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|Born||1957 (age 55–56)
|Known for||Creator of the nightclub Area in New York City, and more recently of the Bowery Hotel|
Eric Goode (born 1957) is an American hotelier, restaurateur, artist, filmmaker, and conservationist. He is best known as the creator of the nightclub Area and B Bar in New York City, and more recently of the Bowery Hotel.
Born in Rhode Island in 1957 and raised in New York until the age of 8, Eric relocated with his family to California. He is the second of five children born to Marilyn Goode, a naturalist and conservationist, and Fredrick Goode, a painter and teacher. He has lived in New York City since 1977.
He began his career as an artist, educated at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and Parsons School of Design. Much of his early work was displayed in group shows with other upcoming artists of the day, the earliest in 1981 which was curated by Keith Haring. He continued to make and show his art throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s.
In 1983, Goode formed the nightclub Area with his brother, Chris Goode, and friends Shawn Hausman and Darius Azari. Area was known for its constantly changing themes and collaboration with artists of the time (Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and others). Area was Eric's first business venture where he merged art into the context of a nightclub.
In the early to mid-1990s, Eric directed several music videos, including "Help Me I am in Hell" and "Pinion" for Nine Inch Nails. He and Serge Becker earned a music video production award for their work on "Pinion."
Over the next two decades Eric opened several other nightclubs, and eventually transitioned into restaurants and then hotels, many of which in collaboration with his partners Serge Becker and more recently Sean MacPherson. His most recent projects include the Bowery Hotel and the Jane Street Hotel.
Goode is also involved in conservation efforts, especially of reptiles. In 2004 Eric began developing the Behler Chelonian Center and The Turtle Conservancy, which operate out of Southern California. The BCC/TC focuses on conservation initiatives around the world, with a focus on protecting endangered species from extinction.
Eric Goode currently lives in New York City and travels frequently to his home and conservation center in Southern California.
Most of Eric's art is created as a vitrine, or display case with three-dimensional artwork inside. Similar to Joseph Cornell, his work incorporates many aspects of assemblage. Eric's work also has notable similarities to Damien Hirst and Jeff Vaughan, especially his tendency to represent elements of the natural world in his mixed-media installations.
1981 – Group Show curated by Keith Haring, Mudd Club
1987 – “Subject Object”, Group Show, 56 Bleecker Gallery
1988 – Group Show, Bess Butler Gallery
1989 – One Man Show, Bess Cutler Gallery
1989 - “American Pie”, Group Show, Bess Cutler Gallery
1989 - “Don’t Bungle the Jungle”, Group Show, Tony Shafrazi Gallery
1989 - “New Work, New York”, Group Show, Helander Gallery
1990 – “Amnesty International”, Group Show, Tony Shafrazi Gallery
2013 - "AREA: The Exhibition", Group Show, The Hole Gallery
Nightclubs and Restaurants
1981 - The Club with no Name
1983 - Area
1988 - MK
1989 - BC (LA)
1990 - Time Cafe and Fez
1994 - B Bar & Grill
2000 - The Park
2003 - Matsuri
2003 - La Bottega
2003 - Hiro Ballroom
2006 - Waverly Inn
2007 - Gemma
- 2001 - The Maritime Hotel
- 2006 - Lafayette House
- 2007 - Bowery Hotel
- 2008 - Jane Street Hotel
|1992||Nine Inch Nails||"Help Me I am in Hell"|
|1992||Nine Inch Nails||"Pinion"|
|1993||Digital Orgasm||"Time to Believe"|
|1994||Ce Ce Peniston||"Hit by Love"|
|2005||John L. Behler Chelonian Center|
|2008||The Argentine Tortoise|
|2009||In Search of the Okinawa Leaf Turtle|
|2010||The Great Tortoise Transect|
In the last decade, Eric has devoted more time to his conservation work. In 2004 he began developing the Behler Chelonian Conservation Center. The center is an in-situ facility, not for profit NGO certified by the AZA (American Zoos and Aquariums). Its primary goal is to ensure the survival of turtle and tortoise species worldwide, and to promote the conservation of chelonian habitat in the wild. In 2008, the Turtle Conservancy was formed to manage ex-situ conservation programs with threatened turtle and tortoise species.
Goode has spent most of his life researching turtles and tortoises and has traveled to over 40 countries around the world (the Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Central America, Madagascar, Namibia, Morocco, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, India, the Caribbean Islands, and many others). Several of these trips are featured in a series of documentary films chronicling the Turtle Conservancy's conservation efforts.
In September 2011, writer William Finnegan traveled with Goode to western Madagascar to document the illegal smuggling of the critically endangered Angonoka tortoise. The article was published in The New Yorker on January 23, 2012
CBS's 60 Minutes aired a December 2012 segment hosted by Leslie Stahl, "The Race to Save the Tortoise" documenting the Turtle Conservancy's work in battling the extinction crisis of the Plowshare Tortoise in Madagascar.
Kuchling, G., Goode, E., Praschag, P. (2011) Endoscopic Imaging of Gonads, Sex Ratio and Temperature Dependent Sex Determination in Captive Bred Juvenile Burmese Star Tortoises Geochelone platynota.2011
Fritz, V., Alcalde, L., Vargas-Ramirez, M., Goode, E., Fabius-Turoblin, D., Praschag, P. (2012) Northern genetic richness and southern purity, but just one species in the Chelonoidis chilensis complex. In: Zoologica Scripta.2012
- PRNewswire- "Eric Goode's B Bar and Grill Accused of Labor Violations, According to Workers' Legal Team." Jan. 13 2010.
- crainsnewyork.com- "Workers join suit over restaurateur's labor practices." Feb. 9, 2010.
- Kiester, Ross, and Praschag, Peter. “2008-2009 Behler Chelonian Center and Turtle Conservancy Report.” TSA Turtle Survival Alliance Aug. 2009
- Carter, Stinson. “Love on the Half Shell.” Blackbook June/July 2007
- Verini, James. “Without Reservations.” Los Angeles Times 15 June 2003
- Rubenstein, Hal. “Goode Old Days.” New York Magazine 16 April 2001
- Clyde, Amy. “Sitting Pretty.” Allure May 1995
- Trebay, Guy. “Articles of Faith.” Village Voice 11 December 1984
- Saban, Stephen. “The Night of the Iguana.” The Soho News 27 May 1981
- Levin, Kim. “Anarchy in the M.C.” Village Voice 4 March 1981
- Kuchling, G., Goode, E., Praschag, P. (2011) "Endoscopic Imaging of Gonads, Sex Ratio and Temperature
Dependent Sex Determination in Captive Bred Juvenile Burmese Star Tortoises Geochelone platynota".2011
- Fritz, V., Alcalde, L., Vargas-Ramirez, M., Goode, E., Fabius-Turoblin, D., Praschag, P. (2012) "Northern
genetic richness and southern purity, but just one species in the Chelonoidis chilensis complex". In: Zoologica Scripta.2012
- Finnegan, William. "Slow and Steady." The New Yorker January 23, 2012
- "AZA Currently Certified Institutions".
- "Hotelier Fights for Turtles". New York Post. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
- "Inaugural Issue of The Tortoise". Retrieved 26 October 2012.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums Website (2012), "List of Currently Certified Related Facilities", Chelonian Conservation Center