The museum said Wednesday that a 2010 portrait of Perry by artist Will Cotton, entitled “Cupcake Katy,” will go on view beginning June 18. It will be part of a rotating display of recently acquired portraits. The tongue-in-cheek picture depicts Perry as a cupcake.
Perry previously collaborated with Cotton on the design for her “California Girls” music video.
Museum Director Kim Sajet (Sayet) says Perry comes from a tradition of strong women entertainers who challenge their supposedly superficial pop personas. She says on closer look, Perry is a complex figure.
Other pop stars in the Smithsonian collection include Beyonce, Madonna and Michael Jackson.
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