For Two Years in the ’90s, This Art Collective Planted Subversive Props on the Set of Melrose Place

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Photo: Courtesy of the GALA Committee/Red Bull Studios New York.

Are you one of those unfortunate millennials who just missed the cutoff to watch Melrose Place when it aired, but also yearn to legitimize the ’90s-normcore aesthetic that you cribbed from shows like this one? Well, do we have the art exhibit for you.

TOTAL PROOF: The GALA Committee 19951997 displays the subversive sociopolitical props that the art collective planted on the Melrose Place set from 1995 to 1997. Melrose Place aired its last episode in 1999, but during those two sweet, sweet years, conceptual artist Mel Chin and the GALA Committee worked in tandem with the producers to sneak images onscreen like unrolled condoms (a big no-no at the time), pointillist paintings depicting police brutality, and a birth-control pillbox. For the first time, these works are now on view at Red Bull Studios New York in a free exhibit that will run through November 27.