Join Working Forces curator, Jehra Patrick, in conversation with artists Katayoun Amjadi and Jordan Weber as they discuss their work and exhibition themes. Together with attendees they will open up a casual exchange about current concerns for constructed gender, environmental degradation, preservation of place, and art as a political agent.
Working Forces assembles 10 projects from 13 artists which employ a range of ideologies from production and consumption, the professionalization of the artist, corporate identities, manual functions, languages of management, objects of labor, support structures, and art as industry. The 1960s heralded the notion that art work, in addition to the acts of making, also describes the occupation of the artist-as-producer, and yielded the term ‘art worker.’ Currently, artists continue to assert their voice not only as a working class, but as agents of social change amidst a new boom of increased entrepreneurship, professionalization, and artistic cooption. Conceived for the Soap Factory, in Minneapolis’s post-industrial zone and home to Midwestern work ethic, the exhibition considers ‘art as a place for work,’ the workplace, and art’s role in the making – and unmaking – of economic status, class, labor, gender, race, and social dynamics.
J. Myszka Lewis
Adam Caillier and Michael Mott
Heather R. Buechler
Lindsay Foster & Mimi Cabell
Located in our upstairs Galleries – One, Two, and Three