“In Search of Utopia: The New World in the European Imaginary” at Terra Foundation Paris Center & Library

February 18, 2016
Terra Foundation Paris Center & Library

“In Search of Utopia” is the first event in the conference series “Holland-America: A Transatlantic Dialogue, from 1609 to Today,” which 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 recur throughout the conference series.


  • 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
  • Jason LaFountain, Lecturer, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Art historian and curator Jan Van der Stock speaks about In Search of Utopia 1516, an exhibition opening at Kunst Leuven VZW in autumn 2016 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, brings 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, moderates the event.

Videography by Romain Grésillon.