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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Other upcoming Olios


Mar 27

Urban Development: From Reconstruction to Gentrification

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Mar 28

Catfishing: The Artist as Trickster in Factual Fictions

Taught by Ted Barrow
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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Mar 29

Self-Love or Narcissism?

Taught by Skye Cleary
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Mar 30

Scenius Summit 2019: Apiary Book Launch

Taught by No Professor Weekend
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Apr 5

OlioMuse | Beethoven's Minor Mood

Taught by Gil Harel
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 7

Olio Breakfast Club | Death & Bagels on a Sunday Morning

Taught by Jeanne Proust
10:30 a.m. at North 3rd St. Market - Williamsburg

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Apr 9

Madame(s) X: Muses, Makers, & Shifting Identities

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 13

OlioHouse | Music & The Feast for Senses

Taught by Whitney George
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Apr 23

The Death of Art, The Rise of Image

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Apr 27

OlioHouse | Found Poetry: Composting Words

Taught by Heather O'Neill
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

May 29

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at BAM Fisher

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