If you grew up in Australia through the 90’s, you will know that Yowie toys were better than Kinder’s surprises, everything you know about life you learned in the back of a dark van from a giraffe, Cheez TV’s Ryan and Jade were the coolest teenagers in the world and you ate roughly 3000 bags of chips to complete your Tazo collection. However, you will not find any references to these cultural phenomena at Every Brilliant Eye.

Every Brilliant Eye will exhibit over 100 works in various media, depicting the cultural landscape of Australia in the 1990’s,  highlighting both the increasingly diverse approaches to art-making of that decade, and the artists’ innovative use of emerging technologies.

If you had ever wished you could club in the 90’s, now you can with an exhibition highlight being a room dedicated to the club culture of the decade, with an accompanying music video by Maria Kozic and club inspired fashion by Leigh Bowery, Peter Tully and Design Studio Abyss.

Along with the Exhibition, attendees will also be privy to free programs and screenings with speakers ranging from Australian musicians to curators from the NGV. These programs include:

Unplugged Live 2017

Sundays at 2pm, 18 June – 23 July

Art and music reconnect as singer-songwriter Jae Laffer (The Panics) hosts conversations with artists and musicians on Sundayafternoons. Unplugged Live will be held in the exhibition space of Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s. Details will be available in May at NGV.MELBOURNE

Speakers: TBC

Cost: Free

Curator’s Perspective

Sat 3 Jun, 11am

Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s provides an in depth look at a period characterised by dramatic change as artists adopted new technologies and increasingly varied approaches to making art. Explore key themes and artworks in the exhibition with curator Pip Wallis.

Speaker: Pip Wallis, Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV

Cost: Free

The 90s: DIY Decade

Sun 16 Jul, 12pm

In the nineties artists took it upon themselves to get things done, from self-publishing of artist books and magazines, to artist-run initiatives and collectives, and a generation of public and street art. What were the forces behind this DIY shift and what legacy has it left today? A panel of local artists will discuss.

Cost: Free, bookings essential

Film Screening: Loop/Critical Cities

Sun 20 Aug, 2pm

Loop/Critical Cities is a series of artist films that was originally shown in Longford Cinema in Melbourne in the nineties. This screening is a rare opportunity to re-watch these films, with an introduction by artist Callum Morton, the curator of the project whose work also features in the film.

Speaker: Callum Morton, artist

Cost: Free, bookings essential

Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990’s will be on display at the Ian Potter Centre at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne from 2 June – 1 October 2017. Entry is FREE.