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The Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction

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Star-Studded Event Honored Peter Beard, Kasseem ’Swizz Beats’ Dean, Donna Karan, Carrie Mae Weems

New York, NY – June 5th, 2013 – The Gordon Parks Foundation, dedicated to preserving the work and legacy of Gordon Parks and other photographers, filmmakers and artists, held its Awards Dinner last night, Tuesday, June 4th, at The Plaza Hotel. The event honored individuals who have contributed their lives to the arts.

Attendees included: Sofia Vergara, Karlie Kloss, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Peter Beard, Tommy Hilfiger, Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean, Lauren Hutton, Peter Beard, Debi Mazar, Chuck Close, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Beckford, Bernadette Peters, Estelle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Julie Macklowe, Kick Kennedy, Olivier Theyskens, Constance Jablonski, Veronica Beard, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Nick Loeb, Stefano Tonchi, Kate Lanphear, and Anne Fulenwider, among others.

Honorees of last night’s awards included Peter Beard, Artist, Photographer, Writer; introduced by Theodore Stebbins, Kasseem ‘Swiss Beatz’ Dean, Producer, Recording Artist, Entrepreneur, Visual Artist; introduced by Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Fashion Designer, Philanthropist; introduced by Calvin Klein, and Carrie Mae Weems, Visual Artist; introduced by son of Deborah Willis, Hank Willis Thomas, with Master of Ceremonies and Special Musical Guest Brian Stokes Mitchell.

“Last night’s success was a true testament to Gordon Parks and his powerful impact on the world of the arts,“ says Peter Kunhardt, Jr., Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation.

“It was a pleasure to honor individuals embodying the artistic passion and vision for which Gordon Parks was known,” says Diana Revson, Director of External Affairs, The Gordon Parks Foundation.

The evening commenced with a performance of the song Coming Home by Elliott Skinner, a YoungArts Scholarship recipient. The evening also included a live auction featuring photographs by Gordon Parks by Hugh Hildesley, Sotheby’s, and a presentation of the photograph by Mr. Parks titled Department Store, Mobile Alabama, 1956, to Ms. Joanne Thornton Wilson, the woman who is depicted in the photo with her niece. www.GordonParksFoundation.org.


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 during his lifetime. The Foundation is a New York State 501 (c) 3.


A profound humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, Parks left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights activism, and urban life. In addition, Parks was a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker who interacted with many of the most prominent people of his era—from politicians and artists to celebrities and athletes.

The Gordon Parks Collection is of great national significance because it represents both a comprehensive archive of a seminal artist’s work and an invaluable record of 20th century America. Of special importance is the fact that the Collection illuminates an unusually wide breadth of the Civil Rights period. Parks spent much of the last three decades expanding his style, conducting experiments with color photography. He continued working right up until his death in 2006, winning innumerable awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1988, and over fifty honorary doctorates. He was also a noted composer and author, and in 1969, he became the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film when he adapted his bestselling novel “The Learning Tree” for the screen. (In 1989, “The Learning Tree” was among the first 25 films honored by the U.S. Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Film Registry.) The core of his accomplishment, however, remains his photography; the scope, quality, and enduring national significance of which is reflected throughout the Collection. According to Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “Gordon Parks is the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism. Long after the events that he photographed have been forgotten, his images will remain with us, testaments to the genius of his art, transcending time, place and subject matter.”


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