Museum of Capitalism Comes to New York City with Exhibition and Artifact Donation Drive

  Daniel Bejar, Less Lethal Solutions, 2018 - Ongoing

New York, October 17, 2019 --This Fall, the Museum of Capitalism is bringing its path-breaking memorialization of capitalism to New York City, in an exhibition running October 30th – December 10th at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School’s Parsons School of Design

This latest iteration of the Museum of Capitalism features a dynamic mix of traveling artifacts and exhibits, supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award, as well as new loans and commissions from NY artists and other institutions. The exhibition traces a loose theme around borders and boundaries, both physical and conceptual — between nations, between what was known as “the economy” and related domains of political, social, and environmental concern, and between institutions like the Museum of Capitalism and The New School. 

Exhibits and artifacts on display include American flags made by prison laborers, photographs of secretive international tax-havens, and a custom-made commemorative trophy of the US Treasury’s bank bailout. Visitors can see portraits and browse interviews with actual traders from stock exchanges around the world and witness a container of motor oil that continuously refills itself in a reverse chemical spill. Among various interactive exhibits are a hand-crank machine which allows visitors to experience “minimum wage,” and another which crushes pennies, similar to those once found at amusement parks and tourist sites. Items on loan from other collections include a series of objects from the US-Mexico border and the world’s largest collection of branded pharmaceutical pens. And from the museum’s own collection, on display for the first time: a rare limited-edition print of a work by the infamous street artist Banksy acquired through the website of the multinational corporation Walmart.

These and other exhibits and artifacts were created and collected by Daniel Bejar, Ben Bigelow, Dr. Jeffrey Caren, Center for Tactical Magic, Maia Chao, Cheyenne Concepción, Mark Curran, Jennifer Dalton, Sharon Daniel, Burak Delier, Clare Dibella, Blake Fall-Conroy, Paul Farber, Gabriele Galimberti and Paolo Woods, Marisa Morán Jahn, Nina Katchadourian and Julia Meltzer, Matt Kenyon, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Jessica Kingdon, Michael Mandiberg, Nyeema Morgan, Tim Portlock, Related Tactics, Eva Rocha, Sayler / Morris, Jesse Sugarmann, and Igor Vamos.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Museum curators are also organizing a series of separate Artifact Donation events, where members of the public are invited to make appointments to bring in objects, documents, and other artifacts from the era of capitalism to be considered for inclusion in future exhibitions and related programming. All items submitted for consideration receive photographic documentation and a brief consultation with museum curators and researchers. For more information about the donation process and to book an appointment (required), visit

Other related programming includes a “Monopolies” game night on November 22 at the The New School (University Center, Event Cafe Room UL10, 63 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003), featuring historical precedents and contemporary variations on the famous board game, as well as a launch event for a new Museum of Capitalism book, and several tours, talks, film screenings, and discussions. For full event listings, visit

The Museum of Capitalism was the 2017 recipient of the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award which provided traveling support to bring the exhibition to New York City. The exhibition represents the culmination of a year-long engagement, in which curators co-taught history classes using the museum as a teaching tool and conducted collaborative research with New School students and faculty. The exhibition is also supported by The New School’s Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts, and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design. Additional support was provided by the Puffin Foundation, and Culture Ireland. 


Museum of Capitalism at The New School

The Museum of Capitalism arrives in New York City with a temporary exhibition hosted at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School. The exhibition features a mix of traveling artifacts and exhibits from the museum’s inaugural exhibition in Oakland, supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award, as well as loans and new commissions from NY artists and other institutions. Part of a year-long engagement of Museum curators with the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School and the History department at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the exhibition will include a range of educational events and other related programming. Details at


October 30–December 10, 2019


Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

The New School’s Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011


12–6pm daily (12–8pm Thursdays)

Admission free

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About the Museum of Capitalism

The Museum of Capitalism is an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of capitalism, through exhibitions, research, publication, collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts of capitalism, and a variety of public programming. The museum’s programs result from collaborations between a network of researchers, curators, artists, designers, filmmakers, writers, economists, historians, scientists, and non-specialists from all walks of life, including those with direct experience of capitalism.

About The New School

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.

About the Heilbroner Center

The Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at the New School for Social Research is a hub for interdisciplinary scholarship and applied research on capitalism. The Center promotes collaborative work between academic disciplines and fosters exchange between scholars and practitioners. It seeks to develop a common language through which the forms and processes of capitalism can be understood, analyzed, reformulated, and reformed — with rigor, with precision, and in a manner that is accessible to the broadest possible audience.

About Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design at The New School is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines, as well as online courses, degree and certificate programs. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

About the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons School of Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board of Governors Member Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Rice+Lipka Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.






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