On Friday October 4th, as a part of the 100 year anniversary Festival of the New celebration at The New School, the Museum of Capitalism hosted a collection drive in conjunction with an OPL workshop. Participants were asked to bring objects, documents, and other artifacts from the era of capitalism to be considered for inclusion in the museum’s exhibitions and related programming.
The Museum of Capitalism is an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of capitalism, through exhibitions, research, publication, collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts of capitalism, and a variety of public programming. The museum’s programs result from collaborations between a network of researchers, curators, artists, designers, filmmakers, writers, economists, historians, scientists, and non-specialists from all walks of life, including those with direct experience of capitalism. The Museum’s inaugural exhibition first appeared in Oakland, California in 2017.
Over the course of the afternoon, participants visited the museum drive with a range of items – all related to the history or memory of capitalism, or tied to a personal experience that could help others to understand or feel how life was lived under capitalism. After sharing their items and stories with museum curators, donors were invited to participate in an interactive OPL workshop, answering prompts about the meaning of their objects through a range of scores.
The event was part of the exhibition Museum of Capitalism at The New School, which appears at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, from October 30 – December 11, 2019. More information on the exhibition and related programming can be found at the Museum of Capitalism New York City page.
Find out more at www.museumofcapitalism.org.