The ’50s! The ’60s! Surveying distant decades can remind us of our better selves. More often, though, we find ourselves laughing. We look at the ’50s, for instance, and tend to mock that decade’s powerful drive to conformity. We remember the ’60s and snicker at that decade’s astral idealism. What were the naiveties, the idiocies of the ’80s? “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s” at the Institute of Contemporary Art reflects on the question.
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