“Off on My Own, Harlem 1948” by Gordon Parks
Today’s New York Times informs us of an exhibition called “Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem,” a 1948 collaboration among two of the era’s most prominent African-American artists. The show features newly discovered images and photographs that have never been exhibited.
According the Times piece, “the black-and-white photographs are vignettes of life in Harlem: street scenes of adults and children; political advocacy in real time; and imagined scenes from ‘Invisible Man,’ Ellison’s watershed 1952 novel. The photographs are placed next to the passages that correspond with them, giving a sense of the tight collaborative process. Among the other highlights are drafts of captions for “Harlem Is Nowhere,” and images include a man in an alleyway; Harlem in literal ruin with a clinic building acting as a bright light; and a patient waiting to be seen, sitting in solitude, head in his hands.”
The exhibit is on view at the Art Institute of Chicago through August 28.
To read this entire article (and view a terrific slide show), click here.
Untitled, Harlem, New York 1952, by Gordon Parks
Visit the Art Institute of Chicago website for more information about the exhibition
Read my interview with Ralph Ellison biographer Arnold Rampersand