Does Capitalism Work? with Steve Lambert

American artist Steve Lambert continues his examination of the impact of capitalism on American society in a unique dialogue wtih economics theorist and author Richard D. Wolff and psychologist Harriet Fraad, whose penetrating insights into this complex question are lucid, accessible and revelatory.

As co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, Steve Lambert is the recipient of a 2012 Organizational Grant from A Blade of Grass.

Presented in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) and Times Square Arts as part of FIAF’s 2013 Crossing the Line Festival.


Steve Lambert’s Capitalism Works for Me! (True/False) sign will be on view at select times in Times Square during the Crossing the Line Festival. Lambert invites the public to engage in one of the most discussed hot topics of our time by voting True or False to the statement “Capitalism works for me!”

About the Artist

Steve Lambert’s father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued the values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others – qualities which prepared him for life as an artist. Lambert made international news after the 2008 U.S. election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He is the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done).

Steve’s projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, and others. Lambert’s work has been featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum and The Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and been reported on internationally in outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times, and the Guardian. He was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010 and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. Steve is a perpetual autodidact with (if it matters) advanced degrees from a reputable art school and respected state university. He dropped out of high school in 1993.  For more details about the artist, please visit

About the Panelists

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008.  He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan. Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973). In 1994, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne).

His economic theories are elaborated in several books co-authored with Stephen Resnick as well as in numerous articles by them separately and together. Professor Wolff was also among the founders in 1988 of the new academic association, Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA), and its quarterly journal Rethinking Marxism. His work is available at and

Harriet Fraad is a psychotherapist-hypnotherapist in practice in New York City. She has been the president of the Psychohistory Association. She is a founding member of the feminist movement, and the journal Rethinking Marxism. For forty years, she has been committed to transforming U.S. personal and political life. She is a joint author of the book Class Struggle on the Home Front (Palgrave, 2010). She also lectures and publishes widely on the social causes and consequences of psychological problems. Dr. Fraad’s work deals with the interface between economy and psychology. With her husband, Richard Wolff, she coproduces the blog Economy and Psychology.

Capitalism Works for Me! (True/False) is supported by a grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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