1993: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING?
So was 1993 the year the world changed forever? Jettisoning us into the future we now know? A future where there’s no such thing as selling out and kids can’t conceive a world without the internet? Curators of NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, a major exhibition opening at the New Museum on the Bowery tomorrow, would have us think so. Featuring the work of 75 artists, the show highlights events like the Clinton inauguration, the first World Trade Center bombing and the March on gay rights in Washington, which took place in ’93 and helped shape current discussions about social progress and political action.
Subtitled after the Sonic Youth album recorded that year, which featured "Screaming Skull," about the band’s nostalgia for their days on independent labels – a reference to the way underground and mainstream culture began to merge in the early 1990s, as big business looked to edgy creatives to help push a global vision of eternal youth.
Perhaps most importantly though, the exhibit also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ever web browser, arguably the most important technological and cultural event of our times. Because, yes, in global terms, the world and the way we communicate within it changed beyond recognition once we all plugged in to the World Wide Web. Otherwise, would you even be reading this?
NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, The New Museum, February 13 – May 26th