Eternal Youth

Exhibition, MCA, Chicago, US.


Until July 23, 2017
A survey of works that explores the concept of coming-of-age as a crossroads in art history, this exhibition examines the different ways youth are portrayed as simultaneously innocent and desirous, revealing the treatment of young bodies as sexualised, radical, and medicated objects. Since the 1990s, in particular, images of youth in the Western world have elicited both desire and fear, responding to social, cultural, and political shifts like HIV awareness and gender-bending transition. Important works gathered for this exhibition stretch from analogue culture into the utopic digital age, and are grouped around five thematic se ions.