Jamel Shabazz photographing the attending “A Great Day in Hip Hop” participants. Photo by Mike Vitelli for BFA.

Fab 5 Freddy, Debbie Harry, and Chris Stein. Photo by Terrence Jennings.

Douglas Durst presenting his award to Honoree Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Photo by Vladimir Weinstein for BFA.

2017 Fellow Devin Allen and 2018 Fellow Derrick Adams with guests. Photo by Sean Lassiter.

Presenters Sarah Lewis and Alex Soros with Honoree Chelsea Clinton. Photo by Sean Zanni for PMC.

Honoree Kehinde Wiley with Black Thought, Swizz Beatz, and Questlove. Photo by Sean Zanni for PMC.

2019 Fellows Guadalupe Rosales and Hank Willis Thomas. Photo by Vladimir Weinstein for BFA.

Honoree Raf Simons. Photo by Sean Zanni for PMC.

Vikki Tobak, author of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop. Photo by Terrence Jennings.

The 2019 Gordon Parks Foundation Scholarship and Prizes recipients. Photo by Terrence Jennings.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. Photo by Vladimir Weinstein for BFA.

Dapper Dan, Executive Director Peter W. Kunhardt Jr., and MC for the night, Sarah Jones. Photo by Vladimir Weinstein for BFA.

Kool Keith, Pete Rock, Ced Gee, and Grandmaster Caz. Photo by Sean Zanni for PMC.

Gayle King. Photo by Sean Zanni for PMC.

Sarah Arison and Executive Director Peter W. Kunhardt Jr. with Patron of the Arts Honorees Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis. Jr.. Photo by Sean Zanni for PMC.

Judy Glickman Lauder and Leonard A. Lauder. Photo by Vladimir Weinstein for BFA.

Sherry Bronfman and Danny Glover. Photo by Vladimir Weinstein for BFA.

Leslie Parks Bailey and Radcliffe Bailey. Photo by Vladimir Weinstein for BFA.

Gordon Parks on location for A Great Day in Hip-Hop, Harlem, New York, 1998

 A Great Day in Hip-Hop, Harlem, New York, 1998

HONORING

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 
Chelsea Clinton
Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr. 
Raf Simons
Kehinde Wiley

The Gordon Parks Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner and Auction celebrates Gordon Parks’ legacy and honors those who continue his vision for social change through their work in the arts and humanitarianism. The June 4 event at Cipriani 42nd Street will honor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chelsea Clinton, Raf Simons and Kehinde Wiley. The Patron of the Arts Award will go to civic leaders and philanthropists Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the iconic photograph A Great Day in Hip-Hop, taken in Harlem by Gordon Parks, Questlove will give remarks.

The evening is co-chaired by Kenneth and Kathryn Chenault, Valerie Jarrett, Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean, Karl Lagerfeld, Judy and Leonard Lauder, Ronald O. Perelman, and Alexander Soros. As part of the gala celebration, a group of Gordon Parks photographs will be auctioned with all proceeds from the evening to support the Foundation’s year-round artistic and educational programs. 

“At the core of The Gordon Parks Foundation’s work is the support of current and emerging leaders who carry on Parks’ legacy,“ said Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation. “Through initiatives such as our scholarship and fellowship programs, as well as these annual awards, we continue to empower the next generation of change-makers and those who are current forces for social justice and the arts.”

Recognized as the most important African-American photographer of the twentieth century, Gordon Parks exposed the face of American poverty with empathy and dignity, using the arts to champion social change through his photography, film, music, and writing. For the past decade, The Gordon Parks Foundation has provided scholarships and fellowships to students and artists whose creative work reflects the mission and vision of Gordon Parks. The Gordon Parks Foundation Annual Awards Dinner and Auction  supports this important and ongoing work. The Foundation also preserves Parks’ vast archive, produces scholarly publications, and partners with museums and schools around the world on exhibitions and programming.

To purchase tickets, follow the link below, or contact Buckley Hall Events at  gpfgala@buckleyhallevents.com or 914-579-1000.

 

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