Free Virtual Events for “The Obama Portraits”
When: Various dates
Where: Virtual Register here
Check out free to the public (non-member) virtual discussions about The Obama Portraits and related topics.
Virtual Conversation: Brandon Breaux and Eric Williams June 24, 2021, 5:00–5:45pm
A conversation with Artist and designer Brandon Breaux joins Eric Williams, founder and creative director of the Silver Room, for a wide-ranging conversation exploring themes related to portraiture and representation, community engagement, and how art and culture can have a positive economic impact.
Virtual Director’s Talk: James Rondeau June 29, 2021, 5:00–6:00pm
Join James Rondeau for a closer look at The Obama Portraits on the inaugural stop of their national tour.
Virtual Conversation: Michelle Obama and Amy Sherald June 30, 2021, 5:00–5:45pm
Former First Lady Michelle Obama joins artist Amy Sherald for a conversation on The Obama Portraits tour opening in Chicago, the importance of representation in the arts, the process of creating the portrait and more.
Virtual Conversation: Presidential Iconography July 7, 2021, 2:00–2:45pm
From official portraits to photographs and more, depictions of a president can reveal much about a president’s individual character, the impact of their presidency, and how they have been perceived by society.
Virtual Artist Talk: Jordan Casteel July 15, 2021, 5:00–5:45pm
Join us for a conversation with artist Jordan Casteel as she discusses her painting Barack, newly installed in the Modern Wing.
Virtual Conversation: Amanda Williams and Cauleen Smith July 22, 2021, 5:00–5:45pm
Artists Amanda Williams and Cauleen Smith discuss and explore the idea of representing place through creative practice.
Virtual Conversation: Roman Portraits of Power July 28, 2021, 2:00–2:45pm
The Portraits are depictions of influential leaders that also challenge conventions of power and privilege. The ancient Romans perfected their own techniques for representing their leaders. This program explores examples from the museum’s collection.
Virtual Conversation: Theaster Gates and Louise Bernard August 10, 2021, 5:00–5:45pm
Theaster Gates and Louise Bernard, founding director of the Obama Presidential Center’s museum discuss art and democracy on the occasion of The Obama Portraits.
Virtual Conversation: Portraits of Women, Created by Women August 11, 2021, 2:00–2:45pm
Historically women have most often been depicted by male artists. Inspired by Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama, this participatory program led by Ishita Dharap encounters representations of women created by women.