Thursday, September 9-Saturday, November 20, 2021

Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery and Sherwood Payne Quillen '71 Reception Gallery

Free

A selection of photographic prints by Larry Fink spotlights the role of clothing and adornment in celebratory gatherings in two distinct American cultures during the 1970s and ‘80s: the glamorous high society of New York City and the spirited country life of Martins Creek, Pennsylvania.

Larry Fink is an acclaimed American photographer best known for his intimate black and white images of lively social events across various class and cultural spaces. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1941, Fink lives and works in Martins Creek, Pennsylvania. He has had solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, has received a number of fellowships and awards, including two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, and has held teaching positions at Yale University, Cooper Union and Bard College. Bridging a divide between editorial fashion and fine art, his work has been published in magazines such as The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and has been exhibited in Giorgio Armani’s Armani/Silos fashion art museum in Milan, Italy.

Curated by curatorial graduate assistant Ali Palin

Prints from Larry Fink’s Social Graces series are from the Virginia Tech Art Collection and donors Scott and Emily Freund and Michael and Jennifer Fay.

Images:
Studio 54, New York, NY, May 1977
Archival pigment print
22 x 17 inches
Courtesy of the Virginia Tech Art Collection and donors Scott and Emily Freund and Michael and Jennifer Fay

Pat Sabatine's 12th Birthday Party, Martins Creek, Pennsylvania, May 1981
Archival pigment print
22 x 17 inches
Courtesy of the Virginia Tech Art Collection and donors Scott and Emily Freund and Michael and Jennifer Fay