The Generational: Younger Than Jesus

When I left the #140conf I decided to stop by at The New Museum. I really love this place … and it is just around the corner from where I stay. Their current exhibition is titled: The Generational: Younger Than Jesus. Parallel to the it they are running a blog which isn’t really lively but provides you with a fair amount on background information.

“The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” will offer a rich, intricate, multidisciplinary exploration of the work being produced by a new generation of artists born after 1976. Known to demographers, marketers, sociologists, and pundits variously as the Millennials, Generation Y, iGeneration, and Generation Me, this age group has yet to be described in any way beyond their habits of consumption. “Younger Than Jesus” will begin to examine the visual culture this generation has created to date.

In my personal view I don’t like this exhibit. It is very triste, often very pessimistic. And I am asking myself, if the young generation sees their world like THIS, WHERE are we heading to?

My favorite “art installation” was “The sleeping women” from the chinese artist Chu Yun (33):

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He creates a human sculpture by inducing sleep. He staged the work in London in 2006 at the Frieze Art Fair, an exhibition that also featured a woman with Down syndrome sitting in a chair. Reviews of the installation were mixed, but an Italian gallery owner who saw Yun’s piece bought the rights to reproduce it for £12,000, sleepers not included.

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