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‘The Obama Portraits Tour’ adds stops in San Francisco, Boston

Portraits of former President Obama and Michelle Obama are going on an extended road trip.

“The Obama Portraits Tour” will make two additional stops around the country, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced Wednesday, landing at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in June and at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in September through October. The tour was originally scheduled to wrap up in May.

The pieces by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald — the first Black artists chosen to create the National Portrait Gallery’s official portraits of a president or first lady — made a splash when they were unveiled in Washington in 2018.

Sherald’s portrait, along with Wiley’s oil-on-canvas, haven’t been back in the nation’s capital since last year, when they went on display as part of a five-city tour starting in the ex-commander in chief and former first lady’s hometown of Chicago.

The Windy City viewing “consistently broke daily attendance records for the Art Institute of Chicago,” according to the National Portrait Gallery.

After the tour wraps up in the fall, the pair of portraits will return to the District and be put on view again at the Smithsonian’s art museum.


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