On view through September 3rd
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San Diego Art Institute
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Millennial Pink is an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of queer aesthetics, with an emphasis on imagery that is both intrinsically beautiful, natural, fluid, and celebratory. As the millennial generation readily embraces the concept of non-binary gender identity and sexual fluidity, the aesthetic tropes of gendered colors, materials, and processes in art are slowly being dismantled and/or reclaimed as gender-neutral practices. While the queer aesthetics of the 1980’s served as a political comment on the importance of LGBTQ visibility in the wake of the AIDS crisis, emerging artists of today have embraced social media to share imagery reflecting a vision of the future that exalts the ethereal beauty and/or raw and honest depictions of queerness. Bodies, nature, the physical embrace of lovers, and the overwhelming presence of pink in this survey of artists’ work contributes to a visual language that describes the pride, vulnerability, and adoration of living openly as members of our LGBTQIA+ community.