UofL to host photo exhibition of Louisville’s underground music scene


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On July 13, the University of Louisville Photographic Archives will open its newest exhibition “Live from A Dark Room: Louisville Underground Music in Photographs, 1980 – Present.”

    The exhibition will feature photography from more than fifteen artists who have collectively documented Louisville’s music scene for nearly 40 years.

    The photographs offer a sampling of the various bands, people and venues that have defined rock, indie, punk and hardcore music in the city. Photographers include Alex Ayers, Heather Cantrell, Bill Carner, Aron Conaway, Guy Dove, Tim Furnish, Ross Gordon, Laura Arrot Hartford, Chris Higdon, Sarah Lyon, Jennifer Martin, Doug Maxson, Will Oldham, Lonnie Tuner and others.

    Artifacts from the Louisville Underground Music Archive will accompany the exhibition, such as band items, flyers and posters.

    “The Louisville music scene has had a far-reaching impact beyond our region,” said Elizabeth Reilly, curator and associate professor in Archives and Special Collections. “This exhibition is a closer, more intimate look at our most influential musicians. Most of these photos have never been published before.”

    The exhibition is on display through Dec. 20 in the UofL Photographic Archives gallery, located on the lower level of Ekstrom Library, 2215 S. Third St. An opening reception will be 5-8 p.m., Thursday, July 12.

    For more information, contact Reilly at 502-852-8730 or elizabeth.reilly@louisville.edu.


    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.