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Members of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. (Photos: Shane Nelson, collage by Amy Gail)

Opening Celebration: The Obama Portraits Tour

Saturday, August 28, 2021

4–8 pm

Biergarten, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden

Celebrate the opening of The Obama Portraits Tour with an afternoon of music, art-making, and poetry in honor of these vibrant and groundbreaking depictions of American leadership. Enjoy a musical tribute by the legendary Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, who present a smorgasbord of diverse “avant groidd” musical idioms filled with sugar-soaked sonic ingredients, followed by a DJ set from Niara Sterling. Kyle Carrero Lopez, Nkosi Nkululeko, and celeste doaks read their original poetry presented in partnership with Cave Canem, Brooklyn’s leading organization dedicated to cultivating the artistic growth of Black poets. Plus, get your photo taken as part of a community portrait project by Souls In Focus. Throughout the day, drop by for art-making with Cool Culture and shop and snack at the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market, which is spotlighting local Black artists and vendors this week. 

This outdoor event is free, but RSVP is required. To visit the galleries, please reserve tickets in advance. A limited number of timed tickets will be available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis.

All visitors 12 and older must show proof of vaccination and a valid I.D. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.