Party Like It’s 1999

Dwayne Wayne glasses!

Text & Photos by K. Cecchini

Pearl Jam tees wrapped in flannel. Glow sticks, dog tags, REM’s “Losing My Religion” and black light highlighting the lint on my sweater. AND Dwayne Wayne flip glasses.

Yes, people were partying like it was 1999.

To compliment its’ freshest exhibit, Come As You Are, the Montclair Art Museum balanced all of the retrospect’s introspect with a nod to the more irreverent side of back in the day, if y’know what I’m sayin’.

Cereal Bar
Cereal Bar and Mixed Tapes

A D.J. kicked the night off with classic tracks from C+C Music Factory and M.C. Hammer to Nirvana. Leir Hall was lit with neon colors and adorned with large spray painted homages to 90’s pop culture. Even some of the hors d’oeuvres matched the decade with mini-Chinese take-out containers and a Cereal Bar.

Much of the crowd was already breaking a move, when a NYC tribute band came out to their namesake’s theme song. Representing some of the era’s styles from hi-tops and wide legged jeans to loud colors, Saved by the 90’s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers kept the audience bouncing while covering hits such as Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” and Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic”.

Saved by the 90's: A Party with the Bayside Tigers
Saved by the 90’s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers

Overall, it seems like partygoers had a dope time. Whether it was 90’s nostalgia or a more accessible ticket price, it looks like the MAM tapped into an expanded fan base on Saturday night. According to a volunteer, the museum may be planning similar events to keep up the momentum.

Hey, we can always party like its 1999 without dog tags and glow sticks.


Come As You Are: Art of the 1990’s
Montclair Art Museum (MAM): Now-May 17, 2015 Montclair, NJ

Twitter: @MAMmontclair

Bringing back grunge
Bringing back grunge
Revelers in front of 90's mural
Revelers pose by 90’s graffiti
Slap Bracelets!
Slap Bracelets!
Blacklight & Glow Sticks
Blacklight & Glow Sticks!
"I had to make something!" -Accessory designer & MAM volunteer showing off her retro safety pin necklace.
“I had to make something!” -Accessory designer & MAM volunteer showing off her retro safety pin necklace.

Tonight at Dawn Coverage of Other events at MAM:

Come As You Are

From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts

Montclair Film Festival (some events are hosted at MAM) 

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