Not the Trump inaugural

  "Party Lines'' (oil on canvas), by Robert Freeman, in the show "Robert Freeman: New Works,'' at Adelson Galleries, Boston, through Dec. 18.

"Party Lines'' (oil on canvas), by Robert Freeman, in the show "Robert Freeman: New Works,'' at Adelson Galleries, Boston, through Dec. 18.

The gallery says he's "revisiting themes of race and culture in ... eight oil paintings of African Americans at formal social events, including two large triptychs. While his exhibition statement notes that much has changed over the past half-century — including the election of the nation’s first African American president — questions of identity and inclusion remain.” One thinks of the black upper middle class that made Oak Bluffs, on Martha's Vineyard, an early resort for African Americans.