Opening Night: "Dennis Stock Photographs"

Last night marked the opening of Milk Gallery’s much-anticipated exhibition, "Dennis Stock Photographs", on display at Milk Gallery April 2nd – 17th, 2013.

A general sense of awe was in the air last night at the opening for Milk Gallery’s "Dennis Stock Photographs". Presented in partnership with Magnum Photos and our friends at New York Magazine, the retrospective exhibition featured the iconic and groundbreaking work of late Magnum photographer, Dennis Stock.

Of the work inspiring some of the most jaw-dropping reactions was a series of images of tragically-fated Hollywood legend, James Dean. Showstoppers depicted the actor reciting a poem at the breakfast table, and embedded inside a coffin at a funeral home.

Renowned for his on-set photography during films such as The Misfits and Planet of the Apes, the exhibition inlcuded incredible photographs featuring the likes of Marilyn Monroe in pigtails perched on a porch, an actor in full ape makeup on horseback, and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Sabrina.

Stock laid new photographic ground, focusing on jazz culture when it was considered uncouth, and capturing luminaries such as Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday in frenzied performance. He defied artistic norms, as one of the first photographers to document counter-culture groups including the hippies and bikers of the 1960s and 70s.

In a feat of expert curation, the Milk Gallery retrospective seemed to be comprised of the most impressive images from each of Dennis Stock’s areas of concentration.

Notables from the art world turned up in full force for the show’s opening night. Spotted amongst the crowd were photographer, Isa Brito; filmmaker, Hanna Sawka; Magnum photographer, Thomas Hoepker; Michael Shulman of Magnum; Meredith Blechman and Chris Vroom of Artspace; Sue Bohlen of New York Magazine; and Stock’s son, John Raymond.

For those who didn’t manage to make it out to the opening, the exhibition will run until April 17th at Milk Gallery. Contact sheet prints from the exhibition are available in the Milk Store.

View more photos from the Dennis Stock Photographs Opening reception here.

Milk Gallery is located at 450 W. 15th St.

Photo Credit: Therese + Joel

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