Working Assumptions is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with artists to encourage and amplify the conversation about work and family.
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.
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.
“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
Curator and Photographer
Geoffrey co-curated the Game Face project. He was a location photographer for 20 years and taught photography extensively, including at Parsons School of Design, where he was also assistant chair of the Photography Department from 1994 to 2000. His books include Alphabet City (UC Press, 1992), Sydney and Flora (Turtle Point Press, 2009), and God Bless America (2007).
As founder and director of the Labor Project for Working Families, Netsy led the coalition that passed paid family leave in California, which covers almost every worker in the state. She also co-founded Family Values @ Work, a network of 21 states working to build a movement for family friendly workplace policies. Netsy is currently a senior fellow at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley.
President and SHOWING (work x family) Project Director
A former newspaper reporter, Jane created Showing (work x family) as well as Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?, a collaborative effort by photographers, editors, athletes, and artists that examined ideas about women’s bodies, passions, and physical strengths, and brought them to a national audience both within and beyond the photography community. The project included a museum exhibition tour, a public art node, a book, and a series of photography-based educational programs.
Apollonia’s extensive experience working with arts and cultural organizations includes 10 years as the managing editor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She also worked at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Heyday Books, and has been a creative consultant for arts, cultural, and educational organizations around the Bay Area. Passionate about the camera arts, Apollonia is also a distinguished photographer.
Adene is a Bay Area–based philanthropic advisor and social impact strategy consultant with more than 20 years of experience stewarding the vision of foundations, social entrepreneurs, and organizations.
Trudy Wilner Stack
Trudy is a writer, editor, and independent curator who works with artists and estates, and consults on photography, contemporary art, and cultural projects. Working in these contexts for over 30 years, she has held curatorial positions at The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography, Birmingham Museum of Art, International Center of Photography, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, National Museum of American Jewish History, and the City of Philadelphia. Her books include Winogrand 1964, Christenberry: Reconstruction, Art Museum, and Sea Change, among others.
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
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