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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Wang X H&M Launch Party

Alexander Wang X H&M Launch Party

For the past 10 years H&M has collaborated with the biggest names in fashion and for this their 10th year, the Swedish giant invited for the first time an American designer: Alexander Wang.

Opening night of this highly anticipated collection took place in New York a couple weeks ago with a spectacular runway show, a Missy Elliot concert and the a large celebrity presence including Mary J. Blige, Justin Theroux, Jessica Chastain, Dakota Fanning, and Kate Mara.

Pretty sure everything will sell out as soon as the collection launches in stores and online on Nov. 6th as it looks incredible as shown in following video:

Upcoming Event – WANTEDDESIGN 2014

Upcoming Event – WANTEDDesign 2014

WANTEDDesign, the inspirational and energetic platform for the design community, students, the media, design institutions, and design lovers alike, takes place May 16th-19th in NYC.

Adding fresh direction to this year’s show, programs will follow the daily themes of Design Around the World, Designing, Making, Transforming, and What’s Next in the U.S.A.?, with each day featuring supporting conversations.

Beyond the talks, set to take place in Grimshaw’s Conversation Room, and the show’s nearly 60+ exhibitors, attendees can preview prototype products in the Launch Pad and check out the visionary outcomes from the Design Schools Workskhop – “The Future of Paper”– that includes participating schools from around the world.

Part of NYCxDESIGN, WANTEDDesign will officially open on Friday, May 16th, to press, bloggers, interior designers, and VIPs. All programs take place during the three days from May 17th to May 19th at the Terminal Stores – The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, between 27th and 28th streets in New York City.

The event is free to the trade (registration required); general public ($20 online, $25 at the door).

Visitors’ information – at a glance:

Friday, May 16
• Starting 12pm — Bloggers “First Look”
• Starting 2pm — Press preview
• Starting 4pm — VIP Interior designers preview
• 7am–10pm — VIP opening night celebration (by invitation only)

Saturday/Sunday, May 17/18
• 10–7pm (trade and general public)

Monday, May 19
• 10–7pm – (trade)

 

 

 

Upcoming Event – Art Basel Hong Kong

Upcoming Event – Art Basel Hong Kong
May 15-18, 2014

The newest Art Basel Show, Art Basel Hong Kong,  is on target for being one of the hottest art events in the world.

Image Courtesy Doug Aitken/303 Gallery/Art Basel Hong Kong Galleries 2014
Image Courtesy Doug Aitken/303 Gallery/Art Basel Hong Kong Galleries 2014

About Art Basel in Hong Kong
The second edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, Lead Partner UBS, will take place from May 15 to 18, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The show will present 245 of the leading galleries from Asia, Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world and more than 3,000 artists, ranging from young emerging artists to the Modern masters from both Asia and the West. 50 percent of galleries presented at the show have exhibition spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, showcasing a strong combination of high-quality works from the East and
the West and underscoring Art Basel’s commitment to the region.

Image Courtesy Adrian Wong/Rhona Hoffman Gallery/Art Basel Hong Kong
Image Courtesy Adrian Wong/Rhona Hoffman Gallery/Art Basel Hong Kong

The main sector, Galleries, presents premier established galleries from across the world, while Insights is dedicated to presenting precise contextual and thematic presentations by artists from across the art scenes in Asia and the Asia-Pacific. The Discoveries sector provides a platform for younger galleries and Encounters shows large-scale sculptural installations by leading artists from around the
world. The show will include for the first time a Film sector, curated by Li Zhenhua, and hosted in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre.The show will be accompanied by strong public programming, including Art Basel’s popular talks programs, Conversations and Salon.

Additionally, collaborations with local and international partners will ensure a diverse range of arts programming, with hundreds of cultural events hosted across the city throughout the week like the Pearl Lam Galleries Exhibition at the Pedder Building space, curated by Paul Moorhouse of London’s National Portrait Gallery, which will feature lacquer sculptural abstract paintings by Chinese artist Su Xioabai.

Asprey : 2013 EE BAFTA Nominees’ Party

Asprey : 2013 EE BAFTA Nominees’ Party

All the stars where out at the Asprey 2013 EE BAFTA Nominees’ Party including the gorgeous Lupita Nyong’o, Samuel Jackson, Sally Field, Helen Mirren, Marion Cotillard and Ben Affleck.