Gordon Parks

Howard University Acquires Largest Collection Of Photographer Gordon Parks’ Work

Gordon Parks’ portrait of artist Margaret Taylor Burroughs in 1946. Howard University has acquired 252 photographs by Gordon Parks, the prolific photographer known for his work documenting Black America — including Black residents in D.C. Parks is considered one of the most groundbreaking American photographers of the 20th century, studied and emulated by everyone from college photography students to Kendrick Lamar.
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Gordon Parks in Minnesota

Learn more about the (well-documented) history of Parks by reading one—or all—of his books. Parks, who was born in Kansas in 1912 (as the youngest of 15 kids), moved to St. Paul to live with his sister when he was 16—but was kicked out after fighting with his temperamental brother-in-law. As a high schooler experiencing homelessness, he played piano at a Minneapolis brothel and toured with Larry Funk’s orchestra, eventually dropping out of school at the start of the Depression.

Three artists reflect how Gordon Parks influenced their work

This question was asked to three black artists during Wednesday’s Art Matters Now public talk at McCain Auditorium . The event is in conjunction with the ongoing Gordon Parks exhibit through the end of May at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum. Local Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Kevin Willmott says Parks was his role model as they were both from Kansas.

Free public discussion, concert on the legacy of Gordon Parks

MANHATTAN — The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, in collaboration with McCain Auditorium, is offering two special events celebrating the legacy of native Kansan Gordon Parks, the famed photographer, film director, musician and writer, April 6 and 7 at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium. At 7 p.m. Wednesday,...

McCain, Beach Museum to host artists as part of ongoing Gordon Parks exhibit

McCain Auditorium is hosting two events next week in conjunction with the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. These events are related to the Gordon Parks exhibit titled Homeward to the Prairie I Come, on display through May 28 at the museum. Beach Museum Director Linda Duke says McCain Auditorium Director Todd Holmberg wanted to include community events to incorporate with this exhibit.