Snug Harbor Cultural Center, in partnership with The Vanderbilt Republic and Arts Gowanus, is pleased to present two guided tour opportunities for εὖτόπος (“Eutopia”) — a large-scale art installation by Sabrina Barrios, Sarah E. Brook, Charles Heppner, Carlton Scott Sturgill, TAXIPLASM, TJ Volonis & Dale Williams — on view until 11 September 2016 at the Main Hall, Hyphen over Shinbone Alley, Newhouse Galleries and Chinese Scholar’s Garden on Snug Harbor’s 83-acre campus at 1000 Richmond Terrace.
The term “utopia” was coined in Greek by Sir Thomas More in 1516. The word comes from the Greek: οὐ (“not”) and τόπος (“place”), meaning “no-place”, and strictly describes any non-existent society ‘described in considerable detail’. However, in standard usage, the word’s meaning has narrowed and now usually describes an unattainable social structure that is intended to be seen as considerably better than our contemporary society. “Eutopia” - derived from the Greek εὖ (“good” or “well”) and τόπος (“place”), means “good place”, and is strictly speaking the correct term to describe a positive, plausible utopia.
Curated experiences throughout Snug Harbor's landmarked, Greek-revival structures will bring forth personal connections between energy and place, focused through the lens of contemporary creative practice and facilitated by emergent, articulate creative practicioners.
+ On 28 AUGUST tours will be led by SARAH E. BROOK, TJ VOLONIS & DALE WILLIAMS.
+ On 11 SEPTEMBER tours will be led by SABRINA BARRIOS, SARAH E. BROOK, TAXIPLASM, CARLTON SCOTT STURGILL, TJ VOLONIS, DALE WILLIAMS & GEORGE DEL BARRIO (exhibition curator).
A better world is ours for the making and the tools to do the job already exist: what remains is to dispel the illusion that the work belongs to anyone but ourselves.
Eutopia, a collection of seven artists’ work, brings the word we’ve come to understand as a perfect, unattainable place back to its original Greek meaning: a positive, plausible paradise. It's a playful, at times disturbing, reimagining of the ideal: from a black light tunnel made of string, to the ominous reveal of a partial-sentence (“...On the edge of...”) left behind decades ago beneath the peeling paint of the Main Hall.
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The variation of the work — both in style and material — make the art exhibition a singular event. Blending rich history, interiors and exteriors, ornate and pastoral — the experience traversing the grounds can be both cerebral and calming. Eutopia allows Snug Harbor to be re-imagined. And Snug Harbor allows Eutopia to be re-envisioned.
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