Thank you Kehinde Wiley.

My little cousin, who is not so little another was home on spring break. And, I wanted to make sure that I had time with him all alone and that I was able to share with him some great jewels in New York City. It just so happens, that Kehinde Wiley has an exhibit at the Jewish Museum. It seemed like a no brainer. Kehinde Wiley and a beautiful day in New York City, go hand in hand.

If you have never experienced Kehinde Wiley’s’ work in person, prepare to wonder how color, patterns, model and setting all make sense.  In each and every one of his works, even if you do not find each piece to be your favorite, you are left saying “wow, look at his skill”; “look at how he captured contrast, changes of color”. And, as you walk away from the piece and look back you really want to know his process. Kehinde, how long does it take you to paint one piece? How do you even tackle such a large project? The questions continue to flow.

Kalikidan Mashasha


As my cousin wandered off, I was simply admiring and wondering how this version of Israel is never shown in the news. As soon as that thought crossed my mind, two elderly jewish women, were clearly in an argument, but I could not figure out with who. One lady was particularly snarky and clearly upset that this exhibit “had nothing to do with being jewish and that the administration was getting just a bit too liberal for her”.

When I first thought about what I wanted to do that weekend, while I thought of going to see a great exhibit, I did not think of the jewish museum. I was very surprised that Kehinde Wiley decided to do an exhibit on Israel, but then again, considering the theme, I should not be surprised.

Kehinde did exactly what this blog wants to do, ensure that people of color have the right to share their story. Moreover, ensure that one face or story does not become the only associations that we have.  The elderly woman was so upset that Black men were in this exhibit, however these men of color, some Black, some Arab, were all Jewish. And I for one, was particularly  excited to see and try to being to understand what does the jewish diaspora look like for the people of color involved.

PLease tell all your friends, your partners, coworkers and some more people to come and check this out!  Kehinde Wiley’s’ talent and eye for detail and storytelling will not disappoint.

Here is all the information that you need to plan your visit and yes, Saturdays are free.  This exhibit is not to be missed.

Solomon Mashash


~ by travelling womanists on March 21, 2012.

One Response to “Thank you Kehinde Wiley.”

  1. wow, beautiful!

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