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DuSable Black History Museum to Host Screening Honoring Chicago Artist Norman Parish

The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center will host a documentary screening Friday night honoring Chicago artist Norman Parish.

The screening, entitled “Walls of Respect: Norman Parish and the Parish Art Gallery”, will pay tribute to the life and work of the artist and art dealer.

Parish founded an art gallery in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. in 1991, where artists from the African diaspora were “spotlighted like never before, cementing its position as one of the black-owned galleries most important in the country. according to the museum’s website.

Parish was one of many artists who contributed to the “Wall of Respect”, a mural that depicted images of African-American achievement on Chicago’s South Side in 1967. A fire broke out near the mural in Chicago’s Grand Boulevard neighborhood in 1971, and the building that displayed the artwork was eventually destroyed.

Parish was part of a politically active group of black artists early in his career and continued to paint after going to Washington in 1988 to take a job at an environmental firm as a computer graphics designer, according to the Washington Post. .

The screening is the second in the museum’s “DuBlack Film: Legacy Series” and will take place at 740 E. 56th Place from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

After the screening, Parish’s son and associate editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, Norman Parish III, will be available for conversation and a Q&A.