Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian



16
Feb
18

We Only Acknowledge One POTUS

13
Feb
18

Same Y’all. Same.

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12
Feb
18

Forever Historic

 

Artist: Kehinde Wiley

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Artist: Amy Sherald

12
Feb
18

The Unveiling

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14
Oct
17

Champions Of The Arts

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Kelly Crow: Obamas Choose Rising Stars To Paint Their Official Portraits

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a pair of rising-star artists—New York’s Kehinde Wiley and Baltimore’s Amy Sherald—to paint its official portraits of the former president and first lady. Both artists have exhibited widely, but this presidential assignmentamounts to a coup as they follow in the footsteps of artists like Gilbert Stuart, whose portraits of George Washington are considered masterpieces. The Obamas also made a point to champion the arts during their time in the White House, which has heightened art-world curiosity over which artists they would choose.

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The Smithsonian confirmed Thursday that former President Barack Obama has asked to be painted by Mr. Wiley, a 40-year-old artist best known for his vivid portraits of young, black men in imperious, Old-Master poses. Ms. Sherald, a 44-year-old artist known for painting surreal portraits of elegant black women, will paint Ms. Obama. Ms. Sherald’s signature style is to use a palette of grays instead of skin tones to capture her subjects’ faces and hands. Anticipation in art circles is high because the Obamas have chosen artists with major followings. The Smithsonian’s set of presidential and first-lady portraits remains distinct from the White House’s own collection of portraits, though. Mr. Wiley and Ms. Sherald are the first black artists hired by the Smithsonian to paint a president and his first lady.

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25
Sep
16

Chat Away

25
Sep
16

Early Bird Chat

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President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Pete Souza: Vice President Joe Biden greets 99-year-old Ruth Bonner, a daughter of a young slave who escaped to freedom, as Dr. Jill Biden greets another generation of the Bonner family who rang the Freedom Bell with the President and First Lady to mark the official opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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24
Sep
16

Picture Of The Day

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Pete Souza: President Obama greets the Tennessee State University Marching Band at the White House following a reception for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The band entertained arriving guests on the South Lawn.

24
Sep
16

Early Bird Chat

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9AM: President Obama Speaks at the Opening for the Museum of African American History

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13
May
16

First Lady Michelle Obama At The Smithsonian

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First Lady Michelle Obama looks at Patrick Dougherty’s Shindig at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery

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Jenni Haukio of Finland, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sindre Finnes of Norway, Solrun Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark, Nicholas Bell, Curator of the Renwick Gallery and a White House photographer view Patrick Dougherty’s Shindig at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery

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