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Notes on Utopia

Maya Stendhal
545 West 20th Street, 212-366-1549
March 1 - April 28, 2007
Reception: Thursday, March 15, 6 - 9 PM
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Notes on Utopia is a multimedia group exhibition eliciting a discourse on human attempts at establishing utopian foundations. The reality of utopia, now manifested only as an impractical, idealistic scheme for reform, is addressed through realizations of consequence spanning from historical to personal contemplations. Methods of dissection, re-examination, representation, and reproduction are utilized throughout the works as artistic interpretation confronts the sways of utopian permanence and transience resonating even still within contemporary life. A web project will also showcase some of the artists in literary associations advancing access to artwork through the emergence of a cooperative format. Through construction of organizations and movements enhancing the role of artist and community, such as Dada, Fluxus, The Filmmakers’ Cooperative, and Anthology Film Archives, do these artists approach the recognition and grasp of tangible utopian foundations. Notes on Utopia propels a collective, conscious stance upon the livelihood and stagnancy of utopia, always a prevalent, poignant precursor in defining the nature of human understanding and proceedings.

Artists: George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Hans Richter, Shigeko Kubota, Paula Scher, Jose Clemente Orozco, Duane Stapp, Serkan Ozkaya David Byrne, Yvelyne Wood, Henry Flynt, Ken Friedman, Owen Smith
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