A Conversation with Kehinde Wiley

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Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977). The Death of Hyacinth (Ndey Buri Mboup), 2022. Oil on canvas, 93 9/16 x 144 3/16 in. (237.7 x 366.2 cm). Framed: 104 5/8 x 155 3/16 x 3 15/16 in. (265.7 x 394.2 x 10 cm). © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of Galerie Templon, Paris. Photo: Ugo Carmeni.

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In this conversation with Kehinde Wiley, hear about the Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence exhibition and the artist’s practice. Led by Claudia Schmuckli, curator in charge of contemporary art and programming, this talk explores Wiley’s new body of work that sheds light on the brutalities of American and global colonial pasts.

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About the speakers

Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles in 1977 to an African American mother and a Nigerian father. He earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999, and his MFA from Yale University in 2001. Prior to painting Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait, Wiley was already renowned for “street casting” Black sitters from underserved communities and for endowing their portraits with the scale, visual vocabularies, and symbolic rhetoric of Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic “Grand Manner” portraiture. At the unveiling of his portrait of Barack Obama, Wiley declared, “This is consequential, this is who we as a society decide to celebrate. This is our humanity, this is our ability to say: ‘I matter. I was here.’ The ability to be the first African American painter to paint the first African American president of the United States is absolutely overwhelming.”

Claudia Schmuckli is curator in charge of contemporary art and programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Previously she was director and chief curator of the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, where she forged a reputation as a pivotal figure in the presentation of contemporary art. Before coming to the Blaffer Art Museum, Schmuckli worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She holds an MA in art history from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

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Free program. Program seats are unassigned and available on a first-come first-serve basis. The program line will begin outside of the de Young museum’s east-side entrance.

Admission to the program does not include admission to the museum.

Please note that seating capacity is limited; we encourage you to tune in for the livestream

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