'One Minneapolis One Read' Artist-in-Residency Program and Exhibit Explore the Legacy of Gordon Parks and Contemporary African-American Life

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Release dated: 
October 2, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Laura Salveson, Mill City Museum, 612-341-7499, laura.salveson@mnhs.org
Bridgette Bornstein, City of Minneapolis, 612-673-3763, bridgette.bornstein@minneapolismn.gov
DeAnna Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts, 612-588-1148, deanna@juxtaposition.org

'One Minneapolis One Read' Artist-in-Residency Program and Exhibit Explore the Legacy of Gordon Parks and Contemporary African-American Life

New exhibit to go on display at Mill City Museum and Juxtaposition Arts with a panel discussion and opening reception on Oct. 24 at Mill City Museum.

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.

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.

The following "A Living Legacy" events are free and open to the public:

  • Oct. 11: Photography workshop with Jamel Shabazz, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Juxtaposition Arts. RSVP by writing oneread@minneapolismn.gov or calling 612-673-2509.
  • Oct. 24: Panel discussion and exhibit opening reception, 7 p.m., Mill City Museum. RSVP by writing oneread@minneapolismn.gov or calling 612-673-2509.
  • Oct. 24 - June 8, 2014: Photography exhibit on display at Mill City Museum.
  • Oct. 24 - Dec. 1, 2013: Companion exhibit on display at Juxtaposition Arts.
  • December to June: Minneapolis high school students will serve as docents, leading school groups through the exhibit. RSVP for a free tour by writing oneread@minneapolismn.gov or calling 612-673-2509.
  • Nov. 7: Exhibit opening reception and artist talk with Jamel Shabazz, 5 - 7 p.m., Juxtaposition Arts. RSVP by writing info@juxtaposition.org

For more information about these and other events visit the One Minneapolis One Read website.

About the Artist-in-Residence

Shabazz is an award winning photographer based in Brooklyn, NY, who has drawn influence from Gordon Parks, James Van Der Zee, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins and Eli Reed. Shabazz is also known for his community based youth work.

About the book “A Choice of Weapons” by Gordon Parks

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.

“A Choice of Weapons” is available in paperback at local independent and chain bookstores, online booksellers and MHS Press. It’s also available through the Hennepin County Library.

About One Minneapolis One Read

One Minneapolis One Read is presented by The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools to promote literacy and respectful public dialogue. Minneapolis residents can play a positive role in their communities and explore important – sometimes difficult – issues that they face as a community by reading "A Choice of Weapons" and getting involved.

At its heart, One Minneapolis One Read is a community-driven effort with individuals, neighborhood groups, educators, businesses and nonprofits all coming together to make this a truly citywide read. Read the book. Join the Conversation.

You can get involved by engaging your family, school, workplace and book club by reading the book. Find out more about One Minneapolis One Read.

One Minneapolis One Read is a collaboration of The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools with support from Clear Channel Outdoor, Comcast, Gray Plant Mooty, Mill City Museum, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Pillsbury House Theatre and The YWCA of Minneapolis.

"A Choice of Weapons: A Living Legacy" is part of One Minneapolis One Read, a collaboration made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008 and administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.




About Juxtaposition Arts

Juxtaposition Arts is a youth contemporary arts program, teen-staffed design firm and nonprofit cultural development center that anchors a diverse neighborhood in North Minneapolis.

Juxtaposition’s mission is to develop community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. We envision the youth of north Minneapolis entering the creative workforce as dynamic innovators and problem solvers with the confidence, skills, and connections they need to accomplish their goals and contributed to the revitalization of the communities where they live and work.

Juxtaposition believes that the creative genius of youth is an underutilized community asset. Since 1995, the organization has nurtured connections between underserved Twin Cities’ youth and artists and the region’s vibrant art and design communities.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.