Honky Tonk, Portraits of Country Music 1972 - 1981
November 15 through December 20, 2003
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturdays 11:00/5:30
New York - The Sarah Morthland Gallery is pleased to announce an
exhibition in association with the publication of Honky Tonk, Portraits
of Country Music 1972 - 1981, a new book of photographs by Henry
Horenstein taken around the Nashville music scene in the 1970s. The
exhibition will begin with an opening reception and book signing with
Mr. Horenstein on Friday, November 14, 6 - 8 p.m. and continue
through Saturday, December 20.
Henry Horenstein's black and white photographs vividly capture the
essence of what many consider to be the last "great" decade of country
music when musicians such as Dolly Parton and Hank Williams Jr.,
along with other less well-known legends in the field, performed at
places such as the Ryman Auditorium (once the home of the Grand
Ole Opry), Tootie's Orchid Lounge, and all the other local clubs and
dance halls that gave birth the this infectious and lively sound. The
photographer approached his subjects with the interest and devotion
of an enthusiastic fan, documenting the musicians at their homes, with
fans, and on stage.
Honky Tonk, Portraits of Country Music 1972 - 1981, is published by
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, with a release date of Fall 2003.
Eddie Stubbs, a disc jockey with Nashville's WSM-AM and a Grand Ole
Opry announcer, contributed the book's foreword and Charles McGovern,
curator of American Popular Culture at the National Museum of American
History, wrote the afterword providing additional context for the more
than 100 photographs reproduced in the book.
Henry Horenstein is a photographer, author and educator who has
published over thirty books for children and adults. His photographs
are included in many major museums and collections internationally.
He lives in Boston and teaches photography at Rhode Island School
f Design. The National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian
Institution just acquired a large group of photographs from the Honky
Tonk series and is planning a full-scale exhibition in 2004 that will
be traveled. Additional exhibitions from the Honky Tonk series will be
presented at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville (September
2003), John Cleary Gallery, Houston, The Photographic Resource Center,
Boston, and The Print Center, Philadelphia.
The Sarah Morthland Gallery is located in the Whitehall Building at
511 West 25th Street, Suite 709, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues
in Chelsea, New York, New York, 10001. The gallery is open Wednesday -
Saturday, 11:00 - 5:30. For additional information, telephone 212-242-7767 or