“Greek Gotham” was the first show ever to have happened in Greece comprised solely of New York-based artists. Conceived and curated by Maria Brito, “Greek Gotham” opened in the summer of 2016 at Dio Horia on the island of Mykonos and ran for five weeks. Dio Horia is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to the exploration of the dialogue between contemporary art and culture in Greece and around world. Maria Brito took over 4,000 square feet comprising the entire building of Dio Horia and presenting more than 45 artworks created by 16 of the most relevant emerging and mid-career New York-based artists including: Assume vivid astro focus, Nina Chanel Abney, Greg Bogin, Mira Dancy, Raul De Nieves, Michael Dotson, Sebastian Errazuriz, Nir Hod, Todd James, Misaki Kawai, KAWS, Robert Lazzarini, Austin Lee, Taylor McKimens, Matthew Palladino and Erik Parker. Mira Dancy and Austin Lee created site-specific murals for the show.
The exhibition drew parallels between the Ancient and Classical Greek Civilization and New York City as it is today. Greece constituted the cradle of Western Civilization and became the most important center for art, architecture, philosophy, literature, theater, music and many other disciplines whose enormous influence continues to be relevant 2,500 years after its decline. New York, as of today, enjoys a rare and privileged position as one of the most influential and culture-centric capitals in the world. The show was accompanied by a lush, full-color book written and designed by Maria Brito with an introduction by Jeffrey Deitch.