Art School Looked Like a Lot of Fun In the ’90s

A homage to a predigital era has popped up, as a crowdsourced art project that lives, paradoxically, on Instagram.

To Matthew Atkatz, the college snapshots he kept in shoe boxes in his closet for years raised a koan-like question: “If they are sitting in a box,” Mr. Atkatz, 46, said, “do they have any meaning?”

They do, it seems, when displayed alongside hundreds of forgotten snapshots collected from other art students from the grunge years on an Instagram feed called 90s Art School.

Since last April, Mr. Atkatz, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997, has collected thousands of old snapshots and Polaroids from schoolmates of that

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