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Gordon Parks in History: Curators in Conversation

Curators in Conversation: Philip Brookman and Deborah Willis with Paul Roth


Gordon Parks in History
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 pm
Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street


In 1997, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC presented the only complete retrospective of Gordon Parks' career as a photographer, filmmaker, composer and author, Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks. This panel discussion reunites three of the people who collaborated to realize that show: exhibition co-curators Philip Brookman and Deborah Willis, and their then-curatorial assistant Paul Roth. Twenty-one years later, Brookman, Willis and Roth all continue their engagement with Parks and his work: Roth in the current RIC exhibition Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story, which he co-organized with Amanda Maddox of the J. Paul Getty Museum; and Brookman and Willis in the upcoming National Gallery of Art exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950, which Brookman curated and to which Willis contributed a catalogue essay.


For this evening, Roth will moderate a discussion about Brookman's and Willis' experiences working with Gordon Parks, and their new project together, the first to look at Parks' early career. Together, the three will consider why Parks' life and work continue to be so influential and important in art and cultural histories. This event is co-presented with Black Artists Networks Dialogue (BAND).


This conversation is presented in conjunction with Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story, on view at The Ryerson Image Centre from September 12 - December 9 and Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950, on view at The National Gallery of Art from November 4 - February 18. 


For more information about these two shows, please visit The Ryerson Image Centre's website here and the National Gallery of Art's website here