Past Event

Art and the Monetary

May 13, 2016
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Heyman Center for the Humanities Second Floor Common Room, 74 Morningside Drive, New York

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?

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. First come, first seated. Please see the Society of Fellows in the Humanities website for additional details and a full schedule.

This event is sponsored by: the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Alliance Program and The Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University.