The Obama Portraits Tour


The Obama Portraits Tour

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The Obama Portraits Tour

Art, PaintingLos Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) , Miracle Mile Sunday November 7 2021 
- Sunday January 2 2022
obama portrait
© 2018 Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.Kehinde Wiley. Barack Obama, 2018. Oil on canvas. 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; Tommie L.Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia.

Time Out says

The Obamas are no strangers to L.A. (Remember “Obamajam”?) But here’s a new one: Two paintings of Barack 

and Michelle Obama, which typically hang in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., 

are set to embark on a five-city tour, including a stop at LACMA from November 7, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

The portraits, which were unveiled in 2018, stand in stark contrast to the sober, warm glow of most presidential 

paintings. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama sets the president in front of a wall of green foliage dotted 

with flowers that represent his professional and familial roots in Chicago, Hawaii and Kenya. And Michelle 

Obama’s portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, includes a grayscale depiction of the first lady against a blue 

background, wearing a dress adorned in colorful geometric patterns.

To complement the exhibition, LACMA will also be hosting “Black American Portraits,” a two-century–spanning 

display of works with Black Americans as the subjects. In addition, you’ll find a packed slate of related 

programming, including a free open house and talk with Amy Sherald (Nov 7), a virtual Black film series 

(Nov 8–Dec 17) and a bunch of other online workshops.

Access to the exhibition is included with general admission tickets to the museum ($25), which are released 

every other Thursday at 10am, starting on October 21. Psst: Don’t forget that L.A. County residents can 

visit for free on weekdays after 3pm, and all visitors can do so on a few full-day free visits during the exhibition’s

 run (Nov 7, 9, 20; Dec 14).




Static map showing venue location
Venue name:Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Address:5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
Price:Included in museum admission ($25)
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