Money Worries

Jan 21, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 | Snite Museum of Art

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Artemio Rodriguez (Mexican, b. 1972), Avaricia, 2005, screenprint, 33.75 x 33.25 inches. Gift of Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, 2011.045.069 (detail)

O’Shaughnessy Galleries II & III
January 21, 2018 – March 25, 2018

Money is a frequent source of anxiety and stress in our daily lives. How do we get it? How do we keep it? What do we do with it once we have it? Bank notes are fundamentally promissory notes that generate and structure interpersonal and social relations. How does that affect our understanding of our own self-worth, the value we place on others, and our relationships to them? The “flip-side” of making value is making inequality. This exhibition aims to disrupt visitors’ received attitudes toward money, wealth, and poverty by examining various forms of antique and modern currency and anachronistic juxtapositions of historical and contemporary depictions in art of financial transactions, allegories, and portraits. Visitors will also have an opportunity to play digital or board games that challenge assumptions of “fairness” both in the artificial environment of the game and in life.

The Landlord Game is a free educational board game designed to help faculty gamify the economic dimensions of social justice for their students. Follow the link to access more information about the game and to download game materials as seen in the Money Worries exhibition.