Appropriation was the language of my generation in many ways. It came out of Duchamp, Warhol, Johns, Lichtenstein.
Social issues have been used to distract Americans from their own self interests since Nixon's southern strategy, and now people are paying the price.
My work since the late '80s specifically questioned what was presented as the 'natural' order of things in the history of post-war-N.Y. painting.
A lot of Broadway has that immigrant narrative of America as a place where you can become something else against all odds.
I have that memory of dancing on my father's feet to all the music my parents used to listen to.