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Obama Portrait Artists: Kehinde Wiley

LL Cool J

Credit: LL Cool J by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2005. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; on loan from LL Cool J © Kehinde Wiley

This colorful painting of the rap star and actor LL Cool J by Kehinde Wiley is based on a 1917 portrait of John D. Rockefeller by John Singer Sargent. Wiley’s painting was commissioned by the VH1 Hip Hop Honors program in September 2005 and is currently on display in the Portrait Gallery’s permanent exhibition “20th Century Americans,” where it is on long-term loan.

Obama Portrait Artists: Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

Credit: Photograph by Tony Powell

Kehinde Wiley

Obama Portrait Artists: Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald

Credit: Paul Morigi, 2016/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery

Amy Sherald was the first-prize winner of the National Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Obama Portrait Artists: Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald

Credit: Paul Morigi, 2016/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery

Amy Sherald was the first-prize winner of the National Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Obama Portrait Artists: Amy Sherald

Miss Everything

Credit: Frances and Burton Reifler © Amy Sherald

Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance) by Amy Sherald, oil on canvas, 2013. Frances and Burton Reifler © Amy Sherald

National Museum of the American Indian’s 2017 Native Art Market Showcases Indigenous Works From Across the Americas

Two-day Event Held in Washington and New York City Features Contemporary, Traditional Works for Purchase

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host its annual Native Art Market Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2–3, at its Washington, D.C., and New York City locations.

mosaic of art

Smithsonian Associates Explores the 1920s in New Program Series

Smithsonian Associates presents a new series of educational programs, “The 1920s: Daring To Be Modern,” highlighting the years that followed World War I when the world was fascinated by the new. It was an era marked by creativity, innovation and excitement, fueled by new freedoms and a rush to embrace the modern.

painting of black musicians by Romare Bearden

Hirshhorn Announces Programs for “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”

“Kusama on Screen” Film Series Includes Rare Documentary Footage, 1960s Art Films

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will present the “Kusama on Screen” film series, talks and family events in conjunction with the major exhibition “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” (Feb. 23–May 14).

Woman lying on floor of mirrored room

“Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa” Examines How Time Is Experienced and Produced by the Body

Exhibition Features Six Internationally Recognized African Artists

“Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art May 18 through Jan. 2, 2017. The exhibition features six internationally recognized African artists and examines how time is experienced and produced by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance and dissolve in seven works of video and film art.

Emeka

Joint Statement of the Smithsonian Institution and the Cuban National Council of Cultural Heritage

  • Gran Teatro de La Habana (Havana Great Theater)
  • Cuban party: Gladys Collazo, Chairman of the National Council of Cultural Heritage
  • American party: David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
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