Two of the most famous portraits at the National Portrait Gallery are set to go on tour in 2021. Read on to find out which five museums are part of the nationwide tour.
Since the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery unveiled the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama in 2018, they have attracted record numbers of visitors to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. But the Smithsonian just announced that the two portraits of the Obamas will be touring the nation beginning in June, 2021.
The first stop on the tour? The Obama's hometown of Chicago. The President's portrait actually includes a nod to the Windy City; the portrait includes chrysanthemums, which are the official flower of Chicago.
The Art Institute of Chicago President James Rondeau called the portraits' two-month visit a "narrative homecoming that we're excited about."
The portrait tour begins in June 2021 and will visit the following museums:
- Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago—June 18, 2021–Aug. 15, 2021
- Brooklyn Museum; Brooklyn, New York—Aug. 27, 2021–Oct. 24, 2021
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Los Angeles—Nov. 5, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022
- High Museum of Art; Atlanta—Jan. 14, 2022–March 13, 2022
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Houston—March 25, 2022–May 30, 2022
Pictured Above: "Barack Obama" by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; "Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama" by Amy Sherald, oil on linen, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. (Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald)