Celebrate the special exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 with a night of funk music and all its variations, from soul to Afrobeat. The evening includes beats by DJ Marcus Alan Ward, a photo booth by the Cleveland Print Room, gallery talks, and cocktails. Enjoy a Spoken Word Showcase hosted by Vince Robinson and the Jazz Poets, including readings by Raja Freeman, Siaara Freeman, Damien McClendon, Ephraim Nehemiah, Eric Odum, and Michelle R. Smith.
While the exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 focuses on the first decade of Parks’s career, tonight we look at his lasting impact on American culture. Parks’s cinematic photos were an excellent base for a career in film directing. With the iconic 1971 film Shaft, he ushered in the Blaxploitation genre of movies, which offered black audiences an abundance of characters, themes, music, and style with a newly free sense of black identity. Shaft’s soundtrack features funk and soul music, a sound that underscored the Black Arts Movement of the post–civil rights era and continues to infuse American music today.
6:00–10:00 p.m. | DJ Marcus Alan Ward, art activities, and the Cleveland Print Room’s photo booth
6:00–9:00 p.m. | Galleries open (free admission)
6:30–7:45 p.m. | 10-minute gallery talks
7:45–8:30 p.m. | Spoken Word Showcase: Gordon Parks spent his early years immersed in the Chicago Black Renaissance alongside a network of creative and intellectual figures who became his friends and frequent subjects, including Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright. Spoken-word artists share their original work, as well as work by black literary icons from the Chicago Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement.
Food & Drink
Food is available for purchase at Provenance Café until 8:30 p.m. Dining reservations are available at Provenance Restaurant until 8:00 p.m.
$10 in advance, $15 day of event
CMA members FREE
ClevelandArt.org/MIX or 216-421-7350
MIX is for adults 18 and over.
Parking is available in the CMA parking garage and in the surrounding garages of University Circle.
Special Event Parking Rates Apply: $10.00