Events & Programs

Three people looking at art

How do you define work? In this three-part crash course lecture series, participants will consider both paid and unpaid labor, factories and labor unions, food production and the environment, women in the domestic sphere, and the impact of labor on the American economy.

Siblings Carmen Winant, a participating artist in Working Thought, and Gabriel Winant, historian and author of The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America, address the complexities and contradictions of domestic and feminized labor as seen through photography in their respective work.

Welfare captures the inner workings of the welfare system in the pivotal moment of the 1970s when Richard Nixon’s political campaign to reform federal social support was underway. Office staff, as well as clients, struggle to cope with and interpret the laws and regulations that govern their work and life.


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