In honor of Presidents’ Day and Black History Month, Lanie DeLay (Dallas Contemporary, Dallas Public Library…) will look at the artwork of contemporary African-American artist Kehinde Wiley, who was recently announced as the artist selected to paint the official presidential portrait of former president Barack Obama. It will hang in the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and will have just been unveiled February 12th. Also scheduled to begin being exhibited that day is the official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, painted by Amy Sherald, a contemporary female African-American artist.
We will also read Tar Beach, artist Faith Ringgold’s bittersweet 1991 picture book based on her 1988 art quilt opus in the permanent collection at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Both the original quilt and the book tell the magical, wistful story of Ringgold’s imaginary
adventures as an African-American girl growing up in the 1930s in Harlem, the same historic, predominantly black New York City neighborhood where Kehinde Wiley was living in 2001 that inspired him to begin painting portraits.
Lanie DeLay has worked at Dallas Contemporary, the Dallas Public Library, Hamon Arts Library at SMU, at area preschools and the School For The Blind in Austin. She has written for Glasstire and Art&Seek, and she tutors children in early reading skills at Dealey Montessori. When she isn’t looking at art or reading with kids, she’s reading about art or looking for a new read.
It’ll be a 45 minute read followed by a short discussion with the kids–that’s going to be interesting, we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
All ages are welcome.
On Saturday morning bring your kids and infuse them with a love for reading.