“Ramones New York 1976” / Photo by Roberta Bayley

WESTPORT — “Punk.” It was an in-your-face style of music and art that flourished in the 1970s and early ’80s.

It was anti-disco and pro-grunge. And it was memorable.

Punk is Coming,” an exhibition opening March 26 at MoCA Westport, will feature work by more than 50 photographers, artists and filmmakers that defined the era’s style. 

Patti Smith with Fred Sonic Smith and his Rendezvous Band. / Photo by Sue Rynski

The exhibition will showcase “never-before-seen” videos and photographs, as well as artworks created by Punk-era musicians and contemporary works influenced by the movement, according to the MoCA announcement for the exhibition.

An opening reception for “Punk is Coming” will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the museum, 19 Newtown Turnpike. The reception is open to the public.

The exhibit will be on view through June 5.

Art by David Johansen, Dee Dee Ramone, Patti Smith, and John (Rotten) Lyndon will be among the works on display.

The exhibition also features “world premieres,” according to MoCA, including a film by Lynette Bean Kral of the Patti Smith Group, vintage footage by Merrill Aldighieri and a film of New Order’s first live performance.

“Rat Trap” / Assemblage by Hans Neleman

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation has provided the original edit of the short film, “Still Moving,” starring Patti Smith and directed by Robert Mapplethorpe. 

Also featured will be photographs and videos of CBGB, the New York City club widely credited as the birthplace of the Punk movement.

“Untitled” / Painting by Tony Hope

The exhibit also includes contemporary art influenced by the Punk era by Helmut Lang, Richard Prince, Alex Bag, Penny Slinger, Linder Sterling, Tony Hope and others. 

“As a cultural movement, punk is driven by a refusal to sell out, a desire to do it yourself and counter-culture angst,” Ruth Mannes, executive director of MoCA Westport, said in the exhibition announcement.

“Punk is about experimentation, individual liberty and a rebellious spirit,” she added.

The museum also plans a series of programs related to the “Punk is Coming” exhibit during April and May. The events are free, but registration is required. Sign up via the “Events Calendar” listings on the website.

For more information, visit the MoCA Westport website or call 203-222-7070.