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?

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2 replies on “The State of the Union at the Museum of Modern Art”

  1. I’m a member of the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981). I well remember going to MOMA various times in 2000 to join UAW Local 2110’s picket lines during its long (134-day) strike. Not surprisingly, once again MOMA is being slimy in its dealings with these curators, conservators, retail workers, librarians, editors, and other employees. With respect, support, and solidarity.

  2. Museums serve the power structure that divides the rich and the poor. They always have and they always will.

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