Charlotte Edmonds | January 23, 2018
The Snite Museum of Art opened two new exhibits this past Friday: “Money Worries” and “Modern Women’s Prints”. They are on display in the special exhibition O’Shaughnessy galleries through March.
“When deciding our curatorial calendar we always consider the current conversations in society,” Gina Costa, director of public relations and marketing, said. “Artists don’t live in cultural vacuums and museums are educational resources. We carefully consider who our audience is and how we should be responding to social, political, or art historical issues.”
As curator of European art, Cheryl Snay credits “Money Worries” as being the brainchild of Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French.
“She started out interested in 18th century depictions of tax collections. It evolved into wanting visitors to think more critically about the role that money plays in our lives and why we use money as a unit of value.”
Snay said this collection is called to question who gets the assign value to money and the various forms of money and wealth throughout different cultures.
“Money becomes a way to structure our relationships as we become both lenders and borrowers,” Snay said.
This exhibit also features an installment near the entrance of the gallery that incorporates the role of money in other mediums. The Film, Theater and Television department contributed a short film compiling notable moments in film addressing money. Randy Harrison, the emerging technologies librarian for the Hesburgh Library, also contributed in designing a game inspired by ‘Monopoly’, with modern examples of wealth disparity, focusing on how life begins with unequal opportunity.