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11/15/13 Primary Information Art Workers' Coalition Art Workers Coalition : Primary Information Dow nload Art Workers' Coalition's Open Hearing here Dow nload Art Workers' Coalition's Docum ents 1 here Background The Art Worker’s Coalition (AWC) w as a loose group of artists, w riters, and members of the creative community formed in January 1969 after the artist Takis protested the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) by removing his sculpture from their exhibition, “The Museum as Seen at the End of the
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  11/15/13 Art Workers Coalition : Primary Informationwww.primaryinformation.org/index.php?/projects/art-workers-coalition/ 1/7 Art Workers' Coalition Download Art Workers' Coalition's Open Hearing  hereDownload Art Workers' Coalition's Documents 1  here Background The Art Worker’s Coalition (AWC) was a loose group of artists, writers, andmembers of the creative community formed in January 1969 after the artist Takisprotested the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) by removing his sculpture from their exhibition, “The Museum as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age.” In the casewith Takis, the artist was concerned with his ability to control the exhibition of hiswork after it had been sold (the Museum had exhibited his work against hiswishes because they owned it and felt that their right of ownership supersededhis rights as an artist to control its exhibition).This initial protest was a spark that ignited the coalition—which gathered membersand concerns exponentially throughout the early months of 1969. At the time, the Art Workers' Coalition was concerned with the responsibility of museums to artistsand aimed their efforts at building a dialogue between themselves and MoMA. Another early issue was better representation of Black and Puerto Rican artists inMoMA as well as the other local museums. As the coalition grew in membership, so did its concerns, which the Art Workers'Coalition sought to publicly discuss at MoMA. When these efforts provedunsuccessful, the coalition held an Open Hearing   at the School of the Visual Artson April 10, 1969, in which hundreds of people attended. Written statements werecollected (some of which were read and some of which were not) and theproceedings were later transcribed. The statements were published in book formby the AWC under the name Open Hearing  . At the same time, the AWC alsopublished Documents 1  a collection of letters, press, and ephemera documentingthe formation of the Coalition and its dialogue with MoMA. Both Open Hearing   and Documents 1  can be downloaded below.Following the Open Hearing  , AWC’s emphasis broadened to address the politicaland social events and concerns of its time: racism, sexism, abortion rights,Vietnam, and Kent State, among others. With so many issues, AWC eventuallysplintered, with groups like Women Artists in Revolution, Guerilla Art Action Group,and Art Strike addressing specific concerns while remaining affiliated with AWC. Art Workers Coalition remained active through Spring of 1971, with its last protestat the Guggenheim, which had cancelled a solo exhibition by Hans Haacke, on May1, 1971. Many of its splinter groups continued throughout the 70s and 80s andwere fundamental to addressing the unequal representation of the minority andwomen artists in the art world—a battle that is still being fought today.Primary Information’s exhibition at PS1 will trace the history of the AWC througharchival documents and photographs obtained through private as well institutionalsources (including MoMA).PS122-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th AvenueLong Island City, NYJune 22 - September 22 2008For more information on the Art Workers’ Coalition, please see: Ault, Julie. Alternative Art New York, 1965 – 1985 (The Drawing Center/Universityof Minnesota), 2002.PrimaryInformation Upcoming Projects Aram SaroyanGeorge Kuchar Matthew PapichJEQUC Spencer YehCarl Andre Anthology of Concrete PoetryProjectsGuerilla Art Action GroupGenesis P-OrridgeFlorian Hecker Sarah Crowner Elad LassryLutz Bacher Rhys ChathamDestroy All MonstersMIRROR | ME AvalancheLee LozanoXXX MacarenaDan GrahamDISBAND Allan Kaprow Art Workers Coalition Aram SaroyanGreat Bear Pamphlets SeriesREAL LIFE MagazineFundraising Editions Aram Saroyan Tote Bag Alex HubbardSarah Crowner  AvalancheOnline ResourcesOnline Resources LinksSeth Siegelaub Online Archive Anti-CatalogSeth Siegelaub/Artist's RightsInfor mation AboutPress Annual Subscr iptions  Mailing List Copyright 2013Built with Indexhibit  11/15/13 Art Workers Coalition : Primary Informationwww.primaryinformation.org/index.php?/projects/art-workers-coalition/ 2/7    11/15/13 Art Workers Coalition : Primary Informationwww.primaryinformation.org/index.php?/projects/art-workers-coalition/ 3/7  © Jan van Raay   Art Workers' Coalition at PS1  11/15/13 Art Workers Coalition : Primary Informationwww.primaryinformation.org/index.php?/projects/art-workers-coalition/ 4/7    Art Workers' Coalition at PS1
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