Macy’s Celebrate Romare Bearden’s 100-Year Visual Legacy

February 10, 2012 4 Comments »
Macy’s Celebrate Romare Bearden’s 100-Year Visual Legacy

Just walking through the 2nd floor corridor of Macy’s into the Romare Bearden Art Exhibit was enough to make Denene Millner “freak out”.

The black art enthusiast and a big Romare Bearden art fan was ecstatic about the Macy’s Black History Month special event honoring the legacy of the famed Artist Romare Bearden on Thursday February 9th inside Lennox Mall in Buckhead. Denene even brought her daughter Mari, who in fact was doing a report on the artist the very next day at school.

Lorraine, Lamar tyler, Denene Millner and myself

And Denene and Mari were in good company with the throngs of people who attended the event to pay homage to Bearden’s visual work and 100 year legacy.

Guests previewed a satellite exhibit of Romare Bearden’s artwork as well as the watercolors, prints, oil on paper and dramatic black and white Photostats that were on display. The paintings date from 1964 to 1984 when Romare Bearden was at the peak of his artistic power. In addition to works on loan from the Foundation are new works by artists inspired and influenced by Bearden’s life and legacy.

During the reception a new generation of jazz musicians performed Bearden’s music which has been previously recorded by Branford Marsalis, Tito Puente and Billy Eckstine.

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler of and BeEverywhere’s Danica Kombol and Britton Edwards hosted the packed event and were on hand to greet guests and mix and mingle. I truly enjoyed the crowd, food and conversation I had with many of my friends in attendance and I learned a great deal about Bearden’s prolific work.

Ronnie Tyler

A satellite exhibit of his work

Sojourner, myself and Krystal Grant. We all blog!


About the artist
Romare Bearden is recognized as one of the most creative and original visual artists of the 20th century, Romare Bearden had a prolific and distinguished career. His life and art are marked by exceptional talent in a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, performing arts, history, literature and world art.

The Romare Bearden Foundation is also one of the oldest foundations established by an African American visual artist.

The Atlanta exhibit runs from 2/9 to 2/12 at:

Macy’s Lenox Square

3393 Peachtree Road NE

Atlanta, GA

Plus, with any purchase of $50 of more, you will receive a complimentary scarf printed with Romare Bearden’s most revered work, The Lamp.

To RSVP, please call 1.305.577.1818 or visit

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  1. Britton Edwards February 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm -

    Oh My Gosh!! I love your photos! Thank you so much for posting about this event, Everywhere and Macy’s appreciate your support. I hope that we get to see each other again soon!

  2. cincomom February 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm -

    Hey Britton! Oh we will see each other VERY soon!! Remember #KarokeTweetup! 🙂

  3. [email protected] February 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm -

    Aw—thanks for shouting me and my baby out on your fantastic review! You now I LOVE me some Romare! I had to have a moment when I got there… for real.

  4. Sojourner Marable Grimmett February 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm -

    Beautiful art & people! The Romare Bearden event was so much fun! Great seeing you, as always!