If you bop into Nordstrom this month to try on a new pair of shoes, take a few minutes to look up from your feet in those new strappy heels and take a gander at the walls. In honor of Black History Month, the department store is showcasing an exhibit by the photography group Kamoinge. Taking its name from the Swahili word for "group of people acting together," the collective of New York City-based photographers was founded in Harlem in 1963. The images in the exhibit reflect visual emotion in politics, relationships and spiritual matters while celebrating 40 years of culture and the spirited lifestyles of the artists and their subjects. But this being Nordstrom, fashion obviously plays a pretty big part in the photographs as well. The exhibit features new and old works by 12 Kamoinge photographers including Salimah Ali, Anthony Barboza, Mark Lee Blackshear, Adger Cowans, Gerald Cyrus, Russell K. Frederick, John Pinderhughes, Herbert Randall, Radcliffe Roye, Jamel Shabazz, Ming Smith and Shawn Walker. If any one photograph in particular stands out for the viewer, a boxed set of note cards featuring the images is available for purchase. That Nordstrom sure knows how to make a buck, even when they're being philanthropic. Too bad Black History Month is the shortest month of the year. The exhibit is on display throughout February at Nordstrom in the Dallas Galleria, 5220 Alpha Road. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call 972-702-0055.
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