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Film Programs
Hip-Hop’s Great Day: Gordon Parks and a Legacy of Photographic Inspiration

February 17 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Harry Allen, Nelson George, Adrian Loving, Miles Marshall Lewis, and Vikki Tobak in person

In a multidimensional presentation and discussion, artist and educator Adrian Loving and scholar Vikki Tobak explore the visual influences of Gordon Parks’s legacy in photography and film, particularly his famous photograph A Great Day In Hip Hop (XXL Magazine) from September 1998. Tracing his impact on music videos directed by artists such as Fab 5 Freddy and Kendrick Lamar, Loving and Tobak celebrate Parks’s ingenuity, dedication, and power. An excerpt from Nelson George’s latest film, A Great Day in Hip Hop, is also screened and discussed. A book signing of Contact High: The Visual History of Hip-Hop follows the presentation. (Approximately 100 minutes)

The event will be streamed live here.

courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation

Related Film Series

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

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.

View the current schedule here.

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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