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Marx@200 attendees examine  “Futures” by Andrew Ellis Johnson

April 25, 2018

Marx@200 Exhibition Recognizes Karl Marx’s Bicentennial Through Art

By Shilo Rea

Forty-one artists from around the world are participating in Marx@200, an exhibit that will run at SPACE gallery in downtown Pittsburgh through June 10.  

Curated by Carnegie Mellon University’s Kathy M. Newman, associate professor of English, and Susanne Slavick, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art, the exhibition offers a contemporary exploration of the influence of Karl Marx and his ideas. The show coincides with this year’s bicentennial of Marx’s birth on May 5th and is also a response to a resurgence in Marx’s popularity worldwide. 

In preparatory research for the exhibit, Newman noticed that over the last 10 years artists have been turning to Marx as a way to understand the crises in capitalism produced by the global financial collapse of 2008.

Read more about the Marx@200 art exhibit

Kathy M. Newman and visiting artists at Marx@200 art show

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Main story photo: Visitors to the Marx@200 exhibition view “Futures” by Andrew Ellis Johnson.

Second photo: Marx@200 curators Kathy Newman (second from left) and Susanne Slavick (second from right) with artists (from left to right), Andrew Ellis Johnson, Slinko and Blake Fall-Conroy in front of Kiluanji Kia Henda's "Karl Marx, Luanda."