Fifty artists from twenty-five countries, all under the age of 33 are presented in “Younger Than Jesus,” the first edition of “The Generational,” the New Museum‘s new signature triennial. This exhibit offers a rich, intricate, multidisciplinary exploration of the work being produced by a new generation of artists born after 1976. Known to demographers, marketers, sociologists, and pundits variously as the Millennials, Generation Y, iGeneration, and Generation Me, this age group has yet to be described in any way beyond their habits of consumption.
Inspired by the fact that some of the most influential and enduring gestures in art and history have been made by young people in the early stages of their lives, “Younger Than Jesus” fills the entire New Museum’s building. The exhibition spans mediums and encompass painting, drawing, photography, film, animation, performance, installation, dance, Internet-based works, and video games.
In this Sunday Arts segment, Curator Laura Hoptman reveals the discoveries she made about this unique generation and examines their current and future impact in the art world.