The ’80s: a time of change, controversy, and John Hughes films.
The decade saw the fall of the Berlin Wall, Reagan-Thatcher politics, the AIDS/HIV crisis, and the rise of globalism. Artists worldwide sought to capture this time of tumult and transformation, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has ambitiously sought to organize this artistic movement in their latest exhibition, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, on view this month at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. From neo-expressionism to the emergence of abject art, this exhibition presents all the diversity and complexity of art produced in the decade.
Though some relics of the ’80s are outmoded by the passage of time, not everything from this era has become irrelevant (or, in the case of neon tracksuits and cone bras, completely repressed from memory).
Artists today, as much as they were 30 years ago, are contending with issues of equitable representation and seeking an end to cultural hegemony.
This Will Have Been provides its viewers not only with a historical overview of the artistic production of a bygone era, but allows them to reflect on the issues that may not be all that far in the past.
Featuring works by Basquiat, Koons, and Cindy Sherman, the exhibition is divided into four sections, covering the end of counterculture, the burgeoning importance of mass media, the feminist movement, and the emergence of queer visibility. Through these, the exhibition reflects the artists’ attempts to make sense of a seemingly impassable time and its surprising connections to our own. Oh, and for the museum’s upcoming First Friday celebrating the exhibition,
’80s attire is encouraged. Naturally.
ICA FIRST FRIDAYS: 80S NIGHT
100 NORTHERN AVE.
5PM/ALL AGES/$15 GA, FREE FOR MEMBERS