Art Workers Coalition.
The Art Workers’ Coalition (AWC) was an open coalition of artists, filmmakers, writers, critics, and museum staff that formed in New York City in January 1969. Noted members included artists Hans Haacke, Dan Graham, Carl Andre, and writer/curator Lucy Lippard. AWC’s principal aim was to pressure the city’s museums – notably the Museum of Modern Art – into implementing various reforms. These included a more open and less exclusive exhibition policy concerning the artists they exhibited and promoted: the absence of women artists and artists of color was a principal issue of contention. Through a series of protests, the coalition successfully pressured the MoMA and other museums into implementing a free admission day that still exists in certain museums to this day. The coalition’s activities eventually led to changes in how museums interact with artists, a contribution to the art world that is considered lasting in spite of the coalition’s short three year existence. The AWC ceased its activities at the end of 1971.
Aaron Rose is an artist, film director, curator and writer. From 1992-2002, he was the owner of Alleged Gallery in New York which helped launch the careers of many of today's top contemporary artists. In 2003, he co-curated the museum exhibition and accompanying catalog, Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art & Street Culture th... View moreat toured the world through 2009. Rose was also director of the feature documentary film Beautiful Losers, (ArtHouse Films/Oscilloscope) which began its theatrical run in 2008. He has also directed numerous commercials, short films and movies for television. His acclaimed documentary "Portraits of Braddock" (IFC), won the Golden Pencil award at the 2101 One Show. In 2011 he co-curated (with Roger Gastman and Jeffrey Deitch) the large-scale exhibition, Art In The Streets, which opened to record crowds at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Rose is also editor of ANP Quarterly, a free arts magazine and his publishing imprint, Alleged Press releases monographs by contemporary artists.
In late-2011, Aaron Rose co-authored (with Brian Roettinger and Mandy Kahn) "Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century Identity Crisis," a seminal book of social criticism published by Swiss company JRP-Ringier. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries internationally including Postmasters, New York, Colette, Paris and Circleculture, Berlin. As a journalist, Rose's writings have been published in i-D, Dazed and Confused, Purple, Self Service, Flash Art, and numerous exhibition catalogs.