The Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction Raises Over $2.2 Million for Next Gen Artists

On the night of May 19 at Cipriani 42nd Avenue in New York, a modern crowd of all-around 500 attendees celebrated the legacy of photographer Gordon Parks and lifted above 2.2 million dollars to assistance the Gordon Parks Foundation’s instructional programs and the Gordon Parks Artwork and Social Justice Fund, which supports today’s technology of artists in their imaginative endeavors.

Presenters from a variety of industries launched every single honoree of the Gordon Parks Basis Awards, singing their praises with superbly poignant speeches: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper presented to Mark Bradford minister and social activist Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II introduced to Laurene Powell Positions Jackson Lee and Satchel Lee introduced to their parents, Tonya and Spike Lee musician and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Heart Wynton Marsalis presented to Darren Walke, and government director of The Gordon Parks Basis Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr. introduced a unique tribute to Cora Taylor with artist LaToya Ruby Frazier. Kunhardt began the award ceremony sharing his very own reminiscences and his father’s shut friendship with Parks.

One particular of the highlights of the evening was a sermon from Rev. Dr. Barber II who reminded the audience how sacred our life are and to make every instant count. Positions followed with her gorgeous reflection of Parks, pointing out how he embodied the idea of a multi-disciplinary artist. “Gordon was like various persons, bursting with creativeness that could not be contained by just 1 medium,” she claimed. Without a doubt, Parks excelled across media—photography, movie, audio composition and writing—and it is fitting that the home of supporters and honorees provided abilities of all varieties like Amy Sherald, Bisa Butler, Julie Mehretu, Jill Krementz, Henry Taylor, Lorna Simpson, Renee Cox and Radcliffe Bailey.

When accepting his award, Braford spoke from his heart proclaiming the significance of supporting artists at their greatest and least expensive factors. Other touching times of the night included heartfelt tributes to the late Maurice Berger, my previous composing mentor who wrote extensively about Parks’s get the job done, and Genevieve Youthful, Parks’s wife and completed author and editor. The inaugural Genevieve Young Fellowship in Creating was awarded to Nicole Fleetwood, who shared her designs to spotlight Parks’s impeccable aesthetic.

The evening concluded with an auction of pick out images from Parks’s portfolio. Kaseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Gordon Parks Foundation Awards co-chair, snagged the previous photograph in the whole lot, a placing picture of Malcom X for $200,000. Parks’s famous shot, Segregated Ingesting Fountain, from his 1956 Lifestyle journal essay documenting segregation in the Jim Crow South, sold for a profitable bid of $170,000.  Cora Taylor, who was just lately discovered as a person of the topics in the image, was also honored and shared a charming speech reminding all the ladies not to give up: “Y’all obtained it.” Taylor’s resilience and encouragement echoed the vibe of the evening and Black Thought’s musical performance introduced attendees to their toes to celebrate every other and most importantly, the legacy of Parks.

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