Opening July 16, SculptureCenter is pleased to present Michael Stevenson’s The Fountain of Prosperity (2006). The work was created after the artist’s extensive research into the Phillips Machine, a.k.a. Monetary National Income Analogue Computing Machine, or MONIAC, a hydro-mechanical computer invented in 1949 by Bill Phillips with the purpose to represent fiscal and monetary flows in a national economy. The MONIAC was initially used for educational purposes, but it was eventually marketed to developing countries. Stevenson’s sculpture is inspired by this market shift, and stems largely from archival and field research in Guatemala, where the Central Bank purchased a MONIAC in 1952.
The Fountain of Prosperity is presented in collaboration with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through its VIEWING ROOM program. VIEWING ROOM is a charted journey through some recent acquisitions of the Colección’s contemporary art collection and consists of a series of events in which a single artwork from the collection is exhibited for a day, or longer, in various locations in New York City, with an accompanying public program.