Collective Labor: Creating and Maintaining Solidarity in the Art World and the Real World



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The Berman Museum has invited the minds behind Designing Motherhood to speak on the intersections of labor and parenthood in the arts. Join Michelle Millar Fisher and Gabriella Nelson for a conversation about their work to promote equity and transparency in the workplace and beyond through advocacy, policy-making, and community activism.

Designing Motherhood explores the arc of human reproduction through the lens of design. It has created numerous conversations related to motherhood and the systems, taboos, and inequalities associated with it. The project exists in several forms: book, public programming, Narrative Portraits, curriculum, and exhibitions at the Mütter Museum and the Center for Architecture and Design.

Michelle Millar Fisher is the co-founder of Designing Motherhood and Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts within the Contemporary Art Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work focuses on the intersections of people, power, and the material world. Passionate about gender and design, she has written widely on care work, mothering, and reproductive labor, including parenting in museums, hiding care work at work, being childfree, grief, and the architecture of maternity.

Gabriella Nelson is a member of the Maternity Care Coalition and serves on the advisory team for Designing Motherhood. As the Associate Director of Policy at the Coalition, she advocates for the best policies and practices relevant to maternal-child health and early learning. She has a strong interest in the confluence of urban policy, public health, and design. Her work aims to redesign cities, systems, and policies that oppress and work against those historically left behind.

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human reproduction, design, care giving, maternity care, motherhood, labor


Gender and Sexuality | Industrial and Product Design | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social Justice | Women's Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations


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Introduction by Lauren M. McCardel, Executive Director, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art.

Sponsored by the Arts and Lectures Committee at Ursinus College.

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Collective Labor: Creating and Maintaining Solidarity in the Art World and the Real World