The works in the exhibition explore intersections between historical and contemporary modes of collective organizing for better living and working conditions, connecting current and historical demands for social, racial, and economic, justice. New Demands? stresses notions of union, collective, belonging, and mutual support modes of togetherness that extend across struggles for labor justice and human and civil rights. At once angry and hopeful, New Demands? emphasizes collectivity and community, mutual support and solidarity at a time of increased polarization, intolerance, xenophobia, and exclusion.
Works in the exhibition feature slogans inspired by campaigns waged by the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union between the 1934 and 1982; an April 1967 speech by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement,; and protests against the unilateral revocation of collective bargaining rights for public sector workers in Wisconsin in 2011-2012.