Gold is the ultimate object of desire. Initiatives in Art and Culture announces Gold: Substance, Symbol, and Significance, a two-day conference featuring leading authorities from the worlds of mining, finance, jewelry, art, collecting, and sustainability in a multi-faceted examination of gold and its role in our culture today. The conference will take place April 8 – 9, 2011 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (Fifth Ave. @ 34th Street).
The conference considers gold it in all its forms—from mineral to ingot, from currency to jewelry—and at all stages of its production and use. Expert panelists address such topics as fluctuating gold price and investment; modern mining and sustainable extraction techniques; the impact of conflict minerals legislation; collectors and collections of gold; the history and development of gold coins and jewelry; and gold in decorative art and artifacts. An evening reception at Aaron Faber Gallery and a screening of the award-winning film, "Red Gold" complement formal sessions.