Montclair Art Museum - Montclair
08 / 02 / 2015 – 17 / 05 / 2015

This exhibition marks the first major American museum survey to examine the art of this pivotal decade in its historical context. Showcasing approximately 60 works by 45 artists, it includes installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, video, and digital art.

Come as You Are offers an overview of art made in the United States between 1989 and 2001 – from the fall of the Berlin Wall to 9/11 – and is organized around three principal themes: the “identity politics” debates, the digital revolution, and globalization. Its title refers to the 1992 song by Nirvana (the quintessential ’90s band, led by the quintessential ’90s icon, Kurt Cobain); moreover, it speaks to the issues of identity that were complicated by the effects of digital technologies and global migration.

The artists in the exhibition came of age during and reflect the increasingly heterogeneous nature of the art world during this time, as artists of color, women artists, and LGBTQ artists attained increased prominence.

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The Artists

Doug Aitken (born 1968, USA)
Laylah Ali (born 1968, USA)
Janine Antoni (born 1964, Bahamas)
Aziz + Cucher (Anthony Aziz, b. 1961 USA and  Sammy Cucher, b. 1958 Peru)
Alex Bag (born 1969, USA)
Matthew Barney (born 1967, USA)
Michael Ray Charles (born 1967, USA)
Mark Dion (born 1961, USA)
Jeanne Dunning (born 1960, USA)
Andrea Fraser (born 1965, USA)
Ellen Gallagher (born 1965, USA)
Felix Gonzalez-Torres (born 1957 Cuba –  died 1996 USA)
JODI (Joan Heemskerk, b. 1968 Netherlands and Dirk Paesmans, b. 1965 Belgium)
Glenn Kaino (born 1972, USA)
Karen Kilimnik (born 1955, USA)
Byron Kim (born 1961, USA)
Nikki S. Lee (born 1970, South Korea)
Glenn Ligon (born 1960, USA)
Sharon Lockhart (born 1964, USA)
Daniel Joseph Martinez (born 1957, USA)
Julie Mehretu (born 1970, Ethiopia)
Mariko Mori (born 1967, Japan)
Vik Muniz (born 1961, Brazil)
Prema Murthy (born 1969, USA)
Mark Napier (born 1961, USA)
Shirin Neshat (born 1957, Iran)
Mendi + Keith Obadike (born 1973, USA)
Manuel Ocampo (born 1965, Philippines)
Catherine Opie (born 1961, USA)
Gabriel Orozco (born 1962, Mexico)
Pepón Osorio (born 1955, Puerto Rico)
Laura Owens (born 1970, USA)
Jorge Pardo (born 1963, Cuba)
Jennifer Pastor (born 1965, USA)
Elizabeth Peyton (born 1965, USA)
Jason Rhoades (1965-2006, USA)
Beverly Semmes (born 1958, USA)
Shahzia Sikander (born 1969, Pakistan)
Gary Simmons (born 1964, USA)
Frances Stark (born 1967, USA)
Diana Thater (born 1962, USA)
Rirkrit Tiravanija (born 1961, Argentina)
Mark Tribe (born 1966, USA)
Kara Walker (born 1969, USA)
Fred Wilson (born 1954, USA)
Andrea Zittel (born 1965, USA)
Marina Zurkow (born 1962, USA)

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Related Events

February 27, 2015, 11 a.m. – High School Lecture: Pepón Osorio

Part of MAM’s Annual High School Lecture series, which invites prominent artists to share their insight with teens contemplating creative careers.

March 7, 2015, 8 p.m.–1 a.m. – ’90s Dance Party

Celebrate Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s at a 1990s-themed dance party.

April 23, 2015, 7 p.m. – MAM Art Talk: Byron Kim

The artist speaks about his work, including his celebrated Synecdoche series, featured in the exhibition.

April 29, 2015, 6 p.m. – “Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s”

Note: takes place at the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, NYC.

Panel discussion celebrating the publication catalogue and examining the insights and challenges inherent in creating histories of the recent past. Features artists participating in the exhibition including Aziz + Cucher, Shahzia Sikander, and Marina Zurkow. Moderated by MAM’s curator of contemporary art Alexandra Schwartz. Book signing to follow.

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May 14, 2015, 7 p.m. – Panel Discussion: In the Wake of Identity Politics

A scholarly symposium focused on the identity politics debates during the 1990s and beyond. Moderated by Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of the History of Art, Northwestern University; panelists include Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum; Porochista Khakpour, writer; Simone Leigh, artist; and Soyoung Yoon, Assistant Professor of Art History and Program Director of Visual Studies, Department of the Arts, Eugene Lang College, The New School.

The exhibition is accompanied by the definitive catalogue on the art of the 1990s to date. Co-published by the University of California Press and the Montclair Art Museum, it includes four overview essays by exhibition curator Alexandra Schwartz and seven short, thematic essays by some of today’s foremost contemporary art historians. Additionally, the catalogue will contain a comprehensive chronology of the decade’s key artistic, political, and cultural events and an extensive bibliography.