Clockwise: Gordon Parks with actors from The Learning Tree, Fort Scott, Kansas, 1969. Photographer Unknown. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation; Gordon Parks filming The Learning Tree, ca. 1969, Unknown. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation; Abbe Schriber; Hank Willis Thomas (credit: Andrea Blanch)
Wednesday, November 20
6:30 - 9 pm
Kimmel Center-NYU, 60 Washington Square South, E&L Auditorium, 4th Floor
Gordon Parks wrote, directed, and scored the first major Hollywood film to be directed by a black American, The Learning Tree (1969). Clips from the film will be shown as 2019 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellow and conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas and Abbe Schriber (Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University) discuss the ongoing relevance fifty years after its release. Presented by Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture, New York University in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation (GPF) and in conjunction with the exhibition Exodusters: Hank Willis Thomas at The Gordon Parks Foundation, 48 Wheeler Avenue, Pleasantville, New York, October 25-December 20, 2019.