What do the Rick Roll and Boris Yeltsin have in common? The cultural phenomenon and political figure were both fixtures of the late 20th and early 21st-century cultural zeitgeist, a time heavily defined by Generation X. Separate from the populous Baby Boomers and their Millennial offspring, this segment of western society was born between the late 1960s and early ’80s. X-ers lived in a pre and postdigital world and were witness to how technology transformed culture. Coming of age just before the turn of the century, this generation experienced the growth of globalization and a collective loss of innocence.
Currently on view at New York’s Friedman Benda gallery, An Accelerated Culture—closing on June 8—is a unique group exhibition that seeks to survey rather than typecast design from this period.