Our Mission To document and celebrate the artistic and cultural heritage of working people and the labor movement, and encourage understanding of their often overlooked contributions to our society.
Generations of Brooklyn
Portrait paintings of multi-generational Brooklyn families. Artist Nina Talbot interviewed each person, and intertwines their histories into the backgrounds of the portraits.
Political clothing, 1947
Labor activists could wear their politics around their necks during the campaign to repeal the 1947 Taft-Hartley law.
Exhibit – Sisters in the Brotherhood
Some women made history in the 1970s-80s by going to work every day – as truck drivers, firefighters, electricians, plumbers, carpenters.
Exhibit – Defending the Social Safety Net
The social safety net is our way of protecting the most vulnerable and is a social insurance program, not an entitlement program. A tradition as old as humanity, it is currently under attack. This 1936 poster from the Social Security Office introduces the concept to senior citizens.
Exhibit: Women Firefighters in NYC
The law gives qualified women the right to work as firefighters, but the process of making that a reality has been a struggle. Image: first transgender NYC firefighter in the 2011 NYC Pride Parade.
Exhibit - Union Square, a National Historic Landmark
Stories and images behind six large illustrated brass plaques commemorating the history of labor in New York's Union Square.
Published by the Red Engine Collective, advertising a May Day protest against the Vietnam war in Washington D.C. on May 1, 1971.
Making Work Visible – A Contest for CUNY students
The work of 2017 prizewinners in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art is now available.
"I'm surprised that of all that pain, some beauty came, "Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted as saying of this series of photographs by Bob Adelman.
Exhibit - Civil Rights History Walks into the Classroom
Funeral button for Martin Luther King. King's casket was carried by a mule-driven farm cart, symbolizing his support of the rights of poor people.
Exhibit: The Triangle Fire 100 Years After
The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire was the most devastating industrial disaster in NYC's history. Featured are images about the fire and it's aftermath, collected for the centennial.