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Film Programs
Moments without Proper Names preceded by Martin

February 10 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Asked to make an autobiographical film for public television, Parks constructed a cinematic collage of his music, still photographs, archival news footage, and narration drawn from his lifetime of creative work. A filmic poem, Moments without Proper Names explores themes of childhood, racism, black self-determination, success, poverty, and war: all subjects that Parks dedicated his life to addressing with his art. (1988, 60 minutes) Preceded by Parks’s final film, Martin, a production of his ballet based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., made for KCET public television, Los Angeles. (1989, 55 minutes)

Gordon Parks, The Stranger, 1958
silver dye bleach print, printed later,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran
Collection (The Gordon Parks Collection)

courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation

About this Film Series

The Films of Gordon Parks
January 12 – March 8
East Building Auditorium

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Film programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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Related Exhibition

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950
November 4, 2018 – February 18, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier

About the Artist

Parks, Gordon
, 1912 - 2006

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