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Playing it Forward: German Expressionism to Expressionism Today

In 2001, The Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, acquired more than 70 German Expressionist prints from the collection of John L. and Roslyn Bakst Goldman of Rochester, NY. Since then, the Goldmans have formed a new collection of prints by international contemporary artists. This exhibition will feature both collections side-by-side, demonstrating the Goldmans’ continued interests in cutting-edge printmaking and their fidelity to Expressionist ideals, including a wide variety of printing processes, masterful technique, and challenging subject matter.

Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

Gordon Parks was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912. An itinerant laborer, he worked as a brothel pianist and railcar porter, among other jobs, before buying a camera at a pawnshop, training himself, and becoming a photographer. In addition to his tenures photographing for the Farm Security Administration (1941-1945) and Life Magazine (1948-1972), Parks also found success as a film director, writer and composer.

Christiane Baumgartner to Give Gallery Talk

German artist Christiane Baumgartner is internationally known for monumental woodcuts that contrast the modern process of shooting digital video, resulting in distanced, ordered and simplified digital information, and the physicality of creating prints using ancient woodcutting techniques. In her Faulconer Gallery talk, Baumgartner will discuss how the centuries-old, labor-intensive process of cutting a printing block from wood offers space for reflection on the fleeting moments captured instantly in video and the contrast between the systems of nature vs. digital systems.