Holiday Cocktails With The Obamas

17 Nov 2021

Holiday Cocktails With The Obamas

17 Nov 2021

The Obama's portraits have landed in Los Angeles as part of a five-city tour from June 2021 through May 2022. The Obama Portraits Tour is presented in conjunction with Black American Portraits, an exhibition that chronicles the ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves in their own eyes. Countering a visual culture that often demonizes Blackness and fetishizes the spectacle of Black pain, these images center love, abundance, family, community, and exuberance. 

From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, the museum’s official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama have become iconic. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady have inspired unprecedented responses from the public. To celebrate the festive season, Cultivist members are warmly invited to join us for a champagne cocktail reception before embarking on a tour around the Obama Portraits exhibition at LACMA.

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