Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks

Main Gallery and Alsdorf Gallery

Bare WitnessGordon Parks,American Gothic, 1942, gelatin silver print. The Capital Group Foundation, L10.05.2002. © The Gordon Parks Foundation. 

Experience iconic images of the 20th century, from moving photographs chronicling the devastating grip of poverty and the arduous struggle for civil rights to powerful portraits of social and cultural leaders such as Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and Leonard Bernstein, all captured through the camera lens of pioneering African American artist Gordon Parks (1912–2006).

A celebrated film director, author, poet, composer as well as a photojournalist, the barrier-breaking Parks selected the 73 photographs in this exhibition as his most powerful imagery before his death.

Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks was organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue are made possible by generous support from the Capital Group Foundation, the Cantor Arts Center’s Hohbach Family Fund, and Cantor Arts Center members. Its presentation at the Block has been generously supported by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York. Additional funding has been provided by the Myers Foundations and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Educational programming in conjunction with Bare Witness is part of Three American Photographers: In Depth, a series of programs at the Block Museum sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art with additional support from the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University.