EYE CANDY

Revisit Grunge’s Glory Days With Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love

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© Clay Patrick McBride/Morrison Hotel Gallery

It’s been 25 years since Jesse Frohman photographed Kurt Cobain wearing a hunter cap, cheetah-print coat, and his iconic white sunglasses in New York City—and in what, eight months later, would turn out to be Cobain’s final formal shoot before his death at age 27. Fortunately, Frohman was not the only one to photograph Cobain before then; he was just one of many of photographers who help spread the gospel of grunge from Seattle to the entire world. Ahead of what would have been Cobain’s 52nd birthday, Morrison Hotel Gallery has devoted its three spaces in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles to revisiting grunge’s glory days as captured by photographers like Frohman, Lance Mercer, and more who were on the scene, from CBGB with grunge’s predecessors like Sonic Youth to the recording studio with Courtney Love. On view from March 8 through 31, and available for purchase at the gallery’s website, take a look at the photos that make up “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” featuring everyone from Kim Gordon to the late Chris Cornell, here.

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Courtney Love, date unknown. Photographed by Clay Patrick McBride and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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Pearl Jam performing in Seattle, Washington, 1992. Photographed by Amy Rachlin and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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Kurt Cobain in New York City, 1993. Photographed by Jesse Frohman and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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Chris Cornell at Lollapalooza in Kitsap County, Washington, 1992. Photographed by Lance Mercer and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell backstage at Lollapalooza in Seattle, Washington, 1992. Photographed by Lance Mercer and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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Kurt Cobain at the Los Angeles Forum, 1993. Photographed by Henry Diltz and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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Sonic Youth performing at CBGB in New York City, 1986. Photographed by Ebet Roberts and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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Pearl Jam performing in Seattle, Washington, 1992. Photographed by Lance Mercer and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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L7 at Lollapalooza in Mountain View, California, 1994. Photographed by Jay Blakesberg and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.

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Kurt Cobain in New York City, 1993. Photographed by Jesse Frohman and featured in the exhibition “Grunge: Rise of a Generation,” curated by Marcelle Murdock and Casey Fannin-Kaplan. On view at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, Maui, and Los Angeles from March 8 through 31, 2019.