Taking its title from a Sonic Youth album—the New Museum’s latest exhibition “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” takes us on a whirlwind ride back to a pivotal moment in the history of New York’s art scene.
Impacted by the economic downturn, international conflicts, the AIDS epidemic, and debates on gay rights and gun control—the dramatic events which unfolded provided the background and source material for many of the city’s artists.
It was a period of vigorous creative expression and one which was to define the art of that era.
It was also during this time that many African-American, Asian-American and Latino artists, whom have long been shuttered from the mainstream, came into prominence.
Nari Ward’s Amazing Grace installation, which has been recreated for the first time for 1993, is housed next door at the New Museum’s annex at 231 Bowery; Art Club 2000’s humorous group portraits of its members decked out in Gap outfits parading around the city reflects on consumerism and identity politics; Nan Goldin’s Gilles and Gotscho series, an achingly beautiful portrait of love and loss; the exhibition also features prominent works which was first shown at the 1993 Whitney Biennial, like Pepón Osorio’s “The Scene of the Crime (Whose Crime?)“, Matthew Barney, Cindy Sherman and Janine Antoni.
The artworks presented in “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” not only remind us and make us yearn for a time past, they also serve as cultural artifacts and visual cues to a crucial span in our not-too-distant past. Kudos to the exhibition curators for an exceptionally well considered show and an enthralling trip back to 1993!
NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
Feb 13 – May 26, 2012
New York, NY 10002