Today marks the U.S. debut of the first retrospective of Del LaGrace Volcano's work. The LGBT photographer and self-described "gender abolitionist" has snapped photos of an array of people throughout the years, from drag kings to celebrities.
One particularly striking image is from 1998, titled, "Rachel Maddow At Home In My Studio" (below):
The combat boots, grungy/ironic t-shirt, close-cropped hair and slight scowl is everything we miss about the 90s. We imagine Ani DiFranco was quietly playing in the background, strumming her beat up guitar and singing about love and loss. Can you hear it? "Squint your eyes and look closer..." We're so there.
For more information on the exhibit, check out Curtis M. Wong's review here.
"Del LaGrace Volcano: A Mid-Career Retrospective" is on view at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York until November 11, 2012.
Enjoy the 90s slideshow below, and let us know your best 90s look in the comments section below:
Spice Girls Fashion
Baby doll dresses, S&M gear, the resurgence of the platform shoe, knee socks, track suits...we could go on forever. Some of the worst fashion trends in the 1990s can be sourced back to the Spice Girls.
The original hipster.
I don't need an iPod because I still have my BOOMBOX.
Beverly Hills, 90210
You loved to hate Brenda, didn't you?
Sarah McLachlan, we will thank you forever for your mezzo-soprano vocal range and for co-founding this female-only showcase.
The 1990s: a decade when no man's underwear was contained to his pants.
The Western world embraced anime so hard in the 1990s. Gotta catch 'em all, guys.
When Starbucks took over the world.
The filthiest comedian, who starred in a family television show and hosted the always wholesome America's Funniest Home Videos.
The Dream Team
The greatest sports team EVER!!!
When people thought bean-stuffed animals would be worth thousands of dollars.
Tanya Harding: The 1990's resident b****.
We know you rocked these accessories, arbitrarily arranged in the bird's nest that was your hair.
When television took its darkest turn.
Seattle grunge scene. 'Nough said.
The cover of every romance novel from the 1990s.
Dolly the Sheep
Dolly, the world's most famous sheep. The remains of the first ever mammal to be cloned from an adult cell remain in taxidermied glory in Scotland.
Chandler and Rachel tell us how to use Windows '95 in "the world's first cyber sitcom."
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Iiiiiiiiiiin West Philadelphia, born and raised...
This generation has vampires, but anyone who grew up in the 1990s knows that our supernatural obsession was witches. Just ask Neve Campbell or all those girls at your high school who wore large five-pointed stars.
If you don't remember this dance you should hang your head in shame. Oooooooh, Macarena.
If your trapper keeper wasn't decorated with celestial whales and rainbow rabbits, we're sorry. You probably had a rough middle school experience.
No matter what age you were, we bet you had your very own virtual pet. And then you forgot to feed and nurture it, and it died, and you buried that irritating keychain at the bottom of your sock drawer.
Women of the 1990s seemed universally dissatisfied with the boundaries of their lips. Who could forget Naomi Campbell's darkly lined pout?
Tommy K. made his big bucks in the 1990s, and we bet a lot of dinner table conversations revolved around the hated/beloved Painter of Light.
Talk to the Hand
Moms everywhere cried after their daughter told them to talk to the hand.
A party was not a '90s party without copious amounts of Zima.
"Mom jeans fit Mom just the way she likes it."
Remember when you found out the Hansons weren't three girls?
The most famous intern ever.
Momma says, stupid is as stupid does.
My So Called Life
So many girls died their hair red in solidarity. P.S. Jordan Catalano, I love you.
Bill Clinton Plays the Saxophone
Yeah, this happened in the '90s.
The channel for kids of the 1990s.
So many tribal tattoos.
I bet your best friend was so good at making hair wraps.
The beginning of the end for ringtones everywhere.
The scariest thing to happen to the 1990s. Thanks, David Lynch.
We take it back. THIS might be the scariest thing to happen to the 1990s.
Feed the rush.
Baby Got Back
Who understands those rap guys?
Give it up for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/hillary-clinton-scrunchie_n_1671388.html">Hil Dawg's</a> favorite hair accessory.
Clarissa Explains It All Intro
Ferg-face, worms, tofu sundaes...and cool panics!
Diabetes in a bottle.
Bleached Hair/Frosted Tips
The decade when male brunettes had had enough.
"Well, I never!"
When change actually came in handy.
Stick on Earrings
We know you used to put these on your nose and act like Gwen Stefani.
The 1990s in one sound.
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