Why Archiving Artwork Matters

It is a fact that, without the preservation of artwork, we would not have art history to speak of today. For casual museum or gallery visitors, being able to see a work of art to enjoy a weekend afternoon might be enough. But what if we could do more than simply keep and preserve a […]

The Smithsonian Unveils Official Obama Portraits

The newly unveiled portraits of former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama and artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, at a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. | Image credit: Associated Press, Image source: latimes.com

On February 13, 2018, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. The LA Times would describe the paintings as “cheerfully bucking the official portrait trend of instantly forgettable painterly pablum.” Artistically Vibrant and Strikingly Refreshing In early October 2017, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced […]