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Ericka Beckman’s You The Better



Visiting a casino in the early 1980s, Ericka Beckman was struck by the “use of human value” on display: white gamblers in elevated seats placing bets on a jai-alai game played by Mexicans in a pit below. In a new interview Beckman discusses You The Better (1983/2015), a video informed by that visit that explores chance and capitalism through game play.

You The Better is on view in the exhibition Less Than One. To learn more, click to read the transcript of curatorial assistant Victoria Sung’s interview and see Beckman’s developmental studies for You The Better.