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Larry Cook: On the Scene

Larry Cook:
On the Scene
Sep 28, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

Detail from Larry Cook, "Urban Landscape," mixed media, 2019

Detail from Larry Cook, "Urban Landscape," mixed media, 2019

On the Scene is a solo exhibition that explores the cultural aesthetic of “club” photography and painted backdrops. The photographs featured were taken within the last two years in the Washington, DC area. During this time, Larry Cook set up makeshift photo booths featuring hand-painted backdrops, portraying either landscapes of leisure or high-end products. 

Within the exhibition, Cook examines the formal, social, and cultural aspects of this photographic practice, including photographs of subjects posing in front of backdrops that focus on elements of performance, expression, and spectacle. These works are featured with archival photographs dating back to 1980, highlighting the pose, gesture, and choreography in this visual form of representation.

To allow viewers to actively engage with the exhibition, an installation with a vintage backdrop is included, inviting viewers to participate in this tradition. On the Scene utilizes pictorial realism, fantasy, and photography to examine the larger questions of status, individualism, and materialism within black culture.

Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series
Thu, Oct 3, 2019. 9:00 – 11:00 am

UICA Members can enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries led by Juana Williams, UICA's Exhibition's curator. Members, click here to register for Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series.

Opening night event, guests discussing artwork

Opening Night Event
Fri, Oct 4, 2019. 5:30 – 9:00 pm

UICA Members: Free.
Public: Free with gallery admission.

Join UICA for the opening of our Autumn Exhibition Series, including On the Scene. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.

Artist Talk: Larry Cook
Sat, Nov 16, 2019. 1:00 – 2:30 pm

UICA Members: Free.
GR Public Museum Members: Free.
Public: Free with gallery admission.

Join artist Larry Cook as he discusses his process and inspiration fo his exhibition, On the Scene.

Registration required. To register, click here:

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: September 6
Later Event: January 17
Translating Valence