Art Handling Symposium

Saturday 03.28.2015 | 11am – 5:30pm

Art Handler will host a series of talks and presentations by artists, art handlers, critics, activists, administrators, assistants, and other art professionals. The series frames art as an industry and fosters a dialog between art laborers and art producers.


11 – 11:30am
Introduction - Clynton Lowry and Maayan Strauss

11:30 – 1:00pm
Art Handling Veterans panel discussion
Moderator: Paddy Johnson (founding editor, Art F City) Panelists: Marshall Didier (owner, Marshall Fine Arts), Jonathan Schwartz (CEO, Atelier 4), and Tom Zoufaly (owner, Art Installation Designs)

11:30 – 1:00pm
Salvage Art Institute presentation
Presenter: Elka Krajewska (president and founder, Salvage Art Institute)

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30 – 4:00pm
The Artist-Worker panel discussion
Moderator: David Joselit (art historian, critic) Panelists: Arlen Austin (artist, Hanns Eisler Nail Salon), Matthew Booth (artist, TopTop), Noah Fischer (artist, Occupy Museums, Gulf Labor), Jesse Greenberg (artist, 247365), Maayan Strauss (artist, Container Artist Residency, Sushi Bar Gallery), and Jacques Louis Vidal (artist, Know MoreGames)

4:00 – 5:30pm
Organized Art Workers panel discussion Moderator: Brian Kuan Wood (founding editor, e-flux journal) Panelists: Antonio Serna (OWS Arts & Labor), Lise Soskolne (W.A.G.E.), Susan Jahoda (BFAMFAPhD), Caroline Woolard (BFAMFAPhD), Stephen Sewell (Art Handlers Alliance) and Julian Tysh (Teamsters Local 814, Art Handlers Alliance)


Art Handling Veterans Three veteran owners of leading art handling companies will provide a historical overview of the craft and industry that reaches back to the 1970s. The discussion will illustrate the emergence of art handling logistics and infrastructures as well as a community of workers that continues to grow today.

No Longer Art Elka Krajewska, founder of Salvage Art Institute, will present her research on artwork that is removed from market circulation due to a 'total loss’ of value. The presentation will explore the realm of art insurance and the practical and theoretical consequences that emerge from artwork becoming ”no-longer art.”

The Artist Worker This panel will depart from a traditional division between cultural production and cultural labor. Many artists hold more than one position in the art field and typically favor such fluidity as an extension of their practice. Yet this desire for a fluid system often disappears when it comes to high and low divisions. This panel will invite a progressive discussion on the relationship between the multiple positions artists hold in the industry, as both cultural producers and cultural laborers. Discussions hope to further the idea that any position of labor can be an extension, or a root, of creative theory and practice.

Organized Art Workers This panel presents actions, strategies, and perspectives of consolidating workers in the art field. Panelists will discuss the general ambition to organize workers, as well as the distinction between different organizing strategies. Discussions will be framed by considering the challenges in implementing unionizing methods from other industries. Ultimately, the participants are asked to envision the possibilities of standardization and how this could benefit artists and workers alike.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information or inquires contact us at: