“Now form a band”

A punk exhibition in 3 chords

Jamie Reid from Suburban Press to Sex Pistols
Riot Grrrls 1.0: Women of Punk Rock
SW3 to SW10: From BOY to SEX. Punk fashion in London + the photographs of Sheila Rock

Opening reception: September 10, 2021, 5-7 pm
Come early for a gallery talk by photographer, Sheila Rock, and collector, Andrew Krivine, 4:30 pm


The Binghamton University Art Museum is pleased to re-open to the public with our fall exhibition “Now form a band” A punk exhibition in 3 chords. The exhibition centers on Andrew Krivine’s vast collection of punk ephemera, through three different foci: Jamie Reid and the Suburban Press; women and punk; and the fashions of London’s punk scene seen through the boutiques BOY and SEX, also featuring photographs by Sheila Rock. The title of the exhibition is inspired by a 1977 drawing included in the first issue of Tony Moon’s fanzine Sideburns #1, originally created just to fill space in the zine. Now seen as one of the iconic expressions of the punk ethos, it was an impetus to just do something, Moon notes, “You didn’t need to have been to music school or be particularly proficient or skilled. It was much more about the energy and drive to do something. It’s a rallying call to the troops.”

Over the past ten years, Krivine has loaned materials to several punk graphic design exhibitions presented in New York, Philadelphia and Brussels, and other university galleries in the US. Krivine's book on Punk & Post-Punk graphic design, Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die, as well as a limited edition version, were published by UK publishers Pavilion Books and Rocket 88 Books, respectively.

In addition, his latest book, Reversing Into The Future: New Wave Graphics, is being released concurrently with the opening of the exhibition at Binghamton. The North American distributor for both books is Rizzoli Books.

Generous support for this project provided by the Art Bridges’ “Bridge Ahead” initiative, as well as the in-kind support of Angry Mom Records. The Binghamton University Art Museum would like to acknowledge the generosity of the lenders to this exhibition: Andrew Krivine and Sheila Rock. Thanks to Tom McDonough and Jennifer Stoever, the Cinema Department, and the staff and interns of the Binghamton University Art Museum for their support in the exhibition and programming.
The exhibition is organized by Claire L. Kovacs, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.

The punk ethos often operated from a position of provocation, and as such, some content in this exhibition may not be appropriate for all audiences.


For details on upcoming programming, including a punk film series and a community event, see our “Events” page + social media.


Last Updated: 9/8/21