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Brooklyn Museum workers rally at open house to call attention to stalled contract negotiations

Unionised workers lined the main entryway to the museum as visitors arrived for after-hours programming

Labournews

Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are on strike 'until we get the contract we deserve'

After a one-day strike failed to move negotiations forward, unionised workers at the museum have begun an indefinite strike

Philadelphia Museum of Art workers hold one-day strike

The strike by unionised employees of the museum was intended to put pressure on the administration amid protracted contract negotiations

Film review

Martine Syms's first feature film gleefully deconstructs the MFA experience

In “The African Desperate”, an art school student navigates microaggressions and social dynamics that are only slight exaggerations of art world tensions

Labournews

Staff at the Dia Art Foundation vote overwhelmingly in favour of forming a union

More than 90% of workers voted to form a union at the institution, which operates spaces in Manhattan, Beacon and the Hamptons, as well as site-specific works in Manhattan, Utah, New Mexico and Germany

Unionised workers file unfair labour charges against the Philadelphia Museum of Art

With contract negotiations well into their second year, the union claims the museum’s leadership has been “repeatedly interfering with employees’ rights”

Netflix sued for defamation by writer depicted in Anna Delvey series

Rachel Williams, a friend of Anna Sorokin’s who ultimately assisted authorities in having her arrested, claims ‘Inventing Anna’ is a “hatchet job”

Labournews

Mass Moca workers walk off the job for one-day strike

Unionised employees of the North Adams, Massachusetts museum sought to pressure the institution’s administration amid ongoing contract negotiations

Dia Art Foundation staff announce intentions to unionise

The proposed union would consist of 135 professional and non-professional staff at Dia sites in New York, Beacon, Long Island and New Mexico

Labournews

Workers at the Baltimore Museum of Art vote to form a wall-to-wall union

In a vote on 14 July, 89 workers voted to unionise while 29 voted to not, making the museum the latest US art institution to join the labour movement

A new documentary tracks the ups and downs of ‘making it’ in the contemporary art world

Kelcey Edwards’s documentary delves into some of the open secrets underpinning today’s art world

Labournews

After 18 months of negotiations, MFA Boston workers reach their first union contract

The contract was approved by 87% of union members and ensures double-digit wage and salary increases over the next three years

Faculty at the ArtCenter College of Design in Southern California vote to form union

Faculty at the school voted 60% in favour of forming the union, which will represent some 700 people

Labournews

Unionised Philadelphia Museum of Art workers rally to push contract negotiations forward

Negotiations between the union and museum leadership have been ongoing since October 2020

New York’s Jewish Museum announces formation of a union

The unionisation follows similar decisions made by the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and others

Unionsnews

Unionised workers at MOCA Los Angeles ratify first contract with museum

Negotiations between museum leadership and the union had repeatedly been delayed due to Covid-19, administrative shakeups and more issues

Whitney Museum workers protest outside the institution’s fundraising gala over union contract negotiations

Around 100 demonstrators rallied outside the institution during its gala, hoping to give greater urgency to ongoing negotiations with museum leaders

Labournews

Non-tenured faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hold rally in support of union push

If successful, they would join staff at the school and its namesake museum who voted overwhelmingly in favour of unionising in January

‘It’s not surprising, but it’s totally shocking’: artists respond to leaked US Supreme Court document threatening abortion access

Artists in the US and beyond expressed outrage, frustration and anger after a leaked draft of a decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade

Mothers with babies denied entry at New York’s Independent art fair

The fair’s Covid-19 policy effectively means that children under five cannot attend

Labournews

Staff, faculty and students at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts hold rally amid union vote and negotiations

The rally comes as faculty who have already unionised seek to secure their first contract and staff members undertake a vote to form their own union

Video artreview

The 2022 Whitney Biennial spotlights video artists who are pushing the medium forward

Works by Alfredo Jaar, Dave McKenzie and the collective Moved by the Motion are among the most powerful in the crowded exhibition

Labournews

California College of the Arts and two unions reach agreements on new contracts

The agreements come after many months of negotiations and a strike in February

AI uncovers Warhol’s true voice in Netflix documentary

The Andy Warhol Diaries foregrounds the Pop artist’s personal relationships and struggles—with an artificial intelligence Warhol as narrator

Labournews

Workers at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts move to form union

Staff at the arts centre recently informed the administration of their intention to unionise with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Labournews

California College of the Arts workers go on strike

Staff, faculty and students have joined the picket lines, some over protracted contract negotiations, others in solidarity with their colleagues

Labournews

Employees at New York City’s Jewish Museum vote to unionise

The union, if approved, will cover include workers across front-facing, administrative and curatorial departments, among others