Michelle Obama’s portraitist and ‘96 Tears’

October 24, 2019

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Amy Sherald unveils her portrait of Michelle Obama in 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, and the 1960s garage band ? and the Mysterians.

Amy Sherald unveils her portrait of Michelle Obama in 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, and the 1960s garage band ? and the Mysterians.

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Reuters/Jim Bourg, Facebook/Question Mark and the Mysterians

Kurt Andersen talks with Amy Sherald, who painted the official Michelle Obama portrait, about her strict religious upbringing, the surreal experience of interviewing with the Obamas and why she’ll only ever paint African Americans. Our latest American Icons feature: “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians, and how the   band of Mexican American teens managed to top the charts and help fuel the growing Latin influence on pop music in the 1960s.

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