Take a Number: Maura Brewer and Casey Michel

Wednesday / November 3 / 7pm - 8pm EST | 4pm - 5pm PST
Join Arlington Arts Center for a conversation about art and money laundering with artist Maura Brewer and investigative journalist Casey Michel.
In her video Private Client Services, Brewer learns how to launder money, delving into the intricacies and loopholes of the financial system. In his forthcoming book, American Kleptocracy, Michel explores the transformation of the US into the world’s largest offshore haven. The program will start with a screening of Private Client Services, followed by a conversation between Brewer and Michel about the use of art objects as vehicles to obscure the source of dubiously acquired funds.

This program is free and will take place on Zoom. Registration is required.

Take a Number: Maura Brewer and Casey Michel takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Take a Number: Artists and Bureaucracy, on view at AAC through December 18.

About the participants
Maura Brewer makes essay videos about representation, money, and the production of identity in popular culture. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA, Art in General in New York, the MCA in Chicago, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève in Geneva among other places. Her work has received press coverage in The Paris Review, Art Agenda, and the Guardian. She is a recipient of the LENS Award at LACMA, the Fellowship for Visual Arts at CCF and the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a private investigator.

Casey Michel is a New York-based writer and investigative journalist who covers illicit finance, foreign interference, trans-national money laundering, and kleptocracy for a range of outlets. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, POLITICO Magazine, The New Republic, and others. He is the author of the forthcoming book American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History, examining the U.S.’s transformation into the world’s biggest offshore haven, and who’s taken advantage – and what that’s meant for the rest of us.

He is an Adjunct Fellow with the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative, and received his Master’s degree in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe Studies from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. He is also a former Peace Corps volunteer, where he served in Kazakhstan. When he’s not trying to untangle dark money financing networks, he’s usually birding wherever he can.

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