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The AFC Guide to Inauguration Resistance Actions

by Michael Anthony Farley on January 17, 2017
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I think I have more Facebook invitations to different demonstrations in Washington D.C. and New York this Friday than I have friends. If you live within a hundred miles of either city, it’s likely you already have inauguration protest plans. For those of us not presently near the respective political and media capitals, it can feel like we’re left out of the party. But don’t fret: we’ve reached out to artists in seven cities where we have a large number of readers—Baltimore, the Bay Area, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Philadelphia—and got the scoop on where you can go while joining us in the #J20 art strike. It’s incredibly inspiring to see hundreds of thousands of RSVPs across the country and beyond. And after the demonstrations, we’ve found some fun nighttime activities to raise funds and solidarity for the long fight ahead.

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The Bronx’s “No Commission” Art Fair: Promising? Yes, but Not for Local Artists and Residents

by Elliott Brown Jr on August 17, 2016
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The story of art’s role in gentrifying urban neighborhoods is not new. But plant an art fair in the Bronx—one of the more recent instances of skyrocketing real-estate—and throw in the involvement of big-name sponsors and developers, and you have the makings of an event that won’t please everyone. That isn’t to say that locals were not involved with “No Commission NY: Art Performs,” a four-day art fair hosted at a former piano factory in the South Bronx; the art fair was aided by the vision of a culturally respected Bronx native, Swizz Beatz, a rapper, music producer, art collector, and recently appointed Chief Creative for Culture at Bacardi Limited.

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Cleaners and Porters to Protest at Sotheby’s London

by Leighann Morris on June 25, 2015
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In February of this year, cleaners and porters at London’s Sotheby’s auction house successfully campaigned to receive the London Living Wage of £9.15. The triumph was part of an extensive campaign by union United Voice of the World (UVW) to pressure both Sotheby’s and the contracted cleaning service Cleaning & Maintenance London (CCML) into negotiating several other terms for these employees, often migrant workers, who had complained of ill treatment—and unfair pay. But the victory of a living wage, among other gains, is now proving short-lived.

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May Day Protests Shut Down the Guggenheim

by Corinna Kirsch on May 1, 2015
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As first reported on Hopes & Fears, art publications, and Instagram feeds everywhere, the Gulf Labor Coalition has temporarily closed down the Guggenheim.

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Old Men, Little Girls, and Bad Paintings

by Corinna Kirsch on January 31, 2012
  • The internet might be run on cats, but this sea otter rap proves that all mammals are proper fodder for a meme. []
  • Guards at London’s National Gallery went on strike this past weekend to protest staff cuts, and they’re planning even more walk outs in the days to come. [The Guardian]
  • In preparation for the Guggenheim’s upcoming exhibition by teen prodigy Francesca Woodman, Cabinet‘s profile on another child genius, the poet Minou Drouet, provides some good background into the life and times of precocious youths. It’s filled with absurd stories – like how the French government locked “this little kitten” in a room to determine whether she wrote her own poems. [Cabinet]
  • This weekend, Tyler Green commented on NPR’s “oh-so-impressive art coverage” [MAN], an atrocious piece of journalism that asks that old and tired question, “Is Jackson Pollock really an artist?” Groan. [NPR]
  • Author Jonathan Franzen, that overly satirical writer about the failures of masculinity and the American dream, rants against ebooks, but ends up sounding like a whiny luddite who doesn’t understand kids nowadays with their new-fangled technology. [The Telegraph]
  • House arrest won’t prevent Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from hosting his own TV show. [New York Magazine]
  • So far, six people have completed the Gagosian Spot Challenge. And all they got was a lousy t-shirt. [other criteria]
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MoMA Security Confiscates Occupy Museums Banner: OM Poses Acquisition Terms [UPDATE]

by Whitney Kimball on January 20, 2012
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During last week’s Occupy Museums protest at MoMA, a red and black banner was suspended by the crowd on the fifth floor landing into the museum’s atrium. Security quickly confiscated it, and has yet to return the piece. As Occupy Museums states, institutions nationwide are negotiating with OWS art groups to acquire archival materials, so in an open letter to MoMA, OM has declared terms for the artwork’s acquisition.

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