Friday, June 8, 2012

Gordon Parks Centennial Gala Celebrates 100 Years of Legendary Artist

A video display of Gordon Parks and his iconic photographs greeted guests at the Museum of Modern Art, the venue for the Gordon Parks Centennial Gala in New York.

NEW YORK, NY - On Tuesday, June 5th, celebrities and luminaries from art, fashion, music and entertainment gathered at the Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the centennial of Gordon Parks' birth and his contributions to the art world. In observance of this milestone, organizations across New York will host an array of events beginning this month that will feature a major museum exhibition, the publication of a four-volume box set of his photographs, gallery exhibitions, public art projects, lectures, film screenings and centennial scholarships to support the arts. These events will present both iconic and rarely seen images by Parks and greatly add to the conversation about the artistic, cultural, and political impact of his work.

The gala honored three individuals who embody his artistic passion and vision, each at the pinnacle of creativity in the fields of film, fashion, media and art - singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and HBO's Co-President Richard Plepler.

Dinner chair Russell Simmons with Shalisa Chang, a youth participant from the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

Benefit committee members Thelma Golden, director and chief curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem and Glenn Ligon, artist

Benefit committee member Leslie Parks, daughter of Gordon Parks

Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr.

Robin Hickman, producer and niece of Gordon Parks

Dinner chair Sarah Jessica Parker, actress

Hosted by journalist Anderson Cooper, and co-chaired by Karl Lagerfeld and Gerhard Steidl, the gala featured cocktails, dinner and a live musical performance by Irvin Mayfield. Gala benefit committee members included Whoopi Goldberg, Bethann Hardison, Jamie Hector, Iman, Liya Kebede, Tangie Murray, Desiree Rogers, Marcus Samuelsson and Andre Leon Talley.

About the Gordon Parks Foundation
The Foundation permanently preserves the work of Gordon Parks and other artists, makes it available to the public through exhibitions, books, and electronic media and supports artistic and educational activities in which he had an interest in his lifetime.

Photo credit: Stacey Trammel/Buzzology

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