Published May 13, 2010Although Kurt Cobain has been gone for 16 years, the grunge icon remains one of rock music's most influential figures. Starting today (May 13), the Seattle Art Museum will pay tribute to the late singer's persisting influence with a new exhibit called Kurt.
Curator Michael Darling offered the following description of the exhibit:
Kurt Cobain symbolized the ideals, aspirations and disappointments of the '90s generation, and a diverse array of artists have incorporated his image into their work to comment on those issues. International in scope, the works on view in Kurt range from straightforward portraiture to pieces that show a more subtle assimilation of Cobain's ethos and idealism in a broad range of media. With works from the early 1990s to the present, by artists such as [Vancouver's] Rodney Graham, Douglas Gordon and Elizabeth Peyton, among others, this exhibition will cause viewers to question why and how Kurt's visage and his gestures came to mean so much to a generation.
According to the Fader, this includes everything from a sculpture made out of "angel hair" (a spun glass Christmas ornament) and baby's breath to a silent video of conceptual artist Gillian Wearing dancing to "Come As You Are."
If you're going to be in the Seattle region, you can check out Kurt between now and September 6. Tomorrow (May 14), music journalist/Heavier Than Heaven biographer Charles R. Cross will be giving a lecture at the museum.