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The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Pioneering Artist Gordon Parks
April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Discover the Remarkable Life and Legacy of Pioneering Artist Gordon Parks
Free Zoom Meeting
Join us on Wednesday evening, April 20, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. when REPAIR explores the amazing story of Gordon Parks and his legacy for later generations of socially engaged artists. We’ll welcome a panel of experts including Emily Keating of the Kunhardt Film Foundation (based in Pleasantville NY), which helped to produce the new documentary A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks, as well as painter Barry L. Mason and photographer Ocean Morisset, who will discuss the impact that Parks has had upon their work. All the speakers have roots in Westchester County. Q&A to follow.
We’re grateful to the Kunhardt Film Foundation, which has made it possible for REPAIR supporters to view A Choice of Weapons in advance of our meeting. Visit the REPAIR website at www.repairrivertowns.org beginning April 6 to find a special link you can use to watch the film. You’ll also find there the Zoom link that will take you directly to the REPAIR meeting on April 20—no advance registration needed.
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was a pioneering Black artist with achievements in many fields. But at heart he was a humanitarian with a deep passion for social justice. His “choice of weapon,” as he put it, was a camera he bought from a pawnshop for $7.50. With no formal training, he became one of the great photographers of the 20th century, becoming Life magazine’s first African American staff photographer and capturing iconic images of the Great Depression and life under Jim Crow. Parks then went on to become the first Black director of a major Hollywood film (The Learning Tree) as well as a serious poet, writer, musician, and composer.
Rivertowns Episcopal Parishes Action on Inclusion and Race (REPAIR) is a faith-based organization dedicated to racial justice, starting with our Westchester County towns along the Hudson River. Our meetings are open to people of every background; no religious faith needed. Please visit our Facebook page REPAIR Rivertowns and our website, www.repairrivertowns for more information on all our meetings as well as events, news articles and resources.