Modern Art, the Work-Life Balance, and the Gig Economy

ILLUSTRATION BY JANNE IIVONEN

Modern Art, Gender Roles, and the Work / Life Balance

Taught by Jessica Murphy

Georgia O'Keeffe might be the most famous American woman artist of her generation, but she certainly wasn't the only one. This Olio introduces us to three other women who forged careers as professional artists in New York between 1900 and 1940. From Peggy Bacon's scenes of bohemian life to Isabel Whitney's depictions of a changing Brooklyn,  to Abastenia St. Leger Eberle's figures of immigrants and laborers, their art explored a range of subjects and styles. 

And these artists' personal stories are just as varied as their work, reminding us that the issues of "work/life balance" and women's shifting roles in male-dominated fields are nothing new. How did these three women define modern life and modern art for themselves? Join us and learn more.

Freelance and the Gig-Economy is Eating the American Dream

Taught by Ward Regan

This Olio examines the current state of employment in the US and the rise of the new economic world order. When 40% of the American work force are independent contractors and many people have steady jobs but with no benefits, it's not hard to see how the US employment landscape has changed significantly.  

The last 40 years of American economic “progress” has expanded the wealth gap to its largest in a century and introduced neoliberal business practices that put a stake in the heart of the “American Dream”. This talk will look at the different economic and political forces that have wrought these changes and how American society has been transformed.




Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue for our Friday night residency.




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Sep 17

Our Pornographic Education

Taught by Kim Nguyen
7:30 p.m. at Crystal Lake

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Sep 18

Mediated Intimacy: The Dating App Landscape

Taught by Pani Farvid
7 p.m. at Living Room

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Sep 19

* Sold Out * OlioTrip | Cienfuegos, Cuba

Taught by Teresita Levy
10 a.m. at Cienfuegos, Cuba

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Sep 23

New York, The Neoliberal City

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at The Old Stone House

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Sep 26

Living Room Salon | 'Dirty Computers', Voice & Visibility

Taught by Kashema Hutchinson
8 p.m. at Living Room

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Sep 29

Olio FieldTrip | Skateboarding and Modern Art

Taught by Ted Barrow
1 p.m. at Living Room

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Oct 4

Modern Privacy: Reclaiming Our Self Narratives

Taught by Lawrence Cappello
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Oct 15

Olio Seminar | Kafka will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About it

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

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Oct 22

The Fear of Leisure

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

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