ATM: Art Trumps Money

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From ArtNet.com, April 23, 2009

New York artist Steve Miller took to the Brandeis campus recently for “ATM: Art Trumps Money,” a project that involved the posting of 40 ATM signs all over the grounds, including in the museum’s own window. The gag suggests, of course, that the Brandeis trustees are treating the museum collection as a source of ready money. Brandeis professor Mark Auslander has a long commentary on Miller’s piece on YouTube, complete with footage of students making the signs. Auslander frames “ATM” both as a topical intervention and a larger point about the “a hyper-intensification of the art-capitalist nexus.”

Miller’s project coincided with Geoff Hargadon’s “Cash for Your Warhol” project, a guerrilla art prank that also involved signs posted outside the embattled museum [see Artnet News, Apr. 16, 2009].