Cover of <i>What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art</i>. Cover Design: Nancy Nowacek, Photograph: Cesare Pietroiusti

Studio Conversations: Caroline Woolard with Ted Purves and Shane Aslan Selzer

Friday, June 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Join us for short presentations by artist Caroline Woolard and authors Shane Aslan Selzer and Ted Purves. Woolard will discuss her work on MoMA Studio: Exchange Café and Selzer and Purves will discuss their book, What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art (SUNY Press, 2014). Presentations will be followed by a conversation about critical exchange in contemporary art practices. Sheetal Prajapati moderates.

What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art
Edited by Ted Purves and Shane Aslan Selzer
SUNY Press, Albany, NY (February 2014)

What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art examines a 20-year history of shops, gifts, dinner parties, petty theft, and contract labor through a survey of artists’ projects that both occupy and model forms of exchange within contemporary society. Featuring a detailed survey of over 90 projects from across the globe, What We Want Is Free explores how these artists use the tactics and structures of exchange to connect participants to tangible goods and services, and to construct critiques of global capitalism and social interaction. This survey is accompanied by critical essays and artists’ texts exploring the underlying social history and contemporary issues that inform our readings of the work.

What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art is a revised and heavily expanded edition of What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art, which was edited by Ted Purves and published by SUNY Press in 2005. The forthcoming edition features a new introduction and added chapters on the relation of exchange practices to democracy, the commons, and object-oriented philosophy, along with an examination of the impact of ongoing globalization on the economies of artists’ projects. It also expands the scope of the project histories to include work up to the current decade and includes a new section dedicated to artist-initiated organizations and innovative models for new institutions.

Contributors include Bill Arning, Peter Coyote, Kate Fowle, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Ben Kinmont, Mary Jane Jacob, Lars Bang Larsen, Francis McIlveen, Elyse Mallouk, Cesare Pietroiusti, Ted Purves, Matthew Rana, Shane Aslan Selzer, Jörgen Svensson, and Ignacio Valero.

In conjunction with the exhibition MoMA Studio: Exchange Café

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