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New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival

April 25 – August 11, 2019 

New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, installation view at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum

New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, installation view at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum

Michiko Itatani, Brown Dwarf, from Cosmic Encounter 17-B-2, 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum
Michiko Itatani, Brown Dwarf, from Cosmic Encounter 17-B-2, 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum​
Bob Ross, Reflections, as seen on The Joy of Painting, Season 2, Episode 8, 1983; Cactus at Sunset, as seen on The Joy of Painting, Season 8, Episode 10, 1986; Black River, as seen on The Joy of Painting, Season 2, Episode 6, 1983; Northern Lights, as seen on The Joy of Painting, Season 8, Episode 13, 1986. Courtesy of Bob Ross Inc. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum
Bob Ross, Reflections, as seen on The Joy of Painting, Season 2, Episode 8, 1983; Cactus at Sunset, as seen on The Joy of Painting, Season 8, Episode 10, 1986; Black River, as seen on The Joy of Painting, Season 2, Episode 6, 1983; Northern Lights, as seen on The Joy of Painting, Season 8, Episode 13, 1986. Courtesy of Bob Ross Inc. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum​
Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 6, 2006. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, and Galerie Crèvecœur, Paris. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum

Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 6, 2006. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, and Galerie Crèvecœur, Paris. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum

Elijah Burgher, Be like Orpheus, 2013, courtesy of an anonymous lender; Hex Centrifuge, 2015, courtesy of Western Exhibitions; Excremental Philosophy Illustrated, Vol. 1, 2013, courtesy of Susan A. Gescheidle. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum

Elijah Burgher, Be like Orpheus, 2013, courtesy of an anonymous lender; Hex Centrifuge, 2015, courtesy of Western Exhibitions; Excremental Philosophy Illustrated, Vol. 1, 2013, courtesy of Susan A. Gescheidle. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum

Tony Oursler, T*>z, 2016. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum
Tony Oursler, T*>z, 2016. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum​
Mai-Thu Perret, 2016 2011. Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum

Mai-Thu Perret, 2016 2011. Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Installation view in New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum


New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, installation view at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum
New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, installation view at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum​
New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, installation view at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum
New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, installation view at DePaul Art Museum, 2019. Photo: DePaul Art Museum​

New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival presents works by twenty-seven artists whose works appropriate, critique, or embrace “New Age” aesthetics and concerns from a 21st-century perspective. The New Age movement emerged in the 1960s and 1970s during a period of war and social strife, and provided alternative approaches to traditional Western culture through spirituality, mysticism, holism, and environmentalism. It embodied a complicated conflation of politics, religion, science, social communities, art, music, and self-realization.

Fifty years after the first New Age movement, many of the problems society grapples with such as sexism, racism, and environmental welfare, remain major issues. Further, technology and the digital revolution have created new concerns with statistically increased rates of anxiety and depression, as well as feelings of disconnectedness.

As ancient practices and rituals such as crystals, astrology, tarot cards, yoga, and meditation become both commodified trends and potent tools for self-care, how are they reflected in contemporary art making? Where does "New Age" intersect with curandera, Asian, indigenous and Afro-futurist practices? The exhibition presents works organized within broad themes associated with New Age culture, including metaphysical rituals and practices, connecting with the natural environment, and imagined communities for the future. Special focus is given to how women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community use these alternative practices as tools of resistance, empowerment, community, healing, and self-care.

Artists include Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Lise Haller Baggesen, Alun Be, Elijah Burgher, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, Whit Forrester, Desirée Holman, Cathy Hsiao, Michiko Itatani, Rashid Johnson, Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly, Jenny Kendler, Liz Magic Laser, Matt Morris, Shana Moulton, Heidi Norton, Tony Oursler, Mai-Thu Perret, Robert Pruitt, Bob Ross, Luis A. Sahagun, Mindy Rose Schwartz, Suzanne Treister, Rhonda Wheatley, Megan Whitmarsh and  Jade Gordon, and Saya Woolfalk.

Click here for a research guide​ for this exhibition, kindly compiled by the DePaul University Library.

New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival is organized by DePaul Art Museum and curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator.​