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General Idea’s early projects mimicked popular culture formats, such as beauty pageants and picture magazines, in order to forward a critical and satirical view of art, culture, and media. In 1987 the group turned their attention to the AIDS crisis, using strategies developed over the previous eighteen years to new ends.


  • The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant

    The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant 1971

  • Glamour Issue

    Glamour Issue 1975

  • Showcard Series

    Showcard Series 1975-79

  • Pilot

    Pilot 1977

  • Test Tube

    Test Tube 1979

  • Nazi Milk

    Nazi Milk 1979

  • The Boutique from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion

    The Boutique from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion 1980

  • Cornucopia

    Cornucopia 1982

  • Mondo Cane Kama Sutra

    Mondo Cane Kama Sutra 1984

  • Shut the Fuck Up

    Shut the Fuck Up 1985

  • AIDS

    AIDS 1987

  • Fin de siècle

    Fin de siècle 1990

  • One Year of AZT

    One Year of AZT 1990

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