Story posted September 21, 2010
The last twenty years have seen huge fluctuations of wealth, global power shifts and the emergence of a new world economy.
Informed by these factors and inspired by the image of Mikhail Gorbachev as a spokesmodel for luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton — against what remains of the Berlin Wall — David E. Little '85 curated the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) exhibition, Embarrassment of Riches.
"I thought, What is going on here?" says Little, curator and head of the MIA's department of photography and new media, in an article in W magazine. "In the '80s who could have ever imagined this?"
Amid the exhibition's images of a polo match in Dubai and a Lexus showroom in Shanghai is a work by acclaimed artist Abelardo Morell '71 depicting 39 gold bars.