What there is to know
- The “Obama Portraits Tour” is on view from November 7, 2021 to January 31, 2021. 2, 2022; “Black American Portraits” is on view from November 7, 2021 to April 17, 2022
- Tickets go on sale October 21 at 10 a.m.
- Both exhibitions are included in admission to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Travel to Washington DC to visit the August collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery of official presidential portraits?
Such a trip has long been a part of the American experience, with locals living in the capital, history-minded tourists, and schoolchildren on field trips making regular calls to the Great Gallery, all to see these at large-scale retrospective on the former presidents of our country.
It’s a rarer moment when a presidential portrait makes that trip across the country, giving Americans across the country the opportunity to view the paintings closer to home.
The “Obama Portrait Tour,” which features the Official Portrait of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and the Official Portrait of Mrs. Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald, are currently traveling across the country.
The portraits of our country’s former First Lady and 44th President visit a total of five cities during their tour, with the first viewing taking place in the Obamas’ hometown of Chicago, an event that kicked off in June 2021.
Other destinations along the way include or will include Brooklyn, Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles.
Southern California Engagement opens November 7, 2021, alongside the “Black American Portraits” exhibition. The “Obama Portraits Tour” will run until January 2, 2022, while “Black American Portraits” will be on view until April 17, 2022.
A preview of the two exhibitions for members will take place from November 4 to 6, 2021.
Tickets are on sale open to the public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 21.
“It is an honor for LACMA to be the location on the West Coast for the Obama Portrait Tour,” said Michael Govan, CEO of LACMA and Director of Wallis Annenberg. “The official Portrait Gallery portraits of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald are powerful works of art.”
“The colors and styles of the paintings are a new departure from the history of the presidential portrait, and they have become two of the most recognized works of art in the world.”
“These portraits have already inspired millions of people and will be on display, side by side, for the diverse and multigenerational audience of Los Angeles.”
A book on official Obama portraits, published by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, will be available for purchase in the LACMA store.
“To complement the power and grace of Wiley and Sherald’s paintings,” Black American Portraits “centers black love, abundance, family, exuberance, self-control and self-expression through over two centuries of African-American portraits, ”said the co-commissioners. Christine Y. Kim and Liz Andrews.
“Artists across time, geography and diverse practices are represented in the exhibit, with particular attention to the work of many Los Angeles artists and personalities.”
“Paying homage to David Driskell’s Two Centuries of Black American Art, presented at LACMA almost 45 years ago, this is an exhibition that celebrates community, agency and self-representation.
For more information on the two exhibitions and purchasing tickets, visit Los Angeles County Museum of Art website now.
Credit: Amy Sherald, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, 2018, oil on linen, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the generous donors who made these Obama portrait commissions possible and proudly recognizes them at npg.si.edu/obamaportraitstour. Support for the national tour was generously provided by Bank of America.
Credit: Kehinde Wiley, Barack Obama, 2018, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © 2018 Kehinde Wiley. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the generous donors who made these Obama portrait commissions possible and proudly recognizes them at npg.si.edu/obamaportraitstour. Support for the national tour was generously provided by Bank of America.