Do you pine for the Age Of Reagan, when our enemy was a clearly defined “Evil Empire?” The New Museum’s Ostalgia exhibition derives its title from a German word evoking a nostalgic longing for those Cold War days before the communist bloc’s dissolution in 1991. Works by 50 artists hailing from 20 different countries—a few of which didn’t even exist two decades ago—include interviews with Marxist theory teachers who were suddenly jobless after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and portraits of Siberian beachgoers. “Ostalgia” promises to liberate some cultural gems from the ash heap of history.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 6. Continues through Sept. 25, 2011