Reception and gallery talk with photographer Den-Zell Gilliard

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Library and Learning Center
    Gordon Parks Gallery
    645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul

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Odyssey of a Black Boy by Den-Zell Gilliard

Odyssey of a Black Boy by Den-Zell Gilliard

The Gordon Parks Gallery invites the community to a gallery reception for In the Company of Others and a gallery talk with photographer Den-Zell Gilliard. In celebration of African American History Month, Gilliard's exhibit presents selections from three series:

  • Sunday’s Best, highlighting portraits of parishioners, Sunday services and church leaders in several African American churches in south Minneapolis
  • Odyssey of a Black Boy, featuring photographs of urban black youth and families in action outdoors
  • Various self-portraits, capturing the flamboyant, often vicarious, and generally enthusiastic character of the artist

Viewed comprehensively, these series are simply about life in an African American community in all its beauty and poignancy, and more complexly about the models available and the life choices that the artist knows he must make.

“Gilliard is a young ‘street’ photographer and lifelong resident of south Minneapolis. He never stages his shots, but shoots from life as it happens in the communities he inhabits,” says Guest Curator John Schuerman.

In the Company of Others opens Monday, Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday. For more information about the exhibit, contact Gallery Director Erica Rasmussen by phone at 651-999-5942 or by email.


If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549 or