"Beneath These Restless Skies" Opening Reception
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"Beneath These Restless Skies" Opening Reception
Pleasantville, NY 02/23/2018 from 6:00-8:00pm

The Gordon Parks Foundation announced exhibition dates for Beneath These Restless Skies, a new interactive multimedia exhibition by British documentary photographer and 2017 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellow Harriet Dedman.  The exhibition, which explores issues of identity and opportunity in West Harlem, will be on view at the Foundation’s exhibition space from February 23 through May 4, with an opening reception with the artist to be held on February 23.  The reception is free and open to the public. 
 
Beneath These Restless Skies tracks the life of 24-year-old Trevor Brown and his wider generation: disenfranchised, with limited social mobility and meager opportunities to move beyond an education secured in a post affirmative action era. Dedman’s work is inspired by Gordon Parks’ Civil Rights-era photo essay about the Fontenelle family that appeared in LIFE magazine 50 years prior. Through the project, and over the course of two years, she immersed herself in the lives of the Brown family who live along the same stretch of 123rd Street as the Fontenelles and face many of the same enduring hardships—poverty, unemployment and racism.   
 
Dedman said, “This is a series about identity and stereotypes, profiles and profiling, and a generation of young men lost in the wake of marching change–50 years after Gordon Parks.” 
 
Dedman’s exhibit will allow viewers to interact with the Browns’ story through photographs, archival maps, video, and audio. The artist worked with Empathetic Media to create an immersive virtual reality experience using 360 video, 3D scans of environments and characters, audio interviews, archival video and photography by both Dedman and Parks. The VR experience will debut at the February 23 opening reception where patrons will be invited to explore Trevor’s world.  
 
In 1967, Gordon Parks first visited the Fontenelle family. Tasked by the editors of LIFE magazine, where he worked as its first African-American photographer, Parks was asked to identify why African Americans "were rioting in the streets.” His answer was curt and pragmatic. “Poverty and racism,” he replied.  The Fontenelles were to be his every family, living in desperate conditions within a tenement building in West Harlem. The series of photographs – alongside his work with Harlem gang leader, Red Jackson - would form some of his most significant images against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.   

"GORDON PARKS: I Am You | Part 2" Opening Reception
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"GORDON PARKS: I Am You | Part 2" Opening Reception
New York, New York 02/15/2018

Opening reception for the exhibition: Thursday, February 15th from 6 – 8 PM at 524 West 24th Street. 

 

What I want. What I am. What you force me to be is what you are. For I am you staring back from a mirror of poverty and despair, of revolt and freedom. Look at me and know that to destroy me is to destroy yourself.

 

Gordon Parks wrote these words in 1967. Whether through photographs, words or music, Gordon gave a voice to the sometimes voiceless and demonstrated the transformative power of self-expression. His photographs transcend art, history, race and culture and have endured to stand the test of time.

 

Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of the Gordon Parks Foundation

"GORDON PARKS: I Am You | Part 1" Opening Reception
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"GORDON PARKS: I Am You | Part 1" Opening Reception
New York, New York 01/11/2018

Opening reception for the exhibition: Thursday, January 11th from 6 – 8 PM at 524 West 24th Street. 

 

What I want. What I am. What you force me to be is what you are. For I am you staring back from a mirror of poverty and despair, of revolt and freedom. Look at me and know that to destroy me is to destroy yourself.

 

Gordon Parks wrote these words in 1967. Whether through photographs, words or music, Gordon gave a voice to the sometimes voiceless and demonstrated the transformative power of self-expression. His photographs transcend art, history, race and culture and have endured to stand the test of time.

 

Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of the Gordon Parks Foundation

"A Beautiful Ghetto" Opening Reception
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"A Beautiful Ghetto" Opening Reception
Pleasantville, NY 09/15/2017 from 6:00-8:00pm

A Beautiful Ghetto showcases the work of photographer Devin Allen, recipient of the 2017 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship. His photographs document the landscape and community of Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray.
 

An artist reception and book signing will be held at The Gordon Parks Foundation on Friday, September 15 from 6:00 - 7:30pm. Allen’s publication A Beautiful Ghetto (Haymarket Books, 2017) will be available for sale throughout the run of the exhibition.

Art Basel
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Art Basel
Basel, Switzerland 06/15/2017

Art Basel is an annual art event that brings together the work of over 4,000 artists from around the world. The week-long festival features exhibitions from 291 galleries, including Jenkins Johnson Gallery from San Francisco, which will be showing work by Gordon Parks.

The event is open to the public 11am-7pm, Thursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18.

Opening Reception for Fifty Years After: Gordon Parks, Mickalene Thomas and LaToya Ruby Frazier
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Opening Reception for Fifty Years After: Gordon Parks, Mickalene Thomas and LaToya Ruby Frazier
Pleasantville, NY 10/28/2016

The Gordon Parks Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition Fifty Years After: Gordon Parks, Mickalene Thomas and LaToya Ruby Frazier. It has been fifty years since the Civil Rights movement and since Gordon Parks’ remarkable photographs opened the door for successive generations of black photographers. This exhibition honors the achievements of these photographers. The exhibition was curated by James Barron Art in Kent, Connecticut.

 

At our opening reception, LaToya Ruby Frazier will be participating in a discussion about her work as well as signing her book The Notion of Family, which will also be available for sale. The reception will take place on October 28th from 6:00-8:00pm.

Gordon Parks celebrated at Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony
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Gordon Parks celebrated at Nasdaq Opening Bell Ceremony
New York, NY 05/20/2016

The Gordon Parks Foundation visited Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square in celebration of the Foundation’s 10th anniversary Awards Dinner and Auction. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at Cipriani 42nd Street.  In honor of the occasion, board member and event co-chair Alexander Soros rang the opening Bell. 

 

During the hour of the opening Bell, iconic Gordon Parks photographs were broadcast across Times Square on the Nasdaq Tower and Marquee as well as photos taken during live during the ceremony.

 

Guests included Foundation Board member Lewis J. Hart III and Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, founders of the fashion brand Public School and Creative Directors of DKNY, who will be honored at the Foundation’s upcoming Awards Dinner and Auction this Tuesday, May 24th at Cipriani 42nd Street.

 

This year’s event is  co-chaired by Alicia Keys, Kaseem ‘Swizz Beatz” Dean, Karl Lagerfeld, Usher IV, Grace Raymond, and Alexander Soros and will also honor artist Janelle Monae, photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, and Leonard and Judy Glickman Lauder, for their incredible creative work, which truly embodies the spirit of Mr. Parks. The event will also feature a special musical performance by Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

 

Dean Collection / ArtBasel
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Dean Collection / ArtBasel
Miami, FL 12/03/2015

The Dean Collection presented No Commission, a three day art and concert series in Miami, Florida from December 3- 5. The Gordon Parks Foundation was pleased to take part in this event, where we offered publications for sale, as well as free posters featuring Gordon Parks' iconic works.The fair was free and open to the public from 11-8.

Steidl x Strand
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Steidl x Strand
The Strand Book Store 10/19/2015

During the week of October 19 Steidl took over the Strand Book Store to present new books, stage talks and book signings. Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation, spoke about the pertinence of Gordon Parks’ work today, and the making of several Gordon Parks books with Steidl.

Gordon Parks Arts Hall Dedication
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Gordon Parks Arts Hall Dedication
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools 10/02/2015

The opening celebration of the Gordon Parks Arts Hall at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools was held over the weekend of October 2, 2015. The Gordon Parks Arts Hall, recently opened on the schools’ historic Hyde Park campus, will support programs in theater, music and the visual arts with new performance halls, studios, rehearsal and practice rooms, a digital media lab, and more.

The dedication ceremony featured an arts panel of Ryan Coogler, Francis Ford Coppola, Theaster Gates, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Koons, and Janelle Monáe, moderated by Mellody Hobson. There was also a celebration for the Laboratory School families, with student demonstrations, and a panel discussion led by Paul Roth, with Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Genevieve (Gene) Young, Michal Raz-Russo, Leslie Parks, and Mario Sprouse. 

CBS This Morning features The Gordon Parks Foundation
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CBS This Morning features The Gordon Parks Foundation
06/13/2015

CBS visited the Gordon Parks Foundation in Pleasantville, New York to feature Gordon Parks' Segregation Story. The CBS This Morning Saturday special aired on June 13, 2015.

Barbara Wilkerson Bailey
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Barbara Wilkerson Bailey
Special Guest at The Gordon Parks Awards Dinner and Auction: Celebrating the Arts 06/02/2015

The Gordon Parks Foundation recognized a special guest at the 2015 gala. Barbara Wilkerson Bailey was photographed by Gordon Parks in 1950.

THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION GRAND OPENING IN PLEASANTVILLE
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THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION GRAND OPENING IN PLEASANTVILLE
05/15/2015

The Gordon Parks Foundation celebrated its Grand Opening on May 15, 2015 in Pleasantville, New York.

"Gordon Parks: Segregation Story" Book Party
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"Gordon Parks: Segregation Story" Book Party
Jackson Fine Art and The Gordon Parks Foundation 04/17/2015

Jackson Fine Art and The Gordon Parks Foundation Gordon Parks: Segregation Story book party hosted by Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help. Special guests included Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Maurice Berger.

Archive moves to Pleasantville, NY!
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Archive moves to Pleasantville, NY!
Winter 2015

We are pleased to announce that The Gordon Parks Foundation archive has moved to Pleasantville, New York! The new space allows for better access to the collection not only for researchers, but also for the public through an exhibtion center. The inaugural exhibtion Gordon Parks: Segregation Story opened in April 2015.

Dr. Roscoe Brown
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Dr. Roscoe Brown
Special Guest at The Gordon Parks Awards Dinner and Auction: Celebrating the Arts 06/03/2014

Dr. Roscoe Brown commanded the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group in World War II, the first unit of African American fighter pilots, famously known as the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1943, the Office of War Information assigned Gordon Parks to photograph the group during their training in Selfridge Field, Michigan.

Joanne Thornton Wilson
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Joanne Thornton Wilson
Special Guest at The Gordon Parks Awards Dinner and Auction: Celebrating the Arts 06/04/2013

Joanne Thornton Wilson was our Special Guest at the 2013 Gala. Gordon Parks photographed Joanne in 1956 in Mobile, Alabama as part of a Life magazine story on segregation.