Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man'

Main Gallery

September 14 – October 27, 2012

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Harlem Rooftops, 1948
16 x 20 inches
Gelatin silver print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
24 x 20 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
24 x 20 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
20 x 24 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
20 x 24 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
20 x 24 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
24 x 20 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
24 x 20 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
24 x 20 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
24 x 20 inches
Pigment print
 

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
24 x 20 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Mysticism, Harlem, New York, 1952
8 x 10 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Mysticism, Harlem, New York, 1952
12 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Invisible Man Retreat, Harlem, New York, 1952
20 x 16 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1952
20 x 16 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1952
20 x 16 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1952
20 x 16 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, c.1948
12 x 8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

The Invisible Man, 1952
20 x 16 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
20 x 24 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Woman sitting by storefront in Harlem, NYC, 1952
12 x 9 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Invisible Man series, 1952
13 x 10 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Street Scene, 1948
8 x 10 inches
Gelatin silver print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Untitled, Contact Sheet, 1952
24 x 20 inches
Pigment print

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and 'Invisible Man' 2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Harlem Neighborhood, 1948
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed 1950

Press Release

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks, widely recognized as the most influential African American photographer of the 20th century, Howard Greenberg Gallery in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation will present two simultaneous exhibitions of his work. Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and “Invisible Man,” curated by Glenn Ligon, and Gordon Parks: Centennial will be on view from September 14 – October 27, 2012. Parks, a remarkable Renaissance man who was also a writer, filmmaker, and composer, brought poetic style to street photography and portraiture, while exploring the social and economic impact of racism.
 

Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and “Invisible Man,” curated by the artist Glenn Ligon, examines a series of works by Gordon Parks entitled Invisible Man. Many were first published in Life magazine upon the release of Ralph Ellison's award winning novel, which explored racial and social issues facing African Americans in the 20th century. A milestone in American literature, the novel is narrated by a black man who feels socially invisible. The exhibition includes the gelatin silver print The Invisible Man, Harlem, New York, 1952, a striking image of a man peering out from underneath a manhole cover in the middle of a deserted street.