Gordon Parks Photographs Head to Howard University’s ‘Mecca of Black Education’ in Washington, D.C.


Gordon Parks Photographs

Howard University, Washington, D.C.

More than 250 photographs of Gordon Parks are set to be acquired by Howard University, one of the leading historically black colleges and universities in the United States.

The collection spans five decades of Parks’ storied career and includes Parks’ early portraits of Robert Todd Duncan, a leading figure in black American opera, and Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. The collection also contains Parks’ mid-career portraits of actor Sidney Poitier (below) and images of later film and fashion icons such as director Spike Lee and Somali model Iman. “Gordon Parks’ work helped define American art in the 20th century,” says Jelani Cobb, dean of the Columbia Journalism School and member of the board of the Gordon Parks Foundation. “There’s no better place to help safeguard his legacy than the mecca of black education.”

Michelangelo’s composition study for The Stoning of Saint Stephen

© Musea Brugge

Collection of drawings from the Jean van Caloen Foundation of the Château de Loppem estate

Bruges Museum, Bruges

The Bruges Print Room, one of the 13 institutions of the Musea Brugge in Bruges, Belgium, has acquired nearly 2,000 drawings and 25 sketchbooks, on an initial 30-year loan, from the Jean van Caloen Foundation, whose art collection was until now housed in a 19th century castle near Loppem. Some of the works acquired, dating from the 16th to 20th centuries, include works by Jacob Jordaens, François Boucher and Michelangelo. Most of the collection was put together by Baron Jean van Caloen (1884-1972), a collector of medieval sculptures, Flemish paintings and illuminated manuscripts. The Acquisition of Michelangelo – a compositional study for The Stoning of Saint Stephen— is the only drawing by the Renaissance master held by a public institution in Belgium.

Joseph Wright, Self-portrait at the age of about forty (1772) © Oliver Taylor-Derby Museums

by Joseph Wright Self-portrait at the age of about forty (1772)

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby

by Joseph Wright Self-portrait at the age of about forty (1772), with a study for the famous artist An experiment on a bird in the air pump (1768) on the reverse, was acquired by the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. The painting, which will be displayed in a free-standing case allowing both sides to be seen, came to the collection under the Government’s Replacement Acceptance Scheme, settling a sum of £779,619. To complete the acquisition, the museum also received a donation of £2.3 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and additional amounts from the Art Fund, private donors and foundations. “We are bringing Joseph Wright home from Derby,” museum executive director Tony Butler said in a statement.


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