Gordon Parks: Crossroads
N.C. Central Art Museum—They don't make Renaissance men like Gordon Parks anymore. Although principally identified as a photojournalist, Parks also wrote poetry, novels and nonfiction, and he composed and performed music and directed movies—most famously, Shaft. For decades, Parks was the black eye for the white media: One of his most famous photo essays during his quarter-century with Life magazine was an indelible study of Harlem gangs. Although he also did his share of fashion and celebrity shoots along the way, he and his camera were witness to some of the most tumultuous and exhilarating episodes in black America, and crafted iconic images of everyone from Duke Ellington to Muhammad Ali to Black Panthers Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver (shown, with Huey Newton on the wall). A 50-photo retrospective remains on display at NCCU's Art Museum through April 11. —David Fellerath
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