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Andrea Fraser, Index
The Well / SMFA
January 15 - May 17, 2020


Working in performance, video, installation, and text, Andrea Fraser's conceptual practice has been associated with instutional critique. Fraser's Index (2011) and Index (2014) focuses on wealth disparity, the art market, and the concurrent rise of museums and prisons.  Originally published anonymously in the Summer 2011 issue of Artforum International, Fraser's Index (2011) shows that the greater the divide between rich and poor, the higher the price of art sold on the market.  Index II (2014) shows the 700% increase in museums and prisons built in the United States since 1980, drawing a correlation between museums, which are built to accommodate the increase in art that is bought, and prisons, which manage the increased number of people punished for poverty-related crimes during this time period. Fraser's work is presented in conjunction with Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, on view at Tisch Gallery in Aidekman Arts Center, Medford.

This work is part of Artist Response, an ongoing cross campus of historical and contemporary artists' projects responding to social crisis. Utilizing a range of critical and creative strategies, these works speak to a historical continuum of how artists reflect and resist their social moments. Organized by Abigail Satinsky, curator.