The Legacy of the Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition

Via OWS Arts & Labor
The Legacy of the Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition: A Talk with Yasmin Ramirez

December 12, 2012 at 7PM
Taller Boricua
1680 Lexington Ave
New York City

In the late 1960s, art workers in New York City came together to demand reforms to the exploitive and exclusionary practices of the art world. The Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition (PRAWC), founded in 1970, followed the 1969 formation of the Art Workers Coalition (AWC), a group aimed at pressuring city museums into implementing policies such as paying artists for exhibiting their work, better representation of art by women and people of color, and free admission. Members of PRAWC were active in founding El Museo del Barrio (1969), and fought to establish institutions that reflected the culture and needs of Latino artists in New York City. Join Arts & Labor for a presentation by Yasmin Ramirez about the history and legacy of the Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition. Founding member of the PRAWC Marcos Dimas will also be present to participate in the discussion.

Yasmin Ramirez Biography
Yasmin Ramirez Ph.D. is an art historian and independent curator.  Growing up during  heyday of the Alternative Art Space Movement in New York, Yasmin Ramirez has worked at Taller Boricua, El Museo Del Barrio, The Studio Museum, The New Museum, Art in General, and Alternative Museum, Franklin Furnance and the East Village Eye. She is currently writing a book based on her dissertation: Nuyorican Vanguards: The Puerto Rican Art Movement in New York.

New Phase for Arts & Culture, What’s To Do?

As we enter a new phase here within Arts & Culture/NYCGA and the occupation of wall street movement, new discussions and new occupations are being held. This weekend marks one of the many discussions that will help inform what we as artist have done since the 60s and a discussion as to what’s to do in the next phase of the movement:

Sunday November 20th
7pm @ 16 Beaver, NYC
Art, Work, and Occupation
discussion w/Gregory Sholette @gsholette

from the 16 Beaver website:
” The evening’s event will be a teach-in and discussion with artist, critic, and educator Gregory Sholette concerning the history of artistic engagements with the politics of work since the 1960s. While focused on past traditions and initiatives, the presentation will open onto a group discussion of more recent artistic, theoretical and political developments related to concepts such as precarity, post-Fordism, immaterial labor, the cognitariat, and what Greg himself has called ”dark matter.” This discussion will consider how these histories and concepts might be (re)activated relative to the Occupy movement, including but not limited to that of New York City as it enters a ”post-Zuccotti” phase following the eviction of November 15th. Report-backs and reflections from November 17th actions are more than welcome following Greg’s presentation.”

read more: http://16beavergroup.org/11.20.11.htm