Museum of Contemporary Work
Jan 19
Feb 17 2024
exhibition in-person

The Museum of Contemporary Work is an exhibit highlighting artifacts from the recent past, present and future of work. The objects, both real and fictional, explore themes like identity, inequity, meaning and motivation. From stress balls to smartphones, each selected item is a symbol of the invisible forces at work in our work. Together, they tell stories of how our daily labours are changing—and how they are changing us.

Created and curated by Sean Hazell, the 2024 edition is the exhibition’s first showing in nearly five years and will incorporate new objects highlighting recent topics such as remote work, gig work, productivity, burnout and the impact of artificial intelligence.

Collision Gallery provided by QuadReal.


Ana Rita Morais, Bill Buxton (TBC), Derek Last, Dahlia Ishak, Elana Schlenker, Emma Jo Aiken-Klar, Julie Do, Kirstin Hammerberg, Mike Palmer, Peter Andrew Lusztyk, Sean Hazell, Tom Ruhig, Traven Benner, Stephanie Wan, Stein Wang. Final artist and contributor list still to be confirmed.


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Assorted Employee Items: Handbook (1951); 25 Year Ring (2000); Cufflinks & Tie Pin (circa 1970)
Environmental Work Portraits (Credit: Mike Palmer)
Elana Schlenker, 76<100 Pop Up Shop (2016)
"Smart" devices from Bill Buxton/Microsoft collection (generously on loan, 2018 MoCW exhibition)
Future Play, Collection by Emma Jo Aiken-Klar, PhD