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Opening Celebration: The Obama Portraits Tour at the Brooklyn Museum

August 28, 2021, 4 pm8 pm.


Celebrate the opening of The Obama Portraits Tour with an afternoon of music, art-making, and poetry in honor of these vibrant and groundbreaking depictions of American leadership. Enjoy a musical tribute by the legendary Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, who present a smorgasbord of diverse “avant groidd” musical idioms filled with sugar-soaked sonic ingredients. Then, Kyle Carrero Lopez, Nkosi Nkululeko, and celeste doaks read their original poetry presented in partnership with Cave Canem, Brooklyn’s leading organization dedicated to cultivating the artistic growth of Black poets. Plus, get your photo taken as part of a community portrait project by Souls In Focus. Throughout the day, drop by for art-making with Cool Culture and shop and snack at the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market, which is spotlighting local Black artists and vendors this week.

This outdoor event is free and open to the public. To visit the galleries, please reserve tickets in advance. A limited number of timed tickets will be available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event takes place outdoors. We’re continuing to follow procedures that ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors. If you’re entering the Museum, masks are required for all adults and children over age 2. We ask that everyone practice social distancing where possible.
Image caption and credit: Members of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. (Photos: Shane Nelson, collage by Amy Gail)

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