In the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, creative impulses and new technologies have combined to change the way we view global currencies. Digital cash, like Bitcoin, has opened up opportunities for the world’s poor who rarely have access to traditional banking. Will future global currencies do to banking what Skype did for phone calls and the internet did for information? What are the potential economic and cultural ramifications?
Dr. William Luther, an alumnus of Capital University, went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University. Dr. Luther is primarily interested in questions of currency acceptance and the role governments play in determining commonly accepted media of exchange. Along these lines, he has written extensively on the monetary regimes of Somalia following the state collapse in 1991. More recently, Dr. Luther’s research focus has turned to Bitcoin and other forms of cyber currency.
The In ___ We Trust: Art and Money exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art was curated by Tyler Cann, CMA’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. He joined CMA in December 2012. Mr. Cann previously served as Curator of the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, and Len Lye Curator, then Curator-at-Large of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, New Zealand. He has organized numerous exhibitions, including Sarah Browne: How to use fool’s gold, Boyd & Evans: Views, My Bad: Bedwyr Williams, and Stuart Whipps: Why Contribute to the Spread of Ugliness?, for the Ikon Gallery. Through his preparatory research for the current exhibition, Mr. Cann became an expert on the creative aspects of currency and the social messages behind the artists’ work.
In partnership with: Columbus Museum of Art