Fiat - Experiments in Financial Semantics
Curated by: Brian T. McCarthy & Ernst Fischer
Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 6-9pm
Exhibition: November 14 - December 2, 2011
List of artists (provisional):
Eric Scott Hunsader
Reading Room (after Rodchenko)
“I can make more generals, but horses cost money.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Art becomes interested in the code of money when money as we know it is in structural or systemic crisis. At the present moment, money’s functioning as a store of value is in question, and as its grip on the material world is loosening, its role as pure sign comes to the fore. For a brief time, it appears as a freely re-assignable means of social exchange. We are interested in artists that seize on such chances to reshape dominant systems of value and belief, people that understand the risk of this undertaking, and the productive possibilities of failure. Finance has become a central subject of critical metaphysics. We think it fertile to consider every economist an artist, and every artist an economist, and wish to both explore the financialization of high art and the art of high finance, as well as speculate as to what may lie outside this figure of eight.
The exhibits are fragments that aim to span a cognitive map across the gallery space, which becomes a place for creative inquiry. The heart of the exhibition will be a library of suggested readings in the spirit of Rodchenko’s worker’s club, chairs around a table and a samovar. We will organize talks and discussions with artists and economists alike.
Night One: The Exorbitant - High Finance Considered as Cultural Practice
Friday, November 18, 6pm -9pm
Reinhold Martin, director of Columbia’s P.hd. Program in Architecture in conversation with Brian McCarthy and Ernst Fischer
Performance by Occupy Columbia
Night Two: Models for Suspension and the Other of Finance
Wednesday, November 30, 6pm – late
Brian Holmes, Professor of Philosopy at the European Graduate School, Maliha Safri, Assistant Professor of Economics at Drew Universitys and members from the OWS alternative economy working group, moderated by Brian McCarthy and Ernst Fischer.
Night Three: Spectral Value - Art Through the Financial Prism
Thursday, December 1, 6pm-10pm
Artists Renée Green, Robert Sember, and Jesal Kapadia, moderated by Brian McCarthy and Ernst Fischer
LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts
310 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street), (212) 854-7641
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
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Curated by Robin Cameron and Kari Cwynar
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 5-7pm
Exhibition: January 18 - February 10, 2011
For information on past exhibitions please visit:
The LeRoy Neiman Exhibition Archive