A Mad Tea Party

September 13, 2018-January 6, 2019

A.M.T.P. (A Mad Tea Party), 2018

Ioanna Pantazopoulou

Wood, stainless steel teapots, artificial palm tree, Rainbow static dusters, crystals, mixed media

Dimensions Variable

BAM Harvey Theater

651 Fulton St

Brooklyn, NY 11217

On view from September 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Accessible to all BAM Harvey Theater ticket holders.

The Onassis Cultural Center New York and BAM are pleased to present a new artwork by Brooklyn-based Greek artist Ioanna Pantazopoulou, commissioned by Onassis Culture. Titled “A.M.T.P. (A Mad Tea Party),” this sprawling hanging sculpture suspends from the ceiling as a topsy-turvy, upside-down tea party with cups and saucers on chairs, architectural teapot mountains, c olorful dusters and crystals under a life-size fake palm tree. Dining accouterments become undomesticated, while furniture is sliced like food. Dissected and reconfigured, very practical objects transform into the unworkable. Such deconstruction guards against the belief that the world is simple and can be known with certainty.

Pantazopoulou’s commission is part of the broader programmatic series, co-presented with the Onassis Cultural Center New York, Speaking Truth to Power—a deep investigation of individuals, institutions, and movements that disrupt the hierarchy of power to bring forth truth about questions and issues facing our society at large, through performance, film, discussion, and visual art. In deconstructing material culture – a manifestation of capitalistic power—and embracing disorder, Ioanna’s work criticizes our often-tacit acceptance of excess and invites audiences to reinterpret our relationship to materialistic consumption that has become endemic in contemporary society.

Artist bio:

Ioanna Pantazopoulou is a Brooklyn-based Greek artist who creates ephemeral monuments and large installations that aim to disrupt, transform and challenge the habitual approach one takes to space and objects. She received her BA with honors in Fine Art Painting and her MA in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. She has exhibited internationally and she been the feature of recent solo/two-person exhibitions at Ileana Tounta Contemporary Arts Center in Athens, Situations Gallery in New York, Safe Gallery in Brooklyn, and Culture Lab in West Palm Beach.