Info: 2013, furniture, currency, educators, tea, milk, honey dimensions variable
Texts: Conversations: What is a successful project?, BOMB (2015), Caroline Woolard Career Narrative (2017), Caroline Woolard Work Sample (2016), Critical Writing about Caroline Woolard's Work, MoMA Studio: Exchange Cafe reference book, Proposal for Free/Open/Libre Art, Solidarity Art Worlds, So you want to start a platform cooperative..., The Brooklyn Quarterly (2013)
Media: MoMA: Exchange Cafe
At Exchange Cafe, tea, milk, and honey could only be purchased with Resources, a currency that circulated the demands and desires of visitors. Exchange Cafe was developed in collaboration with MoMA’s Education Department after a year long residency at MoMA called Artists Experiment.
Video by me of this work in progress: https://vimeo.com/112338761
Caroline Woolard, installation view of Exchange Cafe, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and MoMA: Artists Experiment. Photo by Ryan Tempro.
Correspondence from 2013
Exchange Cafe is a space for dialog about critical exchange, beekeeping, prison abolition, feral trade, process, and Fluxus. We are also open at 4 West 54th Street (the free entrance) every Thursday-Sunday from 1-5pm, and Fridays from 1-8pm.
Today at 3pm: in the spirit of transparency, Pablo Helguera, Sarah Kennedy, Sheetal Prajapati and I will be in conversation (moderated by Amy Whitaker) about the process of making Exchange Cafe. More information is here: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/events/18283
This Friday, we are open late, from 1 until 8. Join a sewing circle, hear an impromptu presentation, get a resource book from Arts and Labor, or make the space your own (we have tables, books, paper, pens, wifi, air conditioning, and tea).
Next Thursday, the 20th, at 1:30pm: Jon Hendricks will be at the Cafe to talk about the relationship between Fluxus and exchange practices. http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1364
On Friday, the 21st, from 6:30-8pm: Shane Alsan Selzer, Ted Purves, and I will give short presentations followed by a conversation (moderated by Sheetal Prajapati) about critical exchange. http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/tickets/events/18285
June 30th, Exchange Cafe will have a CLOSING PARTY from 3-5pm with an awareness raising ice cream social brought by Milk Not Jails. Find your inspiration from your love of small family farms and/or your love of prison abolition and throw some heavenly cream into the mix! http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/events/18286
Hoping for dialog,
4 West 54th Street, NYC
At Exchange Café, you will be greeted by waitstaff with direct experience working in, with, and for solidarity economies. You will be offered products with political biographies: tea carried across borders, milk distributed by prison abolitionists, and honey gifted by bees. On the wall, an emergent publication about one-on-one engagement invites contributions, and TheExchangeArchive.com shows that artworks emerge in dialog between people, not in solitary isolation. With the café as a learning format, education happens in relationship to lived experience-- waitstaff Lauren Melodia and Tychist Baker are organizers for Milk Not Jails, Kenneth Edusei is an organizer for participatory budgeting in Brooklyn, and Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Forest Purnell, and Carla Aspenberg are artists engaged in practices of reciprocity. Exchange Cafe is a social space dedicated the power of one-to-one agreement.