Education Center, Mezzanine, Theater 3
*MoMa Studio: Exchange Cafe.* Photo: Martin Seck. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Join authors Ted Purves and Shane Aslan Selzer for a conversation about their book What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art (SUNY Press, 2014) and exchange and reciprocity in contemporary art practices. Organized in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist Caroline Woolard as part of the Department of Education’s Artists Experiment initiative, MoMA Studio: Exchange Café is a social space in the mezzanine of MoMA’s Education and Research building that is dedicated to exchange-based practices. Taking the form of a café, the Studio encourages visitors to question notions of reciprocity, value, and property through shared experiences. Tea, milk, and honey—products that directly engage the political economy—are available by exchange. Instead of paying with legal tender, Exchange Café patrons are invited to make a resource-based currency. Exchange Café features an interactive participatory archive, a matrix of exchange projects, and a library of books and ephemera.

Artists Experiment is an initiative in the Department of Education that brings contemporary artists into dialogue with MoMA educators to develop innovative and experimental approaches to public engagement.

The artists who participated in past years of Artists Experiment are:

Michael Rakowitz
Emily Spivack

Nina Katchadourian

Paul Ramirez Jonas
Allison Smith
The Office for Creative Research

Raúl Cárdenas Osuna
Kenneth Goldsmith
Xaviera Simmons
Caroline Woolard

This event accompanies MoMA Studio: Exchange Café.
This event is part of Artists Experiment.