EVENT: Gordon Parks Tribute Event @ Macy’s Aventura – 02/16/13

MACY’S SALUTES GORDON PARKS, AN AMERICAN MASTER, IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Macy’s, in partnership with The Gordon Parks Foundation and the American Black Film Festival honor Gordon Parks with a special event at Macy’s Aventura.

WHO: From one icon to another, this February, Macy’s, an American retail institution salutes American cultural hero Gordon Parks in celebration of Black History Month. Via special events and exhibits at select stores across the country, Macy’s will honor the legacy of this artistic master who chronicled and defined a generation and whose work continues to inspire artists today. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. From the early 1940s until his death in 2006, Parks created a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights 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. He was also a noted composer and author, and in 1969 became the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film based on his bestselling novel The Learning Tree. This was followed in 1971 by the hugely successful motion picture Shaft.

WHAT: At 2:00pm in the Home store, celebrate the life of Gordon Parks by viewing iconic images in our photographic art installation featuring some of his most beloved works, such as American Gothic, Washington D.C. 1942. Additionally, join us “In Conversation” with actor Lamman Rucker moderated by Local 10 News Anchor Neki Mohan, for a spirited discussion on Gordon Parks’ influence on film and the future of African-American cinema. Others on the panel include Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Field, Founder of The Black Archives and Michelle Madison, Producer and Host of Miami Now TV. Following the panel discussion at 3:30pm, boogie on down as we pay homage to the soul/funk 70’s era music featured in the movie Shaft, directed by Gordon Parks. Stop by our Soul Jam style dance party … and don’t forget to pack your platforms and bellbottoms!

Plus, with any $50 or more purchase made during the event, receive a commemorative Gordon Parks journal. While supplies last.

MORE: From February 1-28, visitors to macys.com/celebrate will be offered the opportunity to enter for the chance to win a trip for two to the American Black Film Festival in Miami and a $1000 Macy’s shopping spree courtesy of American Airlines.
(Please visit www.macys.com/celebrate for complete entry rules or visit the event store for more information.)

For a complete listing of Macy’s Black History Month events, please visit www.macys.com/celebrate.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 – starting at 2:00pm
Macy’s Aventura
19535 Biscayne Blvd.
Aventura, FL 33180
2:00pm at the Home Store, Level 3 – Art Installation and Panel Discussion
3:30pm at the Fashion Store, Level 2 – Soul Jam