The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s. 1990; 364 pages; paperback; 193 b/w, 78 color illustrations. The Decade Show is a provocative examination of artistic production in the 1980s, embracing 113 artists and artists’ groups (including Ida Applebroog, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Gran Fury, Edgar Heap-Of-Birds, Komar & Melamid, Adrian Piper and Shu Lea Cheang) who - whether visible or invisible in the mainstream - are critical to an understanding of the period. Fourteen essayists, among them David Deitcher, Thelma Golden, Julia P. Herzberg, Micki McGee, Sharon F. Patton, Susan Quist and Lowery Stokes Sims, contribute to this extensive survey. As a collaborative effort between the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, The New Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Decade Show reflects true community diversity, as well as the museum’s interest in examining “parallel cultures” obscured by traditional aesthetics. “This is not a patronizing exhibit of the art of ‘exotica’ put together by the philanthoropic goodwill and high-art-world curiosity of a few white curators. It is an exhibit attempting to construct a multivocal art world. It begins to suggest that the notion of a ‘center’ and a ‘margin’ is anachronistic and that maintaining such a model represents a desire to wield exclusive power and control.” -Eunice Lipton, “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow,” p. 20. Artists: Max Aguilera-Hellweg, John Ahearn, Carlos Alfonzo, Ida Aplebroog, Tomie Arai, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Miriam Beerman, Louis Bernal, Dara Birnbaum, Joan Braderman, Maria Brito-Avellana, Fred Brown, Beverly Buchanan, Josely Carvalho, Shu Lea Cheang, Albert Chong, Ken Chu, Y. David Chung, Robert Colescott, Houston Conwill, John Coplans, Emilio Cruz, Jaime Davidovich, Judite Dos Santos, Melvin Edwards, Epoxy Art Group, Eric Fischl, Esmael Frigerio, Leon Golub, Gran Fury, Vanalyne Green, John Greyson, Group Material, Guerilla Girls, Hans Haacke, Sachiko Hamada and Scott Sinkler, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Edgar Heap-of-Birds, Jenny Holzer, Reginald Hudlin, Alfredo Jaar, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, G. Peter Jemison, Luis Jimenez, Philip Mallory Jones, Leandro Katz, Mary Kelly, Komar and Melmid, Barbara Kruger, Pok-Chi Lau, Louise Lawler, Joseph Lewis III, George Longfish, Yolanda M. Lopez, Chip Lord, James Luna, Margo Machida, Ana Mendieta, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Nestor Millan, Branda Miller, Sherry Millner, Yong Soon Min, Tyrone Mitchell, Tom Nakashima, Bruce Nauman, Catalina Parra, Cesar Paternosto, Howardena Pindell, Adrian Piper, Liliana Porter, Richard Prince, Martin Puryear, Nick Quijano, Daniel Reeves, Faith Ringgold, Arnaldo Roche, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Martha Rosler, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Ben Sakoguchi, Juan Sanchez, Raymond Saunders, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Coreen Simpson, Lorna Simpson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Nancy Spero, Haim Steinbach, Jorge Tacla, Testing The Limits Collective, Rigoberto Torres, Kaylynn Sullivan Two Trees, Sarah Tuft, Edin Velez and Ethel Velez, Cecilia Vicuna, Christian Walker, Kay Walkingstick, Richard Ray Whitman, Pat Ward Williams, Krysztof Wodiczko, David Kojnarowicz, Martin Wong, Bruce and Norman Noemoto. Exhibition Catalogue. 9 in. x 11 in.
Funding: Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, The New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem