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Nina Dubin (University of Illinois Chicago): Eros, Inc.: Cupid, Capital, and the Crash of 1720

Black and white print of a cupid Bernard Picart

When: Thursday, November 3, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Upenieks   (847) 491-7597

Group: Department of Art History

Category: Academic, Fine Arts


Amidst the world’s first international bubble economy, French artists enlisted Cupid, the most notoriously volatile of deities, to embody both the tumultuous expansion of credit and the trademarks of an overheated market. As exemplified in the artworks explored in this talk, the Mississippi Bubble coincided with cultural efforts (arguably ongoing) to make sense of a boom-and-bust financial system by drawing on the equally mysterious workings of love.

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