For the launch of the exhibition of portraits of Obama, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston plans a free festival this Sunday

Obama’s portraits are finally here, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) is planning a full afternoon of fun activities on Sunday, April 3 to celebrate their arrival.

In 2018, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC launched “The Obama Portraits”, an exhibition featuring works by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald depicting former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The portraits have since toured Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. And now it’s Houston’s turn.

The portraits will be exhibited at the MFAH from April 3 to May 30. This Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., the MFAH is hosting an outdoor festival called “Sunday Best” to kick off the exhibit’s stay in Houston.

The afternoon will begin with remarks from U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Necole Irvin of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.


There will be performances by the Texas Southern University Marching Band, Ocean of Soul, as well as the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, and readings by local poet Joy Priest and Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean.

Attendees will also be able to participate in a discussion with the Free Black Women’s Library about “White Teeth,” a novel by Zadie Smith recommended by Michelle Obama, and meet the people behind Kindred Stories, a new bookstore that shines a light on black authors and artists. .

A variety of craft activities will be available, from designing wearable art with Houston Community College fashion faculty to decorating paper fans with artist Melissa Aytenfisu. Want your own portrait? The Jack Yates High School students featured in “Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography” will be there to take your photo.

Finally, HEB brings snacks to the Grab and Go booth, Doshi House in Third Ward will sell vegan and vegetarian food, and Cafe Leonelli, one of the restaurant concepts inside MFAH’s new Kinder Building, will offer a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. , serving $5 wine and focaccias.

Check out the full Sunday Best schedule on the MFAH website. After Houston, the portraits of Obama will take the direction of San Francisco, then Boston.

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