(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ

Error message

  • Warning: include_once(/homepages/20/d255028600/htdocs/sandbox/sites/all/themes/mam/template.php): failed to open stream: Permission denied in phptemplate_init() (line 14 of /homepages/20/d255028600/htdocs/sandbox/themes/engines/phptemplate/phptemplate.engine).
  • Warning: include_once(): Failed opening '/homepages/20/d255028600/htdocs/sandbox/sites/all/themes/mam/template.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php5.5') in phptemplate_init() (line 14 of /homepages/20/d255028600/htdocs/sandbox/themes/engines/phptemplate/phptemplate.engine).

Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s

Image: Catherine Opie (b. 1961), Richard and Skeeter, 1994, chromogenic print, Ed. of 8 + 2 AP. Montclair Art Museum: Gift of Patricia A. Bell, 2004.2.1. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie
Start Date: 
Feb, 08, 2015
End Date: 
May, 17, 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 so-called “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 made their initial “point of entry” into the art historical conversation during the 1990s and reflect the increasingly heterogeneous nature of the art world during this time, when many women artists and artists of color attained unprecedented prominence.

The exhibition is curated by Alexandra Schwartz, MAM curator of contemporary art. Following its premiere at MAM, the show will embark on a national tour.

The exhibition is part of MAM’s New Directions series, the centerpiece of the Museum’s contemporary art program. New Directions was founded in 2011 to engage audiences with new work that is at once accessible and thought provoking.



Travel Schedule

Montclair Art Museum

Montclair, NJ

February 8–May 17, 2015


Telfair Museum of Art

Savannah, GA

June 12–September 20, 2015


University of Michigan Museum of Art

Ann Arbor, MI

October 17, 2015–January 31, 2016


Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

February 17–May 15, 2016