COLUMBUS,Ohio – The Columbus Museum of Art presents In __ We Trust: Art and Money from October 3, 2014 to March 1, 2015. In __ We Trust is a group show featuring 26 artists and collectives from diverse international backgrounds whose work addresses the nature of money and its complex relationship to art. The exhibition presents works that use currency as a material or subject, involve transactions, precious materials, alternative forms of exchange, and explore aspects of the financial economy. Anchored by select pieces from previous decades, the exhibition focuses on work made since the 2008 financial crisis.
Artists include JSG Boggs, Sarah Cain, Susan Collis, Moyra Davey, e-flux Time/Bank, Claire Fontaine, Tom Friedman, Meshac Gaba, Ryan Gander, Ori Gersht, Roger Hiorns, William E. Jones, Komar and Melamid, Gabriel Kuri, Caleb Larsen, Shane Mecklenburger, Cildo Meireles, Ester Partegas, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Reena Spaulings, Superflex, Mark Wagner, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol and Robert Wechsler. Money is a simple fact of everyday life, as well as fundamental to our social, political and economic order. Together, these artists explore issues of representation, value and exchange that have both personal and global impact.
“The Museum has an important focus on art that explores social issues, and money has a more central place in our society, and our art, than ever before,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes. “This show helps us consider the values, symbols and relationships that circulate along with our money.”
In __ We Trust: Art and Money is CMA’s first major thematic exhibition organized by Tyler Cann, the Museum’s associate curator of contemporary art. “Although we tend to think of money as inherently valuable, its value is a convention that depends on collective states of mind like trust and confidence,” Cann says “Like money, art requires some shared belief in its potential to hold meaning.”
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