Work After Work

April 28, 2011 - May 8, 2011
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Garage Top at the Mackey Apartment Building
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
1137 S. Cochran Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019


Michael Asher
Eternal Telethon
Andrea Fraser
Alex Israel
Sharon Lockhart
Yvonne Rainer
State of the Arts
Kenneth Tam
Anton Vidokle
Carey Young

The Master of Public Art Studies Program: Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts is pleased to announce “Work After Work,” an exhibition, program of events, and accompanying catalog. “Work After Work” is organized by graduating students in the MPAS program as part of a curatorial practicum, and represents the collaborative culmination of two years of research and study.

The project explores issues of artistic production and labor, and is motivated by a keen awareness of how the current economic situation applies particular pressures on the many connotations of artistic “work.” It is a crucial moment to reexamine the shifting value, both economic and cultural, of artistic labor and to explore the ways in which artists navigate, resist, and reproduce these values. Each of the participating artists in the exhibition implement distinct methodologies for transforming the economic conditions of their artistic activities: from reflections on artistic practice as labor and entrepreneurial venture; to developing practical contracts that enforce artist fee structures; to resisting the speculative art market by offering unlimited multiples; to conceptualizations of artistic service provision, among others. Beyond evidencing economic models, the exhibition aims to reveal the shifts in political and social dynamics that artists face when negotiating the conditions of production, reception, and consumption of art.

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Work After Work” will present a program of artist conversations, panel discussions, screenings, and performances: 

6–9 pm: Opening Reception

3 pm: Instruction of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A by Sara Wookey
5 pm: Transmission: A conversation with Yvonne Rainer and Sara Wookey

1 pm: A conversation with Alex Israel
3 pm: Negotiating Institutional Relationships: A discussion with W.A.G.E., Sue Bell Yank and Robby Herbst

11 am: Eternal Telethon: Performance and online broadcast at 

12 noon: Film Screening: Sharon Lockhart, Lunch Break (2008), 80 minutes