Henry Horenstein: Speedway 72

Opening Reception with Houston Art Gallery Association's Fall Event:
Friday, September 16th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 17th, noon - 5pm
Sunday, September 18th, noon - 5pm

Artist Book Signing: Saturday, October 8th, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Exhibition on View:
September 16th– October 15th, 2022

 

Catherine Couturier Gallery is thrilled to present Speedway 72, an exhibition of work by artist and educator Henry Horenstein.


Horenstein is a Boston Based photographer whose roots are in documentary photography, which is especially evident in his Speedway, 72 series. These photographs were taken when Horenstein was still a graduate student at Rhode Island School of Design.


“I was looking through old, forgotten boxes of prints a couple of years back and found pictures I liked a lot. Not so much when I took them, as when I saw them decades later. These pictures were initiated by my brother-in-law Paul, who raced stock cars - old, beat-up cars customized for racing. Paul's cousin Dickie Simmonds owned the local Gulf station and modified the junkers that Paul drove at places like the Seekonk Speedway (Seekonk, MA) and the Thompson Speedway (Thompson, CT).


Here, my photographic heroes were the great chroniclers of urban life, Brassai and Weegee. In SPEEDWAY, I wanted to do what they did - to show us a slice now of what the world looked like then - here, small-town New England 1972, dutifully recorded and preserved.”


Born in New Bedford, MA, Horenstein studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he studied with legends Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He has been a professor of photography at RISD since 1981 and lives in Boston.

Henry’s work is collected and exhibited internationally, and he has published over 30 books, including several monographs of his own work.

The artist will be in attendance for a book signing and reception on Saturday, October 8th.

Car #29, Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Del Berdick, Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

 
Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

 
Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

 

Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Ray Hoag Jr., Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

 
Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

 
Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches
 

Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Joe and MaryLynn, Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Car #10, Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

Mike Stachurn, Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT, 1972
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 24 inches

 

 

Learn more about Henry on his Artist Page.