If you do not have any plans for Valentines Day (or do not intend to make any), then here’s one courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
On the actual day of the holiday, the museum is opening their newest exhibition Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Israel. Wiley is known for turning the art of portraiture into a performance of international culture, complete with reordering connections between both art and politics and power and class. Each of the featured works explores the black Diaspora throughout the world, as Wiley presents grand portraits of black men, hailing from countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. Each works depicts diverse religions and ethnicities from Ethiopian Jews to Israeli Arabs, while sharing the same-alpha presence that is essential to the artist’s vision, which has been describe as a kaleidoscopic picture of physical and symbolic intersection, mixed in with the struggle with deep political issues and function for cultural interchange.
Kehinde Wiley is a native of Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and Yale University. He was previously a artist-in-residence in the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and have always been influenced by the bravado that takes place on the streets, as well as the style of being inventive. His exhibition is on view until May 27th. Log on to www.thecjm.org for more information.