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

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

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

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephen Sewell and James Whitman at:

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

December 3 – December 31, malady 2015
Opening Reception Thursday, ambulance December 3rd 6-9pm
Curatorial Walkthrough Saturday, cialis 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.

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
Contact: Stephen Sewell and James Whitman at:

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.






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.

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.



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.


Terry Dowd, drugstore cialis Inc. is a large specialty moving, here installation, and 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.
Mana Fine Arts Building
888 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ




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

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