Falls Church Arts

Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley: Presidential Portraitists for Our Time

Presenter: Leslie Ava Shaw

Monday | April 11, 2022 | 7:00-8:15 pm | $22 | online by Zoom

The Obama Portraits Tour with museum stops in Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston celebrates two American icons. This summer, you will be able to view the portraits in their permanent home at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery with fresh eyes. You will discover why these works in particular are standouts in the tradition of presidential portraits. You will learn about the unique approaches to the human figure by artists Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley. We will traverse a variety of images by these artists and discover what makes them extraordinary.


You will receive a Zoom link by email prior to the presentation.

Leslie Ava Shaw
Leslie Ava Shaw is a transplant to the DMV from New York City who was a docent and lecturer for the Whitney Museum of American Art for nearly 25 years and taught art history at the college level. She is currently a gallery guide for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Leslie juried Falls Church Arts “Make Me Happy” exhibition on view earlier this year. Last year, she presented a series of art talks, “Women Who Beat the Odds: Women Painters Renaissance to Mid-20th Century” and “Frida Kahlo: Passionate Feminista.” 

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