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Art Art

The Time of Our Lives

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:583
  1. Sean A Spence
  1. Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York

    Exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, until 17 October

    Situated at the lower end of Broadway, where it runs through NoHo and SoHo (north and south of Houston Street, respectively), the New Museum of Contemporary Art is currently hosting two exhibitions, one of which is purportedly concerned with ageing. Specifically, it is meant to remind us that we will all grow old (if we are fortunate) and that older people are disenfranchised by modern society; more specifically, by modern Western society. The catalogue essays are replete with intimations of ageing that the curators have detected in themselves (such as “elder moments,” when one loses track of what it was one wanted to say), and more alarmingly, of ageism, reified in the attitudes portrayed in soap operas towards comic elders, who send themselves …

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