with Look at Art Get Paid
Nov 1, 6:30-8:30PM
at CUE Art Foundation
This workshop invites you to join into a conversation about the cultural sector’s reckoning with labor and money. Drawing on our experiences of payment and non-payment, recognition and non-recognition, we will develop an alternative timeline of the history of the cultural sector. Cultural workers have pushed institutions to consider the ethics of who gets paid and why. Issues such as banning unpaid internships, mandatory artist fees, collective bargaining rights, protections for freelancers, and diversity, equity (or even decolonization), have entered into discussion and may even be on the table. The artists behind Look at Art. Get Paid., a socially engaged art project that pays people who don’t visit art museums to visit one as guest critics, will lead a reflection on our personal histories and experiences with these questions, before collaboratively mapping out a timeline of important milestones in the struggle for an equitable cultural industry that respects everyone’s labor.
Look at Art. Get Paid. (LAAGP) is socially engaged program founded by Maia Chao and Josephine Devanbu that centers people who don’t visit art museums as critics of the institution. Through cash payment, the program facilitates a reversal in flows of knowledge and capital, bringing new energy to discussions about equity in museums by investing in the expertise of those who haven’t been served by them. In 2019-2020, LAAGP is partnering with the Massachusetts Cultural Council to launch the pilot program via the Universal Participation Initiative (UP) across a cohort of 3 art museums in Massachusetts.