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Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story (opening night), 2018 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

Special Tour of Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story

Wednesday, November 21, 6:00 pm
Ryerson Image Centre

Join co-curator (and RIC Director) Paul Roth on a behind-the-scenes tour of Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story.

This exhibition explores a seminal photo essay by pioneering African-American photographer Gordon Parks, and the extraordinary chain of events it prompted. Published in Life magazine in June 1961, “Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty” profiled the da Silva family, living in a hillside favela near a wealthy enclave of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Focused on the eldest son, Flávio, a resourceful twelve-year-old suffering from crippling asthma, the story elicited thousands of letters and nearly nearly $30,000 USD (more than $250,000 today) in donations from Life readers. In response, the magazine launched an extraordinary “rescue” effort—relocating the family to a new home, moving Flávio to a hospital in the United States, and administering funds to support rehabilitation of the favela. Meanwhile, in Brazil the picture story sparked great controversy in the press. The Flávio Story provides an in-depth look at Parks’ most celebrated photo essay in the context of Cold War politics in the United States and Brazil, and at the inner workings and cultural force of the “Great American Magazine.”

Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA, and The Gordon Parks Foundation, New York, USA, in partnership with Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With generous support from media sponsors the Toronto Star and The Walrus, with assistance from Instituto Sacatar and funding from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York.

While you’re at the RIC for the tour, be sure to check out the other exhibitions on view, including:

TERREMOTO: Mexico, 1985
Claudia Joskowicz: Every Building on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte – After Ruscha
Jason Perreault: Bien dans sa peau

Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story (opening night), 2018 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

Upcoming events

Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm
Jamel Shabazz: Vision and Purpose
Presented by the Tanenbaum Lecture Series and International Issues Discussion Series
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, 245 Church Street, room ENG-103
Jamel Shabazz is a documentary photographer whose socially-conscious practice was shaped by images of the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. For over forty years, both in the United States and abroad, Shabazz has recorded a wide range of topics, from the birth of Hip-Hop to the effects of the crack epidemic, war veterans, and everyday life. Please arrive early, seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture Series is co-presented biannually by the Ryerson Image Centre and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. Founded in 2005, the IID is a non-partisan, student-led forum designed to engage all members of the Ryerson University community on major events and issues in contemporary global affairs through reasoned, objective, and scholarly discourse.

Thursday, November 29, 12:00 pm
Noon Time Collection Talk with Jorge Ayala-Isaza
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street, second floor, RIC-241
Want to learn more about the RIC's collection? Join Jorge Ayala-Isaza, recipient of the RIC's 2018 Elaine Ling Fellowship, for a discussion on photographs of the Cuban Revolution from the Black Star Collection. The talk will focus on the experiences of the photographers who made these iconic images. Ayala-Isaza, a Toronto-based artist and researcher, has also curated a small selection of photographs on this topic as part of our From the Collection series, simultaneously on view in the gallery.

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street) unless otherwise noted. The RIC is an accessible space.

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Erin Warner, Ryerson Image Centre, / T+416 979 5000 x7032





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