From the moment they were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama became iconic. The portrayal of President Obama by Kehinde Wiley and the portrayal of the former First Lady by Amy Sherald have generated unprecedented public reactions.

The Obama Portrait Tour, hosted by Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, will visit five cities across the United States from June 2021 to May 2022 and is expected to reach millions of people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to view these remarkable paintings. This special presentation will encourage conversations about the power of portraiture and its potential to engage communities.

Places to visit include:

  • the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago – June 18, 2021 to August 15, 2021
  • Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn, New York – August 27, 2021 to October 24, 2021
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Los Angeles – November 7, 2021 to January 2, 2022
  • High Museum of Art; Atlanta – January 14, 2022 – March 13, 2022
  • the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Houston – March 27, 2022 – May 30, 2022

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