Stephanie Rozene's "270: The Corrosive Use of Money in Politics"

Hartwick’s Rozene To Present Friday's Faculty Lecture Series

November 13, 2012

Assistant Professor of Art and Ceramics Studio Head Stephanie Rozene will present a talk entitled "The Politics of Porcelain: Symbols of Wealth in Pre-Revolutionary France and Contemporary Politics" as this month's Faculty Lecture Series. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. this Friday, November 16 in Bresee Hall's Eaton Lounge on the Hartwick College Campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

During the lecture, Rozene will be speaking about her research in London last year as a part of the Wandersee Scholar in Residence on 18th Century French Porcelain, and how that has led her to her current body of work entitled: 270: The Corrosive Use of Money in Politics.

This project, comprised of 270 plates mounted on the wall, continues Rozene's investigation into tableware and American politics, and in particular how European tableware was used as currency during the second half of the 18th century by French Kings and Queens who wished to demonstrate their wealth and power to other developed nations. 

This work builds off of Rozene's previous installation, The Politics of Porcelain, (2011) which used porcelain tableware, and a border of porcelain forms recalling rococo plasterwork to create place settings. When hung on the wall, they created three vertical tables. This act of hanging the china elevated its importance and status to that of a painting. The work sought to begin a conversation about the importance of china and its ability hold with it immense power.

270: The Corrosive Use of Money in Politics continues the investigation of French influences on American china and politics. By taking patterns and forms from two different china services, Rozene alludes to the two main political parties in the US, their relationship to money, power, and role in the upcoming presidential election (270 electoral votes are needed to elect a president), the increase of Congress' wealth from insider trading deals, and the glaring disparity between the wealthiest and poorest in our economy. Through symbolism and history, Rozene raises the question of money's influence in politics and how it affects the American people.

Rozene's lecture is the third of eight discussions during the 2012-13 academic year. Throughout the lecture series, faculty members will discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on politics, religion, art, economics, biology, and psychology.

This year's remaining faculty lecture dates, presenters, and titles (subject to change) include:

· November 16, 2012: Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene, "The Politics of Porcelain: Symbols of Wealth in Pre-revolutionary France and Contemporary Politics"

· December 7, 2012: Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Kristin Jones and Associate Professor of History Dr. Sean Kelley, "Auctions, Scrambles, and the Economics of Slave Sales in Colonial South Carolina"

· February 22, 2013: Associate Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Lisle Dalton, "Gilded Age Railroad Brotherhoods as Industrial Religion"

· March 15, 2013: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, "Where Minerals Meet Life: Fungal Weathering and Potassium Acquisition"

· April 12, 2013: Associate Professor of Art & Art History Dr. Doug Zullo, "The Soviet Occupation of Russian Orthodox Iconography"

· May 3, 2013: Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Justin Wellman, "Understanding the Dark Horse of Personality: When Will the Pessimist Win?"

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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