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Side by side official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

Event Details

January 20, 2022
7:00 pm –8:00 pm


Members: FREE
Not-Yet-Members: $20
Registration Required


High Museum of Art
Hill Auditorium

Event Description

Please Note: Tickets to this event do not include access to The Obama Portraits Tour.
Dr. Liz Andrews' headshot.

Mark your calendar for this special evening with Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s new executive director, Dr. Liz Andrews.

Dr. Andrews co-curated The Obama Portraits Tour and the companion exhibition Black American Portraits at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she spent the last five years as the executive administrator in the director’s office. Her dissertation, “Envisioning President Barack Obama,” focused on the role of visual images in the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the nation’s forty-fourth president. Andrews will discuss the significance of the Obama portraits in the context of presidential portraiture and U.S. visual culture.

Banner Artworks: “Barack Obama” by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2018. “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama” by Amy Sherald, oil on linen, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the following lead donors for their support of the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg; Judith Kern and Kent Whealy; Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia.


Health and Safety

The High Museum of Art’s top priority is the safety of our community, visitors, artists, and staff members. In consultation with medical and public health experts, the High is implementing a mandatory vaccine and mask policy for all talks and lectures. Audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination, and masks are required. Audience members who are not vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within seventy-two hours of the talk’s start time or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the talk’s start time. Proof of vaccination (or negative test result) must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination (or test). Audience members can show proof of vaccination by presenting a physical vaccination card, a photo of a physical card, or a digital confirmation of vaccination.  A free resource in the Atlanta for vaccinations or COVID-19 testing is Viral Solutions.