Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn: Selections from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
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Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn: Selections from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art was organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Exhibition support in Dallas provided by Verizon Wireless and Ford Motor Company Fund. Additional support provided by the Donor Circle Membership Program through a leadership gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. R. Chilton. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by Al Dia and The Dallas Morning News. The Museum extends a special thank you to the Artist and Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts, Inc. for their collaboration in presenting this exhibition in Dallas.
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Gordon Parks is a living legend who has mastered many media to express an influential message of hope in the face of adversity. Organized by curator Philip Brookman, Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn: Selections from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art is a retrospective survey of Parks' photographs drawn from the extensive Gordon Parks Collection owned by the Corcoran. This exhibition presents roughly 130 photographs produced between 1940 and 1997. The result, in the artist's words, is an autobiographical "tone-poem" that tells his own story. Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn: Selections from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art records Parks' creative search for humanity in the face of intolerance. His art is about pressing social issues such as poverty, race, segregation, and crime. It also enhances our understanding of beauty, nature, childhood, music, fashion, and memory. Parks' seamless movement between such diverse topics strikes a balance between social and aesthetic concerns, sketching a poetic portrait of postwar culture in the U.S. and abroad. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Artist and Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts, Inc. Dallas, Texas. The local curator is Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.