About Us

Working Assumptions is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with artists to encourage and amplify the conversation about work and family. 

Cultural Projects

SHOWING (work x family)

Showing is a photography project of Working Assumptions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Berkeley, California. The photographs combine a landmark commission of pregnant women in the workplace, a curated selection by accomplished contemporary photographers, and work by high school students who undertook WRKXFMLY, the Showing photography assignment, to photograph how work and family overlap in their own lives.

Using media technologies, viewers will be able to experience the Showing photographs in an immersive environment, surrounded by large screens and a state-of-the-art soundscape evoking the divided-attention reality of work and family. A national, multiplatform rollout is planned for late 2017.

WRKXFMLY, the Showing photography assignment, has run in 50 high schools across 12 states and the District of Columbia. We are currently signing up schools to participate for the 2017–2018 school year. WRKXFMLY is made possible in part by generous support from the Hemera Foundation.



Andrea Modica, Julie, Psychology Professor, 2012; © Andrea Modica

Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?

Our previous project was Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? Launched in 2001, Game Face included a photography book, an extensive education project, and an exhibition that opened at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arts & Industries Building. The 16-venue exhibition tour also included the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts, The Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, The Fisher Gallery at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the Courtyard Gallery at the World Financial Center in New York City, The Lowe Museum of Art at the University of Miami, and the Chicago Historical Society.

Game Face featured pictures by more than 100 photographers, including:

  • Ansel Adams
  • Tina Barney
  • Larry Fink
  • Lee Friedlander
  • Walter Iooss Jr.
  • Justine Kurland
  • Dorothea Lange
  • Annie Leibovitz
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Mary Ellen Mark
  • Ruth Orkin
  • Bill Owens
  • Sylvia Plachy
  • Walter Rosenblum

MassMutual Financial Group including OppenheimerFunds was the exclusive national sponsor. The hardcover and paperback editions of the Game Face book were published by Random House. Educational tie-ins included a cross-curriculum education kit for K–12 schools, a family activity guide, and even a Girl Scouts of the USA patch.


Kathy Switzer, NYC Marathon, New York ©1974 Ruth Orkin

“I love it … [it] takes your breath away, really.”

—Katie Couric, The TODAY Show

“What does a female athlete look like? Encountering these images [at the Smithsonian], we can be inspired, certainly, but also a little embarrassed by our surprise. How did we let ourselves stop looking in the first place?”

—Washington Post Magazine

The Working Assumptions Team

Photo Facilitators

Catalin Abagiu, Texas, 2016-2017

Jason Houston, Colorado, 2016-2017

Karen Kasmauski, Washington, D.C., 2015-2016

Greg Miller, Tennessee, 2015-2016

Joanne Miller, Maryland, and Virginia, 2016-2017

Apollonia Morrill, California, 2013-2017

Alice Proujansky, New York, 2016-2017

Ari Sturr, California, 2016-2017

Brandon Thibodeaux, Texas, 2016-2017

Trudy Wilner Stack, Arizona, 2013-2015

Project Advisors

Marnie Burke de Guzman, marketing and program development consultant

Julie Manning Magid, associate professor of business law, Kelley Venture Fellow, Indiana University

Susan Schwartzenberg, artist and curator, The Exploratorium

Marilyn Shapiro, journalist

Lynn Warshafsky, executive director, Venice Arts

John Weber, founding director, UC Santa Cruz Institute of Arts and Sciences