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Object of Labor Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production

ISBN-10: 0262122901

ISBN-13: 9780262122900

Edition: 2007

Authors: Joan Livingstone, John Ploof, Anne Tyler, Carol Becker, Andries Botha

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The Object of Laborexplores the personal, political, social, and economic meaning of work in the context of art and textile production. The ubiquity of cloth in everyday life, the historically resonant relationship of textile and cloth to labor, and the tumultuous drive of globalization make the issues raised by this pubication of special interest today. The seventeen essays cover topics ranging from art-making practices to labor history and the effects of globalization as seen through art and labor. The artistsrsquo; projects--twelve striking and beautiful eight-page, full color spreads--conduct parallel investigations into art, cloth, and work. The contributors explore, from historical and personal perspectives, such subjects as the charged history of offshore garment workers; the different systems of production and consumption in factories, homes, studios, and exhibitions; the revelation of class, gender, and sexuality through cloth, costume, and textile images; textile production as commemorative acts in South Africa, the United States, and India; transnationalism, cultural hybridity, and race in the work of individual artists; lost histories of garment production and embroidery; the physical act of art-making as labor; and the value of handmade and "technologically improved" objects. Artist projects and portfolios by Susie Brandt, Nick Cave, Park Chambers, Lisa Clark, Lia Cook, Ann Hamilton, Kimsooja, Barbara Layne and Sue Rowley, Lara Lepionka, Merrill Mason, Darrel Morris, Pepoacute;n Osorio, J. Morgan Puett and Iain Kerr, Karen Reimer, Yinka Shonibare, SubRosa, Christine Tarkowski, Anne Wilson
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Book details

List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 5/18/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 446
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.498
Language: English

Joan Livingstone is an artist, Chair of the Undergraduate Division, and Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

John Ploof is an artist and Chair of the Department of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He works with his urban neighbors in Chicago on participatory public projects. As a member of the internationally acclaimed artists' collective Haha, his work has been shown at the Aperto, XLV Venice Biennale; Grimaldi Forum, Monaco; MASS MoCA; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 25, 1941. She graduated from Duke University at the age of 19 and completed graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian and bibliographer. Her first novel, If Morning Ever Comes, was published in 1964. Her other works include Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups, Digging to America, Noah's Compass and The Beginner's Goodbye. She has won several awards including the PEN Faulkner Award in 1983 for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, the 1985 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Accidental Tourist, and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons. The Accidental Tourist was adapted into a 1988 movie starring William Hurt and Geena Davis.

Introduction
Piecework: Home, Factory, Studio, Exhibit
Labor, History, and Sweatshops in the New Global Economy
That Word Which Means Smuggling Across Borders, Incorporated: The Multipled Suit
Work Now
Machine Dreams
Can You See Us Now?
Lace Curtains for Troy
Damask
Amazwi Abesifazane: Voices of Women
Amazwi Abesifazane: Reclaiming the Emotional and Public Self
Visible Links
I mean this
Stitching Women's Lives: Sujuni and Khatwa from Bihar, India
Inventory of Labor
Signifiers
Home Work
What are you making?
from Prototypes for New Understanding
Sew Your Own Stump Flag
from Trials and Turbulence
Torn and Mended: Textile Actions at Ground Zero and Beyond
Ada Lovelace and the Loom of Life
Hands on Spots
Biting and Chewing in Contemporary Art
from Soundsuits
Laboured Cloth: Translations of Hybridity in Contemporary Art
Big Boy, Leisure Lady, Gay Victorians
from Cities on the Move
Material with a Memory
An Aesthetic of Blackness: strange and oppositional Aesthetic Inheritances: history worked by hand
from indigo blue
Deco-jamming is Eco-glam!
Hand Labour and Digital Capitalism at the Chicago Board of Trade
Iron Into Lace
Artist as Insect
Endpapers
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index