The Gordon Parks Gallery serves a multi-faceted mission; to support the arts curriculum and cultural activities of Metropolitan State University, and to preserve the legacy of the 20th century multi-media artist Gordon Parks. As an academic venue, the Gallery is committed to providing educational opportunities for adult learners through internships, student exhibitions and related programming. As a civic venue, the Gallery is dedicated to exposing Minnesotans to the life and work of Gordon Parks through youth and community outreach programs. The Gallery is dedicated to showing the work of various subjects, media, forms and content by diverse artists, including emerging and established artists of various ethnic and cultural background.
The Gordon Parks Gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center on the St. Paul Campus at 645 East Seventh Street.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
No Friday hours during summer months.
To request accommodations for a disability, call Disability Services at 651-793-1540 or 651-772-7687 (TTY)
Reception: Friday, Nov. 14, 5 – 7:30 pm
gallery talk with the artist from 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Show dates: Nov. 14 - Dec. 12, 2014
This exhibition features the book arts and prints of Fred Hagstrom, Saint Paul. Describing his work, Hagstrom said, “My goal is to use fairly short and concise texts, coupled with images that use my background in printmaking, to examine historical events through the lives of people affected by those events. Topics I have examined include the Atlantic slave trade, nuclear testing in the Pacific and the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. In each case, I have tried to show how these events have altered people’s lives.”
Regarding the exhibition, Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, said, “Through words and images Hagstrom’s artwork examines painful truths about humanity in a most elegant manner. He tackles difficult subjects… those that most would prefer to forget. Employing old world skills (such as letterpress printing and book binding) with new technology (such as digital manipulated photography), Hagstrom skillfully weaves together impeccably crafted objects with emotionally riveting narratives.”