Check Out Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gordon Parks Show With Curator Talk and Film

Tue 4/16 @ noon

Tue 4/16 @ 1:45PM

Fri 4/19 @ 7PM

Photography lovers won’t want to miss the current show Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950, on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art through Sun 6/9. It features the work of the legendary Life Magazine photojournalist (1912-2006) as he was establishing his stellar reputation. Parks wasn’t merely the most prominent black photojournalist of his era, but one of the finest overall, with both an eye for composition and a deep empathy for his subjects. Although his work for the government and Standard Oil put him in contact with people of all types, as an African-American he was able to shine a light on ordinary black people whose lives might have remained invisible otherwise.

A curator talk in the gallery at noon will focus on his travels around the country for Standard Oil which took broadened his horizons and helped him learn how to relate to different types of people and interpret their situations visuall . It’s free and no registration is required.

On the same day at 1:45pm, in the Morley Lecture Hall, the museum will screen Parks’ 1969 debut as a film director, The Learning Tree, based on his semiautobiographical novel of the same name about growing up in Kansas in the 1920s. Curator of Photography Barbara Tannenbaum will host a Q&A following the film. Admission is $10. It screens again Fri 4/19 @ 7pm.

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