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Celebrate the opening of the Obama Portraits Tour at Brooklyn Museum

Former President Barack Obama stands between painted portraits of himself and that of former first lady Michelle Obama during an unveiling ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in 2018.
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Brooklyn Museum is kicking off the opening of the Obama Portraits Tour with a free evening of music, art and poetry.

Revelers will be gathering outdoors in the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden to enjoy music by Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber and a DJ set from Niara Sterling. Poets including Kyle Carrero Lopez, Nkosi Nkululeko, and celeste doaks will read original works in partnership with Cave Canem.

Appropriately for a celebration of an exhibition focused on portraiture, Souls In Focus will be on hand to capture photos for a community portrait project. Visitors can also support local Black artists at the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market.

Images: (L) Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley, 2018, © 2018 Kehinde Wiley. (R) Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama by Amy Sherald, 2018.Image via National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

While the outdoor fun on Aug. 28 from 4 to 8 pm is free, tickets are required and advanced reservation is recommended. All visitors 12 and older will also be required to show proof of vaccination and a valid ID. Full details on the event and ticket reservations are available via the museum website.

A separate ticket will need to be purchased to head indoors and see the Obama portrait exhibition. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady Michelle Obama will be on exhibit from Aug. 27 to Oct. 24, 2021. For ticket prices and availability visit the exhibition page online.

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber.Photo via Brooklyn Museum

This story first appeared on Brownstoner.

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