This week on Throwback Thursday’s Art Rewind, Ovation features 1991, when we saw the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War, yet somehow not the end of war. Hmmm….ANYWAY – we’re here to focus on 1991’s arts and culture moments, like grunge (!) and the launch of that commercial for the Marines (you know – the FEW, the PROUD, the MARINES.) So impress your friends with your trivia chops, relive your glory days, or just find out what the heck happened in the world of art in 1991. And tune in to Backdraft starring Kurt Russell and William Baldwin on Thursday, February 19th at 8 ET/5 PT.
And Now Your 1991 Art Rewind…
1. Freddie Mercury, lead singer and lyricist of the epic British rock band Queen, dies of complications from AIDS. To this day, fans leave messages of mourning outside his former home in London.
2. Art thieves steal twenty paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Less than an hour later the paintings are recovered, but three are seriously damaged. The thieves were later charged, convicted, and sent to prison. (Moral of the story: don’t steal stuff, duh. Also: don’t ruin amazing art. Harumph!)
3. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster scare the *#&$^%#*@ out of us in The Silence of the Lambs, and fava beans go on our list of foods that might kill us.
4. Nirvana releases Nevermind, the seminal album of the early-90s grunge revolution. It’s breakout single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, is a massive hit, and the album is consistently listed as one of the greatest of all time.
5. South African writer Nadine Gordimer wins the Nobel Prize for Literature for her works addressing racism and apartheid in her home country.
6. M.C. Hammer tops the charts with 2 Legit 2 Quit, and we are all introduced to the wonderful world of Parachute Pants (!!). In honor of Throwback Thursday, everyone please take a moment today to stop for Hammer Time. Thank you.
7. Dr. Seuss, the beloved writer and cartoonist of 46 children’s books and numerous other works dies. But his work lives on in all of our imaginations and in everything weird and wooly.