The New Museum has an exhibition titled “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,” which draws its subtitle from the eponymous album that the New York rock band Sonic Youth recorded in 1993. It captures the complex exchange between mainstream and underground culture across disciplines, which came to define the art of the era. The exhibition takes a broad view of the New York scene as it existed twenty years ago—focusing not only on a single generation of emerging New York artists, but also looking at more senior figures and individuals from other cities who had some of their first significant exhibitions in New York in 1993. Works that are immediately recognizable from major institutional presentations like the Whitney Biennial and Venice Biennale are presented alongside lesser-known works, which may have initially only been seen by a small audience in commercial galleries, alternative spaces, or in the artist’s studio.
The exhibition only has a few weeks to go – it closes on May 26th – I think I need to go see it, since I lived in NYC in 1993.
Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Curator, Jenny Moore, Associate Curator, and Margot Norton, Assistant Curator.