The Pictures Generation
The Pictures Generation (1974–1984) was an art exhibition that ran for three months in 2009 at The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) in NYC. It included works by the Pictures Generation artists, such as Barbara Kruger, Thomas Lawson, Ericka Beckman, Dara Birnbaum and Cindy Sherman, among many others.
The term “pictures generation” was assigned to a clique of American artists who blossomed artistically in the early 1970s and were quite vocal about their critique of mass media and popular culture. The majority of these artists worked in performance art, video, film, and photography, essentially producing art that leveraged similar techniques of desire and seduction.