“This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s” at the ICA


The current exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art closes March 3rd – don’t miss your chance to see it! “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s” includes works by many of the seminal artists of the decade such as Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Divided into four sections, “The End is Near,” includes works involved in the discourse on the end of painting, the end of the counter-culture of the 1960s, and a general apocalyptic malaise.

“Democracy” expands on what it meant to the artists of the 80s to be working in a democratic society – here we see an interest in street art, mass media and politics.

“Gender Trouble,” titled after the Judith Butler book arguing that gender is socially constructed rather than biologically mandated, examines the continuing impact of the feminist movement on both men and women, as well as new conceptions of sexuality.

In “Desire and Longing,” pieces involving the appropriation or borrowing of images and objects from the wider culture are highlighted, as artists ask themselves whether everything has already been done. These works are combined with those referencing the Queer movement’s longing to have a positive public image and to be visible in society.

After perusing the exhibit, make sure to check out the beautiful view of the harbor from the fourth floor windows. Enjoy!

Organized by Helen Molesworth, Barbara Lee Chief Curator
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

ICA Boston, 100 Northern Avenue on Boston’s Waterfront, Fri: 10am–9pm 
Sat and Sun: 10am–5pm, $15 general admission/
$13 seniors/
$10 students/
FREE for ICA members and youth 17 and under. For more information, be sure to check out the ICA’s website.

PS. Tonight is First Friday at the ICA! Movies (Oscar-nominated shorts and selected animations), movie popcorn, and music with DJ Knife and DJ Durkin.

5 pm to 10 pm, galleries close at 9 pm. For more information, please visit the event website.

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