Described by The New York Times as “a history painter…one of the best we have…he creates history as much as he tells it,” Kehinde Wiley’s realistic paintings depict urban people of color, often young men, and appropriate the heroic poses and visual language of the Old Masters. In his series The World Stage he explores the history of portraiture and issues of race, gender, power, and sexuality through vibrant, large-scale portraits of youths from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations across the globe.
Join Wiley as he looks back on his experiences and influences, reflecting on his accomplishments over the past decade and aspirations for the future. Hear about his work from 125th Street in Harlem to the streets of Tel Aviv, as seen in his recent exhibition in the Jewish Museum in New York.
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A video feed of the lecture will occur simultaneously in the Riley Seminar Room (156). Free tickets available beginning at 5pm on the day of the event, in person only.
Ticketing desk hours: Mon, Tue, Sat, and Sun, 10 am–4:15 pm; and Wed–Fri, 10 am–9:15 pm