Reading Room

Here are a few great introductory texts covering a range of topics including alternative economies, historical art/activist movements, and the field of art workers. We will continue to add texts and topics as our reading list grows.

(please click on the link to download pdf)


list of federal art programs from 1933-43
David Sokol, The Founding of The Artists Equity Association after World War I


Lucy Lippard, “The Art Workers’ Coalition: Not a History”
Art Workers’ Coalition’s Letter to Museum of Modern Art, 1969

Alternative Economies

Ethan MIller, Solidarity Economics, Strategies for Building New Economies for the Bottom-Up and the Inside-Out

Art Workers

Julia Bryan Wilson, Introduction and Chapter 1 of “Art Workers”

Mapping the Art Economy

Andrea Fraser – Le 1% C’est Moi


Arts & Labor

The following materials have been approved for distribution
by the Arts & Labor General Assembly

Arts & Labor Statement

Open Letter to Labor Servicing the Culture Industry

End the Whitney Biennial 2014, February 24, 2012

Arts & Labor #OWS Call to NYFA: Stop Publishing Classifieds for Unpaid Internships
Feb 1, 2012