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March 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Obama Portraits in the Context of Contemporary Portraiture$5 – $7
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The unveiling of the Obama portraits in February 2018 transformed the National Portrait Gallery’s attendance. Leading up to the unveiling, Portrait Gallery curators and historians were already working on exhibitions and programming that would increase the museum’s relevance in today’s world. Crucial to this work is a focus on expanding the narratives told in museum spaces and opening way for new stories to be told. Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery and coordinating curator of the Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative, will discuss the impact of the Obama portraits placing them in context of the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing work alongside leading contemporary artists.