Two Types of Value

William Sylvester and Bayeté Ross Smith are two of the collaborators on Question Bridge, a project that aims to represent and redefine black male identity in America through a question and answer exchange that addresses the economic, political, geographic and generational divisions for black men. This project is composed of many voices that illuminate the complexity of character that is often flattened by racial and gender categories. In so doing, it grants agency to the individual in authoring the complexity of being a black male in this country. It also illustrates and generates community through the use of media in building dialogue around the subject of identity.   Check out Will and Bayeté’s profile.

  • What is the social value of an artwork? 
  • Is social value greater or lesser than market value? 
  • Are these in opposition to each other or do they intersect?
  • How do these two values influence the way artwork is appreciated in general? 

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