Tuesday, November 15, 2016

'Melrose Place' Redux


Last month I blogged about noticing what appeared to be the re-opening of Shooters -- the hangout for the gang on "Melrose Place" -- across the street from my apartment, only to find out it was an art exhibition of works that actually had been featured on the sudsy Fox hit  that were coded with cultural messages on topics like reproductive rights, U.S. foreign policy, alcoholism and sexual politics.  (Conceptual artist Mel Chin helped form a group to supply the art and props.)


Damian and I finally stopped by and were surprised to discover the display, located in the Red Bull Music Academy in Chelsea, is way bigger than we expected, including replicas of the apartment complex's swimming pool, D&D Advertising -- whose conference table doubled as a mattress in brothel boudoir -- as well as a screening room filled with bean bags where episodes are shown on a loop.


"Total Proof: The GALA Committee 1995-1997" runs through Nov. 27 -- info HERE -- but if you don't make it in time, here are some of the items that jumped out at me, none of which I recall noticing on the actual show.


Snap, crackle and pop 'em in the face ...


This arrived on Nov. 8, right?


Prozac Nation begins ...


The show's secret weapon ...

 




Sadly, they were showing an episode from the Megan era, when the wheels started to come off ...


As timely as ever ...



How fitting ...


Remember unions? 


No sign of Brooke ...



TV-Phage: Cathode ray tube, deflection yoke, TV antennas 

TV-Phage takes etymological root in the word "bacteriophage," a virus that parasitizes bacteria by reproducing inside of it. The small sculpture is a metaphor for infecting its viewers.  


This piece became the iconic representation of GALA's interaction with "Melrose Place" when it appeared in the MOCA scene with Amanda and Kyle. 


My next memoir title?


I'm a Fanilow ...

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