Terra Foundation-supported Events

“Holland-America, 1609 to Today” Conference Cycle
“In Search of Utopia: The New World in the European Imaginary”

The Holland-America series opens with a broad reflection on concepts of new worlds, exploration, and utopia. This inaugural dialogue takes a broad chronological and conceptual view, evoking ideas and questions that will recur throughout the conference series. Art historian and curator Jan Van der Stock will speak about In Search of Utopia 1516, an exhibition opening at Kunst Leuven VZW in autumn 2016 that marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s seminal work of the same title. Jason LaFountain, a specialist in early American art and literature, will bring these concepts to the Americas, addressing selected imbrications of utopian thought and creative practice from the colonial period to today. Ger Luijten, Director, Fondation Custodia, will moderate the event.


  • Jason LaFountain, Lecturer, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Jan Van der Stock, Professor in Art History, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Head of Illuminare, Centre for the Study of Medieval Art, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP by February 16 to:
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“In Search of Utopia” is the first event in the conference series “Holland-America: A Transatlantic Dialogue, from 1609 to Today.” For more information about the series, please visit: