James Meyer: Big Ideas
Curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and Professor of History of Art James Meyer presents ‘Children of the Sixties.’ The talk addresses the compulsion of artists and writers born during the long Sixties (1955-1979) to revisit the political and cultural milieu of their earliest recollections. More broadly, it explores the representation of recentness, a coming to terms with a past that is distant yet insistently near. “Sixties children” are haunted by the memory of a monumental time apparently more radical and avant-gardist than the present moment - a period they missed. Practices of return mark the paradigmatic character of the Sixties, yet herald the end of the Sixties as a central fixation of contemporary practice.