“Gordon Parks: A Poet & His Camera.” Wed., 2/27 @ 5 pm in the Library
A conversation with Gene Young, Gordon Parks’ Former Wife and Editor, and Mario Sprouse, Gordon Parks’ Musical Collaborator. Moderated by Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of the Gordon Parks Foundation.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Library, First Floor, Government Documents Area
Reception and refreshments to follow.
Please join the Purchase College Library and the Gordon Parks Foundation for an exciting conversation and exhibit.
About the event:
In celebration of Black History Month, join the conversation and hear stories from Gordon Parks’ longtime colleagues about his photography, music, writing, and film-making as well as learn about the many events celebrating Parks’ centennial year (2012-2013). The Gordon Parks Foundation’s archive of photography, music, and film is housed in the Purchase College Library. Examples of Parks’ work are now on display on the Library’s First Floor. For more information on Gordon Parks please visit: www.gordonparksfoundation.org
About Gordon Parks:
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas. An itinerant laborer, he worked as a brothel pianist and railcar porter, among other jobs, before buying a camera at a pawnshop, training himself, and becoming a photographer. In addition to his storied tenures at the Farm Security Administration, the Office of War Information (1941–1945), and Life magazine (1948–1972), Parks was a modern-day Renaissance man who found success as a film director, author, and composer. The first African-American director to helm a major motion picture, he popularized the Blaxploitation genre through his film Shaft (1971). He wrote numerous memoirs, novels, and books of poetry, and received many awards, including the National Medal of Arts and more than fifty honorary degrees. In 1997 the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. mounted his retrospective exhibition “Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks.” In 2012 The Gordon Parks Foundation published “Gordon Parks: Collected Works.”