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Sat, May 21


Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

Tour of the Obama Portraits and other MFAH Highlights

Come see and hear about the official Obama portraits, on view at the MFAH only through May. Wendy will discuss the art and artists, then highlight other favorites in the galleries. Limited availability: email Wendy to reserve your spot. $20

Tour of the Obama Portraits and other MFAH Highlights
Tour of the Obama Portraits and other MFAH Highlights

Time & Location

May 21, 2022, 11:00 AM CDT

Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA

About the event

From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, the official portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have become iconic. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama have inspired unprecedented responses from the public.

The Obama Portraits Tour comes to the MFAH after premiering at the Art Institute of Chicago in June 2021 and traveling to the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Following the Houston presentation, the tour continues to the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The two paintings present a striking contrast to the formality of earlier presidential portraits and images of first ladies. Through the presentation of these now-iconic works by Wiley and Sherald, the exhibition contemplates how portraiture has given visual form to ideas of power, identity, status, and legacy throughout history.

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