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The Iconic Obama Portraits Are Going On A National Tour And L.A. Is On The List

By Malia Wooten January 23, 2020

Catch the stunning art pieces of Barack and Michelle at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts in 2021!

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen the astounding portraits of our former President and First Lady shut down your entire timeline at some point in your interweb existence. But in the chances that you do live under said rock, there’s no need to go on an extensive Google search because the iconic paintings are going on tour! Naturally, Los Angeles is without a doubt one of the five cities that will get to bask in all the profound Obama glory — we did name an entire street and highway in their honor, after all.

The portraits currently decorate the walls Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, but the iconic pieces will be embarking on a five-city tour in June of 2021 with plans to debut at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The temporary exhibition will make its way to the City of Angels later that fall, so get ready to head over to LACMA to visit 44 as soon as November 22 of that year. Angelenos can catch a glimpse of the portraits through January 2, 2022, before they leave for Atlanta.

A list of the following cities and museums include:

Art Institute of Chicago: June 18, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Brooklyn Museum: August 27, 2021 – October 24, 2021
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: November 5, 2012 -January 2, 2022
High Museum of Art in Atlanta: January 14, 2022 – March 13, 2022
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston: March 25, 2022 – May 30, 2022

The artistic representations of the Mr. and Mrs. were unveiled back in 2018 and brought in a record-breaking 2.3 million visitors to the DC-based gallery. The tour hopes to help those, who don’t have the means to travel to the nation’s capital, witness the breathtaking portraits for themselves. The selected cities are said to have been chosen by the Obamas and the artists based on their significance to the parties; Barack has a few ties to Los Angeles himself, having attended Occidental College for his freshman and sophomore year in the ’80s!

Aside from the impeccable delivery of the Obamas, what makes these presidential and first lady portraits so special is the fact that they were both created by Black Artists and selected by the prosperous couple themselves! Barack’s portrait is by Los Angeles-born Kehinde Wiley and Michelle’s was made by Amy Sherald.

Featured photo: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution


Also published on Medium.