OPENING JULY 18th
We are very excited to be a part of this years’
Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Participating as art workers, members of Bay Area Art Workers Alliance :
(in no hierarchal order)
Rebecca Ariel Silberman
Carrie Sinclair Katz
John Foster Cartwright
Jesus Landin-Torrez III
Lisa Rybovich Crallé
Nancy Arms Simon
Lex Non Scripta
Helen Grace Lanier
Brandon Drew Holmes
José Luis Íñiguez
Bay Area Art Workers Alliance Presents
at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for Bay Area Now 7
July 18th-October 5th
Opening Reception July 18th 8pm-11pm
Bay Area Art Workers Alliance presents an exhibition of works by preparators addressing the invisible labor, aesthetic vocabulary, and materials that art workers use when they install and care for the precious objects that give value to institutions like YBCA. ‘Invisible Labor’ speaks to the nature of the art preparator’s work, tasks that when proficiently executed, are rendered invisible. With this show we aim to highlight those sights and subtleties, and the fleeting tableaus that we, as art handlers, encounter daily, yet remain unseen beyond the profession.
Each of these 50 new art works are constructed using on-the-job materials informed by vantages of the preparator — behind the painting, during the paperwork, inside the crate, from truck to office to gallery — that happen between, in proximity to, and in spite of the finished exhibition.
In the collaborative spirit of the profession, BAAWA will present works generated by preparators with a strategic focus on the collective work of a community rather than one single author. As such, you won’t find artist names associated with individual pieces. This way, instead of a series of individual pieces “Invisible Labor” refers to a powerful and invisible force of workers. The anonymity not only signals the existence of a network of workers with unexpected tactics of mutual aid, it also serves to value all work by BAAWA art workers equally– whether that work is professional/un, visible/in, paid/un, discursive/silent, or art/work.
Over the course of the exhibition there will be a rotation of artworks and installations by several artist-preparators in gestures emphasizing process over result, and as a public performance of labor. Participating artists involved in the exhibition are currently working as preparators–the physical installers, facilitators and fabricators of art exhibitions–in major bay area institutions such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, de Young Museum, Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum, Southern Exposure, Kadist Art Foundation, Mills College Museum, Creative Growth, as well as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and many more. The project aims to acknowledge and celebrate this diverse community of working artists so vital to the Bay Area arts ecology.
The Bay Area Art Workers Alliance (B.A.A.W.A.) was conceived as a means of bringing together and promulgating the labor, efforts, and artistry of the art handlers of the Bay Area. BAAWA fosters a mutually supportive relationship between these art workers and their contractors, facilitating open dialogue, and providing educational resources regarding best practices for the installation, transportation, storage, and archiving of artworks. BAAWA is particularly interested in advocating for the contributions and needs of workers who have little institutional security, those who are temporary or on-call– the independent contractors, freelancers, and project-based workers.