Silver Moon or Golden Star: Local Artist Samson Young Speaks About Utopia

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Loosely taking the idealism displayed at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago as a point of departure, multimedia artist Samson Young discusses his upcoming exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.


The exhibition, Silver Moon or Golden Star: Which will you buy of me?, asks how people adapt to societal changes that they have little control over. For Young, “progress” as it was defined in the 1933 fair’s subtitle “A Century of Progress” represents a specific variant of aspirational and utopian thinking. This discussion focuses on the model homes that were designed specifically for the fair. These houses projected utopian views of the future of daily life. Young is joined in conservation with World’s Fair architectural historian, Lisa Schrenk and the conversation will be moderated by exhibition curator, Orianna Cacchione.

Young was trained as a composer and graduated with a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton University in 2013. His academic background in music has led him to incorporate elements of experimental music, sound studies and site-specific performance into his distinctive contemporary art practice. He has exhibited his work around the world, including the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, M+ Pavilion in Hong Kong, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in Manchester, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. His accolades include the 2018 Hong Kong Art Centre Honorary Fellowship, Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award, and he was named  Artist of the Year by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Please note that registration for this free event is required.


When: 13 Jun 2019 - 13 Jun 2019 Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center – 9 Justice Drive – Admiralty