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Pyramid Scheme

For One Night Only!


Pyramid schemes are an unsustainable business model, tarnishing reputations in industries from finance, to art, to higher education. This unique pop-up exhibition uses the lucrative socially-networked mechanism of a pyramid scheme to generate a group exhibition surveying the work of connected artists. The pyramid scheme will not only reveal patterns and themes within contemporary art, but the social support structures which enable its creation.

In the traditional execution of a pyramid scheme, close networks of professional associates are betrayed by those operating the pyramid from the top. In an unbalanced top-heavy world, resources are scraped from those on lower rungs to support the excesses of those on top. By establishing a culturally inflected pyramid scheme, a new curatorial manifesto emerges. Art making, unlike other forms of capital production, is a generative cultural force. By creating and bringing together new artworks, a surplus value is created. This surplus is real, and vast, however unwieldy on the axis of time.  By surveying an inspiring collection of contemporary artwork for one-night-only, we get a brief glimpse of concentrated artistic institution-scaled wealth, beyond the grasp of any one individual.

February 1st, 2014

Open Hours, 12 – 10pm

5-8pm Reception, Performances 8-10pm

204 25th Street

(between 3rd and 4th Avenues)

Brooklyn, NY 11232

R train at 25th street

Contact: Nat Ward,

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