Summer internship for Millbrook School students at The Gordon Parks Foundation
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Summer internship for Millbrook School students at The Gordon Parks Foundation

12/13/2016

The Gordon Parks Foundation will again be offering an internship through the Millbrook School summer internship program. This opportunity, funded by Herb Schultz (Class of '63), provides six Millbrook School students with paid internships at non-profit organizations. The organizations benefit from the students' assistance, while the students are able to explore different non-profits and gain tangible experience within those fields. 

A Man Becomes Invisible
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A Man Becomes Invisible

Google Arts & Culture

08/24/2016

Google Arts & Culture provides digital access to exhibitions and collections from museums and archives around the world.  Users can create their own image libraries as they discover artworks, stories, and cultural treasures.  The Gordon Parks Foundation is proud to be featured in the Historic Moments Project. Our participation aids in our mission of educational outreach by making Gordon Parks' work available to the public. Explore Gordon Parks' 1952 Life Magazine photo project titled “A Man Becomes Invisible” that was created to interpret and promote Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man. This online exhibition was curated by Michal Raz-Russo, curator of the exhibition Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem installed at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Grant Awarded to Support a Student's Gordon Parks Project
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Grant Awarded to Support a Student's Gordon Parks Project

"An Exploration of the Segregated South: ​The Photographs of Gordon Parks," a website created by Mae Goodrich

07/26/2016

American Photography Archives Group tours the archive
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American Photography Archives Group tours the archive

07/08/2016

The Gordon Parks Foundation welcomed members of American Photography Archives Group to our exhibition space and archive for a tour and talk led by Amand Smith, Assistant Director. 

A Choice of Weapons: The Legacy of Gordon Parks
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A Choice of Weapons: The Legacy of Gordon Parks

Chappaqua Library

04/06/2016

The Gordon Parks Foundation partnered with Chappaqua Library to present a three-part program titled "A Choice of Weapons: The Legacy of Gordon Parks." Gordon Parks' works was on view in the Chappaqua Library Gallery from March 19- April 24. A reception was held on March 19 from 1-3 pm, followed by a screening of Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks. On Wednesday April 6 at 7pm, Amanda Smith, Assistant Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation, lead a discussion at the Chappaqua Library about Gordon Parks' most iconic moments and how his legacy lives on through the Foundation. 

Educational Tours
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Educational Tours

The Gordon Parks Foundation

The Gordon Parks Foundation is proud to present educational group tours to schools, clubs, and community-based organizations of all ages. Visitors are given a guided tour of the current exhibition and a private look at the Foundation's archival material that illustrate Parks’ life and career. Our most recent visitors included Mt. Pleasant Public Library's adult lecture club, called "The Group", and Pleasantville High School Photography students. 

Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967
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Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967

Google Cultural Institute

In order to fulfill our mission of educational outreach and make Gordon’s work available to public, we are proud to share our current exhibition, A Harlem Family 1967, on Google Cultural Institute. Explore the entire story behind Gordon’s LIFE photo essay before you visit the works in person at The Gordon Parks Foundation in Pleasantville, New York. 

LaToya Ruby Frazier on Gordon Parks' Red Jackson
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LaToya Ruby Frazier on Gordon Parks' Red Jackson

The Artist Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Artist Project is an online series in which The Metropolitan Museum of Art gives artists an opportunity to respond to their encyclopedic collection. They have invited 100 artists—local, national, and global—to choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all audiences to look in a personal way.

Gordon Parks Arts Hall
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Gordon Parks Arts Hall

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

09/08/2015

The Gordon Parks Arts Hall opened in September 2015 at the University of Chicago. The new building provides programs in theater, music and the visual arts with new performance halls, studios, rehearsal and practice rooms, a digital media lab, and more.

Google Cultural Institute
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Google Cultural Institute

Historic Moments Project

Google's Cultural Institute provides digital access to exhibitions and collections from museums and archives around the world.  Users can create their own image libraries as they discover artworks, stories, and cultural treasures.  The Gordon Parks Foundation is proud to be featured in the Historic Moments Project. Our participation aids in our mission of educational outreach by making Gordon Parks' work available to the public. Explore Gordon Parks' 1948 Harlem Gang Leader photo essay for Life Magazine and the 2013 exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the current exhibition at the Gordon Parks Foundation, A Harlem Family 1967

Gordon Parks: The Artist and Humanitarian
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Gordon Parks: The Artist and Humanitarian

The Gordon Parks Foundation in collaboration with The Jacob Burns Film Center

05/15/2015

On May 15, 2015 the Jacob Burns Film Center screened Gordon Parks' Diary of a Harlem Family and held a panel discussion with Leslie Parks, Gene Young, and Mario Sprouse, moderated by Jonathan Demme. Material from Gordon Parks' The Learning Tree was exhibited in the film center's Jane Peck Gallery.

Museum magazine!
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Museum magazine!

American Alliance of Museums

Jan/Feb 2015

We are proud that Gordon Parks' Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 was featured on the cover of the American Alliance of Museums' Jan./Feb. 2015 issue of Museum magazine!

Be a Human First, Then Take a Photo
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Be a Human First, Then Take a Photo

NEW YORK TIMES PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN IS INSPIRED BY GORDON PARKS

July 31, 2013

Demetrius Freeman is a photo intern at The New York Times. He is a student at Western Kentucky University. Before joining The Times, Mr. Freeman spent two years after high school traveling in Denmark, Spain, Germany and Atlanta picking up freelance photo assignments for clients including Home Depot, Norfolk Southern and the Georgia Innocence Project. 

Ella Watson's Home
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Ella Watson's Home

Logan Circle Heritage Trail Washington, DC

July 13, 2013

A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail: Ella Watson, the subject of photographer Gordon Parks’ famous and pointed portrait “American Gothic, Washington, D.C.,” rented rooms on this block at 1433 11th Street. Watson worked as a cleaning woman in the headquarters of the Farm Security Administration, a New Deal agency that employed writers and photographers to document conditions around the country during the Great Depression. In 1942 Parks, the FSA’s first African American photographer, spent a month capturing Watson at work, church, and home.

Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera
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Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera

PURCHASE COLLEGE LIBRARY

2013

A conversation with Gene Young (Gordon Parks’ former wife and editor) and Mario Sprouse (Parks’ musical collaborator) was moderated by Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr. Executive Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation, on February 27, 2013 at the Purchase College Library in celebration of Black History Month.

Macy's Celebrates Gordon Parks during Black History Month
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Macy's Celebrates Gordon Parks during Black History Month

2013

The Gordon Parks Foundation partnered with Macy's to celebrate the centennial of Gordon Parks for Black History Month. Parks' genius was based on the respect and trust he brought to his subjects not only through the lens of his camera but through his own personal story. Macy's is committed to keeping icons like Gordon Parks in the public eye to inspire future generations. Together with The Gordon Parks Foundation & the American Black Film Festival, Macy's hosted exciting in-store events inspired by the contributions of this great American artist.

Gordon Parks Tribute at the US Embassy, Paris, France
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Gordon Parks Tribute at the US Embassy, Paris, France

Ambassador Charles Rivken and Susan Tolson host events at the Ambassador's Residence

2012

On the occasion of the Paris Photo international show (Nov.15-18, 2012), Ambassador Charles Rivkin and his wife, Susan Tolson, hosted an event celebrating the great African-American photographer Gordon Parks in honor of the centennial of his birth (1912-2006). A selection of 24 photos, made by the Gordon Parks Foundation and courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, surveyed the African-American photographer’s best known images - including portraits of Civil Rights leaders, his work for the Farm Security Administration after the Great Depression, and iconic Paris fashion images.

Gordon Parks: 100 Years at the International Center of Photography
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Gordon Parks: 100 Years at the International Center of Photography

2012-2013

To commemorate the centennial of the birth of photographer, filmmaker, musician, and writer Gordon Parks (1912–2006), ICP presented a public art project which included a large-scale photo mural and slideshow of images he captured throughout his long, illustrious career. The installation Gordon Parks: 100 Years was unveiled May 18, 2012 and was on view through January 6, 2013. It is organized by Maurice Berger in cooperation with The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Millbrook School Students Study Gordon Parks
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Millbrook School Students Study Gordon Parks

2010-2011

Last spring as students registered for their upcoming courses, they read an unfamiliar title being offered by the art history department. It was simply called 'Gordon Parks.' Who was Gordon Parks? And why was an entire course devoted to learning about a man most had never heard of before? The objective was to dig beneath the surface and to understand Gordon Parks the artist and his place in twentieth century photography, film-making and writing. But it was also a course that would take a journey through Parks' personal story of a poor black man living in a white world - a world filled with bigotry and hatred, but a world in which Parks would ultimately rise to the top by allowing his creativity and imagination to overcome adversity.

The Archive Doors Have Opened!
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The Archive Doors Have Opened!

2009

The summer of 2009 was spent renovating a 2,000 square foot space at Purchase College, part of the SUNY system in Purchase, New York. We have now moved in all of our photography collections and have ample space to archive and work with the images. It is a secure, climate-controlled archive and we are surrounded by students and faculty eager to help with our ongoing work and already proposing projects of their own.