

October 16, 2015 – Entries due
November 2, 2015 – Confirm participation & ability to meet all deadlines
November 20, 2015 – Mailed artwork must be received by
November 21, 2015 – Artwork drop-off
December 3, 2015 – Opening
January 8, 2016 – Artwork pick-up
* Selected artists must be able to meet all deadline dates.

Art Handlers Alliance of New York (AHA-NY):

AHA is a group of art handlers, cultural workers, and like-minded individuals advocating for Art Handlers rights. AHA meetings offer an expanded conversation regarding the unfixed nature of ‘creative’ labor and are focused on the development of potential new forms of organization and collective bargaining to address the contemporary challenges faced by workers involved in the transport, display, storage, and preservation of art objects. The meetings are open to the public and topics of discussion include: health benefits, fair wages, job protection, better working conditions, and solidarity amongst freelance, part-time, and full-time art handlers. http://www.arthandlersalliance.org/

Interference Archive:

The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in an open stacks archival collection, publications, a study center, and public programs including as exhibitions, workshops, talks, and screenings, all of which encourage critical and creative engagement with the rich history of social movements.

The archive contains many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials.

As an all-volunteer organization, all members of our community are welcome and encouraged to shape our collection and programming; we are a space for all volunteers to learn from each other and develop new skills. We work in collaboration with like-minded projects, and encourage critical as well as creative engagement with our own histories and current struggles. http://interferencearchive.org/

Art Handler Magazine Kickstarter campaign

Art Handler Magazine needs your support. Please consider contributing to their Kickstarter campaign.

WHAT IS ART HANDLER?

ART HANDLER is a new print and online publication that deals with the social and cultural impacts of behind-the-scenes labor in the art world. The magazine reconsiders the worker in museums, galleries, studios, and other sites, both practically and theoretically. By focusing on this field, we wish to offer our readers new insight on other interactions within the art world that are normally hidden. Through a combination of photography, editorials, research, and journalism, the magazine provides a clear platform in which an essential, and often overlooked, community can voice its stories and opinions. The magazine stands as a valuable resource for a rapidly growing international workforce and will be useful to critics, artists, curators, and those interested in other perspectives. ART HANDLER magazine puts labor at the center of culture.

ABOUT THE FIRST ISSUE

By now, we have amassed considerable content with the help of friends and colleagues who worked free-of-charge, because they are not satisfied with the current coverage of the art world. The content is wide-ranging, offering both a historic and contemporary view of the role of labor in the art world.

The first Art Handler issue will feature 33 original articles under 11 sections: Features, Interviews, Pictures, Essays, Looking Back, Backstage, Fashion, Music, Trucking, How To, Annotated Reviews.

Rob van Leijsen’s article “Handling Occupied Art” provides a historical overview of art handling practices in Nazi Germany. Marshall Didier, the owner of one of New York’s oldest art handling companies, recalls what art handling was like in the seventies and writes about rebuilding DeKooning’s last easel from scratch (“Marshall Fine Arts”). “In Conversation with Chuck Close, Manolo Bustamante, and Robert Storr” looks back on the subjects’ last 50 years of behind-the-scenes experiences.

Alongside these historic reflections, Marie Lorenz and Jose Krapp (“Form Ever Follows”), and Clynton Lowry and Shane Caffrey (“Swimming With Sharks”), all practicing artists and art workers, share their experiences in today’s expanded artistic field. In “The Overqualified,” Joshua Simon puts this dual-existence of the artist-art worker into a global context, offering an in-depth analysis of the current labor conditions in the art industry.

Rozenn Canevet, who discusses the performative aspects of art handling in “Béatrice Balcou, In Praise of Gesture,” and Adam Lauder, who discusses the vanguard practices of artist Iain Baxter& and art collective N.E. Thing Co. in “Art In Transit: Carrying Case for Andy Warhol Pillow,” explore artworks whose subject is art’s backstage.
While photo essays by Matthew Monteith (“Handing Down”), Gideon Barnett (“ABMB 2014”), and Maayan Strauss (“NADA and Frieze, NY”) catch the industry in the act and provide an unprecedented glimpse into this complex system at work, photographs by Victor Hugo (“Re-exhibition“) and Richard Illés (“Art Handling in Hungary“), taken on the job, depict banal art handling encounters with surprising aesthetic value and wit.
Orlando Reade, who promotes this outside point of view in “What does the art handler know?” suggests that the art handler’s perspective presents an alternative model of viewing and understanding art—a model that if implemented could have positive social effects on its workers and everyone involved.
For more articles, visit our website! You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Here’s an exclusive video of the conversation between Chuck Close, Rob Storr, and Manolo Bustamante. Check back soon for 5 of 5!