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Artist:
Mickalene Thomas, born 1971  Search this
Sitter:
Michelle Obama, born 17 Jan 1964  Search this
Medium:
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 63.6 x 49.6 cm (25 1/16 x 19 1/2")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Print
Date:
2008
Exhibition Label:
Born Chicago, Illinois
Playfully titling this screenprint of the nation’s first African American first lady Michelle O, Mickalene Thomas creates an implicit comparison between Michelle Obama’s youthful, fashion-forward glamour and that of Jacqueline Kennedy. In addition to the extraordinary support she has lent to her husband’s political career, Michelle Obama—here depicted as personable, confident, and forthright—is herself a Harvard-trained lawyer. Prior to her husband’s election, she demonstrated her own impressive legal and administrative skills, building an influential career in Chicago devoted largely to stimulating and supporting public service. As first lady, Obama has continued to stress the importance of social issues and has put special focus on the challenge of eradicating childhood obesity through healthy eating and exercise. In her husband’s second term, she has launched new initiatives to urge Americans to continue their education beyond high school and to support service members, veterans, and their families.
Nacida en Chicago, Illinois
Mickalene Thomas ha titulado con humor Michelle O esta serigrafía de la primera afroamericana que ocupa el puesto de primera dama del país, con lo cual implica una comparación entre el glamour joven y vanguardista de Michelle Obama y el de Jacqueline Kennedy. Además de su extraordinario apoyo a la carrera política de su esposo, Michelle Obama (quien aquí se proyecta amable, segura y directa) es una abogada graduada de Harvard. Antes de la elección de su esposo, dejó demostradas sus notables destrezas legales y administrativas con una influyente carrera en Chicago, dedicada sobre todo a fomentar y respaldar el servicio público. Como primera dama, Obama ha seguido enfatizando la importancia de las causas sociales, con atención especial al reto de erradicar la obesidad infantil mediante hábitos alimenticios sanos y ejercicio. Durante el segundo término de su esposo ha lanzado nuevas iniciativas para exhortar a los estadounidenses a continuar sus estudios más allá de la escuela superior y a respaldar a los miembros del ejército, los veteranos y sus familiares.
Mickalene Thomas (nacida en 1971)
Serigrafía, 2008
Donación de Kenneth I. Schaner
Topic:
Michelle Obama: Female  Search this
Michelle Obama: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Michelle Obama: Politics and Government\First Lady\First Lady of US  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Kenneth I. Schaner
Object number:
NPG.2010.56
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© 2014 Mickalene Thomas/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm40ce9173d-8ec6-4d64-8f5e-073e9b00909e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2010.56