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"Time of Our Lives"
1999-07-15 until 1999-10-17
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
Today people are living longer, staying active, healthy and mentally
alert well into old age. As the percentage of Americans who are 65
and older continues to grow faster than any other demographic group,
the work of age theorists plays an increasingly important role in
shaping public perception and public policy about age and ageism.
The Time of Our Lives explores and critiques the social construction
of age and aging through works in a wide range of visual media.
Organized by Founding Director Marcia Tucker with Curatorial
Associate Anne Ellegood, the exhibition includes works by more than
sixty artists, with over thirty film, video, and television programs and
advertisements, live performances, music, and three interactive
projects created by high school students and artists participating in the
Museum's Visible Knowledge Program.
Using a remarkable variety of techniques and strategies, the artists in
The Time of Our Lives examine such pertinent topics as the
invisibility of the aging body (Jacqueline Hayden, Suzanne Lacy, Jeff
Wall); sexuality among elders (Heddy Honigmann, Keiko Ibi, Cindy
Sherman, Yvonne Rainer); attempts to mask the physical signs of
aging (Rachel Lachowicz, Johnny Symons); the differences in attitudes
toward the elderly across cultures (Arlene Bowman, Cho Duck Hyun,
Yoshiko Kanai), and inter-generational relationships (Alan Berliner,
Consuelo Castaneda, Susan Unterberg).
Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue published by the New
Museum, which includes essays by Marcia Tucker, Anne Barlow and
Xochitl Dorsey, Anne Ellegood, Philip Koplin, and Anja
The Time of Our Lives is made possible by generous grants from
The Leonard and Susan Bay Nimoy Family Foundation, The
Rockefeller Foundation, and the Penny McCall Foundation.
The Visible Knowledge Program is made possible by generous
grants from the Albert A. List Foundation, the New York State
Council on the Arts, and Consolidated Edison. Additional
support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Endowed
Fund for the Visible Knowledge Program. Teacher training
programs are made possible by The Chase Manhattan Teachers
Workshop Fund at the New Museum.
Photo (top left):
Jacqueline Hayden, Untitled from Figure Model series, 1996.
Unique silver gelatin print, 82 x 52, Courtesy of the artist and
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston.
© 1996 Jacqueline Hayden. This image may not be reproduced in any
form without the permission of the New Museum of Contemporary Art.