NEW YORK—A+E Studios is pleased to present Chasing Unicorns: Mythologies of Progress in American Landscapes, a group exhibition featuring the work of Annie Shinn, Arden Surdam, Chaney Trotter, Costanza Theodoli-Braschi and Vernon O’Meally.
Contemporary rap, medieval tapestries, New Yorker cartoons, kitschy online videogames, marketing textbooks, and the Bible: all number among the realms of the unicorn. Once associated with virginity and representations of Christ, today’s multicolored cartoon unicorns evoke notions of untamed individuality, campy surrealism, and a sparkling, self- possessed specialness. As thousands of glittering unicorn memes frolic though cyber space, pooping rainbows and sneezing glitter, they’ve taken an allegorical place in millennial culture.
Baby boomers (b. 1946 -1964) raised gen-Y kids, aka millenials, in a time of great prosperity. The collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 solidified the political and economic hegemony of capitalist society around