Category Archives: Smithsonian Institution

Critic’s Notebook: Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction

This Barack Obama Is No Mr. Nice Guy. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the former president contradicts the impression he often made in office of being detached.

Museums Chart a Response to Political Upheaval

In a tumultuous era, some museums are rushing to embrace the political moment, while others deliberately retreat.