Gordon Parks: a Renaissance Man

Gordon ParksGordon Parks (1912-2006) was often referred to as a Renaissance man, as noted in an obituary by Dennis McLellan [Los Angeles Times March 8, 2006], and lived up to the label: “In addition to his photography, film work and poetry, he composed a symphony, sonatas, concertos, film scores, and wrote novels, instructional photography manuals, essays and three memoirs.

“He received numerous honors over the years, including the National Medal of Arts from President Reagan. He was a high school dropout.”

> From my page: Multitalented actors and other artists.

Other examples of creative polymaths:

Actor Mayim Bialik earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in Neuroscience, and on “The Big Bang Theory” she plays Amy Farrah Fowler, a neurobiologist and “not-girlfriend” of physicist Sheldon Cooper.

James Franco was enrolled in Yale University’s English PhD program and North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College for poetry and earned a master’s degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University’s MFA writing program.

> From post: Actors and creative polymathy: Mayim Bialik, James Franco and others

In his post How Renaissance People Think – The thinking style of polymaths, Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD asks, “Do you think like a polymath? Here’s a quick test: Are you more of a rational or experiential/intuitive thinker?

“If you cringed as you read the question and thought to yourself ‘I love constantly shifting between both modes of thought’, then you’re on the polymath path.”

> From post: I Want To Do It All: Creative Polymathy


Originally posted 2013-04-07 13:04:30.

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