Exhibition Examines the ‘Uncertainties, Anxieties and Rewards of the Workplace’

An exhibition that examines the impact of the current economic crisis in the workplace is currently on view at The Parachute Gallery, a collaboration of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, and the Community Service Network of Greater New Haven.

“White Collar. Blue Collar. Pink Slip.” explores the uncertainties, anxieties and rewards of the workplaces that shape individuals’ identities through works featuring symbols of debt or unemployment, and abandoned or deteriorating factories whose emptiness is a stark reminder of decimated workforces. The exhibition, on view through Sept. 18, is presented by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

Represented in paintings and photographs are people at every rung of the socioeconomic ladder, from manual laborers to blue-collar workers to white-collar professionals. The works also feature employees in the retail and service industries in New Haven and their counterparts across the United States and in Europe, as well as those “living off the grid” in the southeastern United States.

Among the artists whose works are on view is Moussa Gueye, a political asylee from Mauritania who has begun his artistic career anew in the United States, who is the exhibition’s artist-in-residence. Other featured artists are Roland Becerra, Frank Bruckmann, Lucas Foglia, Douglas McGoldrick, David Ottenstein, Hank Paper, Jean Perkins, Cindy Tower and Rita Valley.

“White Collar. Blue Collar. Pink Slip.” is the first of a two-part exhibition called “Work/Place,” which examines the environments upon which human survival depends. The second part of the exhibition, “Out of House and Home,” opens in October.

The Parachute Factory is located in Building 1, Erector Square, 319 Peck St., New Haven. For gallery hours and more information about the exhibition, call the Arts Council at (203) 777-2788 or visit http://www.newhavenarts.org/programs/exhibitions/parachute.html.

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