a man looks into the distance while handling a large vat of grease.

Gordon Parks, The cooper’s room where the large drums and containers are reconditioned. Here a workman lifts a drum from a boiling lye solution which has cleaned from it grease and dust particles (detail), 1944, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington D.C., Courtesy the Gordon Parks Foundation

Gordon Parks in Pittsburgh, 1944/1946 Book Launch & Reception

Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Pay What You Wish


Join Dan Leers, curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art, and Mark Whitaker, author of Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance, for a conversation about the publication of Gordon Parks: Pittsburgh Grease Plant 1944/46 and the accompanying exhibition at the museum.

Gordon Parks: Pittsburgh Grease Plant, 1944/1946 is published by Steidl and includes more than 100 previously unpublished photographs and notable contributions from Philip Brookman and LaToya Ruby Frazier.

This in-person conversation will take place in Carnegie Museum of Art's Theater. If you can't make it in person, please still register, and on the day of the event you'll receive a link to watch via live stream.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and the authors will be signing copies following their talk.

Admission to this event is pay what you wish. Your donation supports our museum’s programs. Museum admission is a separate fee. Should you want to visit the museum before or after the event, please purchase your timed ticket online.

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