"Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic"
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 8
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month from November 4 until January 8
Imagine someone approaching you on the street and saying he wants to paint your portrait. Most people with street smarts would turn away — unless that man was Brooklyn-based artist Kehinde Wiley, whose paintings setting everyday people in scenes from famous artworks will be featured in “A New Republic,” an exhibition opening October 7 at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue.
The exhibition features 60 works, including paintings and sculpture, which span the artist’s prolific 14-year career. Friday’s opening from 6 to 10 p.m. includes live music, pop-up performances, photo booths, live drawing in the galleries, and a DJ set inspired by Wiley’s “The World Stage” series. Museum admission is free that night, but nonmembers pay $5 to see the Wiley exhibition — which explores issues of race, gender, and the politics of representation. The exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, continues through January 8, 2017. Visit www.phxart.org.
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