The Arcadia Center


Ben Thorp Brown’s work considers the effects of ongoing economic, environmental, and technological change.

Artist Bio

The Arcadia Center is a fictional organization that has emerged with a mission to help people further develop and practice their empathic capacity with each other and the natural world. Visitors to The Arcadia Center are invited to immerse themselves in a parallel world, a sanctuary for these dark times.


Award Year
2016
Status

In Progress


Ben Thorp Brown presents his project at the 2016 Creative Capital Retreat

BEN THORP BROWN headshot

Ben Thorp Brown

Brooklyn, NY

Ben Thorp Brown’s work considers the effects of ongoing economic, environmental, and technological change. Working with video, sculpture, and installation, his projects are often developed in dialogue with specific architectural sites and landscapes, which become settings for a fictive world. He has presented recent solo museum exhibitions of his work at the Jeu de Paume, CAPC Bordeaux, Museo Amparo, and the St. Louis Art Museum. His work has been featured in significant group exhibitions including Empathy Revisited: Designs for More Than One at the Istanbul Biennial, The Supermarket of Images at the Jeu de Paume, Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1904-2016 at The Whitney Museum, Greater New York 2015 at MoMA PS1, Image Employment at MoMA PS1, In Practice: Chance Motives at SculptureCenter, and in film festivals such as The New York Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival. His work has been reviewed in numerous media such as The New York Times, Art in America, NPR, ArtForum, Hyperallergic, Art Agenda, Mousse Magazine. He has received awards from Creative Capital, the Graham Foundation, the Shifting Foundation, and was an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. He attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and is a graduate of Williams College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.