Visual Art

Preview: Kurt at Seattle Art Museum

We take you inside the Nirvana rocker exhibit before its May 13 opening.

By Laura Dannen May 12, 2010


In conjunction with the Andy Warhol Media Works exhibit at Seattle Art Museum is another study of the nature of celebrity, with one of our own at its center. Titled simply Kurt, this new exhibit features 80 pieces that explore the life and untimely death of Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain. Photos by Alice Wheeler and Charles Peterson show Kurt, the personification of grunge, in his heyday, while paintings, sculpture, and video installations dissect his growing disillusionment with commercial success. It’s fitting that as you consider themes of freedom, fear, and desire in this collection, snippets of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” play in the background—“Here we are now, entertain us.” The local boy belonged to everyone.

Kurt is on display at Seattle Art Museum from May 13-September 6, but we got to go inside before the exhibit opened. Take a peek. (Click on the slideshow above.)

Photos by Laura Dannen.

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