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If you first heard of artist Amy Sherald for her instantly iconic portrayal of Michelle Obama, you’ve been missing out. Sherald has been plugging away with a workmanlike consistency for years, landing her works in collections around the world and winning the prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery. Her art features African-American subjects seemingly caught in moments of stillness and contemplation, and she’s known for rendering skin tones in flat gray scales that subtly undercut and comment on traditional notions of race and color. The titles of her pieces are vignettes in and of themselves, hinting at philosophical narratives, such as “She Was Learning to Love Moments, to Love Moments for Themselves.” Tickets to hear her discuss her body of work went fast (thanks, Michelle Obama), but the event will be streamed live on the Phillips Collection Facebook page for those who’d like more insight into the artistry of this rising star. Read more>>> Amy Sherald speaks at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland David C. Driskell Center, 1214 Union Lane, College Park. Sold out. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org. (Stephanie Rudig)

OH AND ALSO

Legendary New York rapper and battle rap queen Remy Ma performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $50.

Country singer-songwriter Steve Moakler performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $18–$30.

Suns Cinema presents a screening of Love & Anarchy, a ’70s romantic drama centering around a simple farm boy involved in a plot to kill Mussolini. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. $9.

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