Celebrating the Work of Romare Bearden at Macy’s

by Elena on February 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Macy's Black History Month | Ciao Mom

The Lamp by Romare Bearden

Maybe it is the teacher in me. Maybe it is the part of me that knows the importance of raising awareness and honoring experts in a field. For whatever reason, I was thrilled to learn about an artist, that if I am being honest, I did not know that much about….thanks to Macy’s and The Romare Bearden Foundation.
As I read and learned about Romare Bearden, (1911-1988), I realized that he was one of those people that you read about and you wish you could have had as a dinner guest, because his talent and life were so vast.  His works and impact span the arts, due to his intellectual and scholarly interests, and deep rooted talents that included  music, performing arts, history, literature and world art. He was an art director, attended the Sorbonne, and was a cartoonist just to name a few of his successes.  He even spent many years in New York, as a social worker by day and artist by night.
Macy’s, as part of Black History Month, is highlighting the work of Romare Bearden in many of it’s stores with a special exhibition. Last year, Macy’s featured fashion icon, Eunice Johnson of Ebony Magazine. I love that a store like Macy’s (that I already adore for it’s commitment to local artisans in countries like Haiti), is featuring an artist that left a significant imprint with his watercolors, prints, oil on paper and dramatic black and white Photostats that date from 1964 to 1984 when Romare Bearden was at the “peak of his artistic power.”
Macy’s has put events, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Romare Bearden at many local stores throughout the month of February.  Receptions will include exhibits of the artist’s work, Jazz musicians, activities for children, hor’s d’oevres, and even a cooking demonstration with recipes from an out of print cookbook, “Ma Chance’s French Caribbean Creole Cooking,” which Bearden illustrated.
The Washington DC event is coming up, although sadly I cannot attend. But you don’t have to!  From DC to Philadelphia, to Houston, to San Francisco or Aventura Florida, there are many more chances to take part in this celebration.

One of the key pieces to this exhibit, for me as an educator, is the fact that work of new artists, inspired by Bearden’s life and legacy will be on display. To me, that is the power of these “months” of celebration. Realizing that newer generations have been inspired by previous generations.  Realizing that legacies live on through new works, and through new lenses.

As an added incentive, attendees that spend $50 or more Macy’s purchase, will receive an exclusive scarf with one of Mr. Bearden’s most famous paintings, The Lamp.

.For a complete listing of events and directions, please visit http://bit.ly/xjNlqN .  To RSVP for the DC event coming up this week on 2/16, call 1-888-622-9769.

For additional information regarding Romare Bearden please visit: www.beardenfoundation.org

So, what are you waiting for. Go…and then come back and share what you saw and learned!

I received a gift from Everywhere in return for this post.  All opinions are my own. 


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Britton February 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

Thanks so much for your support! Everywhere loves working on this campaign with Macy’s. The art is amazing!

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