Re-examined through the lens of money and financial speculation, classic art historical subjects—aesthetic value, form, surface, authenticity, materiality, and abstraction, to only name a few—are gaining a new, unexpected currency. That being said, much of this recent art historical scholarship has developed independently from research in economic anthropology and sociology, which highlights the multiple functions and meanings of money and the complex social dimensions of finance.

Open to faculty, students, and staff, this two-part workshop aims to start new conversations across the humanities and social sciences about the entanglements of visualization and value. The first part (10:30 am-12:00 pm) will involve a short introductory lecture by Laura Kalba (Associate Professor, Department of Art, Smith College & ACLS Frederick Burkhardt fellow, Anthropology Department, UCI), focusing on methodological issues, followed by a group discussion. For the second part (1:00 - 4:00 pm), participants are invited to read and comment upon pre-circulated works-in-progress by Nina Dubin (University of Illinois, Chicago), Laura Kalba, and Amy Ogata (University of Southern California).

Individuals wishing to attend the second part of the workshop should email Laura Kalba ( for a link to the readings.

Readings (Available April 7th, 2019):

  • Nina Dubin (Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago), Title: “Master of the World”
  • Laura Kalba (Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Associate Professor of Art, Department of Art, Smith College & ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellow, Visiting Scholar in the Anthropology Department, UCI), Title: “La Finance Illustrée: A Visual History of the Paris Stock Exchange”
  • Amy Ogata (Professor, Department of Art History, University of Southern California), Title: “Money and the Metallic in Second Empire France"

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