In February, Occupy Wall Street’s Arts & Labor working group issued a call on the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to stop issuing ads for unpaid internships. Yet NYFA continues to publish the postings and why shouldn’t they, they’re everywhere. The art world is plagued by these unpaid positions that allow individuals from wealthier backgrounds to benefit from getting their foot in the door, while individuals who can’t afford the privilege of working for free — and it is a privilege — aren’t given the opportunity. When institutions and companies offer unpaid internships properly, the interns benefit from the experience and use it to supplement their education. An excellent unpaid internship is a mini-education, not a replacement for an employee.
So, that’s why this posting for an intern blogger at the Family Business gallery was troubling. Founded by former New Museum director Massimiliano Gioni and Italian art star Maurizio Cattelan, I thought it was odd that they would be seeking an intern for a position like this. The Artinfo blogger, Ben Sutton, even joked that he would be applying, along with his colleagues, but something didn’t seem right. I thought I’d test the waters and see if the position was paid or not. When I shot off an email this am to the email address listed I received this response:
No golden coins at family:( sorry:(Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
You’re telling me that a multimillionaire art star and his superstar curator/director cohort can’t afford to pay a blogger for a gallery?
Thankfully, there are signs that the “party” for unpaid internships — at least outside the art world — are coming to an end, and it’s about time.
I won’t bother you with talk about how obscenely decadent and out of touch the Frieze art fair is. And yet…
Curators Tahnee Ahtone, La Tanya S. Autry, Frederica Simmons, Dan Cameron, and Jeremy Dennis offered the public a window into their curatorial processes through the work they produced during their fellowships.
Who says tragedy has to be tragic? Co-presented with National Black Theatre, this fresh, Pulitzer-winning take on a classic centers Black joy and liberation.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Jeremy Dennis presents an exhibition to offer insight into his curatorial process.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Dan Cameron presents an email exhibition to offer insight into his curatorial process.
For the triennial’s eighth edition, work by more than 70 artists is featured in 12 exhibitions and a polyphonic program, installed at various locations throughout the German city.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Frederica Simmons presents an email exhibition to offer insight into their curatorial process.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, La Tanya S. Autry presents an exhibition to offer insight into her curatorial process.
This exhibition explores the work and short-but-impactful life of the groundbreaking ceramic artist. Now on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Tahnee Ahtone presents an email exhibition to offer insight into her curatorial process.
This week: Why does the internet hate Amber Heard? Will Congress recognize the Palestinian Nakba? And other urgent questions.
Artist Dan Jian makes the point that landscapes and memory are one and the same.