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Working Artists and the Greater Economy

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1035 North Miami Avenue

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Join us for a lecture by Lise Soskolne, artist and core organizer of W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), a NY based activist organization that establishes sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract their work.

For nearly a decade W.A.G.E. has maintained a strict focus on regulating the payment of artist fees in the nonprofit sector in order to define the relation between artists and institutions as being one of labor and not charity. Unlike other labor campaigns that advocate for increases in minimum or living wages, W.A.G.E campaigns to recognize artists as workers and compensate them as such.

This talk takes up the question of how what artists do is both like and unlike other forms of contemporary work, and how W.A.G.E.’s new approach to coalition building with institutions might provide the conditions necessary for collective mobilization around a shared politics of labor.

This program is presented as part of The Recalibrated Institution, ArtCenter’s fall Fellowship Program in collaboration with the Bureau for Cultural Strategies (BUX).



Lise Soskolne is a Canadian-born visual artist living and working in New York. She is the core organizer of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), a New York-based activist group that focuses on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between cultural producers and the institutions that contract their labor.

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