The Obama Portraits Tour
From June 2021 to May 2022, The Obama Portraits Tour, organised by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, will travel to five cities across the U.S. to reach millions of people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to view these remarkable paintings.
In addition to the artworks themselves, The tour will feature audio-visual elements, educational workshops and curatorial presentations. A richly illustrated book titled The Obama Portraits (2020), co-published by the National Portrait Gallery and Princeton University Press. Select merchandise will also be available. This special presentation will include conversations surrounding the power of portraiture and its potential to engage communities.
From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, the museum’s official portraits of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Mrs Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald have become iconic. The tour locations include The Art Institute of Chicago (18 June to 15 August 2021); Brooklyn Museum, New York (27 August to 24 October 2021); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5 November 2021 to 2 January 2022); High Museum of Art, Atlanta (14 January to 13 March 2022); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (27 March to May 30, 2022).
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognises the lead donors to the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg; Judith Kern and Kent Whealy; Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia; Clarence, DeLoise and Brenda Gaines; The Stoneridge Fund of Amy and Marc Meadows; Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker; Catherine and Michael Podell. Support for the national tour has been generously provided by Bank of America.
July 23, 2021
July 20, 2021