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Upcoming exhibitions

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks
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.
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Gordon Parks, American, 1912–2006,Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1948, Gelatin silver print, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation