Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott at the MFA

When researching the photograph Untitled (Outside the Liberty Theater) (1950, Gordon Parks) for the Common Wealth book, Karen Haas, the MFA's Lane Curator of Photographs, contacted the Gordon Parks Foundation for more information on the date and location of the work. This connection led to  Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott, which opens on January 17. This exhibition of groundbreaking photographs traces Parks' return to his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, to track down and photograph each of his childhood classmates. The exhibition features 42 photos that depict the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s. One of the most personal and captivating of all Parks' projects, the series was originally meant to accompany a Life magazine photo essay titled "Back to Fort Scott"--but for reasons unknown, the story was never published. Sponsored by Northern Trust. This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in partnership with the Gordon Parks Foundation. Presented with support from the Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Exhibition Fund.

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