City Life Org – National Portrait Gallery announces expansion of “The Obama Portraits Tour” with acclaimed portraits of Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald

Image courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the generous donors who made these commissions possible and proudly acknowledges them at National tour support was generously provided by Bank of America.

Multi-city tour extended to San Francisco and Boston through October

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will extend “The Obama Portraits Tour” through October. The original five-city tour featuring portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, will include two additional cities with presentations at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (18 June-August 2019). 14) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (September 3 to October 30). The paintings will be on display again in Washington, DC, with celebrations at the Portrait Gallery in early November.

Unveiled in 2018, the portraits commissioned by the Obamas’ Portrait Gallery have garnered international attention. Initiated by popular demand from museums across the country and the Portrait Gallery’s mission to expand portraiture discussions, “The Obama Portraits Tour” began in Chicago, June 18, 2021, where it consistently broke records. daily attendance for the Art Institute of Chicago before traveling to the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“The very presentation of ‘The Obama Portraits Tour’ and the collaboration of eight leading institutions – the Portrait Gallery included – in the midst of a global pandemic is a testament to the power of portraiture to bring audiences together,” said Kim Sajet, Director from the National Portrait Gallery. . “We look forward to further engaging West Coast audiences with the tour presentation at the de Young Museum and exploring these contemporary paintings in the context of Boston’s long tradition of portraiture during their time at the Museum of Fine Arts. of Boston.”

Upcoming places to visit include:

  • High Art Museum, Atlanta – on view through March 20
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from April 2 to May 30
  • de Young Museum, San Francisco—June 18–August. 14
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Sept. 3–Oct. 30

The paintings were commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and revealed at a special unveiling ceremony on February 12, 2018, attended by President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama and the artists. Wiley and Sherald are the first African-American artists selected for official portraits of a president or first lady for the National Portrait Gallery. “The Obama Portraits Tour” is accompanied by Obama’s portraits book published in partnership with Princeton University Press and supervised by the National Portrait Gallery’s team of art historians: Kim Sajet, director; Rhea Combs, Director of Curatorial Affairs; Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture; and Taína Caragol, Curator of Painting, Sculpture and Latino Art and History.

The National Portrait Gallery recognizes major donors of 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; and Catherine and Michael Podell. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to all the generous donors who have made these commissions possible and proudly acknowledges them at National tour support was generously provided by Bank of America.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted history of the United States through the individuals who have shaped American culture. Spanning the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the story of the nation.

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Julia P. Cluff