SAM’S KURT COBAIN SHOW TRACES THE GLOBAL INFLUENCE WIELDED BY A NATIVE SON

Seattle Times

Cobain died 16 years ago, in 1994, and Nirvana’s best-known album, “Nevermind,” was released in 1992, and yet, for many, Cobain remains a force to be reckoned with. Michael Darling, Seattle Art Museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art, recognized that Cobain is a potent symbol of the Northwest and began to identify visual artists, both locally and across the U.S. and the world, who continue to use Kurt “as a metaphor for other ideas, especially ideas about artistic struggle, trying to be authentic, trying to keep it real.” So Darling has organized an ambitious show, simply called “Kurt,” which explores the influence of this figure in contemporary art. After learning about so many works being made by artists in different places, curator Darling began to notice thematic threads that run through the work: freedom, longing, loss, desire and alienation. Check out the Kurt exhibit at the SAM now and read the full preview at the above link.

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