Minneapolis residents will have a unique opportunity to view a collection of photos by Gordon Parks and join in a community conversation around his book "A Choice of Weapons," this year’s "One Minneapolis One Read" selection. One Read’s goals are to promote through literature and discussion a better understanding of race and the impacts of racism on our communities. "A Choice of Weapons" is a compelling autobiography, first published in 1966, about how Parks struggled against extreme poverty to find his purpose as a photographer, writer, director and musician. A Minnesotan who developed an impressive artistic legacy that included an extensive photographic body of work, Parks documented important African-American political, artistic, cultural figures as well as daily life.
The exhibit will also feature approximately 30 photographs created by Minneapolis high school students alongside images by Parks, on loan from The Gordon Parks Foundation. Taking inspiration from the book, the students will work with acclaimed photographer Jamel Shabazz at Juxtaposition Arts to create their own photographs. Shabazz will work with the students in early October during a week-long artist residency.
Related events include a photography exhibit on display through June 8, 2014 at Mill City Museum; a companion exhibit on display through Dec. 1 at Juxtaposition Arts; and an exhibit opening reception and artist talk with Jamel Shabazz Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m. at Juxtaposition Arts (RSVP by writing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nearby libraries will host a newly commissioned performance by The Ways Ensemble entitled, "Choosing Your Weapons," combining dance, media and storytelling; a family-friendly exploration of the life of photographer, poet and composer Gordon Parks, Saturday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m., at Sumner Library, 611 Van White Blvd.; Saturday, Nov. 23, 10:30 a.m., at Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall; and Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m., at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N.
In addition, Dec.-June, Minneapolis high school students will serve as docents, leading school groups through the exhibit. RSVP for a free tour by writing email@example.com or calling 612-673-2509. For more information about these and other events visit oneminneapolisoneread.com.