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"UnSeen, Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar" - at the National Portrait Gallery, Mar 23, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019


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I have been wanting to see the Obama portraits for some time now, so I decided last week to head to the National Portrait Gallery. Despite the crowds gathered on the steps for a pre-Capitals hockey playoff game concert, the inside of the gallery was quite empty,  and I didn't have to stand in long lines to see either of these two magnificent paintings.

After viewing these portraits, I stumbled upon an extremely powerful exhibit, "UnSeen, Our Past in a New Light," featuring works by contemporary artists Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar. The installation addresses the under- and misrepresentation of certain minorities in American history and in art, and illuminates the unheralded contributions made by American minorities. The display, which runs through Jan. 6, 2019, is visually stunning and emotionally charged. I highly recommend seeing this moving exhibit.

If you go, don't miss "Black Out, Silhouettes Then and Now," on display until March 10, 2019.

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