Currency Events

May 29, 2009

Recent alumni from the MFA Fine Arts Department are coordinating a series of exhibitions and events under the banner “A New Currency.” Stage one launches today at an ad hoc gallery space at 55 Delancey Street, where 31 alumni artists will show work curated by faculty member Dan Cameron. The exhibition will run from May 29 – June 28; on Wednesday, June 10 at 6pm, there will be a panel discussion around the central theme of “A New Currency”: applying new, creative methods to the task of rethinking art’s relationship to systems of exchange. Panelists include Cameron, alumnus Kate Gilmore (MFA 2002 Fine Arts), and faculty member Amy Smith-Stewart.

The second phase involves the project’s Web site,, developed by Gregg Louis (MFA 2009 Fine Arts). The site and its blog will serve as the clearing-house for information on the exhibition, including streaming video and an image feed on Flickr, in addition to planned offshoots within the U.S. and internationally. And stage three follows from the site: Participating artists will contact their friends and colleagues in other cities, encouraging them to develop their own exhibition, using the same title. The results from this stage will be exhibited later this summer at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor. For the most up-to-date information on all “A New Currency” projects, including a list of the participating artists, visit

Image: Rebecca Goyette, Anything for Max, 2009.

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