Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950

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Presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH

Mar 23 2019
Jun 09 2019
Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950

Discover the pioneering photographs of iconic American artist Gordon Parks as he chronicled life in the 20th century.

The pioneering African American photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006) considered his work during the 1940s and ’50s to be the benchmark for his 60-year career. Focusing on extensive new research, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 documents the importance of Parks’s early experiences—from his immersion in the Chicago Black Renaissance to his friendships with Roy Stryker, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison—in shaping his groundbreaking, passionate vision. The

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Curator Talks: Gordon Parks

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A curator-led series of gallery talks, each focusing on a different section of Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950.  This exhibition traces Parks’s evolution from an accomplished, self-taught practitioner to an independent and artistic journalistic voice widely communicating a meaningful and coherent understanding of critical social and cultural issues.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – Photography: Parks’s Choice of Weapons
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – Canvassing the Country for Standard Oil
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – Infiltrating the Mass Media

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