Gordon Parks Exhibition at the High Museum of Art

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story (Nov 15 – Jun 7) opened this past Saturday at the High Museum of Art and it a stunning look at reality of life under segregation.

As the press release states:

The images provide a unique perspective on one of America’s most controversial periods. Rather than capturing momentous scenes of the struggle for civil rights, Parks portrayed a family going about daily life in unjust circumstances. Parks believed empathy to be vital to the undoing of racial prejudice. His corresponding approach to the Life project eschewed the journalistic norms of the day and represented an important chapter in Parks’ career-long endeavor to use the camera as his “weapon of choice” for social change. “The Restraints: Open and Hidden” gave Parks his first national platform to challenge segregation. The images he created offered a deeper look at life in the Jim Crow South, transcending stereotypes to reveal a common humanity.

Gordon Parks was a trailblazing artist and filmmaker. Parks was initially drawn to photography as a young man after seeing images of migrant workers published in a magazine, which made him realize photography’s potential to alter perspective. By 1944, Parks was the only black photographer working for Vogue, and he joined Life magazine in 1948 as the first African-American staff photographer. He would later go on to  co-founded Essence magazine and served as the editorial director for the first three years of its publication. Parks later became Hollywood’s first major black director when he released the film adaptation of his autobiographical novel “The Learning Tree,” for which he also composed the musical score, however he is better known as the director of the 1971 hit movie “Shaft.” Parks received the National Medal of Arts in 1988 and received more than 50 honorary doctorates over the course of his career. He died in 2006

A must-see exhibition!

Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

 

Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

 

Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-Shopping, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-Shopping, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

 

Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Airline Terminal, Atlanta, Georgia, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Airline Terminal, Atlanta, Georgia, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

 

Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PBS Video: Kehinde Wiley – An Economy of Grace


PBS Video: Kehinde Wiley – An Economy of Grace

A compelling look at one of the most intriguing, innovative and intellectual artists of the 21st century.

You can sit and look at a Kehinde Wiley portrait for hours and still not discover all the intricate layers.

Kehinde Wiley is taking portraiture to the next, next, next level !

Fashion x Art Mondays – Kara Walker

Fashion x Art Mondays – Kara Walker

Kara Walker’s latest project “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby” (2014) at the soon to be demolished Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn is a gigantic work that uses the history of the sugar trade and translates it into a installation of disturbing beauty.

Take a look at this amazing Art21 behind-the-scenes video of the about the creation of this work!

If you can, make sure to see it before it closes on July 6th !

Pérez Art Museum Miami: Parodi Lecture in Philosophy of Art

Pérez Art Museum Miami: Parodi Lecture in Philosophy of Art

For the recent Tenth Annual Parodi Lecture in Philosophy of Art at the Perez Art Museum Miami, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) and guest professor in art theory and practices at Northwestern University, Evanston and Goethe University, Frankfurt, examined the question of the art exhibition dOCUMENTA (13) as an archive.

Watch and learn about the interwoven layers of thoughts, ideas and intellectual pathways that were part of this historic exhibition.