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Den-Zell Gilliard: In the Company of Others @Gordon Parks Gallery/Metropolitan State University

  • Gallery located in Metro State Univ. Library & Learning Ctr 645 East 7th Street Saint Paul, MN, 55106 United States (map)

The Gordon Parks Gallery invites the community to explore the photography of Den-Zell Gilliard through the exhibit In the Company of Others. 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.

RECEPTION & GALLERY TALK Thursday, February 7, 6 - 8 p.m.

Interview with Gilliard and Juleana Enright, December 17th, 2017 link here