African American painter Kehinde Wiley has gained national prominence with his hyper-realist, Baroque-style portraits. But there’s a twist—instead of painting royals and lords, Wiley substitutes his Brooklyn neighbors into the portraits. This panel discussion will explore Wiley’s work (hailed by NPR as having “exquisite dissonance”) and the racial, social, and artistic problems these provocative paintings raise. This discussion coincides with Kehinde’s exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. Featured panelists include Gage co-founder Gary Faigin; Negarra A. Kudumu; Frye Museum Educator; and Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, writer, artist, and filmmaker.
Presented by: Town Hall, Gage Academy of Art, and Seattle Art Museum, as part of Town Hall’s Arts & Lecture series.
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