Find out what was happening on any block in 1993.
An art exhibit by The New Museum, called “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” has been installed in Manhattan. On any street corner in NYC where there is a payphone, you can call 1-(855)-FOR-1993 and find out what was happening there in 1993. The recordings are lesser known people who were there in NYC, talking about everything from crime, to art, to music from the perspective of that very street and neighborhood.
According to The New Museum website:
The social and economic landscape of the early ’90s was a cultural turning point both nationally and globally. Conflict in Europe, attempts at peace in the Middle East, the AIDS crisis, national debates on health care, gun control, and gay rights, and caustic partisan politics were both the background and source material for a number of younger artists who first came to prominence in 1993. This exhibition brings together a range of iconic and lesser-known artworks that serve as both artifacts from a pivotal moment in the New York art world and as key markers in the cultural history of the city.
If you don’t live in New York, you’re in luck. If you go to the website for the exhibit itself, Recalling1993.com, you can listen to a few of the recordings and view the distribution of pay phones throughout the city. But if you do live in Manhattan, you should hurry because this installation is only around until May 26, 2013.
What an amazing exhibit. I wish this was a permanent installation in every major city so we could pick up the phone and have our younger selves telling us what the world was like not so long ago.
Do you live in NYC? Have you tried dialing 1-(855)-FOR-1993?