On this week’s Throwback Thursday Art Rewind, Ovation remembers 1990, the first taste of the splendid 90s. So impress your friends with your trivia chops, relive your glory days, or find out just what happened in the world of art in 1990. And don’t miss Ovation’s throwback film, Pump Up the Volume starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis on Thursday, March 5th at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
And now, your 1990 Art Rewind…
1. Julia Roberts plays a modern-day Cinderella who goes from rags to riches. Ah, well streets to riches… but you get it. She might have been a Hollywood escort, but Pretty Woman taught us that everyone deserves the fairy-tale.
2. “Vision of Love” is released and the world is introduced to the Sound, the Voice and the Range of Miss Mariah Carey. Listen to the second half of the song and you understand why Mariah gained diva status the moment she hit the stage.
3. In 1990 while the city of Boston was preoccupied with Saint Patty’s celebrations, two thieves disguised as Boston police officers gained entry into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and handcuffed the security guards. In 81 minutes, 13 works of art were stolen estimated at a loss of $500 million. The pieces were never recovered and the art heist remains the largest private property theft in history. Ouch!
4. Now this was the story all about how Will’s life got flipped-turned upside down. So in the show he takes a minute and sits right there and tells you how he became the prince of a town called Bel-Air. Yep, catchiest theme song ever and one of the greatest shows of 1990.
5. In 1990 the grand illusion of Milli Vanilli was revealed. Frank Farian, who created the German-based R&B-Pop-Dance group, admitted that “lead singers” Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus had not sung a single note on the album which gained them a Grammy. As a result of the confession, the Grammy was withdrawn and Milli Vanilli was no more.
6. Jim Henson, Father of The Muppets, passed away in 1990, leaving us with a long line of imaginative tales and characters. His funeral was both touching and festive, and even involved a musical puppet routine. Big Bird sang, “It’s Not Easy Being Green” and expressed gratitude to Kermit the Frog – who has been described as Henson’s Muppet alter ego.