MFA hosts Michelle Obama fashion talk and new retrospective – Lowell Sun

Michelle Obama was a fashion icon during her years as First Lady.

With her long, often bare arms, she turns heads and hits the headlines in fashion and national news.

And when it was time to choose a dress for her famous portrait — now on display at the MFA Boston along with that of her husband, President Barack Obama — she turned to fashion designer Michelle Smith to find the perfect dress. .

On Monday, October 24, the MFA hosts “A Tale of Two Michelles,” a “behind the seams” look at the dress Obama chose to wear in his official portrait by famed painter Amy Sherald.

Smith, the designer whose clothes are worn by Beyonce and Lady Gaga, will be there for the program, hosted by Boston-based style writer Todd Plummer. Following their conversation, theo tyson, MFA Curator of Fashion Arts, will host a Q&A.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 p.m. After the event, “The Obama Portraits Tour” will be open until 8:30 p.m. for a private preview for attendees. Tickets $15; free for members, at

The MFA is also launching “Frank Bowling’s Americas”, the first major American survey of the work of this cross-border artist in four decades. Exhibited at the MFA from October 22 to April 9, 2023, it then goes to the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco from May 13 to September 9. 10, 2023.

The exhibition delves for the first time into the crucial first chapter of Bowling’s career, his profound artistic discovery and his self-determination. Born in 1934 in British Guiana, Bowling lived there until 1953, when he moved to London. Then in 1966, he ventured to New York, driven by the desire to expand the possibilities of his painting.

The exhibit features more than 30 of Bowling’s mighty paintings, all made in America. These are monumental canvases soaked in color and rarely seen works on loan from private collections.

For more information about the exhibition and other programs, visit

Gallery Notes

HALLOWEEN HILARITY: Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Downtown Lowell gets into the spirit of the season with a “Hell Raising Fundraiser,” 6-9 p.m., Saturday, October 29. It’s a celebration of the gallery’s ninth anniversary and includes a silent auction, food and music. Tix are $50 at

AT THE GREENWALD GALLERY: Meet at Lowell’s League of Arts Greenwald Gallery, 307 Market Street, for a reception for the latest show “Koetsch: Amorphophallus.” It takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 and the exhibition continues until October 30. Gallery hours are 12:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Call 978-221-5018 or visit

A FLORAL CONNECTION: The Boston Children’s Museum recently opened the Victory Bouquets art installation in the Japanese House Gallery. The exhibition tells stories of joy, victory and growth, as expressed by young Japanese artists inspired by the flower arrangements awarded to the winners of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games. They celebrate both ordinary moments and extraordinary things that make up our world. Young visitors will be invited to reflect on their own lives by answering the question – “If you have a bouquet of flowers, who would you give it to, to show gratitude, friendship and to celebrate?” This is the latest collaboration in the annual project between Tohoku University of Art and Design in Japan and the Boston Children’s Museum. The facility is open until next spring. Visit

Nancye Tuttle’s email address is [email protected]

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