Working Thought will be a multigenerational group exhibition of 30 artists conceived of and curated by Eric Crosby that will take on issues of income inequality. Crosby’s exhibition directly considers how labor, class, relative opportunity, and wealth inform a diverse and inclusive range of contemporary artistic practice. Crosby undertook extensive exploratory travel around the United States, mindful that economic conditions that impact the thinking and output of artists vary regionally. Travel to the Pacific Northwest to visit artists and activists as well as museum curators working on new models of inclusion and artist engagement was conducted; visits to the South to meet artists and the archives at Souls Grown Deep Foundation; and the Rust-Belt and mid-Atlantic states to be on-location with filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. Crosby convened two conferences in Pittsburgh, and recorded conversations and exchanges with artists, curators, and other culture-makers to be published in print and online as a future resource for colleagues.
“I take my camera everywhere. Having a few rolls of film to develop gives me a good reason to get up in the morning.”