Macy’s Exhibits Artist Romare Bearden for Black History Month

Romare Howard Bearden

Romare Howard Bearden

Macy’s will celebrate Black History Month this Februsary with special events and exhibits dedicated to famed artist Romare Bearden.
In conjunction with the Romare Bearden Foundation, Macy’s is honoring the rich history and legacy of the incomparable artist, writer and musician in celebration of this year’s 100th anniversary of his birth.
Romare Howard Bearden’s life was marked by the pursuit of art in all of its forms. A prolific creator, his work encompassed art, music, design, history and literature. During his lifetime (1911-1988), he experimented with many different mediums and artistic styles, but is best known for his richly textured collages.
However, his diverse interests included costume and set design for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Nanette Bearden’s Contemporary Dance Theatre, music composition and literary work such as his famed children’s book, “Li’l Dan, The Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story.”
“Macy’s is thrilled to partner with the Romare Bearden Foundation in celebration of the life and work of one of America’s preeminent artists,” said Dineen Garcia, Macy’s vice-president of Diversity Strategies. “
“The Romare Bearden Foundation is pleased to partner with Macy’s on the occasion of the centennial celebration. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote to a wider audience the accomplishments of Bearden and his gifts to society,” said Johanne Bryant Reid and Diedra Harris Kelley, co-directors of the Romare Bearden Foundation.
To celebrate the artist’s centennial, Macy’s will spotlight Bearden’s work through special exhibitions featuring 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.
Additional in-store celebrations will include children’s collage-making events, special readings of Bearden’s children’s book, “Li’l Dan, The Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story,” as well as cooking demonstrations from local chefs featuring Bearden’s favorite recipes and Caribbean dishes from the out-of-print cookbook, “Ma Chance’s French Caribbean Creole Cooking,” which he illustrated.
The exhibition will be at Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco Thursday, Feb. 16, starting at 6 p.m., through February 19.
For a listing of Macy’s Black History Month events, visit  

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