#TBT: 1997 Art Rewind


This week on Throwback Thursday’s Art Rewind, reminisce about the good old days of 1997, when men were men and boys were in boy bands. So 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 1997. And tune in to Conspiracy Theory starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts on Thursday, December 11 at 8 ET/5 PT.


And Now, Your 1997 Art Rewind…

1. The Spice Girls dominate the airwaves with two albums topping the charts in one year. Although they were the first British band since the Beatles to achieve such a feat, by mid-1998 one of the five members, Geri Halliwell, would leave the group. And they were never the same. Tear.


2. On the opposite side of the music spectrum, Lilith Fair kicks off its first tour. The all-women line up—starring Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Tracy Chapman, Fiona Apple, Emmylou Harris, and others—was the top grossing festival of the year.



3. The Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain opens to wild success among critics as well as visitors. The museum has been noted as one of the most important examples of contemporary architecture in the world.



4. Anita Diamant publishes her biblically-inspired take of women in the desert, The Red Tent. The book was a slow starter, but by the early 21st century it was topping the New York Times’ Bestseller List and being read in just about every book club in America.


5. Titanic hits the iceberg on the big screen—tragically ripping apart the epic love of Kate and Leo. Oh, was that a spoiler? Yeah, soooo…almost everyone dies, sorry. It’s history, people!