Stephanie Rozene - 270: The Corrosive Use of Money in Politics

Hartwick’s Rozene to Launch Year-Long Art Installation

September 13, 2012

Stephanie Rozene, assistant professor of art at Hartwick College, will soon be included in a community-wide, multi-venue biennial exhibition to be held at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY. The project aims to highlight the rich talent of artists across Upstate New York, with a special focus on Central New York and the surrounding counties.

The exhibition, titled: "The Other New York (TONY): 2012" is scheduled to open on September 22, 2012. Running from September, 2012 through early January, 2013, the exhibit will include a work from Rozene titled 270: The Corrosive Use of Money in Politics. Rozene's installation, however, will be on display within the museum for the entire year, per the request of Museum Director Steven Kern.

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.

This body of work was supported by the Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar in Residence Award at Hartwick College, The Milne Family Fund and the Hartwick College Faculty Research Grant program. Assisting Rozene throughout the course of this project were Hartwick College students Alexandra Forst '13, Elliot Henry '13 and Samantha McFarland '12.

In addition to the display, there will be an alumni reception hosted by Hartwick at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY on November 20, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. At the reception, Rozene will give a gallery talk about her installation.

For more details on "The Other New York (TONY): 2012" and the Everson Museum, visit

For additional information on the upcoming Alumni Reception at the Museum, contact Director of Alumni Engagement Duncan Macdonald at 607-431-4032 or at

For additional information on the installation at the Museum, contact Rozene at 607-431-4833 or at

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