Gordon Parks

Hyperallergic: 'An Exhibition of Gordon Parks’s Photography Suggests New Roles for African-American Collectors'

June 26, 2019
What does a Bronx-born hip hop producer and art collector have in common with one of the most iconic photojournalists of all time? Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean and Gordon Parks have both been gatekeepers of African-American narratives. Dean and his wife Alicia Keys, own the largest private holdings of Gordon Parks’s photography. A new exhibition, Gordon Parks: Selections from the Dean Collection, is on display at Harvard University’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery into July 2019.
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Boston Globe: 'The uncommon power of Gordon Parks'

June 20, 2019
The water-slicked hand clawing up from beneath the waves feels urgent, panicked. Not very Gordon Parks, but I think that’s the point. The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at Harvard University is hosting a key sampling of the famed African-American photojournalist’s work from the collection of Kasseem Dean and Alicia Keys — dozens of pictures shot for Life and Vogue magazines, ranging from Harlem gangs and Malcolm X to fashion to celebrity portraits. But this is the one that gets me.
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Thoughts on Art: 'Sharing Gordon Parks’ work with children'

May 27, 2019
After seeing the Gordon Parks exhibit now showing at Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, it was clear that the work has a lot to offer to children who may not be aware of this time period in history.
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ArtForum: 'Poetic Justice'

May 9, 2019
“WHAT HAS MORALITY WON US?” This provocative question, posed by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer, activist, and professor at New York University School of Law, lingered in the room on the second day of the “Vision and Justice” conference at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
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Harvard Gazette: ‘Bringing art to the people it depicts’

May 6, 2019
Kasseem Dean, known in the music world as Swizz Beats, was used to seeing Gordon Parks’ photographs in meetings with business partners and at the homes of friends who were not African American. It was far more unusual to see the artwork in front of the people Parks represented.
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Forbes: 'Swizz Beatz And Alicia Keys Want You To Go To Harvard To Learn About Gordon Parks'

April 30, 2019
Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and his wife Alicia Keys don’t exactly remember the first time they came across the work of photographer Gordon Parks. That’s completely understandable because the photographer’s images—which span from fashion to portraits of life during the Civil Rights Movement—were intertwined within the pages of magazines like Life, for which he took countless pictures, including the 1950 cover of baseball player Jackie Robinson and wrote and shot a feature for the 1968 story “The Negro and the Cities”; or Vogue, for which he shot swan-like models in the latest couture from... Read more about Forbes: 'Swizz Beatz And Alicia Keys Want You To Go To Harvard To Learn About Gordon Parks'