Special Events

Art and the Monetary

Friday, The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
  • Event Videos
    Art and the Monetary Panel 1: PAPER
    Art and the Monetary Panel 2: METAL
    Art and the Monetary Panel 3: CIRCULATION
    Art and the Monetary Panel 4: Speculation

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From Manet’s single asparagus painted for a 200-franc overpayment to Duchamp’s Teeth's Loan & Trust check drawn for his dentist, the potential equivalence of art and money has been postulated as both generative and problematic. This one-day symposium considers intersections of the artistic and monetary worlds, examining the mutual concern for consumption, valuation, circulation, materiality, authenticity, and imitation that emerged from both artistic and economic spheres. In what ways are aesthetic and monetary values related? How have economic and artistic circulations mirrored one another historically? How have artists given pictorial form to speculation, credits, and other abstract forms of monetary exchange? Conversely, how have aesthetic concerns or artistic projects informed or driven economic thinking? How have the aesthetic concerns of finance evolved with shifts from metallic to paper to electronic currencies? In what ways has the material culture of money intersected or overlapped with artistic practice?

Part of the international conference series Economic Thought and the Work of Art:
Organized by: Maggie Cao, Society of Fellows in the Humanities; Alex J. Taylor, Tate; and Sophie Cras, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

London: Tate, January 22, 2016 – Invisible Hands: Markets and the Making of American Art
New York: Columbia University, May 13, 2016 ­– Art and the Monetary
Paris: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2016-17 – TBD