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Social Saturday - Leigh Claire La Berge and Caroline Woolard / Marx for Cats

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In Caroline's current project, tentatively called The Meeting, the U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops and librarians at the Free Library in Philadelphia bring her sculptural objects to difficult meetings. A water clock, a blue-foam head, and a glass tooth are employed by the co-op movement. The objects Caroline demonstrate that interpersonal conflict is always already a reflection of structural inequities. She asks: Might objects interrupt the unavoidable antagonisms of working together?

In her recent book, Wages Against Artwork (Duke, 2019), Leigh Claire La Berge shows how socially engaged art responds to and critiques what she calls decommodified labor—the slow diminishment of wages alongside an increase in the demands of work. Outlining the ways in which socially engaged artists relate to work, labor, and wages, La Berge offers a new theorization of the relationship between art and contemporary capitalism.

Leigh Claire La Berge is Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, author of Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s (Oxford, 2014), and coeditor of Reading Capitalist Realism (Iowa, 2014).

Caroline Woolard is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Hartford, the inaugural Fellow at Moore College of Art and Design, and coauthor of Making and Being (DAP, 2019). Caroline Woolard's work has been the subject of two documentaries on PBS for Art21 and a survey of her past work will be on view at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, from August 3 through September 21, 2019. The closing reception and artist talk, part of the College’s ongoing Conversations@Moore public program series, will be held Thursday, September 12, 5–8 pm.

Earlier Event: August 2
Town Friday - Phrogz
Later Event: August 10
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