Kurt

Hole is back together (well, some part of it, assembled again by Courtney Love, or whatever she’s calling herself these days). Krist Novoselic is a must-read blogger for this paper. A Nirvana box set may follow. And now SAM is joining the ’90s revival with “Kurt,” which celebrates the short life and incendiary musical career of Kurt Cobain, a suicide 16 years ago at the age of 27. The exhibit—to include photos, videos, and even paintings—opens today as a dark companion to SAM’s big Andy Warhol show. Pop Art and grunge belong to two different eras, the one celebrating surfaces and the other authenticity. But Cobain, who famously posed on the cover of Rolling Stone with his “Corporate Magazines Still Suck” T-shirt, carefully cultivated his iconoclastic image. The 1991 breakthrough of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Nevermind was aided in no small part by the MTV video, a great album cover, and the marketing might of a major record label. There was huge money to be made from selling indie rock to the anti-corporate masses, and Cobain occupied the uncomfortable—and perhaps untenable—position of mocking that whole apparatus from the inside. BRIAN MILLER

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: May 13. Continues through Sept. 6, 2010

 
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