Art & Capital
The Brecht Forum (451 West St., Manhattan)
$6-15 sliding scale
Is it an accident that all of the major art museums in New York have a real-estate developer at the head of their Board of Trustees? Or that the Museum of Modern Art was founded and run by the Rockefellers? Against the idea that media and cultural activities are mere channels for organizing or ideology, Paul Werner argues that culture is deeply implicated in capitalism, and that any progressive cultural activity must begin with a thorough analysis of the economics of museums, galleries, auction houses, of distribution, of government funding and private patronage, and of the concept of Culture itself.