Laughing out Loud: Art, Culture and Fantasy

Date & Time: 23-24 October 2011
Venue: Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, NY

Henrietta L. Moore talks about ‘Laughing Out Loud: Art, Culture, and Fantasy’ @ the ‘Fantasy and Markets’ – Conference at Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University, NY

What makes art valuable? Why in times of crisis do people buy contemporary art? In her paper, Moore discusses whether or not investment in art can ever be seen as rational, and explores how the contemporary art market is expanding to include not just works of art, but art as a form of cultural practice. Audiences are no longer content simply to visit museums, galleries and other cultural institutions.  They want to participate, but why  are art fairs, biennials, and museum events so popular?  The contemporary art market has always been segmented, and reputation and display have been important motivators for rich collectors and for those who set the prices and assign value. However, the vast majority of participants in the expanded market for art are not purchasers and their relation to value is very different.

Read more about the conference here: ‘Fantasy & Markets’-Conference