Beneath These Restless Skies


Friday, February 23, 2018 - Friday, May 4, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Gordon Parks Foundation announces the upcoming exhibition of photographs Beneath These Restless Skies, by British documentary photographer and 2017 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellow Harriet Dedman. The exhibition, which explores issues of identity and opportunity in West Harlem, will be on view at the Foundation’s exhibition space from February 23 through May 4, 2018 with an opening reception from 6:00-7:30pm on Friday the 23rd and is free and open to the public.

Beneath These Restless Skies tracks the life of 24-year-old Trevor Brown and his wider generation: disenfranchised, with limited social mobility and meager opportunities to move beyond an education secured in a post affirmative action era. Dedman’s work is inspired by Gordon Parks’ Civil Rights-era photo essay about the Fontenelle family that appeared in LIFE magazine 50 years prior. Through the project, and over the course of two years, she immersed herself in the lives of the Brown family who live along the same stretch of 123rd Street as the Fontenelles and face many of the same enduring hardships—poverty, unemployment and racism.

Dedman’s exhibit will allow viewers to interact with the Browns’ story through photographs, archival maps, video, and audio. The artist worked with Empathetic Media to create an immersive virtual reality experience using 360 video, 3D scans of environments and characters, audio interviews, archival video and photography by both Dedman and Parks. The VR experience will debut at the February 23 opening reception where patrons will be invited to explore Trevor’s world.

For more information and press images please contact Amanda Smith at 914-238-2619 or [email protected] Press release available here.

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The Gordon Parks Foundation
48 Wheeler Avenue
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018 - Friday, May 4, 2018
Times: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Presenter: The Gordon Parks Foundation
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The Gordon Parks Foundation permanently preserves the work of Gordon Parks, makes it available to the public through exhibitions, books, and electronic media and supports artistic and educational activities that advance what Gordon described as "the common search for a better life and a better world."
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