I wish I could enjoy this exhibition in person!!! Congratulations, Will (and Kelly).
Direct link to the petition: http://www.infodeskpgh.org/cultural-industry-workers-declaration-of-rights/
Sad to say, I think the Carnegie institutions got their personnel ideas from dear ol' Andy Carnegie -- whose motto was something like "beat them for their dust." They are incredibly cheap with their employees, and the public can be @#$%$. Just like Andy Carnegie.
"...culture workers have every right to have a living wage and have health insurance."
This is why Econ 101 should be part of the college curriculum, including for art majors.
"Workers CP interviewed don't blame the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, for the cuts."
This is why Civics should be taught in high schools.
"'It starts to feel really demoralizing when a situation like this comes up, a federal law, and the opposite of what you hope for comes true,' says another museum worker."
This is why you shouldn't vote for a candidate who only promises 'Hope.'
The Library and Museum system are really going that extra mile to carry on Andrew Carnegie's legacy of mistreating workers!
These are the folks that help the museums function - the folks that keep the front desk, that direct visitors, that keep people from defacing priceless works of art, that build the displays and hang delicate old paintings, that sort and reshelf books, that make sure the book you requested is held for you, that tell stories to children, that create the magic in these institutions.
Without these workers the collections at these museums and libraries are just that collections. These workers bring those collections to life and bring them to the public and they don't deserve to be denied healthcare or treated like their work doesn't matter.
While this appears to read as a "correction," I don't see where anything is actually corrected--though it does provide some clarification. I did not inaccurately claim any intentions, I didn't assume who had approached whom for the license, and I think that "beautiful photographs" was more than covered by my characterization of the exhibit as a "stunning visual record."
Robert. I think you missed the point of my photographs. This was not meant to be a "political" show, reflecting on back room deals, nor was it meant to publicize the Penguins, nor was my intention to do a retrospective of 40 years of events at the Arena. Purely documentary, showing the last weeks the Arena was open and its demolition. This was a purely personal project. Although I was licensed by the SEA, it was I who approached them for permission. I was not paid by the SEA, this entire project was self financed to document the last days of the Arena and its removal. Purely a historical document, no politics involved. Just trying to make beautiful photographs.
This is a very cool installation - it is personal, and has so much emotional depth. I am curious whether Chiharu Shiota will clean this exhibit or let cobwebs and dust add another layer...
I have read many articles by this author and I find it short and to the point.
1. "The "Portal Project" is finally getting rid of one downtrodden area of Oakland, yet another one seems to be forming (or is already formed) at the "Boulevard Portal". Kind of a weird location, but not so far removed that empty buildings should be sitting there." Have you seen the proposal for the replacement? bland suburban office buildings. We can do better… See the Oakland 2025 Plan.
2. "The concerns in this article are responsible questions that should be raised, but I'm confident in Point Park's track record…." If they are responsible questions why not wait until a full plan is unveiled; preservation should not be a process of demolish ask questions later. Few buildings will/have survived this approach. PPU has not demonstrated that it cant work (technical, cost, design). An open professional problem solving workshop could resolve this. If we could do it with 5th & Forbes (GC Murphy Block) we can do it here. PPU deserve praise and so does the public/taxpayer for significant funding assistance, now and lilely in the future.
The "pay to play" aspect should trouble ALL artists. Only a n00b would pay $200 for a one night show in a bar. A gallery working on a commission is motivated to sell your art because they get paid when the work sells. When the artist pays up front, there is no motivation to sell... because they've already been paid. There are plenty of opportunities to get your art out there, and to connect with other artists. Unblurred on Penn Ave is the place to go, the place to network, the place to show.
A simple online search will detail the nationwide scam going on here. It's not going to help an artist's credibility to be associated with ANY vanity (pay to play) organization. It's a pyramid scheme, pure and simple. These type of art businesses survive by branching out--always. These websites/ galleries need to have hundreds of artist paying up front fees. These vanity spaces are not looking out for the artists' best interest in the long haul, they are merely trying to keep their exhibition space afloat.
This is beautiful work, I love seeing what self taught artists can do with there imagination!
Thanks for writing about all the projects!
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Bull shit. Fake propaganda
Marmaduke wuz robbed.
Look at THOSE pants!
Nice car for a pittsburgh poet.
Point Park has been an excellent downtown tenant and have done extraordinary work in the past 5-10 years transforming their "campus" and improving the streetscape in the blocks that encompass it. The concerns in this article are responsible questions that should be raised, but I'm confident in Point Park's track record that they will do what they can to preserve the historic integrity of the area while simultaneously making the necessary improvements to attract more people downtown and make it a more viable "community" as a whole.
Is there a projected use for the soon-to-be abandoned Playhouse in Oakland? That corner of Craft/Boulevard of the Allies already has one vacant building, as well as a gas station. Magee's putting in a new Emergency entrance on that side, and I presume this will encourage employees and visitors to use Craft Street for access instead of only Halket. The "Portal Project" is finally getting rid of one downtrodden area of Oakland, yet another one seems to be forming (or is already formed) at the "Boulevard Portal". Kind of a weird location, but not so far removed that empty buildings should be sitting there.
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