All posts filed under “Washington DC

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor at Smithsonian American Art Museum, September 28, 2018 – March 17, 2019

“Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) is among the most important American artists of the 20th century. Born in antebellum Alabama, Traylor was an eyewitness to history—the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, the Great Migration and the steady rise of African American urban culture in the South.… Read More

Sense of Humor: Caricature, Satire, and the Comical from Leonardo to the Present at National Gallery of Art, July 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019

“Prints and drawings have consistently served as popular media for humor in art. Prints, which can be widely replicated and distributed, are ideal for institutional mockery and social criticism, while drawings, unmediated and private, allow for free rein of the imagination. Sense of Humor will… Read More

National Portrait Gallery Unveils Portraits of Former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama, On View in the Galleries Beginning Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. Before President Obama’s departure from office, he and Mrs. Obama selected Wiley and Sherald to paint their likenesses for the… Read More

City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign at NMAAHC Gallery at the National Museum of American History, December 15, 2017 – Indefinitely

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the Poor People’s Campaign, a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, City of… Read More

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza with Foreword by Barack Obama; Little, Brown and Company; November 7, 2017

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza, includes a foreword by President Obama, in which he writes, “Over those eight years, Pete became more than my photographer—he became a friend, a confidant, and a brother.” This is the definitive visual biography of the Obama presidency, including… Read More

The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, November 3 – September 3, 2018

“The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers presents nearly 100 portrayals of laborers by some of the nation’s most influential artists. The multifaceted exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, media art and photographs that reveal how American workers have shaped and… Read More