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Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music - Photographs by Henry Horenstein


The Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Henry Horenstein’s solo exhibition Honky Tonk:  Portraits of Country Music in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Manninen Center for the Arts,  Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from August 18 – October 17, 2014.  Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  Starting September 15, gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9 am – 5pm; Friday 9 am – 1pm; and Saturday and Sunday 2-4 pm.  A reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, September 18 from 5 – 6:45 p.m., and a lecture/performance by Henry Horenstein from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. followed by a book signing from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. The exhibition, reception, lecture/presentation and book signing are free and open to the public.

Honky Tonk is a collection of photographs taken between 1968 and 2010 that document the changing world of country music and its fans.  The documentary film from The Photographers Series: Henry Horenstein will be running in the gallery during the duration of the exhibition. 

Born in Massachusetts, Henry Horenstein was on a path to becoming a historian when he discovered photography.  Captivated by the work of Robert Frank and Danny Lyon, Horenstein entered the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.  After completing his Master of Fine Arts Degree, Horenstein’s first major project was a documentary survey of the people and character of country music.  As a long time fan, Horenstein recognized that the culture of country music was changing, losing the homey, down-to-earth character of “hillbilly” music, and adopting the slicker nature of contemporary country music.  His goal was to preserve a vanishing culture by capturing it in photographs, and for nearly a decade, he traveled throughout the United States documenting the artists and audiences at honky-tonk bars, outdoor festivals, and community dances.  The body of work that Horenstein created is a remarkable portrait of a distinct period in American cultural history.

Horenstein’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally; including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston; and Fabrik der Kunste, Hamburg, Germany.  His works can also be found in many public and private collections.  He is the author of over 30 books including several monographs and a series of highly successful photography textbooks.   Horenstein currently lives in Boston and is a professor of photography at RISD.

If you have any questions regarding the Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, Photographs by Henry Horenstein exhibition or any of the related programming, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or



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