The Making of an Argument
September 19 – December 21, 2014
Curated by Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, New Orleans Museum of Art
Exhibition organized at The Fralin Museum by John Mason, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Corcoran Department of History
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, a pathbreaking exhibition that originated at the New Orleans Museum of Art, explores the 1948 Life magazine photo-essay that introduced one of the 20th century’s most important photographers, filmmakers, and writers to the American public. Gordon Parks’ photographs and the magazine’s text, which relied heavily on his reporting, propelled readers into the world of Red Jackson, a seventeen-year-old "Harlem Gang Leader." Parks spent a month with Jackson and his gang, the Midtowners, while working on the story. Having gained the young men’s trust, he was able to
make photographs that possessed the fly-on-the-wall intimacy and dramatic urgency of film noir.
Curated by Jennifer Farrell
In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human form expanded and challenged ideas of what realist art, in particular portraiture, could be. The grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud was perhaps best known for his work with oil paint, a material few artists in the postwar period engaged. Yet this exhibition will show that Freud also produced an important body of prints, thus showing the critical place printmaking—etching in particular—held for him throughout his career. In addition to highlighting Freud’s achievements in printmaking, the exhibition will also examine the artist’s powerful and detailed depictions of the human form and the psychological conditions that characterized his oeuvre.