Centering on the year 1993, the exhibition NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star is conceived as a time capsule, an experiment in collective memory that attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics.
Conflict in Europe, attempts at peace in the Middle East, the AIDS crisis, national debates on health care, gun control, and gay rights, and caustic partisan politics served as both the background and source material for a number of younger artists who first came to prominence in 1993. At the same time, an increasingly active international network of artists, curators, and dealers contributed to a burgeoning global art world, amplified by the nascent tools of digital information.
NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star draws its subtitle from the eponymous album that the New York rock band Sonic Youth recorded in 1993 and captures the complex exchange between mainstream and underground culture across disciplines, which came to define the art of the era. The New Museum’s exhibition includes a number of historical reconstructions of important installations and exhibitions from 1993, while other works are revisited and reinterpreted from the vantage point of today.
The exhibition features over seventy-five artists including: Janine Antoni, Ida Applebroog, Art Club 2000, Lutz Bacher, Alex Bag, Matthew Barney, Sadie Benning, Lina Bertucci, Nayland Blake, Gregg Bordowitz, Kathe Burkhart, Peter Cain, Larry Clark with Lisa Bowman, Martin Kippenberger, and Sally Webster, Patricia Cronin, John Currin, Jessica Diamond, Devon Dikeou, Cheryl Donegan, Mary Beth Edelson, Nicole Eisenman, Andrea Fraser, Coco Fusco, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Renée Green, Michael Joaquin Grey with Randolph Huff, Peter Halley, Ann Hamilton, David Hammons, Rachel Harrison, Todd Haynes, Derek Jarman, Mike Kelley, Karen Kilimnik, Byron Kim, Jutta Koether, Alix Lambert, Sean Landers, Annie Leibovitz, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Sarah Lucas, Kerry James Marshall, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Paul McCarthy, Marlene McCarty and Donald Moffett for Bureau, NY, Suzanne McClelland, John Miller, Frank Moore, Christian Philipp Müller, Cady Noland, Kristin Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Pepón Osorio, Elizabeth Peyton, Jack Pierson, Steven Pippin, Charles Ray, Jason Rhoades, Julia Scher, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Lily van der Stokker, The Thing, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nari Ward, Gillian Wearing, Jack Whitten, Hannah Wilke, Sue Williams, and Andrea Zittel.
The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with key historical texts from 1993 by Francesco Bonami, Nicolas Bourriaud, Judith Butler, Laura Cottingham, Thelma Golden, and J. Hoberman. The catalogue also includes reflections by Massimiliano Gioni, Megan Heuer, Jenny Moore, Margot Norton, and Ethan Swan and Claire Lehmann.
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