MetroFocus: The Podcast

Painting Obama

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art; Managing Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, joins host Jenna Flanagan to discuss New York-based visual artist, Kehinde Wiley.

In October 2017, Wiley was selected, by former President Barack Obama, to paint his official portrait for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Known for his paintings of African-Americans and reinterpretations of classic artworks, Wiley’s portrait will be unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018, where it will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.

Tsai, who organized Wiley’s 2015 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, provides an overview of his work, and her interpretation of the significance of his selection for this historic commission.

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