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Feb. 19: The Miller Gallery Presents, Distributes "Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics"


Eric Sloss            

The Miller Gallery Presents, Distributes "Art Work:
A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics"   

PITTSBURGH—The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University presents "Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics" through Feb. 28. The exhibit features a free newspaper and Web site of writings and images from artists, activists, writers and critics on the topic of working within depressed economies, and how that environment impacts artistic process.
"Art Work" is produced by Temporary Services, a group comprised of Chicago-based artists Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer, a 1993 graduate of Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. Temporary Services produces exhibitions, events, projects and publications that blur the distinctions between art practice and other creative endeavors.  
"Experiencing art in the places we inhabit on a daily basis remains a critical concern for us. It helps us move art from a privileged experience to one more directly related to how we live our lives. A variety of people should decide how art is seen and interpreted, rather than continuing to strictly rely on those in power," writes Temporary Services. "We are interested in art that takes engaging and empowering forms."
"Art Work" features work by Julia Bryan-Wilson, author of "Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam Era" (2009) and "Work Ethic" (2003); Holland Cotter, New York Times Art Critic and 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism; Christina Ulke, Marc Herbst and Robby Herbst, editors for The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest; Harrell Fletcher, visual artist; Futurefarmers, a collective design studio that supports art projects, artists in residencies and research interests; Justseeds: Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative; InCUBATE (Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and the Everyday); activist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artsits and the Greater Economy); FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics); Guerrilla Art Action Group; 16 Beaver Group; Teaching Artist Union; artist/organizer Robin Hewlett; and many others. The newspaper will be distributed for free throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The exhibit at the Miller Gallery includes a talk by Fischer of Temporary Services at noon on Friday, Feb. 26. Fischer will speak about the "Art Work" project, his work with Temporary Services and his experiences since graduating from Carnegie Mellon. An "Economic Depression Reception" will follow from 1 to 2 p.m. in the gallery. Fischer will lead a discussion on the art, labor and economic issues raised in "Art Work" from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 at The Waffle Shop, 125 S. Highland Avenue at Baum Blvd. All events are free and open to the public. The talk and discussion are co-organized by Carnegie Mellon's School of Art and the Miller Gallery.
The Miller Gallery encourages people to organize public discussions or readings related to the themes in "Art Work" during exhibition hours by emailing
The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon is free of admission and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, including images, downloads and an interview with Temporary Services, visit