This week on Throwback Thursday’s Art Rewind, Ovation features 1995, the mid-way point between grunge and Britney Spears. 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 1995. And tune in to First Knight starring Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, and Sean Connery on Thursday, November 20 at 8 ET/5 PT.
And Now, Your 1995 Art Rewind…
1. The world bids goodbye to two iconic print cartoons – Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson and The Far Side by Gary Larson. The Far Side made us feel very adult in our humor while Calvin and Hobbes allowed us our childish mischief. The end of two eras!
2. Freeeeddoommm!! Braveheart introduces us to Scottish medieval history…sort of. It turns out, Scots of that era didn’t wear kilts. And Princess Isabella was a toddler at the time. (Also, Wallace didn’t really shout, “freedom!” as he was disemboweled, but you probably knew that.) Still, it’s epic-ness made us feel noble and bold—like we should paint our faces and take a stand!
3. Cleveland, Ohio officially opens The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum designed by architect I.M. Pei (of Louvre fame). Pei said that he wanted the design to “echo the energy of rock and roll.”
4. Toy Story bursts onto the screen as the first (and possibly greatest) feature-length computer animated film ever. It really took us “to infinity and beyond!”
5. Singer Selena is murdered at the age of 23. She is the only female artist to have five albums on the U.S. Billboard 200 at the same time. Two years later, we fell in love with Selena again when Jennifer Lopez (then almost unknown!) starred in the Selena biopic. Even today, who doesn’t get all teenage girl-y when they hear “I Could Fall In Love”?!
6. Microsoft releases Windows 95, introducing the “desktop” shell design and blowing our adorable mid-90s minds with such magical advances as the “taskbar” and the “start button.” But don’t take our word for it, watch this ACTUAL 1995 VIDEO starring Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Bill Gates. (Skim for highlights…like at 19:00 when Bill Gates gives us an insight into the beginnings of internet cat videos.)
7. English artist Antony Gormley erects Havmannen (The Man from the Sea) in Mo i Rana, Norway (left) and Tracey Emin creates “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995” (right).