When we picture utopia, our version involves baskets of kittens, free-flowing rivers of hot fudge, and endless time to squander on playing Angry Birds. But we’re not the first to ponder this. The idea of utopia has its roots in the writings of Plato, who proposed a system to end hunger and poverty by installing exceedingly well-educated “philosopher-kings” who would rule with the best interests of all people at heart. You can guess how well that went over. Since then, many groups have tried to forge their own perfect societies, but as history demonstrates time and again, no utopia stays utopian for long. In the worst cases a corrupt or unsympathetic leader ends up making things worse for all involved. These potentially problematic ideas of utopia and its opposite, dystopia, are explored in the new group show of... More >>>