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As we have shared on this blog before, American culture is in a moment of looking back at both the 1980s and 1990s, times which include some of the headiest days of the AIDS crisis. Two examples of this reflective gaze include exhibitions at The Ackland Art Museum in North Carolina, and Forever and Today in New York. See below for details.

Christopher K. Ho: Privileged White People
January 11 – February 17, 2013
Forever & Today, Inc.
141 Division Street
New York, NY
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm

From the gallery: "Ho's Privileged White People celebrates President Bill Clinton's 1990s, an era of progressive values epitomized by civic programs that encouraged youth participation such as Teach for America, Habitat for Humanity, and the Peace Corps. Ho's work examines how this trend toward social responsibility, combined with the economic affluence of Americans in the Northeastern United States, influenced the generation of artists who came of age at that time—a legacy that arguably continues to the present day. As socially and politically engaged art becomes conventional, the exhibition asks whether decency may replace and/or augment politics as a criterion."

Off-Site Program:
Christopher K. Ho: Trout College
Artist Talk/Reading for Christopher K. Ho: Privileged White People
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
215 Centre Street, New York
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm
RSVP: programs@mocanyc.org

More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s
February 1 – March 31, 2013
The Ackland Art Museum

From the Museum: "A major exhibition to investigate the ways in which contemporary artists have addressed love as a political force, as a philosophical model for equitable knowledge exchange, and as social interaction within a rapidly changing landscape of technology and social media.

Organized by consulting curator Claire Schneider, More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s includes nearly 50 works of art that actively engage with love and the many ways it can be expressed through beauty, emotion, humor, texts, elaborate craft, sound environments, and interactive projects. For each of the artists in the exhibition, love is a significant tool or strategy that constitutes a creative practice built on generosity, inclusiveness, sharing, and questioning. These artists invite, enact, and reflect on multiple modes of expression, among them through touch, gifts, acts of service, and language.

More Love’s inspiration comes from the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, the pioneering figure who profoundly reworked the viewer’s relationship to the art object by dismantling the restrictions imposed on the artist, the viewer, and the object in traditional installations."