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The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has organized This Will Have Been: Art\, Love &\; Politics in the 1980s\, an ambitious presentation that represents the diversity and complexity of art produced during the 1980s—from the Pictures generation to neo-expressionism\, from t he rise of photography to the emergence of abject art—offering a historical overview while situating our contemporary moment within the history of art of the recent past.

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The 1980s were a transformative decade in the history of art\, music\, and politics\, beginning with new regimes of world power personified in the United States by President Ronald Reagan\, in the United Kingdom by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher\, and in Germany by Cha ncellor Helmut Kohl. They ended\, significantly\, with two equally dramatic events: the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989\, and the repudiation of the R eagan-Thatcher era signaled by the elections of Bill Clinton in the United States in 1992 and (eventually) of Tony Blair in England in 1997. This W ill Have Been re-examines this tumultuous decade at a remove of nearly 30 years\, contending that over the course of the decade\, the art world na vigated a series of ruptures that permanently changed its character. Reagan omics led to a dramatic expansion of art as a luxury commodity\, while conv ersely\, the rise of postmodernism shifted artists’ sense of their role in society and further questioned the very status of representation as such. P eople of color\, women\, and gay artists actively sought an end to cultural hegemony\; photography challenged the primacy of painting and sculpture\; the toll of the AIDS/HIV crisis permanently politicized a broad cross-secti on of the art community\; and the fall of the Berlin wall and the rise of g lobalism sounded the death knell of New York’s status as the sole “center” of the art world.

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The art produced in the 1980s veered between radi cal and conservative\, capricious and political\, socially engaged and art historically aware. This Will Have Been not only provides viewers wi th an overview of the artistic production of these heady days—some of it no w canonical and some of it almost forgotten —but it also imparts the decade ’s sense of political and aesthetic urgency by placing many of the decade’s competing factions in close proximity to one another.

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The exhibiti on is divided into four sections: The End is Near toggles between di scourses of the end of painting\, the end of the counter culture\, and the end of history. In the Democracy section we see a renewed interest o n the part of artists with working in the street\; the burgeoning awareness of the importance of the mass media (particularly television)\; the rise o f Central American artists and artists of color to increasing prominence\; and the pervasive commitment to the political that shaped the period. The s ection titled Gender Trouble elaborates upon the implications of the 1970s feminist movement with work that expanded our sense of societal gend er roles\, and smuggled in new ideas about sexuality and figuration. Finall y\, there is a section called Desire and Longing in which artists wo rking with appropriation techniques are held in relation to the emergence o f queer visibility brought on by the AIDS crisis. By crossing these wires t he exhibition hopes to suggest that despite the claims of cynicism or overa rching irony sometimes leveled at the work of this period\, often what we f ind are artists struggling to articulate their wants\, needs\, and desires\ , in an increasingly commodified and seemingly impenetrable world.

DTEND:20130303 DTSTAMP:20140923T031258 DTSTART:20121115 GEO:42.3528233;-71.0430586 LOCATION:ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)\,100 Northern Ave nue \nBoston\, MA 02210 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:This Will Have Been: Art\, Love & Politics in the 1980s\, Charlie A hearn\, Dotty Attie\, Judith Barry\, Jean-Michel Basquiat\, Gretchen Bender \, Ashley Bickerton\, Jennifer Bolande\, Gregg Bordowitz\, Leigh Bowery\, D eborah Bright\, Sophie Calle\, Tseng Kwong Chi\, Robert Colescott\, Black A udio Film Collective\, Jimmy De Sana\, Eugenio Dittborn\, Marlene Dumas\, C arroll Dunham\, Jimmy Durham\, Rotimi Fani-Kayode\, Gran Fury\, Guerilla Gi rls\, Robert Gober\, Nan Goldin\, Jack Goldstein\, Felix Gonzalez-Torres\, Hans Haacke\, Peter Halley\, David Hammons\, Keith Haring\, Mary Heilmann\, Jenny Holzer\, Peter Hujar\, General Idea\, Candy Jernigan\, G. B. Jones\, Isaac Julian\, Tim Rollins and K.O.S.\, Mike Kelley\, Mary Kelly\, Martin Kippenberger\, Silvia Kolbowski\, Jeff Koons\, Barbara Kruger\, Louise Lawl er\, Sherrie Levine\, Robert Mapplethorpe\, Christian Marclay\, Group Mater ial\, Paul McCarthy\, Allan McCollum\, Annette Messager\, MICA-TV\, Donald Moffett\, Matt Mullican\, Peter Nagy\, Cady Noland\, Lorraine O'Grady\, Alb ert Oehlen\, Raymond Pettibon\, Adrian Piper\, Lari Pittman\, Stephen Prina \, Richard Prince\, Martin Puryear\, Gerhard Richter\, Marlon Riggs\, David Robbins\, Christy Rupp\, Doris Salcedo\, David Salle\, Juan Sanchez\, Cind y Sherman\, Laurie Simmons\, Lorna Simpson\, Doug and Mike Starn\, Haim Ste inbach\, Tony Tasset\, Paper Tiger Television\, Rosemarie Trockel\, Jeff Wa ll\, Carrie Mae Weems\, James Welling\, Christopher Williams\, Krzysztof Wo diczko\, David Wojnarowicz\, Christopher Wool UID:242205 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121115T210000 DTSTAMP:20140923T031258 DTSTART:20121115T100000 GEO:42.3528233;-71.0430586 LOCATION:ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)\,100 Northern Ave nue \nBoston\, MA 02210 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:This Will Have Been: Art\, Love & Politics in the 1980s\, Charlie A hearn\, Dotty Attie\, Judith Barry\, Jean-Michel Basquiat\, Gretchen Bender \, Ashley Bickerton\, Jennifer Bolande\, Gregg Bordowitz\, Leigh Bowery\, D eborah Bright\, Sophie Calle\, Tseng Kwong Chi\, Robert Colescott\, Black A udio Film Collective\, Jimmy De Sana\, Eugenio Dittborn\, Marlene Dumas\, C arroll Dunham\, Jimmy Durham\, Rotimi Fani-Kayode\, Gran Fury\, Guerilla Gi rls\, Robert Gober\, Nan Goldin\, Jack Goldstein\, Felix Gonzalez-Torres\, Hans Haacke\, Peter Halley\, David Hammons\, Keith Haring\, Mary Heilmann\, Jenny Holzer\, Peter Hujar\, General Idea\, Candy Jernigan\, G. B. Jones\, Isaac Julian\, Tim Rollins and K.O.S.\, Mike Kelley\, Mary Kelly\, Martin Kippenberger\, Silvia Kolbowski\, Jeff Koons\, Barbara Kruger\, Louise Lawl er\, Sherrie Levine\, Robert Mapplethorpe\, Christian Marclay\, Group Mater ial\, Paul McCarthy\, Allan McCollum\, Annette Messager\, MICA-TV\, Donald Moffett\, Matt Mullican\, Peter Nagy\, Cady Noland\, Lorraine O'Grady\, Alb ert Oehlen\, Raymond Pettibon\, Adrian Piper\, Lari Pittman\, Stephen Prina \, Richard Prince\, Martin Puryear\, Gerhard Richter\, Marlon Riggs\, David Robbins\, Christy Rupp\, Doris Salcedo\, David Salle\, Juan Sanchez\, Cind y Sherman\, Laurie Simmons\, Lorna Simpson\, Doug and Mike Starn\, Haim Ste inbach\, Tony Tasset\, Paper Tiger Television\, Rosemarie Trockel\, Jeff Wa ll\, Carrie Mae Weems\, James Welling\, Christopher Williams\, Krzysztof Wo diczko\, David Wojnarowicz\, Christopher Wool UID:242206 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR