The Morrison Hotel Gallery has announced that it will be launching a new Grunge exhibit featuring Pearl Jam and Nirvana in New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii next month. The Morrison Hotel Gallery’s website wrote, “Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a general term of disparagement for someone or something repugnant or odious, unpleasant or dull, “grunge” finds its way into music lingo by the 1960s to describe the unfavorably fuzzy or unclean sounds which might’ve otherwise undercut cheaply or poorly made records. This etymology is forever changed in 1987 when Seattle record label Sub Pop introduces a catalogue of ‘ultra-loose grunge’ locals including the likes of Soundgarden, Nirvana and Mudhoney, thus giving namesake to a region’s budding subcultural movement that would soon thereafter sweep the globe up in its angst-ridden embrace. Three decades later, Morrison Hotel Gallery is pleased to reclaim the term once more with ‘Grunge: Rise of A Generation’, shining retrospective light on a teenage riot’s coming-of-age at all three gallery locations starting Friday, March 8th.”
The exhibition “provides the framework for a more holistic yet all-encompassing conversation between the super famous and the fringes of a definitive movement’s coming-of-age,” gallery director Marcelle Murdock said in a statement.
The Grunge-era ignited when Seattle record label Sub Pop launched grunge bands such as Soundgarden, Nirvana and Mudhoney in 1987, the gallery said. Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots were among the 90s “grunge gods” that will also be on display.
“As someone who came into adulthood within the era, I never imagined the possibility — much less, the importance — of revisiting the period through fresh eyes in collaboration with some of my favorite photographers and artists of all time,” Murdock said.
Images by over a dozen photographers including Lance Mercer and Jesse Frohman will be on display through March 31st at the gallery’s three locations, Los Angeles, Maui, and New York at 116 Prince St.