Award-winning photographer Gerard Gaskin exhibits work, hosts presentation at SUNY Morrisville on February 6

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MORRISVILLE, N.Y. — The work of award-winning photographer Gerard Gaskin is on display at the SUNY Morrisville Donald G. Butcher Library now through March 1.  

Gaskin’s show, “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene,” documents the performative and aesthetic history of the African American and Latinx House Ballroom community from 1993 to present. 

In addition to the show, Gaskin will present “Seeing the Big Picture: Life as an Entrepreneur,” a discussion about his photographic practice, influences, artwork and career, on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m., in the Athletics Stadium Hospitality Suite. 

An art reception will follow, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the library. Events are free and open to the public.

Gaskin, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, who is now based in Syracuse, earned a B.A. from Hunter College in 1994 and is a freelance photographer based in the greater New York City area. 

He has shown throughout the United States and abroad, and his work also is a part of permanent collections in The Museum of the City of New York and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

Gaskin is a recipient of The New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship for Photography and was part of the Gordon Parks’ 90, which gathered 90 black photographers from throughout the United States to celebrate his 90th birthday. 

Gaskin’s photo exhibit is one of many events planned by the college in celebration of Black History Month.  

Other events include:
•    Harriet (film), STUAC theater
o    Friday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m.
o    Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 p.m.
o    Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 p.m.
•    Thursday, Feb. 6: Poet Dave G, STUAC lobby, 7 p.m.
•    Friday, Feb. 7: African Soul, STUAC theater, 8 p.m.
•    Queen & Slim (film), STUAC theater
o    Friday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m.
o    Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 p.m.
o    Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 p.m.
•    Thursday, Feb. 13: When They See Us (film and discussion), Library, Room 208, 4 p.m.
•    Tuesday, Feb. 25: The Power of Mentoring and Giving Back to Communities, presented by Dr. Stevie Watson, Charlton Hall, Room 117, 3 p.m. Watson is Dean of the School of Agriculture, Business & Technology at SUNY Morrisville.