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Side by side official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

Event Details

February 10, 2022
6:00 pm –7:00 pm


Members: FREE
Not-Yet-Members: $20
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High Museum of Art Online

Event Description

In celebration of the Obama portraits being on display in the High’s galleries, we welcome Dorothy Moss and Taína Caragol from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Moss is the acting director of curatorial affairs and the coordinating curator of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative; Caragol is the curator of painting and sculpture and Latinx art and history. The two—in conversation with Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art—will discuss the process of commissioning the Obama portraits from Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley.

Dorothy Moss headshot. Taina Caragol headshot.

The Obama Portraits Tour is on view at the High Museum of Art January 14–March 20, 2022.

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Banner Artworks: “Barack Obama” by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2018. “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama” by Amy Sherald, oil on linen, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the following lead donors for their support of the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg; Judith Kern and Kent Whealy; Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia.