On Tuesday evening, June 2nd ,The Gordon Parks Foundation held its Annual Awards Dinner and Auction celebrating the achievements of individuals who have inspired others through their creative work. Honorees included Laurent Claquin, Thornton Dial, JR, Usher, Grace Hightower De Niro and Robert De Niro. In addition to the honorees, 2015 attendees included Swizz Beatz, Aimee Mullins, Janelle Monae, Gayle King, Whoopi Goldberg and more.
Cocktail hour meant a large red carpet , bypassed by most attendees, and the opting instead for a viewing of several photographs by both Gordon Parks himself as well as notable artist JR who was in attendance for the evening. Benefit Committee members mixed and mingled with many heading to the mezzanine for intimate chit chat and passed hors d'oeuvres. The Quest for "it" spoke briefly with Leslie Parks, daughter of Gordon Parks, who graciously spoke of how large the turn out was for the evening.
Awards and performances commenced over dinner with each person honored saying a few words which included Grace Hightower De Niro with Robert De Niro as well as several songs by Pharell. The evening also included a live auction featuring photographs by Gordon Parks by Hugh Hildesley, Sotheby’s.
In summation, Peter Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation concluded “Last night was a true testament to the legacy of Mr. Parks and his long lasting impact on the art world and the next generation of artists.”
*photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com