New Exhibit by Tyler Mitchell '17 Curated by DPI Chair Deb Willis

Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021

"Ancestors" by Tyler Mitchell '17
"Ancestors" by Tyler Mitchell '17

On September 24, 2021, Tyler Mitchell '17 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) will open his new exhibition, An Imaginative Arrangement of the Things Before Me, at The Gordon Parks Foundation. The exhibition is curated by Photo & Imaging Professor and Chair, Deborah Willis PhD. 

Mitchell, a Gordon Parks Fellow, is known for his images that reflect and celebrate the vast beauty and intimacies of Black American life. Inspired by Gordon Parks’s photographs of Black families, his work constructs distinctive stories that reframe the notion of home as a center of Black life. The exhibition pays homage to identities within the construct of family—siblings, mothers and daughters, sons and fathers—across generations.

Mitchell writes, “I want to consider the significance of a proverbial domestic space not only as a site of Black life itself but also as a site where desires, longing, and collective family memory exist. I hope to create a comforting and tender space for people to go and escape into.” 

The show will be on viewat the Gordon Parks Foundation in Pleasantville, New York from September 24, 2021 - January 2, 2022.