Tonight I went back in time – twenty years, to be exact – to see a New York of days gone by.
The New Museum on the Bowery is currently showcasing art from 1993 – almost like a time capsule – that gives a brilliant insight into what was on the mind of New Yorkers two decades before I moved here.
While the art was varied both in medium and message, all pieces had one thing in common: They were exhibited somewhere in the city that year (when I was a mere seven-year-old bairn).
There were also consistent themes: The devastation and different faces of AIDS, the recession, challenging stereotypes of masculinity and women embracing their genders and, er, parts.
While some themes showed the differences between now and then, others revealed not much has changed in 20 years at all. It was pretty horrifying to know that attitudes towards women haven’t entirely shifted. I can see this thought in many men’s minds today.
Thankfully some things are a little different.
I’ve never been to the New Museum before, and it’s a cracking space for the center of the city, and I thought this was a brilliant idea for an exhibition.
And the best bit? The New Museum is free on a Thursday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Woo.