Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present "Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950," the first exhibition chronicling the formative beginnings of Parks’ extensive career.
Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation, this exhibition highlights Parks’ mastery of the camera to create an uplifting vision of African-American life in the mid-20th century. "Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950" will be the inaugural exhibition in the museum’s newly renovated galleries, which includes expanded space dedicated to special exhibitions.
Parks is a pioneering African-American photographer who considered his work of the 1940s and ’50s to be the catalyst for a deeply influential 60-year career that stretched from photography to writing and filmmaking. Within this first decade, Parks grew from a self-taught portrait photographer in Minneapolis and Saint Paul into an influential photojournalist working in New York for such magazines as Ebony and Glamour. In 1949, he became the first African-American staff photographer at Life magazine.
From his fashion photographs to his thoughtful depictions of American life, Parks used the camera as his tool for proclaiming the value of an American community built on freedom and equality. Through some 150 photographs, as well as rare magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, and books, Gordon Parks offers an expansive and intimate look at how this pioneering artist became one of the most influential photographers of his day.
"Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950" will be on display through December 29, 2019. For more information, visit www.cartermuseum.org.
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Saturday, September 14, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107