Wiley shows us that a Black man can indeed take the place of Napoleon.
Starting in June 2021, the official portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama will leave the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC to tour five cities across the country.
With recent monumental commissions, the artists focus on the imagination’s role in accounting for the past.
The artists were selected as finalists to replace a statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century doctor who conducted violent surgeries on enslaved Black women.
Wiley is contributing his own public monument to American history, which will later join 10 Confederate sculptures in Richmond, Virginia.
The president’s action committee is selling the shirt, labeled “SPY” through its gift shop for $28.00. It also comes as a tank top.
The subjects of Wiley’s Ferguson paintings launch a vibrant dialogue between the canvas of the painting and the canvas of the body.
On March 24 alone, the day of the March For Our Lives, 35,968 people visited the museum.
Like many African American portraitists, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley represent the Obamas as themselves, and as more than themselves.
The strength of the Armory Show — now in its 24th year — is that, just like a mall, I know exactly what to expect when I go there.
At the unveiling this morning, Michelle Obama spoke about her “instant connection” with Amy Sherald, while Barack Obama said he asked Kehinde Wiley “to bring it down just a touch.”
The long-awaited portraits were presented at a ceremony today at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The internet was quick to respond.