Critical Issues Lecture Series, Featuring Lise Soskolne, March 9

It’s time for the latest in the Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice lecture series at The Henry Art Gallery. Organized by UW’s School of Art + Art History + Design and sponsored by The Boeing Company, the seven free lectures cover a range of subjects. This Thursday, March 9, it’s (a lot) about the Benjamins. New York-based activist organization¬† Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) was founded almost a decade ago to consider labor issues (and payment) between artists and institutions. Artist Lisa Soskolne has been with the group from the beginning, and is now its core organizer. Her background in nonprofit arts presenting and development at a variety of venues gives her knowledge of both sides: artist and institution. How do we imagine a sustainable relationship between nonprofits and other groups that contract artists’ work, when they themselves are often underfunded? Is the artist doomed to always be shortchanged? W.A.G.E. says “No.” We can do better, but artists need to know how to avoid being exploited. Meanwhile, Soskolne is also familiar with creating sustainable spaces for artists to create. From The Henry Art Gallery: In 2007, [Soskolne] was hired to use artists to increase the property value … Continue reading Critical Issues Lecture Series, Featuring Lise Soskolne, March 9