Event Pick: Amy Sherald discusses her portraiture at the BMA tonight

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Thelma Golden, left, and Amy Sherald. Image via the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Local artist Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama attracted admirers and strong critics soon after it was unveiled. The latter group complained the portrait didn’t really look like the former first lady. But criticism is subjective, and the general public has been voting with its feet: In February, the National Portrait Gallery reported attendance was up 300 percent, with lines as long as 90 minutes to see the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama.Tonight, Sherald will take the stage with Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, to discuss her artistic process and her experience painting the portrait of the first African-American first lady.

Get there early, because seating is first come, first served.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., talk begins at 6 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Art, Meyerhoff Auditorium, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, artbma.org.

Brandon Weigel


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