Mood rings and JNCO jeans, Tamagotchis and Tickle Me Elmo, Bill Clinton’s impeachment and O.J. Simpson’s trial, needless to say, the 1990s were an interesting time. And while there are certain parts of history (and a few haircuts) we’d like to forget, Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the Blanton Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, celebrates the incredible art produced during this decade.
The exhibition, which is named for the Nirvana song, Come as You Are, features the work of 45 American artists who emerged during the nineties. "Everyone comes at this [era] from a different experience — whether you were into grunge or hip hop or alt rock or pop, whether you made your name on Wall Street or just the streets … even if you were a child of the nineties and don’t have much of a relationship to that decade,” explains Blanton Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Evan Garza. “The perspectives in the exhibition are so diverse that the points of entry into the content of the show are seemingly infinite.”
Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s is on display through May 15.