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Historical Society extends ‘Utopia’ • Brooklyn Paper

Historical Society extends ‘Utopia’

Grace Graupe-Pillard’s “Brooklyn Homes/Fire” is part of the “Brooklyn Utopias” show at the Brooklyn Historical Society — extended through Jan. 24.

It’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint what makes Brooklyn such a special place. Is it the brownstones? Prospect Park? The bridge? The Dutch roots? The eight-to-one Democratic advantage?

The Brooklyn Historical Society will give you two more weeks to ponder the borough’s elusive essence now that its “Brooklyn Utopias?” exhibit has been extended through Jan. 24.

Created by 30 artists, “Brooklyn Utopias?” is a merger of classic American optimism plus each individual artist’s take on living in this ever-changing burg.

“Brooklyn is an extreme representation of the experimentation of the United States in creating a Utopian Society based on making a home away from home,” said artist Ellie Balk, whose art uses simple string and paper to demonstrate the interconnectedness of Brooklyn’s residents.

“My goal for this project is to raise awareness of ideas of ‘home’ and how we are connected to our communities.”

Curator Katherine Gressel said that the show successfully address tough issues such as development and environmental sustainability thanks to the diversity of its artists.

“The theme of ‘utopia’ is interpreted in many ways,” said Gressel. “The focus is on the future, about positive visions for Brooklyn.”

“Brooklyn Utopias?” at the Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222-4111] through Jan. 24. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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