The Obama Portraits Tour unveils at The Brooklyn Museum of Art in August

 

 

 

The Obama Portraits. Images via Brooklyn Museum of Art

Organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Obama Portraits will travel across the U.S. from June 2021 through May 2022, reaching millions of people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to view these remarkable paintings.

The much anticipated portraits will be arriving at The Brooklyn Museum of Art this August as part of a five-city tour throughout the United States, beginning the tour appropriately enough, at The Art Institute of Chicago,  the location of ‘Barack & Michelle’s’ first date! 

Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977) Barack Obama, 2018 oil on canvas, 84 1/18 x 57 7/8 x 1 1/4 in (213.7 x 147 x 3.2 cm). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the following lead donors for their support of the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Judith Kern and Kent Whealy, and Tommie L. Pegues and donald A. Capoccia. © 2018 Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery).

In addition to the artworks themselves, The Obama Portraits Tour will feature audio-visual elements, educational workshops, and curatorial presentations.  To coincide with the tour, The Obama Portraits Tour is accompanied by a richly illustrated book published by National Portrait Gallery and Princeton University Press ~ with Princeton University Press donating copies of The Obama Portraits to schools and school libraries in underserved communities neighboring all five tour stops.

Amy Sherald (American, born 1973), Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, 2018. oil on linen, 72 1/8 x 60 1/8 in. (183.2 x 152.7 cm). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the following lead donors for their support of the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Judith Kern and Kent Whealy, and Tommie L. Pegues and donald A. Capoccia. © 2018 Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery).

Before President Obama departed from office, he and Mrs. Obama selected Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint their portraits for the Gallery’s collection. These portraits were commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and were unveiled and installed in February, 2018 in a private ceremony as part of the Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

 

The Obama Portraits will be on view from August 27 to October 24, 2021 at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, located in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing on the 4th floor, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.

The five-city tour locations and dates are:

The Obama Portraits Tour has been organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

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