The Los Angeles RISD Alumni Group threw a party for Henry Horenstein (Professor, Photography) to celebrate his public lecture at The Annenberg Space for Photography. Henry’s HONKY TONK photographs and his recent film SPOKE are featured in the museum’s new exhibition Country: Portraits of an American Sound. The exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music.
Country: Portraits of an American Sound uses historical and contemporary photographs to explore how images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself. Celebrated performers such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Hank Williams—as well as deejays, fans, executives and musicians—are seen in the works of photographers who documented multiple generations of this popular history. Woven throughout the Photography Space are screens presenting short videos including SPOKE, a short film by Horenstein about the legendary Texas music hall The Broken Spoke.