There will be a screening of the film A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks (99 minutes) with a talkback immediately afterward with moderator Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, about the many ways renowned photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) documented his narrative as a Black American in the 20th century and beyond. The film, A Choice of Weapons, explores the power of images in advancing racial, economic, and social equality as seen through the lens of Parks, one of America’s most trailblazing artists, and the generation of young photographers, filmmakers, and activists he inspired. As a photojournalist, Parks became the first African American staff photographer for Life magazine in 1948. From the 1940s through the 2000s, Parks, a photographer, film director, composer, and author, was a documentarian of civil rights and social justice. Panelists to be confirmed. The film screening will begin at 2:00 pm.
Richard Klein Biography
Richard Klein is a curator, artist, and writer. Since 1999 he has been exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. In his two decade long career as a curator of contemporary art he has organized over 90 exhibitions, including solo shows of the work of Janine Antoni, Sol LeWitt, Mark Dion, Michael Joo, Hank Willis Thomas, Brad Kahlhamer, Roy McMakin, Kay Rosen, Jack Whitten, Jessica Stockholder, Tom Sachs, and Elana Herzog. Major curatorial projects at The Aldrich have included Fred Wilson: Black Like Me (2006), No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art (2006), Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist (2008), Shimon Attie: MetroPAL.IS. (2011), Michael Joo: Drift (2014), Kay Rosen: H Is for House (2017), and Weather Report (2019).
As an artist, he has exhibited widely, including the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Hales Gallery, London, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR. His essays on art and culture have appeared in Cabinet Magazine and have been included in books published by Hatje Cantz, Damiani, Picturebox, Ridinghouse, and the University of Chicago Press, among others.
The Library's ARTalk series is dedicated to exploring the creative process through lectures, films, and workshops that focus on art, architecture, and design. ARTalks are co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Guild of Artists and, in part, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and also in partnership with the Kunhardt Film Foundation.
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