Cosponsors
  • Alliance Program
  • The Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Organizers
  • Maggie Cao, Society of Fellows in the Humanities
  • Alex J. Taylor, Tate
  • Sophie Cras, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Notes
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

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:
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

Program

May 13, 2016  Friday

10:00am - 10:15am EST

Introductory Remarks, Maggie Cao

10:15am - 11:30am EST

Session 1: Paper
Chair

Kevin Lotery

Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Art History and Archaeology

Columbia University

Counterfeit Presentments: Photography and Forgery

Mazie Harris

Assistant Curator of the Department of Photographs

Getty Museum

Delacroix and the Currency of Classicism

Emerson Bowyer

Assistant Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Metropolitan Museum of Art

11:30am - 11:45am EST

Break

11:45am - 1:30pm EST

Session 2: Metal
Chair

Benjamin Breen

Assistant Professor of History

UC Santa Cruz

Making Money: Coins by Sculptors in 1962

Alex Taylor

Associate Professor and Academic Curator

University of Pittsburgh

Liquidation and the Artist in the Age of Metallic Currency

Allison Stielau

Postdoctoral Fellow, Early Modern Conversions Project

McGill University

Bunny Money

Jennifer Marshall

Associate Professor of North American Art

University of Minnesota

1:30pm - 2:45pm EST

Lunch Break

On view: "Artist Altered Money and Curious Currency," from the collection of Harley J. Spiller | First floor Board Room, Heyman Center

2:45pm - 4:00pm EST

Session 3: Circulation
Chair

William Deringer

Associate Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Love, Trust, Risk: Epistolary Pictures, Then and Now

Nina Dubin

Associate Professor of Art History

University of Illinois at Chicago

Horror Rigor: On the Fear of Spectacle of Frozen Capital

José Luis Falconi

Fellow, Department of History of Art and Architecture

Harvard University

4:00pm - 4:15am EST

Break

4:15pm - 5:30pm EST

Session 4: Speculation
Chair

Maggie Cao

Lecturer in Art History

Columbia University

Filiation and Affiliation: Impressionism, LLC

André Dombrowski

Associate Professor of the History of Art

University of Pennslyvania

The Weight of Financial Transactions: Transplanting the New York Stock Exchange

Sophie Cras

Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor)

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Participants
  • Emerson Bowyer Assistant Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Maggie Cao Lecturer in Art History Columbia University
  • Sophie Cras Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor) Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • André Dombrowski Associate Professor of the History of Art University of Pennsylvania
  • Nina Dubin Associate Professor of Art History University of Illinois at Chicago
  • José Luis Falconi Fellow, Department of History of Art and Architecture Harvard University
  • Mazie Harris Assistant Curator of the Department of Photographs Getty Museum
  • Jennifer Marshall Associate Professor of North American Art University of Minnesota
  • Allison Stielau Postdoctoral Fellow, Early Modern Conversions Project McGill University
  • Alex J. Taylor Associate Professor and Academic Curator University of Pittsburgh