Obama Presidential Portrait Celebration & Exhibit Need to Knows

Burnt Sugar celebrates the opening of The Obama Portrait Exhibit at Brooklyn Museum
Join Us in Celebrating the Brooklyn Museum’s Obama Presidential Portraits!

On Saturday, August 28th, 2021 BSAC’s “SUMMERY CARAMELIZED COMEBACK continues with two new conductions celebrating the Obama Presidential Portraits’ debut at the Brooklyn Museum.

Our Obama-inspired conductions commence at 4pm & 5:30pm in the Biergarten, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden. In between our conductions Kyle Carrero Lopez, Nkosi Nkululeko and celeste doaks, presented in partnership with Cave Canem, will read their original poetry honoring the portraits. Then DJ Niara Sterling spinning on the “ones and twos” will conclude the Biergarten’s activities.

On the museum’s Plaza you’ll be able to dabble in art-making with Cool Culture and shop and snack at the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market, spotlighting local Black artists and vendors.

BSAC would like to thank Lauren Argentina Zelaya, the Director of Public Programs, for the invitation to create new avant groidd music on this very special day paying tribute to these vibrant and groundbreaking depictions of American leadership.

This outdoor event is free, but RSVP is required.

All visitors 12 and older must show proof of vaccination and a valid I.D. If you’re entering the Museum, face masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

To visit the galleries, please reserve tickets in advance. A limited number of timed tickets will be available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis.

Obama Portraits Exhibit Need to Knows:

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, 2018 is by Amy Sherald (American, born 1973). Oil on linen. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Barack Obama, 2018 is by Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977)  © 2018 Kehinde Wiley. Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber and The National Portrait Gallery are grateful to the following lead donors for their support of the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Judith Kern and Kent Whealy, and Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia.