The Museum of Capitalism is pleased to announce an extension of our presence in New York City with the loan of a set of artifacts of capitalist housing to the exhibition “After the Plaster Foundation, or, ‘Where can we live?’” opening September 16 2020 at the Queens Museum. The MOC exhibit includes a collection of historical barbed wire fencing, an incredible specimen of antique white picket fencing, photographic documentation of subdivision monument signs, and a variety of implements of property speculation, among other artifacts, and also includes a large temporary monument to redlining in the historic atrium of the Queens Museum building. For more information on the MOC exhibit, click here. The exhibition runs through Jan 17 2021, and visitation to the museum involves CDC-recommended safety protocols. Check queensmuseum.org/visit for details.
The MOC exhibit includes a free online supplement called "Communicability: Landlord-Tenant Relations in a Pandemic,” comprised of a curated collection of messages sent primarily from landlords to tenants during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Together, they represent a range of landlord-tenant interactions arising from the pandemic-triggered economic crisis, and offer a glimpse into the workings of rentier capitalism. Click here to access the online supplement directly.
For those who can't make it to New York, you can still buy the Museum of Capitalism book, in a new expanded edition, here.
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Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.
– Milton Friedman