Art And... Podcast: Episode 3
Money Matters and the Interconnection Between Currency and Art
On this episode of Art And..., join Mollie Wohlforth '19 as she sits down with Professor Desmond Fitz-Gibbon to discuss his course, Histories of Money, and the exhibition Money Matters: Meaning, Power, and Change in the History of Currency. Additionally, they discuss the universality of money in human history, the interconnection of image and the power of currency, and the genesis of the exhibition.
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Money comes in a surprising multitude of forms and serves a variety of functions. We can trade it, we can hoard it, we can use it to measure our debts. However, Money Matters: Meaning, Power, and Change in the History of Currency demonstrates that money is much more. The objects on view...
Exhibition tour with Associate Professor of History Desmond Fitz-Gibbon, co-curator of "Money Matters: Meaning, Power, and Change in the History of Currency," conceived with students in his course “History 252: History of Money and Finance,” Spring 2019.
Filmed by Zach Matys and edited by Meridith Richter
Money doesn’t just talk. It’s also good to think with. Assistant Professor of History Desmond Fitz-Gibbon describes some of the intriguing stories told by coins and other money-related objects in the MHCAM collection: a Spanish real with layers of history, a gold solidus with a disturbing omission, and an assignat, France’s first paper currency. Taught bienially in the spring semester, Professor Fitz-Gibbon’s History of Money course explores the meaning of money from the distant past to the present day.