You’ve seen his work around town in the past couple months, in print ads and on the sides of buses: Intricate and color-saturated designs, almost Baroque in the extent of their decoration, serving as the background to hyper-realistic portraits of modern black men. This is the aesthetic of Seattle Art Museum‘s current exhibit, Kehinde Wiley‘s A New Republic, at the SAM through May 8.
If you need some guidance on interpreting these portraits, whose models are Wiley’s Brooklyn neighbors instead of the royals we might expect to see in such compositions, head over to Town Hall Seattle on Wendesday, March 30 for a panel discussion on art, race and representation. The panelists include artist, author and Gage co-founder Gary Faigin, Frye Museum educator and The Post Colonialist contributor Negarra Kudumu and artist and filmmaker Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online.
Panel Discussion: The Subversive Art of Kehinde Wiley
When: Wednesday March 30, 7:30pm
Where: Town Hall (1119 8th Ave)