First lady Michelle Obama who was in town following her amazing speech at the Democratic National convention took in a tour of the Kerry James Marshall exhibit ‘Mastry’ with the artist himself in tow. You’ll remember we scooped that she was having dinner at Fig & Olive in our Hotness in The News (subscribe here). The first lady who was in town, with daughter Malia attending Lollapalooza, took the tour led by MCA Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn, along with the artist Kerry James Marshall and his wife Cheryl Lynn Bruce.
“We were honored to have Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, come to the MCA to see the work of Kerry James Marshall. She is an important advocate for arts and education and we greatly appreciated her visit to the MCA on the occasion of this momentous and meaningful exhibition. Kerry James Marshall is making a lasting contribution to history with works that are aesthetically powerful, but also relevant to issues facing our society today – from racial injustice to the search for equality. At the same time, his paintings are beautiful, humanistic, and necessary. Mrs. Obama’s visit underscores the importance of this great artist, who is at once a hero of our city and also a pillar of the community.” -MCA Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn
Kery James Marshall’s ‘Mastry‘ exhibit, is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It will be in Chicago until September 25 before moving on to Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, March 12–July 2, 2017.
photos: courtesy MCA Chicago