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Capitalism Works for MeCapitalism Works for Me! (True/False), Steve Lambert. Photograph by Jake Schlichting for @TSqArts

Capitalism Works for Me! (True / False)

Sept. 20, 2013: 12:00 - 5:00 pm; Oct. 6 - 9, 2013: 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Broadway plaza btwn 46th & 47th Street

American artist Steve Lambert invited the public to engage in one of the 21st century's most discussed hot topics by voting True or False to the phrase "Capitalism works for me!"  Set amidst the bustle of Times Square in the form of a massive, attention-grabbing, illuminated scoreboard, the piece created the ultimate public forum for one of today's most complicated and important issues.

"In the United States starting a conversation about Capitalism throws red flags.  Simultaneously, capitalism is discussed daily in euphemisms like 'jobs,' 'the business climate' and whatever 'crisis' is deemed relevant.  The economic system is rarely a topic of discussion—much less alternatives or meaningful reform.  This is what art is for, what art does well.  It creates a space where new ideas and perspectives can be explored. A space unlike any other." - Steve Lambert

During the hours of operation, artist Steve Lambert and his team will ask participants to vote in relation to this statement: 'Capitalism Works for Me: True or False.'  Lambert and his team will engage participants in a few simple questions prior to voting, and responses will also be captured on video and shared online at visitsteve.com.

Presented in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of FIAF's 2013 Crossing the Line Festival.

This project is supported by a grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S.  This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Steve Lambert, Capitalism Works for Me! (True/False). September 20, October 6 -- 9, 2013. Video by Jay Buim for @TSqArts

capitalism and podiumCapitalism Works for Me! (True/False), Steve Lambert. Photograph by Jake Schlichting for @TSqArts

capitalism podium girlsCapitalism Works for Me! (True/False), Steve Lambert. Photograph by Jake Schlichting for @TSqArts

steve lambert with voterCapitalism Works for Me! (True/False), Steve Lambert. Photograph by Jake Schlichting for @TSqArts


About the Artist:

Steve Lambert's father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued the values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others - qualities which prepared him for life as an artist.  Lambert made international news after the 2008 U.S. election with The New York Times "Special Edition," a replica announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news.  He is the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done).

Steve's projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, and others. Lambert's work has been featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum and The Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and been reported on internationally in outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times, and the Guardian.  He was a Senior Fellow at New York's Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010 and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. Steve is a perpetual autodidact with (if it matters) advanced degrees from a reputable art school and respected state university. He dropped out of high school in 1993.  For more details about the artist, please visit http://visitsteve.com.


Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line is the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)'s annual fall festival, presenting interdisciplinary works and performances in New York. The festival explores the dialogue between artist and public, and examines how artists help re-imagine the world as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. Crossing the Line is initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading cultural institutions. The festival's seventh edition takes place this year from September 19-October 13, 2013. For details, please visit fiaf.org/ctl.

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French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. For more information, please visit fiaf.org.