Artist Talk: Rob Pruitt with Louise Bernard and Theaster Gates

The Obama Paintings by Rob Pruitt
The Obama Paintings by Rob Pruitt

On January 20, 2009, artist Rob Pruitt painted a portrait of President Obama at his inauguration. A quick portrait emerged, a red and blue airbrushed base with white overlay, documenting a single moment of a historic presidency. Over the next eight years, Pruitt would repeat this act daily, pulling from imagery of the previous day’s events. The result – a monumental work of 2,922 individual paintings – chronicles an exceptional Presidency in real time, a visual archive shown for the first time in Chicago at the Stony Island Arts Bank.

To celebrate the opening weekend of this exhibtion, artist Rob Pruitt will be in conversation with artist and Rebuild Foundation founder Theaster Gates, and Louise Bernard, Director of the Obama Presidential Center Museum.

This event is free and open to the public, RSVP does not guarantee admittance. Stony Island Arts Bank hours are 12pm – 6pm.