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The State of the Union at the Museum of Modern Art

Members of MoMA’s biggest union have been working over 80 days without a contract, and we ask them to explain what’s going on.

Members of MoMA UAW Local 2110 during their walkout at the museum on Monday, August 6 (all photos courtesy UAW Local 2110)

This past Monday, over a hundred members of UAW Local 2110, the largest of the Museum of Modern Art’s five unions, staged a walkout just days before negotiations were set to resume. The union members, who are employed in almost every department at MoMA, have been working over 80 days without a contract.

At the MoMA walkout

I invited two members of UAW Local 2110 to talk to Hyperallergic and tell us what the state of negotiations is with one of the world’s leading museums of modern and contemporary art. I asked them about the sticking points and challenges of the negotiations this time around.

And then I talk with Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives (BAMPFA) in Berkeley, California, about the Bay Area’s evolving art scene, her current exhibition featuring two artists associated with the Mission School (Alicia McCarthy and Ruby Neri), and I ask her, how truly liberal is the art world?

A special thanks to Hellrazor for the music to this week’s episode, which features their latest album, Satan Smile. You can listen to that and more at lkhellrazor.bandcamp.com and other streaming services.

This and more in our current episode of our weekly Art Movements podcast.

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